The 2015 Formula 1 season again proved to be a dominant one, with Mercedes accumulating 704 points, a record, after winning 16 of the 19 races on the calendar. They were the outright winners in terms of speed on track and Ferrari could only beat the Silver Arrows in 3 races on outright pace and a bit of luck in terms of the risky strategy going the way of the Maranello based team. Even though the battle for the top was not interesting, the drivers raced to their level best to finish as high as possible on the driver’s ranking.
But the first thing that a driver aims to achieve during a season is to beat his teammate as they have the same piece of machinery under their belt, meaning that only skill would separate the two at the end. The battle between Rosberg and Hamilton was the most frequent and probably the most intense of the battles of the teammates during the season and it was mostly for the lead of the race and for the driver’s championship. In the end, Hamilton proved to be the better driver winning the title at Austin but lacked what it took to win the remaining 3 races of the season.
2015 saw many driver lineups change, the most prominent ones being Vettel moving to Ferrari and Alonso moving to McLaren to drive alongside Kimi Raikkenon and Jenson Button respectively. Daniil Kvyat was promoted to Red Bull and Toro Rosso chose the young lineup of Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen who proved their worth by impressing everyone in the paddock by their performances. Marrusia(now Manor) came out of administration but could not take part in the Australian Grand Prix. They fielded Will Stevens and Roberto Mehri. Sauber released their two drivers who still had a contract with Sauber and signed Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson, meaning their start to the season was marred by controversies and an out of court settlement with Giedo Van Der Garde who proclaimed his right to a seat with team.
Here we look at how drivers fared against their teammates in ascending order of the constructor’s positions of their respective teams.
The final driver standings are as follows :
|1||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||381|
|2||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||322|
|3||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari||278|
|4||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari||150|
|5||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing-Mercedes||136|
|6||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing-Mercedes||121|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Infiniti Red Bull-Renault||95|
|8||Daniel Riccardo||Infiniti Red Bull-Renault||92|
|9||Sergio Perez||Sahara Force India-Mercedes||78|
|10||Nico Hulkenberg||Sahara Force India-Mercedes||58|
|12||Max Verstappen||Scuderia Toro Rosso-Renault||49|
|15||Carlos Sainz Jr||Scuderia Toro Rosso-Renault||18|
|16||Jenson Button||McLaren Honda||16|
|17||Fernando Alonso||McLaren Honda||11|
|19||Will Stevens||Manor Marussia-Ferrari||0|
|20||Roberto Merhi||Manor Marussia-Ferrari||0|