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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 09:37

I figure it's time to have a separate thread for all 2015-related driver announcements. 
 
As of now the 2015 grid looks like this: 

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team
Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid – Mercedes PU106B Hybrid
Executive Director Business: Toto Wolff ; Executive Director TechnicalPaddy Lowe ; Technical Director: Bob Bell
44. Lewis Hamilton (signed for ‘13-’15)
6. Nico Rosberg (on a multi-year deal beyond ‘13)
 
Infiniti Red Bull Racing
Red Bull Racing RB11 – Renault Energy F1-2015 (engine deal until ‘16)
Team Principal: Christian Horner ; Chief Technical Officer: Adrian Newey
3. Daniel Ricciardo (on a long-term deal)
25. Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull junior driver)
 
Williams Martini Racing
Williams FW37 – Mercedes PU106B Hybrid (multi-year deal)
Team Principal: Frank Williams ; Technical Director: Pat Symonds
19. Felipe Massa (confirmed for '15)
77. Valtteri Bottas (confirmed for '15)
 
Scuderia Ferrari
Ferrari F15T – Ferrari 059/4
Team Principal: Marco Mattiacci ; Technical Director: James Allison; Engineering Director: Pat Fry
14. Fernando Alonso (contracted through ‘16, but expected to leave)
7. Kimi Räikkönen (contracted through ‘15)
5. Sebastian Vettel (not yet confirmed, though highly expected)
 
McLaren Honda
McLaren MP4-30 – Honda RA168-E 1.6 V6T
Team Principal: Ron Dennis, Éric Boullier ; Technical Director: Tim Goss, Neil Oatley
22. Jenson Button (option for ‘15)
20. Kevin Magnussen (on a long-term deal?)
14. Fernando Alonso (not yet confirmed, though highly expected)
**. Stoffel Vandoorne (part of McLaren junior driver program)
8. Romain Grosjean (rumoured)
5. Sebastian Vettel (rumoured, but unlikely)
 
Force India F1 Team
Force India VJM08 – Mercedes PU106B Hybrid (multi-year deal)
Team Principal: Vijay Mallya ; Technical Director: Andrew Green
27. Nico Hülkenberg (confirmed for '15)
11. Sergio Pérez (on a multi-year deal with options; not confirmed for '15 yet)
 
Scuderia Toro Rosso
Toro Rosso STR10 – Renault Energy F1-2015
Team Principal: Franz Tost ; Technical Director: James Key
**. Max Verstappen (Red Bull junior driver, on a long-term deal)
25. Jean-Éric Vergne (current driver)
**. Carlos Sainz, jr. (Red Bull junior driver)
**. Pierre Gasly (Red Bull junior driver)
**. Alex Lynn (Red Bull junior driver)
 
Lotus F1 Team
Lotus E23 – Mercedes PU106B Hybrid
Team Principal: Gérard Lopez ; Technical Director: Nick Chester
13. Pastor Maldonado (confirmed for '15)
8. Romain Grosjean
**. Esteban Ocon (rumoured)
 
Manor F1 Team (went into administration in October '14)
MNR 01 – Ferrari 059/4
Team Principal: John Booth ; Technical Director: n/a

4. Max Chilton (current driver; maybe with long-term deal)
17. Jules Bianchi (depending on the extent of his injuries, may not return)
 
Sauber F1 Team (team rumoured to be (partly?) sold)
Sauber C34 – Ferrari 059/4
Team Principal: Monisha Kaltenborn ; Chief Designer: Eric Gandelin
9. Marcus Ericsson (confirmed)
**. Felipe Nasr (confirmed)
 
Caterham F1 Team (went into administration in October '14)
Caterham CT05 – Renault Energy F1-2015
Team Principal: Manfredi Ravetto ; Technical Director: Colin Kolles

10. Kamui Kobayashi
**. ...

Forza Rossa Racing to participate from '16; expected to run French power units
Haas F1 Team to participate from '16; Ferrari technical partnership confirmed.
 

(source: Autosport forum)

 

It remains to be seen whether or not Caterham and Manor (formerly known as Marussia) can make it onto the grid, or whether there will be three car teams. I'm hoping for the former.

 

As for drivers: At this point we can assume Alonso will be driving a McLaren Honda next year, with Vettel being his replacement at Ferrari. Jenson Button won't have a F1 cockpit next year I'm afraid. 

 

Post any driver announcements you find here, and speculate away which pay driver may get which seat for 2015.




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Posted 06 November 2014 - 09:43

Button's out according to http://www.dailymail...it-McLaren.html



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Posted 06 November 2014 - 09:55

Really hope Jenson gets the seat next season. Magnussen just hasn't shown the promising talent except for his 2nd place at Australia. Jenson is the much better driver, probably the best in the wet on the grid and his experience would be valuable for McLaren especially as they are changing to Honda engines from next season. Tough times, but the last time he never had a drive at the end of the season, he won the title! :p



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Posted 06 November 2014 - 10:02

I fully expect Mclaren to have Alonso and Vettel next year. Button has constantly in the shadow of Hamilton and never seemed like he was capable of another championship unless he was given another dominating car. Magnussen has not impressed me either other than his first race. I think he's made some pretty desperate and reckless moves this season and although I'm sure with just a year or two more in F1 he would start to shine, I think there is more talent out there.

 

A couple of names I wouldn't be suprised to see from GP2
 

J. Palmer < Series winner so a no brainer to give a shot too, If I was to suggest a team I would say maybe a Caterham or Marussia,

J. Cecotto & S. Coletti < I could actually see someone like Ferrari taking a risk and instead of going for the more experienced, hope for an inspired rookie to produce the results of someone like Vettel or Hamilton did when they got their shot in a bigger team.



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Posted 06 November 2014 - 10:18

Lotus F1 Team
13. Pastor Maldonado (confirmed for '15)

It continues  :cry:



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Posted 06 November 2014 - 10:29



It continues  :cry:

Good news only for him and the "Did Maldonado Crash?" Twitter.



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Posted 06 November 2014 - 10:33

I fully expect Mclaren to have Alonso and Vettel next year.

 

what are you willing to bet then?

i say: alonso -> mclaren and vettel -> ferrari



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Posted 06 November 2014 - 10:43

Good news only for him and the "Did Maldonado Crash?" Twitter.

 

I had no idea that Twitter user existed. Awesome



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Posted 06 November 2014 - 14:33

I had no idea that Twitter user existed. Awesome

and a website....

 

http://hasmaldonadocrashedtoday.com/

 

Adding to silly season....

 

 

 

Adrian Sutil says he needs to have talks with Sauber about his position at the team next year after it announced two new drivers for 2015.

In the last week Sauber has confirmed Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr as its two race drivers for next season, leaving Sutil and team-mate Esteban Gutierrez out in the cold. Throughout the year Sutil has insisted he has a contract for 2015 and was expecting to stay at Sauber.

Now he admits he needs clarification on his position and even suggested the team might not be racing next year.

"There are certain things to talk about, definitely yes," Sutil said. "We have confirmed two drivers but it doesn't mean the drivers are going to drive and it doesn't mean the team is going to drive. So there is no real change from last weekend to this weekend. It's just an announcement and now, of course, in my situation I need to do some talking to sort out the things."

Asked if he was confident of remaining in F1 next year, Sutil added: "At the moment, I don't know. Maybe. Formula One can be unpredictable. As I said, we have a few things to talk about first and the team has to comment on the rest.

"I'm not frustrated. It's just how it is in Formula One and has been for many years. It's a little bit a different business, so that's all I can say right now. I look forward to racing my race and that's it."


Read more at http://en.espnf1.com...JE4L1pyCZ73y.99

 

Looks like despite Sauber confirming two new "drivers" he's suggesting they may not actually be the "drivers" to race IF the team races at all!?



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Posted 07 November 2014 - 13:01



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Posted 07 November 2014 - 13:34

Is Super Aguri ever coming back?



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Posted 07 November 2014 - 14:54

Is Super Aguri ever coming back?

They technically did over in Formula E (as Amlin Aguri). Wouldn't count on them fielding an F1 entry too though.



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Posted 07 November 2014 - 20:25

They technically did over in Formula E (as Amlin Aguri). Wouldn't count on them fielding an F1 entry too though.

 

Oh yeah, Formula E, how's that going?

 

They should also make an F1 for infants called Baby Formula.



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Posted 07 November 2014 - 20:47

Oh yeah, Formula E, how's that going?

The first race was alright, just a ridiculously long wait until the next race; still two weeks to go.



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Posted 07 November 2014 - 20:55