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#1 Steve B.

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 17:02

Team and Driver Lineup
 
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Mercedes F1 W06 – Mercedes PU106B Hybrid
44. Lewis Hamilton
6. Nico Rosberg
 
Infiniti Red Bull Racing
Red Bull Racing RB11 – Renault Energy F1-2015
3. Daniel Ricciardo

26. Daniil Kvyat

Williams Martini Racing
Williams FW37 – Mercedes PU106B Hybrid

19. Felipe Massa
77. Valterri Bottas

Scuderia Ferrari
Ferrari SF15-T – Ferrari

5. Sebastian Vettel
7. Kimi Räikkönen

 
McLaren Honda
McLaren MP4-30 - Honda RA615H Hybrid
14. Fernando Alonso
22. Jenson Button
20. Kevin Magnussen
 
Sahara Force India F1 Team
Force India VJM08 – Mercedes PU106B Hybrid
27. Nico Hulkenberg
11. Sergio Perez
 
Scuderia Toro Rosso
Toro Rosso STR10 – Renault Energy F1-2015
33. Max Verstappen
55. Carlos Sainz Jr.

Lotus F1 Team
Lotus E23 – Mercedes PU106B Hybrid
8. Romain Grosjean
13. Pastor Maldonado


Manor Marussia F1 Team
TBA – Ferrari
28. Will Stevens
98. Roberto Merhi
 
Sauber F1 Team
Sauber C34 – Ferrari

99. Adrian Sutil
21. Esteban Gutierrez


Race Calendar
 
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Posted 09 March 2015 - 09:12

 

 

Putting driver Giedo van der Garde in a car he isn’t fitted for would create an unacceptable risk of death, Formula One team Sauber’s lawyers say.

 
The Swiss team is fighting in a Melbourne courtroom to keep the Dutch driver from racing in this weekend’s Melbourne Grand Prix.
 
Van der Garde launched last-minute legal action claiming he had been guaranteed a driver spot in 2015 before Sauber reneged on the deal.
 
His replacements, 22-year-old Felipe Nasr and 24-year-old Marcus Ericsson, are heavily sponsored and bring in “many millions of euros” in revenue to Sauber, their lawyer, Will Houghton QC, told the court.
 
Sauber lawyer Rodney Garratt QC said Van der Garde, 29, had not trained in the team’s car, and had not gone through the two-week custom seat-fitting process.
 
He said putting Van der Garde in a car he wasn’t fitted for or trained in would put other drivers and support staff at an “unacceptable” risk of death.
 
“Mr van der Garde has no experience driving the c34 Ferrari and would not have sufficient time to learn,” Garratt told the international arbitration court.
 
But Van der Garde’s lawyer Tom Clarke cited a 2012 case where an F1 driver was fitted with a seat just three days after an emergency ruling put him in the car.
 
“Teams are very flexible to make adjustments for every specific driver,” he said.
 
Clarke said clauses in Nasr and Ericsson’s contracts allowed Sauber to replace a driver without breaching their deals.
 
“Sauber does have the ability to substitute Mr Van der Garde this weekend for one or another driver without falling into breach of those existing contracts,” he said.

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 09:32

Early prediction: Nico Rosberg wins the WDC, Mercedes GP wins the WCC again.

 

McLaren will battle it out with Manor/Marussia in the first races.



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Posted 10 March 2015 - 08:05

Early prediction: Nico Rosberg wins the WDC, Mercedes GP wins the WCC again.

McLaren will battle it out with Manor/Marussia in the first races.


I would still have to go with Hamilton for the win but agreed in WCC.

I think McLaren have pace, its just a case of whether they finish the race. Also, Marussia haven't ran their car yet this year.

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 23:46

 

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Posted 11 March 2015 - 10:51

I see all the articles on this are referring to this weekends race, but I would imagine his contract was for the entire season.

 

Of course this now leaves Sauber in a potentially worse position, in that they have three drivers who's contracts all probably state they are driving this year, so you can imagine another court case will spring up as soon as Ericsson or Nasr is replaced.

 

Basically, Sauber are going to have to pay back someone as you can bet all three of them are bringing a substantial amount of money to the team, they and their sponsors won't be happy without their money back in their pockets or a seat in a car. Either way, I wouldn't be surprised if this was the last nail in Saubers coffin. 



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Posted 11 March 2015 - 11:23

I see all the articles on this are referring to this weekends race, but I would imagine his contract was for the entire season.

The judgement for VDG is for the entire season, not just for the Aussie race. 



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Posted 11 March 2015 - 11:53

Early prediction: Nico Rosberg wins the WDC, Mercedes GP wins the WCC again.

 

McLaren will battle it out with Manor/Marussia in the first races.

 

Is it true that Alonso is sitting out the first race because his car is awful?



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Posted 11 March 2015 - 11:56

Is it true that Alonso is sitting out the first race because his car is awful?

 

He's not racing for health reasons because of his crash during testing, Doctors ruled the risk of Second impact Syndrome is pretty high and that it isn't worth racing on the chance of another crash/concussion. 



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Posted 11 March 2015 - 12:33

He's not racing for health reasons because of his crash during testing, Doctors ruled the risk of Second impact Syndrome is pretty high and that it isn't worth racing on the chance of another crash/concussion. 

 

Oh ok, we definitely don't want second impact.



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Posted 11 March 2015 - 19:57

Oh ok, we definitely don't want second impact.


Exactly, it's good that we are starting to see sports take injuries such as concussions much more seriously for what they are compared to a few years ago. There is still progress to be made but this is a step in the right direction.