Major changes to the makeup of the grid set the tone for a promising 2015 Formula One season. Two World Champions have opted to switch teams in order to reinvigorate their careers following lacklustre results last year. Fernando Alonso returns to a team he almost destroyed back in 2007, while Sebastian Vettel makes a clean break from the team and personnel that have been responsible for his F1 success to date.
The Honda Motor Company return to the sport as a supplier, looking back to their past in the hopes of resurrecting a successful partnership for the future. After the reforms of last year, power unit regulations remain relatively unchanged, allowing for development to continue throughout the year.
The stability in the regulations extends to more than just the engines, with small tweaks here and there attempting to improve the show. The front ends of each car will look different this year, long life components will have to last even longer, and the safety car should make less of an impact on race day, but otherwise 2015 is all about building on what was learned last year.
Three new drivers step up to the plate for their rookie F1 season, joining a mixture of existing drivers - those still learning and old hands. The calendar will visit old haunts as F1 returns to Mexico. The Russian and Austrian races introduced to the schedule last year remain for a second season, whilst Abu Dhabi retains the rights to host the final round in November.
There’s so much to look forward to in 2015, and this book aims to guide you through the teams and their drivers, the regulation changes they have to deal with, as well as each stop on the racing calendar. No matter where you are, keep this handy guide to the 2015 F1 season in your pocket.