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I'm frustrated how little news there have been so far. Only things of interest are what we don't know:
- is Caterham dead, will there only be 9 teams?
- will there be German GP? (and it's even uncertain if it would be at Hockenheim or Nürburgring)
- what the heck are they coming up for next few seasons? +1000hp engines, wider tires, grid start after safety car... there are all sorts of suggestions thrown around


I guess I'll write the annual introduction of teams/drivers soon - unless I wait till first tests (Jerez february 1-4.).

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Robert Manzon, last of drivers who competed in the first Formula 1 season 1950, has died at age of 97.
His best results were placing 6th in drivers championship 1952 and two 3rd places in F1 GPs.

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The new cars saw first action today, for most teams. The Jerez test continue three more days.
Force India skips the tests and Lotus still has to put their car together for couple days, so we've seen seven teams so far - though McLaren got hardly anything done.

Notable today was that Ferrari and Sauber were fastest; the two teams using Ferrari engines. But Mercedes were third, got clearly most test laps and we can assume they're holding back a bit at this point...

I'll see how these tests go and then post the teem/driver analysis - and start this year games.

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Second day done in Jerez and not much new. Ferrari and Sauber still fastest, Mercedes (somewhat) reliable and McLaren still not properly driving. Lotus was able to get on the track earlier than expected.

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Here's my look on this season teams and drivers:


Teams in last season order:
(Engines: M=Mercedes, F=Ferrari, R=Renault, H=Honda)


Mercedes M

6 Nico Rosberg
44 Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes dominated last season and is still the clear favorite. Though they weren't making the top times, Mercedes got most kilometers out of Jerez tests and are looking very strong this year too.
Not to mention they have two of the best drivers.

Red Bull R

3 Daniel Ricciardo
26 Daniil Kvyat

RB faces first season without Vettel - not that he was much help last year. 2014 was the #2 team, but this year may be harder for them.
Ricciardo proved his worth last year, now Kvyat has chance to become most successful Russian driver ever.

Williams M

19 Felipe Massa
77 Valtteri Bottas

For Williams 2013 was total disaster and 2014 great success. Williams may be competing for third place, but I suspect they won't be as strong as at end of last season.
Drivers: one solid professional, one young talent.

Ferrari F

5 Sebastian Vettel
7 Kimi Räikkönen

This could be best season for few years to Ferrari. Their new engine looks good and so far Ferrari has shown best speed in tests.
Räikkönen-Alonso never became a problem as Ferrari wasn't competitive, but how will Räikkönen and Vettel get along if they're driving for championship?

McLaren H

14 Fernando Alonso
22 Jenson Button

Honda returns to F1 as engine supplier and we have the legendary 80's combination again: McLaren-Honda. But that's a difficult step and McLaren isn't expecting success this year. In fact they may do worse than last year, which was already worst for ages.
When not competing for top places, two world champions will do what they can.

Force India M

11 Sergio Pérez
27 Nico Hülkenberg

FI had it's best season last year, but the team (like owner Mallya) has been leaking money fast. Of the still standing teams, they are likely in worst financial situation and are only ones to miss tests.
Hülkenberg is perhaps best current driver who has never had a proper car, Pérez... somebody has to pay the bills.

Toro Rosso R

33 Max Verstappen
55 Carlos Sainz, Jr.

The de facto second team of Red Bull will never be on top, but the tests suggest this won't be their worst season.
But two rookie drivers is always a risky move. Especially as Verstappen is (and possibly will be ever) the only under 18 F1 driver.

Lotus M

8 Romain Grosjean
13 Pastor Maldonado

Awful 2014 season and they got to winter tests late, but Lotus is a wild card. Not likely to be in top 4, but the change to Mercedes engines could give them some boost.
Despite unsafe early seasons, Grosjean has become a good driver. Maldonado is fast, as long as he doesn't hit anyone.

Sauber F

9 Marcus Ericsson
12 Felipe Nasr

Sauber has been weak for years, running out of money and not having a competitive car; 2014 was the rock bottom with zero points. But they are doing well in tests and if Ferrari is the best engine, it could give Sauber edge over other weaker teams.
One rookie driver, other with one season behind; almost like Toro Rosso.


Marussia/Manor and Caterham

It would take a miracle for either team to compete, but they are still technically able to. There is yet another last minute revival attempt at Marussia, which would require that they get permission to use last season cars.
Because both teams are eligible to compete in F1, investors interested entering the series would want to buy one rather than go through the long and uncertain process of creating a new team, but it's very unlikely there'll be a 10th team this year.

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Manor is still trying hard, Will Stevens was announced as driver. But I wouldn't get any hopes up...

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Mercedes do look strong again and it could be another year of complete dominance from them. I hope not, it'd be interesting if one of the other teams, maybe Ferrari, could mix it up a bit. The title race was close last year, which did bring some excitement, but it would have only taken one Mercedes driver to have a run of bad fortune or bad form to seal the title for the other driver.
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Alonso won't drive in Australia, as precaution due the concussion he got in Barcelona practice.
Kevin Magnussen gets another GP on McLaren.

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Just couple days to go and I still can't say if Marussia can make it to grid. They have announced Spanish Roberto Merhi as other driver in Australia.

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Besides Manor Marussia, another question for the opening GP are Sauber's drivers. Court just decided Giedo van der Garde's contract to drive this season is still valid and they may be in a situation that they can't afford to not let him drive.
Unlike Sutil who's also sued Sauber, van der Garde seeks to drive, not just to get money. So, two days to practice and the team doesn't yet know their drivers...

One thing about Marussia is the 107% rule. It's questionable if they can with modified 2014 car qualify to enter the GP. And that would cost enormously to the barely alive team.

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