The 2015 season for the Formula 1 league kicks off in a week at Albert Park circuit in Melbourne, Australia. The teams will wrap up preseason testing tonight in Kuala Lumpur and then pack their bags and take the 8 hour flight down to Melbourne. It is expected to be a Sunny day at Albert Park circuit with temperatures in the mid 20s Celsius so this would be the second run the teams have with temperatures above 20, unlike during the first two preseason tests in Europe where the cold air was predominant in Jerez and Barcelona.
The first race is always an interesting one, we get to see the true pace from the teams and drivers. So far preseason testing showed that there are many strong teams and that at this point, it could be up to anyone to grab the first victory of the season. Let's wait and see how the first race of the V6 hybrids era ends up being, there's been many blown engines during preseason testing so hopefully this is something the teams have sorted out already.
For more information about the 2015 Australian Grand Prix, visit the event page.
Malaysia's Sepang International Circuit will be the host of the third and final official preseason test. The event will run on Thursday, March 5th starting at 9:00PM Eastern USA time. The event format that will be used during the season will be tried, starting with a 30 minute free practice session, then moving to a 15 minute qualifying session with Parc Ferme conditions followed by an 8 minute warm-up, then a 20 lap race. It is expected to have all 10 teams running in this event.
For those that have a seat secured with a team, please register at the event description webpage.
It was announced today that the Marussia F1 team will be allowed to race in the 2015 season. They have many challenges to overcome within the next few weeks as the season will kick off in less than a month. So far they have no drivers in sight but are open for discussions. It is believed that they might be working out a deal with Sauber to take any talented driver that could not reach an agreement with the Swiss team. With this news, the grid will be closed with 20 cars for 2015.
More to follow...
The Sauber F1 team is still undecided on who will be driving both C33 during the 2015 season. So far the list of candidates are Stephen Shuttleworth, Gary Roth, Bill Johnson, Daniel Velazco, Andrea Ventura, and John Cook. It is expected they will make a decision within a week or so. One quality that's above all that they are looking for in a driver is consistency, they want a driver who can deliver results on a race-by-race basis. Stephen Shuttleworth showed promising results during last night's test in Barcelona and is in the front seat at the moment, the rest will most likely have to fight hard for a chance to drive the C33 during 2015.
Stay tuned for more news.