2015 FIA Formula One World Championship

2015 FIA Formula One World Championship

0 comments 📅04 November 2016, 16:20

The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team has sealed its place as the leading manufacturer on the Formula One grid for a second consecutive season with a landmark performance in 2015.

With the Silver Arrows having already clinched the FIA Formula One World Constructors’ Championship title in Sochi, Lewis Hamilton took his third World Drivers’ Championship title in the F1 W05 Hybrid with a dramatic victory at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

The pace of success

At the season opener in Melbourne, team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg set the pace of success with a spectacular 1-2 finish – resulting in a twenty-eight point lead after just one round.

The Silver Arrows’ inspired start to the season continued with a total of eight wins in the first ten races. By the end of the European portion of the season, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS enjoyed a 181-point lead over Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship.

Singapore saw a brief lull in performance, when Nico Rosberg took P4 and Lewis Hamilton retired following a technical failure on lap 26. But the team bounced back in Suzuka, claiming their eighth 1-2 of the season with a dominant performance.

In October, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS celebrated its crowning achievement in Sochi with a twelfth victory of the season to seal the Constructors’ title for Mercedes-Benz with four rounds still to go.

Lewis Hamilton’s subsequent win at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, then earned him the ultimate prize for a racing driver: the World Drivers’ Championship title. The three-time World Champion said: “For any driver, you want to win in anything you compete in – but this is the ultimate goal. Championships mean greatness – yours and your team’s!”

In total, the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team took an incredible 16 wins from 19 races in 2015. Hamilton triumphed on 10 occasions, while Rosberg enjoyed victory at 6 races.

F1 W06 Hybrid hero

Meanwhile, at the team’s factories in Brackley and Brixworth, the F1 W06 Hybrid was hailed as a masterpiece of engineering and design, having dominated the circuits of the world with its unrivalled speed and reliability.

With 16 wins, 32 podium finishes and 18 pole positions from 19 races, the Mercedes-Benz PU106B Hybrid Power Unit has dominated the World Championship points during 2015, taking more points than any other unit.

Looking ahead

Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, commented: “For this year, we can say we were the best in the world and that is something very special indeed. But none of us is complacent enough to think that this earns us anything for the future. If we want to call ourselves Champions again, we will have to work even harder and even better for 2016.”

2016 sees MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS face a new set of challenges as they prepare to defend their title in the 67th FIA Formula One World Championship. Set to include 21 Grands Prix, this will be the longest season in the sport’s history.

The next season begins with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on 20 March.

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