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2015 FIA Formula 1 Season
Photo Credit: AMG Mercedes.
Champion Constructor: AMG Mercedes (DE,2,9)
Putative Constructor: AMG Mercedes (DE)
Champion Driver: Lewis Hamilton (GB,3,2)
Putative Driver: Lewis Hamilton (GB)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model F1 W06, 1.6-liter, six-cylinder vee, aluminum engine, DOHC, fuel injection, ERS-K, turbocharged, eight-speed semi-automatic paddled, ventilated carbon ceramic disc brakes, carbon fibre/aluminum honeycomb monocoque, double wishbone-push/pull-rod independent suspension, power-assist steering, 605 horsepower (Aldo Costa, Paddy Lowe, Geoff Willis, Mike Elliott).

The FIA in 2015 limits the constructors to only four power units per season, subject to grid penalty for weekend swap outs, as well as bans in-race communications between team engineers and drivers. The sanctioning body also provisionally removes the German Grand Prix from its schedule, citing poor attendance. On the drivers' front, four-time champion Sebastian Vettel transfers from Red Bull to Scuderia Ferrari in the offseason. AMG Mercedes with the F1 W06 entry dusts off the competition by the largest margin in series history and collects its second consecutive constructors' title. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (ten victories) in turn handily disposes of teammate Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari for his second consecutive and third overall drivers' crown. 17-year old and future F1 star Max Verstappen of Toro Rosso makes his series debut at Melbourne in March. Sebastian Vettel comes up with an unanticipated race victory, his first in over a year, at Sepang in March. The Lewis Hamilton-Nico Rosberg feud at Mercedes reignites at Shanghai in April after Rosberg bitterly complains of intentionally slow pace by Hamilton aimed at degrading the tire wear on his own entry. Mercedes advisor Niki Lauda afterwards again defends Hamilton, referring to all F1 drivers as 'egocentric bastards'. Nico Rosberg wins at Monaco in May for the third consecutive season after teammate Lewis Hamilton and team commit an egregious service lane error during a caution condition. The FIA employs the Virtual Safety Car concept for the first time at Monaco in May. Marussia driver Jules Bianchi succumbs to injuries suffered in a horrific shunt at Suzuka during the prior season. Lewis Hamilton wins three consecutive races between late September and late October. F1 returns to Ciudad México in November for the first time since the 1992 season. The stewards disqualify the entry of Felipe Massa of Williams at Interlagos in November after scrutineers deem his rubber at too high a temperature at race start. Nico Rosberg wins three consecutive races between early November and season end. Departures: Jules Bianchi, 25, b. Nice, France 1989, d. from complications due to shunt, 2014 GP Japan, Suzuka, July.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Mercedes315     Hamilton L185
Scuderia Ferrari143     Rosberg N148
Williams Mercedes58     Vettel109
Red Bull Renault41     Raikkonen35
Force India Mercedes15     Bottas32
Toro Rosso Renault6     Massa26

Noteworthy 2015 Races

2015 LXXIII Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo2015 2015 LXXIII Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (260.5 kilometers) in May, the race comes to a German Mercedes F1 W06 under Nico Rosberg (DE) in 1:49:18.2 (average 88.86 mph), under five seconds ahead of a Ferrari driven by Sebastian Vettel. After the Safety Car comes out for a caution condition resulting from a shunt between Max Verstappen and Roman Grosjean on Lap 64 of 78, race leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes stops for service, yet the team misjudges the pit timing and Rosberg and Vettel pass Hamilton before the latter exits the lane. Rosberg catches the big break and motors away to victory, his third consecutive cross in the principality in as many seasons. The FIA formally employs the Virtual Safety Car for the first time in series history. Photo Credit: AMG Mercedes.