Get ready for the 2015 season with F1 Fanatic

2015 F1 season

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It’s the first day of 2015 and testing for the new season is just one month away.

The driver line-up for the coming championship has already been confirmed – much earlier than usual – and there are other major changes in the field as Honda makes its return as an engine supplier following a six-year absence.

Here’s what we already know about the coming season.

Teams and engines

  • Having gone into administration at the end of 2014, Marussia and Caterham are not expected to compete in 2015, despite appearing on the FIA’s official entry list (Marussia as Manor)
  • McLaren have switched engine suppliers from Mercedes to Honda
  • Lotus have taken over their Mercedes contract, meaning Renault are only supplying Red Bull and Toro Rosso


  • Fernando Alonso has left Ferrari and replaces Kevin Magnussen in McLaren’s driver-line up
  • Sebastian Vettel has switched from Red Bull to take Alonso’s place at Ferrari
  • Daniil Kvyat has been promoted from Toro Rosso to take over from Vettel
  • Toro Rosso have an all-new line-up with Max Verstappen joined by Carlos Sainz Jnr
  • The other new driver in the field is Felipe Nasr, who will make his debut for Sauber
  • The Swiss team have also changed both their drivers, with Marcus Ericsson joining from Caterham
  • That leaves Magnussen, Jean-Eric Vergne, Adrian Sutil, Esteban Gutierrez, Max Chilton and Kamui Kobayashi without race seats
  • 2015 F1 drivers and teams

Get the 2015 F1 calendar – and more – on your mobile

A 21-race schedule for 2015 was confirmed by the FIA. However there is considerable doubt over whether the planned race in South Korea will go ahead.

You can add all the races to your preferred online calendar using the F1 Fanatic Google Calendar. It will be updated with any changes to the schedule, and start times for all the practice, qualifying and race sessions will be added. It also includes details of F1 test sessions and will be updated with F1 car launch dates.

F1 Fanatic also maintains calendars for IndyCar, the World Endurance Championship, Formula Renault 3.5, GP2 and GP3 which you can find below:

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Plan your 2015 race trip

Are you going to a race this year? Need some help planning your trip? There are loads of F1 Fanatic readers who can help you out:

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Follow the 2015 drivers and teams

The F1 Fanatic Twitter Directory has been fully revised and updated for the new season. It lists over 400 official accounts for F1 drivers, teams, team members, media figures and more.

The only drivers who do not maintain an official Twitter presence are Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. But you can find details for the drivers who do – and many others – here:

And of course make sure you’re following F1 Fanatic’s Twitter accounts:

Support the 2015 drivers and teams

Who are you supporting in 2015? Are you following your favourite driver to a new team? Do any of the rookies have your support already?

You can show who you’re supporting on F1 Fanatic: here’s how:

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Keith Collantine
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13 comments on “Get ready for the 2015 season with F1 Fanatic”

  1. Happy new year everyone, anticipation starting to build now.

    It’s a bit of a bummer thinking we might only have 18 car grids this year though :/

    1. Or 16, the Lotus entry is also subject to confirmation.

      I’m still hoping for a 20 car grid.

  2. I’ll be in Barcelona from mid January to mid Febrary and I miss the tests at Montmelo by TWO DAYS !

    Darn this “less winter testing” idea ! :'( they used to go there 15 times during the winter…

    PD: Oy! my avatar just dissapeared!

  3. When are the teams revealing their cars?

    1. I would suspect that most teams will probably reveal their new cars at Jerez – Mercedes have indicated that is their intention, and several other teams (Sauber, Toro Rosso, Williams etc.) have tended to go down that route for the past few years. However, I can possibly see Force India repeating what they did last year and combining their presentation with their shakedown test, so they may show off their car in mid January.

      The only teams that I can see running a full blown launch event are probably McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari – the former will probably use it as an event to publicise their partnership with Honda, whom I imagine will want to maximise their coverage, Red Bull have traditionally gone for a showy launch and Ferrari will be keen to stress the new direction that the management team wants to take the team down, and an organised press launch would be the easiest way of putting that message across.

  4. Does anyone know where I can get a good season wall chart? It is for my little nephew who has really got into F1. So I have been looking for a season chart which is quite large format, easy to fill in but not overly complex in its layout.

    Any ideas?

  5. Typo mate, under “Teams and engines” it says “Marussia and Caterham are not expected to compete in 2014”

  6. Opening statement. Surely ‘2015’ Keith, and not last year’s set-up…..?

    Happy New Year to all !

  7. I’m interested to see when will teams launch cars.

  8. I think there must be a feeling of disappointment amongst the contestants in the GP2 racing series that their champion driver wasn’t given a seat, not even as a reserve driver. After all, the first prize in GP2 includes a Super Licence, but that doesn’t seem to count for much.

  9. I am disappointed not to see Bahrain amongst the test schedule (was also there in 2005 and 2009). I believe it proved successful for teams to conduct the tests there. Last year, Paul Hembery mentioned how Jerez’s old track surface i significantly irrelevant to the tire tests. Add the factor of cold in there as well. It’d have been better if the 1st test was in Barcelona followed by 2 tests in Bahrain.

  10. When will the teams show us the new cars?

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