As 2015 draws to a close here’s a look back on the articles which got you talking the most during the last 12 months.
The FIA introduced a complicated new regime to prevent drivers like Max Verstappen from getting into F1 in future. But the original version of its superlicence plan would have prevented many others from reaching F1 when they did.
One of the most surprising stories of the build-up to the season was Fernando Alonso’s absence from the first race of the year following a crash during testing. He and McLaren gave differing explanations for its likely cause.
Mercedes dominated the first race of the year, setting the tone for the rest of the season.
Showing little regard for F1’s many more serious problems, the FIA decided to clamp down on drivers changing the design of their helmets.
Force India’s deputy team principal Bob Fernley gave a frank assessment of how F1 has found itself in its current state.
Sebastian Vettel took a surprise victory in Malaysia which raised questions whether Ferrari had unlocked their true potential or merely seized an opportunistic victory.
F1 returned to the scene of one of its biggest controversies of 2014.
In the aftermath of Lewis Hamilton’s surprise defeat in Monaco it wasn’t immediately clear how he had lost the race. Subsequent team radio messages revealed the role he had played in the strategic error – and how Mercedes had to cajole him into taking part in the podium ceremony.
One of the season’s best feel-good stories: widely overlooked talent Nico Hulkenberg won on his debut at Le Mans with Porsche alongside Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber. Sadly next year’s running of the endurance classic is on the same date as the European Grand Prix, so there won’t be any current F1 drivers in action.
An action-packed Hungarian Grand Prix led to several drivers picking up penalties.
The official Formula One game arrived for next-generation machines.
Alonso complained after his rants about Honda’s “GP2 engine” during the Japanese Grand Prix were broadcast on the worldwide television feed.
Some consolation for McLaren at the end of a difficult season?
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The World Endurance Championship took a stand against one of motor racing’s most enduring anachronisms. Encouragingly, some F1 race organisers have begun employing male as well as female brolly-wielders.
Three into two didn’t go at Sauber.
Preserve the sport or improve the show? This debate cut right to the heart of what F1 is supposed to be.
The wide-ranging plans announced by the Strategy Group in May were gradually diluted as the year went on.
First Vettel, then Hamilton drew level with Ayrton Senna’s tally of 41 race victories.
Two major surveys of F1 fans were conducted during the year, but did they tell us anything we don’t already know?
Pirelli tyre failures during the Belgian Grand Prix incensed Vettel and provoked one of the biggest debates of the year.
Hamilton’s Italian Grand Prix victory was briefly in doubt.
Little was seen of the race-leading Mercedes pair during the Japanese Grand Prix.
Hamilton dominated the 2015 championship.
Red Bull surprised by using a camouflage livery in testing.
Mercedes designer Aldo Costa cut his teeth on this landmark Minardi which reappeared at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The raucous 16-cylinder BRM engine in this Lotus couldn’t be further away from today’s refined six-cylinder hybrid turbos.
Honda’s history of F1 success was a heavy burden for it to shoulder during its conspicuously unsuccessful return.
Has Formula One lost its way? Two of its top teams appear to think so.
A look back over the years shows how F1’s field has shrunk.
A joyous celebration of retro F1 turbo machinery and other classic cars during the Austrian Grand Prix.
Let’s get quizzical
How good is your F1 knowledge? Try these six F1 quizzes from 2015:
- Name these 20 drivers of 2000-2010
- Name these F1 drivers who raced in IndyCar
- Take the Kimi Raikkonen Quiz
- Take the Alain Prost Quiz
- Take the Mexican Grand Prix Quiz
- Take the 2015 F1 season Quiz
Take a look back on the 19 rounds of the 2015 season with F1 Fanatic’s in-depth reviews.
- 2015 Australian Grand Prix review: Crushing Melbourne win shows Hamilton and Mercedes are ready for repeat of 2014
- 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix review: Heatproof Vettel makes Mercedes sweat with surprise Malaysian Grand Prix win
- 2015 Chinese Grand Prix review: Hamilton holds off Rosberg for victory in China
- 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix review: Hamilton wins again as sparks fly between Mercedes and Ferrari
- 2015 Spanish Grand Prix review: Dominant win puts Rosberg in title hunt
- 2015 Monaco Grand Prix review: “I’ve lost this race, haven’t I?” Mercedes blunder hands Hamilton’s win to Rosberg
- 2015 Canadian Grand Prix review: Hamilton coolly sees off Rosberg threat
- 2015 Austrian Grand Prix review: Rosberg trims Hamilton’s points lead with decisive win
- 2015 British Grand Prix review: Hamilton banishes memories of Monaco with home race-winning pit call
- 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix review: Vettel and Ferrari win for Bianchi
- 2015 Belgian Grand Prix review: Hamilton boosts title lead as tyre row erupts at Spa
- 2015 Italian Grand Prix review: Hamilton leaps ahead as Rosberg suffers Mercedes’ first breakdown
- 2015 Singapore Grand Prix review: Vettel wins disrupted race as Mercedes lose their way
- 2015 Japanese Grand Prix review: Hamilton disappears from his rivals
- 2015 Russian Grand Prix review: Rosberg’s misfortune brings Hamilton within touching distance of title
- 2015 United States Grand Prix review: Hard-fighting Hamilton pounces on Rosberg error to seal third title
- 2015 Mexican Grand Prix review: Rosberg gets his revenge as Hamilton holds back
- 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix review: Rosberg frustrates Hamilton as Vettel gives hope to Ferrari
- 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix review: Rosberg denies Hamilton a winning end to his championship year
The data on how close series like Super Formula and GP2 are to F1 performance levels.
It was clear from the first test Ferrari had made credible gains.
After 900 races Ferrari had won 223 times – almost one-third of which came thanks to Michael Schumacher.
A graphic indication of Mercedes’ stranglehold on Formula One (the data has since been updated to the end of 2015).
Did Ferrari make progress in 2015 or did Mercedes’ closest rivals of last year lose their way? It seems it was more the latter.
Ten of the best
Vettel had failed to defend his title for the first time in 2014, but Hamilton successfully retained his for the first time this year.
F1’s monster tracks – including one that was even bigger than the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife.
F1 got rid of its crazy double points rule – but there are many more oddball regulations out there.
Down-to-the-wire championship contests between more than two drivers. We all like to see them, but that isn’t what we got in 2015.
Watch more of the racing highlights of the last 12 months.
Formula One last had a full grid of 26 cars at the Monaco Grand Prix, now over two decades ago.
There was no German Grand Prix this year but 30 years ago the revised Nurburgring held the race for the first time.
With the Mexican Grand Prix returning in 2015, a look back at one of its greatest races.
Renault took a long time to confirm their latest full factory return to F1.
Why Ayrton Senna’s most famous quote is widely misunderstood.
Sauber reached a milestone 400th race participation.
Timo Glock shot down those silly Brazil 2008 conspiracy theories.
Formula 3000 series
A five-part look back on the highlights of Formula 3000, F1’s former feeder series which began 30 years ago.
- Formula 3000 memories: 1985-88
- Formula 3000 memories: 1989-92
- Formula 3000 memories: 1993-96
- Formula 3000 memories: 1997-2000
- Formula 3000 memories: 2001-04
Have your say
The following polls from 2015 won’t be open much longer so add your votes here now:
- Do you support F1’s new aerodynamic rules for 2017?
- Would banning team radio improve the F1 show?
- Has Formula E won you over?
- Should F1 have more than one race per weekend?
- What should be the top priorities for F1?
- Open cockpits: Here to stay or facing the end?
- Do you support F1 teams’ EU protest?
- Should Ferrari have a veto on F1’s rules?
Over to you
What were your favourite features on F1 Fanatic during 2015? What would you like to see more of next year? Have your say in the comments.
2015 F1 season review
- The Complete F1 Fanatic 2015 season review
- Your favourite – and least favourite – F1 races of 2015
- The best stories, debates and pictures: F1 Fanatic’s must-read highlights of 2015
- Take the F1 Fanatic 2015 F1 season Quiz
- Watch the top ten races of 2015 outside F1