|Ferrari Racing revealed their 2015 chassis design on Friday.
Photo: Scuderia Ferrari
The 2015 Ferrari car for the Formula One series was revealed this Friday. The SF-15T will be driven by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in the upcoming season. Much like the other cars that have been released, the Ferrari machine has a longer front nose than last year’s cars, per the new regulations in this category.
Ferrari’s technical director, James Allison, said the team is trying to combat the “unacceptably large gap in our performance” last season as compared to the rival teams. The team will be looking for their first win since the Spanish Grand Prix in 2013 after going win-less last season.
Allison also commented on the design regulations for the 2015 season, saying, “I think all the cars on the grid this year are going to be more appealing around the front.” It is clear Ferrari is happy with the design of the car and they will be hoping it can compete with the likes of Mercedes and Red Bull this year.
Along with the car release, Scuderia Ferrari have provided an infographic with a plethora of numbers and stats regarding the performance and characteristics of the 2015 entry. It goes over some of the finer details of the racing machine.
Among the more interesting numbers are:
The weight of the car with water, lubricant, and the driver himself. This comes out to 1547.65 lbs.
The SF-15T’s MGU-H energy recovery system maxes out at 125,000 revolutions per minute.
100 metal alloys
Between the body, engine, and other components of the car, the 2015 Ferrari car has over 100 different metal alloys that make up the build.
It took over 700 people in the Ferrari factory alone to make this car come together. That includes designers, fabricators, manufacturers, and everyone else that contributed to the SF-15T project.
You can view the full infographic with more numbers and info below:
|Photo: Scuderia Ferrari
|William’s driver Valtteri Bottas. Source: Gallery Hip
Williams Martini Racing driver Valtteri Bottas finished the 2013 Formula One season in 17th place in the driver’s championship, just one spot above his teammate Pastor Maldonado. Certainly not a terrible outing for a rookie in the series. But 2014 was a different story for the Finn, paired with ex-Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, Bottas finished in the top five of the points standings and came close to clinching a race win for Williams on several occasions.
In the first five races of the 2014 season, Bottas had consecutive top ten finishes with the highest being fifth place in both Australia and Spain. His 13 year-F1 veteran teammate had finishes of 20, 7, 7, 15, and 13 in those same five races, with Australia being a DNF due to a first lap crash. Bottas has his lone DNF of the year in the next race, Monte Carlo, due to an engine failure on lap 56.
After the disappointing setback in Monaco, Bottas really set himself apart from the “rest of the pack” and established himself as a firm competitor with the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. The remaining 13 races on the calendar saw top ten finishes in all but Singapore (13th place finish) for Bottas, eight of those being top five performances. In 2013, Valtteri Bottas had one top ten finish all year which came in the form of a P8 performance in Austin, Texas.
The end of the year tally saw Bottas put up some impressive stats:
- Average start of 6.2
- Average finish of 6.1
- 6 podium finishes
- 98% of the total laps run completed
Along with natural improvement, much of his success can be attributed to Williams’ 2014 chassis design and overall performance. In 2014, the only mechanical failure came in Monte Carlo with an engine failure, making Williams one of the most reliable teams in the sport. Only Force India and McLaren had just as impressive reliability, with one mechanical failure for each.
Even with such an incredible second year in the sport, Bottas isn’t satisfied with his performance just yet, telling reporters he is “expecting a lot from next year.” Williams have already announced prior to the 2014 season ending that both Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas will drive for them in 2015. Bottas shared that the team has “made some very impressive gains this season”, and that he’s confident the team is “moving in the right direction and can continue to be competitive.”
Bottas is just 25 years old, making him one of the younger drivers on the grid, and has all the signs of a long, successful career in front of him. The large improvement from last year is a good sign of things to come for Bottas. With Williams Racing regaining some of their historical success in recent years, the team is a good fit for a championship contending Bottas. 2014 was an inspiring year for the young Finn, and he’ll be looking to build on that and take another shot at the title next year.
Valtteri Bottas finished the Abu Dhabi grand prix in third place behind teammate Felipe Massa, and secured fourth place in the Driver’s Championship above Fernando Alonso and Sebastien Vettel.
The young driver has exceeded all expectations this year, going head to head with a much more experienced Massa and beating him in the championship. But he’s not satisfied yet. The Finn driver is looking to improve on his 2014 performance.
After the race, he said “It’s been an amazing year with so much improvement as a team and getting so much stronger, and this last race shows how strong we are getting.
“The curve is to the up. I’m expecting a lot from next year.” he added.
Bottas’ race got off to a poor start, though, making most of the race a battle to regain positions that he lost in the beginning, dropping back to P9 initially. But as for the season as a whole, Bottas is proud of how far the team has come.
“Overall, an amazing end to the season. An amazing… from last season, it’s been just incredible how much we have improved.
“And as a team being two cars on the podium it really shows how much we also have been improving during the season, which is the main thing, because next year things are going to be really tricky, everybody is going to improve and we are really aiming to be again stronger and fighting for the wins.”
Valtteri Bottas is just 25 years old, but he has beaten some of the best in the sport this year, finishing ahead of Vettel, Alonso, and Raikkonen.
When asked about his season and next year, Bottas responded “We’re just going to make sure we don’t repeat any same mistakes next year. I’m sure we’ll be fighting for a better position.
“But third in the constructors’, for me fourth in the drivers’, it will do for now.
“But for the future, it’s not enough.”
Red Bull Racing drivers Sebastien Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo have both been dropped from their qualifying results after their cars failed to comply with technical regulations.
Vettel and Ricciardo were set to start the grid in sixth and fifth place, respectively, on Sunday.
Both cars will be allowed to start from pit-lane for the Abu Dhabi grand prix tomorrow.
Sergio Perez has signed on to a multi-year deal and will race with Force India for the 2014 season and beyond.
Perez has been enduring a rough season in comparison to his teammate, Nico Hulkenberg (who has also signed on to Force India for 2015), who sits three spots ahead of him in the championship in P9. Sergio Perez has 47 points this year and just one podium to show for after 18 of the 19 races this season.
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Perez commented on the contract deal, saying “It’s good to announce my plans.” His announcement comes some 33 days after his teammate. He added, “I feel at home here and I’m fully committed.”
Perez has qualified 13th for the final race of the year at Abu Dhabi, and he’ll be looking to finish the season on a good note. Just six points out from 11th place Kimi Raikkonen, a good result for Perez could see him itch up one more spot in the championship this year.
The Force India team principle, Dr. Vijay Mallaya, also released a statement regarding the Mexican’s contract signing:
This signing also comes in the wake of the confirmation of the Mexican Grand Prix for 2015, which will be a home race for Perez. His presence is sure to spark a great turnout for the race next year.