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F1 2015 Preview: Toro Rosso

2014 Statistics

Constructors Championship: 7th
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Pole positions: 0
Points finishes: 12

The cycle has re-started at Toro Rosso following the promotion of Daniil Kvyat to Red Bull Racing. Red Bull’s junior team have a history of running young drivers for a couple of seasons and then either promoting them to the ‘big’ team or letting them go. The likes of Sebastien Buemi, Jaime Alguersuari and Jean-Eric Vergne are examples of promising young drivers who failed to make the cut and as a result are no longer on the grid.

For 2015 Toro Rosso enter the season with the youngest driver line-up. 17 year old Max Verstappen was the first driver to be announced and Sebastian Vettel’s departure for Ferrari kicked off the chain of events which resulted in Carlos Sainz getting the second Toro Rosso seat. Sainz was in the running for the vacant Toro Rosso seat last year but at the time Team Principal Franz Tost suggested he was too young at 19 years old. It appears Toro Rosso have turned their back on this philosophy, however, in the signing of Verstappen.

Last year Toro Rosso picked up 12 points finishes on the way to a distant seventh in the championship. Their 30 points were enough to put them 20 clear of Lotus. Their best finish of the year was sixth place at the Singapore Grand Prix thanks to Jean-Eric Vergne. For this season the team have taken a side step for Ferrari engines to Renault engines to match ‘senior’ team Red Bull. They had a solid pre-season testing, completing 1206 laps over three tests – the third highest number across all the teams. They have put the Renault engine through its paces, with both Verstappen and Sainz completing a race weekend’s worth of running in the first test with an engine specification which was very close to the one they will run in Melbourne.

All eyes will be on Verstappen in Australia as the youngest ever driver to make his F1 debut. He is just 17 years old and the debate over his age has lead to new regulations being introduced for 2016. The son of former Formula One driver Jos Verstappen, Max is no stranger to winning. He took ten wins on his way to third in the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. He also had a highly successful career in karts before making the switch to single seaters. He made his Toro Rosso debut in Free Practice at the Japanese Grand Prix and instantly impressed by going 12th fastest.

He will be joined by Carlos Sainz – another son of a race car driver. Having missed out on the opportunity to race for the team last year, Sainz was soon rewarded with the opportunity following Kvyat’s promotion to Red Bull. He won Formula Renault 3.5 last year driving for DAMS, winning seven races on his way to the title. He also won the 2011 Formula Renault 2.0 title and finished tenth in the 2013 GP3 championship. His single seater career has been much more extensive than his new team-mate’s so he will have to perform to impress.

Both drivers have a lot to prove and Toro Rosso will be hoping to move up the order or at least secure more points finishes. The team – who will this year celebrate their tenth season in the sport – have lofty ambitions for 2015, aiming for fifth in the championship. They believe they have a car capable of taking them there but it remains to be seen where it will feature.


F1 2015 Preview: Ferrari

2014 Statistics

Constructors Championship: 4th
Wins: 0
Podiums: 2
Pole positions: 0
Points finishes: 30

It was a difficult year for Ferrari in 2014 as they struggled to get to grips with their car. Having finished third in the constructors championship in 2013 just six points behind Mercedes, they dropped to fourth last year behind a resurgent Williams, Red Bull, and the dominant Mercedes.

What was billed as an explosive line-up failed to sizzle with Kimi Raikkonen not enjoying the handling of the car. He finished an uncharacteristic average 8.6 throughout the course of the year with his best finishing position being fourth place at a track where he as always gone well – Spa-Francorchamps. Fernando Alonso managed to finish a bit better with the car suiting his driving style more but he could only manage two podiums – in China and Hungary – and finished sixth in the championship while Raikkonen finished 12th.

The Scuderia Ferrari team which will line up on the grid next weekend in Australia is vastly different to the Ferrari of last year. Gone are President Luca di Montezemolo, Team Principal Stefano Domenicali, interim Team Principal Marco Mattiacci, and driver Fernando Alonso. The team also announced at the end of last year that Pat Fry and Nikolas Tombazis would also be departing.

In their place are Sergio Marchionne as Chairman, Maurizio Arrivabene as Team Principal, and four time world champion Sebastian Vettel. It is a highly revitalised team lead by a charismatic leader. Arrivabene has vocally challenged Bernie Ecclestone in relation to making Formula One more open to fans. He even took members of his team to sit in the stands in Barcelona with the fans. As well as experienced drivers, Ferrari have added two young guns to their testing line-up – Esteban Gutierrez and Jean-Eric Vergne. Both drivers lost their seats in F1 but testing roles will keep their foot in the door. Vergne has also been racing in Formula E.

The early signs of the new Ferrari have been positive with Kimi Raikkonen saying that it is definitely an improvement on last year’s machine. They came out of the box fastest in Jerez although testing times mean very little, particularly in the first test, but the signs have been good. Engine customers Sauber completed most laps in the second Barcelona test while Ferrari recorded the second amount, showing that their engines have proved to be reliable so far.

For Raikkonen it is a chance to redeem himself from last year. The car was not to his liking and he struggled with the front end, particularly when Pirelli changed the tyre construction. The Finnish driver has been positive about pre-season testing so this year could see him back fighting for bigger points as he certainly does not lack the speed or driving flair.

It was a similarly difficult year for new team-mate Vettel who had won the previous four world championships and then found the new car was not to his liking last season. He was comfortably beaten by Red Bull’s new recruit Daniel Ricciardo and only got four podiums – vastly different to the 16 podiums – 13 of which were wins – the year before. In pre-season testing Vettel wasted no time in going fastest in Jerez and generally seems to have been performing well. Like Raikkonen, it isn’t the speed or driving flair he lacks but he needs the car beneath him to be able to demonstrate it.

As both drivers have a point to prove, this could prove to be the fireworks that many expected last year. While the drivers are good friends away from the track both will want to beat each other after finishing behind their team-mates last year. With a much improved car Ferrari could enter the battle for second in the championship along with Williams and Red Bull, but can they win races in 2015?

Ferrari unveil SF15-T online

Ferrari have become the sixth team to officially reveal their 2015 car.

The Scuderia unveiled photos of the SF15-T online, as has been the trend so far this season. The Williams, Lotus, McLaren, Mercedes and Sauber challengers have already been seen – along with Force India’s 2015 livery on a 2014 car with this year spec nose – prior to the start of the first pre-season test, starting in Jerez on Sunday.

Alongside a new car, Ferrari also have a new line-up as four time world champion Sebastian Vettel joins Kimi Raikkonen at the team. Raikkonen won his world championship with the team back in 2007 but they suffered a bit of a slump last season. As was the case with Renault powered teams, Ferrari found themselves at a bit of a deficit to Mercedes power and the team eventually finished fourth. Fernando Alonso picked up two podiums while Raikkonen grappled with a car which did not play to his strengths as a driver. For Vettel at Red Bull it was also a difficult season as he failed to pick up a win after enjoying such success in the past few years. There were a few podiums but it was his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo who picked up the wins.

“Obviously we want to be as strong as we can,” Raikkonen said of the new season. “It’s too early to say where we’re going to be and as long as we do our things 100%, work as one team with two cars, we can push things forward and keep building what we’ve been building over the winter and go from there. That’s the starting point and then obviously the results will come. There’s no point from my side to make any goals yet, we’ll start from the first test and go from there.”

“It’s a change of colour for me, so it’s a new experience but I think the car looks beautiful,” Vettel revealed. “To see how it comes together is always special, every year when there’s a new car when you see the first bits and finally the final car all assembled. I can’t wait to go on track and see how it feels. The first time when I arrived [in Maranello] last year the opportunity to test the car from 2012 was already something magical, something really really special. Of course now, to get going, to start the 2015 season properly will be something special. I think when the flag drops in Melbourne I think will be again a very special thing.”

Ferrari have shaken up their technical team, with long-term team member Pat Fry departing. They also have a new team principal in the form of Maurizio Arrivabene. Two drivers from the 2014 season – Esteban Gutierrez and Jean-Eric Vergne – have joined the team in a testing capacity.


Lewis Hamilton takes inaugural Russian GP pole

A bright sunny day greeted drivers at the qualifying session for the inaugural Russian Grand Prix.

21 drivers took to the track for Q1, with Marussia choosing not to run another driver in Jules Bianchi’s car. Instead they have set the car up in the garage with Graeme Lowdon explaining that they want to show that Bianchi’s car is ready and it is there waiting for him. All the drivers are also running with ‘tout avec Jules’ stickers on their helmets, showing their thoughts are very much with the French driver. Three drivers went into qualifying already knowing they would be taking five place grid drops. Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg will take grid drops for gearbox changes while Pastor Maldonado has carried over a grid drop from a new engine in Japan. McLaren were the only team to use the medium compound tyres at the start of the session. Jenson Button went third initially, dropping to fifth, while Magnussen went seventh before swapping to the soft tyres to jump to fourth. Felipe Massa reported a problem with his Williams as he lapped at the bottom of the times. He improved but only enough to get to 17th and remaining in the drop-zone. He crossed the line with enough time to lap again and come round for one final flying lap but it was not enough to progress. As 19 drivers continued to circulate only Mercedes remained in the garage, confident of their place in Q2.

Joining Massa in the drop-zone, and therefore failing to make it through to Q2, were Marcus Ericsson, Kamui Kobayashi, Maldonado, and Max Chilton. Hamilton topped the times with half of Q2 remaining, two tenths ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg with Bottas once again in third. After a couple of slow laps, Fernando Alonso improved to go seventh getting into the pole position shoot-out. He was soon joined by team-mate Kimi Raikkonen who went eighth but both drivers were not far off the cut-off time, with cars behind them which could still improve. Sebastian Vettel was another driver struggling, lapping in the lower end of the drop-zone, only ahead of Romain Grosjean. In the closing stages of Q2 both Mercedes stayed in the garage along with both McLarens who felt confident enough that they were through. Out at the end of Q2 were Vettel, Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez, Esteban Gutierrez, Adrian Sutil and Grosjean.

Hamilton topped the times going into the pole position shoot out, ahead of Rosberg, Bottas, Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat,  Button, Daniel Ricciardo, Alonso, Raikkonen, and Jean-Eric Vergne. After the first runs Rosberg topped the times ahead of Bottas, Button, Alonso, Kvyat, Hamilton, Ricciardo, Vergne, Raikkonen and Magnussen. Hamilton made a mistake on his lap and he ended up a second off his team-mate. His second lap saw him go top of the times. Bottas looked like he could snatch pole position but mistakes at the end of the lap cost him dearly.

Hamilton secured pole position by two tenths, ahead of Bottas, Button, Kvyat, Magnussen, Ricciardo, Alonso, Raikkonen and Vergne.


2014: The Japanese Grand Prix in Numbers

Statistics from the Japanese GP weekend

Total number of laps completed (by driver)

Kevin Magnussen 130
Jenson Button 129
Daniil Kvyat 126
Nico Rosberg 125
Valtteri Bottas 125
Romain Grosjean 124
Lewis Hamilton 121
Adrian Sutil 118
Pastor Maldonado 117
Sebastian Vettel 117
Felipe Massa 112
Max Chilton 107
Esteban Gutierrez 106
Daniel Ricciardo 104
Kimi Raikkonen 102
Marcus Ericsson 101
Nico Hulkenberg 97
Jules Bianchi 94
Jean-Eric Vergne 85
Sergio Perez 82
Fernando Alonso 75
Kamui Kobayashi 67
Roberto Mehri 24
Max Verstappen 22

Total number of laps completed (by team)

McLaren 259
Mercedes 246
Lotus 241
Williams 237
Toro Rosso 233
Sauber 224
Red Bull 221
Marussia 201
Caterham 192
Force India 179
Ferrari 177

Number of race laps: 44
Number of safety cars: 3
Number of race starters: 22
Number of times race lead changed hands (includes pole sitter): 5
Number of different race leaders (excludes pole sitter if lead changes off the line): 3
Number of classified drivers: 21
Number of retirements: 1
Number of drivers on lead lap at chequered flag (/red flag): 9
Number of teams scoring points: 6
Most places gained: 11 (Jean-Eric Vergne 20th – 9th)
Number of visits to pit-lane: 79
…of which were pit-stops: 57
Stop/go penalties: 0
Drive through penalties: 0
Retirements in pit-lane: 0
Brought in by safety car: 22
Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton 1:51.600 on lap 39


Max Verstappen set to become youngest ever F1 driver

At just 16 years of age, Max Verstappen is set to become the youngest ever Formula One driver in 2015. The Dutch driver, who will be 17 when he makes his Formula One debut, will replace Jean-Eric Vergne as Toro Rosso field a team with a combined age of just 37.

The news comes just over a week after it was announced that Verstappen was joining the Red Bull Junior Team. “It goes without saying that I’m very happy and I feel honoured to be part of the Red Bull Junior Team,” he said at the time. “[The team] has successfully brought and guided many drivers into Formula One. I will take this opportunity with both hands in order to develop and maximise my career with Red Bull. I want to thank Dr Helmut Marko for his involvement in making this partnership possible and I want to thank Red Bull for putting their trust in me.”

The young driver, who up until 2013 had been karting, is in his first season of single seaters. He currently lies second in the European Formula 3 championship with eight wins under his belt. From the 26 races he has started, he has eight wins, 13 podiums, five pole positions and five fastest laps. He is 80 points off championship leader Esteban Ocon.

Of the announcement that he is set to make his Formula One debut in 2015, Verstappen said: “Ever since I was seven years old, Formula 1 has been my career goal, so this opportunity is truly a dream come true.”

He was welcomed to the team by Team Boss Franz Tost. “We are happy to welcome Max into the Toro Rosso family,” he said. “It’s great to see how the Red Bull Junior Programme continues to find talented young drivers and gives them the opportunity to come into Formula 1. We consider Max to be as one of the most skilled young drivers of the new generation and we believe he has the necessary maturity and mental strenght to take on this challenge successfully.”

Max is not the first Verstappen to race in Formula One – he is the son of Jos Verstappen who raced between 1994 and 2003. His best results were two third place finishes – both in 1994 – at the Hungarian and Belgian Grand Prix.

The announcement means that Jean-Eric Vergne, who joined Toro Rosso as a test driver in 2011 before being promoted to a race seat in 2012.


The Winners & Losers of 2014: Part One

The 2014 Formula One season is one that has been dominated by the Mercedes F1 team. Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have taken control of the drivers championship while the team also have a significant lead in the constructors championship. After 11 races, it is a season which looks significantly different to this time last year when Sebastian Vettel was well on his way to his fourth championship. Here is a look at this season compared with the same stage last year and who have statistically been the biggest winners and losers of 2014.

1. Winner: Daniel Ricciardo(+119)

Daniel Ricciardo has certainly blossomed since making the step up from Toro Rosso to Red Bull Racing. The ‘Honey Badger’ is comfortably beating his multiple world champion team-mate and has the coveted title of being the only man to have won a race in 2014 piloting something other than a W05. He is the biggest winner of 2014 in terms of his points this year compared to this time last year. He has seen an increase of 119 points (12 in 2013; 131 in 2014) as well as going from having an average classified finishing position of 12.1 to a 2014 average of 3.67. At this time last year he was 185 points off the championship lead while in 2014 he is 71 points off the lead and lies in third place.


2013/2014: 12/131 (+119)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 3.67/12.1 (+8.4)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 16/3 (+13)

1. Loser: Sebastian Vettel (-109)

The unfortunate thing for Sebastian Vettel is that while his team-mate has seen a significant improvement since 2013, the only way for a four time world champion is down. The Red Bull driver is not having a disastrous season but sixth in the championship is unfamilar territory. At this point last season he had a 46 point lead at the top of the championship but this year his deficit to the leader is over double that. He currently lies 114 points off Nico Rosberg’s lead and has seen a drop of 109 points between last season and this season (197 in 2013; 88 in 2014). His average classified finishing position has not seen quite a drastic fall however and currently stands at 4.6 after being 2.1 in 2013.


2013/2014: 197/88 (-109)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 2.1/4.6 (-2.5)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 1/6 (-5)

2. Winner: Nico Rosberg (+106)

Nico Rosberg is currently sitting pretty at the top of the drivers championship, 11 points clear of team-mate Lewis Hamilton. He has seen a clear improvement from last season, progressing from eighth in the championship at this stage last year to leading it this year. He has seen a points increase of 106, rising from 96 in 2013 to 202 in 2014. His average classified finishing position has also gone from 6.4 in 2013 to 1.8 in 2014, thanks to his four wins so far this season.


2013/2014: 96/202
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 6.4/1.8
Championship Position
2013/2014: 1/8

2. Loser: Kimi Raikkonen (-106)

2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen has really struggled in 2014. He has failed to get to grips with the F14 T and is languishing eight places and 88 points behind team-mate Fernando Alonso. Since moving from Lotus, the Finn has seen his points drop after failing to finish higher than sixth so far this year. Raikkonen has seen his points total drop from 134 at this time last year (where he also lay fourth in the championship) to just 27 this year. His average classified finishing position has also dropped significantly from 4.2 in 2013 to 9.3 in 2014 – the biggest drop of any driver.


2013/2014: 134/27
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 4.2/9.3
Championship Position
2013/2014: 4/12

3. Winner: Valtteri Bottas (+95)

Another driver who has made big strides forward since last season is Valtteri Bottas. Williams had a season to forget last year and the impressive Finnish rookie was only able to pick up four points over the course of the entire season. After 11 races in 2013 he had no points while after the same amount in 2014  he has 95 points, with a string of recent podiums adding to his tally. As well as an increase in his points, his average classified finishing position has also significantly risen from 13.7 in 2013 to 5.5 in 2014 – a rise of 8.2, just shy of Daniel Ricciardo’s total of 8.4.


2013/2014: 0/95 (+95)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 13.7/5.5 (+8.2)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 18/5 (+13)

3. Loser: Romain Grosjean (-45)

Lotus were a race winning team in 2013 and Romain Grosjean was a solid top ten finisher, with two podiums to his name at this stage last season. This year, however, Lotus have struggled with reliability and the car in general and Grosjean has picked up just eight points. This sees him drop 45 points on his total last year. Despite that though his average classified finishing position has only dropped 2.3 from 8.5 to 10.8. He has had more DNFs this year, however – failing to finish five out of 11 races this season while he finshed nine in 2013. He has also dropped down the championship standings from eighth in 2013 to 14th in 2014.


2013/2014: 53/8 (-45)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 8.5/10.8 (-2.3)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 8/14 (-6)

4. Winner: Nico Hulkenberg (+62)

A return to his former team for 2014 has seen Nico Hulkenberg enjoy a much more fruitful season in terms of points. Up until the most recent race of the season, Hulkenberg was one of only two drivers to finish every race in the points. The other was Fernando Alonso who is still maintaining his 100% record. He currently has 69 points and lies seventh in the championship. This is an increase of 62 having scored just seven points at this stage last year. His average classified finishing position has also risen from 11.1 to 6.6 thanks to his consistency.


2013/2014: 7/69 (+62)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 11.1/6.6 (+4.5)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 15/7 (+8)

4. Loser: Fernando Alonso (-36)

At this stage last year Fernando Alonso had two wins under his belt, along with four further podiums and he lay second to Sebastian Vettel in the championship. What a difference a year can make as Ferrari have struggled with their car. Alonso has once again shown in class in a car that isn’t quite up to scratch. His consistent scoring leaves him 87 points off the championship leader but sees a drop of 36 points on last year. He currently has 115 points while his tally was 151 in 2013. His average classified finishing position has seen a marginal transition from 3.5 to 4.9.


2013/2014: 151/115 (-36)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 3.5/4.9 (-1.4)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 2/4 (-2)

5. Winner: Lewis Hamilton (+52)

Lewis Hamilton didn’t have a bad 2013 and at this stage last season he was third in the championship with 139 points. Mercedes have taken an ominous step forward in 2014 however, leaving their rivals trailing by quite a margin. Hamilton currently lies second to his team-mate by 11 points and has seen his overall points tally increase from 139 in 2013 to 191 at the same stage in 2014. As was the case with his team-mate, his average classified finishing position is also a 1, but Hamilton’s is marginally better thanks to his extra win meaning his average is 1.6 to Rosberg’s 1.8. That’s an increase for Hamilton of 2.69 on last year.


2013/2014: 139/191 (+52)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 4.3/1.67 (+2.69)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 3/2 (+1)

5. Loser: Felipe Massa (-27)

Felipe Massa ended his eight year Ferrari career at the end of 2013 and moved to Williams for this season. In a year that has  seen Williams take significant steps forward, Massa has dropped back on where he was at this stage last year. 27 points is the difference between where he is this year and where he was this time last year (67 in 2014; 40 in 2013). In Massa’s defence he has been involved in three first lap incidents, two of which he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, which have obviously prevented his point scoring capabilities. He is driving a car capable of podiums, and perhaps even wins. His average classified finishing record has also dropped between last year and this year by 1.9 places. He has also lost out two positions in the championship – 7th in 2013 and 9th in 2014.


2013/2014: 67/40 (-27)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 6.89/8.75 (-1.86)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 7/9 (-2)

6. Winner: Jenson Button (+13)

They may have been celebrating 50 years in 2013, but for McLaren it was a season to forget. With a highest position of fifth, achieved just once, Jenson Button was the team’s highest placed driver and he has seen an improvement on last season. In 2014, Button has finished fourth on two occasions as well as one third place and he has seen his points tally increase from 47 in 2013 to 60 this year. His average classified finishing position has not improved much, however, increasing just 0.72 since last season from 9 to 8.27. He’s also a position higher in the championship but that won’t be much consolation to the 2009 world champion who was winning races in 2012.


2013/2014: 47/60 (+13)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 9/8.27  (+0.72)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 8/9 (+1)

6. Loser: Adrian Sutil (-25)

Adrian Sutil made the move to Sauber after a long stint with Midland/Spyker/Force India. His season has been one to forget so far as neither he nor team-mate Esteban Gutierrez have managed to score any points yet due to an under-performing car that struggles with reliability. Sutil has just six classified finishes this year and is down 25 points on this stage last year. Unsurprisingly his average classified finishing position has also dropped – 9.6 to 13 – while his championship position has also fallen. All-in-all Sutil has not enjoyed a successful 2014 so far.


2013/2014:  25/0 (-25)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 9.6/13 (-3.375)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 11/17 (-6)

7. Winner: Sergio Perez (+11)

McLaren’s other 2013 driver Sergio Perez is also a winner in 2014. The Mexican was dropped by the team after just one year and he found a seat at Force India. He is one of nine drivers to stand on the podium in 2014 and he has seen his points increase by 11 – from 18 to 29. As well as that his average classified finishing position has improved 2.375 along with his championship position (albeit only by one place).


2013/2014: 18/29 (+11)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 11/8.625 (+2.375)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 12/11 (+1)

7. Loser: Jean-Eric Vergne (-2)

Jean-Eric Vergne has been fairly consistent if you compare where he was this stage last year with where he is in 2014. His points tally has only dropped by two points (from 13 to 11) while his average classified finishing position has gone up by 0.2857. In fact, it wouldn’t really be fair to call JEV a loser at all as his championship position is exactly the same,  so his losses have been very minimal.


2013/2014: 13/11 (-2)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 10.2857/10 (-0.2857)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 13/13

8. Winner: Jules Bianchi (+2)

It may have taken them three and a bit years but Marussia finally scored their first points in Formula One and it was all thanks to Jules Bianchi. The 2013 rookie picked up two points for finishing ninth in Monaco. This instantly means he betters his points from this time last year as he scored none in the whole of last season (along with both Caterham drivers and Marussia team-mate Max Chilton). As well as that Bianchi’s average classified finishing position has also risen – from 16.3 to 14.875 – while his championship position has progressed from 19th to 16th.


2013/2014: 0/2 (+2)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 16.3/14.875 (+1.458)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 19/16 (+3)

8. Loser: Pastor Maldonado (-1)

Pastor Maldonado had a season to forget driving for Williams in 2013. A move for the Venezuelan to Lotus for 2014 promised much. After all, the Lotus team won a race last season and had many podiums. It has been a nightmare of a season for Lotus and Maldonado has gone from having one point at this stage last year, to having no points at all this year. His average classified finishing position has remained pretty constant although it is no silver lining for the 2012 race winner.


2013/2014: 1/0 (-1)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 13.5/13.857 (-0.357)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 16/19 (-3)

And so concludes part one of the winners and losers of 2014. Next up it will be the turn of the teams. Kevin Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat, Marcus Ericsson, and Kamui Kobayashi can neither win nor lose as they have no 2013 season to compare their form with. Max Chilton and Esteban Gutierrez remain on the same amount of points that they did at this time last year – 0.