The last race of the 2015 Formula 1 season was Nico Rosberg’s to lose, and with it, the confidence of potentially challenging next year for an already twice-lost title – but, for the third time running, the Mercedes driver stood his ground against the unrelenting pursuit from his team-mate.
The podium ceremony of the legendary Brazilian Grand Prix was a somewhat subdued affair, following the tragic events in Paris a few days earlier. But, in fact, bar a few parties sealing the deal on their individual successes, there was little of on-track action to celebrate anyway.
As the dust began to settle on Lewis Hamilton’s third career title, the newly crowned Champion did not add to his plethora of achievements at the reinstated Mexico Grand Prix, as his team-mate finally picked up the fight to receive – if nothing else – a rockstar treatment.
Following the painfully uneventful Canadian Grand Prix, the worry of the F1 fan world going into Austria was a repeat of much of the same; but the recently restored Spielberg track brought some long-awaited excitement as early as lap one and the event continued to deliver somewhat more entertainment than its 2015 predecessors.
It looked like Lewis Hamilton had yet another race win in the bag – and not just any race, but the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix. Having dominated the whole weekend in Monte Carlo, he certainly deserved it… but it took one decision by his team to turned the afternoon on its head.
Just as we began to put our money on Lewis Hamilton as the single title favourite this year, his biggest rival of recent months picked himself up and made us think again.
As befits a historic circuit, Hockenheimring delivered some stunning on-track action during the 2014 Formula 1 grand prix – but more so this particular year it rounded up a perfect sporting week for the hosts by handing the win to a German driver and a German team with a German engine – for the first time in history.