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The 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (officially the 2015 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix)[1] was the 19th and final round of the 2015 Formula One season. This Grand Prix will not be worth double points for the World Championship, unlike in 2014. It was held between 27 November and 29 November 2015.

In the only driver change, Roberto Merhi returned to Marussia, replacing Alexander Rossi.

The practice sessions saw the Mercedes drivers share fastest times, with Lewis Hamilton topping FP1 and Nico Rosberg topping FP2 and FP3. Daniil Kvyat suffered an issue in FP3 and only completed two laps.

In qualifying, the McLarens appeared to have some pace and while Jenson Button managed to secure ninth in Q1, Fernando Alonso suffered a puncture on his key lap and thus was unable to secure a spot in Q2. More surprising was Sebastian Vettel's failure to progress from the first session, as he was unable to best his lap on the slower tyres. In Q2, Romain Grosjean's car suffered gearbox issues that saw his stop on track and eventually receive a five-place gearbox penalty.

For the final session of qualifying, it was a straight battle between the Mercedes drivers. Rosberg laid down the first marker, besting Hamilton's first attempt. As the chequered flag fell, Hamilton improved enough for provisional pole before Rosberg continued his fine form to post an even faster time to take his sixth consecutive pole position. Kimi Räikkönen restored some Ferrari pride with third while Sergio Pérez equaled his best qualifying result with fourth.

At the race start, Rosberg got off much better than Hamilton, who was forced to defend second place into turn one. Further back, Valtteri Bottas lost four places, and a touch of wheels between Alonso and Felipe Nasr sent Alonso into Pastor Maldonado, and the Venezuelan was forced to retire. Bottas' day got worse when he was released from his first pit stop into the path of Jenson Button and the Williams front wing hit the McLaren's tyre and Bottas was forced to complete the lap with a damaged front wing before pitting to change it.

Vettel, on the prime (soft) tyres slowly made his way through the field and even managed to as high as second before his pit stop on lap 24. During the second stint, Rosberg suffered from graining and thus Hamilton closed on his teammate, to nearly a second behind, before Rosberg made his second stop. Hamilton remained out for eleven more laps before pitting, and he was given the prime tyres, unlike Vettel who had two laps earlier put on the option (super soft) tyres. Räikkönen pushed on, setting a few fastest laps, while Vettel overtook Pérez for fourth place; a strong recovery given his starting position. Due to his strategy, Hamilton lost all the ground he made in the second stint and thus was unable to fully close the gap to Rosberg, who won by eight seconds, ahead of Hamilton, who managed to set the fastest lap, and Räikkönen finished in third place.

The result meant Hamilton's title-winning margin fell to 59 points to Rosberg, with Vettel 103 behind. Mercedes managed to break their points record from the previous season, scoring 703 points.

BackgroundEdit

Heading into the final race of the weekend, both championships had already been decided with Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes leading the championship in their respective championship. But several positions in the championship hadn't been decided with the highest of those being for fourth with Valtteri Bottas having a one point advantage over Kimi Räikkönen while Williams team mate Felipe Massa could still finish in 4th as he was 19 points behind the Fin. All of the teams used super soft and soft tyres.[2]. After the previous race in Brazil, the 2015 Race of Champions was held with Sebastian Vettel defeating Tom Kristensen in the final at London.[3] Vettel wasn't the only Formula One driver with eight drivers formerly or currently driving in Formula One.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is shown below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W06 Hybrid Mercedes PU106B Hybrid P
6 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W06 Hybrid Mercedes PU106B Hybrid P
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Infiniti Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB11 Renault Energy F1-2015 P
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Austria Infiniti Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB11 Renault Energy F1-2015 P
19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams FW37 Mercedes PU106B Hybrid P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams FW37 Mercedes PU106B Hybrid P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF15-T Ferrari 059/3 P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF15-T Ferrari 059/3 P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren Honda McLaren MP4-30 Honda RA615H Hybrid P
22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren Honda McLaren MP4-30 Honda RA615H Hybrid P
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM08 Mercedes PU106B Hybrid P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM08 Mercedes PU106B Hybrid P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR10 Renault Energy F1-2015 P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR10 Renault Energy F1-2015 P
8 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus F1 Team Lotus E23 Hybrid Mercedes PU106B Hybrid P
13 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Lotus F1 Team Lotus E23 Hybrid Mercedes PU106B Hybrid P
28 United Kingdom Will Stevens United Kingdom Manor Marussia F1 Team Marussia MR03 Ferrari 059/3 P
98 Spain Roberto Merhi United Kingdom Manor Marussia F1 Team Marussia MR03 Ferrari 059/3 P
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C34 Ferrari 059/3 P
12 Brazil Felipe Nasr Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C34 Ferrari 059/3 P
Free Practice 1 only
30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer United Kingdom Lotus F1 Team Lotus E23 Hybrid Mercedes PU106B Hybrid P
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Practice OverviewEdit

FP1Edit

FP2Edit

FP3Edit

Practice ResultsEdit

No Driver Team FP1 FP2 FP3
TimePosTimePosTimePos
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-Renault 1:44.893 7 1:42.647 4 1:42.726 6
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 1:44.742 5 1:42.717 5 1:42.185 3
6 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 1:43.8952 1:41.9831 1:41.856 1
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 1:44.500 3 1:42.849 7 1:42.627 5
8 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus-Mercedes DNP 1:43.929 15 1:43.928 15
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1:46.407 17 1:45.24518 1:44.325 17
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes 1:44.934 8 1:42.610 3 1:42.448 4
12 Brazil Felipe Nasr Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1:46.115 15 1:44.116 17 1:43.718 13
13 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Lotus-Mercedes 1:45.314 9 1:43.431 10 1:43.680 12
14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:45.865 14 1:42.955 9 1:44.014 16
19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:45.433 10 1:43.506 12 1:43.173 8
22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:45.773 13 1:44.050 16 1:43.508 11
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Austria Red Bull-Renault 1:44.702 4 1:42.798 6 20
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Force India-Mercedes 1:44.751 6 1:42.928 8 1:42.859 7
28 United Kingdom Will Stevens United Kingdom Marussia-Ferrari 1:48.836 19 1:46.45019 1:47.283 18
30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer United Kingdom Lotus-Mercedes 1:46.501 18 DNP DNP
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Italy Toro Rosso-Renault 1:45.718 12 1:43.662 13 1:43.826 14
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1:43.7541 1:42.121 2 1:42.137 2
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso-Renault 1:46.220 16 1:43.854 14 1:43.429 10
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:45.603 11 1:43.441 11 1:43.239 9
98 Spain Roberto Merhi United Kingdom Marussia-Ferrari 1:49.88820 1:47.02220 1:47.520 19
Source: [4][5][6]

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Nico Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Kimi Räikkönen
Sergio Pérez ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Daniel Ricciardo
Valtteri Bottas ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Nico Hülkenberg
Felipe Massa ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Daniil Kvyat
Carlos Sainz, Jr. ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Max Verstappen
Jenson Button ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Pastor Maldonado
Felipe Nasr ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Sebastian Vettel
Fernando Alonso ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Marcus Ericsson
Romain Grosjean* ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Will Stevens
Roberto Merhi ______________

Notes:

RaceEdit

Pre-raceEdit

ReportEdit

Post-raceEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 55 1 h 38 m 30.175 s 1 25
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 55 + 8.271 s 2 18
3 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 55 + 19.430 s 3 15
4 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 55 + 43.735 s 15 12
5 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes 55 + 1 m 3.952 s 4 10
6 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-Renault 55 + 1 m 5.010 s 5 8
7 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Force India-Mercedes 55 + 1 m 33.618 s 7 6
8 19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 55 + 1 m 37.751 s 8 4
9 8 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus-Mercedes 55 + 1 m 38.201 s 18 2
10 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Austria Red Bull-Renault 55 + 1 m 42.371 s 9 1
11 33 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso-Renault 55 + 1 m 43.525 s 10
12 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 54 + 1 lap 12
13 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 54 + 1 lap 6
14 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 54 + 1 lap 17
15 12 Brazil Felipe Nasr Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 54 + 1 lap 14
16* 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Italy Toro Rosso-Renault 54 + 1 lap 11
17 14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 53 + 2 laps 16
18 28 United Kingdom Will Stevens United Kingdom Marussia-Ferrari 53 + 2 laps 19
19 98 Spain Roberto Merhi United Kingdom Marussia-Ferrari 52 + 3 laps PL
Ret 13 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Lotus-Mercedes 0 Collision 13
Source
  • * Max Verstappen, who crossed the line in 12th place, was given two time penalties; one of five seconds for leaving track limits and gaining an advantage and one of twenty seconds for ignoring blue flags. Combined, these 25 seconds pushed him down to 16th.

Fastest lapsEdit

Laps in the leadEdit

StintsEdit

Stint Driver Laps Total Distance
1 Germany Nico Rosberg 1 – 10 10 55.540 km
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 11 1 5.554 km
3 Germany Nico Rosberg 12 – 30 19 105.526 km
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 31 – 41 11 61.094 km
5 Germany Nico Rosberg 42 – 55 14 77.756 km

TotalsEdit

Pos. Driver Laps Distance
1 Germany Nico Rosberg 43 238.822 km
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 12 66.648 km

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 381
2 Germany Nico Rosberg 322
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel 278
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 150 ▲1
5 Finland Valtteri Bottas 136 ▼1
6 Brazil Felipe Massa 121
7 Russia Daniil Kvyat 95
8 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 92
9 Mexico Sergio Pérez 78
10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 58
11 France Romain Grosjean 51
12 Netherlands Max Verstappen 49
13 Brazil Felipe Nasr 27
14 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 27
15 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. 18
16 United Kingdom Jenson Button 16
17 Spain Fernando Alonso 11
18 Sweden Marcus Ericsson 9
19 Spain Roberto Merhi 0
20 United States Alexander Rossi 0
21 United Kingdom Will Stevens 0
NC Denmark Kevin Magnussen 0
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 Germany Mercedes 703
2 Italy Ferrari 428
3 United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 257
4 United Kingdom Red Bull-Renault 187
5 India Force India-Mercedes 136
6 United Kingdom Lotus-Mercedes 78
7 Italy Toro Rosso-Renault 67
8 Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 36
9 United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 27
10 United Kingdom Marussia-Ferrari 0

NotesEdit

  1. "2015 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix". Formula1.com. Formula One Administration. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/championship/races/2015/Abu_Dhabi.html. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  2. "Pirelli confirm tyre allocation for Mexico City". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 13 October 2015. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/latest/headlines/2015/10/pirelli-confirm-tyre-allocations-for-mexico-city.html. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  3. "Vettel defeats Kristensen to win 2015 Race of Champions". Valentin Khorounzhiy (Motorsport.com). 21 October 2015. http://www.motorsport.com/general/news/vettel-defeats-kristensen-to-win-2015-race-of-champions/. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  4. "2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice 1 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 27 November 2015. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/championship/results/2015-race-results/2015-abu-dhabi-results/practice-1.html. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  5. "2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice 2 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 27 November 2015. http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/championship/results/2015-race-results/2015-abu-dhabi-results/practice-2.html. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  6. "2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice 3 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 28 November 2015.
V T E 2015 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • Force India • Lotus • Marussia • McLaren • Mercedes • Red Bull • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Williams
Engines Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Renault
Drivers Ricciardo • 5 Vettel • 6 Rosberg • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Ericsson • 11 Pérez • 12 Nasr • 13 Maldonado • 14 Alonso • 19 Massa • 20 Magnussen • 22 Button • 26 Kvyat • 27 Hülkenberg • 28 Stevens • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 53 Rossi • 55 Sainz • 77 Bottas • 98 Merhi
Other Drivers Buemi • Celis • Daruvala • De la Rosa • Félix da Costa • Fong • Gasly • Gutiérrez • Jordá • King • Leimer • Lynn • Marciello • Palmer • Pic • Prost • Rigon • Sutil • Turvey • Vandoorne • Vergne • Wehrlein • Wolff
Cars SF15-T • VJM08 • E23 Hybrid • MR03B • MP4-30 • W06 Hybrid • RB11 • C34 • STR10 • FW37
Tyres Pirelli
Races Australia • Malaysia • China • Bahrain • Spain • Monaco • Canada • Austria • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Singapore • Japan • Russia • United States • Mexico • Brazil • Abu Dhabi
Tests Jerez • Barcelona: 1 • 2 • 3 • Spielberg • Abu Dhabi
See also 2014 Formula One Season • 2016 Formula One Season • Category
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Circuits Yas Marina Circuit (2009–present)
Circuit Yas-Island
Races 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017
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