TJ13’a readers were not feeling the love for the 2015 Brazilian GP, scoring it a woeful 3.92. Only one race this year has been rated lower and that was the season opener in Australia with an average mark of 3.38 out of 10. There was a measure of excitement on Saturday, as Nico Rosberg claimed his 5th consecutive pole position by less than a tenth of a second from fellow Mercedes driver and bitter rival Lewis Hamilton. Questions have been raised about this turnaround in form and the coincidence in timing with the new raised minimum tyre pressures.
Hamilton again complained about the team’s lack of strategy freedom for the Mercedes drivers and appears to have finally realised that for some years now, extreme aero packages have ruined overtaking opportunities for drivers in similar cars on similar race strategies. Yet, there was little the 2015 world champion could have done even had the team allowed him the strategy freedom he believes he should be allowed.
The Brazilian GP can be a rather Jekyll and Hyde event from year to year as Kimi Raikkonen pointed out. “Quite often I think [in the past], we happened to have some odd conditions, and a lot of things can happen with safety cars and things like that. You then get a lot of overtaking and a lot of battles.
“But quite often, we can have a pretty boring races from start to finish in the end, and it was one of those days.”
Indeed, Brazil has not been rated well by TJ13 since records began. In 2014 it was scored 6.51 as Rosberg again won, but an over cut attempt by Hamilton that saw him set a stellar lap on ageing tyres as Rosberg pitted for the second time – gave hope that the race leader may lose the lead. However, Lewis surprisingly stayed out for another lap, his tyres were spent and he spun at turn four, finishing his hopes of a win.
In 2013 the Brazilian GP was scored 5.58 as Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel finished the season champion again for the fourth time.
The driver of the weekend or the 2015 Brazilian GP was Max Verstappen, scoring 64% of the readers votes. Love him or not, Verstappen is clearly an F1 mega star of the future and for many his moves will have brightened up an otherwise less than exciting chase for the drivers championship.