2006-2015 United States Grand Prix Formbook

2006

POLE: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)

FASTEST LAP: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)

WINNER: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)

After the debacle of the previous year, where all Michelin-shod cars were forced to withdraw on the grounds, leaving just six cars starting, the 2006 edition of the US Grand Prix at the renowned Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a welcome sight. However, ten cars would be eliminated due to collisions within the first ten laps and only nine cars would greet the chequered flag. Felipe Massa’s exquisite start saw him lead his venerable team-mate Michael Schumacher for the first 29 laps. The German maestro would make this race his fifth victory in seven starts at Indianapolis, an unprecedented record for the modern era. Championship rival Fernando Alonso uncharacteristically struggled in his Renault, finishing fifth and almost half a minute down on the rampant Ferraris. His much-maligned team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella rounded off the podium, whilst Jarno Trulli carried his Toyota home in fourth.

2007

POLE: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes)

FASTEST LAP: Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

WINNER: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes)

The new rising star of F1 arrived in Indianapolis brimming with confidence after his composed maiden victory in Montreal the previous week. Lewis Hamilton had been trailing his double reigning world champion team-mate Fernando Alonso in the first two qualifying sessions, but he would sensationally grab his second career pole in Q3. Robert Kubica’s harrowing crash in Montreal, leaving him concussed with an injured ankle necessitated the need for a replacement, with a fresh-faced Sebastian Vettel making his Grand Prix debut. The 19 year-old German qualified a solid seventh, just two places behind BMW Sauber team-mate Nick Heidfeld. Despite running wide at the first corner on the first lap of the race, the wily youngster finished eighth, becoming the then-youngest points scorer in F1 history before Max Verstappen usurped his record in 2015.

The race would witness a nail-biting wheel-to-wheel battle between the McLaren drivers, which had no doubt left boss Ron Dennis tethering on the edge of his seat. Controversy had already arisen in Monaco, where team-orders permitted an irate Hamilton to keep station behind Alonso to ensure maximum points for the constructors’ championship. The seasoned Spaniard attempted every trick in the book to catch the rookie Englishman unaware, but Hamilton would prevail after 73 laps with a beaming smile as he took his second victory of his blossoming career. Hamilton left Indianapolis leading Alonso by ten points and nearest non-McLaren rival and 3rd place finisher Felipe Massa by nineteen points, whose Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was lambasted by the Italian media after finishing a mediocre fourth. The result left the taciturn Finn 26 points behind F1’s superstar rookie after just seven races, but no-one could foresee the extraordinary events that would enfold.

2012

POLE: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)

FASTEST LAP: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)

WINNER: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes)

The first-ever Grand Prix to be held in Texas promised fireworks and delivered spectacularly. A cat-and-mouse chase between Vettel and Hamilton would see the German held up by a hesitant Narain Karthikeyan (HRT), allowing Hamilton to nip past Vettel on lap 42 for a popular victory. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) finished a distant third, leaving the Spaniard thirteen points behind the Red Bull driver in the drivers’ championship going into the season finale at Interlagos.

2013

POLE: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)

FASTEST LAP: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)

WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)

Sebastian Vettel set a new record for most consecutive wins in a season (eight). This is currently the last race to date to have all cars powered by Renault on the podium. Romain Grosjean impressed, leading two laps during the pit stop phase and finishing second, whilst Mark Webber finished third in the penultimate Grand Prix of his illustrious career.

2014

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POLE: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

FASTEST LAP: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)

WINNER: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

In a classic 2014 race, Nico Rosberg qualified on pole, but Lewis Hamilton pulled off another startling manoeuvre on his German rival to take his tenth win of his eventual second WDC. Only 18 cars would start the race due to the dire financial situation of the soon-to-be liquidated Caterham and the struggling Marussia (now Manor Racing) teams. The result left Rosberg trailing Hamilton by 24 points with two races remaining.

2015

POLE: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

FASTEST LAP: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

WINNER: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

A topsy-turvy thriller would see Lewis Hamilton crowned world champion for a third time, but not without controversy. The Briton’s manoeuvre on his despised team-mate Rosberg was seen as pushing the boundaries of the regulations, but no penalties were applied. As the torrential conditions dried once the virtual safety car was withdrawn, the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat overtook both Mercedes in quick succession after. The race would be hit by a high level of attrition, as only twelve cars finished. Ricciardo would later lose the lead once track conditions necessitated slicks and his collision with Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India left him limping home in tenth. After Kvyat’s crash on lap 41, Rosberg lost control of his rear tyres due to excessive wheelspin on lap 46, gifting a lead to Hamilton which he would not lose. The American crowd greeted the Englishman with rapturous appreciation and post-race/pre-podium scenes of Rosberg throwing back a cap to his embittered team-mate caused a further stir on social media. As a result of this Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has won four of the five United States Grands Prix (including 2007 at Indianapolis) he has partaken.

2006-15 Formbook

Bold (pole) italics (fastest lap)

DRIVER NAME ’06 / ’07 / ’12/ ’13 / ’14 / ’15

Lewis Hamilton — / 1st / 1st / 4th / 1st / 1st

Nico Rosberg 9th / 16th / 13th / 9th / 2nd / 2nd

Sebastian Vettel — / 8th / 2nd / 1st / 7th /3rd

Kimi Raikkonen RET / 4th / 6th / — / 13th / RET

Felipe Massa 2nd / 3rd / 4th / 12th / 4th / RET

Valtteri Bottas — / — / — / 8th / 5th / RET

Daniel Ricciardo — / — / 12th / 11th / 3rd / 10th

Max Verstappen — / — / — / — / TD / 4th

Nico Hulkenberg — / — / 8th / 6th / RET / RET

Sergio Perez — / — / 11th / 7th / RET / 5th

Kevin Magnussen — / — / — / — / 8th / —

Jolyon Palmer — / — / — / — / — / TD

Carlos Sainz — / — / — / — / — / 7th

Daniil Kvyat — / — / — / — / 15th / RET

Felipe Nasr — / — / — / — / — / 9th

Marcus Ericsson — / — / — / — / — / RET

Fernando Alonso 5th / 2nd / 3rd / 5th / 6th / 11th

Jenson Button RET / 12th / 5th / 10th / 12th / 6th

Pascal Wehrlein (N/A)

Esteban Ocon (N/A)

Romain Grosjean — / — / 7th / 2nd / 11th / RET

Esteban Gutierrez — / — / — / 13th / 14th / —

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2010-15 Japanese Grand Prix Form Book and a tribute to Jules Bianchi

2010

Winner: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault) Pole: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-RenaultFastest Lap: Mark Webber (Red Bull-Renault)

Torrential conditions on Saturday postponed qualifying to Sunday morning amidst a titanic scrap for the drivers’ championship between five drivers. When qualifying finally happened, it saw a routine order to the grid Tas the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber locked out the front row. Lewis Hamilton qualified third, but a gearbox changed saw him dropped five places. The early laps saw six drivers eliminated in accidents; Lucas di Grassi comically crashed at 130R on the parade lap, whilst the race start saw Nico Hulkenberg & Vitaly Petrov colliding, creating a concertina effort where Felipe Massa & Vitantonio Liuzzi attempted to avoid them, only to collect each other too. Robert Kubica’s early retirement with wheel failure saw the five championship contenders of Vettel, Webber, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button bunched up in the top five. The race order remained intact throughout except for the Mclarens, as Hamilton’s gearbox would malfunction later in the race, so the loss of third gear allowed his team-mate Button to claim P4.

2011

Winner: Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes) Pole: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-RenaultFastest Lap: Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes)

The start saw controversy as Vettel staunchly blocked off Button, which left the Briton pleading for his German rival to penalised. Jenson Button would profit from an optimal strategy, allowing him to lead the race comfortably from lap 23. Unfortunately his team-mate Hamilton would suffer his fourth collision of the season with 2008 title rival Felipe Massa, leaving many pundits to scold the 26 year old for his pugnacious driving style. Alonso finished P2, whilst Vettel secured his second consecutive title with P3 in front of his bewildered team-mate Mark Webber. Hamilton stumbled home in P5, with elder statesman Michael Schumacher enjoying his renaissance in P6. Massa, Perez, Petrov and Nico Rosberg rounded off the top ten finishers.

2012

Winner: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault) Pole: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-RenaultFastest Lap: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)

2012 saw yet another dramatic start, but this time it would leave huge implications on the outcome of the drivers’ championship. Championship contender Alonso attempted to makes amends for his poor qualifying position of P7 by squeezing Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus onto the grass, causing the Finn’s front wing to clip the Spaniard’s rear-left tyre. The resultant puncture forced Alonso into retirement at turn 1, paving the way for title rival Vettel to score a grand chelem, after having scored his fourth consecutive pole position at Suzuka on Saturday. Team-mate Massa finished P2, albeit twenty seconds adrift, whilst local hero Kamui Kobayashi scored the only podium of his career for Sauber in P3. Button, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Hulkenberg, Pastor Maldonado, Webber & Daniel Ricciardo were the other top ten finishers.

2013

Winner: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault) Pole: Mark Webber (Red Bull-RenaultFastest Lap: Mark Webber (Red Bull-Renault)

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red BullRenault 53 1:26:49.301 2 25
2 2 Australia Mark Webber Red BullRenault 53 +7.129 1 18
3 8 France Romain Grosjean LotusRenault 53 +9.910 4 15
4 3 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 53 +45.605 8 12
5 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen LotusRenault 53 +47.325 9 10
6 11 Germany Nico Hülkenberg SauberFerrari 53 +51.615 7 8
7 12 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez SauberFerrari 53 +1:11.630 14 6
8 9 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 53 +1:12.023 6 4
9 5 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLarenMercedes 53 +1:20.821 10 2
10 4 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 53 +1:29.263 5 1

2014

Winner: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) Pole: Nico Rosberg (MercedesFastest Lap: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Rest in peace Jules Bianchi.

2015

Winner: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) Pole: Nico Rosberg (MercedesFastest Lap: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Nico Rosberg his second consecutive pole position at Suzuka, with team-mate Hamilton starting alongside on the front row. The start saw the Briton squeezed his embittered rival to outside of turn 1, paving the way for a dominant lights-to-flag finish. Rosberg and the Ferraris of Vettel and Raikkonen predictably finished in P2, P3 & P4. Bottas and Hulkenberg secured P5 and P6 for Williams and Force India respectively,  whilst Lotus’s Grosjean & Maldonado sealed P7 & P8 and Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz rounded out the top ten on a day when the senior Red Bulls languished. Despite finishing ahead of team-mate Button by five places, P11 occupant Alonso hurled angry radio rants to his McLaren engineers during the race, slamming Honda’s power unit as a “GP2 engine”.


Form Book (2010-2015)

———-Pole (bold) Fastest lap (italics)————

DRIVER ( ’10 / ’11 / ’12 / ’13 / ’14 / ’15 )

Hamilton ( 5th / 5th / 5th / Ret / 1st / 1st )

Rosberg ( 17th / 10th / Ret / 8th / 2nd / 2nd )

Vettel ( 1st / 3rd / 1st / 1st / 3rd / 3rd )

Raikkonen ( — / — / 6th / 5th / 12th / 4th )

Bottas ( — / — / TD / 17th / 6th / 5th )

Massa ( Ret / 7th / 2nd / 10th / 7th / 17th )

Ricciardo ( — / 22nd / 10th / 13th / 4th / 15th )

Verstappen ( — / — / — / — / TD / 9th )

Perez ( — / 8th / Ret / 15th / 10th / 12th )

Hulkenberg ( Ret / TD / 7th / 6th / 8th / 6th )

Magnussen ( — / — / — / — / 14th / — )

Palmer ( — / — / — / — / — / TD )

Kvyat ( — / — / — / — / 11th / 13th )

Sainz ( — / — / — / — / — / 10th )

Nasr ( — / — / — / — / — / 20th )

Ericsson ( — / — / — / — / 17th / 14th )

Alonso ( 3rd / 2nd / Ret / 4th / Ret / 11th )

Button ( 4th / 1st / 4th / 9th / 5th / 16th )

Wehrlein (N/A)

Ocon (N/A)

Grosjean ( — / — / 19th / 3rd / 15th / 7th )

Gutierrez ( — / — / — / 7th / 13th / — )

2010-15 Malaysian GP Form Book

2010

Pole: Mark Webber (Red Bull-Renault) Winner: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)

Qualifying was a wet and wild affair, with the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa and the McLarens of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton placing outside the top 15 due to their bizarre decision to remain in their garages until rain arrived. The top five consisted of Webber, Nico Rosberg, Vettel, Adrian Sutil and Nico Hulkenberg.

Vettel rocketed past Webber and Rosberg at the start and led all but two of 56 laps of the race distance. Fernando Alonso suffered a malfunctioning gear linkage issues, forcing him to manually operate the clutch. Whilst battling Button for eighth, the Spaniard’s engine blew up, leaving him two points behind team-mate Massa, who inherited the championship lead after finishing P7. Vettel’s first victory of the season also left him two points behind Massa, whilst Button’s P8 and Rosberg’s P3 left them four points adrift behind the Brazilian.

2011

Pole: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault) Winner: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)

Vettel made it two out of two in a season where he would run away with eleven race victories. The then-24 year old repeated his previous year’s dominant performance by leading all but two laps again. Jenson Button finished P2, leaving him P2 in the championship standings albeit an already mammoth 24 points adrift. Nick Heidfeld drove out of his skin to finish P3 in his Renault, whilst Webber and Massa placed P4 and P5. Alonso and Hamilton were both penalised 20 seconds for their late race encounter, dropping the Briton to P8, although the Spaniard retained P6. Kamui Kobayashi and Michael Schumacher scored their first points of the season in P7 and P9, whilst rookie Paul di Resta continued his strong start to his F1 career with a second consecutive P10.

2012

Pole: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) Winner: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

Qualifying saw the McLarens lock out the front row, with Schumacher elevating his Mercedes to a surprise P3.

Race day saw torrential conditions ten minutes before the start, which saw the race suspended after seven laps. The incalculable conditions and altercations with Narain Karthikeyan’s HRT led to frontrunners Button and Vettel languishing outside the top ten, paving the way for Alonso and Sergio Perez’s Sauber to fight for the victory. In a feisty, tense battle, the young Mexican proceeded to slice Alonso’s lead, but alleged team orders and an off at turn 14 on lap 50 gifted an unexpected 25 points to the Spaniard, who had low expectations due to poor testing performances of his recalcitrant F2012.

2013

Pole: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault) Winner: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)

This race was notorious for Webber’s “Multi-21” post-race comment, after Vettel disobeyed team orders. The result gifted Vettel P1 in the drivers’ standings with 40 points, placing nine points ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and fourteen points above his entrenched rival Webber.

2014

Pole: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) Winner: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

After Hamilton retired early with engine failure in the season’s opener in Melbourne, the Briton promptly achieved a Grand Chelem- win, pole, fastest lap and every lap lead. It left him eighteen points behind Rosberg, who lead the drivers’ standings after finishing P2. Reigning four-time WDC Vettel finished P3 in his first points finish of 2014, whilst Alonso elevated himself into P3 in the drivers’ standings with a P4 race finish.

2015

Pole: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) Winner: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

Vettel took a sensational first victory for his new Ferrari team, a much-needed resurgence after both suffered agonising winless seasons during 2014. The Silver Arrows struggled profusely with tyre degradation in the humid conditions, leaving both Hamilton and Rosberg requiring three pit stops, whilst Vettel only needed two. This result left Hamilton leading the WDC with 43 points, three ahead of Vettel and ten ahead of Rosberg.

FORM BOOK (2010-2015)

Bold (pole) italics (fastest lap)

Lewis Hamilton (6th / 8th / 3rd/ 3rd / 1st 2nd)

Nico Rosberg (3rd / 12th / 13th / 4th / 2nd / 3rd)

Sebastian Vettel (1st / 1st / 11th / 1st / 3rd / 1st)

Kimi Raikkonen (– / — / 5th / 7th / 12th / 4th)

Daniel Ricciardo (– / — / 12th / 18th / Ret / 10th)

Max Verstappen (– / — / — / — / — / 7th)

Felipe Massa (7th / 5th / 15th / 5th / 7th / 6th)

Valtteri Bottas (–/ — / TD / 11th / 8th / 5th)

Sergio Perez (– / Ret / 2nd / 9th / DNS / 13th)

Nico Hulkenberg (10th / TD / 9th / 8th / 5th / 14th)

Daniil Kvyat (– / — / — / — / 10th / 9th)

Carlos Sainz (– / — / — / — / — / 8th)

Kevin Magnussen (– / — / — / — / 9th / –)

Jolyon Palmer (N/A)

Marcus Ericsson (– / — / — / — / 14th / Ret)

Felipe Nasr (– / — / — / — / — / 12th)

Fernando Alonso (13th / 6th / 1st / Ret / 4th / Ret)

Jenson Button (8th / 2nd/ 14th / 17th / 6th / Ret)

Pascal Wehrlein (N/A)

Esteban Ocon (N/A)

Romain Grosjean (– / — / Ret / 6th / 11th / 11th)

Esteban Gutierrez (– / — / — / 12th / Ret / –)