2015 Formula One Driver Battles: Brazilian Grand Prix Edition

This weekend is the penultimate round of the Formula One season. Both championships have been sealed, but as mentioned a few weeks ago there are still plenty of battles taking place throughout the drivers championship to provide the entertainment in the final two rounds.

The Fight for Second

After the most recent round in Mexico, second place has changed hands with Rosberg now occupying the position, twenty one points ahead of Vettel.

"Formel 1 - Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes" by wolf4max is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
“Formel 1 – Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes” by wolf4max is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The points gap has widened considerably between the two after Rosberg claimed victory in Mexico and Vettel failed to finish. That means Rosberg has sealed up second, right? I don’t feel it is over yet as the weather in Brazil can have a big impact on the race. It is also important to remember that if Rosberg doesn’t score points in either of the two remaining rounds and Vettel finishes on the podium, it will close the points gap between the two considerably.

Battle of the Finns

Valtteri Bottas at the British Grand Prix / photo taken by Franziska is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Valtteri Bottas at the British Grand Prix / photo taken by Franziska is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Having collided at the Russian Grand Prix, Raikkonen and Bottas were at it again in Mexico. Their most recent collision forced Kimi out of the race whilst Bottas continued (a role reversal from Sochi). It has also meant that Bottas has taken fourth place from Raikkonen, but is only three points ahead of the Ferrari driver.

As the media has pointed out, the two Finns have collided together twice in the last three races. Expect the Battle of the Finns to be the main source of entertainment in Brazil.

Williams

With Raikkonen failing to finish, it has brought Massa into the battle for fourth in the championship the Brazilian is only six points behind Kimi and nine behind Bottas.

As if the two Finns battling with each other wasn’t exciting enough, Massa has now joined the party, just in time for his home Grand Prix.

Red Bull

Further back are the two Red Bulls with Kvyat leading Ricciardo by four points in the standings, making this a tight battle well worth watching.

Sergio Perez

Heading to Brazil, Perez still finds himself in a sort of No Man’s Land, sixteen points off the nearest Red Bull ahead, and twenty one ahead of Max Verstappen immediately behind.

Sergio Perez at the 2015 United States Grand Prix / photo taken by Mike Boudreaux is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Sergio Perez at the 2015 United States Grand Prix / photo taken by Mike Boudreaux is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

After a disappointing race at his home race, Perez will be looking to bounce back with a strong result, which would affect other battles in the standings.

Battle for Tenth

Max Verstappen now finds himself two points ahead of Romain Grosjean who is immediately behind Verstappen in the standings.

Interestingly Nico Hulkenberg has now joined the Battle for Tenth being only one point behind Grosjean and therefore three behind Verstappen.

Nasr v Maldonado

The Nasr/Maldonado has remained static as Nasr is still on twenty seven points, one ahead of Maldonado.

Nasr will want to put in a strong performance in front of his home fans.

Rookie v World Champion

The same can be said of the battle between Sainz and Button which remains at a two point gap, in the Spaniard’s favour.

After enduring a difficult weekend in Mexico, Button will be hoping McLaren is more competitive in Brazil.

Alonso v Ericsson

The gap between Alonso and Ericsson has remained the same, but Alonso will be hoping that McLaren is more competitive in Brazil, allowing him to hopefully extend his current two point advantage over Ericsson.

"McLaren Honda #14 Fernando Alonso" by Takayuki Suzuki is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
“McLaren Honda #14 Fernando Alonso” by Takayuki Suzuki is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Manor

The three Manor drivers all remain on zero points with Merhi ahead of Rossi and Stevens. A freak race either due to weather or high attrition could see movement amongst the three drivers in the standings.

Wrap up

With two rounds remaining there is still plenty at stake for the drivers to battle over in Brazil.

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