New Year of Motorsport

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Happy New Year!

It’s 1st January 2016! Which means spending a month at least accidentally writing 2015 on any documents, as well as making New Year resolutions that will be forgotten in a week’s time.

It also means that we are a little closer to the start of the 2016 motorsport season as many teams from multiple series will be preparing for pre-season testing.

 

End of 2015

We are into the final few weeks of 2015.

It has been a year that has seen Nelson Piquet Jr. become the first Formula E champion, Hamilton has joined the likes of Lauda, Senna, Brabham and Stewart in becoming a three time Formula One champion.

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Nelson Piquet Jr. / by Matt Buck is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

In MotoGP, Jorge Lorenzo also became a three time MotoGP champion, whilst in IndyCar Scott Dixon became champion for a fourth time.

Lastly, Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley won the 2015 WEC driver’s championship with Porsche. The team also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber and Nico Hulkenberg.

It has however also been a year of loss, with the passing of Jules Bianchi and Justin Wilson. This has led the sport once again debating about closed cockpits in series such as Formula One and IndyCar.

May 2016 be even more entertaining but also safer.