Next weekend sees the F1 paddock descend on Melbourne for the first race of 2015. In my eyes, this is the true beginning of the F1 season and I am as excited as a little girl about to meet her favourite Disney Princess (which is Jasmine by the way). Recently however; I’ve been caught up in house move and new job, and I think it is only fitting to summarise recent events as preparation for the oncoming excitement in Australia.
There were a couple of crashes in pre-season testing. Both Alonso and Maldonado were unlucky and had to take a trip to the A&E. Thankfully Pastor Maldonado was able to recover relatively quickly but Fernando Alonso suffered a bad concussion and has been advised against racing in Melbourne next weekend. Crashing head-on into a barrier at 150 mph is not without consequences it seems.
This opens up the floor for everyone’s favourite Dane (not counting myself, of course) who, as reserve driver for McLaren, will be taking over the wheel for the Australian Grand Prix. Kevin Magnussen drove for McLaren alongside Jenson Button last season, but was demoted to reserve driver for 2015 to make way for the return of Fernando Alonso, much to the dismay of the Danish F1 fans.
Another happy return will see Manor-Marussia competing with the 2014 chassis (with a new nose compliant with this year’s regulations update) and all things being equal it seems Brit Will Stevens driving it… Who his team mate might be is still unclear but rumours have circulated around Giedo van der Garde as a possible candidate.
It is also worth mentioning that Susie Wolff suffered a collision with former Williams reserve driver Felipe Nasr during pre-season testing and as a result didn’t get as much time in the Williams car as we all hoped. Susie’s next appearance on-track is scheduled for the Spanish Grand Prix in May where she will be taking over the wheel from during free practice 1.
If you haven’t already, go follow Susie on twitter for regular updates! And no, I don’t get anything for referring you, she happens to be worth following.