F1 2015 Transfers
The transfer season took off late into 2014 with many teams waiting for McLaren and Ferrari to announce their final lineups. Once the major moves from Alonso and Vettel were done the rest of the grid rapidly settled down.
In: Fernando Alonso. The not so secret move that occupied the rumour mill for most of last season. Alonso goes back to McLaren to finish what he started in 2007.
Out: Kevin Magnussen. Still with McLaren on the test / reserve team, Magnussen got a hard deal as he’s forced to wait on the sidelines for either Button or Alonso to retire.
In: Sebastian Vettel. Knowing that if Vettel wanted to justify his four championships he needed to switch to a new team for a fresh challenge. Making a career defining move to his ultimate race team. This is his career restarted as he moves to a new team for the first time.
Out: Fernando Alonso to McLaren
Out: Sebastian Vettel to Ferrari
In: Daniil Kvyat. Kvyat has jumped over Sainz and Vergne in the Red Bull junior programme to take the seat with the top team after an impressive debut with Toro Rosso.
Out: Jean-Eric Vergne, Losing out after three years good service. He’s reemerged in Formula E with Andretti team.
Out: Daniil Kvyat to Red Bull.
In: Carlos Sainz Jnr after an impressive Formula Renault season.
In: Max Verstappen, RBR junior driver after an impressive F3 Euro season. Despite his young age of 17 he’s been marked as ‘the next Senna’ by Helmut Marko.
Out: Adrian Sutil. With money assumed to be playing a role Sutil has lost his drive with the struggling Swiss squad. So far Sutil hasn’t reemerged anywhere but is thought to be heading to the WEC.
Out: Esteban Gutierrez to Ferrari reserve / test team
In: Marcus Ericsson. A switch from the struggling Caterham team has save his career and put him back on a path up the F1 grid.
In: Felipe Nasr. A promising Williams junior driver looking to establish himself in F1.
Marussia > Manor F1 Team
A surprise rebuild from the edge of financial meltdown. Marussia’s secret weapon was it’s origins with Manor GP, a team built for racing in junior series. These guys love racing and know how to do it, the fronts of Virgin & Marussia lead them astray. Now out the other side of administration, they’re fast-tracking the 2015 car to the first race of the year.
Out: Max Chilton. A similar fate to Caterham, Chilton is currently looking to a switch to the states to race in Indycar.
In: Will Stevens. With good financial backing Stevens is undoubtedly helping Manor with their return, but with wins and podiums in Formula Renault 3.5 from the last two years he should be capable of stepping up to the requirements. Manor will now hopefully sit Stevens alongside a more technically experienced team-mate to help pull them from the back of the grid.
Caterham not returning in 2015
Despite looking like the stronger of the two teams into administration. The Caterham team was eventually dissolved entirely through auction. Whilst technically there is still a chance that the entry is available for another team to pick up, without a car, base, staff or drivers it’ll be a few years before anyone can fill this space.
Out: Marcus Ericsson to Sauber
Out: Kamui Kobayashi. With Caterham folding in the final months of 2014, Kobayashi has been left without a drive in Formula One for 2015.