2015: A flashback

Lewis Hamilton — Reuters
A Mercedes driven by Nico Rosberg — Reuters
Toto Wolff with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg — Getty Images
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix — Reuters
Max Verstappen — Getty Images
Fernando Alonso failed to score a single point in his first eight races — AP
Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat of Russia steers his car during a qualifying session — AP
Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela and Lotus drives during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix — Getty Images

Formula One in 2015 was more or less a droning re-run of the 2014 season with Lewis Hamilton’s ascendancy never in doubt, not at least until he had sewed up his third World title, his second on the bounce, at the United States Grand Prix, with three races to spare. Ten victories and seven podium finishes more than explain the kind of grip the Mercedes driver had over the 19-card season.

If Hamilton’s coronation seemed a foregone conclusion, which, in a way, had sucked the season dry of any interest even before the Formula One caravan moved into Asia for the second time, the renewed acrimony between him and his team-mate Nico Rosberg kept the circuit abuzz in anticipation of something as dramatic as the clash between the two at the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix.

Overall, the season was largely without the hum normally associated with the sport, even if Rosberg upped his game in the last three races to steal Hamilton’s thunder.