2015 F1RDS Australian Grand Prix

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Flag of Australia svg.png 2015 F1RDS Australian Grand Prix
Race 1 of 10 in the 2015 F1RDS season
Adelaide Grand Prix Circuit svg.png
Date 28th February, 2015
Official Name 2015 F1RDS Australian GP
Location Adelaide Street Circuit, Adelaide, South Australia
Course Temporary street circuit
3.780 km (2.362 mi)
Distance 16 Laps, 60.480 km
Weather Dry
Pole Position
Driver Flag of Finland svg.png Tuomas Suomanen Flag of Germany svg.png Autobahn-Volkswagen
Time 1:37.073
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Germany svg.png Patrick Feldhoffer Flag of Germany svg.png Roter Baron-Toyota
Time 1:38.561
Podium
First Flag of Canada svg.png Gary Pacer Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png FGC Racing-Opel
Second Flag of Sweden svg.png Björn Ekdal Flag of Italy svg.png Sc. Alitalia-Opel
Third Flag of Ukraine svg.png Alexis Tantovich Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png FGC Racing-Opel


The 2015 Australian Grand Prix was the inaugural round of the F1RDS and took place at the Adelaide Street Circuit. It was famous for the fuel controversy that caused the entire weekend to be re-run. It eventually took place, being shortened from the initial 24 laps to 16.


Fuel Controversy

In the F1RDS, cars generally do not refuel during the race, and hence all teams filled the cars to the level required to finish the race. However, it became apparent that the fuel consumption was far higher than any of the teams anticipated which culminated in a mass retirement session circa lap 22.

The fuel was tested and it turned out that the high-octane mix burned more rapidly when tested by a engine simulation. As qualifying was run on this illegal fuel, the weekend had to be re-run after the F1RWRS race.

The events were derided by many in the RDS paddock; Jimmy Rosenforth described it as 'ridiculous' and DMR boss Liam McGuigan called it an 'absolute farce'.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos. Driver Team Time / Gap
1 Flag of Finland svg.png Tuomas Suomanen Flag of Germany svg.png Autobahn - Volkswagen 1:37.073
2 Flag of Sweden svg.png Björn Ekdal Flag of Italy svg.png Sc. Alitalia - Opel + 0.278
3 Flag of Canada svg.png Gary Pacer Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png FGC Racing - Opel + 0.285
4 Flag of Slovenia svg.png Andraž Velikonja Flag of Italy svg.png Sc. Alitalia - Opel + 0.287
5 Flag of Germany svg.png Behrman Reith Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png V-Sport - Opel + 0.290
6 Flag of Finland svg.png Tōnu Pykälistö Flag of Finland svg.png Nurminen - Opel + 0.553
7 Flag of Ukraine svg.png Alexis Tantovich Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png FGC Racing - Opel + 0.560
8 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Stan Frankham Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Kingfisher - Volkswagen + 0.665
9 Flag of South Korea svg.png Hwok Kwol-Cho Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png V-Sport - Opel + 0.677
10 Flag of Germany svg.png Hans Einhrin Flag of Germany svg.png Autobahn - Volkswagen + 0.725
11 Flag of Indonesia svg.png Mustafa Kurniawan Flag of Indonesia svg.png Mecha - Renault + 0.887
12 Flag of Italy svg.png Alberto Lampredi Flag of Spain svg.png Aeroracing - Renault + 0.950
13 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Thomas Butler Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Kingfisher - Volkswagen + 0.998
14 Flag of Japan svg.png Kastazumo Nakaya Flag of Australia svg.png Red Bull - Renault + 1.224
15 Flag of Spain svg.png Miguel Silva Flag of Australia svg.png Red Bull - Renault + 1.274
16 Flag of the United States svg.png Jerry de Boer Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png DMR - Renault + 1.495
17 Flag of Australia svg.png Matt Grove Flag of Australia svg.png Rosenforth - Toyota + 1.610
18 Flag of Germany svg.png Patrick Feldhoffer Flag of Germany svg.png Roter Baron - Toyota + 1.657
19 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Laura Wener Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png DMR - Renault + 1.716
20 Flag of Malaysia svg.png Nestra Aya Flag of Indonesia svg.png Mecha - Renault + 1.727
21 Flag of Argentina svg.png Juan Manuel Scalabroni Flag of Spain svg.png Aeroracing - Renault + 1.885
22 Flag of Estonia svg.png Anu Võsu Flag of Finland svg.png Nurminen - Opel + 1.919
23 Flag of Belgium svg.png Simon Mestach Flag of Germany svg.png Roter Baron - Toyota + 2.226
24 Flag of Brazil svg.png Jalmerson da Cunha Flag of the Netherlands svg.png Donkervoort - Toyota + 2.269
25 Flag of Finland svg.png Jari Lappalainen Flag of the Netherlands svg.png Donkervoort - Toyota + 2.442
26 Flag of New Zealand svg.png James Douglas Flag of Australia svg.png Rosenforth - Toyota + 2.709

Race

Pos Driver Team Time/Retired Points
1 Flag of Canada svg.png Gary Pacer Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png FGC Racing - Opel 26:42.536 18
2 Flag of Sweden svg.png Björn Ekdal Flag of Italy svg.png Sc. Alitalia - Opel +0.561 14
3 Flag of Ukraine svg.png Alexis Tantovich Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png FGC Racing - Opel +8.022 12
4 Flag of Slovenia svg.png Andraž Velikonja Flag of Italy svg.png Sc. Alitalia - Opel +11.366 10
5 Flag of Finland svg.png Tuomas Suomanen Flag of Germany svg.png Autobahn - Volkswagen +19.445 9
6 Flag of South Korea svg.png Hwok Kwol-Cho Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png V-Sport - Opel +21.558 6
7 Flag of Germany svg.png Behrman Reith Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png V-Sport - Opel +22.670 4
8 Flag of Finland svg.png Tōnu Pykälistö Flag of Finland svg.png Nurminen - Opel +23.959 3
9 Flag of Indonesia svg.png Mustafa Kurniawan Flag of Indonesia svg.png Mecha - Renault +26.686 2
10 Flag of Japan svg.png Kastazumo Nakaya Flag of Australia svg.png Red Bull - Renault +28.188 1
11 Flag of Australia svg.png Matt Grove Flag of Australia svg.png Rosenforth - Toyota +28.462
12 Flag of Germany svg.png Patrick Feldhoffer Flag of Germany svg.png Roter Baron - Toyota +30.021 1
13 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Stan Frankham Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Kingfisher - Volkswagen +38.336
14 Flag of Spain svg.png Miguel Silva Flag of Australia svg.png Red Bull - Renault +40.168
15 Flag of Italy svg.png Alberto Lampredi Flag of Spain svg.png Aeroracing - Renault +41.111
16 Flag of the United States svg.png Jerry de Boer Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png DMR - Renault +41.610
17 Flag of Germany svg.png Hans Einhrin Flag of Germany svg.png Autobahn - Volkswagen +46.970
18 Flag of Brazil svg.png Jalmerson da Cunha Flag of the Netherlands svg.png Donkervoort - Toyota +48.532
19 Flag of Finland svg.png Jari Lappalainen Flag of the Netherlands svg.png Donkervoort - Toyota +49.029
20 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Thomas Butler Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Kingfisher - Volkswagen +51.750
21 Flag of Malaysia svg.png Nestra Aya Flag of Indonesia svg.png Mecha - Renault +52.765
22 Flag of New Zealand svg.png James Douglas Flag of Australia svg.png Rosenforth - Toyota +54.538
23 Flag of Belgium svg.png Simon Mestach Flag of Germany svg.png Roter Baron - Toyota +55.658
24 Flag of Argentina svg.png Juan Manuel Scalabroni Flag of Spain svg.png Aeroracing - Renault +56.939
25 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Laura Wener Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png DMR - Renault +57.727
Ret Flag of Estonia svg.png Anu Võsu Flag of Finland svg.png Nurminen - Opel Transmission

Standings after the race

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Flag of Canada svg.png Gary Pacer 18
2 Flag of Sweden svg.png Björn Ekdal 14
3 Flag of Ukraine svg.png Alexis Tantovich 12
4 Flag of Slovenia svg.png Andraž Velikonja 10
5 Flag of Finland svg.png Tuomas Suomanen 9
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Team Points
1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png FGC Racing - Opel 30
2 Flag of Italy svg.png Sc. Alitalia - Opel 24
3 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png V-Sport - Opel 10
4 Flag of Germany svg.png Autobahn - Volkswagen 9
5 Flag of Finland svg.png Nurminen - Opel 3
Previous race:
N/A
F1RDS Championship
2015 Season
Next race:
2015 San Marino Grand Prix