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The Formula 1 2014 season was completely dominated by the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team with Lewis Hamilton (Winner) and Nico Rosberg (Runner Up) shar ...

The Formula 1 2014 season was completely dominated by the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team with Lewis Hamilton (Winner) and Nico Rosberg (Runner Up) sharing 16 titles between them.

While fans would be hoping for a tougher and closer contest this year, teams like Ferrari and Williams have made good progress in the constructor’s standings. Fernando Alonso’s injury made all the headlines with doctors predicting, that he might never even return, after an unexpected accident in the pre season test at Barcelona.

Sebastian Vettel’s switch to Ferrari, after a 15-year association with Red Bull would be interesting to see.

The championship will start on 15th of March in Australia and will be contested by 20 drivers.

#5 Valtteri Bottas (Williams Martini Racing)

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Bottas had six podium finishes in the previous season. (Source : BBC)

After achieving six podium finishes Valterri Bottas finished 4th overall in the championship finishing better than the likes of former world champions Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.

In the pre season test, Bottas completed 491 laps driving 2255 kms and came third in the Barcelona test.

The 25-year old Finn will have his advantage in the faster racing circuits with FW37 retaining the low-drag characteristics of FW36. The Williams has also said that it has made good progress in addressing the tyre degradation concerns.

Bottas, who completed the last season with , would have to start off with a podium finish in the Australian Grand Prix (On 15th March) which would help him push for championship this year.

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