British drivers didn’t do too badly in 2015, with winners at Le Mans and in the WRC - and an F1 champion to boot. We look back at some of the year’s motorsport highlights.
Porsche at Le Mans 24 Hrs
Fast but fragile in 2014, Porsche honed the 919 Hybrid’s technical package to perfection for this year’s race. After a sometimes fraught dice with sister marque Audi – including a few instances of bodywork-bashing between the rival cars – Nico Hülkenberg, Brit Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber pulled clear for Porsche’s 17th outright win, and its first since 1987.
Hamilton versus Rosberg, season two
The bitterness that simmered between the Mercedes team-mates throughout the 2014 season was even less well concealed this year. Moody post-race body language spoke volumes, culminating after the US GP when Rosberg angrily threw back a Pirelli podium cap that winner Hamilton had flippantly tossed to him.
Kris Meeke wins in Argentina
Britain had been bereft of a winning driver in the WRC since the glory days of Colin McRae and Richard Burns until Meeke made amends in Argentina. Having slogged for years to get a proper chance in the top flight, the Citroën driver came good on the promise he had shown during his formative seasons in the sport.