Motorsport.com's most read stories of 2015

After a year full of highs and lows in the motorsport world, Motorsport.com brings you a list of the 25 most read stories on our website this year.

25. Fеrrari and Rеd Bull discussed Alfa Romeo plan

Their talks ultimately led nowhere, but Red Bull and Ferrari had seriously contemplated bringing the Alfa Romeo name back to F1 during discussions over a supply of engines for 2016.

24. Tech Analysis: First look at F1's 'fastest ever' 2017 cars

Grand Prix cars are set for major changes when new rules come into effect in 2017, with early estimates suggesting they are set to produce more downforce than at any other time in F1 history.

23. Button: I hope Alonso "annihilates me"

It's not often that a driver expresses a wish to be "annihilated" by a teammate, but Jenson Button had good reason to hope that Fernando Alonso would beat him with an upgraded Honda engine at Austin.

22. So who is Patricia Driscoll, Kurt Busch's ex-girlfriend?

When Kurt Busch was suspended from the first three points-paying NASCAR races of the year, we delved into the background of the ex-girlfriend he was accused of having abused - Patricia Driscoll.

21. Marquez rubbishes Rossi's "bodyguard" claims

The other side of the story from the Valencia MotoGP finale, Marc Marquez refuted Valentino Rossi's claim of being Jorge Lorenzo's bodyguard, insisting that he was gunning for victory as usual.

20. Why Formula 1 needs more Verstappens

In our most read opinion piece of the year, Jonathan Noble argued that, despite criticism levelled towards Max Verstappen after his Monaco crash, the young Dutchman is just what F1 needs.

19. Hamilton suffers “misunderstanding” at Wimbledon tennis final

One of the perks of being an F1 champion is getting invited to the Royal Box to watch the men's final at Wimbledon, but Lewis Hamilton seemingly forgot about the All England Club's strict dress code.

18. Alonso's frustrations trigger social media storm

The highlight of a fairly dreary Brazilian GP weekend was Fernando Alonso's deckchair moment in qualifying, which spawned the internet sensation that is #placesalonsowouldratherbe.

17. Rossi "did the right thing" at Sepang – Vettel

Not one to shy away from controversy himself, Ferrari F1 driver Sebastian Vettel weighed in on the Rossi-Marquez MotoGP debate, arguing that the Italian was the one in the right.

16. Two U.S. teams on the F1 grid in 2016? It could happen

Haas is set to become the first American team in F1 for decades, but Motorsport.com revealed in July that there could be a second, if a Tavo Hellmund-led US investment group ends up buying Manor.

15. Hamilton ends 20-year Arai partnership

The F1 driver silly season may not have produced too much intrigue in 2015, but there was a shock early in the year when Hamilton chose to spurn long-time helmet supplier Arai in favour of Bell.

14. Fеrrari offers Rеd Bull new engine idea

Speaking at the Finali Mondiali at Mugello, Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne opened the door to an engine partnership with Red Bull - but not one where the two teams would use identical power units.

13. Volkswagen chief quits, opens door for Formula 1 project

Before the fallout from 'dieselgate' consigned any such plans to the dustbin, the departure of Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piech in April appeared to pave the way for a long-awaited F1 foray.

12. Lorenzo's Italian sponsor pulls out over Rossi fallout

Italian watch manufacturer Sector decided it no longer wished to be associated with Lorenzo after the Spaniard waded into the Rossi-Marquez feud, announcing its withdrawal ahead of the Valencia race.

11. Kyle Busch: "Name above driver's door" determines NASCAR punishments

After Matt Kenseth piled into Joey Logano at Martinsville, NASCAR's 'bad boy' Busch argued the name of the driver responsible was a bigger factor in deciding sanctions than the nature of the offence.

10. Repsol threatens to quit MotoGP over "premeditated" Rossi "kick"

It wasn't just the riders who were left furious after Sepang - Honda title sponsor Repsol was so riled by Rossi's actions that the oil giant issued a blistering statement threatening to exit MotoGP. 

9. Rossi wants to fight Lorenzo "on equal terms"

Prior the ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Rossi hoped a 'stay of execution' would be granted that would have allowed him to take up his normal grid slot for the Valencia MotoGP finale.

8. Rossi/Marquez clash: Reaction from riders on social media

After Rossi and Marquez's infamous clash at Sepang, we trawled Twitter to see what certain ex-MotoGP riders and competitors from other bike racing series made of it all.

7. Rossi: "Marquez acted as bodyguard for Lorenzo"

Rossi didn't mince his words after the MotoGP finale at Valencia, accusing Marquez of protecting Lorenzo at the head of the field in order to be sure of denying the Italian a 10th world title.

6. FIA set to carry out closed cockpit tests

In the wake of Bianchi's fatal crash and the IndyCar accident that claimed the life of Justin Wilson, the FIA announced its intentions to test out designs for closed cockpits to enhance driver safety.

5. Tony Stewart to end NASCAR driving career after 2016 season

Our most read NASCAR story of the year, as revealed exclusively by Motorsport.com, was the news that three-time Cup champion Stewart will hang up his helmet at the end of the 2016 season.

4. Two riders dead after horrific Laguna Seca crash

The motorcycle racing world was plunged into mourning in July, as Spaniards Bernat Martinez and Dani Rivas were both killed in a crash during a MotoAmerica race at Laguna Seca.

3. Family statement: Jules Bianchi dies at the age of 25

It was the news the Formula 1 community had been dreading. Nine months on from his terrible crash at Suzuka, Bianchi's passing robbed the sport of one of its most promising drivers and popular figures.

2. Wolff: Driver tension may force line-up change

In an exclusive Motorsport.com interview, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff warned Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to not allow their bitter rivalry to start hurting the team - or risk being replaced.

1. Rossi unsure if he will race in Valencia MotoGP decider

The comments may have been made in the heat of the moment, but for a brief time, it seemed far from certain whether Rossi would even turn up to race at Valencia after the events of Sepang.

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