2010 Formula 1 season – a full preview


Formula 1, after offering us one of its most exciting season from the last few years in 2009, is preparing to for 2010’s first race: the Bahrain GP, this weekend.

The 2010 F1 season promises to up the ante even more, with reigning champion Jensen Button moving to McLaren, alongside former champ Lewis Hamilton. But the main headline of the pending season is the return of the most successful driver of all time, 7-time champ Michael Schumacher. What’s even more interesting is that he won’t be joining the team which made him famous, Ferrari, but the new Mercedes GP (formerly known as Brawn GP).

Curious to see the complete calendar of races plus the team and driver roster for the 2010 F1 season? Then hit the jump and check out our preview.

Before we dive into the lists, there are a few things that you should note before the season starts. The first is the new points system, awarding 25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1 point, depending on their finish position. This will award the winner more points, and entice the racers to move up the ranks.

Secondly, this season will ban refueling during races. This translates into all the cars starting with a full tank, and no strategies about beginning with less fuel, to keep the car lighter. As a side effect, we should now see pit stops taking just 4 seconds or less and the 2010 cars will be longer than older ones, due to the increase in fuel tank dimensions.

Several other changes have been made, but nothing too severe. It’s worth mentioning that the Korean GP, set to take place on October 24 is dependent on if authorities can finish its construction on time. If not, it will either not take place or a replacement will be found.

Here are the drivers taking part in the 2010 Formula 1 season, followed by their nationality, the team and the team’s engine supplier. The list takes into consideration the driver’s starting number.

Drivers

1 Jenson Button (GB) McLaren-Mercedes
2 Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren-Mercedes

3 Michael Schumacher (DEU) Mercedes
4 Nico Rosberg (DEU) Mercedes

5 Sebastian Vettel (DEU) Red Bull-Renault
6 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull-Renault

7 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari
8 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari

9 Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Williams-Cosworth
10 Nico Hülkenberg (DEU) Williams-Cosworth

11 Robert Kubica (POL) Renault
12 Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault

14 Adrian Sutil (DEU) Force India-Mercedes
15 Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Force India-Mercedes

16 Sébastien Buemi (CHE) Toro Rosso-Ferrari
17 Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Toro Rosso-Ferrari

18 Jarno Trulli (ITA) Lotus-Cosworth
19 Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Lotus-Cosworth

20 Karun Chandhok (IND) HRT-Cosworth
21 Bruno Senna (BRA) HRT-Cosworth

22 Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) BMW Sauber-Ferrari
23 Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) BMW Sauber-Ferrari

24 Timo Glock (DEU) Virgin-Cosworth
25 Luca di Grassi (BRA) Virgin-Cosworth

Next up is the list of races taking place in the 2010 Formula 1 season, complete with starting date.

Races

Bahrain GP 14 March
Australian GP 28 March
Malaysian GP 4 April
Chinese GP 18 April
Spanish GP 9 May
Monaco GP 16 May
Turkish GP 30 May
Canadian GP 13 June
European GP (Valencia) 27 June
British GP 11 July
German GP 25 July
Hungarian GP 1 August
Belgian GP 29 August
Italian GP 12 September
Singapore GP 26 September
Japanese GP 10 October
Korean GP 24 October
Brazilian GP 7 November
Abu Dhabi GP 14 November

Overall, the 2010 F1 season promises some heated battles. Hopefully it can deliver on all of them, and we’ll be in for some great races. Stay tuned this Sunday, March 14, for the first race, the Bahrain GP.

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