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Old 01-16-2010, 03:50 PM
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Default Formula 1 2010 Season

The season pre testing starts in a few weeks time on February 1st and the season starts on March 14th,i have plenty to offer on coverage just need everyone to pull some weight to keep it flowing.

We have 4 new teams joining F1 this year and with the great Schumacher making a return this should be the most exciting season in modern history....show enough interest and i am sure Doc will allow me to make it a forum of it's own.

Still some names to be announced as drivers and i think the coming weeks will add some much welcomed surprises,and don't forget one of the new Teams is all American USF1....support your driver,team and country.

I will be spending this week getting all the latest info on who drives where and calender dates....lots to look forward to.

Start your engines.


By the way ask me anything F1 related i will happily fill you in.
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:27 AM
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The full F.I.A. F1 2010 entry list as of 11/01/10 is as follows:
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01. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
02. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
03. Michael Schumacher Mercedes Grand Prix (* assuming Schumacher gets p3 over Rosberg)
04. Nico Rosberg Mercedes Grand Prix
05. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing Renault
06. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing Renault
07. Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari
08. Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari
09. Rubens Barrichello Williams Cosworth
10. Nico Hülkenberg Williams Cosworth
11. Robert Kubica Renault F1 Team (Genii/Mangrove)
12. Vitaly Petrov Renault F1 Team (Genii/Mangrove)
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14. Adrian Sutil Force India F1 Mercedes
15. Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India F1 Mercedes
16. Sébastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso STR-Ferrari
17. Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso STR-Ferrari
18. Jarno Trulli Lotus F1 Racing Cosworth
19. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus F1 Racing Cosworth
20. _______ ________ Campos Meta 1 Dallara Cosworth (?)
21. Bruno Senna Campos Meta 1 Dallara Cosworth (?)
22. _______ ________ Team USF1 Cosworth
23. _______ ________ Team USF1 Cosworth
24. Timo Glock Virgin Racing Cosworth
25. Lucas Di Grassi Virgin Racing Cosworth
26. _______ ________ Sauber Ferrari
27. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber Ferrari

* NOTE: position 13 traditionally excluded from FIA list due to silly superstition

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Alguersuari - STR - "promised seat"

Rumor Mill: . . . . * = under contract 2010

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Old 01-17-2010, 09:33 AM
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2010 F1 Season Calendar
The FIA's World Motor Sport Council announced a revised nineteen race calendar for the 2010 season.
14 March BHR Bahrain
28 March AUS Australia
4 April MYS Malaysia
18 April CHN China
9 May ESP Spain
16 May MCO Monaco
30 May TUR Turkey
13 June CAN Canada
27 June ESP Europe (Valencia)
11 July GBR Great Britain
25 July DEU Germany
1 August HUN Hungary
29 August BEL Belgium
12 September ITA Italy
26 September SGP Singapore
10 October JPN Japan
24 October KOR Korea*
7 November BRA Brazil
14 November ARE Abu Dhabi

*Subject to the homologation of the circuit.
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:58 AM
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The challenges designing this years car with the no re-fueling rule being implemented.


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Although little appears to have changed in the F1 technical regulations for 2010, the new machines will be quite different when they are revealed at the first of this year's launches next week.
Unlike last year, when the new cars made a dramatic visual impact with enlarged front wings and reduced rear wings, this year's new machines will look relatively similar to their predecessors - but their layout will be significantly different.
The main reason for this is not in fact a technical rule change, but a sporting one - the ban on refuelling, which will have a major effect on design for car balance as a whole, even without considering the complex dynamic of reducing fuel weight during the race.
When refuelling was allowed, designers had flexibility in the size of their fuel tanks. The aim was to minimise the tank size as much as possible without limiting their strategic flexibility - the tank had to be able to contain enough fuel to make a long stint possible in case they ever needed to do so in any particular race, but not so big as to waste vital space in what is a tightly packaged machine.
Now, the fuel tank choice is relatively simple. Given the fuel economy of the engine, the tank must hold enough fuel to last the distance of the longest race, taking into account any circumstance that may occur. Designers have therefore had to increase the size of the fuel tanks dramatically - almost doubling capacity from 120 litres to around 240 litres in some cases - and that has posed some interesting design challenges.
The fuel tank sits behind the driver, between him and the engine, and because the centre of gravity of the car is best kept low for optimum handling, the height of the fuel tank should as low as possible. That said, to achieve this, the tank must be expanded rearwards along the length of the car, pushing the engine further back and increasing the wheelbase, which also has a major effect on handling and performance.
There is a compromise to be made, and for this year teams are expected to have taken a bulk-up approach, coping with that increased tank volume by raising the upper surface of the sidepods in the area behind the head protection cockpit sides, rather than expanding the wheelbase too much. They may also shorten their gearbox or bring the cockpit forward, but even then the wheelbase is still likely to change significantly - maybe by around 150mm in some cases.
But that is not the only thing that will change in the balance equation for this year - the front tyres will be reduced in width and that will alter the tyre grip balance between front and rear.
Last year, the change to slick tyres from grooves led to an increase in bias towards the front in terms of tyre grip - and Brawn made the best effort at dealing with it. Although much of their early performance was down to the double diffuser, some was down to them predicting the right wheelbase for their car given the new tyre situation (as shown when McLaren and Red Bull both altered theirs early in the season).
This year the fuel tank size and the tyre change means teams face a similar balance challenge - and the team that picks the right wheelbase from the off is likely to have the best chance of success in 2010.
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:05 AM
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By the way if anyone would like to follow the progress of the new team USF1 heres a link to their new website.

http://www.usgpe.com/index.html
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That new rule about no refueling will really change things. Should be interesting to see what the cars look like this year. Please post pics when you see some of the newer designs.
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I think the first team to unveil their 2010 challenger is McLaren on the 28th of this month...the pictures will flood in for sure.


Testing starts 1st of Feb so we will get a good clear look at who's where starting then.


I am so excited
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Heres a list of Launch Dates for this years cars....

January 28 - Ferrari, Maranello, Italy
January 29 - McLaren, Newbury, UK
January 31 - BMW Sauber/Renault, Valencia, Spain
February 1 - Mercedes GP/Williams, Valencia, Spain
February 10 - Red Bull/Force India, Jerez, Spain
Early February - US, Barber Motorsport Park, Alabama, USA
February 12 - Lotus

The other teams have not yet announced Launch Dates but i will add them as soon as i know.

McLaren's Launch will be streamed live on their official web site.
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Old 01-25-2010, 08:13 AM
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Few tweaks to the points system.....

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81048




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Formula 1 has edged closer to a further overhaul of its points structure for the 2010 season after teams approved a new system that will offer greater rewards for winning, AUTOSPORT can reveal.
Just more than one month after the old 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 system was replaced with a MotoGP-type format (25-20-15-10-8-6-5-3-2-1), sources have revealed a meeting of F1 think tank the Sporting Working Group in London on Friday approved a further overhaul to reward more for race wins.
Rather than there being a five points different between first and second, teams agreed to expand that difference to seven points - with further tweaks to the points taking place lower down the order.
The new points structure approved by the SWG is: 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1.
The matter still needs to be approved by next month's meeting of the Formula 1 Commission before the FIA World Motor Sport Council can put it into the 2010 regulations, but this is likely to be a formality with teams already having voted in favour of the changes.
Although yet another change to the regulations is not ideal for F1, especially after such fanfare in December at the first amendment, Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner is adamant that the sport should always be ready to put its hands up if it thinks things are wrong.
He also believed a greater points gap between first and second would provide greater motivation for drivers to fight harder for the win.
"I think you should never be afraid of change so long as it is a change for the better," he told AUTOSPORT ahead of the SWG meeting.
"And I think that what the points are trying to be designed to do are first of all - to generate a pecking order perhaps lower down in the top ten - so that with the points going down to 10th place there is reward for a top ten finish.
"But I think also one of the factors that Bernie is keen to look at is perhaps having a heavier weight between first, second and third, so there is more emphasis that rather than drivers cruising and collecting points, that they have to go for it.
"It is not because drivers don't want to take the risk, but if the points difference between a win and second is two points it is not the end of the world, whereas if it is a significant number then it adds motivation for the drivers to push each other very hard."
AUTOSPORT understands that the SWG also discussed the idea of awarding points for pole position or fastest lap, but neither of these concepts were agreed.
The SWG also talked at length about the possibility of introducing a rule that would force drivers to make two mandatory pit stops during a race, but this was not approved either. F1 drivers will therefore only need to make a single pit-stop in 2010 so as to ensure that they run on both types of tyres made available.
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Old 01-25-2010, 08:19 AM
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Mercedes has officially launched its first Formula 1 works team for five decades at its museum in Stuttgart, including the first look at its 2010 silver car livery.
The German car giant, which last November bought and re branded the double title-winning Brawn GP squad, unveiled its famous ‘Silver Arrow’ colours on last year’s BGP 001 car while also presenting its all-German line-up of the returning Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg.
Its cars will run in the legendary silver livery that Mercedes-Benz made famous when it previously ran its own team in the pre-war grand prix era and the 1950s, while the incorporation of green into the design represents its new relationship with title sponsor Petronas.
Mercedes also confirmed that its first car will be known as the MGP W01, with the challenger to break cover for the opening day of pre-season testing in Valencia next Monday.



This is this years livery knocked up on last years car....
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Red Bull Racing's new car for the 2010 season will be officially unveiled on 10th February, the team said on Tuesday.
The RB6 will be launched at the Jerez circuit, where the team will begin its pre-season testing.
Red Bull has decided to skip the first test at Valencia in order to have more time to develop the new Renault-powered car ahead of the start of the season.
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Virgin Racing will unveil its first Formula 1 car via an online launch next Wednesday.
The Sheffield-based operation – which was rebranded as Virgin after Manor GP gained a 2010 entry last year – is pioneering an “all-digital” design process for its 2010 car that relies on a sophisticated simulation method known as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).
And in keeping with the digital theme, the team has announced that its first car to be designed by that approach, to be called the VR-01, will be launched on its official website from 10am on February 3.
Virgin will therefore become the first of F1’s four new entrants to unveil its 2010 car, Lotus being the only other debutant to have confirmed its launch plans to date with the returning marque to reveal its challenger at London’s Royal Horticultural Hall on February 12.
The forthcoming days will see more of F1’s established squads show off their new cars for the first time, with Sauber and Renault first up on Sunday at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit.
Mercedes, Williams and Toro Rosso’s respective challengers will then break cover on Monday as pre-season testing gets underway at the same circuit.
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Renault has announced that Vitaly Petrov will fill its second seat alongside Robert Kubica this year.
The 25-year-old GP2 runner-up becomes the first Russian driver to compete in Formula 1.
Although he is believed to bring substantial backing from Russian companies, Petrov is also highly-rated for his performances in the junior formulae.
He graduated through the Russian scene - winning his first titles in the domestic Lada Cup - and Formula Renault to Italian Formula 3000 and eventually GP2, where he has raced since mid-2006.
Petrov blossomed into a race winner by the end of the following season, and emerged as Nico Hulkenberg's closest rival for the 2009 crown, although he eventually had to settle for second place.
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Formula One will have a new points-system this season, granting a great reward to race winners, while the FIA has already ruled that as of next season the double-decker diffuser will be illegal.


The Formula One Commission met on Monday to discuss various aspects that would have an impact on this year's Championship, one of which is the points allocations.



It was decided that 'in order to further encourage the 'race to win', an adjustment to the points system' would be made.



Race winners will now receive 25 points with runners-up bagging just 18. Further points will be handed out in a descending order of 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1.



Teams have also had the number of dry weather tyres allocated reduced from 14 to 11, while 'cars having participated in Q3 must start the race on the same set of tyres with which their grid time was set.'
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