Well wasn’t 2009 quite a year for Formula 1?

With excitement from the very beginning in Melbourne right through to the intoxicating last race in Abu Dhabi, sport doesn’t come more exciting than that! So with 09’s Crown firmly on British champion Jenson Button’s head, let’s see what 2010 has to offer. A brief overview shows that this year will be no anti-climax with 4 all new teams, new rules and regulations, new drivers and the ultimate selection of tracks from around the globe. So with all these alterations we thought to assemble a guide for this year in order for you to gain the most from the world’s greatest motoring event. Gentlemen start your engines!

2010 Rule Changes
2010 although will not see the same drastic changes as 09, it will be the first year since 1993 that each car has to begin the race with race fuel on-board. The new regulations state that no car is to stop for refuelling during the race. The effect of the extra weight of the fuel will push the durability of both the breaks and suspension throughout each race; however pit stops are estimated to only take 4 seconds per stop. As a result of carrying full race fuel the cars will increase in length by 15cm in order to allow for a larger tank behind the driver.

This year’s weight limits have also been increased form 605KG-620KG. This allows for an increase in fuel weight and to allow heavier drivers the ability to adjust weight distribution without lighter drivers gaining an advantage. KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) is not expected to be use by teams this year. The use of wheel fairings has been banned due to the increase of accidents caused by unsecure tyres. With the fairings missing it allows pit crews to attach the tyre more securely and reduce the chances of wheel detachment. Previously fairings increased airflow to the breaks; however the cars did not gain significantly from their introduction. The final changes are to be found within testing. If a team substitutes a driver midseason and that driver has no F1 experience, teams are to be permitted one days track testing on a non-F1 calendar track. Teams are now only allowed six rather than eight days of straight line aerodynamic testing but are given the opportunity to swap any of these days for four hours wind tunnel testing.

Further changes to the cars include narrower front tyres to improve turn-in around sharper corners. The result of making the change to the front tyres means that there is a larger space between the bodywork and the wall of the tyre, so an increase in side-pod size is a logical change to improve aerodynamics. The points system undergoes a tweak this year due to the increase of drivers on the grid. The traditional 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (1st-8th) has been replaced with a new system. From 2010 first place gets 25 points, second 18 and third as well as fourth getting 15. The next seven positions receive 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 (5th-10th).

Return of a Legend

A name that when mentioned leaves no questions. Every living sole whether they watch Formula One or not knows who this man is and what he does. This is no ordinary driver who is forgotten after his name leaves the headlines, this is a man who has dedicated 15 years to the sport. 250 race starts, 151 podiums, 1,369 career points and 7 world championships. This man even to this day still holds the fastest lap times on 7 of the current F1 tracks. This man is Michael Schumacher… Many people name him as the world most successful driver in the sports history and when he announced his retirement in 2006 the sport lost a great asset. Schumacher made his debut with the Jordan-Ford team in 1991 and in 1992 moved to Benetton-Ford in preparation for one of his biggest achievements. 1994 was the year of his first world championship victory where he won 6 of his first 7 races! 1996 saw him join Ferrari where his status as being one of the best drivers the world has ever seen was cemented. Ferrari had not won a championship in nearly 30 years before

signing Schumacher due to poor engineering and management. It may have taken four years but in 2000 Schumacher won his first championship with Ferrari and then went on to win 3 more in succession. After leaving his legacy in F1 Schumacher tried his hand at Moto GP but was subsequently rubbish and fell off injuring his neck. This ultimately scuppered his one-off comeback last year due to injured Felipe Massa. The extreme stress a Formula One car puts on the body is equal to that of a jet-fighter and so proved too much for Michael’s neck. However, encouraged and hungered by his aborted comeback Michael Schumacher has signed a deal with the newly renamed Mercedes GP. He will share a garage with Rosberg and should continue to for the next three years. The world waits to see if the 41 year old still has a talent measurable to that of today’s young drivers.

Formidable Foes
Since the early 90’s Ferrari and McLaren have been at each other’s throats in a gargantuan battle for titles. Over the years both sides have bent the rules to gain an advantage though spying, payoffs and using exemployees for information. 2008 saw, in our opinion, the greatest battle between the two with the victor being decided on the last corner of the last race! However 09 with its drastic overhaul of new rules and regulations hindered both teams. Ferrari, a team synonymous with winning in Formula one, suffered their second worst season in the history of the team. The F60 car that was designed proved difficult to drive and above all slow. The car was the first time Ferrari had used KERS, a system that though regenerative breaking gave the car a boost of 68BHP on the drivers command. However the system adds sufficient weight in the car and in a sport where extra weight is considered anything over 0.2 of a gram, the car lumbered around like Fern Britton. McLaren suffered much the same fate with the MP4-24. This car also used KERS but this was not its key problem. In truth the McLaren used KERS extraordinarily well, the MP4-24’s problem was a severe lack of down force. The aerodynamic package on the car initially didn’t allow the drivers to get the maximum grip around corners and as a result couldn’t keep pace with other teams. The problems were rectified near the end of the season but it was too little too late. A new year and a fresh start with both teams wanting to put the failure of last year behind them. Let’s meet their new weapons of choice…

Ferrari brings to the grid the F10. This car is considerably longer than its predecessor thanks to the refuelling ban this year. Also the car lacks KERS as a joint decision was made between all teams to dump the system for this year. The car is also aerodynamically superior form the F60 with its new side-pods, wings and slanted nose. Will it preform? Only the first race of the season will tell.

the extended fin from the intake above the drive. This now is attached to the rear spoiler to help reduce poor aerodynamic flow. Of course both teams are already kicking up a fuss over each other interpreting the rules differently, but something’s never change. The countdown to the first race has begun and the team will spend their time now making frantic alterations to the cars with testing data. Who’s our money on? Keep reading…

The death of the MP4-24, once described as “the worst car McLaren have ever made”, calls forth the MP4-25. This car has had drastic changes made in order to avoid the calamity of last year. Again the car is longer but sees the addition of two fins behind the rear wheels. The most drastic visual change is

T is for Tyres
If you want to get out of the pit lane let alone win races you’re going to need them! Tyres are the only part of the car that contacts the ground and so they are integral to how the car works. However it is important to remember that these sets of rubber are almost in every way, other than the fact they are round, different to the tyres on your car at home. Standard tyres can last up to 16,000 miles whereas these black beauties only roll for 200 kilometres at a push… All the tyres you will be seeing this year are made by one manufacture to keep competition at a high level and to stop the once great tyre wars of the 80’s. As with everything in F1 there are more to those round bits of rubber than meets the eye. For different conditions to maximise grip teams have the choice out of various compounds.

Slick
Slick tyres have no groves to maximise the amount of tyre that can make contact with the road and thus giving the car more grip. Slicks were banned until 2008 to help reduce the cars cornering speeds and lower accidents. Though these tyres offer maximum grip, due to the lack of grooves they offer no grip in the wet.

Intermediate
Intermediate tyres are generally used when a track is damp or green (when there is no rubber on the track from other tyres). These grooved tyres increase the rate the car can clear water but attempt to increase grip as much a possible with wider gaps between each groove.

Full Wet
Full Wet tyres have hundreds of grooves to clear as much water off the track for the car to gain grip. Aquaplaning is when a film of water develops between the tyre and the track and effectively makes the car float. These tyres displace the water to prevent a sudden loss of grip.

WAR PAINT
Team Sheet
As I write this the fate of two of this year’s new teams have yet to be decided. So, to prevent us from looking stupid if US F1 or Campos Meta don’t make it to the grid, we shall just ignore them… Here’s the run-down of the teams that you will see competing this year.

Team
Mclaren

Drivers
Lewis Hamilton Jenson Button

Mercedes GP

Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel Mark Webber

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso Falipe Massa

Sauber

Kamui Kobayashi Pedro De La Rosa

Williams

Rubens Barrichello Nico Hulkenberg

Renault

Robert Kubica Vitaly Petrov

Force India

Adrian Sutil Vitantonio Liuzzi

Toro Rosso

Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari

Lotus F1

Jarno Truli Heikki Kovalainen

Virgin Racing

Timo Glock Lucas Di Grassi

Twitter

Twitter has very quickly become one of the world’s biggest blogging sites, what? Never heard of it? Where have you been? Basically Twitter is a service that allows the user to publish a 140 character statement that can be shared with everyone who follows their account. Naturally here at Inside lane we are willing to try anything once and so last year we launched our “beta” account on Twitter. We found it fantastic for sharing updates with all of you and allowed us to publish information much faster than other methods. So what does this have to do with F1? By using Twitter we can publish live commentary direct to you of on-going races, so where ever you can get connected to the internet (mobile phone, pc .etc.) you can get coverage of the 2010 season! To get a Twitter account is as easy as going to www.twitter.com and following the step by step instructions. Once you have done that just start following @inside_lane to get all our news updates…

F1 2010 Race Calendar(GMT)
2010 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX Fri 12 March 2010 Friday Practice 1 Friday Practice 2 07:00 - 08:30 11:00 - 12:30

Sat 13 March 2010 Saturday Practice Qualifying 08:00 - 09:00 11:00

Sun 14 March 2010 Race

2010 FORMULA 1 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX Fri 26 March 2010 Friday Practice 1 Friday Practice 2 01:30 - 03:00 05:30 - 07:00

Sat 27 March 2010 Saturday Practice Qualifying 03:00 - 04:00 06:00

Sun 28 March 2010 Race 08:00

2010 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX Fri 02 April 2010 Friday Practice 1 Friday Practice 2 Sat 03 April 2010 Saturday Practice Qualifying Sun 04 April 2010 Race 09:00 07:00 - 08:00 10:00 03:00 - 04:30 07:00 - 08:30

2010 FORMULA 1 CHINESE GRAND PRIX Fri 16 April 2010 Friday Practice 1 Friday Practice 2 Sat 17 April 2010 Saturday Practice Qualifying Sun 18 April 2010 Race 08:00 04:00 - 05:00 07:00 03:00 - 04:30 07:00 - 08:30

FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPANA TELEFÓNICA 2010 Fri 07 May 2010 Friday Practice 1 Friday Practice 2 Sat 08 May 2010 Saturday Practice Qualifying Sun 09 May 2010 Race 13:00 10:00 - 11:00 13:00 09:00 - 10:30 13:00 - 14:30

FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2010 Thu 13 May 2010 Thursday Practice 1 09:00 - 10:30 Thursday Practice 2 13:00 - 14:30 Sat 15 May 2010 Saturday Practice Qualifying Sun 16 May 2010 Race 13:00 10:00 - 11:00 13:00

2010 FORMULA 1 TURKISH GRAND PRIX Fri 28 May 2010 Friday Practice 1 Friday Practice 2 Sat 29 May 2010 Saturday Practice Qualifying Sun 30 May 2010 Race 13:00 09:00 - 10:00 12:00 08:00 - 09:30 12:00 - 13:30

FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2010 Fri 11 June 2010 Friday Practice 1 Friday Practice 2 Sat 12 June 2010 Saturday Practice Qualifying Sun 13 June 2010 Race 17:00 15:00 - 16:00 18:00 15:00 - 16:30 19:00 - 20:30

2010 FORMULA 1 TELEFÓNICA GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE Fri 25 June 2010 Friday Practice 1 Friday Practice 2 Sat 26 June 2010 Saturday Practice Qualifying Sun 27 June 2010 Race 13:00 10:00 - 11:00 13:00 09:00 - 10:30 13:00 - 14:30

2010 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX Fri 09 July 2010 Friday Practice 1 Friday Practice 2 Sat 10 July 2010 Saturday Practice Qualifying Sun 11 July 2010 Race 13:00 10:00 - 11:00 13:00 10:00 - 11:30 14:00 - 15:30

FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS SANTANDER VON DEUTSCHLAND 2010 Fri 23 July 2010 Friday Practice 1 Friday Practice 2 Sat 24 July 2010 Saturday Practice Qualifying Sun 25 July 2010 Race 13:00 10:00 - 11:00 13:00 09:00 - 10:30 13:00 - 14:30

FORMULA 1 MAGYAR NAGYDIJ 2010 Fri 30 July 2010 Friday Practice 1 Friday Practice 2 Sat 31 July 2010 Saturday Practice Qualifying Sun 01 August 2010 Race 13:00 10:00 - 11:00 13:00 09:00 - 10:30 13:00 - 14:30

2010 FORMULA 1 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX Fri 27 August 2010 Friday Practice 1 Friday Practice 2 Sat 28 August 2010 Saturday Practice Qualifying Sun 29 August 2010 Race 13:00 10:00 - 11:00 13:00 09:00 - 10:30 13:00 - 14:30

FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO SANTANDER D'ITALIA 2010 Fri 10 September 2010 Friday Practice 1 Friday Practice 2 09:00 - 10:30 13:00 - 14:30

Sat 11 September 2010 Saturday Practice Qualifying 10:00 - 11:00 13:00

Sun 12 September 2010 Race 13:00

2010 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX Fri 24 September 2010 Friday Practice 1 Friday Practice 2 11:00 - 12:30 14:30 - 16:00

Sat 25 September 2010 Saturday Practice Qualifying 12:00 - 13:00 15:00

Sun 26 September 2010 Race 13:00

2010 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX Fri 08 October 2010 Friday Practice 1 Friday Practice 2 02:00 - 03:30 06:00 - 07:30

Sat 09 October 2010 Saturday Practice Qualifying 03:00 - 04:00 06:00

Sun 10 October 2010 Race 07:00

2010 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX Fri 22 October 2010 Friday Practice 1 Friday Practice 2 03:00 - 04:30 07:00 - 08:30

Sat 23 October 2010 Saturday Practice Qualifying 04:00 - 05:00 07:00

Sun 24 October 2010 Race 07:00

FORMULA 1 GRANDE PREMIO DO BRASIL 2010 Fri 05 November 2010 Friday Practice 1 Friday Practice 2 12:00 - 13:30 16:00 - 17:30

Sat 06 November 2010 Saturday Practice Qualifying 13:00 - 14:00 16:00

Sun 07 November 2010 Race 16:00

2010 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX Fri 12 November 2010 Friday Practice 1 Friday Practice 2 09:00 - 10:30 13:00 - 14:30

Sat 13 November 2010 Saturday Practice Qualifying 10:00 - 11:00 13:00

Sun 14 November 2010 Race 13:00

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