The time flies. It is now only 40 days to the start of 2010 Bahrain GP. In the last 10 days some vacancies were filled, new cars and new liveries introduced, doubts about future of some teams increased and more. Here is the overview where the F1 stands with 40 days to go.
The car launch season started with Mercedes although their big launch was only a presentation of their new siver livery painted on the 2009 Brawn GP car. Ferrari, McLaren, BMW Sauber and Renault followed. There is significant lack of sponsor logos on both BMW Sauber and Renault liveries …
Then came February 1 and the first official test. Toro Rosso and Williams (and Mercedes GP too) rolled out their new cars for the first time. Williams test also marks the return of Cosworth engines to Formula 1 after 3 years absence. The test continues for 2 more days with seven teams taking part. Missing are Force India and Red Bull plus all the new teams. Virgin Racing however is set to unveil their car online on February 3 and then run it at Silverstone on Feb 4-5.
USF1 finally confirmed their first driver – the Argentine government backed former Renault test driver José Maria López. Renault confirmed their second race driver – Vitaly Petrov from Russia, the 2009 GP2 runner up. Earlier Toro Rosso finally announced they will continue with Jaime Alguersuari. With 10 days to go there are only 2 vacancies left – one with USF1 and one with Campos Meta.
Staying with Campos Meta – there have been rumours about a sale of Campos Meta team to Tony Teixeira, the man behind A1GP (or what is left of it). There has been no official confirmation (nor any denial) on this yet.
What has been confirmed however is the agreement between F1 hopefuls Stefan GP and Toyota. Stefan GP has acquired the rights to the design of the chassis Toyota was planning to use in 2010. The Serbian would be team continues with the efforts to enter F1 …
The F1 commission has agreed onthe new F1 points system proposal – 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 increasing the gap between the winner and the second placed driver to 7 points. The commission has also agreed to reduce the dry weather tyre sets allocation from 14 to 11 per weekend. The drivers who make Q3 will have to start on exactly the same set of tyres on which they qualified. The proposals now await approval by FIA World Motor Sport Council.
The other major decision by the F1 commission is the ban on double diffusers but that (if approved by FIA) would only come to effect from 2011 season.
With the start of the new season getting close the teams are also releasing new 2010 F1 merchandise. The new stuff is already available from McLaren, Ferrari and some from Michael Schumacher as far as I managed to find out.
The season countdown will return in 10 days.