The 2010 F1 season is now less than 2 weeks away. A lot has changed since the end of 2009. Here is the part 1 of a miniseries summarizing the differences between F1 in 2009 and F1 in 2010.
The 2010 season will have 19 rounds (compared with 17 last year). No race was dropped from the calendar, Canadian GP returns and for the first time F1 will travel to Korea.
Korean International Circuit is latest Tilkedrome on F1 calendar. The track is located some 400 km south of Seoul, is 5.621 km long and features 17 corners, including the usual Tilke one – the Turn 3 at the end of the long straight. The inaugural Korean GP will be held on October 24, 2010 and should stay with us for at least 7 years.
While there hasn’t been too much excitement about the Korean GP, the exact opposite can be said about the return of Canadian GP after it was dropped from the calendar in 2009. One of the best events on the calendar is back and let’s hope it stays there !
Two of the returning races will be run on track with revised layouts. The British GP will use the new Arena section of the Silverstone circuit, the section originally designed for MotoGP (also held at Silverstone from this year). The revised track is 5.90 km long, compared with 5.141 km length of the previous GP layout and features 18 corners (previously 17).
The other track with brand new configuration for Formula One GP is the venue of the opening race of the season – Bahrain International Circuit. This year the F1 cars will for the first time run the full length of the Bahrain circuit – 6.299 km (previously 5.41 km).
The newly added part of the F1 track is the section between corners 4 and 15 on the above track map. The Bahrain GP lap now features 23 corners, 8 more than in past 6 seasons.
There will also be a change at Sepang – The Malaysian Grand Prix will start an hour earlier than last season. That should slightly reduce the chances that the evening tropical rainstorm will again wash the race away …
The 2010 F1 season is 4 weeks longer than 2009 one. The opening race in Bahrain (14 March) is 2 weeks earlier than 2009 season opener in Melbourne, the season finale in Abu Dhabi (14 November) is scheduled 2 weeks later than last year.