FIA issued 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship entry list. Six teams have both drivers listed including Lotus (staying with Trulli and Kovalainen). Renault and Williams still haven’t confirmed team mates for Kubica and Barrichello, while no drivers have been officially confirmed by Force India, Virgin, HRT and surprisingly also Toro Rosso.
Team formerly known as Lotus Racing is listed as Team Lotus with Renault engines, BMW is no longer part of the name of the Sauber team. Here is the November 2010 version of 2011 F1 entry list:
Nico Rosberg - Fastest on Friday morning
The 2010 European GP weekend kicks-off today in Valencia with free practice sessions. Nico Rosberg was fastest in the morning practice, ahead of Hamilton and Button.
2010 European GP – Friday Practice 1 Times:
Michael Schumacher - 2010 Monaco GP
Mercedes GP has issued statement regarding their appeal against the decision of Monaco stewards. That means that the results will stay as they are, with Fernando Alonso in 6th place and Michael Schumacher 12th, without points. Here is the full text of the statement from the team:
2010 Malaysian GP - Friday Practice
The Malaysian GP weekend has started with Friday practice. The Mercedes powered cars did well in the morning session. Hamilton was fastest ahead of Rosberg, Button and Schumacher. Two teams used their third drivers in this session – Force India (Paul di Resta) and Lotus (Fairuz Fauzy). It seems to have been good session for all the new teams – lots of laps and no obvious problems.
Lewis Hamilton was the fastest driver out also in the second practice session. Sebastian Vettel in P2 was the only non Mercedes powered car in top 5. Mark Webber retired early in the session following suspected engine failure. Ferrari seemed to be on different program than the other front running teams and only went for lower fuel runs towards the very end of the FP2. No rain during the practice sessions today but there was some between FP1 and FP2.
2010 Formula One Team Logos
Here is another regular start of the season feature – look at all the logos of Formula One teams. Lot’s of changes compared to the year 2009 (see 2009 F1 logos here). Gone are the Toyota and Brawn GP logos. We have four brand new logos instead – Mercedes GP, Virgin, Lotus and Hispania. Then there is the BMW logo missing in BMW Sauber logo following BMWs pull out from F1 as well as the ING brand missing from Renault F1 logo.
2010 Virgin Racing Livery
Here is the final part of the pre-season miniseries of post recapping the changes in Formula One.
There were no drivers changes during the 2008 F1 season (other than the seats lost following the demise of Super Aguri) and the only changes in drivers line up ahead of 2009 were related to the retirement of David Coulthard. Vettel moved from Toro Rosso to Red Bull, Sebastien Buemi took Vettel’s seat at Toro Rosso. Buemi was also the only rookie on the grid of the season opening Australian GP last March. What a difference a year makes…
FIA published the (almost) final version of 2010 F1 entry list. The most important information the list provides is that there will be only 12 teams on the grid this season. USF1 failed to get ready and FIA decided that it is too late for any other team to enter the championship (see the statement at the end of this post). The entry list also confirms the name change of Campos META team to HRT F1 Team while BMW remains attached to the name of now Ferrari powered Sauber team. The only piece of the puzzle left to filled is the name Bruno Senna’s team mate. The announcement from HRT is expected later today with Indian driver Karun Chandhok said to be the prime candidate for that seat. We can also see that the ex-BAR, ex-Honda, ex-Brawn GP Brackley based Mercedes GP will now race under German flag. So in case McLaren or Mercedes GP drivers win the race we will only hear one national anthem …
About a month after first 2010 Michael Schumacher merchandise appeared the Mercedes GP team introduced theirs. The initial 2010 Mercedes GP collection includes the team cap, the caps of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher, track T-shirt, pit shirt, T-shirt for ladies, for kids, backpack and more.
The Mercedes GP merchandise is now available for pre-order from OnPole.com, with shipments expected later this month. Here are few images of 2010 Mercedes GP merchandise:
There are first few 2010 F1 cars from Minichamps available for pre-order. Among the cars announced are McLarens of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, Timo Glock’s Virgin VR-01, Trulli’s Lotus, Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes and Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel. There is no exact date of release mentioned yet other than it will be year 2010 …
Lotus Debut for Jarno Trulli
Today is the last test session in Jerez this winter. There will be three drivers changes – Nico Rosberg takes over from Michael Schumacher, Vitantonio Liuzzi from Adrian Sutil and Jarno Trulli will make his Lotus debut. Here is the Saturday line up:
Lotus T127 in action in Jerez
The voting in the poll for The Best 2010 F1 Livery has ended. From the beginning it turned into the battle of two new teams. Lotus and Virgin together received almost half of all the votes. It was a tie for quite a while but at the end it was the Lotus T127 with most votes next to its name. BMW Sauber ended up as the least popular livery on the grid. Here is the result of the poll:
Sebastian Vettel; Sebastien Buemi
The second Jerez test continues with the day 2. Eleven teams will be action today. The talk of the day yesterday was the test debut of Lotus. Today Heikki Kovalainen takes over from Fairuz Fauzy. His car will be fitted with power steering and some front wing aero updates. It will be interesting to see how they compare with Virgin Racing. Virgin team spent most of the day one identifying the cause of hydraulic problems.