Lotus colours are this year also seen in the IRL series following the technical and commercial partnership between Lotus and Cosworth and IndyCar team KV Racing Technology. Here is short video introducing the team featuring among others Clive Chapman, Dany Bahar and Takuma Sato.
Helmet designs should help us to identify the drivers on the track. Sometimes however the drivers depart from their traditional designs and confuse us all. In the last two races (Australia and Malaysia) Rubens Barrichello dropped his traditional red (orange) and white design – design he used throughout his entire F1 career. In Melbourne and Sepang the red (orange) went missing… Here is the gallery featuring Rubens Barrichello and his blue-white helmet:
Sebastian Vettel won the 2010 Malaysian GP after finally having a trouble free race. Mark Webber completed one-two finish for Red Bull. Nico Rosberg finished third ahead of Robert Kubica who had another impressive race for Renault. Sutil, Hamilton, Massa, Button, Alguersuari and Hulkenberg collected the rest of the points. The points are the first in F1 for Alguersuari and Hulkenberg.
2010 Malaysian GP – Result
1. Vettel – Red Bull – 1:44.711
2. Webber – Red Bull +4.8
3. Rosberg – Mercedes +13.5
4. Kubica – Renault +18.5
5. Sutil – Force India +21.0
6. Hamilton – McLaren +23.4
7. Massa – Ferrari +27.0
8. Button – McLaren +37.9
9. Alguersuari – Toro Rosso +70.6
10. Hulkenberg – Williams +73.3
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.
The images from Sunday in Melbourne had to wait till my return from Australia but at last here they are – some photos from 2010 Australian GP Sunday action:
Sitting at the Melbourne airport I finally managed to find working internet connection… Here is the result of the eventful wet dry 2010 Australian GP:
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.
Yesterday was the first day of proper F1 race weekend action for the new F1 teams – Lotus, Virgin and HRT (Hispania). Here are the photos of their cars on track during Bahrain Friday free practice (click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images):
We have been used to see 10 teams and 20 cars on F1 grid for the better part of the last decade – the most teams we had was 11, the biggest number of teams was 22. Twelve teams were on cards twice in the recent past. Once in 2002 when Toyota was to join the other eleven teams but following the demise of Prost it was back to eleven. Then again in 2008 when Prodrive was granted the entry. But Prodrive failed to turn up (the whole customer car fiasco), four races later Honda pulled the plug on the Super Aguri venture and instead of 12 teams F1 was back to ten.
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…
What has been expected is confirmed now. Karun Chandhok was announced as HRT F1 driver for 2010 season. If I am counting correctly he is the 6th 2009 GP2 driver to get the 2010 F1 driver (Kobayashi, Alguersuari, di Grassi, Petrov, Hulkenberg). And that does not include his team mate Bruno Senna (confirmed in November by Campos META) who last raced in GP2 in 2008.
Here is what Colin Kolles and Jose Ramon Carabantes
Here is the final 2010 season countdown post. Just over a week from now the F1 cars will go out for the first practice session of the 2010 season, 10 days from today the Bahrain GP will start.
All is clear, at least it seems to be. We know USF1 will not make it although one of the team founders (Ken Anderson) still hopes they can do in 2011 what they could not in 2010. With USF1 out gone is also the race drive of Jose Maria Lopez. Stefan GP on the other hand failed to make it to the FIA 2010 F1 entry list and so we will only see 12 teams and 24 drivers in 2010 season.