March 15, 2010

2010 Formula 1 Season Preview List - Part 2

Lewis Hamilton during Qualifying run at Bahrain. Photo from Reuters.

Sakhir Bahrain was the site for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship Season opening race yesterday, March 14, 2010. After having posted one season preview list, which included links to a few informative pre race articles posted at and teaser videos, I had intended to post one or two more preview lists to get you ready for both the season and the Bahrain Grand Prix. Unfortunately, several road blocks got in my way, but to clear up any confusion over the 2010 changes and F1 in general, here are some of those important preview items.

The list is in chronological order. Links, along with article snippets, to individual driver interviews posted to and more, can also be found within Junior's 'Reading And Viewing List' blog entries.

Quick change - Formula One pit stops, 2010 style
Posted at on March 10, 2010

Sporting Regulation, Article 29 comes into force in Bahrain and states that ‘Cars may not be refuelled after they have left the pit lane before the race.’ It means that, for the first time since the 1993 Australian Grand Prix, cars will start the race with enough fuel to go the distance. While there are all sorts of technical ramifications, it’s perhaps the sporting impact on pit stops that will be most visible, as Renault explain...

Cause and effect - the impact of 2010’s new rules
Posted at on March 11, 2010

Formula One racing is a fast-moving sport and every season sees the introduction of regulation updates aimed at achieving a range of different objectives. Although less far-reaching than the new rules brought into force for the 2009 season, this year’s revisions are just as interesting.

From the ban on refuelling to the use of narrower front tyres, and from the removal of KERS to the reorganised points system, there’s a lot to catch up on...

FIA Thursday press conference - Bahrain
Posted at on March 11, 2010

Drivers: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Jenson Button (McLaren), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Felipe Massa (Ferrari) and Michael Schumacher (Mercedes GP).

Q: A question to all of you. What are you most looking forward to during this season? Who is going to start? The World Champion.
Jenson Button: The same as all of us I think, and that is getting out there. It has been a few months since we actually raced for three of us here, so getting out there and racing, that’s what we all love. Testing is part of the job but racing is the bit what we really enjoy. I am looking forward to getting out there. It is such a competitive season, it looks like. It is possibly one of the most exciting seasons we have seen in Formula One, so just being a part of that is very special...

Felipe Massa Driving New Ferrari F10. Photo by Andrew Griffith.

Ferrari fired up, McLaren declared legal
Posted at on March 12, 2010

Thursday was highly significant for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship: It was the last day on which the true form for the year remained unclear. As of Friday, and the first practice sessions, we should finally begin to get some idea of the real pecking order...

Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes
Posted at on March 12, 2010

Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull and Mercedes GP had all looked quick during pre-season testing, but no one was quite sure how it would translate come Bahrain. On Friday, there were a few clues to the answer. The leading teams and their rivals reflect on their early progress at Sakhir...

FIA Friday press conference - Bahrain
Posted at on March 12, 2010

Drivers: Lucas Di Grassi (Virgin), Nico Hulkenberg (Williams), Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus), Robert Kubica (Renault) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull).

Q: Gentlemen, how is it to be in F1? Lucas, would you like to start?
Lucas Di Grassi: For me it is a great honour to be here in F1. It is my first races as official driver, so there has been a lot of work, a lot of effort to arrive in this position, so I am just enjoying every minute I am in the car, trying to learn as much as I can and trying to evolve as a driver. It is a great feeling...

Friday analysis - anyone’s a winner?
Posted at on March 12, 2010

An initially sandy track and surface temperatures that reached 43 degrees Celsius created an interesting backdrop for the first practice sessions on Friday in Bahrain. Teams chased not just speed but high fuel-load running to assess Bridgestone’s prime and option tyres and the degree of degradation that can be expected in the first Grand Prix to be run since Adelaide 1993 without refuelling stops...

Felipe Massa, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso after Qualifying.
Photo from AP Photo.

Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes
Posted at on March 13, 2010

HRT’s Karun Chandhok on finally making it out on track in Bahrain for his Formula One debut; Williams’ Rubens Barrichello on narrowly missing Q3; and Sebastian Vettel on handing Red Bull the first pole position of the 2010 season. All 12 teams and their drivers review Saturday’s action at Sakhir...

FIA post-qualifying press conference - Bahrain
Posted at on March 13, 2010

Drivers: 1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), 1m 54.101s; 2. Felipe Massa (Ferrari), 1m 54.242s; 3. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), 1m 54.242s

Q: Sebastian, the testing did not tell us very much. You have picked up where you left off but how big a surprise is pole position to you?
Sebastian Vettel: A big surprise. I mean in winter testing no-one really knew where we were. Of course it was clear that there were four teams pretty strong, but close to each other. To be honest yesterday it was a very tough day for us and we had not as much running as we were hoping for. Another long night especially for the mechanics, not a lot of sleep...

Qualifying analysis - advantage Red Bull and Vettel
Posted at on March 13, 2010

So now we finally know the ultimate speed order of the 2010 Formula One grid, over one lap at least. Red Bull and Ferrari have the edge, and the rest of them have a mountain of varying height to scale in the run-up to the first Grand Prix to be run since Adelaide 1993 without refuelling stops. The guys who pushed hardest on soft rubber in the unpopular Sector Two got the best times, but whether they can get away with that in the race without destroying their tyres remains to be seen...

Paddock Postcard from Bahrain - celebrating F1 racing's 60th
Posted at on March 14, 2010

2010 marks the 60th birthday of Formula One racing, and the Bahrainis have been demonstrating all weekend just how well they can stage celebrations. It wasn’t enough to lay on a mouth-watering selection of world championship-winning cars and landmark designs - they flew in 18 world champions too for on-track cavalcades on Saturday and Sunday.

Three-time champion Sir Jackie Stewart drove the Matra MS80 in which he won his first crown in 1969, while Mark Stewart took round the 1973 Tyrrell 006 in which his father won his third. 1978 champion Mario Andretti was reunited with his glorious Lotus 79 in iconic John Player black and gold colours...

2010 F1: Inside Grand Prix Bahrain (Correction: 12 Teams)

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2010 Formula 1: Bahrain Grand Prix Chalk Talk (Speed Channel)

2010 F1: Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying (Speed Channel)

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