Grabbi Graeme Posted March 8, 2010 Share Posted March 8, 2010 F1 is back next weekend and here are the teams and drivers competing this year McLaren Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton All eyes will be on the back to back British champions as Button looks to keep his title and Hamilton wants the title back. Mercedes Michael Schumacher and Niko Rosberg A lot of F1 fans wonder if they would ever see Schumacher back in F1, many might think it is a publicity stunt from Mercedes who are the new owners of Brawn, but Schumacher will be up for the fight,many fans will also want to see Schumacher go wheel to wheel with Hamilton. Schumacher's team mate is Niko Rosberg who will certainly have to live in Schumacher's shadow, Rosberg never got a chance at Williams in a competitive car, he could have a chance this season to score points in a more competitive car. Red Bull Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber Surprised some last season and both drivers pushed Button and Barrichelo at the later stages of last season, expect them to be there again. Ferrari Fellipe Massa and Fernando Alonso Massa back after last season's horrific injury and his team mate this year is Alonso who is never the easiest person to get on with, so will be interesting to see how this partnership develops. Williams Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg Still looking to get back to anyway near the way they were, this year see's two new drivers, Rubens Barrichello has come in after a great season at Brawn and Nico Hulkenberg who after coming through the ranks of racing and winning GP2 has been compared to Hamilton and Vettel. Renault Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov After a year of making the headlines for the wrong reasons last season they will be hoping to make headlines on the track for racing this time around, questions about reliability after several failures last year, also just signed a sponsorship deal with AvtoTAZ who are owned by the Russian car maker Lada. Kubica is an experienced driver in F1 while Russian Vitaly Petrov is new to it, he was GP2 runner up in 2009. Force India Adrian Sutil and Vintantonio Liuzzi Now in their third year of F1 racing, they got 13 points last season and will no doubt be looking at that mark again. Toro Rosso Sebastian Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari Toro Roso have always enjoyed hand me downs from Red Bull as both teams are owned by the same company, but this year that has stopped and they have had to build their own car this season although it is still powered by a Ferrari engine. Buemi and Alguersuari are very young drivers, both drove for the team last season although Alguersuari only drove for the last eight races. Lotus Jano Truli and Hekki Kovalainen One of the most famous names associated with F1 is back, in Truli they have an experienced driver, Kovalainen didn't have the best of times at McLaren and will be hoping to get his career back on track. Hispania Racing Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna A new team and they have already undergone a management and name change before they have even got on to the track, they haven't had the best pre season and both Karun Chanhok and Bruno Senna (nephew of Aryton) are rookies and will be making their debuts in the first race in Bahrain. Sauber Pedro De La Rosa and Kamui Kobayashi BMW pulled their money out of the team at the end of of last season and Sauber have have had to find funding elswhere, driverwise it's opposite ends of the scale De La Rosa returns to full time F1 at the age of 39 after 7 years of being the McLaren reserve driver and Kobayashi who made an impact racing the last two races of last season in a Toyota. Virgin Racing Timo Glock and Lucas Di Grassi Originally called Manor Motorsport before Sir Richard Branson came along with some financial backing, after his success with Brawn last season, Branson who admits he likes to support the underdog has put his name to this team. Something the team is also doing which is unusual in F1 is that they have not used a wind tunnel in the devolpment of the car instead they have used CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics). In the driver dept they have Timo Glock who has spent two years at Toyota and Lucas Di Grassi who is a former Renault test driver making his debut in F1. Race Calender 14th March Bahrain 28th March Australia 4th April Malaysia 18th April China 9th May Spain 16th May Monaco 30th May Turkey 13th June Canada 27th June Valencia (European GP) 11th July Britain 25th July Germany 1st August Hungary 29th August Belgium 12th Sept Italy 26th Sept Singapore 10th Oct Japan 24th Oct South Korea 7th Nov Brazil 14th Nov Abu Dhabi Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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