What is Formula One?
Formula One, abbreviated to F1, and currently officially referred as the FIA Formula One World Championship  is the highest class of auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) .
How fast is a Formula-One Car?
Well another year, another season, and a whole new set of teams & drivers. My heart says Michael Schumacher but my mind says Ferrari is going to take the championship. Team Force India made impressive performace last year and seems to carry the tempo into the new season as well. They managed to bag two points in the first race. It will be interesting to see the new Indian driver – “Karun Chandhok” from the “Hispania Racing Team” performs in this season. I do not have any expectations from him as this is his debut.
“Aerodynamics is for those who cannot manufacture good engines.” (Enzo Ferrari)
Here is the official 2010 F1 calendar:
|1||March 12-14th||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit|
|2||March 26-28th||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park, Melbourne|
|3||April 2nd-4th||Malaysian Grand Prix||Sepang International Circuit|
|4||April 16-18th||Chinese Grand Prix||Shanghai International Circuit|
|5||May 7-9th||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Catalunya|
|6||May 13-16th||Monaco Grand Prix||Monte-Carlo|
|7||May 28-30th||Turkish Grand Prix||Istanbul Park|
|8||June 11-13th||Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal|
|9||June 25-27th||European Grand Prix||Valencia Street Circuit|
|10||July 9-11th||British Grand Prix||Silverstone|
|11||July 23-25th||German Grand Prix||Hockenheimring|
|12||July 30th-August 1st||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring|
|13||August 27-29th||Belgian Grand Prix||Spa-Francorchamps|
|14||September 10-12th||Italian Grand Prix||Monza|
|15||September 24-26th||Singapore Grand Prix||Singapore|
|16||October 8-10th||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka|
|17||October 22-24th||Korean Grand Prix||Jeonnam*|
|18||November 5-7th||Brazilian Grand Prix||Interlagos|
|19||November 12-14th||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Island|
Update: August 7th 2009
I have been deeply saddened by the fact that two unfortunate events happened in auto racing with in a span of two weeks. I have almost given up hope on this not-so-interesting season when things seem to have taken a new turn possibly for the good. More research and better safety standards have to be in place to protected the core of this sport, the drivers. It is a shame that Massa had to leave the tournament mid way through the season. I am glad that he is doing fine now. I wish him a speedy recovery and a quick come-back.
One the other side I am very excited to see my all time favorite F1 drive, Michael Schumacher, back on the circuit. I think, Ferrari did an decent job in getting back Micheal to fill in the spot (Mass is out of the circuit) till the end of the season. It does not matter how he performs at age 40, all that matters is that we get to see that larger than life persona on the circuit again. I wish him good luck. I hope that he can keep up with the grueling demands of Grandprix racing and possibly win a race or two 😉
Update: May 18th 2009
Confused, stunned, crazy and makes no sense is all I can say about the season so far. Seems to me like a new world order is getting established in this sport. None of the top guns are firing and all of a sudden we have a new contended whose very participation was in doubt until the beginning of this season. The ease with which Button and team is winning races is perplexing. I think atleast Ferrari is out of contention for anything meaningful for the rest of the season.
Update: March 16th 2009
Vruuum…. Vruuumm….. Welcome to Yet another fantastic season of the highest class of Super fast auto racing. Boy-Oh-Boy!! was it exciting last year, as has been earlier… I still could not believe it that the top two places had only one point difference in the final tally of scores.. phew!!! Well well, the youngest formula one champion Lewis Hamilton deserved the Championship after his stunning foray into the elite sport (in 2007), ofcourse with some divine intervention (rain in the Brazil race.. huh??? remember). I am sure he would be more than satisfied with the Championship last year, as opposed to the earlier one where he missed it by a whisker. On the other hand championship runner-up Felipe Massa had a heart-breaking end to a wonderful season. Raikkonen has to step up the plate and take a more responsible role this season. At this point of time the teams are super busy and might be scrambling to get funding, get the cars ready, fine tuning the cars, refining their strategies, etc…
The circuit still misses my all time favorite Michael Schumacher, one of the most know name on this planet. Well he moved on, the race moved on and me too should I guess…. McLaren-Mercedes had a nice season for the last two years. They are getting very competitive. One person who disappointed me the most was Fernando Alonso. Such a waste of talent… I wish and expect that he performs better this year… Force India had some bad luck last year. They should have ended the season with some points… well good luck to you fellas !!!
Ferrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrri…. Rocks !!! (as always). These guys are the Agent Provocateur  of this sport… all eyes on them… heheheheheeeee… 😉 Last season was a tough one for them. They don’t seem to be as indomitable as they once were. Me thinks, it could be blamed on the void left by Schumacher and the huge expectation from us fans. Come’on guys work it out… make changes.. built a super fast car…. beat the crap out of the other teams… Show them who’s the BOSS !!!
Cant wait for another exciting season to kick off…….
Welcome to another season of super fast car racing. As exciting as it was last year all the teams this year also seem to be promising much more excitement. Hamilton, Raikonnen, Massa, Alonso or Heidfield… too many people in the fray to make it another memorable year.
My fav team, as always has been, Ferrari is doing well so far 🙂 The suprise team so far is BMW Sauber and it will not be surprised if they snatch the Constructors title this year. I am also rooting for Force India to do well and hope the best from them. Go Force India ! Go Ferrari ! GO !!!
It is a shame that one of the teams Super Aguri dropped out of the season, for lack of funds. However on the brighter side, Force India is starting to perform well. Sulti was almost 4th, but for the collision with Raikkonen at Monaco (May 25th – It was Raikkonen’s fault). I wish them luck for the rest of the season.
Next Race: Australia, MAlbourne(March 29th 2009)
Last Race: Brazil, São Paulo – Winner: Felipe Massa/ Ferrari
|Drivers’ world championship 2008|
|1 Lewis Hamilton||McLaren-Mercedes||GB||98|
| 2 Felipe Massa
| 3 Kimi Raikkonen
|Constructors’ world championship 2008|
|2 BMW Sauber||135|
* Super Aguri dropped out of championship following Spanish Grand Prix because of lack of funds
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