Saturday, January 30, 2010

Formula 1: Official launches

I am like a child left alone in a candy store. Perpetually drooling over these cars unveiled before the official start of the 2010 Formula One season, a single bib wrapped around my neck wouldn't suffice.

Official launches and lunches. My thoughts spin on each. Costing a million dollars each, these 600-kg, 700-hp, 2.4-liter behemoths represent the pinnacle of motorsports design.

Mercedes GP. First to come out in its original silver livery was the MGP W01. The Brackley-based team of 7-time World Champion Michael Schumacher and former Williams driver Nico Rosberg is the most anticipated this year.

Resurrected from the ashes that was Honda then coming to win in the 2009 season as Brawn, the German outfit now competes not only as a manufacturer but a worthy team on the grid. It's last race as a solo team: 1955.

Ferrari. The only team ever to compete in all 60 seasons of Formula One, the Maranello-based Scuderia boasts as a proper team and manufacturer in one.

Driven to success with 16 World Constructors' Titles, the team this year promises to rebound from an unsuccessful championship bid in 2009 by taking in double World Champion Fernando Alonso from Renault paired with current veteran driver Felipe Massa.

Radical in its design, Ferrari's F10 sports a brand new red and white combo finish, it's front wing and tail displaying Ferrari's biggest sponsor the Spanish banking giant, Santander.

McLaren. Though still supplied by Mercedes engines, the Woking-based team is composed of former Champion Lewis Hamilton and current Champion Jenson Button from Brawn. This is the strongest driver pairing to date.
The current MP4-25 comes out unveiled in silver and red. It's 3-plated front wing is its most remarkable feature.
The 2010 Formula One car spec this year has a longer wheelbase to compensate for its bigger fuel tank as refuelling has been discontinued.
It's not about the car. It's not about the driver. But it's about both car and driver. A bull and a matador. Each compensates for the other.
The possibilities are endless. I need a bigger bib.

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