Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Formula 1: 2010

Probably the worst kept secret of Formula One in 2009 was Fernando Alonso’s imminent transfer to Ferrari. And the worst kept secret of 2010, this being early in the season, is Michael Schumacher’s signing with Mercedes GP.

Nowhere is Formula One more exciting than ever. Ask anybody who they think would be World Champion by November and their guess would be as good as yours.

Mercedes, a long time partner of McLaren and supplier of engines, buys a majority stake in Brawn and becomes Mercedes GP. The German team completes its entry by employing an all-German line-up in Nico Rosberg (formerly of Williams) and multiple World Champion Michael Schumacher of Ferrari.

Wow!

On the other hand, McLaren rids itself of Kovaleinen and hires 2009 World Champion Jenson Button (from Brawn) to pair with 2008 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, the first time an all-English team has 2 World Champions in its line up since Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in the early 90s.

Lest you forget, there’s the stable from Modena Scuderia Ferrari who has, in itself, a very talented line-up in Felipe Massa and double World Champion Fernando Alonso (from Renault). Expect Ferrari to make a huge comeback this year as 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen takes a sabbatical in F1 by competing in the World Rally Championships (WRC).

But never take for granted the Red Bulls of Christian Horner, whose driver talent in Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel remains unchanged yet formidable in their Renault V8.

Any of the 6 would be World Champion but my sentimental favorite is the Spanish ace.

A few changes here and there, Formula One still remains the pinnacle of motorsports racing today.

The 2010 season covers 19 races, starts in Bahrain in March and ends in the Yas Marina circuit of Abu Dhabi in November. Refueling is now banned, like in the old days, so now the shift in strategy is proper tire consumption.

While Toyota and BMW bid goodbye, Sauber continues together with 4 new teams—Campos, Lotus, Virgin Racing and USF1.

2010. Exciting it is!