This year, F1 motorsport promises more action and interest. New points system, no refuelling (affecting brakes, tyres, race distance strategies), reduced width tyres (slower cornering better for overtaking action), plus new teams and other rules, should bring improvements to fans & viewers of the sport.
Last season's changes showed closer struggles between all teams, with lower performers gaining more success. This tight-fought competition is set to get closer. Lets review the teams this year:
McLaren - Mercedes
Jenson Button + Lewis Hamilton
-Talented Brits representing the UK-
Current world champion in the same team as the previous world champion. These two are true racers and the big question may be answered, when we see who finishes this season with the most points.
Mercedes GP (Brawn Team)
Michael Schumacher + Nico Rosberg
-Representing Germany's F1 challenge-
Last season's winning team has morphed into Mercedes GP, with the return of Schumacher! Ross Brawn & Michael Schumacher working together once more..... "sport domination" must be the phrase in the minds of other teams.
Fernando Alonso + Felipe Massa
-Italy's true Latin force of the World-
When the Italians join forces with the Spanish and Hispanic, the fear must emerge. Ferrari want their place back at the top, and this Latin team promises to be very tough to beat.
Red Bull - Renault
Sebastian Vettel + Mark Webber
-Powerful team full of pedigree-
Vettel & Webber have proven their pure abilities for driving. Add Christian Honer, Adrian Newey, plus financial dedication from Red Bull, and you can see why in 2009 this team had more points than Ferrari & Mclaren added together!
------------------------then we have the mid-league challengers:
Robert Kubica + Vitaly Petrov
-Representing the French-
If Red Bull can do so much with their Renault engine, then Renault themselves must prove they have a team of F1 winning capability. Many changes have been made for this season, setting a stable base to challenge from.
Sauber - Ferrari
Kamui Kobayashi + Pedro de la Rosa
-The Alemannic European team-
Based in Swiss-German central Europe, this team was known as BMW last year. Even with their new Ferrari engine they may not yet be a serious challenge for the top 4, but they certainly aim to be very close behind.
Force India - Mercedes
Adrian Sutil + Vitantonio Liuzzi
-The Indian team; dark horse success story-
Driving from the back, this team has taken huge strides and the second half of last year showed why they are a real Force! Sutil seems unbeatable in the wet, proving he has ability but must avoid those re-occurring unlucky incidents.
Torro Rosso - Ferrari
Jaime Alguersuari + Sebastien Buemi
Another Ferrari Engine, another Red Bull car. This team may not have the finances but certainly have the prospects to fight hard. Young drivers with passion will push this team ahead of other low budget entries.
Williams - Cosworth
Rubens Barrichello + Nico Hulkenberg
-Pedigree and Experience reaching overflow-
Don't be fooled, maturity and F1 experience is not parallel to visiting grandads care home. These guys know how to get the most from very little, and certainly have no intention of being left at the back.
Lotus - Cosworth
Jarno Trulli + Heikki Kovalainen
-Malaysian Proton Company, big plans-
Trulli, Kovalainen, Lotus, Proton, Cosworth... these are names and brands attached to a team that has big ambition, not a team that intends to be at the back. For sure, these guys will be giving 100% at every opportunity.
Virgin - Cosworth
Timo Glock + Lucas di Grassi
-Familiar brand begins its motorsport challenge-
We are all familiar with Bransons 'gold-touch' and his unique methods. This car has been designed purely by computer, without the use of a wind-tunnel. Huge expense and time saved, but will it work? Testing shows positive so far.
------------------------the low budget teams:
Campos - Cosworth
Bruno Senna .....
-Spanish/Hispanic team to represent Spain-
'Mañana' meaning 'tomorrow' means they are suddenly in desperation to get a working team and car for the start of the season.
US F1 - Cosworth
Jose Maria Lopez .....
-America's entry to F1-
They now seem unlikely to be ready for this seasons start. Reportedly, they want to miss the first 4 races, which is not acceptable to FIA.
## A deal is being discussed to allow US F1 to skip this season altogether. Driver Jose Maria Lopez may be signed to drive for the Campos team. This may also allow an alternative team to join this season ##
Stefan GP - The new owners of the Toyota chassis, engines & gearboxes
Jacques Villeneuve .....
-Currently do not have permission to race this season-
Stefan GP bought last years Toyota F1 team, but do not have agreement to race this year. They are ahead of both Campos and US F1, in that they have a working team and have a tested working car. Talks are in place, but not finalised, which may allow Stefan GP to take place of one of the other teams above, should they fail to be ready.
Thought I'd write this for those who want to join our fantasy league, who may not know much about the sport. Also, for those interested in replying and chatting about their thoughts on this season
I think it's going to be very close.