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The 2010 Formula 1 Grid Takes Shape

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Michael Schumacher returns to F1 with Mercedes GP

Michael Schumacher returns to F1 with Mercedes GP

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Last year's Formula 1 season was an unusual one, with the existing hierarchy upended by the new--and, early on, dominant--Brawn team. This year Brawn changes its name to Mercedes, Michael Schumacher makes his comeback and a new crop of teams, including one from the U.S., will see the starting line.

The 2010 F1 calendar will see 19 stops this year, with the most notable for those of us on this side of the Atlantic being the return to North America with the Canada GP at Montreal's Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.

New, narrower F1-spec Bridgestone front tires are now mandated and a change to the scoring system will reward the first three places with 25, 20 and 15 points, with subsequent places starting at 10 points and working downward. The biggest change for 2010 is the ban on refuelling, meaning all the new cars will have larger fuel tanks. Pit stops will still be mandatory, however, as teams will have to use both compounds of tire for each race. The wheel 'spats' that clip onto the rim and aid ventilation are also now illegal.

The pages to follow take a look at the teams and drivers that will make up the grid for what is shaping up to be one of the most interesting seasons in years.


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  1. A much larger full tank of gas on cold, now smaller, tires. That ought to make for some interesting starts about 2-4 races into the season. I'm predicting way more crashes though I hope this new rule brings more passing.
     
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  2. Will the Silver Arrows' blitzkrieg prevail with Oberfuhrer Schumacher at the helm, or will they lose against the British champions in The Battle of Britain? Will the latecomers to the war, USF1, be able to defeat the "axis" of the Mercedes engined teams and the Italians? Will Renault allow the Germans' "invasions" to walk all over them? Or will the lads from Norfolk prevail despite overwhelming odds? Stay tuned for next week's program!!!
     
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