Michael Schumacher returns to F1 with Mercedes GPEnlarge Photo
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.