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[25 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 2,474 views]

1… New Cars
2… Testing Times
3… Ross Brawn
4… Brawn GP
5… McLaren Mercedes
6… Storm Clouds
7… Diffusers
8… Red Bull
9… Jenson Button
10… New Teams
11… Sebastian Vettel
12… Max Mosley
13… Mark Webber
14… Felipe Massa
15… BMW
16… Rubens Barrichello
17… Force India
18… Nelson Piquet Jr
19… Lewis Hamilton
20… Red Flags
21… World Champions
22… Jean Todt
23… Kamui Kobayashi
24… Mercedes

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[24 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,012 views]

With the season ended, it seemed it would be just a matter of time before Brawn GP announced that they had signed a new contract with Jenson Button and the remaining drivers’ seats would be decided. With negotiations seemingly stalled over the money Jenson could demand for his number one status things were moving on behind the scenes. Whilst still in talks with Jenson, Ross Brawn announced that the team which bore his name had been bought by Mercedes-Benz and would be renamed Mercedes GP, a return of the “Silver …

Abu Dhabi GP »

[23 Dec 2009 | 4 Comments | 1,231 views]

The Championship decided, there was still one race remaining as Abu Dhabi introduced the spectacular Yas Marina to Formula 1. The pressure was off for the top runners, although the circuit wasn’t conducive to exciting racing. Still, one driver at least managed to catch the eye.

Lewis Hamilton had dominated free practice and qualifying and nobody was betting on anyone else winning. However, early on, he struggled to lose the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. The reason soon became clear when he retired shortly after the first stop …

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[22 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 1,624 views]

In October, the much awaited vote for the Presidency of the FIA was held behind closed doors at the Associations headquarters in Paris. Two candidates had contested the post which would become vacant on the retiral of outgoing President Max Mosley; they were former Ferrari Team Principal Jean Todt and ex World Rally Champion, Ari Vatanen. As part of their campaigns, both candidates had to produce a manifesto and list of 22 members who endorsed their candidature.

Although Todt’s campaign had been given the backing of the outgoing president, Vatanen was …

Brazilian GP »

[21 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,017 views]

Interlagos would not be hosting the season finale in 2009, nevertheless, Brawn GP were on the brink of the Constructor’s Championship all the same, needing only half a point even if Red Bull managed the maximum haul. Jenson Button was also in a position to claim the Driver’s title, although it wasn’t nearly such a formality with still Rubens Barrichello and Sebastian Vettel in the hunt. Button’s hopes were not helped when he found himself starting from 14th on the grid after a rain affected qualifying session. The only consolation …

Japanese GP »

[20 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,199 views]

Onwards to Suzuka and with just three races remaining it was still mathematically possible for Barrichello or Vettel to overhaul Jenson Button’s narrowing lead and become WDC; Sebastian would need the win, whilst Rubens could make do with a podium. However, the route to the start line was not to be a simple one with the qualifying session itself having more twists, turns and penalties than we’d normally see during a full race.

Of course the weather had something to do with it; on a slippery track there were outings galore …