The 2009 season has seen the former Honda team now BrawnGP crowned the constructor champions and their driver Jenson Button the drivers world champion. Whilst we all knew that the 2009 season shook up the grid considerably, with the rise of BrawnGP and Red Bull Racing, with Ferrari and McLaren knocked off their perch. In this post I look at how the teams performed in the 2008 season and then in 2009 to see who were the winners and losers.
After seeing what this years Renault would look like if the team ditched the awful colour scheme and instead used the yellow and black colours, it made me think about which liveries were my favourites and I realised that I have quite a few. So I have attempted to narrow down those which I consider my favourites…
The race at Abu Dhabi may be the first but will see a number of lasts.
- Fernando Alonso is leaving the team he won 2 World Championships with (again) and will be moving to Ferrari for next year.
- The 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen will be driving his last race for Ferrari, where he will be driving next year remains uncertain.
- Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld will be driving for the BMW team for the last time as BMW withdraw from the sport, Kubica is off to Renault for the 2010 season and Heidfeld’s F1 future is unknown.
As of right now these are the known lasts in Formula 1 because of the lack of annoucments regarding drives for next season.Whilst there are those that are rumoured nothing has been confirmed so we can’t be certain of anything. One thing is for sure the 2010 grid will look very different to that of this season.
There could well be a number of drivers who are driving in Formula One for the last time…
This is a post I intended to make some time ago after discussion with the comments over on sidepodcast (if you have never checked out the site, then do so they produce brilliant podcasts). This is a bunch of Formula One related adverts and these are just the ones I gathered together in about an hour from the funny to the plain bizarre. There are many more out there so if you know any or have particular favourites then please share them!
Prepare for a lot of youtube videos…
After a discussion in the comments over on sidepodcast about circuits people want to see on the calendar and those circuits people would like to disappear completely. So in I am opening up the discussion up here on my blog to see people’s view on their ideal Formula One race calendar, below I have listed my choices and the circuits.
- Australian GP – Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
- Malayisian GP – Sepang International Circuit
- San Marino GP – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari (Imola)
- Spainish GP – Circuit de Catalunya
- Monaco GP – Circuit de Monaco
- Canadian GP – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
- USA GP – (I don’t know any good USA circuits!)
- Brazil GP – Autódromo José Carlos Pace (Interlagos)
- British GP – Silverstone
- German GP – Nurburgring
- Belgium GP – Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
- Italien GP – Autodromo Nazionale Monza
- European GP – Alternate around circuits in Europe
- Singapore GP – Singapore Street Circuit
- Japanese GP – Suzuka Circuit
I have only listed 15 races, a small calendar but there would be room to add the French, Portuguese and even Abu Dhabi as we are yet to see what the circuit is even like but I would still finish with the Japanese Grand Prix. I’d get rid the Turkish, Chinese and Bahrain Grand Prix, although I would like to see the Turkish race on the calendar considering the low crowds it is one circuit that should go.
Now it is over to you, what do you want to see?
After this post where I discovered to my amazement that there were 20 empty seats for the 2010 season, as no announcements had been made by any teams. After months of speculation Fernando Alonso is now confirmed at Ferrari for next year, it is expected that the drivers market will now start to move (about time!) Many people have tried to work out what next year grid’s may look like, GP+ writer Joe Saward among them. Hopefully now the 2010 grid will now take shape and we will see who managed to predict who was going where. I will be using this post to keep track of who goes where, with the 2010 grid expected to look a lot different to what we have been used to.
Since watching my first race in 2003, there is one track that stands out to me more than any other and that circuit returns to Formula One after a two year absence. Suzuka.
Since I’ve watched, in 2003 Schumacher was crowned champion, 2006 saw Alonso win and Schumacher’s engine fail ending Schumacher’s hopes of the championship. However the race that will always stick out is 2005, where the drivers championship had already been decided in the previous race in Brazil, Kimi Raikkonen won from the race from 17th on the grid after passing Fisichella on the last lap of the race. This was a race that a featured two of the greatest overtaking manoeuvres in the history of F1 and left me speechless. The BBC feature the 2005 race as part of their classic F1 series, which can be found here, there are probably more overtakes in this race than there have been all of this season.