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2010 CalanderDate14/03/2010 - Bahrain Grand Prix28/03/2010 - Australian Grand Prix04/04/2010 - Malaysian Grand Prix18/04/2010 - Chinese Grand Prix09/05/2010 - Spanish Grand Prix16/05/2010 - Monaco Grand Prix30/05/2010 - Turkish Grand Prix13/06/2010 - Canadian Grand Prix27/06/2010 - European Grand Prix (Valencia)11/07/2010 - British Grand Prix25/07/2010 - German Grand Prix01/08/2010 - Hungarian Grand Prix29/08/2010 - Belgian Grand Prix12/09/2010 - Italian Grand Prix26/09/2010 - Singapore Grand Prix10/10/2010 - Japanese Grand Prix24/10/2010 - Korean Grand Prix07/11/2010 - Brazil Grand Prix14/11/2010 - Abu Dhabi Grand PrixBahrain Grand PrixSakhir, 12-14 March, 2010Friday 12 Mar: Practice 1 0700-0830; Practice 2 1100-1230Sat 13 Mar: Practice 3 0800-0900; Qualifying 1100Sun 14 Mar: Race 1200

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Such uneeded nonsense with all the points system malarky. Quite excited for the upcoming season. Kubica to win.

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Going out to Japan in October, will tie in going to the Grand Prix there.Not too sure bout this rule change, but we will see.

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Going out to Japan in October, will tie in going to the Grand Prix there.Not too sure bout this rule change, but we will see.
Oo you lucky bastard!Rules changes will make for a better race. This season will be quality, nows theres some history things will be more competitive.

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A Look Into The Rule ChangesSportingDrivers can only use eight engines during the (17-race) season. If they have to use a ninth engine they will have a ten-pace grid penalty at the first race where they use it, and further similar penalties will follow if additional engines are used.The pit lane speed limit in qualifying and the race has been raised from 80kph (49.7mph) to 100kph (62.1mph).All teams must declare the starting weights of their cars within two hours of qualifying finishing.If a race starts behind the safety car, drivers must start the race on wet weather tyres.The rules on what a team can do to a car which is starting the race from the pit lane have been changed – teams can now make changes to “improve driver comfort” and the driver may do a reconnaissance lap.The rule preventing drivers from being able to pit during a safety car until permitted to do so has been scrapped.The FIA will now appoint three stewards per race (instead of two), one of which will not have a vote. It may also appoint an advisor as it did in 2008 (Alan Donnelly).The teams cannot do more than 15,000km of testing and may not test between the first race of the season and the last day of the year. There are two major exceptions: teams can do up to eight days of straight-line aerodynamics testing, and after the last race of the season they have three days in which they may test young drivers.NB. Distribution of points remains the same as in 2008 (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1) despite the FIA’s recent attempt to introduce a system where the driver with the most wins would become world champion.TechnicalGrooved tyres have been replaced by slicks. The tyres known as ‘standard wets’ last year are now called ‘intermediates’ and ‘extreme wets’ are called ‘wets’. At each race the softer of the two dry compounds available and the wet weather tyres will be marked with green rings.Teams may use Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) but it is not compulsory and they may run KERS and non-KERS cars at different races. KERS may give them a power boost of up to 400 kilojoules per lap which roughly equals 82bhp for 6.6 seconds, though the power could be used in different ways. If a driver abandons their cars its KERS must be switched off. KERS may be charged before the start of the race.Engines may not exceed 18,000rpm (reduced from 19,000).The cars’ front wings may be adjusted while the car is moving a maximum of twice per lap by a maximum of six degrees.There are new restrictions on the aerodynamic shape of the cars: front wings may now be wider, rear wings are narrower and taller, and many of the winglets and flip-ups that used to be on the cars have been banned. Diffusers are more tightly limited in size and shape.The cars must now have four onboard camera housings instead of two, so hopefully we should see more interested TV pictures this year!http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2009/03/22/f1-2...nce/#more-19293

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Such uneeded nonsense with all the points system malarky. Quite excited for the upcoming season. Kubica to win.
c/s. when the scoring system comes through hes most probably done, tis the last chance imo

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Lol, one of the funny headlines honestly, but that's coming into play for 2010 after the teams finally went against it. Bernie still wants to do Gold, Silver, Bronze medals. Make i more "exciting", I don't see what's wrong with it, last season we got a lot of exciting races.Leave it as it is.Look how last season was decided, the last bend of the last lap! Try telling me that was not an exciting moment and had you going crazy.

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That's what I'm saying.Ecclestone is crackers.
But he controls the money, and thats the worrying thing.

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Rivals of Brawn GP say the team could dominate the first race of the season in Australia on Sunday after their sensational form in pre-season testing. "They will disappear on the basis of what we have seen in testing," said Williams team boss Sir Frank Williams. "I just hope we can be up there, too." Former champion Fernando Alonso said Brawn's pace was "impressive". However, a row is looming over the design of a part on Brawn's cars, as well as those of Williams and Toyota. BBC Sport understands that Red Bull intend to lodge a protest against those teams if their cars are not declared illegal when governing body the FIA checks whether they conform with the regulations on Thursday. The other six teams are also unhappy with the design of the rear diffuser on the Brawn, Williams and Toyota. The diffuser is the rear part of the floor of the car between the rear wheels and under the rear wing.It is crucial to the aerodynamics of the car, and small changes can have a big impact on the amount of downforce - and therefore grip and speed - the car can produce. Brawn GP carries the name of former Honda team principal Ross Brawn, who put together a last-minute management buy-out in March. Honda, whose team was based in Brackley, Northamptonshire, pulled out of Formula 1 in December because of falling road-car sales and the global economic crisis. After Brawn's participation was confirmed, Englishman Jenson Button and team-mate Rubens Barrichello of Brazil shocked their opponents by setting the pace in pre-season testing in Barcelona and also shining a week later in Jerez. "They are making the rest of us look like amateurs," added Williams. Renault's Alonso noted Brawn's fine pre-season displays but sounded a note of caution. "The times set by the Brawn cars in testing are impressive and suggest they will be racing at the front in Melbourne," he said on Wednesday. "However, testing is one thing and racing is another, and as with our other competitors there could be some surprises this year." Such has been the reaction to Brawn GP's impressive testing times, bookmakers have widely installed Button - who has won just one race 153 grands prix - as the favourite for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park. Barrichello, a nine-time winner in 268 race starts, is delighted with the Mercedes V8-engine powered Brawn car. "Just the driveability of the engine is a dream," he said. "Finally, when I accelerate, I have the feeling of knowing what to expect. The power is wonderfully manageable and predictable. "I've been waiting for this car for such a long time." With respect to the diffuser used by Brawn GP, Toyota and Williams, Red Bull believe that not only does it contravene the letter and spirit of the rules, it also undermines the thinking behind the sweeping regulation changes that were introduced into F1 this year. A number of changes were made to the cars in an attempt to make it easier to overtake. One of the main aims was to reduce the amount of air turbulence generated by the cars so drivers find it easier to follow closely behind. BBC Sport understands Toyota, expecting a row in Melbourne, have brought an alternative diffuser to Melbourne and they could, if necessary, race with that. But because of time and budget restraints Williams and Brawn GP have no alternative they do not have a plan B. Rivals believe the controversial diffusers create more downforce and give a lap-time benefit of as much as 0.5 seconds. BBC Sport understands that the cars are expected to pass scrutineering. If rivals protest, Williams and Brawn - and possibly Toyota - will race under appeal and any points they win would be provisional until the case is heard in the FIA Court of Appeal in three or four weeks' time. If the cars do not pass scrutineering, the teams may have to bolt on bits of carbon-fibre to their diffusers to bring them into line with the FIA rules ahead of first free practice. Red Bull are the only team who have come out and say that they will make a protest. Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali hoped a protest would not be needed. "We are convinced that certain interpretations that have been applied do not correspond to the nature of the rules," he said. "If that extractor is illegal then it must not be used, while if it is legal it's up to the other teams, including us, to try to adapt as soon as possible, because performance is found in that area of the car." "There needs to be a great sense of responsibility on everyone's part. I hope this issue can be resolved beforehand."
Interesting.

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Controversies already started then.Love it how someone manages to produce a decent aero package and everyone else says it's illegal.BTW, does anyone else think Button is a top c*nt?

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Yes and no on that. Give him credit for taking a huge pay cut to stick with Brawn, you know how some would demand that same cheque each year.Will be interesting to see how they go, Brawn is a top guy. Might start off well and slow down as the season goes.

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