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Formula 1 2010

Formula 1

March 2010

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The 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship kicks off next week in Bahrain (12-14 March), and as Michael Schumacher put it, ‘I feel like a child looking forward to Christmas.’

You and me both, Michael. Because it’s promising to be a cracking year: not only has Schumacher come out of retirement for Mercedes GP (Brawn GP that was) but we have an all-British team (with a German engine) with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button teaming up at McLaren. Fernando Alonso has moved over to Ferrari, and Massa is back on the track for the first time since his injury last year. Campos has changed their name to HRT, and Brawn GP is now Mercedes GP (see above). There’s also a new track: Yeongam in South Korea (October 24 — 55 laps at a distance of 309.155 km; subject to circuit approval).

In the paddock Alonso is being tipped for the top spot this year but how will the new refueling ban affect strategy? And have all of the teams built big enough fuel tanks? Exciting stuff. See you on the grid.

The schedule this year:

Bahrain Grand Prix (Sakhir) 12 - 14 March
Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne) 26 - 28 March
Malaysian Grand Prix (Kuala Lumpur) 02 - 04 April
Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai) 16 - 18 April
Spanish Grand Prix (Catalunya) 07 - 09 May
Monaco Grand Prix (Monte Carlo) 13 - 16 May
Turkish Grand Prix (Istanbul) 28 - 30 May
Canada Grand Prix (Montreal) 11 - 13 June
European Grand Prix (Valencia) 25 - 27 June
British Grand Prix (Silverstone) 09 - 11 July
German Grand Prix (Hockenheim) 23 - 25 July
Hungarian Grand Prix (Budapest) 30 July - 01 August
Belgian Grand Prix (Spa-Francorchamps) 27 - 29 August
Italian Grand Prix (Monza) 10 - 12 September
Singapore Grand Prix (Singapore) 24 - 26 September
Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka) 08 - 10 October
Korean Grand Prix (Yeongam) 22 - 24 Oct October
Brazilian Grand Prix (Sao Paulo) 05 - 07 November
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina Circuit) 12 - 14 November

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