Formula 1 - 2010 Season

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  1. Dave Baumann

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    The 2009 season is sewn up - a new team as constructors champs and a new (old) world champ in Jenson Button. Time to look on the 2010.

    For 2010 we have 3 new teams (possibly 4), an inevitable batch of new drivers to go with them, a new (old) engine supplier, similar aero rules, fat cars with no refuelling, skinny front wheels and (currently) a 19 race calender.

    Use this thread for discussions on the team changes going into the season, pre-season testing and of course the season itself.

    Will one of the new guys provide a surprise or will the old guard manage to negociate their way through enforce budget cuts to still come out on top?

    Enjoy F1 2010! :grin:

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    Repost from the 2009 thread:

    Anyway, here are my predictions for 2010:

    Brawn: Button and Rosberg
    Red Bull: Vettel and Webber (no need to predict, though)
    McLaren: Hamilton and Räikkönen (if he lowers his demands)
    Ferrari: Alonso and Massa (no need to predict)
    Toyota: Kobayashi and Heidfeld?
    Williams: Barrichello and Hulkenberg
    Renault: Kubica and Glock
    Force India: Liuzzi and Fisichella?
    Toro Rosso: Buemi and Alguersuari
    Campos: Senna and de la Rosa or Piquet?
    Lotus: Trulli and Sato or Heidfeld?
    Manor: Davidson and ??
    USF1: ??
    Sauber (if they will get a place): ??

    Who of the new teams won't make it?

    I know he's been confirmed, but Ferrari still has Badoer and Fisi still wants to race.
     
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    They also have Marc Gene and even Michael Schumacher, but still they have confirmed that Fisichella will be their test driver, and IIRC even Fisichella himself said it
     
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    Yes, I am not disputing that. I am saying that Ferrari may let him race for another team in addition to being their third driver.
     
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    USF1 : Alexanda Wurtz + ?
     
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    Williams confirmed they were switching to Cosworth over the weekend. Announcement today about 2010 driver line-up.

    EDIT: And it's Barrichello and Hulkenburg like everyone expected.
     
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    Kimi has finally said it out loud - why he got out from Ferrari.
    In the end it was quite simple - spanish company Santander, which gets 1/5th of it's profits from their brazilian wing, bought the finn out to get spanish in and keep the brazilian in.

    Well, I doubt Michelin wants to get back in so soon, maybe Goodyear or Dunlop?
     
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    Villeneuve?
     
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    Michelin could come back, but Michelin wants competition so who else can come?
     
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    Quickfit :D
     
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    A fair bit of gossip at the moment that Toyota are going to announce imminently that they are going to abandon F1. Could be as soon as tomorrow.
     
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    If that is so, they will have achieved nothing while spending more than anyone.

    What will happen to the team? The facilities in Cologne are huge. Toyota has a history of not letting people go when closing down stuff.
     
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    Maybe enter other classes? With the money the spend on F1 they could probably fund atleast half a dozen of other series. Maybe WRC, Hybrid Le-mans, GT? Than again, I wonder what most other series could offer Toyota not to mention it will take time to be succesull no matter what they enter into so I wonder how usefull that would be for Toyota as I assume that no matter what they might get into they want succes on a short term to show they can actually win something.

    Anyway Toyota's real problem is their management and not hiring a top driver. If they are smart they atleast stick it out another year. Shouldnt be too expensive with all the new budget cuts and atleast they now got a car that atleast seem to have some decent basis. Now all they need to do is get a good driver, which would basically mean Kimi as there is no one else left, so give him his money (thats probably the only way he'd even think about getting into a Toyota) and keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best.

    Anyway, if they do leave it wont be a big loss as the Sauber team will take their place
     
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    I'd take Sauber over Toyota any day. Toyota (without Ove) is just as corporate as BMW was, while Sauber are proper racers.

    Dave, have you subscribed to GP+? I did earlier this year and I must say it is pretty good. Some really interesting stories in there and good opinion pieces.
     
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    Bye, Toyota. You achieved nothing in F1, just as BMW did, but at least you hung in there longer than BMW, which is admirable. I am sure the employees will be looked after as is the Toyota way.

    Sucks for Kobayashi too, he deserves a go in F1 after what he's shown he can do. He has a real fighting spirit.
     
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    I think one of the new teams will pick him up.
     

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