Wednesday, 24 November 2010

The A-Z of Formula 1 2010

Australia is where the season really started, and where it should always start

Bridgestone finished their 14 year stint in the sport with another two championships under their belt. Pirelli take over the reins in 2011

Canada made a welcome return to the calendar and produced another exciting race

Disqualification was something no driver suffered at all during the season. Only the third time this has happened in 40 years

Engine management became quite an element as Fernando Alonso juggled engines and fellow countryman Pedro de la Rosa was the first person to need a 9th unit

F-Duct became a key component, helping McLaren take 4 wins in the first half of the season but other teams eventually caught up in this area of development

Grand Chelem - Win, fastest lap, led every lap and pole position - was achieved by Fernando Alonso for the first time in his career in Singapore

Hero of Japan and the world Kamui Kobayashi thrilled this season with several overtakes and his drive at his home race was one of the best of the season

Incidents of the season include Vettel and Webber in Istanbul, the Australians huge accident in Valencia and the 'switch' between the Ferrari drivers in Germany

Jaime Alguersuari finished 11th 5 times in 2010 but points in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi were deserved and he'll hope for more progress next year.

Karun Chandhok didn't last the season with Hispania, but helped the team to 11th in the championship and won many fans with his off track media work as well

Leadership of the drivers championship changed an incredible 9 times this season with 5 different men leading at some stage

Mercedes were back with the Silver Arrows and Michael Schumacher but failed to challenge for either championship, finishing 4th in the constructor standings

No refuelling meant less pitstops and led to more action early on as drivers fought with their heavier cars

Overtaking was at it highest for over 20 seasons, Adrian Sutil producing the most moves in his Force India

Punctures were quite common this year, the most significant one being Vettel in Silverstone after contact with Hamilton

Quotes aplenty were provided by the Red Bull drivers and staff this season but post season discussions seem to have calmed the tensions for now

Reprimands became a well used punishment as stewards generally took a more lenient approach with drivers in 2010

Safety car deployed was a message seen 20 times this season. The SLS AMG led more laps this season than all but 3 of the drivers

Tony Fernandes led the Lotus project as the team won the new teams battle and won many supporters

Ultimately it only yielded 4 points on race day but Nico Hulkenberg's pole lap in Sao Paulo was one of the moments of the season

Virgin Racing finished last in their first season but did win many fans with their openness and interaction

Wings were under scrutiny as Red Bull's front wing was shown to flex up and down. Despite increased load tests, the wings were never declared illegal

Xerothermic conditions in Singapore tested the drivers and things got too hot for Heikki Kovalainen, who put out the fire on his car as the 2 hour race neared its climax

Yas Marina played host to the season finale and saw Sebastian Vettel become the youngest F1 champion ever

Zzzz Bahrain might have lacked excitement but the rest of the season more than made up for it