The last few weeks have seen a flurry of announcements of driver movements and other changes within teams for the 2010 Formula 1 season, including the first real presentations from some of the new teams.
I thought it would be a good idea to keep a note of what has been announced up to the Christmas break. For the moment I am assuming the Mercedes / Petronas deal (and wow where did that come from?) is the last announcement for 2009. The best format for this seems to be a table rather than a really long write-up, so I’ll list the entrant name, then the constructor, engine and chassis, followed by the race and test drivers.
|Vodafone McLaren Mercedes|
|1. Jenson Button||2. Lewis Hamilton||T: tbc|
|3. Nico Rosberg||4. tbc||T: tbc|
|Red Bull Racing|
|5. Sebastian Vettel||6. Mark Webber||T: tbc|
|Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro|
|7. Felipe Massa||8. Fernando Alonso||T: G.Fisichella|
|9. Rubens Barrichello||10. Nico Hülkenberg||T: tbc|
|Renault F1 Team|
|11. Robert Kubica||12. tbc||T: tbc|
|Force India F1 Team|
|14. Adrian Sutil||15. Vitantonio Liuzzi||T: tbc|
|Scuderia Toro Rosso|
|16. Sebastien Buemi||17. tbc||T: tbc|
|Lotus F1 Racing|
|18. Jarno Trulli||19. Heikki Kovalainen||T: F.Fauzy|
|Campos Meta 1|
|20. tbc||21. Bruno Senna||T: tbc|
|US F1 Team|
|22. tbc||23. tbc||T: tbc|
|24. Timo Glock||25. Lucas di Grassi||T: A.Parente, L.Razia|
|26. Kamui Kobayashi||27. tbc||T: tbc|
– This only covers what has been announced not what has been rumoured, nor deals with conditions (such as Lopez at USF1 which depends on raising a budget).
– Jaime Alguersuari is likely to retain the STR seat.
– Lotus F1 Racing is operated by 1Malaysia F1 Team.
– The Renault team is now 75%-owned by Genii Capital.
– Car number allocations remain fluid until March. #13 is not used.
– For the first time in years we have the return of the famous 26 and 27!
I’m really pleased to see Sauber back in their original guise, complete with ‘C’ designation for the chassis. I’m also pleased to see Cosworth on the grid again! Let’s hope they can regroup, and the new teams can do a respectable job over the coming years.
Here is the 2010 Calendar:
|04-Apr||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|27-Jun||Valencia, Spain (European GP)|
|07-Nov||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
* pending circuit homologation
I will post updated lists throughout January and February as more is released. I am tempted to do the same for IndyCar and GP2, would that be interesting to people? I am much less sure what has been completely confirmed in either of those but I am willing to try and find out.