So far, nearly all of the teams confirmed for this year (Honda still haven't found a buyer for their team) have launched their cars, the exceptions being Force India, Red Bull Racing, and Toro Rosso.
*Vodafone McLaren-Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton (1) and Heikki Kovalainen (2)
*Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro: Kimi Raikkonen (3) and Felipe Massa (4)
*BMW Sauber F1 Team: Robert Kubica (5) and Nick Heidfeld (6)
*ING Renault F1 Team: Fernando Alonso (7) and Nelson Piquet Jr (8)
*Panasonic Toyota Racing: Jarno Trulli (9) and Timo Glock (10)
*Scuderia Toro Rosso: Sebastien Buemi (11) and Sebastien Bourdais (12)
*Red Bull Racing: Mark Webber (14) and Sebastian Vettel (15)
*AT&T WilliamsF1: Nico Rosberg (16) and Kazuki Nakajima (17)
*Brawn GP: Rubens Barrichello (18) and Jenson Button (19)
*Force India Formula One: Adrian Sutil (20) and Giancarlo Fisichella (21)
The number 13 is not used in F1 for obvious superstitious reason, and the numbers 18 and 19 are reserved for whoever buys the Honda team.
Driver changes from 2008:
*David Coulthard (Red Bull Racing) retires. Sebastian Vettel (Toro Rosso) gets promoted after a pretty good season in 2008, which he won the Italian Grand Prix.
*Sebastian Vettel's Toro Rosso seat gets taken by Sebastien Buemi from the GP2 series.
*Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne): March 27-29
*Malaysian Grand Prix (Sepang International Circuit, Sepang): April 3-5
*Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai): April 17-19
*Bahrain Grand Prix (Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir): April 24-26
*Spanish Grand Prix (Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona): May 8-10
*Monaco Grand Prix (Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo): May 21-24
*Turkish Grand Prix (Istanbul Park, Istanbul): June 5-7
*British Grand Prix (Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone): June 19-21
*German Grand Prix (Nurburgring GP-Strecke, Nurburg): July 10-12
*Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungaroring, Budapest): July 24-26
*European Grand Prix (Streets of Valencia, Valencia): August 21-23
*Belgian Grand Prix (Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps): August 28-30
*Italian Grand Prix (Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza): September 11-13
*Singapore Grand Prix (Streets of Marina Bay, Marina Bay): September 25-27
*Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka): October 2-4
*Brazilian Grand Prix (Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Sao Paulo): October 16-18
*Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Island Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi): October 30-November 1
Calendar changes from 2008:
*This season marks the first time since 1956 that a French Grand Prix will not be held, after having been run on seven different circuits over 52 years.
*This also marks the first time since 1958 that a Formula One Grand Prix race will not be held in North America.
*China moves up to the 3rd race of the season after being scheduled in the latter part of the season.
*The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix becomes the final race of the season, a spot previously held by the Brazilian Grand Prix.
*The Japanese Grand Prix race will be held at Suzuka this year and will alternate with Fuji Speedway for the annual event.
*It will be the first time since 1985 that the Nurburgring circuit will host the German Grand Prix, as the Hockenheimring currently holds the naming rights to the race, but have been hit by financial issues as of late. If an agreement can't be reached between the two parties, the Nurburgring race may get a name change.
This will be the first season of the radical new bodywork changes aimed at aiding passing on the circuits, as the previous bodywork rules led to too much "dirty air" for the following car. This will also be the first season of the new (and optional) KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) package in competition. Lewis Hamilton will look to defend his World Driver's Championship, while Ferrari (in their 60th season of F1 competition) will want to keep their World Constructor's Championship.
EDIT: This will also be the first time since 1997 that teams will be able to use slick tires/tyres (depending on your location ), as pointed out by F.Michael.
Looking forward to a good season Good luck to all of your favorite drivers and teams
EDIT 2: Ross Brawn takes over the former Honda team, now named Brawn GP:
There are now ten teams on the grid for twenty cars.
Edited by commadore183, 06 March 2009 - 05:56 PM.