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The 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship

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Silverstone secures British GP from 2010

The British Grand Prix will stay at the Silverstone circuit next year after the Northamptonshire track reached a deal with Bernie Ecclestone after weeks of negotiations.

Silverstone looked set to lose the race last year when Ecclestone signed a 17-year deal with Donington Park to host the grand prix from next season.

However, Donington failed to raise the funds to carry out a redevelopment project and so Ecclestone began talks with Silverstone.

The British Racing Drivers' Club, owners of the track, confirmed on Monday morning they had secured a 17-year agreement to host the British Grand Prix from 2010.

The circuit will also host a MotoGP race next year.

"The title of Silverstone as home of motorsport has come true," said BRDC president Damon Hill. "It is a place for all motorsport. Everyone in the BRDC loves motorsport and we are looking forward to the MotoGP as well as the British Grand Prix.

"It is not easy to enter into a contract of this magnitude and you have to take on a lot of responsibility, but the BRDC wanted this relationship to continue.

The BRDC will start work on revamping the paddock and pit areas after Christmas this year, hoping to finish by the time of the 2011 British GP.

There's also a clause in the contract where either BRDC or Bernie can break off the deal after 10 years if either party isn't satisfied.

And finally, it looks like Silverstone may try to get the F1 cars to run on a new layout called the "Arena" circuit:

Silverstone chiefs will wait until early next year before deciding on which layout the 2010 British Grand Prix will take place on.

The Northamptonshire venue is undergoing a £40 million revamp as part of an upgrade originally planned for MotoGP - with a completely new layout being built in the middle part of the circuit.

The plan is for this new 'Arena' circuit, so called because of the great views it will offer fans, to be used for the Formula 1 race as well.

Here's an image of the proposed circuit layout:

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I'll wait to see how the F1 cars do on that circuit (if they can get it homologated) before passing judgment on it, but the hairpin looks like a nice overtaking spot for the cars.

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New points system approved; ex-drivers to assists stewards

The top ten finishers in a Grand Prix will score points next season under a new system ratified by the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) on Friday.

The race winner will take 25 points, with 20 and 15 being awarded for second and third places respectively. The next seven finishers will score 10, 8, 6, 5, 3, 2 and 1 point respectively. It replaces the current structure of the top eight drivers scoring 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point respectively and takes into account the expansion of the grid to 13 teams for 2010.

Friday’s WMSC meeting agreed a number of other changes for 2010, including the use of experienced former F1 drivers to assist stewards in decision making relating to race incidents. A permanent panel of three FIA stewards will now attend every Grand Prix, joined by an additional local steward at each race.

Not a bad idea to expand the points awarded to 10th, as it will give the new teams an incentive to race hard. Also like the idea of former drivers assisting the stewards, maybe we'll get some consistency in rulings next season.

Also, refueling will be banned for next season, so that should take some of the strategy out of the races, as well as save the teams money for transporting the pressurized refueling rigs.

Also, the final calendar for next season has been released, and as follows:

14/3 BHR Bahrain

28/3 AUS Australia

4/4 MYS Malaysia

18/4 CHN China

9/5 ESP Spain

16/5 MCO Monaco

30/5 TUR Turkey

13/6 CAN Canada

27/6 ESP Europe (Valencia)

11/7 GBR Great Britain

25/7 DEU Germany

1/8 HUN Hungary

29/8 BEL Belgium

12/9 ITA Italy

26/9 SGP Singapore

10/10 JPN Japan

24/10 KOR Korea*

7/11 BRA Brazil

14/11 ARE Abu Dhabi

*Subject to the homologation of the circuit.

Note: The races in Australia and Abu Dhabi will start at 1700 local time, in Malaysia at 1600 local time, in Canada at 1200 local time, in Singapore at 2000 local time, and in Japan at 1500 local time.

The Abu Dhabi GP will be the last race of the season, again, as opposed to the penultimate round of the championship. I'll update the calendar on the first page after this is posted.

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Trulli, Kovalainen confirmed at Lotus

Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen will race for Lotus next year, after the newly-formed Formula 1 team confirmed its line-up in a press conference held in Malaysia today.

Malaysian-born Fairuz Fauzy was also announced as the team's third driver.

The Lotus line-up was officially revealed by Malaysia's sports minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek in a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, and the minister emphasised the government's expectations from its support of the new team.

I'll update the first post after this is posted.

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Di Grassi to partner Glock at Virgin

Virgin Racing has confirmed that Lucas di Grassi is to race alongside Timo Glock at the team next year.

After what the team itself called 'the worst kept secret in F1', Virgin Racing unveiled its new logo and showed off its drivers in public at a launch in Notting Hill, London, on Tuesday.

Although Glock signed for the team several weeks ago, di Grassi only recently committed to the outfit - having tested for the Renault team in the recent run out for young drivers in Jerez.

Di Grassi arrives at the team after four seasons in GP2, and having gained experience of F1 through his role as a Renault test driver.

Parente, Razia join Virgin as testers

Virgin Racing has announced Alvaro Parente and Luiz Razia will be its test drivers in its debut season in 2010.

Updating first post now.

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Renault will stay in Formula 1 despite selling its team

Renault will race on in Formula 1 next year following a deal to secure the team's future, as BBC Sport exclusively predicted last week.

The company had considered quitting F1, but the team will continue under new owners with the French car company retaining a minority 25% shareholding.

Luxembourg-based investment firm Genii Capital will own the rest and share the running of the team with Renault.

It's good to see Renault stay in F1 for the foreseeable future, and nice to see that Kubica may have a ride for next year.

Teams plan joint launch in Valencia

Formula 1 teams are scheduled to put the finishing touches to plans for a common car launch of their 2010 contenders on Thursday, with outfits looking to unveil their machines in Valencia in late January.

So we're gonna see all of the new machinery launched at the same time from the teams. Pretty cool idea from them :thumbup: .

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Sauber F1 team recruit Japan's Kamui Kobayashi

Sauber have signed Japan's Kamui Kobayashi as one of their two race drivers for the 2010 Formula 1 season.

Kobayashi, 23, impressed for Toyota while standing in for the injured Timo Glock in the final two races of 2009.

A test driver for the team in 2008 and 2009, he seized his chance by finishing sixth in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

A good pick up for Sauber. Kobayashi was one of the most impressive drivers in the final 2 races. He has a tempered aggression to him and it looks like he has the raw talent and skills to boot. He's become one of my favorite drivers since his first F1 race at Brazil.

Petrov piace alla Renault

Sfuggito Kamui Kobayashi, con Ho Pin Tung che verrà relegato al ruolo di terzo pilota, la Renault Genii Capital sta cercando un valido compagno da affiancare a Robert Kubica, sempre che il polacco decida di rimanere. Giustamente, Kubica vuole capire come sarà il progetto, e quale sarà il budget, del nuovo arrivato Gerard Lopez. Essendo questi legato al Gravity Management, appare logico pensare e ai nomi di Jerome D'Ambrosio e Christian Vietoris, che fanno parte di tale società. Ma se il tedesco è ancora acerbo, potrebbe esservi qualche chance per il belga, da due stagioni in GP2. Prende però sempre più corpo l'idea di Vitaly Petrov. Vice campione GP2, il russo porterebbe in dote importanti sponsor che non fanno mai male. Si profila quindi una coppia inedita per la F.1, con due piloti dell'est Europa?

Escaped Kamui Kobayashi, with I have Pin Tung that will come relegated to the role of third pilot, the Renault Genii Capital is trying a valid companion to place side by side to Robert Kubica, always that the Pole decides to remain. With justice, Kubica wants to understand as it will be the plan, and which it will be the budget, of the new one arrived Gerard Lopez. Being this legacy to the Gravity Management, it appears logical to think and next to the names of Jerome D' Ambrosio and Christian Vietoris, that they make part of such society. But if the German is still sour, some chance for the Belgian could esservi, from two seasons in GP2. It takes but body more and more l' idea of Vitaly Petrov. Vice champion GP2, the Russian would carry in dowry important sponsor that they do not make never badly. An unknown brace for the F.1 is outlined therefore, with two pilots dell' east Europe?

While the Babel Fish translations leave a lot to be desired, from what I understand is that Chinese driver Ho-Pin Tung will be Renault's 3rd driver while Renault looks for their 2nd race driver for Kubica. Any Italian-speaking posters here do a better translation for us?

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Turkish GP in jeopardy after 2010

The 2010 Turkish Grand Prix could be the final one in Istanbul after Bernie Ecclestone doubled the price of the contract to keep the race after next year, according to local media.

The Turkish media reports that Ecclestone would get $26 million from the Turkish as of 2011, nearly twice as much as with the current deal.

Ecclestone's new deal looks set to put an end to the Istanbul race, which was already struggling to attract fans.

Official figures for this year's event said just 36,000 three-day tickets were sold for the circuit with a capacity for 130,000 fans.

While it's not a historic race like France, it still sucks to see a GP go because of Bernie's extortion fees <_< . That would make it harder for other circuits to host a GP after seeing how high the fee gets jacked up after a few years, and thus no one would want to take on that kind of financial burden. From what I have found, NASCAR has a sanctioning fee of up to 6 million USD to host their Sprint Cup Series races, while the IRL had a sanctioning fee of about 1.5 million USD, fees that are very easy for the track and promoter to swallow and actually, gasp, make a profit off of! But with the current business model of Formula One by Bernie, the only source of revenue for the circuit and promoters are from concessions, ticket sales, and track sponsorship; Bernie takes the TV rights and everything else, from what I can remember. And, in a recession, Bernie is not decreasing his fees, but increasing them! With the fees Bernie demands from the circuits, only a government can take on the financial burden. That's why we're seeing more races in Asia and the Middle East. All to pay off CVC's debt for taking on the F1 commercial rights.

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Schumacher makes F1 return

Michael Schumacher will return to Formula 1 in 2010, after Mercedes GP confirmed on Wednesday that the seven-time world champion is joining its team next year.

The German, who will turn 41 in January, has been linked with the outfit ever since Mercedes-Benz took over Brawn GP. He finally concluded a three-year deal to make a sensational F1 return on Tuesday evening.

Now we'll get to see how some of the newer drivers (Hamilton, Vettel, etc) will fare against Schumi next season :D

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Teams scrap plans for common 2010 car launch

Well-advanced plans for a common car launch for Formula One teams at the end of next month have been scrapped.

To cut costs, the FOTA teams association was earlier reported to have agreed to stage a single event for the unveiling of the 2010 cars.

It was to take place on the last weekend in January in Valencia, just prior to the first group test of the pre-season at the nearby Ricardo Tormo circuit.

Sources believe the budget for the event was around 2m euros, which if evenly divided between the 13 confirmed teams, would have meant a per-team cost of just over 150,000 euros.

There have, however, been rumours that the smaller teams were concerned that the spotlight and international coverage would not have been on them, and Germany's Auto Motor und Sport now reports that logistical reasons have been cited for the cancellation.

There was also been word that the 4 new teams (Lotus, Virgin, Campos, and US F1) wouldn't have a car to show at the launch date.

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Court overturns Briatore's F1 ban

Former Renault boss Flavio Briatore has won his court action in France against the FIA over his indefinite ban from involvement in motor racing.

The Italian was told on Tuesday by the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris that his case had been successful.

French media quoted the decision as saying that the FIA's decision on 21 September had been "irregular".

"The court ruled the sanction was illegal," the judge told the Paris court.

Briatore was awarded 15,000 euros in compensation. He was banned from Formula 1 for life after being found guilty of race-fixing charges.

It should be noted that, actually, Flavio was banned from all motorsports activity that comes under the FIA jurisdiction, which is pretty much all forms of auto racing. So far, Flavio has said that he isn't in any rush to return to F1.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that the FIA is appealing the verdict. Also, Pat Symonds' ban has been overturned as well.

Edited by commadore183

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Alguersuari confirmed at Toro Rosso

Scuderia Toro Rosso has confirmed that Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari will stay on at the team during the 2010 season.

The 19-year-old became the youngest driver to take part in a grand prix last year, when he replaced Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais from the Hungarian Grand Prix onwards.

The only teams without a full driver line up are Renault, Campos, and US F1.

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Argentine Lopez set to drive for USF1 team

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Argentine Jose Maria Lopez was confirmed as a driver for the new Formula One team USF1 on Friday, his spokesman Miguel Mattos said.

Lopez, 26, will make his debut for the American team at the Bahrain Grand Prix, the opening race of the 2010 world championship, on March 14.

"Everything has been agreed and the official announcement will be made on Monday," Mattos told Reuters.

Friday's news came at the end of several days of meetings between the USF1 team's co-owner Peter Windsor and Lopez's sponsors in the Argentine capital.

Media reports said part of the money Lopez needed to secure a seat with USF1 was being put up by a group of firms that have backed the driver from the start of his negotiations, with added input from the Argentine government obtained late on Friday.

Lopez was a test driver for Renault from 2004-2006, which saw Renault take the 2005 and 2006 championships, so it looks like US F1 is looking for a driver that has experience developing a race car. No word on who Wndsor and Anderson are looking for the 2nd seat. Hopefully it'll all work out for the team :) .

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Bahrain unveils new layout for F1 race

Bahrain Grand Prix organisers have announced that their track will use a new layout for the opening round of this year's Formula 1 championship.

The Sakhir circuit hosts the first race of the season on March 14 and, with an expanded grid of up to 26 cars set to take part, race bosses have opted to use an existing extra loop for this year's event.

The new track will turn left shortly after Turn 4, the right hander at the top of the hill following the first sequence of turns.

There will then be a sequence of five turns before the cars head back to the original circuit. There will then be a left-right kink before a tight hairpin returns the cars onto the main track. The new layout increases the circuit length from 5.412km circuit to 6.299km.

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Renault reveals R30, confirms Petrov

The Renault Formula 1 team launched its 2010 car at the Valencia circuit on Sunday afternoon and confirmed Vitaly Petrov as its second driver.

The new R30 was unveiled by Russian Petrov and team-mate Robert Kubica, who will form the all-new driver line-up of the French squad this year.

Twenty-five year-old Petrov, last year's runner-up in the GP2 series, becomes the first Russian Formula 1 driver in the history of the sport.

Petrov will be partnering Pole Kubica at Renault, who is hoping to turn around its fortunes following a dismal 2009 season in which the team scored just 26 points on its way to eighth place in the championship.

"The start of a new Formula 1 season is always a time of great anticipation," said new team boss Eric Boullier. "For Renault, this is particularly true of the 2010 season as we begin a new era for the team.

"With a new structure in place, new drivers, and new colours, there is a lot to be excited about and a lot to look forward to in the year ahead.

Tung leads reserve line-up

Renault has announced Ho-Pin Tung, Jerome D'Ambrosio and Jan Charouz as its reserve drivers for the 2010 season.

Tung and D'Ambrosio are both products of the Gravity management organisation run by new Renault partner Gerard Lopez, and had been linked with race seats during the winter.

Chinese driver Tung has already driven for the team during last winter's young driver session at Jerez, and will be Renault's official third driver. The 27-year-old has GP2 experience and has been an A1GP and Superleague frontrunner. He also had a test outing with Williams in 2004.

That leaves just Campos and US F1 without a full driver line-up. There are rumors out there that Campos may be forced to hand in their entry for 2010 if they can't show the FIA that they have the funds in place to compete. Campos may have tried to lure funding in by going with the Senna name and with the Spanish nationality theme, but it looks like it's backfiring on them.

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Against the backdrop of weeks of uncertainty about the future of the American team, which had been struggling to get a car ready for the start of the season, sources have revealed team personnel have now been informed they are no longer required as the operation could not continue in its present guise.

Looks like Peter and Ken bit off way more than they could chew. Gotta give them props, through, as they wanted to do it from the ground up. Very disappointing.

No word on who will take the open grid spot. The FIA could open up a bidding process for it (seems a bit late in the running to do so), or they could give it to this Toyota F1 Racing, er, Stefan GP, team, a team that is backed by Bernie, which, for me, automatically detested me, so I hope the FIA would open it up for a bid, or just leave it empty.

Edited by commadore183

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Chandhok announced as HRT driver

Karun Chandhok has been confirmed at the new HRT Formula 1 team, ahead of its official presentation in Spain today.

Chandhok will be presented to the public at the Murcia unveiling, which is set to confirm the team's new identity and its plans for 2010.

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Bahrain GP results

1) Fernando Alonso, Ferrari (25)

2) Felipe Massa, Ferrari (18)

3) Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes (15)

4) Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault (12)

5) Nico Rosberg, Mercedes (10)

6) Michael Schumacher, Mercedes (8)

7) Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes (6)

8) Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault (4)

9) Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India-Mercedes (2)

10) Rubens Barrichello, Williams-Cosworth (1)

11) Robert Kubica, Renault

12) Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes

13) Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso-Ferrari

14) Nico Hulkenberg, Williams-Cosworth

15) Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus-Cosworth

16) Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari

17) Jarno Trulli, Lotus-Cosworth (Hydraulics

Ret) Pedro de la Rosa, BMW Sauber-Ferrari (Hydraulics)

Ret) Bruno Senna, HRT-Cosworth (Mechanical)

Ret) Timo Glock, Virgin-Cosworth (Gearbox)

Ret) Vitaly Petrov, Renault (Suspension)

Ret) Kamui Kobayashi, BMW Sauber-Ferrari (Hydraulics)

Ret) Lucas di Grassi, Virgin-Cosworth (Hydraulics)

Ret) Karun Chandhok, HRT-Cosworth (Accident)

WDC Points

1) Fernando Alonso: 25

2) Felipe Massa: 18

3) Lewis Hamilton: 15

4) Sebastian Vettel: 12

5) Nico Rosberg: 10

6) Michael Schumacher: 8

7) Jenson Button: 6

8) Mark Webber: 4

9) Vitantonio Liuzzi: 2

10) Rubens Barrichello: 1

WCC Points

1) Ferrari: 43

2) McLaren-Mercedes: 21

3) Mercedes: 18

4) Red Bull-Renault: 16

5) Force India-Mercedes: 2

6) Williams-Cosworth: 1

7) Renault: 0

8) Toro Rosso: 0

9) Lotus-Cosworth: 0

10) BMW Sauber-Ferrari: 0

11) HRT-Cosworth: 0

12) Virgin-Cosworth: 0

New Constructor's Points

1) Lotus-Cosworth: 0

2) HRT-Cosworth: 0

3) Virgin-Cosworth: 0

Next Race: Qantas Australian Grand Prix, March 26-28

While BMW Sauber-Ferrari may look strange, but it's like that for a reason, as Peter Sauber has decided to keep the "BMW Sauber" moniker for this season because of the Concorde Agreement related to the monies that they are owed when it was under BMW's management. Sauber has said that he will change the name in due time, but for now, it is still "BMW Sauber F1 Team", powered by Ferrari.

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Australian GP Results

1) Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes

2) Robert Kubica, Renault

3) Felipe Massa, Ferrari

4) Fernando Alonso, Ferrari

5) Nico Rosberg, Mercedes-Benz

6) Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes

7) Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India-Mercedes

8) Rubens Barrichello, Williams-Cosworth

9) Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault

10) Michael Schumacher, Mercedes-Benz

11) Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso-Ferrari

12) Pedro de la Rosa, BMW Sauber-Ferrari

13) Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus-Cosworth

14) Karun Chandhok, HRT-Cosworth

Ret) Timo Glock, Virgin-Cosworth (Suspension)

Ret) Lucas di Grassi, Virgin-Cosworth (Hydraulics)

Ret) Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault (Wheel Issue)

Ret) Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes (Engine)

Ret) Vitaly Petrov, Renault (Spin)

Ret) Bruno Senna, HRT-Cosworth (Hydraulics)

Ret) Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari (Accident)

Ret) Nico Hulkenberg, Williams-Cosworth (Accident)

Ret) Kamui Kobayashi, BMW Sauber-Ferrari (Accident)

Ret) Jarno Trulli, Lotus-Cosworth (Hydraulics)

WDC Points

1) Fernando Alonso: 37

2) Felipe Massa: 33 (-4)

3) Jenson Button: 31 (-6)

4) Lewis Hamilton: 23 (-14)

5) Nico Rosberg: 20 (-17)

6) Robert Kubica: 18 (-19)

7) Sebastian Vettel: 12 (-25)

8) Michael Schumacher: 9 (-28)

9) Vitantonio Liuzzi: 8 (-29)

10) Mark Webber: 6 (-31)

11) Rubens Barrichello: 5 (-32)

12) Jaime Alguersuari: 0

13) Pedro de la Rosa: 0

14) Adrian Sutil: 0

15) Heikki Kovalainen: 0

16) Nico Hulkenberg: 0

17) Karun Chandhok: 0

18) Sebastien Buemi: 0

19) Jarno Trulli: 0

20) Timo Glock: 0

21) Lucas di Grassi: 0

22) Bruno Senna: 0

23) Vitaly Petrov: 0

24) Kamui Kobayashi: 0

WCC Points

1) Ferrari: 70

2) McLaren-Mercedes: 54 (-16)

3) Mercedes-Benz: 29 (-41)

4) Renault: 18 (-52)

5) Red Bull-Renault: 18 (-52)

6) Force India-Mercedes: 8 (-62)

7) Williams-Cosworth: 5 (-65)

8) Toro Rosso-Ferrari: 0

9) BMW Sauber-Ferrari: 0

10) Lotus-Cosworth: 0

11) HRT-Cosworth: 0

12) Virgin-Cosworth: 0

New Constructor's Points:

1) Lotus-Cosworth: 0

2) HRT-Cosworth: 0

3) Virgin-Cosworth: 0

Next race is the Malaysian GP this Sunday, April 4th.

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Malaysian GP Results

1) Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault

2) Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault

3) Nico Rosberg, Mercedes

4) Robert Kubica, Renault

5) Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes

6) Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes

7) Felipe Massa, Ferrari

8) Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes

9) Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso-Ferrari

10) Nico Hulkenberg, Williams-Cosworth

11) Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari

12) Rubens Barrichello, Williams-Cosworth

13) Fernando Alonso, Ferrari (Engine)

14) Lucas di Grassi, Virgin-Cosworth

15) Karun Chandhok, HRT-Cosworth

16) Bruno Senna, HRT-Cosworth

17) Jarno Trulli, Lotus-Cosworth

Ret) Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus-Cosworth (Hydraulics)

Ret) Vitaly Petrov, Renault (Gearbox)

Ret) Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India-Mercedes (Throttle)

Ret) Michael Schumacher, Mercedes (Wheel Issue)

Ret) Kamui Kobayashi, BMW Sauber-Ferrari (Engine)

Ret) Timo Glock, Virgin-Cosworth (Spin)

DNS) Pedro de la Rosa, BMW Sauber-Ferrari (Engine)

WDC Points

1) Felipe Massa: 39

2) Fernando Alonso: 37 (-2)

3) Sebastian Vettel: 37 (-2)

4) Jenson Button: 35 (-4)

5) Nico Rosberg: 35 (-4)

6) Lewis Hamilton: 31 (-8)

7) Robert Kubica: 30 (-9)

8) Mark Webber: 24 (-15)

9) Adrian Sutil: 10 (-29)

10) Michael Schumacher: 9 (-30)

11) Vitantonio Liuzzi: 8 (-31)

12) Rubens Barrichello: 5 (-34)

13) Jaime Alguersuari: 2 (-37)

14) Nico Hulkenberg: 1 (-38)

15) Sebastien Buemi: 0

16) Pedro de la Rosa: 0

17) Heikki Kovalainen: 0

18) Karun Chandhok: 0

19) Lucas di Grassi: 0

20) Bruno Senna: 0

21) Jarno Trulli: 0

22) Timo Glock: 0

23) Vitaly Petrov: 0

24) Kamui Kobayashi: 0

WCC Points

1) Ferrari: 76

2) McLaren-Mercedes: 66 (-10)

3) Red Bull-Renault: 61 (-15)

4) Mercedes: 44 (-32)

5) Renault: 30 (-46)

6) Force India-Mercedes: 18 (-58)

7) Williams-Cosworth: 6 (-70)

8) Toro Rosso-Ferrari: 2 (-74)

9) BMW Sauber-Ferrari: 0

10) Lotus-Cosworth: 0

11) HRT-Cosworth: 0

12) Virgin-Cosworth: 0

New Constructors Points

1) Lotus-Cosworth: 0

2) HRT-Cosworth: 0

3) Virgin-Cosworth: 0

Next Race: Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit, 18 April 2010. Later.

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Chinese GP Results

1) Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes

2) Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes

3) Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP

4) Fernando Alonso, Ferrari

5) Robert Kubica, Renault

6) Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault

7) Vitaly Petrov, Renault

8) Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault

9) Felipe Massa, Ferrari

10) Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP

11) Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes

12) Rubens Barrichello, Williams-Cosworth

13) Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso-Ferrari

14) Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus-Cosworth

15) Nico Hulkenberg, Williams-Cosworth

16) Bruno Senna, HRT-Cosworth

17) Karun Chandhok, HRT-Cosworth

Ret) Jarno Trulli, Lotus-Cosworth (Hydraulics)

Ret) Lucas di Grassi, Virgin-Cosworth (Clutch)

Ret) Pedro de la Rosa, BMW Sauber-Ferrari (Technical)

Ret) Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari (Accident)

Ret) Kamui Kobayashi, BMW Sauber-Ferrari (Accident)

Ret) Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India-Mercedes (Accident)

Ret) Timo Glock, Virgin-Cosworth (Engine, DNS)

WDC Points

1) Jenson Button: 60

2) Nico Rosberg: 50 (-10)

3) Fernando Alonso: 49 (-11)

4) Lewis Hamilton: 49 (-11)

5) Sebastian Vettel: 45 (-15)

6) Felipe Massa: 41 (-19)

7) Robert Kubica: 40 (-20)

8) Mark Webber: 28 (-32)

9) Adrian Sutil: 10 (-50)

10) Michael Schumacher: 10 (-50)

11) Vitantonio Liuzzi: 8 (-52)

12) Vitaly Petrov: 6 (-54)

13) Rubens Barrichello: 5 (-55)

14) Jaime Alguersuari: 2 (-58)

15) Nico Hulkenberg: 1 (-59)

16) Sebastien Buemi: 0

17) Pedro de la Rosa: 0

18) Heikki Kovalainen: 0

19) Karun Chandhok: 0

20) Lucas di Grassi: 0

21) Bruno Senna: 0

22) Jarno Trulli: 0

23) Timo Glock: 0

24) Kamui Kobayashi: 0

WCC Points

1) McLaren-Mercedes: 109

2) Ferrari: 90 (-19)

3) Red Bull-Renault: 73 (-36)

4) Mercedes GP: 60 (-49)

5) Renault: 46 (-63)

6) Force India-Mercedes: 18 (-91)

7) Williams-Cosworth: 6 (-103)

8) Toro Rosso-Ferrari: 2 (-107)

9) BMW Sauber-Ferrari: 0

10) Lotus-Cosworth: 0

11) HRT-Cosworth: 0

12) Virgin-Cosworth: 0

New Constructors Points

1) Lotus-Cosworth: 0

2) HRT-Cosworth: 0

3) Virgin-Cosworth: 0

The next GP is the Spanish GP on May 9th. Later.

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Spanish GP Results

1) Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault

2) Fernando Alonso, Ferrari

3) Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault

4) Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP

5) Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes

6) Felipe Massa, Ferrari

7) Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes

8) Robert Kubica, Renault

9) Rubens Barrichello, Williams-Cosworth

10) Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso-Ferrari

11) Vitaly Petrov, Renault

12) Kamui Kobayashi, BMW Sauber-Ferrari

13) Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP

14) Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes (Accident)

15) Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India-Mercedes (Technical)

16) Nico Hulkenberg, Williams-Cosworth

17) Jarno Trulli, Lotus-Cosworth

18) Timo Glock, Virgin-Cosworth

19) Lucas di Grassi, Virgin-Cosworth

Ret) Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari (Hydraulics)

Ret) Karun Chandhok, HRT-Cosworth (Suspension)

Ret) Pedro de la Rosa, BMW Sauber-Ferrari (Accident damage)

Ret) Bruno Senna, HRT-Cosworth (Accident)

Ret) Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus-Cosworth (Gearbox)

WDC Points

1) Jenson Button: 70

2) Fernando Alonso: 67 (-3)

3) Sebastian Vettel: 60 (-10)

4) Mark Webber: 53 (-13)

5) Nico Rosberg: 50 (-20)

6) Lewis Hamilton: 49 (-21)

7) Felipe Massa: 49 (-21)

8) Robert Kubica: 44 (-26)

9) Michael Schumacher: 22 (-48)

10) Adrian Sutil: 16 (-54)

11) Vitantonio Liuzzi: 8 (-62)

12) Rubens Barrichello: 7 (-63)

13) Vitaly Petrov: 6 (-64)

14) Jaime Alguersuari: 3 (-67)

15) Nico Hulkenberg: 1 (-69)

16) Sebastien Buemi: 0

17) Pedro de la Rosa: 0

18) Kamui Kobayashi: 0

19) Heikki Kovalainen: 0

20) Karun Chandhok: 0

21) Lucas di Grassi: 0

22) Bruno Senna: 0

23) Jarno Trulli: 0

24) Timo Glock: 0

WCC Points{/b}

1) McLaren-Mercedes: 119

2) Ferrari: 116 (-3)

3) Red Bull-Renault: 113 (-6)

4) Mercedes GP: 72 (-47)

5) Renault: 50 (-69)

6) Force India-Mercedes: 24 (-95)

7) Williams-Cosworth: 8 (-111)

8) Toro Rosso-Ferrari: 3 (-116)

9) BMW Sauber-Ferrari: 0

10) Lotus-Cosworth: 0

11) HRT-Cosworth: 0

12) Virgin-Cosworth: 0

New Constructor's Points

1) Lotus-Cosworth: 0

2) HRT-Cosworth: 0

3) Virgin-Cosworth: 0

Next race is the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend. Enjoy!

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If Red Bull can sort out their realibility issues as they clearly have the fastest car the rest of the field better watch out. Had it not been for car issues Vettel would have probably won the first three races. Having said that I think it's a Alonso-Button-Vettel race to the championship.

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Monaco GP Results

1) Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault

2) Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault

3) Robert Kubica, Renault

4) Felipe Massa, Ferrari

5) Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes

6) Fernando Alonso, Ferrari

7) Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP

8) Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes

9) Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India-Mercedes

10) Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari

11) Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso-Ferrari

12) Michael Schumacher*, Mercedes GP

13) Vitaly Petrov, Renault (Retired)

14) Karun Chandhok, HRT-Cosworth (Accident)

15) Jarno Trulli, Lotus-Cosowrth (Accident)

Ret) Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus-Cosworth (Steering)

Ret) Bruno Senna, HRT-Cosworth (Hydraulic)

Ret) Rubens Barrichello, Williams-Cosworth (Accident)

Ret) Kamui Kobayashi, BMW Sauber-Ferrari (Gearbox)

Ret) Lucas di Grassi, Virgin-Cosworth (Wheel Problem)

Ret) Timo Glock, Virgin-Cosworth (Rear Suspension)

Ret) Pedro de la Rosa, BMW Sauber-Ferrari (Hydraulics)

Ret) Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes (Engine)

Ret) Nico Hulkenberg, Williams-Cosworth (Accident)

*Michael Schumacher was originally scored in 6th position, but was docked 20 seconds for passing Fernando Alonso on the last lap under the safety car. Mercedes GP had stated that they would appeal the penalty, but have now decided to drop the appeal. As such, Schumacher is officially scored in 12th place.

WDC Points

1) Mark Webber: 78

2) Sebastian Vettel: 78 (-0)

3) Fernando Alonso: 75 (-3)

4) Jenson Button: 70 (-8)

5) Felipe Massa: 61 (-17)

6) Robert Kubica: 59 (-19)

7) Lewis Hamilton: 59 (-19)

8) Nico Rosberg: 56 (-22)

9) Michael Schumacher: 22 (-56)

10) Adrian Sutil: 20 (-58)

11) Vitantonio Liuzzi: 10 (-68)

12) Rubens Barrichello: 7 (-71)

13) Vitaly Petrov: 6 (-72)

14) Jaime Alguersuari: 3 (-75)

15) Sebastien Buemi: 1 (-77)

16) Nico Hulkenberg: 1 (-77)

17) Pedro de la Rosa: 0

18) Kamui Kobayashi: 0

19) Heikki Kovalainen: 0

20) Karun Chandhok: 0

21) Lucas di Grassi: 0

22) Jarno Trulli: 0

23) Bruno Senna: 0

24) Timo Glock: 0

WCC Points

1) Red Bull-Renault: 156

2) Ferrari: 136 (-20)

3) McLaren-Mercedes: 129 (-27)

4) Mercedes GP: 78 (-78)

5) Renault: 65 (-91)

6) Force India-Mercedes: 30 (-126)

7) Williams-Cosworth: 8 (-148)

8) Toro Rosso-Ferrari: 4 (-152)

9) BMW Sauber-Ferrari: 0

10) Lotus-Cosworth: 0

11) HRT-Cosworth: 0

12) Virgin-Cosworth: 0

New Constructor's Points

1) Lotus-Cosworth: 0

2) HRT-Cosworth: 0

3) Virgin-Cosworth: 0

Next race will be the Turkish Grand Prix on May 30th. Later.

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