F1 2010: the waiting is over

The transfers, testing and take-overs have finished.

The new F1 season kicks off this weekend in Bahrain, and TopGear’s fridge is already packed with beer and dips and massive flags with amusing slogans about Michael Schumacher’s age and Fernando Alonso’s sartorial sensibilities. It’s important to keep those flags cold.

And, jeez, there’s a lot to talk about. Big Schu’s return to the F1 grid, the ban on refuelling and, most importantly, exactly how much stubble Jenson will be sporting on race day.

If we can glean anything from testing – and it is always notoriously dangerous to do so, with rumours of teams running unusually heavy fuel loads to disguise their true pace – it’s that Ferrari and McLaren should be quick come Sunday, with Red Bull right on their tails.

Schumacher and Mercedes? Difficult to say. After testing in Barcelona, Big Schu ruled out any chance of a Merc victory in the first few races, but a few days later revised his prediction. More mind games from the old master?

Sebastien Vettel reckons there’s nothing between the top four teams, so it might all come down to the ability of the drivers to cope with the variable handling of a fully fuel-laden car at the start of the race and one running on fumes with shredded tyres at the end.

As you’ll have spotted, Bahrain is not in Australia. Melbourne has hosted the F1 season opener for the past three years, but this year we’re back at the Hermann Tilke-designed Sakhir circuit. It isn’t renowned as a classic circuit – David Coulthard described it as ‘annoying to drive’, but there’s always the potential for a bit of sand on the track early in the race.

Going by past form in Bahrain, it’s set to be a Ferrari weekend: both Massa and Alonso have won here twice since 2004. But you’d have to be brave or stupid to confidently predict any result this weekend, let alone this season. Head on over to Bill Thomas’s blog where he’s done exactly that.

And now it’s your turn. What’s going to happen this weekend? We don’t just want to know who you think will take the chequered flag. We want to know what else is going to happen.

Will Jenson arrive with a full Charles Darwin beard? Will Big Schu march out to the pitlane to the strains of Ride of the Valkyries? And, most importantly, will Fernando be wearing another bloody awful sweater?

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sorry guys, you have lost an F1 fan,

Over to motoGP thats exciting! at least they know how to race and take some risk!

I’m glad it was sunny yesterday afternoon, I manged to cut the lawn after 10min of watching the F1, that was a lot more exctiting!

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It was the dampest wet squib I’ve ever had the misfortune to witness. I thought it was all going to kick off… I had visions of schumacher and Hamilton taking back markers on both sides as they squabbled it out, but alas nothing.

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Hmmm, on a scale of the ‘Worst decisions ever made to alienate fans of a sport’; making the rules that let the aerodynamicists go to town on ensuring no car can get within a mile without popping it’s engines heads, has to rank in the top one or two. Closely followed by (in no particular order) letting the tyres be hard enough to last the race after the initial 15/16 laps on softer compounds; and having the temerity to call Bahrain a race track.

It was truly dull…even the drivers looked bored, I’m sure I saw at least two doing a crossword, but it could have been they were writing letters to their fan clubs. For Prost to say ‘it will be better’ is laughable, a fantastic driver and ambassador for F1 he may be, but he isn’t going to be the one paying for a ticket to watch the rest of the season, and I think he has totally misread what the paying public will put up with.

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yesterdays race was the second boring thing I’ve seen last week, first being the youtube footage of new A5 quatro http://www.youtube.com/wa tch?v=OeQSosC8Tuo&feature =player_embedded

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poor race, you finish where you qualify. Webber was an example, quickest car over one lap, mistake in Q3, he lost 2 places in the race, probably lost interest. Schumacher looked like he just realised “why did i come back for this” F1 champ 2010 = most pole positions. will sky+ Oz, won’t get up early for it….

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oh and I bet Kimi is smiling today…no more boredum…hes well used to cars running 1 minute apart and he can see how many rolls a C4 WRC can take, so he can get the rest of the weekend off…

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shumi is a loser

whoo f1

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‘Big Al spudders’…sure he is, he’s only been world champion seven times…Exactly how many times have you been world champion? At ANYTHING?

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VETTEL will definitely be world champion 2010, despite the renault engine and exhaust.

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renault engine,advanced race specs,pish posh! bring on the raw power.now.no,now.NNNOOOWW W!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  !!!!

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zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz z

manage and baby sit the engines, nanny the tyres oh god im taking up bonzai

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Lewis WILL win!!

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At least the grid walk was fun to watch… Brundle is a Legend!!! Good in an F1 car too.

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Alonso gridlocking Brundle… the best bit in the race. Hulkenburg’s spin was pretty exciting though

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jenson buuton to win again come on1 i bet he going to win the austraillian grand prix! don’t you think!

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jenson button to win again! come on! i bet he is going to win the austraillian grand prix! don’t you think!

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YAY 142nd COMMENT!!!

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f1 codemasters hungaroring :

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