Posted on January 5, 2011

Hispania Racing Team, 0 wins, 0 poles, 11th in Constructors’ Championship Mmmm. Where to start when thinking about Hispania Racing? What was their 2010 season about? An exercise in survival, certainly. But to what end? Is there a future for the team? Who will design and build their car next year? These are all intangible questions. In practical terms Hispania was a struggle from start to finish in 2010. The team was still building the cars as the season got underway in Bahrain, with Karun Chandhok’s first run in the car being in qualifying. The team was born at the More…

Posted on December 31, 2010

Virgin Racing, 0 wins, 0 poles, 12th in Constructors’ Championship If Lotus’ first season on track turned out more or less how they expected it to, Virgin’s fell below their expectations for a variety of reasons. First they were caught out by a couple of changes in fuel regulations which meant that the fuel tank wasn’t quite big enough to do the race distance. They were given dispensation to change the chassis – something which is expressly banned nowadays for cost saving reasons. Reliability was worse than expected, due to a range of problems, of which hydraulics was the main More…

Posted on December 30, 2010

Lotus Racing, 0 Wins, 0 poles, 10th in Constructors’ Championship Having lived through the political upheaval of 2009, much of which was based on then FIA president Max Mosley’s desire to see new teams come in to F1, for me the 2010 season was notable for the birth of three new teams; Lotus, Virgin and HRT. They got a frosty reception from Ferrari for ‘limping’ into the sport and as the year went on were criticised by Bernie Ecclestone. But they survived and the most effective of them was Lotus. It’s extremely hard as an independent to set up a More…

Posted on December 26, 2010

There are 12 days of Christmas and there are 12 F1 teams so I’m doing a brief personal look back on the season for each of them. I’m starting with Red Bull, the champions this year. Red Bull Racing, 9 wins, 20 Podiums 15 pole positions Red Bull is involved in over 100 sports and currently sponsors 456 athletes, from volleyball players to freestyle motor crossers. But this year they won big in the world’s most high profile regular event, Formula 1. And they did it according to the values of owner Dietrich Mateschitz, which is that in sport Red More…

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