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US team: Expect our car to be inventive, not a clone

As last seasons innovative double diffusers demonstrated, thinking outside of the box can bring Formula One teams some pretty substantial rewards. As one of four new squads joining the 2010 grid, the North Carolina-based US team have started from scratch and are hopeful that the resulting fresh outlook will serve them well once the season gets underway in March.

Playing catch-up on KERS costing Ferrari

Ferrari have admitted that they are still behind schedule on development of their KERS system for 2009 - and that the costs have exceeded expectations. They are currently evaluating cars both with and without the system.

McLaren on 2009: Part One - the aerodynamic rule changes

With one winter test session already under their belts, McLaren are fully focused on preparations for the 2009 season and the introduction of some of the biggest and most comprehensive rule changes in Formula One history.

Toyotas Pascal Vasselon on Formula One, 2009 style

Next week the teams begin their on-track preparations for the 2009 Formula One season, which sees some of the most far-reaching rule changes in recent years. Tighter aerodynamic regulations, the return of slick tyres, the arrival of adjustable front wings and the introduction of Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) are all set to make cars sleeker and overtaking easier. It means a busy winter ahead for the designers and engineers, but Pascal Vasselon, Toyotas senior general chassis manager, is relishing the challenge…

New engines, no jokers - whos running what in Brazil?

Reliability could play a key part in the outcome of this weekends title decider in Sao Paulo. Under the 2008 Formula One regulations, ‘joker engine changes are not permitted at the final round of the season, so anyone experiencing a failure ahead of the Interlagos race will definitely take a 10-place grid drop.

Formula One teams to run 'green' tyres at Fuji

Formula One racing will show its support for the FIAs Make Cars Green campaign by running on unique green-grooved tyres at this weekends Japanese Grand Prix. The sports official tyre supplier, Bridgestone, launched the specially-designed rubber at a ceremony in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Ferrari to revert to traditional lollipop for pit-stop exits

Ferrari will use a conventional lollipop during their pit stops for the rest of this season, instead of relying on their innovative ‘traffic light system, which was at the centre of their recent pit-stop blunder in Singapore.

2009 aero changes - Q&A with McLarens Paddy Lowe

Along with his fellow Overtaking Working Group (OWG) members, McLarens engineering director Paddy Lowe was one of the men charged with helping the FIA to frame revisions to the 2009 technical regulations, aimed at boosting the amount of overtaking in Formula One racing. We asked him about the Groups findings - and the likely impact of the planned changes…


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HANS stands for the Head and Neck Support system, an innovative safety device that has been seen in other codes of motorsport for years, but which became mandatory in Formula One for the first time in 2003. Its purpose is simple: to massively reduce the loadings caused to a driver's head and neck during the rapid deceleration caused by an accident.

Bridgestone pleased with slick tyre progress

Bridgestone used this weeks Barcelona test to complete their second major evaluation of the 2009-specification slick tyres which could be adopted next season in place of the current grooved rubber. It follows their first test in Jerez last December.

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Dakar 2009: Day 1-Commanding Lead For Coma On 1st Stage Of Dakar

The first special of the 2009 Dakar should have been an uneventful warm-up but of the four KTM factory riders only Marc Coma made it through untroubled during the 371 kms from Buenos Aires to Santa Rosa to take a commanding lead.

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Mark Webber
Lewis Hamilton
Jenson Button
Fernando Alonso
Felipe Massa
Michael Schumacher
Nico Rosberg
Kimi Räikkönen
Romain Grosjean
Paul di Resta
Nico Hulkenberg
Kamui Kobayashi
Sergio Perez
Daniel Ricciardo
Jean-Eric Vergne
Pastor Maldonado
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Vitaly Petrov
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