Sunday, March 29, 2009

F1 is Back!!

The moment we've all been waiting for is here!! The Formula One season has begun with an explosive and entertaining surprise of a race yesterday. The most radical rule change in 25 years of F1 history is upon us and it shows. With the cars being stripped down of all the fins and angles, slick tires, and the KERS system as an option, the obvious differences can be seen. With many rule changes in place as well, this season should promise much more exciting races and much more overtaking. 

These changes have already been working last night as the season opener in Melbourne, Australia resulted in a 1-2 finish by the new Brawn GP team, a remnant of the old Honda Factory team that was dissolved last year. The drivers remained the same, Jenson Button (England) and Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) and that is the order in which the claimed 1st and 2nd place in the Australian Gran Prix early this morning, with Lewis Hamilton (England) of McLarren Mercedes rounding out the podium in 3rd due to a safety penalty that was given to Toyota's Jarno Trulli (Italy). This was a tremendous feat for the Brawn GP team because a month ago they did not exist. When Virgin mogul Richard Branson decided to sponsor the team, they got there car builtin time, but had very little time to test it. Due to a lupole in the new rules, Brawn and co. designed a rear diffusor that met the regulations, and created a significant amount of more down force that gave them a great advantage over the other teams.

Lewis Hamilton struggled in qualifying and didn't make it out of GP2 due to a broken fourth gear. Because of this gear box problem, the team was penalized, and Lewis started at the back of the grid at 18th. to come back and finish 3rd says a lot for Lewis and his driving skill, as well as the team's strategy. The new rules in place also helped this as Lewis advanced an unheard of 15 positions with just two safety car outings, and 2 pit stops. Scoring 6 points to open the season, the defending champ must be extremely proud of himself and his team to achieve what they did. 

The season has just begun, and there are 16 races left. This should prove to be one of the most exciting and unpredictable seasons ever. I cant wait to see the races play out and hope for the best for my favorite Lewis Hamilton! thanks for reading, i know its been a while.


David said...

jealous, i cant watch it

Jon said...

my school gets speed lol its awesome