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The 2010 Formula One Season was the 61st season of the Drivers' World Championship and the 53rd season of the Constructors' Championship. It was the last season in which Bridgestone tyres were used, before being replaced by Pirelli
The Drivers' World Championship was won by Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull-Renault, 4 points ahead of Fernando Alonso of Ferrari. Mark Webber of Red Bull-Renault was third. The 2010 title was Vettel's first, and was won having not lead the championship up to the final race - the first time this had happened since James Hunt's 1976 title. This championship also saw Vettel become the youngest ever World Champion.
Teams and DriversEdit
Changes from last seasonEdit
- The Toyota team withdrew from Formula One, along with Toyota as an engine supplier.
- 2009 World Champion constructor, Brawn, were bought out by Daimler AG, and rebranded as the new Mercedes Grand Prix team. Ross Brawn was retained as Team Principal.
- Ownership of the BMW Sauber team was returned to Sauber following the repurchase of the team by Peter Sauber. However, as Peter Sauber had not applied for an official change of name for the company, the team continued to operate under the name, BMW Sauber.
- With the withdrawal of the Toyota engines, Williams switched to Cosworth engines.
- The Toro Rosso team became a self-sustained team, having been supplied by Red Bull in the previous season.
- In addition to Mercedes, Lotus, Virgin and HRT (all supplied by Cosworth engines) joined the sport for the 2010 season. This marked the first appearance of the Lotus name since 1994.
Several driver changes took place prior to the 2010 season:
- Fernando Alonso: Renault → Ferrari
- Rubens Barrichello: Brawn → Williams
- Jenson Button: Brawn → McLaren
- Karun Chandhok: GP2 series → HRT
- Pedro de la Rosa: McLaren (test) → Sauber
- Lucas di Grassi: GP2 series → Virgin
- Giancarlo Fisichella: Ferrari (driver) → Ferrari (reserve/test)
- Timo Glock: Toyota → Virgin
- Romain Grosjean: Renault → GT1 series
- Nico Hülkenberg: GP2 series → Williams
- Kamui Kobayashi: Toyota (reserve) → Sauber
- Heikki Kovalainen: McLaren → Lotus
- Robert Kubica: BMW Sauber → Renault
- Kazuki Nakajima: Williams → Formula Nippon
- Vitaly Petrov: GP2 series → Renault
- Kimi Räikkönen: Ferrari → sabbatical
- Nico Rosberg: Williams → Mercedes
- Michael Schumacher: retirement → Mercedes
- Bruno Senna: Le Mans Series → HRT
- Jarno Trulli: Toyota → Lotus
- Karun Chandhok was replaced at HRT by Sakon Yamamoto from round 11 onwards. Yamamoto was replaced by Christian Klien for rounds 15, 18 and 19.
- Bruno Senna was replaced by Sakon Yamamoto at the British Grand Prix.
- Nick Heidfeld replaced Pedro de la Rosa from the Singapore Grand Prix onwards.
- Ahead of the 2010 season, a new points system was introduced. Replacing the older 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 system for the top eight drivers, from the 2010 season onwards, drivers would now score points for a top-ten finish. The new scoring is as follows:
- In an attempt to cut costs, refuelling was banned during races from 2010 onwards. As a result, cars required a larger fuel tank in order to hold enough fuel to last the full race. This resulted in cars being approximately 20cm longer than in the previous season.
Changes from last seasonEdit
Races not on 2009 season calendarEdit
- The Canadian Grand Prix returned following a one-year absence.
- The inaugural Korean Grand Prix took place on 24th October, less than two weeks after the circuit gained its required license.
- The Bahrain Grand Prix was moved to the start of the season, deposing the Australian Grand Prix for the first time since 2006.
- The European Grand Prix was moved ahead of the British, German and Hungarian events.
- The German Grand Prix moved to the Hockenheimring, in keeping with the arrangement to alternate with the Nürburgring.
- The Bahrain Grand Prix was run on the extended Endurance Circuit layout of the Bahrain International Circuit.
‡ German Grand Prix: Ferrari were called to the stewards after the race and were found guilty of breaching article 39.1 of the FIA Sporting Regulations, in relation to team orders and Article 151c of the FIA International Sporting Code for bringing the sport into disrepute. The result stood, however, Ferrari were fined US$100,000 and matter was referred to the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
|Drivers' World Championship|
|17||de la Rosa||Ret||12th||DNS||Ret||Ret||Ret||11th||Ret||12th||Ret||14th||7th||11th||14th||6|
|Constructors' World Championship|
|de la Rosa||Ret||12th||DNS||Ret||Ret||Ret||11th||Ret||12th||Ret||14th||7th||11th||14th||44|
|V T E||Formula One Seasons|
|1950 • 1951 • 1952 • 1953 • 1954 • 1955 • 1956 • 1957 • 1958 • 1959 • 1960 • 1961 • 1962 • 1963 • 1964 • 1965 • 1966 • 1967 • 1968 • 1969 • 1970 • 1971 • 1972 • 1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1976 • 1977 • 1978 • 1979 • 1980 • 1981 • 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1987 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017 • 2018|
|V T E||2010 Formula One Season|
|Teams||McLaren | Mercedes | Red Bull | Ferrari | Williams | Renault | Force India | Toro Rosso | Lotus | HRT | BMW Sauber | Virgin|
|Engines||Mercedes | Renault | Ferrari | Cosworth|
|Race Drivers||1 Button | 2 Hamilton | 3 Schumacher | 4 Rosberg | 5 Vettel | 6 Webber | 7 Massa | 8 Alonso | 9 Barrichello | 10 Hülkenberg | 11 Kubica | 12 Petrov | 14 Sutil | 15 Liuzzi | 16 Buemi | 17 Alguersuari | 18 Trulli | 19 Kovalainen | 20 Chandhok | 20 Klien | 20/21 Yamamoto | 21 Senna | 22 de la Rosa | 22 Heidfeld | 23 Kobayashi | 24 Glock | 25 di Grassi|
|Other Drivers||Paffett | Turvey | Bird | Hartley | Ricciardo | Coulthard | Fisichella | Badoer | Gené | Bianchi | Bottas | Stoneman | Maldonado | Tung | d'Ambrosio | Charouz | Aleshin | di Resta | Felix da Costa | Buurman | Vergne | Fauzy | González | Arabadzhiev | Valsecchi | Kral | Gutiérrez | Pérez | Soucek | Razia | Haryanto|
|Cars||MP4-25 | MGP W01 | RB6 | F10 | FW32 | R30 | VJM03 | STR5 | T127 | F110 | C29 | VR-01|
|Races||Bahrain | Australia | Malaysia | China | Spain | Monaco | Turkey | Canada | Europe | Great Britain | Germany | Hungary | Belgium | Italy | Singapore | Japan | Korea | Brazil | Abu Dhabi|
|Team Reports||McLaren | Mercedes | Red Bull | Ferrari | Williams | Renault | Force India | Toro Rosso | Lotus | HRT | BMW Sauber | Virgin|
|Driver Reports||Button | Hamilton | Schumacher | Rosberg | Vettel | Webber | Massa | Alonso | Barrichello | Hülkenberg | Kubica | Petrov | Sutil | Liuzzi | Buemi | Alguersuari | Trulli | Kovalainen | Chandhok | Klien | Yamamoto | Senna | de la Rosa | Heidfeld | Kobayashi | Glock | di Grassi|
|Tests||Barcelona 1 | Valencia | Jerez 1 | Jerez 2 | Barcelona 2 | Vairano | Paul Ricard|
|See also||2009 Formula One Season | 2011 Formula One Season | Category|