Formula 1 2011 Season Preview

Red Bull – Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber
McLaren – Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button
Ferrari – Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa
Mercedes GP – Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg
Renault – Nick Heidfeld, Vitaly Petrov
Williams – Rubens Barrichello, Pastor Maldonado
Force India – Adrian Sutil, Paul di Resta
Sauber – Kamui Kobayashi, Sergio Perez
Toro Rosso – Sebastien Buemi, Jaime Alguersuari
Lotus – Jarno Trulli, Heikki Kovalainen
HRT – Narain Karthikeyan, TBC (rumoured Vitantonio Liuzzi)
Virgin – Timo Glock, Jerome d’Ambrosio

RACES AND DATES:

Australia – 25-27 March
Malaysia – 8-10 April
China – 15-17 April
Turkey – 6-8 May
Spain – 20-22 May
Monaco – 26-29 May
Canada – 10-12 June
Europe – 24-26 June
GB – 8-10 July
Germany – 22-24 July
Hungary – 29-31 July
Belgian – 26-28 August
Italy – 9-11 September
Singapore – 23-25 September
Japan – 7-9 October
Korea – 14-16 October
India – 28-30 October
Abu Dhabi – 11-13 November
Brasil – 25-27 November

Rule Changes for 2011 Formula 1 Season:

– Pirelli replaces Bridgestone as sole tyre supplier.

Bridgestone the pioneers of hard wearing rubbers have been replaced by the more fractious Italians Pirelli. The new Italian tyres are less hard wearing which is bad news for drivers like Lewis Hamilton but Jenson Button’s laid back driving style should suit them well.

– Fixed weight distribution.

Cars must not weigh less than 291kg at the front, and 342kg at the rear. This should add more technical dilemma for the teams given the change in tyres, as the cars undergo extensive testing to find the best set-up.

– Ban on double diffusers.

Pioneered by Brawn GP in 2009 season (when Button won), the system featured two planes under the rear of the chassis – these are now banned meaning huge changes in downforce capability. Single blown diffusers are still permitted.r needs to make 2011 count

– Reintroduction of KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System).

Wacky races this is not but it isn’t far away – drivers will be able to use the extra power that is generated by the energy of braking. The max weight for cars has increased this year which means there are no weight-distribution penalties for KERS-equipped cars. Expect KERS across the board.

– Qualifying rule.

If a driver fails to set a lap within 107% of the fastest lap time, within Q1, he will not be allowed to start the race. Exceptions (and there are lots) do apply.

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