Sunday, 31 January 2010

2010 Formula 1 Race Calendar

Well after a long boring Winter break with no A1 Grand Prix to follow, the long awaited 2010 F1 season is due to kick off on 14th March in Bahrain.

Here are some of my thoughts and observations on the venues...

14th March - Bahrain

Bahrain has taken over the season opening slot from traditional holder Australia. I do usually enjoy this grand prix. The track has recently been "remodelled" with an extra section added to hopefully increase the chances of overtaking.... We will see, is all I can say on that subject!

28th March - Australia

Following an intervention by the money grabbing Ecclestone, the race start time has been changed to 1700 hrs local to make it more convenient for television viewers in Europe.... Again, I find the Aussie grand prix one of the more entertaining ones.

Wouldn't it be great if Mark Webber could have a good home result? Remember how the crowd reacted when he came fifth in the Minardi on his F1 debut at the 2002 Australian GP?

4th April - Malaysia

Ecclestone has decreed that this race will start at 1600 hrs local time. It really annoys me when he sticks his nose in....

I find the racing at Sepang quite enjoyable particularly if it is rain affected. By changing the start time until the afternoon this race is more likely to be influenced by the weather.

It will be interesting to see if the new Lotus team can put on a good show.

18th April - China

All the BBC commentators bang on about what a lovely facility the Chinese have built... blah blah blah. The cars race in front of practically empty stands because the normal Chinese man (or lady) on the street can't afford to buy a ticket!

Last year's race was pretty lacklustre too. Not one of my favourites.

9th May - Spain

Not usually a classic. This year may be more interesting with the return of Michael Schumacher with Mercedes up against Alonso at his old team Ferrari.

16th May - Monaco

At last a proper old style classic GP. I know the race is won and lost during qualifying but there is always lots of drama. Even the best drivers can get caught out round this track.

30th May - Turkey

I have to say this is one of my favourites of the new circuits which have come on to the F1 calendar over the last few years. Sadly, I have seen reports that this venue's days in F1 may be numbered.

Our "friend", you know who, has apparently increased the fees which have to be paid to host the event. As per my comment for China, this was another track with empty stands last year.

It would be a shame to lose this event from the calendar in my view.

13th June - Canada

Wey hey! One of my favourites races makes a very welcome return after more posturing from Ecclestone last year.

Who will end up in "Champions Wall" this year!

27th June - Europe (Valencia)

From the sublime to the ridiculous. Why, Why, Why? another race in Spain - to line Mr Ecclestone's pockets of course! This race has taken over from Hungary as the most boring on the calendar. As Mark Webber put it "like racing around a supermarket car park". The sooner this one is killed off the better.

11th July - Great Britain

Saved and back at Silverstone (thank God) after the Donington debacle.

I really hope and pray that in their efforts to retain the British GP, Silverstone have not put themselves into financial difficulties and end up in the same boat as Donington.

Fingers crossed for a Lewis home win!

25 July - Germany

The crowd atmosphere here will be immense with Schumacher back in action. Hopefully this may make up for the usual lack of excitement on the track.....

1st August - Hungary

I've watched this GP for years and only remember one interesting race.... when Button took his first victory. I'm not expecting much from it although a certain Mr Schumacher could have a good shot at victory here.

29th August - Belgium

Probably my favourite race of the year. A classic driver's track with unpredictable weather to spice things up. Making a welcome return. A track which will suit Schumacher especially if the weather plays a part in proceedings.

12th September - Italy

Back to back classic race tracks. Definitely one of my top five. How will the Tifosi react now that
Schumacher has left Ferrari? One of the few high speed tracks left.

26th September - Singapore

I don't see why this race has to be run at night... It brings nothing to the show in my opinion. Not one of my favourites. It will be interesting to see if anything kicks off between Massa and Alonso at the scene of the crime!

10th October - Japan

I quite like the races in Japan as the weather usually plays a big part and results can be unpredictable.

24 October - Korea

The latest venue to pay into the Ecclestone retirement fund, I mean join the F1 calendar!

I have no idea what to expect from this race but judging by recent additions such as Valencia and Abu Dhabi, I'm not holding my breath.

Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised and we'll get another Turkey....

7th November - Brazil

Another of my top five races of the year. I really hope that Massa will win his home GP following his return from injury. I expect Alonso will get a hard time from the partisan crowd.

14th November - Abu Dhabi

This is another venue which gets the BBC F1 commentary boys in a lather - Ooh what a lovely hotel they've built, ooh what a lot of money they've spent... why can't we do something like this back home...

Yawn. Yawn. Yawn.

I think I speak for other (real) F1 fans when I say, forget the window dressing, get back to basics and put on a decent race!

Well that's my thoughts on the 2010 venues for what their worth...

What do you think? Which races are you looking forward to and which ones would you ditch from the calendar? Why not share your views by leaving a comment?

Other posts you may enjoy.....

2010 F1 Teams & Drivers - Update

Schumacher Returns - It's Official!


Glen said...

On the whole I'm impressed and agree with your verdict of the circuits.

However I really hate Monaco, it's one of the few races each year that I don't really bother watching. Yes I know it has such wonderful history and is a massive F1 icon, but I just don't think the track can sustain the modern F1 car. Suddenly all the rules and requirements that every other track have to fork out millions in order to comply with, are forgotten.

What do we get for this? we get to watch a load of cars drive round in circles and finish in the same order they started in unless A: someone gets clever in their pit stop or B: someone mis times a corner.

Watching a race desperatley hoping for a crash just to make it interesting doesn't really work for me.

I demand that you retract your opinion immediately and replace it with mine :-D Mind you, I could be wrong!

Lights 2 Flag said...

Hi Glen - thanks for your comment!

As you can probably tell from my post I'm a bit of a traditionalist at heart.

I can't imagine an F1 season without Monaco, Silverstone, Spa or Monza.

We'll have to agree to differ about Monaco!

Glen (L2F)

Glen said...

fair enough, I do agree that Monaco has an amazing history and truly is iconic - I just wish people could race there after the qualifying has finished.

Silverstone, Spa & Monza and indeed Canada I would add into that are great. I hate the the way that Silverstone gets treated by Bernie just because we don't have the Mafia or the cigarette companies lining his pockets.

Himmat Singh said...


Isn't Glen sense that Glen(you) are the one who maintains this blog??

I am awfully confused here. :(

Lights 2 Flag said...

Hi Himmat - sorry we are confusing you! I am Glen that writes the L2F blog.

There is another Glen who subscribes to my blog and leaves me comments.

He writes a funny blog called Glens Life -

Hope that helps to clear things up for you :-)

Glen (L2F)