27 December

The return of Michael Schumacher to Formula One

Everyone at USF1 would like to congratulate Michael Schumacher on his return to F1 in 2010 with Mercedes. His decision is not only fantastic news for F1 in general but also for the statisticians in particular: having re-written the history books over the past decade or so, Michael, 41, is now in the hunt for his eighth World Championship.
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23 December

Shell wishes Schumacher luck in new career move

As Michael Schumacher’s move to Mercedes GP Team was confirmed, Richard Bracewell, Shell’s Global Sponsorship Manager, reflected upon the 14-year association with the seven-time Formula One champion:
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23 December 2009
Stuttgart/Brackley - The MERCEDES GP PETRONAS Formula One Team can confirm today that seven-times Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher will make his racing return in 2010 with the Silver Arrows team.

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21 December


21 December 2009
Stuttgart/Kuala Lumpur - Mercedes GP is delighted to announce the signing of a long-term agreement with PETRONAS which will see the Malaysian national oil and gas company become the title partner to the new Silver Arrows works team.

From 2010, the new team will compete in the FIA Formula One World Championship as the Mercedes GP PETRONAS Formula One Team and will carry the distinctive PETRONAS branding across the car and team liveries.
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19 December

Montezemolo: “Alonso, the right driver at the right time”

Maranello, 18 December – The biggest change for Ferrari in 2010 is definitely Fernando Alonso in the driver line-up alongside Felipe Massa. “We have been watching him since 2007 and Domenicali discussed it with me this summer,” recounted Montezemolo, addressing journalists at the Christmas dinner.
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Ferrari Driver Accademy

Maranello, 18 December 2009 - Scuderia Ferrari has set up a new initiative, known as the “Ferrari Driver Academy,” created to find and support talented young racing drivers from around the world, with the eventual aim of getting them into the Formula 1 arena.
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17 December

Court Announces New System for F1 Appeals

The Congress of the FIA International Court of Appeal (ICA), made up of independent elected judges from 18 countries, met in Monaco on 11 December to discuss and adopt a new system for nominating judges for appeal hearings in the FIA Formula One World Championship.
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16 December

Renault stays in Formula One

Renault has decided to maintain its commitment to Formula One and welcomes the perspective of a strategic partnership with Genii Capital, a Luxemburg based firm specialized in new technologies, brand management and motor sport. Following the proposed sale of a large stake of Renault F1 Team to Genii, both partners will operate the team together. The letter of intent signed by the two companies should be concluded in early 2010.
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First laps for Massa in Mugello

Maranello, 15 December 2009 – Felipe Massa had to wait until this afternoon for his very special Christmas present. The Brazilian driver wanted to get back behind the wheel of a Formula 1 single-seater before the end of the year and took the opportunity of his visit to Maranello for the traditional Christmas events over the weekend to accomplish his desire. The opportunity was supported by Ferrari’s Corse Clienti department, which provided Felipe with a F2007, the car, which won the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Titles two years ago, fitted with exposition tyres for the occasion.
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15 December

Virgin Racing Formula 1 team launches

15-12-2009 Notting Hill, London
The Virgin Racing Formula 1 team was officially launched in London today, where it was confirmed that one of the sport’s four new entrants has teamed up with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin brand to embark on an exciting F1 (ad)venture.
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14 December

Driver Announcement - Tony Fernandes

Tony Fernandes
14 December 2009
Q: There has been a lot of speculation recently about the driver line-up. How did you reach your decision?

A: "Firstly, I would like to say this is an historic day for all us at Lotus F1 Racing as we announce our first driver line-up. We have three drivers who I believe complement each other excellently and who I think represent what Lotus F1 Racing and 1Malaysia is all about. That is not to say it was a straight-forward decision because we spoke with other drivers who I rate very highly, but ultimately we have opted for a careful mix of experience, youth and ambition. In Jarno we have the F1 veteran who proved in 2009 that he is as quick and determined as ever. In Heikki we have a continuing rising star who is still hungry to prove himself, and in Fairuz we have a Malaysian national driver who is eager to progress up the F1 ladder to fulfill the hopes of a nation. It's the full package if you ask me."
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Driver Announcement - Heikki Kovalainen

Heikki Kovalainen
14 December 2009
Q: You are entering your fourth season as a Formula 1 race driver by joining a brand new team in Lotus F1 Racing – what factors were behind your decision to join the team?

A: For me there were a couple of major factors - Tony and Mike being the two leading figures in the project, and the backing behind the team were both very important, and having spoken to both of them I became aware that the whole operation has a lot of potential, and a very good chance of being a successful team in the future. I saw Lotus F1 Racing as the best choice for me to progress my career, after considering several other options that were available to me.
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Driver Announcement - Jarno Trulli

Jarno Trulli
14 December 2009
Q: What were the reasons behind your decision to join Lotus F1 Racing?

A: "I am really pleased to be joining Lotus F1 Racing. It was quite a difficult situation at the start of November with my former team withdrawing from Formula 1, but I was convinced I would stay in Formula 1. I was in contact with Mike (Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer) about the possibility of joining the new Lotus team and it became quickly clear that it would be a very good opportunity for me. I have been in Formula 1 for many years but there is something extremely motivating about helping to build a team from the ground level up. There is a lot of ambition from Tony (Fernandes, Team Principal), Mike and in fact the whole of Malaysia as a nation, and that level of enthusiasm is infectious for a driver. I am really looking forward to the challenge."
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Prime Minister announces Lotus F1 Racing 2010 drivers

14 December 2009
Lotus F1 Racing has today confirmed that Italy's Jarno Trulli, Finland's Heikki Kovalainen and Malaysia's Fairuz Fauzy have joined the team to spearhead driving duties for its debut Formula 1 season in 2010.
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11 December

World Motor Sport Council

The World Motor Sport Council met in Monaco on 11 December 2009. The following decisions were taken:
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10 December

F1 Commission

The FIA today hosted the first meeting of the F1 Commission in its new structure since the signing of the 2009 Concorde Agreement. Chaired by Commission President Bernie Ecclestone and with FIA President Jean Todt in attendance, the F1 Commission is made up of key championship stakeholders from F1 teams, promoters, suppliers and sponsors.
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His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al-Thani is the first Qatari to drive a Formula One car

Losail International Circuit, Qatar, Thursday December 10, 2009. His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar, owner of the Al-Anabi Group of Drag Racing Teams in the US and the Middle East, became the first Qatari to drive a Formula One car when he took to the 5.3km Losail International Circuit in a Williams FW31 today.
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08 December

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes gears up for 2010 with KONI 'intelligent' damping

8th December 2009
While the regulation changes for next year's Formula 1 World Championship are not as extensive or radical as those introduced at the start of 2009, the new rules - which include the banning of refueling and the introduction of narrower front tyres - will inevitably require some serious thinking from all teams if they are to be exploited to their fullest extent.
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New Driver Testing: The Engineer’s Reaction

08 | 12 | 09
Following Brendon Hartley and Mirko Bortolotti's tests in Spain, we caught up with chief engineer Laurent Mekies for his reaction to the three days.
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Silverstone and the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached to secure the long term future of the FIA FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX. The 17 year deal will see the UK’s most prestigious motor sport event remain at the Home of British Motor Racing in Northamptonshire.
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07 December

Bridgestone Motorsport Jerez Test Summary

07 Dec. 2009
Motor sport’s finest up and coming drivers sampled Bridgestone’s Potenza Formula One tyres in the final group test of 2009 at the Jerez racing circuit in southern Spain on December 1-3.
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06 December

Lotus F1 Racing Announce more Senior Appointments

06 December 2009
Strategic affiliation for long-term driver development strategy towards eventual World Champion
SEPANG – Lotus F1 Racing today announced more senior appointments as it gears up for its debut season in the 2010 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
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03 December

FIA Formula One World Championship - BMW Sauber

The FIA has written to inform BMW Sauber AG that their application for an entry in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship has been successful. Subject to their signing the Concorde Agreement, BMW Sauber will be awarded the 13th entry in the Championship, taking the place of the departing Toyota team.
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Date Thursday December 3 2009
Driver Gary Paffett & Oliver Turvey
Location Circuito de Jerez
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Force India young driver test concludes in Jerez

Jerez test report - day three of three
3 December 2009 - The Force India Formula One Team young driver test concluded today at the Circuito de Jerez in Andalucia, Spain. JR Hildebrand and Paul di Resta once more shared driving duties, with American JR getting out in the morning before Scot Paul took over for the afternoon.
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3 December 2009
Date Thursday 3 December
Track Circuito de Jerez
Driver Mike Conway / Marcus Ericsson
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Renault F1 Team completes Jerez test with Lucas Di Grassi

The Renault F1 Team completed its final day of testing in Jerez as third driver Lucas Di Grassi covered 123 laps behind the wheel of the R29. Ho-Pin Tung also had the chance to drive a handful of extra laps in the damp conditions, adding to the 67 laps he completed yesterday.
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Young Driver Days - Day 3

Young Driver Days in Jerez.
December 1st – 3rd 2009
Day three – Thursday
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Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. 4.423km
Objective: Young driver test with Nico Hulkenberg and Andy Soucek
Weather: Mixed – cloudy, wet and sunny. Average ambient temperature: 17°C
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CTRM to support Lotus F1 Racing build car components

03 December 2009
Langkawi – 1Malaysia Racing Team Sdn Bhd (1MRT), the parent company of Lotus F1 Racing team, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Composites Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM) for the latter to undertake research and development (R&D) that includes for the manufacturing of components for the Lotus F1 cars.
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TAG Heuer extends 25-year partnership with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Fresh from launching its 150th anniversary celebrations at a glittering event at the McLaren Technology Centre on the evening of Wednesday December 2, premium timepiece brand TAG Heuer announced that it has extended its partnership with the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team.
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02 December


Date Wednesday 2 December
Track Circuito de Jerez
Driver Mike Conway / Marcus Ericsson
No of Laps 83 laps / 37 laps
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Date Wednesday December 2 2009
Driver Gary Paffett
Location Circuito de Jerez
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Force India young driver test continues

Jerez test report - day two of three
2 December 2009 - Paul di Resta and JR Hildebrand continued their progress in the Force India Formula One Team's young driver test at Jerez circuit, southern Spain. Paul was in the car first this morning and after completing installation runs and some initial set up work, went on to run some 2010 development items and conduct some fuel system evaluation. The 23-year-old posted the second quickest time of the morning, 1:19.411, and 58 laps.
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Testing at the Jerez circuit

Maranello, 2nd December
Circuit: Jerez circuit – 4.428 km
Driver: Jules Bianchi
Car: Ferrari F60
Weather: air temperature 12/18 °C, track temperature 13/20 °C. Very cloudy.
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Date Wednesday 2 December
Track Circuito de Jerez
Driver Mike Conway / Marcus Ericsson
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Report Young Driver Days Jerez Day 2

December 1st – 3rd 2009
Day two – Wednesday
Weather conditions: dry in the morning, some light drizzle in the afternoon
Temperature Air: 13 – 19 °C, Track: 13 – 22 °C
Number of drivers participating: 12 from 9 teams
Fastest lap overall: Gary Paffett (McLaren Mercedes) 1:18.718 min
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01 December

Jerez Test - Day 1

01 | 12 | 09
Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera (4.423kms)
Driver: Brendon Hartley;
Chassis: STR4-03;
Best time: 1:21.325, 69 laps
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Tuesday 1 December 2009
Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Car: RB5-02
Time: 1:19.534
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Bianchi makes red debut in Jerez

Jerez de la Frontera, 1st December 2009 – December has got underway with the first of three days of Formula 1 testing aimed at young drivers, at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit.
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Tests at Jerez circuit

Maranello, 1 December 2009
Circuit: Autodromo di Jerez - 4,428 km
Driver: Jules Bianchi
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Young Driver Day - Day 1

01.12.2009 Young Driver Days in Jerez.
December 1st – 3rd 2009
Day one – Tuesday
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Date Tuesday December 1 2009
Driver Gary Paffett/Oliver Turvey
Location Circuito de Jerez
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Force India young driver test starts in Jerez

Jerez test report - day one of three
1 December 2009 - Paul di Resta and JR Hildebrand both got their first taste of the Force India Formula One Team's 2009 challenger, the VJM02, at the Circuit de Jerez in southern Spain.
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Date Tuesday 1 December
Track Circuito de Jerez
Driver Mike Conway / Marcus Ericsson
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