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Memorable moments of the 2010 F1 season – Part 4

Posted in Season Reviews with tags , , , on December 3, 2010 by Sundar Shankar

WORST MOMENTS

On to the worst moments of the season – that includes wretched luck for individual drivers, silly mistakes from drivers and teams, and incidents that Formula 1 cannot be proud of. Fortunately, the 2010 season didn’t have the off-track drama that marred several seasons over the decade, and for once, they were all on-track moments.

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Memorable moments of the 2010 F1 season – Part 3

Posted in Season Reviews with tags , , , on December 3, 2010 by Sundar Shankar

By the time we left Singapore, it was clear that Red Bull, though in front, would not have it easy. It was also clear that the season thus far could be split into three different routes to the championship from the team. The initial part of the season saw Mclaren at its absolute best, punishing Red Bull heavily for their mechanical unreliability, and taking the lead in both championships. Red Bull had a rather erratic performance curve, with a few dominant races, and a few wretched ones alternating throughout the year. Ferrari, after a horrendous first half of the season, where reliability issues and gut-wrenching bad luck hurt them badly, hit back spectacularly in the second half. Fernando Alonso was making a mighty comeback, and was putting in some magnificent drives to methodically demolish the Red Bull drivers’ advantage. We go into the final four races with the championship still wide open.

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Memorable moments of the 2010 F1 season – Part 2

Posted in Season Reviews with tags , , , on December 3, 2010 by Sundar Shankar

As the teams came away from the flyway races into the European leg of the season, it was clear that this was going to be a special championship. From the Ferrari 1-2 in the season opener to Jenson’s two race wins against the expectations in tricky conditions, Hamilton’s scorching recovery drives, and the sheer pace of the Red Bulls, the four unique races had produced surprising results. We waited for the European races to consolidate the pecking order. After a processional race in Barcelona which saw Webber joining the growing list of championship contenders, lets have a look at the rest of the European races along with the Canadian GP and the Singapore GP as well.

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Memorable moments of the 2010 F1 season – Part 1

Posted in Season Reviews with tags , , , on December 1, 2010 by Sundar Shankar

 

The 2010 F1 season has been the best in living memory – certainly the most closely and fiercely contested season of all time. There were so many dramatic, game-changing incidents during the course of this year’s championship, some of which were loved by the entire F1 fraternity, some universally condemned, and some that sparked furious debates across the fan base. Yet, the best thing about the 2010 F1 championship was that almost all the drama and excitement happened on the track, rather than in boardrooms, as we have seen in the past.

Two championship contenders, two dominant teams, a year full of political mud-slinging and bickering, protests and unsporting behaviour, we’ve become used to seasons like these for years and years on end. In that context, 2010 was an incredible year for the fans – four drivers in contention in the last race, 5 in the penultimate round, and 6 evenly matched cars, with a strong midfield line-up raring to pounce if the leaders missed a step.  But more importantly, it was a championship without controversies like Piquet’s crash, Mclaren’s spy-gate, Mosley being the butt of ridicule (pardon the pun) – indeed the biggest controversy over the year was Ferrari imposing team orders blatantly. Hardly qualifies as a controversy. Had they done it in a subtle way as all the other teams still do, we might have had a perfectly untainted season. Its hard to think of any season that has been better, and it is amazing that next year might conceivably be even better.

So could we let such a phenomenal year go by without recalling some of the dramatic moments – the good, the bad, and ones in between? Hardly. Here comes a personal perspective as to the high and low points of this epic season.

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