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Good news I think:

A NEW points system will encourage Formula One drivers to battle flat out for a win rather than settle for a "safe" second place.

The winner of a Grand Prix will get 25 points this season - seven more than the runner-up - in a bid to spice up the action.

It's a big increase on the two-point separation, 10pts to 8pts, used for the first two finishers until now.

The new system, approved by F1's think-tank the Sporting Working Group, will also reward all those who finish in the top ten.

The full scoring will be: 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1.

The structure still needs to be approved by next month's meeting of the Formula 1 Commission before it can be introduced into the 2010 regulations.

But this is likely to be a formality as the teams have already voted in favour of the changes.

Red Bull's team principal Christian Horner said drivers would have to "go for it" rather than cruise to collect points.

He added: "It is not because drivers don't want to take the risk, but if the points difference between a win and second is two points it is not the end of the world, whereas if it is a significant number it adds motivation for them to push each other very hard."

It is believed the think-tank rejected suggestions of awarding further points for pole position and fastest lap.

The possibility of a rule forcing drivers to make least two pit stops during a race was discussed but not approved.

They will therefore only need to make a single stop to ensure they run on both types of the two tyre compounds in use at each Grand Prix.

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/motorsport/2823928/Formula-One-winners-will-score-big.html#ixzz0dfEgPHFq

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Mercedes unveil 2010 livery in Stuttgart

Although their 2010 car is still firmly under wraps, Mercedes GP have unveiled the new silver and green colour scheme with which they will contest the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship. The team’s management and drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg all attended the event, which was held at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in the German city of Stuttgart on Monday.

The new livery blends the German carmaker’s legendary ‘Silver Arrows’ heritage with the colours of the team's title partner Petronas. As an additional reference to the Mercedes W25 of 1934, when the car’s white paint was scraped off to expose the shining alloy underneath, traces of black carbon fibre will be visible on the nose of the MGP W01.

http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2010/1/10359.html

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I am happy about the new points system, it is a happy medium between making sure wins are awarded substantially but also still allow consistency to be rewarded as well.

I am sad about Nick Heidfeld, he was also an interesting driver, maybe USF1 can save him. Also happy to see Kovalainen and Kobayashi still in seats.

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26th of January 2010 | 08:06 GMT

According to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, it seems McLaren Mercedes now considers Nick Heidfeld as their potential test/reserve driver for the 2010 team. Present at Mercedes GP's car launch event at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh admitted his surprise over seeing the German veteran unsigned for the 2010 season.

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Heidfeld, on the other hand, is also regarded as a possibility for Mercedes GP in terms of their test/reserve position, with the Brackley based team yet to announce a racer for that role. The team was supposed to confirm the move on Monday, during their presentation event in Stuttgart, but the story is more likely to find its ending in the upcoming few days.

http://www.autoevolution.com/news/mclaren-mercedes-eyes-heidfeld-for-test-reserve-role-15842.html

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Teams agree new tyre rule for 2010

Tuesday, January 26th 2010, 14:45 GMT

Formula 1 teams have agreed to introduce an extra strategic element to races this season by forcing leading drivers to start races on the same tyres that they qualified on, AUTOSPORT can reveal.

With the ban on refuelling for 2010 already forcing a big change in tactics compared to how grands prix have run in recent years, the new rule looks set to have an impact on how teams approach qualifying as well.

Although the tweak has not yet been committed to the regulations, sources have revealed that last week's meeting of the Sporting Working Group agreed to the change as a way of improving the show.

It is understood that the majority of teams present voted in favour of a rule that will require the top 10 cars that make it through to the final session of qualifying to start the race on the same tyres that they set their fastest Q3 time on.

This will open up the possibility of teams gambling on sacrificing the best possible time in Q3 by running a more consistent but less quick tyre so as to have a better chance in the race. Alternatively, teams may choose a tyre that is better over a single lap to secure a good grid position, even if it runs the risk of compromising race performance.

The teams hope that the rule tweak will serve to mix up the tactics throughout the grid and therefore lead to more exciting races.

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Ferrari has announced that the launch of its 2010 Formula 1 car will be broadcast live online via its website www.ferrari.com

The car will be unveiled in the New GT Assembly Line Pavilion at the Ferrari factory at 10.30am local time tomorrow.

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McLaren has already announced that its launch will also be streamed online, with the British squad unveiling its new car at Vodafone's UK headquarters on Friday morning: www.mclaren.com

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According to some guy on the Autosport forums:

It's not a test, it's a shakedown and they are doing filming at the same time. Shakedown means testing if the systems are working. Tires are probably not 2010 spec F1 tires and besides they are running rain tires on the pic.

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^A shakedown run for Ferrari was cancelled today due cold

Ferrari was presented with no option but to cancel the shakedown run of its new car on Thursday as ice coated the Fiorano test track at Maranello. Felipe Massa had been scheduled to drive the car ahead of official pre-season testing in Valencia next Monday.

With the outing in Fiorano set to be part of a promotional video, the Scuderia was forced to call off the run following the car's launch due to the slippery conditions, with temperatures struggling to rise more than a few degrees above freezing point.

http://f1.gpupdate.net/en/formula-1-news/226865/ferrari-cancels-f10-s-fiorano-run/

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One thing that will surprise some people this year is the speed of the pitstops. The ban on refuelling means team are aiming for three second pitstops this year and McLaren said today the team have got it down to two and a half seconds in practice! :o

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Mercedes W01:

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Mercedes-Benz unveiled its W01 in the Valencia pit lane on Monday morning, ahead of the first pre-season Formula 1 test at the Spanish track.

The German car manufacturer had launched the colour scheme of the car in Stuttgart last week, but it waited until shortly before track action began on Monday to show the world the car that will carry the title hopes of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81167

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