A bright new era for Formula 1

A bright new era for Formula 1

Dieter Rencken looks back over the sweeping changes in F1 over the last 12 months, and examines the state of play as the race to prepare for 2010 heats up

With the announcement that the likeable (and extremely able) former McLaren tester Pedro de la Rosa will fill BMW Sauber's second cockpit for 2010, the bits and pieces for what will be arguably the most unpredictable Formula 1 season are slowly falling into place. But, with precisely eight weeks remaining before engines are fired up in anger for the first time this year, numerous doubts still surround the state of the sport.

Understandably so, for it was just 12 months ago that the concept of a two-tier $40m budget cap was just a sly thought in the mind of the FIA's then-president Max Mosley, paddock pundits were tipping BMW and Toyota for championship honours, and Jenson Button did not have a seat let alone a hope of a title shot.

To continue reading this feature...

You must have an AUTOSPORT+ subscription. Prices start from just $1.50 per week and give you full unrestriced access to all news and features. View package options? Magazine subscriber?


from just $1.50 per week

  • Get unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Explore every F1 stat in the world’s best motorsport database

Pay as you go

Read this feature right now for just