2009 F1 season: frequently asked questions

When does the 2009 F1 season start?

The first F1 race of 2009 will be held at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia, on March 27-29th, 2009.

More information: 2009 F1 calendar

Who will broadcast the 2009 F1 season in Britain?

The BBC will take over F1 broadcasts from ITV in 2009.

More information: ITV loses F1 coverage to BBC from 2009

Who will the BBC?s commentators and presenters be?

The commentary team has not yet been announced, but there have been rumours about the line-up.

More information: BBC?s 2009 F1 team: Legard, Brundle, Coulthard, Humphrey and McKenzie

How will the 2009 F1 rules change car design?

Grooved tyres, which have been used since 1998, will be replaced with ordinary racing slick tyres.

F1 car aerodynamics will be subject to new restrictions. Many of the small aerodynamics details seen on cars in 2008 will be banned. Rear wings are being made narrower. Front wings will be wider and lower. Drivers will also be able to adjust the position of their wings for a limited number of times per lap.

The purpose of the tyre and aerodynamic changes is to allow the cars to follow each other more closely and increase opportunities for overtaking.

Teams will be allowed to use Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) from 2009, similar to the systems used in some hybrid road cars such as the Toyota Prius.

Engines will have to last for three consecutive race weekends. In 2008 they had to last for two.

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What is the driver and team line-up for 2009?

See here for the latest information: 2009 F1 drivers and teams

Will there be a new F1 video game in 2009?

Yes. It?s being produced by Codemasters. It is expected to be a multi-platform title with PS3, Xbox 360 and PC versions available.

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When are the teams testing their 2009 F1 cars?

Teams often test together at the same track, but sometimes they book private tests. Whenever I find information about a forthcoming test I post the date into the F1 Fanatic Google Calendar.

More information: F1 Fanatic Google Calendar

When are the teams launching their 2009 F1 cars?

I also put the dates of car launches into the F1 Fanatic Google Calendar.

More information: F1 Fanatic Google Calendar

1 comment on 2009 F1 season: frequently asked questions

  1. Jay said on 9th August 2009, 7:17

    hi, i am new to this sport and will be watching the seasons last race live in abu dhabi. I would like to know as a spectator what things i should take with me to the circuit.
    thanks

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