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How the F1 rules changes for 2009 are meant to improve racing (part 2/3)

Guest writer John Beamer continues his look at how the F1 rules have been changed for 2009 in a bid to encourage closer racing and more overtaking.

Indonesian round cancelled, Mexican race moved (A1GP)

A1 Grand Prix’s attempt to bring its brand of racing to the streets of Indonesia have failed as the Lippo did not gain FIA approval in time: This follows notification this morning from the FIA that certain aspects of the track construction project, undertaken by the local promoter and organisers of the event, have failed […]

Ron Dennis’s three decades as McLaren team principal, 1980-2009

History

Ron Dennis is stepping down as McLaren team principal. Here’s how he turned the team Bruce McLaren founded into one of the most successful in F1.

McLaren MP4/24 revealed – pictures and video (2009 F1 car launches)

Pictures

McLaren has shown off its 2009 F1 car, the MP4/24, with which Lewis Hamilton will be looking to defend his 2008 world championship. Pictures and video of the new McLaren launched at the McLaren Technology Centre below.

How the F1 rules changes for 2009 are meant to improve racing (part 1/3)

Over the last three years the rules that govern F1 have remained remarkably stable. In recent times the slowest car on the track (usually a Force India) has often been within 1.5s of the fastest. Ten years ago such a slim margin was unheard of. However, that will all change as the FIA has overhauled […]

Drivers will not get penalties for pitting during a safety car period in 2009

Alianora la Canta’s rigorous analysis of the 2009 sporting rules turned up a surprising and un-announced change. The ‘pit lane closure’ rule has been dropped. The controversial rule required the pit lane to be declared closed at the beginning of a safety car period, and any driver who pitted during that time received a penalty. […]

F1 links: Raikkonen on 2009 changes

Technical analysis of the Toyota TF109 “Toyota have gone for a slim nose but, unlike Ferrari, they have kept the nose shorter and raised the tip up as far as possible. This shape does provide more space under the nose cone for turning vanes, which is an area outside of the exclusion zones for bodywork. […]

Ferrari F60 and Toyota TF109 side by side – pictures (2009 F1 cars)

Pictures

The first two F1 cars of 2009 have been officially unveiled – so now we can get a close-up look at the pair of them and see where the designers have gone in different directions. Here’s a look at the Ferrari F60 and Toyota TF109 side by side.

Toyota TF109

Toyota reveals the TF109 – pictures and video

2009 F1 season Pictures Video

The Toyota TF109 has become the second F1 car to break cover. Toyota used a live online launch to unveil their eighth car to contest the F1 world championship.

Toyota TF109 launch live online

Toyota launches its 2009 F1 car, the TF109, in a live online show today. The launch will be broadcast live at www.tf109-premiere.com and a comment thread for discussion is open below.