THE SEASON SO FAR
New rules, biggest change for decades, hurray for slicks, KERS is occurring, adjustable front wing, no testing during the F1 season, money's too tight to mention, Honda's saved and reborn as Brawn, three Sebs and one Mark in Red Bull F1 line-up, seven good legs between them, pullrod rear suspension for Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso FOTA? 'Fota Schmota' says Bernie, Rubens and Jenson on top in winter testing, the D word finally appears DIFFUSER! Drivers looking anorexic to fit KERS, take your hat off to budget cap 30 million, but drivers can have gold, silver and bronze medals or the Big Issue, credit crunch fever doom and gloom, Europe to Melbourne 16,000 kilometres, Melbourne at last, unpopular late afternoon start, diffuser protest goes to court, Vettel third on grid, popular Brawn the Virgin winner, Independents Day, rookie Buemi drives like veteran scores points in first race, super soft tyres good for three... corners, point for Bourdais too, ten-place Malaysia grid penalty for three-wheeled Vettel, Trulli penalised for passing Lewis but Liargate is round the corner, Lewis sorry, Ryan goes, Paris looms, Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur 6360 kilometres, Vettel qualifies third again, tropical storm in Sepang in late afternoon, surprise all round, only half points then everyone in the dark, third shortest GP in history, Mark gets off the mark with 1.5 points. What? No race this weekend? Kuala Lumpur to Europe 9751 kilometres, trip to Paris instead for some, double deck diffuser row diffused, Brawn Williams Toyota legal, Newey stays at home drawing, McLaren and Ferrari at bottom of points table, world is upside down, Coulthard reserve driver for both Red Bull teams, Brendon Hartley waits for Superlicence, GPDA tells Bernie no to late afternoon races, farewell to Dennis, China means temporary diffusers everywhere, Red Bull in China shop with Vettel taking team's first pole ahead of Alonso and Webber, Renault 1-2-3 on grid first time since 96, Sebastian starts behind Safety Car and goes on to win, Webber makes it historic one-two with no KERS and no double diffuser, Super Swiss Seb snatches eighth for another Toro Rosso point, Shanghai to Bahrain 6827 kilometres, dry in desert so sand storm predicted, welcome back Lauda with artificial hip, Vettel gets congratulatory call from Bernie, world stops spinning as McLaren has parties and Red Bull has podiums, first all-Toyota front row in 38-degree heat, Button's best win fighting off second placed Vettel, Mark's great drive from back of grid, man breaks world record for holding breath in water tank on grid and we stop to take one before we start the European season with Red Bull Racing second in the Constructors' Championship and Scuderia Toro Rosso seventh, Bahrain to Europe 4000 kms, next stop Barcelona and five months with no long-haul flights.
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