F1 2009, few moments to go...

The Formula One racing is back after a 5 month break. For me it was a wait longer than that. Now that it’s going to start soon, the practice results are surprising to everyone. The 2009 season has a lot of technical changes. They look exciting as well. Below are a few of the technical changes.
Tyres: After 10 seasons on grooved tyres, Formula One racing returns to slicks in 2009, as part of moves to increase the emphasis on mechanical rather than aerodynamic grip. With no grooves, grip will increase by around 20 percent, bringing a significant performance gain.

Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS): From 2009 teams have the option of employing a KERS to boost their car’s performance. As its name implies, a KERS recovers the (normally wasted) kinetic energy generated by the car’s braking process. This energy is stored using a mechanical flywheel or an electrical battery and then made available to the driver, in set amounts per lap, via a ‘boost button’ on the steering wheel.

Engines: In a move designed to boost reliability still further, rev limits will be cut from 19,000 to 18,000 rpm. Drivers will be limited to eight engines per season, with each team allowed an additional four engines for testing. Once a driver has used up his eight-engine allocation, any engine change will incur a 10-place grid penalty.

Aerodynamics: Along with slick tyres, this is the biggest area of change for 2009. The front wing becomes lower (75mm from 150mm) and wider (up from 1400 to 1800mm - the same width as the car) with driver-adjustable flaps. Drivers will be allowed to make two wing adjustments per lap, altering the wing angle over a six-degree range. The rear wing becomes taller (up 150mm to bring it level with the top of the engine cover) and narrower (750mm from 1000mm). The diffuser has been moved rearwards. The designs make it suitable for overtaking.

Testing: From 2009 onwards testing is not allowed during the race season (from the week prior to the first Grand Prix until December 31) and is limited to 15,000 kilometers.

Safety Car: The pit lane will now remain open throughout any safety-car period, allowing drivers to refuel without penalty. But they have come up with a GPS system which will give the driver the time limit for his entry into the pit-lane. If he enters before that time, he’ll be penalized.

Pre-race weights: After qualifying, the FIA will publish the weight at which all cars are expected to start the race, giving spectators an accurate gauge of what fuel load each driver is carrying.

Championship: As of now the driver with the most number of wins will be declared as the champion, irrespective of his points. Most of the teams have expressed their non willingness in following this rule. So this might get scrapped.

The race calendar is given below:
01  ING AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX (Melbourne) 27 - 29 Mar
02  PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX (Kuala Lumpur) 03 - 05 Apr
03 CHINESE GRAND PRIX (Shanghai) 17 - 19 Apr
04  GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX (Sakhir) 24 - 26 Apr
05  PREMIO DE ESPANA TELEFONICA 2009 (Catalunya) 08 - 10 May
06  DE MONACO 2009 (Monte Carlo) 21 - 24 May
07 ING TURKISH GRAND PRIX (Istanbul) 05 - 07 Jun
08  SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX (Silverstone) 19 - 21 Jun
10  ING MAGYAR NAGYDIJ 2009 (Budapest) 24 - 26 Jul
11  TELEFONICA GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE (Valencia) 21 - 23 Aug
12  ING BELGIAN GRAND PRIX (Spa-Francorchamps) 28 - 30 Aug
13 GRAN PREMIO SANTANDER D'ITALIA 2009 (Monza) 11 - 13 Sep
14 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX (Singapore) 25 - 27 Sep
16 GRANDE PREMIO DO BRASIL 2009 (Sao Paulo) 16 - 18 Oct
17  ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX (Yas Marina Circuit) 30 Oct - 01 Nov
Content Courtesy: www.formula1.com

 Here's a pic of all the drivers in 2009:
 Pic courtesy: Rediff.com
-->The results of  testing and practice surprise us a lot. The Williams and Brawn look very impressive. The qualifying will tell us a lot more. Guys, go on enjoy the speed, thrill, screeches and the pure sound of engines!!!