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Team Force India
Constructors’ Championship 2010: 7th
One of the rising forces in F1, Force India missed out by just one point on a place in the top six in the Constructors’ Championship last year, easily their best in four years in the top flight.
There were no stand-out moments like Fisi’s 2009 pole in Belgium or Sutil’s fastest lap at Monza in the same season, but if Tonio Liuzzi had been closer to Sutil’s level then Force India might well have edged ahead of F1 grandees Williams in the final count.
Nick Heidfeld from the Lotus Renault Formula One team was kind enough to answer some of our "hard hitting" questions, for our latest driver Question and Answer post.
Favourite part of Albert Park?
The first chicane is always difficult and unpredictable because it’s so bumpy under braking.
Favourite restaurant in Melbourne?
Every year I go to a Japanese restaurant called Koko in the Crown complex. The teriyaki chicken is very good.
Constructors’ championship 2010: 6th
Williams has a tradition of winning in Formula One – but that was then. Now, the picture is more bleak – no drivers’ titles since the ninth by Jacques Villeneuve in 1997; no race wins since Juan Pablo Montoya’s triumph at the 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix.
While those droughts are unlikely to change in 2011, Rubens Barrichello, the most experienced driver in F1 history, remains a huge asset and is one of the sport’s smartest minds.
by Tim Collings
Mark Webber on Thursday cut through the pleasantries ahead of Sunday's season-opening Grand Prix when he revealed a flash of his deeply competitive nature during the traditional pre-race media conference.
Having delivered one of the quotes of the season last year at Silverstone when he won the British Grand Prix and then told his team 'not bad for a number two driver', he followed it with another waspish aside at his and the Red Bull team's rivals.
Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo from the Toro Rosso Formula One team was kind enough to answer some of our "hard hitting" questions, for our latest driver Question and Answer post.
What is your favourite part of the Albert Park circuit?
Daniel: I’ve never actually driven there! But on the simulator and the computer games, I like the high speed section, the fifth gear left and sixth gear right approaching the start of Sector 3.
What is your favourite restaurant in Melbourne?
Home has been anything but sweet for Mark Webber in recent years, but he’s ready for a reversal of fortunes in his 10th race at Albert Park
by Matthew Clayton
Mark Webber has, in his own words, “ticked a lot of boxes” in his last two seasons in Formula One. In his past 36 races, the 34-year-old has managed six wins and 18 podiums in all, but for all that success, there are two glaring holes in his CV that he’s determined to fix this year.
Sauber F1 Team
Constructors’ Championship 2010: 8th
Reborn in 2010 as a privateer team when Peter Sauber bought it back from BMW, Sauber endured what he described as “the 41st year of our company and one of the most difficult”.
Plagued by unreliability, Sauber scored no points in the opening eight rounds of the season, but the growing influence of new Technical Director James Key made itself felt and they ended up with 44.
Constructors’ championship 2010: 10th
Lotus was the best of the new teams last season by some distance. New for 2011 are Renault engines along with gearboxes and hydraulics from Red Bull Racing.
While the naming row with Group Lotus (now sponsoring the Renault team) rumbles on off-track, technical director Mike Gascoyne and team principal Tony Fernandes will be looking to battle in the midfield on it.
The Lotus reserve driver is Karun Chandhok of India.
For the next week we will posting a Question and Answer from each of the Formula One drivers. Each driver was kind enough to take some time out to answer our "hard hitting" questions. What a great way to start the ball rolling with the 2010 Australian Grand Prix Winner - Jenson Button.
What is the first thing you think of when you hear the words 'Australian Grand Prix'?