By Alex Kapadia
Excitement is already mounting surrounding the 2010 Formula One season.
The return of Michael Schumacher, the partnership of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton and the new rule changes, including the ban on refueling with drivers only pitting to change their tyres.
And yet again, tyres are expected to play a key role in racing tactics.
According to Martin Brundle, in an insightful article in the The Times about Schumacher’s return to F1: “The ban on refuelling will change the complexion of the races and demand that drivers react as events unfold.
“With full fuel tanks at the start, you must stop for fresh tyres just before your opponents, dictating circumstance rather than reacting and pitting later. Schumacher and his team principal, Ross Brawn, are masters of this.”
Racing pundits are also already predicting that reigning world champion Button will have an advantage over Hamilton, because his smoother driving style is kinder on the tyres.