2010 drivers and team profiles

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PARIS, March 9 – Profiles of drivers and teams taking part in the 2010 Formula One world championship which gets underway in Bahrain on March 14:McLAREN

JENSON BUTTON (GBR)

Birth date: 19/01/1980

Wins: 7

Points scored: 327

Number of GP: 172

Pole Position: 7

Podiums: 24

First GP: 2000 (Melbourne)

Best result: 1

2009 championship position: 1

– Touted as a world champion-in-waiting when he made his debut for Williams as a 20-year-old in 2000 he eventually fulfilled that prophecy in remarkable fashion in 2009 winning six out of the first seven races, with Brawn, his former Honda outfit bought by Ross Brawn, the season before.

LEWIS HAMILTON (GBR)

Birth date: 07/01/1985

Wins: 11

Points scored: 256

Number of GP: 52

Pole Position: 17

Podiums: 27

First GP: 2007 (Melbourne)

Best result: 1

2009 championship position: 5

– Youngest ever champion when he took the 2008 title in thrilling circumstances in the last race at Interlagos having been pipped for the title by one point by Kimi Raikkonen in his debut year. Hamilton won his first career race in Canada in 2007. Endured a stormy 2009 season marked by the ‘liegate’ scandal but fought back to finish with a flourish.

McLAREN TEAM STATS

First GP: 1966

Constructors titles: 8

Drivers titles: 12

Wins: 164

Pole Position: 145

Best laps: 136

Points scored: 3374.5

Number of GP: 666

MERCEDES

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER (GER)

Date of birth: 03/01/1969

Wins: 91

Points scored: 1369

Number of GP: 250

Pole position: 68

Podiums: 154

First GP: 1991 (Spa-Francorchamps)

Best result: 1

2009 championship position: –

NICO ROSBERG (GER)

Date of birth: 27/06/1985

Wins: 0

Points scored: 75.5

Number of GP: 70

Pole position: 0

Podiums: 2

First GP: 2006 (Bahrain)

Best result: 2

2009 championship position: 7

– Son of the 1992 world champion Keke, Rosberg debuted with Williams in 2006 after impressing as a tester. Finished seventh last year, with fourth places in Germany and Hungary his best results.

MERCEDES TEAM STATS

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FERRARI

FELIPE MASSA (BRA)

Date of birth: 25/04/1981

Wins: 11

Points scored: 320

Number of GP: 116

Pole Position: 15

Podiums: 28

First GP: 2002 (Melbourne)

Best result: 1

2009 championship position: 11

– Massa makes his comeback after his horror accident in qualifying in Hungary when a loose spring flew off a rival’s car and fractured his skull. Had struggled up to that point as a result of Ferrari’s poor pace and reliability, only making the podium in race nine. Lost out on the drivers’ title in 2008 by one point to Lewis Hamilton after winning six races.

FERNANDO ALONSO (ESP)

Date of birth: 29/07/1981

Wins: 21

Points scored: 577

Number of GP: 140

Pole Position: 18

Podiums: 53

First GP: 2001 (Melbourne)

Best result: 1

2009 championship position: 9

– Alonso moves to his ‘dream’ team’ after a one season return to Renault with whom he won his two world titles in 2005 and 2006. In testing h’es called the Ferrari the fastest car he’s ever driven. His form inevitably suffered last season from the ‘crashgate’ scandal and an uncompetitive car. Started from pole in Hungary but a pit stop bungle forced him to retire. Made the podium in Singapore.

FERRARI TEAM STATS

First GP: 1950

Constructors titles: 16

Drivers titles: 15

Wins: 210

Pole Position: 203

Best laps: 219

Points scored: 3,976.5

Number of GP: 778

RED BULL

MARK WEBBER (AUS)

Date of birth: 27/08/1976

Wins: 2

Points scored: 169.5

Number of GP: 140

Pole Position: 1

Podiums: 10

First GP: 2002 (Melbourne)

Best result: 1

2009 championship position: 4

– Webber celebrated his maiden pole in Germany with his first grand prix win, which helped lift him to his highest ever finish, fourth – could have been higher but for retirements in Italy and Singapore. This is the Australian’s fourth year with Red Bull.

SEBASTIAN VETTEL (GER)

Date of birth: 03/07/1987

Wins: 5

Points scored: 125

Number of GP: 43

Pole Position: 5

Podiums: 9

First GP: 2007 (Indianapolis)

Best result: 1

2009 championship position: 2

– Highly-regarded racer who exploded in 2009, winning four races in China, after his maiden pole, Silverstone, Suzuka and a season-lcosing success at the first ever Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, to add to hyis only previous F1 success at Monza in 2008 which earned him the tag as the sport’s youngest ever winner.

RED BULL TEAM STATISTICS

First GP: 2005

Constructors titles: 0

Drivers titles: 0

Wins: 6

Pole Position: 5

Best laps: 6

Points scored: 256.5

Number of GP: 88

WILLIAMS

RUBENS BARRICHELLO (BRA)

Date of birth: 23/05/1972

Wins: 11

Points scored: 607

Number of GP: 270

Pole Position: 14

Podiums: 68

First GP: 1993 (Kyalami)

Best result: 1

2009 championship position: 3

– Formula One’s most experienced driver and twice a runner-up in his Ferrari days the veteran Brazilian says he feels just as good as he did when he was 16. Switches to Williams after largely playing second fiddle to Jenson Button at Brawn last year. Finished strongly with two wins in 2009.

NICO HULKENBERG (GER)

Date of birth: 19/08/1987

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– Formula One debutant, handed a full drive after impressing as Williams’ test driver in 2008 when he also won the Formula Three Euroseries and last year when he won the GP2 championship at his first attempt.

WILLIAMS TEAM STATISTICS

First GP: 1975

Constructors titles: 9

Drivers titles: 7

Wins: 113

Pole Position: 125

Best laps: 130

Points scored: 2600

Number of GP: 538

RENAULT

ROBERT KUBICA (POL)

Date of birth: 07/12/1984

Wins: 1

Points scored: 137

Number of GP: 57

Pole Position: 1

Podiums: 9

First GP: 2006 (Hungaroring)

Best result: 1

2009 championship position: 14

– Kubica survived a horror crash at the Canadian Grand Prix in 2007 where he returned a year later to claim his first victory and finished fourth. Aside from second in Brazil he had a disappointing 2009 due to an uncompetitive car at BMW Sauber he has joined forces with Renault hoping for a change of fortune.

VITALY PETROV (RUS)

Date of birth: 08/09/1984

Wins: –

Points scored: –

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Pole position: –

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– F1 debutant. Finished runner up in the GP2 series last season, notching up two wins and seven podiums. Fifth overall in GP2 Asia. He won the Formula 1600 Russia championship in 2005.

RENAULT TEAM STATISTICS

First GP: 1977

Constructors titles: 2

Drivers titles: 2

Wins: 35

Pole Position: 51

Best laps: 29

Points scored: 1082

Number of GP: 265

FORCE INDIA

ADRIAN SUTIL (GER)

Date of birth: 11/01/1983

Wins: 0

Points scored: 6

Number of GP: 52

Pole Position: 0

Podiums: 0

First GP: 2007 (Melbourne)

Best result: 4

2009 championship position: 17

– Sutil, a trained pianist, made his F1 debut for Spyker in 2007 where he scored one point in the Japanese Grand Prix. Spyker was rebranded after buy-out by Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya. Yet to make the podium but made second on the grid in Italy to take a careert best fourth in the race itself.

VITANTONIO LIUZZI (ITA)

Date of birth: 08/06/1981

Wins: 0

Points scored: 5

Number of GP: 44

Pole position: 0

Podiums: 0

First GP: 2005 (San Marino)

Best result: 6

2009 championship position: 22

– Replaced Giancarlo Fischella after the veteran Italian’s move to Ferrari for the last five races in 2009, performing well on his first race when seventh on the grid in Italy only for disappointment to follow in his home race when he retired. First full season came in 2006. Dropped by Red Bull for 2008 season.

FORCE INDIA STATS

First GP: 2008

Constructors titles: 0

Drivers titles: 0

Wins: 0

Pole Position: 1

Best laps: 1

Points scored: 13

Number of GP: 35

TORRO ROSSO

Sebastien Buemi (SUI)

Date of birth: 31/10/1988

Wins: 0

Points scored: 6

Number of GP: 17

Pole Position: 0

Podiums: 0

First GP: 2009 (Melbourne)

Best result: 7

2009 championship position: 16

– Made an impressive debut scoring points in Melbourne last season and in the last two races. The 2002 European karting champion outperformed teammate Sebastian Bourdais. Replaced Sebastian Vettel last year.

JAIME ALGUERSUARI (ESP)

Date of birth: 23/03/1990

Wins: 0

Points scored: 0

Number of GP: 8

Pole Position: 0

Podiums: 0

First GP: 2009 (Budapest)

Best result: 14

2009 championship position: 24

– Replaced Sebastien Bourdais in Hungary and despite a low key debut season has held onto his seat for 2010.

TORRO ROSSO TEAM STATS

First GP: 2006

Constructors titles: 0

Drivers titles: 0

Wins: 1

Pole Position: 1

Best laps: 0

Points scored: 56

Number of GP: 70

LOTUS

JARNO TRULLI (ITA)

Date of birth: 13/07/1974

Wins: 1

Points scored: 246.5

Number of GP: 219

Pole Position: 4

Podiums: 11

First GP: 1997 (Melbourne)

Best result: 1

2009 championship position: 8

– Trulli’s sole win came in Monaco in 2004 with Renault. The Italian has also raced for Minardi, Prost and Jordan, and moves to Lotus after four seasons with Toyota. Finished in 8th, one place higher than the previous season, in 2009.

HEIKKI KOVALAINEN (FIN)

Date of birth: 19/10/1981

Wins: 1

Points scored: 105

Number of GP: 52

Pole Position: 1

Podiums: 4

First GP: 2007 (Melbourne)

Best result: 1

2009 championship position: 12

– Kovalainen moved to McLaren to replaced former world champion Fernando Alonso for the 2008 season after the Spaniard left for Renault. Always in shadow of Hamilton and even his first and only career win in Hungary was an inherited triumph when Felipe Massa’s Ferrari engine failed in the closing stages. Kovalainen started with Renault in 2003 as a tester before taking a race seat. Fourth in Valencia the highlight of 2009 he came in a modest 12th.

LOTUS – Not strictly a new team as a previous entity Team Lotus enjoyed huge success with 79 Grand Prix victories and world championships for drivers Graham Hill, Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart.

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CAMPOS

BRUNO SENNA (BRA)

Date of birth: 15/10/1983

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– Ayrton Senna’s nephew makes his eagerly awaited F1 debut after missing out on a drive last campaign and competing instead in the Le Mans series. Finished runner up in the 2008 GP2 championship. Tested for former team Honda in 2008.

CAMPOS TEAM STATS

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VIRGIN

TIMO GLOCK (GER)

Birth date: 10/01/1982

Wins: 0

Points scored: 51

Number of GP: 36

Pole Position: 0

Podiums: 3

First GP: 2004 (Montreal)

Best result: 2

2009 championship position: 10

– Glock replaced Ralf Schumacher in 2008 at Toyota. He tested and raced for Jordan in 2004 and garnered two points. He then drifted to Champ Cars and GP2 before testing for Sauber in 2007 as well as winning the GP2 series. Took third in Malaysia and second in Singapore. Injured back and missed last two races.

Lucas di Grassi (BRA)

Date of birth: 11/08/1984

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– Tests for Renault in 2005. Finished second in the GP2 championship in 2007. Acted as Renault’s third driver in 2008 and 2009, and took third in the GP2 series last year.

VIRGIN TEAM STATS

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