The 2010 Formula 1 season will remain one to remember for years to come. Nearly a week after the final race of the season, now maybe a good time to see some of the most memorable moments.
The return of Schumi.
After a three year retirement period, seven time F1 champion Michael Schumacher saw it best to put his helmet back on and give F1 another go. Hungry to rekindle his glory days, Schumacher rejoined Ross brawn at team Mercedes GP, and slowly but surely disappointed fans all over the world with lacklustre performances throughout the season. His performance has definitely divided opinions as result, some put it down to the car, while some say his time is simply over. Schumi promises a return to his previous form for the 2011 season, 2011 will be a year to look forward to.
Trouble in Red Bull's Paradise.
It was paradise as their cars were without question the fastest this season. However there was a lot of tension between their drivers Mark Webber and Sebastein Vettel. The Silverstone Grand Prix was a memorable case in which they took the front wing of Webber's car and put it onto Vettel's after his was damaged during a practice session. In Webber's view this was seen as the team having more faith in Vettel to bring victory. However Webber did win the Silverstone Grand Prix and on his victory lap was heard saying "not bad for a number two driver". But the crash between Webber and Vettel at the Turkish Grand Prix, probably brought to light how bad things were at the Red Bull camp, Vettel angrily gesticulating Webber was crazy after the collision.
Webber and Kovalainen crash.
Probably the scariest crash of the season. The venue was Valencia. After Mark Webber tried to negotiate a pass from Heiki Kovalainen, who was a lap behind, Webber's car made contact with Kovalainen's Lotus and caused the Red Bull to backflip into the air, momentarily landing on its roof and violently hitting the tyre barriers at very high speed. Luckily Webber was okay.
Hamilton vs Alonso part 2.
Another incident that saw Fernando Alonso crying foul, when Lewis Hamilton passed the safety car at the Valencia Grand Prix. Hamilton was penalised for passing the safety car, he served a drive through penalty, but apparently this wasn't enough to satisfy Alonso. Alonso would continue to fume for days to come.
Ferrari Team orders.
"Fernando is faster than you. can you confirm you understood that message?", was the not-so secret way of telling Felippe Massa to let his team-mate Fernando Alonso take the lead at the Hockenheim Grand Prix. After Massa was actively defending his lead, the Ferrari team decided they would prefer Alonso ahead of Massa, effectively confirming his role as a number two driver. The FIA fined Ferrari $100,000 for breaking the rule which states team orders are prohibited.