The 2011 Formula 1 season looks set to be tastier than a lobster supper.
The 2011 Formula 1 season looks set to be tastier than a lobster supper. After all, its ingredients include five world champions, most notably Michael Schumacher who wore the crown on seven occasions. He will be joined by 2005/6 master Fernando Alonso, 2008 winner Lewis Hamilton, 2009 maestro Jenson Button, and reigning champion Sebastian Vettel. Last year's title contender, Mark Webber, joins the party too for a crack at glory.By contrast, missing from the track will be Robert Kubica who is recovering after a serious collision at the Ronde di Andora rally. This Polish driver is an exceptional talent and has been frequently flagged as a potential champion. However, at this point it is uncertain when - or perhaps even if – he will return to the sport. Therefore, veteran German racer Nick Heidfeld has replaced Kubica at former constructor's champions Renault. New to F1 racing this season will be Paul Di Resta, who took part in eight practice sessions last year for Force India. The team have now promoted the twenty-four year old Scotsman to a race seat, having been impressed by his 2010 DTM German touring car championship victory. The other rookies joining the testosterone fuelled paddock are William's signing Pastor Maldonado, and Sergio Perez who will compete for Sauber. Now, hard-core racers must have hard-core machinery. Bring on the teams. The reigning champion is Red Bull, which now enters its seventh season. They will go head to head with McLaren, who first competed in 1966, and have won numerous titles. Ferrari is there too, and is extremely focussed on winning its seventeenth crown. Team Lotus is also one to watch, having been the best performing new constructor last year. Roll on Australia.