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Five things to watch this year in Formula One

Five things to watch

Lone Canada: Any fans in this area wanting to see a race are left with the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal as the closest destination. The U.S. Grand Prix is finished in Indianapolis after an eight-year run.

Musical names: The newest team is Force India. Or, rather, the newest name. The struggling team, known as Spyker last year, was taken over by Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya. Before that, it was called Midland.

Under the lights: Formula One will race at night for the first time Sept.  28 when a street-course race in Singapore makes its debut. Series boss Bernie Ecclestone also wants Australia to switch to a night start, for the sake of afternoon TV viewing in Europe.

Racism and response: Fans at a recent test in Spain subjected McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton, above, to racial taunting. Sanctioning body FIA threatened to take away both of the country's races. Hamilton was teammates last year with Spain's Fernando Alonso, but the relationship soured quickly.

Ferrari stability: The team that set the standard early in this decade, with driver Michael Schumacher, won again last year as Kimi Raikkonen snatched the crown at the final race. He and teammate Felipe Massa return.

Sons on the rise: Nelson Piquet Jr., son of the three-time world champ, will race for Renault alongside Alonso, who won two titles with the team in 2005-06 before a contentious season at McLaren. Kazuki Nakajima, son of former F1 driver Satoru Nakajima, also joins the series with Williams.

Jim Tomlin, Times staff writer

Five things to watch this year in Formula One 03/13/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:38am]
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