Formula 1 has again changed its point scoring system. The top 10 drivers still score points, but how many has now altered. It now goes: 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1. The top 3 drivers were originally going to score: 25-20-15, but that is no different in the gap between the points as: 10-8-6 was.
The first race of the year in Bahrain will be run on an even longer track layout. The F1 cars will race on the endurance circuit, making the lap now 6.299 Km (3.914 mi) long. This means the race will now be run over just 49 laps, making it the second longest track of the season behind Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps.Nick Heidfeld has been named as Mercedes’ test driver for this season. This makes it even more likely that he is never going to win a Grand Prix. He has 167 starts to his name, and has scored a record 219 points without a win. The driver with the most winless starts in history is Italian Andrea de Cesaris with 208.
Also, from now on the drivers who make it to the third part of qualifying must now start the race on the tyres they qualified on. Nothing like shaking it up is there?
And finally in this section, 1992 F1 World Champion and 1993 CART World Series Champion Nigel Mansell has said that he and his sons Greg and Leo all hope to compete together as ‘Team Mansell’ at this year’s Le Mans 24 hour race. Mansell, 56, will race in his first Le Mans if his team’s application is accepted. He has stated that he and his sons also want to race in September’s Silverstone 1,000Km race. The car has to be No.5, it just has to be.
In Rugby Union, the 6 Nations begins on Saturday with Ireland vs. Italy and England vs. Wales. Ireland won the Grand Slam last year, and will be hoping to be the first team to win back to back Grand Slams since Italy were included in 2000. I like the 6 Nations because you feel this sense of national pride that you just don’t get with football. Probably because we are playing the home nations and France and Italy. COME ON ENGLAND!
To worlds far beyond our own now. Dwarf Planet Pluto has astounded astronomers by turning redder. This is probably due to seasonal changes taking place on it. Pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope have shown a significant change in colour than in previous snaps. The New Horizons probe is currently on its way to Pluto, and will fly by it and fly by it and its moons: Charon, Hydra and Nix on the 14th July 2015. After this momentous fly by (Pluto has never been seen up close before), New Horizons will fly into and out of the Kuiper Belt and ultimately leave the Solar System in 2029.