'Change' the operative word in 2009

Formula One racing as we know it is no longer. Sweeping rules changes and cost-cutting measures will give F1 a new look in 2009, writes Dan Knutson.

Updated: January 16, 2009, 2:52 PM ET
By Dan Knutson | Special to ESPN.com

Newly crowned Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton will defend his title in 2009 in far different circumstances from those in which he won it in 2008.

Hamilton and the rest of the F1 world -- everybody from drivers to fans to teams to engineers to accountants -- will see a vast number of differences this season.

There are sweeping changes in the technical rules, especially with the aerodynamics. Costs have been cut, races added and dropped, and almost all testing ...

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