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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:38 PM

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2014 RULES CHANGES

 

Formula 1 has always been about technical innovation; now however, with the automotive sector turning towards higher efficiency, it’s not unusual to see motorsports do the same (even if it means losing the signature acoustic sound that has been synonymous with a Formula car). To sum up 2014’s rules changes: smaller engine, stronger dependence on energy recovery systems, heavily revised aerodynamics, stronger emphasis on efficiency, etc. First and foremost, the most significant change this year is the change of engine platforms. Starting in the 2014 season, all F1 contenders are required to implement a 1.6L turbocharged V6 engine (now limited to 5 engines per driver per year) in addition to a slew of changes designed to address the Energy Recovery System (ERS) as well as changes to fuel delivery / capacity / efficiency regulations.  Slowing down at the end of a race to conserve fuel is now a violation against the regulations and is no longer justifiable. Minimum vehicle weight limit (without fuel) for the 2014 competitive year is set at 691kg, an increase of 1kg over the limit set for 2013 (to account for changes in tire design); the minimum weight limit is set to increase to 701kg for the 2015 competitive year. Also an amendment for the 2015 competitive year is the banning of all tire-heating apparatuses. A more detailed and thorough analysis is available in the technical section located below.

 

Pretty much every component of a 2014 Formula 1 car is brand new and engineered from scratch, meaning that all 11 participating teams will be unable to rely on the majority of the data points recorded over the past few seasons. The new engine and increased reliance on ERS has presented teams with a major reliability issue, so don’t be surprised of a lot of these cars don’t make it to the ends of races. For ONLY the year of 2014, all teams are permitted more curfew “jokers”, whatever that means, to account for the brand new engines and cars. Pirelli remains the official tire supplier for Formula 1 through to 2016, and in a collaboration with the FIA has implemented changes to the updated sporting regulations. As far as testing days, one of 12 official pre-season testing days will be dedicated exclusively to wet tire testing; each team must dedicate one of 8 in-season test days for tire testing with Pirelli’s engineers. In regards to 2014 sporting regulations, race stewards may now impose a five-second time penalty during a pit stop but prior to any work commencing. All team personnel are also required to wear helmets during both qualifying and the race. On a less important note, drivers are now allowed to pick their own car numbers as opposed to being assigned numbers as they were the past few years.

 

NOTE: the final day of the Jerez testing session (January 31, 2014) will be devoted to wet weather testing on an artificially wet track as per Pirelli’s announcement (thus fulfilling the FIA requirement that one of 12 total test days must be for this purpose). This condition stands unless it rains in Jerez prior to the previously announced date. As for the tires themselves, they have all been given revised compounds and thus weigh more, in order to cope with the new engine characteristics and output dynamics. Pirelli has provided three tire compounds for the Jerez pre-season tests: medium compound, hard compound, winter (cold weather) compound (also the wet compound but for only the above mentioned purpose). Pirelli has also limited each car to 25 sets of tires during the pre-season test.

 

2014 TEAMS (ENGINE SUPPLIERS) AND DRIVERS

 

Caterham (Renault)

Kamui Kobayashi (TBA)

Marcus Ericsson (TBA)

 

Ferrari (Ferrari)

Kimi Raikkonen (#7)

Fernando Alonso (#14)

 

Force India (Mercedes)

Sergio Perez (#11)

Nico Hulkenberg (#27)

 

Lotus (Renault)

Romain Grosjean (#7)

Pastor Maldonado (#13)

 

Marussia (Ferrari)

Jules Bianchi (#17)

Max Chilton (TBA)

 

McLaren (Mercedes)

Kevin Magnussen (#20)

Jenson Button (#22)

 

Mercedes (Mercedes)

Nico Rosberg (#6)

Lewis Hamilton (#44)

 

Redbull (Renault)

Sebastian Vettel (#1)

Daniel Ricciardo (#3)

 

Sauber (Ferrari)

Esteban Gutierrez (#21)

Adrian Sutil (#99)

 

Scuderia Torro Rosso (Renault)

Jean-Eric Vergne (#25)

Daniil Kvyat (#26) *NEW*

 

Williams (Mercedes)

Felipe Massa (#19)

Valtteri Bottas (#77)

 

2014 FORMULA 1 CALENDAR

 

Rnd#1: Australia (Melbourne) – March 14-16

Rnd#2: Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) – March 28-30

Rnd#3: Bahrain (Sakhir) – April 4-6

Rnd#4: China (Shanghai) – April 18-20

Rnd#5: Spain (Catalunya) – May 9-11

Rnd#6: Monaco (Monte Carlo) – May 22-25

Rnd#7: Canada (Montréal) – June 6-8

Rnd#8: Austria (Spielberg) – June 20-22

Rnd#9: Great Britain (Silverstone) – July 4-6

Rnd#10: Germany (Hockenheim) – July 18-20

Rnd#11: Hungary (Budapest) – July 25-27

Rnd#12: Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps) – August 22-24

Rnd#13: Italy (Monza) – September 5-7

Rnd#14: Singapore (Singapore) – September 19-21

Rnd#15: Japan (Suzuka) – October 3-5

Rnd#16: Russia (Sochi) – October 10-12

Rnd#17: USA (Austin) – October 31-November 2

Rnd#18: Brazil (Sao Paulo) – November 7-9

Rnd#19: Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina) – November 21-23

 

2014 FORMULA 1 CARS (Team Name, Car Title, Launch Date)

 

Caterham (CT05, January 28)

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First off, the CT05 was designed in collaboration with Toyota’s Wind Tunnel program in Germany. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get onto what this green Hulk of a car is capable of. The usual penis-nose is present on this one, and it sits proudly at the front of the car. Just behind that is the Renault F1 engine and Red Bull Technology sequential gearbox. The Leafield team that is Caterham says that the CT05 was designed around the need to maximize both aerodynamic and mechanical performance, with emphasis on weight reduction and reliability (mainly cooling ,exhaust, heat management, etc). Their drivers showed promise last season; let’s hope they’ve improved since them.

 

Ferrari (F14 T, January 25)

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The F14 T (Ferrari 2014 T) name comes from Ferrari’s online fan vote, of which over 1 million fans submitted their input; the F14 T moniker edged out the F166 by just 1.6%. What sets this Italian stallion apart from the other 10 horses is that its nose resembles neither a male nor female phallus, but rather an anteater with its low hanging snout and all. The F14T is the 60th vehicle destined for Formula 1 competition to come out of Maranello, with this project starting life approximately 2 years ago similar to their competitors). The most challenging aspect of this year's car is the packaging of both the energy recovery systems and increased cooling requirements, along with the reduction in aerodynamic downforce (though arguably the overall 2014 regulations make this season the most channeling in the last decade).As for what has carried over from last year's F138, pretty much just the pull-rod suspension setup; managing the airflow around the car is now as crucially important as ever, in addition to more thorough integration of Pirelli's 2014 tire compounds into the vehicle's design. Two-tone with black liveries on these cars do look fantastic, if I say so myself. And in case you’re wondering, here’s a GIF of Ferrari’s F1 cars over the past decade:

 

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Force India (VJM07, January 22)

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The only change from 2013 to 2014 is that they changed their livery to include more black, green, and orange. That’s it, job done. Just kidding; aside from the obvious aerodynamic changes and the updated Mercedes powerplant, Andrew Green (technical director for Sahara Force India) has stated that nearly every single part is new; however, the VJM07 shares the same DNA as the VJM06. First pre-season test is scheduled for January 28 in Jerez, Spain.

 

Lotus (E22, Unannounced)

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Other than the fact that the E22 is powered by a Renault engine, not much is known about the car; the main points being that it is one of the teams that uses a distinctively unique front nose unit (split nose) and that it will not run until the second pre-season test (Bahrain) in February. NOTE: due to the unconventional nose design (really, every team has an unconventional design) there has been quite the stir in the motoring community as to whether this violates the FIA design regulations or not. It is now confirmed that Lotus’ split nose is legal and complies with regulations as it has passed all safety and crash tests. "We have just taken an innovative direction, and one that’s different to the other teams" – Nick Chester (Lotus technical director)

 

Marussia (MR03, Unannounced)

No information other than it is now powered by Ferrari and is en route to the Jerez test late due to a technical glitch at their UK base of operations.

 

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UPDATE: having arrived in Jerez two days into the test and debut on the third day, Marussia is happy to present their new MR03 which is, surprisingly, one of the best looking cars in this year’s 22 car field. The significant changes this year in regulations has presented a huge challenge for a small team like Marussia; according to their technical director, only a handful of the 11,212 components are retained from going to the MR03 from the MR02. The team claim that this year’s car is the “best-ever optimisation of performance versus innovation versus design integrity” Among the items which were emphasized was the management of weight and reliability from a cooling perspective. New suspension layouts have resulted in new aerodynamic regulations placing greater emphasis on mechanical performance. Partner Scuderia Ferrari is supplying Marrusia with the new V6 turbo engine, their Energy Recovery System (ERS), full transmission and all supporting hardware.

 

McLaren (MP4-29, January 24)

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In typical McLaren fashion and following in the development of the 12C, the MP4-29 is “a sensible and calculated response to the new regulations.” McLaren failed to score a single point in the 2013 season, a feat that hasn’t occurred since the 1980 season; they hope to change that this year. Consistency far outweighs performance in the first few races of the 2014 season, with reliability and adaptation to the new regulations on every team’s minds. Quoting Jonathan Neale (managing director for McLaren), “…this year, more than ever, will come down to a developmental race.”

 

Mercedes (W05, January 28)

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It’s another sensible offering from our friendly Germans; if the 2014 season was won based on aesthetics alone, then thee W05 would be leading the pack from the get go because oh gosh it’s pretty. The new Silver Arrow is the most complex car the team has built to date; incidentally, the 2014 F1 regulations make this season the start of a new and immensely interesting era, both from a technical and racing perspective. Hopefully the boys are able to perform better this season, as they were so close last year. Constructors championship could be interesting this year. (EDIT: the W05 is the first car to see a retirement on the first day of public testing; see Jerez Highlights for details).

 

Redbull (RB10, January 28)

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Alas, it is that time of year again. The time of year where Adrian Newey bestows upon us a magnificent machine destined to be an expression of pure speed and adrenaline. The RB10 is an unbelievably pretty mistress (can’t wait to see what kinky nickname Seb gives this gal) and as we all know, things that look pretty are known to go fast. Fact. Redbull Racing has been unbeatable for the past 4 consecutive years, and this year they’ve brought on a fresh face. If you’re doing any fantasy league stuff this season, this bundle of goods is a safe bet. RBR says that the 2014 regulations changes have presented them with some interesting challenges: doubling in radiator size from the outgoing V8 due to turbos and batteries; more complicated electrical package; dramatic changes in airflow management from infront of the wing all the way down the rest of the car. Renault has also done a good job designing the powertrain, and RBR believes they have packaged it effectively. “It’s been the most intense winter we’ve ever had - we’ve produced the car in the shortest possible amount of time through the design and manufacturing process. It’s been fantastic to see the team work operating the way it has.” – Adrian Newey

 

 

Sauber (C33, January 26)

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Just like the cars unveiled previously by McLaren and Williams, the Sauber C33 features a nose that resembles that of the male phallus (arguably the most striking design element of the C33). At this point, I’m really hoping that it does yield some performance gains and doesn’t look silly for the point of being silly, or else it’ll be a repeat of the DeltaWing Coupe. The C33 uses Ferrari’s turbo V6 but beyond that, there are no plans to set any season goals until the first of two preseason tests are complete. Both Sauber drivers are starting to build up their skill sets as well as confidence, and the Sauber team are confident that they will be able to perform this season. “Due to the radical changes in the technical regulations, predictions are simply impossible to make at this stage,” – Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber team principle).

 

Scuderia Torro Rosso (STR9, January 27)

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Surprise! It’s another phallus-nosed car, only this one has wings (sort of)! In all seriousness, the requirement for additional cooling because of the turbocharging systems on this car is probably the main factor behind these leading-edge aerodynamic features, but they look so silly in every angle. But you’ve got to give these teams huge balls for having the sisu to leave it hanging out like that (okay, I’m done. Really). Just like their sister team, STR has decided to switch engine suppliers and will now be powered by the same Renault F1 engines found in Redbull Racing's RB chassis. Torro Rosso also chose to place a high priority on aerodynamics for this season, as evident in the increased funding for that particular department. STR have said that the largest hurdle was in fact the switch from Ferrari to Renault due to the differences in power unit design and characteristic, as well as actual supplier-client relationships.

 

 

Williams (FW36, Unannounced)

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Rendered in the “heritage blue” livery, the Williams FW36 is a good example of the transition from a slightly hybridized naturally-aspirated V8 to a fully integrated turbo hybrid V6. Confirmed is the brand new 8 speed gearbox, which has to cope with higher torque output compared to the outgoing engine. Speaking of outgoing engines, the new V6 is a heavier unit compared to the old V8, so there’s that.

 

2014 TECHNICAL

 

As mentioned before, all new cars are required to use the downsized 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 (with unlimited boost), a replacement for the old 2.4-litre naturally aspirated V8.  The new V6 comes with both direct injection and fuel flow limits to address efficiency, as well as a rev limit of 15,000 RPM. Total power output is approximately 860 horsepower (600hp via the engine and 160 through an electrical support system). The Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) has been revised to increase auxiliary power delivery, now encompassed in two separate motor devices; MGU-H draws energy from the exhaust and MGU-K draws energy via the traditional braking method. In comparison to the V8 KERS system, the turbo V6 MGU-K is rated for approximately three times as powerful and is crucial to the car’s full power delivery. MGU-H converts heat energy from the turbines and exhausts; it also serves as an internal wastegate to regulate both turbo pressure and speed, along with the air / fuel ratio (to address efficiency and turbo lag; think of it kind of like an anti-lag system). Batteries for the 2014 KERS system will have a minimum weight of 22kg and is ridiculously complex (due to the interference of electromagnetic components with sensors).

 

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 Although the turbos have unlimited boost, teams will have to restrict turbo performance in order to maintain their fuel efficiency yet remain inside the 100,000 RPM limit of the turbine. In addition to restricted fuel delivery (100 kg/h as opposed to unlimited in 2013), there is also now a restriction in fuel capacity with the fuel tank being reduced to a 100kg capacity (35% less than 2013). Engine development is restricted during the course of a competitive season as usual, but changes believed by the FIA to be “fair and equitable” will be permitted. In addition to the carbon-consuming power delivery, there are also changes being made to aero packages to significantly reduce downforce; front wing width is going to be reduced to 1,650mm (150mm less than the 2013); nose height is being reduced to 525mm (100mm less than 2013); crash structure in the nose is also being changed to remove the dreaded duckbill and streamline the aero. As turbocharged engines require increased cooling, the sidepod cooling ducts have been increased to accommodate the increased capacity.

 

With the changes to the nose being lowered, the driver position has also had to be altered to accommodate; on-board cameras are not allowed to provide any aerodynamic advantages, but despite this have also been moved to a lower position. What happens to the front, you have to do the rear as well; the rear exhaust system has been reworked resulting in new bodywork to combat any aerodynamic benefit. Along with the exhaust bodywork, the rear wing is being revised to include support for central supporting beans (including accommodation for a Y75 winglet… whatever that means). Lastly but not leastly, all 2014 chassis are required to use a gearbox with 8 fixed forward gears; overall vehicle weight is supposed to meet a minimum of 690 kg.

 

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Jerez Pre-Season Testing Highlights (JAN 28 – JAN 31)

Teams present: Red Bull Racing RB10, Mercedes AMG F1 W05, Ferrari F14 T, McLaren MP4-29, Force India VJM07, Sauber C33, Scuderia Rosso STR9, Williams FW36, Marussia MR03, Caterham CT05 (Lotus will not be present until the Bahrain round of pre-season testing)

 

 

Testing has always been important for every Formula 1 season, though this time around it will probably be as important as ever due to the completely new cars. The times posted on these days should be taken with a grain of salt as (though impressive every year) they are not accurate predictors of actual team performance when the Australian round starts in March. In addition, the Jerez track surface is not like anything the teams will race on during the 2014 season and drivers will most likely not b revealing their cars’ full potential. Regardless, all teams have surely done a lot of simulator work and hopefully something interesting and materialistic happens over the next few days. Jerez will most likely be spent getting used to a new chassis that houses a drastically different power unit and unfamiliar 8-speed gearbox, in addition to the reduced aerodynamics. It should be a good chance to see how these teams address the obvious reliability issues regarding efficiency and heat management.

 

 

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Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Highlights (FEB 19 – FEB 22)

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The 2014 season is going to be a fun one for sure, regardless of whether you like the changes to the very things that made Formula 1 unique. But as history will tell you, we eventually got over the change from V10 engines to V8; we can do it again now. I look forward to having some interesting conversations with those on LTTF who share the same admiration for motorsport as I do. Nothing is set in stone at the moment, but chances are I will be attending the 2014 Canadian Formula 1 GP.

 

Anywho to finish off (for now), how many of you are going to be following this year’s Formula 1 season? I’m personally following more than one discipline, but Ferrari has always been my pic for open wheel racing. Discuss.

 

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:39 PM

Holy ballz...if you were a women chaozbit..<3.

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:41 PM

I find F1 boring now. To many restrictions. Less powerful cars, and less crashes. 


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:41 PM

... I'd hate to be the one in charge of making any kind of changes as a single butt hair affects everything by a billion percent.


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Vettel will bang all of the others anyway! :P


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:45 PM

I find F1 boring now. To many restrictions. Less powerful cars, and less crashes. 

 

Objection: if you look at history, every time there is a major regulation change (basically whenever a new generation of car is mandated), nearly half the field doesn't survive the first few rounds. The team principals are already expecting high failure rates when the season actually begins, whether single-car incidents or cars crashing into each other, there is a very high chance that we'll see carnage this ear. As for power, both the current and past few generations were rated for nearly the same output, just that now there is a heavier reliance on electric motors which means more torque which leads to faster acceleration. 

 

Even if you don't like F1, you still have to appreciate the fact that 8 of the current 11 Formula 1 teams are based in the UK.

 

And in case you didn't follow the 2013 season, there were a few good crashes (I'm going to leave out the Massa ones because he had a pretty appalling year at Ferrari). Also, the first day of 2014 testing has begun and Hamilton already crashed a brand new car (not his fault; was due to mechanical failure).

 


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:48 PM

Objection: if you look at history, every time there is a major regulation change (basically whenever a new generation of car is mandated), nearly half the field doesn't survive the first few rounds. The team principals are already expecting high failure rates when the season actually begins, whether single-car incidents or cars crashing into each other, there is a very high chance that we'll see carnage this ear. As for power, both the current and past few generations were rated for nearly the same output, just that now there is a heavier reliance on electric motors which means more torque which leads to faster acceleration. 

 

Even if you don't like F1, you still have to appreciate the fact that 8 of the current 11 Formula 1 teams are based in the UK.

Why would I appreciate that a lot of the teams are in the UK? Yeah it's nice to see. But It started in this country. Most of the teams have pretty much always been British.



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Posted 28 January 2014 - 03:16 PM

they look terrible imo, I reckon the older v10's when senna was in were the best.


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 03:20 PM

Mercedes Paddy Lowe claims that there will be massive oversteer action this season because of the huge torque spikes with the turbo engines at lower revs. This, combined with more durable tires might lead to some fun powerslides. I think that this will favor drivers like Hamilton and really hurt others who are easy on their tires (Button). It would be ideal if the championship involved at least 3 legitimate contending teams (RB, Mercedes, Ferrari). I'm not expecting much from Mclaren with Honda just getting back into F1 and a Formula Renault rookie aboard. Lotus is in serious trouble with two crashers on their team, but the package itself should be competitive if Crashtor and Grosjean can bring them home in one piece. 


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 03:26 PM

Jerez Testing Highlights (JAN 28 - JAN 31)

JEREZ DAY 1: The new 1.6L turbocharged V6s finally get a chance to stretch their legs; the first day of testing was just a shakedown for drivers to get accustomed to their drastically new cars. K. Raikkonen (Ferrari F14 T) topped the leaderboard although not many drivers posted timed laps. L. Hamilton (Mercedes W05) was second fastest before a front wing malfunction sent him out of control into a tire barrier. Most teams sent out their cars for one-lap stints, with a few of the veterans staying out for extended periods of time. Third fastest was V. Bottas (Williams FW36), despite his car displaying signs of engine sensor malfunction. S. Perez (Force India VJM07) was out for a few laps before his car succumbed to technical issues; J. Vergne’s (Toro Rosso STR9) car also succumbed to software malfunction, ending his day early. Both S. Vettel (Redbull Racing RB10) and M. Ericsson (Caterham CT05) were able to make it on track but only just as both spent most of the first day sorting out various technical bugs. J. Button (McLaren MP4-29) was present at the track but was grounded to the garage due to electrical failure. So far drivers are reporting that the cars feel nice, yet drastically different from last year’s models (increased torque being mentioned). The teams have a lot of work to do ahead of them, but simply getting these cars on track in the first place is an accomplishment in itself. Expect lots of data crunching over the next few days.

 

Unofficial Tuesday test times from Jerez:
1. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1m 27.104s, 31 laps
2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes , 1m 27.820s, 18 laps

3. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1m 30.082s, 7 laps
4. Sergio Perez, Force India, 1m 33.161s, 11 laps
5. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1m 36.530s, 15 laps
6. Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, 1m 42.257s, 7 laps
7. Sebastian Vettel , Red Bull, No time, 3 laps
8. Marcus Ericsson, Caterham, No time, 1 lap

 

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#13 chaozbandit

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 04:38 PM

Jerez Testing Highlights (JAN 28 – JAN 31)

JEREZ DAY 2: So far it seems like Mercedes powered cars have proven the most reliably at testing so far, with J. Button (MP4-29) sitting pretty at the top of the days’ time sheet. Button has been quoted saying “It was a great feeling to put some good miles on the new Silver Arrow and there's a lot of new stuff to clear because it's very different to the old car.” Although the McLaren, and several other teams, weren’t able to make it on track yesterday, they seem to have made up that time today despite Pirelli moving forward the wet weather tire testing (to accommodate for the already wet track conditions). As the clock hit noon, the track conditions improved and all teams switched over to slick compounds for their shakedown and exploration laps, with N. Rosberg (F1 W05) accumulating the most laps (lapping more than the total number of laps recorded overall yesterday). The current world champion did not have a good time today, with his RB10 succumbing to electrical issues and a turbo fire later on in the day, sending S. Vettel home from pre-season testing early (Redbull will be fielding D. Ricciardo in the RB10 for the remaining test days).

 

In fact, the remaining Renault powered cars are experiencing similar reliability problems and barely made it onto the track during the day. One of those teams, sister Torro Rosso, failed to make it onto the track at all due to their STR9s falling to electrical and ERS issues. Yesterday’s fastest lapper, K. Raikkonen, managed to put the F14 T second on the list; the aerodynamic paint spotted on the F14 T yesterday seems to have been removed since. Other on track incidents included S. Perez’s VJM07 catching fire and stopping on the track as well as E. Gutierrez spinning his C33 off-track into the gravel pits, both leading to red flags. Drivers are reporting that the cars feel nice to drive despite the obvious teething problems. The torque from the motors in addition to the motor-driven turbines basically eliminate turbo lag and provide these four-wheeled missiles with unbelievable corner exit acceleration. The corner entry however is taking some time to get used to due to the new braking characteristics, alongside the reduction in torque due to the electric motors.

 

Not racing related, but it has been confirmed that current Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has been appointed to the position of McLaren CEO, following recent actions to restructure the McLaren F1 team (due to an appalling 2013 season). Boullier will report directly to Ron Dennis, who knows a thing or two about being successful in this sport. Aside from that, Marussia finally showed up late in the afternoon (there was a technical glitch that prevented them from leaving their workshop and showing up at the start of the testing in time) though we won’t actually see the MR03 on track until tomorrow morning. Below is a picture of thee MR03 being backed into the Marussia garage in an all so stealthy Ford Sprinter combo.

 

Unofficial Wednesday test times from Jerez:
1. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1m 24.165s, 43 laps
2. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1m 24.812s, 47 laps 

3. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1m 25.344s, 35 laps
4. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1m 25.588s, 97 laps 
5. Sergio Perez, Force India, 1m 28.376s, 37 laps 
6. Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, 1m 33.270s, 53 laps 
7. Marcus Ericsson, Caterham, 1m 37.975s, 11 laps 
8. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1m 38.320s, 8 laps 

 

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 08:52 PM

Jerez Testing Highlights (JAN 28 – JAN 31)

JEREZ DAY 3: Surprisingly, a rookie topped the leaderboards today; K. Magnussen continues Mercedes’ domination on the third day of testing (teammate J. Button was halfway down the time sheet); Mercedes factory driver L. Hamilton also placed near the top of the days’ time sheet. Fun fact, the top four drivers are all powered by Mercedes and the majority of the field was on medium compound tires so from that point it was pretty even. AMG powered cars are showing the best reliability and mileage, lapping the most over all of their competitors; there’s still over a day of testing left so anything can happen. Drivers are pushing, but not at the balls to the walls level that we all want to see.

 

Drivers are getting good opportunities to explore the new cars; most of the first two days were spent mapping setups and collecting data, so it’s difficult to give feedback as one of the hardest things to adapt to the new brake-by-wire system and the new tire compounds (which are more stable this year, so that’s a good thing).

 

“My first impressions are that the new era of Formula One feels very different to the car I drove in Brazil last year … remember this is very early days and there is a lot more to come… things will evolve quickly over the next few weeks because the car is very much a work in progress and we still have lots to learn.” – Niko Hulkenberg, Force India

 

Alonso takes over from Raikkonen (video at the end of post) for the remaining days of the test as it’s time for the F14 T to meet its other maker. However issues on his first lap brought him to a stop on the track which brought out one of many red flags today, but like other drivers once he got used to his car, all was well. Speaking of Ferrari, their new tech director is none other than James Allison from Lotus, which suggests that things are tight over at the other teams as several have restructured their executive staff.

 

Among the many drivers causing issues on track is D. Ricciardo out of the RedBull camp, who barely finished his first lap before his car was brought to a halt. Renault and RedBull Racing issued a statement regarding an overnight solution for the car’s electronics package and energy storage system, which seems to be one of the predominant issues so far this year. Not wanting to waste any time, RBR had decided to pull out early and retreat to the pits in an attempt to sort out one of the many issues faced by Renault powered teams. For reference, four-time world champion S. Vettel has only recorded 11 laps of the track over two days, putting him right at the bottom of the list. RedBull Racing believes that they can bounce back though, as they’ve been known to do so in the past and say they are quite good at this sort of thing. Renault insists that they will have a hot-fix for their clients before the next pre-season test (Bahrain); are curable but will roll out software updates for the remainder of Jerez

 

As everyone is hating on the restrictions on car design this year due to the regulations, I’d just like to point out that this is not the first time something like this has come up. Strict regulations like this just force engineers to get creative in their craft and exploit any loop holes they can find. In the previous generation of cars, RedBull Racing was known for developing the blown double diffuser that utilized hot exhaust gasses to alter the aerodynamic performance of the rear sub-section. Now there is a conspiracy over the legality of McLaren’s suspension blocks in relation to downforce management at high (reduction in drag) and low speeds (increased downforce). Essentially, these are aerodynamically-profiled structures at the rear of the car that are on the fine line between what is legal (physical components of the suspension unit) and illegal (shroud that has no fundamental dampening purpose) yet it meets all current regulations regarding structure and location. (UPDATE: FIA confirms the suspension blocks are legal so expect McLaren’s rivals to slowly implement this design into their cars; official: complies with regulations relating to the maximum number of arms in the rear suspension)

 

Ending the day off is a report of all the red flag stops: F14 T, VJM07, RB10, C33 (crash), STR9 (stalled on put); Marussia also finally debut their Ferrari powered MR03 (see TEAM CARS section for an updated post)

 

Not directly related to the days racing but still of significant importance is the news that medical staff are awakening Schumacher from his medically induced coma by slowly reducing sedation post Schumacher’s skiing incident in France last month. Also, Bernie Ecclestone has pitched interest in raising the number of double-points events from just one race (Race #19) to three (Races #17-19), which was met with voiced complaints from the general public. 

 

Unofficial Thursday test times from Jerez:
1. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, 1m 23.276s, 52 laps
2. Felipe Massa, Williams, 1m 23.700s, 47 laps

3. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1m 23.952s, 62 laps 
4. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1m 25.030s, 40 laps 
5. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1m 25.495s, 58 laps 
6. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1m 26.096s, 17 laps 
7. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1m 29.915s, 30 laps 
8. Adrian Sutil, Sauber, 1m 30.161s, 34 laps 
9. Robin Frijns, Caterham, No time, 10 laps
10. Max Chilton, Marussia, No time, 5 laps
11. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, No time, 3 laps

 

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 10:34 AM

Loving the RB unreliability so far. Hope it continues, and they have a miserable season. 


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Posted 31 January 2014 - 08:50 PM

Jerez Testing Highlights (JAN 28 – JAN 31)

JEREZ DAY 4: Redbull Racing RB10 Lap Count: 20. Over 4 days (most of them installation laps). Yup. The four-time world champion team must be panicking right now (though it seems to be related to ERS issues). Crisis maybe? Doesn’t matter because Redbull Racing had officially ended their first pre-season test early; keep in mind that the last time Redbull Racing skipped a testing session they went on to win both the drivers’ and constructors’ championship for that year. Team boss Christian Horner says that this is a mix of mechanical and cooling issues but they believe that they should have a fix prior to the next test in Bahrain.

 

Anyways, today is the final day of the first pre-season test (there are two consecutive four-day tests in Bahrain before the first round in March). Track conditions were wet (due to overnight rain) which means Pirelli once again fields their full wet compound tires. Spectators at the track all report unusual noises from the cars unlike what they heard on the other days, though the most likely explanation for this is that teams are working on a wet weather engine map. As the track dried throughout the day, teams switched from intermediate tires over to slicks and lap times plummeted.

 

All Renault powered teams are experiencing issues, believed to be stemming from a problem at Renault factory. Rumour on the street is that the batteries used in these platforms are not up to par, which means all Renault teams (Redbull Racing, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Caterham, Lotus) will have to endure until a solution is issued. Speaking of Lotus, their absence from the first preseason test may not be as detrimental as we all originally thought, however they have had quite a shuffling of their executive staff (some being poached by rivals) and there are unconfirmed reports of insufficient budgeting, tight monies, and unneeded redundancies.  Speaking of Renault reliability, Caterham also ended their day early because of power unit component issues which prevented them from finishing their day.

Mercedes powered teams are very pleased with their cars at the end of this pre-season testing session and rightfully so because proving reliability at this stage is crucial. Other teams (Marussia) are reporting work being done on the new brake-by-wire systems due to its level of integration in this year’s powertrain.

 

As for drivers, L. Hamilton was back at work to take over from N. Rosberg in order to make up for lost time following the day 1 front-wing failure (Mercedes team being fair to both drivers). L. Hamilton reports that the new, lower downforce cars have more torque and use tires that are more durable; the new braking systems and ERS require higher demand on the driver to adjust properly. Both F. Alonso and K. Raikkonen both report that there is “no real big difference” between this year’s car and last year’s, which is puzzling but veterans know a thing or two. A. Sutil reports these cars to be very tricky due to low grip levels and the cold temperatures, but then again this is a winter testing session afterall (Sutil had another off-track gravel excursion today as he was once again caught off-guard by the power delivery). The rookies on the grid this year are K. Magnussen (Formula Renault, MP4-29), D. Kvyat (GP3, STR9), and M. Ericsson (Formula BMW, F3, GP2, CT05).  

 

From a veteran standpoint, people like F. Alonso have confirmed that this year’s cars are slower. Compared to when he was still in a V10 car (glorious Renault F1 days), the time delta is 10 seconds between that car and the current V6. However, each generation of F1 car is easier to drive; the G-forces on the drivers are less because the cars are incidentally slower. The caveat here being there are more things to control, more parameters to keep in check (the steering wheel has even more buttons on it now).

 

“As long as you’re driving to the limit, the lap time doesn’t change the emotions you feel when you drive. This car is still fun to drive and we’ll discover better soon.” – F. Alonso, Ferrari Factory

 

Going back to Top Gear UK Series 20, Episode 6:

M. Webber: “It is very different mate, from how it used to be in terms of like you said and that’s the way it’s always been; you’ve got to learn and get on with it and we’re stuck trying to be at the top of our game but you’ve got to be able to push and in Formula 1 it’s about us boys absolutely on the limit, all the time”

J. Clarkson: “Well it should be, yeah”

 

As we all know by now, the general public is unhappy with the phallus inspired noses of this year’s F1 cars and the FIA governing body isn’t either. Although these structures do satisfy the regulations for vehicular safety, they do not satisfy the spirit of the sport and there are plans for a revision across all teams, though it won’t happen until 2015 along with many other regulation updates.

 

Unofficial Friday test times from Jerez:
1. Felipe Massa, Williams, 1m 28.229s, 86 laps
2. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1m 29.145s, 115 laps

3. Daniel Juncadella, Force India, 1m 29.457s, 81 laps
4. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, 1m 30.806s, 110 laps
5. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1m 30.822s, 41 laps
6. Jules Bianchi, Marussia, 1m 32.222s, 25 laps
7. Adrian Sutil, Sauber, 1m 36.571s, 69 laps
8. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1m 36.951s 91 laps
9. Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham, 1m 43.193s, 54 laps
10. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1m 44.016s, 9 laps
11. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1m 45.374s, 7 laps

 

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And that concludes the last day of the first pre-season testing in Jerez, Spain. All the teams have a lot of work to do before they are competitive, but the teams that have shown reliability over the past four days have a significant head start. It’s nice to finally see these cars in the wild on track, but it will take some time to set in. The next pre-season test is February 19, 2014 in Bahrain, with a third pre-season test following immediately afterwards before practice in Melbourne, Australia (March 14) for the first round on the 2014 calendar.

 

Unofficial Travel Distance for Jerez Pre-Season Test:

1. Mercedes AMG F1 W05: 299 laps, fastest lap: 1:23.952

2. Ferrari F14 T: 251 laps, fastest lap: 1:23.812

3. McLaren MP4-29: 245 laps, fastest lap: 1:23.276

4. Williams FW36: 175 laps, fastest lap: 1:23.700

5. Sauber C33: 163 laps, fastest lap: 1:30.161

6. Force India VJM07: 146 laps, fastest lap: 1:26.096

7. Caterham CT05: 76 laps, fastest lap: 1:37.975

8. Scuderia Torro Rosso STR9: 54 laps, fastest lap: 1:29.915

9. Marussia MR01: 30 laps, fastest lap: 1:32.222

10. RedBull Racing RB10: 21 laps, fastest lap: 1:38.320

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 12:01 PM

Vettel will bang all of the others anyway! :P

The red bull team are cheats anyway. Just by looking at their performance on the track it's fairly obvious


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 12:50 PM

Kevin Magnussen will take it all! (Probably not, but I really want him to)







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