New F1 Cars Are Too Bloody Quiet

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After never attending a Formula 1 race, I was more than excited to hear the roaring sound and ear-piercing ring of what people had explained a Formula 1 car to be… Unfortunately this year, they sounded flatter than a lawnmower on a Saturday morning.

Not only were fans disappointed with the new V6 Turbo-charged power-train, but so was the Australian Grand Prix Coordination’s (AGPC) organiser Andrew Westacott, who said the new cars took away the fascinating spectacle of Formula 1 racing.

“One aspect of it was just a little bit duller than it’s ever been before and that’s part of the mix and the chemistry that they’re going to have to get right,” Westacott told Fairfax radio.

Westacott also mentioned that AGPC chairman Ron Walker told Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone that the new sound may have breached race contracts with Formula 1 management.

“Ron spoke to [Ecclestone] after the race and said fans don’t like it in the venue.

“We pay for a product, we’ve got contracts in place, we are looking at those very, very seriously because we reckon there has probably been some breaches.”

Not only were the big bosses disappointed with the sound of the new cars—the fans and racing drivers were in disbelief with the V6-turbo sound, including NSW Formula Ford Driver, Daniel Holihan.

“They should definitely bring back the V8 or even the V10 and V12 engine, it’s the fans that come to hear the high pitch roar of a Formula 1 around the city of Melbourne,” Holihan said.

“I was getting more of a thrill watching the rolling starts of the V8 Supercars.”

Although the cars were not as loud — the racing spoke for itself, with the drivers battling for position throughout the whole race, while trying to not break down.

The competition level was high and the winner was unpredictable before the race had even started, with reliability also playing a big part during the first race in Australia.

“I loved the action, the race was very entertaining because it was a complete fresh start for every team and there was a lot of passing going on,” Holihan said.

Not only did the race deliver great action and unpredictability, it also saw controversy unfold as Australian young gun Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified after a fuel-flow sensor error.

Ricciardo’s team at Red Bull have appealed the decision, with the answer expected to take a few weeks to be decided.

Nico Rosberg was the eventual winner of the race, with McLaren rookie driver Kevin Magnussen replacing Ricciardo for second on his Formula 1 debut, with McLaren teammate Jenson Button rounding out the top three.

Formula 1 management are yet to comment on the hybrid-generation cars.

Hear for yourself, what do you think?

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Nico Rosberg takes victory at Grand Prix

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By LOREN HAZELWOOD

 

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Nico Rosberg crossing the line in Melbourne. Credit: AFP

After a strong pre-season testing, Formula One favourite Mercedes proved too strong at the weekend’s Grand Prix with driver Nico Rosberg taking the victory at Melbourne’s Albert Park street circuit.

Rosberg managed to win the first Grand Prix of the season by over 23 seconds, with Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo crossing the line in second place. However, he was later disqualified due to the fuel flow reading after the race.

Because of Ricciardo’s disqualification, McLaren’s rookie driver Kevin Magnussen stole the show, finishing second on the podium for his first ever Formula One race.

Mercedes was the strong favourite to win right from the start with driver Lewis Hamilton putting the car on pole position during qualifying.

The start of the race saw everything unfold, with Rosberg getting the jump and leading into the first corner.

Ricciardo was right behind in second place, making the country proud as he put the new Red Bull on the front row.

Turn one also saw the first crash for the season with Williams driver Felipe Massa being forced off the circuit after Kamui Kobayashi’s car had a rear brake-by-wire failure, causing Kobayashi’s Caterham to crash into the side of Massa.

With Rosberg and Ricciardo leading the pack, Hamilton started to fall backwards with the Mercedes V6 Turbo-charged engine having a failing cylinder, forcing him to retire early.

Reliability issues also saw current world champion Sebastian Vettel having to retire with the car down on power, while the two Lotus cars raced by Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado both stopped on the circuit with few laps to spare.

The battle of the race was further down the field with William’s driver Valtteri Bottas making a great comeback and managing to finish in fifth position after brushing the wall and damaging his rear right tyre.

McLaren’s new car was looking strong, with driver Jenson Button also finishing on the podium due to Ricciardo’s after-race penalty.

Meanwhile Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finished in fourth place.

German Rosberg currently leads the Formula One Drivers’ Championship, with Round Two of the FIA Formula One Championship being held at Malaysia from 28-30 March.

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The Vault: Fiasco Sports’ Formula One predictions

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With the 2014 Formula 1 season kicking off at the Australian Grand Prix, the Fiasco Sports Motorsport gurus give their thoughts on how it will all unfold.

Mercedes 2014 carAndrew Hone – Getty Images

Who will win the first race?

Daniel: With Mercedes getting the most laps in and showing the best speed in testing, it will be hard to look past the Silver Arrow. I’m backing Nico Rosberg to draw first blood in 2014.

Loren: Lewis Hamilton for the first race win, Mercedes were incredibly strong during pre-season testing and is a previous winner, claiming victory in 2008.

Fraser: I’ll be pulling for Daniel Ricciardo but I think Hamilton will take it this year. A dark horse could be Kimi Raikkonen despite concerns over Ferrari’s preseason.

Mark: Mercedes looked good in testing but we all know how little that means once the season starts. That being said I’m still going to pick Lewis Hamilton. But don’t count out the likes of the Ferrari pair Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, two drivers who can make an average car look good.

Who will win the championship?

Daniel: Lewis Hamilton looks the best positioned driver to end the Vettel reign. That said, Fernando Alonso is always at the pointy end when it counts.

Loren: The Championship is a tough one to decide at the moment with cars still in development, but I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the Mercedes drivers came through, so I’ll just say Hamilton!

Fraser: I believe that one of the Mercedes drivers will take it. ‘Winning’ preseason testing doesn’t count in the championship but in regards to form, it’s hard to ignore. Out of the two drivers, I’m feeling Rosberg over Hamilton. I might have to eat my words but we’ll see.

Mark: So much has changed this year that picking a champion is a very difficult task. Can Sebastian Vettel make it five in row? It’s a big ask for Red Bull Racing especially considering their testing woes. It’s hard to bet against Vettel and Adrian Newey and you know Red Bull are going to come on strong in the second half of the season once they sort out their problems. If they don’t, it’s anyone’s championship, if they do, Vettel has title number five. My pick: Vettel.

Who will win the constructors championship?

Daniel: Mercedes look the most likely to take out the constructors championship at the moment. They have two excellent drivers and look like they’re miles ahead in development compared to the other teams.

Loren:  Definitely Mercedes.

Fraser: I’m going with Mercedes on this one, they have two really strong drivers in Hamilton and Rosberg and barring catastrophic failure, they have a really strong car.

Mark: Mercedes.

How many races will Sebastian Vettel win this year?

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Daniel: Things currently aren’t looking great for Vettel and Red Bull, but you can’t keep a champion team down. I think he will take four victories late in the season.

Loren: Vettel will have a tough year this year with the RB10, I reckon maybe one or two, because Red Bull have good strategies.

Fraser: I don’t think Vettel will take as many races as he did in 2013, I think some teams will really surprise this year (for better or worse) and Red Bull might slip back. Still, I can see Vettel winning four races. The real interesting aspect will be how he places when he doesn’t win.

Mark: Five. I think Red Bull will be strong in the second half of the season which is where Vettel will pick up most of his wins.

How many races before someone is accused of cheating?

Daniel: There has already been controversy surrounding the legality of the Lotus front wing design but I think they will behave until Bahrain.

Loren: I’ll give it one race. I’m sure someone has an unfair aerodynamic advantage or something.

Fraser: I’ll say two, I think Melbourne will be a benchmark and then any basis of cheating will be made on the comparison of Australia and Malaysia.

Mark: At least one team will be unhappy about another team’s performance after Melbourne.

Which car looks the best?

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Daniel: Caterham obviously. Just kidding, even a blind person could sense how ugly those things are. Actually, most of them are pretty ugly this year with their noses but it’s great to see a return of the Martini livery on the Williams car.

Loren: The Williams-Martini car looks absolutely stunning!

Fraser:  While I love the Williams-Martini livery, I’ve always really liked Lotus’ design. I really don’t think there is a bad livery this year.

Mark: The Mercedes wins this just because they have a nose that doesn’t look like a vacuum, anteater or as Sky Sports’ Ted Kravitz put it a “gentleman’s appendage”. The Martini livery on the Williams is a great look this year and I’ve always been a fan of Ferrari red.

Who will be the first one to cause a crash?

Daniel: Pastor Crashdonaldo.

Loren: I’ll go Romain Grosjean, based on his past history with crashing and banging into others.

Fraser: I have a feeling that it will be Kamui Kobayashi. After not racing in 2013, I think he’ll have a slight adjustment period and that will cause some incident involving him. Could even be the first corner of the Melbourne GP.

Mark: One of the Lotus drivers. Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado have a bad habit of getting involved in collisions. Outside chance, Kobayashi tries something and punts someone off the road.

Which rookie will score the most points?

Daniel: McLaren’s Father-Son draft pick Kevin Magnussen looks the most likely to score decent points.

Loren: Magnussen, he’s in a great car and a great team with McLaren.

Fraser: I’m going to go with Daniil Kvyat. Toro Rosso signed him after 22 laps at the young drivers test so the team must see some promise and I believe that the team is on the up and could surprise.

Mark: Kevin Magnussen in the McLaren. Being in a better car will put him higher up the order. Daniil Kvyat could have a great season but unless the Toro Rosso is spectacular or McLaren have another shocking season like 2013 then Magnussen has it.

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2014 Formula 1 season preview

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With cars changing and the future of the sport flashing before our eyes, Fiasco Sports looks at what is changing for the 2014 Formula 1 season. 

 

Source: Formula 1 official

Source: Formula 1 official

Recent testing at Jerez has shown that luck in Formula 1 can change almost immediately.

Red Bull Racing’s engineers had to fly back to England to work on electrical issues with the new RB10 car, some issues still being unresolved with the new design at the Bahrain testing, with Adrian Newey explaining, “we have gone too aggressive with the new car design, and that has cost us testing laps.”

Source: Ausmotive

Source: Ausmotive

Mercedes and Ferrari look to be strong, according to the test days and the amount of laps they have completed and the driver line-ups.

It is set to be a competitive season with Kimi Raikkonen joining Fernando Alonso at Ferrari.

The 2014 season will see three new young drivers step-up from the development ranks to Formula 1, including McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen, Toro Rosso’s Danill Kvyat and Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson. 

Source: Ausmotive

Source: Ausmotive

Due to new weight regulations, teams are required to reconsider car design for the 2014 championship to enhance better fuel consumption as well as using a different size motor, with the 2014 cars using a V6 1.6 litre turbo-charged engine.

Below is a breakdown of what has changed for each individual team for the 2014 championship, including drivers, chosen race numbers and the updates for the team’s cars.

Source: Ausmotive

Source: Ausmotive

Red Bull Racing
Sebastian Vettel #1
Daniel Ricciardo #3
RB10: The Renault-powered Formula 1 car requires to be cooled more than any other engine, the new design is too aggressive causing the car to overheat.

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso #14
Kimi Raikkonen #7
F14 T: Ferrari have developed a car retaining last year’s pull-rod suspension, but have changed nearly everything else by increasing the cooling system while keeping adequate aerodynamic downforce and changing the body shape to balance the weight of the car.

Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton #44
Nico Rosberg #6
F1 W05: The Mercedes-powered car includes an elegant design. Mercedes having a strong advantage working directly with the motor suppliers and being able to mould the car to the engine, rather than build the motor to the car like other teams, giving them the edge gaining important laps during testing.

McLaren
Jenson Button #22
Kevin Magnussen #20
MP4-29: McLaren have chosen the “anteater” nose style and the rear wing has completely changed this year, being held up by one single pillar. McLaren will continue to use Mercedes engines for the 20th season, before heading to Honda for 2015.

Lotus
Romain Grosjean #8
Pastor Maldonado #13
E22: Lotus were one team that didn’t feature at the first pre-season test in Jerez, unveiling the car at Bahrain and believing they can be the lead Renault team this year, currently working on optimising the power delivery allowing drivers to more time to get used to it.

Force India
Nico Hulkenberg #27
Sergio Perez #11
VJM07: Force India has changed their livery to a black-dominant colour, utilising an unusual nose design, with the team continuing to partner with Mercedes who will supply the entire drive train.

Source: Ausmotive

Source: Ausmotive

Sauber
Adrian Sutil #99
Esteban Gutierrez #21
C33: The Ferrari-powered Formula 1 car has included new elements used for the Ferrari’s F14, while opting for an unusual nose design.

Toro Rosso
Jean-Eric Vergne #25
Daniil Kvyat #26
STR9: The Renault-powered car began work during the summer of 2012, with the team working on the aero-package of the car and focusing on the development of creating a more current and competitive shape.

Williams
Felipe Massa #19
Valterri Bottas #77
FW36: Due to new regulations, Williams have decided to attach the end plates to a new ‘beam wing’, which is placed less than 150mm above the reference plate, where there are no restrictions, utilising the rear diffuser and making the new innovation just as effective as 2013′s rules.

Marussia
Jules Bianchi #17
Max Chilton #4
MR03: Using a Ferrari engine for 2014, the MR03 compared to other cars on the grid is using a more simplistic design; similar to McLaren they are using a single-pillar rear wing.

Caterham
Kamui Kobayashi #10
Marcus Ericsson #9
CT05: For the fourth year in a row, Caterham will use Renault F1 Sport engines, while unveiling a car with a very unusual nose design in striking green paint.

Source: Ausmotive

Source: Ausmotive

Some changes have also occurred with the official 2014 race calendar, with the Korean and Indian races dropped for the Austrian and Russian Grand Prix.

The official Formula 1 Championship will kick off with the Australian Grand Prix held in Melbourne’s Albert Park on March 16, starting the nineteen-round season.

Round Date Race
1
Mar 16
Australian Grand Prix
2
Mar 30
Malaysia Grand Prix
3
Apr 7
Bahrain Grand Prix
4
Apr 20
Chinese Grand Prix
5
May 11
Spanish Grand Prix
6
May 25
Monaco Grand Prix
7
Jun 9
Canadian Grand Prix
8
Jun 22
Austrian Grand Prix
9
Jul 6
British Grand Prix
10
Jul 20
German Grand Prix
11
Jul 27
Hungarian Grand Prix
12
Aug 24
Belgian Grand Prix
13
Sep 7
Italian Grand Prix
14
Sep 21
Singapore Grand Prix
15
Oct 5
Japanese Grand Prix
16
Oct 12
Russian Grand Prix
17
Nov 3
United States Grand Prix
18
Nov 10
Brazilian Grand Prix
19
Nov 23
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

 

Written by Loren Hazelwood. @LorenHazelwood

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Nosing into the 2014 Formula 1 Season

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So most of us motorsport fans are thinking, what is the deal with the new Formula 1 front-ends? They look weird, but knowing the deal with Formula 1 there is a reason why the cars have changed.

The FIA have decided to add new rules into the sport for 2014, making this year’s cars arguably the most unattractive of our time, but hey… It will be better for the trees.

Formula 1 has changed the size of the engine to a turbo-charged 1.6-litre V6 in a bid to make the cars more environmentally friendly.

Not only have the cars changed for this year, but so have the teams. In fact you could say there was a bit of shuffling going on in the pits during the off-season. Three rookies will also attack the field this year, and Kamui Kobayashi is back for Caterham.

Unfortunately for us Aussies, there is only one Australian participating in the Formula 1 season this year. Young Daniel Ricciardo replaces Mark Webber at Infiniti Red Bull Racing, partnering new-dad Sebastian Vettel.

The biggest test of this year you ask? Well, Kimi Raikkonen back at Ferrari – of course. Going back to a former team with a former world champion by the name of Fernando Alonso is sure to be interesting and very competitive.

And because of our good German friend Sebastian Vettel winning the past four Drivers’ Championships, the FIA has decided to introduce a ‘double points’ feature for the final round, just to make it a little more interesting. Even though the Red Bull driver won the last championship with races to spare, the FIA believe this will spice up the final round.

Another fun fact, drivers this year are able to choose what number they want to race with for the Formula 1 season. Interestingly, Pastor Maldonado chose unlucky 13.

Pre-season testing kicked off a few weeks ago in Jerez, which saw the favourites for this year, Red Bull, flying back to headquarters in England to work on electrical faults. Further testing got under way in Bahrain over the weekend and you know it’s going to be a strong season when the testing can’t identify who will win the first round in Australia.

So, in summary – new cars, new engines, new points advantages, new numbers… I mean, this season is going to be more unpredictable than ever, so please don’t head down to your local TAB and place a bet on the Australian Grand Prix. In case you’re wondering, it all kicks off March 14 on the streets of Melbourne.

#KeepCalmF1SeasonIsNear

@LorenHazelwood

All F1 Drivers Can Drive

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A few weeks ago, I was watching the Formula 1 qualifying with another dedicated fan and he turns to me and says, “well, you do know that not all of the Formula 1 drivers can drive … it’s about how much money they’ve got”.

Now, I personally know how expensive motor racing is and that a lot of it has to do with sponsorship and “who” you know. But, this does not mean that the drivers in the current championship can’t steer an F1 car.

So, to back up my statement and prove my learned friend wrong, I conducted a little background research on the current Formula 1 drivers in an effort to prove to him that most, if not all, the drivers have actually achieved a massive amount in their motor racing careers.

For example, current world champion Sebastian Vettel has won numerous go-karting world titles, won the Formula BMW championship and competed with current F1 drivers in the European Formula 3 series. These racers have always raced together, proving that development categories around the world are a vital part towards making it to the top. But it’s not all about the guys at the front of the grid.

The driver’s who are not gaining points in the championship at the moment are also really experienced racers. For example, Esteban Gutierrez, a newcomer to Formula 1, brings a huge amount of experience to Sauber. The Mexican has raced all over the world, having already claimed a Formula BMW European title and finishing third in the GP3 series last year (which he won in 2010). Although Gutierrez is yet to make a podium finish in the big league, this can be put down, at least in part, to the team he is steering for.

Unfortunately not all teams in Formula 1 have the same amount of money, but these drivers are all clearly good enough to win once the richer teams give them a chance.

Just because they are running at the back of the field, it does not mean they are “slow” or “can’t drive”. They are there largely due to their team not being able to fork out for the best gear to make faster Formula 1 cars.

So, for any of you non-believers that think Formula 1 is all about drivers who can’t drive and have heaps of money – think again. The skills all drivers acquire can’t be bought with a couple of million of dollars, it’s so much more than just the money. These guys can drive!