Written by @Damien_Marquez   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:07

The F1 season start is just round the corner and you need a refresher on what happens since Brazil in November? If you have kept up-to-date all winter via Autosport.com, JamesAllenOnF1.com or any other serious website then this recap may not be for you. Unless your special one likes to tag along at the races or in front of the TV and wants to know some of the changes in under five minutes.

Photo: BERNARD ASSET for Renault Sport F1

The rulebook for the car specifications has drastically changed. The last time this happens, McLaren and Ferrari were on top of their game fighting out for honours at the end of the 2008 season, only to fall back in the mid pack behind BrawnGP (now Mercedes AMG) and Red Bull Racing.


So what has changed?

  1. The old normally aspirated 2.0 litre V8 engines have been replaced with 1.6 litre V6 turbo 'power units' which include a sizeable electric output harvested from the kinetic and heat energy recovery systems (ERS). If you are familiar with last year's KERS push-to-pass style system, just think of it as an upgraded system that is about ten times more powerful despite a much quieter powertrain.
  2. The major aerodynamic changes include a narrower front wing, a lower nose and front bulkhead as well as a single exhaust, which has been placed in a way it can no longer be used for blowing hot gases into the diffuser.
Written by @Damien_Marquez   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 07:24

The Bahrain International Circuit is one of two tracks hosting an F1 round in the Middle East. Unlike it's Abu Dhabi neighbour, the on-track action in Bahrain will appeal to the purists thanks to a layout that is more favourable to proper wheel-to wheel racing.

Aside from the recent political unrest, the event has suffered from a poor image due to low attendance in the grandstands. What is less known is that the grand prix takes place on a working day in Bahrain and a move to a 6pm race start should allow more workers to get to the circuit after a day at the office. Additionally, the cars look magnificent under the floodlights, the facilities are top notch and it is one of the few grands prix where you do not need to pack your rain gear for the weekend.

Tower and Turn 1 Grandstand - Image: Ferrari S.p.A

The grand prix is country's the sporting highlight of the year and the 2014 edition takes place from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th April. Support races will feature the first round of the GP2 calendar and include the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East. Off-track activities include performing artists, dancers, musicians, a children/family area and an F1 Game Zone. Avicii and The Scorpions are scheduled to perform on the Saturday night.

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