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Written by @Damien_Marquez   
Friday, 14 March 2014 22:21

Who would have believed you could add the word 'ever' to the biggest change of F1 regulations? The first day of the Australian Grand Prix was a bit of an eye opener and offered a different team performances than that of the winter tests.


Trackside at the Albert Park - Image: Ferrari S.p.A

 

Let's tackle the biggest talking point first. The cars sound good. They are definitely quieter than last year but the 'power unit' noise is fantastic in braking and acceleration zones. The spectators who prefer to sit opposite the team garages on the main pit straight will probably be the most disappointed as the cars still get past very quickly but with a whooshing rather than a screaming sound.

 
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.
 
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