F1: An array of new cars, same old story

Oh yes, so we finally have concluded the first test and know more on how teams spent their winter. This year, the bells and whistles on car launches are far far less and many have opted for a soft, on the test day launch. Gone are the days, when F1 Car launches were a fanfare.

By now, you may have seen the liveries for all the competitors – do you like any of them in particular? Let me know in the comments below.

From all of the liveries, I would love to get rid of the black and greys and replace them with some colors like Blue, Orange and Green. Blue, yes you have Sauber wearing those colors however just one is not enough. Manor went smart with their version of Blue with Red and they look fantastic. While Force India continues evaluation of VJM09 which is more of C-spec version of the B-spec version team brought ahead last year at Silverstone.

McLaren continue to struggle thanks to the Honda engine and it will be really a embarrassing if Haas F1 team outscores them. They are the only ones who have failed to impress at the recently concluded first test at Circuit de Cataluña.

F1 gimmicks being planned this year as well – you have the elimination based Qualifying starting somewhere in the middle of the season which really doesn’t help much – really. I just hope that we see the back of the bosses who made some stupid decisions. The sport continues to be expensive and it is very difficult to get by for smaller teams.

 

 

The story of dirty Noses – F1 Cars

Last year, around the same time everyone was complaining about stepped noses cones of the F1 cars. This year, pretty much the same story, only a bit dirty. If you look at the three cars in the feature image, two of them have ‘anteater’ type noses, while Lotus F1 Team came up with a ‘fork-lift’ type nose never seen before in F1.

In my previous post, I wrote about Force India’s new livery, however FI only had released the picture of the car from one side and left everyone guessing how their nose has been. Though Andrew Green let it out in an interview that it looks more like an ‘anteater’. There you go, most of the cars (barring Lotus I guess) will have similar noses in 2014.

As the weekend starts, we will see more car launches and more disappointed fans with their favorite F1 car’s nose cone, often considered as the face of the car. Many are of the opinion that we all will get used to it. But with the amount of jokes people are making, I think it would be rather too difficult.

Fan comment on F1Fanatic.co.uk site
Fan comment on www.F1Fanatic.co.uk site

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Stepped nose cone spoils the lookers!

After the recent announcements about the car launches at Jerez, the new design of the Formula 1 car that I saw didnt force me to make a Wow! epression. Further, the formula1 cars started looking ugly. Except for the McLaren’s MP4-27, almost all cars started to look ugly. More so our own Force India F1 (do you really want me to call them Sahara Force India F1???) with heavily revised side pods. They are appearing prudent. This is the first year I ever went this detailed into the look and feel of the car but this year, the lookers have turned ugly.

McLaren’s car is the best looker among all 2012 cars that have been released so far. Its far more identical to its predecessor, albeit the nose is placed lower lot to comply with this years regulations. “This is a beautiful car,” commented Button. “Many of them that you will see will not be!”. Well I could not agree more Jenson, but F1 cars are not build to look good anyways, right? Which brings me to the question about the performance difference the McLaren car may have as compared to others on the grid. On the first day at Jerez, Lotus topped the charts with Kimi showing no sign of rust after a gap of two years away from Formula1, followed closely by Paul di Resta for Force India. McLaren were placed a distant 8th.

The other car everyone was keen to know how it comes up was the RB8. The Red Bull challenger with the magical touch of Adrian Newly has its stakes held up higher as they are preparing to defent their title they hard earned last year?

Unofficial Tuesday test times from Jerez:

1. Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, 1:19.670, 73 Laps
2. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1:19.772, 101 Laps
3. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:20.219, 56 Laps
4. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:20.496, 53 Laps
5. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, 1:20.694, 57 Laps
6. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, 1:20.794, 41 Laps
7. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, 1:21.353, 106 Laps
8. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:21.530, 60 Laps
9. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:22.815, 69 Laps
10. Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham, 1:23.178, 28 Laps
11. Pastor Maldonado, Williams, 1:23.371, 25 Laps
12. Pedro de la Rosa, HRT, 1:23.676, 44 Laps

Unofficial times as quoted from the Formula1.comwebsite.{EAV:233f5cc7c5e94067}

Hamilton Escapes Liar Gate Scandal unhurt

At the scheduled extra ordinary meeting of the Motor Sport Council held in Paris on 29 April 2009, Team Principle of McLaren Mercedes Benz team addressed all the members himself.

The controversial conversation on which the decision had to be taken was “Lewis, you need to allow the Toyota through. Allow the Toyota through now.” To this effect, the Toyota of Jarno Trulli had to pass Lewis during the safety car period when it is not allowed to Overtake a car. Trulli was disqualified in the event, however reinstated with honor.

Lewis Hamilton: Lucky
Lewis Hamilton: Lucky

The sport’s governing body found the team guilty for the breach of Article 151(c) ISC for a consecutive five times the team lied on.

The result was reinstated when Lewis Hamilton and Vodafone McLaren Mercedes – Benz was disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix, 2009. Also, the team was handed the penalty of suspension from three races of the F1 World Championship for 2009.

However, the governing body showed lighter part of their hearts by showing solidarity after being impressed in the way the Team honestly co-operated in the investigations and a from how the Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh addressed the meet.

The team now stands too bear the penalty in the following two cases.

  1. Further facts, if may emerge, that are relevant to the breach by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 team.
  2. Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 Team breaches again, the Article 151(c).

Vodafone has the right to appeal, but if they do, it will do more damage than good for the team. And the team is not expected to do that as well.

The New Formula1

The formula of F1 is changing rapidly. With the comeback of the Slicks, F1 seems to be interesting once again.

The Cars have undergone a huge change and most of them would also incorporate the Kinetic Energy Recovery System, or KERS as it is abbreviated. This system will store the energy recovered from the hard braking on F1 Cars. Drivers would then use this power when they overtake other cars, giving a much needed boost to make the sport attractive.

This years favorites for every one are McLaren and Ferrari.  But the tables may change anytime this year as the underdogs may rewrite the history.

Hope the Force India atleast can achieve some points this year atleast.