Saturday, March 15, 2014

Our predictions for the 2014 Australian Grand Prix

The Formula 1 2014 season is underway and we are a couple of hours away from qualifying in what could be the most anticipated season of recent years. The all new rules with the torquey new power units with lower aero bite, should provide for some dramatic racing as drivers come to grips with their new machines.

The Mercedes works team seem to be the class of the field with the fight for pole expected to be a duel between the two Silver Arrows. 2014 is Ross Brawn's legacy in the making for ze bosses at Stuttgart, albeit without him to captain the ship. Our bet is on Nico Rosberg to come out on top over the over-zealous, but lightning fast Lewis Hamilton.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Pirelli announce tyre compounds for the first four Grands Prix of 2014

At the end of the third and final pre-season test, held in Bahrain, Pirelli has announced the compounds that will be used for the first four races this year:

Australia P ZERO WHITE MEDIUM and P ZERO YELLOW SOFT

Malaysia P ZERO ORANGE HARD and P ZERO WHITE MEDIUM

Bahrain P ZERO WHITE MEDIUM and P ZERO YELLOW SOFT

China P ZERO WHITE MEDIUM and P ZERO YELLOW SOFT


These choices have been made to reflect the characteristics of each circuit and the all-new 2014 cars, bearing in mind all the data that has been obtained from the three pre-season tests.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Pirelli review the first test of the F1 2014 season at Jerez

Formula One’s new era got underway with four days of testing at Jerez (to be followed by two more four-day sessions in Bahrain next month) with teams trying out their new cars and the 2014 tyres for the first time.

With such a revolutionary series of technical changes, running was considerably limited compared to last year, and very little tyre work was carried out.

Nonetheless, the teams were able to have their first taste of Pirelli’s 2014 tyre range, which features new compounds and constructions. The teams could also try out the new Cinturato Green intermediate and Cinturato Blue wet on the second day, which was designated as a wet-weather test day. More rain then fell on Friday, providing another opportunity.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Force India review Day 2 at Jerez

Sahara Force India completed a second day of testing in Jerez as Sergio Perez clocked 36 laps in the VJM07. Nico Hülkenberg will get his first run in the car tomorrow.

Day two Statistics:

Chassis: VJM07-01
Laps: 37 laps
Mileage: 164 km
Fastest lap: 1:28.376
Classification: P5

Sergio Perez: “Today was a lot more productive than yesterday so in that respect we are making progress as we learn about the car. We still have a long way to go with understanding the complexity of all the systems so it’s important that the next two days with Nico and Daniel give us the information we need before we arrive in Bahrain. It will be only then that we can hopefully start to work on performance.”

Williams review Day 2 at Jerez

JEREZ TEST DAY TWO

Driver: Valtteri Bottas
Chassis / Engine: FW36-01 / PU106A Hybrid
Location: Jerez de la Frontera 4.428km
Objectives: New component, systems and reliability checks
Weather: Wet in the morning, dry and cool in the afternoon
Maximum air & track temps: 16ºC / 17ºC

Rod Nelson, Chief Test & Support Engineer: We started the day doing some work on the new Pirelli intermediate tyres as it wasn’t wet enough for the full wet tyres. We were then doing some development work on our braking system and making some changes over lunch and we were going well on the hard tyres this afternoon as the track dried out. However, we had to stop early due a problem with the rear suspension. Valtteri radioed in to say he felt something strange with the rear and we could also see something in the data, so we brought him in as a precautionary measure to check the car over. Obviously we’d like to do more laps but we are happy with the progress we are making.