Every so often in Formula One, a team comes up with a completely revolutionary design which gives them a massive advantage over the competition.
In 2009, Brawn GP developed a double diffuser which significantly increased downforce and allowed Jenson Button to win six of the first seven races before other teams started to catch up. The lead he built in the championship was so large that although Button did not win again that season, he was able to take the Drivers’ title.
Formula One is as much about entertainment as it is about cold-blooded competition. That is why double points will be awarded for the final race this season, and that is why so many people are complaining about the lack of noise produced by the new hybrid V6 power units.
So far in 2014, there has been another element missing from the sport, one that straddles the line between the competitive and entertaining sides of the sport (even if not intentionally so). That element is Kimi Raikkonen.
Midseason coaching and management changes may be common in other professional sports when a team is under-performing, but they are somewhat more unusual in Formula One.
That is why, even after a particularly poor start, it was such a shock this week when Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali resigned from his position just three races into the season.
After months of speculation, the FIA announced on Friday that it had accepted the bid of NASCAR team owner Gene Haas to form a new Formula One team.
Now that the new American entry is confirmed, the next questions that must be asked are: Can the team succeed in F1 and how quickly?
Formula One fans like to complain. Not all of them—many are able to enjoy the sport for what it is—but there is a vocal minority, at least, for whom it seems nothing is ever right.
The 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix was one of the most exciting F1 races in recent memory. Even before the safety car was deployed following Pastor Maldonado’s crash into Esteban Gutierrez on Lap 41, there had been plenty of close battles, varying strategies and overtaking up and down the field.
It is not every day that a four-time defending Formula One world champion is asked to move out of the way to allow his new teammate—zero career podiums—through.
But that is exactly what happened between Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo at last Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
During Formula One preseason testing, the two midfield teams with the most buzz were Williams and Force India.
After three races, though both teams have performed significantly better than they did in 2013, they are headed in opposite directions.