Monthly Archives: January 2014
Now that the first pre-season test of 2014 is over, what have we learned? Are the Renault-powered teams in trouble? Just how slow are the new cars, with smaller engines, reduced downforce, and harder tyres?
Following up on our popular “What I Did on My Summer Break” post, here is the round-up on what the drivers were up to on their winter breaks, as pre-season testing gets underway.
When the lights go out at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix, Marcus Ericsson, Caterham’s new driver, will become the 10th Swede to start a Formula One grand prix. Based on the success of drivers from Sweden’s neighbour, Finland, you might expect that there have been many more Finnish drivers in the history of the F1 world championship. In fact, there have been fewer. Only eight Finns have started an F1 grand prix. The difference is, three of those Finns have become world champions.
Nearly four weeks ago, Michael Schumacher was placed in a medically-induced coma after a ski accident in the French Alps. Since the December 29, 2013 accident, friends, family, rivals and fans have expressed their support for the seven-time Formula One world champion.
The 2013 Formula One season was filled with reports of teams in financial trouble. It is no secret that many of the smaller teams (and even the race-winning Lotus team) are struggling. At the same time, F1 is bringing in record levels of revenue.
So, how can we reconcile these two, apparently conflicting, realities?
Ferrari and Monza are two of the most storied names in Formula One history. In motorsport circles, both are synonymous with Italy. But despite being home to F1’s most successful team and one of the most famous circuits in the world, Italy has struggled to produce top-level grandprix drivers—particularly in recent years.
May 1, 2014 will be the 20th anniversary of the death of Ayrton Senna, the last driver to die in a Formula One grand prix. In the early years of the sport—the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s—such a gap between fatalities would have been unimaginable. F1 was just too dangerous.