Monthly Archives: April 2014

Is It Too Early for McLaren to Shift Focus to 2015 and Its New Honda Engines?

The 2013 Formula One season was McLaren’s worst since 1980, before Ron Dennis first became team principal.

Now, Dennis is back, but the results have not significantly improved. In Australia, Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button did score the team’s first podiums since the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix, but it has been straight downhill since then.

As painful as it may be, should the team now start shifting its focus to 2015 and its new engine deal with Honda?

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Reappraising Daniel Ricciardo’s Talent After Start to F1 Career at Red Bull

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo scored his second straight fourth-place finish at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday.

Earlier in the week, the Australian’s disqualification from his home grand prix—where he finished second last month—was upheld by the FIA’s Court of Appeal. That news did not slow him down on the track, though.

Mercedes Requested a Stiffer Penalty for Red Bull from the FIA Court of Appeal

On April 14, the FIA International Court of Appeal upheld the Stewards’ decision to disqualify Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo from the Australian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo was disqualified after the race in March when it was found that his car exceeded the fuel-flow limit of 100 kilograms per hour allowed under this season’s new regulations.

The decision to reject Red Bull’s appeal was expected, but the summary of the proceedings that the FIA released on Friday does contain one surprise: Lawyers attending the meeting on behalf of the Mercedes team requested that an additional penalty be levied against Red Bull.

Mercedes’ Advantage in 2014: A Simple Explanation of Revolutionary F1 Engine

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.

Kimi Raikkonen’s Character Lost in the Midfield with Ferrari

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.

Luca Di Montezemolo Has No One Left to Blame If Ferrari Does Not Improve

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.

Can the New Gene Haas Racing Team Succeed in Formula 1?

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?