Monthly Archives: April 2014
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.
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.
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?