Monthly Archives: January 2015
It has now been more than 10 months since McLaren CEO Ron Dennis guaranteed his team would have a new title sponsor early in the 2014 season. Now, racing director Eric Boullier says the team would be fine if it had to go another season without one.
The Sauber Formula One team has faced financial difficulties in recent years. Along with fellow independent teams like Force India and Lotus, the Swiss outfit has struggled with rising costs while continuing to receive a small piece of the F1 financial pie.
The FIA, Formula One’s governing body, has admitted there is a loophole in the wording of the engine development regulations introduced last year, according to Autosport’s Jonathan Noble. This means that manufacturers will be allowed to develop their engines during the season, although development was supposed to be frozen in an attempt to contain costs. This latest embarrassment for the FIA is only one in a recent string.
The Formula One in-season engine development freeze is no more—at least for the 2014 engine manufacturers: Ferrari, Renault and Mercedes. Autosport’s Jonathan Noble is reporting that the FIA, the sport’s governing body, has agreed that a loophole in the wording of the regulations means engine suppliers will be allowed to continue development of their engines throughout the 2015 season.
Formula One underwent a revolution in its technical regulations for 2014.
The most significant change was the introduction of hybrid V6 engines. Combined with a reduction in the aerodynamic grip available, the cars were faster in a straight line (although slower and more difficult to handle while cornering).
After four years of Red Bull supremacy, the 2014 Formula One season promised change. New engine regulations allowed each team to start fresh. As it turned out, Mercedes produced a power unit far superior to those of Renault and Ferrari, setting their factory team up for a season more dominant than any of Red Bull’s championship years.
Christmas is almost here!
In the spirit of the season, we’ve decided to repurpose the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” to hand out some gifts to Formula One’s most deserving girls and boys.