Posted on January 27, 2014

Toro Rosso have launched their first car to be powered by a Renault engine with a reveal of the STR9 in the Jerez pit lane. The new car will be driven by Jean-Eric Vergne and rookie Daniil Kvyat, who replaced Daniel Ricciardo after the Australian moved to Red Bull. The STR9 features a nose similar to that on the McLaren and Sauber and retains its traditional colours and livery. Toro Rosso’s chief designer Luca Furbatto said: “Pretty much all the systems on the car are brand-new and that’s certainly a concern from a reliability point of view as the season More…

Posted on January 24, 2014

Mercedes have given their 2014 car its first run at a cold but dry Silverstone. The Brackley-based team used one of their allocated filming days, which are allowed under testing restrictions, to give the W05 a shakedown with Nico Rosberg at the wheel. The car completed 40km on demonstration tyres. It will get its first proper run out at the first pre-season test in Jerez, which starts on Tuesday. Here is a You Tube sound clip from the team of the V6 engine in action. It sounds like an F1 engine, just one without the higher rev range. Rosberg tweeted: More…

Posted on January 24, 2014

Lotus have revealed images of their 2014 challenger – the E22 – just hours after announcing the Gerard Lopez would replace Eric Boullier  as team principal. The Enstone-based team had a strong season last year, winning the first race with Kimi Raikkonen and going on to finish fourth in the constructors’ championship. They have also struggled financially, with Lopez saying the team had over $100m of debts while several people have left the team. However, Romain Grosjean and new team-mate Pastor Maldonado will b hoping they can challenge for race wins and the championship in the striking E22. While McLaren More…

Posted on January 23, 2014

The controversial rule to award double points at the final race of the season is set to go ahead after a meeting in Geneva on Wednesday between Formula 1 team bosses where they did not attempt to overturn the ruling. The idea, which was formed by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, first surfaced late last year with the idea of making it mathematically more difficult for the title to be decided several races before the end of the season. At the time, reigning four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel described the plans to award 50 points rather than 25 for a race More…

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