Caterham
Mar 15

Signs Of Progress After Good Mileage For Renault Engines

Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Scuderia Toro Rosso prepares to drive during qualifying for the Australian Formula One GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Scuderia Toro Rosso prepares to drive during qualifying for the Australian Formula One GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Renault engines endured mixed fortunes on Friday in Australia as the French manufacturer showed that it is working its way out of its problems.

While RBR and Toro Rosso had relatively troublefree days, both Caterham and Lotus faced huge problems, although not all were entirely due to the power unit. However the mileage achieved by the other teams was a big plus.

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Mar 14

F1: Disastrous Friday For Caterham In Australia

Marcus Ericsson (center) is in danger of missing the Australian Grand Prix. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Marcus Ericsson (center) is in danger of missing the Australian Grand Prix. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Fears over the complex nature of working on the 2014 cars were realized in Australia as both Caterham and Lotus saw their Friday running badly affected.

At Caterham, both Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson ran only one installation lap in first practice. Because of the time required to fix the problem, the Japanese driver didn’t run at all in second practice. Meanwhile rookie Ericsson did one lap in each of the sessions and may not be allowed to start if he has more problems on Saturday and doesn’t set a proper qualifying time.

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Feb 25

F1: V6 Engine Cars Are Much Faster On Straights

Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP drives during day two of Formula One Winter Testing at Bahrain. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP drives during Day Two of Formula One winter testing in Bahrain. (Photo: Getty Images)

At full tilt in a straight line, this year’s Formula One cars emit a much tamer sound than the class of 2013.

However, the top speeds of the new turbo V6s are significantly higher, thanks to reduced downforce and an impressive engine-plus-ERS maximum of almost 900 horse power.

Jan 29

F1: Button Fastest As Cars Begin To Log Miles In Jerez

 

Jenson Button in the McLaren MP4-29 Mercedes.  (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

Jenson Button in the McLaren MP4-29 Mercedes.
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Jenson Button topped the times in Jerez today as the McLaren MP4-29 made an impressive debut after failing to get on track yesterday.

Most of the teams have begun to log some proper mileage, but it was a troubled day for all three Renault runners as Red Bull and Caterham did very few laps, and Toro Rosso spent all day in the garage.

Jan 28

F1: Marcus Ericsson Gives Distinctive New Caterham First Laps

Marcus Ericsson in the Caterham CT03 Renault during the F1 Pre Season Test 1 Jerez Tuesday 28 January 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

Marcus Ericsson drives the Caterham CT03 Renault during F1 preseason testing in Jerez. (Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

The new Caterham CT05 took to the track in Jerez on Tuesday in the hands of rookie Marcus Ericsson. Inevitably, the car’s unusual nose has already attracted a lot of comments.

As previously, the car uses a Renault powerplant and Red Bull gearbox.