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Mar 24

Photos show ‘submarine’ risk of new F1 noses realized

The rear of Felipe Massa's Williams is lifted into the air his Turn 1 collision at the Australian GP. (Photo: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

The rear of Felipe Massa’s Williams is lifted into the air during his Turn 1 collision at the Australian GP. (Photo: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

Adrian Newey’s pre-season fears about ‘submarining’ Formula 1 cars may have been realized. Red Bull’s criticism of F1′s all-new era had to be heard amid the depth of the reigning world champions’ winter crisis after four consecutive seasons of dominance.

Designer Newey, however, had expressed alarm about the new, low front noses, arguing not only that they are ugly, but they might also be dangerous.

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.

Feb 20

F1: Magnussen On Top For McLaren In Bahrain — Testing Update

Kevin Magnussen of McLaren pilots the 2014 MP4-29. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

Kevin Magnussen of McLaren pilots the 2014 MP4-29.
(Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

Kevin Magnussen and McLaren were fastest on the second day in Bahrain today as the teams gradually began to pick up the pace.

However, they are still far from the sort of lap times they are likely to achieve in full qualifying form come April.

Jan 28

F1: Caterham Reveals 2014 CT05 Vehicle At Jerez

The Caterham 2014 CT05 prepares for test at Jerez. (Photo: Adam Cooper)

The Caterham 2014 CT05 prepares for test at Jerez. (Photo: Adam Cooper)

Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson today revealed CT05, the Caterham F1 Team car the Japanese and Swedish drivers will be competing with in the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship.

As originally reported at Caterhamf1.com

The first car to be fully designed and built at Caterham’s Leafield Technical Centre, CT05 is the team’s answer to the all-new F1 regulations that have come into force in 2014. The car will race in Caterham’s new all-green 2014 livery and, for the fourth year in a row, will be powered by Renault Sport F1, using the new Renault Energy F1 engine mated to a Red Bull Technology gearbox.

The Caterham 2014 CT05 front-end and nose. (Photo: Adam Cooper)

The Caterham 2014 CT05 front-end and nose. (Photo: Adam Cooper)