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    Formula 1 2014 Pre-season

    Well i've somehow managed to make it thus far through the winter break of F1 without gnawing my own arm off and we are getting close to the unveiling of the 2014 cars.

    This year will be an interesting one with some major rule changes set to hopefully shake things up from the Vettel show we have been watching for the least year.

    Brief overview of main technical changes:

    -1.6l Turbo charged V6 (was 2.4l NA V8)
    - KERS now 161hp boost for 33sec/ lap (was 80hp for 6 seconds)
    - Electronic braking devices now permitted
    - Nose height lowered from 550mm to 185mm
    - Front wings narrower
    - Rear wing main plate shallower
    - Fuel flow restricted to 100l/h above 10,500rpm, formula used for max below 10,500rpm
    - Exhaust exit now must face upward towards rear wing instead of down to rear diffuser
    - Minimum weight incread from 642kg to 690kg
    - No false camera mounting positions, previously using a loophole in the rules extra bodywork could be added around camera mount points even if no camera was there.


    The teams and drivers.

    Red Bull Racing
    - Sebastian Vettel (1/5)
    - Daniel Ricciardo (3)

    Mercedes AMG
    - Lewis Hamilton (44)
    - Nico Rosberg (6)

    Scuderia Ferrari
    - Fernando Alonso (14)
    - Kimi Raikkonnen (7)

    McLaren Mercedes
    - Jenson Button (22)
    - Kevin Magnussen (Rookie) (20)

    Lotus
    - Romain Grosjean (8)
    - Pastor Judas Maldonado (13)

    Force India
    - Nico Hulkenberg (27)
    - Sergio Perez (11)

    Sauber
    - Adrian Sutil (99)
    - Esteban Guierrez (21)

    Torro Rosso
    - Jean-Eric Vergne (25)
    - Daniil Kvyat (Rookie) (26)

    Williams
    - Felipe Massa (19)
    - Valtteri Bottas (77)

    Marussia
    - Jules Bianchi (17)
    - Max Chilton (TBA)

    Caterham
    - Kamui Kobayashi (TBA)
    - Marcus Ericsson (TBA)


    First car to be unveiled is expected to be the McLaren on the 24th of January, with the MP4-29 being the last Mercedes powered McLaren with Honda taking over for 2015, 4 days before the first test with others likely to reveal theirs at the test. Lotus are going to reveal at the second test as they finish off the finer details of their car.

    Fingers crossed on someone at least challenging Vettel this year!
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    Shall be very interesting, I'm really not a fan of Vettel so I hope he has some competition.

    Granted Red Bull do have all the money in the world to play with =\
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    I can't wait to see turbo cars don the tracks again. Will be an awesome season.

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    Thanks for the video Bob!

    Caterham latest to announce they will reveal their car at the first test at Jerez on the 28th though still yet to confirm driver line up.

    http://www.formula1.com/news/headlin...4/1/15369.html

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    I have updated the first post with the driver's chosen racing numbers

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    The final seats are filled! At Caterham will be Marcus Ericsson and Kamui Kobayashi returning from a year away. McLaren launches on Friday, its all starting to happen!

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    Let the games begin. So many changes, great mix up of drivers and cars specs. Can't wait.

    Hopefully finger boy won't ruin the season.

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    Kimi has been quoted as saying he thinks the rule changes won't mix it up as much as people think. Fundamentally Red Bull have a huge budget and undoubtedly the greatest car designer too so i don't think they'll become crap just because of the rule changes but at least a few other cars close to them would be nice.

    Force India have become the first team to reveal their car, posting one photo of the VJM07

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    McLaren have now release a couple of photos of their car

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/formula1/25858643

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    Quote Originally Posted by egotzm View Post
    The final seats are filled! At Caterham will be Marcus Ericsson and Kamui Kobayashi returning from a year away. McLaren launches on Friday, its all starting to happen!
    Best news in over 20 years!
    Marcus will be the first swede in F1 since -91
    Wub wub!

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    Some more images of the McLaren penis front wing solution
    http://www.formula1.com/gallery/launches/2014/830.html

    Sauber have gone with the penis look on the front of their car like McLaren
    http://www.formula1.com/news/headlin...4/1/15418.html

    Ferrari have opted for a whale hump and a flat nose on the F14 T
    http://www.formula1.com/news/headlin...4/1/15417.html

    And Lotus are going for a split nose
    http://www.formula1.com/news/headlin...4/1/15412.html.

    Tomorrow brings release of the Red Bull with no leaked images yet, along with a couple of other teams.


    Only time will tell who's design is right! Just purchased my tickets to the Melbourne GP!
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    Torro Rosso have re-defined ugly with their car's beak

    http://www.formula1.com/news/headlin...4/1/15422.html

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    So we have a field of dicks, a deformed labia and a Hoover.

    Think I'll following the races via the F1 telemetry so I don't have to look at them.

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    Yeah i was horrified by the McLaren dick but after seeing the Torro Rosso i think its almost acceptable!

    I might try to find a seat where the best view is of the cars accelerating away

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