How has it been a year since I touched this last? Have I been that busy? We’ve moved to a new house, I’ve started a new career… there is so much to catch up on.
The first qualifying session of the 2014 season started out with skies threatening to open and dump a deluge onto the Albert Park circuit. With the weather being a wild card, many of the teams elected to hit the track as soon as possible in order to get a timed lap on the books, banking one just in case the rain came. Formula 1 uses a knockout style qualifying system. There are three sessions with part of the grid set at the end of each one. The first session, known as Q1 is 12 minutes long, up from 10 minutes
The 2014 season brings about the most comprehensive changes to Formula 1 in over 30 years. New Power Units, new noses, drivers with new teams are just a few of these changes. Perhaps the biggest change is one you can’t see, but rather can hear. After years of a normally aspirated 2.6 liter V8 engine, turbo chargers return to F1 for the first time since the late 1980’s. The engines are now 1.8 Liter V6’s. In previous years, the engines were limited to a maximum of 18,000 rpm. The new limit is 15,000.These internal combustion engines are only a part
The Formula 1 season began in earnest Friday in Melbourne Australia. The course winds through public roads in Albert Park, host to the opening round of the World Championship for the better part of the last 20 years. This season brings many changes to the pinnacle of motorsport and it was the first chance for the fans to see and hear what these mean. Winter testing has shown a large difference between the teams in terms of speed and reliability and Free Practice 1 and 2 confirmed that headed into the first qualifying session and race weekend of the season.
Auto racing? Really? Yes. Really. You’re thinking to yourself that all auto racing is NASCAR, just cars going around in a circle, all bunched up together until someone initiates a huge crash that sends cars flying everywhere. I’m here to tell you that not all car racing series are created equal. Formula 1 is the most watched sport in the world. You heard me, it’s the most watched sport in the world. More than cricket. More than Soccer, more than the NFL. Should you watch it just because the rest of the world is watching? Of course not. You should