In the round-up: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says F1’s expensive new engines are a burden at a time when teams are struggling.
Jerez car launches and testing
The launch and test season moves up a gear today as Toro Rosso reveal their new STR9 at 4:30pm UK time (5:30pm local) at Jerez in Spain.
The day after that the first live F1 action of 2014 will begin. Red Bull, Mercedes, Caterham and Marussia are expected to reveal their cars for the first time, and the Williams FW36 and Force India VJM07 should be seen ‘in the flesh’ for the first time as well. McLaren, Ferrari and Sauber will also be testing.
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“Teams are struggling commercially at the moment and the new, incredibly complex engine is a burden.”
Tony Fernandes: “There was a lot of debate about bringing him in straight away, and we erred a little bit on the side of caution.”
“Although it is unusual for a court to take money to settle criminal charges, it is perfectly acceptable in Germany. In June 2011, German engineering group Linde paid ?é?ú29m to the Munich court to settle corruption allegations ?óÔé¼ÔÇØ even though there was no ruling that it had done anything wrong.”
“You can hear the fuel pump going on, you are sat on the fuel tank effectively. In fact, in Niki Lauda’s Ferrari, you can see the fuel line sat next to you while you’re driving. You end up feeling, ‘If anything goes wrong this is going to be bad’.”
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The weight debate is not to be taken lightly (sorry). Sutil told me a few weeks ago that he was at around 77kg. Massa weighs in at about 60.
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Comment of the day
Fernando Alonso’s comments inspired some discussion about the merits of recent eras of F1 history:
Cars looked better and I can imagine they were more fun to drive. However, while the V10s were amazing on paper, the fact that they were driven with the help of traction control and were powering cars on threaded tyres basically meant a lot of the power never got to reach the tarmac anyway.
I?óÔé¼Ôäód rather have engines with slightly less power on slicks and without the help of electronic aids. V8s were underpowered compared to the amount of downforce the cars had though, but I’m optimistic that’ll change this year.
From the forum
- Dispute over the end of the Daytona 24 Hours but some encouraging news about the two drivers who were involved in a serious crash
Happy birthday to Shelley Lee, Tnfox and David Clifford!
On this day in F1
Emerson Fittipaldi delighted the Brazilian Grand Prix crowd 40 years ago today by winning his home race for the second year in a row.
It was his first win for a McLaren and it came after a race-long scrap with former Lotus team mate Ronnie Peterson. A heavy rainstorm caused the race to be stopped after 32 of the scheduled 40 laps of Interlagos.
Clay Regazzoni took second place for Ferrari – and took an early lead in the drivers’ championship – while Fittipaldi’s replacement Jacky Ickx was third for Lotus.
Here are highlights from the race:
Images ?é?® Red Bull/Getty