New engines a burden for “struggling” teams

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Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Jerez, 2013In 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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Christian Horner, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2013Your daily digest of F1 news, views, features and more.

Christian Horner: ‘Fear of failure drives all of us at Red Bull’ (The Guardian)

“Teams are struggling commercially at the moment and the new, incredibly complex engine is a burden.”

Frijns had shot at Caterham race seat (Autosport)

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.”

The ??240m pay-off! How Bernie could settle German bribery case and avoid prison (Daily Mail)

“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 ??29m to the Munich court to settle corruption allegations ? even though there was no ruling that it had done anything wrong.”

McLaren MP4-29 – analysis by Craig Scarborough (Peter Windsor via YouTube)

How Rush recreated the danger of 1970s Formula 1, without the danger (Digital Spy)

“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’.”


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?d 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

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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 ?? Red Bull/Getty

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49 comments on New engines a burden for “struggling” teams

  1. montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 27th January 2014, 11:22

    @keithcollantine That e-mail about the gimmicks is from a soul-mate of mine! That’s exactly what I’ve been saying here since the black day of the announcement of thst rule. That it’s the last straw for me and I won’t be watching unless it’s removed(or at least definitely unequivocally removed for 2015, then I just won’t be watching Abu Dhabi)

  2. BasCB (@bascb) said on 27th January 2014, 14:14

    Hm, why do I feel uncomfortable when the team principal of one of the 2 most seriously over-spending teams/units warns about the cost of the new engines? If not for RBR and Ferrari I think FOTA could have already put together the basis of a limitation of cost that could easily be adapted to make it less of a struggle for the smaller teams on tighter budgets to compete in F1.

    • Yeah… it’s odd. Politics and public image come to mind… “Hey look fans, we understand the financial problems too, we’re not the big evil overspending team you think we are.”

      A bit like normal politicians talking in public about helping the low-paid to get a PR boost, then rogering them sideways and giving boosts to rich buddies in private and when no one’s watching.

    • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 27th January 2014, 15:55

      @bascb +1. Crocodile tears come to mind. Also those who help the poor by “keeping them in their thoughts”.

  3. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 27th January 2014, 15:55

    I am not staying up until 3:30am just to see the new Toro Rosso, so I am just going to comment on it now.

    The nose is very controversial, especially considering the way it is conservative compared to the others. I am surprised that people are still surprised by the sight of them, though I am not surprised that people keep making jokes about it. I would like some discussion on some of the other features of the car, though. Especially the way they have dealt with the cooling issues. The Ferrari-powered cars have all got skinny sidepods, but the Mercedes cars have all got larger intakes. Since the Toro Rosso is the first Renault team to launch, I have been curious to see their approach.

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