Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Bahrain, 2014

New F1 “more of a driver’s car” – Magnussen

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Bahrain, 2014In the round-up: Kevin Magnussen says the new F1 designs are ‘real driver’s cars’.


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New-look F1 ‘more driver dependent’ (Autosport)

Kevin Magnussen: “It really is a driver’s car – more than the old ones. With the blown diffuser [on the 2013 cars] it became a little bit easy, but this year it’s more of a driver’s car and I think that’s great.”

Investing in Faenza (Toro Rosso)

“The new unit, currently known by the name of STR4 is proof that Scuderia Toro Rosso plans to spread its roots even further in the Faenza area, as one of only two Formula 1 teams based in Italy – the other being the one that builds the red cars with the black horse logo!”

Operation Melbourne underway (Ferrari)

“We can expect a different type of racing compared to the past, with greater performance gaps between qualifying, when all the car’s potential can be used and the race, when fuel and energy management will be key, whereas up to 2013, tyres were the only main variable.”

Williams FW36 test run (F1 Fanatic via YouTube)

Mute footage of the Williams FW36 running in its new Martini livery.


Comment of the day

@JerseyF1 weighs up who will come out on top between the two Ferrari drivers this year:

I’ve put Raikkonen to beat Alonso, and looking at the current voting a lot of others have too.

I see Raikkonen as an absolutely top class driver who often doesn’t get 100% out of himself.

On the other hand Alonso is a driver who may not have quite the speed or ability (in a simplistic sense) but on the other hand is much more capable of getting the maximum from himself week-in and week out and plays a good thinking game.

The issues of settling into the team aren’t so huge, Raikkonen is a former Ferrari driver and the cars are so completely different to last year that both drivers will have just as much to learn about the new car as the other. Also, Alonso didn’t exactly endear himself to the team with his criticisms over the last couple of years whilst Raikkonen remains Ferrari’s most recent drivers’ champion (who was also a good team player in supporting Massa when needed).

So for me the Ferrari intra-team battle comes down to whether or not Raikonnen peforms to his potential. My feeling is that sharing a team with Alonso could raise his game.

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