The complete F1 Fanatic 2014 season preview

2014 F1 season preview

Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Bahrain, 2014With less than 48 hours until the first official race weekend session of 2014, here is the F1 Fanatic season preview in full.

Features

Hope and despair as F1′s new era begins

The best and the worst of Formula One are on show as it enters a new era.

How each driver chose their 2014 race number

The FIA has changed its policy on car numbers for 2014 and allowed each driver to choose their own. Here’s how each driver made their choice.

The team radio messages we can expect in 2014

The dominant themes in last year’s team radio communications and what we can expect will change in the year ahead following F1′s dramatic rules overhaul.

The 2014 F1 rules changes at-a-glance

The biggest rules change in a generation is about to hit Formula One. Get on top of the new technical and sporting regulations with this quick guide.

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Bahrain, 2014Top ten: Driver-team reunions

As Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Hulkenberg rejoin their former teams, here are ten of the most successful driver-team reunions.

2014 F1 season preview: Stats and data

As well as the widely-discussed new engines there are new drivers, new races and a new points system this year. Here’s a look at how F1 is changing in 2014 in numbers.

Introducing F1′s three new drivers for 2014

An introduction to F1′s three new drivers for the 2014 season: Kevin Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat and Marcus Ericsson.

F1 drivers’ 2014 numbers in stats

A closer look at the significance of the numbers F1 drivers have chosen for 2014.

Ten things we want to know about the 2014 season

How will the new cars change the racing? Will Russia’s new track be any good? The questions that hang over the new Formula One season.

The cars of 2014

F1 Fanatic’s 2014 car information and image pages will be updated throughout the year as teams develop their designs and tweak their liveries.

Team previews and driver biographies

Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Bahrain, 2014Red Bull face biggest challenge yet after harsh winter

Red Bull’s testing programme was wrecked by a string of problems with the RB10 which could threatens to end their run of championship success.

Mercedes

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Bahrain, 2014Mercedes could ‘do a Brawn’ – but it’ll be without him

Ross Brawn has prepared Mercedes well to take advantage of the new regulations, but won’t be around to direct their efforts.

Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Bahrain, 2014Ferrari raise their game with “two roosters” in team

Kimi Raikkonen has returned to Ferrari to join Fernando Alonso. The contest between the two will be fascinating but will it return Ferrari to championship-winning ways?

Lotus

Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, Bahrain, 2014Tough year ahead for Lotus after losing top names

Lotus have lost their star driver, their team principal and their top designer but what they haven’t lost is their sense of humour.

McLaren

Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Bahrain, 2014McLaren’s year of transition before Honda reunion

Ron Dennis is back in control of McLaren’s F1 team but they have a year of transition ahead before swapping Mercedes for Honda in 2015.

Force India

Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Bahrain, 2014Force India eye top five with strong driver pairing

Seventh, sixth, seventh, sixth: Force India’s championship finishing positions since 2010. Have they found their level, or can they finally break into the top five?

Sauber

Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, Bahrain, 2014Sauber go conservative after 2013 setback

Sauber scrapped their plans to race Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin and opted for a conservative signing in Adrian Sutil. Will they recover from a disappointing 2013?

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, Bahrain, 2014Toro Rosso struggling after Renault engine switch

Toro Rosso and their new 19-year-old Russian racer Daniil Kvyat face an uphill struggle to get their problematic new Renault-powered car working.

Williams

Williams FW36 livery reveal, 2014Testing pace suggests Williams’ revival is real

Williams had a bad year but they’ve shaken up their technical department, changed engine supplier and hired a Brazilian ex-Ferrari driver. This all sounds very familiar…

Marussia

Jules Bianchi, Marussia, Bahrain, 2014Marussia hoping Ferrari will power them to first points

Marussia enjoyed its best season so far last year and a switch to Ferrari power raises its hopes of finally scoring its first points in F1.

Caterham

Marcus Ericsson, Caterham, Bahrain, 2014Caterham’s “final chance” to deliver points

Caterham owner Tony Fernandes is demanding results from his team as they enter their fifth year in Formula One still yet to score a point.

Videos

Mercedes W05 shakedown test

Daniil Kvyat drives the Toro Rosso STR9 in the wet at Misano

McLaren MP4-29 launch

Fernando Alonso on the Ferrari F14T

Williams FW36 livery reveal

Red Bull RB10 launch

Community

The 2014 F1 season in 20 questions

What does the unpredictable 2014 F1 season have in store for us? Answer these 20 questions on the year ahead.

Daniil Kvyat, Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso STR9, Jerez, 2014Who will win the battle of the team mates in 2014?

Almost every driver on the grid has a new team mate to measure himself against this year. But which driver will come out on top at each team?

Which team has the best-looking car of 2014?

The appearance of the latest generation of Formula One cars has been a major talking point during the off-season for one obvious reason. Which team has the least ugly car?

Who F1 Fanatic readers support at the start of 2014

With the new season upon us it’s time to take a fresh look at who F1 Fanatic readers are rooting for in 2014.

Which team has the best driver line-up for 2014?

All 22 drivers for the 2014 season have been confirmed. Which team has the best line-up? Compare them all.

Organise your 2014 with the F1 Fanatic calendar

The new Formula One season will be upon us soon and with the help of the F1 Fanatic Calendar you can make sure you don’t miss a minute of it.

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5 comments on The complete F1 Fanatic 2014 season preview

  1. spoutnik (@spoutnik) said on 12th March 2014, 11:11

    ha! I can almost smell the rubber already! :)

  2. Jake (@jleigh) said on 12th March 2014, 11:42

    Brilliant stuff as always Keith. Thanks on behalf of all F1 Fanatics for keeping us sane through the winter! Roll on Friday Morning!!

  3. Paul (@frankjaeger) said on 12th March 2014, 14:09

    Thanks for compiling this

  4. OOliver said on 12th March 2014, 16:49

    The last few hours are the longest.

  5. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 13th March 2014, 16:14

    @jleigh @frankjaeger You’re welcome guys, hope you enjoyed this year’s preview.

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