The 2014 Formula 1 World Championship™ has had a complete makeover after modernizing cars, swapping drivers, and changing up the rules and regulations.
As well all know, the point system has been the most controversial change going into the 2014 Formula 1™ season. The double point rule has been all over F1® news and has been overshadowing all of the other major changes going into the season, including these technical modifications that will change the sport from here on out.After all of the talk about this from bloggers, news stations, drivers and every day F1® fans, it’s hard to determine was it the truth and what are opinions.
This article is to help give you some understanding of these changes before the season kicks off in March.
New in 2014: 100kg fuel limit per race
2013: No race fuel limit, using approximately 160kg of fuel per race
Effects: Pit Stops
Explanation: This will now make F1® cars more energy efficient and will call for some new and interesting strategies by teams and drivers. Power unit manufacturers will now have a larger role, along with a car’s fuel sensor accuracy to avoid penalties or exclusions.
New in 2014: 1.6-litre V6 turbo engine, with two ERS systems
2013: 2.4-litre V8 engine and one ERS system
Effects: Sound and Acceleration
Explanation: This will be the first time since 1988 that turbo engines will be used, making less of a sound, but definitely still not quiet. The V6 will now put out around 600bhp rather than the 750bhp of the V8, but the two ERS systems will give the drivers an extra 160bhp per lap. The ERS systems will be located at the rear wheels and will now be activated by the throttle rather than a button.
New in 2014: Minimum weight increased to 690kg
2013: Minimum weight 642kg
Explanation: The 48kg increase in weight was added to make up for the heavier power units. Since every gram counts in this sport, taller and heavier drivers will be affected by this change, including Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson who is already on a driver diet!
New in 2014: Chassis height 525mm / Nose height 185mm
2013: Chasses height 625mm / Nose height 550mm
Effects: Position and Design
Explanation: These heights were drastically reduced due to safety reasons in hopes to prevent cars from launching upward in a nose to rear collision. Changes in switching to from pushrod to pullrod suspension and driver position will be seen. Despite its safety implications, fans and drivers have a lot more to get use to with the radical change in the a F1® car’s look. See for yourself.
New in 2014: Narrower front wing at 1,650mm wide
2013: 1,800mm wide front wing
Explanation: The width of the front wing was changed to reduce the amount of holes in tyres caused by endplates catching the rear tyre of their competitor’s car. This also affects the size and look of wing flaps and endplates to balance the airflow direction.
New in 2014: Shallower rear wing flap and abolition of beam wing
2013: Rear wing flap 20mm larger and included a beam wing
Explanation: The elimination of the beam wing will allow the rear wing to produce less downforce on high-downforce tracks.
New in 2014: Single exhaust with central exit
2013: Two exhaust tailpipes used
Explanation: This type of exhaust will eliminate designers from diverting hot gases into the diffuser to gain downforce during races. Those who mastered exhaust blowing may lose some momentum, while many teams will be relieved.
New in 2014: Eight-speed, fixed ratio gearboxes
2013: Seven-speed, 30 gear ratios
Effects: Strategy and Consistency
Explanation: Teams will now get and addition gear to choose from, but rather than selecting a gear at each race, they now have to select one for each season. The drivers will use only one gearbox for six consecutive events, which will require more in-depth strategies to master a wide range of circuits.