Lessons learnt from the second F1 test

01_FerrariHi, I’m Sean and I’m a motorsport-aholic. I might not follow the most race series on my twitter feed, but the ones I am into I have a massive passion for.

Why? For the technology, the drivers’ skill, the sights and the sounds, which all combine to provide the entertainment. And that’s definitely what we’ve had in F1 2014 so far…

Those comical nose structures, reliability issues, drivers complaining the cars are too slow, and a lack of aural drama compared to the screaming engines of last year.

This is good, as it draws spectator interest both at the track and on TV. And from what we’ve learnt during F1 testing so far, this season could be very interesting indeed.

Fans want to see cars sliding around – and more torque from the new 1.6-litre turbocharged V6s and the extra instant burst of energy allowed from the more powerful 2014 ERS system means we’ll see just that.

Couple that to a smaller front wing, producing less downforce, and it also means the 2014 cars actually have less grip, so move about more and test driver skill even further.


On top of this, less reliance on downforce should allow the cars to race each other more closely, as the ‘dirty’, worked air tumbling off the back of the lead racer doesn’t affect the following car’s performance as much.

Secretly, most of us want to see a big engine blow-up, too. For years in F1 now, engine reliability has been incredible. But we want to watch as the leader’s motor lets go on the last lap as they turn the wick up to keep the chasing pack at bay – now that’s real drama, not artificially enhanced racing.

Double points and DRS, eh? Who needs ’em?

MR’s Sean is PistonHead’s motorsport commentator, so you can read his full story on the lessons learnt from the second F1 test in Bahrain. By the sounds of it, what we saw in the desert last week will prove interesting for the year ahead…

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