The 2014 Formula 1 season is going to be very different this year, very different indeed. The reason being is that there are many major rule changes that may end Red Bull’s dominance. In this post I look into a few of the rule changes.
So, as I mentioned, in 2014, new rules are coming into effect. We’ll talk about the technical regulations.
Firstly, the new engines used are completely different this year. Formula 1 has gone green. Out with the 2.4 litre V8 engines and in with the new 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 engines. These new engines also incorporate an energy recovery system into it’s build.
Secondly, the KERS used from 2009 all the way through to 2013 will be named ERS-K and will also be incorporated into the design of the engine. The amount of power output has been increased. ERS-K will give the drivers an additional 161bhp for thirty-three seconds per lap.
Thirdly, noses are required to be positioned lower. The tip of the nose will have to be no more than 185mm above the ground, compare this to last year where the noses had to be 550mm off the ground.
Finally, fuel saving. This rule I don’t like at all. Fuel will be flow restricted to 100kg per hour above 10,500rpm. The capacity of the new fuel tanks are around 140kg. Unfortunately in the longer races such as Singapore, drivers will need to save fuel if not they won’t finish the race.
Now, if we take all these rule changes into effect what we end up with is pretty much a brand new car. Teams will have to start from scratch. Reliability will be a massive issue early on in the season.
The 2014 Formula 1 season, thankfully, will be different this year. Red Bull may still lead the pack but their lead will be reduced significantly and I can’t wait until we start all over again in Australia on the 14th of March.