Ten reasons to watch F1 in 2014
The new season is finally upon us, and NOBODY knows what’s going to happen. Great, isn’t it?
Posted: 14 Mar 2014
2) The new cars need DRIVING
The reliability issues every team has suffered means the drivers are still actually learning how to drive these cars. And they are complex hybrids that deliver 60 per cent more torque than the 2.4-litre V8s, but need fuel-managing to deliver the parallel 30 per cent improvement in efficiency.
What we do know is that 500NM of torque is going to demand the kind of visible car control we have not seen in long time. Modifications to the rear wing and an exhaust exit way behind the diffuser means not only less downforce, but less heat around the rear of the cars, which in any case now feature smaller rear brake discs. Getting heat in to the rear tyres was a problem across the test. So that's huge torque, less downforce and less grip. That means lots more sideways action. Which is a good thing.