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
5) Qualifying will actually be exciting this year
Qualifying on Saturday, like the race on Sunday, starts at 0600. So you will have no chance to lie-in at all this weekend. And it will be the first time we'll really get to see the pace and the relative pace of the 2014 field.
Fears from the first test in Jerez in January that the new cars were not fast enough were soon allayed when, in the second test in Bahrain, they were quickly on the race pace of the 2013 Grand Prix, and eventually less than a second off the pace of the pole lap. This, remember, with significantly less downforce at the rear (where there is no lower beam wing and absolutely no diffuser blowing) and at the front (where the wing is narrower). And Pat Symonds told us he believed teams were sandbagging in Bahrain, although maybe not as much as in previous years.
Best of all, the format for qualifying has changed to ensure Q3 - now extended to 12 minutes - delivers. Drivers will now start the race on the tyres they used in Q2, not Q3, and an extra set of tyres will be made available to the ten cars that make it through.