HindustanTimes Mon,29 Dec 2014
F1 2013: What to look for
Hindustan Times
March 15, 2013
First Published: 00:30 IST(15/3/2013)
Last Updated: 00:34 IST(15/3/2013)

The off-season got over in a heartbeat. HT gives you a primer for the March to November spectacle.

What’s new?
A little less crowded: HRT F1’s unfortunate demise means that there will be 11 teams and 22 cars on the grid for the Australian GP. It also means that for the first time since 2009, there will be no Indian driver.

‘Knockout’ rules: Due to there being two fewer cars on the grid, it will mean that the six slowest cars will be knocked out after the first of three segments of qualifying.

DRS restrictions: Not the cricket DRS. This stands for Drag Reduction System that was introduced in 2011 to make it easier to overtake. The use of these systems will be restricted to designated areas on a track.

Nose jobs: Fans would have noticed a distinct ‘step’ in the noses of F1 cars last year that weren’t exactly on the pretty side. These can now be covered up by teams if they wish to do so.

What’s the same?
Rules are rules: The technical regulations will remain largely unchanged prior to slight cosmetic changes and a massive overhaul of engine regulations in 2014. It will be the last year that 2.4-litre, V-8 engines will be used. From next year, F1 tracks will roar to the sound of 1.6-litre, V-6 turbocharged engines.

The pecking order: Historically, stability in the regulations usually leads to a maintainence of the status quo in F1. Think back to Michael Schumacher and Ferrari’s clear dominance from 2001 to 2004 before a major shift in tyre regulations in 2005. So expect it to be a close run thing between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso this year.

Cut-throat competition: Seven different drivers won the first seven races of last year’s season and there wasn’t an occassion where you could say the driver in question didn’t deserve it. All those drivers are still in F1 and hungrier than ever to outdo each other.

A little offbeat
Who’s following who?:
Lewis Hamilton has taken to Twitter to the point that he tweeted a photo of his car’s performance data from the Belgian Grand Prix last year. He has continued to give a window to his volatile nature to the public through the micro-blogging site and has ‘unfollowed’ ex-teammate Jenson Button after Hamilton left.

‘Hungry Heidi’: Triple world champion Sebastian Vettel has a habit of giving his cars a moniker and the one for this year’s car has been inspired by German supermodel Heidi Klum.

comment Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of
blog comments powered by Disqus

F1 car vrooms on Rajpath
more »

In the know
Every racer's first step

In this week's column, I thought I would look at the most basic form of motorsport  - Go-Karting. When I was 6 year's old, my parents gave me a small cadet kart as a birthday present. Karun Chandhok writes.

In The Know
One for the road...

As I write on board the flight to Singapore for the Grand Prix, I thought it's a good time to go slightly off track with this week's column and talk about the travel in F1! Karun Chandhok writes. Going the distance
more »

Never thought I'd race in an Indian GP, says Narain

Narain Karthikeyan
"Since the day I started racing, I dreamt of being in the Formula One," said Narain Karthikeyan. "But never in my wildest dream did I think of racing in an Indian GP." That's how the country's first F1 racer wants to sum up his excitement about the upcoming event next month. "It's going to be the most special thing in my life," he added.

Formula One driver regimen

It’s not all glamour for the Formula One drivers who endure demanding conditions while in the cockpit. They’re subjected to incredible wear-and-tear. HT reveals their fitness regimens.

more »
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved