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The Bit-Tech Formula 1 2014 Thread - Round 12: Belgium

Current Standings

Driver's Standings
  1. Rosberg - 202
  2. Hamilton - 191
  3. Ricciardo - 131
Full Standings here

Constructor's Standings
  1. Mercedes - 393
  2. Red Bull - 219
  3. Ferrari - 142
Full Standings here

2014 Calendar

Races shown live on BBC in Blue

28-31 Jan - Pre-season Test #1 - Circuito de Jerez, Jerez - Completed
19-22 Feb - Pre-season Test #2 - Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir - Completed
27 Feb-2 Mar - Pre-season Test #3 - Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir - Completed

13-16 Mar - Australia - Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne - ROS - RIC [DQ] - MAG - BUT
28-30 Mar - Malaysia - Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur - HAM - ROS - VET
4-6 Apr - Bahrain - Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir - HAM - ROS - PER
18-20 Apr - China - Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai - HAM - ROS - ALO
9-11 May - Spain - Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona - HAM - ROS - RIC
22-25 May - Monaco - Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo - ROS - HAM - RIC
6-8 Jun - Canada - Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal - RIC - ROS - VET
20-22 Jun - Austria - Red Bull Ring, Spielberg - ROS - HAM - BOT
4-6 Jul - GB - Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone - HAM - BOT - RIC
18-20 Jul - Germany - Hockenheimring, Hockenheim - ROS - BOT - HAM
25-27 Jul - Hungary - Hungaroring, Budapest - RIC - ALO - HAM

Summer break

22-24 Aug - Belgium - Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps
5-7 Sep - Italy - Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza
19-21 Sep - Singapore - Marina Bay Street Circuit, Marina Bay
3-5 Oct - Japan - Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka
10-12 Oct - Russia - Sochi International Street Circuit, Sochi
31 Oct-2 Nov - United States - Circuit of the Americas, Austin
7-9 Nov - Brazil - Autódromo José Carlos Pace, Săo Paulo
21-23 Nov - Abu Dhabi - Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi


The Teams:

Rookie/New Drivers in Purple, Changes from 2013 in Orange

Caterham F1 Team [Malaysia]
Team Principal: Cyril Abiteboul Christijan Albers
Chassis: CT05
Engine: Renault
9 - Marcus Ericsson [Sweden]
45 - Andre Lotterer [Germany]
10 - Kamui Kobayashi [Japan]

Scuderia Ferrari [Italy]
Team Principal: Stefano Domenicali Marco Mattiacci
Chassis: F14 T
Engine: Ferrari
7 - Kimi Räikkönen [Finland]
14 - Fenando Alonso [Spain]


Sahara Force India F1 Team [India]
Team Principal: Vijay Maliya
Chassis: VJM07
Engine: Mercedes
11 - Sergio Perez [Mexico]
27 - Nico Hulkenberg [Germany]


Lotus F1 Team [UK]
Team Principal: Gerard Lopez
Chassis: E22
Engine: Renault
8 - Romain Grosjean [France]
13 - Pastor Maldonado [Venezuela]

Marussia F1 Team [Russia]
Team Principals: John Booth, Graeme Lowdon
Chassis: MR03
Engine: Ferrari
4 - Max Chilton [UK]
17 - Jules Bianchi [France]


McLaren Mercedes [UK]
Team Principal: Éric Boullier
Chassis: MP4-29
Engine: Mercedes
20 - Kevin Magnussen [Denmark]
22 - Jenson Button [UK]

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team [Germany]
Team Principals: Paddy Lowe, Toto Wolff
Chassis: W05
Engine: Mercedes
6 - Nico Rosberg [Germany]
44 - Lewis Hamilton [UK]

Infiniti Red Bull Racing [Austria]
Team Principal: Christian Horner
Chassis: RB10
Engine: Renault
1 [5] - Sebastian Vettel [Germany]
3 - Daniel Ricciardo [Australia]

Sauber F1 Team [Switzerland]
Team Principal: Monisha Kaltenborn
Chassis: C33
Engine: Ferrari
21 - Esteban Gutierrez [Mexico]
99 - Adrian Sutil [Germany]

Scuderia Torro Rosso [Italy]
Team Principal: Franz Tost
Chassis: STR9
Engine: Renault
25 - Jean-Éric Vergne [France]
26 - Daniil Kvyat [Russia]

Williams F1 Team [UK]
Team Principal: Sir Frank Williams
Chassis: FW36
Engine: Mercedes
19 - Felipe Massa [Brazil]
77 - Valtteri Bottas [Finland]

The Regulation Changes:

Technical Regulations Changes
  • In 2014 the engines will change from 2.4l naturally aspirated V8 engines to 1.6l turbocharged V6s. The rules dictate the use of a ninety-degree engine bank, with fixed crankshaft axis and mounting points for the chassis, while the engines will be limited to 15,000rpm. Individual engine units under the 2014 specifications must last for at least 4,000 km (2,500 mi) before being replaced, in comparison to the pre-2014 engines, which were required to last for just 2,000 km (1,200 mi). Gearboxes will be an 8-speed semi automatic.
  • The Kinetic Energy Recovery System [now referred to as ERS-K] will be incorporated into the design of the engine and its usage increased; its function as a supplementary power source will be taken by the introduction and addition of heat-based energy recovery which captures waste heat as it is dispelled from the exhaust turbocharger. This new ERS unit is connected directly to the drive train and in combination with the ERS-K it will give drivers an additional 161 bhp (120 kW) for thirty-three seconds per lap, compared to 80 bhp (60 kW) for six seconds per lap of the KERS system it replaces.
  • Teams will be able to use electronic braking devices to managing the braking of the rear wheels to cope with the increased power output of the ERS-K units.
  • The 2014 regulations require the use of lower noses than in previous years, in the interests of safety. The front bulkhead has been lowered from 625mm to 520mm and tip of the nose will be lowered to 185mm from 550mm. The new regulations also outlaw the use of the stepped/'platypus' noses seen in 2012 and 2013, thereby forcing teams to design a car with a genuinely lower nose. The front wing will also be narrower at 1650mm [compared to 2013's 1800mm].
  • In order to promote fuel efficiency, fuel will be flow restricted to 100 kg/h above 10,500rpm, below 10,500rpm a formula for the maximum flow must be applied based on the rpm in use.
  • The position of the exhaust outlet will change so that it is now angled upwards toward the rear wing instead of downwards to face the rear diffuser so as to make the practice of using exhaust blown diffusers extremely difficult to achieve.
  • The minimum weight of the cars will increase from 642 kg (1,415 lb) to 690 kg (1,520 lb).
  • The use of false camera mountings will be banned. Teams had previously exploited a loophole in the regulations that allowed them to add additional pieces of bodywork to the car in the place of camera mountings and take advantage of the aerodynamic benefits. From 2014, this loophole will be closed, with the regulations rewritten to only allow camera mountings to be used for cameras.

Sporting Regulations Changes
  • In order to facilitate the introduction of the engine regulations, the FIA proposed rewriting the sporting regulations with regard to winter testing. Under the proposal, winter testing will be brought forward to January to allow for an additional test if it is deemed necessary, with testing venues relocated away from southern Spain to the Middle East with the Losail circuit in Qatar and the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain being put forward as candidate venues to minimise the chances of rain interrupting testing.
  • The Young Driver Tests will be abandoned in favour of a return of mid-season testing. Four European venues will each host a two-day test in the week following the Grand Prix held at the circuit.
  • A "penalty points" system will be introduced for driving offences. Under the system, driving offences would carry a pre-determined points value based on their severity that would be tallied up over the course of a season, with a driver receiving a race ban after accumulating twelve penalty points. Any driver who received a race ban would also receive an additional five penalty points upon their return, as a form of probation to discourage further driving offences.
  • Drivers will only be able to use five engines over the course of a season in 2014, down from eight in 2013. Drivers who use a sixth engine will start the race from pit lane, as opposed to the ten-place grid penalty handed down for going over the engine quota in previous season. In the event that individual elements of the engine unit, including the turbocharger, ERS unit or KERS battery, are replaced, drivers will incur a ten-place grid penalty.
  • Following a series of high-profile incidents involving tyres throughout the 2013 season that culminated in a string of explosive blow-outs at the British Grand Prix, the FIA passed a resolution granting them the power to change the specifications of the tyres used by competitors with immediate effect should the need arise.
  • The pit lane speed limit will be reduced from 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) to 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph).
  • FP1 will be extended by thirty minutes to be two hours in length. Teams will also receive an additional set of tyres for the first practice session at each Grand Prix. The extra set of tyres will only be available for the first thirty minutes of the session, to encourage more running during free practice.
  • A 5-second penalty has been proposed for minor incidents. Exactly what these 'minor incidents' will be is yet to be agreed upon.
  • Double drivers’ and constructors’ points will be awarded at the final race of the Formula One season in order to maximise focus on the Championship until the end of the campaign.
  • Drivers will be able to choose a permanent car number from 2 to 99 which will be used for the entirety of their F1 career, 1 is reserved for the reigning champion to use if the so choose.
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Bets on how quickly Maldonado will get a race ban?!
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Bets on how quickly Maldonado will get a race ban?!
Depends on what the offences are... and if Maldonado is still driving... they may pre-empt it by banning him before the season starts

Also worth pointing out it's not confirmed which [if any] races are on Free-to-air TV in the UK in 2014
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Maldonado hasnt had a ban yet. so probably not.

What a crazy idea, he have new more complicated and comparably untested engines, lets make requirements they be more reliable then the old ones
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Bigjean is confirmed for Lotus in 2014.
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Here is a vid of how the 2014 cars may look, compared to the 2013 ones [site is in German]
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I remember reading some time back that they'd only have one gear ratio setup for the entire season (the discussion was about whether they'd be allowed to alter final drive). Can't remember where that was, though.
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It was confirmed ages ago by Eric Boullier.
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MW lets slip that Perez is all but a done deal for FIndia.

http://www.planetf1.com/news/3213/90...ith-Perez-Deal
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Which would basically mean thats the end of Paul Di Restas F1 career.
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Which would basically mean thats the end of Paul Di Restas F1 career.
PDR and Sutil out. The Hulk and Checco at FI.

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It makes me kinda sad, as that almost definitely means that stupidface Maldonado is racing for Lotus next year.
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Looks like a lot of the 'who goes where' is resting on whether Maldonado goes to Lotus or Sauber.

Maldonado says he'd prefer Lotus but he's been in talks with Sauber as well [I'd prefer he walk off into the sunset never to be seen in F1 again...]
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Vettel for champion, again. 5-6wins, but podiums at almost every race.
Got the championship, 13 wins, oops
Button runner up, 4 or 5 race wins and some mid field anonymity.
double oops
Kimi third.
Triple oops, but I would have been right except for 'back surgery
Perez fourth, two wins, but some crashes, big ones.
lol, I was so optimistic
Rosberg to beat Hamilton, by exactly one place.
Hamilton beat Rosberg by two
Hamilton to win one (and precisely one!) race, throws toys out the pram after qualifying tenth at Monaco.
Correct (kinda), he qualified second at Monaco, but got one win
Webber to slide into retirement as Dr Marko brow beats him all season.
The one thing I got completely right, bugger

Ferrari nowhere, Alonso will have to pull out the stops to be competitive again, but this year will Merc and Lotus will be sailing past them like they didn't last year. They're using Toyota's wind tunnel, that'll go well...
Half right, Ferrari was a dog, Alonso drove his giant Spanish eyebrows off, whilst Mercedes sailed past and Lotus almost did. But second drivers and third contructors is not nowhere
Now for this year!

Vettel to dominate again
Button second (ever the optimist), Mac to unexpectedly win that elusive constructors as Magnussen stomps all over Ricciardo's head
Mercedes in minor chaos as Lauda/Wolff fight each other and Paddy is stuck in the middle
Ferrari in full blown civil war, one or both drivers gone by the end of the year
Lotus to slide back steadily, to Grosjean's enormous frustration, Grosjean to one of the top three for 2015
Williams suddenly at the front of the Midfield with Massa/Bottas as a tag team of awesome
FI to field Perez and Hulkenberg, both to do great impressions of Sutil/PdR and go sports car racing later
Chilton in a Marussia again and surprisingly not awful

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Ideally either someone other then Vettel wins the title, or someone keeps him honest like Alonso did the last season. Newey cars tend to be no compromise so maybe it will take them a few races (4-6) for them to get the package dialled in. But it is hard to see someone really trumping Newey/Vettel.

McLaren, would be nice to see them back on the podium, but I doubt they will get much help from Merc next year, maybe wet wins will be on the cards for Button at best. But are they keeping the new suspension system that was a disaster this year? Hope they do better this time, but in the engine department they may as well be on gardening leave. Looking forward to 2015 for the return of McLaren Honda.
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Vettel to dominate again
Button second (ever the optimist), Mac to unexpectedly win that elusive constructors as Rasmussen stomps all over Ricciardo's head
Mercedes in minor chaos as Lauda/Wolff fight each other and Paddy is stuck in the middle
Ferrari in full blown civil war, one or both drivers gone by the end of the year
Lotus to slide back steadily, to Grosjean's enormous frustration, Grosjean to one of the top three for 2015
Williams suddenly at the front of the Midfield with Massa/Bottas as a tag team of awesome
FI to field Perez and Hulkenberg, both to do great impressions of Sutil/PdR and go sports car racing later
Chilton in a Marussia again and surprisingly not awful

Vettel wins again, not domination though until 2H of the season. More 2010 than 2013.
Dr Marko hands Riccadro a gimp suit to wear from day 1.
Button will be beaten by the Swede, and Macca will again be a mid-field team, albiet this time competing with Lotus, Williams. They will stay there until Shitmarsh goes. Macca don't renew Button's contract in 2015, UNLESS Button gets Honda money. He is a celeb in Japan.
Merc will start strong but flounder as management issues take shape. Lewis will get increasingly pissy about it as season evolves, and eventually Wolff will be pushed out or technical Paddy takes off. Lauda ain't going nowhere.
Ferrari in full-blown melt down from race 2. LDMZ has a heart attack brought on by stress, while Alonso throws a Spanish tantrum worthy of the magnitude of their deficit and Kimi calls it quits again/is shown the door. Alonso takes his money to Macca in Button's place.
Grosjean gets a drive at Ferrari in 2015, but only if Kimi leaves Ferrari. As he's cheaper, Gro gets the drive.
Sauber, god knows. Good team work, but do they have the money to continue development and drivers to compete?
FI have good/great drivers, but **** all talent in the design department and no money, so they only challenge Sauber for the lower places still. Hulk drives the wheels off it, occasionally showing brilliance, while Perez occasionally throws it into the wall. He becomes the new Sutil: quite good but instantly forgettable against the Hulk.

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My predictions:

At least 1 of the 3 engine makers will have horrible reliability issues
People will still be whining about Pirelli's tyres
Someone will have found a rules loophole, and the other teams will bitch about it and try and have it banned [until they can exploit it themselves]
Ricciardo will be average at best in the Red Bull
Merc will implode to some extent if Brawn leaves... Hamilton will go cry in the corner...
Bets will be taken up and down the pit-lane on the likelihood [and outcome] of a punch-up between Kimi and Alonso, Domenicali has a breakdown trying to control them both.
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