The journey to the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship™ begins once again with Melbourne hosting Round 1 of the season that will see the last five World Champions taking their spot on the grid as they battle for supremacy. See Albert Park transform as it prepares for the motorsport driving elite with home grown hero Daniel Ricciardo leading the charge.
Melbourne will be the first opportunity in 2014 for fans to see new driver line up’s, team car designs and sponsors for the season with the added spice of all new regulations that teams have been working to in the off-season to deliver the new 1.6 litre V6 Turbo power unit replacing the 2.4 litre V8 engines.
This will be the first time since 1988 that a Turbo engine has been used in Formula 1®. The V6 Turbo is expected to have approximately 600 horse power and will rev up to 15,000 rpm. Adding further intrigue to the season, teams were limited to eight engines in 2013; however, this has been reduced to five engines over the course of the 2014 season.
The Kinetic Energy Recovery system has been re-imagined in the new regulations with the ERS (Energy Recovery System) designed and built into the engine for the first time. Energy from the turbo exhaust as well as energy from the braking is stored in electric motor generator units to give the car a boost of up to 160 horsepower for 33 seconds per lap.
Exhaust systems have changed to move away from ‘exhaust blown diffusers’ by having a single exit in the centreline of the car angled up to the rear wing. With these exhaust changes the cars will look different in comparison to last season, with a new nose design to be introduced with a lower tip.
|2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix|
|TEAM||DRIVER NUMBER||DRIVER||DRIVER NUMBER||DRIVER|
|Red Bull||1||Sebastian Vettel||3||Daniel Ricciardo|
|Mercedes||6||Nico Rosberg||44||Lewis Hamilton|
|Ferrari||14||Fernando Alonso||7||Kimi Raikkonen|
|Lotus F1||8||Romain Grosjean||13||Pastor Maldonado|
|McLaren||22||Jenson Button||20||Kevin Magnussen|
|Force India||27||Nico Hulkenberg||11||Sergio Perez|
|Sauber||99||Adrian Sutil||21||Esteban Gutierrez|
|Toro Rosso||25||Jean Eric Vergne||26||Daniil Kyvat|
|Williams||77||Valtteri Bottas||19||Felipe Massa|
|Marussia||17||Jules Bianchi||4||Max Chilton|
|Caterham||10||Kamui Kobayashi||9||Marcus Ericsson|