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Do Engine and Rule Changes Threaten to Irreparably Damage Formula 1?

Do Engine and Rule Changes Threaten to Irreparably Damage Formula 1?

Never before in the last few months have I read so many articles and statements that have either directly or indirectly posed the imminent downfall of the sport of Formula 1 as a result of recent decisions regarding the sports rules and regulations. From the outset may I say “rightly so”. However I do find … Continue reading

Current Motor Racing Championship Standings

Current Motor Racing News

FIA Formula 1 World Championship
2014 Formula 1 Driver Line-up

Infiniti Red Bull Racing
1. Sebastian Vettel
3. Daniel Ricciardo

Petronas AMG Mercedes
44. Lewis Hamilton
6. Nico Rosberg

Scuderia Ferrari
14. Fernando Alonso
7. Kimi Raikkonen

Lotus F1 Racing
8. Romain Grosjean
13. Pastor Maldonado

McLaren Mercedes
22. Jenson Button
20. Kevin Magnussen

Sahara Force India
27. Nico Hulkenberg
11. Sergio Perez

Sauber Ferrari F1 Team
99. Adrian Sutil
21. Esteban Guittierrez

Toro Rosso F1 Team
25. Jean-Eric Vergne
26. Daniil Kvyat

Williams F1 Team
77. Valterri Bottas
19. Felipe Massa

Marussia F1 Team
17. Jules Bianchi
4. Max Chilton

Caterham F1 Team
10. Kamui Kobayashi
9. Marcus Ericsson

Motor Racing Headlines

Testing is officially over and if the results from both Bahrain and Jerez are anything to go by Renault-powered teams will be lucky to finish the Australian Grand Prix on March 16. Mercedes appear to not only be the quickest cars on the track but also the most reliable, an ominous sign for its competitors. Ferrari appear to have reliability in the works car but this appears to be coming at the expense of pace, considered to be as much as a second a lap slower. Williams appear to be the surprise packet of 2014 while Marussia look set to be the team that may just cash in on the early-season unreliability. Look out for a post-testing, pre-season report to follow.

The FIA has given the green light to award double points for the final round of the 2014 FIA Formula 1 World Championship to be held at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The decision has been met with an overwhelming degree of criticism from the media and fans with Sebastian Vettel declaring the decision as "absurd". The mood amongst commentators such as Ted Kravitz and James Allen appear to be that while being agreed to at this early stage, the implementation of the rule is hardly assured. Look out for the Racefans opinion piece coming soon.

World Endurance Championship

Porsche's New Livery
Porsche have used the Geneva Auto Show to unveil the new livery for the 919 Hybrid that will contest the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours. The silver, white and black livery is dominated by the 'Porsche Intelligent Performance' branding spread across the top of the car. What is somewhat bizarre is that these words do not fit the length of the car. Here's hoping that the other car in the Porsche line up completes the rest of the livery, making for an impressive formation finish should the cars come home first and second and in the appropriate order.

Indycar

The 2014 IZOD Indycar Series will re-commence in St Petersburg on 30 March 2014. The biggest story of the season will be the performance of Juan Pablo Montoya, returning to the sport with Penske racing. After two years of stability with the Dallara DW chassis, a stable line up of winners and increasing personalities in the sport, Indycar is definitely heading in the right direction to recovering the popularity it once held amongst the US fans.

MotoGP

Ducati have made the somewhat controversial, but not surprising decision to enter into the 'Open' category of bike racing in MotoGP next season. The decision, which has already brought criticism from Honda was made on the grounds that Ducati feel the regulations of the new category within MotoGP are the future for the sport. The 'Open' category demands a regulated CPU to be used by all bikes while allowing teams to use more engines, slightly more fuel, and softer tyres during race weekends. Analysis of the new category and the implications of the Ducati decision will feature soon on Racefans.

Aprillia will return to the top category with a works MotoGP bike in 2016 for the first time in 12 years. Since moving out of MotoGP, Aprillia has enjoyed great success in the World Superbike Championship. It has also been successful in the CRT class of MotoGP but this really isn't anything to gloat about as seen by their decision to build proper bikes for the premier category. The announcement comes off the back of Suzuki's earlier announcement that they would be returning to MotoGP in 2015.

Will these announcements, together with an increase in 3 bikes per works team, lure Casey Stoner out of retirement for the 2015 season? Racefans thinks it definitely will and expects an announcement on Stoner's return to the sport mid-way through this year.

V8 Supercars
The V8 Supercars series has made a spectacular opening with an action packed three rounds at the Clipsal 500 on the streets of Adelaide. The weekend saw wins for defending champion Jamie Whincup, Craig Lowndes and James Courtney. More about the changes to the 2014 season to follow soon on Racefans.

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2014 V8 Supercars Clipsal 500

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