Sport news site on Formula One 2014 new era as Malaysia GP looms

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Formula One is back on our screens but not as we know it and the raft of changes have impacted the first Grand Prix as the predictability of the Red Bull dominated era is challenged.

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Changes needed to be made and it’s going to be a difficult transition this season but F1 needs to be competitive and challenging again.

Four-time world Champion Vettel promised to come out fighting despite admitting that for the first time in years the car is not currently the best on the grid, for the first time Vettel will need to show that his four championship wins were as much about him as they were the car. The Australian GP has barely given him an opportunity to challenge that assumption as the car failed to last the course but the same was also true for Hamilton who suffered a similar mechanical retirement just a few laps in. What will be encouraging for Vettel was the performance of his team-mates car despite a later DQ.

The neutral has been crying out for excitement, for racing, for the old Formula One to return with greater competitiveness, more thrills and less, well, Bull. The new rules have been designed to make the cars less imbalanced, to provide more overtaking power and to add a level of unpredictability with less fuel, less engines and gearboxes, reduced downforce and a completely new power plant. The advanced technology is still there with a new Energy Recovery System (ERS) which recovers more than just the kinetic energy of the old KERS system. The available power is also much greater and able to be used over longer distances.

Head of Operations at DSG, Matthew Tait had this to say: “It’s unclear yet if the new era will deliver the cut and thrust of an exciting championship but the unpredictability of the mechanics and the reduced downforce of the cars is making the cars more of a challenge to drive. The only real complaint levelled at the ‘new era’ is that the ear-splitting scream of the V8 has gone to the disappointment at least of the Australian Grand Prix organisers and F1 Supremo Ecclestone. I think the jury will be out for a while but I am sure that Formula One will be better for it in the long run.”

Jason Hope, Content Manager of DSG believes that is the perfect venue for the new Formula One era. “Changes needed to be made and it’s going to be a difficult transition this season, but F1 needs to be competitive and challenging again; it should never have been down to car alone, it should be a hard title to win and I think this season it will be.“

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