RB10 Day 2

Formula 1 Testing


RB10 Day 2

SEBASTIAN VETTEL FLIES BACK HOME AFTER ONLY EIGHT LAPS! RENAULT SPORT GOES INTO PANIC MODE—

Infiniti Red Bull Racing called an early halt to its second day of testing in Jerez after power unit partner Renault Sport F1 reported an energy store issue on the RB10. Focusing on tomorrow’s running, the team opted to suspend today’s outing in order to fully investigate the problem.
 
“Obviously we’ve not had a lot of running and have a few problems to sort out, but with such big rule changes it is usual to have some teething problems. That’s what tests are for, to sort those issues out. The next two days will be important to get some track time to prepare for the tests in Bahrain,” said Sebastian, who now hands the RB10 over to Daniel Ricciardo for the remaining days in Jerez.
 
Race Engineering Co-ordinator Andy Damerum added: “It’s obviously not ideal, but it’s better to take the time to get to the root of the issue, so the decision to stop early today is probably a good one. We did get some track time this morning, however. As I said yesterday, even though it looks brief, the amount of useful data we’re getting back is impressive. We cured the issue we had yesterday and ran that reliably this morning and it will be the same process this evening. It’s a massive learning curve for everyone and it’s simply a case of working through it step by step.”
Kimi F14 T

Formula 1 Testing


Kimi F14 T

RAIKKONEN PUTS THE FERRARI ON TOP DAY ONE OF TESTING AT JEREZ HERE ARE SOME DRIVER QUOTES—

Sergio Perez: “As expected it has been quite a slow day for everybody in Jerez. The main job was to learn as much as possible each time the car went out so that we could identify and solve any issues. It was not really possible to get a feeling for the car because we only did a small number of laps, but the important thing is that the car is up and running.”
Valtteri Bottas: It wasn’t an ideal start to the day but the positive thing is that the team did a great job to fix the problems we found overnight and we got the car working well to complete a few laps this afternoon. The car matched my expectations on track with more torque. It feels like a very different car compared to last year in the way it handles as well as the power. After only a few laps we found a few things we can improve which is also good, so we need to start working on those things tomorrow.
Pos Driver             Team                  Time        Gap     Laps
 1. Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m27.104s            31
 2. Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m27.820s  +0.716s   18
 3. Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m30.082s  +2.978s    7
 4. Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m33.161s  +6.057s   11
 5. Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m36.530s  +9.426s   15
 6. Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.257s  +15.153s   7
 7. Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      No time               3
 8. Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      No time               1
RB10 Front

Formula 1


RB10

RED BULL’S TENTH SEASON STARTS HERE: THE RB10 REVEALED
 
Infiniti Red Bull Racing today revealed the RB10, our challenger for the 2014 Formula One World Championship and our first interpretation of F1’s radical new technical regulations.
 
Unveiled in the pit lane this morning at the Jerez Circuit ahead of the first day of testing, the RB10 is powered by the Renault Energy F1-2014.
 
As a team we have enjoyed hard-fought success in recent years winning the last four Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles. Now the game changes and due to the new regulations, the RB10 has little in common with its predecessors.
 
We’ve loved the last nine seasons, our tenth starts here….
RB10 Front
Photo By: Rolex / Stephan Cooper

24 Hours at Daytona


Photo By: Rolex / Stephan Cooper
Christian Fittipaldi, Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais wave their country flags

WINNERS REWARDED FOR WELL EXECUTED PLANS—
 

The 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona maintained tension right to the finish as a yellow flag 20 minutes from the end shrank the gap between the leading cars. In a race of attrition that saw several top teams fall by the wayside in the closing hours, the #5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP snatched overall victory by a mere 1.461 seconds. In the PC class, the ORECA FLM 9 of CORE autosport took the class victory, while in GTLM and GTD, it was #911 Porsche 911RSR of Porsche North America and #555 Level 5 Motorsport’s Ferrari F458 that topped the podium in their respective classes.

As their opponents licked their wounds following an intense 24 hours, the Action Express driver line up of Portuguese native Joao Barbosa, Brazilian Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastian Bourdais from France celebrated. A winner ten years ago, Fittipaldi hoped his third victory would not take so long. For Bourdais, born in Le Mans, this was his first 24-hour race win: “It’s one of those big races that you just want on your résumé. The guys were prepared. Everybody knew exactly what to do and how to do it, and the execution was perfect. It’s a heck of a feeling and I couldn’t be any happier.”

Team principal Bob Johnson, celebrating his second overall win at the Rolex 24 At Daytona was quick to praise the efforts of second-placed Wayne Taylor Racing: “If we didn’t have competitors like the #10 car it wouldn’t be as much fun.” For Johnson, though, overall victory and his second car finishing third was proof of a job well done: “It sounds arrogant to say I expected to win, but I knew the resources, talent and assets we had, how hard they had worked, how well our drivers had gelled. We had run every session of every test and for the most part were the fastest. That gave me every indication we had something going here.” Joao Barbosa, member of the 2010 overall winning team, was clear too that this win did not happen overnight: “It took a lot of preparation.”

In the PC class the battle was hard fought even if the gap to the next car was over one lap. Driver Colin Braun felt the win was also down to the team’s preparation in the off-season: “We worked really hard to come up with a plan that we wanted to stick with. We came prepared and executed our plan. We were able to stay out of the pits and just stopping for tyres, gas and changing drivers.”

Porsche celebrated a 76th class win at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, with success in GTLM class. The margin of victory was under one second and British driver Nick Tandy seemed in shock at the post race press conference: “We were all strangers more or less when we came to the Test, but now at the end of this weekend we’re the champions. It just goes to show what a good job everybody has done within the team.”

GTD winners Level 5 staked an early claim to their class title, hitting the front in the fifth hour of the race. The team looked relatively secure until dawn this morning when the challenge of #45 Flying Lizard became a real threat. For the next six hours the two cars traded places. Over the final two laps the pair raced side-by-side, neck and neck. For Townsend Bell in his first 24-hour race it was overwhelming: “I’ve never done a 24-hour race. I don’t think I’ve ever gone a day without at least three hours sleep. I didn’t realize how much really goes into it. It’s quite spectacular. What an unbelievable finish.”

The enormity of the winner’s achievement may take a while to sink in, but the validation came as always at the final prize giving with the award of the Champion’s Trophy and the traditional Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.

Provisional Top Three in Class
Pos/Car no./Team/Car/Laps/Fastest Lap/Best Ave. Speed (mph)

Prototype
1/5/Action Express Racing/Corvette DP/695/1:39.180/129.220 (Overall Winner)

2/10/Wayne Taylor Racing/Corvette DP/695/1:39.850/128.353
3/9/Action Express Racing/Corvette DP/695/1:39.830/128.373

PC
1/54/CORE autosport/ORECA FLM09/678/1.43.610/123.695
2/25/8Star Motorsport/ORECA FLM09/677/1:43.962/123.276
3/38/Performance Tech Racing/ORECA FLM09/669/1:43.582/123.728

GTLM
1/911/Porsche North America/Porsche 911 RSR/679/1:44.914/122.157
2/55/BMW Team RLL/BMW Z4 GTE/679/1.45.648/121.308
3/91/SRT Motorsport/SRT Viper GTS-R/675/1:45.147/121.887

GTD
1/555/Level 5 Motorsport/Ferrari 458F/662/1:47.301/119.440
2/45/Flying Lizard Motorsport/Audi R8 LMS/662/1.47.261/119.484
3/58/Snow Racing/Porsche 911GT/662/1.48.856/117.734

Sauber C33

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Sauber C33

SAUBER REVEALS NEW C33–

Sauber has revealed its 2014 Formula 1 car, the Ferrari-engined C33, through a digital launch.

The new C33 features a much gentler slope in the nose than many of its rivals.

Similar to the McLaren that was launched earlier in the week, the 2014 Sauber features a sharp nose where others have opted for flat or even two-pronged.

The new car’s front wing is also noteable smaller due to change in the rules while the team have adopted a twin pylon mounting for the rear.

Explaining the new look, Sauber’s chief designer Eric Gandelin said: “The regulation changes in 2014 are the biggest ever seen in Formula One. They impact on all aspects of the car’s design,” he said.

“The most noticeable change on the chassis and safety side concerns the nose structure where a maximum height for the tip of the nose is now set by the rules. This is to reduce the likelihood of cars launching in the air in case of a front to rear impact. This also reduces the risk of a driver sustaining head injuries, which could happen with the previous higher nose design.

“These changes are combined with a new side impact structure as well, for which the design is now regulated. This means the dimension of the tube and the laminate is now set and the same for all teams. And these tubes are overall much bigger and result in bulkier side pods, especially compared to the very slim side pods, we had on the C32.”

The length of the chassis is also different to last year due to the new rules governing the engine size, a 1.6-litre turbocharged V6, and the new energy recovery system.

“On the engine side the old 2.4 litre naturally aspirated V8 is being replaced by a 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 engine. This is coupled to a much more complex energy recovery system with bigger batteries and now two electric motors,” he added. “Energy is being recovered from both, braking and heat.

“The power generated by the energy recovery system will increase from 60 kilowatts in the past few years to 120 kilowatts with the boost available for 33 seconds. The fuel consumption is being reduced significantly.

“We are now limited to 100 kilograms of fuel from green light to chequered flag. This has resulted in much smaller fuel cells, which impacts the chassis length. On the braking side we have an all-new brake-by-wire system at the rear.”

F14T

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F14T

FERRARI’S 2014 CHALLENGER THE F14 T IS UNVEILED IN MARANELLO—

Drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen were on hand as the Scuderia’s latest Formula 1 challenger was revealed to the world – the F14 T being their response to Formula 1′s radical technical overhaul.

Over a million votes were cast in naming the car but Ferrari will be relying on more than fan power if they’re to make a strong impression, particularly early on in the season.

They have been notoriously slow starters in recent years and although none of their rivals anticipates being quick out of the starting blocks given the array of challenges posed by the switch to 1.6-litre V6 turbo engines and more powerful energy recovery systems, Ferrari are bound to be conscious of their position.

 

The F14 T will be piloted by Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen this year – Picture courtesy of Ferrari

On the plus side, there’s the opinion that ‘works’ teams such as Ferrari and Mercedes will hold an advantage in the race to understand and develop their cars. However, there has also been a feeling in the paddock that the German manufacturer and Renault will deliver more competitive power units.

A particular Achilles heel in recent seasons has been Ferrari’s chassis – as a consequence of their windtunnel, the predictions of which have failed to match up with track performance.

However, after a period spent using a facilty owned by Toyota Motorsport while their own windtunnel was being recalibrated, it is now up and running again.

Furthermore, Ferrari last year secured the services of James Allison, who had overseen Lotus’s strong performances during the past few seasons, who returned to Italy to take the role of Chassis Technical Director.

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