I thought the last F1 cars were butt ugly, so the 2014 iteration doesn't look significantly worse to me. Although I loved the high-pitched banshee wail of the old naturally aspirated engines, I think I will soon get used to the throatier growl of the new blown engines. To my mind, the sound of a racing engine is the sound of a racing engine. That's faint praise but there it is. Boogity, boogity, boogity, lets go racin'.
To put it gently, a few complications have been created by the new rules:
- Dealing with different, and less stable, handling characteristics caused by narrower wings, greater weight, and God knows what else.
- Discovering different fuel management strategies caused by the reduction in the amount of fuel allowed per race
- Learning how to get the most out of new and utterly different tires
- Mastering the complications caused by the new, highly complex, and so far largely unreliable power systems
I'm sure I have overlooked other and equally critical problems that have to be solved but those on my list are going to be daunting enough. Anybody want to suggest an over/under number of DNFs in Sunday's race?
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