F1 – New season. New rules.

January 22, 2014 • Motorsports, News

The unveiling of the new MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One championship car is days away, but the 2014 season will introduce new challenges for both the cars and drivers.

It is a new era in the sport as the 2.4 litre V8 engine has retired after eight seasons and in its place sits a 1.6 litre V6 turbo engine. The new engine provides 620hp, compared to 780hp from the V8, however the more effective use of the energy recovery system or Ers, formerly known as Kers, could increase the total power to 840hp.

The look of the car will also be different to previous seasons with a narrower front wing, lower front nose and a smaller rear wing.

It’s not just the cars that are changing; the new rules look back to the older days of the sport with the reintroduction of driver’s maintaining the same number for the entirety of their career, with number one reserved each season for the Driver’s World Champion.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton chose to sport number 44, his junior karting number, while Nico Rosberg opted for number six, his fiancé’s and Dad’s lucky number. However, the team’s focus will all be on number one.

Eight of the 22 cars on the grid will have Mercedes power as, along with MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Sahara Force India, McLaren Mercedes and Williams F1 Team will all be using Mercedes engines in 2014.

The launch of the new MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS championship contending car will take place on 28 January in Jerez, Spain on the first day of testing.

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