Felipe Massa
Mar 24

Photos show ‘submarine’ risk of new F1 noses realized

The rear of Felipe Massa's Williams is lifted into the air his Turn 1 collision at the Australian GP. (Photo: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

The rear of ’s is lifted into the air during his Turn 1 collision at the . (Photo: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

’s pre-season fears about ‘submarining’ cars may have been realized. Red Bull’s criticism of F1′s all-new era had to be heard amid the depth of the reigning world champions’ winter crisis after four consecutive seasons of dominance.

Designer Newey, however, had expressed alarm about the new, low front noses, arguing not only that they are ugly, but they might also be dangerous.

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Mar 13

F1: Alonso Quickest, Hamilton Struggles In First Practice

Fernando Alonso rounds the bend during first practice at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

rounds the bend during first practice at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in Friday’s opening practice for the Australian Grand Prix, while pre-race favorite was one of several drivers to strike trouble as entire field struggled to master their all-new engines and radically redesigned cars ahead of the season opener.

Hamilton was unable to complete a single lap after his engine automatically shut down due to an oil pressure alarm on his first tour of the Albert Park circuit. With repairs to the complex V6 turbo hybrid engines taking much longer than last year’s powertrains, Hamilton was unable to emerge in the next 90 minutes.

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Mar 9

F1: Paddock To Celebrate ‘Popular’ Williams Martini Racing Revival

(Left-right) Drivers Susie Wolff, Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa and Felipe Nasr pose with the new Williams Mercedes FW36 during the Williams F1 Team Launch. (Photo: Getty Images)

(Left-right) Drivers Susie Wolff, , and Felipe Nasr pose with the new FW36 during the F1 Team Launch. (Photo: Getty Images)

If Williams is a force in 2014, almost the entire paddock will celebrate the return of a great.

The newly Mercedes-powered team, having once dominated the sport but not won a title since 1997, has looked a dark horse contender for 2014 during preseason testing.

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Mar 6

F1: Massa Upbeat After Williams Shines In Testing

Valtteri Bottas (L) and Felipe Massa (R) with the FW36 during the Williams Martini Racing Launch. (Photo: Williams Martini Racing/LAT Photographic)

(L) and (R) with the FW36 during the Racing Launch. (Photo: Martini Racing/LAT Photographic)

With Williams shining in winter testing Felipe Massa was in upbeat mood at today’s launch of the team’s new livery.

Williams vied with for top spot on both speed and mileage completed, and the team looks set to be a pacesetter this year.

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