Renault Sport insists that it has got to the bottom of the problems suffered in Australia.
Although three of its cars made the points, the other five Renault powered cars failed to see the flag, albeit for a variety of reasons.
After the brilliant form which saw him win five of the last seven races of last season, Jorge Lorenzo had a disastrous start to his 2014 campaign on Sunday in Qatar.
The 2010 and 2012 MotoGP™ World Champion crashed out of the opening Grand Prix of the year on the first lap, having made a trademark stunning start from fifth on the grid to grab the hole-shot into Turn 1.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) reports that its hauler carrying Graham Rahal’s No. 15 race cars, to be driven during the 2014 season opener at St. Petersburg this weekend, caught fire Monday night.
The fire took place in Louisville, Ky. Yet, thanks to the efforts of transporter drivers Phil Davis and Paul Sheehan, and the Zoneton Fire Protection team, the cars and most of the racing equipment was not damaged.
The sound of the 2014 F1 power units has been a subject of debate since the Australian GP, and a negative reaction from fans has hardly come as a surprise. Melbourne F1 boss Ron Walker was quick to join the debate, complaining that he didn’t get the show that he’d signed up for.
In fact, as long as seven years ago the FIA was made aware that engine noise could be an issue once the sport switched to turbo power.
Adrian Newey’s pre-season fears about ‘submarining’ Formula 1 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.