Its raining F1 cars! Yesterday came the debut of McLaren’s MP4-30 and today the world gets its first look at Scuderia Ferrari’s new SF15-T chassis. In case you were wondering the “T” stands for turbo… This new chassis definitely cuts a striking silhouette. At first glance it may not seem all that different from last year’s car but once you really let your eyes pour over it you start to see the subtle differences. However, one very noticeable difference is the removal of the weird nose that most 2014 cars had do to some silly rule. Now the design goes back to a sloping more simplistic nose piece. In addition to showing off their new car’s lines, Ferrari also dropped a few specs as well.
The SF15-T weighs 1547lbs with driver and fluids, the engine has 1.6 liters (or 1600 cc’s) of displacement, the engine redlines at 15,000rpms, and its transmission has 8 forward gears plus reverse. According to Ferrari the SF15-T took 250,000 total manufacturing hours to complete, is made up of 20,000 square meters of carbon fiber, 100 different metal alloys, and its drivetrain (engine and transmission) comprises of 20,000 different parts. If you are wondering how Ferrari’s engineers came up with the SF15-T’s shape, it probably hand something to do with the 1,500 hours it spent in a wind tunnel.
All in all I think its safe to say that a lot of time and work went into Ferrari’s new chassis. The question is can Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen capitalize on it? Ah time will tell! In the meantime, click on the thumbnails for larger pictures of the SF15-T. You can also hit the source link below for a dedicated microsite that is full of videos and other interactive tidbits.
Early in the A.M. (4am for me to be exact) right after Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso went to the future (see previous post), McLaren Honda finally revealed their 2015 chassis dubbed MP4-30. This was significant for two reasons. The first is that this officially launches the rebirth of one of F1’s storied partnerships in McLaren and Honda. It also marks one of the first times that a car reveal was done exclusively over social media. That’s right, there was no press conference gala at the McLaren HQ. The reveal was done by live posting by McLaren via their social media channels (twitter, facebook, instagram), and their website. I think it was a pretty neat concept to do it this way but I am not so sure other teams will follow suit.
Anyhow you can finally see the new McLaren Honda in all its glory by clicking on any of the thumbnails or watching the intro video below. What do you think of it? I was kind of hoping they would go back to a white and red color scheme like the MP46. I think the colors they chose look great but since they aren’t associated with Mercedes anymore, why hang on to the silver? Oh well, either way it still looks pretty fresh. Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments or tweet us at @MotorworldHype
If the classic movie Back To The Future has taught us anything, its that the “future” officially happens in a little under 10 months away on October 21st 2015 at 7:28pm. However, that fact didn’t stop McLaren Automotive, Jenson Button, and Fernando Alonso to gloriously recreate one of the most iconic scenes in BTTF but naturally, a McLaren 650S plays the part of the time machine rather than a Delorean. Where will Jenson and Fernando go? To an epic F1 race of the past? A hovercraft race in the future? Watch the flick below to find out. Trust me, its worth it!
There is no more F1 racing until next year. This really, really sucks if you’re an F1 fan like me. Luckily, Codemasters has been filling the void for years with their F1 video game franchise. F1 2014 is the last game for “last gen” consoles (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3) before they move on to the new kids on the block Xbox One and PlayStation 4. So, is it worth it to take one more ride before upgrading? Well, I have put together a pros and cons review for you to help you form your own opinion. Check it out below!
Did you miss the final race of the 2014 Formula 1 season this weekend? Did you forget to DVR it? Have you some how avoided all forms of mass media and actually have no idea what happened or who won? All of these things are very unlikely but hell I am going to go ahead and post this anyway. Scroll down to learn who won the final race of the season and more importantly who captured the championship. There is also a quick race recap courtesy of NBC Sports.
WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!
1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Felipe Massa
3rd: Valtteri Bottas
Lewis Hamilton is the 2014 Formula One World Champion!
The second to last race of the 2014 Formula One season is in the books! Please tell me you didn’t…seriously?! Missed it? OK, I will help you out yet again! It was quite a race in Brazil and tensions were definitely high. You sure you want to know the results? Alright, scroll down for spoilers and a quick race recap from NBC Sports.
WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!!!
1st: Nico Rosberg
2nd: Lewis Hamilton
3rd: Felipe Massa
It was definitely a crazy race and the phrase of the day was tire degradation as the Pirelli tires took a beating on the Integlagos asphalt and that provided hardship for just about every team on the grid. Tire wear definitely played a part in everyone’s strategy today. For a recap check out the video below from NBC Sports.
For us American F1 fans the USGP is the biggest race of the year so if you missed it then it better be because you had one hell of a Halloween! Is that what happened? Are you sure? OK, I believe you …this time… Anyhow this race was also important for a few other reasons. It was the third to the last race of this season and this was a chance for Nico Rosberg to catch up to his teammate Lewis Hamilton in championship points. On the constructor’s side, Williams-Mercedes was hunting for a good performance to keep them ahead of Ferrari for third place in the constructor’s championship. Ready to find out what happened? Alright go ahead and scroll down.
WARNING! SPOILERS BELOW!
1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Nico Rosberg
3rd: Daniel Riccardo
Yes, Lewis Hamilton got his second win at the Circuit Of The America’s over the weekend and deservedly so. With Nico winning the pole position and Lewis suffering from brake problems during qualifying and during the first half of the race it looked like Nico would get the better of his rival on this weekend. However a well-timed pit-stop by Lewis’ crew and a set of fresh tires was all the Brit needed to take the fight to Nico and over take him around the mid point of the race and stay ahead to get his 5th win in a row and to earn his 32nd career win. Lewis’ win over the weekend officially makes him the most successful British F1 driver in the sport’s history.
Lewis is now 24 points ahead of Nico Rosberg going into the next race in Brazil and normally it would look pretty firmly locked up but we should all remember that this year the last race (in Abu Dhabi) champion points are doubled. Thus, a first place finish in the last race is worth 50 points rather than 25 points and so on. So if Lewis makes a just a small mistake in the next two races, Nico has a very good chance to make a last minute run at the 2014 title. Count on tensions being high at these last two races of the season!
Instead of my normal “quick result” post on the F1 results this weekend, unfortunately I have some bad news to report. During the Japanese Grand Prix, Marussia F1 driver Jules Bianchi was involved in a severe collision near the end of what was already a pretty sketchy race. With a typhoon looming over Japan the Suzuka circuit was wet for most of the weekend. In fact the race was red flagged once in the beginning of the event due to a significant down-pour. When the rain let off the FIA decided to resume the race but later on the rains returned once again drenching the track.
Because of the tricky conditions Adrian Sutil lost control at turn 7, going off course and getting stuck in the run-off area. The race continued with a local yellow in that area but fears began to grow that Sutil may have been seriously injured. A recovery vehicle with a crane was deployed to extract Sutil’s car from the run off but during that time Jules Bianchi also lost control in turn 7 but instead of going into the run off his car went towards the scene of the accident at high speed and collided with the recovery vehicle.
Once the medical team and track workers reached Bianchi and realized the extent of his injuries they called for another red flag and eventually called the race with less than 10 laps to go. Rather than air-lift Bianchi to the local hospital he was taken via ambulance with police escort. There are conflicting reports that an air-lift was declined due to the weather conditions. Bianchi was unconscious upon arrival and immediately underwent brain surgery for what was described as a “severe head injury”
After surgery Jules was moved to the intensive care unit and is said to be breathing on his own, which is good news. Although the full extent of his injuries are still unknown and will probably remain that way for sometime while the driver recovers.
I can tell already that in the coming weeks there will be heated discussions about this incident in regards to who was to blame, what should have been done, what needs to be done in the future, etc. I say as long as it all remains objective, rational, respectful, and civil bring it on. Hopefully, this horrible occurrence will result in rules, regulations, or innovations that will increase the already advanced safety of Formula 1.
As for the results of the race, Lewis Hamilton was awarded the victory as he was in front when the race was called. Nico Rosberg earned second place and Sebastian Vettel got third. Naturally the podium ceremony was very much subdued from is normal fanfare.
As soon as any updates are reported from credible sources I will try to update this post as well. For now my thoughts are with Jules Bianchi, his family, friends, and the Marussia F1 team.
The next Formula One game from Codemasters is coming this October (a month earlier than usual) and we are going to present to you four reasons why we have high hopes for this game. Check out the four “hot lap” videos below taken from actual game play as a preview of things to come. Naturally, should we get a copy we will do a full review of F1 2014 and let you know if its worth purchasing. For now we are pretty optimistic! Now stop reading and start watching below!
Formula One finally returned from its summer break this weekend as it made its return to the extremely fast Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. If you missed it, well things were uneventful for the most part unless you count the part where Nico Rosberg totally sliced Lewis Hamilton’s tire with his front end plate basically ruining the race for his closest rival in the points championship. Oh, does that interest you? Well you will find a quick video on that below and I am sure you will here more about it later. As you can imagine everyone on the Mercedes GP team is pissed, especially at the revelation that Nico himself admitted that he did it to “prove a point”! Dramaaaaa! Anyhow, you will also find the race results and a highlight reel. Check it all out below then discuss it at the watercooler.
1st: Daniel Ricciardo
2nd: Nico Rosberg
3rd: Valtteri Bottas