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All Up In The Air

Formula 1 Pirelli tyres

That’s just about where the 11 Formula 1® teams’ technical experts find themselves ahead of what Renault Sport has described as “the most significant technical change to hit the sport in more than two decades”.

Of course they all have cloudfuls of data from previous years, both relating to their cars and to the tracks they run on, to help them get ready for the turbo era and all its knock-on effects.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo will run with number three on his car throughout his Formula One career.

Daniel Ricciardo Infiniti Red Bull Racing

New regulations for 2014 have stipulated that all drivers must use the same number, no matter which teams they drive for, during their time in F1.

Ricciardo will line up for his first race for Red Bull at the Australian Grand Prix in March with quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel as his imposing teammate.

Vettel, as reigning titleholder, will use number one this season and revert to five when he is deposed as champion.

Under the rules, drivers can pick numbers from two to 99.

Hawk drops in at Formula One

The legendary Tony Hawk, arguably the most influential skateboarder of all time, will take off-track excitement to new heights when he brings his ‘Tony Hawk and Friends Vert Jam’ sessions to the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Across each of the four-days, Hawk will be joined by some of the best skaters from around the world at the Action Zone, where they will entertain the crowds with a variety of tricks on a massive vertical ramp.

Power Struggles

2014 Mercedes V6 engine

First, a question: who was the last F1 driver to win a World Championship Grand Prix in a turbo-charged car? (answer at end)

Second, a history lesson: turbo-charged engines went out at the end of the 1988 season, when McLaren used Honda power to make Ayrton Senna the World Champion for the first time and to claim the Constructors’ Championship for what was the fourth time in the team’s history to that date.

Esteban Gutierrez

Esteban Gutierrez
Born Origin
Team F1 Debut
Career statistics to end 2013
Race(s) Win(s)
Pole Position(s) Fastest Lap(s)

Sauber has given 22-year-old Gutierrez a second crack at F1 – but only after preferred options Maldonado and Perez ended up elsewhere. The link with Mexican backers Telmex also helped seal a deal in the youngster’s favour, the announcement coming as a pleasant Christmas present on December 21.

Gutierrez earned his stripes with a Formula BMW Europe championship win back in 2009 and has been associated with Sauber ever since. He enjoys a unique place in history as the first winner of the GP3 series in 2010, after which he completed two seasons in GP2.

Movers And Shakers

It’s not so long ago that September was the month for driver moves, with many an announcement coming around the time of the annual visit to Spa-Francorchamps or Monza.

Nowadays, it seems the teams can afford to leave things later than that. So much so that there are still four unconfirmed seats for 2014: one apiece at Sauber and Marussia, and both places at Caterham.

So who’s gone where – and who’s going places in 2014?

Atlantic Group Catering announced as a catering partner of the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix

The Australia Grand Prix Corporation has appointed the Atlantic Group Catering as a major Catering provider for the 2014 and 2015 Formula 1® Australian Grands Prix.

Following a highly competitive race for the coveted role, Atlantic Group will share the international event’s catering, alongside longstanding Australian Grand Prix caterers Rowland Major Events.

The team at Atlantic Group Catering will deliver a fresh, creative & culinary edge to the event and will be revving up taste buds across various corporate boxes and marquees.

Adrian Sutil

Adrian Sutil
Born Origin
Team F1 Debut
Career statistics to end 2013
Race(s) Win(s)
Pole Position(s) Fastest Lap(s)

It’s all about making up for lost time where Adrian Sutil is concerned.

He missed the whole 2012 season after his suspension following an unseemly incident in a night-club, but in a broader sense he has marked time rather than really progressing during his years in F1’s midfield with Force India.

Making a welcome return in 2013, Sutil made a point straight away by scoring six of them in the first race of the season in Melbourne.

Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez
Born Origin
Team F1 Debut
Career statistics to end 2013
Race(s) Win(s)
Pole Position(s) Fastest Lap(s)

So ‘Checo’ is moving to his third team in time for his fourth season in Formula 1.

In 2013, with McLaren, he failed to match the points tally he achieved in his second season with Sauber in 2012: 49 for 11th place overall, when his 66 points in 2012 put him one place higher.

But everyone knows the 2013 McLaren was a disaster from the word go, and 2009 World Champion Jenson Button amassed only 73 points himself in the sister car.

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