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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

More Than Ever… It's A Numbers Game

Formula 1® 2014-style is almost upon us, and if you thought you could track who’s gone where simply by checking out the numbers – think again!

One of the many changes for 2014, and perhaps one of the more curious, is that the governing body, the FIA, has abandoned the time-honoured practice of numbering the cars starting with #1 for the reigning World Champion and continuing in ascending order of the teams’ positions in the previous year’s Constructors World Championship.

Car Launches and Test Dates

Australian Daniel Ricciardo will unveil his 2014 Formula One challenger on 28 January at the first pre-season test at Jerez, Red Bull has confirmed.

The 24-year-old and reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel with reveal the Red Bull RB10 to assembled media just 20 minutes before official testing kicks off at the Spanish circuit.

It will be a busy morning of Formula One team launches, with Mercedes and Caterham also confirming that they will unveil their respective cars on the same day.

Leave Your Mark On The 2014 Ferrari F1 Car

Ferrari is giving fans the chance to choose the designation of the Formula One car that Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will debut at the 2014 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix on 13-16 March.

Supporters can pick their preferred choice out of five options - F14 T, F14 Maranello, F14 Scuderia, F166 Turbo or F616, via the Ferrari website, with the winning option announced on January 24, just one day before the 2014 challenger will be revealed.

To vote, fans can simply head to http://www.ferrari.com

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?

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