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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
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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
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Team F1 Debut
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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
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Team F1 Debut
Career statistics to end 2013
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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.

What's The Point?

If the powers that be have their way, the end of the 2014 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season will have a novel twist to it.

The F1 Strategy Group and the Formula 1 Commission recently announced a plan to award double points for the final race of the season, which at this time is scheduled for Abu Dhabi on November 23.

Behind this initiative, apparently, is the desire to “maximize focus on the Championship until the end of the campaign”, i.e. to ensure that the title race remains alive right up to the final laps of a long and gruelling season.

Daniil Kyvat

Daniil Kyvat
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Team F1 Debut
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When your name is DaniilVyacheslavovich Kvyat, it’s just as well for us Westerners that you like to be called Dany.

Kvyat was born in Ufa, which is in the Russian republic of Bashkortostan, approximately 1000 kilometres due east of Moscow, but moved with his family to Rome to further his racing career.

He will still be 19 when he makes his F1 debut in Melbourne, turning 20 on the weekend of round three in Bahrain.

Kevin Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen
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Team F1 Debut
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Looking back on McLaren’s 50th year in F1 – one of their worst – you might be surprised by what rookie Kevin Magnussen said when his signing was announced.

“I’ll put it simply: this team is the best,” said the young Dane, whose father Jan made his own F1 debut in a McLaren in the Pacific Grand Prix in Japan in 1995.

“It's been my dream to drive for McLaren ever since I was a small kid,” Magnussen Jr. continued, “and it's no exaggeration to say that I've dedicated almost every day of my life to achieving the goal of becoming a McLaren Formula 1 driver.”

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