How the Formula One grid is shaping up for 2014

The Top Three Constructors of 2013

Formula One is the big daddy of all motorsport. There can be no detractors to that statement. It not only stands at the technological pinnacle of all motorsport but also traces its lineage to the very beginning of motorsport itself. When motorsport started off, it was battled out on public roads (with the rise of “Street Racing”, the return of trends is a phenomenon that doesn’t seem to be limited to fashion alone) and since it was free-for-all, quickly resulted in some ludicrously dangerous vehicles. That is when the term formula made its debut in motorsport. This “formula” that has stuck to the name over the years refers to a formula of regulations that must be taken into consideration when each car is designed. In fact, after World War II came to an end, the first set of regulations were tagged as Formula One based on which the premier single-seater motorsport competition sanctioned by Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile derives its appellation; the FIA Formula One World Championship.

“Great to see the family get together over the festive holidays!”

“Great to see the family get together over the festive holidays!”

Over the history of the sport, the formula has radically evolved to accommodate the groundbreaking progress in aerodynamics, electronics and tyre technology. This formula is what differentiates F1 from other non-feeder motorsport competitions. It is because of this ever mutating formula that teams competing in F1 compete on a technical level that teams in all other non-feeder, non-formula motorsports do not. Yet, one non-formula factor remains unchanging and important in all motorsports: the skill of drivers. In fact, in F1, drivers are valued to such an extent that there are two Championships that every team is competing for; Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships. Formula One requires the perfect synergy between man and machine. Only when this is achieved do you see a vehicle and by extension, a team performing at its peak. Only when teams are performing at their peaks do they have a shot at both titles in these cutthroat Grand Prix events.

New regulations that will be coming into play in the year 2014 are vast and varied; from exhaust positioning and nose shape to a new side impact structure, rear brake control and weight limit. The most drastic of them all is the requirement of a 1.6 litre turbocharged engine ushering in a new era in this motorsport. This, quite possibly, throws the Championship wide open for the next season with certain sections of the F1 world relishing this challenge. New Sauber signing, Adrian Sutil even went as far as to say, “I see big chances for smaller teams to reach exceptional results at the early races,” and “maybe a podium is in reach, you never know.”

With the ever present aspirations and new hopes that have arisen, with the generally pumped up atmosphere engulfing the sport and over a couple of months to go before the first bit of rubber burns on the asphalt, let us have a look at how the grid is shaping up for the 65th season of the Formula One World Championship, team by team.

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