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New Formula One weight limits for 2014


The latest news in Formula One is the proposed weight limits, which have been increased to take into account the introduction of new and improved engines. The problem is the new engines are heavier than what was previously envisaged, which naturally leads to an issue with drivers that carry more weight than their competitors. Over the years, Formula One has been trying to make the sport more competitive, with an emphasis on spreading the factors that win races. Recently, it has had a huge amount of focus on tyres and how their management influences pit stops and actual driving strategy. There has been an adverse reaction to some of these changes, with quite a large section of the Formula One world insisting that we going away from driver ability and car performance, which is what after all, is what the true essence of Formula One. I am betting that fans will see these proposals as just another factor taking precedence over drivers.

This season the allowed weight for driver and car has been set at 642kg. With the introduction of the new 1.6 litre V6 turbo engines and energy recovering system being incorporated in 2014, the minimum weight has been revised to 690kg. The unfortunate issue is that most of the additional 48kg will nearly all go towards accommodating the new engines. As a result drivers will have far less kilograms to play with in terms of how much they weigh. It is now a fact that as it stands, every kilogram will equate to approximately 0.035 seconds per lap on an average circuit – relatively quite huge chunk of time.

This ultimately means that smaller drivers will have a definite advantage. For example, Fernando Alonso weighs 68kg and will then have an advantage over Nico Hulkenberg who weighs 74kg. One of the greatest drivers in the sport, Nigel Mansell, is just one the many that voiced their concern over the weight limitations. McLaren’s Jenson Button has also commented on the proposed changes, admitting that he already struggles to meet the current weight limit, as he always has to maintain 74/75kg.

We can only hope the powers-that-be listen to the people on the ground, and give their comments and concerns serious consideration.


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Formula One drivers threaten to withdraw at German GP


It has been confirmed that Formula One drivers have threatened to withdraw from the German Grand Prix if there is another set of tyre failures as seen at Silverstone. The news is not surprising considering what was witnessed at the British Grand Prix and comments made by several of the drivers, including Lewis Hamilton after the race. There were an unprecedented six incidents involving tyre blowouts and failures, one of which arguably cost Lewis Hamilton at the very least a podium finish. This no doubt would have been good news for betting operators, but not great for sports betting fans with money on Lewis to win that weekend.

Some may feel the drivers should not pursue this avenue, but the fact is that the drivers are the ones placing their lives at risk and are in the front line. In light of this, it is understandable that they have their say and express their genuine concerns on aspects of racing that can be life threatening and more importantly can and should be improved. Pirelli and the FIA have reacted to this and to their credit, the tyre manufacturer has changed the tyres for the German Grand Prix.

After the first day of practice for the German GP, there have been repeat of the incidents seen at the British Grand Prix and drivers have been in the main quite happy and pleased with the new set of tyres introduced by Pirelli. lewis Hamilton and Vettel were the fastest drivers from the two practice sessions. Vettel was one of the drivers that confirmed that his team was ‘happy Pirelli brought a new tyre for this event’ and it definitely showed that Pirelli ‘had the flexibility to react in a couple of days’.

Let’s hope that al goes well and the drivers and tyres stand up the extensive scrutiny over the coming weekend.



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Lewis Hamilton moves away from McLaren

It has been confirmed that Lewis Hamilton will be driving for Mercedes from the start of the next Formula One season. Hamilton, 27, signed a three year deal with the Mercedes, and both parties are fully committed to getting back to consistently winning races and titles. Rumours of Lewis’ unhappiness at McLaren and the apparent interest by Ross Brawn and the Mercedes team have been well documented. Eddie Jordan was the first to finally admit what we all suspected, that Hamilton’s Management Team were is serious talks with Mercedes and the McLaren relationship was coming to an end.

At first glance, one may think the move away from McLaren is short lived and only for the money. But this could not be further from the truth. Mercedes is a more well known, global brand; which would be a perfect fit for Hamilton. The new deal will also enable him to increase his activity in the sponsorship and endorsement world – something which was frowned upon at McLaren. More importantly, Brawn has managed to convine the English driver that he will be able to benefit from new chassis and engine regulations in 2014.

There is no doubt that Lewis is one of the most exciting and proven drivers in the business, and with the right car and team there would be nothing to stop him winning races consistently. It is big loss for McLaren who have already announced Perez to be Lewis’ replacement. For Mercedes, Schumacher will make way for the Hamilton, but the verdict is still out as to what the German wants to do in the future. I’m betting that he retires, but still retains some sort of relationship with Mercedes.

For now, we have the Japanese GP to look froward to, with Hamilton online betting favourite at SkyBet, priced at 9/4.

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