Thursday, February 6, 2014

F1: 2014 Winter Testing begins with a Whimper...



Having just returned from Kona on the first day of Formula 1's first winter test, naturally I'm way behind 'N playin' Ketsup on Der Vurld de Motorsporten, Ja Volt! As apparently the theme of the first vaunted winter test should be the esteemed Whimpey, who'll gladly pay Y'all Thursday for a normally aspirated V8 'lump today; Hya!

As here's a very brief  look at a side-by-side comparison of the 2014 vs. '13 F1 cassis, as I'll try to find some more definitive rule changes later - while I enjoyed 'JENSE'S (Button) take upon the new car by saying it has  a nice noise from inside the cockpit and feels like it's the most powerful car he's ever driven but it's NOT! Which I  believe is due to the V-6's torquiness; not to mention many teams calling their new racecars UGLY! Oh brother, here we go again, eh?


And as Grizzled Journo' Joe Saward and countless others will tells Yuh, do NOT read a whole lot into winter testing, as after all there's a reason they call I-T the "Winter Olympics." Yet nevertheless, it was a rather embarrassing start for Formula 1's new vaunted returned to turbocharging era with the lack of cars running on Day-1, whilst surely le 'Reggie (Renault) runners must be concerned with their troubled reliability issues, especially red Bull whose had nothing but heartache so far...


DAY 1 RESULTS
Although probably not overly telling, nevertheless I'm sure thee original "Iceman," nee Kimi Raikkonen enjoyed seeing his name atop the time sheets upon his return to la Scuderia...



DAY 2 RESULTS
Whoa Nellie, McLaren actually got their Merc-powered MP4-29 to fire-up and Britain's Bloody 'JENSE took it to the top of the time sheets on Day-2 in Jerez...



DAY 3 RESULTS
'MAGS Jr. leapt to the top of the timing queue on Day-3 in what was billed as an impressive Formula 1 Debut for the Danish rookie Gran Primo Piloto, as Red bull continued its disastrous test outing with its Renault 'lump going poof! And it's nice to see Massa's name near the top of the time sheets once again, but will it last?



DAY 4 RESULTS
The final day of F1's first winter test was a wet one which saw a bemusing switch of fortunes with Felipe Massa topping the time sheets for "Team 'Willy" (Williams) with his ex-team-mate "Fredrico Suave," aka Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari F14T nipping at his heels in second, whilst the Red Bull Boyz packed up early after another miserable day of testing... 


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