It’s finally time for formula 1 to start again in the new season. After the introduction of completely new engines with advanced hybrid technology last year, the technical changes this year are within manageable limits. With the stability of the regulation, it should actually be possible for Mercedes’s followers to catch up with the 2014 still massive backlog. However, the analyses of the test runs cast doubt on this. p>
But since such analyses often remind us of the famous coffee set reading, only after some races, when the teams have put all the cards on the table, will we see the real picture.
From a technical point of view, the most striking are the new vehicle noses with a rather classical shape. It is precisely in this area that the teams have introduced a great deal of detailed work. Until just before the first test runs were developed, some even ran the risk of failing the prescribed crash test and thus missed these so important, since rare, test runs. p>
In general, an attempt was made to get a vehicle wet as short as possible to start. While it is becoming increasingly difficult to pass the crash test with a shorter running nose on the one hand, on the other hand it offers clear advantages from an aerodynamic point of view – often it is a small cable lacquer.
More news was reported with the sporting regulation that determines the course. The already small quota of engines per season has been further reduced. If you use more than the approved four units, there will be penalties in the starting position. This and other measures –so a gearbox must now hold six races –should at least keep the costs in check.
Another change in the regulation, the softening of the so-called engine homologation (the freezing of engine development during the season), however, causes exactly the opposite, because it increases costs.
Does Hamilton have his private worries under control?
The fan is likely to notice the newly introduced Virtual Safety Car (VSC). Simply put, for example, after an accident, while the route posts at the accident site take care of the injured person, a safety car phase can be triggered without the real safety car going on the route. However, drivers still have to react to the illuminated signs on the side of the line and walk away from the gas. All of this is a reaction to the accident that happened in Suzuka last year and in which Jules Bianchi was seriously injured when he got into an unsafe rescue vehicle.
As much as everything remained the same as usual in terms of regulations, there was plenty of movement on the Trans-Farm Market. Sebastian Vettel switches from his Red Bull team to Formula One, Ferrari after a growing season. He takes the place of Fernando Alonso, who returns to his former team McLaren.
But not only the drivers changed their employer, many technicians also sought a new challenge. Especially in Ferrari, hardly any position remained untouched. It is to be expected that such a personnel fluctuation will bring turmoil to the team and that the new people will have to find a unity for the first time.
The current top team of formula 1, Mercedes, does exactly the opposite in terms of personnel strategy. With continuity and stability, you give the team members the chance to fully develop their abilities without having to worry too much about their own future. whether Lewis Hamilton is in control of his private restlessness and can concentrate on his actual task as a driver. At teammate Nico Rosberg, on the other hand, the question arises as to whether he has drawn his consequences from last year’s WM defeat and learned to add to it, or whether he has received the decisive blow in his career development.