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Le Championnat 2015 s’annonce. Comme chaque année, vous recherchez le guide de la saison à venir qui vous permettra de découvrir les équipes, les pilotes ou encore les nouveautés qui accompagneront ce calendrier de 20 Grands Prix…
Diffusé à plus de 15.000 exemplaires chaque saison depuis 2011, il était temps que le « Guide F1″ évolue ! Cette version 2015 est donc plus épurée, plus travaillée et surtout plus informative. De nouvelles rubriques voient ainsi le jour : Les changements lors de ce Championnat 2015, un article présentant le contexte politique de la discipline, le calendrier indiquant les horaires des Grands Prix, un tableau vous permettant de découvrir en une page les comptes Facebook et Twitter des 20 pilotes titulaires. Sans oublier les traditionnelles fiches vous présentant les pilotes titulaires ainsi que les équipes (avec les particularités des monoplaces et le moteur propulsant ces nouvelles voitures de course).
Les changements en 2015 ? Le retour du motoriste Honda dans le Championnat F1. Ajoutons également, l’arrivée dans le calendrier du Grand Prix du Mexique à Mexico (prévu au mois de novembre). Côté transferts, Fernando Alonso retrouve l’équipe McLaren, Max Verstappen et Carlos Sainz Jr composeront le nouveau line-up de la Scuderia Toro Rosso. Enfin, quelques petits nouveaux débuteront en Formule 1 : Felipe Nasr (Sauber F1 Team), Will Stevens (Manor F1 Team), Roberto Merhi (Manor F1 Team) et Carmen Jorda (pilote de développement Lotus F1 Team). Ces multiples ingrédients devraient rendre la saison encore plus intéressante…
Twenty years after his death, Ayrton Senna remains the model of two drivers Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. One and the other seeking three championships pilot world. A quest worthy of the absolute.
When, last year Sebastian Vettel won his fourth world title in a row, the temptation to see the German pilot target the championship record of Michael Schumacher (7 titles) has crossed their minds. The Red Bull driver has also not hidden his desire would be to match (not to exceed) Schumacher.
But for Lewis Hamilton, currently leading the drivers world championship in 2014, the goal is to get only three titles. On the TV channel Sky Sports F1, Hamilton admitted that his ambition would be to get as many titles as world champion Ayrton Senna, before the end of his career.
The economic crisis becomes a crisis of competitiveness for most teams. An opportunity to place a new piece in the vast game of the future taking shape before our eyes. Out with the principle of « constructor » set up there 20 years.
Monza meeting between Bernie Ecclestone, Jean Todt and team leaders is only part of a game whose aim is broader: Out with the definition established in 1992 the principle of « constructor « . A set which is now the cause of the weakening of F1.
The passion that surrounds the contractual terms of Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari is the result of deliberate. This season the 2007 world champion receives a salary of € 22 million in the BusinessBookGP2014 (see here), the equivalent of his teammate Fernando Alonso. Giving the image of equality. Except that the next season of the Finnish contract is more complex.
First, Kimi Raikkonen has signed for two years (2014, 2015), but a particular option led to the following condition: Starting a specified time (estimated at 31 July), if Ferrari is not included in the three first in the constructors’ championship, the driver could leave or redefine his contract. A set of options that salary Kimi Raikkonen is already set at €30 million for season 2015.
Indeed, Luca di Montezemolo made his calculations and includes in its perspective to attract and reassure the hiring Kimi Raikkonen is an expensive investment. If Ferrari finished 4th in the championship, the prospect of a salary to the lower world champion 2007 in favor of the Italian team (in case no outside alternative is given to the driver). Otherwise not.
Remains the most delicate part of the contract. The status of Kimi Raikkonen. As the last world champion Ferrari he wished technical equality, essential in his view, is respected. At the same time, to balance the sensitivities, Montezemolo has provided a strategic advantage to Fernando Alonso in 2014. Next year the Finnish contractually want full equality of treatment with its crew, not wanting to get into the Italian game interview he had in the past.
What transforms President Luca di Montezemolo magician. His strategy has always been the same for two decades. It uses the time of contract renewal to establish a precarious balance that desire for the Scuderia. Except that the contract situation of Kimi Raikkonen (and renewal of Fernando Alonso) will impose a different management.
Remember the ultimatum of Red Bull boss at Renault, dated from March and was two months . Without any changes, the Austrian brand considering its interests first. Knowing that a break with Renault F1 Team would cost approximately € 50 million. Note that Helmut Marko was not hiding in Spain that the delay by Renault will not be filled for several years.
The first motor track is Mercedes-Benz. Discussions took place between Mateschitz and Lauda. Person between good companies. Austrian German brand is not against the idea (to replace McLaren on the board ). But come to a halt CEO of Daimler, Dieter Zetsche , who explained that it will provide its engines when Red Bull manufacture cars. Curious statement , given that Force India has no intention to get into the car. This statement could be brittle finally ironic to disturb the game, so as not to offend the French.
Red Bull Racing the problem is twofold. The deal signed between Renault and Lotus earlier this year has not really appreciated by the Austrians. The other problem is called Infiniti. The Japanese car manufacturer has rejected the proposed deal with Red Bull Racing. The latter was to invest more money in both the team and to Renault Sport F1. A solution of early termination is in the air, allowing to obtain the turbocharged Mercedes in 2015. This break with Infiniti , Red Bull will cost about 40 million euros.
In total, the 2014 season of Red Bull Racing could cost about 100 million euros to get the Mercedes-Benz engine in 2015. Austrian brand has the means. Especially if it keeps Adrian Newey and Sebastian Vettel until 2017 and become competitive quickly.
« We say we are the rules taking into account the evolution of technology. What is the pinnacle of motorsport ? This is Formula 1. So Formula 1 must take into account the evolution of the industry , otherwise it will not stay on top of motorsport. « Indicated there one week Jean Todt in The Telegraph. The same reasons dictated the rule change in 1954.
1951, the Federation announced the rule change for 1954 with the introduction of the 2.5L engine A fragile situation , as Alfa Romeo did not want to develop a new car and announced its withdrawal in 1952 . The English were in arrears with their car at the time. Mercedes- Benz wanted regulatory changes quickly and were only Ferrari with its V12 4.5 L. This explains why in 1952 and 1953 2L F2 were the new Formula 1. And enter into force new regulations in 1954. The latter was chosen, not in the intention of reducing the speeds of Grand Prix cars , as was the case in the past , but to encourage research aspirated engines . The objective was intended to better serve the engineers to produce cars of mass, instead of developing compressor engines that were far from the reality of the moment.
The same choice was made for the Formula 1 2014. Honda communicates the efficient aspect of its future engine. Mercedes- Benz uses engineers developing hybrid products of mass to solve the technical problem of the F1 engine.
1954 regulations remained in force until 1960 and this was the basis of a major change in Formula 1. Indeed, there has been significant advances in engine performance (first time 100cv/litre were crossed) . Mercedes- Benz , BRM , Lancia , Bugatti, Vanvall , Ferrari, Maserati , Lotus, Cooper, Aston Martin etc … we tried the formula at the time. Especially in the last three years Cooper has revolutionized the design of F1 with the rear central engine and the redefinition of the status of manufacturer, forever.
Jean Todt said he wanted the engine Power Unit should remain in place until 2020. Hopefully when this new regulation suggests the future with a new major change in Formula 1. Towards a new design?
Yesterday, on ServusTV, Niki Lauda said the turbo engine power Mercedes 2014 was 580hp. Helmut Marko said he would like to have as much power with the Renault engine.
Here is the 2014 engine power:
- Mercedes-Benz : 740hp
- Ferrari : 720hp
- Renault : 700hp