Ferrari: We can expect a different type of F1 racing compared to the past 10 March, 2014 Scuderia Ferrari’s Melbourne operation is underway, the two F14 Ts are on the way to Albert Park ahead of Friday’s Australian Grand Prix free practice and de facto 2014 season opener… The two cars for Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will get to the track on Tuesday, where they will be handed over to the team led by Diego Ioverno, Head of Track Operations and Car Assembly. By Thursday they will be ready for the usual FIA scrutineering. There’s a lot of interest in the start of the 2014 season, most of it surrounding the many new aerodynamic regulations, but causing the biggest stir are the new engines. Ferrari’s first ever hybrid F1 engine is known as the 059/3. The power unit as it’s called consists of a 1.6 litre V6 turbo internal combustion engine, with turbos making an F1 comeback after an absence of a quarter of a century, combined with two energy recovery systems, providing around a quarter of the total power output. We can expect a different type of racing compared to the past, with greater performance gaps between qualifying, when all the car’s potential can be used and the race, when fuel and energy management will be key, whereas up to 2013, tyres were the only main variable. The new power unit can use no more than 100 kg of fuel over the course of the race, which requires the power unit to operate at maximum efficiency and in Australia, the engineers will face the challenge of combining the use of the internal combustion turbo engine with the electrical power accumulated in the batteries on each lap. Drivers will have to pay more attention than usual to instructions from the pit wall if they don’t want to end up having to coast round for the final laps in order to reach the finish line. Clearly, all this new technology means that reliability will be key, and the pundits are predicting a very high retirement rate in Australia. In six day’s time we should have a better idea of what to expect. (Ferrari) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsNew Ferrari V6 turbo power unit too heavy and lacking top speedFerrari: Our competitiveness was not acceptable, but we intend to fight our way back up the gridFerrari endure lacklustre start to season with a car desperately lacking paceFerrari: We achieved our objective in terms of reliabilityAlonso, Vettel and Magnussen cleared by stewards after qualiftyingFerrari: Although we managed to complete our programme, it wasn’t trouble-freeMelbourne Free Practice 1: Alonso strikes first but some not ready for season openerRaikkonen: Even if the atmosphere seems a bit different it’s still the same great team2014 F1 Preview: Fire and Ice pairing will keep Ferrari busyRaikkonen: The F14 T seems to be a good car, but the track will tell who is quickest nowhereman I actually have no comment on this, it’s to pathetic. Wait, I just commented….. karlich Gawd… can’t wait for Melbourne so all this speculative, misleading, he said she said talk calms down for a while. Alonso insists racing won’t change as Ferrari expect it to change. Either way, Dennis thinks it won’t disappoint though we know, Bernie’s already disappointed with the new era sound. Lauda and Marko agree that we may see 50% of the field cross the finish line come Melbourne while Magneti Marelli claim as much as 100%. Maldonado assures us that his move to Lotus was “the best decision” but Williams and Symonds are probably having a good laugh just about now. Punters hail Hamilton as the ready baked ’14 champ, but Nico remains adamant. Sebastian keeps telling us not to expect much from the first race, but others keep reminding us of past pre-season flunks that lead to victories come the season kick off race. The media already hail Red Bull’s demise and switch from Renault while the paddock just can’t shake the feeling Red Bull will have their “I’ll be back” prophecy come true. Sunday can’t come too soon! hahaha Ferrari’s first hybrid engine was in the 599 hybrid hahaha Kimi will win melbourne for 3rd time, they were sandbagging. ianchesterton LOL. Oops, wait, so have I. Al Bundi Except that they say “Ferrari’s first ever hybrid F1 engine”. So guess what? He who laughs last, laughs best since 599 “hybrid” is: - not an F1 - not known as you mention but as “HY KERS” - not even a road production car but a concept. Guess the laugh is back on you my friend Al Bundi Ain’t it grand when 2 village idiots like you 2 above, meet one another on the world wide interwebs nowhereman Actually, I viewed this as two very sharp witted people who have tons of brains upstairs compared to some of the 2nd grade literacy majors that haunt this place… lol ianchesterton Don’t you have some customers legs to feel up while you are trying to put them into ill fitting shoes?