Fernando Alonso insists F1 racing style will not change in 2014

Fernando Alonso does not expect the style of racing in Formula 1 to be different in 2014, despite the major changes to the technical regulations for this season

Fernando Alonso insists F1 racing style will not change in 2014

F1 is preparing for a new era with 1.6-litre turbocharged engines and new aerodynamic specifications that have made the cars look different to their predecessors.

But, with pre-season testing now complete, Alonso believes that the changes to the cars for this year will not have a big effect on the racing.

"There's not a big difference with last year," he said. "In terms of driving style there's nothing big.

"We were saving the tyres from lap one of the stints last year, and we are saving the tyres from lap one this year. That's no different.

"I don't think things will change that much, but obviously the cars are slower."

The two-time world champion hinted that he is not impressed with the prospect of F1 being slower over a race distance this year.

"The cars have less downforce, and in the race they have less power because you have to manage the battery a little bit more than in qualifying," he said.

"All these things make the race much slower over the full distance. We like to drive fast cars, not slow ones."

F1 2014 is not too slow

While Alonso does not expect the differences in races to be huge, he admitted in Bahrain that the behaviour of the new engines takes a lot of getting used to.

"Definitely it's different, all though the speeds and the straights," he said of the new 'power unit'.

"On the exit of the corner the driveability is different because the turbo is coming in so you need to anticipate when the power will come.

"There is also the power on the straight that feels a little bit different. The KERS is doing a lot of work.

"Today we have nearly double the (ERS) power so that is a lot of push when it is active. It's definitely strange."

For the full lowdown on all the 2014 Formula 1 technical and format changes, grab a copy of AUTOSPORT's F1 season guide magazine

shares
comments
Romain Grosjean says Australian GP no F1 test session for Lotus
Previous article

Romain Grosjean says Australian GP no F1 test session for Lotus

Next article

McLaren boss Ron Dennis against cost cap plan for F1

McLaren boss Ron Dennis against cost cap plan for F1
Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone? Plus

Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone?

For the first time in many years, none of the local racers starts among the favourites for the British Grand Prix. But George Russell, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris could have reasons for optimism

Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return

Max Verstappen is the world’s number one racing driver… and he’s determined to keep it that way. Speaking exclusively to GP Racing's OLEG KARPOV, the Red Bull driver explains why he’s relishing the 2022 championship battle with Charles Leclerc – and why he’s not worried about returning to Silverstone, the scene of the biggest accident of his career last year

Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team Plus

Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team

On Tuesday, Red Bull laid out its plans to develop and build a new hypercar - the RB17 - penned by Adrian Newey. As the project itself sates Newey as a creative outlet, it also offers Red Bull's Formula 1 team a number of new and exciting avenues to pursue

What to expect from Mercedes as F1 returns to Silverstone Plus

What to expect from Mercedes as F1 returns to Silverstone

OPINION: The British Grand Prix is a home event for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, with their Mercedes team based just a few miles away too. But there’s another reason why the Silver Arrows squad is eager to arrive at Silverstone this weekend, which may help it fix its remaining problems with its 2022 Formula 1 challenger

Formula 1
Jun 29, 2022
The “solemn promise” that cost quiet hero Brooks an F1 title Plus

The “solemn promise” that cost quiet hero Brooks an F1 title

After two terrifying crashes, one of the best British racers of the 1950s retired before his career peaked. But that’s why GP Racing’s MAURICE HAMILTON was able to speak to Tony Brooks in 2014. Like his friend Stirling Moss, Brooks was regarded as one of the best drivers never to have won the world championship. Here, as our tribute to Brooks who died last month, is that interview in full

Formula 1
Jun 27, 2022
Inside the Faenza facility where AlphaTauri’s F1 pragmatic vision is realised Plus

Inside the Faenza facility where AlphaTauri’s F1 pragmatic vision is realised

AlphaTauri’s mission in F1 is to sell clothes and train young drivers rather than win the championship – but you still need a cutting-edge factory to do that. Team boss Franz Tost takes GP Racing’s OLEG KARPOV on a guided tour of a facility that’s continuing to grow

Formula 1
Jun 26, 2022
Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons Plus

Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons

Gilles Villeneuve's exploits behind the wheel of a Ferrari made him a legend to the tifosi, even 40 years after his death. The team's current Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc enjoys a similar status, and recently got behind the wheel of a very special car from the French-Canadian’s career

Formula 1
Jun 24, 2022
How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock Plus

How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock

Porpoising has become the key talking point during the 2022 Formula 1 season, as teams battle to come to terms with it. An FIA technical directive ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix and a second stay appearing on the Mercedes cars only served to create a bigger debate and raise tensions further

Formula 1
Jun 23, 2022