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8 things we learned from the Australian Grand Prix

The sport is even more predictable, as expected reliability is an issue, Williams seem to have great pace and more!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

 

March, 19 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - We may only be one race into a new era of Formula One but the Australian Grand Prix taught us a few things.

 

F1 2014 is unpredictable

Who could have predicted those results? We’ve got so used to Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel’s dominance that it was a breath of fresh air to see someone else win.

 

If you thought F1 was unpredictable before, it’s just got even better. Good news for fans, bad news for people playing prediction games.

 

Reliability is an issue

Six drivers retired from the Australian Grand Prix with technical problems, including Kamui Kobayashi who crashed due to rear brake problems.

 

Given the major rule changes this isn’t surprising, only time will tell whether teams continue to have major issues throughout the year or not.

 

That being said though, the teams have done a pretty good job of creating an entirely new car under new rules and regulations in the time given.

 

Fans are divided on the cars new sound

The 2014 cars are noticeably quieter than their predecessors. Some fans hate it and feel it’s too quiet, while others like the new sound and enjoy being able to hear the tyres squealing.

 

The organisers of the Australian Grand Prix certainly aren’t impressed and have told Bernie Ecclestone that the sound, or lack of, might even be a breach of contract!

 

The Mercedes are seriously quick

The Brackley based team topped free practice two and three, took pole position and won the race.

 

If competitors can't get a handle on reliability issues or pace and Mercedes keep their pace up they might just stroll away with the title. 

 

 

Williams appear to have great pace

The past few seasons have been hard for the Grove based team but if Valtteri Bottas’ performance is anything to go by things may be turning around for them.

 

Had he not lost his right rear wheel after touching a wall he could have finished on, or very close, to the podium.

 

His fifth place finish is the team's best result since the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix where Pastor Maldonado finished fifth.

 

Lotus have serious teething problems

Both drivers had issues all weekend and both retired with KERS issues.

 

The laps Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado did during the race outnumbered the mileage they managed to put in during pre-season testing.

 

Kevin Magnussen is one to watch

The MP4-29 appears to be a vast improvement on it’s predecessor, especially in the hands of rookie Magnussen.

 

K-Mag, as the media have taken to calling him, drove a steady race to take third place at his debut F1 race. Ricciardo’s disqualification means that he is promoted to second place.

 

The young Dane is one to watch, though it will be a few races before it becomes clear whether or not he is a serious competitor for the 2014 title.

 

It may be weeks before we know the final results of the race

Red Bull Racing intend to lodge a formal appeal against the stewards to disqualify Ricciardo from the results.

 

It could be weeks before the hearing and before we get a final decision on the results of the Australian Grand Prix.

 

The action packed season opener has given up plenty to talk up until the Malaysian Grand Prix in eight days time.

 

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