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Jan 24

F1: First running of new era for Mercedes, Force India and Toro Rosso

Nico Rosberg was the first driver to test the new Mercedes W05. Photo Credit: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Nico Rosberg was the first driver to test the new Mercedes W05. Photo Credit: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Nico Rosberg gave the new Mercedes W05 its first shakedown laps at Silverstone on Friday, prior to the car’s official launch at Jerez on Tuesday morning.

“The new F1 W05, powered by the PU106A Hybrid Power Unit, opened a new era of Formula One at 14:21 this afternoon when it left the garage for the first time in cold but dry conditions at Silverstone,” the team said in a statement. “Driven by Nico Rosberg, the car completed a total of 40 km before dusk at 16:30.”

Jan 24

F1: Ferrari Fans Vote ‘F14 T’ As Name Of 2014 Car

Ferrari 2014 F1 vehicle name has been selected by fans. (Photo: Courtesy of Ferrari)

Ferrari 2014 F1 vehicle name has been selected by fans. (Photo: Courtesy of Ferrari)

Ferrari says that its new car will be named F14 T after an online ballot received over a million responses.

“It’s nice to know the name of the car has been chosen by our fans,” said team boss Stefano Domenicali. “The amazing number of votes shows just how popular Ferrari has always been and this will be, as always, a further impetus for us to do well this year.”

Ferrari says that there were a total of 1,123,741 votes. The winning margin was 19,104 or 1.7%, with F166 Turbo just losing out. Third was F14 Scuderia, followed by F14 Maranello and F616.

The car will be launched online on Saturday. Cynics have been quick to point out that the name can also easily be read as ‘FIAT’…

Jan 24

Rolex 24: IMSA To Enforce ‘Anti-Sandbagging’ Rule During Competition

IMSA will tighten up performance expectations during racing events in 2014 season. (Photo: John Dagys)

IMSA will tighten up performance expectations during racing events in 2014 season. (Photo: John Dagys)

Teams competing in this weekend’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona could be in for a late-race surprise, should they be deemed to have not shown their full hand in the run-up to the around-the-clock endurance classic.

IMSA has put into place a new rule that effectively penalizes a team or manufacturer that is found to be sandbagging, with a minimum stop-and-hold plus five-minute in-race penalty for anyone displaying a level of performance beyond the expected result.

Jan 24

Rolex 24: New Leader-Lights ID System to Debut

New leader lights ID system to debut in Rolex 24 at Daytona. (Photo: John Dagys)

New leader-lights ID system to debut in Rolex 24 at Daytona. (Photo: John Dagys)

As a new era of North American sports car racing dawns, fans trackside and following TUDOR United SportsCar Championship races from home will have a new way of keeping track of their favorite teams’ position in each race.

This weekend’s season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona will see the debut of a new leader-lights system, which will be installed on all 67 cars that are set to take part in the around-the-clock endurance classic.

Developed by motorsports electronics company SPAA05.com, the cutting-edge system displays each car’s running order through a LED display panel installed on the car.

Jan 24

F1: Lotus Shows First Pic Of New Lotus E22

Lotus E22. (Photo: Lotus F1)

Lotus E22. (Photo: Lotus F1)

In an apparent case of ambush marketing Lotus has timed the release of the first image of its E22 to co-incide with the McLaren launch. The car appears to have a different take on the nose section compared with other cars seen so far, with an unusual twin-pronged approach.

The team issued the image just as McLaren was unveiling its car online in what was clearly an attempt to gain some positive PR just hours after Lotus revealed that team principal Eric Boullier was leaving – possibly for a new job at McLaren.

The car now carries the logos of Pastor Maldonado’s sponsor PDVSA, while a new deal with Yotaphone was announced today. Coca-Cola brand Burn appears to be missing.