Jan 28

F1: Lotus Technical Boss Says ‘Twin’ Nose Is Legal

The Lotus E22 "nose" has a unique design. (Photo: Lotus)

The nose of the Lotus E22 has a unique design. (Photo: Lotus)

Lotus has countered speculation about the legality of its twin-pronged nose by insisting that it is legal.

Technical director Nick Chester said: “As you know, we have passed all the necessary crash tests and we are very confident that our design complies with all the FIA legal requirements. We have just taken an innovative direction, and one that’s different to the other teams. Where there are so many variations in design, there is always bound to be a little talk, but we remain relaxed and focused on our design and progression.”

Jan 28

F1: Wing Failure Sends Hamilton Into Barriers At Jerez

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W05, crashes at Turn One Tuesday 28 Jan 2014. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

Lewis Hamilton crashes during Jerez testing. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

UPDATE: A statement released by Mercedes AMG has confirmed that Lewis Hamilton is “fine” after the impact.

Lewis Hamilton crashed the new Mercedes W05 at Jerez Tuesday after the front wing fell off and went under the car.

Hamilton slid straight on at Turn One, and damaged the front of the car on the tire barrier.

Mercedes earlier unveiled the car for the first time, some four days after Nico Rosberg gave it a brief and private 40kms shakedown at Silverstone. Hamilton continued to put laps on the car Tuesday, in between long stints in the pit lane, before his accident.

Jan 28

F1: Red Bull Releases 2014 RB10 Vehicle

The 2014 Red Bull RB10. (Photo: Courtesy of Red Bull)

Here’s a first glance of the 2014 Red Bull RB10. (Photo: Courtesy of Red Bull)

Infiniti Red Bull Racing on Tuesday revealed the RB10, the challenger for the 2014 Formula One World Championship and the team’s first interpretation of F1’s radical new technical regulations.

Unveiled in the pit lane at the Jerez Circuit ahead of the first day of testing, the RB10 is powered by the Renault Energy F1-2014.

Jan 27

F1: Toro Rosso Questions Lotus Nose Design

2014 Lotus E22. (Photo: Courtesy of Lotus)

2014 Lotus E22. (Photo: Courtesy of Lotus)

Toro Rosso technical director James Key has questioned whether the distinctive ‘twin-prong’ nose seen on the Lotus E22 is within the spirit what was intended by the rules. He acknowledged that it appears to have been accepted as legal by the FIA.

“The Lotus nose needs clarification, but it’s a very clever idea,” he said. “The question really is, is it within the spirit? We’ll see. It’s really down to the FIA and Lotus to discuss that obviously. If they run it, then it’s passed the impact test, and they’re happy.”

Jan 27

F1: 2014 Season Set To Kick Into Gear At Jerez On Tuesday

2014 F1 Pre Season Test 1  Circuito de Jerez, Spain January 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

2014 F1 Pre Season Test 1
Circuito de Jerez, Spain
January 2014.
(Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

The F1 season officially gets underway when testing commences at Jerez Tuesday morning.

The four-day session in Spain is followed by a break of three weeks prior to two further four-day stints in Bahrain late in February, giving teams just 12 days in total to hone their machinery.