Only two teams enter the 2014 season with the same pair of drivers they ran last year, while three outfits – Williams, Toro Rosso and Marussia – have changed engine partners. Those facts alone would make the coming season an intriguing one, but throw in the massive rule changes and there’s plenty of food for thought. Testing showed a clear hierarchy of Mercedes, Ferrari then Renault in terms of the new power units, but it was also apparent that nobody is immune to reliability issues, and that problems in practice and qualifying could prove to be hugely expensive. Here’s our look at how the teams stack up.
While having served as the kickoff to the American Le Mans Series season for the last decade-and-a-half, America’s oldest endurance race takes on new heights this year by playing host to the second round of the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
The 62nd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Live! FOX Sports 1), sees new and returning manufacturers, teams and drivers to the famed 3.7-mile Florida airfield circuit, including one of the largest fields of GT machinery for the once-around-the-clock endurance classic.
Fernando Alonso was in an optimistic mood in Melbourne today, and the Spanish ace says that Ferrari is well prepared for the start of the season – and he’s fully motivated.
“It’s a good challenge this year with all the changes in the regulations and all the possibilities we have in this new championship,” said Alonso. “I’m motivated and I’m ready, and optimistic as well. Every new season you think you can do well, and this year is no different.