Video summary: Thanks to our friends at Axis of Oversteer for the executive summary.
It was so nice to get back to F1, however some of us here at TLP are disappointed with the sound of the new cars. I think we all knew that the new era of F1 would be different, but to take away the visceral scream of the previous F1 engines just seems to be too much of a change. While watching the race I actually heard the squeal of a front tire lock up, something that has never been possible given the decibel level of previous iterations of the F1 engine. Youtube user Krookzeh has put together a nice comparison of the new and previous sounds.
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It’s only the first race of the season so it’s really hard to determine how things will play out. One thing that’s is clear is that it’s really hard to determine how fast a driver and/or car really are because of the various strategies that have to play out during the race. Normally, tire wear is the major concern, but now with limited fuel for the race, we see teams going to conservation strategies hide the top performance of their race package. Also from our view, the energy recovery system that is initiated under braking has broken the confidence of drivers to out-brake each other in the corners. While the race saw its fair share of passing, it appeared that few, if any, drivers were ready to late brake into a corner even when they had an opening. Until the drivers get more brave or until the new systems are perfected, this phenomenon will likely linger.
Finally, the first race was not without controversy as second place driver, Daniel Riccardo has been excluded from the results due to a fuel flow issue. More can be read on that here.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h32m58.710s
DQ 2.Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault +24.525s 3. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes +26.777s 4. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +30.027s 5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +35.284s 6. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes +47.639s 7. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +50.718s 8. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +57.675s 9. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault +1m00.441s 10. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault +1m03.585s 11. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes +1m25.916s 12. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap 13. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap 14. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari +2 laps 15. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari +8 laps* * Not classified Retirements: Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 43 laps Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 29 laps Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 27 laps Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 3 laps Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2 laps Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 0 laps Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 0 laps In Photos:
Image credit to all: Getty Images/Ker Robertson, Mark Thompson, Robert Cianflone and Clive Mason