Hybrid Engines Now The Norm for 2014 Formula One Cars
The 2014 Formula One season opened with a bang the previous weekend, with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne resulting in a handful of upsets for various teams.
While the Renault-powered Red Bull team had dominated both drivers’ and constructors’ championships for the past three seasons, changes in engine technology and configuration have proven disastrous for the team, so far. First, defending champion Sebastian Vettel retired early in the race due to engine trouble. Then, podium-finisher Daniel Riccardio was disqualified from placing second due to fuel-flow restriction non-compliance.
In particular, regulation changes have resulted in drastically re-designed engines starting this season: from naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter V8 engines to turbo-charged 1.6-liter V6 engine in hybrid configurations.
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