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SBD Global/March 14, 2014/Events and Attractions
Cities Line Up To Host Formula One Grand Prix Despite Fragile Economy
Published March 14, 2014
A NEW ERA: Also in London, Simon Gray reported the three drivers who will start a Grand Prix for the first time in Melbourne this weekend "will be acutely aware that Formula One is an environment with little mercy for rookies who fail to prove their worth rapidly." McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen, Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat and Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson "will be under pressure to deliver results." The shortlived F1 experience of Giedo van der Garde and another '13 rookie, Marussia’s Max Chilton, "is a cautionary tale for the three newcomers." They can "take heart" from Esteban Gutierrez, who after an unpromising start at Sauber "kept his seat with a series of excellent late-season performances," and Valtteri Bottas, who has "shown his ability in preseason testing of the much improved 2014 Williams" (FT, 3/13). In Sydney, Chip Le Grand wrote "gone are the V8s, banished to the scrapyard like so many Australian-made sedans." In their place "is the turbocharged six, with all manner of electronic wizardry providing extra power from other parts of the car." No "more need for ear plugs." Gone "is the piercing F1 whine, replaced by a lower, throaty grumble." All the talk "is of torque, bucketloads of it, a surplus in any gear." Former world champion Jenson Button: “There is so much power at your disposal the whole time, there is so much torque. I have never driven a racing car with torque before in my whole career. So this is new to most of us" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 3/14).