F1 » Prost: 2014 F1 season will be fascinating

Former champion Alain Prost predicts that engine regulations changes will lead to a fascinating battle for honours in the 2014 F1 season

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January 02, 2014 9:19 AM

The 2014 regs would probably suit a driver with Prost's strengths perfectly.

Off all the current drivers, Jenson is probably closest to Prost in style ... but I think Seb and Rosberg probably show the most ability to adjust to conditions.


January 02, 2014 9:33 AM

Although as an old timer following the sports I will never agree with such restrictive regulations regarding the new power unit I agree that it is going to be fascinated, cannot be anything less with the sheer complexity of these power units, apart from the reliability factor some of the main points are (1) the ERS power output will be 3D mapped to the engine and controlled by the throttle pedal with the driver having the possibility of selecting a map (when and if permitted) such as 161hp for 33.3 seconds per lap, or 80.5hp for 66.6 seconds, or 40.25hp for 133.2 seconds and so on (2) there will be no press-to-pass button (3) at the start the cars will weigh about 30kg less than last year but will finish the race about 40kg heavier (4) the so called petrol (fuel) war will intensify for having fuel with the best compromise between its weight and volume (5) making the best compromise in the selection of gear ratios which will have to be declared and can only be changed one more time. To


January 02, 2014 9:45 AM

Continued, (6) the race will be run at mostly 10500rpm with a redline set at 12000rpm (7) the turbo boost will not be controlled by the regulations but by the fuel flow (8) the MGU-K is now limited to 50000rpm while the turbo is limited to 125000rpm (9) the MGU-H is about the only part unrestricted as to its output both to the ES, to the turbo and to the MGU-K.
A very complex and expensive set of regulations indeed.


January 02, 2014 6:37 PM

Agree with the comments above. But when we speak about drivers intelligence no one comes close to Alain Prost. As fullofit said maybe Button is a bit closer but he has a narrow range of opearating, so it will be very difficult for him as well. Vettel and the Ferrari drivers maybe can do something more , considering the amazing race craft they have. Rosberg too is very good on these matter so Hamilton might be on trouble next year.


January 03, 2014 10:40 PM

Since the drivers make phenomenal amounts of money compared to the great salaries of the posters, move around in circles and live a lifestyle usually off limit to said posters I would think that the questioning of intelligence might be reversed.

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