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  Formula One, abbreviated to F1 and also known as Grand Prix racing, is the highest class of single-seat open-wheel formula auto racing. It consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix, held on purpose-built circuits or closed city streets, whose results determine two annual World Championships, one for drivers and one for constructors. The cars race at speeds often in excess of 300 km/h (185 mph) with engines that produce, as of 2005, around 950 bhp at just over 19000 rpm.

Red Bull pulls out the computer-generated stops in this video, explaining in amazing graphic detail the changes within Formula One ’s 2014 rulebook . The changes are numerous and extensively alter the race cars ’ makeup, but as Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel elaborate in the short video, will make the cars more powerful, fuel efficient, and safer.

The main changes consist of a new nose, front wing, rear wing, engine, transmission, and enhanced energy recovery system. Starting with the engine, the V-8 and seven-speed transmission are swapped out for a turbocharged 1.6-liter, V-6 and new eight-speed gearbox. The V-6 features a higher compression ratio, a massive turbo and a new rev limiter set to 15,000 rpm. However, teams are now allotted only five complete engines per season rather than eight.

Helping the V-6 out is the energy recovery system. It now has two generator units producing an extra 160 horsepower on top of the 600 horsepower from the engine. The new generator gathers rotational energy from a turbo-like spool within the exhaust system while the carryover generator still uses regenerative braking. Collecting all that power is a battery pack capable of holding 10 times the amount of energy – giving the car 33 seconds of battery power per lap over the 6.6 seconds of the outgoing unit.

The Formula One season begins March 14 in Melbourne, Australia and will continue through the end of November.

Michael Schumacher Suffers Head Injuries in Skiing Accident

It’s been a month since Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident and until now, his family has kept the progress of his recovery out of the media. But a recent report from French sport newspaper L’Equipe is claiming that Schumi could be slowly taken out of his coma.

“After four consecutive weeks of coma following his serious skiing accident of December 29, Michael Schumacher has been placed, according to our information, [in a] phase of gradual awakening," the newspaper reported, citing its own sources.

"It is a slow and uncertain recovery phase in the life that begins for seven time world champion.”

If there’s any truth to this rumor, it is great news and a sigh of relief for a lot of people who have been praying for the recovery of the seven-time Formula One champion. It’s going to be a tough road ahead for Michael and if he’s taken out of his coma, it at least represents the first sign that his health has improved since that fateful day last December.

His team, including manager Sabine Kehm, has refused to make any comments on his current status. But regardless of the information that is or isn’t being relayed, nobody can refute the fact that we’re all on Schumi’s side and we’re all still praying for a safe and speedy recovery.

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Source: AutoWeek
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With the initial preseason testing underway in Jerez, Spain, Ferrari has joined the list of teams who have revealed their cars for the 2014 season of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship,

Named the F14 T after an online poll by Ferrari. Though its new 1.6-liter, V-6 engine is less powerful than last year’s V-8 engine, when combined with the ERS system, this drivetrain will actually produce more peak power than last year’s car. The F14 T features a significantly upgraded design especially up front, as we reported previously .

The F14 T will be driven by Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, which is one of the best driver lineups by any team this year, in our opinion. With Ferrari promising it’s drivers a new LaFerrari if they manage to win the World Championship title, we don’t think we’ll have to worry about not seeing the Ferrari drivers doing all they can to challenge Adrian Newey and his boffins at Red Bull Racing .

Click past the jump to read more about the F14 T.

For the past four years, no team in Formula One has had as much success as Red Bull . With new regulations beginning in 2014 to even the playing field, we’re curious to see how dominant the reigning champs are going to be.

Fortunately, a lot of things still ring true for the team. It still has four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel on its side. It also still has engineer extraordinaire Adrian Newey. And lastly, it still has quite the car at its disposal with the all-new Red Bull RB10 race car .

Those three things have become the team’s recipe for success in the past four years and if any team has any dreams of upending the current champs from top Mt. Formula One, they’ve certainly got their work cut out for them.

To adhere to the new regulations of the sport, the RB10 was designed with a new nose design, new side pods and multi-tiered front wings. As far as performance goes, power comes in the form of a new 1.6-liter, turbocharged V-6. Also included is an Energy Recovery System that provides an electric boost to powertrain on its way to producing a peak output of 750 horsepower.

The design and overall makeup of the car is unique, as expected from somebody like Newey, and good reason suggests that the team engineers have concocted another winning formula that should equate to another title in the coming season .

At least those are the expectations for the team and knowing Vettel, Newey, and the rest of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, it’s going to take a lot to beat them.

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Almost two months from now, the 2014 Season of the FIA Formula One World Championship will be back upon us — March 14th, to be exact. The first race, which will be held in Melbourne, Australia, will bring back the familiar scenes of open-wheel race cars with deafening noise going around in circles, as the teams in their quest for glory try their best to score the maximum points.

However, with all the regulation changes being made for the 2014 season, that’s where the familiarity ends. The 2014 season will see a revolution in Formula 1 with radical changes made to the exterior design, engines, powertrain and aerodynamics features.

With a more stringent set of rules focusing to increase fuel efficiency and at the same time reducing dependence on aerodynamics, 2014 will see a lot of innovation driven by the new, tighter regulations in one of the most technologically advanced racing series in the world.

Read our report on all you need to know that will be different this March when Formula 1 returns and the 2014 schedule after the jump.

Michael Schumacher ends comeback attempt in a Ferrari F1 car

With F1 legend, Michael Schumacher , still in a medically-induced coma stemming from his skiing accident last week, the world has been waiting with baited breath to hear about any sort of positive developments for the man many regard as the finest race car driver in history.

But today is an especially difficult day for the Schumacher family, as Michael should’ve been celebrating his 45th birthday instead of being in a hospital fighting for his life. But like some men who have as devoted a following as Schumi, his fans and former colleagues are rallying behind him in the kind of way that just speaks volumes on the influence he had on them.

For its part, Ferrari has announced plans to pay tribute to its iconic F1 driver by holding a "silent and respectful event" at the Grenoble University Hospital where Schumi is recovering from that unfathomable accident.

The Italian automaker made its plans known on its Facebook page, calling for Ferrari owners to show up with their cars to celebrate Schumacher’s 45th birthday. It’s not the most ideal of circumstances to be holding such a celebration, but the thought and motive behind it are undoubtedly admirable. After all, it’s Schumacher who is largely responsible for Ferrari’s dominant run in Formula One in the last decade no driver, we argue, means more to its team than the man the tifosi call the Maestro.

The event is being scheduled by the Scuderia Ferrari Club and interested owners can contact their local club for additional information in the event they want to attend. It’s a hastily planned tribute, but nothing about this situation has been planned.

On our end, we continue to wish Michael Schumacher a full recovery from this accident. We’re rooting for you, sir, and sincerely hope you win this one last race for your family, friends, and loyal fans.

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Michael Schumacher Suffers Head Injuries in Skiing Accident

Michael Schumacher’s head injuries from his skiing accident in Switzerland appear to be far worse than what was initially reported.

According to a statement released by the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Grenoble, the French hospital where the seven-time Formula One world champion is currently in, Schumacher underwent emergency surgery from his injuries. The injuries were so severe that the statement described it as "head trauma with coma, which required immediate neurosurgical treatment."

Schumacher was skiing at a resort in Meribel, France with his 14-year old son when he lost control in the slopes and hit his head on a rock. The accident occurred at 11:07 AM CET and while initial reports indicated that he was conscious immediately after the injury, it appears that his condition has taken a turn for the worst since then.

Our thoughts and prayers to Michael Schumacher and his family and we pray that he recovers from this ordeal like a true champion that he is.

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Source: ESPN
Ferrari LaFerrari

How’s this for incentive?

It’s no secret that Ferrari is starving to win a Formula One championship after watching Red Bull dominate the series for four years now. Though they won’t admit it, signs of desperation are coming out of Maranello and you don’t need to look further than the team’s decision to bring back Kimi Raikkonen as the new teammate of Fernando Alonso.

Raikkonen and Alonso are without question two of the best drivers in the grid today and according to TheSupercarKids, Ferrari is giving the pair quite an incentive if they win the world championship next year.

If Alonso or Raikkonen take down Sebastian Vettel’s dynastic run at the top of Formula One, both of them will be given a Ferrari LaFerrari . Yeah, the same supercar whose production run is already sold out.

Then again, it seems that Ferrari is more than willing to let its engineers build a couple more for the occasion. Lord knows it’s an important year for the team in Formula One. It hasn’t won a title since Raikkonen in 2007, and if they come up short again next season, it would be seven straight seasons without any hardware to show for all the hard work.

That would also be the longest drought Ferrari has had since that 19-year drought from 1980 through 1999.

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Being Jay Leno comes with many perks, one of which is VIP tickets to the recently held US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. Whereas most of us will be probably get lucky scoring grandstand seats, Leno doesn’t roll like that. He goes inside, deep into the heart of the event, to talk to a variety of individuals who played big roles in bringing Formula One back to U.S. soil.

Leno’s first interview was with renowned German racetrack architect Hermann Tilke, the man responsible for designing what would eventually be known as the Circuit of the Americas. From there, the comedian spends some time with an engineer from McLaren to discuss the finer points of an F1 car. That’s a conversation we’d love to be a part of.

Finally, Leno meets McLaren test driver Oliver Turvey before getting a chance to ride shotgun on a McLaren MP4-12C around the track.

The perks this man gets as one of the world’s foremost celebrity gear heads is downright incredible.

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The promotional buzz surrounding "Rush" is gaining more and more steam with the movie set to be released in theaters in a little over a month’s time.

The Ron Howard-directed movie tells of the intense rivalry between real-life F1 rivals Niki Lauda and James Hunt. But while a lot of people will remember Lauda as the three-time F1 world champion, it’s important to note that Hunt was far from a slouch - he won the 1976 F1 crown - and was a worthy adversary to the Austrian racer.

On that note, the producers couldn’t have cast a better man to play James Hunt than Chris Hemsworth. He’s got the look and the charisma of the former F1 champion and the flair for being one of the most recognized actors in the world today.

This latest promotional video, which is similar to the third trailer released a few weeks ago, is all about James Hunt and the role he played in arguably one of the fiercest Formula One battles in history. Remember James Hunt, people.

He’s earned that respect from us.

Click past the jump to watch the third trailer of Rush

Source: YouTube

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