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Melbourne, Australia, is the setting for the first race of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship.  This season is already regarded as the most unpredictable of all so far, which we can safely attribute to all the rule changes implemented by the FIA.

The most significant change must be that of the power-plant.  Instead of the old 2.4-litre V8 engines the teams will now use 1.6-litre V6 engines.  They will also have two instead of one KERS systems which will provide a power-boost for 33 seconds per lap.  All these changes will result in the cars using 35% less fuel per race which  I am sure will make the environmentally-conscious happy.  There is also a change to the points system which will see double points being awarded for the last race of the season.  This should keep things interesting until the end.

As far as teams go there were also a couple of changes in personnel.  Mark Webber retired from F1 and is replaced by Daniel Ricciardo who will team up with defending champion Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull.  The other change of note is Felipe Massa leaving Ferrari after eight years of service to join Williams and Kimi Raikkonen leaving Lotus to fill Massa’s seat at Ferrari alongside nemesis Fernando Alonso.  It will be interesting to see how Kimi and Fernando work together.  With both being former champions and both being contenders for the championship it almost reminds me of the Senna-Prost partnership back in the late 80’s.  I’ll keep a close eye on the guys from Maranello this year.

As for Sunday’s race, I would not want to make any predictions.  Team Red Bull has been struggling in the pre-season testing and many believe their dominance is a thing of the past.  The new regulations meant that all the teams had to design and build new systems so we can expect that everything won’t be running smoothly from the word go.  Everything adds up to what should be a very exciting 2014 F1 season which will stretch over 19 races and conclude in Abu Dhabi on the 23rd of November.

Calendar for the 2014 FIA F1 World Championship:

 

Round

Race title

Grand Prix

Circuit

Date

1

2014 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix

Australian Grand Prix

 Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne

16 March

2

2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix

Malaysian Grand Prix

 Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur

30 March

3

2014 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

Bahrain Grand Prix

 Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir

6 April

4

2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix

Chinese Grand Prix

 Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai

20 April

5

Formula 1 Gran Premio de España Pirelli 2014

Spanish Grand Prix

 Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya,Barcelona

11 May

6

Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2014

Monaco Grand Prix

 Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo

25 May

7

Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2014

Canadian Grand Prix

 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal

8 June

8

Formula 1 Großer Preis von Österreich 2014

Austrian Grand Prix

 Red Bull Ring, Spielberg

22 June

9

2014 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix

British Grand Prix

 Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone

6 July

10

Formula 1 Großer Preis Santander von Deutschland 2014

German Grand Prix

 Hockenheimring, Hockenheim

20 July

11

Formula 1 Pirelli Magyar Nagydíj 2014

Hungarian Grand Prix

 Hungaroring, Budapest

27 July

12

2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix

Belgian Grand Prix

 Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps,Francorchamps

24 August

13

Formula 1 Gran Premio d’Italia 2014

Italian Grand Prix

 Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza

7 September

14

2014 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix

Singapore Grand Prix

 Marina Bay Street Circuit, Marina Bay

21 September

15

2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix

Japanese Grand Prix

 Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka

5 October

16

2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix

Russian Grand Prix

 Sochi International Street Circuit,Adlersky City

12 October

17

2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix

United States Grand Prix

 Circuit of the Americas, Austin

2 November

18

Formula 1 Grande Prêmio do Brasil 2014

Brazilian Grand Prix

 Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo

9 November

19

2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

 Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi

23 November

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