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Laureus Sportsman of the Year - 2014

This is the 4th year in a row that Sebastian Vettel has been nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award, and this time he carries the trophy back home! 

Congratulations Seb! 

F1 2013 vs F1 2014

This brilliant video was taken by a fan in Melbourne. It compares the sound change F1 has undergone due to the shift from the powerful V8 to V6.

My verdict (probably yours too) - I hate it. I hate that cars for being quiet and not feeling the ground rumble as they approach. Its a sad state of affair to see the best part of F1 being lost to 2 cylinders. If I were really bothered about publicity of the sport and real RACING, (and if I were in the FIA) I would shift back to the V8's.

Learn from the Australian Grand Prix

The Australian Grand Prix marked the first official running on the new turbo-charged V6 engines on full power. The addition of an extra boost system along with a new engine formula and a plethora of aesthetic changes, Formula One in Australia was much less welcomed by the officials who have accused Bernie Ecclestone of a breach of contract. The officials of the Australian Grand prix were in fact angry as the quieter cars erased the "sexiness" of the race implying Melbourne was denied what it paid for. Though the rule changes were scorned by most of the teams much before its implementation, after 2 months of a tumultuous testing, the race day on Sunday has given a hint of the future ahead.

A sight into the near future after the first grand prix of the 2014 season-

1) To be or not to be..

Nico Rosberg displayed amazing pace and consistency during the entire 57 laps. No matter what the conditions- wet or dry, the Mercedes garage is ready to take on the challenge and make the set u…

Australian Grand Prix: Race Report

With no big surprise, Mercedes' Nico Rosberg won the first race of the 2014 Formula One season with ease. The German's comfortable win of over 25 seconds achieved engine manufacturer - Mercedes' 100th 1st place finish. Tables turned around for Rosberg on the first lap of the race with polesitter and teammate Lewis Hamilton's reliability woes saw him pull out of the race. Surviving a safety car period and other numerous yellow flags, Rosberg took the lead and never looked back.

The original second place finisher - suprisingly Daniel Ricciardo -was disqualified from the race for exceeding the fuel flow rate of 100kg/h. The disappointed Aussie's disqualification not only saw the precious 18 points taken away from him and RedBull in the championship, but also leaving Australia with no native driver to have ever been on the home podium. In his place, with brilliant pace and temperament, young Danish Rookie Kevin Magnussen made a podium appearance, grabbing valuable 18 …

Australian Grand Prix: Qualifying


Lewis Hamilton took pole position from Daniel Ricciardo in a nail-biting qualifying session at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Wet weather threw the pre-season form guide out the window, but Hamilton just managed to clinch pole from the resurgent Red Bull. But while Ricciardo shone in front of his home crowd, team-mate and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel will start from 13th after failing to make the grade in Q2. Ricciardo beat Nico Rosberg to the front row by 0.047s as the Red Bull driver gambled on intermediate tyres for his final run while the Mercedes duo played it safe on full wets.

Kevin Magnussen will start fourth in the McLaren, ahead of Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari, who looked strong in the earlier sessions of qualifying but faded in Q3. Jean-Eric Vergne underlined Renault's return to form with the sixth fastest time in the Toro Rosso, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in the Force India, Daniil Kvyat in the second To…

Pre-Race Procedures

Hello, Ola, Bonjour and welcome to the 2014 Formula One world championship. As Lewis Hamilton correctly put it, “This is the year you should watch F1”.

The inactivity in my blog is perfectly explainable. One, I had some big boulderscalled exams on my way. I've never grasped the concept of those things. And two, the 2013-14 winter break was the most active winter break in the history of Formula One. It felt almost like the winter break wasn't there. Unfortunately I never had the time to report all of these things, but for sure the next 2 months I will cover it up.

As I said, the winter break was exciting! it had a lot to do with rings, babies and numbers. To make myself more comprehendible-

Jenson Button finally turned his girlfriend Jessica Michibata into his FiancĂ©e. Congratulations to them! And the other paddock buzzer was that of the reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel becoming a father! It was a real shocker considering the 26 year old German never drops the veil that hi…