Formula 1 2014: Start Your Engines

Formula 1 2014: Start Your Engines

The 2014 Formula 1 season is in full swing – and after a stunning victory in Malaysia, former British champion Lewis Hamilton is surely looking to repeat his success in this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Forced to retire in this season’s debut race in Australia due to engine problems, Hamilton managed to control the entire race from a pole position start. He later declared his new Mercedes vehicle ‘the best car’ he had ‘ever driven’.

Turn Up That Racket!

Formula 1 2014: Start Your Engines
Source: “2014 Australian F1 Grand Prix” by J.H Sohn

Only two races in, the championship has already garnered some controversy for a rather bizarre reason – the cars are apparently too quiet!

Having been redesigned for the new season with V6 turbo engines to save fuel and make races more environmentally-friendly, the vehicles now give off a deeper, gentler tone than the screaming engine sounds that all F1 fans know and love.

Race organisers are now concerned that the new engine sound will remove some of the excitement of Formula 1 races and turn away spectators. Organisers at the Australian Grand Prix have even considered suing F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone for breach of contract!

Thrills and Spills

That’s not to say this season’s races are lacking in spectacle – already there have been plenty of hairy incidents on the racetrack. The Australian Grand Prix saw veterans Kamui Kobayashi and Felipe Massa colliding on the first lap, an incident which left Kobayashi with both front wheel supports snapped.

Later in Malaysia, Daniel Ricardo had to stop momentarily after his pit crew accidentally left him with an unattached wheel, then later suffered a broken front wing. Meanwhile, Felipe Massa refused to let his Williams team mate Valtteri Bottas past him on a team order – ironic considering the infamous 2010 incident when he conceded his first place to team mate Fernando Alonso after being given a coded message by his team.

See the Action For Yourself

Formula 1 will be returning to the iconic Silverstone circuit from the 4th to the 6th July, and just like last year Atlas Helicopters will be offering racing fans our VIP helicopter package.

You’ll be flown in luxury to our VIP terminal at the British GP Heliport, where you’ll be treated to a gourmet breakfast buffet and champagne before being transported to the circuit via your own chauffeur-driven car. To find out more, visit out VIP Grand Prix Helicopter Package page or call Atlas Helicopters on 0333 355 9468.

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