Formula 1 driver’s says that, new V6 powered 2014 F1 cars a bit too slow now, although they are still massively difficult to drive.
Mostly the drivers are struggling with lacking in cornering speed, McLaren speedy Kevin Magnussen was set best lap-time in four day test at Jerez. Remarkably its 4.397s slower than the fastest time at last year’s F1 Jerez test.
2014 Formula 1 regulations have cut down-force and teams are still working hard to get the most from the new V6 turbo engines.
Sauber’s Adrian Sutil said: “We have lost downforce, around 20-30 per cent from last year, and now also the tyres are one step harder. It makes it more difficult all the time.
“It is a shame because F1 is a bit too slow at the moment. From the engine side it is very powerful, so we are not down on the power side, it is nice to drive and nice to have a turbocharger.
“But from the aerodynamics, I think we have to step up a little bit, because F1 should also be quick in the corners.
“And the tyres are just too hard. I don’t understand why they have to be so conservative. I think we can at least have a tyre with decent grip situation.”
Williams driver Felipe Massa says that: “The car is much slower than last year,” explained the Brazilian.
“When you drive on the limit you’re trying to use everything from the car, so when the car is difficult to drive it doesn’t feel so slow, it feels difficult.
“But when it’s easy and grippy, to drive it feels slow even if you have a much quicker lap time.”
McLaren Jenson Button says that GP2 cars may challenge F1 lap times at some circuits until development of the new-generation F1 cars steps up a gear, and also he added that, new Pirelli tyres are also slower.
“They [GP2 cars] will be a lot closer on certain circuits,” Button said. “At high-speed circuits we will be quicker but not that much quicker, but then again this is the first test with a very new package.”
“The medium tyre we think is half a second slower than last year’s medium,” he added. “The cars are also heavier, which is about 1.2s slower through weight. So that’s 1.6s-1.8s already through those two changes. It was always going to be slower.”
Fernando Alonso also admitted that, 2014 F1 cars are slow: “It’s not the same from a physical point of view,” he said. “These cars are easier than Formula 1 has been.
“The forces and speed are less in the corners, but on the other hand there are more parameters to control, more buttons on the steering wheel. There is more criticality in terms of driving and having control of the car in high-speed corners and with traction. It’s just different.
“I’ve driven karts that are half a minute slower than F1 and I still sweated and enjoyed driving. As long as you are driving at the limit, the lap time you do, it doesn’t change the emotional point of view. This car is still fun to drive.”