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2014 Point Standings
After Bahrain
Championship Standings:
1 Nico Rosberg 61
2 Lewis Hamilton 50
3 Nico Hulkenberg 28
4 Fernando Alonso 26
5 Jenson Button 23
6 Sebastian Vettel 23
7 Kevin Magnussen 20
8 Valtteri Bottas 18
9 Sergio Perez 16
10 Daniel Ricciardo 12
11 Felipe Massa 12
12 Kimi Raikkonen 7
13 Jean-Eric Vergne 4
14 Daniil Kyvat 3

Wins:
1 Lewis Hamilton 2
2 Nico Rosberg 1

Pole Positions:
1 Lewis Hamilton 2
2 Nico Rosberg 1

Podium Finishes
1 Nico Rosberg 3
2 Lewis Hamilton 2
T3 Jenson Button 1
T3 Kevin Magnussen 1
T3 Sebastian Vettel 1
T3 Sergio Perez 1

Qualifying Average
1 Lewis Hamilton 1.33
2 Nico Rosberg 2.33
3 Daniel Ricciardo 3.33
4 Fernando Alonso 6.33
5 Kevin Magnussen 7.00
6 Kimi Raikkonen 8.00
T7 Nico Hulkenberg 8.67
T7 Sebastian Vettel 8.67
9 Jenson Button 9.33
10 Valterri Bottas 9.67
11 Felipe Massa 10.00
12 Jean-Eric Vergne 10.33
13 Daniil Kyvat 11.33
14 Sergio Perez 11.67
15 Esteban Gutierrez 15.67
16 Adrian Sutil 16.67
17 Romain Grosjean 17.67
18 Kamui Kobayashi 18.00
19 Pastor Maldonado 18.67
20 Jules Bianchi 19.00
21 Max Chilton 20.00
22 Marcus Ericsson 21.00

Fastest Laps:
1 Nico Rosberg 2
2 Lewis Hamilton 1

Laps Led:
1 Lewis Hamilton 110
2 Nico Rosberg 60

Retirements
T1 Pastor Maldonado 2
T1 Marcus Ericsson 2
T1 Adrian Sutil 2
T1 Esteban Gutierrez 2
T1 Jean-Eric Vergne 2
T6 Lewis Hamilton 1
T6 Jules Bianchi 1
T6 Kamui Kobayashi 1
T6 Felipe Massa 1
T6 Romain Grosjean 1
T6 Sebastian Vettel 1
T6 Daniel Ricciardo 1

Times Advancing to Q3
T1 Nico Rosberg 3
T1 Lewis Hamilton 3
T1 Daniel Ricciardo 3
T1 Fernando Alonso 3
T1 Kevin Magnussen 3
T6 Valterri Bottas 2
T6 Kimi Raikkonen 2
T6 Felipe Massa 2
T6 Jenson Button 2
T6 Nico Hulkenberg 2
T11 Sergio Perez 1
T11 Daniil Kyvat 1
T11 Jean-Eric Vergne 1
T11 Sebastian Vettel 1

Manufacturer Statistics:
Constructors Championship:

1 Mercedes 111
2 Force-India Mercedes 44
3 McLaren-Mercedes 43
4 Red Bull-Renault 35
5 Ferrari 33
6 Williams-Mercedes 30
7 Toro-Rosso Renault 7

Wins:
1 Mercedes 3

Pole Positions:
1 Mercedes 3

Podium Finishes
1 Mercedes 5
2 McLaren-Mercedes 2
T3 Red Bull-Renault 1
T3 Force-India Mercedes 1

Fastest Laps:
1 Mercedes 3

Laps Led:
1 Mercedes 170


Qualifying Average by Team:
Rank Constructor Average

1 Mercedes 1.83
2 Red Bull 6.00
3 Ferrari 7.17
4 McLaren-Mercedes 8.17
5 Williams-Mercedes 9.83
6 Force-India Mercedes 10.17
7 Toro-Rosso Renault 10.67
8 Sauber-Ferrari 16.17
9 Lotus-Renault 18.17
T10 Marussia-Ferrari 19.5
T10 Caterham-Renault 19.5

Intra-Team Performance
Qualifying

Red Bull-Renault
Daniel Ricciardo 2
Sebastian Vettel 1

Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton 2
Nico Rosberg 1

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso 2
Kimi Raikkonen 1

Lotus-Renault
Romain Grosjean 3
Pastor Maldonado 0

McLaren-Mercedes
Jenson Button 1
Kevin Magnussen 2

Force India-Mercedes
Nico Hulkenberg 2
Sergio Perez 1

Sauber-Ferrari
Esteban Gutierrez 2
Adrian Sutil 1

Toro Rosso-Renault
Daniil Kyvat 1
Jean-Eric Vergne 2

Williams-Mercedes
Valtteri Bottas 1
Felipe Massa 2

Marussia-Ferrari
Jules Bianchi 2
Max Chilton 1

Caterham-Renault
Marcus Ericcson 0
Kamui Kobayashi 3

Race Performance
Red Bull-Renault
Daniel Ricciardo 1
Sebastian Vettel 2

Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton 2
Nico Rosberg 1

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso 3
Kimi Raikkonen 0

Lotus-Renault
Romain Grosjean 3
Pastor Maldanado 0

McLaren-Mercedes
Jenson Button 2
Kevin Magnussen 1

Force India-Mercedes
Nico Hulkenberg 2
Sergio Perez 1

Sauber-Ferrari
Esteban Gutierrez 0
Adrian Sutil 1

Toro Rosso-Renault
Daniil Kyvat 2
Jean-Eric Vergne 1

Williams-Mercedes
Valtteri Bottas 1
Felipe Massa 2

Marussia-Ferrari
Jules Bianchi 0
Max Chilton 3

Caterham-Renault
Marcus Ericsson 0
Kamui Kobayashi 2
Babies Whine. Girls Scream. Engines Growl

by Stephen Cox
Monday, October 28, 2013

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Jenson Button and Honda Racing in action during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring on July 30, 2006
So the big news from Formula 1 last week was the audio release demonstrating the sound of the new Honda engine. You can listen to it here.

Honda released the audio track to legions of F1 fans who glory in the sound of high revving engines. True enough, there is little in life to beat the enthralling sound of a race engine at fever pitch.

But as I sat in the office last week enjoying my morning Irish breakfast tea and listening to the Honda engine scream on YouTube, a funny thing happened.

Sitting across from my desk, our TV director heard the sound and looked up at me.

“Go kart?”

“Formula One.”

“Well it sounds like a go kart.”

1988 Honda RA168E turbo engine used by the Camel Team Lotus
Personally, I thought it sounded more like an air raid siren. Snooping around online, others likened it to a Husqvarna chainsaw, a vacuum cleaner or a weed whacker, which pretty much sums up the public response.

It's not that Honda's engine sounds bad. And yes, there is a place in the world for the high-pitched whine of a racing engine at full song. I get that. Ferrari has raised it to an art form. And in fairness, once Honda's new engine is out on a race track and under a full load, it will likely sound much better.

But it just seems a shame that everyone in open wheel racing nowadays is emasculating the gnarly, ground-trembling roar of a naturally-aspirated V8, V10 or V12 engine as a matter of course. Please note that I'm not really referring to volume, but tone. Louder isn't necessarily better. NASCAR proved that long ago. I just believe that engines should project an ambiance of power and that fans almost universally respond in a positive manner when it is offered.

IndyCar has regressed to turbocharged V6's. Oh, the shame. Granted, they sound about as good as a V6 will ever sound and they are pleasingly quiet. I didn't even need ear protection while sitting high in Turn 3 at this year's Indianapolis 500. But IndyCar's V6 engines do not sound fearsome or amazing, and they do not exude power.

At first I thought that perhaps I was making too much of this. Then it occurred to me. When people begin comparing the world's most advanced racing engines to weed whackers, we know we have a problem. As Steve Martin told Chevy Chase in The Three Amigos, “This is real.”

Strange to think that this problem is relatively new. Take a listen to these engines. For all the things the Indy Racing League may have done wrong, their engines sounded so horrible fans had to wear ear plugs to avoid hearing loss. And that was some sixteen years ago.

And how about this little beauty? That is the fearsome rumble of a Can Am engine from the early 1970's. Man alive. Race fans had it good back then.

And I would be remiss if I didn't give a nod to short trackers everywhere, whose engines have sung beautifully since the first modern V8 rolled off the assembly over half a century ago. 

Of course, the answer to this nonsensical plague upon the ear is quite simple. The world's most over-regulated sport should stop regulating engines. Run what ya brung, whatever that might be. At least Vince Granatelli’s turbine IndyCar sounded fun and interesting. And anyone who says small engines can't sound amazing hasn't heard Jim Clark's Lotus IndyCar.

Freedom breeds variety, which is its own reward. In an unregulated environment, most engines would sound great. A few might still sound lame. So be it. Race fans will revel in the difference rather than fall asleep to a symphony of sameness. 

Instead of endless engine regulations, every race series should focus on limiting mechanical grip (mandate narrow tires) and aerodynamic grip (eliminate wings). Make all the power you want. The trick is hooking it up.

When that day comes, cars will be sliding again, drivers will be driving again, and Formula 1's latest high-tech engines will no longer be mistaken for a herd of runaway go karts.

Oh, happy day.

Stephen Cox
McGunegill Engine Performance/Boschett Timepieces #31

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