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Assessing Likelihood of an F1 Midfield Team Breaking Through in 2014

The recent first pre-season test of the 2014 season at Jerez in Spain went a long way to proving that the radical new engine and aero regulations could shake up the grid as never before. With previous seasons, teams knew more or less what was going to happen with the engine regulations staying the same and only minor tweaks to aerodynamic regulations and tyre compounds. It was therefore easier to predict the status quo, with teams preparing evolutions of their previous incarnations. Only McLaren chose to tear up the rule book with a complete redesign of their car last season with disastrous consequences. But the switch from 2.4-litre V8 engines to 1.6-litre V6 turbo power plants now represents a step into the unknown for every te...

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