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Pre-Season Tests and the Relationship Between Practice and Race Pace

Never before in the history of Formula One has there been so much importance attached to pre-season testing before the start of a new season. The radical regulation changes put in place for the 2014 season means that every team on the grid is entering into the relative unknown as far as engine development is concerned. The switch from normally-aspirated 2.4-litre V8 engines to 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 power units puts a huge onus on cooling the large Energy Reduction Unit (ERS) and turbocharger units that throw out an extra 160 bhp. It means that there is a greater onus on reliability than ever before with Red Bull boss Christian Horner predicting in a recent interview with Bloomberg TV (via Autosport) that as many as half of the field cou...

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