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Why Weren’t Formula 1 Teams Ready for Most Important Preseason Test in Years?

As the first preseason test of the 2014 Formula One season drew to a close at Jerez, one story stood out above all others. It wasn't the launch of the Mercedes W05 (beautiful) or the Red Bull RB10 (also quite attractive). Nor was it the first sighting of the Caterham CT05, which takes the dubious honor of becoming the worst-looking car to grace F1 since the Ensign N179. No, what stood out was that most of the teams were totally unprepared for a day of testing, and it was mostly due to the new "powertrains." The simple old V8s have been consigned to history, replaced by incredibly complex turbocharged V6 hybrid units. Just fitting the engines into the cars and making them work is a challenge, and it seems that this kept most of the teams fro...

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