Motor racing: F1 drives into unknown at season-opener
Published on Mar 16, 2014 8:06 AM
MELBOURNE (AFP) - Formula One enters a new and unpredictable era at Sunday's Australian Grand Prix after a change in engines and a limit on fuel left many drivers wondering whether they will reach the finish.
Britain's Lewis Hamilton will start the season-opener on pole after a thrilling qualifying session which most cars escaped unscathed, defying doomsday predictions of widespread mechanical failures.
However, 58 laps of the parkland Melbourne circuit will provide a severe test for the teams which are still adapting to the new, quieter 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engines and their energy recovery systems (ERS).
And the great unknown is how drivers will manage the new 100kg limit on fuel, which represents about two-thirds of the loads consumed previously.
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