Did you miss out on any of these articles during 2014? Catch up on some of F1 Fanatic’s best and most popular offerings this year.
Technology and rules
McLaren’s interim Honda test car.
A rare look at genuine F1 telemetry data.
Getting to grips with Formula One’s radical new engines.
Hamilton was just the latest driver to shrug off a call to let his team mate past.
Severe new radio restriction were proposed but they were later relaxed.
The World Endurance Championship isn’t just attracting drivers like Nico Hulkenberg – Nissan became the latest manufacturer to commit to a factory effort.
Not everyone thought the new engines were too quiet – many fans who visited races said they preferred them.
A less-heralded aspect of the 2014 regulations saw a reduction in rear-end downforce – but teams worked hard to get it back.
Talking points of 2014
Verstappen’s forthcoming F1 debut was announced when he was just 16 years old, and the FIA later introduced a new age limit on F1 drivers.
Mercedes strived to put their drivers on an equal footing, but in Hungary they ended up ordering one to let the other past.
Rosberg’s car trouble in the final race was just the last in a string of failures to affect the championship contenders.
Vettel’s decision to leave Red Bull led to the team promoting Daniil Kvyat.
A first glimpse of the 2014 cars in action.
“If the cracks which developed in the relationship between Alonso and Ferrari last year continue to spread, it could be a different chapter from 2005 which is replayed: Alonso announcing a surprise change of teams – perhaps even a return to McLaren.”
1994 F1 season flashback
- 1994: Remembering the year everything changed
- 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix: Schumacher wins, Senna spins and Brundle has an incredible escape
- 1994 Pacific Grand Prix: Schumacher wins again as traction control row brews
- 1994 San Marino Grand Prix Friday: Barrichello survives horror crash as F1’s darkest weekend begins
- 1994 San Marino Grand Prix Saturday: Ratzenberger’s death stuns F1
- 1994 San Marino Grand Prix Sunday: The crash seen around the world
- 1994 Monaco Grand Prix: Schumacher takes fourth win at subdued Monte-Carlo
- 1994 Spanish Grand Prix: Hill wins, Schumacher stars on acrimonious weekend
- 1994 Canadian Grand Prix: Schumacher returns to winning ways in Montreal
- 1994 French Grand Prix: Mansell’s return fails to stop another Schumacher win
- 1994 British Grand Prix: Home win for Hill while Schumacher earns ban
- 1994 German Grand Prix: Berger ends Ferrari win drought after Benetton blaze
- 1994 Hungarian Grand Prix: Benetton bounce back with double podium
- 1994 Belgian Grand Prix: Hill handed win as Schumacher is thrown out
- 1994 Italian Grand Prix: Hill wins as crash crushes Lotus’s recovery hopes
- 1994 Portuguese Grand Prix: Hill cuts Schumacher’s lead to one point in Portugal
- 1994 European Grand Prix: Schumacher edges clear as fuel rig thwarts Hill
- 1994 Japanese Grand Prix: How Brundle’s 1994 Suzuka crash mirrored Bianchi’s
- 1994 Australian Grand Prix: Schumacher’s first title tainted by clash with Hill
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More F1 history
Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the death of Ayrton Senna, his former McLaren team principal Ron Dennis shared some fascinating stories about his time at the team.
Sir Jack Brabham, a three-times world champion and the only driver to win the title in a car of his own construction, passed away in May.
Remembering one of F1’s most notorious controversies.
This became a major talking point during the season as technical problems interfered with the rivalry between Rosberg and Hamilton.
Turbo power returned to Formula One in 2014.
McLaren will reunite with Honda next year and dominated F1 with the Japanese manufacturer at the end of the previous turbo era.
The Bahrain Grand Prix was the 900th round of the world championship.
Desire Wilson tells the story of the challenges she faced getting into Formula One.
Points of view
Formula One changed for the better – and worse – in 2014.
Some dubious data from Ferrari.
The Red Bull Ring showed not all F1 tracks need to be the same length.
Formula One’s engine rules aren’t “frozen” and they don’t need to be relaxed.
Kimi Raikkonen returned to Ferrari and Nico Hulkenberg was reunited with Force India, in a bid to emulate some of their successful predecessors.
The derided double points rule – which was scrapped after the end of the season – certainly deserved a place among this ‘obttom ten’.
A revised version of the Points Calculator proved a popular addition to F1 Fanatic.
This new series by @Bbudna looked at which teams were succeeding at bringing new sponsors to the fold.
Another popular addition to the site during 2014, regularly penned by @AnthonyFrench:
The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez returns to the F1 calendar in 2015 – but it’s getting the Hermann Tilke treatment.
The 2016 season will see the addition of another new race in Azerbaijan.
Small but significant tweaks are expected next year following the revolution in the Formula One regulations in 2014.
The FIA continues to solve the problem of F1’s unattractive noses.
F1 cars could soon have much larger wheel rims.
A new rival to Formula One emerged in 2014, but while Formula E had some interesting new ideas it also had one unwelcome aspect.
These articles attracted more comments than any other in 2014.
A brilliant race in Bahrain followed days of criticism of the new rules by the likes of Bernie Ecclestone and Luca di Montezemolo. However the previous round in Malaysia also provoked a lot of discussion as it had seemed we were in for a less than exciting championship.
Certainly the most surprising response to any article in 2014.
Daniel Ricciardo lost what would have been a remarkable second place finish in his first race for Red Bull after his car was found to have regularly exceeded the 100kg/hour fuel flow limit.
Incredibly, Hamilton was struck by misfortune in two consecutive qualifying sessions.
The on- and off-track events at Spa-Francorchamps left Mercedes with a external public relations nightmare and an internal diplomatic crisis. Rosberg’s response to the collision prompted even more debate.
Two wins for Raikkonen? Lots of penalty points for Massa? I hope your pre-season predictions were better than mine.
2014 F1 season review
- The Complete F1 Fanatic 2014 season review
- F1 Fanatic’s must-read articles of 2014
- F1’s most popular drivers and teams of 2014 revealed
- F1 defies critics as fans praise 2014 racing
- The Stats and Facts highlights of 2014