The new era in Formula 1 has officially begun!

So this weekend the time had finally (finally!) come to indulge in one of my all time favourite past-times; formula 1 racing! The winter wait has been long and cornered with lively speculation about the radically new regulations that F1 governing body FIA put in place for the 2014 season. Gone are the days of V8 and V10 engines as we now enter an era with turbo charged 1.6L V6 engines with vastly advanced energy recovery and electric hybrid systems. Ever since the testing sessions from Bahrain and Jerez earlier this year when we first got to hear the new F1 power units the internet has been lively with opinions about the sound of this new page in Formula 1 history. Many seem to think that the new sound isn’t loud enough, or that it’s just plain wierd. I for one do like it, and above all i like the way the cars are now a handful to master with high level of low-end torque that the turbo provides. You have to know how to drive in order to succeed in these new cars, there is no doubt about it.Image

The season opener in Melbourne, Australia yesterday was a fantastic race altogether. Sebastian Vettel’s dominance since last years was broken swiftly with engine troubles (retired) and in the front we instead saw Mercedes and McLaren, although Redbull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo managed a 2nd place (later disqualified on technical gounds).

What makes me happy on a personal level is that the Williams team look strong for this season. I’m a long time Kimi Räikkönen fan (being a finn and all), and it’s really nice seeing Valtteri Bottas being competitive in the Martini Williams this season. In the end he had to settle for the 6th spot after having an encounter with the concrete wall resulting in a right-rear puncture.

F1 has never been as thrilling as it is now. Can’t wait for the Malaysian GP in two weeks time!

A run down of the results from Melbourne this weekend:

2014 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 57 1:32:58.710 3 25
2 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 57 +26.7 secs 4 18
3 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 57 +30.0 secs 10 15
4 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 57 +35.2 secs 5 12
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 57 +47.6 secs 15 10
6 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 57 +50.7 secs 7 8
7 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 57 +57.6 secs 11 6
8 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 57 +60.4 secs 6 4
9 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 57 +63.5 secs 8 2
10 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 57 +85.9 secs 16 1
11 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 13
12 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 20
13 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 55 +2 Laps 17
NC 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 49 +8 Laps 18
Ret 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 43 ERS 22
Ret 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 29 ERS 21
Ret 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 27 Oil pressure 19
Ret 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 3 Power unit 12
Ret 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2 Engine 1
Ret 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 0 Accident 9
Ret 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 0 Accident 14
DSQ 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 57 +24.5 secs 2

Note – Ricciardo originally finished second but was excluded after his car was found to have exceeded the maximum permitted fuel flow rate

Thoughts at the halfway.

It’s mid-march and we’re pretty much halfway between the bitterly cold winter and the soul-warming summer. Let me say this; Sun, you have been longed for! This past week has really been amazing here in southwestern Sweden, last weekend me and some great friends of mine lit the BBQ for the first time this year and needless to say that was a fantastic feeling. And the week since has been equally pleasant; i’ve been walking the Flowers_-_Spring_Roadapproximately 4,5km to the gym three times this weeks thanks to the great, spring-ish weather. Fantastic! Keep it up, sun! 🙂

Logging on to my Uni account this week i also recieved the news that i passed the microeconomics exam we had recently, which of course is a great thing. I am lying if i say that it was all joy however, as i worked very hard to pass it with distinction, but no such luck this time. Two meager points (60p total on the exam) from the passed with distinction mark…sigh. I tried to find those two points somewhere in the exam to dispute it and get the results adjusted, but they are not in there, the examinator has done a flawless job. I am of course glad that i passed it, many others did not, but it still bothers me abit. Better luck next time (and even harder preparations of course).

It’s time to start thinking about a job during the summer break from school now too. I have made some applications to companies that i would like to meet with and build something with, but no news regarding this yet. My former employer needs me over the summer as well, i know this already, but i’m yet to make any decisions with them to this point. The coming weeks will tell which way this goes. Needless to say i would absolutely love to do something that can develop what i am learning at the university to practical knowledge; studying is not an end in itself, it must (and it will) get me somewehere with regards to a future career.

Anyways, enough ramblings for this time; enjoy the spring days everyone around the world who are experiencing it as we speak!

Here’s hoping for a calm solution in Ukraine.

As things have been rapidly turning uglier and uglier in Crimea, Ukraine over the past days i found a different angle of the situation. CNBC’s Dhana Ranasinghe published an article about the ways that Russia’s economy takes large damage from the previous days sabre rattling from Kreml. It is a fact that is as uncomfortable as it is true; where money and economics are involved people start to evaluate their actions (and the actions of others).

I’m not enough read into the subject of Crimea to post any pointed opinions about it, but here is hoping for a quick and calm resolution of it all..