We're lucky that many sports fit in around our lifestyles. Football and rugby usually happen at the weekend in the afternoon or evenings. This makes it perfect to get home with a beer, curry and settle down to watch the match. However, by adopting this policy with your sports watching, you could be missing out on some thrilling entertainment that happens at anti-social hours.
Formula 1 is a sport that often takes place in the early hours of the morning, thanks to its exotic locations, and it won't be over in 90 minutes either. So why should you get yourself out of your warm bed to watch it? Well, we're going to tell you why.
2014 is the year to become a F1 fan
If you've shied away from the racetracks until now, this year is your year to get involved. The 2014 season of F1 looks to be the most exciting years for racing in decades for a number of reasons.
1 – No one knows who will win
This year's championship is one of the most open seasons that we have seen in years – just about anyone could win. I mean, F1 is an unpredictable sport anyway, but in 2014 it's got a lot more intense. Even people in the know, don't know. They have no idea, some even think that no drivers will cross the finish line. It is wide open. None of the teams involved, including Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, have demonstrated the durability and speed that will be needed to make it to the end.
2 – Brand new cars
A large amount of the unpredictability comes from the fact that all the drivers are doing their best to master unknown cars. No team has experienced great reliability with their new cars in pre-season testing, meaning that the people behind the wheel haven't had as much experience as they would like.
This season's cars are extremely complex hybrids that deliver 60 per cent more torque than the 2.4-litre V8s, but need fuel-managment to deliver the parallel 30 per cent improvement in efficiency. However, the new 500NM of power will need a skilled hand to keep it under control. Changes made to the back of the car mean that there is less downforce and less grip, which means the likelihood of cars sliding all over the track is greatly increased – making for exciting entertainment.
3 – Vettel won't be leading the pack
Red Bull are having issues with its new RB10. Although it's a beautiful car, it is causing problems for the team. In laymen's terms, the new Adrian Newey designed car is packing too much heat – it can't keep cool. This means, as a team, Red Bull is 3,000km behind Mercedes in terms of practice, while Vettel is dragging at 2,000km behind Nico Rosberg.
With all its four teams combined, (Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Lotus and Caterham), Renault is 10,000kms behind the Mercedes teams. People in Renault HQ have even called this year's performance "disastrous", and said that a points finish in the best they can hope for.
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