British GP tech: Engines feel the strain

British GP tech: Engines feel the strain

The unique demands of Silverstone have increased the pressure on the new technology in the 2014 F1 engines. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH explains how, and looks at the upgrades tried by the teams this weekend

The fast, open nature of Silverstone requires both engine power and good aerodynamic performance. But as we saw during Friday practice, the changeable weather, particularly the wind, can make the right setup a moving target.

With the 2014 cars having more torque and less grip, getting the cars right for Silverstone is a new challenge. Running high downforce, the cars are pressed hard against the track and need a stiff set up to keep the underfloor off the ground.

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