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After many months of waiting, audiences from around the world will soon be greeted with a new season of Formula One.  Many great teams are returning to fight for the cherished Champion crown, each readying to perform amazing feats that embody the sport at its very core. With so much going on, lets turn first race at the Australian Grand Prix and see what they’ve prepared.

Since 2006, the sport has had to deal with an engine freeze. However, despite these limitations companies have made several notable changes to their V8’s. Representatives at F1 pointed out that there have been successive clarifications on engine mapping and usage. These changes were made to produce the best performance while still staying true to the constraints.

Amongst the many difficulties of Formula One, optimization and maintenance of the V8 engine ranks high on the list. Sources indicate that one of the most difficult has been the “perennial stressed parts such as pistons, connecting rods as well as bearings that power the travel thorough.” Pistons themselves are stressed by 8,000 times our gravitational force, making car maintenance a particularly important factor this seasons.

Despite the engine and rev limit freeze, the engine can produce over 750bhp and reach a top speed of over 330kph. Sources at F1 also indicate that the cars will be capable of accelerating from 0-60kph in 1.6 seconds, 0-200kph in 2.5 seconds, and 0 to 300kph in 12 seconds. This means that this years car aren’t too far off from a F16 fighter plane!

The qualifying round of the race has been delayed due to the rain, postponing the final two stages of the race until Sunday. However, from the few minutes in which they did race we saw Roseberg setting the pace, fighting against Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel. Similarly Ferrari’s Ferando Alsonso and Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne put up quite a fight, eventually being led out by Lewis Hamilton after several delays.

While the first race may not have gone to plan, there is still a great deal more to witness in the days ahead, so stay tuned to Nationwide Vehicle contracts for the latest updates.