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What makes F1 before and after 2014 so drastically different
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Formula 1 is motorsport with high-speed racing, which goes back to the 1950s. Over the years, there have been some major changes in the motorsport industry. In 2014, various technical rules were introduced, building in the hybrid era, which gained both praise and equal criticism but significantly impacted shaping the future audience of Formula 1.

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Before 2014, the Formula 1 cars were using V8 engines, which had a defining roar and power to the car. However, with the change in global trends and effects, the sport made a huge transition into sustainability and efficiency, transforming the V8 engines to V6 power units. These power units featured an Energy Recovery System (ERS) which changed the engine development.

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These engines focused more on fuel efficiency while utilizing energy from braking and exhaust heat, therefore reducing the carbon footprint. These sudden inputs not only changed the mindset of the game but also brought changes to the competitiveness of the sport.

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These new regulations also lead to a budget cap where each team has to cut their budgets to a certain amount for all the teams to spend on these races.

This change of engines also made it more complicated and expensive for certain teams. Each team had to spend tons of money on research and development to meet the new rules, but it became a little difficult for certain smaller teams. But this emphasis on technological innovation speaks to the new generation of sports fans.

Also, the comeback of some classic champions to the racing made it more competitive and, with the increase of interest in Formula 1, thereby attracting a wider audience worldwide.

Formula 1 continues to be the most exciting race sport, with its unique blend of beauty and drama which is lacking in most other sports, which has attracted a lot of audiences in recent years as well.

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Fiza is a writer at The Sports Orbit, focusing on F1 coverage. She is currently pursuing her master's in broadcasting journalism and has a profound love for motorsports. She finds F1 to be the most engaging among others due to its adrenaline rush. She got interested in the sport after watching an F1 race with her brother and uncle, and she's been hooked ever since. Her favorite team is Mercedes and she is a fan of Lewis Hamilton. Besides her dedication to F1, she enjoys activities like reading, practicing her calligraphy skills, and experimenting with cooking.