Racing notes: Ferrari, McLaren unveil F1 new cars; Hall of fame moves
MARANELLO, Italy (AP) -- An online vote with more than a million ballots has determined that Ferrari's new Formula One car will be named the F14 T.
The "T" is for turbo, with turbo engines returning to F1 this year.
Ferrari announced the results Friday and the car will be presented online on Saturday.
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says "it's nice to know the name of the car has been chosen by our fans. The amazing number of votes shows just how popular Ferrari has always been and this will be, as always, a further impetus for us to do well this year."
Ferrari says 1,123,741 ballots came in and F14 T won with 32.9 percent of the votes from 208 countries.
McLaren looking to improve with MP4-29
WOKING, England (AP) -- McLaren has unveiled its new MP4-29 car for the coming Formula One season with the hope of improving on the team's worst performance for nearly a decade.
With its narrower front wing, lower nose and smaller rear wing, McLaren is counting on the new car to deliver after finishing fifth in the constructors' championship last season.
"We have responded to the disappointment of our 2013 season by pragmatically framing our approach to the (new) technical challenge," McLaren said in a statement on Friday. "The new MP4-29 ... is a sensible and calculated response to the new regulations."
Among the changes in regulations for this season is the replacement of the 2.4-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine with a 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged motor.
McLaren's lead driver, Jenson Button, achieved the team's highest finish last season when he came fourth in the Brazilian GP.
"Obviously, we want to get back to the front," Button said. "We want to have a better season than we did in 2013, too.
"But it's really difficult to accurately predict anything right now - these are such huge changes that they'll have a massive impact on the competitive order, so we need to wait and just see how things shake out."
Button has a new teammate after Sergio Perez was replaced by Danish driver Kevin Magnussen, who impressed during his title-winning Formula Renault 3.5 season last year.
"We'll be working very closely together to share data and gather as much information as we can about what the car's doing, and how we can improve it," Button said.
"Our aim must be to have a smooth and productive winter; I'm very keen to learn all about the new formula and our new car, and I want us to be in a position where we head to the opening flyaways feeling comfortable with our package, yet still ready to absorb and learn more as we go."
Magnussen has meanwhile been preparing for the step up to Formula One.
"I've spent every available day working - either with my engineers, with the team management, or with the trainers... building those relationships, getting to grips with the car, the style of driving, the cockpit and control systems, and improving my fitness," he said.
"It's a constant learning curve, but it's fun and satisfying to be able to do it with a group of people who work so closely with you."
McLaren also finished fifth in 2004, having previously been consistently in the top four since 1983.
Motorsports Hall of Fame leaving Detroit
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is moving from the Detroit area to Daytona International Speedway.
The move was announced Friday and is expected to be completed by January 2016, coinciding with the scheduled finish of the track's $400 million renovation. The Hall of Fame is currently in Novi, Mich.
Plans call for the Hall of Fame's displays featuring cars, images, stories and bronze sculptures of 209 icons of American motorsports to be located in Daytona's Ticket and Tours Building, which was formerly known as the Daytona 500 Experience.
The Hall of Fame celebrates vehicles and artifacts from American motorsports, including open-wheel racing, stock cars, motorcycles, aviation, drag racing and powerboats.
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