Martin Brundle: Five reasons why this could be an F1 season to savour

Wild racing, tweaked qualifying, lively cars, young guns in the cockpit and new circuits have given F1 an exciting makeover

1 It will be unpredictable

The fans are bored with Red Bull winning everything and I think their prayers are going to be answered in that respect, certainly in the first part of the season. They wanted something different and that's absolutely what's going to happen. It could be quite wild out there in the early races.

2 Qualifying has been spiced up

They have tweaked the rules, which I like, and we will see the cars run in Q3, otherwise they lose a set of tyres. Those who are not in the top 10 get a fresh set of tyres, to give them an advantage. So there will be plenty of tyres but we will be talking less about tyres as everyone concentrates on getting the car running in the early stages.

3 Watch out for sideways action

The cars have a lot more torque, that's the twisting power of the engine that makes the cars lively to drive. The drivers can't just plant the throttle and get on with it. They've got to feed in the power. We're going to see more sideways action. Until they start finessing the software package on this new turbo engine it's going to be very animated.

4 Young guns will shake up things

It's fascinating to see a number of young drivers taking on the establishment. There are only four drivers over 30 in the field. How will Kevin Magnussen (McLaren), Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) and Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) cope? Is it a year when the new boys can get on top of this technology or will experience show through? My money is with the experience, at the moment.

5 New races in new places

We have the excitement of two new races – or one and a half. We return to Austria, not a great race track but one that creates some very good races, and then we're off to Sochi. We lose India, which is a shame because F1 should be in India, though I don't think many people will miss the race in South Korea.

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