Check out Red Bull’s Transforming Formula One: 2014 Rules Explained (VIDEO)

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Red Bull’s Formula One team admittedly has had a rough off-season, leaving many observers to wonder how well its two-car effort will do in Sunday’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix, let alone the rest of the F1 2014 campaign.

Granted, F1 rules changes have been part of Red Bull’s problems, but if you look at the following video, it seems the team is as prepared as any in the open-wheel paddock.

First-year Red Bull team driver Daniel Ricciardo explains to viewers many of the changes that have been made to the sleek F1 racers in the video below.

Especially check out – thanks to computer technology and trick video work – how the parts literally fly around and mold together as they surround Ricciardo’s body in the cockpit. Very cool, indeed.

Teammate Sebastian Vettel also plays a key role in explaining the rules.

Among this year’s F1 changes are rules that require the race cars to use 30 percent less fuel, making the rides more efficient. Motors have also been decreased from 2013’s 2.4 liter V-8 to 2014’s 1.6 liter turbo V-6, which have hamstrung several teams, Red Bull included.

And let’s not forget teams will be allowed to have just five motors for the entire 16-race season, as opposed to eight last year. On the flip side, transmissions will increase from seven to eight gears to maximize and take advantage of the increased efficiency of the new motors and fuel systems.

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Have a decent tax refund coming? Buy Ayrton Senna’s 1993 Monaco-winning car

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Are you expecting a better than normal tax refund? Did you get a very nice bonus from your company due to the new tax cut?

Well, if you have a good chunk of change hanging around and potentially can be in Monaco on May 11, you can have a chance to bid on the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A that the late Ayrton Senna drove in — and won — that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

We’re not just talking about any race winner. It’s also the same car Senna won his sixth Monaco Grand Prix, and the chassis bears the number six.

It’s also the same car Senna piloted to that season’s F1 championship (his third and final title before sadly being killed the next year) and is the first McLaren driven by Senna that’s ever been sold or put up for auction.

The famed Bonhams auction house is overseeing the sale of the car.

“Any Grand Prix-winning car is important, but to have the golden combination of both Senna and Monaco is a seriously rare privilege indeed,” Bonhams global head of motorsport, Mark Osborne, told The Robb Report.

“Senna and Monaco are historically intertwined, and this car represents the culmination of his achievements at the Monegasque track. This is one of the most significant Grand Prix cars ever to appear at auction, and is certainly the most significant Grand Prix car to be offered since the Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196R, which sold for a world record at auction.”

How much might you need? You might want to get a couple of friends to throw in a few bucks as well.

“We expect the car to achieve a considerable seven-figure sum,” Osborne said.

The London newspaper “The Telegraph” predicts the car will sell in the $6.1 million range.”

“This car will set the world record for a Senna car at auction,” Osborne said. “We are as certain as you can be in the auction world.”

While you won’t be able to take the car for a test drive before the auction, it’ll be ready to roar once you pay the price.

“In theory, the buyer could be racing immediately upon receipt of the cleared funds after the auction,” Osborne said. “All systems are primed and ready.”