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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Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”