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How F1 teams will attack the Austrian GP season opener

More than three months after the first race of the season was due to take place, F1 teams will descend on the Red Bull Ring this weekend for an Austrian double-header that will kick start the campaign.

Red Bull upgrades revealed at its filming day

Red Bull wanted to do more than just get reacquainted with the RB16 during its filming day at Silverstone on Thursday, as it also used its allotted 100km to test out some new parts ahead of the season opener in Austria next week.

Banned: F1's oddball steering solutions

Mercedes' introduction of Dual Axis Steering (DAS) during pre-season testing offered us a glimpse into the mindset of Formula 1 engineers.

Ferrari set to bring engine, gearbox updates to Austria

Ferrari is planning to bring a revised gearbox and engine to the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix in a bid to lift its fortunes after a low-key showing in pre-season testing.

Why F1's floor change could lead to unintended consequences

The FIA has moved, rather pragmatically, to freeze development of certain areas of Formula 1 cars for 2021 in order to reign in costs for all teams.

Banned: How Formula 1 outlawed flexi-wings

One of the most tricky areas that rule makers have found to police in Formula 1 is flexible bodywork and wings, for there can be no such thing as a zero tolerance approach.

What was behind F1's new exhaust limit

While much of the focus of Formula 1's new regulations package has been about radical changes like the cost cap reduction and the aero development handicap system, there were some interesting detail changes too that could have an impact on the intra-team battle.

Banned: How F1 finally overcame blown floor trickery

The FIA has to constantly adjust the regulations to reign in teams as they find new and interesting ways in which to defeat the spirit of the rules in the quest for better laptimes.

The floor tweaks aimed to slow down F1 cars in 2021

With Formula 1 keeping the current generation of cars through 2021 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic impact, there had been concerns that car development could start to cause some headaches.

F1 tech: Monaco's most mad-cap design ideas

Formula 1 fans have this week been ruing the absence of the Monaco Grand Prix from the calendar.

Banned: Why exhaust blown diffusers were outlawed

The search for performance in Formula 1 requires a little bit of genius, some lateral thinking and sometimes a willingness to push the boundaries of the regulations.

Banned: Why double diffusers were outlawed

The 2009 Formula 1 season will long be remembered as the year that Brawn GP emerged from the ashes of the Honda team and went on to win the world championship.

Banned: When F1 teams cheated the minimum weight rules

In the latest edition of the 'Banned' series, Motorsport.com looks back at some of the attempts made by Formula 1 teams to work around the minimum weight rules

Banned: Why Renault's mass damper was outlawed

At the height of Renault's success in the mid 2000s, the French car manufacturer utilised a solution known as the 'mass damper', and started a development war that had every chance of getting out of hand if the FIA had not stepped in.

Banned: Why McLaren's F-duct was outlawed

When McLaren unveiled its new Formula 1 car in 2010, it hoped that one of the solutions on it would fly under the radar.

Banned: Why Lotus' twin-chassis concept was outlawed

Colin Chapman enjoyed massive success throughout the 1960s and 1970s with his Lotus team, going on to maximise the advantage it earned by being first to introduce and develop cars that took advantage of ground effect.

How Formula 1 reacted to fuel trickery

Last year proved to be a difficult chapter in Ferrari's story, as the Scuderia had numerous accusations thrown at it with regards to its straightline speed advantage.

Banned: Why F1 moved to outlaw crazy X-wings

Formula 1 teams know that to perform at their best they need to push the regulations to the limit. Sometimes they go too far though. In a new series for Motorsport.com, we look at the technical development that fell foul of the rule-makers and got banned.

Tech insight: What does Mercedes' steering wheel mode do?

The big talking point on day two of pre-season testing has been a Mercedes steering mode that appears to adjust the toe of the front wheels while the car is moving. Here, Matt Somerfield looks at what is behind the design

How Giorgio Piola revisited Senna’s great F1 legacy

Renowned technical analyst and illustrator Giorgio Piola has been an ever-present figure in the F1 paddock for over 50 years, meticulously dissecting the technological advances made within the sport throughout. For the first time in his illustrious career, Piola has revisited a handful of his illustrations to create a new legacy collection, focused on four of the cars driven and made famous by Ayrton Senna.

Tech insight: How Ferrari is targeting gains to close the F1 gap

Although the Red Bull Ring flattered its shortcomings, Ferrari’s SF90 has clearly not delivered on its early pre-season promises, as the Scuderia’s approach to the new regulations has resulted in a car that has an array of weaknesses, all of which are difficult to overcome during the course of a campaign.

The factors that hurt Ferrari in Australia

Ferrari's failure to follow through on its pre-season testing promise with victory in the season-opening Australian has left fans, and even the Italian team itself, searching for answers.

Latest F1 tech updates in post-Hungarian GP testing

Our photographers showcase the latest Formula 1 technical developments on show in Budapest in the post-Hungarian Grand Prix test session.

Is a blown wing trick helping Ferrari's speed advantage?

Quick through the corners and faster on the straights, Ferrari's SF71H certainly seems to be delivering performance beyond the level of what it rivals expected.

How Ferrari’s mirrors became a talking point

Formula 1 designers have long viewed rear view mirrors as a necessary inconvenience - because for all their safety benefit they are far from ideal in aerodynamic terms.

Latest F1 tech updates from Barcelona testing

After the Spanish Grand Prix, F1 stayed on for a couple of days of testing – our intrepid snappers reveal the technical aspects that were on show in the Barcelona pitlane.

Red Bull's Spanish GP upgrade explained

Red Bull introduced a major Formula 1 upgrade package during Spanish Grand Prix free practice, including revised sidepods, bargeboards and floor.

McLaren's striking Spanish GP upgrade in detail

McLaren introduced its major Formula 1 upgrade package in the first free practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix, with both Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne running its extravagant new nose.

Azerbaijan GP: Key F1 tech updates, direct from the garages

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images uncover even more technical developments and details on show in the Baku pitlane.

Azerbaijan GP: Latest tech updates, direct from the garages

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images uncover the latest technical details on show in the Baku pitlane.

Ferrari, Mercedes offer glimpse of unique Baku wings

Formula 1 heads to one its outlier circuits in Baku this weekend – with the demands of the super long straight and twisty city section throwing up a unique challenge.

How Red Bull turned its RB14 into a race winner

Before its stunning victory in the Chinese Grand Prix, Red Bull's disappointing start to the season had led to a quiet but relentless push to make its RB14 a winner.

Chinese GP: Latest tech updates, direct from the garages

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images uncover the latest technical details on show in the Shanghai pitlane.

Chinese GP: Latest tech updates, direct from the garages

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images uncover the latest technical details on show in the Shanghai pitlane.

Analysis: How Porsche turned its LMP1 into an F1-beater

This week, Porsche managed to shatter the Formula 1 lap record around Spa-Francorchamps with an upgraded version of its 919 Hybrid. How did it manage such a feat? Matt Somerfield takes a closer look.

How McLaren has followed Red Bull's Ferrari copy

For all of its talk about the start of a new era, McLaren's MCL33 arrived in Melbourne in an aerodynamic trim very much akin to its predecessor.

How Ferrari caught up with Mercedes in Bahrain

Ferrari arrived in Bahrain delighted with its victory in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix but knowing that it had plenty of work to do with its SF71H.

Bahrain GP: Latest tech updates, direct from the garages

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images snap the latest technical happenings up and down the Sakhir pitlane.

Bahrain GP: Latest tech updates, direct from the garages

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images lift the lid on the technical happenings up and down the Sakhir pitlane.

How Mercedes is dealing with cooling headaches

Lewis Hamilton's warnings about his engine getting too hot during his pursuit of Sebastian Vettel at the Australian Grand Prix has highlighted how on the edge cooling requirements are in Formula 1.

Video: The aggressive changes Red Bull has made in 2018

Red Bull made a big push to be early with its 2018 challenger as it bid to hit the ground running with its new RB14.

Video: Ferrari's key steps to create a Mercedes beater

Sebastian Vettel will be the first to admit that Ferrari got lucky at the Australian Grand Prix with the manner of its victory, and that the SF71H is still not what he wants it to be.

Australian GP: Latest tech updates, direct from the garages

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images continue to uncover the technical happenings in the Australian GP pitlane.

Australian GP: Latest tech updates, direct from the garages

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images help to expose some of the fascinating technical detail on show at the first race of the season in Australia.

Analysis: What was behind the smoking Ferraris in Barcelona

One of the more curious aspects of pre-season Formula 1 testing revolved around the Ferrari-powered teams, and the huge plumes of smoke being pumped out of their cars.

Gallery: Latest tech shots from final F1 test

A selection of the best technical images from the second day of the second Formula 1 test in Barcelona, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

Gallery: Key tech shots from the second F1 test

A selection of the best technical images from the first day of the second pre-season test in Barcelona courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

How the halo has opened up new aero possibilities

For Formula 1 teams, the halo might be a structural challenge first and foremost - but the introduction of the safety device has also opened up new areas for aero development.

How teams are circumventing F1's blown wings clampdown

Formula 1’s move to ban monkey seats and change the rules regarding exhausts for 2018 was meant to close off potential benefits from blowing wings with exhaust gases.

Analysis: Top F1 teams' tech secrets on show in Barcelona

Formula 1 teams can pick and choose what they want to show off during their car launches, but actual track action offers no such luxury. Matt Somerfield and Giorgio Piola look at the tech solutions that broke cover in Barcelona.

Barcelona test, Day 2: Lifting the lid on F1 2018’s tech updates

Check out the best technical photos from the first day of testing in Barcelona, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

Barcelona test, Day 1: Exposing F1 2018’s latest tech updates

Check out the best technical photos from the first day of testing in Barcelona, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

Five things to watch for in the 2018 F1 car launches

With Formula 1's launch season right around the corner, Matthew Somerfield analyses the top five things to look out for.

Tech analysis: Formula 1's 2018 rule changes

The 2017 season was the first time in Formula 1 history that downforce was ramped up through regulation, delivering a significant laptime gain and a much closer fight at the front of the grid.

Formula 1's top five tech solutions of 2017

Formula 1 pressed the reset button for 2017 and embraced a brand new set of technical regulations that promised wider, faster, more visually appealing cars that would push drivers to their limits.

Tech gallery: How the Mercedes W08 evolved throughout 2017

A selection of the best technical illustrations and images of Mercedes 2017 challenger, the W08, courtesy of Giorgio Piola, Sutton Images and LAT images.

Tech gallery: How the Ferrari SF70H evolved throughout 2017

A selection of the best images and illustrations of Ferrari’s 2017 challenger, the SF70H, courtesy of Giorgio Piola, Sutton Images and LAT images.

Tech gallery: How the Red Bull RB13 evolved throughout 2017

A selection of the best technical images of Red Bull’s 2017 challenger, the RB13, courtesy of Giorgio Piola, Sutton Images and LAT images.

Tech gallery: How the Force India VJM10 evolved throughout 2017

A selection of the best technical images of Force India’s 2017 challenger, the VJM10, courtesy of Giorgio Piola, Sutton Images and LAT images

Tech gallery: How the Williams FW40 evolved throughout 2017

A selection of the best technical images of Williams’ 2017 challenger, the FW40, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.