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The 10 key tests Ferrari must pass in 2019
Ferrari is going into the 2019 season as the title favourite and with a refreshed atmosphere under new boss Mattia Binotto. But there's a long championship battle ahead, and plenty of scope for the problems that have knocked it off course before to occur again.
No matter what the metric used or the position held in the paddock, every verdict from Formula 1 testing was the same: Ferrari was ahead, and would arrive at the Australian Grand Prix as the favourite. In the past two years Ferrari has not even needed to have the fastest car to win in Melbourne, so the prospect of it holding an advantage over Mercedes is ominous.
But another victory in the season opener would not necessarily be an omen for Ferrari ending its title drought. After all, despite being defeated in each of the last two years in Australia, Mercedes has recovered to sweep both the drivers' and constructors' championship.
Wind tunnel work forms the bedrock of aerodynamic development in Formula 1. But as Pat Symonds explains, advances in virtual research are signalling the end of these expensive and complicated relics.
The newspapers, naturally, lingered over Max Mosley’s tainted family history and niche sexual practices. But this is to trivialise the legacy of a big beast of motor racing politics. Stuart Codling weighs the life of a man whose work for safety on both road and track has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, but whose penchant for cruelty remains problematic and polarising.
Sergio Perez has spent most of his career labouring in Formula 1’s midfield, wondering whether he’d ever get another shot at the big time. Red Bull has handed him that chance and, although life at the top is tough, the Baku winner is doing all the right things to get on terms with Max Verstappen, says BEN ANDERSON
Formula 1 has been tracking car performance using timing loops mounted every 200m around each circuit – to the extent that it was able to anticipate Ferrari’s 'surprise’ pole in Monaco. PAT SYMONDS explains what this means for this season and beyond
OPINION: After consecutive street races with contrasting highlights, one theme stood out which has become a prevalent issue with modern Formula 1 cars. But is there a way to solve it or, at least, reach a happy middle ground to help all parties?
OPINION: The Azerbaijan Grand Prix had elements that make Formula 1 really exciting – unpredictability and shock results. This resulted in heartbreak for several of the championship’s regular contenders and joy for others who rarely reach the ultimate limelight. And one of those on the Baku podium is riding a wave of form he’s keen to continue
OPINION: With the global pandemic still lingering, Singapore's grand prix has been cancelled for 2021, with more looking likely to follow. Although Formula 1 has TV deals and profits to chase, retaining a 23-race calendar could be most harmful to those who sacrifice the most for the championship.
Liberty urged to use midfield fight as 2021 F1 template
Honda's ambition helped fast-track F1 fuel upgrades