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The Red Bull design that avoided a flexi-wing protest

Formula 1 arrived at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix braced for a showdown over the flexi-wing saga but Red Bull's rear wing design for Baku managed to avoid controversy.

The last hurrah of Formula 1's most successful engine

On this day in 1983, a winning era for Formula 1's most successful engine came to an end when Michele Alboreto triumphed for Tyrrell around the streets of Detroit.

The troubled Ferrari that was a game-changer for F1

When it comes to stand out Formula 1 cars, it’s all too easy to think only of machinery that won a bunch of races or went all the way to world championship glory.

F1 braced for flexi-wing showdown in Baku

Formula 1 is set for a fascinating weekend of on-track action and off-track politics in Baku as the FIA ramps up its flexi-wing policing and the threat of a protest remains.

Why Red Bull's teams took opposite approach with 2021 designs

Red Bull's two Formula 1 team have approached 2021 in very different ways, as they have focused their attention at different ends of their cars.

Azerbaijan GP: Latest F1 2021 technical images from Baku

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix at Baku, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

The revamp that failed to help Mercedes win in Monaco Monaco GP
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The revamp that failed to help Mercedes win in Monaco

Mercedes has always had a weakness at slow speed circuits, with its long wheelbase and tyre characteristics not perfect for Formula 1 venues like Monaco and Singapore.

Red Bull reveals new F1 diffuser design for Monaco GP

The current focus on Red Bull’s Formula 1 car may be on its rear wing, but the team itself is pushing on with developments elsewhere on its car.

How a mistake helped create a Lotus F1 icon
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How a mistake helped create a Lotus F1 icon

The Lotus 79 is part of an elite group that Giorgio Piola considers to be milestone machines, with each of these cars incorporating designs, solutions or systems that would be widely adopted by their rivals such was their potency.

Why McLaren joined F1 2021's Z-shaped floor trend

McLaren recently became the eighth Formula 1 team to switch to a Z-shaped floor arrangement, with the entire grid searching for ways to recover the performance lost by new regulations.

The car that ended Nigel Mansell’s F1 career

On this day in 1995, Nigel Mansell's Formula 1 career came to an end at the Spanish Grand Prix when he retired from the race, unhappy with the handling of his McLaren.

What Spain’s upgrades told us about F1 2021’s development race

As always last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona was the prime target for several Formula 1 teams to roll out development upgrades, which has given us more insight into the 2021 development race.

Why F1’s flexi wing tricks are a never ending problem for the FIA
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Why F1’s flexi wing tricks are a never ending problem for the FIA

The FIA’s clampdown on Formula 1 teams exploiting clever ‘bendy’ wings to boost straightline speed is the latest skirmish in a war that has raged for decades.

What is behind McLaren's latest F1 upgrades

McLaren has emerged as the strongest 'best of the rest' team in Formula 1 this year, but it hasn't stopped it pushing on with upgrades.

Spanish GP: Best F1 2021 technical images from Barcelona

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

The different rear wing approach that helped Hamilton win

Lewis Hamilton's storming charge to victory in the Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix showed again his brilliance at overtaking and tyre management.

How F1 car safety changed forever after Imola 1994 tragedies

The 1994 San Marino Grand Prix marked not only one of Formula 1’s darkest weekends, but proved to be a turning point in car safety that would change the sport forever.

The aero revamp that Red Bull has unleashed in Portugal

Red Bull has shown no signs of easing off in its Formula 1 development push, as it brought a raft of upgrades to its RB16B for the fight against Mercedes in Portugal.

Portuguese GP: Best F1 2021 technical images from Portimao

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

How Aston Martin is fighting back from its low-rake deficit

There’s been plenty of talk from Aston Martin this season about how Formula 1’s new 2021 aero regulations have hurt its low-rake car.

The lessons F1 learned from Berger's fiery Imola crash

On this day in 1989, Formula 1 witnessed one of the most terrifying accidents of modern times as Gerhard Berger suffered a high-speed crash at Imola that resulted in his car erupting in flames thanks to the fuel tank rupturing.

How Mercedes has turned the corner on its knife-edge W12
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How Mercedes has turned the corner on its knife-edge W12

Mercedes arrived at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after a bruising pre-season Formula 1 test and some warning signs about Red Bull’s potential in the Bahrain race.

Ferrari and Williams join F1's Z-shaped floor gang

Ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the Formula 1 grid has been split right down the middle in terms of the way they approach the new floor regulations.

Emilia Romagna GP: Best F1 2021 technical images from Imola

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the second round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship at Imola, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

Revealed: Alpine's aggressive F1 aero updates for Imola

Alpine has arrived at Imola with yet more parts to test as it looks to recoup the losses that all teams were subjected to by the new aerodynamic regulations for this season.

Emilia Romagna GP: Latest F1 2021 technical developments

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the second round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship at Imola, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

How Mercedes is trying to claw back its lost downforce

Lewis Hamilton may have taken victory in Formula 1’s season opener, but it is clear his Mercedes team feels it is on the backfoot because of new regulations.

The McLaren that changed Formula 1 history

Today marks the anniversary of the debut of what is perhaps one of the most important cars in Formula 1 history.

The fascinating story behind McLaren's most iconic F1 car

The McLaren MP4/4 remains Formula 1's most successful machine, with a 93.8% win ratio that helped Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost storm to victory in 15 out of the 16 races during 1988.

How F1 teams have responded to 2021 floor challenge

Formula 1's winter rule changes to slash downforce proved to be a big headache for teams over the winter – and became a big talking point in Bahrain last weekend.

The rear end overhaul that has transformed Red Bull

Red Bull’s crushing form over the Formula 1 season opening weekend in Bahrain is proof that it has got on top of the tricky aero anomalies that dogged its campaign last year.

Bahrain GP: Latest F1 2021 technical developments

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the opening round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship in Bahrain, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

How F1's tech restrictions could shake up the 2021 order Prime

How F1's tech restrictions could shake up the 2021 order

This year’s carryover designs initially pointed to a continuation of Formula 1’s 2020 pecking order, but now it appears that the required aero tweaks may shake things up for the entire grid

Bahrain test: Latest F1 2021 technical developments

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the third day of pre-season testing in Bahrain courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

Bahrain test: Latest F1 2021 technical developments

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the second day of pre-season testing in Bahrain courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

Bahrain test: Latest F1 2021 technical developments

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the first day of pre-season testing in Bahrain courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Motorsport Images.

The AlphaTauri tweaks the team tried to hide

Formula 1 car launches have long been shrouded in secrecy, with each team looking for new and inventive ways to deceive their rivals ahead of the actual car appearing at the first test.

The 10 things that set McLaren's new car apart from the old

While McLaren’s new MCL35M is very different under the skin thanks to new Mercedes power, many were left struggling to spot big changes compared to its 2020 Formula 1 challenger.

The hidden tech fight that will define F1 2021

An extremely important Formula 1 battle has been brewing away from the track in 2020, and enters its most important phase as the clock ticks past midnight on December 31.

How F1's teams developed their cars over 2020 Prime

How F1's teams developed their cars over 2020

Although 2020 was intended to be the final season of the current ruleset, the best laid plans were put to waste by the global pandemic, meaning they'll have one more year with the current cars. This gave Formula 1 teams plenty of reason to keep developing.

Did Mercedes sacrifice Abu Dhabi GP pace to exploit test day?

At the end of a Formula 1 season that Mercedes quite comfortably dominated, its defeat to Red Bull in the Abu Dhabi finale prompted some intrigue from a technical standpoint.

What Ferrari's new rake tells us about its 2021 F1 car

A handful of Formula 1 teams have already been openly testing 2021 parts, but in Abu Dhabi there was special interest in how Ferrari was evaluating the changes.

The 2021 design tweaks revealed in Abu Dhabi

Formula 1's opening day of practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was quite a low-key affair in terms of the battle for this weekend.

Why indecision dogged teams in attacking the Sakhir GP

The Sakhir Grand Prix was not the first time that Formula 1 teams have experienced back-to-back races at the same venue, but it was the first time that they had run on a different track layout.

Sakhir GP: Latest F1 technical developments from the teams

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments on display at the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Motorsport Images.

F1 tech: The 2021 parts teams are already testing

Renault became the latest team to sample the effects that rule changes will have on 2021 Formula 1 cars when it tested an experimental floor in Bahrain alongside new tyres.

Bahrain GP: Spotting the latest F1 technical developments

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments on display at the Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Motorsport Images.

Bahrain GP: Latest F1 technical developments

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments on display at the Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir, courtesy of Giorgio Piola.

How a set-up error disguised Red Bull F1's front wing progress

Red Bull’s front wing became a talking point following the Turkish Grand Prix, when Max Verstappen revealed that a settings error had scuppered his chances in the Formula 1 race.

Why the Racing Point is no longer just a ‘Pink Mercedes’

Racing Point enjoyed the most successful Formula 1 weekend under its current moniker in Turkey, as it grabbed pole position and took the runner-up spot in the race.

The three key front wing tweaks that Red Bull unleashed in Turkey

While the tricky track conditions at the Turkish F1 Grand Prix have been pivotal to the unpredictable form so far, early indications point to Red Bull having made a step forward.

Turkish GP: Latest F1 technical developments

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments on display at the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park, courtesy of Giorgio Piola.

What's new for Formula 1 2021

Formula 1 may be facing an unprecedented situation with teams carrying over their cars for a second season in 2021, but that does not mean everything is staying the same.

Why Ferrari has gone back to old ideas to move forward

Ferrari has been working hard in recent races trying out a raft of updates in a bid to make the progress it wants with its SF1000.

How Ferrari's Imola spec offers clues to hit-and-miss upgrades

Ferrari arrived at Imola in relatively high spirits given its recent results, with the team having found the right combination of upgrades and retrogrades in recent races to help unlock some of the SF1000's hidden potential.

How Ferrari's progress was helped by an old idea

Charles Leclerc's continued improved form for Ferrari shows the Italian team has turned the corner in Formula 1.

The updates that have helped Red Bull close in on Mercedes

Red Bull has made significant changes to the RB16 in the races leading up to Portugal and its progress is clear as once again Max Verstappen pushed rival Mercedes hard.

Portuguese GP: Latest F1 technical developments

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments on display at the Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Motorsport Images.

Ferrari to test 2021-spec floor in Portuguese GP practice

Ferrari will test a 2021-specification floor during Friday's free practice sessions at the Portuguese Grand Prix in a bid to get a head-start on next year's regulations.

Mercedes to run without DAS at Portuguese GP

Mercedes will test its car without its DAS system in practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix, as part of a learning exercise for next year.