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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.

How a mistake helped create an 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.

Gallery: All of Niki Lauda's F1 cars

On the anniversary of the death of the great Niki Lauda, we look back at the cars that helped define his brilliant career and were observed up close by Giorgio Piola.

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.

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.

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

What F1's 2020 wing designs tell us about each team - Part III

A new rules package introduced last year led to a diverse selection of front wing designs, with even the frontrunners choosing very different designs. Now, after a year of development, we look at what lessons have been taken on board.

Giorgio Piola’s F1 tech decades: The big bang 1980s, part two

Giorgio Piola has been at the forefront of F1’s technical coverage throughout his career, helping to make the complex sport we love a little easier to understand. In this series of articles dedicated to his illustrative genius, we’ll uncover the cars that have captured his imagination.

Giorgio Piola’s F1 tech decades: The big bang 1980s, part one

Giorgio Piola has been at the forefront of F1’s technical coverage throughout his career, helping to make the complex sport we love a little easier to understand. In this series of articles dedicated to his illustrative genius, we’ll uncover the cars that have captured his imagination.

What F1's 2020 wing designs tell us about each team - Part II

A new rules package introduced last year led to a diverse selection of front wing designs, with even the frontrunners choosing very different designs. Now, after a year of development, we look at what lessons have been taken on board.

What F1's 2020 front wing designs tell us about each team

A new rules package introduced last year led to a diverse selection of front wing designs, with even the frontrunners choosing very different designs. Now, after a year of development, we look at what lessons have been taken on board.

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.

The secrets of Formula 1's six-wheeled racer

On this day in 1976, one of Formula 1’s most unique cars made its debut at the Spanish Grand Prix when Tyrrell introduced its infamous six-wheeled P34.

How McLaren and Ferrari went to war with the rules in '76

Formula 1’s epic battle for the 1976 world championship title between James Hunt and Niki Lauda will go down in history as one of the best ever.

How Formula 1 car safety changed forever after Imola 1994

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.

Banned: Why Mercedes' double DRS was outlawed

Not all solutions in Formula 1 that face regulatory scrutiny are banned outright. In fact, many get at least a small stay of execution.

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.

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.

The Ferrari idea that shaped current F1 car thinking

Formula 1 teams never unlearn anything, so when good ideas get banished because of rule changes – often designers spend a lot of time trying to work out how to regain that lost advantage.

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.

The car that changed Formula 1 history

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

What we know about Formula 1's 2020 cars so far

Formula 1's 2020 cars may not yet have run in anger on an official grand prix weekend, but pre-season testing and the build-up to Melbourne has already offered us a good glimpse at what teams have come up with.