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The contradictory 2019 rule change that 'fooled the FIA'
Less complicated front wings are F1's biggest change for 2019, but a new fuel limit will also be introduced in a bid to improve the championship's image. How necessary it was in the first place is something a number of leading figures are still questioning
The maximum amount of fuel that a Formula 1 driver can use over a race distance rises from 105 kilograms to 110kg in 2019, in a move that appears to contradict the ethos that efficiency is a cornerstone of the current hybrid regulations. So how did this change come about, and will it really make any difference?
For the first three years of the hybrid era the fuel limit was 100kg. Then in the build-up to 2017's big regulation changes it was realised that draggier, wide-track cars, with their high downforce levels allowing drivers to stay on the throttle longer, would impact consumption - so it was wisely decided to increase that to 105kg for '17. Despite the engine manufacturers continuing to explore the limits of efficiency that limit goes up by another five 5kg in '19.
Formula 1’s visits to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over recent years have been met with familiar criticisms despite tweaks here and there to the track to improve racing. With the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix largely going the same way, proper solutions need to be followed to achieve F1’s wider targets
Often described as Formula 1's laboratory, the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona gave the clearest demonstration yet of the pecking order in 2021. And it's the key discrepancies from that order which illuminate who is excelling, and who needs to hit the reset button.
An aggressive first corner move from Max Verstappen appeared to have set the Red Bull driver on course for victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. But canny strategy from Mercedes - combined with the absence of Red Bull's number two from the lead group - allowed Lewis Hamilton to pull off a demoralising reversal
Lewis Hamilton led the way in Friday practice for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, but there was one major encouraging sign for Red Bull. However, making good on that gain will require Max Verstappen to avoid repeating a mistake that left him well down the FP2 order...
Three points finishes from as many starts represents a decent opening innings on paper, but Daniel Ricciardo has endured a tough start to his McLaren career - only magnified his teammate's excellent form. Yet both he and the team have good reason to expect a turnaround soon.
OPINION: Going up against the dominant force of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton was always going to demand the best from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. But after making a couple more errors during the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Dutch driver showed there's a small gap he still needs to close in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight.
Red Bull's Portuguese Grand Prix fortunes were decidedly second best to Mercedes', but the result skews the potential that the team had at Portimao. With a new set of updates, the team looks good going forward into the rest of 2021's spicy F1 competition
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