Piola's picks: Red Bull's urgent upgrade and teams' DRS tricks
Giorgio Piola starts his selection of the most intriguing Formula 1 tech updates from the Australian Grand Prix with a look at the upgrade Red Bull brought forward by a month, and how teams are changing DRS actuators to make the most of the new 2019 rules
In the first round of the season, the expected competitive order of this year's Formula 1 season was somewhat shuffled up: Mercedes blitzed to a one-two finish, Ferrari endured a nightmarish weekend and Red Bull kicked off its new relationship with Honda with a podium.
After setting modest times in testing, Red Bull threw a raft of new parts at its RB15 challenger in Australia to wade into the title fight - accelerating its development by bringing forward an update that had been earmarked for round three in China.
Mika Hakkinen became Michael Schumacher’s biggest rival in Formula 1 in the late-90s and early 2000s, having also made his F1 debut in 1991. But as MARK GALLAGHER recalls, while Schumacher wowed the world with a car that was eminently capable, Hakkinen was fighting to make his mark with a famous team in terminal decline
Before Michael Schumacher – or anyone else – had driven the 191 (or 911 as it was initially called), Eddie Jordan turned to a fellow Irishman to test his new Formula 1 car. JOHN WATSON, a grand prix winner for Penske and McLaren, recalls his role in the birth of a legend…
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With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...
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No-nonsense Albon "really impressed" Toro Rosso in Melbourne
FIA working on start lights solution for Bahrain GP