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How serious is the threat to Renault's F1 future?
The 2019 season has not been one to remember for Renault, and questions are now being asked about the team's place in Formula 1. Is that really in jeopardy, and would its parent company be throwing away a potential bright future if it did exit?
From the moment Renault had Daniel Ricciardo's signature on a contract for 2019, the team's Formula 1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul accepted that his job would never be the same again.
Not from an immediate performance perspective, because both the team and seven-time grand prix winner Ricciardo knew this season would be a building block for bigger and brighter things for the future. Instead, what changed for Renault that day was that external expectations increased, and certainly far exceeded anything it thought was realistic for this year.
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.
No deadline for teams to sign new Concorde, says Carey
Carey: “No magic number” for races on F1 calendar