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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Is Mercedes in trouble or is it part of a plan?

Judging the accurate performance of the Formula 1 field off the back of pre-season testing has always been a bit of a fool's errand.

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.

How Mercedes overcame latest F1 rules threat

In our latest instalment focused on Mercedes' amazing run of winning cars, we arrive at yet another rule change that the team dealt with in style to stop rivals catching up.

How Mercedes made its best car better

Mercedes hit the ground running when Formula 1’s turbo hybrid era began in 2014, as its W05 made perfect use of the best power unit to charge to world title glory.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Update package puts Red Bull ‘a lot closer’ to Mercedes

Alexander Albon believes the updates Red Bull brought to the Nurburgring for its RB16 Formula 1 car have drawn the team “a lot closer” to Mercedes.

Norris to race with new McLaren F1 nose concept

McLaren has committed to running its new nose concept on the F1 car of Lando Norris for the remainder of the Russian Grand Prix weekend in Sochi.

The upgrades Ferrari brought after hitting 'rock bottom'

Ferrari says the upgrades it tried out at the Russian Grand Prix are just the first step it needs to help it move away from its ‘rock bottom’ performance in Formula 1.

How Formula 1 is cutting downforce again for 2021

Formula 1’s 2021 regulations had already been changed once in order to cut downforce next year, so Pirelli’s current tyres would not get over-stressed by increased forces.

The F1 upgrades that spurred Mercedes on to a Mugello 1-2

Mercedes made some small but meaningful tweaks to its W11 as Formula 1 raced at Mugello for the first time in the Tuscan Grand Prix, with both the front wing and T-Wing treated to optimisations.

Giorgio Piola's history of F1 steering wheel evolution

Formula 1 steering wheels have changed dramatically down the years, as more control has been put at the drivers’ fingertips – allowing them to make the most subtle of changes and find the edge over rivals.

How low can you go? Skinny Monza F1 wings explained

Monza holds a special place on the calendar, owing to the unique challenge that it poses to engineers and drivers alike. While higher top speeds are achieved elsewhere, its unique layout prompts many designers to create specific rear wing designs for this one race each year.

Under the skin of Red Bull’s F1 quest to catch Mercedes

Red Bull wanted to be quick out of the blocks in 2020, but has openly admitted that the RB16 hasn’t been good enough in the opening rounds of the championship.

F1 technical update: Racing Point, Mercedes, Red Bull & Ferrari

Keep up to date with what’s new in our regular technical updates. Today, let’s look at five outfits at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix – Mercedes, Ferrari, Racing Point, McLaren and Red Bull.

Why Mercedes gets uncomfortable when the pressure goes up

Max Verstappen’s victory for Red Bull at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix came as a relief for many, as Mercedes dominance until that point raised the spectre of a season-long ‘silverwash’.

F1 technical update: Mercedes, Ferrari, Racing Point & Red Bull

In the ongoing development war between Formula 1’s teams, keep up to date with what’s new in our regular technical updates. Today, let’s look at four outfits at the British Grand Prix – Mercedes, Ferrari, Racing Point and Red Bull.

Revealed: The hidden complexity of Red Bull’s amazing grid repair

Just when you think you’ve seen it all in Formula 1, the Red Bull mechanics performed a trick ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix that the greatest of magicians would have been proud of.

F1 technical update: Mercedes, McLaren, AlphaTauri & Racing Point

In the ongoing development war between Formula 1’s teams, keep up to date with what’s new with our regular technical updates. Today, let’s look at four outfits at the Hungarian GP – Mercedes, McLaren, AlphaTauri and Racing Point.

F1 technical update: Ferrari’s recovery push hindered by tokens

Ferrari has begun to put valuable mileage on a major update package it first brought to Austria as it bids to get its SF1000 nearer the front of the grid.

F1 technical update: Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren & Williams

In the ongoing development war between Formula 1’s teams, keep up to date with what’s new with our regular technical updates. Today, let’s look at three outfits at the Styrian GP – Ferrari, Red Bull Racing, McLaren and Williams.

Explained: Ferrari’s fast-tracked F1 upgrade package

Ferrari has fast-tracked the updates originally scheduled for the Hungarian Grand Prix in an effort to improve pace and collect back-to-back data at the Red Bull Ring that will prove invaluable as it attempts to improve the SF1000.

What’s at the heart of Mercedes’ recent gearbox trouble?

Mercedes has made important changes underneath the bodywork ahead of the Styrian Grand Prix, in a bid to alleviate the gearbox problems that marred their race last week at Red Bull Ring.

Revealed: How Red Bull added flavour to its F1 rear wing

If you had to describe the Red Bull RB16’s rear wing as a flavour until this point in F1 2020, it would have been vanilla, such was its simplicity when compared with far higher degrees of complexity elsewhere on the grid.

Red Bull’s new nose hints at fresh direction

Red Bull handed Max Verstappen exclusive use of a new nose concept at the Austrian Grand Prix that hints at a fresh direction for the team in its push to bring more performance to its RB16.

Why there’s more to Mercedes than a new paint scheme in Austria

Mercedes arrived at the Austrian Grand Prix with a collection of new parts as it continues to push forward in the defense of its world championships.

Revealed: Renault’s key element of its triple F1 update package

Renault has brought a triple update package to Austria, with parts originally scheduled to arrive at races in Vietnam, the Netherlands and Spain now available for the first race of the season.

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

Formula 1 really has been a three horse race for a number of years now, with Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull ruling the roost.

The small wing detail that shows Mercedes is still pushing

While much of the focus of the changes to the Mercedes 2020 car have revolved around its new sidepod arrangement and DAS (Dual Axis Steering), there are some other important details that highlight how aggressive the team is in trying to find performance.

Motorsport Heroes: The Ferrari that made Massa F1 champ for 38s
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Motorsport Heroes: The Ferrari that made Massa F1 champ for 38s

In Motorsport Heroes, the full-length feature film by Manish Pandey now available on Motorsport.tv, four legends of our sport share their life stories. Here, we look at the machinery that almost powered Felipe Massa to the 2008 world title.

How Mercedes has taken F1 brake design to the next level

Mercedes has made no secret of the fact that every element of its 2020 Formula 1 car has been improved for this year.

How Mercedes made DAS the perfect front-end fit

Mercedes’ controversial Dual-Axis Steering device was likely to be the big story of the Australian Grand Prix, until the coronavirus pandemic became the only narrative in town. Now that the dust has settled on the non-start to the 2020 Formula 1 season, let’s take a detailed look at how this innovative system is installed in the W11 chassis.

How Red Bull struck an early tech blow against Mercedes Australian GP
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How Red Bull struck an early tech blow against Mercedes

A wheel has yet to be turned in the Formula 1 World Championship but tensions are already high in Melbourne, as the teams begin to jockey for position and dispute the legality of each other’s machines.

Tech breakdown: Under the skin of the new Mercedes Prime

Tech breakdown: Under the skin of the new Mercedes

In a pre-season video, Mercedes introduced us to its 2020 challenger with technical director James Allison, who eloquently broke down some of the car’s key design aspects. So let’s take an in-depth look at the myriad detail changes he talked about.

How Leclerc has tailored new Ferrari to maximise starts

In his second year at Ferrari, and now signed up through 2024, Formula 1 young gun Charles Leclerc is looking at ways to better accommodate his own needs behind the wheel of the SF1000.

Tech insight: What’s behind Red Bull’s new aero package?

Red Bull has introduced a selection of new parts on the second day of the final Barcelona pre-season F1 test, as it looks to hone in on the aerodynamic package that we will likely see at the first race of the year.

Tech insight: A closer look at the Alfa Romeo C39

Alfa Romeo teased fans a few days ago with images of the C39 in a shakedown livery ahead of pre-season testing. Revealing its car in full livery on Wednesday has now given us a chance to appreciate some of its new design aspects

Tech insight: Can Williams rise again with its new FW43?

Williams has had a tough few years from a technical standpoint but hopes are high that it can come out from the cold with its 2020 challenger – the Mercedes-powered FW43.

Discover the hidden technical secrets of Red Bull’s new RB16

To the untrained eye the RB16 might appear relatively similar last year's car, but further examination proves that Red Bull has been hard at work, not only refining pre-existing concepts but also learning lessons from others and pushing the design envelope even further – as you’d expect from technical team led by Adrian Newey.

What's behind Mercedes' extreme new sidepods

Mercedes may be coming off the back of another F1 title double, but that has not stopped it taking a design concept originally introduced by Ferrari in 2017 and then taking it a step further.

Ten key design points on the new Ferrari SF1000

Using the Ferrari SF90 that raced last year as a yardstick with Giorgio Piola’s latest sketches of the SF1000 overlaid, let’s dive in and unlock the differences between these two machines...

Tech insight: What's behind new Red Bull nose

Red Bull's new RB16 may look at first glance to be an evolution of last year's car, but there are some intriguing differences that will have grabbed the interest of rival teams.

Five key design points on the new Haas VF-20

The Haas F1 Team revealed what Formula 1 designers would call a “very beige” 2020 car on Thursday, which continues to feature many of the so-called ‘listed parts’ available via its technical collaboration with Ferrari.

Tech insight: What we can expect from the 2020 F1 Mercedes
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Tech insight: What we can expect from the 2020 F1 Mercedes

On the eve of a new Formula 1 season, one team will feel the weight of expectation like no other, having already achieved an uninterrupted sequence of six double world championships.

2019 tech verdict: McLaren on the road to recovery

Join us as we delve into Giorgio Piola’s 2019 archive and bring you insight into the relentless development undertaken by the teams throughout a season in the pursuit of more performance. In today’s gallery we will focus on… McLaren.

Tech verdict: How Mercedes struck back at Suzuka

Mercedes achieved a monumental feat in Japan, becoming the first team in the sport’s history to capture six back-to-back drivers’ and constructors’ F1 World Championships. What makes this particularly impressive is that it has been able to achieve this through a sequence of regulation changes, which shows it could adapt and develop to a range of circumstances.

Tech verdict: How Ferrari really turned the tables on rivals

Ferrari turned the tables on its Formula 1 rivals since the summer break, not only taking victories at low-downforce tracks where expectations were high, but also at races where they were expected to be on the backfoot. The result in Russia may not have swung in its direction, but the signs are there that it will be able to fight Mercedes more often at the remaining races this season.

Tech insight: The caped crusaders of the F1 paddock

The under-nose ‘cape’ is now less of a trend and more of a staple of Formula 1 car design in 2019. With Alfa Romeo recently joining the growing stable of teams to run the aerodynamic appendage – that takes the tally to over half of the grid.