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The perfect Formula 1 car from 2016 Plus

The perfect Formula 1 car from 2016

Mercedes swept all before it again in 2016, but it was not the perfect car - take some bits from rival teams and you'd have quite the potent racer...

F1's new development war has already begun Plus

F1's new development war has already begun

The last grand prix weekend before the winter offered teams a great opportunity to get a headstart on work for 2017

F1 teams still pushing with an eye on 2017 Plus

F1 teams still pushing with an eye on 2017

The F1 development race hasn't slowed down as much as expected in the final races of the current rules cycle, with teams still pushing to maximise running before the winter break and Mexico-specific solutions on show this weekend too

A glimpse at McLaren's 2017 work at Austin? Plus

A glimpse at McLaren's 2017 work at Austin?

McLaren struggled at Suzuka, but on Friday at Austin it introduced developments to its MP4-31 that could well have next season in mind

Engine oddities and aero tweaks at Suzuka Plus

Engine oddities and aero tweaks at Suzuka

At Suzuka, the major topic of discussion surrounding Mercedes remains last Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix engine failure

The unexpected technical upgrades at Sepang Plus

The unexpected technical upgrades at Sepang

While Kevin Magnussen's fire in the pits grabbed the headlines on Friday, given the F1 season is winding down there were a surprising number of car updates on show up and down the grid

Mercedes' suspension under the spotlight again Plus

Mercedes' suspension under the spotlight again

Further secrets of the Mercedes suspension system are emerging but moves to tighten the rules in this area have a different motivation, while Singapore looks like being the last roll of the 2016 dice for other teams' upgrades

F1 teams' low downforce secrets Plus

F1 teams' low downforce secrets

F1's development race is winding down with 2017's major rule changes looming, but the high-speed demands of Monza mean there are plenty of unique parts on show up and down the pitlane for this weekend

How Mercedes is recapturing the FRIC effect Plus

How Mercedes is recapturing the FRIC effect

Mercedes' new heave damper unit seems to be making up for the loss of an old technology, while Honda's engine upgrades, the late start of Sauber's development programme and hot weather headaches are also providing technical intrigue at Spa

What is Ferrari lacking this year? Plus

What is Ferrari lacking this year?

Ferrari started 2016 with high hopes and a new design philosophy, but has lost ground and now its technical director. What's gone wrong, and who can turn things around?

Ferrari headlines Hungary tech intrigue Plus

Ferrari headlines Hungary tech intrigue

While major developments are now limited as the 2017 rules approach, Ferrari's reaction to recent failures, Mercedes' secrecy and new items on the Red Bull and Manor were among the items catching the eye in the Hungaroring garages in practice

F1 teams' mid-season tech priorities Plus

F1 teams' mid-season tech priorities

While some Formula 1 teams are finding inventive ways to gather data for 2017's rules revolution, others are still flat-out on finding solutions for the weak points of their current packages

Tech: McLaren's wing, engine war and tyre tricks Plus

Tech: McLaren's wing, engine war and tyre tricks

With the current Formula 1 chassis rules soon to be binned, engine development is dominating the technical headlines - while FIA steps to prevent tyre pressure rules being circumnavigated also made the news in Austria

The tech tweaks required to conquer Baku Plus

The tech tweaks required to conquer Baku

A street track where the dominant characteristic is long straights, Baku is forcing all the Formula 1 teams to adapt their designs in ways unlikely to be seen elsewhere this season

Tech: Sweeping changes from Monaco to Montreal Plus

Tech: Sweeping changes from Monaco to Montreal

There are few greater technical contrasts than the Monaco and Canadian Grands Prix. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH looks at some of the parts unique to Montreal that teams have brought to achieve an optimum low-downforce set-up

Tech: How Monaco aero tricks have evolved Plus

Tech: How Monaco aero tricks have evolved

Formula 1 teams used to turn up to Monaco with all kinds of extreme high-downforce aero. That's no longer the case with higher-downforce run at most tracks in 2016, but there's one key area of the car where the innovation and variety is focused for Monte Carlo

How 'truck' technology is boosting F1 engines Plus

How 'truck' technology is boosting F1 engines

The need to produce more power from less energy in Formula 1 means manufacturers are leaving no stone unturned in their quest for horsepower. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH explains how truck-engine technology is a key part of this battle

Who brought the most upgrades to Barcelona? Plus

Who brought the most upgrades to Barcelona?

The Spanish Grand Prix weekend is always fascinating as teams bring major upgrade packages to their cars. But, as CRAIG SCARBOROUGH explains, some teams were much busier than others in that regard this year

How McLaren can shake up F1 midfield Plus

How McLaren can shake up F1 midfield

McLaren has promised a 'significant' upgrade package for the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH takes a look at how its MP4-31 has evolved so far in 2016, and assesses the impact more updates could have on the team's season

Tech: What are the aeroscreen's implications? Plus

Tech: What are the aeroscreen's implications?

Red Bull's aeroscreen was the technical innovation headline of Russian Grand Prix practice. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH analyses the concept, its potential effectiveness and practicality, plus how it would affect car performance overall

Shanghai tech: Ferrari's engine worries, Friday scares explained Plus

Shanghai tech: Ferrari's engine worries, Friday scares explained

CRAIG SCARBOROUGH's round-up of technical developments and intrigue from Shanghai includes suspicions of a Ferrari engine weakness, innovations at Haas and the full explanation of Williams's double puncture

Tech: McLaren headlines early upgrades Plus

Tech: McLaren headlines early upgrades

Only two rounds into the 2016 Formula 1 season, upgrades are already starting to appear. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH takes a look at the development parts that hit the track during Sakhir practice

Technical analysis of the driverless Roborace concept car

Motorsport is the ideal incubator for new technologies, and with the advent of autonomous cars on the domestic market, mixing the two makes a lot of sense, despite many conservative fans' disdain for races without drivers

F1 tech secrets on show in Australia Plus

F1 tech secrets on show in Australia

F1 teams have to leave behind their protective garage screens once the season starts, and that means CRAIG SCARBOROUGH had plenty of 2016 parts to spot for the first time in the Melbourne pits during free practice

The tech clues to 2016 F1 form Plus

The tech clues to 2016 F1 form

What did teams' development rates and strategies during testing tell us about how Formula 1 2016 might unfold? CRAIG SCARBOROUGH has some answers

Key tech talking points from test two Plus

Key tech talking points from test two

The compressed testing schedule meant major upgrades were thin on the ground this week, but Mercedes didn't relent and Toro Rosso caught CRAIG SCARBOROUGH's eye too

The top five tech ideas of F1 2016 so far Plus

The top five tech ideas of F1 2016 so far

Formula 1 development in 2016 is going to be all about innovative, intricate details rather than big, bold ideas, says CRAIG SCARBOROUGH as he picks the top five concepts seen so far

Analysis: How innovative is Mercedes' new Formula 1 nose?

After days of speculation over potential innovations, Mercedes' definitive 2016 Formula 1 nose finally made its debut at the Barcelona test on Thursday morning

Technical analysis: Formula 1's 2017 regulation revamp implications

Formula 1 teams finally reached a consensus on what could have been sweeping changes to the cars in 2017. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH looks at the new proposals

Technical analysis: Red Bull RB12 Plus

Technical analysis: Red Bull RB12

Red Bull is playing its cards close to its chest with the RB12, reckons CRAIG SCARBOROUGH, with plenty of new parts still to come - but some Mercedes inspiration evident

Technical analysis: Haas VF-16 Plus

Technical analysis: Haas VF-16

Haas isn't just a novelty because it's an American F1 team, it's a trailblazer for the 'listed parts' regulations. But that doesn't mean its car is a Ferrari copy, says CRAIG SCARBOROUGH

Technical analysis: Mercedes W07 Plus

Technical analysis: Mercedes W07

Mercedes has mixed evolution with some fresh ideas as it bids to continue its Formula 1 domination. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH evaluates what's new on the W07

Technical analysis: McLaren MP4-31 Plus

Technical analysis: McLaren MP4-31

Lofty ambitions went unfulfilled for McLaren and Honda in 2015, and all eyes will be on the partnership again this year. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH inspects the MP4-31, and how McLaren hopes to turn its fortunes around

Technical analysis: Williams FW38 Plus

Technical analysis: Williams FW38

Williams has worked hard to address the specific weaknesses that held its 2015 car back, but does its '16 design contain enough new ideas to make progress beyond that, wonders CRAIG SCARBOROUGH

Technical analysis: Ferrari SF16-H Plus

Technical analysis: Ferrari SF16-H

Ferrari didn't have to do much more to catch Mercedes, but there's evidence of plenty of changes on the SF16-H says CRAIG SCARBOROUGH - including many ideas seen elsewhere in the field

Your F1 tech questions answered Plus

Your F1 tech questions answered

Which was the key technical development of the 2015 Formula 1 season? Will the nostrils be back? Will the 2017 ideas work? CRAIG SCARBOROUGH answers your questions on F1 tech

Why McLaren's F1 concept car should be taken seriously Plus

Why McLaren's F1 concept car should be taken seriously

McLaren's radical MP4-X Formula 1 concept car caught the eye, but our technical expert CRAIG SCARBOROUGH explains why there's far more to it than a simple off-season PR stunt

F1 teams reveal 2016 tricks in Abu Dhabi Plus

F1 teams reveal 2016 tricks in Abu Dhabi

F1 teams are already counting down the weeks to the start of pre-season testing for 2016. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH looks at what we can learn about next year's cars from the Abu Dhabi GP

Tech: Mercedes' S-duct explained Plus

Tech: Mercedes' S-duct explained

Mercedes caught the eye with an 'S-duct' in practice. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH explains the device, plus why Red Bull needs to adapt its car to the upgraded Renault and the other tech news from Brazil

F1 technical analysis: How McLaren-Honda is 'copying' rivals

Fernando Alonso's claim over the Mexican Grand Prix weekend that McLaren has identified areas from rival Formula 1 teams it can copy for 2016 marks a change in thinking

How Mexico is forcing teams to innovate Plus

How Mexico is forcing teams to innovate

Altitude, thin air, long straights, varied corners and very low grip are making the revamped Mexico City a huge technical challenge for Formula 1 teams. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH explains how they are adapting

Tech: F1 teams surprise in America Plus

Tech: F1 teams surprise in America

The US Grand Prix's on-track action has been disrupted by the weather, but the teams have been incredibly keen to fit a lot of new parts this weekend. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH explains

Video: F1's new exhaust rules Plus

Video: F1's new exhaust rules

In his latest technical video CRAIG SCARBOROUGH explains F1's new exhaust rule, a new aspect to Mercedes' front wing and how sparks have made an aesthetically-pleasing return this year

F1's new exhaust rules explained - will the cars be louder in 2016?

Formula 1's push to make its latest-generation engines louder has stepped up a gear with the FIA approving rule changes around the cars' exhaust systems

Getting inside Honda's F1 power unit Plus

Getting inside Honda's F1 power unit

Honda's power unit has been one of the biggest talking points of the 2015 Formula 1 season. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH takes a closer look at its composition, and dissects the update the Japanese manufacturer brought to Sochi

Video: McLaren, Mercedes and Ferrari upgrades Plus

Video: McLaren, Mercedes and Ferrari upgrades

Back-to-back Formula 1 weekends in Singapore and Japan brought a raft of updates across the big teams. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH explains what changed for McLaren, Mercedes and Ferrari

How teams are chasing more downforce Plus

How teams are chasing more downforce

The Singapore Grand Prix is all about teams finding as much downforce as they can - and it's a valuable chance to test parts for upcoming races. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH details the raft of changes in the pitlane this weekend

What are F1's cockpit safety solutions? Plus

What are F1's cockpit safety solutions?

Justin Wilson's fatal IndyCar accident has brought the topic of driver safety in single-seater racing back into focus. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH explains how closed cockpits and other options could work

Mercedes steals Monza tech headlines Plus

Mercedes steals Monza tech headlines

At a track where all Formula 1 teams have different packages to reduce drag, it's Mercedes' major engine upgrade that has dominated paddock tech talk, says CRAIG SCARBOROUGH

Technical analysis: The latest 2017 Formula 1 aero suggestions

AUTOSPORT technical expert CRAIG SCARBOROUGH examines the detail of Charlie Whiting's latest information on the 2017 Formula 1 rules revamp

Tech: Mercedes' twisted wing explained Plus

Tech: Mercedes' twisted wing explained

Formula 1 teams have come up with a variety of wing solutions for Spa's twin demands of long straight and fast corners. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH highlights Mercedes and Ferrari, plus McLaren's updates

Teams pile on the summer upgrades Plus

Teams pile on the summer upgrades

The Hungarian Grand Prix offers the last chance for F1 teams to try out new parts before the summer break. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH details what everyone has been up to

Ferrari's Mercedes-inspired upgrades Plus

Ferrari's Mercedes-inspired upgrades

Ferrari's quest to compete with Mercedes has led it to learning technical lessons from its Formula 1 rival. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH explains in his latest video, and also takes a look at the B-spec Force India

Ground effect aerodynamics proposal for Formula 1 2017 revamp

One of the proposals to make Formula 1 cars significantly faster for 2017 involves the return of ground effect underbodies, AUTOSPORT has learned

Tech: Force India's unique new car Plus

Tech: Force India's unique new car

Force India's long-awaited 'B-spec' car is a major change with some unique features, and it appears to be working, says CRAIG SCARBOROUGH, who also analyses upgrades at Ferrari and Manor

F1 testing tech: Teams push the limits of the rules in Austria

The recent return of in-season testing in Formula 1 has rarely provided any surprise parts appearing on the cars, but this week's two days in Austria proved otherwise

Video: McLaren's technical upgrade Plus

Video: McLaren's technical upgrade

McLaren introduced a raft of upgrades for the Austrian Grand Prix. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH's videos explain what has changed, and also gives insight into how DRS works

Austria a key race for tech upgrades Plus

Austria a key race for tech upgrades

Williams, McLaren and Toro Rosso have brought the biggest upgrades to Austria. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH analyses them, and reveals how Mercedes is tackling its hot seats and how little downforce Red Bull is running

F1 technical analysis: McLaren's big Austrian GP aero upgrade

As part of its bid to regain competitiveness, the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team introduced a major update, led by a new short nose, for the Austrian Grand Prix

Canada tech: Teams adapt to front wing rule Plus

Canada tech: Teams adapt to front wing rule

With teams adapting to tougher front wing flexing rules, upgrading engines and tweaking set-ups for a low-drag track, CRAIG SCARBOROUGH has found plenty of interest in the Montreal pitlane