Behind the scenes of Red Bull's mission control
Regular viewers of Formula 1 will know that trying to second-guess in-race strategies can become part of the fun. But just how hectic can grands prix be for those whose job it is to execute the split-second decisions?
What was it that made us all fall in love with grand prix racing in the first place? It's that intoxicating cocktail of being caught in the moment, witnessing the battles on track and off, the personalities, the intrigue, the uncertainty, and that unprecedented intensity of spontaneous emotion when Toto Wolff pounds his fists on the table or Christian Horner's feet jiggle nervously as the denouement approaches.
Unless you work for a team - and that means actually living through the hard work, the stress, and the soaring peaks and crushing troughs of Formula 1 competition - then it's hard to fully comprehend how it can take over your life. Harder still to grasp how all that emotional investment gets wrenched and churned when those red lights go out on Sunday afternoon and everything is decided in two crazy hours.
Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Autosport's technical consultant
In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? STUART CODLING talks to the man in charge
Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?
OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation
OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history
Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead
Renault warns F1 against making 'frightening' changes to 2021 engines
Lando Norris: My F1 future depends on Fernando Alonso at McLaren