Graeme Lowdon on Virgin's deal with McLaren
After a difficult start to its second season in Formula 1, including a parting of ways with Wirth Research, Virgin Racing received a welcome boost when it announced a new technical tie-in with McLaren. AUTOSPORT spoke to sporting director Graeme Lowdon about what the deal means for his team…
The build-up to the British Grand Prix could have been turbulent for Virgin Racing, with the team announcing only a few weeks ago that it was to part ways with its technical director Nick Wirth.
On Monday July 5, however, the team received a welcome boost by revealing it had concluded a deal to receive technical assistance and advice from McLaren. As part of the deal, Virgin will have access to McLaren's facilities - such as test rigs, simulators and computer technology - plus its wind tunnel.
Some 18 drivers have finished runner-up to Lewis Hamilton on his way to 100 wins. Three of those recall their battles with Formula 1’s centurion and give their personal insights into the seven-time world champion on his rise to unchartered territory
Until rain turned the Russian Grand Prix on its head in the closing stages, Lando Norris was set to convert his first Formula 1 pole position into a maiden win. But having recovered well from being shuffled back at the start, Hamilton and his Mercedes team called the changing conditions spot-on for a landmark 100th F1 victory
At the Italian Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo turned around a troubled F1 season and, in F2, Oscar Piastri demonstrated once again that he is a potential star of the future. BEN EDWARDS weighs up the prospects of F1 having two Australian stars
Michael Schumacher is the latest sporting superstar to get the ‘Netflix treatment’, with a special documentary film airing on the US streaming giant’s platform this month. DAMIEN SMITH has the inside track on how the filmmakers gained access to tell the human story behind one of Formula 1’s most publicity-shy champions - while the man himself, for obvious reasons, is in absentia…
For the second race in a row, Mercedes has ended the first day of track action on top. It’s in a commanding position at the Russian Grand Prix once again – this time largely thanks to Max Verstappen’s upcoming engine-change grid penalty. But there’s plenty to suggest all hope is not lost for the championship leader at Sochi
OPINION: With its days apparently numbered, the MGU-H looks set to be dropped from Formula 1’s future engine rules in order to entice new manufacturers in. While it may appear a change of direction, the benefits for teams and fans could make the decision a worthwhile call
Team Lotus ceased to exist in 1994 - and yet various parties have been trying to resurrect the hallowed name, in increasingly unrecognisable forms, ever since. DAMIEN SMITH brings GP Racing’s history of the legendary team to an end with a look at those who sought to keep the flame alive in Formula 1
In the magazine: British Grand Prix special
Setting the scene for the British Grand Prix