How 2019 designs were maximised for extreme Monza
As Monza is the only circuit that really requires Formula 1 cars to find every last bit of speed thanks to its many straights, the designers face a one-off challenge at the Italian Grand Prix every year. Here's what they came up with in 2019
A Formula 1 throttle pedal gets its biggest workout of the year at Monza and, for three-quarters of every 3.6-mile lap, each driver pushes theirs to its limits. To borrow parlance from a driver's lexicon, each straight must be 'maximised' to tempt the speedometer to tick over one more digit before the brake pedal is similarly abused into the corners.
Each year at the Italian Grand Prix, a single extra Newton of drag is about as unwelcome as an ant at a picnic, and hence all the cars are trimmed out as much as they possibly can be to service each team's desire to have the slipperiest car of all. But at the same time, they actually need to have sufficient grip to navigate three Variantes, two Lesmos and a Parabolica without having to tip-toe around them.
Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen's clash in Austin has thrust the debate about rights and wrongs of wheel-to-wheel combat firmly into the public spotlight, prompting complaints about the Formula 1 rules process. But what can the FIA do to prevent the issue resurfacing?
Supremacy in the McLaren vs Ferrari fight over third place in the constructors’ championship has ebbed and flowed between the two teams so far in the 2021 Formula 1 season. But for several key reasons, right now it seems the advantage has swung decisively back to the Scuderia and McLaren knows it.
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On a baking hot afternoon at the returning Circuit of the Americas, Formula 1 drivers were tested to their limits. As the pressure on the title contending squads reaches an ever-greater level of intensity, the foremost challengers again showed their class, but were outshone by a standout drive from the upper midfield
Three years on from Kimi Raikkonen's last Grand Prix victory at Austin, he is now six races away from ending the longest Formula 1 career in history. His friend and former Ice1 Racing rally team PR man ANTHONY PEACOCK explains why there’s nobody quite like the 2007 world champion and why F1 will miss him (but he won’t miss it)
It's 50 years since Jo Siffert was killed in his prime at Brands Hatch. The Swiss scored just two world championship wins in a Formula 1 career spent largely with privateer teams, but showed on numerous occasions in single-seaters and in sportscars with Porsche that he could beat any of the best drivers of his era given the right equipment
As Red Bull and Honda go all-out for victory in the Japanese engine manufacturer’s last season of its latest Formula 1 dalliance, Max Verstappen finds himself thrust into a compelling title fight with Lewis Hamilton. He told OLEG KARPOV about his evolution into a world championship contender and why Red Bull's no compromise ethos suits him down to the ground
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