Nothing could ever offset the humanitarian disaster that COVID-19 has presented to every aspect of our lives, but the strength of a civilised society is seen in its response to a crisis. Be it financial, medical or societal, there are many examples where adversity has been a precursor to an emergence into a leaner, fitter and more efficient way of doing things.
So it has come to pass in Formula 1 too. After the full impact of events in Melbourne hit home, both FOM and the FIA began working to see what could be done not just to survive the short-term effects of the virus but to seize the opportunity to bring Formula 1 back in a manner that would be more sustainable for the teams as well as providing the fans with the best possible spectacle under the inevitably difficult circumstances that the 2020 season was going to present.
Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well-aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead on pace. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping
For too long, F1's richest teams have justified being able to spend as much as they want because that's the way they've always conducted their business. STUART CODLING says that's no reason not to kick a bad habit
It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is not guaranteed
In 2017 new F1 technical regulations were supposed to add drama - and peg Mercedes back. STUART CODLING looks at the car which, while troubled, set the stage for the wide-bodied Formula 1 era
Three weeks is a long time in Formula 1, but in the reshaped start to the 2021 season the teams head to Imola to pick things up after the frenetic Bahrain opener. Here's what to look out for and the developments to follow at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. BEN ANDERSON looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…
Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says NIGEL ROEBUCK
McLaren ponders switch to low-rake car for 2021 F1 season
How Verstappen stacks up in F1's 70-year Silverstone speed battle