The story of McLaren’s pioneering carbonfibre car predates McLaren as we know it. Had the chips fallen differently it might not even have been a McLaren – but, at the turn of the 1980s as it is now, money was the essential lubricant that greases the mechanisms of Formula 1. And F1 was where, in 1979, gifted engineer John Barnard and going-places Formula 2 team boss Ron Dennis wanted to be. Driven, ambitious, detail-minded and egotistical, both quietly carried chips on their shoulders regarding their lack of formal qualifications.
Dennis the mechanic-turned-entrepreneur embraced the modish cod-self-improvement of Edward de Bono’s thinking hats and the exhaustively abstruse phraseology which came to be known as ‘Ronspeak’. Over one or two glasses of wine too many after a chaotic Ferrari test in the late 1980s, Barnard would confide to a Sunday Times journalist that in the company of engineers blessed with doctorates and such he still feared being seen as an “uneducated blacksmith with oily hands”.
OPINION: Formula 1's sprint race trial at Silverstone drew mixed feedback on Saturday, but there remained the true test of how it would impact Sunday's Grand Prix. While fans were busy marvelling at Fernando Alonso's progress, a key lesson was being learned that would directly contribute to the dramatic lap one clash at Copse the following day
OPINION: Formula 1’s 2021 title fight turned ugly last weekend when Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided at the start of the British Grand Prix. Verstappen thankfully walked away unharmed, but this had been a clash long-since coming
Formula 1 provided its clearest example yet of what the 2022 cars are set to look like when it presented a full-scale concept to the world during the build-up to last weekend’s British Grand Prix. Underneath the special shiny livery was a design that hinted at the future, but teams will be digging into key areas that may reap differing results
The 2021 British Grand Prix will live long in the memory for the dramatic clash between Formula 1's two title protagonists, which opened the door for other drivers to capitalise. One did so in spectacular fashion, while others fluffed their lines
A poor start for Valtteri Bottas and the lap one clash between Formula 1's 2021 title protagonists gave Charles Leclerc a surprise lead in the British Grand Prix that he almost held to the end. Here's how the Ferrari driver came close to a famous victory, ultimately denied by a recovering Lewis Hamilton three laps from home
Red Bull and Max Verstappen scored an early blow against Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes at Silverstone, with sprint qualifying race victory. But that doesn’t mean Sunday’s grand prix is a foregone conclusion. Although Verstappen starts as the favourite, here’s why Mercedes still holds hope of winning
Formula 1 returns to Silverstone this weekend, but despite its familiarity to all the teams it is no picnic. Here are five of the key points for engineers to consider prior to the British Grand Prix
Tyre pressures in the spotlight as F1 awaits Pirelli Baku report
Tost: Gasly now one of the “absolutely top drivers” in F1