Rewind to Formula 1's formative years, and it is easy to recognise when, why and how the flab developed. Generally recognised as the early- to mid-seventies, this period led to the rise of commercial sponsorship (primarily tobacco brands), influx and influence of motor manufacturers (led by Renault), growing interest from TV broadcasters beyond home races - and the rise of one Bernard Charles Ecclestone.
F1 never had it so good: on TV it was the only game in town Sundays post-lunch; fag companies, increasingly hit by advertising restrictions, threw millions at anything that moved; Renault upped the ante, leading with a full-blown PR/media charge; and Ecclestone entrepreneurially led F1's expansion across the globe off the back of the James Hunt/Niki Lauda rivalry that captivated hordes of new fans to the east and west of F1's heartland.
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
Stop undermining achievement in F1
Was Ferrari right to keep Kimi Raikkonen for 2016 F1 season?