The larger-than-life figure of Professor Sid Watkins casts a long shadow, as perhaps it should. In these more enlightened times it's hard to visualise the world inhabited by the likes of Jackie Stewart, who once awoke on the floor of a circuit medical centre, such as it was, to find it dirty and littered with cigarette ends. Medical coverage was patchy - Stewart took to bringing his own doctor after finding that the local medic at one race was actually a gynaecologist - right up until Bernie Ecclestone recruited Watkins at the end of the 1970s.
Post-Sid, we cling on to the romantic notion of the 'Formula 1 doctor', upon whom anyone in the paddock could call to resolve a medical complaint, but who also stood guard over the drivers in action, riding to the rescue, pausing only to stub out his cigar before rolling up his sleeves and administering life-saving treatment trackside. And yet things have changed; you won't find a humidor in the AMG Mercedes medical car, and its occupant isn't a flamboyant character, as in the past, but a qualified specialist with a specific remit.
Personable, articulate and devoid of the usual racing driver airs and graces, Nicholas Latifi is the last Formula 1 driver you’d expect to receive death threats, but such was the toxic legacy of his part in last year’s explosive season finale. And now, as ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains, he faces a battle to keep his place on the F1 grid…
Modern grand prix drivers like to think the tyres they work with are unusually difficult and temperamental. But, says MAURICE HAMILTON, their predecessors faced many of the same challenges – and some even stranger…
Gordon Murray's Brabham BT46B 'fan car' was Formula 1 engineering at perhaps its most outlandish. Now fan technology has been successfully utilised on the McMurtry Speirling at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, could it be adopted by grand prix racing once again?
The seven-time Formula 1 world champion has been lumbered with a duff car before the 2022 Mercedes. Back in 2009, McLaren’s alchemists transformed the disastrous MP4-24 into a winning car with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel. And now it’s happening again at his current team, but can the rate of progress be matched this year?
OPINION: Ferrari's numerous strategy blunders, as well as some of his own mistakes, have cost Charles Leclerc dearly in the 2022 Formula 1 title battle in the first half of the season. Though he is locked into a deal with Ferrari, few could blame Leclerc if he ultimately wanted to look elsewhere - just as Lewis Hamilton did with McLaren 10 years prior
After being ditched by McLaren earlier in his F1 career Sergio Perez fought his way back into a seat with a leading team. BEN EDWARDS thinks the same could be happening to another member of the current grid
Winner of 13 grands prix including Monaco and survivor of a life-changing plane crash, David Coulthard could be forgiven for having eased into a quiet retirement – but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, in fact he’s busier than ever, running an award-winning media company and championing diversity in motor racing. Not bad for someone who, by his own admission, wasn’t quite the fastest driver of his generation…
Formula 1 has ambitious goals for improving its carbon footprint, but could this include banishing its favoured composite material? PAT SYMONDS considers the alternatives to carbonfibre and what use, if any, those materials have in a Formula 1 setting
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