The culture clash at the heart of Red Bull's stalled Porsche partnership
OPINION: From the moment talk of Red Bull teaming up with Porsche in Formula 1 started it sounded like a match made in heaven. But as the situation became clearer the devil in the detail put the partnership into doubt, with the two sides wanting different things
Red Bull was a disruptive force when it blew its way into Formula 1 in 2005. From the ashes of a Jaguar team muzzled by corporate obliviousness - famously, Ford overlords in Detroit were unaware why millions were being paid to a 'Mr E Irvine' - here grew a lithe operation. It turned up the music, constructed the 'Energy Station' in the paddock and presented its unashamedly vibrant self, while Christian Horner was by some way the youngest team principal.
Seventeen years later, the marketing department still works hard to sell a similar image. Think of the squad’s grand prix drivers racing Aston Martins while towing caravans or the spectacle of putting a set of snow chains on an RB7 before sending it up a ski slope. How about the Red Bulletin from this year’s Austrian GP, which ran a cartoon of sustainability superhero ‘Sensibleman’. This was the tale of Sebastian Vettel, his eyepatch-wearing cat sidekick Doctor M and archnemesis Smog Demon, otherwise known as F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.
In the hands of Ayrton Senna the actively suspended 99T would be the last F1 race-winning Lotus but, as STUART CODLING reveals, it was a complicated machine that caused more problems than it solved
Formula 1’s transformation into a global sport meant the gradual extinction for a small team determined to stay true to its low-budget roots. But Tyrrell would eventually be reborn as a world-beating outfit again, explains MAURICE HAMILTON, albeit in different colours…
Many doubted Lewis Hamilton’s move from McLaren to Mercedes for the 2013 Formula 1 season. But the journey he’s been on since has taken the Briton to new heights - and to a further six world championship titles
OPINION: With teams outside the top three having struggled in Formula 1 in recent seasons, the rules changes introduced in 2022 should have more of an impact this season. How well Haas does, as the poster child for the kind of team that F1 wanted to be able to challenge at the front, is crucial
OPINION: Although the central building blocks for Mercedes’ recent, long-lasting Formula 1 success were installed before he joined the team, Toto Wolff has been instrumental in ensuring it maximised its finally-realised potential after years of underachievement. The 10-year anniversary of Wolff joining Mercedes marks the perfect time to assess his work
Alpine’s signing of Pierre Gasly alongside Esteban Ocon revives memories of a famous all-French line-up, albeit in the red of Ferrari, for BEN EDWARDS. Can the former AlphaTauri man's arrival help the French team on its path back to winning ways in a tribute act to the Prancing Horse's title-winning 1983?
OPINION: A system to score all the grands prix from the past two seasons produces some interesting results and sets a standard that 2023 should surely exceed
Who was the fastest driver in 2022? Everyone has an opinion, but what does the stopwatch say? Obviously, differing car performance has an effect on ultimate laptime – but it’s the relative speed of each car/driver package that’s fascinating and enlightening says ALEX KALINAUCKAS
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