Why Red Bull's Mexico victory underlined a time-tested Newey strength
Max Verstappen's dominant run to victory in the Mexican Grand Prix owed much to a brilliant first corner move - which as well as sublime skill, required him to have total trust in his machinery. The efficiency of Red Bull's aerodynamic package was a key differentiator between it and Mercedes on race day, and points to the continued impact of an F1 heavy-hitter
Within the 30 years since an Adrian Newey-designed Formula 1 car first won a race, the championship's landscape has changed significantly.
In 1991, when Newey’s FW14 first won at the Mexican Grand Prix thanks to the endeavours of Riccardo Patrese, F1 was embarking on the road to becoming a more professional, technologically advanced battleground. In the following years, the deadwood teams had been slashed and burned. Their demise and the boom in budgets paved the way for the mid-2000s manufacturer expansion, which imploded only a few seasons later ahead of F1’s cultural shift to a more accessible, fan-friendly and franchised championship.
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From ranking as one of the most impressive new teams to join the Formula 1 grid, Haas’s stock has plummeted along with its on-track performances over the past two seasons. Everything now hangs on whether its reforged alliance with Ferrari can deliver a better car – and whether its rookie drivers can set aside their quarrels. OLEG KARPOV asks if any of these goals are achievable…
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The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was a race packed full of incident as Formula 1 2021's title contenders repeatedly clashed on track. Lewis Hamilton won out over Max Verstappen to level the scores heading into next weekend's Abu Dhabi finale, as Jeddah turned F1 into a drama series
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Earning praise from rivals has been a welcome sign that Lando Norris is becoming established among Formula 1's elite. But the McLaren driver is confident that his team's upward curve can put him in the mix to contend for titles in the future, when he's hoping the compliments will be replaced by being deemed an equal adversary
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