Matt Somerfield

Matt Somerfield

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The wing choice that impacted Sainz's top speed in Verstappen Canadian GP battle

Ferrari brought a new specification rear wing to the Canadian Grand Prix, aimed to decreasing drag and increasing top speed – key to its fight with the swift Red Bull Formula 1 cars.

Canadian GP: F1 technical developments from Montreal

Join us as we delve into the new and interesting technical features on display up and down the pitlane as teams prepare for the Canadian Grand Prix, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

The tiny change that shows Mercedes is not only thinking of porpoising

While Mercedes is still chasing answers for the porpoising problem on its W13 Formula 1 car, it showed in Baku that it is not focused only on its key issue.

How F1 teams combatted porpoising and unleashed performance

Formula 1’s switch to a car that derives more of its aerodynamic performance from the underfloor meant teams focused most of their efforts here in the opening part of the 2022 season.

Why Alpine's low-drag F1 updates should pay off in the short term

Alpine arrived at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with a range of new parts designed to improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the A522, with an emphasis on drag reduction.

How F1 teams have tried to cut back on drag in Baku

The Baku City Circuit represents a unique challenge for the teams, given the opposing requirements on downforce levels for the different parts of the track.

Azerbaijan GP: Latest F1 technical developments from pitlane

Here's a look at the new and interesting technical features on display up and down the pitlane as teams prepare for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

How F1 teams beat the unique technical challenges of Monaco

Monaco has always posed unique challenges that Formula 1 teams have to overcome with its cars to be successful around the streets of the principality.

What is behind Verstappen's recurrent DRS problems

Max Verstappen may have taken victory in Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix, but it wasn't without drama, especially with his DRS.

Five F1 Spanish GP updates you may have missed

Almost every Formula 1 team has new parts at its disposal in Spain this weekend as the development race ramps up.

The key tech points that put Aston Martin's F1 car updates in the spotlight

The upgrade package introduced by Aston Martin ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix is one of the most extensive on show in Barcelona, much of which draws parallels with the Red Bull RB18’s design.

Aston Martin reveals 'Green Red Bull' overhaul ahead of F1 Spanish GP

Aston Martin's Spanish Grand Prix updates have drawn multiple glances Barcelona with its new-look Formula 1 car, already earning it the 'Green Red Bull' tag.

The F1 rear wing differences between Red Bull and Ferrari

The lap time difference between Red Bull and Ferrari has been very small this year, but the two Formula 1 teams have taken a contrasting approach to set-ups.

Alpine to bring new F1 rear wing to Spanish GP

Alpine will bring a new rear wing to Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix as part of its upgrade push to help Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon.

The wide floor doubt over Mercedes' zero-pod F1 concept

Mercedes heads to this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix hoping to finally get an answer about whether or not its 'zero-pod' design has a future.

How Mercedes' Miami F1 updates yielded a false dawn

Mercedes had something of a false dawn at the Miami Grand Prix, with the Formula 1 team topping the times in Friday practice thanks to some upgrades.

How Mercedes hopes to gain from its extreme F1 front wing

Mercedes has played down expectations for its Miami Grand Prix upgrades, but the Formula 1 team’s ambitions are clearly based on a pretty innovative front wing revamp.

The Red Bull F1 'ice skate' that could be its porpoising cure

One of the key performance drivers for the current generation of ground effect Formula 1 cars is underfloor aerodynamics, an area that is often hidden from view.

The Alfa F1 philosophy shift that aided Bottas's Imola charge

Alfa Romeo's performance has been one of the surprises of the 2022 Formula 1 season so far, the Swiss squad a contender for best-of-the-rest honours behind Red Bull and Ferrari.

The Aston Martin F1 idea that Ferrari and Red Bull have copied

Formula 1’s frontrunning teams do not have a monopoly on the brightest ideas, and many times in the championship’s history some of the best concepts can be found on cars that aren’t battling for wins.

Mercedes experiments continue with Hamilton/Russell F1 wing choices

Mercedes remains adrift of the fight at the front of Formula 1 right now, with its focus still on solving the porpoising problems that are holding it back.

How new rules have changed the face of F1’s development war

Formula 1’s era of new cars has come as part of a package of rule tweaks that include a cost cap and sliding scale resource restrictions.

The Ferrari diffuser tweak that offers clues to its F1 upgrade plans

Ferrari has emerged as the car to beat in Formula 1 this season, with Charles Leclerc winning two of the first three grands prix.

How Red Bull began its RB18 F1 weight-saving push in Melbourne

Red Bull is under no illusions that to close its current Formula 1 performance deficit to Ferrari, it must make an aero step and reduce the weight of its RB18.

The glowing light that offered clues about Mercedes’ F1 recovery plan

Eagle-eyed observers of Formula 1's Australian Grand Prix could not help but notice a strange glowing light coming from beneath Lewis Hamilton's car at points of the race on Sunday.

The nose design quirk that will help Ferrari, Red Bull's upgrade push

Despite their strong start to the Formula 1 season, Ferrari and Red Bull know that success in the world championship depends on them bringing effective upgrades.

The low-drag F1 wing that helped Red Bull top Bahrain GP speed traps

While there was a growing consensus in the Formula 1 paddock last weekend that Ferrari had produced the best engine, it was actually Red Bull that topped the speed traps in Bahrain.

What has upset rivals over Mercedes’ F1 wing mirrors

While Mercedes’ new sidepods grabbed the main attention at last week’s Bahrain Formula 1 test, the most contentious part of its design has actually been its mirrors.

F1 regulations tweaked to allow floor stays, heavier cars

The FIA has rubber-stamped some last-minute changes to the Formula 1 regulations in a bid to help teams who have been fighting unexpected problems caused by the new 2022 rules.

How McLaren has addressed its F1 brake problem

After a solid first pre-season Formula 1 test in Barcelona, McLaren endured a more troubled time in Bahrain last week as its running was hit by brake problems.

How F1’s top teams have started to evolve their 2022 cars

Formula 1 teams may only have a few weeks of experience with the new 2022 cars, but that has not stopped them already starting to evolve and improve their designs.

The photo that offers clues about Mercedes’ F1 troubles

Lewis Hamilton’s declaration that Mercedes is not in a position to win Formula 1 races at this stage of the season says much about the extent of its testing troubles.

Red Bull reveals sidepod update in Bahrain F1 test

Red Bull revealed its latest updates on the final morning of the Bahrain Formula 1 test, with tweaks made to the sidepod design of its RB18.

Ferrari introduces floor tweaks for Bahrain F1 test

Ferrari may have opted against bringing any major upgrades to its Formula 1 car for the second pre-season test in Bahrain, but that hasn't stopped it looking for improvements.

What the F1 regulations says about Mercedes’ sidepod solution

Mercedes raised some eyebrows on the opening day of the second pre-season Formula 1 test when it rolled out its radical new sidepod solution on the W13.

Aston Martin reveals F1 mirror upgrade for Bahrain test

The Aston Martin Formula 1 team has adopted a new wing mirror design for the second pre-season test in Bahrain, with the new configuration given its first run-out on Wednesday.

Could Mercedes introduce radical 'zeropod' F1 design?

Mercedes is expected to arrive at Bahrain's second Formula 1 pre-season test with a much-evolved W13 car. But could a 'zeropod' approach with ultra-slimline sidepods be feasible?

Why Red Bull's RB18 innovation doesn't lie solely in its sidepods

After a much-hyped launch with a Formula 1 show car, Red Bull went low-key for its real RB18 reveal as it rolled out of the pits in testing.

Why McLaren avoided F1 porpoising headache at first test

McLaren was widely acknowledged to have been the team that suffered the least with porpoising during last week’s first Formula 1 pre-season test.

How porpoising has become the biggest F1 2022 headache

For anyone who has following the first pre-season Formula 1 test in Barcelona, there's one word that has popped up more than any this week: porpoising.

Why new Alpine F1 2022 design promises there’s more to come

Alpine is the last team to break cover in 2022 – albeit not the last car we’ve seen – as it unveiled the much-anticipated A522 on Monday.

The details that set Haas's real F1 2022 car apart

Haas may have been the first Formula 1 team to reveal its 2022 livery, but it waited until Monday morning to finally show off its actual car in the flesh.

What’s behind Mercedes' new wavy-edged F1 design

Great anticipation surrounded the launch of Mercedes' W13 Formula 1 car on Friday, as observers were eager to see how the reigning champion team would interpret the revamped technical rules.

Where Ferrari’s radical F1 design embraces the unconventional

The unveiling of Ferrari’s latest challenger is always one of the most anticipated events in Formula 1 and there was plenty to see when the covers came off its radical design for the F1-75.

What sets the Williams FW44 apart from its F1 2022 rivals so far

Williams unveiled its 2022 Formula 1 car during a shakedown at Silverstone on Tuesday following its livery reveal, and some details stand out about the FW44.

What Alfa’s shakedown reveals about F1 2022 design secrets

Alfa Romeo’s 2022 Formula 1 car has broken cover early, and the C42's first run at Fiorano revealed some intriguing design secrets despite its camouflaged livery.

The early trends that have eased fears over identical F1 2022 cars

Early concerns that the 2022 Formula 1 grid could be filled with lookalike cars, due to the strict constraints imposed by the revamped technical regulations, thankfully appear to be premature.

The standout design elements from the new AlphaTauri F1 2022 car

Two real 2022 Formula 1 cars have been revealed so far, the McLaren and Aston Martin offering up a different flavour in terms of design.

The bold F1 novelties spotted on the McLaren MCL36

McLaren revealed its new MCL36 with a vibrant new livery, but there are as many novelties in the design details as there are with its bold colour choice.

The hidden details that underpin F1's first real 2022 car

Aston Martin has become the first team to give us a genuine look at a real 2022 Formula 1 car, following the launch and planned shakedown of its AMR22.

The key features of Aston Martin's 2022 F1 car

After a false start for Formula 1's launch season with a Haas livery and Red Bull show car, Aston Martin finally showed us a genuine 2022 challenger at its launch.

The design trends to watch in the 2022 F1 car launches

The images of the Haas Formula 1 car may not have been the finished article, but they still gave us answers about how teams are interpreting the 2022 rules.

Why F1's engine freeze for 2022 could have a big impact

The arrival of Formula 1’s all-new aero rules has slightly overshadowed another regulation change that could impact the grid for years to come - the engine freeze. 

What can we really expect from the 2022 F1 car designs?

The countdown to Formula 1’s new era car launches is underway, as teams put the final touches to their 2022 challengers. Here's what we can expect from the revamped regulations.

What Pirelli’s 18-inch wheels change for F1’s designers

Formula 1 is embracing an all-new car design for 2022 season, with a significant push from the series bosses on making the cars able to race each other more closely.

Why FIA hopes F1's new rules won't repeat mistakes of 2009

Formula 1 chiefs are under no illusions that the new 2022 rules will be perfect, with the FIA open that there are a few things it could have done better.

The steering wheel changes Mercedes prepared for Russell

George Russell was always clear that his outing for Mercedes at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix delivered him knowledge that could be put to good use on his return to Williams.

The McLaren F1 configuration that has helped Sainz shine at Ferrari

Carlos Sainz Jr has stood out in Formula 1 this season as the driver who adapted quickest and best to a new team.

The photos that offer clues to Red Bull's rear wing problems

Red Bull heads into this weekend’s Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix hoping to have solved the rear wing problems that have plagued it in recent F1 events.

Red Bull still needs fix for ‘flappy’ F1 wing problems

Red Bull has admitted it is still chasing a fix for the ‘flappy’ rear wing problems that it has suffered from at recent Formula 1 events.