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The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team Plus

The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team

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

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences

When driver aids have the opposite effect

They're the tools that a driver can rely on to get them out of a fix, but driver aids don't always make their lives easier. As Lewis Hamilton's accidental application of the Mercedes 'magic button' in Baku demonstrates, there can be a downside to driver aids

From Senna's brilliance to tragedy: Tim Wright’s F1 testing tales Plus

From Senna's brilliance to tragedy: Tim Wright’s F1 testing tales

As Formula 1 prepares for the start of its three-day test in Bahrain this week, Autosport's technical consultant recalls days with McLaren and Benetton when testing was a far bigger part of an engineer's role

How the dull F1 finale could be improved Plus

How the dull F1 finale could be improved

The anticlimactic ending to the 2020 F1 season in Abu Dhabi left many wishing it had finished with the thriller in Sakhir one week before. But while the cars are partly to blame, a few simple layout tweaks could make a big difference

The challenges in getting a new driver up to speed in F1 Plus

The challenges in getting a new driver up to speed in F1

At the Sakhir Grand Prix, the trio of Jack Aitken, Pietro Fittipaldi and George Russell all had unfamiliar machinery to contend with. TIM WRIGHT explains what it's like bedding in new drivers from when mid-season replacements were more commonplace

How Bahrain showed F1's warrior mentality has never wavered Plus

How Bahrain showed F1's warrior mentality has never wavered

OPINION: Romain Grosjean's Bahrain crash brought back uncomfortable memories for Formula 1, but the mental strength of the shocked drivers to carry on was no less than their predecessors in times before social media and TV replays

Why F1's Imola experiment won't become a permanent fixture Plus

Why F1's Imola experiment won't become a permanent fixture

OPINION: Formula 1 introduced an abbreviated weekend format for its first Emilia Romagna Grand Prix that was met with plenty of praise from paddock insiders, but there are a few immovable stumbling blocks that will prevent it becoming the norm

Why F1's Portugal leveller isn't a reliable silver bullet Plus

Why F1's Portugal leveller isn't a reliable silver bullet

A track surface that was reluctant to yield grip left many drivers complaining in Portimao, but created mixed strategies and havoc at the start. Yet, while an enjoyable means of mixing the pack, F1 cannot always rely on it

What Red Bull needs to beat Mercedes Plus

What Red Bull needs to beat Mercedes

OPINION: Last weekend's Eifel GP was another case of close but no cigar for Red Bull as Max Verstappen again finished runner-up. But could Honda's imminent exit provide Red Bull with the unexpected impetus it needs to beat Mercedes?

Why Mercedes' mistakes aren't a question of complacency Plus

Why Mercedes' mistakes aren't a question of complacency

OPINION: Lewis Hamilton fell foul of the rules for the second time in three races at Sochi. Red Bull hinted that this could be due to complacency, but Autosport's technical consultant doesn't agree

The other factor that helped to make an exciting Tuscan GP Plus

The other factor that helped to make an exciting Tuscan GP

With the many incidents dominating the headlines after Formula 1's first visit to Mugello, the quality of racing in-between was largely overlooked. As Autosport's technical expert explains, a key circuit trait had a major role to play

How McLaren’s resurgence stepped up a level at Monza Plus

How McLaren’s resurgence stepped up a level at Monza

Even without the safety car and red flag which brought the Italian Grand Prix to life, it was likely that McLaren's Carlos Sainz Jr would have finished second. The team's former engineer Tim Wright says that can only be a good thing for Formula 1

Ask Tim: The underachieving F1 team that needs to "pull its socks up" Plus

Ask Tim: The underachieving F1 team that needs to "pull its socks up"

Autosport's technical expert answers your questions on F1's weight problem, the prospects of Williams scoring points in 2020 and why one team will need to recover quickly from its Spanish GP nadir

Ask Tim: Why the FIA was right and wrong on Racing Point Plus

Ask Tim: Why the FIA was right and wrong on Racing Point

Following an eventful weekend on and off the track at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, Autosport's technical expert answers your questions on the Racing Point controversy, Sebastian Vettel's continued poor form and a missing past phenomenon

Ask Tim: Why Albon isn't the biggest scapegoat at Red Bull Plus

Ask Tim: Why Albon isn't the biggest scapegoat at Red Bull

A heavy crash in FP2, dropping out in Q2 and an early skirmish with Kevin Magnussen meant Alexander Albon's British Grand Prix performance came under the microscope, but Autosport's technical expert says there's another figure that has been harshly treated

Ask Tim: How Hungary put the emphasis back on F1's rank and file Plus

Ask Tim: How Hungary put the emphasis back on F1's rank and file

In his post-Hungarian Grand Prix Q&A, Autosport's technical consultant gives his verdict on Ferrari's upgrades, Valtteri Bottas' failed pursuit of Max Verstappen and the heroics of his Red Bull mechanics

Ask Tim: Why F1 should expect fireworks from Alonso-Ocon in 2021 Plus

Ask Tim: Why F1 should expect fireworks from Alonso-Ocon in 2021

Following a Styrian Grand Prix high in intrigue on and off the track, Autosport's technical consultant answers your questions on the impending return of Fernando Alonso, McLaren's upturn in form and more woe for Ferrari

Ask Tim: Where does "embarrassed" Ferrari go from here? Plus

Ask Tim: Where does "embarrassed" Ferrari go from here?

Following an attritional start to the Formula 1 season in Austria, Autosport's technical expert weighs in on Ferrari's poor start to the season, the sensor problems that hampered Mercedes and the continued brake problems for Haas

Tim Wright: Safety cars saved a boring Austrian GP Plus

Tim Wright: Safety cars saved a boring Austrian GP

OPINION: As feared, Mercedes proved the class of the field as F1 resumed in Austria, but ironically problems for others requiring safety car interruptions helped to keep them in range. Despite the exciting finish, omens point to a similar result next week

Tim Wright's rundown of the 2020 F1 contenders Plus

Tim Wright's rundown of the 2020 F1 contenders

Ahead of the 2020 Formula 1 season's long-awaited start in Austria, Autosport's technical expert and ex-F1 engineer shares his thoughts on the teams that will have some work to do this weekend and the drivers with a point to prove

Ask Tim: The three keys to success in Austria Plus

Ask Tim: The three keys to success in Austria

Red Bull Ring set-up tips, the merits of adopting an IndyCar-style aeroscreen and a nightmare Austrian GP weekend for Stefan Johansson in 1987 are some of the topics discussed in our technical expert Tim Wright's pre-season Q&A

How do you set up an F1 car and other racing machines?

Getting the best set-up for a racing car unlocks a huge amount of performance, particularly in a single-spec series where everybody has the same basic kit

What makes a great racing circuit? Plus

What makes a great racing circuit?

OPINION: F1 circuit design has changed over the years, and the old public-road layouts have given way to purpose-built autodromes. But what makes a great circuit, and could 'classic'-influenced designs offer a way for F1 to return to its roots?

How a troubled racer became the last great Group C car Plus

How a troubled racer became the last great Group C car

After conquering the World Rally Championship in Group B, Peugeot's move into Group C 30 years ago wasn't without its problems. Our technical expert looks back at his time as part of the 905 programme and how it evolved to become a Le Mans great

How the 1986 Australian GP played out in the pitlane Plus

How the 1986 Australian GP played out in the pitlane

The 1986 Australian Grand Prix was the climax of a tense title battle between McLaren's Alain Prost and Williams duo Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet - but what was it like to be involved? Autosport's technical expert TIM WRIGHT recounts his experiences...

Mercedes' DAS: What is it, how does it work, and is it legal? Plus

Mercedes' DAS: What is it, how does it work, and is it legal?

Mercedes sent its rival F1 teams, the media and fans into overdrive when its front wheels were caught turning inwards in response to a steering input from Lewis Hamilton. Here we examine the tech behind the device that has caused so much commotion

How Ferrari plans to avoid another false dawn with "extreme" car Plus

How Ferrari plans to avoid another false dawn with "extreme" car

Ferrari became the first F1 team to reveal its 2020 challenger 'in the flesh' on Tuesday evening, and made no secret of the fact it has adopted a radical concept. The Autosport team - incuding our new technical expert - examines the SF1000