F1 2023 floor changes will cost teams half a second in lap time

Wed, 01/04/2023 - 04:17
In the wake of the problems that a number of teams faced last year with excessive bouncing, the FIA intervened to try to eradicate the phenomenon.
As well as introducing a short-term fix by the use of an Aerodynamic Oscillation Metric (AOM), F1's governing body also pushed through changes to the 2023 technical regulations.
One of the key ones was a 15mm raising of the floor edges, which is ...Keep reading
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Three-seater F1 car to make Adelaide appearance

Wed, 01/04/2023 - 02:09
The Arrows AX3 will take part in demonstration runs around the shortened version of the famous Victoria Park circuit that is used for the festival.
Fans will have the chance to win rides in the car as part of a giveaway that will be launched soon.
Arrows originally developed and built the AX3 for promotional purposes back in 2001.
The cars were based on the Arrows A21 that has been used ...Keep reading
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How Ken Block came oh-so-close to a Formula 1 test

Tue, 01/03/2023 - 17:03
While the American's competitive arena was in rally cars, the influence he had stretched far beyond asphalt and gravel stages, and reached not only into the Formula 1 paddock, but the wider world too.
Block's Gymkhana videos were the stuff of legend, as his groundbreaking use of social media to make the thrills of modern motorsport mainstream was streets ahead of anything championship ...Keep reading
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Verstappen doesn't know why he crashes with Hamilton so often

Tue, 01/03/2023 - 14:40
The pair have clashed five times, a list including multiple incidents in the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, since the start of 2021 in their closely-fought and controversial title battle season at the end of F1’s previous rules cycle and the conclusion of last season.
Most of the incidents occurred during 2021, but at the penultimate round of the 2022 season, which Verstappen had ...Keep reading
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Ferrari set to hit weight targets with 2023 F1 car

Tue, 01/03/2023 - 10:51
As part of an optimisation process conducted over the winter, Ferrari has targeted key areas of improvement that it thinks can lift its chances for the new season.
The first is in aerodynamics, with the team set to further refine the innovative scoop sidepods to help better manage airflow, both in improving downforce and also in reducing drag.
Beyond that, Ferrari also wants to reduce the ...Keep reading
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Why the FIA's hope for new F1 teams will be easier said than done

Tue, 01/03/2023 - 08:33
Gone are the days when it was a fight for teams to survive in F1. Not long ago, even the tally of 10 was an achievement - only nine raced towards the end of 2014 - so why not open things up and give F1 more cars, more drivers and more action?
It's something FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem, publicly for the first time, has now expressed a desire in exploring. In a tweet sent from his official ...Keep reading
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Brawn: My phone is always on if F1 needs any help

Tue, 01/03/2023 - 05:30
After a recent spell as F1's managing director of motorsport, Brawn elected to step away and into retirement following the 2022 season.
But after a career that included taking his own team to the F1 title in 2009, plus playing a key role in Ferrari's dominance in the 2000s, Brawn does not want to turn his back completely on the series.
Instead, he says that if there are any areas that he can ...Keep reading
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FIA president wants to start process for new teams to join F1 grid

Mon, 01/02/2023 - 12:46
The F1 grid has stood at 10 teams since the collapse of the Manor squad at the end of the 2016 season, but the series has enjoyed a significant commercial boom in the meantime.
It has led to a number of parties publicly expressing a desire to join the F1 grid, the most notable being Andretti Global, headed up by Michael Andretti.
Until now, the FIA has not made any public indication that it ...Keep reading
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Chinese GP organisers target 2023 F1 calendar return as COVID restrictions ease

Mon, 01/02/2023 - 06:41
F1 has been unable to race in China for the past three seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions put in place.
The Chinese GP did appear on the provisional 2023 F1 race calendar, only to be dropped due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, with no replacement event named and the season reduced to 23 rounds.
But at the end of last year, Chinese authorities announced ...Keep reading
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Aston Martin: New F1 factory will be a "game changer"

Mon, 01/02/2023 - 05:39
Aston Martin is currently still working from the original Jordan factory that was first used in 1991, with many employees located in a temporary stack of cabins alongside the main building and the wind tunnel staff working at the Mercedes facility in Brackley.
The new facility that is being built alongside its existing base will see everyone in one building, with the entire design department in ...Keep reading
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Albon understands why Ricciardo needs year away from F1

Mon, 01/02/2023 - 04:25
After being dropped by McLaren for 2023, Ricciardo made it clear that he did not have a serious interest in potential opportunities with teams like Haas and Williams.
He preferred instead to take a year out in a third driver role with Red Bull, allowing him to take a step back and find new motivation ahead of a hoped-for return to a race seat in 2024.
Having spent a year on the sidelines in ...Keep reading
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Williams needs "rolling pin" to iron out peakiness with 2023 F1 car — Albon

Sun, 01/01/2023 - 09:49
Albon, who replaced George Russell this season at the Grove outfit after a year on the sidelines, suggests that the FW44 was too peaky in terms of its performance over a range of different circuits.
Albon scored points on only three occasions in 2022, with a high of ninth place in Miami. He’s hoping that the new FW45 will be more consistently competitive and create more points-scoring chances ...Keep reading
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Newey expects "tough year" against Ferrari, Mercedes: "They’ll be right back"

Sun, 01/01/2023 - 03:49
Red Bull completed its first double championship win since 2013 last year as Max Verstappen clinched his second drivers’ title with four races to spare, which the team followed by sealing the constructors’ crown at the next round in the USA. 
Verstappen won a record 15 races through 2022, while Red Bull set a new record for the number of points scored by a team through a single ...Keep reading
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How F1’s new practice rule allowed more rookies to shine in 2022

Sat, 12/31/2022 - 10:30
The new regulation meant teams were obliged to give two free practice sessions per season to a driver who had not yet competed in more than two grands prix. 
As teams fulfilled this requirement, a total of ten ‘rookies’ who had not taken part in a race got their opportunity to run in practice. 
There was also Pietro Fittipaldi, who had already contested two races for Haas in ...Keep reading
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Why F1 world titles haven’t changed Verstappen

Sat, 12/31/2022 - 03:46
The Red Bull driver said at the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix that win or lose his epic fight with Hamilton and the Briton’s Mercedes squad that he would be satisfied with the outcome. 
Over one year on, where there is evidence to both suggest his 2021 triumph did alter Verstappen’s approaching to racing Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Hamilton’s teammate George Russell, but was still ...Keep reading
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P6 seemed like "best scenario" for Alfa Romeo after F1 shakedown struggles

Fri, 12/30/2022 - 11:02
The team secured its best constructors’ championship finish since 2012 by holding on to sixth place ahead of Aston Martin at the final race of the season despite finishing tied on points. 
Alfa Romeo took sixth on countback thanks to Valtteri Bottas’s fifth-place finish at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in April, which was a better result than either Aston Martin driver managed all ...Keep reading
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Why Williams F1’s other racing team is one of the busiest in motorsport

Fri, 12/30/2022 - 09:01
Who can forget its entry in the British Touring Car Championship in the late 1990s, with the team central to the boom years of super touring.  
Then there was the role that Williams played in developing some iconic racing machinery – including the Metro 6R4 Group B rally car and the Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LM. 
But now it’s amazing to think that the only motorsport team ...Keep reading
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F1 2022 tech review: How Red Bull unlocked dominance from its RB18

Fri, 12/30/2022 - 05:57
However, it would be wrong to say that such brilliant form was obvious when it first emerged, or indeed even when it first raced.
For having had to give second best to Ferrari early on in the season, it was only an intense development push from the energy drinks giant that helped it go on to achieve what it did.
Let’s take a look at how Red Bull turned its RB18 ...Keep reading
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Water pump revamp to address Renault engine reliability woes

Fri, 12/30/2022 - 03:49
While Alpine made good progress in speed terms in 2022, as it emerged as best-of-the-rest behind Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes, it did endure a spate of frustrating retirements too. 
Those DNFs left Fernando Alonso particularly annoyed, especially as a run of engine failures ran almost all the way to the end of the season. 
Speaking after another retirement in Mexico, Alonso said ...Keep reading
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F1's top 10 one-hit wonders

Thu, 12/29/2022 - 14:20
Excluding the anomalous Indianapolis 500, 26 drivers have taken a single world championship F1 success. Some of those drivers should have won many more races, while others got on the list through good fortune or an outstanding performance.
Here is our pick of F1's top 10 one-hit wonders, based on their drives to victory, the circumstances of that success and their overall careers. We’re ...Keep reading
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