The tech gun helping teams to master F1’s 2021 tyres

F1 teams well know that mastering knowledge of tyres is key to unlocking performance from their cars in both qualifying and in races. It’s why so much work is done in checking on tyre temperatures and durability over the course of every F1 test and practice session.But eagle-eyed observers at Bahrain’s F1 pre-season test last weekend spotted a select number of technicians doing something …Keep reading

The DRS trick behind Tsunoda’s standout F1 Bahrain test lap times

Yuki Tsunoda was able to charge to second place in the final classification thanks to some rapid late runs on Sunday evening in Bahrain, ending testing just 0.093 seconds off Max Verstappen’s fastest time.It was a performance that turned heads throughout the paddock, not only for how good the AlphaTauri AT02 car is looking, but also for how well Tsunoda is already faring ahead of his F1 …Keep reading

Verstappen fastest on final F1 Bahrain test day

In a frantic final hour of the afternoon session Verstappen used Pirelli’s soft C4 compound to set a time of 1m28.960s, one tenth quicker than AlphaTauri’s rookie driver Yuki Tsunoda.After a tame morning session, in which most teams focused on long runs, times gradually started tumbling as day turned into night at the Bahrain International Circuit.Past the halfway point Verstappen used …Keep reading

Murray Walker in his own words

“We didn’t have a conventional holiday for 20 years. I’m not saying this looking for sympathy; that would never cross my mind. As far as I was concerned, I was on holiday all the time.”Journalist, broadcaster, bona fide national treasure, Murray Walker remains the voice of motor racing for an entire generation. Now 10 years into his retirement, he’s just as flat-out as ever. “I’ve got …Keep reading

Verstappen fastest after opening day of F1 Bahrain testing

In the final hour of the afternoon, Verstappen clocked a time of 1m30.674s with medium tyres on his RB16B to stay on top until the chequered flag.As expected, the four-hour session was plagued by a sandstorm that lowered visibility and grip levels at the Bahrain International Circuit.In the opening stages, few cars ventured out on track and those who did gingerly got to grips with the …Keep reading

Schumacher: Haas needs to be ‘feisty’ like team’s F1 2021 livery

Almost 30 years since his father, Michael, began his glittering F1 career, Schumacher Jr will join the grid for 2021 after winning the Formula 2 title last year.Schumacher will sample the Haas VF-21 car for the first time on Friday when pre-season testing begins in Bahrain, completing the early session before handing over to team-mate Nikita Mazepin.Haas unveiled the heavily-revised livery …Keep reading

Ferrari explains “radical change” to rear of SF21 F1 car

Ferrari revealed the SF21 in an online launch on Wednesday ahead of the car’s on-track debut in a shakedown tomorrow at the Bahrain International Circuit.As well as sporting a new two-tone red livery, complete with green Mission Winnow branding, the design of the SF21 car was notably different in places compared to its predecessor, the SF1000.Ferrari opted to spend its two development …Keep reading

Vettel: Nothing to prove to F1 critics who wrote me off

Four-time F1 world champion Vettel endured a disappointing 2020 campaign as he finished 13th in the drivers’ championship, scoring barely one-third of team-mate Charles Leclerc’s points total.Ferrari had informed Vettel prior to the delayed start to the season that he would not be retained for 2021, prompting the German driver to sign with Aston Martin.Vettel’s tough season with …Keep reading

Capito convinced Williams can match McLaren’s F1 revival

Williams announced in December that ex-Volkswagen motorsport chief and McLaren CEO Capito would be joining the team in the new year, bolstering its management team.Capito was the first high-profile arrival at Grove following the sale of Williams to American investment fund Dorilton Capital last August, marking the exit of the Williams family.The British team has finished last in the …Keep reading

Vettel “at peace” with himself over Ferrari F1 exit

Vettel was told before the delayed 2020 season start that his expiring Ferrari contract would not be renewed, as the Scuderia secured the services of McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr for 2021.During a disappointing year, Vettel often struggled to perform with a car that didn’t suit his driving style and he ended up being comfortably beaten by team-mate Charles Leclerc.Vettel was outqualified by …Keep reading