The ‘single bullet’ mentality behind Pourchaire’s F1 hopes

As Formula 1’s driver market ‘silly season’ wound down in 2021 and this year’s grid fell into place, Alfa Romeo left it late to finalise its line-up.Talks with Andretti over a possible takeover of the Sauber Group postponed a final decision on who would partner the incoming Valtteri Bottas in 2022. But the eventual collapse of talks meant that Guanyu Zhou clinched the seat to complete …Keep reading

The rise and fall of bargeboards in F1

Ross Brawn, together with F1’s technical working group, immediately singled out the complex aerodynamic solution as one of the changes required in order to reduce the aerodynamic wake created by the cars and help produce closer racing in future.In recent years, driven by the openness of the regulations in that region, the bargeboards had become increasingly complex – and by the end of 2021 …Keep reading

Ocon learned “quite a lot” from Alonso in first season as F1 team-mates

Alonso made his return to F1 in 2021 after two seasons away, partnering Ocon at Alpine.Ocon managed to score his maiden grand prix victory by taking a shock win at the Hungarian Grand Prix, aided by Alonso, who managed to halt Lewis Hamilton’s charge with a brilliant defensive display.The duo helped Alpine secure fifth place in the constructors’ championship, and appeared to enjoy a …Keep reading

Alpine: Strong end to 2021 just as important as Hungary F1 win

Before the summer break, Ocon triumphed in Budapest after a chaotic wet-weather start had propelled him into the lead, and the Frenchman held firm to take his maiden grand prix win and the Enstone team’s first victory since 2013.While Ocon’s win was an important milestone for Alpine in its quest to become a regular frontrunner, brand CEO Rossi says the constant progression he is seeing at the …Keep reading

Capito puts Williams F1 points breakthroughs down to “brave decisions”

After finishing last in the constructors’ championship for three years in a row, Williams rose to eighth place in the 2021 standings as the team enjoyed its most successful season since 2017.Williams ended a points drought dating back to Germany 2019 by finishing seventh and eighth in Hungary, capitalising on a race of attrition and the first-lap crashes to get both Nicholas Latifi and …Keep reading

Brown hopes to see “three or four cars” in F1 title hunt in 2022

Last year F1 enjoyed its most intense title finale since 2016, and its first true inter-team battle in a decade when Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton fought over the drivers’ championship until a gripping season finale in Abu Dhabi – which went Verstappen’s way in dramatic circumstances.The Verstappen-Hamilton duel reinvigorated the series after years of Mercedes …Keep reading

Perez: Lack of track time led to “slow adaptation” at Red Bull in F1

Perez joined Red Bull from Racing Point for 2021, becoming Max Verstappen’s fourth team-mate in as many seasons.The Mexican driver initially struggled to get to grips with the Red Bull RB16B car, which is known for requiring a very aggressive driving style, but he scored his second F1 win in Azerbaijan.Perez finished the season strongly with podiums in Turkey, the United States and …Keep reading

Russell ready for “most intense year of my life” in F1 with Mercedes

After three years with Williams, Russell has joined Mercedes full-time for the 2022 season, partnering seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.The promotion for Russell comes after five years with Mercedes’ young driver programme that saw him win titles in GP3 and Formula 2 before graduating to F1.PLUS: How Russell sees himself in the Mercedes-Hamilton superteam Speaking in an …Keep reading

The best F1 driver superteams: Senna, Prost, Hamilton, Alonso and more

Putting two great drivers together often brings success – but it can also create fireworks that damage the harmony inside a team. Even legendary combinations that have brought titles to their teams have sometimes ended in acrimony.PLUS: How Russell sees his place in the Mercedes-Hamilton F1 superteamHere’s our selection of some of the ultimate F1 superteams. For this list we’ve …Keep reading

Aston Martin announces exit of F1 team principal Szafnauer

Szafnauer had long been expected to leave his role at Aston Martin, with Autosport reporting back in November that he looked set to take up a senior role with the rival Alpine squad.Szafnauer said he had “no intention” of leaving Aston Martin and that he had a long-term contract in place, having dismissed reports as “pure media speculation and not based on fact”.But Aston Martin …Keep reading