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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
I wouldn't say I was surprised, no. I've always had a feeling that Fernando wasn't finished with Formula 1. For the team, it's a bit of a coup, but with Sebastian Vettel on the market he's probably jumped at the chance to come back in. He's now 38, and will be 39 when the season starts, so knows he's going to be at the end of his racing career fairly soon.
I think he's grabbed it because he likes to be in the limelight and he's not got a full programme this year, which will be difficult at this stage of his career. But he's still fit and hungry, he can still achieve great things and I'm sure he will have gained an enormous amount from doing LMP1 with Toyota.
Wind tunnel work forms the bedrock of aerodynamic development in Formula 1. But as Pat Symonds explains, advances in virtual research are signalling the end of these expensive and complicated relics.
The newspapers, naturally, lingered over Max Mosley’s tainted family history and niche sexual practices. But this is to trivialise the legacy of a big beast of motor racing politics. Stuart Codling weighs the life of a man whose work for safety on both road and track has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, but whose penchant for cruelty remains problematic and polarising.
Sergio Perez has spent most of his career labouring in Formula 1’s midfield, wondering whether he’d ever get another shot at the big time. Red Bull has handed him that chance and, although life at the top is tough, the Baku winner is doing all the right things to get on terms with Max Verstappen, says BEN ANDERSON
Formula 1 has been tracking car performance using timing loops mounted every 200m around each circuit – to the extent that it was able to anticipate Ferrari’s 'surprise’ pole in Monaco. PAT SYMONDS explains what this means for this season and beyond
OPINION: After consecutive street races with contrasting highlights, one theme stood out which has become a prevalent issue with modern Formula 1 cars. But is there a way to solve it or, at least, reach a happy middle ground to help all parties?
OPINION: The Azerbaijan Grand Prix had elements that make Formula 1 really exciting – unpredictability and shock results. This resulted in heartbreak for several of the championship’s regular contenders and joy for others who rarely reach the ultimate limelight. And one of those on the Baku podium is riding a wave of form he’s keen to continue
OPINION: With the global pandemic still lingering, Singapore's grand prix has been cancelled for 2021, with more looking likely to follow. Although Formula 1 has TV deals and profits to chase, retaining a 23-race calendar could be most harmful to those who sacrifice the most for the championship.
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