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Is there value in crossovers like Hamilton/Rossi? Prime

Is there value in crossovers like Hamilton/Rossi?

Is there any value for a Formula 1 team in organising a crossover such as Valentino Rossi and Lewis Hamilton's? Can Ferrari gain from an early car launch? Gary Anderson answers these questions and more

Gary Anderson: How F1's 'privateers' really fared in 2019 Prime

Gary Anderson: How F1's 'privateers' really fared in 2019

F1's Class B battle has really come into its own in recent seasons and the unofficial 'best of the rest' category often provides as much excitement if not more than there is at the front.

F1's big four teams' real 2019 performance levels revealed Prime

F1's big four teams' real 2019 performance levels revealed

Three of Formula 1's four biggest outifts underwent major changes in 2019 - but though the power unit pecking order was transformed, Mercedes' lead on the operational side remains as big as ever.

What F1 learned from Ferrari's fuel breach

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix may not have featured much action on-track, but a pre-race controversy ensured there was still plenty to be discussed.

Will new rules force Mercedes into concept change? Prime

Will new rules force Mercedes into concept change?

With Formula 1's rules for 2021 now in place, will standard-setting Mercedes now be forced into a philosophy change? Our Technical Consultant tackles this, as well as Haas's struggles and Honda's engine strengths

Why 2021 rules won't attract new F1 teams Prime

Why 2021 rules won't attract new F1 teams

Will F1's 2021 overhaul appeal to new teams? What impact will the absence of Toto Wolff have on Mercedes in Brazil? Should F1 switch to biofuels? Would Eddie Irvine have been a deserving or flukey world champion?

Why Renault must learn from McLaren to ensure its F1 future Prime

Why Renault must learn from McLaren to ensure its F1 future

The 2019 Formula 1 season has not lived up to the big promises made at one team in particular: Renault. But there could be light ahead of the team, if it learns the lessons being taught by its current customer squad.

Why is Ferrari's engine legality always being questioned? Prime

Why is Ferrari's engine legality always being questioned?

Why is Ferrari's Formula 1 engine being scrutinised? How did Racing Point find out about Renault's brake bias system? Is Sebastian Vettel any good at car development? Our ex-F1 technical director answers these questions and more

What Ferrari has to do to match Mercedes' dominance Prime

What Ferrari has to do to match Mercedes' dominance

Mercedes' era of dominance is casting a shadow on the success Ferrari enjoyed during its Michael Schumacher days, but the Silver Arrows squad has one key skill that its Formula 1 rival must learn to dethrone it.

Is McLaren's return to Mercedes a humiliation? Prime

Is McLaren's return to Mercedes a humiliation?

Given McLaren's language around its move to Honda, is returning to Mercedes an embarrassment? Our technical expert answers this and more of your questions

The data revealing where Mercedes is really losing out Prime

The data revealing where Mercedes is really losing out

Ferrari's engine advantage has been talked up throughout 2019, but is it the real difference-maker? Gary Anderson's analysis of the Sochi weekend suggests there's multiple factors in the Ferrari/Mercedes battle

One of F1's craziest grands prix remembered Prime

One of F1's craziest grands prix remembered

It's 20 years since Johnny Herbert and Rubens Barrichello came from the midfield to score an astonishing 1-3 finish for Stewart at the Nurburgring. Gary Anderson, the team's technical director at the time, relives that wild day

Why Leclerc wasn't the most wronged driver in Singapore

Ferrari scored a 1-2 in Singapore, and it only came after the unexpected result of Sebastian Vettel's undercut, which frustrated Charles Leclerc. But in the pack behind, another team made a different tactical misstep that cost a driver dearly.

How would qualifying races change F1? Prime

How would qualifying races change F1?

What impact would the mooted Saturday qualifying races have on grands prix? Can Sebastian Vettel recover Ferrari's focus from Charles Leclerc? Does DRS need to be 'BoP-esque'? Our ex-Formula 1 technical director answers these questions and more

How Ferrari's victories expose its biggest weakness Prime

How Ferrari's victories expose its biggest weakness

Ferrari restored some credibility with wins in Belgium and Italy, but the characteristics of both tracks helped it out. Our technical expert pored over the data from the first of those races - and believes it indicates another Ferrari victory may be a while off

Gary Anderson: Ferrari and Mercedes both made strategy errors

Our ex-Formula 1 technical director analyses the tactics used by Ferrari and Mercedes during the Belgian GP, as well as examining what can be done to reduce some of the risks shown by the events of a tough weekend for motorsport.

Is there enough time to design cars for 2021? Prime

Is there enough time to design cars for 2021?

Our technical expert gives his thoughts on the changing function of technical directors in modern Formula 1, as well as offering his take on the events of the first half of the 2019 season

Gary Anderson: Red Bull hung Verstappen out to dry in Hungary

Red Bull said it saw no way of pitting Max Verstappen for a second time without consigning itself to defeat in the Hungarian Grand Prix, but that decision left our technical expert shouting at his TV to try something different.

Why Ferrari must be regretting its off-season changes

Ferrari had the pace to take pole in Germany and could have won the chaotic race, but the team was again undone by issues. This, argues former Formula 1 technical director Gary Anderson, is a result of changes the team has made to itself.

The fundamental flaw with F1's 2021 plan Prime

The fundamental flaw with F1's 2021 plan

After Formula 1's intentions for the 2021 rules reset became clear last week, our technical expert received many questions on this topic. He therefore gathered together several to present his thoughts on a critical moment for the championship

The Red Bull-era weakness that is still plaguing Vettel

As Sebastian Vettel suffered another high-profile mistake at Silverstone, his young Ferrari team-mate was impressing once more at the sharp end. Our technical expert explains a flaw Vettel showed at Red Bull, and how it is rearing its ugly head again.

Why truly fixing F1 may mean upsetting the purists Prime

Why truly fixing F1 may mean upsetting the purists

Is Ferrari still coming to terms with Charles Leclerc's lost victory in Bahrain? Should Red Bull drop Pierre Gasly? And how much of a problem are the front wings on Formula 1 cars? Our technical expert answers these questions and more

Mercedes' cooling "Achilles' heel" explained Prime

Mercedes' cooling "Achilles' heel" explained

Mercedes suffered its first defeat of the 2019 season in Austria last weekend, which it put down to poor performance in the sweltering heat. Our technical experts explain how high temperatures can thwart even the strongest Formula 1 squads

Why the F1 formbook disappeared in Austria

The Austrian Grand Prix was one of the most exciting in recent seasons and stood in stark contrast to the dullness of the previous race in France. Our technical expert outlines the factors that led to such a cracking race.

The magic bullet Mercedes might have found

Mercedes has produced a perfect Formula 1 season so far in terms of race wins and there have been several theories expounded to explain this. After the team dominated again in France, our technical consultant thinks he's spotted a new reason.

Should Ferrari give up on error-prone Vettel? Prime

Should Ferrari give up on error-prone Vettel?

After Sebastian Vettel made another mistake that led to his penalty in Canada, should Ferrari replace him? Should bargeboards be banned? What should be Formula 1's future engine technology? Our technical expert answers your questions

The bigger frustrations within Vettel's farcical penalty

The Montreal stewards' ruling didn't just cost Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari a victory, it cost Formula 1 credibility and potentially fans. Our ex-F1 technical director expert columnist cannot fathom it.

A radical proposal to improve overtaking in F1 Prime

A radical proposal to improve overtaking in F1

Is the size of the current generation of Formula 1 cars affecting racing, and should it therefore be reduced? Why was Ferrari so impressive in winter testing if it has issues warming its tyres? Our technical expert answers these questions and more

Ferrari is self-destructive, Renault is all talk

The Monaco Grand Prix proved yet again that Ferrari is incapable of reacting to situations quickly enough, and that Renault is still flattering to deceive, says our technical expert.

How did McLaren get Indy so wrong? Prime

How did McLaren get Indy so wrong?

Should Fernando Alonso shoulder some of the blame for McLaren's Indianapolis 500 embarrassment? How will spec brakes change F1? Our technical expert answers those questions and more, as well as sharing his memories of racing at Zandvoort

Is downforce Ferrari's only problem? Prime

Is downforce Ferrari's only problem?

Does Ferrari simply lack downforce, can other teams adopt Red Bull's front suspension idea, and were pundits too harsh on McLaren pre-season? Our technical expert answers these and other questions, and shares a tale of when Ayrton Senna helped Jordan

Ranking F1's most and least improved teams in 2019

While the battle between Ferrari and Mercedes at the front of the Formula 1 field has occupied the spotlight, our technical expert has been analysing performance trends across the entire grid - and the team that's made the biggest gains isn't one you'd expect.

Why Rosberg is wrong about the 2019 Ferrari Prime

Why Rosberg is wrong about the 2019 Ferrari

Nico Rosberg recently suggested that Ferrari's 2019 Formula 1 car has been pitched in the wrong place aerodynamically. Our technical expert tackles a question on that topic and many more

Ferrari's early struggles pile pressure on Binotto

After Mercedes claimed a third one-two finish of the 2019 Formula 1 season, pressure is rising at Ferrari. All the teams privately agree that Ferrari won the testing war, but our technical expert says it needs to make good on that potential - and do so fast.

Why F1 rules standoff is "scarily similar" to Brexit Prime

Why F1 rules standoff is "scarily similar" to Brexit

Is Formula 1's standoff on 2021 regulations similar to the Brexit scenario in the UK? Gary Anderson tackles these questions and more as F1 heads to its 1000th GP

Ferrari's Bahrain edge goes beyond straightline speed

Ferrari may not have won the Bahrain Grand Prix, but its performance impressed our technical expert, who believes the team learned a lot from its Melbourne struggles.

Did the Australian GP flatter Honda's progress? Prime

Did the Australian GP flatter Honda's progress?

Honda got its first podium since returning to Formula 1. But did the Australian Grand Prix's layout flatter it? Our technical expert answers this and a host of other questions

Flexy floors and impervious sieves - Whiting remembered Prime

Flexy floors and impervious sieves - Whiting remembered

Our technical consultant remembers Charlie Whiting - the man who swapped pushing the F1 technical rule limits for guarding them, and maintained his focus to keep F1 at the cutting edge for four decades.

Has Williams used Lowe as a scapegoat? Prime

Has Williams used Lowe as a scapegoat?

Is it right for Paddy Lowe to have seemingly been blamed for Williams's dire state? Our technical expert answers this and a host of readers' questions about 2019 Formula 1 car designs and development ahead of the season opener

Formula 1 teams ranked after the first test Prime

Formula 1 teams ranked after the first test

The 'actual' laptimes in Formula 1 testing rarely reveal the true story, so we've delved into the data and factored in tyre choices and adjusted fuel loads to attempt to rank how the 10 teams actually stand at the end of week one

What the FW42 reveals about Williams's plight Prime

What the FW42 reveals about Williams's plight

The 2019 Williams challenger finally hit the track after two and half days of Formula 1 testing had passed by. The new car looks basic compared to its rivals, but it has potential if the team makes the right developments

Why there's much more to come from new Racing Point Prime

Why there's much more to come from new Racing Point

Under its new ownership, Racing Point starts 2019 with a brighter future and more resources compared to the uncertainty of the end of the Force India era. The initial version of the RP19 hints at what's to come.

Toned down Alfa still has the makings of a midfield leader Prime

Toned down Alfa still has the makings of a midfield leader

Certain elements of Alfa Romeo's new F1 car are less extreme than the version spotted in action last week, but the C38 seen in testing still has the hallmarks of a machine ready to help the team pick up where it left off at the end of last season

Ferrari reveals its tech strategy for toppling Mercedes

Ferrari has come closest to toppling Mercedes over the past two Formula 1 seasons, but failed to keep up its momentum each time. Has its off-season shake-up had the desired effect and made its 2019 car the one to beat?

Has McLaren learned from its mistakes? Prime

Has McLaren learned from its mistakes?

Stuck in a transitional time between technical management departures and arrivals, McLaren needs its MCL34 to be a step forward after last year's misery. Has it done enough?

Aggressive Red Bull design shows Honda's progress

The Honda engine is one of the biggest question marks heading into the 2019 Formula 1 season - but the Adrian Newey-designed Red Bull's integration of it hints at the manufacturer's off-season progress.

How Mercedes is pushing for perfection with W10 Prime

How Mercedes is pushing for perfection with W10

Mercedes is clearly not taking anything for granted with its 2019 car. There's nothing revolutionary or outwardly aggressive, but it's pushing to get even more from its previous design concepts and trying out intriguing ideas

The question marks over the new Renault Prime

The question marks over the new Renault

Renault has plenty to prove in 2019 as it bids to break away from the midfield and make serious ground on F1's top three. The first images of its new car suggest something is missing - is this just its launch spec, or is its design too conservative?

How Toro Rosso moved closer to Red Bull with STR14 design

Toro Rosso is no longer flying the Honda flag solo in Formula 1, and the first images of its new STR14 show how it's rebuilding closer design ties with big brother Red Bull for 2019 after a period of greater independence.

What the new Haas reveals about 2019 F1 design trends Prime

What the new Haas reveals about 2019 F1 design trends

Haas is the first team to reveal its 2019 Formula 1 challenger, which has been built to a new set of rules ahead of the wider changes coming for 2021. Although not a revolution, it gives insightful pointers on how the teams have adapted to the changes

The month that can make or break an F1 season Prime

The month that can make or break an F1 season

The various pressure points of a Formula 1 season lie ahead for the teams, but few match the stresses of February - which can make or break the year ahead

How a new F1 design can go wrong Prime

How a new F1 design can go wrong

Formula 1 teams are currently preparing to launch their 'new' cars for the 2019 season, but different squads will have different definitions of how new their latest designs really are. Deciding how much or how little to carry over is a massive challenge, and the wrong call could doom a team's season

Why McLaren now has what it ‘badly needed’ Prime

Why McLaren now has what it ‘badly needed’

Will Andreas Seidl's arrival help reverse McLaren's fortunes? And will DRS changes for 2019 create better racing or just make overtaking more artificial? Our resident F1 tech expert answers these questions and more

Why Binotto is too good to be Ferrari team boss Prime

Why Binotto is too good to be Ferrari team boss

Mattia Binotto has been outstanding in a technical leadership role at Ferrari, but the team is mad to think he will automatically replicate that success in the top job given all the challenges surrounding that role at Maranello.

Why F1 changes give the midfield hope Prime

Why F1 changes give the midfield hope

Will the 2019 rule tweaks vault some new names to the front of the Formula 1 field? That's what the midfield is dreaming of. Our technical expert offers insight into that mindset, and precisely what an F1 team is doing right now with testing a month away

What to expect from F1's changes in 2019 Prime

What to expect from F1's changes in 2019

Will Formula 1 have close races in 2019? Which teams are likely to handle the regulation changes best? Will Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton win again? F1 technical guru Gary Anderson tackles those subjects and more.

Should Mercedes just drop Bottas for Ocon now? Prime

Should Mercedes just drop Bottas for Ocon now?

Is there any point in Mercedes continuing with Valtteri Bottas, and could any top driver do what Lewis Hamilton did with the W09 this season? Our expert answers these readers' questions and more.

How F1 teams really performed in 2018 Prime

How F1 teams really performed in 2018

Our technical expert rates the 10 Formula 1 teams using his performance index, and compares the progress - or otherwise - compared to last season.

Why F1's 2019 changes will look good but achieve little Prime

Why F1's 2019 changes will look good but achieve little

Hopes have gradually increased in recent weeks that F1's 2019 rule changes will make a significant difference to the quality of racing, but it would be naive to expect the first wave of tweaks ahead of 2021's bigger overhaul to have much of an effect.

Has Adrian Newey lost his touch? Prime

Has Adrian Newey lost his touch?

Has Adrian Newey lost his magic at Red Bull? Did Ferrari lose or did Mercedes win in 2018? Should Formula 1 learn from road car developments? Our resident ex-F1 designer tackles those subjects and more.