Jake Boxall-Legge
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Jake Boxall-Legge

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Jake Boxall-Legge Autosport’s Technical Editor. Having studied Automotive Engineering with Motorsport at the University of Hertfordshire, West Country-born Jake's original ambition was to design racing cars. During a year between studies in which he accidentally rekindled a love of writing, he took up a Master's in Motorsport Engineering at Oxford Brookes. Halfway through his master's year, he was offered a place on the Autosport Academy, conducting occasional freelance duties before becoming the press officer for Formula 2 and GP3 in 2018. Autosport offered him a return to the fold later that year to serve as its Technical Editor. His voice appears on a number of videos and podcasts, and can often be found writing about terrible Formula 1 cars in excruciating detail. In his spare time, Jake enjoys baking and blames his failure to make it past the Great British Bake-Off interviews on his tenuous grasp on choux pastry. His dream is to open a brunch cafe - and his willingness to make outrageous puns in inappropriate situations has earned him the contempt of his colleagues.

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The biggest incidents of F1 cheating: Spygate, Crashgate and more

Formula 1 has seen numerous acts of cheating or flouting of the rules to gain an advantage over the years, but which ones are most memorable? Find out here.

The human cost to replacing Formula 1's cancelled rounds Prime

The human cost to replacing Formula 1's cancelled rounds

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.

Norris hit with grid penalty for red-flag infringement Azerbaijan GP
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Norris hit with grid penalty for red-flag infringement

Lando Norris has been handed a three-place grid drop for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, as the McLaren Formula 1 driver was adjudged to have contravened red flag regulations.

Verstappen rues "stupid qualifying" after missing Baku pole

Red Bull's Max Verstappen rued a "stupid" Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying session, as a late red flag meant the Formula 1 championship leader was unable to improve his third-fastest time.

How two 25-year-old masterpieces shaped F1 gaming forever Prime

How two 25-year-old masterpieces shaped F1 gaming forever

Gamers today are spoiled for choice with the array of titles on offer that allow them to experience hyper-realistic representations of cars and tracks in the virtual world. Much of the credit for this should go to two 1996 titles that paved the way for what was to come

What is a driveshaft hub and how was it affected in Leclerc crash?

Charles Leclerc's crash during Formula 1's Monaco qualifying session, which Ferrari now believes caused the broken driveshaft that rendered him unable to take pole, still leaves unanswered questions.

How strategy proved key in F1’s Monaco midfield battle

With overtaking at a premium on the streets of Monte Carlo, strategy becomes an even more vital weapon in the Formula 1 fight. And as margins between teams continue to shrink, this year’s Monaco Grand Prix demonstrated why an ace strategy trumps all – and can even allow a mid-pack runner to beat a world championship protagonist.

What are flexi-wings and why do F1 teams want them?

Things are rarely ever new in Formula 1, and the news cycle has once again stopped at a flexi-wing contretemps as the current teams have formed factions over their use.

The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle

Formula 1’s visits to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over recent years have been met with familiar criticisms despite tweaks here and there to the track to improve racing. With the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix largely going the same way, proper solutions need to be followed to achieve F1’s wider targets

The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix

Red Bull's Portuguese Grand Prix fortunes were decidedly second best to Mercedes', but the result skews the potential that the team had at Portimao. With a new set of updates, the team looks good going forward into the rest of 2021's spicy F1 competition

Ilott to take part in Portimao FP1 as Alfa Romeo F1 reserve
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Ilott to take part in Portimao FP1 as Alfa Romeo F1 reserve

Ferrari test driver Callum Ilott will also serve as Alfa Romeo’s second Formula 1 reserve driver, and will take part in FP1 for the team at the Portuguese Grand Prix. 

Dixon predicts "hell of a fight" with IndyCar teammate Palou Birmingham
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Dixon predicts "hell of a fight" with IndyCar teammate Palou

Six-time IndyCar title winner Scott Dixon has predicted "a hell of a fight" with new Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Alex Palou, following the Spanish driver's run to victory at Barber.

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams Prime

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams

Formula 1’s latest Imola adventure turned into an expensive trip for many teams due to several crashes throughout the weekend. While balancing the books is an added factor in 2021 with the cost cap, a few midfield teams have cashed in early on development investments.

When a journeyman driver's F1 career lasted just 800m Prime

When a journeyman driver's F1 career lasted just 800m

Nikita Mazepin’s Formula 1 debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix lasted mere corners before he wiped himself out in a shunt, but his financial backing affords him a full season. Back in 1993 though, Marco Apicella was an F1 driver for just 800m before a first corner fracas ended his career. Here’s the story of his very short time at motorsport’s pinnacle.

How Extreme E’s charging solution could transform motorsport Prime

How Extreme E’s charging solution could transform motorsport

The new off-road SUV series aims to go boldly into the unknown on several fronts, but perhaps its most significant measure will involve the energy source powering its fleet of cars

How the 'Great F1 Rake-Off' delivered a Bahrain GP showdown

For the 2021 F1 season, the battle of Red Bull vs Mercedes looks set to be captured in the high-rake vs low-rake philosophy clash due to this year's technical rule tweaks. While bringing the grid closer together in terms of performance, it could be the deciding factor in the race for the world title

How F1's tech restrictions could shake up the 2021 order Prime

How F1's tech restrictions could shake up the 2021 order

This year’s carryover designs initially pointed to a continuation of Formula 1’s 2020 pecking order, but now it appears that the required aero tweaks may shake things up for the entire grid

F1 team bosses want more pre-season running in 2022

A number of Formula 1 team principals are in favour of increasing the number of test days available ahead of the championship's 2022 regulation changes.

Haas unveils new additions for 2021 F1 car

The Haas team's new-for-2021 Formula 1 floor has broken cover, and is strongly rooted in the design it ran in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The car Ferrari hopes will arrest its alarming F1 slide Prime

The car Ferrari hopes will arrest its alarming F1 slide

The 2020 Formula 1 season was a miserable one for Ferrari, made worse by the knowledge that a significant portion of its underperforming SF1000 would be carried over to 2021. Jarring livery aside, the SF21 shows intent to right the wrongs of last year.

The updates Williams hopes will lead to a point-scoring return

After producing a car which demonstrated progress but lacked the points to prove it last year, Williams starts its new era of team ownership with the FW43B, its bid to continue the climb up the Formula 1 grid in 2021

Williams retains Aitken as reserve F1 driver for 2021

Williams has retained the services of Jack Aitken to serve as its reserve driver for the 2021 Formula 1 season, after the Anglo-Korean driver made his debut last season.

The car Aston Martin begins its new F1 journey with Prime

The car Aston Martin begins its new F1 journey with

The team formerly known as Racing Point gambled successfully on a Mercedes look-alike in 2020 as it mounted a strong challenge for third in the constructors' race and won the Sakhir GP. Now clothed in British racing green, Aston Martin's first Formula 1 challenger since 1960 provides the clearest indicator yet of what to expect from the new-for-2021 regulations

How Alpine's cure to 2021 F1 rules starts at the front Prime

How Alpine's cure to 2021 F1 rules starts at the front

A new name, new faces and new colours pulls the rebranded Alpine Formula 1 team into a new era while carrying over core elements of its 2020 car. But under the surface there's more than meets the eye with the A521 which hints at how the team will tackle 2021...

Can Mercedes' W12 retain the team's crown? Prime

Can Mercedes' W12 retain the team's crown?

Replacing Formula 1's fastest car was never going to be an easy feat for Mercedes. Amid the technical rule tweaks to peg back the W12 and its 2021 rivals, the new Mercedes challenger will remain the target to beat

AlphaTauri unveils new nose for 2021 F1 car in Imola run

AlphaTauri has unveiled the new nose design it will use in the 2021 Formula 1 season as it shakes down its AT02 car at Imola.

What Red Bull is trying to hide with its RB16B launch Prime
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What Red Bull is trying to hide with its RB16B launch

Red Bull made no secret of the fact its 2021 F1 car is an evolution of its predecessor, but in keeping the same foundations while hiding some tightly-guarded updates with its RB16B, the team aims to avoid suffering the same pitfalls of previous years

Why Alfa's 2021 launch says more about its 2022 plans Prime

Why Alfa's 2021 launch says more about its 2022 plans

Alfa Romeo launched its C41 with a revised front nose, but there's little to suggest it will surge up the leaderboard in 2021. As the team frankly admits, it's putting its eggs in the basket labelled 2022 and hoping to hold the eighth place it earned last year

How AlphaTauri has adapted to F1's new rules Prime

How AlphaTauri has adapted to F1's new rules

AlphaTauri launched its AT02, complete with a new livery, as it bids to home in on an already-tight midfield battle. Although there were few outright new parts displayed on the launch render, there might be a few clues into further changes down the line…

The influences of Mercedes on McLaren's 2021 challenger Prime
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The influences of Mercedes on McLaren's 2021 challenger

McLaren is the first Formula 1 team to show its hand with a Mercedes-powered iteration of the MCL35 that helped it to finish third in 2020. But its engine isn't the only area where McLaren has taken inspiration from the reigning champions

Why Correa's return is the feel-good story racing needed Prime

Why Correa's return is the feel-good story racing needed

Juan Manuel Correa has had a long road to recovery from that horrific day at Spa in 2019. ART's decision to give him his race return in FIA Formula 3 in 2021 is a victory in itself, but his determination will surely - in time - have him fighting for bigger things

What you need to know about F1 2021 Prime

What you need to know about F1 2021

Formula 1 won't get its big new regulations this year, but there are still plenty of changes to keep track of on the technical, team/driver and calendar fronts. Here's our guide to all the important details

Retro: The point-less minnow F1 teams of 1991 Prime
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Retro: The point-less minnow F1 teams of 1991

Six of the 18 teams that appeared in the 1991 Formula 1 season failed to score a point, whether through lack of funds to build and test new parts, under-par engines or management musical chairs. Here are their little-known stories...

Verstappen slur cited in dictionary definition change campaign

Max Verstappen's Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix radio slurs have been cited in a charity's campaign for improved dictionary definitions for the word "Mongol".

How F1's teams developed their cars over 2020 Prime

How F1's teams developed their cars over 2020

Although 2020 was intended to be the final season of the current ruleset, the best laid plans were put to waste by the global pandemic, meaning they'll have one more year with the current cars. This gave Formula 1 teams plenty of reason to keep developing.

Meeke "felt like a kid at Christmas" in first Dakar test

World Rally Championship veteran Kris Meeke "felt like a kid at Christmas" during his first test for PH Sport, the team with which he will compete in the 2021 Dakar Rally.

Jenson Team Rocket RJN to join DTM in 2021

The Jenson Team Rocket RJN team, part-owned by 2009 Formula 1 champion Jenson Button, is planning to join the 2021 DTM field ahead of its switch to a GT3 formula.

The developments that hint at 2021's F1 designs Prime

The developments that hint at 2021's F1 designs

With only minor tweaks applied to next year's Formula 1 technical regulations, teams have been busy at work trialling changes which have provided an early indication of the trends to watch out for in 2021

Sordo, Breen to share third Hyundai WRC entry in 2021

World Rally Championship veterans Dani Sordo and Craig Breen have been retained by Hyundai for 2021, and will share the team's third car alongside Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville.

Boschung replaces Williams-bound Aitken at Campos

Ralph Boschung will replace Jack Aitken at Campos for the Formula 2 finale in Bahrain, as Aitken replaces the Mercedes-bound George Russell at the Williams Formula 1 team.

Why Red Bull is right to back the much-maligned Albon Prime

Why Red Bull is right to back the much-maligned Albon

Alex Albon has come under plenty of criticism this year for his struggles in matching Red Bull lead driver Max Verstappen. But it's not for nothing that the famously ruthless team hasn't yet reverted to type and shown him the door

New F2/F3 race weekend format unveiled

The Formula 2 and Formula 3 championships have unveiled a new three-race format for 2021 onwards, and each weekend will now comprise of two sprint races and one feature race.

How F1's safety advances saved Grosjean Bahrain GP Prime
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How F1's safety advances saved Grosjean

Romain Grosjean credited the halo for saving him after his horror Bahrain Grand Prix crash. But, while F1's newest safety feature deserved a show of gratitude, it was a whole range of procedures and devices in place (plus a slice of luck) that proved vital

Gelael to make F2 return in Bahrain after fracturing spine

Sean Gelael will return to his Formula 2 drive with DAMS in Bahrain, after a four-round lay-off following a fracture to his back in August's Barcelona round.

How Stroll's victory hopes were dashed in Turkey

For the opening 35 laps of the Turkish Grand Prix, Lance Stroll looked in control and on his way to his maiden Formula 1 victory. But after pitting for new intermediate tyres, the Canadian finished ninth and was left ruing the misguided strategy call

Why Italy's minnow F1 team could become its new maestro Prime

Why Italy's minnow F1 team could become its new maestro

From its origins as perennial backmarkers to genuine midfield contenders, Italy's other Formula 1 team is on course to surpass the might and majesty Ferrari has held as its nation's standard-bearer in 2020

Mongolian government wants FIA to act on Verstappen comments

Mongolia's UN ambassador Lundeg Purevsuren has written to Red Bull over Max Verstappen's "racist and derogatory" comments during Formula 1's Portuguese Grand Prix weekend.

Why do Verstappen's offensive comments get a free pass?

Following his FP2 clash with Lance Stroll at the Portuguese Grand Prix, Max Verstappen's choice of language over the radio was insulting and offensive to numerous groups of people. And yet, it has conspicuously gone unpunished...

What the first look at 2021's F1 aero rules tells us Prime

What the first look at 2021's F1 aero rules tells us

As well as learning a new circuit to Formula 1, several teams used their Portuguese GP practice running to try out new aero concepts ahead of rule changes for next year - providing an interesting first insight into what 2021 F1 cars will look like

How cold Nurburgring weather added heat to third-place battle

Severely limited practice and chilly conditions at the Eifel Grand Prix didn't stop the Formula 1 fight for third place from heating up, with Racing Point, McLaren and Renault all facing different quandaries

The Sochi tech tweaks amid the midfield arms race Prime

The Sochi tech tweaks amid the midfield arms race

The intensity of Formula 1's midfield battle shows no signs of abating, with each team in the fight developing their 2020 machinery to find an advantage. With Sochi proving a more familiar venue than Mugello, it was the perfect venue for a technical tussle

Five tech talking points from Mugello

The Tuscan Grand Prix produced a wild encounter but despite being the final leg of another triple-header, a number of teams came to the Italian event with new upgrades. Here are five tech talking points from Mugello

How do you solve a problem like Ferrari? Prime

How do you solve a problem like Ferrari?

Ferrari's miserable Italian Grand Prix performance typified the team's troubles in 2020. Formula 1's most famous team should not be tempted to lose its head, but must also make concerted steps to enact a full recovery in the next few years

DAMS slams “unacceptable” F2 reliability after Ticktum fuel DQ

DAMS has accused Formula 2's organisers of knowing about a problem with the spec fuel tank for “several races”, following Dan Ticktum's disqualification from his sprint race victory at Monza.

Take a closer look at Mercedes’ Belgian GP updates – video Belgian GP
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Take a closer look at Mercedes’ Belgian GP updates – video

As we head into a series of Formula 1 tracks that require lower-downforce aerodynamics, it’s not uncommon for teams to bring new components to the Belgian GP due to the low-drag characteristics that Spa requires.

How Renault is powering up through the F1 order Prime

How Renault is powering up through the F1 order

After continual stunted progress trying to climb the Formula 1 ranks, Renault showed genuine progress at a Spa, which played to the strengths of its RS20. With Monza next, its drivers have sights set on a long-awaited podium and a trip to the tattoo parlour

F1 teams to trial new low-downforce wings at Spa

Numerous Formula 1 teams have brought lower-downforce wings in preparation for the Belgian Grand Prix in a bid to boost their straightline performance and top speed.

The inside story of F1 2010's lost teams, #5: Campos Meta 1 Prime

The inside story of F1 2010's lost teams, #5: Campos Meta 1

In the final part of our retrospective of F1 2010's failed entries, we dive into the on-off history of the Campos team. Aiming to make the step up from GP2, financial issues bit the team hard - and it only made it to the grid at the eleventh hour after a buyout

The inside story of F1 2010's lost teams, #4: US F1 Prime

The inside story of F1 2010's lost teams, #4: US F1

Having been one of the four teams to claim a Formula 1 entry for 2010, the US F1 team promised much before fading away prior to the season's commencement. Arguably, its lurch into obscurity was hardly a surprise from the outset

Dixon “surprised” stewards didn’t red flag Indy 500 for late crash Indy 500
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Dixon “surprised” stewards didn’t red flag Indy 500 for late crash

Scott Dixon says he was “surprised” that IndyCar race officials didn’t red flag the 104th Indianapolis 500 following Spencer Pigot’s huge crash with five laps to go.