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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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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.

The inside story of F1 2010's lost teams, #3: Lola Prime

The inside story of F1 2010's lost teams, #3: Lola

In addition to the new teams attempting to try their luck in Formula 1's 2010 entry process, there were a few familiar names also looking to return to the field. Lola, a team with several spells on the grid, tried and failed in its comeback bid

The inside story of F1 2010's lost teams, #2: Epsilon Euskadi Prime

The inside story of F1 2010's lost teams, #2: Epsilon Euskadi

When the FIA fielded entries for the 2010 Formula 1 season, a number of serious entries failed to make the cut. In this next instalment of our ‘Lost Teams’ mini-series, we look at Epsilon Euskadi's attempt to become Spain's first F1 constructor…

The inside story of F1 2010's lost teams, #1: Prodrive Prime

The inside story of F1 2010's lost teams, #1: Prodrive

Before the 2010 season, the FIA sought to add to the Formula 1 grid's depleting numbers, in which many teams tried and failed to get an entry. In this first instalment of a new mini-series, we look at Prodrive's attempt to make the grid…

New hydrogen-powered race series to launch in 2023

An all-new environmentally friendly, hydrogen-powered racing series has been unveiled ahead of a projected launch in 2023, featuring zero-emission cars and a revolutionary braking system.

Why the end of "party mode" won't crash Mercedes' festivities

At Formula 1's Spanish GP it emerged the FIA was planning to restrict teams to a single engine mode for qualifying and the race. Aimed at Mercedes to slash its pace, the new rules might help rather than hinder the team.

Pulcini to make F3 return at Barcelona with Carlin

FIA Formula 3 race-winner Leonardo Pulcini will make a return to the series with Carlin at Barcelona, replacing Ben Barnicoat at the team.

Nissany to get FP1 outing with Williams in Spain

Williams test driver Roy Nissany will make his Formula 1 free practice debut for the team in FP1 for the Spanish Grand Prix, taking over George Russell's car.

Why inflation left Mercedes poorer at Silverstone

Max Verstappen's surprise victory at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix came as Red Bull emerged kinder on its tyres than Mercedes' all-conquering W11, as the combination high-energy corners, heat and inflated pressures created a perfect storm

Vergne laments "nightmare" Berlin FE race after power cut

DS Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne lamented a “nightmare” second Formula E race in Berlin, in which he struggled with tyre issues and a power cut to compound his misery.

Gunther excluded from Berlin race for exceeding energy limit

BMW Andretti’s Maximilian Gunther has been disqualified from the first Berlin E-Prix having exceeded the amount of useable energy available.

Why Silverstone is "not friends" with tyres Prime

Why Silverstone is "not friends" with tyres

A series of high-profile failures late on in the British Grand Prix led to a heart-stopping finish for winner Lewis Hamilton. But with another race on the tyre-punishing Silverstone coming this week, there is cause for deep concern

Silverstone F2: Drugovich beats Ilott, Schumacher to pole

Felipe Drugovich thundered to a maiden FIA Formula 2 pole position in qualifying at Silverstone, claiming MP Motorsport’s first pole in the series.

McLaren trials new aero updates at Silverstone

McLaren has brought a series of new upgrades to Silverstone to address the MCL35's "weaknesses", testing a new front wing, floor and rear wing arrangement for the British Grand Prix.

Why the jury's still out on Ferrari's latest F1 updates Prime

Why the jury's still out on Ferrari's latest F1 updates

Ferrari placed much hope on its aerodynamic upgrades improving its form in Hungary, but while both cars made Q3 for the first time in 2020, judgement on their efficiency will be reserved as its greater struggles in the power department remain.

Renault protests Racing Point again in Hungary

Renault has once more lodged a protest against the Racing Point team following the Hungarian Grand Prix, citing a breach of Formula 1's sporting regulations over listed parts.

Albon "made to look like an idiot" in Hungary, says Russell

Williams’ George Russell says that Alex Albon is “being made to look like an idiot” after the Red Bull driver struggled to 13th in Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying.

Why misfortune has masked Racing Point's dark horse Prime

Why misfortune has masked Racing Point's dark horse

Although Renault has protested the legality of Racing Point's RP20, the car pejoratively referred to as the "Pink Mercedes" has yet to deliver on its promise. But there's much more to it than meets the eye.

First look: Ferrari's upgraded F1 front wing

Ferrari has brought a new set of front wings for the Styrian Grand Prix, having fast-tracked select updates due for Hungary to address its Formula 1 car’s design troubles.

How Mercedes can address the lack of minority representation

As Mercedes revealed that only 3% of its Formula 1 workforce identified as having a minority ethnic background, the team has sought change. But it must also help fix the societal imbalance that hinders BAME involvement in F1 and other STEM careers

The car that ignited the McLaren-Mercedes partnership Prime

The car that ignited the McLaren-Mercedes partnership

McLaren's first year powered by Mercedes in 1995 was an odd one of numerous driver changes and flashes of true potential of a car it "barked up the wrong tree" with. But it served as an important launch pad to much bigger things...

Beckmann joins Trident for 2020 season, DeFrancesco out

David Beckmann will make his return to the FIA Formula 3 championship in Austria, rejoining Trident in place of the outgoing Devlin DeFrancesco.

The car that almost propelled Minardi into extinction Prime

The car that almost propelled Minardi into extinction

Minardi began the new millennium with a retina-scorching livery and a tidy new car, bankrolled by a Spanish telecoms giant. Held back by its obsolete engine, its plans to become a Spanish superteam almost propelled it into extinction.

Le Mans Virtual, Hour 16: Rebellion Williams remains in charge

Rebellion Williams Racing continued to preserve its 1-2 lead in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual’s 16th hour, with Raffaele Marciello remaining on top of the order. 

F1 power unit rules too complex for new entrants - Richards

Formula 1’s turbo-hybrid powertrain regulations are too complex and expensive for any new manufacturers to consider joining the championship, says Motorsport UK chief David Richards.

When Irvine stepped out of Schumacher's shadow

The 1999 Formula 1 season finished with Ferrari fielding a previously unlikely championship contender. But the first race of that campaign showed that Eddie Irvine could succeed out of Michael Schumacher's shadow