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Will Mercedes be able to extend its run of Formula 1 dominance into the 2019 season? Legendary technical expert Giorgio Piola looks for clues from its recent designs.
In this new series of articles we are going to uncover the incredible detail of Formula 1’s most iconic cars, drawing from the huge collection of illustrations painstakingly crafted by Motorsport.com’s legendary illustrator and technical analyst Giorgio Piola.
Mercedes' season got off to a slow start, as the team grappled with another, at times, temperamental machine. Forced on to the backfoot by a fast-starting Ferrari, and unable to get the best from the tyres, the team took its time and set about rectifying deficiencies without panic.
Ferrari mounted another assault on the Formula 1 World Championship in 2018, and while it looked to have got the better of Mercedes in the opening phases, its title aspirations fell agonisingly short of the target once again.
The RB14 continued to carry the DNA of Red Bull’s previously successful cars, as it pressed on with the same title-winning chassis philosophy, only making alterations in order to comply with the prevailing regulations.
Renault, a fully manufacturer-funded team, may have come across as underachievers in the last few seasons, but having retaken control of the ailing Lotus entity at the backend of 2015 it has had to go through a few growing pains.
The VF-18 was a relatively uncluttered car, the layout of which was predefined by the team’s decision to purchase a huge swathe of parts from Ferrari.
As the old saying goes, out of the frying pan and into the fire, and that’s exactly where McLaren found itself in 2018, as it separated from Honda and started its first year with customer Renault power.
Sauber’s C37 could have been a very different animal, as the team originally signed a deal to take the Honda power unit in 2018, before a dramatic u-turn meant a closer technical partnership with Ferrari and it became the flag bearer for the Alfa Romeo brand.
If any team can make a late transition to a new power unit partner, and still be relatively successful, it’s Toro Rosso. The Italian ‘minnow’ has become accustomed to this in recent years, switching to Renault at the start of the hybrid era, before returning to Ferrari power in 2016. The decision to move to Honda for 2018 came later than ever though...
Back in 2014, Williams stood on the precipice of a revival, delivering a car that on a given day could outperform some of its closest rivals. It’s something that’s made for uncomfortable viewing since, as it descended to the very bottom of the field in 2018, struggling to create a chassis that can exploit the potency of the Mercedes power unit that had masked some of its aerodynamic and mechanical deficiencies at the start of the hybrid era.
Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images bring you the Formula 1 technical updates on show in the Yas Marina pitlane at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday, giving insight into the relentless development undertaken by the teams in pursuit of more performance.
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Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images bring you the Formula 1 technical updates on show in the Yas Marina pitlane at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, giving insight into the relentless development undertaken by the teams in pursuit of more performance – even at the final round!
Mercedes may not have raced with its controversial wheel spacer design for the past few Formula 1 grands prix, but it has not stopped developing the idea as the latest updates used in Brazil show.
Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images bring you the latest Formula 1 technical updates on show in the Interlagos pitlane at the Brazilian GP on Thursday.
The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit is an outlier on the Formula 1 calendar. Held at altitude, it’s a massive challenge for the teams and the drivers as it requires a totally different approach.
Ferrari became the first Formula 1 team to run a new generation of brake discs at the Mexican Grand Prix, featuring an unprecedented 1400 holes to help cooling.
Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images bring you the Formula 1 technical updates on show in the Mexican GP pitlane, giving insight into the relentless development undertaken by the teams in pursuit of more performance.
Ferrari is to test its new floor again in Mexico this weekend, with rival Red Bull also set to run its own version of the concept.
Formula 1’s tight battle between Ferrari and Mercedes this year has meant that incremental gains have swung momentum one way or another.
Ferrari’s return to form at the United States Grand Prix coincided with a eureka moment for the Formula 1 team, as it finally realised that some its recent upgrades have not worked out as it hoped.
Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images bring you the Formula 1 technical updates on show in the Austin pitlane at the US GP, giving insight into the relentless development undertaken by the teams in pursuit of more performance.