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The Perfect F1 Inspired Watch for the Perfect F1 fan

The Perfect F1 Inspired Watch for the Perfect F1 fan Nearly forty years ago, what started as a friendly bet between brothers, has now become a booming and exclusive brand, inspired by the precision and style of the Formula 1, spawning an array of incredible racing watches. Want to know how and why? Then by all means, keep reading. Yes, my friend. A bet is the responsible for the conception and origin of the most exclusive F1 Inspired watches: Giorgio Piola’s watches. It all started when Giorgio and his brothers challenged themselves to settle a debate as to whose illustrations were good enough to be published in the main and most prestigious motorsports magazines of the time.   Giorgio had...

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Giorgio Piola - Abu Dhabi GP Thoughts

The 2019 season ended with the victory at Abu Dhabi of Lewis Hamilton: a 360 degrees champion who is strong on all the key areas a driver needs to be. The first laps were very exciting and even the two Ferrari seemed to be able to compete despite ending up far, far away from Hamilton when all was said and done. We were also able to witness an exciting fight between Leclerc and Verstappen, the two drivers that seem destined to be the future of the sport and idols for future generations of fans. There was also great affluence of public which included many VIPs from the royal family; this is always a plus in a Formula 1 where money...

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Abu Dhabi GP: Latest F1 tech updates, straight from pitlane

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.   Racing Point RP19 Photo by: Gareth Harford / Motorsport Images A great picture that not only gives us a view of the Racing Point RP19 from the side but also gifts us a view of the front wing and nose from behind. Exhaust detail of an Alfa Romeo Racing C38 Photo by: Gareth Harford / Motorsport Images This close up gives us a chance to look at Alfa Romeo’s exhaust in extreme detail. Note the supporting bracket that holds...

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Revealed! How to spot what an F1 team is trying to hide

The Ligier JS11 was one of Formula 1’s most competitive cars of 1979 and '80, winning three races and factoring in the hunt for both championships. One of the car’s key strengths was in its ground effects, and part of its success is down to an “illegal secret” spotted by technical illustrator Giorgio Piola. In this video, Piola explains the story of how he discovered Ligier’s hidden “clapet” valve system following a big crash for Jacques Laffite at Watkins Glen. Giorgio recounts a run-in with designer Gerard Ducarouge, and how the device helped the team explore the world of ground effects.

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Revealed: Mercedes cooling idea that F1 rivals are looking at

One of the fascinating aspects about the battle between Ferrari and Mercedes this year has been how their performance has swung between qualifying and the race. On Saturday, it has often been Ferrari that has had the edge, as it has been better able to extract more from its qualifying engine modes. For the races, however, it has been the Mercedes that has proved to have a better car, with improved tyre management often allowing Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to get ahead. Ferrari has been quite open that if it is to make the step forward it needs in 2020 then it needs to lift its game in looking after its tyres more. Reflecting on its strong run of...

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