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Giorgio Piola’s F1 Tech Decades: The Wildly Diverse 1990s

Giorgio Piola has been at the forefront of F1’s technical coverage throughout his career, helping to make the often complex sport easier to understand. In this series of articles, we’ll uncover the cars and components that have captured his imagination   Here we delve into the post-yuppie 1990s, when turbos were banned and we enjoyed a whole host of sounds from wonderfully high-revving V8s, V10s and V12s, as Williams, Benetton and McLaren ruled the roost.   Tyrrell 019 1990 Photo by: Giorgio Piola   The Tyrrell 019, while not the most successful, was actually one of the most important cars of the ’90s. It was the first car to employ a high nose, as Jean-Claude Migeot had discovered it would...

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Tech Insight: Renault’s “Substantial” French GP Update Package

The Renault Formula 1 team has brought a number of new upgrades for the French Grand Prix as it aims to draw clear of the competitive midfield order On the back of its best result of the season so far – claiming sixth and seventh in Canada – Renault has brought a new front end and new floor to Paul Ricard, along with a selection of other new parts. Renault R.S. 19 front wing detail Photo by: Giorgio Piola   In Giorgio Piola’s photograph of the new Renault nose (above), the mounting pylons have been extended further back to include a ‘cape’ section, which assists in limiting any lift produced by the front. By creating a longer path for the...

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Mercedes F1 rear suspension secret revealed

Mercedes has made no secret of the fact that one of the biggest gains it has made with its car this year has been in its low-speed corner performance.   Valtteri Bottas admitted as much in Montreal on Thursday when he said that the car’s rotation in such turns was a huge performance and confidence boost. “It feels like it rotates well,” said the Finn about the W10. “It is clearly a big improvement since last year or the year before. We saw in some of the slow-speed corners we were not the best but now we have made huge steps and definitely, the front end of the car is a lot better on the entry. “It means you can...

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Giorgio Piola’s key Cars of Niki Lauda’s Awesome F1 Career

Legendary technical illustrator Giorgio Piola drew all of the key cars of three-time Formula 1 World Champion Niki Lauda, who has passed away aged 70. Here are his best illustrations of some fantastic machinery, as driven by the legend himself     March 721 March 721 1972 detailed overview Photo by: Giorgio Piola   Development of the first car Niki Lauda drove in Formula 1, the March 721 retained the lozenge-shaped front end and the madcap "tea-tray" wing, but didn't live up to the success of the preceding 711 chassis. After two races, the 'X' specification of car was rolled out with a transverse gearbox, but the package proved unsuccessful - instead, the 721G was ushered out of the factory...

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Ferrari Revisited Old Floor Concept in Baku

Ferrari's bid to bring much-needed performance to its 2019 Formula 1 car has included it revisiting a floor concept that it appeared to have abandoned at the end of last year As Giorgio Piola's exclusive drawing shows (above), Ferrari's upgrade for Baku included a small change to the floor - adding a bank of three fins at the rear corner just ahead of the tyre squirt slot. These fins were something that Ferrari tried in numerous practice sessions at the end of last year, starting in Japan, but could not get to work in the way it hoped.   Ferrari SF71H floor comparison, Suzuka Photo by: Giorgio Piola But now it appears that team is more confident in the design...

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