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Revealed: The Tech Change that Transformed Mercedes in Singapore

Mercedes’ triumph in the Singapore Grand Prix owed a lot to Lewis Hamilton’s ‘stardust’ driving, but one hidden change on his car that we can reveal may have been key to helping him pull off his brilliant weekend. While rival Ferrari had a quick car at times, it was clear that tyre management - one of Mercedes’ weaknesses in the past - had turned to a strength around the Marina Bay circuit.  Analysis of qualifying laps showed that Mercedes was better able than Ferrari to prevent its tyres overheating in the final sector - so it gained crucial time there. In the race too, Hamilton was able to keep his tyres alive longer than Sebastian Vettel would have liked in...

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The Innovation That Has Helped Toro Rosso’s Top Speed

Toro Rosso has never been a team afraid to do something different, and the Italian Grand Prix highlighted a design lead that has helped its straightline speed performance. Like sister team Red Bull, Toro Rosso has been well aware that the power deficit it suffers means it has to do all it can with its wings to try to help boost its straightline speed performance. While it did not go as aggressive as Red Bull in terms of the levels of downforce it ran at Monza, the team again opted for a unique DRS design element that has played a key part in helping keep it in the fight this year. The DRS pod actuator (arrowed) is different to other...

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The Tech War Fuelling the Mercedes/Ferrari Battle

The fight for the 2018 Formula 1 championship, which resumes in Belgium this weekend, is perhaps one of the most intense we have had for a decade. There has been little to separate Mercedes and Ferrari as each has seized the initiative at various points of the campaign, with neither able to pull itself clear at the front. What has perhaps been really fascinating is that the teams, with very different car philosophies, have been split by such small margins each weekend. Here, ahead of the title battle getting going again, we look back with the help of Giorgio Piola's exclusive illustrations to reflect on their development progress and look at what could be the key factors that make the...

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How Teams Chased 'Dirty Downforce' Gains in Hungary

Formula 1 teams were willing to pay the price for having draggy cars in their pursuit of 'dirty downforce' for the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend. The Hungaroring is a challenging place for both drivers and engineers alike, and is often described as 'Monaco without the walls'. It is indeed a high-downforce circuit, very much like other street circuits, but it rubbers in much more like a traditional track. To further add to the complications, temperatures are often high and that means cooling the brakes and the power unit become a critical factor, resulting in aerodynamic efficiency being sacrificed. It is a track where extra grip pays off more than straightline efficiency – which is why teams focus more on finding...

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How Red Bull Has Followed McLaren’s Floor Lead

They might not be direct rivals on track in Formula 1 right now, but this hasn't stopped Red Bull from taking cues from McLaren in the latest design of the RB14's floor. Max Verstappen’s ability to take Hockenheim’s Turn 1 flat out during qualifying – and being the first man in Formula 1 to do that – shows just how good Red Bull’s chassis is. But the team has not rested on its laurels at all, and has been aggressively developing the car in a bid to try to keep Mercedes and Ferrari on their toes. At the German Grand Prix, Red Bull followed a design path that was initially trodden by McLaren and then followed by Renault and Ferrari in changing...

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