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Tech verdict: How Mercedes struck back at Suzuka

Mercedes achieved a monumental feat in Japan, becoming the first team in the Formula 1 history to capture six back-to-back drivers’ and constructors’ F1 World Championships. What makes this particularly impressive is that it has been able to achieve this through a sequence of regulation changes, which shows it could adapt and develop a range of circumstances.   This season is no exception, as Mercedes had to overcome advances from its rivals during a period of regulatory flux. The 2019 progress had been stunted since the summer break, as Ferrari enjoyed a renaissance that’s challenged the Silver Arrows at circuits that it never expected to. Keen to both maintain its development trajectory over the course of the season and overturn this...

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Japanese Grand Prix

  Due to the Typhoon, this year's running of the Japanese Grand Prix had its schedule changed with qualifying moved to Sunday before the race. This created a lot of extra work for the teams by forcing them to prepare their cars for both sessions with much less time in between. At the race, there was talk that this format (qualifying and the race on the same day) could be the way to move forward in the future. In my opinion, I doubt it, as it require spectators to stay at the track or watch TV for a whole day. I don’t think this is feasible, especially for casual fans. To me, the format is ideal as is, with two...

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Japanese GP: Latest F1 tech updates, straight from pitlane

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images bring you the Formula 1 technical updates on show in the Suzuka pitlane at the Japanese Grand Prix, giving insight into the relentless development undertaken by the teams in pursuit of more performance. Mercedes F1 AMG W10 front wing detail Photo by: Giorgio Piola Mercedes is evaluating several new parts at the Japanese GP, the first of which is a revised front wing endplate design. A small canard, that stays within the tolerances set out for the endplates, can now be found near the leading edge. Mercedes F1 AMG W10 technical detail Photo by: LAT Images Mercedes has also revised the deflector assembly which is mounted alongside the sidepods. The rearmost element (purple arrow) no...

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Japan prepares for Super Typhoon Hagibis putting the Japanese GP in jeopardy.

I’ve arrived at Suzuka after a long trip, and as has happened in years past, the running of this year's Japanese GP is once again under threat from a typhoon.Meteorological outlets have confirmed that the super typhoon is expected to hit the mainland over the weekend bringing us high winds and heavy rain.With qualifying taking place Saturday and the race itself Sunday, both look to be in jeopardy of cancellation to keep everyone safe.Although it is not certain exactly what time and where it will make landfall, recent weather forecasts are predicting Suzuka will be affected by the worst on Saturday. Weakening is expected prior to reaching Japan; however, the extreme weather is still a threat, with expected winds of...

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TECH VERDICT: HOW FERRARI REALLY TURNED THE TABLES ON RIVALS

Ferrari turned the tables on its Formula 1 rivals since the summer break, not only taking victories at low-downforce tracks where expectations were high, but also at races where they were expected to be on the backfoot. The result in Russia may not have swung in its direction, but the signs are there that it will be able to fight Mercedes more often at the remaining races this season. The SF90, with the new higher downforce package, made a big leap forward and while the aerodynamic upgrade will clearly have resulted in some additional drag, it’s been able to exploit superior power unit performance to overcome this and retain a top speed advantage relative to Mercedes. This came as a...

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