No matter how good a driver is, in technology-led Formula One he is at the mercy of the competitiveness of his car. What are the factors that make a car capable of running at a competitive pace in qualifying and the race?
Although there is much secrecy in Formula One, each year this in depth review of the sport’s engineering gets below the sponsors liveries to explain precisely what is going on at the heart of the machines and the secrets of those that are quick.
- Intro: THE EDITOR - The synergy in a race team is as important to winning in Formula One as well as a car’s underlying technologies
- Grid: IN THE NEWS - Regulators herald new rules in 2021 to address the issue of cars being unable to close up on each other, and a look at the capabilities of the Atlas data acquisition software
- In Conversation: FRANK DERNIE - This past master of design and engineering in Formula One takes Leigh O’Gorman back through the highs and lows of his career
- Dossier: MERCEDES W09 AND W10 - Key figures at Mercedes tell Lawrence Butcher about the team’s updates between its 2018 and 2019 cars
- Insight: ENGINEERING A TEAM - Lawrence Butcher learns some of the secrets of getting Formula One teams to work together as efficiently as possible
- Update: FORCE INDIA/RACING POINT - Financial woes and a change of owners in 2018 didn’t stop this UK-based team from continuing to develop its car, as Lawrence Butcher reports
- TECH REVIEW - Lawrence Butcher looks at some developments during the 2018 and ‘19 seasons, focusing on tyres and the 2019 aerodynamic rule changes
- Focus: ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING - Lawrence Butcher explains the various AM processes, their strengths and limitations, and where they can be used in Formula One cars
- Insight: ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED HEAT EXCHANGERS - Lawrence Butcher talks to a company pioneering the use of metal AM to produce heat exchangers for Formula One
- Digest: DALLARA F3 2019 - The new Formula Three series comes with a new car to support progression up the racing scale. Leigh O’Gorman charts its development
- Appendix - We look back at the personnel changes among Formula One teams during 2018-19, and provide an overview of the technical regulations
- Formula One suppliers - Our listing of companies offering Formula One-level products and services
- PS: THE MEN IN GREY - The pre-war Auto Unions were barely tameable marvels but are nonetheless still spoken of with reverence and affection