Analysis: The role of Pirelli testing in Ferrari's resurgence

Back in 2016, Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull took part in a special “mule car” test programme to help Pirelli with the development of its prototype wider tyres.They happened to be the three top teams of the current era, so with or without the rule changes it was inevitable that they would also remain the dominant forces in 2017.But did that test programme give Ferrari a crucial boost … Keep reading

Gene Haas “really depressed” by size of gap to top F1 teams

Halfway through its second F1 season, Haas sits seventh in the constructors’ standings on 29 points, with Romain Grosjean scoring the team’s best result of the campaign – a sixth place in Austria.Despite beating the American outfit’s midfield rivals, Grosjean nonetheless finished over a minute behind Valtteri Bottas’ winning Mercedes, and qualified more than 1.2 seconds slower than … Keep reading

F1 half-season review: McLaren-Honda

It has been a very difficult half-year for McLaren-Honda but there were signs of an upswing in Hungary. Craig Scarborough and Peter Windsor look at some of the issues that have hurt McLaren and at the potential that remains. Exclusive 3D animation by our in-house graphics team.

Raikkonen tips Leclerc to be future F1 star after test

Leclerc leads the F2 drivers’ standings by 50 points after seven rounds and topped the times on day one of the test when he drove for Ferrari.He joined the Ferrari Driver Academy in 2016 and said last month that being able to observe Sebastian Vettel and Raikkonen has been a “a massive help”.“It’s good if he’s happy with the whole team helping him,” said Raikkonen of Leclerc. “It’s … Keep reading

Hulkenberg: Strong 2017 form helped by regulation changes

The German has impressed his Renault bosses in 2017, and the margin he has enjoyed over Jolyon Palmer has heaped pressure on his British teammate to up his game.Following several years where he was evenly matched with Sergio Perez at Force India, Hulkenberg suggests that his step up in performance is the result of simply being able to push harder with more downforce and bigger tyres … Keep reading

F1 doesn't need V8 return to excite, claim Wolff and Brawn

While F1’s chiefs continue talks about new power unit regulations from 2021, which will likely be for a twin-turbo V6 hybrid without an MGU-H, there remain many fans who would like the sport to go more extreme and bring back V8s or V10s.But Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff and F1 motorsport managing director Ross Brawn are adamant that improvements to the current engines can please … Keep reading

Vettel: Rivals copying Ferrari F1 designs “a good sign”

The Scuderia has produced its strongest car in the V6 era in the SF70H, which enabled it to seriously challenge Mercedes for the constructors’ championship and allowed Vettel to lead Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ standings.The two teams’ individual form has ebbed and flowed throughout the season, and Ferrari has so far managed to remain well in the fight, coming out on top most … Keep reading