The Australian’s hopes of a triumph at Barcelona last weekend were dashed when he was switched on to what Red Bull thought was a quicker three-stop strategy, only for the two-stop plan that teammate Max Verstappen was on to prove better. It meant while Verstappen delivered a sensational maiden F1 victory, Ricciardo came home a disappointed fourth – and he questioned the team’s tact … Keep reading
The Japanese manufacturer entered F1 with a unique compact engine design last season that was aimed at helping McLaren’s ‘size zero’ aero concept. However, the push to keep the compressor and turbo within the confines of the V-bank imposed limits on the potential of its energy recovery – which is why Honda expanded the size of those components over the winter. Although Honda has … Keep reading
Join us for a real taste of life behind the scenes of a Formula One filming day as we join Daniel Ricciardo at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and the Team.
Powered by Seenit, the Team are our film crew, as everyone from the drivers themselves to our Team Physio get involved to give you an all access pass.
The Maranello outfit’s weaknesses in qualifying were highlighted at last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, when Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were outqualified by both Mercedes and Red Bull after big struggles in the heat of Saturday afternoon. The fact that its pace returned on race day – albeit could not be shown because both Vettel and Raikkonen got trapped behind the Red Bulls – … Keep reading
The Spanish Grand Prix had been singled out for the next step in McLaren’s push towards the front of the grid. And although some elements of it were refined, the new front wing that appeared gives a clear hint about its development platform going forward. Front Wing … Keep reading
In any other grand prix, a young driver delivering a career-best finish at his home track – and handily beating a more experienced teammate in the process – would be talk of the town. But Spain 2016 was, of course, no ordinary race. When Max Verstappen took the chequered flag in first place after 66 grueling laps, the Dutchman insured he’d rightly monopolise around half of the … Keep reading
Renault had worked hard to get the revamped engine ready for both its teams this week – with it being viewed as a platform for a much stronger second half of the campaign. All the drivers that tried it were impressed with the feeling of the extra power and improved driveability – but were mindful that the true scale of any step forward would only come from telemetry. Now Renault … Keep reading
“As this was an in-season test rather than a Pirelli test, the teams were selecting individual run plans and choosing their own tyres from the usual 2016 range, rather than testing new prototypes. Because of the wide variety of programmes that were being worked through, the lap times in isolation were of no great significance. However, some teams were also able to carry out specific tyre-related assessments, such as data acquisition on the ultrasoft tyre before it makes its debut in Monaco next week. From a tyre perspective everything performed as expected, and the teams were able to acquire additional
The young German was given a surprise call-up by the German car manufacturer to run on the second day of the Barcelona test, replacing Esteban Ocon, who had originally been set to test. Although Mercedes said the decision was taken because it wanted an experienced driver to test new parts, it comes against the backdrop of speculation surrounding Nico Rosberg’s future with the … Keep reading
The Grove-based outfit ran with a unique double decker rear wing over the two days, which along with front wing tweaks was aimed at increasing downforce levels with a view to next season. While lessons learned will help the team in its preparations for next year, Massa was in no doubt that anything that could be brought forward to address weaknesses in this year’s chassis would be … Keep reading