Michael Schumacher explains what an F1 driver does at the start of the race, and how they prepare the car to make the fastest possible start.
With few major changes in the technical rules for 2012, could teams have more scope to innovate? John Beamer looks at the season ahead.
Guest writer John Beamer concludes his look at the technical developments so far this year.
Guest writer John Beamer reviews the technical changes on the cars at the Canadian Grand Prix.
John Beamer examines the hot topics of exhaust-blown diffusers and the 2013 engine rules.
In the first of a two-part series looking F1 technology in 2011, John Beamer talks tyres and DRS.
Find out what all those buttons actually do.
How did McLaren get on terms with Red Bull in Istanbul? F1 Fanatic guest writer John Beamer takes a look at the changes to the cars in Istanbul. On the face of it the Turkish Grand Prix should have been an easy one-two for Red Bull. The Milton Keynes-based outfit had almost a second a … Continue reading Technical review: Turkish Grand Prix
John Beamer reviews the technical developments at the Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix. Barcelona and Monaco couldn’t be more different in what they demand from an F1 car. Barcelona is the ultimate test of aerodynamic efficiency, whereas Monaco is a drivers’ circuit, which rewards ability and confidence more than anywhere else on the calendar. With … Continue reading Technical review: Spain and Monaco
Right now, F1 should be enjoying a new turbo era. We had a taste of it last year as some teams deployed Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems to gain a power boost on the straights. Those without it tended to be quicker in the corners – and that crucial difference gave us some great racing. The … Continue reading While F1 dithers over KERS, road car hybrid technology leaves it behind
F1 cars will weigh almost 100kg more at the start of a race this year compared to last. That presents a host of challenges to F1 designers such as brake wear, ride height, weight distribution and tyre wear. Any team which doesn’t get a grip of the problems will find themselves playing catch-up like McLaren … Continue reading Five problems F1 designers face in 2010
F1 Fanatic guest writer John Beamer examines the technical updates from Abu Dhabi and gives his early thoughts on the major changes for 2010. As evident from my recent musings on the technical side of F1 every team has focused its development resources on 2010. Suffice to say there is little to report from Yas … Continue reading Abu Dhabi Grand Prix technical analysis – and a look ahead to 2010
BMW and Ferrari have revealed substantial upgrades to their cars as F1’s ‘ground war’ in Europe begins. Several other teams have brought upgrades as well – including the ones they’re all trying to catch, Brawn.
F1 Fanatic guest writer John Beamer examines the technical changes and controversies over the first two races of 2009. Formula 1 never changes. We’re not even two races in and controversy continues to rage around the paddock – as it has done so every year since 1954 and will do so until we humans are … Continue reading Technical review: Australia and Malaysia
In these two videos McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen and Bridgestone’s Hirohide Hamashima explain what impact the new slick tyres will have on F1 racing this year: Read more F1 2009 technology: front wing F1 2009 technology: Mid-region F1 2009 Technology: Rear wings, diffusers – and the inevitable controversy
F1 Fanatic guest writer John Beamer continues his technical analysis of the 2009 F1 cars with a look at the mid-section of this year’s designs. When comparing a 2008 and 2009 F1 car the wider front wing and squashed rear wing are the most dramatic changes. Look closely again and one can see equally striking … Continue reading F1 2009 technology: Mid-region
One aspect of the 2009 rules I’m trying to get my ahead is how the return to slick tyres and the introduction of KERS might affect brakes. If my shaky grasp if F1 technology is right, I reckon brakes will have a seriously hard time in 2009. Check my working below.
Guest writer John Beamer of F1 Pitlane takes a final look at technical changes on the cars of 2008. The denouement of the Formula 1 season was certainly spectacular. As a story, the emotional roller-coaster and intense human drama of Interlagos easily eclipsed the technical innovation.
Why did Felipe Massa race with a ‘shark fin’ but Kimi Raikkonen didn’t? How did Fernando Alonso’s ‘under-powered’ Renault out-drag Heikki Kovalainen? John Beamer of F1-Pitlane has the answers to these questions and more in his technical round-up for Shanghai.
John Beamer from F1-Pitlane looks at the technical tweaks from Fuji. In contrast to the tight corners and slow speeds of the Marina Bay circuit in Singapore, Fuji Speedway, with its 1.5km start-finish straight, puts a premium on a low drag car. Although over 80% of the corners are low speed and would typically demand … Continue reading John Beamer’s F1 tech file: Fuji