Boss Martin Whitmarsh was beaming at the launch of this year’s MP4-28. His team had made a radical change to their successful 2012 design in the name of progressive development. Building on the momentum of a strong end to the previous season, the team was convinced the new design would give more room to innovate than their rivals’ evolutionary designs and would deliver their best shot at a titleRead More »from Tech Talk: Can McLaren bounce back from disaster year?
- Eurosport | Will Gray – 10 hours ago
The Lotus team’s decision to sign Pastor Maldonado is the latest in a worrying trend for F1 – so with money trumping talent at F1’s fourth best team, is the sport in danger of losing out on top drivers?
Pastor Maldonado was a driver in high demand. It’s not that he’s had an amazing season at Williams; far from it in fact. He’s a good racer, but he’s not a top talent. It’s just that he comes with a purse full of cash from Venezuela.
It’s no secret that Lotus wanted Nico Hulkenberg but because the long-running saga with proposed investors Quantum continues to drag on, they came to the pointRead More »from Gray Matter: Is money killing F1′s talent pool?
- Eurosport | Will Gray – Thu, Nov 28, 2013 11:51 GMT
Mark Webber is at home enjoying the first week of the rest of his life – and he already has plenty of new adventures planned after leaving the paddock as an F1 driver for the final time in Brazil.
Webber did all he could to make it an unemotional farewell last Sunday, even asking the two people normally at his side, father Alan and partner Ann Neal, to stay at home and, it felt, leave him space to just get through the moment.
A down-to-earth character, with a distain for hype, he played it his way – and his final gesture to remove his helmet as he drove his last in-lap typified his ‘man ofRead More »from Gray Matter: Webber relishing his new post-F1 adventure
- Eurosport | Will Gray – Tue, Nov 26, 2013 21:01 GMT
The V8 has been one of the most notable engine formats in F1, with the most legendary being the Ford DFV that was on the grid from 1967 all the way to 1985. When it was launched, it produced just over 400bhp but when it retired it was outputting over 500bhp.
The engine in the most recent V8 era, the 2.4-litre 90-degree V8, was made mandatory in 2006 and ended up producing around 750bhp.
At the time the format was introduced, screaming 3-litre V10 engines ruled the roost and revs were rising up towards 20,000rpm. The quest for power had been intense and even though exotic materials wereRead More »from Tech Talk: Should we celebrate the end of the V8 era?
- Eurosport | Will Gray – Thu, Nov 21, 2013 11:20 GMT
Mark Webber will wave goodbye to Formula One in Brazil this weekend after a 12-year career – and the sport will miss his competitive spirit and entertaining off-track attitude.
It was a hard slog for Webber just to get into F1 – so much so that he cites that as one of the best moments in his career.
Through his time with Minardi, Jaguar and Williams, he matched or beat all of his team-mates. At Red Bull, however, when he finally got a car that could do his raw talent justice, it was unfortunate that he came up against his nemesis, Sebastian Vettel.
In what has become known as the Vettel era,Read More »from More than a number two, underrated Webber will be missed
Pirelli will test a prototype of their 2014 tyre for the first time in Brazil this weekend – but how will the big technical changes in F1 next year change tyre design and what will the test tell them?
At Interlagos, each car will have two sets of next year’s tyres to use in FP1 and FP2. These tyres will have the provisional 2014 construction and profile and use the 2014 medium compound.
They have the same dimensions as the current tyres but will be of a completely different design, constructed to cope with much greater forces that the 2014 cars will produce.
The combination of the new turboRead More »from Tech Talk: What will Brazil tyre test reveal?
- Eurosport | Will Gray – Thu, Nov 14, 2013 12:31 GMT
It is a little over one year since McLaren heralded Sergio Perez as their potential future star – so does it really make sense to drop him so quickly in favour of replacement Kevin Magnussen?
Many people in the paddock felt Perez was a gamble for McLaren last year when they signed the young Mexican after two seasons at Sauber, during which time he had shown impressive raw speed but a lack of consistency with some erratic performances.
Back then, in November last year, McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh did admit it was a gamble and said: “We wouldn't have signed him unless we thought he could go toRead More »from Gray Matter: Why Kevin Magnussen makes sense for McLaren
- Eurosport | Will Gray – Tue, Nov 12, 2013 11:24 GMT
Adrian Newey, one of F1’s greatest ever designers, openly admits he had a quick route into the sport – but while it’s tough to get in these days there are still ways for young designers to get noticed.
The motorsport engineering world is very different now to when Newey was a graduate. Back then, a wealth of different racecar constructors, both in F1 and in junior categories, meant that there were plenty of openings for younger designers to learn a holistic view of design.
What used to be design teams of two or three are now made up of tens or hundreds of people, rich in resources and allRead More »from Tech Talk: How do aspiring Adrian Neweys to get into F1?
Massa is one of the nicest men in Formula One. When I first interviewed him at the 2002 Malaysian Grand Prix he was a fresh-faced youngster preparing for his second race in F1 and was more relaxed than you could ever imagine, given the pressures of performing in his debut season.
We talked not about Formula One but about football, music and Brazil. It was perhaps a refreshing change from the pounding ofRead More »from Gray Matter: Should Massa stay in F1?
Weight has played a key part in the driver market this season - so why are heavy drivers in trouble when the new regulations come in next year and could potential crash diets create a real problem?
Driver weights on the Grand Prix grid vary by around 14kg, from diminutive Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, who weighs in at 64kg, to tall Force India driver Adrian Sutil, who tops out at 78kg.
Even 78kg is far from heavy, given the amount of muscular strength a driver must have in his neck muscles and arms to be able to perform at the absolute limit over a race distance of up to two hours, but thereRead More »from Tech Talk: Why weight will be a big issue in 2014
About Will Gray
Award-winning sports journalist Will Gray has worked in and around Formula One for more than a decade, providing detailed technical insight as well as live news reports and features for newspapers such as the Daily Telegraph and Daily Star, AFP and Reuters news agencies and a variety of magazines. He has also worked as an F1 expert on TalkSPORT and Irish radio.