Posts tagged Formula One
Wasted Warhead - 1992 HKS-Lola T91-50 Test Mule

Hasegawa-san dreamed of building the ultimate racing engine, but found the environment at Yamaha too constrictive. Helped by funding from tuning pioneers Sigma Automotive, he was able to start a business of his own to fabricate the engines and performance parts major manufacturers could not or would not produce themselves.

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Stealth Bombed - 1983 Tyrrell 012 Cosworth "Boomerang"

Luckily, Maurice Philippe had just that in mind. In order to give Tyrrell an aerodynamic advantage, he not only though out of the box, he stomped on it and threw it in the trash. Realizing a conventional wing could only do so much with the maximum width given by the FIA, he set out to maximize the surface area within the available space.

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Twisted Torque - 1969 Matra MS84 4WD Cosworth

At Matra, designer Bernard Boyer reached the same conclusion. Under his direction, work started on a four wheel drive development of the concurrent MS80. In order to get a head start, Boyer contracted Ferguson itself to develop the car’s drivetrain. The biggest issue with creating the innovative machine was the position of the engine.

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Max Attack – Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen On How To Overtake & Win Races In F1

 

Fresh from his second ever career victory in Formula One, Max Verstappen continues to prove himself as not just a talent for the future, but as a driver who can win races today. And with victory coming on the weekend of his 20th birthday, the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix adds to his impressive list of achievements to date, which all started with his win in Spain last year.

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Momentum – Daniel Ricciardo's Season Update Ahead Of The F1 Malaysian Grand Prix

After a slow start to 2017, Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo has since gone on a run of 7 podium finishes in 10 Grand Prix races, the highlight of which was his first victory of the season, in Azerbaijan. Now, with 6 races to go, the Australian is determined to maintain the challenge on title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, the likes of whom he is convinced, both he and teammate Max Verstappen, have the beating of, as Mobil 1 The Grid found out.

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Verstappen 2.0 – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen On The Influence Of His Father In His Path To F1

Max Verstappen’s swift rise through motorsport’s junior categories saw him promoted into Formula One faster than any driver before. And it has proved to be a risk worth taking for Red Bull, as Verstappen has since become the youngest driver ever to win a race or score points in the series. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to the Dutch teenager to find out more about his path into F1, and why he is full of praise for the focus and dedication passed on to him by his father, Jos.

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Fridge Magnet - 1974 Maki F101 Cosworth

The car looked unlike anything the paddock had ever seen. Its bulky oversized bodywork made it appear much bigger than it actually was. With its sizable airbox and gigantic sidepods, the car looked as gracious and nimble as a block of freshly hewn granite.

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Totaru Rikoru - 1996 Dome F105i Mugen-Honda

Sasaki was eager to ride the company’s current wave of success all the way to the top, and instigated the firm’s first ever Formula One project. His dream was to field an all-Japanese Formula One team, something which had not been seen since Honda’s departure from the sport in 1968.

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Knocked Out - 1990 Alba AR20 Subaru

Ecclestone had already developed a personal hatred for the lack of professionalism of privateers when F1’s 1989 engine switch had opened the door for a motley crew of underfunded teams. Motivated by this hatred, he finished them off by dissolving the C2 category altogether, citing “reliability problems” as the cause.

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Dubious Debut - 1985 Minardi M185 Motori Moderni

For a brand new team entering the sport, it was a living hell. As the 1.5L turbo engines were much more complicated and expensive than the increasingly outdated 3.0L naturally aspirated units, finding a competitive means of propulsion was nigh-on impossible. Despite this, Italian Formula Two outfit Minardi Team SpA moved to join Formula One during the course of 1984.

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Perilous Promise - 1954 Lancia D50

For the first time in its 52 year history, Lancia would take part in the pinnacle of motorsport. The company would debut in the still relatively new Formula One World Championship, which had seen its inception in 1950.

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Superlative Shutdown - 1988 Alfa Romeo 164 ProCar

Unsatisfied with having to choose between the two, d’Agostino proposed a compromise in the form of the radically different V10 layout. The V10 was more compact, lighter and more fuel efficient than a V12, but produced nearly the same power. With this invention, Pino d’Agostino had unknowingly shaped the future of Formula One.

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Sidelined Samurai - 1991 Lotus 102C Isuzu

Midway through the 1991 season, Peter Collins came into contact with Isuzu and convinced the company to allow Lotus to test the promising new engine. The test was a huge opportunity for the ailing Team Lotus. The outfit hoped to persuade Isuzu in officially entering F1, and provide essential financial backing to keep them in business.

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Communication Breakdown - 1993 McLaren MP4/8 Ford

After initial testing Senna was positive about the stability, agility and overall handling of the new MP4/8. Unsurprisingly, he was less enthused with the performance of the mediocre Ford V8. His exasperated attempt to secure a drive with Williams had failed, even after he offered his services for free.

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