F1’s Road Car Relevance, Problem Solving and Learning Through Data

In our latest Deep Dive episode, Geoff Willis – our Director of Commercial Engineering – explores the top of why F1 matters, discussing road car relevance, problem solving, challenging each other and how we use data to learn and improve.

Jack Aitken joins Williams

Jack Aitken speaks after joining ROKiT Williams Racing as Official Reserve Driver for 2020.

INTRODUCING: The Gen2 EVO World Championship Car

Gen2 EVO-Berlin

Formula E and the FIA reveal the newly named Gen2 EVO, using a reimagined design that will make its debut in the 2020/21 season, when the electric racing series competes under the banner of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Here’s all you need to know about Formula E’s future challenger.

SOPHIA FLOERSCH – FIA F3 steering wheel explanation of the 2020 car (same as Formula E & Formula 2)

FIA F3 steering wheel explanation!!! Something you guys are always very interested to see. As many of you know I was doing a double program this season with FIA F3 (most competitive junior formula class worldwide) and my endurance program with Richard Mille Racing Team in ELMS and 24h of Le Mans. In the past you guys always loved to see how my cockpit looks so I decided to show you everything in bth racing cars. First is my Formula 3 steering. We are using the same steering wheel as Formula 2 and Formula E. They look the exact same just the buttons and rotaries are for different usages. Starting with the pedals we of course shift up on the right side and down on the left side with the middle pedals. Both on the top are for DRS which you just have to keep pulled as soon as you hit the DRS activation zone the wing opens. Of course when you release the pedal the DRS closes but also automatically when you hit the brakes. From F3 onwards until F1 you have hand clutch which are both bottom pedals. Obviously we have Pit Limiter, Radio, VSC and Reverse as our most important buttons. But also two to switch pages which different numbers and important numbers shown. There are some buttons which exist but you actually never really use… On the bottom we got three rotaries to use for different Engine or Clutch settings during the start procedure. Every single team has their own way of doing this procedure. In some weeks time I will be showing you the steering and cockpit of the LMP2 which has even more buttons which we also use while driving and which are very important. 24h of Le Mans was the best example for that.

Ferrari SF1000 launch

The launch of the Ferrari SF1000 from Teatro Valli, Reggio Emilia in Italy, the Scuderia’s 2020 Formula 1 World Championship challenger named in honour of their 1000th Grand Prix which will happen this season.

Same Old Story For Vettel and Ferrari

Source: National Times via Twitter

Lewis Hamilton has enjoyed a similar surge towards the Formula One Drivers’ Championship, pulling away from Sebastian Vettel to take himself within touching distance of the crown. The Brit secured his fourth win on the bounce at the Japanese Grand Prix, leading the contest from start to finish. Hamilton’s triumph has put Vettel under huge pressure at the United States Grand Prix, needing a finish ahead of the 33-year-old to keep the title race alive going into the final three races of the campaign.

The German cannot afford to allow Hamilton to retain his crown without a fight, allowing him surpass his totals for four Championship wins. Another crown would put Hamilton beyond his rival and level with Juan Manuel Fangio on five titles, sitting just two behind Michael Schumacher on the all-time list. Hamilton is odds on in the latest F1 betting odds at 1/500, highlighting how close he is to completing his quest for the Championship, winning the crown in successive seasons for the second time of his career.

It has been almost a complete repeat of the 2017 season in the battle between Hamilton and Vettel. In the last campaign, the German got off to a strong start to the term, winning three of the opening six races. He led the Brit by 25 points after triumphing in the Monaco Grand Prix. However, he was unable to sustain his charge as errors, retirements and underwhelming performances proved to be costly.

Whereas Vettel’s displays waned towards the end of the year, Hamilton’s strengthened beginning with his domination of the middle section of the season. It was the same pattern that almost allowed the Mercedes driver to catch Nico Rosberg the previous term, only to fall agonisingly short. The 33-year-old made no mistake in 2017, easing his way over the line to draw level with Vettel on four titles.

Source: Planet F1 via Twitter

The 2018 season promised to be a tense race, with Ferrari claiming before the season that they had made strides to close the gap. Those assertions looked accurate in the opening two races in Australia and Bahrain as Vettel made another strong start to the campaign, clinching both victories to set an early tone. He failed to kick on to push away from the presence of his rival, although a triumph at the British Grand Prix ended Hamilton’s run of success on his home patch.

There was an opportunity to use the victory at Silverstone as momentum to close out the Drivers’ Championship. Vettel held an eight-point lead after his win, but a retirement at the German Prix caused by a crash in the opening lap of the race allowed Hamilton to regain control. Since then Vettel has not come close to disrupting the Brit’s charge for the title. It appears that the Mercedes driver will ease his way over the line bar a miracle for Ferrari and Vettel. Hamilton continues to win the battle to be known as the most dominant driver of the modern era and another triumph in 2019 would put just one crown away from matching Schumacher to match a claim to be the most successful man in the history of the sport.

Playlist: 2018 Italian Grand Prix

Here’s our playlist for this year’s Italian Grand Prix featuring only Italian music from the seventies!

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Playlist: 2018 Australian Grand Prix

Inspired by Renault Sport F1, we are introducing playlists for the 2018 grand prix series. Here is the first set including monster tracks from The Saints, Icehouse and Tame Impala and titles like ‘Friday On My Mind’, ‘Metal Dance’, ‘Dead Radio’ and ‘Man With Golden Helmet’. 25 tracks, and two hours of vroom, vroom music!

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Make your own F1 playlists using the hashtag #RSplaylist.

The Toro Rosso-Honda STR13 in action!

Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley’s first taste of STR13. Enjoy the track action from our Filming Day in Misano!

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Introducing the new Toro Rosso STR13

Scuderia Toro Rosso was live — with Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

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