Will Gray

  • How will V6 engine format change F1?

    Formula One voted last week to move to smaller turbo powered engines from 2014 - but how will the new designs change the cars and will it make the sport more attractive for manufacturers again?

    Turbo engines were banned in F1 in 1989 and since then a number of differently sized normally aspirated units have been run, first a 3.5-litre, then 3-litre and, since 2006, the standard 2.4-litre V8 design used currently by all engine manufacturers.

    The fixed engine format has proved to be a cost-effective solution, with limited development allowed year on year, and a move to a new formula will come

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  • Gray Matter: Would Hamilton gain by moving?

    One brief chat in the Montreal paddock
    has set tongues wagging about Lewis Hamilton's future in Formula One, but could
    he seriously leave McLaren and what has he got to gain?

    The names Hamilton and McLaren have been
    connected ever since Hamilton, as a cheeky youngster, famously told team boss
    Ron Dennis he wanted to race for the team. That was when he was 10. Three years
    later, he was signed to their young driver programme and the rest is history.

    A meeting with Red Bull boss Christian
    Horner last weekend was taken as an indicator of the level of Hamilton's
    apparent unrest at McLaren - but

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  • Gray Matter: Is F1 too perfect?

    Last weekend's race at Valencia saw every one of the cars
    that started the race reach the finish - but is this impressive display of
    technical perfection really a good thing for F1?

    It was only the fourth time in the history of F1 that the
    entire grid has made it to the finish, and with 24 drivers seeing the chequered
    flag it was the highest number of cars to ever complete an F1 race - giving HRT
    driver Narain Karthikeyan the dubious honour of being the only F1 driver ever
    placed 24th.

    The previous finishing record of 23 had been set just
    five races earlier, in China this year, with Jaime

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  • Tech Talk: Is Ferrari back on track?

    Ferrari came out of the European Grand Prix at Valencia
    looking like the team now closest to challenging Red Bull Racing - but what's
    been going on at Maranello and are things now back on track?

    When Ferrari launched their F150, as it was called back
    in January, the car immediately looked on the pace. Since then, however, the subsequent
    name clash comparison with a Ford truck appeared apt as its pace fell off compared
    to its rivals and the men and women at Maranello were forced to do some serious
    re-planning to save their season once again.

    The dominance of Red Bull, coupled with the

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  • All-time Monaco greats

    Formula One hit the glittering streets of Monaco this week
    with tyre degradation expected to create a thrill-filled race - but what
    all-time classics does this year's event have to live up to?

    Known as Formula One's jewel in the crown, Monaco is as much
    about the glitz and glamour as it is about the racing.

    Its twisty harbour-side streets make it one of the most
    unlikely locations to host a Grand Prix and F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has
    admitted that if it were tabled as a potential new venue now it would not be
    given a second look.

    The racing is usually somewhat predictable. Some 65 per cent

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  • Gray Matter: How will F1 manage high demand?

    The popularity of Red Bull's run in Hong Kong and the creation of a taskforce to revive the French Grand Prix this week highlighted just how many nations are now chasing a place on the F1 calendar - but who's on the waiting list and can they fit it?

    Red Bull drew a crowd of 40,000 people into downtown Hong Kong last weekend as Jaime Alguersuari showed off the F1 car in a demonstration run. The success of the event immediately led to claims that the city would love to host a race in future.

    That aspiration, voiced in the local media by the city's motorsport president Wesley Wan, may be a bit

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  • Tech Talk: How will blown diffusers ban change F1?

    The demise of off-throttle blown
    diffusers looks set to begin at this weekend's European Grand Prix before a
    full ban at the British Grand Prix - but what difference will it make and why
    has it come mid season?

    Many of the sport's leading teams have
    been using engine maps this year to gain a bigger aerodynamic advantage from blown
    diffusers using two techniques - cold and hot blowing.

    Cold blowing involves setting the
    exhaust flow to remain constant even when a driver's foot is off the throttle
    so that energised air is constantly fed into the diffuser and more downforce is
    produced through

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  • Tech Talk: How Button did it

    It's been said already once this year but, once again, F1
    produced one of its greatest ever races last weekend - so how and when did
    Jenson Button make the crucial moves that made the victory his?

    A look at the FIA's official race lap chart
    shows just how complicated last weekend's Canadian Grand Prix turned out to be,
    with five safety car periods, one red flag, several big collisions and a large
    number of pit stops and penalties.

    In an incredibly eventful race, Button used seven
    different sets of tyres, starting on a new set of wets and finishing on a used
    set of super softs, which he ran on

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  • Gray Matter: McLaren’s threat to Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel is chasing his sixth pole and sixth
    victory from seven races this weekend - but the layout of the Montreal circuit could
    provide a threat to his record-chasing domination.

    Only three drivers in the history of Formula One have managed to win six of the seven complete opening Grands Prix of the season. Jim Clark was the first, in 1965, and he potentially could have won all seven had he not been forced to miss the Monaco race to compete in the Indianapolis 500. Jenson Button did it in 2009, although one of those was only awarded half points as it was stopped due to bad weather.

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  • Tech Talk: Teams set for brake test in Canada

    The Canadian Grand Prix is notoriously hot on brakes and teams will be keeping an eye on their temperatures this weekend - but how does an F1 car's braking system work and what can be done to make the most of it?

    The Montreal circuit has a slippery track surface and is made up of long fast straights and slow chicanes, with only one corner taken at above 200km/h. This stop-start nature, coupled with the lack of grip, means it is the hardest circuit on the brakes all year, with six 'major braking events' on every lap.

    This year the cars effectively have two different braking systems, with the

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