Will Gray

  • Tech Talk: Is Vettel in a different league?

    Sebastian
    Vettel put in a dominant performance to win the season's opening race in
    Australia - but is he really so far ahead or can his trailing rivals catch him
    quickly?

    The simple
    facts show that Vettel was head and shoulders above the rest of the chasing
    pack in Melbourne, with his pole position advantage over the second-placed
    McLaren of Lewis Hamilton the biggest since the knockout format began and his
    race to victory executed in a calm and completely controlled manner, even
    without the use of KERS.

    The first
    thing to remember, however, is that Australia is a unique road circuit with a

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  • Gray Matter: Can F1 go green?

    Formula One's recently announced plans to move towards environmentally friendly racing looks good on paper - but can it really happen, or is it all false pretences?

    The F1 teams' association has revealed plans to tackle green issues in the coming years after an environmental research analysis of the sport, starting with a reduction in carbon emissions by more than 12 per cent in the next three years.

    With every company under the sun focusing on carbon cutting, this is nothing new - but it is of vital importance given the globetrotting nature of Formula One.

    It is the energy cost required to

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  • Gray Matter: Has Vettel thrown it away?

    Sebastian Vettel's collision with Jenson Button last weekend proved costly for both title contenders - but how will the Red Bull driver's latest mistake really affect his season?

    It's been a tough year for Vettel. With the Red Bull car ahead of the field in many races, few expected the experienced young German, who out-classed his team-mate Mark Webber last year, to do anything other than cruise to the title. And in truth, he really should have.

    So far this season Vettel has claimed seven pole positions from 13 races - yet he has only converted one of those into victory (14%). He has gained

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  • Team preview: Sauber

    Sauber struggled last year from the departure of BMW but after an end-of-season resurgence the plucky privateers are plotting a 2011 comeback - so can Mexican money and a new technical direction succeed?

    One of Sauber's biggest aims for this season, it seems, was achieved in one move well before the season had even begun. The funding generated by the signing of Mexican driver Sergio Perez has turned the plain white Sauber of 2010 into a much more sponsor-liveried car, mainly through the support of communications giant Telmex.

    The stability this brings will be crucial to this year's campaign,

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  • Team preview: McLaren

    It's hard to believe that it is now 12 years since McLaren last won the constructors' title — so after the team's radical new car failed to set the track alight in testing will it be another dry year in 2011?

    The new McLaren was heavily anticipated this year after the team spoke regularly of planning its launch late to make the most of the extra development time and to enable them to hide their innovations from their rivals until as late as possible.

    When it was unveiled, a few days after most teams had already had their new cars on track, it was indeed radical, with a relatively long

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  • Ultimate F1 season preview

    The winter is over, the testing season finished, and finally the Formula One circus gets back to doing what it does best: racing.

    Eurosport's man in the F1 pit lane Will Gray has run his expert eye over each of the teams to give you the lowdown on who'll be hot and who will not in 2011. Scroll down to read the summaries and click on the pictures to read the full previews.

    Will has also produced a complete rundown of all the technical changes in the sport, which promise once again to keep everybody guessing as to who will end up on top.

    We've also got an insider's view of the Albert Park

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  • Team preview: Mercedes

    Mercedes hoped to benefit from turning their resources to this year's car early last season - but while it didn't quite go to plan early on does a bright end to testing suggest they can recover?

    Having shelved development of their 2010 car early to focus all efforts on creating a front-running machine for this season, it was obvious that despite having a major upgrade in the pipeline for the final pre-season test, finishing a second off the pace in the opening test was not the start to 2011 Mercedes had hoped for.

    Team boss Ross Brawn revealed there had been a lot to do to improve on last

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  • Team preview: Red Bull Racing

    Reigning champions Red Bull have arguably produced the best car for the last two seasons and finally reaped the reward with double championship success last year - but can they stay at the front in 2011?

    Sebastian Vettel cried with emotion in Abu Dhabi last November after completing his smash-and-grab raid on the world title but now he will be expected to step up another level for this year's title defence.

    Only eight different drivers have won back-to-back world titles in more than 60 years of Formula One racing and given his competition, both from within the team and outside, it will be no

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  • Team preview: Renault

    The new black-and-gold liveried Lotus Renault is a radical machine carrying some lofty ambitions on its shoulders - but can the momentum at Enstone see the team recreate former glories this year?

    The team has scored just two wins in its last 71 races but in F1 terms it is actually not very long since it last won the world title - in 2006 with Fernando Alonso.

    The old guard from that era may now be long gone, but the new Renault team put down its own marker and made some aggressive progress last year, continually developing the car through the season and managing to mix it with the top four

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  • Team preview: Force India

    Force India almost won a race in 2009 then lost their way when two key technical men departed — so what's to suggest they could achieve their ambitious target of fifth place in the championship this year?

    Vijay Mallya's team has slowly been working its way up the grid in recent years, progressing with a strong technical team, a valuable engineering collaboration with McLaren and a talented and highly rated lead driver in Adiran Sutil.

    The stability of this slow rise in form was knocked off the rails when technical leaders Mark Smith and James Key left for Lotus and Sauber respectively — not

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