Will Gray

  • Tech Talk: Pushing for perfection in Korea

    This weekend’s Korean Grand Prix is not one of the favourites on the F1 calendar – but the Yeongam track is actually a real test of driver and engineer skill and it will reward the team closest to perfection.

    There are many tracks during the Grand Prix season where a driver can lift the level of a poor performing car by his commitment to push to the limit, whether that means changing braking points, cornering techniques or racing lines to make the most of the imperfect situation.

    In Korea, however, that is not the case.

    Yeongam runs anti-clockwise and offers a combination of many different

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  • Gray Matter: F1’s big money race

    Red Bull may be almost out of reach in the constructors' championship but some teams still have a lot to play for – and with big money staked on the season-ending order it could be crucial for 2014.

    Red Bull are now over 100 points clear of Ferrari at the top of the championship with six races to go – and although that means a total of 258 points are up for grabs, current form suggests it is extremely unlikely that they will be caught.

    But behind them, there are two intriguing battles.

    Just seven points separate second-placed Ferrari and third-placed Mercedes while further down the order the

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  • Tech Talk: Sebastian Vettel’s perfect storm?

    Sebastian Vettel was a class apart in last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix - but is he now set to dominate the rest of the season or was it just a perfect storm?

    It was a dream race meeting for Vettel as he demonstrated just how good he and his Red Bull can be when everything comes together, taking pole, leading from start to finish and setting the fastest lap.

    Despite the mid-race safety car, which wiped away the 13-second lead he had built by lap 25, he still built up a 32.627s lead over second-placed Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari in the 31-lap race to the finish.

    But it was a combination of

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  • Staying cool in the heat

    Despite taking place at night, this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix is one of the most physically intense events on the calendar – and one of the biggest challenges is the loss of mental focus due to hydration.

    When the floodlights come on in Singapore, the ambient temperature is often still around 30 degrees and at this time of year the humidity is an uncomfortable 75 percent.

    Drivers’ bodies and brains are already under pressure because of the unusual night-becomes-day timetables they have to keep, but in the narrow tight cockpits, with thick fire protective clothing restricting cooling, the

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  • Tech Talk: Should Mr E fear Formula E?

    As Formula One prepares for a new hybrid era the new Formula E series is going one step beyond with its all-electric racing – so what are the technical specs and how could it affect motorsport’s future?

    The dominance of Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One has been challenged in the past but while series like A1GP and Superleague have come and gone this one is very different. This one is all about technology, it already has some big sponsors – including two existing F1 sponsors - and it has the supplier support of McLaren, Williams and Renault.

    The concept – a racing series run on electric power

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  • The battle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda for the 1976 F1 world championship was a classic example of how tense, emotional and enthralling a sporting rivalry can become.

    Now the subject of a new movie, ‘Rush’, it is one of the few classic sporting confrontations that have made it to the big screen – but there are plenty of others, some friendly and some bitter, that could also make the grade...

    Read Part One here...

    ATHLETICS

    There are plenty of head-to-heads in this, the ultimate human v human sport, but two stand out above the rest.

    Seb Coe v Steve Ovett was the story of two Brits from

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  • The greatest rivalries in the history of sport (Part One)

    Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali pictured in 2002

    The battle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda for the 1976 F1 world championship was a classic example of how tense, emotional and enthralling a sporting rivalry can become.

    Now the subject of a new movie, ‘Rush’, it is one of the few classic sporting confrontations that have made it to the big screen – but there are plenty of others, some friendly and some bitter, that could also make the grade...

    BOXING

    The ultimate sport for personal confrontations, boxing has thrown up many heated battles but the sport’s greatest heavyweight rivalry ever is surely Muhammad Ali v Joe Frazier, with three

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  • Why Ferrari’s superteam could end in disaster…

    Ferrari’s dramatic U-turn on driver policy has created potential dynamite for 2014 – so how will they avoid an implosion and ensure this new superteam can deliver championship success?

    The decision to pair Kimi Raikkonen with Fernando Alonso at Ferrari is as risky as it is exciting. Both drivers are far from tame, easy-going characters and both will be doing all they can to position themselves at the head of what is a highly political team.

    Ferrari has been a one-driver team for years and has not had two top drivers since the paired Alain Prost with Nigel Mansell in 1990.

    Back then, Mansell

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  • Tech Talk: How Red Bull set up Monza win

    The unique high-speed Monza track sees teams create special one-off low downforce packages to maximise their performance – but how do they do it and what made Red Bull’s approach so successful?

    Monza is super fast, basically consisting of a series of long straights separated by tight chicanes and one or two fast corners – including the famous 180-degree Parabolica. Last weekend, speeds topped 340km/h, with Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez fastest on Sunday at 341.1km/h.

    Most teams aim to reduce downforce as much as possible (some have even run without a rear wing in the past) and it all starts

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  • Which sport creates the best movies?

    Most sports have been given the Hollywood treatment over the years and while some have turned out Oscar winning performances others have barely made it out of the cutting room.

    The latest to hit the big screen, Ron Howard’s ‘Rush’, is already shaping up to be a classic, with the Academy Award-winning director turning an intense real-life battle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda into a movie full of fast-paced action, suspense, drama and emotion.

    It has all the ingredients to be a classic – but what else is out there to give it a run for its money in the list

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