F1 Technical

Sebastian Vettel crossed the chequered flag first at the Malaysian GP which was his maiden win in the famous red-colored car. The German also broke his own win-less streak which lasted more than a year.
Kimi Räikkönen left the Malaysian GP with a good haul of points, but he could not be delighted with his fourth place as there was more on offer after showing incredible tyre management during Friday practices.
Introduced at the Australian Grand Prix and continued in Malaysia, Toro Rosso have designed a unique rear wing support that appears to protrude the engine's exhaust pipe. A central pillar is common to all teams to help support the aerodynamic forces exhibited by the rear wing to assist the rear wing endplates.
Introduced at the Australian Grand Prix and continued in Malaysia, Toro Rosso have designed a unique rear wing support that appears to protrude the engine's exhaust pipe. A central pillar is common to all teams to help support the aerodynamic forces exhibited by the rear wing to assist the rear wing endplates. Usually though, teams design a carbon fibre fork around the centrally mounted exhaust pipe, or otherwise create a carbon fibre mounting within the engine cover, above the exhaust pipe.
With Malaysia being all about heat management, Williams have added new gills on each side of the cockpit to provide additional cooling for the car's internals. Even though this in itself is nothing new, it's interesting to see that Williams appear to have put in some effort in making the fins efficient, arranging them in two rows of variable sizes. It makes us suspect the team won't limit their use to a single Grand Prix
Mercedes AMG F1 faced an unexpected defeat in today's Malaysian Grand Prix. As of stopping on lap 4, both cars were on the back foot on Sebastian Vettel who eventually won the race in blistering hot conditions.
The Manor Marussia F1 Team’s Roberto Merhi took his first chequered flag of the 2015 season at Sepang today, finishing the 2015 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix in 15th place.
The Malaysian Grand Prix ended up to be a very difficult event for Red Bull Racing with both driver unable to make significant progress as they had to manage rising brake temperatures.
Williams finished 5th and 6th in today's Malaysian Grand Prix, a result in line with the car's current performance. Head of Performance engineering at Williams, Rob Smedley, immediately acknowledged the race highlighted some weak points of the FW37.
Romain Grosjean finished just shy of the points whilst Pastor Maldonado had to retire from a rather frustrating Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit.
McLaren Honda saw its cars disappointingly retire from the Malaysian Grand Prix with power unit issues. The team though saw much better pace, allowing both cars to fight with the Force India cars for position.
After a quite a promising qualifying to the Malaysian Grand Prix on the Sepang International Circuit, the race ended in disappointment and without championship points for the Sauber F1 Team.
Scuderia Toro Rosso achieved a great result at the Malaysian Grand Prix with its young drivers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz finishing troublefree in 7th and 8th place to both score points.
Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari have won again after not doing so for more than 1.5 years. Vettel showed strong pace and with a better strategy than Mercedes handed Mercedes an unexpected defeat.
McLaren is pushing on with aerodynamic development while Honda focuses on getting its power unit up to speed. The most notable update seen on the MP4-30 chassis at Malaysia is the addition of an S-duct in the nose cone, undoubtedly pushed by Petr Prodromou who worked on the feature with Red Bull in recent years. Similar to the inlet on the Red Bull RB11, air is caught via a wide channel underneath the entire span of the nose cone, with the outer extremities however feeding channels to provide cockpit cooling rather than the S-duct.
Lewis Hamilton has taken pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix, staying calm on a wet Sepang Circuit. Sebastian Vettel came close towards the end of the session and splits both Mercedes on tomorrow's starting grid.
Nico Rosberg once again set the benchmark in the final session ahead of qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton was second fastest with the Ferrari drivers once again third and fourth.
Comments in the media revealed a plan to change the current 2015 rules in order to have one extra Power Unit allocation. Possibilities at this moment could either be to only allow this allocation during practice, or without restrictions so that teams can run them as they please.
Lewis Hamilton has topped the times in the second free practice session of the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend, fighting back from a first session where engine trouble prevented him from setting a timed lap.
Nico Rosberg proved the fastest man in the first free practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix while team mate Lewis Hamilton was unable to record a time due to a technical issue. Ferrari once again provided the stiffest competition, with Raikkonen and Vettel going second and third fastest.
Renault is confident that the Malaysian Grand Prix will better reflect the engine maker's progress over the winter, having had time to fix some issues while relying on Sepang Circuit to suit the French engines better.
Having been unsure of Valtteri Bottas' return until today, Williams F1 have not been resting on their laurels and in the meantime signed Adrian Sutil as the team's official reserve driver in 2015.
This weekend the Sepang International Circuit will host the second grand prix of the formula one season. The circuit is known for its hot and humid conditions and will put car and driver to the test.
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Ferrari are not just moving slowly in the right direction to get back to the top, but they are also busy with move inside the barriers of Ferrari’s Maranello-based territory.
Robert Kubica showed very promising speed during the first part of the Rally Mexico, but made then a mistake while chasing the leader Sebastian Ogier. The Pole believes the experience gained in Mexico will boost his chances at the next venue.
SimScale is starting with free five-week online workshop series for simulation, design and testing of a Formula One race car. Everyone that signs up for the workshop series will receive a special free trial period that activates one day before each workshop starts.
Last weekend, it came to light that Renault-powered teams have big issues with their power units. At Albert Park, they had to run the power unit in a detuned state in order to not have it break down and to make it somewhat reliable.
After suffering a mysterious crash while testing, Fernando Alonso pulled out of the season-opener Australian GP. The Spaniard is said to make the comeback at the second round of this year’s championship which takes place in Malaysia on next weekend.
Renault Sport, engine supplier for both Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso has acknowledged that the 'litany of issues' experienced at Melbourne were unexpected, and that the driveability issues are certainly not an easy fix.
Mercedes AMG kicked off the 2015 season in style, finishing the Australian Grand Prix with a 1-2 finish, just as is closed the 2014 campaign. Both drivers were dominant and held their positions throughout the race.
Lotus was keen to bounce back from a disappointing 2014 campaign at Melbourne, but the team's aim for a double points finish ended before either of its two drivers managed to complete a single racing lap.
2007 champion Kimi Raikkönen could not finish the race because of problems at the pit stops, but he is upbeat by Ferrari's new contender, the SF15-T which proved to be a huge step forward compared to last year's machinery.
Red Bull's senior figures, Christian Horner and Adrian Newey heavily criticised the team's engine partner, Renault which seems to have made a step back after promising serious improvements for 2015 over the winter.
Lewis Hamilton has won the season opening Australian Grand Prix, leading his team mate Nico Rosberg from start to finish to secure an utterly dominant 1-2 victory for Mercedes AMG F1. Sebastian Vettel finished on 3rd in his first race for Ferrari.
Since Toro Rosso introduced their shorter nose cone on the STR10, the team also added long fins on each side of the upper edge of the monocoque. It's a unique feature across all current cars and appears to be aimed at reducing air to spill over the edges of the monocoque. This can be a particular issue under yaw, for example when the car is turning left.
Having qualified at the back of the grid with both cars, McLaren Honda are unhappy with today's result, but are aware that the car's conservative engine mappings are aimed only at gathering mileage and data, rather than outright performance.
Come the third and final pre-season winter test at Barcelona, Ferrari brought along a new front wing for the SF15-T. For me the SF15-T has the fundamentals of a great front wing, as long as they develop on the concept over the course of the season.
Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado will start tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix from top ten grid positions after today’s qualifying for the first race of the season at Albert Park.
Dutchman Giedo van der Garde who is persuing his Sauber race seat through court has retracted legal action against the team after the two have come to a temporary agreement on Saturday morning.
Qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne saw Lewis Hamilton take pole position in his Mercedes AMG F1, edging out team mate Rosberg and the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.
Lewis Hamilton emerged as the fastest man in final practice ahead of qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix. He proved nearly a second faster than closest competitor Sebastian Vettel.
The Williams F1 team proved satisfied with today's running. The team claimed to have gathered enough data to progress towards qualifying, even though a water leak on Felipe Massa's car prevented the Brazilian to run in FP2.
McLaren didn't have the strongest of days as the Formula One season kicked off today at Australia. The team struggled to get mileage in, but only due to a 'few niggly problems', rather than structural issues.
While other teams have their minds completely focussed on the season opener, Sauber looks to have more then just a simple distraction in court. Giedo van der Garde, ex- (or not ex-) driver for Sauber, has a succesful run of court cases in a bid to regain his race seat at Sauber.
Nico Rosberg topped the times in the second practice session at Melbourne, just like he did in FP1, ahead of team mate Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes duo however saw Ferrari edge closer, reducing their advantage to 7 tenths.
As what somewhat expected from pre-season testing, Mercedes AMG F1 have become the clear pace setters in the first practice session at Melbourne with both its cars more than a second ahead of the competition.
Following a ruling by the Victorian Supreme court on Wednesday, an appeal from Sauber that attempted to block Van Der Garde from claiming a Sauber race seat in 2015 has been rejected.
Mercedes has announced a new safety and medical car for the 2015 Formula One season onwards. The safety car will be the Mercedes GT S whereas a C63 S Estate will serve as the sport's medical car.
Formula One is about to kick off the season in Albert Park, a rather ayptical circuit which is considered 'one of the easier' circuits on the calender.