The Race F1 Tech Show

Journalist Edd Straw and former F1 technical director and car designer Gary Anderson are here to guide listeners through the wonderful world of Formula 1 technology. With the help of special guests they’ll discuss and explain everything from how F1 cars are engineered to go faster, to the science behind cutting-edge aerodynamics and the complexities of engine development. They’ll also discuss the latest design trends shaping the 2022 grid, speak to some of the famous names behind classic F1 innovations, and answer fans’ burning F1 tech questions.

How mechanics build an F1 car from scratch - an...
62 min
How Mercedes turned a troubled car into a race ...
58 min
Why CFD hasn't killed off windtunnels in F1
44 min
Explaining F1’s tyre blanket row + why Ferrari ...
48 min
How paint shapes performance - and how dynamic ...
All the big talking points from the world of F1 technology
56 min
How much does it cost to produce an F1 car and ...
51 min
The secrets of semi-automatic gearboxes + Discu...
45 min
From fan car to F1 2022 – the secrets of ground...
47 min
Mid-season tech review + analysing Aston’s radi...
46 min
Real-time aero data: How it's captured and how ...
56 min
Analysing the 2023 floor changes + Developing t...
Chatting about all things technical in F1
62 min
The wonders of carbon fibre with pioneering des...
F1 tech news and discussion
46 min
Zhou's Silverstone crash analysed + why F1 fuel...
Everything you need to know about what's going on in the world of F1 tech
59 min
What the FIA’s technical directive on bouncing ...
Will new measures solve the issue of porpoising F1 cars?
45 min
Unpicking Ferrari’s Baku tech woes + in-depth w...
How will the Scuderia solve their problems?
55 min
Copycat F1 cars: When is it cheating and when i...
Going deep on all things technical in the world of F1 racing
41 min
Unpicking Merc's Monaco issues + have Pirelli's...
The new podcast talking all things technical in F1
51 min
Why does Ferrari get it wrong and other questions
Former Jordan and Jaguar technical director Gary Anderson joins Edd Straw to answer listener questions on F1 2021, 18-inch wheels, driving sideways and even Colin McRae.
63 min
Gary’s verdict on all 10 F1 teams
Gary looks back at the performance of the 10 F1 teams during the 2020 F1 season, explaining who did well, and why, and which of them underachieved
57 min
Why “peaky” Red Bull needs to change
Gary Anderson answers your latest batch of questions, including why the Red Bull is difficult to drive, if the Mercedes is too easy to drive and his memories of Gilles Villeneuve’s F1 debut at Silverstone in 1977
37 min
Hamilton’s replacement & Grosjean’s fireball
Gary answers your questions on how a team approaches replacing a driver like Lewis Hamilton and the causes and implications of Grosjean’s terrifying Bahrain Grand Prix crash
34 min
Why F1's big 2022 rules change aren’t good enough
Gary answers your questions on the major F1 rule changes in 2022 and explains the reasons why he thinks they aren’t the answer to all grand prix racing’s problems
39 min
Can F1 make every race like Turkey?
Gary answers your questions on the reasons for the unpredictable Turkish Grand Prix weekend, the role of the tyres, Ferrari’s resurgent form in the race – and also answers a couple of Jordan 191 questions and explains torsion bars.
35 min
Why copying F1 cars can’t be stopped
Gary answers your questions on F1’s new anti-copycat regulations, Istanbul Park’s Turn 8, how tyres are constructed and his involvement with the short-lived Midland F1 team.
37 min
How would Mercedes replace Hamilton and Wolff?
Gary answers listener questions on the talking points from Imola – including what Mercedes would do if Lewis Hamilton doesn’t sign a new deal and a potential successor to Wolff as team principal
39 min
Why Gary isn’t very pleased with Max Verstappen
Gary answers your questions on the Portuguese Grand Prix and pulls no punches in his criticism of Verstappen’s incidents, as well as looking ahead to F1’s return to Imola and the challenges of the legendary circuit
34 min
Why bad F1 cars happen - your questions answered
Nobody sets out to make a bad F1 car, but there have been many of them throughout history and Gary answers your questions about them. Among the topics covered are if it’s bad design or trying to be overly-clever, cars that had real potential despite...
37 min
Hamilton v Schumacher: Gary answers your questions
Now that Lewis Hamilton has equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 grand prix wins, Gary Anderson answers your questions on F1’s most successful drivers and what makes them so special. Follow Gary on Twitter - @GaryAndersonF1
38 min
F1’s engine future after Honda
Gary answers your questions about Formula 1 engines in the wake of Honda announcing its withdrawal at the end of the 2021 season – and reveals the secret to lifting a Ford DFV engine on your own!
38 min
Why F1’s penalty system is wrong
Gary explains why Formula 1’s penalties need to be fixed, and answers other listener questions about Stefano Domenicali’s impartiality, Daniel Ricciardo’s possible regrets and low noses
35 min
Secrets of F1 aerodynamics
Gary answers your questions about F1 aerodynamics, including how the ‘return’ of ground effect in 2022 will change F1, the impact of turbulent air and what was behind the famous F1 X-Wings.
32 min
Why can’t Vettel sort out his driving style?
Gary takes time out from his holiday to answer more listener questions and hit the big topics in Formula 1. Apologies for the reduced audio quality, which was owing to circumstances beyond our control.
26 min
Gary's verdict on a crazy Italian GP and a surp...
Having masterminded the odd shock F1 victory himself, Gary is well-placed to explain what it’s like to take a shock win in a crazy race. He delves into Pierre Gasly and AlphaTauri’s great underdog triumph
37 min
How Spa performance has opened Renault’s eyes
Gary Anderson answers your questions, including why understanding its Spa performance could be the key to a Renault breakthrough, whether Ferrari can hope to turn things around and why loose wheels stlll happen in crashes. Follow @GaryAndersonF1...
38 min
Ask Gary Anything: F1 design, Ferrari’s failure...
Gary answers your questions on F1 past and present, submitted via YouTube. Follow Gary on Twitter @GaryAndersonF1 and keep an eye on the community section of The Race YouTube channel if you’d like to submit a question for a future episode.
33 min
Gary judges your suggestions on how to fix F1
After the Spanish Grand Prix proved to be a little light on action, Gary Anderson asked you for your thoughts on how to spice up F1. In this episode, he works through your many suggestions. 

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48 min
Ferrari conspiracy theories and illegal designs
Gary explains why drivers sometimes feel their team is against them, and delves into the Racing Point stewards’ verdict and the team’s reaction to it
37 min
How Ferrari turned things round at Silverstone
Gary explains how Ferrari got so much from its car at a track that should have exposed its weaknesses, and why Sebastian Vettel couldn’t match Charles Leclerc
37 min
Rory Byrne can bring reality back to Ferrari
Gary explains what design legend Rory Byrne can do to help Ferrari, delves into the expected Mercedes advantage at Silverstone, and explains why he’s happy to see Imola back on the F1 calendar
35 min
Why F1’s rules and penalties are “crazy”
Gary doesn’t hold back in his criticism of the penalty issued to Haas for breaking a formation lap communications rule that makes no sense, and looks into the performance of Mercedes and Red Bull. He also pays tribute to old friend and rival Ron Tauranac.
36 min
What Renault’s Racing Point protest is all about
Is the ‘Pink Mercedes’ legal or illegal? Gary Anderson delves into the arguments about intellectual property and listed parts, and reveals his conclusions from the Red Bull Ring double-header.
35 min
Why Ferrari is really struggling in F1 2020
Gary Anderson tackles the big topics from the first race weekend of the F1 season, including Ferrari’s performance deficit, the legality of DAS and what the Mercedes problems were really all about.
36 min
F1 2020 preview: “The time is right for Verstap...
Gary previews the 2020 Formula 1 season, tipping Max Verstappen for the title and delving into the unique challenges of this unusual campaign
40 min
Working with Zanardi and other listener questions
Gary looks back at his time working with Alex Zanardi at Jordan in 1991 and with Reynard in 2001, as well as taking other questions on a range of topics including Eddie Irvine’s abilities, what makes a fast driver and the future of the DRS
36 min
Secrets of race engineering
As well as working as a technical director in Formula 1, Gary Anderson also has significant experience of race engineering. He explains the art of race engineering, and the kind of driver you would like to work with – and not work with
35 min
How F1 teams will approach the delayed season
Gary explains how Formula 1 teams will be preparing for the delayed start to the season and what impact the condensed and uncertain calendar will have on the season.
32 min
“I don’t see anything that will change the spec...
Gary Anderson gives his verdict on Formula 1’s recently-approved package of new regulations, but he isn’t convinced they will work as well as some hope.
32 min
How to make Formula 1 safer
Earlier this month, the FIA outlined the areas it was seeking to improve safety in motorsport. Gary Anderson takes a look at the objectives where they are relevant to Formula 1, and suggests how he would improve things.
36 min
Why teams must be flexible with staff for F1's ...
The proposed F1 calendar features 18 races in 24 weeks – as well as a quadruple-header and two triple-headers. Gary Anderson explains how teams can deliver this without overworking the personnel who do all the work.
32 min
“Blame on both sides” as Ferrari and Vettel split
Gary Anderson delves into the breakdown of the Ferrari/Vettel alliance, and explains how an F1 team approaches selecting a replacement. As well as picking his ideal new Ferrari driver, he also explains why he doesn’t see Vettel cutting it in the midfield.
32 min
Secrets of F1 suspension
Gary Anderson explains how Formula 1 car suspension works and the various tradeoffs required between mechanical performance and aerodynamic impact – as well how tyres impact the equation.
33 min
Will F1’s new 2020 calendar plan work?
Gary Anderson delves into F1’s plan for starting the season in Austria at the start of July and the challenges grand prix racing faces in making it work.
33 min
Inside Jordan’s breakthrough 1997 season
The Jordan 197 wasn’t a winning Formula 1 car, but as Gary Anderson explains it might have been. What’s more, it was a car that allowed Jordan to breakthrough as a consistent force towards the front of the grid and laid the foundations for winning a...
31 min
Can F1 cars be made smaller and lighter?
Gary Anderson delves into the tricky topic of Formula 1’s size and weight problem, explaining the reasons for it and what could be done in the future to stop grand prix cars continuing to get ever-bigger.
29 min
F1’s rules debate: Cost caps, delayed regs, tokens
Gary Anderson has spent more hours than he cares to remember in F1 technical meetings debating regulations so know plenty about how the arguments going on behind closed doors will be going. He delves into the ongoing debate about F1’s emergency rule...
34 min
F1 superseason, early Jordans, Peugeot – More G...
What does Gary Anderson think of the possibility of a 2020/21 F1 season? What was Carlos Reutemann like? How good was Tommy Byrne? All these, and more, in another question and answer special
36 min
McLaren, Jordan and Verstappen – Gary answers y...
Gary takes listener questions on current Formula 1 and cars from his past – as well as giving his evaluation of who would prevail in a straight fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen
38 min
My plan to save the 2020 F1 season
Gary Anderson joins Edd Straw to explain how he thinks the F1 teams can be saved from financial hardship, and how to squeeze three-day events into two.
32 min
How Gary got his big break in F1
Ahead of our first full episode, Gary Anderson joins Edd Straw to explain how he ended up working in F1 in the first place. This quick recap will take you through his time with Brabham and McLaren, up to starting work on Jordan's first F1 car for the...
7 min