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 grid, speak to some of the famous names behind classic F1 innovations, and answer fans’ burning F1 tech questions.

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