F1 A to Z: Ignition, Force India, Inside Line – F101: Formula 1 Explained

This episode I’ll take you through the history of Force India and where they’re at now given their recent ownership change. We’ll also talk about the inside line – what it is, why it’s important, when and when you don’t want to use it. And lastly we’ll cover ignition and how it relates to vehicle aerodynamics. Yes, they’re linked.

F1 A to Z: Hot Laps, Heat, and James Hunt – F101: Formula 1 Explained

Right! Martin Brundle keeps banging on about putting in hot laps. What’s that?! I’ve got you covered.

Heat! It’s good, it’s bad, which is it when?! Got that too.

Go ahead and do an image search of James Hunt. Look at that magnificent bastard. Icon of 1970s Formula 1 and flamboyance. He’s coming your way too.

Strap in, F1 A-to-Z’s letter H is here.

Of course, find me on Twitter, Facebook, or send your questions to feedback@f1explained.com

F1 A to Z: Daniel Ricciardo and the Driver Market – F101: Formula 1 Explained

I didn’t intend to release an episode so closely to the previous one, but news in the world of Formula 1 has forced my hand.

Daniel Ricciardo leaves RedBull. To Renault?!


Listen to the episode to learn about the Driver Market and the knock-on effects that this will have to the rest of the teams.

F1 A to Z: Clutch, Compounds, Canada – F101: Formula 1 Explained

In this episode we cover the clutch (and F1 gearboxes generally), tire compounds – particularly around how they play into strategy, and Canada!

Referenced Material

Senna through the streets of Monaco with a manual transmission

Robert Kubica’s crash at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix

Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez’s shunt at the end of the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo’s first win!

Patrick Stewart does a shoey on the podium

Summary of Jenson Button’s win at the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix

F1 A to Z: Acceleration, Aerodynamics, Fernando Alonso – F101: Formula 1 Explained

Some heavy heavy topics for the first letter of our Formula 1 A-Z series!

First we’ll start out with acceleration, G forces, and performance generally. I’ll do my best to compare to a top road car – the McLaren P1 – just to give you an idea of the insanity of Formula 1.

Next we’ll dive in to aerodynamics talking generally about downforce and drag, then into a bit of history on Formula 1 and then into modern aerodynamics and some of the loopholes in the formula that teams have leapt through with clever aerodynamic developments.

Finally we’ll wrap up with Fernando Alonso. He’s an impressive driver who has won the Driver’s Championship twice – though honestly it should be more. There’s a fascinating article about how Ferrari orchestrated Alonso’s demise at the team in order to scoop up Sebastian Vettel, leaving Alonso with no choice but to head back to McLaren. He’s also in pursuit of the Triple Crown of Motorsport.

Referenced Material

Difference in lateral acceleration at Australian GP from 2016 to 2017

Sounds of an Exhaust Blown Diffuser

The McLaren MP4-25 – Gorgeous car!

Awful crash at Brazil 2003

Fernando is faster than you

Start incident at Spa where Romain Grosjean crashed into (over?) Fernando Alonso

(I actually forgot that Grosjean managed to take out Hamilton as well. Pillock.)

Mattiacci and Alonso – the real story

I’m gonna pee in your seat!

Wonderful piece BBC did for Alonso’s 200th Grand Prix

Top Gear’s Richard Hammond drives Fernando Alonso’s championship winning Formula 1 car