John Beamer - F1 Fanatic archive

Factory teams have an edge when it comes to cooling 23rd October 2014, 12:19

F1 teams’ different cooling solution highlights a key advantage those who design their own engines – like Mercedes – have over their customer rivals.

How teams are clawing back rear-end downforce 29th September 2014, 12:43

Changes in the 2014 rule book aimed to cut how much downforce teams could generate at the rear of the car. But inventive designers are trying to claw it back.

From one extreme to another: Monza’s low drag wings 16th September 2014, 13:57

While this weekend’s race at Singapore demands a maximum downforce set-up, in the last two races teams used their thinnest wings in pursuit of higher speeds.

How the 2015 rules aim to fix ugly F1 noses 3rd September 2014, 12:10

For next year the FIA intends to change rules which created an ugly generation of F1 cars. Here’s how the new noses may look in 2015.

How teams exploit brake rules to boost downforce 3rd August 2014, 11:06

F1 car designers take advantage of a limited opportunity for aerodynamic freedom in the brake duct areas to claw back precious downforce. John Beamer explains how.

Ferrari’s unusual approach to F1’s new nose rules 25th April 2014, 12:15

Ferrari’s aerodynamics has been a weakness for them in recent seasons but their approach to F1’s complicated new nose rules shows fresh thinking at work.

Technical updates ahead of the Australian Grand Prix 13th March 2014, 10:16

The final pre-season test in Bahrain saw the teams continue to work on ensuring their cars run reliably in hotter conditions. Here’s a look at the changes to the cars at the final test.

The first technical innovations of 2014 in detail 12th February 2014, 12:44

Every team bar Lotus turned up to the first test with new cars built to drastically changed regulations. John Beamer casts his eye over the notable innovations.

Design trends on the first new cars of 2014 27th January 2014, 12:06

John Beamer looks at how the first teams to reveal their 2014 cars have talked this year’s new rules.

Why Hamilton and Mercedes could surprise in 2013 14th January 2013, 15:56

Guest writer John Beamer looks at how Mercedes lost their way in 2012 and could bounce back this year as Lewis Hamilton joins them.