For the fourth consecutive year, Sebastian Vettel has won the Formula 1 World Championship for drivers. He did so with 13 victories out of the season’s 19 races, from the Grand Prix of Belgium to the Brazilian GP. Only Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were able to get the better of the great German champion with their sporadic wins. And Vettel’s string of successes also enabled Red Bull to confirm once again it is still the top constructor. On the technical front, the 2013 world championship acquired a certain stability, even if there was no lack of new elements, like the abolition of the cars’ nose step, the elimination of the double DRS and Ferrari’s adoption of faired half-axels by. All aspects carefully explained by Giorgio Piola in his latest book in the “Technical Analysis” series, which is now a must-have for all enthusiasts. This edition also includes over 400 colour illustrations, which unveil all the secrets of the cars that battled for the 2013 world title; and then there is an early look ahead to the principal changes of 2014, when the cars go back to being powered by a turbocharged engines of 6-cylinders and 1600 cc. instead of the classic normally aspirated V8.
The 2013 Season
Talking about cockpits
Talking about brakes
Talking about tyres
Talking about suspensions
Team’s technical development 2013
The 2014 season
Once again, this edition of the Technical Analysis has benefitted from the contributions of Franco Nugnes for the chapter regarding the Engines and the engineers Giancarlo Bruno and Kazuhito Kawai for the one devoted to tyres. Particular thanks go to the Ing. Mauro Piccoli (Brembo) for the data provided for the Brakes chapter and to Gary Anderson, who joined the circle of F1 designers with the excellent Jordan aboard which Michael Schumacher made his debut in 1991 and who contributed to the Suspension chapter.