Column: Nigel Sillis

Formula One racing is a triumph of speed over reliability. The cars are designed to travel 200 miles in the shortest possible time - and then fall apart. Okay, I know that rule changes mean that engines and gearboxes have to outlast one weekend's racing, but the principle remains: speed trumps reliability.

The teams develop (or steal from Ferrari) cutting-edge technology striving to establish competitive advantage. A technological arms race has led to developments that are now commonplace in mass

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