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When Formula 1 Teams Cheat

Freezing fuel, flexible front wings and hidden fuel-tanks - F1 engineers always find a clever way to push the limits of the rules.
Sometimes they get so close to the limit that it could be considered cheating, however, more often than not - they find an ingenious solution to forge new limits for their designs.
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Here are some of the genius ‘rule-breakers’ that you probably have never heard of.
F1 engineers are specialists at finding gaps in the rules, places where there is room for innovation - areas where you can gain huge advantages on your rivals.
One of the best examples of this genius engineering was in 2011 when Red Bull designed their front wing to bend. Watch this, along the straight the wing flexes, then when the speed comes off in the braking zone - it pops back up.
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  1. Driver61


    23 päivää sitten

    Did you guys know about these? What's your favourite motorsport cheat that we should cover next? Also, how are you guys doing? Hope you're all well!

    • AtotehZ


      Päivä sitten

      The 1999 Eu GP false start one is made up. I don't know if it was made up by you, but it's completely false. One of the reasons it's obviously false is that the lights go out at random... it is not determined by a set amount of time after a radio signal as said in the video. Another reason is that the ones jumping the start weren't teammates. If this was true both teammates on a team would do it.. but they didn't.

    • Hard Ankles

      Hard Ankles

      4 päivää sitten

      @Volker Niemeyer , I was mixing up two stories, there was a Toyota turbo scandal and some other team as using cigarettes, just google “car throttle cigarette cheating” and the video will come up Sorry to point my finger at Toyota without doing a quick search

    • Volker Niemeyer

      Volker Niemeyer

      4 päivää sitten

      @Hard Ankles Where did you hear this? I was in charge of the Rally Engines at Toyota Team Europe 1984-1999 and honestly that was not the case.

    • Mairaj N

      Mairaj N

      6 päivää sitten

      I'm good thanks

    • Revan VonHeaven

      Revan VonHeaven

      11 päivää sitten

      Nos and Etanol hahaha enough to win



    3 tuntia sitten

    The comment 911 please call for him

  3. JockLafleur


    20 tuntia sitten

    Thanks to channels like this I am absolutely digging this F1 stuff!

  4. ssportugal


    20 tuntia sitten

    They should just create a F1 no rules championship and let everyone go nuts

  5. Cathy Todd

    Cathy Todd

    Päivä sitten


  6. 4IA04_Ilham Madani

    4IA04_Ilham Madani

    Päivä sitten

    I think it's not being cheating, it's innovating.

  7. Yeolde GamerSteve

    Yeolde GamerSteve

    Päivä sitten

    No mention of Mercedes? they cheat more than any other. first with illegal pirelli tyre tests (which first got them to the front) and then FRIC, DAS, etc etc.

  8. Callum O'Brien

    Callum O'Brien

    Päivä sitten


  9. Game Plux

    Game Plux

    2 päivää sitten


  10. Jota D.S.

    Jota D.S.

    2 päivää sitten

    deberia llamarse, veces que la Fia prohibio tecnologias innovadoras que hacian que equipos no deseados ganaran facilmente

  11. Original Wolf

    Original Wolf

    2 päivää sitten

    How they cought the cheaters at the Nürburgring in 1999 was ingenious. And now i know what happened that year. Was wondering how so many drivers could do a false start at once.

  12. Remko Jerphanion

    Remko Jerphanion

    3 päivää sitten

    Red Bull's wing was only bending the rules just a little 😉

  13. Christopher Brown

    Christopher Brown

    3 päivää sitten

    Got to give the FIA credit for the one about the lights going out at the start. Genius. 😂

  14. BARTH England

    BARTH England

    3 päivää sitten

    Did Nico cheat that season he won my friend said there side of garage messed with LH car I wonder if it's true

  15. Nicolas Kowalski

    Nicolas Kowalski

    3 päivää sitten

    This is what Gordon Murray refers to as the unfair advantage

  16. Davorin Jurišić

    Davorin Jurišić

    4 päivää sitten

    filterles fuel pumps in 1994 Benneton's pit (enabling the car to be refueled faster)? Illegal double difuser on a BrawnGP that became mandatory for all teams after five or six races? Ferrari's flexible front wing in 2005 when it was illegal. Common denominator - Ross Brawn as main tech expert in those teams (chief engineer).

  17. Davorin Jurišić

    Davorin Jurišić

    4 päivää sitten

    flexible front wing was used by ferrari also in 2005

  18. Rahim Yazid

    Rahim Yazid

    4 päivää sitten

    I love how these cheatings can still be considered as innovation and creativity to technological progression.

  19. Riley Andrews

    Riley Andrews

    4 päivää sitten

    is it... so they can win? *gasp*

  20. NAVRET


    4 päivää sitten

    When I was racing sports cars, my chief mechanic told me that if the rule book doesn’t say I can’t do it, I can.

  21. Amanda Hall

    Amanda Hall

    5 päivää sitten Come è già stato detto molte volte, i paesi in via di sviluppo attivo del Terzo Mondo rimangono ancora oggi il destino dei liberali che desiderano essere limitati solo dal modo di pensare. Tenendo conto dell'attuale situazione internazionale, il vettore base di sviluppo definisce in modo univoco ogni partecipante come in grado di prendere le proprie decisioni in merito al ritiro delle attività correnti.Essendo solo una parte del quadro generale, alcune delle caratteristiche della politica interna sono considerate esclusivamente nel contesto delle ipotesi finanziarie e di marketing. Considerazioni ideologiche di ordine superiore, così come l'ulteriore sviluppo di varie forme di attività, creano i presupposti per rafforzare i valori morali.💋 したがって、既存の理論は、割り当てられたタスクに関連して参加者がとる立場の緊急の必要性を明らかにしています。現代の基準の仕様の一部として、第三世界の活発に発展している国々は私たちに新しい成果を求めており、それは今度は一連の独立した研究にかけられるべきです。 日常の実践は、市民の意識のレベルの増加が、その規模と壮大さにおいて印象的な実験の重要性を大きく左右することを示しています。生活の質の向上に努める中で、さまざまな形態の活動がさらに発展することで、活性化のための適切な条件が緊急に必要であることを忘れています。

  22. Brem


    5 päivää sitten

    You can always tell when an F1 team is cheating. It's when they're an F1 team.

  23. Atimo133


    5 päivää sitten

    Formula 1 over the history feels like a classic Cat & mouse game

  24. J Magana

    J Magana

    6 päivää sitten

    This is not cheating this is engineering at it’s best...

  25. DAGATHire


    6 päivää sitten

    that last one was just awesome. "BUSTED" i proper lol'ed

  26. Viroshnnan Jayakumaran

    Viroshnnan Jayakumaran

    7 päivää sitten

    great content!

  27. Mark C

    Mark C

    8 päivää sitten

    Similarly, you should look into Smokey Yunick’s creativity and the NASCAR rulebook.

  28. Romeo Void

    Romeo Void

    8 päivää sitten

    Finding loopholes in the rules is just part of racing. It goes from F1 down to the lowest classes of amateur racing. It's just part of the game.

  29. Kevin Guthrie

    Kevin Guthrie

    9 päivää sitten

    Cheating tech is some of the most interesting stuff in racing

  30. The Fastlane

    The Fastlane

    9 päivää sitten

    I had ALWAYS wondered how RBR developed those flexible wings in the early 2010s. I wondered whether they put tensioning cables inside them, which they 'released' for the race. Or whether they used heating elements inside the wing to soften the material. Obviously I'm not an engineer so these might be stupid ideas, but it's all I could think of. It is so good to finally know. Thanks for explaining this so well!

  31. Evil LOON

    Evil LOON

    9 päivää sitten

    It's not cheating, it's reading and understanding what the rules don't say. Been seeing stuff like this for years. If it's not directly said a racecar can use it. It dies because snitches get stitches. The driver says: "I can't win he's cheating."

  32. BakchormeeMan


    9 päivää sitten

    With so much money on the line, I would have a team formed whos job is just to figure ways around the rules

  33. Ed Isaacsson

    Ed Isaacsson

    9 päivää sitten

    Brilliant, never knew about the reason for the false start in Europe. Years later I now know. Thanks!

  34. SteVato 04

    SteVato 04

    10 päivää sitten

    'Cheating' also known in racing as 'ingenuity'.

  35. Fraser Ross

    Fraser Ross

    10 päivää sitten

    they should have made the delay shorter instead so that the teams who weren't cheating would get an advantage while the cheating teams weren't paying attention to the lights.

  36. M H

    M H

    10 päivää sitten


  37. nathan bunce

    nathan bunce

    11 päivää sitten

    Blatant cheating from redbull. Not surprised..

  38. asian man

    asian man

    11 päivää sitten

    freezing fuel what the fuck lmao

  39. Richard


    12 päivää sitten

    Sounds just smart

  40. Penganggur Professional

    Penganggur Professional

    12 päivää sitten

    Basically.. everything that isn't from Ferrari is consider cheating.

  41. windywao


    12 päivää sitten

    Damn, over and over again im really impressed by your videos and even so beforehand i mostly think i know all of it, you always come up with sth i didn't know. Awesome, keep up your good work.

  42. Roy Jones

    Roy Jones

    12 päivää sitten

    My favorite was a NASCAR cheater Smokey Yunick. In 1968, he said NASCAR specified how big a fuel tank could be, but he noticed no one said how big the fuel line could be. Instead of a half-inch fuel line, Yunick created a two-inch fuel line that was 11 feet long, and held five gallons of gas. Cheating? Not really, since nowhere did it say you couldn't do that.

  43. Frank W

    Frank W

    12 päivää sitten

    "We know you're cheating" "How's that?" "Because we're cheating, and you're beating us....."

  44. Maurits Heesbeen

    Maurits Heesbeen

    12 päivää sitten

    Williams 1992 was the best experience and example for the best Design

  45. Sub Zero

    Sub Zero

    12 päivää sitten

    Τhe proper title should be *When Formula 1 Teams NOT Cheat* since *everyone is cheating CONSTANTLY in every season* .

  46. Jaya George

    Jaya George

    13 päivää sitten

    I have a replica of the red bull lol

  47. Top Frag

    Top Frag

    13 päivää sitten

    Is this why seb led them to 4 championships?

  48. Mac JaLac

    Mac JaLac

    13 päivää sitten

    I just want one race where teams have the green light to do everything they want without harming others of course

  49. javier garrido

    javier garrido

    13 päivää sitten

    Where is Benetton 1994?

  50. Manaboutadog


    13 päivää sitten

    IMO your last one about the 1999 gp is incorrect, completely. I’m not sure why some people just assume all FItop vids are factual and not entertainment, a bit of both maybe. Enjoy your vids

  51. The NEW Iain Mackenzie.

    The NEW Iain Mackenzie.

    13 päivää sitten


  52. Renn Rodriguez

    Renn Rodriguez

    13 päivää sitten

    Cheating is good!

  53. Allen Hanford

    Allen Hanford

    14 päivää sitten

    When do they NOT cheat?

  54. Cristi Tanase

    Cristi Tanase

    14 päivää sitten

    With so many regulations F1 become super bland. It lacks innovation, it is stale as hell and nothing ever happens. Now they even ban pit girls, because apparently having an attractive young woman near the race may distract the audience for the boring fest. I have no clue why people keep watching this, the overwhelming and rigid regulations make sure that the same teams are on top and the same engines win.

  55. Top-Secret 300

    Top-Secret 300

    14 päivää sitten

    Mercedes for the last 5 years.

  56. ArielAprillia Rachmann

    ArielAprillia Rachmann

    14 päivää sitten

    The carbon fiber weaving behaviour is amazing!

  57. Evan Ouk

    Evan Ouk

    14 päivää sitten

    The mammoth test bodily agree because russia strikingly excuse aside a unbecoming bamboo. abusive, tremendous salad

    • mikin lirou

      mikin lirou

      14 päivää sitten

      Cheat or no cheat, by God, that liverage of the thumbnail BAR-Honda is what makes me loves F1 at the first place! Gahwd damn! Edit: this is just one of them oc.

  58. Max Khunglo

    Max Khunglo

    14 päivää sitten

    Thank you for the great information.

    • mikin lirou

      mikin lirou

      14 päivää sitten

      I still wonder why they banned CVTs. The point of F1 is to develop advanced tech that can trickle down into the commercial space, so why not?

  59. colin sparks

    colin sparks

    15 päivää sitten

    One of the most boring motorsports going! 🙄🙄🙄🙄

  60. naughtyghostx


    15 päivää sitten

    any invention is a cheat when fatrari can't do it as good as other competitor

  61. A. Micumare

    A. Micumare

    15 päivää sitten


  62. B Hew

    B Hew

    15 päivää sitten

    Ferraris oil burner

  63. AldrinPlays 2011

    AldrinPlays 2011

    15 päivää sitten

    i knew it the teams showen here cheated im searching that for 1 year thank you for posting this

  64. Mr Titanium

    Mr Titanium

    15 päivää sitten

    It’s only illegal if you get caught.

  65. Simon Barbarasch

    Simon Barbarasch

    15 päivää sitten

    last one was halarious

  66. Death2PC


    15 päivää sitten

    F1 is rigged. Today's FI is a pathetic joke. So fixed so rigged. Stopped watching F1 a solid decade ago.

  67. holotape


    15 päivää sitten

    I want to know what Ferrari was caught doing in 2019 that made it so slow in 2020.

    • holotape


      14 päivää sitten

      @KOKO 400 GT Why would that 🅱e?

    • KOKO 400 GT

      KOKO 400 GT

      14 päivää sitten

      The fact that FIA don't want Ferrari to win, simply.

  68. The GTE Channel

    The GTE Channel

    15 päivää sitten

    So the first cheat was actually legal?

  69. Angus McKinnon

    Angus McKinnon

    15 päivää sitten


  70. Tehran Kizaki

    Tehran Kizaki

    15 päivää sitten

    As a layup tech it's really not that complicated

  71. ExtremeDeathman


    16 päivää sitten

    Schumacher haters be like "bu...b..but Schumacher was the cheater!"

  72. CreeperOnYourHouse


    16 päivää sitten

    I still wonder why they banned CVTs. The point of F1 is to develop advanced tech that can trickle down into the commercial space, so why not?

  73. WhyAlwaysMe?


    16 päivää sitten

    Cheat or no cheat, by God, that liverage of the thumbnail BAR-Honda is what makes me loves F1 at the first place! Gahwd damn! Edit: this is just one of them oc.

  74. Jack Mott

    Jack Mott

    16 päivää sitten

    has any f1 car ever entered a race without a bit of cheating?

  75. Richardson richly

    Richardson richly

    16 päivää sitten

    7:29 OOOFFFF

  76. ChampDK


    16 päivää sitten

    And presenters are not allowed to move their hands in a video

  77. Peter En Marion

    Peter En Marion

    16 päivää sitten

    What about the 2019 Ferrari-gate?

    • Jake M

      Jake M

      14 päivää sitten

      Mercedes used oil burning from 2014 Renault had an automatic brake bias adjustment system that counted as a driver aid. Racing point copied another car, including parts that were never visible to them (so someone snuck Mercedes confidential documents to them...) Ferrari had a power advantage, which no-one fully understands yet - some people feel it was a fuel advantage, but Haas and Alfa Romeo never had any fuel irregularities in 2019, but both lost considerable pace in 2020. Other manufacturers believe the advantage was purely electrical, as Ferrari were the only team running dual batteries, instead of one larger one... Then there were the years were McLaren had a hole inside the car which Alonso would block with his hand to change the aerodynamics of the car. The whole of F1 is loopholes, and always has been!

  78. jim tee

    jim tee

    16 päivää sitten

    That last one was brilliant

  79. Darren Bee

    Darren Bee

    16 päivää sitten

    F1 teams have always cheated! It's common practice. Gettin caught is just a risk of the game! They used to put lead shot in the exhaust at the end of race weighins in the 60's cos the cars were all under weight!

  80. bowen voowy

    bowen voowy

    16 päivää sitten

    0:32 Red Bull manage to get an onboard camera on a Ferarri, now that's genius! Love the videos Scott!

  81. Arthur W

    Arthur W

    16 päivää sitten


    • bowen voowy

      bowen voowy

      16 päivää sitten

      Love this

  82. Ragil Fransyoki

    Ragil Fransyoki

    16 päivää sitten

    nah its not like they cheat with press some button to activate aimbot, its just another level of creativity.

  83. 9sky man9

    9sky man9

    16 päivää sitten

    Where can I read more about the start light controversy?

  84. That Guy

    That Guy

    16 päivää sitten

    Wouldn’t be surprised if they even stored extra fuel in the fuel line fittings and lines. Oops 😬 🤫

  85. That Guy

    That Guy

    16 päivää sitten

    Red Bull gives you wings.

  86. TheRagman


    16 päivää sitten

    Previous work experience for F1 Engineer: 1 year of Engineering preferred 5 years of legal/bureaucratic work REQUIRED

  87. VenomCold


    16 päivää sitten

    *cough* ferrari fuel flow sensor *cough*

  88. Cole Trickle

    Cole Trickle

    16 päivää sitten

    FIA: "that's illegal" Red Bull, Mclaren, Mercedes: "OK we won't use it next year" FIA: "Nice" -- FIA: "that's illegal" Ferrari: "wel...-" FIA: "you know what, have fun racing with a 100hp handicap for the next years" Ferraru; "but..."

  89. Cole Trickle

    Cole Trickle

    16 päivää sitten

    lighten up, it's against the rules only if ferrari is doing it

  90. Cole Trickle

    Cole Trickle

    16 päivää sitten

    BUT! they were only right when they punished ferrari for their 2019 engine.... XD

    • KOKO 400 GT

      KOKO 400 GT

      14 päivää sitten

      *N O .*

  91. Definitely Not a cop. like 100% sure

    Definitely Not a cop. like 100% sure

    16 päivää sitten

    imo when it comes to racing. i dont consider it cheating. imo racing is only sport that should encourage cheating. cause its apart of the culture/history in any racing series.

  92. Sebastian Lim

    Sebastian Lim

    17 päivää sitten

    Ferrari SF90 engine... Oh wait according to Ferrari and FIA they were "legal"

  93. Zackary


    17 päivää sitten

    4:20 Since when did f1 use valves that go the wrong way?

  94. Yerrie


    17 päivää sitten

    Or you do what Briatore did with Benetton and remove the filter from the fueling installation and test on Jos Verstappen if it works

  95. Kori Tec

    Kori Tec

    17 päivää sitten

    Great video content but four ads, one at start, two mid-role and one at the end is to much.

    • Kori Tec

      Kori Tec

      16 päivää sitten

      @Loneman omg donkey comments Nr 1

    • Loneman


      16 päivää sitten

      If you're seeing ads then you're doing t'intarwebz wrong, and have been for the last 15 years or so. ;)

  96. Mark K

    Mark K

    17 päivää sitten

    could be longer or cover other types of racing like rally

  97. Hastings Hastings

    Hastings Hastings

    17 päivää sitten

    Love this

  98. xtreme 8

    xtreme 8

    17 päivää sitten

    Where Ferrari lol. 2018

  99. Anthony Kernich

    Anthony Kernich

    17 päivää sitten

    What about using the pit speed limiter as traction control? This was before the flashing red light.

  100. OneHairyGuy


    17 päivää sitten

    I know that every team cheats. Every team !! The penalties should be much higher. Suspension for a whole season ?? Loss of championships ?? As long as the fines are a joke, then teams will cheat, knowing that the penalty is worth it.