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Formula1.com welcomes technical illustrator Giorgio Piola 13 Jan 2009

Ferrari F2007 © Giorgio Piola Ferrari 312B3 © Giorgio Piola BMW Sauber F1.08 © Giorgio Piola Ferrari F60 © Giorgio Piola

A veteran of over 600 Grands Prix, Giorgio Piola is one of Formula One racing’s most highly-respected technical illustrators - and for the 2009 season we are pleased to announce that he is joining the Formula1.com team to bring you news of the latest design developments up and down the grid.

Giorgio began drawing Formula One cars as a teenager and attended his first Grand Prix - Monaco 1969 - while an engineering student. After leaving university he started following the championship, at a time when there were no other journalists doing technical illustrations at races.

By the mid 1970s the young Italian had firmly established himself, with his work appearing regularly in numerous, renowned motorsport magazines, including Autosprint and Sport Auto. He also tried his hand at both race engineering and racing, but quickly decided neither was for him.

A spell at the Shadow Formula One team, working as an interpreter in technical meetings, proved invaluable to his F1 expertise and by the mid ‘80s he had become technical editor of Grand Prix International and added TV commentating to his ever-growing CV.

Giorgio now has over 4000 drawings in his archive and, despite having had almost 20 books published, shows no sign of slowing down. While Formula One is his first love, he combines his F1 commitments with an equal level of enthusiasm for both show jumping horses and boats.

In the first of his exclusive online contributions to Formula1.com, Giorgio brings us an insight into the layout and functionality of one of 2009’s most exciting new innovations, the Kinetic Energy Recovery System, more commonly known as KERS.

Visit our Technical news section to find out more and check back regularly over the coming weeks for the latest on the new 2009 cars.