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Gasly defends "hard racing" after Norris F1 criticism

AlphaTauri Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly has defended his aggressive move on Lando Norris in France, which angered the McLaren driver.

Sainz: Pirelli has tougher task than previous F1 tyre suppliers

Carlos Sainz says he has some sympathy for Pirelli given the higher loads that its Formula 1 tyres have to deal with compared with manufacturers in past eras.

F1 should go to countries with human rights issues - Todt

FIA president Jean Todt says he supports Formula 1 going to countries that raise human rights issues, and he believes the sport should stay out of politics.

Todt not a fan of sprint qualifying: "I don't think F1 needs it"

FIA president Jean Todt says he's not a fan of Formula 1's sprint qualifying format, which will be trialled at the British GP for the first time.

Paul Ricard kerbs unchanged despite F1 teams complaints

No changes have been made to the Paul Ricard kerbs overnight despite Formula 1 teams complaining about damage sustained during practice for the French GP on Friday.

Have F1 drivers lost faith in Pirelli after Baku failures?

Have the Pirelli failures suffered by Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll in Baku shaken the faith of Formula 1 drivers in Pirelli?

Alpine: "Worrying" if F1 teams were playing tricks with tyre pressures

Alpine Formula 1 team executive director Marcin Budkowski says it would be "quite worrying" if teams playing tricks with tyre pressures before the latest clampdown by the FIA.

Aston Martin headhunts Alfa F1 designer for engineering role

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team chief designer Luca Furbatto is to join Aston Martin in the newly-created role of engineering director.

Tost: Gasly now one of the "absolutely top drivers" in F1

AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost believes that Pierre Gasly now deserves to be ranked among the top drivers on the Formula 1 grid.

Why Alfa's boss is up to the task of securing a stronger F1 future Prime

Why Alfa's boss is up to the task of securing a stronger F1 future

Two tenth places in recent races have lifted Alfa Romeo to the head of Formula 1's 'Class C' battle in 2021, but longer-term the Swiss-based squad has far loftier ambitions. With the new 2022 rules set to level out the playing field, team boss Frederic Vasseur has good reason to be optimistic, as he explained to in an exclusive interview

Ricciardo: More forgiving tracks will help fast track my learning

Daniel Ricciardo believes that "more forgiving" Formula 1 tracks will help to speed up his learning process as he continues to adapt to the McLaren MCL35M.

Why Red Bull reject Kvyat believes he deserves another F1 chance

Daniil Kvyat has not given up on a Formula 1 comeback, and the Russian's current role as Alpine reserve has at least given him a foot in the door.

French GP date change was a “big challenge”, says Boullier

French Grand Prix boss Eric Boullier says moving the Formula 1 race forward by a week was a “big problem” for his organisation, although all returned tickets have subsequently been re-sold.

The day Button won a four-hour race after six pitstops

Jenson Button's win for McLaren in Canada in 2011 was one of the most memorable Formula 1 drives of recent times.

Mansour Ojjeh: The unknown driving force behind McLaren

On Sunday morning, the sad news of the death of McLaren co-owner Mansour Ojjeh came as a shock to the Formula 1 paddock in Baku.

The day Hamilton triumphed for the first time in F1
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The day Hamilton triumphed for the first time in F1

On this day in in 2007, Lewis Hamilton scored his first grand prix victory on his sixth start in Canada but it was Robert Kubica’s miraculous escape from a huge crash that made the headlines.

Verstappen: Lost points will hurt when F1 returns to normal tracks

Max Verstappen says his retirement in Baku was especially frustrating because his Red Bull Formula 1 team enjoyed a clear advantage over Mercedes in the last two street circuit events.

Hamilton: There's still positives to take away from Baku pain

Lewis Hamilton says that there were positives to take away from Formula 1's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, despite crossing the line in 15th place and failing to score points.

Why Formula 1 has a tough ask to save a 23-race calendar

Following the cancellation of the Singapore Grand Prix last week due to coronavirus restrictions, Formula 1 is seeking replacement options to keep its planned 23-race calendar alive. But is this bold ambition destined to fail?

Bottas confused after “weird” slump in F1 form in Baku

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas has admitted he was confused about his “weird” lack of pace in the Azerbaijan GP.

When a Hamilton mishap handed Kubica F1 victory in Canada
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When a Hamilton mishap handed Kubica F1 victory in Canada

On this day in 2008, Robert Kubica scored a memorable first victory for himself and his BMW Sauber team at the Canadian Grand Prix – but it proved to be a false dawn.

Pirelli believes Baku tyre blowouts were caused by debris Azerbaijan GP
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Pirelli believes Baku tyre blowouts were caused by debris

Pirelli Formula 1 boss Mario Isola believes that the left rear tyres failures experienced by Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll in the Azerbaijan GP could have been the results of cuts caused by debris.

Gasly "doesn't have an answer" for improved Baku form

Pierre Gasly says has no explanation for why his AlphaTauri Formula 1 team has been so competitive in Baku after equalling his best-ever qualifying in fourth for the Azerbaijan GP.

Binotto leaves pit wall seat as Ferrari completes reshuffle

The Ferrari Formula 1 team has completed a planned reshuffle of its management personnel, with a new strategy structure in place from Azerbaijan this weekend.

Norris: F1 stewards should have rethink after "unfair" penalty

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris says that the FIA stewards should have a rethink after he received what he called an "unfair" penalty in Baku.

Pirelli pressure hike adds to Baku tyre challenge

Pirelli has upped its minimum rear tyre pressures in Azerbaijan overnight, giving Formula 1 teams an extra challenge ahead of qualifying.

F1 teams scrambling for COVID vaccines before Dutch GP

Formula 1 teams could be scrambling to get their travelling staff fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the Dutch GP following a request from the government.

FIA clamps down on "unnecessarily" slow driving in Baku

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi is clamping down on drivers running too slowly to make a gap for themselves in qualifying for the Azerbaijan GP.

Remembering the legendary Bruce McLaren, over 50 years on

On the 51st anniversary of Bruce McLaren's tragic death in a testing crash at Goodwood we recall the early days of the Formula 1 team that still carries his name.

Can F1 really give up wind tunnels by 2030?

Could Formula 1 really operate without wind tunnels and focus solely on CFD from 2030?

The lessons Mercedes will learn from its Monaco F1 mistakes

The Monaco GP weekend was a painful one for the Mercedes Formula 1 team, and the loss of the lead in both world championships made it even worse.

Aston Martin 'clawing back' performance in 2021 F1 season

Aston Martin Formula 1 team owner Lawrence Stroll says the team will continue to bring updates to the AMR21, but will not lose sight of its 2022 project.

Why Britain's Ferrari-linked F1 hopeful is playing the waiting game Prime

Why Britain's Ferrari-linked F1 hopeful is playing the waiting game

Ferrari protege Callum Ilott is racing a Maranello product and driving Formula 1 cars. But that’s a 488 GT3 and an Alfa Romeo in FP1 respectively. However, he reckons his time could come to wear the Prancing Horse logo as a grand prix driver

The day Ron Dennis told Enrique Bernoldi his F1 fortune
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The day Ron Dennis told Enrique Bernoldi his F1 fortune

In the 2001 Monaco Grand Prix, unheralded backmarker Enrique Bernoldi boldly held off delayed poleman David Coulthard for over 30 laps – and then received a telling off from a furious Ron Dennis.

Mercedes F1 reveals video of Bottas wheel removal

Mercedes has published a video removing the stuck right front wheel from Valtteri Bottas' Formula 1 car after the Finn’s retirement in Monaco, which it finally managed to do two days after the race.

Painful Monaco GP "a glitch" in Alpine's F1 progression

The Monaco GP was "a glitch" in the Alpine Formula 1 team's recent progression, according to the Enstone outfit's executive director Marcin Budkowski.

Why Perez has to become another Mr Saturday

In Monaco, Sergio Perez enjoyed perhaps his best drive to date since he joined the Red Bull Formula 1 team, climbing from ninth on the grid to fourth at the flag.

Mazepin “didn’t want to be responsible” for Haas collision

Nikita Mazepin says he left room for Haas Formula 1 teammate Mick Schumacher in Monaco because he didn’t want to be responsible for taking both cars out of the race.

Monaco kerb jumps “rattled my brain", says Stroll

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll says his kerb jumping in the Monaco Grand Prix “rattled my brain” and believed it would force him to retire from the race

Obituary: Max Mosley, 1940-2021

It's perhaps inevitable that Max Mosley, who has died of cancer at the age of 81, will be forever defined by the tabloid scandal that dominated the last chapter of his life.

How revitalised Vettel redeemed himself in Monaco

It's not been an easy start to the 2021 season for Sebastian Vettel and his Aston Martin Formula 1 team, with the results not coming and rivals scoring well. However, in Monaco the German bounced back in style.

When Mercedes "screwed up" Hamilton's race in Monaco

Over the course of Formula 1's hybrid era Mercedes has rarely dropped the ball, but the Brackley team did just that during the Monaco Grand Prix six years ago today, denying Lewis Hamilton a near-certain victory.

Ricciardo refuses to believe he's one second slower than Norris

Daniel Ricciardo refuses to believe that he is so much slower than McLaren Formula 1 teammate Lando Norris after failing to get out of Q2 in Monaco.

Sainz "not happy at all" to lose Monaco F1 pole opportunity

Carlos Sainz feels he could have beaten Ferrari Formula 1 teammate Charles Leclerc to pole in Monaco had Q3 not come to a premature end.

Why Mercedes canned Pirelli test despite a $400,000 credit

The decision by Mercedes to pull out of next week’s 18-inch Pirelli tyre test at Paul Ricard has shone a further spotlight on Formula 1’s budget cap restrictions.

How less Thursday practice puts pressure on F1 drivers in Monaco

The change to the 2021 Formula 1 race weekend timetable puts extra pressure on teams and drivers in Monaco as they adjust to an hour less of track time on Thursday.

Why Villeneuve failed to repeat his father’s Monaco F1 success

Jacques Villeneuve twice went to the Monaco Grand Prix with a car that could have won, and thus allow him to emulate the achievement of his father Gilles, but instead he endured two of the worst races of his peak years with Williams.

How F1 has made itself battle-ready for calendar shocks

The changes to the 2021 Formula 1 calendar announced on Friday are unlikely to be the last, as it's inevitable that COVID-19 restrictions will continue to impact races worldwide.

How F1's new sprint qualifying races will challenge teams

Formula 1’s first sprint qualifying event at Silverstone is still five races and several weeks away, but it’s already exercising the minds of team engineers as they assess the full impact.

How the tragedy of Elio de Angelis changed F1

Thirty-five years ago Elio de Angelis lost his life after a fiery accident at Paul Ricard that should have had a less serious outcome – and from which the sport learned valuable lessons.

Liberty's "dumb Americans" were laughed at for cost cap - Maffei

Liberty Media says its chiefs who pushed through Formula 1's cost cap should have been praised rather than "laughed at" for being "dumb Americans".

Gasly: AlphaTauri “dropped back” compared to start of the year

Pierre Gasly says that his AlphaTauri Formula 1 team has “dropped back” relative to its main rivals since the start of the season.

Pirelli “80-90%” towards finalising 2022 F1 tyres
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Pirelli “80-90%” towards finalising 2022 F1 tyres

Pirelli Formula 1 boss Mario Isola says that the Italian company is "80-90%" towards finalising the construction of its 18-inch tyres for 2022.

The strategic drive key to Lewis Hamilton's first F1 title

On this day in 2008, Lewis Hamilton took second place in the Turkish GP to keep his title challenge on course, a result for which he had to use an unusual strategy as an emergency measure

Monaco 1970: When Brabham crashed on the last lap

Fifty-one years ago today, Jochen Rindt won the Monaco Grand Prix after one of the most dramatic last laps in Formula 1 history. A future Indianapolis 500 winner was there to witness it, and he recounts his experiences to Adam Cooper.

Alfa Romeo explains disastrous Giovinazzi pitstop

Antonio Giovinazzi's disastrous pitstop in the Spanish GP was the result of a tyre valve failure from an operational issue at his Alfa Romeo team.

Why Ricciardo has found corner entry so hard with McLaren

The struggles of top Formula 1 drivers to adjust to new cars has been an ongoing story thus far in 2021, revealing just how hard it is to take the current machinery to the limit.

Sainz: Ferrari still worried about tyre degradation in Spain

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz is anticipating a difficult race day in Spain as the Italian team tries to get on top of tyre management issues.

Formula 1 encouraging teams to look at American drivers

Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that the organisation is encouraging teams to look at American drivers, believing that the push could pay off after “two or three years.”

Mercedes F1 team spent over £324m to win in 2020

The Mercedes Formula 1 team spent £324.9m to win the 2020 world championship, newly released company accounts have revealed.