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The mysterious gun helping teams master F1’s 2021 tyres

Formula 1 teams have been spotted using an innovative Italian 'gun' in testing in what could be the latest move to get on top of the new 2021 tyres.

Ferrari eyeing revolutionary F1 engine design for 2022

Ferrari is eyeing a radical new engine concept for its 2022 Formula 1 project that could feature a design never seen in the sport before.

Tsunoda set for extra pre-season test mileage

AlphaTauri looks set to hand rookie Yuki Tsunoda some extra pre-season running at Imola in an old Formula 1 car ahead of his first race.

COVID-19 impact prompts Ferrari project number quirk

Formula 1 teams have faced some unprecedented times over the past 12 months, as the sport has had to react quickly to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Revealed: What Ferrari is changing on its engine for F1 2021

Ferrari is under no illusions that it needs to make gains on the power unit front if it is going to return to the front of the Formula 1 grid.

Ferrari to test 2018 F1 car at Mugello

Ferrari is to conduct a test with its 2018 Formula 1 car at Mugello in Italy next week with both Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel sharing the running.

Ferrari completes fire-up of 2019 power unit

The engine of Ferrari’s new Formula 1 car has fired up for the first time at its Maranello headquarters, overseen by new team principal Mattia Binotto.

Iveco shadows Kamaz as Dakar kicks off for trucks

Three Powerstar Iveco trucks slotted in behind reigning champion Eduard Nikolaev on the opening stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally.

The Minardi star with a six-wheeled love affair

Ex-Formula 1 racer Pierluigi Martini has a special place in the hearts of Minardi fans – after all, he was the driver with whom the team made its F1 debut in 1985, scored its first point in 1988, and recorded its only ever front-row start in 1990. This diminutive but larger-than-life character has his own racing love affair, however: his pride and joy is an ex-Ronnie Peterson Tyrrell P34.

Raikkonen seat fitting prompts Sauber test speculation

Kimi Raikkonen has had a first seat fitting at Sauber, prompting speculation that he could test for the team later this year.

Fresh fears over Monza future amid fall in ticket sales

A fall in ticket sales for the Italian Grand Prix has left the country's motorsport president worried that it may not be able to afford to keep the Formula 1 race after its current contract expires.

Ferrari to bring new floor to the British Grand Prix

Ferrari will bring a new floor to the British Grand Prix in a bid to lift its performance in response to the major update packages that rival Mercedes introduced in Austria.

Ferrari won't replace Sauber-bound design chief

Ferrari will not replace its outgoing Formula 1 design chief Simone Resta directly and will instead share his responsibilities between technical personnel.

Raikkonen engine failure unlikely to prompt another change

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen should be able to avoid an engine change for Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix after the problem that caused him to retire in Spain last weekend.

Ferrari F1 engine set for 10bhp step

Ferrari is understood to have made a 10bhp gain with its 2018 Formula 1 engine, despite the increased reliability demands needed for this season.

Ferrari boosted by latest F1 engine's dyno results

Ferrari has received a double boost on the Formula 1 engine front for 2018, with confirmation on the dyno that it has hit reliability targets, plus encouraging results from work on a new cylinder head concept.

Ducati could feature e-cigarette branding in 2018

The factory Ducati MotoGP bikes could feature prominent e-cigarette branding this season, Motorsport.com understands.

New Ferrari F1 car passes FIA crash tests

Ferrari’s latest Formula 1 contender successfully passed its FIA frontal crash tests on Friday, and it is believed to be the first 2018 model to do so.

Ferrari boosts quality control department with key signing

The Ferrari Formula 1 team has drafted in Maria Mendoza, an expert in metals and chemicals, to help boost its quality control department.

Ferrari discovers Vettel's Singapore engine still useable

Sebastian Vettel's Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 engine is available to use again, after Ferrari found there was no damage to the unit following his first-lap crash, Motorsport.com has learned.

Red Bull's new front wing under scrutiny from rivals

Formula 1 teams have been long known to push the limits when it comes to flexible bodywork.

Italian F1 team reveals plans to join grid

Serbian Zoran Stefanovic, who famously hoped to get his Stefan GP team on the grid back in 2010, has revealed plans for a fresh attempt to get into Formula 1 after meeting Ross Brawn in Austria this weekend.

Ferrari parts company with chief engine designer

The Ferrari Formula 1 team has parted ways with Lorenzo Sassi, the chief engineer of its power unit, sources with good knowledge of the situation have revealed.

All Mercedes teams to use latest engine in Australia

Mercedes has confirmed all its teams will use the latest version of its 2017 Formula 1 engine at the Australian Grand Prix, despite reports this week that it could hold back its introduction because of reliability concerns.

Ferrari evaluating radical 'double anchor' injector idea

Ferrari may already have been the surprise of the first Formula 1 pre-season test with the pace and reliability of its new SF70H, but its biggest development could be yet to come.

Mercedes gets boost from new Petronas fuel

Mercedes' hopes of holding on to its Formula 1 power advantage in 2017 have been further boosted with fuel supplier Petronas poised to introduce new fuel for the start of this season.

Engine issue disrupts Toro Rosso filming day

Scuderia Toro Rosso's filming day run at the Misano circuit on Wednesday was disrupted by a power unit issue.

Ferrari forced to abandon Pirelli wet F1 test

Ferrari has had to cancel the second day of the Pirelli wet tyre test at Fiorano because of a lack of spare parts after Sebastian Vettel's accident.

Vettel crashes during Pirelli's wet F1 tyre test

Sebastian Vettel's first day of testing Pirelli's 2017 wet tyres at Ferrari's Fiorano circuit was brought to an early end after a crash into the barriers on Thursday.

De Vries, Molina emerge as favourites for Bruni's Ferrari GT role

Nyck de Vries and Miguel Molina have emerged as lead contenders to join Ferrari's GT programme in place of Gianmaria Bruni, Motorsport.com has learned.

Minimum car weight increased for 2017 F1 season

Formula 1's minimum car weight has been officially increased by another six kilos for 2017, in light of the switch to wider Pirelli tyres.

Ferrari eyes innovative piston solution thanks to 3D printing

Ferrari is looking towards 3D printing technology in a bid to introduce an innovative piston design that could deliver a big step forward for its 2017 Formula 1 engine.

Manor staff reveal 2017 F1 car design

Formula 1 fans have been offered a first glimpse of what a 2017 Formula 1 car will actually look like, after a farewell image from Manor staff revealed its wind tunnel model.

Analysis: Barcelona simulation data points to impact of F1 car changes

While Formula 1 gears up for faster cars aimed at making the sport more spectacular, one of the big concerns that has been voiced is that the end result could deliver even less overtaking than fans have seen in recent years.

Honda set for Mercedes-style split turbine/compressor

Honda is poised to adopt the Mercedes philosophy of a split turbine and compressor with its 2017 Formula 1 engine as part of the revamp being planned for this season, sources have revealed.

Analysis: Ferrari tipped for new livery, new engine tech in F1 2017

Formula 1's focus has already shifted to the arrival of the all-new 2017 cars – which will be wider, more aggressive looking and faster than their predecessors. But, as Franco Nugnes reveals, even bigger changes could be coming at Ferrari.

Analysis: Does Byrne’s involvement point to radical 2017 Ferrari?

Legendary Formula 1 designer Rory Byrne’s return to Ferrari had been kept low profile for months, but his presence alongside Jock Clear at the Autosport Awards showed he is very much part of the family now.

Hellmund favourite to take over Manor F1 team

Tavo Hellmund, the man who helped resurrect the United States and Mexican Grands Prix, has emerged as the favourite to complete a takeover of the Manor Formula 1 team.

Vettel sends letters of apology to FIA, Whiting

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel has sent letters of apology to the FIA and Charlie Whiting personally after he had lashed out against the Formula 1 race director in the Mexican Grand Prix.

Analysis: Has Mercedes broken the 1000bhp barrier?

Formula 1's turbo hybrid engines have been on the receiving end of criticism since they arrived back in 2014 over their lack of sound and fuel efficiency characteristics.

Exclusive: Formula 1 "active windscreen" idea revealed

While Formula 1 continues to focus on plans for a Halo or Aeroscreen concept from 2018, plans for a third type of cockpit safety device – called the 'Active Windscreen' – have now emerged.

Italian Grand Prix technical preview

Formula 1 heads to the 'Temple of Speed' at Monza this weekend for an Italian Grand Prix where fast laps and low downforce will be key talking points.

Ferrari may wait until Monza for promising engine upgrade

Ferrari is poised to hold fire until the Italian Grand Prix on an engine upgrade that sources suggest could be enough to lift it on a par with Mercedes.

F1 teams lobby Ecclestone on track limits U-turn

Formula 1's ongoing controversy surrounding track limits took a fresh twist on Friday when Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull complained to Bernie Ecclestone about the FIA's decision to not abandon its restrictions at Hockenheim.

Brawn rules out F1 return with Ferrari

Ferrari's hopes of being able to convince Ross Brawn to return to Formula 1 in an advisory role with the team have been dashed, with the Briton making clear he does not want to come back to the sport.

Ferrari targets Brawn as part of new action plan

Ross Brawn has emerged as one of the key targets for Ferrari as the Italian outfit weighs up a staffing overhaul on the back of its disappointing campaign.

Marchionne holds Maranello talks amid Ferrari's struggles

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has been in Maranello this week holding key meetings with staff to work out what needs to be done to rescue its season.

Ferrari set to be first to run Pirelli 2017 tyres

Ferrari is set to be the first team to try Pirelli's wider 2017 tyres, Motorsport.com can reveal, as work ramps up on evaluating the new designs coming in next year.

Analysis: No Ferrari switch for Costa, but Key could be a target

Formula 1's rumour mill exploded this week when talk of a major management revamp at Ferrari spread like wildfire across social media.

Ferrari fast-tracks new front wing for Russia

Ferrari has ramped up efforts to deliver a first Formula 1 victory of the season in Russia this weekend by bringing forward the introduction of a new front wing, alongside an upgraded engine.

Analysis: 5.5G revelation prompts fresh concerns about 2017 F1 cars

Formula 1 drivers could experience sustained forces of more than 5.5G during cornering next season, according to the latest simulation data produced on the 2017 cars.

Raikkonen's Australian GP engine cleared for Bahrain

Kimi Raikkonen's Australian Grand Prix engine has been given the all-clear to be used again, despite the spectacular fire that brought his race to a halt.

Tech analysis: How Ferrari's engine push has delivered a suspension boost

While Ferrari did not appear in testing with any obvious innovations on its car – in contrast to Mercedes which unleashed a host of radical parts – it is wrong to think that the Maranello team has not been pushing the boundaries with its SF16-H.

How can a Dakar Truck help Lewis Hamilton retain his F1 crown?

The high-tech world of Formula 1 seems a world apart from the Dakar Rally, so how can the winning Truck in the gruelling South American marathon have anything to do with Mercedes' success in Formula 1?

Monza hits setback in bid to save F1 race

Fresh doubts have emerged about the future of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza after a meeting with race chiefs and Bernie Ecclestone failed to deliver the contract that had been hoped for.

Analysis: Ferrari poised for radical engine overhaul

Ferrari's new Formula 1 car was fired up for the first time on Tuesday, with the team well aware that the success of its revamped power unit may well define its championship ambitions.

Exclusive: Imola begins talks to save Italian Grand Prix

Imola has begun discussions with Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone to save the Italian Grand Prix if Monza is unable to secure a fresh contract for 2017, Motorsport.com can reveal.