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Russell: No points wouldn't make 2021 F1 season a failure

George Russell says that if Williams was to finish the 2021 Formula 1 season without scoring a point, then such a result would not make its campaign a failure.

The changes behind a 'feel-good' F1 result in Baku

OPINION: The Azerbaijan Grand Prix had elements that make Formula 1 really exciting – unpredictability and shock results. This resulted in heartbreak for several of the championship’s regular contenders and joy for others who rarely reach the ultimate limelight. And one of those on the Baku podium is riding a wave of form he’s keen to continue

Azerbaijan Grand Prix Driver Ratings

An eventful weekend in Baku full of incident and drama lent the race result an unusual feel, as three drivers scored their first podiums of the year. But it wasn't the eventual race winner who scored top marks in our driver ratings

How three drivers 'won' the Azerbaijan GP

Formula 1's return to Baku after a year away had thrown up an eventful qualifying marred by four red flags, but the race appeared to be running to a familiar Red Bull vs Mercedes template entering the closing stages. That is, until a dramatic conclusion where victory was snatched away from two drivers, before landing in the lap of Sergio Perez

Azerbaijan GP: Perez wins after drama for Verstappen, Hamilton Azerbaijan GP
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Azerbaijan GP: Perez wins after drama for Verstappen, Hamilton

Sergio Perez won Formula 1's 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix ahead of Sebastian Vettel after Max Verstappen dramatically retired in a late tyre blowout and Lewis Hamilton's restart overtake went wrong.

Leclerc: I don't feel like Ferrari has stolen Baku pole

Charles Leclerc does not feel like Ferrari has “stolen” 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix pole, as he believes he could have topped Baku Formula 1 qualifying even without the Q3 stoppage.

Azerbaijan GP: Leclerc grabs pole after chaotic end to Q3

Charles Leclerc claimed a second successive shock Formula 1 pole as Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying ended in similarly bizarre circumstances to Monaco when a late Q3 stoppage prevented final improvements.

Why Mercedes' "worst Friday" leaves it behind Alfa in Baku

As Red Bull looked in dominant form during Friday practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Friday, title rival Mercedes was left with a lot of head scratching to do after finding itself behind a number of other teams on one-lap pace – which could have big ramifications come raceday

Azerbaijan GP: Perez leads Red Bull 1-2 as Mercedes struggles Azerbaijan GP
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Azerbaijan GP: Perez leads Red Bull 1-2 as Mercedes struggles

Sergio Perez led a Red Bull 1-2 in a disrupted second practice for Formula 1's 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen finishing second ahead of Ferrari's Carlos Sainz.

Russell: Wolff gave me a lot of ‘tough love’ after Bottas crash
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Russell: Wolff gave me a lot of ‘tough love’ after Bottas crash

Williams Formula 1 driver George Russell says Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff showed him “a lot of tough love” in the aftermath of his crash with Valtteri Bottas at Imola. 

Motorsport Images photographer wins award for Grosjean picture

Motorsport Images photographer Andrew Hone has won a gold medal in the World Sports Photography Awards for his picture of ex-Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean escaping his Bahrain fireball crash.

Hamilton on Osaka withdrawal: Young athletes need media support

Lewis Hamilton says young athletes need better support dealing with the media, as he discussed tennis player Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from Roland Garros and his early Formula 1 experiences.

Russell wants F1 future beyond 2021 decided by summer break
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Russell wants F1 future beyond 2021 decided by summer break

George Russell says he, Mercedes and Williams all want his Formula 1 future beyond 2021 decided before this year’s summer break.

The unsung star of F1 2021 so far Prime

The unsung star of F1 2021 so far

OPINION: The title fight between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton has captivated Formula 1 fans this year, while McLaren and Ferrari drivers have also made it onto the podium. But look a little further back in the pack and you'll find a driver who has really shone in the first five races - even though he only has one result to show for it.

The signs that suggest Leclerc will come back stronger

OPINION: Last weekend, Charles Leclerc ultimately endured a fourth tough Monaco Grand Prix event in his burgeoning motorsport career. But, based on what happened after his other home setbacks, he will likely come back stronger – eyeing yet more Formula 1 success .

Monaco Grand Prix driver ratings

It wasn't just the famous casinos which made it an expensive return to Monaco for several Formula 1 teams, as drivers stepped over the limits defined by the unforgiving armco barriers. Those with unmarked machinery fared best come raceday, but only one driver earns a maximum score in our driver ratings

The seven reasons why Monaco 2021 wasn’t a better F1 race

As several opportunities to enliven the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix failed to materialise, Max Verstappen took full advantage and romped to a comfortable victory. Now atop of the Formula 1 drivers' standings, the Red Bull driver will be one of few glad of the woes that robbed him of meaningful competition

Monaco GP: Verstappen wins as Hamilton finishes seventh Monaco GP
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Monaco GP: Verstappen wins as Hamilton finishes seventh

Max Verstappen dominated a largely lifeless Formula 1 2021 Monaco Grand Prix to win ahead of Carlos Sainz, after polesitter Charles Leclerc could not start and Valtteri Bottas retired.

Leclerc feeling "quite shit" as he waits on gearbox inspection Monaco GP
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Leclerc feeling "quite shit" as he waits on gearbox inspection

Charles Leclerc says he feels "quite shit" after topping Formula 1 qualifying for the eighth time, due to the circumstances of his Q3 crash at the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix.

Monaco GP: Leclerc grabs pole, then crashes Monaco GP
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Monaco GP: Leclerc grabs pole, then crashes

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc claimed pole for Formula 1's 2021 Monaco Grand Prix in bizarre circumstances as he crashed with seconds remaining in Q3, which prevented any of his rivals improving.

Monaco GP: Verstappen pips Sainz, Leclerc in final practice

Max Verstappen set the fastest time in a twice red-flagged FP3 session for Formula 1's 2021 Monaco Grand Prix ahead of Ferrari duo Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc.

How box office Alonso is still proving his star quality in F1 Prime

How box office Alonso is still proving his star quality in F1

Fernando Alonso's return to Formula 1 in 2021 with Alpine has so far not reached the heights that made him a legend, but there's no doubting his status and ultimate target. After his outstanding exploits away from the grand prix scene, the Spaniard opens up on his driving performance level, F1's future and how he's really viewing his comeback - and in doing so reveals just what he really brings to motorsport's top tier

Why Ferrari should be quietly confident it's in the Monaco mix

Ferrari topped the opening practice times for the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix on Thursday, which raised expectations it could finally be a factor for Formula 1 victory once again. But is that a step too far? Here's how the hidden data the teams have collected so far shows both good and bad signs for the Scuderia

Monaco GP: Leclerc heads Ferrari 1-2 in second practice

Charles Leclerc topped a disrupted second practice session at Formula 1's 2021 Monaco Grand Prix ahead of his Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton.

Williams F1 in "final throes" of adding updates to 2021 car

Williams is in the “final throes” of developing its 2021 Formula 1 car, but still believes it can unlock more performance ahead of the new designs switchover coming for 2022.

The AlphaTauri improvements that mean Gasly’s form is no fluke Prime

The AlphaTauri improvements that mean Gasly’s form is no fluke

Pierre Gasly has driven superbly since demotion from Red Bull in 2019, but the team formerly known as Toro Rosso has come on strong too – building a car that can often challenge Ferrari and McLaren. Here Gasly reveals to ALEX KALINAUCKAS how AlphaTauri has given him the tools needed to rebuild his reputation

Williams: Russell very close to Hamilton's early F1 career level

Dave Robson, Williams’ head of vehicle performance, believes George Russell is achieving “very close” to Lewis Hamilton’s early Formula 1 career performances and “has the potential” to emulate his subsequent success.

Alonso on... F1's health, WEC, IndyCar and Dakar

Alpine racer Fernando Alonso returned to Formula 1 after a two-year sabbatical, completing something of a motorsport odyssey.

Alonso: Title fight between multiple F1 teams a few years away

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso says he is expecting it to take “two or three years” past 2022 before Formula 1’s upcoming rules revolution allows multiple teams to battle for the title.

Hamilton "learned more" about Verstappen than all other F1 races

Lewis Hamilton says he “learned a lot” about Formula 1 title rival Max Verstappen in their 2021 Spanish Grand Prix battle, adding “perhaps more than all the other races together”.

Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Often described as Formula 1's laboratory, the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona gave the clearest demonstration yet of the pecking order in 2021. And it's the key discrepancies from that order which illuminate who is excelling, and who needs to hit the reset button.

How Red Bull's deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain

An aggressive first corner move from Max Verstappen appeared to have set the Red Bull driver on course for victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. But canny strategy from Mercedes - combined with the absence of Red Bull's number two from the lead group - allowed Lewis Hamilton to pull off a demoralising reversal

Hamilton "made sure" to give Verstappen space at Turn 1

Lewis Hamilton says he "made sure" to give Max Verstappen room when the Red Bull attacked him for the lead at Turn 1 of Formula 1's 2021 Spanish Grand Prix.

Spanish GP: Hamilton outfoxes Verstappen to win

Lewis Hamilton beat Max Verstappen in a gripping 2021 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, completing a late charge to reclaim the lead he had lost in a Turn 1 clash.

Mercedes explains decision to start Spanish GP on soft tyres

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas say the risk of losing ground off the line was why Mercedes opted against starting on the mediums for Formula 1's 2021 Spanish Grand Prix.

Spanish GP: Hamilton secures 100th F1 pole position Spanish GP
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Spanish GP: Hamilton secures 100th F1 pole position

Lewis Hamilton claimed a 100th Formula 1 career pole position as he edged out Max Verstappen to top qualifying for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix.

Spanish GP: Verstappen outpaces Hamilton in final practice

Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton to the top spot in final practice for Formula 1's 2021 Spanish Grand Prix by 0.235s, raising expectations of a tight qualifying showdown at Barcelona.

The Barcelona practice times that prove Red Bull has hidden pace

Lewis Hamilton led the way in Friday practice for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, but there was one major encouraging sign for Red Bull. However, making good on that gain will require Max Verstappen to avoid repeating a mistake that left him well down the FP2 order...

Spanish GP: Hamilton tops FP2 from Bottas, Leclerc

Lewis Hamilton topped the second practice session for Formula 1's 2021 Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Valtteri Bottas, with Max Verstappen well down the order after aborting his qualifying simulation.

Spanish GP: Bottas leads Verstappen by 0.033s in FP1

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas led Red Bull's Max Verstappen by 0.033s in a disrupted first practice session for Formula 1's 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton third.

Alonso: Early F1 season struggles overblown by media

Fernando Alonso suggests too much is being made of Formula 1 drivers at new teams struggling in 2021 and asks observers not to over-analyse his early results with Alpine. 

F1 drivers react to 2021 Barcelona track changes

Several Formula 1 drivers have discussed the Barcelona track alteration, with some feeling it could improve overtaking into Turn 1 at the expense of passes at the reprofiled Turn 10.

Williams recruitment drive part of Dorilton's "plan to innovate"

The Williams Formula 1 squad has begun a recruitment drive that team head of vehicle performance Dave Robson says is part of Dorilton Capital’s “plan to innovate” since taking over. 

What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors Prime

What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors

OPINION: Going up against the dominant force of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton was always going to demand the best from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. But after making a couple more errors during the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Dutch driver showed there's a small gap he still needs to close in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight.

Kubica gets Barcelona FP1 outing with Alfa Romeo Spanish GP
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Kubica gets Barcelona FP1 outing with Alfa Romeo

Robert Kubica will drive for Alfa Romeo in the opening Formula 1 practice session for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix and will conduct Alfa’s Pirelli test running after the event. 

Portuguese Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Portuguese Grand Prix driver ratings

The 2021 Portuguese GP will for several drivers go down as a weekend of missed opportunities amid imperfect track conditions that caused struggles with tyre warm-up. But the performances of a select few stood out from the crowd

The five key tests Hamilton passed to claim Portugal victory

Just as he did in 2020, Lewis Hamilton had to come from behind to win the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. Only this time there were two rivals he had to pass, among the several challenges he had to overcome, on his way to securing a 97th grand prix victory

Hamilton explains costly "split-second" glance at restart

Lewis Hamilton says a “split second” glance checking Max Verstappen at Formula 1’s 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix restart let then-leader Valtteri Bottas escape and meant the Red Bull overtook him.

Portuguese GP: Hamilton passes Verstappen, Bottas to win Portuguese GP
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Portuguese GP: Hamilton passes Verstappen, Bottas to win

Lewis Hamilton won Formula 1's 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas, the world champion passing both in the early stages before dominating to the finish.

Williams: Q3 slots and points still not "inevitable"

Williams' head of vehicle performance Dave Robson has warned that reaching Q3 and Formula 1 points finishes are not "inevitable" for the team despite its strong recent form.

Bottas says work addressing tyres "weak point" led to pole

Valtteri Bottas feels his efforts addressing a previous 2021 Formula 1 qualifying "weak point" in finding the new Pirelli tyres' best operating temperatures led to his Portuguese Grand Prix pole.

Portuguese GP: Bottas denies Hamilton pole by 0.007s Portuguese GP
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Portuguese GP: Bottas denies Hamilton pole by 0.007s

Valtteri Bottas denied Lewis Hamilton a 100th Formula 1 career pole as the Finn topped qualifying for the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix with Max Verstappen third for Red Bull.

Portuguese GP: Verstappen outpaces Mercedes duo in FP3

Red Bull's Max Verstappen set the fastest time in final practice for Formula 1's 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix, outpacing Friday pacesetters Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

The data that leaves both Red Bull, Mercedes uncertain of supremacy

Lewis Hamilton topped the crucial FP2 session on Friday as F1 returned to Portugal, but his Mercedes team cannot be sure it has the edge on its Red Bull rivals. As cool temperatures and wind combine with the still-slippery surface to present drivers with quandaries over set-up and tyre warmup, there's still everything to play for come qualifying.

Portuguese GP: Hamilton tops FP2 from Verstappen

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in second practice for Formula 1's 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Portuguese GP: Bottas pips Verstappen by 0.025s in FP1

Valtteri Bottas topped FP1 for Formula 1's 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix by 0.025s over Max Verstappen, who finished second despite complaining of vibrations impacting his vision on his fastest lap.

Russell: No rules of engagement in fighting Mercedes drivers

George Russell insists Mercedes has not established “rules of engagement” he must follow if fighting its works cars, after his crash with Valtteri Bottas in Formula 1’s 2021 Imola race. 

Russell: Actions after Bottas crash "very poor judgement"

Williams driver George Russell has called his actions in remonstrating with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas immediately after their crash in the 2021 Imola Formula 1 race “very poor judgement”.

How in-form Norris is staking his claim as Britain's next F1 champion Prime

How in-form Norris is staking his claim as Britain's next F1 champion

As a highly-rated Mercedes junior, George Russell is naturally billed as Lewis Hamilton's heir apparent where Britain's next Formula 1 champion is concerned. But he may face competition for that accolade from Lando Norris, fresh from a confidence-boosting run to third at Imola whose rise is being accelerated by his McLaren team’s revival

The essential quality Tsunoda has to harness better Prime

The essential quality Tsunoda has to harness better

A rapid ascent through the junior categories meant Yuki Tsunoda's arrival in Formula 1 was always going to be much-hyped. It's not been smooth sailing for Red Bull's latest protege so far, but his confidence has never wavered - something he'll need to rely on to continue his progress into the driver he believes he can be.