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Williams tweaks bargeboards to reduce wind sensitivity problem

Williams has tweaked the design of the bargeboards on its FW43B Formula 1 car in a bid to reduce the wind sensitivity problem it has faced so far this year.

Binotto: Consecutive poles not representative of Ferrari's pace
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Binotto: Consecutive poles not representative of Ferrari's pace

Mattia Binotto believes Ferrari’s back-to-back pole positions in Monaco and Azerbaijan are not a true reflection of its place within the current Formula 1 pecking order.

Mazepin clarifies rumours about Russian military service

Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin has clarified rumours about completing military service in Russia, revealing he is already completing the required classes alongside his university studies.

Perez impressed by Albon’s openness since replacing him

Sergio Perez says he has been impressed by Alexander Albon’s openness and support since replacing him at Red Bull, praising his role in the team’s recent Formula 1 success.

Seidl "strongly disagrees" with Masi over yellow flag decision

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl "strongly disagrees" with Formula 1 race director Michael Masi's decision not to take any action over yellow flag speeding in Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Austria MotoGP races to be open to full capacity crowds Austrian GP
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Austria MotoGP races to be open to full capacity crowds

MotoGP has announced its two rounds at the Red Bull Ring will be open to full capacity crowds following a relaxation of spectator restrictions in Austria.

Ferrari appoints Vigna as new company CEO Azerbaijan GP
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Ferrari appoints Vigna as new company CEO

Ferrari has named Benedetto Vigna as its new company CEO, taking over from interim chief John Elkann.

Williams announces exit of F1 team principal Roberts
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Williams announces exit of F1 team principal Roberts

Williams has announced the departure of its Formula 1 team principal Simon Roberts after 12 months with the British squad.

Norris could have received harsher red flag penalty, says FIA

Lando Norris was spared a harsher penalty for his red flag infringement in Baku Formula 1 qualifying due to “mitigating circumstances” despite his protests the sanction was too strict.

Kubica still has regrets over missed title bid in 2008

Robert Kubica says he still feels some regret over missing out on a challenge for the Formula 1 world title in 2008 after BMW stopped developing its car mid-season.

First images revealed of planned Saudi F1 track pit building

The promoter of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix has released the first renderings of the planned pit building complex for the Jeddah Formula 1 race in December.

Masi denies Baku F1 pit entry is dangerous

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has disputed 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg’s claim that Baku’s pit entry is one of the “most dangerous” and “scary” places on the calendar.

Drivers to raise concerns over safety car delay in Baku

Charles Leclerc, Sebastian Vettel and Carlos Sainz Jr have raised concerns over the delay in deploying the safety car following Max Verstappen's crash in Sunday's Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Vettel hopes Aston Martin can carry momentum after "rough start"

Sebastian Vettel hopes his second-place finish in Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix can help the team build momentum after a "very rough start" to the 2021 Formula 1 season.

Brawn: ‘Thrilling’ end to Baku bodes well for F1 sprint races

Ross Brawn believes the “thrilling” end to Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix following the red flag bodes well for when Formula 1 debuts its sprint races at Silverstone next month.

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 Azerbaijan GP

Sergio Perez took his first Formula 1 victory with Red Bull in an eventful Azerbaijan Grand Prix as 2021's two title protagonists both failed to score. We assess the key talking points, as Mercedes' number two endured a trying weekend, Ferrari's qualifying form turned to disappointment on race day and Pirelli came in for criticism.

Masi: No reason not to restart Azerbaijan GP after red flag

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi felt there was no reason not to restart Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix despite a red flag with three laps to go.

Leclerc lost race lead to Hamilton after avoiding tree branch

Charles Leclerc has revealed that he lost the lead of Sunday's Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix to Lewis Hamilton after avoiding a tree branch on track at Turn 15.

Haas: Mazepin move on Schumacher at finish line a ‘misunderstanding’

Haas Formula 1 chief Gunther Steiner says his drivers have “cleared the air” after Mick Schumacher was left fuming over a late move by Nikita Mazepin at the chequered flag in Baku.

Perez came close to retiring car before late Baku victory

Sergio Perez came close to retiring his car from Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix before snatching a late victory after Red Bull Formula 1 teammate Max Verstappen's tyre failure.

Azerbaijan GP under late red flag after Verstappen tyre failure

The Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been thrown under a late red flag following a tyre failure for race leader Max Verstappen with four laps to go.

Ferrari planned to use Hamilton’s tow to grab Baku pole

Laurent Mekies has revealed that Ferrari successfully planned to use a tow from Lewis Hamilton to help Charles Leclerc score pole in qualifying for the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

How Hamilton recovered from his practice ‘disaster’ in Baku

Without knowing the context of Formula 1 qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, a listen to Lewis Hamilton’s parc ferme radio would suggest he took pole position.

Perez "very pissed off" to miss out on Baku front row start

Sergio Perez felt “very pissed off” not to qualify on the front row of the Formula 1 grid in Baku on Saturday after a mistake in Q3 left him seventh.

Ferrari won’t be "deluded" by Baku F1 practice form

Ferrari will not be “deluded” by its impressive performance in Friday’s Formula 1 practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, believing its target remains to lead the midfield in Baku.

Mercedes braced for "very difficult" Baku F1 qualifying

Mercedes is braced for a “very difficult” Formula 1 qualifying in Baku after seeing its Monaco struggles continue through practice, reminding Toto Wolff of Singapore 2015.

Ferrari "definitely not as quick as in Monaco" - Sainz

Carlos Sainz believes Ferrari is "definitely not as quick as in Monaco" despite finishing third in both Formula 1 practice sessions for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Friday.

Perez says he "finally understands" Red Bull's F1 car Azerbaijan GP
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Perez says he "finally understands" Red Bull's F1 car

Sergio Perez believes he “finally understands” the Red Bull RB16B car after topping second practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, calling it his “best Friday” of the Formula 1 season.

Horner tells Wolff "I'd keep my mouth shut" over flexi-wings

Christian Horner says he would "keep my mouth shut" over Formula 1's flexi-wing saga if he were Mercedes, saying the team risks opening a can of worms.

Bottas won’t take "loser's option" after early 2021 F1 setbacks

Valtteri Bottas says his difficult start to the season has tested his mental strength, but he will not take the "loser's option" and give up on the Formula 1 title fight.

Alonso enjoying F1 comeback more than he thought he would
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Alonso enjoying F1 comeback more than he thought he would

Fernando Alonso has revealed he is enjoying his Formula 1 comeback more than he expected to, missing racing on weekends where there is no grand prix.

Vettel: Verstappen’s peace of mind more important than F1 lead

Sebastian Vettel reckons Max Verstappen will take more "peace of mind" from having a competitive Formula 1 car right now than from leading the world championship standings.

Verstappen "can't be bothered" with mind games in F1 title fight

Max Verstappen says he “can’t be bothered” with mind games against Lewis Hamilton, but believes their respect will remain through this year’s Formula 1 title fight.

Lockdown events led to greater driver input for F1 2021 game

Formula 1 drivers and teams offered greater levels of input and feedback for the new F1 2021 game after taking part in regular events through lockdown last year.

Leclerc expects Ferrari to go "back to reality" after Monaco

Charles Leclerc believes Ferrari will go “back to reality” after taking a surprise Formula 1 pole position in Monaco two weeks ago, feeling the team’s pace was a “one-off”.

Sainz: How I'm pushing myself to adapt to Ferrari F1 car

Carlos Sainz says he is enjoying the challenge of adapting to Ferrari’s Formula 1 car in 2021, revealing he had to “change quite a lot” in his driving style.

Ilott in "very good position" should F1 opportunity arise

Ferrari youngster Callum Ilott believes he is in a “very good position” to make the step into Formula 1 should an opportunity arise despite not racing single-seaters this year.

How AWS is helping to shape Formula 1’s future

Since Formula 1 began working with Amazon Web Services in 2018, the partnership has been most evident through its raft of TV graphics.

First F1 2021 gameplay revealed along with story mode details
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First F1 2021 gameplay revealed along with story mode details

Codemasters and EA Sports have released the first gameplay footage of the upcoming F1 2021 video game, as well as revealing a number of details about the upcoming game.

Sauber working with Stellantis to extend Alfa Romeo F1 deal

Sauber is working with Stellantis to extend its Alfa Romeo Formula 1 support and backing beyond the end of its existing deal in 2021.

Ocon to leave talks with Alpine over new F1 contract to management

Esteban Ocon says he is leaving talks with Alpine over a new Formula 1 contract to his management, but is flattered the team is eager to keep him beyond 2021.

Red Bull planning to move Tsunoda to Italy to rebuild confidence

Helmut Marko has revealed that Red Bull plans to move Yuki Tsunoda closer to his AlphaTauri Formula 1 team to help rebuild his confidence after a tough run of races.

Bottas has "negative" photo on desktop to "show them what I can do"

Valtteri Bottas has revealed he uses a "negative" computer desktop picture as motivation to "show them what I can do" after a suggestion by Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff.

Wolff says current junior racing costs are "absurd"

Toto Wolff believes motorsport needs to be made "much more affordable" for youngsters after Lewis Hamilton said Formula 1 has become a "billionaire boys' club".

Dutch GP targeting 105k capacity crowd for September F1 race
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Dutch GP targeting 105k capacity crowd for September F1 race

The organisers of the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort are hopeful of welcoming a capacity crowd of over 100,000 fans per day to the Formula 1 race in September.

Sainz: Norris can take McLaren to the top in Formula 1

Carlos Sainz believes former teammate Lando Norris can take McLaren "to the top" in Formula 1 after signing a long-term contract with the British squad.

Flexi-wings won't be "a game-changer at all" in Baku

Frederic Vasseur believes teams running Formula 1's disputed 'flexi-wings' will not enjoy a huge performance gain in Baku, saying it "won't be a game-changer at all".

Red Bull won't open Perez contract talks before summer break
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Red Bull won't open Perez contract talks before summer break

Red Bull will not begin talks with Sergio Perez over a new contract with the team until Formula 1's summer break at the earliest, according to Helmut Marko.

Schumacher: Vettel giving me lots of advice in good friendship

Mick Schumacher says Sebastian Vettel has been giving him plenty of advice through his rookie Formula 1 season after striking up a good friendship with the four-time world champion.

Marko: Wolff "should look at his front wings" amid protest threat
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Marko: Wolff "should look at his front wings" amid protest threat

Helmut Marko has warned Mercedes chief Toto Wolff that he should “look at his front wings” as Formula 1 heads for possible protests in Baku over flexi-wings.

Ocon highlights 'massive' role of new engineers in performances

Esteban Ocon believes his new Formula 1 engineering crew has quickly formed an "excellent team" on his side of the Alpine garage, aiding his impressive start to the 2021 season.

F1 keen to ensure sprint races aren’t “a blur” for fans
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F1 keen to ensure sprint races aren’t “a blur” for fans

Formula 1 is working to ensure its new sprint races are not “a blur” for fans by providing relevant information through its partnership with Amazon Web Services.

How Ricciardo banished his Monaco F1 ghosts in 2018

Victory at the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix slipped through Daniel Ricciardo's grasp and left the normally jovial Australian enraged. But two years later at the 2018 edition, he banished those demons with a gutsy drive

McLaren Gulf Oil Formula 1 livery remains a one-off for now

McLaren’s popular Gulf Oil Formula 1 livery used for last weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix remains a one-off for now, according to team principal Andreas Seidl.

Allison: Mercedes F1 must find out why Monaco is Achilles’ heel Monaco GP
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Allison: Mercedes F1 must find out why Monaco is Achilles’ heel

Mercedes technical director James Allison says his team needs to work out why Monaco is always an Achilles’ heel for its Formula 1 cars after struggling once again last weekend.

Marko: Verstappen has reached a ‘different level of maturity’

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko believes Max Verstappen has reached a “different level of maturity” in Formula 1 after a dominant victory in Monaco on Sunday.

Hamilton grateful for ‘crappy days’ like Monaco to learn from

Lewis Hamilton says he is “not the most stressed” about Mercedes’ difficult Monaco Formula 1 race weekend, feeling thankful for “crappy days” that the team can learn from.

The day Rosberg and Hamilton’s F1 relationship blew up

The rivalry between Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg is likely to be remembered as the defining battle of Formula 1 in the 2010s.

Alonso: Second place used to lead to ‘funeral’ atmosphere

Fernando Alonso says his second-place Formula 1 finishes led to a “funeral” atmosphere in previous years, feeling that many of his results were not given the respect they deserved.

Mercedes thought Hamilton's strategy had "bigger potential"

Mercedes believed pitting Lewis Hamilton to try and get the undercut would have "much bigger potential" in Sunday's Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, only for the strategy to backfire.