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Carey: F1 business will bounce back in 2021

Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey says that COVID-19 has turned the company's business plan "on its head" - but he's adamant that it will be back on track in 2021.

Horner says Verstappen had to "buy into" hard tyre gamble

Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner says that Max Verstappen had to "buy into" the crucial decision to qualify on the hard tyre at the 70th Anniversary GP.

F1 income crashes from $620m to $24m during lockdown

Formula 1’s income for the April to June period crashed from $620m in 2019 to just $24m in 2020 as the COVID-19 crisis wiped out the calendar.

Mercedes "at the very worst end" of tyre problems

Mercedes chief race engineer Andrew Shovlin admits that there's an "element of urgency" in the Brackley Formula 1 team's need to address its tyre blistering problems.

Horner surprised others didn't try Verstappen's tyre strategy

Red Bull’s Christian Horner says Max Verstappen’s victory in the 70th Anniversary GP at Silverstone was an “amazing performance” – but was surprised more teams didn't gamble on using the hard tyre in qualifying that played a key role.

Mercedes boss Wolff refutes Bottas' "sleeping" claim

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that information gleaned from Valtteri Bottas's tyres encouraged the team to let Lewis Hamilton run a long middle stint in the 70th Anniversary GP.

Leclerc wasn't expecting to finish higher than eighth

Charles Leclerc says he was not expecting to finish higher than eighth in Formula 1's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, making him "so happy" about the fourth-place result he eventually achieved.

Ferrari: It's our "duty" to support struggling Vettel

Ferrari Formula 1 team sporting director Laurent Mekies says it’s the “duty” of the Maranello outfit to support Sebastian Vettel, as the former World Champion struggles to find speed in the SF1000.

F1 drivers can't use pitlane 'shortcut' on last lap

Formula 1 drivers have been reminded by the FIA that they should cross the line on the last lap of the 70th Anniversary GP on the track, and not in the pitlane.

Stroll Sr "appalled" by "poor sportsmanship" of rivals

Lawrence Stroll has refuted suggestions that Racing Point cheated by using Mercedes' brake duct designs – and says he will "take all necessary actions to prove our innocence".

Silverstone race will be “a war”, says frustrated Ocon

Renault Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon expects his 70th Anniversary GP at Silverstone to be “a war” after he qualified out of position in a frustrated 14th place.

Verstappen "felt strongly" that hard tyre was right choice

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen says the unusual decision to use Pirelli's hard tyres for Q2 at the start of the 70th Anniversary GP was an obvious one, because the same tyre worked for him last weekend.

"Surprised" Hulkenberg feared he had damaged car

Nico Hulkenberg admitted he was "surprised" to have qualified third for the 70th Anniversary GP as he feared that he had damaged his car by going off.

Racing Point reports £116m loss in first F1 year

The Racing Point Formula 1 team posted a loss of £116m in its first year of operation, but the figures reflect the unusual circumstances of its emergence from the ashes of Force India, and the true operating loss was closer to £25m.

Five rival F1 teams lodge appeal in Racing Point copying case

Five Formula 1 teams have filed a notification of an intention to appeal in the Racing Point brake duct case – with the Silverstone outfit itself facing up against a group of four rivals.

Pirelli hopes "responsible" teams won't take stint length risks

Pirelli Formula 1 boss Mario Isola is worried that teams will take risks with stint lengths in the 70th Anniversary GP – but he hopes that they will be “responsible” in the wake of last weekend’s failures.

Wolff: Majority of F1 teams want Concorde "cleaning up"

Toto Wolff says the majority of Formula 1 teams think the Concorde Agreement needs some “cleaning up”, but have been “up the arse” of Liberty when talking publicly about negotiations.

Insults fly as F1 bosses speak out over Racing Point case

Racing Point Formula 1 boss Otmar Szafnauer has slammed McLaren team principal Zak Brown as the FIA’s ruling on the brake duct controversy continues to stir emotions in the paddock.

F1 teams face tyre strategy “headache” at Silverstone

Formula 1 teams face a tyre strategy "headache" going into qualifying for the British Grand Prix after drivers found the medium tyre to be comparable to the soft over a single lap in practice on Friday at Silverstone.

Five key findings from the Racing Point case

The decision of the FIA stewards reading the Renault Formula 1 team's protest of Racing Point's brake ducts has been eagerly awaited by all teams, and while the verdict of a €400,000 fine and loss of 15 world championship points is certainly no small matter, there is a much bigger picture.

Mercedes has "zero worries" over Racing Point case

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says he has "zero worries" about the team being implicated in any kind of wrongdoing in the Racing Point brake duct saga.

Renault considering appeal on scale of Racing Point sanction

The Renault Formula 1 team may lodge an appeal regarding the penalty received by rival Racing Point in the brake duct case, and the Enstone outfit is set to make a decision on Friday.

Hulkenberg to race after Perez tests COVID positive again

Nico Hulkenberg is to have a second outing with the Racing Point Formula 1 team in the 70th Anniversary GP at Silverstone after Sergio Perez tested positive for COVID-19 once again.

Grosjean move was "unacceptable", says Sainz

McLaren Formula 1 team driver Carlos Sainz has called Romain Grosjean's defensive move in the British GP "unacceptable" because the Frenchman reacted to the movement of the car behind.

Hulkenberg "in talks" over full-time F1 role for 2021

Nico Hulkenberg says that he's in talks with some Formula 1 teams about a possible full-time return in 2021.

Which drivers are eligible to be F1 reserves?

The McLaren Formula 1 team's announcement that Paul di Resta will be reserve driver for this weekend's 70th Anniversary GP has put a spotlight on the past drivers who are still eligible for a  superlicence.

Mercedes has no firm plans to let Gutierrez get F1 race licence

The Mercedes Formula 1 team has no definite plans to give Esteban Gutierrez track mileage in the near future, despite a new rule for 2020 making the Mexican ineligible for an FIA super licence unless he has conducted a test.

Pirelli to scrap Silverstone FP2 tyre testing

Pirelli has cancelled plans to trial experimental Formula 1 tyres in FP2 at Silverstone on Friday, but the Italian company will still test them as planned at the Spanish GP in Barcelona.

Pirelli: Softer tyres not a risk at second Silverstone race

Pirelli Formula 1 boss Mario Isola has downplayed fears about the move to softer tyre compounds for the 70th Anniversary GP at Silverstone following the failures in last weekend’s British GP.

Pirelli says long stints caused British GP tyre failures

Pirelli has concluded the British Grand Prix tyre failures resulted from the unusually long stints that were run on the hard compound during the race.

F1's penalty system "not working right" - Steiner

Haas boss Gunther Steiner says F1's penalty system "is not working right" after Alex Albon received a five-second sanction for his collision with Kevin Magnussen in the British GP.

Only "glimpses" of Racing Point's potential seen so far

Racing Point's technical director Andy Green says the Silverstone-based outfit has only been able to show “glimpses” of the RP20's true form, as it tries to unlock the full potential of its 2020 Formula 1 car.

McLaren had no warning of Sainz's tyre failure

McLaren Formula 1 boss Andreas Seidl says that the Woking team had no warning of the "sudden death" of Carlos Sainz's left front tyre in the closing laps of the British GP.

Racing Point still in the dark over Perez comeback

Racing Point remains unsure about whether Sergio Perez will be able to compete in next weekend's 70th Anniversary GP at Silverstone.

Pirelli launches “360 degrees” investigation after failures

Pirelli Formula 1 boss Mario Isola says the Italian company will “analyse everything 360 degrees” after the spectacular series of tyre failures in the closing laps of the British GP.

Clutch bolt failure caused Hulkenberg's DNS at Silverstone

A clutch bolt issue caused Nico Hulkenberg to miss the British GP after it prevented Racing Point from starting his engine.

Verstappen feels "lucky and unlucky" after last-lap dramas

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen called himself "lucky and unlucky" after he picked up second place in the British Grand Prix.

McLaren is "financially healthy" again, insists Brown

McLaren Formula 1 team CEO Zak Brown insists that the company is back on track financially after a rocky first half of 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

“Brutally honest” Red Bull has to give Albon better car

Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team chief engineer Paul Monaghan says that the Milton Keynes outfit has to be “brutally honest” and admit that it has to provide Alex Albon with a better balanced car.

Hulkenberg impresses Racing Point: "It's like he never left"

Racing Point Formula 1 team technical director Andrew Green says that substitute driver Nico Hulkenberg settled in so quickly at this weekend's British Grand Prix it was like he’d never left.

Racing Point has "no case to answer" in Renault protest

Racing Point technical director Andrew Green insists that there's "no case to answer" in Renault's protest against the team's brake duct design.

Hulkenberg concedes he didn't get everything out of the car

Racing Point Formula 1 team substitute driver Nico Hulkenberg admitted he didn't get everything out of his car after failing to progress into Q3 in British Grand Prix qualifying.

Steiner not disappointed by loss of American F1 races

Haas Formula 1 team boss Guenther Steiner insists that he wasn’t disappointed to lose all four Americas races from the 2020 calendar, despite their importance to team owner Gene Haas.

Pirelli: Portimao resurfacing creates extra challenge

The Algarve International Circuit in Portimao is to be resurfaced later this summer ahead of October’s Portuguese GP – adding an extra element of surprise to a venue that Formula 1 teams are unfamiliar with.

McLaren to keep aero upgrades on car after practice trial

McLaren Formula 1 boss Andreas Seidl says that the aero package that the Woking team trialled at Silverstone on Friday worked as intended and will stay on the cars of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris for the remainder of the weekend.

Kvyat set for five-place grid penalty for British GP

AlphaTauri Formula 1 driver Daniil Kvyat is set to receive a five-place grid penalty for Sunday’s British Grand Prix after taking a new gearbox ahead of Saturday morning practice.

Racing Point has no issues with Perez’s Mexican trip

Racing Point Formula 1 boss Otmar Szafnauer says that the Silverstone team has no issue with Sergio Perez's trip to Mexico between the Hungarian and British GPs.

Giovinazzi handed warning after British GP practice incident

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi has been given a warning by the FIA stewards at the British GP after dropping debris when driving back to the pits after a spin in FP1, bringing out a red flag.

Hamilton takes upgraded MGU-K after reliability concerns

Lewis Hamilton has taken a new MGU-K for the start of the British GP weekend as his Mercedes Formula 1 team continues to hone reliability.

F1 to live stream Nurburgring race on YouTube

Formula 1 will break new ground in its broadcasting history when it streams October’s Eifel GP for free on YouTube in seven European countries – signalling a possible future direction for the sport.

FIA clamps down on track limits abuse at Silverstone

The FIA has continued its recent clampdown on Formula 1 track limits offences with a focus on Copse and Stowe at Silverstone.

Loss of Brazilian GP will hurt country’s racing future

Brazilian GP promoter Tamas Rohonyi warns that the country’s motorsport future will suffer if the event is permanently lost from the Formula 1 schedule.

Norris not expecting much overtaking at "awesome" Mugello

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris has cautioned that the Mugello circuit is unlikely to produce much overtaking despite being "awesome" to drive.

Masi: F1 can’t "drop the ball" over COVID protocols

FIA race director Michael Masi has cautioned that Formula 1 shouldn’t become “complacent” about the ongoing threat from COVID-19 ahead of the double header at Silverstone.

Mercedes: We're not responsible for 2020 "predictability"

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff says it’s not the team’s fault if it is dominant at the moment – and cautions that the 2020 season will not be “a walk in the park” for the Brackley-based outfit.

Angry Brazilian GP promoter hits out at F1 over 2020 cancellation

The Brazilian Grand Prix promoter has challenged Formula 1’s reasons for the cancellation of the Interlagos race, saying he "cannot accept" the decision that has put both his organisation and the city of Sao Paulo in a difficult position.

Russell "certainly" still part of long-term Mercedes plan

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says that George Russell remains part of the team’s “long-term plans” despite the British driver being committed to Williams for a further season.

Imola eyeing place on 2021 F1 schedule as well

Imola boss Uberto Selvatico Estense hopes Formula 1’s return to the historic Italian track will not be a one-off, and says there will be "everything to discuss" with the sport's bosses after this year's event.

What next for Sergio Perez in F1 if Aston doesn't want him?

What’s the next step for Sergio Perez should the Mexican’s services not be required by Aston Martin in Formula 1 next year?

COTA had record F1 ticket sales before coronavirus hit

Circuit of the Americas boss Bobby Epstein says that ticket sales for the 2020 United States Grand Prix were significantly up before the Covid-19 crisis struck – and he remains confident that the momentum can be maintained into 2021 due to “pent-up demand.”