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How F1’s biggest 2021 update shows Aston Martin’s ambition

Aston Martin endured a pretty tough start to the 2021 season, with Formula 1’s new aero rules having hit the team’s low-rake concept harder than its high-rake rivals.

Red Bull junior Lawson to receive first F1 taste at Goodwood

Red Bull Junior Liam Lawson will drive a Formula 1 car for the first time at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Masi ready to amend F1 sprint race rules if necessary Austrian GP
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Masi ready to amend F1 sprint race rules if necessary

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi says he’s open to adjusting the new sprint qualifying weekend rules should any unexpected issues arise at the British GP.

Capito pleased by Williams' F1 disappointment in Austrian GP

Williams CEO Jost Capito says he was pleased that his Formula 1 team was so gutted to miss out on a points-scoring finish at last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.

The F1 changes that have helped McLaren challenge Mercedes

McLaren has made good strides in Formula 1 this year with its MCL35M, and a spate of upgrades over the last few races appear to have pulled it clear of midfield rivals.

The small changes behind Norris’ rise to F1 stardom

Lando Norris is arguably one of F1’s drivers of the year so far – he's barely put a wheel wrong all season. His McLaren bosses speak of him having “taken the next step” to becoming even better, a point he evidenced in Austria. Stuart Codling digs into the fine details that have helped him challenge for podiums on merit.

Verstappen: Red Bull must ensure F1 car is not only dominant in Austria Austrian GP
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Verstappen: Red Bull must ensure F1 car is not only dominant in Austria

Max Verstappen says Red Bull must work to ensure its car is not dominant at just one track as he looks to extend his Formula 1 championship lead at Silverstone.

F1 setting bad precedent with over-regulating on-track passes - Brown Austrian GP
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F1 setting bad precedent with over-regulating on-track passes - Brown

Formula 1 has set a bad precedent where drivers may have to ‘pull over’ and let rivals past if they now get alongside them, warns McLaren CEO Zak Brown.

Norris reacts to Hamilton's Austrian GP ‘great driver’ F1 compliment

Lando Norris says competing against Mercedes and Red Bull during Formula 1’s Austrian events made him realise “it’s not like they’re not raceable”, while responding to Lewis Hamilton’s in-race compliment.

F1 upgrades that helped Verstappen pull further clear of Mercedes

Red Bull has continued to turn the screw on Formula 1 rival Mercedes with yet more upgrades having lifted the Milton Keynes-based team clear at front.

McLaren needs to be "realistic" about true F1 pace - Seidl

McLaren says it must remain "realistic" about its true potential in Formula 1, despite battling with Mercedes at last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.

Alonso felt "stupid" sticking to Turn 1 track limits in Austria

Fernando Alonso felt “a little bit stupid” sticking to track limits at Turn 1 in Sunday’s Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix, believing he lost places due to drivers running wide.

Perez "not comfortable with myself" after Leclerc F1 incidents Austrian GP
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Perez "not comfortable with myself" after Leclerc F1 incidents

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez says he was not comfortable with himself after twice forcing Ferrari's Charles Leclerc off the track in the Austrian Grand Prix, but stood his ground on the earlier incident with Lando Norris.

Montoya: ‘Crazy’ to penalise F1 drivers for defending outside moves Austrian GP
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Montoya: ‘Crazy’ to penalise F1 drivers for defending outside moves

Juan Pablo Montoya believes it is “crazy” to penalise Formula 1 drivers for defending moves from around the outside after three incidents in Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.

Vettel puts last lap F1 crash with Raikkonen down to ‘misunderstanding’ Austrian GP
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Vettel puts last lap F1 crash with Raikkonen down to ‘misunderstanding’

Sebastian Vettel called his last lap crash with Kimi Raikkonen in the Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix a “misunderstanding”, but felt Aston Martin lacked the pace for points anyway.

Shovlin: Mercedes F1 became ‘makers of our own issues’ in Austria Austrian GP
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Shovlin: Mercedes F1 became ‘makers of our own issues’ in Austria

Mercedes became “the makers of our own issues” in Austria after a poor qualifying display ended any real chance of challenging Formula 1 championship leader Max Verstappen, says Andrew Shovlin.

Why the FIA is unmoved over Austria F1 penalty criticism Austrian GP
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Why the FIA is unmoved over Austria F1 penalty criticism

Formula 1 fans have been divided in opinion over whether the penalties handed out to Lando Norris and Sergio Perez at the Austrian Grand Prix were justified or not.

Alonso felt ‘sad’ taking final F1 point off Russell in Austria Austrian GP
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Alonso felt ‘sad’ taking final F1 point off Russell in Austria

Fernando Alonso felt “a little bit sad” that the battle to score the final point on offer in Sunday’s Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix had to be with George Russell.

Seidl: "Not right" F1 penalty system puts Norris close to race ban Austrian GP
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Seidl: "Not right" F1 penalty system puts Norris close to race ban

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl says it is ‘not right’ that Formula 1’s licence system has put Lando Norris close to a race ban.

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 Austrian GP

Formula 1's second race at the Red Bull Ring resulted in a depressingly familiar outcome for Mercedes as Max Verstappen romped to another victory at the Austrian Grand Prix. We discuss the major talking points from the weekend as F1's biggest name committed his future and penalties caused outcry

2025 F1 engines set for 'massively increased' electric component Austrian GP
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2025 F1 engines set for 'massively increased' electric component

Formula 1’s new hybrid engines from 2025 are set to feature a ‘massively increased’ electric component as part of their overhaul, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has suggested.

Austrian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Formula 1's repeat visit to the Red Bull Ring offered a repeat winner, but there were several notable changes to the Styrian Grand Prix resulting from cooler temperatures and softer tyre compounds. Amid the shakeup in the order, there were several performances worthy of high ratings

How Norris and McLaren finally took on F1’s top teams “on merit”

Max Verstappen was rarely troubled in the Austrian Grand Prix as he completed a clean sweep of Formula 1's two races at the Red Bull Ring. He leaves with his points advantage extended thanks in no small part to the disruption caused to Mercedes by an on-form Lando Norris, in perhaps the most complete McLaren showing since the V8 era

F1 must avoid equivalent of diving footballers, says Horner Austrian GP
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F1 must avoid equivalent of diving footballers, says Horner

Formula 1 must avoid a scenario where drivers deliberately cause incidents to get rivals punished, like in football when players take a dive, says Red Bull boss Christian Horner.

Grand Prix race results: Verstappen wins Austria F1 Austrian GP
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Grand Prix race results: Verstappen wins Austria F1

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday, the ninth race of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season, as title rival Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes could only finish fourth.

Kerb damage cost Hamilton around 30 points in downforce Austrian GP
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Kerb damage cost Hamilton around 30 points in downforce

Toto Wolff has revealed that the damage sustained to Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes Formula 1 car cost around 30 points in downforce, causing his fall to fourth place.

Mazepin, Latifi and Raikkonen penalised after Austrian GP Austrian GP
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Mazepin, Latifi and Raikkonen penalised after Austrian GP

Nikita Mazepin, Nicholas Latifi and Kimi Raikkonen have been hit with time penalties following Sunday’s Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix, while six others were cleared over yellow flag incidents.

Russell pleased to "hold my own" against Alonso in Austrian GP Austrian GP
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Russell pleased to "hold my own" against Alonso in Austrian GP

George Russell felt pleased that he "held my own" fighting Fernando Alonso despite ultimately losing out on a first Formula 1 point for Williams in Austria, finishing 11th.

Norris: F1 penalty points should be reserved for dangerous driving Austrian GP
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Norris: F1 penalty points should be reserved for dangerous driving

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris believes handing drivers penalty points for minor incidents is "stupid" after edging closer to a race ban following the Austrian Grand Prix.

Norris frustrated by penalty for defending ‘stupid’ Perez move Austrian GP
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Norris frustrated by penalty for defending ‘stupid’ Perez move

Lando Norris felt frustrated not to finish the Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix in second place after receiving a time penalty when defending a “stupid” move from Sergio Perez.

Horner: Norris didn't deserve penalty for Perez incident Austrian GP
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Horner: Norris didn't deserve penalty for Perez incident

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says Lando Norris’s incident with Sergio Perez in the Austrian Grand Prix was "hard racing", and didn’t deserve a penalty.

Eight F1 drivers summoned over yellow flag breach in Austria Austrian GP
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Eight F1 drivers summoned over yellow flag breach in Austria

Eight Formula 1 drivers have been summoned by the FIA stewards for allegedly not respecting double-waved yellow flags following Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel's late crash.

Hamilton says damage cost him "easy second" in Austrian GP Austrian GP
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Hamilton says damage cost him "easy second" in Austrian GP

Lewis Hamilton was left frustrated after sustaining "a lot of damage" to his Mercedes Formula 1 car that cost him an "easy second" in Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix.

Verstappen "amazed" after "pretty insane" Austrian GP win Austrian GP
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Verstappen "amazed" after "pretty insane" Austrian GP win

Max Verstappen labelled his Austrian Grand Prix victory as "pretty insane" as he admitted even he was amazed by how quick his Red Bull Formula 1 car was.

Austrian GP: Verstappen takes dominant win from Bottas, Norris Austrian GP
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Austrian GP: Verstappen takes dominant win from Bottas, Norris

Max Verstappen crushed Red Bull's opposition to win Formula 1's Austrian Grand Prix ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Lando Norris, as Lewis Hamilton dropped back after picking up damage.

The Austrian GP as it happened

Live commentary and updates for Formula 1's Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring

Williams explains Russell's qualifying apology for going "too fast"

Williams has explained why George Russell apologised for setting a “too fast” time mid-way through Formula 1’s Austrian Grand Prix qualifying, which related to its significantly preferred starting-tyre race strategy.

Norris "took quite a few more risks" to reach Austria front row

Lando Norris says taking "quite a few more risks" was key to scoring his first top-two Formula 1 career qualifying result at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Alonso urges FIA to help F1's gentleman's agreement in qualifying

Fernando Alonso believes the FIA needs to do more to stop Formula 1 drivers going too slowly on qualifying outlaps after the Austria Q2 incidents on Saturday.

Ricciardo insists he's making progress despite latest Q2 exit

Daniel Ricciardo insists that he is making progress in getting on top of his McLaren car, despite more frustrations in qualifying for Formula 1’s Austrian Grand Prix.

Ferrari: Russell's pace spoiled Austrian GP qualifying strategy

Ferrari’s strategy of qualifying on the medium tyre for the Formula 1 Austrian GP was derailed by the pace of George Russell, according to Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc.

Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix – How to watch, start time & more

The Red Bull Ring plays host to the Austrian Grand Prix this Sunday. Here's how you can watch the main race in your country.

Grand Prix qualifying results: Verstappen on pole for Austria F1 Austrian GP
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Grand Prix qualifying results: Verstappen on pole for Austria F1

Max Verstappen took pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on Saturday, the ninth round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season, ahead of McLaren's Lando Norris.

Norris "will go for it" if F1 chance to attack Verstappen appears Austrian GP
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Norris "will go for it" if F1 chance to attack Verstappen appears

Lando Norris will take the chance to "go for it" and race Max Verstappen in Formula 1's Austrian Grand Prix if he can, but remains "realistic" over McLaren's race potential.

Verstappen explains 'pretty bad' F1 pole position lap in Austria Austrian GP
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Verstappen explains 'pretty bad' F1 pole position lap in Austria

Max Verstappen revealed that he was "not very happy" with his final lap in Formula 1 qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix despite scoring his third pole in a row.

Russell: Reaching Q3 like F1 pole position for Williams Austrian GP
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Russell: Reaching Q3 like F1 pole position for Williams

George Russell says that reaching Q3 in Austria “felt like a pole position” for Williams after recording his best Formula 1 qualifying result with the team on Saturday.

Vettel handed three-place F1 grid penalty for Austrian GP Austrian GP
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Vettel handed three-place F1 grid penalty for Austrian GP

Sebastian Vettel has been given a three-place grid penalty for the Austrian Grand Prix after an impeding incident involving fellow Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso in Q2.

Bottas would look at other F1 options if he lost Mercedes seat

Valtteri Bottas says he would look at alternative options to stay on the Formula 1 grid if he lost his Mercedes seat for 2022.

Alonso: No F1 penalty will be enough for Vettel after Q2 incident Austrian GP
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Alonso: No F1 penalty will be enough for Vettel after Q2 incident

Fernando Alonso says any penalty handed to Sebastian Vettel for blocking him in qualifying for Formula 1's Austrian Grand Prix won't be enough, after claiming his weekend is effectively "over".

Bottas, Sainz summoned by Austrian GP stewards over Q2 incident Austrian GP
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Bottas, Sainz summoned by Austrian GP stewards over Q2 incident

Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz have been summoned to the stewards for driving unnecessarily slowly in qualifying for Formula 1's Austrian Grand Prix, after backing up other cars at the final corners.

Hamilton predicts "easy cruise win" for Verstappen in Austria Austrian GP
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Hamilton predicts "easy cruise win" for Verstappen in Austria

Lewis Hamilton is focusing on damage limitation after qualifying fourth for the Austrian Grand Prix, predicting an "easy cruise win" for Formula 1 title rival and pole-sitter Max Verstappen.

Austrian GP: Verstappen beats Norris to pole, Hamilton fourth Austrian GP
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Austrian GP: Verstappen beats Norris to pole, Hamilton fourth

Max Verstappen beat Lando Norris to pole position in qualifying for Formula 1's 2021 Austrian Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas unable to reach the top three places.

Live: Follow Austrian GP qualifying as it happens

Live updates from final practice and qualifying for the Formula 1 Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring.

Red Bull wants 'clean sheet' for new Formula 1 engines from 2026

Red Bull has called on Formula 1 to take a “clean sheet” approach to its next generation of engines ahead of a crunch meeting between manufacturers on Saturday.

Alpine ‘bitter’ about ‘collateral damage’ in F1 flexi-wing saga

Alpine has admitted that it feels ‘bitter’ about becoming ‘collateral damage’ in the flexi-wing battle between the Red Bull and Mercedes Formula 1 teams.

Austrian GP: Verstappen fastest in FP3 by over half a second

Max Verstappen led Valtteri Bottas at the top of the times in final practice for Formula 1’s 2021 Austrian Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton third after losing his best time. 

FIA clamps down on drivers waiting in Austria’s final corner

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has clamped down on drivers slowing at the end of a lap after some close calls in practice in Austria on Friday.

Mercedes: “No distractions” from Hamilton F1 contract amid title fight

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff said his team wanted to sort Lewis Hamilton’s new contract out as early as possible so it didn’t distract from its title ambitions.

Hamilton extends Mercedes F1 contract until end of 2023 Austrian GP
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Hamilton extends Mercedes F1 contract until end of 2023

Lewis Hamilton has committed his Formula 1 future to Mercedes after a new two-year deal was announced ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Mercedes plans final 2021 F1 car update for British Grand Prix

Mercedes will bring the final update for its 2021 Formula 1 car to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone later this month.