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How Formula 1 has made itself unattractive to new teams

OPINION: The Formula 1 cost cap has been billed as a saviour to several teams and helped to guarantee their viability for investors. But there already exists another mechanism that effectively had the same purpose, and serves as a strong deterrent for those with the means to go it alone in setting up a new team

F1 working with promoter on options for Belgian GP ticket holders

Formula 1 has released a statement confirming it is “working through various options” alongside the Spa race promoter for Belgian Grand Prix ticket holders after Sunday’s washout.

How a 40-year-old rule turned F1 on its head at Spa

A seemingly innocuous paragraph that has sat unchanged in the Formula 1 regulations for over 40 years was the cause of much of the controversy that surrounded the Belgian GP.

The only element of F1's Spa travesty really worth celebrating

The 2021 Belgian Grand Prix will go down as a dark moment in Formula 1 history. But there were a few bright spots amongst all the doom and gloom. One concerned one of motorsport’s most-storied squads, which is also providing a feel-good factor to 2021 overall.

Gasly: F1 should address spray issue after poor visibility at Spa

Pierre Gasly says that Formula 1 should look at ways of reducing the amount of spray produced by the cars in wet conditions.

How wet weather complicated F1 wing choices in Belgium

Spa-Francorchamps always offers a different challenge for Formula 1 teams on the set-up front, with the track having different demands throughout the lap.

F1 to discuss rule changes over Belgian GP "farce" in October

FIA president Jean Todt says formal talks to change Formula 1's regulations in the wake of the Belgian Grand Prix "farce" will take place in October.

Verstappen: F1 should start races earlier after long wait at Spa

Max Verstappen believes Formula 1 should start races earlier to reduce the risk of rain shortening the grand prix after Sunday’s two-lap Belgian Grand Prix.

The biggest losers from F1’s Belgian GP non-race

OPINION: Formula 1's controversial decision to call a result after the Belgian GP that never got going due to persistently poor weather was good news for George Russell, as he scored a shock maiden podium. But the Williams driver aside, there were plenty who lost out as a result of Spa's washout - not least F1 itself

Masi admits starting Q3 at Spa was a mistake

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has admitted that letting Q3 go ahead at the Belgian Grand Prix was the wrong decision, after Lando Norris crashed in atrocious conditions.

F1 set for talks over rule changes after Belgian GP "farce" Belgian GP
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F1 set for talks over rule changes after Belgian GP "farce"

Formula 1 chiefs are to seek talks with teams and the FIA to discuss changes to the rules in the wake of the Belgian Grand Prix "farce", Motorsport.com has learned.

Domenicali: F1 radar did not provide warning about washout

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali says that it wasn’t possible to make a call about starting the Belgian GP early because the heavy rain that persisted throughout Sunday was not predicted.

Belgian GP outcome "hurts" everyone in F1, says Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo says the FIA's decision to classify the Belgian Grand Prix after three laps behind the safety car "hurts" everyone in Formula 1, and especially the sport's fans.

Fernando Alonso: Decision to award F1 points for Belgian GP "shocking"

Fernando Alonso says it was "shocking" that Formula 1 points were handed out at the Belgian Grand Prix for two laps behind the safety car.

Wolff: Mercedes must take Belgian GP F1 race call "on the chin" Belgian GP
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Wolff: Mercedes must take Belgian GP F1 race call "on the chin"

Toto Wolff says Mercedes must take Formula 1's decision to run two laps and award half points at Spa "on the chin" after seeing its championship advantage narrow.

Seidl: Only racing indoors could prevent F1 rain washouts

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl thinks that no change to Formula 1 car design would have allowed the Belgian Grand Prix to go ahead in Sunday’s wet conditions.

Ten things we learned from the F1 Belgian Grand Prix

Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix will go down as one of the most memorable events in Formula 1 history. Unfortunately, it is for all of the wrong reasons.

Norris conflicted by decision to award F1 points in Belgian GP Belgian GP
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Norris conflicted by decision to award F1 points in Belgian GP

Lando Norris admits he is conflicted by the awarding of points after Formula 1's Belgian GP was run for the required two laps behind the safety car.

The critical calls behind Russell's standout qualifying lap

A maiden Formula 1 podium is special, but George Russell will never forget exactly how his came about on a controversial Belgian Grand Prix weekend. Regardless of the outcry over the 'race' behind the safety car, the Williams driver and his team deserve considerable praise and recognition for the smart strategy and bold decisions they took in qualifying

What F1 must do for Belgian GP fans after Spa farce

The 2021 Belgian Grand Prix broke statistical records as Formula 1's shortest ever 'race'. But while F1 deserves credit for its safety-first approach, it has been heavily criticised for going ahead with declaring a result and leaving fans short-changed. To restore credibility, it must learn from what happened and take decisive action

F1 CEO Domenicali: No commercial pressure to start Belgian GP

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has denied that there were any commercial considerations behind the decision to ensure that the Belgian GP was officially deemed a race.

Why one-lap Belgian Grand Prix counted for F1 points

Formula 1's awarding of half-points in the red-flagged Belgian Grand Prix prompted a fair deal of intrigue, with it appearing cars had not completed the minimum required two laps.

FIA: "No ability" to postpone Belgian GP until Monday Belgian GP
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FIA: "No ability" to postpone Belgian GP until Monday

Michael Masi says there was "no ability" to move the rain-hit Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix to Monday after rain only allowed for two laps behind the safety car.

Hamilton: F1 "made a bad choice" at Spa, but "money talks" Belgian GP
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Hamilton: F1 "made a bad choice" at Spa, but "money talks"

Lewis Hamilton believes Formula 1 "made a bad choice" running only two laps behind the safety car to secure a Belgian Grand Prix result, but that "money talks".

Russell: “Doesn’t matter” how maiden F1 podium arrived Belgian GP
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Russell: “Doesn’t matter” how maiden F1 podium arrived

George Russell says how he scored his maiden Formula 1 podium ‘doesn’t matter’, after he was classified second in the weather-hit Belgian Grand Prix.

Verstappen admits "not how you want to win" Belgian GP

Max Verstappen acknowledged it was "not how you want to win" after an unusual Belgian Grand Prix victory, closing the gap at the top of the Formula 1 drivers' championship.

F1 Grand Prix race results: Verstappen wins rain-ruined Belgian GP

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was declared the winner of the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday, as the 12th race of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship failed to produce a single racing lap.

Belgian GP: Verstappen declared winner after two laps behind SC

Max Verstappen was declared the winner of the shortened and then abandoned 2021 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix after severe and persistent wet weather impacted proceedings at Spa.

Perez allowed to join Belgian GP from pitlane if car repaired during delay

The FIA has confirmed that Sergio Perez will be allowed to start Sunday’s Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix from pitlane if Red Bull repairs his car during the rain delay.

Belgian GP under red flag following safety car start in heavy rain

The Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix is under a red flag after completing a handful of formation laps behind the safety car in heavy rain.

The Belgian GP as it happened

Live updates for the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

Perez out of Belgian F1 GP after pre-race crash Belgian GP
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Perez out of Belgian F1 GP after pre-race crash

Sergio Perez will not start Sunday's Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix after crashing en route to the grid in wet conditions at Spa.

Mercedes holds out hope Spa set-up choice will still pay off Belgian GP
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Mercedes holds out hope Spa set-up choice will still pay off

Mercedes hopes its decision to lean towards a drier set-up for its W12 Formula 1 car will still pay off despite forecast rain for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Williams explains "risky but clever" Spa qualifying strategy

The Williams Formula 1 team has explained the strategy calls that resulted in George Russell claiming a front row start for the Belgian GP – an approach Toto Wolff called "risky, but clever".

Sainz: Ferrari's struggles at wet Spa "not normal"

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz says the Maranello team's failure to get either of its car into Q3 in the Belgian Grand Prix was "not normal".

Norris takes five-place grid penalty at Spa after gearbox change

Lando Norris will drop five places on the grid for Sunday’s Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix after McLaren was forced into a gearbox change following his qualifying crash.

The remarkable story of Schumacher’s F1 debut

GP Racing columnist MARK GALLAGHER was working as Jordan’s press officer when Michael Schumacher made his F1 debut at Spa in 1991. Here, for the first time, Mark gives his first-hand account from behind the scenes at the birth of a grand prix legend

Ricciardo: Spa changes wouldn't stop Eau Rouge being 'scary and exciting'

Eau Rouge would not lose its charm as a ‘scary and exciting’ Formula 1 corner even if crash barriers are moved much further away from the track, says Daniel Ricciardo.

Hamilton: Mercedes F1 car was a "handful" in wet weather at Spa

Lewis Hamilton says his W12 was “a bit of a handful” in the wet Formula 1 qualifying at Spa, after Mercedes applied a set-up “compromise” covering wet and dry circumstances. 

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

The Spa-Francorchamps plays host to the 12th round of the 2021 Formula 1 season this Sunday. Find out how and when you can watch the Belgian Grand Prix.

Norris could have “easily" fought for F1 pole before Spa crash Belgian GP
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Norris could have “easily" fought for F1 pole before Spa crash

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris believes that he could have “easily fought for pole” at the Belgian Grand Prix before his huge accident in the final session of qualifying.

George Russell had "nothing to lose" in Spa F1 qualifying Belgian GP
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George Russell had "nothing to lose" in Spa F1 qualifying

George Russell was left “buzzing” after a shock charge to second on the grid in Formula 1 qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, narrowly missing out on pole for Williams.

Alonso: Eau Rouge barrier changes will not stop big crashes

Fernando Alonso says planned barrier changes at Spa’s Eau Rouge/Raidillon complex will not eradicate high-speed crashes at the famous Formula 1 corner following Lando Norris's Belgian Grand Prix qualifying crash.

Hamilton: Russell form doesn't change Bottas preference for 2022 Belgian GP
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Hamilton: Russell form doesn't change Bottas preference for 2022

Lewis Hamilton says George Russell's starring performance in qualifying at Spa "doesn't really change anything" regarding who the world champion prefers to be his Mercedes Formula 1 teammate for 2022.

Wolff: Mercedes has decided between Russell and Bottas for 2022

Toto Wolff says that Mercedes has made its decision between George Russell and Valtteri Bottas over who will race for its Formula 1 team in 2022.

Norris cleared to race in Belgian GP after Eau Rouge crash Belgian GP
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Norris cleared to race in Belgian GP after Eau Rouge crash

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris has been cleared to race in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix despite his heavy crash in Eau Rouge during qualifying.

Norris taken to hospital for checks after Belgian GP F1 qualifying crash

Lando Norris is to go to hospital for precautionary X-ray checks on his elbow following his high-speed crash in qualifying for Formula 1’s Belgian Grand Prix.

Vettel: Wrong to start Spa F1 Q3 in heavy rain ahead of red flag

Sebastian Vettel does not understand why Formula 1 race director Michael Masi started Q3 for the Belgian Grand Prix in heavy rain minutes before Lando Norris’s crash at Eau Rouge.

F1 qualifying results: Verstappen takes Spa pole, Russell stars

Max Verstappen took pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, as McLaren’s Lando Norris crashed heavily in Q3 after topping the opening sessions and Williams's George Russell starred to grab second place on the grid.

Belgian GP: Verstappen denies Russell shock F1 pole Belgian GP
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Belgian GP: Verstappen denies Russell shock F1 pole

Max Verstappen beat George Russell to take pole in a wet qualifying for Formula 1's 2021 Belgian Grand Prix, which was disrupted by a huge Q3 crash for Lando Norris.

Belgian GP qualifying red-flagged after Norris crashes at Eau Rouge Belgian GP
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Belgian GP qualifying red-flagged after Norris crashes at Eau Rouge

Formula 1 qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix is currently under a red flag after Lando Norris crashed heavily at Eau Rouge in wet conditions, but walked away unassisted.

Live: Follow Belgian GP qualifying as it happens

Live updates from Saturday practice and qualifying for the Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps.

How a new Pirelli approach should silence F1's biggest tyre gripe

Pirelli is on track to deliver new 18-inch Formula 1 tyres for 2022. Will the new compounds address one of the current tyres' biggest issues and allow drivers to push hard?

Why Spa renovation should address Eau Rouge’s biggest safety concern

The terrifying accident in W Series qualifying at Formula 1’s Belgian Grand Prix has helped reignite the safety debate surrounding Spa's iconic Eau Rouge/Raidillon complex.

How Schumacher became the master of Spa-Francorchamps

Michael Schumacher and Spa-Francorchamps: truly a meeting of greats. Schuey exploded onto the grand prix scene at Spa, one of Formula 1’s pre-eminent driver’s circuits. Little surprise that he should excel there in future years, too, winning the Belgian Grand Prix no fewer than six times. Damien Smith details every epic victory.

Belgian GP: Verstappen leads Red Bull 1-2 in wet final practice

Max Verstappen set the fastest time in the wet final practice for Formula 1’s 2021 Belgian Grand Prix ahead of his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton. 

Formula 1 reveals updated 2021 calendar, drops to 22 races

Formula 1 has revealed its updated calendar for the remainder of the 2021 season, dropping to 22 races and leaving a TBC slot in late November.

Capito: Williams will need more points to win fight for P8

Williams will need to score more points to win the fight for eighth place in the Formula 1 constructors’ championship ahead of Alfa Romeo, according to team boss Jost Capito.

Ferrari changes Leclerc's F1 chassis after Spa FP2 crash damage

Ferrari has changed Charles Leclerc’s SF21 Formula 1 car chassis ahead of final practice for the Belgian Grand Prix after damage sustained in his FP2 crash.

What F1 has planned for driver-eye cam after Spa acclaim

Formula 1 fans watching Friday’s practice sessions from Spa received a pleasant surprise when the broadcast included some spectacular shots from a camera positioned in Fernando Alonso’s helmet.