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Ricciardo to demo Earnhardt NASCAR Cup car at US GP after Brown bet

Daniel Ricciardo will get to drive one of Dale Earnhardt’s NASCAR Cup cars at the United States Grand Prix, after winning his Formula 1 bet with boss Zak Brown.

Masi dismisses Alonso criticism on F1 stewarding bias

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has dismissed Fernando Alonso's criticism on the fairness of F1's stewarding, saying the "rules are applied equally for everyone."

Sainz backs Ferrari grid penalty call despite strong form Turkish GP
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Sainz backs Ferrari grid penalty call despite strong form

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz says he "wouldn't change the decision" to take a new power unit in Formula 1's Turkish Grand Prix after seeing how competitive his team turned out to be.

How Ocon’s “dangerous” non-stop F1 strategy paid off

Esteban Ocon’s achievement of getting to the end of the Turkish GP in the points without a single pit stop was a rare feat. Ocon and his Alpine team explain how they pulled off their "dangerous" strategy.

Staying out could've dropped Hamilton to ‘back of F1 points’ - Mercedes Turkish GP
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Staying out could've dropped Hamilton to ‘back of F1 points’ - Mercedes

Mercedes believes Lewis Hamilton would have fallen towards “the back of the points” had he not pitted during Sunday’s Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix after completing its post-race calculations.

Wolff: Turkey F1 win shows Bottas’s "vital role" in both title races

Toto Wolff believes Valtteri Bottas’s dominant victory in Turkey may not be his last for Mercedes, and proves the “vital role” he can play in both Formula 1 championship fights.

Aston Martin: We had to trust Vettel on F1 slick tyre call Turkish GP
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Aston Martin: We had to trust Vettel on F1 slick tyre call

Aston Martin Formula 1 boss Otmar Szafnauer says the team had to trust Sebastian Vettel to make the right call to go to slick tyres in the Turkish GP.

Williams needs a ‘bit of a think’ over inters struggles says Russell

George Russell says his Williams Formula 1 team has to have “a bit of a think” about how to get the best out of intermediate tyres after a difficult Turkish GP.

Experimental Mercedes F1 front wing hints at final update push

The fight between Mercedes and Red Bull in Formula 1 has been as much about car development this year as it has been about wheel-to-wheel battles on track.

Norris: "Scary" spray made Turkish GP F1 much harder

Lando Norris said the ‘scary’ spray being thrown up by Formula 1 cars at the wet Turkish Grand Prix made things much harder for drivers.

Tsunoda: I did everything to hold up Hamilton for Verstappen

Yuki Tsunoda tried fending off Lewis Hamilton “as much as possible” early in the Turkish Grand Prix to help Max Verstappen’s Formula 1 title hopes in Honda’s final season.

Alonso sorry for Schumacher F1 clash early in Turkish GP

Fernando Alonso apologised to Mick Schumacher for their clash on the second lap of the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix, accepting the five-second time penalty.

Brawn rebuffs suggestions F1 rules revolution is not needed

Ross Brawn has bit back at suggestions Formula 1’s rules revolution for 2022 is not needed in the wake of the current ultra-close title fight.

The risk and reward teams faced in the Turkish GP tyre switch Turkish GP
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The risk and reward teams faced in the Turkish GP tyre switch

Last weekend in Turkey saw Valtteri Bottas score his first Formula 1 victory in over a year with a dominant display for Mercedes, controlling the race to win ahead of Max Verstappen.

FIA explains why Perez wasn’t investigated over Turkey F1 bollard breach

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has confirmed Sergio Perez did nothing wrong when he went off track while battling with Lewis Hamilton during the Turkish Grand Prix.

Perez: Hamilton "caught me at my worst time" in Turkey duel

Red Bull's Sergio Perez says Lewis Hamilton "caught me at my worst time" during the Turkish Grand Prix Formula 1 as he kept the Mercedes driver at bay after an "intense" battle.

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 Turkish Grand Prix

The 2021 Formula 1 title battle swung back in favour of Red Bull in Istanbul, but it was a weekend when Mercedes had a clear performance edge - as demonstrated by Valtteri Bottas's first win of the year. Motorsport.com picks out the key talking points at the Turkish Grand Prix, as Red Bull faces a fortnight of head-scratching, McLaren was handed a reality check and mental health returned to the agenda.

Mercedes: Ocon’s fall proved risk of keeping Hamilton out to the end

Mercedes believes Esteban Ocon’s late struggles on worn intermediate tyres proved the risk of not pitting Lewis Hamilton in Sunday’s Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix.

Turkish Grand Prix driver ratings

On a day that the number two Mercedes enjoyed a rare day in the sun, the Turkish Grand Prix produced several standout drives - not least from a driver who has hit a purple patch of late

Pirelli doubts Hamilton could have finished without pitstop Turkish GP
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Pirelli doubts Hamilton could have finished without pitstop

Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli doubts Lewis Hamilton would have made it to the end of the Turkish Grand Prix on his original used set of inters.

Red Bull surprised at "significant" Mercedes F1 power boost Turkish GP
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Red Bull surprised at "significant" Mercedes F1 power boost

Red Bull says a "surprising" engine power step from Mercedes has left it struggling for answers about how best to stop its Formula 1 title rival pulling clear.

The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for Turkey glory

Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead

Mercedes has "thick skin" to handle Hamilton's radio frustration Turkish GP
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Mercedes has "thick skin" to handle Hamilton's radio frustration

Toto Wolff says Mercedes’ pitwall has a “thick enough skin” to understand Lewis Hamilton’s radio frustrations over his pit strategy during Sunday’s Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix.

"No regrets" for Leclerc or Ferrari over Turkey F1 tyre strategy Turkish GP
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"No regrets" for Leclerc or Ferrari over Turkey F1 tyre strategy

Charles Leclerc and Ferrari insist they have no regrets over their decision to try to hold on in the lead with old inters in Formula 1’s Turkish Grand Prix.

FIA explains why Gasly was penalised for Alonso F1 clash

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi says that Pierre Gasly was penalised for contact with Fernando Alonso in the Turkey GP because the Frenchman was deemed to be wholly to blame.

Mazepin: “Driving blind” in dirty spray caused near-miss with Hamilton

Nikita Mazepin described wet conditions as like “driving blind” during the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix and will apologise to Lewis Hamilton for almost causing a crash while being lapped.

Wolff: Mercedes F1 gamble on old inters was worth it

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff thinks his team was right to gamble on trying to get Lewis Hamilton through Formula 1’s Turkish Grand Prix on a single set of inters.

Hamilton explains why Mercedes F1 tyre call left him 'frustrated' Turkish GP
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Hamilton explains why Mercedes F1 tyre call left him 'frustrated'

Lewis Hamilton believes he wasn't on the best race strategy for the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix and feels he should have either pitted earlier or gone to the end without stopping.

Vettel takes responsibility for dry F1 tyre call in Turkey

Sebastian Vettel has taken responsibility for the call to switch to dry tyres during the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix in damp conditions.

Verstappen: F1 title fight won't be 'easy’ despite points lead Turkish GP
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Verstappen: F1 title fight won't be 'easy’ despite points lead

Max Verstappen knows the Formula 1 title fight against Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes is “not going to be easy” despite regaining the championship lead in Turkey.

Bottas: Turkey win one of my "best ever" F1 races Turkish GP
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Bottas: Turkey win one of my "best ever" F1 races

Valtteri Bottas hailed his victory in Formula 1’s Turkish Grand Prix as one of his ‘best ever’ races, after a dominant performance in Istanbul.

F1 Grand Prix race results: Bottas wins Turkish GP Turkish GP
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F1 Grand Prix race results: Bottas wins Turkish GP

Valtteri Bottas won the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on Sunday as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished second to take the F1 World Championship lead from Lewis Hamilton, who finished fifth.

Turkish GP: Bottas wins from Verstappen; Hamilton fifth

Valtteri Bottas dominated Formula 1's Turkish Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen in damp conditions, while Lewis Hamilton climbed to fifth but ended the race angry with Mercedes' strategy calls.

The Turkish GP F1 as it happened

Live commentary and updates from Formula 1's Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park.

Istanbul's long corners to blame for McLaren's more difficult weekend

Lando Norris says the long corners at Formula 1's Turkish Grand Prix venue are the cause of it being a more difficult weekend for McLaren.

Ricciardo to take Turkish GP grid drop after F1 engine change Turkish GP
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Ricciardo to take Turkish GP grid drop after F1 engine change

Daniel Ricciardo looks set to start Formula 1's Turkish Grand Prix from the back of the grid after McLaren elected to introduce a new power unit.

Schumacher never doubted he could shine in F1

Mick Schumacher says he never lost belief that he could deliver in Formula 1, as he produced a stand-out performance in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix.

Why "unusual noises" are causing Mercedes an F1 engine headache

Lewis Hamilton may be serving a 10-place grid penalty for Sunday's Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix, but it does not mark the end of Mercedes’ engine concerns.

Sainz: Ferrari's "strange plan" was to knock out an F1 rival in Q1

Carlos Sainz says Ferrari's "strange plan" in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix was to stop a Formula 1 rival from making Q2 - leaving Daniel Ricciardo unable to progress.

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

The Istanbul Park plays host to the 16th round of the Formula 1 season on October 10. Here's how you can watch the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday.

Verstappen doesn't think Red Bull has pace to win Turkish GP

Max Verstappen does not believe Red Bull has the pace to beat Mercedes in Formula 1’s 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, where he will start second alongside Valtteri Bottas.

Leclerc's P3 came despite "tricky" Ferrari F1 set-up gamble Turkish GP
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Leclerc's P3 came despite "tricky" Ferrari F1 set-up gamble

Charles Leclerc says his surprising third place on the grid for Formula 1's Turkish Grand Prix came despite a low downforce set-up gamble that made things tricky for him in qualifying.

Mercedes "in better place" to fight Red Bull than before F1 summer break

Toto Wolff believes Mercedes is "definitely in a better place" to fight Red Bull than before Formula 1's summer break after finishing 1-2 in Turkish Grand Prix qualifying.

Bottas "fully going" for Turkey F1 pole, not asked to help Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas says he was “fully going” in his bid to top qualifying at Formula 1’s 2021 Turkish Grand Prix and was not asked to lift to help Lewis Hamilton.

F1 Grand Prix qualifying results: Hamilton fastest, Bottas takes Turkey pole Turkish GP
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F1 Grand Prix qualifying results: Hamilton fastest, Bottas takes Turkey pole

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in Turkish Grand Prix qualifying at Istanbul Park, but will start 11th on the grid due to an engine change grid penalty, so his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas inherited pole.

Alonso keeps fifth on Turkish GP grid after yellow flag investigation Turkish GP
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Alonso keeps fifth on Turkish GP grid after yellow flag investigation

Fernando Alonso will start the Formula 1 Turkish GP from fifth on the grid after avoiding any sanction following an investigation for allegedly not respecting yellow flags.

Russell disappointed mistake cost Williams ‘another special Saturday’

George Russell felt “disappointed in myself” after a mistake on his final lap in Q2 for the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix cost Williams another “special Saturday” result.

Alonso under investigation for yellow-flag infringement in Turkey Turkish GP
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Alonso under investigation for yellow-flag infringement in Turkey

Fernando Alonso has been summoned to see the stewards at Formula 1's Turkish Grand Prix for allegedly not slowing for double-waved yellows in qualifying.

Wolff: Hamilton Turkey progress "tough" after FP2 traffic issues

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff believes it will be tough for Lewis Hamilton to move up in Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix after being alarmed by traffic issues in free practice.

Turkish GP: Hamilton beats Bottas, Verstappen in qualifying Turkish GP
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Turkish GP: Hamilton beats Bottas, Verstappen in qualifying

Lewis Hamilton topped qualifying at Formula 1's 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, where Valtteri Bottas will start on pole ahead of Max Verstappen as a result of Hamilton's engine-change grid penalty.

Live: Follow Turkish GP qualifying as it happens

Live updates from Saturday practice and qualifying for the Turkish GP at Istanbul Park.

Tost: F1 staff unhappy with 23-race calendar 'should go' Turkish GP
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Tost: F1 staff unhappy with 23-race calendar 'should go'

AlphaTauri team boss Franz Tost says any of his staff unhappy about the stresses put on them by a 23-race Formula 1 schedule in 2022 should ‘go’.

Turkish GP: Gasly leads damp FP3 as Russell spin causes red flag

Pierre Gasly topped a drizzly final Formula 1 practice session for the Turkish Grand Prix that was briefly interrupted by a red flag following a spin for George Russell.

McLaren vows to improve risk-reward judgement after Russia loss

McLaren Formula 1 chief Andreas Seidl says the team’s pitwall will learn from its misjudgement over the risk and reward of keeping Lando Norris out on intermediates in Sochi.

Mercedes: Overtaking in Turkey ‘tougher than we would like’

Andrew Shovlin conceded that overtaking in Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix practice proved tougher than Mercedes would have liked as Lewis Hamilton prepares to fight back from a penalty.

Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel

Formula 1 travels to Istanbul this weekend for the Turkish Grand Prix. Here's how you can watch qualifying on Saturday.

Why Mercedes' Istanbul edge is both stronger and weaker than it seems

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton dominated the opening day of action for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, on the Istanbul circuit’s much improved track surface. But the Black Arrows squad’s position isn’t quite what it seems. Here’s why...

Turkish GP: The latest F1 technical images on display

Join us as we delve into the latest technical photos from the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

F1 Grand Prix practice results: Hamilton fastest in Turkey

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was fastest on the opening day of Turkish Grand Prix practice at Istanbul Park on Friday, the 16th round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

F1 balance "mish-mash" caused Verstappen Turkey FP2 struggle

Red Bull Formula 1 team principal Christian Horner said a "balance mish-mash" was at the heart of Max Verstappen's Friday struggles in Turkey.