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Alpine has "absolutely no worries" of trouble with Alonso during 2022

Alpine Formula 1 boss Otmar Szafnauer remains confident that the team will retain a good relationship with Fernando Alonso, despite the Spaniard's decision to join Aston Martin.

Why Piastri's F1 attempt to join McLaren has risky implications

After the 2006 Formula 1 British GP, Lewis Hamilton's father Anthony was a frustrated man, despite his son - at the time a star in GP2 - had just scored a memorable double win in that weekend's feature and sprint events.

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Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold

The seven-time F1 champion has been lumbered with a duff car before the 2022 Mercedes. Back in 2009, McLaren’s alchemists transformed the disastrous MP4-24. And now it’s happening again at his current team

Gasly: AlphaTauri has the “right tools” to recover F1 form

Pierre Gasly believes that that his AlphaTauri Formula 1 team has the “right tools” with which to solve its recent issues.

Horner: “Timing is right” for Vettel F1 retirement

Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner believes that his former driver Sebastian Vettel has chosen the right tome to retire from Formula 1.

Alpine: Ocon has what it takes to lead the F1 team in 2023

Alpine Formula 1 boss Otmar Szafnauer believes that Esteban Ocon has what it takes to lead the team following Fernando Alonso’s departure at the end of this season.

Mercedes: Flashes of F1 form are “annoying” trait of W13

Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin admits that the W13 has an “annoying” characteristic of showing glimpses of real potential in Formula 1.

Aston Martin starting "too far to the back" to score strong F1 results

Aston Martin Formula 1 team principal Mike Krack admits that the Silverstone outfit has to address its qualifying issues to be able to score more the occasional point.

Alpine confident it will beat Aston Martin while Alonso is there

Alpine Formula 1 boss Otmar Szafnauer believes that his team can continue to outperform Aston Martin during Fernando Alonso’s tenure at the latter.

F1 revenues boosted by 49% as series emerges from COVID-19 pandemic

Formula 1 continued to a display a dramatic improvement in its financial performance with a 49% increase in revenues in the second quarter of 2022 compared to the previous year.

McLaren set to end Ricciardo’s 2023 F1 deal to make way for Piastri

The McLaren Formula 1 team has officially told Daniel Ricciardo that it intends to replace him with Oscar Piastri next year, understands.

“Mad” Gasly had FIA discussion on better F1 track limits monitoring

A frustrated Pierre Gasly has spoken to the FIA Formula 1 race directors about improved track limits monitoring after being stripped of his fastest Q1 lap time in Hungary.

Ricciardo will use F1 summer break to build up “hunger”

Daniel Ricciardo says he will use the summer break to build up “hunger” in readiness for a “positive bang” when he starts the second half of the 2022 Formula 1 season.

FIA set to finalise stricter F1 roll hoop tests for 2023

The FIA is set to finalise plans for stricter roll hoop tests for 2023 Formula 1 cars in a meeting with team technical directors on Wednesday.

Szafnauer: No issue in bringing Ricciardo back to Alpine F1 team

Daniel Ricciardo's history of leaving Renault would not be an obstacle to a possible return to Alpine's Formula 1 team, should it not be able to keep Oscar Piastri.

Alpine says contract terms won't allow Piastri to join McLaren F1

Alpine Formula 1 team boss Otmar Szafnauer insists that Oscar Piastri is contractually obliged to drive for the team in 2023 now that a race seat is available.

Ricciardo: “Two-for-one” F1 pass on Alpines gave “a bit of a buzz”

Daniel Ricciardo says his “two-for-one” pass on Alpine drivers Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso gave him a buzz during an otherwise disappointing Formula 1 Hungarian GP.

Norris: Russell pole not a surprise given strong Mercedes

Lando Norris says the pole position earned by George Russell and the Mercedes Formula 1 team was not a surprise, because the W13 has been a strong car for much of the season.

Alonso frustrated to lose out to Ocon in qualifying with “mega” car Hungarian GP
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Alonso frustrated to lose out to Ocon in qualifying with “mega” car

Fernando Alonso was left frustrated in Hungary after losing out to Alpine Formula 1 teammate Esteban Ocon in qualifying despite having a “mega” car.

Verstappen: FIA treating F1 drivers like “amateurs” over track limits

Max Verstappen thinks the FIA officials treat Formula 1 drivers like “amateurs” over track limits after the debate reignited during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Lawson and Piastri lined up for F1 FP1 young driver runs

Liam Lawson will make his Formula 1 FP1 debut at the Belgian Grand Prix for AlphaTauri, while Alpine’s Oscar Piastri will drive for the team in practice at Spa or Monza.

Vettel: New Aston Martin F1 rear wing not only reason for Hungary pace

Sebastian Vettel says Aston Martin’s new rear wing was not the only reason behind his encouraging seventh place in second practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Leclerc: Changes introduced in Austria have transformed F1 season

Charles Leclerc says optimism for the remainder of the Formula 1 season has been boosted by a set-up solution that has been carried forward since it was found after the Austrian Grand Prix sprint race.

Why Vettel fears falling into a "hole" after F1 retirement

Sebastian Vettel admitted he fears falling into a "hole" after he leaves Formula 1 at the end of the 2022 season.

Vettel: No say in Schumacher as Aston F1 replacement
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Vettel: No say in Schumacher as Aston F1 replacement

Sebastian Vettel has hinted that he’d like to see Mick Schumacher replace him at the Aston Martin Formula 1 team – while acknowledging that he’ll have no say in the decision.

Vettel texted Leclerc to comfort him after French GP crash

Charles Leclerc has revealed retiring Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel sent him a text to console him after his crash in the French Grand Prix.

Vettel: F1 retirement decision "was in my head for so long"
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Vettel: F1 retirement decision "was in my head for so long"

Sebastian Vettel says his decision to retire from Formula 1 was "in my head for so long" and he feels relieved to have finally made it public.

Who will replace Vettel at Aston Martin after his F1 exit?
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Who will replace Vettel at Aston Martin after his F1 exit?

Sebastian Vettel's announcement that he will leave Formula 1 at the end of the 2022 season means an empty slot will be left at Aston Martin for 2023.

McLaren sees halo parallels with F1 2023 floor safety argument

McLaren technical director James Key says efforts by the FIA to address porpoising in Formula 1 on safety grounds can be compared to the push for the halo.

What F1 drivers want changed to deliver consistent decisions from the FIA

The issue of penalties for driving offences in Formula 1 has been a bugbear for years, and it has taken on an extra dimension this season.

McLaren still feeling "aftershock" of Bahrain GP F1 troubles

McLaren says it is still feeling the "aftershock" of its difficult start to the Formula 1 season in Bahrain, which locked it in to its current development cycle.

Sargeant's bid for Williams F1 seat "a great headache" - Capito

Williams Formula 1 team boss Jost Capito says that Logan Sargeant putting himself into contention for a 2023 seat by winning the F2 title would "a great headache" to have.

Unfair to lose "racing stronghold" France from F1 calendar, says Alpine boss

Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi believes it would be “kind of unfair” to lose a “racing stronghold” like France from the Formula 1 calendar in 2023.

Mystery debris not to blame for Norris' French GP struggles

The piece of debris Lando Norris retrieved from the right sidepod of his McLaren Formula 1 car after the French GP was not to blame for his lack of pace in the race.

Vettel: Stroll braking at final F1 corner “caught me by surprise”

Sebastian Vettel was “caught by surprise” when Aston Martin Formula 1 teammate Lance Stroll slowed suddenly as the pair battled on the last corner of the French GP.

Only Magnussen will have Haas F1 upgrades in Hungarian GP

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner has revealed that only Kevin Magnussen will have the team's new upgrade package when it is introduced at next weekend's Hungarian GP.

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Sainz trusts Ferrari made right French GP F1 strategy call

Carlos Sainz says he needed to trust Ferrari’s Formula 1 strategy to pit late in the French Grand Prix despite his frustration at dropping out of a podium fight.

Mercedes "confused" by race pace delta to leading F1 teams

George Russell admits that his Mercedes Formula 1 team is "confused" by the qualifying laptime delta to pace-setting teams Ferrari and Red Bull at the French Grand Prix.

Norris shocked to split F1 Mercedes in French GP qualifying

Lando Norris admits that it was a “rewarding surprise” to split the two Mercedes drivers and qualify fifth for the French Grand Prix.

Ocon: Fundamental car issue triggered “terrible qualifying”

Esteban Ocon said he had a "terrible qualifying" at Formula 1's French GP thanks to what he called a fundamental issue with his Alpine A522.

F1 drivers frustrated by pit limiter zone change

Formula 1 drivers were left frustrated by a change to the Paul Ricard pitlane speed limiter zone introduced by the FIA ahead of the French GP.

Norris: McLaren's porpoising suggests F1 upgrades are working

Lando Norris believes that the McLaren Formula 1 team’s latest update package is going in the right direction, with porpoising potentially indicating that it has generated some extra downforce.

Sainz: It will be trickier to climb through F1 French GP field than expected

Carlos Sainz admits that it could be harder for him to come through the field in Sunday’s Formula 1 French Grand Prix than his Ferrari team had anticipated.

McLaren: FIA must "not give way" on 2023 F1 floor changes

McLaren Formula 1 boss Andreas Seidl believes the FIA must “follow through and not give way” with its planned floor changes for 2023 despite facing pushback from several teams.

Verstappen warns against F1 having too many street races

Reigning Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen has warned against the series replacing its "really cool" traditional venues with a calendar of street races amid Spa uncertainty.

Russell: Open-minded approach needed to evolve F1 rules

GPDA director George Russell believes that Formula 1’s new race directors should work with the drivers to evolve the regulations.

Revised Ferrari clutch expected to improve F1 starts

Ferrari is introducing a revised clutch at the Formula 1 French GP which should improve the starts of the works cars and customer teams Alfa Romeo and Haas.

Russell: F1 rivals may fall into "traps" as they develop cars

George Russell believes that rival teams may fall into "traps" that Mercedes has already discovered as it has tried to improve its 2022 Formula 1 car.

F1 tweaks curfew rules for 2023 season to reduce workload on teams

The FIA has outlined plans to reduce the hours worked by Formula 1 team members over the next two seasons.

Pourchaire 'understands difficulty' in arranging Alfa Romeo F1 outing

Theo Pourchaire says he can understand the difficulty Alfa Romeo is having in arranging him a Formula 1 FP1 outing, and says he would rather not participate over a Formula 2 weekend. 

Norris: Russell has had to get more serious at Mercedes F1

Lando Norris believes that his close friend George Russell has had to adapt to the pressures of driving for a leading Formula 1 team in 2022.

The risk the big F1 teams face with the updated cost cap

After months of wrangling about the impact of inflation on the Formula 1 cost cap a resolution was finally agreed on the eve of the Austrian GP.

Ocon: Latest Alpine F1 upgrades proving positive

Esteban Ocon says that recent upgrades from the Alpine Formula 1 team have proved to be positive and have already paid dividends.

Norris: F1 pedal cam could have better view after Silverstone trial

Lando Norris says that the pedal cam trialled by Formula 1 on his McLaren at the British Grand Prix could be given a better viewpoint.

How Alpine plans to bring more women into F1

The Alpine Formula 1 team’s Race(H)er programme is the latest of several laudable efforts to bring more women into motor racing.

Tost: Tsunoda has "good chance" of keeping AlphaTauri F1 seat

AlphaTauri Formula 1 boss Franz Tost says that Yuki Tsunoda has a “good chance” of keeping his seat in 2022, if the Japanese driver continues to perform well.

Alpine traces causes of F1 recent reliability woes

The Alpine Formula 1 team has traced the causes of the reliability woes that have impacted its drivers over the last two Grand Prix weekends.

Stroll attracts new Saudi Arabian investment to Aston Martin

Aston Martin is set to be boosted by new investment from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund in what executive chairman Lawrence Stroll calls a “game changing event.”

Zhou crash triggers stricter F1 roll hoop tests for 2023

The FIA has announced there will be stricter requirements for roll hoops on Formula 1 cars from 2023, following Zhou Guanyu's accident at the British Grand Prix.

AlphaTauri hopes large French F1 updates fix weaknesses

The AlphaTauri Formula 1 team admits it's "out of phase" with its midfield rivals, but hopes an update package for the French Grand Prix will "address the weaknesses" its car has.