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How Lauda won F1's closest ever title battle

On the second anniversary of Niki Lauda's passing, we look back at one of his more remarkable victories in Formula 1.

How Ricciardo helped Renault rediscover its swagger Prime

How Ricciardo helped Renault rediscover its swagger

Daniel Ricciardo is McLaren-bound next season, but leaving a Renault team which is undergoing a resurgence on and off the track. He and team principal Cyril Abiteboul tell Stuart Codling and Ben Anderson what's been happening behind the scenes

The deja vu moment that reveals Bottas' true Hamilton deficit Prime

The deja vu moment that reveals Bottas' true Hamilton deficit

Making a winning start to the 2020 Formula 1 season, Valtteri Bottas now trails Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by five points following two emphatic victories for the Briton, hinting towards Bottas still being some way off being a title contender.

The big questions for F1 2020 2.0 Prime

The big questions for F1 2020 2.0

Formula 1 will finally get under way with back-to-back races in Austria, but the championship has been forced to make tough choices to ensure it can function responsibly while COVID-19 continues to ravage the planet. Ahead of the first race, Ben Anderson explains the key aspects of F1 2020 2.0

Testing the tiers of Porsche's motorsport ladder

Porsche now offers three UK national-level categories aimed at giving amateurs and budding professional drivers real racing experience. Ben Anderson compared the cars on a chilly day at Silverstone.

The two eras of dominance that defined a decade in F1 Prime

The two eras of dominance that defined a decade in F1

In the first of a series of features looking back on the decade about to conclude, we assess the two drivers that have dominated Formula 1 since 2010 - Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton – and savour the promise of a battle that never came

Track Test: Lamborghini Super Trofeo
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Track Test: Lamborghini Super Trofeo

Behind the wheel of the Super Trofeo car, Lamborghini’s Huracan Evo

Vettel: No changes made for Japan breakthrough

Sebastian Vettel says there are no changes to explain his "step in performance" at the Japanese Grand Prix, where he ended Ferrari Formula 1 teammate Charles Leclerc's qualifying superiority.

Japanese Grand Prix driver ratings

Some of Formula 1 2019's biggest stars disappointed at Suzuka, but a reliably excellent midfield performer earned another perfect rating.

How Ferrari threw away another golden victory chance

Ferrari turned around Mercedes' early advantage at Suzuka and should have been able to use its front row sweep to control the Japanese Grand Prix even with a race pace disadvantage - but it let things slip away, again

Gasly escapes penalty for "very stupid" Perez crash

Pierre Gasly has escaped sanction for his Japanese Grand Prix collision with Formula 1 rival Sergio Perez, despite the latter lambasting Gasly for making a “very stupid” move.

Japanese GP: Vettel on pole as Ferrari locks out front row

Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position with a commanding performance in qualifying for Formula 1’s Japanese Grand Prix, as Ferrari overturned Mercedes’ practice pace advantage to lock out the front row.

Japanese GP: Bottas tops FP2 session that could decide grid

Valtteri Bottas survived spinning on the run to Suzuka’s start/finish straight to top second practice for Formula 1’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Ricciardo hit with £10 million claim from ex-advisor

Daniel Ricciardo’s former advisor is claiming more than £10 million over alleged unpaid commissions relating to the Renault Formula 1 driver's contract.

British GP: Bottas leads Mercedes 1-2 in close FP2

Valtteri Bottas narrowly beat Lewis Hamilton to the fastest time in the second free practice session for the British Grand Prix, as Mercedes moved to the top of the order.

Absolute racing rules force drivers into bad choices Prime

Absolute racing rules force drivers into bad choices

Track limits has become a regular rule to debate in recent years, from Formula 1 and the pinnacle of motorsport, down to National level racing. But does a strict approach actually make things less safe for some drivers?

Kubica "a passenger" until Williams improves car

Robert Kubica says the ongoing problems with his Williams Formula 1 car mean he is "a passenger" until the FW42 is improved.

Vettel: Spin battling Hamilton "nothing to do with pressure"

Sebastian Vettel has denied his spin during battle with Lewis Hamilton in the Bahrain Grand Prix was related to mounting pressure following the multitude of mistakes he made last season.

Bahrain GP: Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 as Ferrari implodes

Lewis Hamilton claimed an unlikely victory in a thrilling Bahrain Grand Prix, as Ferrari's race imploded spectacularly with an engine problem for Charles Leclerc and a spin for Sebastian Vettel.

Kubica says gap to Russell in Bahrain misleading

Robert Kubica says the reduced gap between himself and rookie Williams teammate George Russell in Bahrain qualifying means nothing considering the aerodynamic discrepancy between their Formula 1 cars.

Vettel, Leclerc "need to work as a team" at start in Bahrain

Sebastian Vettel reckons he and Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc "need to work as a team" at the start of Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix, after qualifying one-two on the grid.

Bahrain GP: Leclerc tops FP3 as Ferrari sweeps practice

Ferrari set a scorching pace in final free practice for Formula 1's Bahrain Grand Prix, with Charles Leclerc leading Sebastian Vettel in a Scuderia one-two, seven tenths clear of Mercedes.

Tost: B-team complainers "haven't done their homework"

Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost has hit back against complaints from rivals about certain Formula 1 outfits exploiting the rules to forge closer ties with bigger outfits and manufacturers.

Bahrain GP: Leclerc leads dominant Ferrari 1-2 in FP1

Ferrari immediately rebounded from a poor Australian Grand Prix by setting the pace in first practice for Formula 1's Bahrain Grand Prix, nearly a second clear of Mercedes.

Perez: Stroll has stronger race pace than Ocon, Hulkenberg

Sergio Perez says Lance Stroll is already closer to him on race pace than any of his previous teammates, despite a relative lack of experience.

Will Brexit break Formula 1? Prime

Will Brexit break Formula 1?

Amid the endless political wrangling over Britain's biggest constitutional upheaval for a generation, is Formula 1 geared to thrive regardless, or will - asks Ben Anderson - Brexit wreck it?

The five keys to Hamilton’s genius Prime

The five keys to Hamilton’s genius

Now he's smoked Sebastian Vettel in two consecutive title fights Lewis Hamilton has staked his claim to be known as his generation’s greatest grand prix driver. Ben Anderson asks, what is it that makes him this era’s best of the best?

Why F1 fears the changes that can save it Prime

Why F1 fears the changes that can save it

F1 is spectacular and fascinating for those heavily involved in it, but it doesn't do a good enough job of getting that across to a wider audience, or allowing the things that make it so great to come to the surface often enough.

Why Red Bull thinks Marquez could make it in F1 Prime

Why Red Bull thinks Marquez could make it in F1

Four-time MotoGP champion Marc Márquez is peerless on two wheels - but what did he make of a test drive in a Formula 1 car?

Vandoorne to leave McLaren after 2018 F1 season

Stoffel Vandoorne will lose his McLaren Formula 1 drive at the end of the 2018 season, the team has confirmed.

Engine not to blame for Ricciardo's retirement

Red Bull and Renault say Daniel Ricciardo's retirement from the Italian Grand Prix was caused by a suspected problem with his car's clutch, rather than an engine failure.

Verstappen: Upgraded Renault still "over a second off"

Max Verstappen says Renault’s Spec C engine is still missing “over a second” to Mercedes and Ferrari at the Italian Grand Prix, despite providing a performance boost.

Grosjean: Ferrari hope never a factor in Haas move

Romain Grosjean insists his decision to join Haas was never taken with a potential Formula 1 future at Ferrari in mind.

Formula 1 needs McLaren back from "turmoil" - Horner

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner hopes rival squad McLaren can recover from its present "turmoil" because Formula 1 "needs McLaren to be performing" given its history.

Understanding what really makes Fernando Alonso tick Prime

Understanding what really makes Fernando Alonso tick

In this piece, first published in Autosport magazine in 2015, we assess the real Fernando Alonso, with input from on-track rivals, team colleagues and the man himself.

Grosjean loss of form like Djokovic in tennis

Romain Grosjean has compared his struggles during the 2018 Formula 1 season to 13-time tennis grand slam winner Novak Djokovic's run of poor form prior to his recent Wimbledon success.

F1 hopeful Giovinazzi wants to prove he's no "simulator driver"

Ferrari reserve Antonio Giovinazzi says it’s been “really hard” not racing in 2018 and hopes he can prove “I’m not a simulator driver” by graduating to Formula 1 next season.

F1 grid mustn’t grow while teams are so unsafe

Formula 1 should not add more entries until it makes all teams financially stable enough to avoid problems like Force India going into administration, according to Haas.

F1 stewards influenced by drivers' reputation - Haas

Haas team boss Gunther Steiner believes Formula 1's stewards are influenced by the prior reputations and standing of the drivers and teams they deal with, despite efforts to remain impartial.

The chief victim of F1's renewed civil war Prime

The chief victim of F1's renewed civil war

Carlos Sainz's deal to join Renault on loan from Red Bull appeared at first to have given him control over his own destiny. But is he now next in line to be shuffled out of the door in Renault's relentless pursuit of progress?

Vandoorne: Hungary shows things "back to normal"

McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne says his performance in the Hungarian Grand Prix shows "everything is back to normal” after a miserable recent run of form.

Alonso concedes Grosjean did better job at VSC restart

Fernando Alonso has conceded Romain Grosjean's opportunistic overtake at the first virtual safety car restart in the Hungarian Grand Prix was fair, having initially suggested it might be illegal.

Wolff clarifies Bottas "wingman" comment

Toto Wolff has clarified his reference to Valtteri Bottas as Lewis Hamilton's "wingman" in Formula 1's Hungarian Grand Prix, insisting Mercedes does not favour one driver over the other.

Hartley "put balls on the line" to secure Q3 debut

Brendon Hartley says he “really put my balls on the line” to secure a breakthrough top-10 qualifying result at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

"Heartbroken" Perez says legal move saved Force India

Sergio Perez is "heartbroken" at taking legal action against Force India and its owner Vijay Mallya, but says it was necessary to save the Formula 1 team from going bust.

Alonso says 70% of McLaren car work focused on 2019

Fernando Alonso says "70%" of the recent work on McLaren's troublesome Formula 1 car was focused on 2019 and it has only brought one proper upgrade so far in 2018.

Consistency "the magic word" for Grosjean's future at Haas

Haas team boss Gunther Steiner says Romain Grosjean's future at the squad depends on him finding greater consistency in Formula 1.

Red Bull says Ticktum F1 test block is "odd"

Red Bull think it is "odd" that rising star Dan Ticktum cannot run in one of its young driver test days because of Formula 1's superlicence points criteria.

Red Bull won't "sacrifice" Toro Rosso to help Honda push

Red Bull insists it won't make Toro Rosso "sacrifice" its season through grid penalties to help Honda push on with updates, but is open to opportunities that could help with long term plans.

Renault says it must look for Sainz alternatives

Renault says it must look for alternatives to Carlos Sainz for 2019 while the Spaniard's future with Red Bull in Formula 1 remains unclear.

Ex-Bridgestone tyre man key to Haas' 2018 consistency

Kevin Magnussen reckons the decision to hire an ex-Bridgestone tyre engineer over the winter has been "one of the biggest factors" in the improved performance of Haas in Formula 1.

How Bottas's bad luck is saving Hamilton Prime

How Bottas's bad luck is saving Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas has had so much misfortune in 2018 that it's easy to imagine he could be leading the championship with better luck. But when the circumstances are fully analysed, it's Sebastian Vettel who'd actually be better off.

"Aggressive" GP reduction would "massively increase" F1 value

Renault Sport Formula 1 boss Cyril Abiteboul believes grand prix racing would benefit from an "aggressive" cull of races that reduces the calendar to as few as 15 races.

Renault planning new aero concept for Germany

Renault is planning to introduce a new front wing concept to its Formula 1 car for the German Grand Prix.

Ferrari is now F1's engine benchmark - Horner

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes Ferrari's 2018 Formula 1 engine is now the best on the grid.

Red Bull "hugely exposed" by "insane" Ferrari speed - Horner

Christian Horner says his Formula 1 drivers were "hugely exposed" by the "insane" speed advantage Ferrari and enjoyed over Red Bull at the British Grand Prix.

De Ferran outlines how he will help McLaren

New McLaren sporting director Gil de Ferran says he will use his personal philosophy of self-improvement to help the beleaguered Formula 1 team recover from its poor start to 2018.

British GP: Hamilton tops FP3 as Hartley shunts heavily

Lewis Hamilton won a seesaw battle with Kimi Raikkonen to be fastest in British Grand Prix final practice, in a session interrupted by a huge crash for Brendon Hartley.

Toro Rosso "confused" by upgrade - Gasly

Pierre Gasly says the upgrade Toro Rosso introduced for the Austrian Grand Prix has confused the team and not yet delivered any boost in performance to its Formula 1 car.

F1 triple-header unlikely to return in 2019

Formula 1 teams do not expect a repeat of this season's triple-header in 2019.