Filip Cleeren

Filip Cleeren

After concluding his journalism studies in 2011 Filip decided to take the hard way and become a freelance motorsports writer, which took him on a nomadic 50-country journey from Indianapolis to Le Mans and from Melbourne's Albert Park to the Dakar in Argentina. Filip first started contributing to in the summer of 2015, helping to establish the Dutch language edition and regularly contributing to the global edition. Born and raised in Belgium and now settled in Barcelona, Spain, Filip actively covers the FIA WEC, F1 and other major series around the world in addition to his news editing duties, having transitioned fully to the global edition in February 2021.

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Wolff: Russell's F1 approach feels like he has been here "forever"

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says it feels like George Russell has been driving for the team "forever" after his first run of races for the squad.

Verstappen: Miami go-kart chicane not suited for F1 cars

Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen hopes the Miami Grand Prix's tight chicane will be altered for next year, saying it is not suited to modern day F1 cars.

Sainz hindered by neck pain during Miami GP after Friday crash

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz revealed he was still hindered by neck pain during the Miami Grand Prix following his heavy crash in Friday practice.

Steiner: No F1 pressure on Haas to lean into its US identity

Haas team boss Gunther Steiner doesn't think there is more pressure on the team from Formula 1 to lean more into its American identity as the sport continues its US expansion.

Alfa Romeo: Rival teams "played games" with FIA to raise F1 weight limit

Alfa Romeo team boss Fred Vasseur believes rival Formula 1 teams "played games with the FIA" over raising the weight limit for the new 2022 cars.

Wolff: Imola F1 weekend a "complete write-off" for Mercedes

Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff has admitted the Emilia Romagna GP weekend is a write-off for the team after George Russell and Lewis Hamilton were powerless to move into the top 10 during Saturday's sprint race.

Leclerc warns Ferrari not to "overdo things" amid title fight

Charles Leclerc has cautioned that Ferrari shouldn't allow the increased spotlight on the team to cause extra pressure now it is leading both Formula 1 championships by a decent margin.

Norris: Australian GP "might be as good as it gets for a while"

McLaren's Lando Norris has cautioned that his team's Australian Grand Prix result "might be as good as it gets for a while" due to how well the track suited its Formula 1 car.

Verstappen: F1 must speed up "turtle" Aston Martin safety car

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has urged Formula 1 to consider speeding up its Aston Martin safety car as drivers struggled to heat up the tyres at the Australian Grand Prix, calling the car "a turtle".

Vettel says 2022 F1 season "can't get any worse"

Sebastian Vettel says his 2022 Formula 1 season "can't get any worse" after crashing out of the Australian Grand Prix, which capped off a nightmare race return with Aston Martin.

Vettel fined for Australian GP FP1 scooter excursion

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel has been handed a 5,000 euro fine for his scooter escapade at the end of first Australian Grand Prix practice.

Binotto: Ferrari much better prepared for F1 title fight than in 2018

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto thinks his team is in a much better place to fight for the Formula 1 world championship than when it lost its grip on the 2018 season.

Leclerc: Not "much more I could do" to win F1 Saudi Arabian GP

Charles Leclerc says there was nothing more he and his Ferrari team could have done to try and hold off Max Verstappen in Formula 1's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Verstappen played "smart tricks" to beat Leclerc in Saudi F1 GP

Red Bull's Max Verstappen said "playing smart tricks" in the final DRS zone proved key to his Saudi Arabian Grand Prix win after a long duel with Ferrari Formula 1 rival Charles Leclerc.

Schumacher ruled out of Saudi Arabian GP after crash

The Haas Formula 1 team has confirmed Mick Schumacher will sit out Sunday's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after his heavy shunt in qualifying.

Perez hails "unbelievable lap" for first pole in 215 F1 races

Sergio Perez says the lap that ended his 215 grand prix wait for his first Formula 1 pole position was "unbelievable", after beating the Ferraris in Saudi Arabian Grand Prix qualifying.

Horner: Brutal Bahrain GP DNFs "worst nightmare" for Red Bull Bahrain GP
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Horner: Brutal Bahrain GP DNFs "worst nightmare" for Red Bull

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says seeing both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez retire in the closing stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix was the team's “worst nightmare”.

Hamilton "grateful" for surprise Bahrain F1 podium Bahrain GP
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Hamilton "grateful" for surprise Bahrain F1 podium

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton said he was "grateful" to pick up an unexpected podium finish in a "difficult" season opening Bahrain Grand Prix after Red Bull's double DNF.

Hamilton "really happy" to qualify fifth for Bahrain GP

Lewis Hamilton says he was "generally really happy" to qualify fifth for the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix with a Mercedes that was "a bit of a nightmare to drive".

Leclerc "surprised" to beat Verstappen in Bahrain F1 qualifying

Ferrari Formula 1's Charles Leclerc says he was surprised to beat Max Verstappen and Red Bull in Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying after beating the world champion to pole by one tenth.

Bahrain GP: Verstappen outpaces Leclerc by 0.096s in FP3

Red Bull's Max Verstappen narrowly beat Ferrari's Charles Leclerc to the fastest time in third free practice for Formula 1's Bahrain Grand Prix, setting up an intriguing first qualifying session of the 2022 season.

Hamilton: Mercedes F1 team faces "much bigger problems" than 2021

Lewis Hamilton fears his Mercedes Formula 1 team is facing "much bigger problems" than before last year's Bahrain Grand Prix after a pair of low-key free practice outings on Friday.

2022 Bahrain F1 test: Perez fastest on final morning

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez has clocked the fastest time on the final morning of 2022 Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain.

2022 Bahrain F1 test: Sainz heads Verstappen on Day 2

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz set the fastest time on the penultimate day of 2022 Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain, holding off Red Bull's Max Verstappen in Thursday afternoon's session.

Williams explains decision to remove Senna S logo from 2022 F1 car

Williams team principal Jost Capito has explained why the team has removed the logo paying tribute to three-time world champion Ayrton Senna from its Formula 1 cars after 27 years.

Formula 1 reveals start time of all 2022 races

The FIA has released a detailed schedule for Formula 1's record-breaking 2022 calendar, including session start times for all 23 races.

McLaren launches 1432-piece Lego model of its 2021 F1 car

The McLaren Formula 1 team has presented a 1432-piece Lego version of its 2021 MCL35M car in the latest Lego Technic crossover with real-life motorsports.

Tost: F1 teams running two rookies have "no chance"

AlphaTauri Formula 1 team principal Franz Tost believes the days of teams running two rookie drivers is over as the gaps between teams continue to get smaller.

Gasly "can still improve" in 2022, says AlphaTauri F1 boss Tost

AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly "can still improve" after a stellar 2021 Formula 1 season, according to his team boss Franz Tost.

McLaren wants better high/low speed balance with 2022 F1 car

McLaren technical director James Key says his team has focused on producing a more balanced 2022 Formula 1 car than its 2021 challenger, which performed well on high-speed tracks but had an inherent low-speed weakness.

Tsunoda's F1 fate in his own hands, says Tost

AlphaTauri team boss Franz Tost says Yuki Tsunoda has his Formula 1 fate in his own hands after being handed a second season despite a rough 2021 campaign.

Alpine was "lost" at start of F1 2021, admits Rossi

Alpine Formula 1 CEO Laurent Rossi has admitted his team was "lost" at the beginning of 2021, but said its fluctuating form became "more linear than you think" after understanding the car better.

Flexi-wings harder to exploit in 2022, but could become issue - Key

McLaren's Formula 1 technical director James Key says flexi-wings "will probably become some form of issue in 2022" but thinks the FIA's new regulations will make it harder to exploit aero-elasticity.

Changes in F1 “fantastic” and create more opportunities, says Ocon

Alpine driver Esteban Ocon says he is fully behind the changes that Formula 1 has been making to make the show more attractive, saying "it's fantastic" how F1 is evolving.

Alonso: Alpine F1 in better shape than this time last year

Fernando Alonso thinks his Alpine Formula 1 team is in better shape than it was 12 months ago and can no longer call in a lack of resources compared to the top teams as an excuse.

McLaren expects "extremely high" rate of F1 development in 2022

McLaren technical director James Key is expecting Formula 1 teams to go through an "extremely high" development rate in 2022 as they come to grips with its new rulebook.

Perez: Challenge of changing F1 teams is "underestimated"

Sergio Perez says people underestimate how difficult it is to change Formula 1 teams after experiencing the switch from Racing Point to Red Bull last year.

Zurlinden joins Porsche & Audi LMDh supplier Multimatic

Former Porsche factory motorsport chief Pascal Zurlinden has joined Multimatic, taking on the role of director of performance engineering in the company's Special Vehicle Operations division.

Ricciardo: McLaren-Ferrari battle was a "cool story" for F1

Daniel Ricciardo thinks his McLaren team's fight with Ferrari has been a "cool story" for Formula 1 as the two traditional rivals battled for third place in the 2021 constructors' championship.

Honda quit F1 too early, says motorsport boss Yamamoto

Honda's Formula 1 chief Masashi Yamamoto rues that the Japanese engine manufacturer has left the series too early and hopes the brand will one day return.

Carpenter signs Daly for full-time 2022 IndyCar ride
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Carpenter signs Daly for full-time 2022 IndyCar ride

Ed Carpenter Racing has announced it has signed Conor Daly as a full-time driver in its #20 Dallara-Chevrolet for the 2022 IndyCar season.

Brown: 2021 a "very successful year" despite McLaren's drop to fourth

McLaren Formula 1 CEO Zak Brown says 2021 was a "very successful year" for the Woking outfit despite falling to fourth in the constructors' championship behind Ferrari.

Alonso "sad" to see Honda leave F1 despite McLaren years

Alpine's Fernando Alonso says it is "sad" to see engine manufacturer Honda leave Formula 1 after winning the drivers' championship with Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Mazepin now "neutral" with Schumacher after "difficult times"

Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin says he now has a "a very neutral relationship" with teammate Mick Schumacher after the pair went through "difficult times" in their rookie season.

How leader Gasly blossomed in "best season so far" in F1 2021

Two seasons on from his Red Bull struggles in Max Verstappen's shadow, Pierre Gasly is now relishing the role of being a team leader himself, showing his true potential in a strong 2021 Formula 1 season at AlphaTauri.

Ferrari: Budget cap constraints will mean fewer updates in F1 2022
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Ferrari: Budget cap constraints will mean fewer updates in F1 2022

Ferrari director Laurent Mekies is expecting Formula 1 teams to push out fewer in-season car developments in 2022 due to budget cap constraints.

Alpine: Strong end to F1 2021 just as important as Hungary win

Alpine Formula 1 CEO Laurent Rossi says the team's improving form at the end of 2021 was just as important as Esteban Ocon's shock Hungarian Grand Prix win.

Piastri: "2022 won't be wasted year" as Alpine F1 reserve

Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri doesn't believe 2022 will be a wasted year as he is set to spend the season on the sidelines as Alpine's reserve driver.

Brown hopes to see "three or four cars" in F1 title hunt in 2022

McLaren CEO Zak Brown says he hopes "three to four cars" will be able to compete for the 2022 Formula 1 world championship until the last race.

Ocon: Hungary F1 win took pressure away from Alpine

Esteban Ocon says his shock 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix win relieved some pressure on his Alpine Formula 1 team as the outfit now has experience of being in a winning situation.

Spa reveals Eau Rouge and Raidillon run-off changes in latest update

The Spa-Francorchamps circuit has provided another update on its off-season revamp, showing a first glimpse of the expanded run-off areas at Eau Rouge and Raidillon.

Steiner: Haas crew "never gave up" in tough 2021 F1 season

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner says he's impressed with how his team "always kept fighting" and never gave up during a challenging 2021 season.

Vettel: Schumacher did "incredible job" with poor Haas F1 car

Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel has praised Mick Schumacher for doing an "incredible job" with Haas during his rookie Formula 1 season.

Ricciardo didn't expect Piastri to dominate F2 like he did

McLaren Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo says he didn't expect Oscar Piastri to dominate F2 the way he did but is "very happy" to see the next generation of Australian talent come through the ranks.

Honda: Verstappen F1 title reward for belief in its engine technology

Honda Formula 1's technical director Toyoharu Tanabe says Max Verstappen's drivers' championship with Red Bull was a testament to the company's never-ending belief that its engine programme would ultimately be successful.

Perez in two minds about "crucial" Hamilton defence Abu Dhabi GP
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Perez in two minds about "crucial" Hamilton defence

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez says he was happy to help Max Verstappen win the 2021 world title with a "crucial" defence against Lewis Hamilton, but admitted it was "not a place I wanted to be in".

Hamilton congratulates Verstappen after "most difficult of F1 seasons"

Lewis Hamilton has congratulated Max Verstappen on beating him to the 2021 Formula 1 world championship in dramatic conditions after what he called "the most difficult of seasons".

Russell says Abu Dhabi F1 GP finish is "unacceptable"

Current Williams and future Mercedes driver George Russell has branded the finish of the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix "unacceptable" after Max Verstappen claimed the world title in a controversial finale.

Abu Dhabi GP: Hamilton pips Verstappen in final practice of 2021 Abu Dhabi GP
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Abu Dhabi GP: Hamilton pips Verstappen in final practice of 2021

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was fastest in third and final practice for Formula 1's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, beating Red Bull rival Max Verstappen by two tenths ahead of the final qualifying session of 2021.

Four-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Sr. dies aged 82
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Four-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Sr. dies aged 82

Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Sr. has died at the age of 82 following a long illness, Indianapolis Motor Speedway has confirmed.