Luke Smith

Luke Smith

Luke Smith is Autosport’s Formula 1 reporter. Luke has been working in F1 as a journalist since 2013, initially alongside a History degree at University College London. Luke served as the lead F1 writer at American broadcaster NBC Sports from 2013-17 before spending two years as the F1 Editor for Luke joined Autosport for the 2020 season.


Luke is also a contributor to The New York Times for its F1 special reports, and has previously worked with Al Jazeera and CNBC, as well as hosting FIA press conferences. Outside of F1, Luke is a fan of sports and music, with an ever-growing vinyl collection, and has being bitten by the running bug in recent years. He also runs a surprisingly popular blog reviewing the often-terrible media centre coffee from his F1 travels.

Latest articles by Luke Smith


Verstappen: No hard feelings over Hamilton Copse F1 crash one year later

Max Verstappen says there are no hard feelings with 2021 Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton over last year’s crash at Copse ahead of their return to Silverstone this weekend.

Steiner expects $200m F1 dilution fund to be adjusted in the future

Gunther Steiner expects the $200 million dilution fund any new entrant must pay before joining the Formula 1 grid to be adjusted to reflect the increasing value of teams.

Russell: Copse won’t be flat in 2022 Mercedes F1 car at Silverstone

George Russell doubts he will be able to go flat through Copse at Silverstone in the current Mercedes Formula 1 car due to the ongoing bouncing problem the team faces.

Piquet apologises for Hamilton comment, claims no racial intent

Nelson Piquet Sr has issued an apology for the language he used against Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, but denies it had any racial intent.

Hill: Piquet’s ‘beyond the pale’ racial slur demands apology, action

1996 Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill says Nelson Piquet’s “beyond the pale” racial slur directed against Lewis Hamilton demands an apology and action to be taken.

Hulu working with Ricciardo on new scripted F1 TV series

McLaren Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo is working with streaming giant Hulu on a new scripted TV series that is looking for writers, according to a report.

Everything we know about Newey’s ‘no rules’ F1 level Red Bull hypercar

Formula 1 design legend Adrian Newey has always had an affinity for projects outside of grand prix racing, getting creative with new concepts and ideas.

Red Bull ends F1 reserve Vips’ contract after racial slur investigation

Red Bull Racing has terminated the contract of Formula 1 test and reserve driver Juri Vips over his use of a racial slur last week.

Hamilton calls for changes to "archaic mindsets" after Piquet racial slur

Lewis Hamilton says the “time has come for action” to change “archaic mindsets” after racist remarks by three-time Formula 1 world champion Nelson Piquet Sr surfaced.

Albon: Not clear how to fix F1 weaknesses on Williams car

Alex Albon believes the 2022 Williams Formula 1 car has balance weaknesses that “aren’t so clear” to fix as the team prepares to introduce a major update package.

Norris: Silverstone will highlight "big differences" in 2022 F1 cars

Lando Norris believes Silverstone will highlight the “big differences” in the 2022 Formula 1 cars through the high-speed corners at one of the fastest tracks on the calendar.

McLaren names Saudi-backed Neom as Formula E, Extreme E title sponsor

McLaren has announced a new strategic partnership with Neom, a government-backed smart city project in Saudi Arabia, that will serve as the title sponsor of its electric racing teams.

Horner tips Mercedes to be strong at Silverstone and Paul Ricard

Christian Horner anticipates Mercedes will pose a greater threat at the front in the coming races, believing Silverstone could be “the most challenging” race for Red Bull.

Aston Martin keen for Vettel to stay long-term as F1 talks loom

Aston Martin Formula 1 boss Mike Krack hopes Sebastian Vettel will remain with the team long-term ahead of talks about extending his existing contract.

Hamilton: Mercedes will be ‘more cautious’ with F1 set-up experiments

Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes will be “a little bit more cautious” with its Formula 1 set-up experiments from now on after often taking responsibility for them this season.

Latifi: "Puzzling" my Williams F1 car can’t match what Albon is doing

Nicholas Latifi finds it “puzzling” that he does not feel capable of matching team-mate Alex Albon’s level of performance with the Williams Formula 1 car at the moment.

Aston Martin set for further F1 car upgrade at Silverstone

Aston Martin is set to bring another Formula 1 car update to Silverstone next weekend as it looks to build on the progress made with its Barcelona package.

Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons: Villeneuve and Leclerc Prime

Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons: Villeneuve and Leclerc

Gilles Villeneuve's exploits behind the wheel of a Ferrari made him a legend to the tifosi, even 40 years after his death. The team's current Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc enjoys a similar status, and recently got behind the wheel of a very special car from the French-Canadian’s career.

Why AlphaTauri confirmed a driver already “100% confirmed” for F1 2023

Today’s confirmation from AlphaTauri that Pierre Gasly would be staying put for 2023 was perhaps the least surprising announcement so far this year in Formula 1.

Gasly formally confirmed at AlphaTauri F1 for 2023 season

Pierre Gasly will remain with AlphaTauri for the 2023 season after the Formula 1 team officially confirmed him as part of its line-up for next year.

Madrid expresses interest in hosting future F1 race

The city of Madrid has expressed its interest in hosting a Formula 1 race in the future, believing it could “offer a great sporting and entertainment spectacle.”

Vettel had freedom to keep Canada F1 "climate crime" helmet for race

Aston Martin Formula 1 boss Mike Krack says Sebastian Vettel could have kept his Canada "climate crime" helmet in Montreal for the race should he have wanted to.

Marko: Red Bull is ‘dominating’ F1 but needs to address reliability

Helmut Marko says Red Bull is “dominating” Formula 1 after an “unbelievable” run of form, but still needs to address its occasional reliability woes.

Red Bull suspends F1 reserve driver Vips over racial slur

Red Bull Racing has announced that Formula 2 driver Juri Vips has been suspended with immediate effect after using a racial slur.

Horner: "Element of theatre" in Netflix-filmed F1 team boss meeting

Christian Horner says there was an "element of theatre" in the Formula 1 team boss meeting that was filmed by Netflix in Canada amid the row over porpoising.

Verstappen suffered F1 radio failure ahead of Canada restart

Max Verstappen had to fend off Carlos Sainz for Formula 1 victory in Canada without being able to speak to Red Bull after his radio failed after the final restart.

Norris: McLaren's strong F1 days aren't "genuine pace"

Lando Norris was left downbeat after a miserable Canadian Grand Prix that he felt proved McLaren’s strong days in Formula 1 this season haven’t been “genuine pace”.

Traction, not top speed, kept Verstappen ahead of Sainz - Horner

Christian Horner believes the traction of the Red Bull Formula 1 car exiting corners, not its top speed, was the key to Max Verstappen’s Canadian Grand Prix victory.

Verstappen: Mercedes drivers shouldn't speak for others in porpoising debate

Max Verstappen believes the Mercedes drivers should “just speak for themselves” in the ongoing debate surrounding porpoising in Formula 1 and the impact on driver safety.

Sainz: ‘Sending it’ at final corner cost me P2 to Alonso in F1 qualifying

Carlos Sainz believes he could have scored a front row start for the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix had his decision to “send it” late in Q3 not backfired.

Russell: Zero regrets over ‘high risk, high reward’ slick tyre gamble

George Russell felt no regrets over his decision to gamble on slick tyres towards the end of the wet Formula 1 qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Szafnauer confident Piastri will race in F1 next year amid Williams links

Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer is confident Oscar Piastri will be racing in Formula 1 next year amid continued links to a possible seat with Williams.

Lewis Hamilton "compelled" to defend Naomi Schiff after F1 online abuse

Lewis Hamilton says he felt “compelled” to defend racing driver and Sky Sports Formula 1 presenter Naomi Schiff after she faced online abuse from a troll.

Verstappen: Wrong for FIA to change F1 rules mid-season over porpoising

Max Verstappen believes it would be wrong for the FIA to change the rules mid-season to curb porpoising as it is "very simple" for Formula 1 teams to solve.

Leclerc hit with 10-place F1 grid penalty for Canadian GP

Charles Leclerc will take a 10-place grid penalty for the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix after Ferrari opted to take a fresh control electronics element on his power unit.

Gasly: F1 porpoising rule changes would have "minimal" competitive impact

Pierre Gasly believes any rule changes from the FIA to prevent Formula 1 cars porpoising would only have a “minimal” impact on the competitive pecking order.

Russell: Mercedes can’t keep relying on others’ misfortune in F1

George Russell has warned that Mercedes cannot keep relying on other teams’ misfortune to challenge for Formula 1 podiums as it looks to unlock more performance from its car.

Leclerc: Not easy handling "third disappointment in a row" in Baku

Charles Leclerc admitted it was “not easy” to accept a “third disappointment in a row” after his Baku DNF cost him more ground in the Formula 1 title race.

Hamilton wouldn’t miss Canada "for the world" despite back struggles

Lewis Hamilton has dismissed concerns about his participation in the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix after his back pain struggles in Baku, saying he “wouldn’t miss it for the world”.

South Africa in contention for 2023 F1 calendar slot

Formula 1 could revive the South African Grand Prix as early as next year amid ongoing talks between series bosses and the event organisers at Kyalami.

Gasly: F1 needs to stop drivers "ending up with a cane at 30"

Pierre Gasly called on the FIA to "save us from ending up with a cane at 30 years old" after drivers reported physical struggles due to extreme porpoising in Baku.

Horner: Unfair to change F1 rules over porpoising complaints

Christian Horner believes it would be unfair if the FIA changed Formula 1's rules and "penalise the ones that have done a decent job" amid driver complaints about porpoising.

"A bit sad" new F1 rules haven’t cut gap to front, says Gasly

Pierre Gasly finds it “a bit sad” that Formula 1’s new rules have not cut the advantage of the biggest teams over the midfield, leaving drivers “fighting for seventh”.

Number of US sponsors in F1 has doubled under Liberty - Williams

The number of American companies enjoying involvement in Formula 1 through sponsorship and partnership agreements has more than doubled since Liberty Media's takeover, according to Williams' commercial director.

Ferrari: No easy solution to F1 salary cap debate

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto believes there is “no straightforward solution” to the current debate about introducing a driver and key personnel salary cap to Formula 1.

Alonso questions driver salary cap when F1 is "asking more from us"

Fernando Alonso has questioned the possible introduction of a driver salary cap at a time when Formula 1 is "asking more and more from us" to promote the series.

How F1 teams went from £1 rejects to billion-dollar forecasts

Formula 1 has undergone a number of seismic changes since Liberty Media took over as the commercial rights holder in 2017.

Binotto: Leclerc enhances ‘myth’ of Ferrari like Gilles Villeneuve

Mattia Binotto believes Charles Leclerc helps to “enhance the myth” of Ferrari in Formula 1 in a similar way to Gilles Villeneuve, one of the Scuderia’s best-loved drivers.

Russell: Albon has done "exceptional job" as Williams F1 replacement

George Russell has hailed Alex Albon for doing an “exceptional job” as his replacement at Williams this year, saying he has “cemented his position” in Formula 1.

How Ferrari, Mercedes’ initial absence helped make Drive to Survive a hit

As Drive to Survive continues filming for its fifth season through 2022, the Formula 1 docuseries remains one of Netflix’s biggest hits.

Bottas "in a happy place" with Alfa Romeo after strong start

Valtteri Bottas feels he is in “a happy place” with Alfa Romeo that brings out the best in him after a strong start to life with the Formula 1 team.

Why McLaren is committed to ‘make it work’ with Ricciardo - for now

As Daniel Ricciardo took in another disappointing Formula 1 weekend for McLaren in Monaco, the comparisons to his situation 12 months earlier were hard to ignore.

FIA announces exit of F1 executive director Bayer

The FIA has announced that its secretary general for sport and Formula 1 executive director, Peter Bayer, has left the governing body.

Ricciardo explains story behind ‘FEA’ message on F1 helmet

Daniel Ricciardo has explained the ‘FEA’ message on his McLaren Formula 1 helmet, saying it helps to “pump me up” pre-race and is “not directed at anyone”.

Gasly had to get "creative" for Swimming Pool pass on Ricciardo

Pierre Gasly wanted to look for “unusual places” to overtake in his Monaco Formula 1 fightback, leading to his move on Daniel Ricciardo on the entry to Swimming Pool.

Zhou explains Monaco F1 save that led to "new pants" radio call

Zhou Guanyu says his slide when trying to pass Yuki Tsunoda exiting the Monaco Formula 1 tunnel felt “pretty scary”, prompting his radio message asking for new pants.

"Shocking" to see Schumacher's car split apart, say F1 drivers

Formula 1 drivers found it "shocking" to see Mick Schumacher's car split in two after his huge accident in Monaco on Sunday caused the race to be red-flagged.

Ocon frustrated by penalty for "racing incident" with Hamilton

Esteban Ocon was left frustrated by his Monaco Formula 1 penalty that “ruined” his race, believing his collision with Lewis Hamilton was a racing incident.

FIA dismisses Ferrari protest against Red Bull in Monaco GP

The FIA stewards have dismissed Ferrari's protests against Red Bull Formula 1 drivers Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen in Monaco, ensuring their first and third place finishes stand.

Power outage delayed Monaco start, prevented standing restarts

A power outage impacting the systems and panels on the Formula 1 grid contributed to the delayed start in Monaco and prevented standing restarts after the red flags.