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Luke Smith
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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 Crash.net. 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

The race that transformed perceptions of Red Bull

The race that transformed perceptions of Red Bull

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The race that transformed perceptions of Red Bull
Has Alonso made the right choice gambling on Aston Martin F1?

Has Alonso made the right choice gambling on Aston Martin F1?

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Bahrain February Testing
Has Alonso made the right choice gambling on Aston Martin F1?
Hamilton in the process of selecting Brad Pitt’s co-star for F1 movie

Hamilton in the process of selecting Brad Pitt’s co-star for F1 movie

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Hamilton in the process of selecting Brad Pitt’s co-star for F1 movie
How "demanding" Alonso has started life with Aston Martin F1

How "demanding" Alonso has started life with Aston Martin F1

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How "demanding" Alonso has started life with Aston Martin F1
Ocon got "very sick" in F1 off-season due to bad lung virus

Ocon got "very sick" in F1 off-season due to bad lung virus

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Ocon got "very sick" in F1 off-season due to bad lung virus
Brown: No reason not to expand F1 grid if new teams pay "fair" fee

Brown: No reason not to expand F1 grid if new teams pay "fair" fee

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Brown: No reason not to expand F1 grid if new teams pay "fair" fee
Hamilton: Nothing will stop me speaking up on important issues in F1

Hamilton: Nothing will stop me speaking up on important issues in F1

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Mercedes launch
Hamilton: Nothing will stop me speaking up on important issues in F1
Mercedes and Hamilton had "first chat" over new F1 contract

Mercedes and Hamilton had "first chat" over new F1 contract

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Mercedes and Hamilton had "first chat" over new F1 contract
Mercedes unveils W14 Formula 1 car for 2023 season

Mercedes unveils W14 Formula 1 car for 2023 season

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Mercedes unveils W14 Formula 1 car for 2023 season
Ferrari planning ‘small adjustments’ to F1 strategy processes for 2023

Ferrari planning ‘small adjustments’ to F1 strategy processes for 2023

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Ferrari launch
Ferrari planning ‘small adjustments’ to F1 strategy processes for 2023
Alonso expects ‘difficult races’ to start with at Aston Martin in F1

Alonso expects ‘difficult races’ to start with at Aston Martin in F1

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Aston Martin launch
Alonso expects ‘difficult races’ to start with at Aston Martin in F1
Will off-season change help or hinder McLaren’s push for F1 momentum?

Will off-season change help or hinder McLaren’s push for F1 momentum?

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Will off-season change help or hinder McLaren’s push for F1 momentum?
Sargeant was "100% sure" F1 dream was dead in 2021

Sargeant was "100% sure" F1 dream was dead in 2021

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Sargeant was "100% sure" F1 dream was dead in 2021
Williams: Loss of Latifi’s F1 sponsorship not as big as suggested

Williams: Loss of Latifi’s F1 sponsorship not as big as suggested

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Williams: Loss of Latifi’s F1 sponsorship not as big as suggested
Steiner sees "no upside" for current teams in expanding F1 grid

Steiner sees "no upside" for current teams in expanding F1 grid

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Steiner sees "no upside" for current teams in expanding F1 grid
How do F1’s sustainability goals fit with a 23-race calendar?

How do F1’s sustainability goals fit with a 23-race calendar?

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How do F1’s sustainability goals fit with a 23-race calendar?
Albon won't "throw laptops around" to get more out of Williams

Albon won't "throw laptops around" to get more out of Williams

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Albon won't "throw laptops around" to get more out of Williams
Cosworth: F1 return not on radar despite Ford's comeback

Cosworth: F1 return not on radar despite Ford's comeback

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Cosworth: F1 return not on radar despite Ford's comeback
FIA president Ben Sulayem steps back from day-to-day F1 operations

FIA president Ben Sulayem steps back from day-to-day F1 operations

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FIA president Ben Sulayem steps back from day-to-day F1 operations
Las Vegas approves F1 plan to shut Strip for race until 2032

Las Vegas approves F1 plan to shut Strip for race until 2032

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Las Vegas GP
Las Vegas approves F1 plan to shut Strip for race until 2032
Williams: Vowles can help "finish off the journey" in F1 turnaround

Williams: Vowles can help "finish off the journey" in F1 turnaround

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Williams: Vowles can help "finish off the journey" in F1 turnaround
Albon: F1 drivers are "all concerned" by FIA clampdown on statements

Albon: F1 drivers are "all concerned" by FIA clampdown on statements

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Williams launch
Albon: F1 drivers are "all concerned" by FIA clampdown on statements
Analysis: How Albon made the most of his second F1 chance with Williams

Analysis: How Albon made the most of his second F1 chance with Williams

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Analysis: How Albon made the most of his second F1 chance with Williams
Ford: F1 return wasn’t possible without changes to engine rules

Ford: F1 return wasn’t possible without changes to engine rules

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Ford: F1 return wasn’t possible without changes to engine rules
FIA reveals six F1 engine suppliers signed up for 2026

FIA reveals six F1 engine suppliers signed up for 2026

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FIA reveals six F1 engine suppliers signed up for 2026
Red Bull to use fan-designed F1 livery for three US races in 2023

Red Bull to use fan-designed F1 livery for three US races in 2023

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Red Bull Racing launch
Red Bull to use fan-designed F1 livery for three US races in 2023
Vasseur: Friendship with Wolff no harm to Ferrari F1 ambitions

Vasseur: Friendship with Wolff no harm to Ferrari F1 ambitions

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Vasseur: Friendship with Wolff no harm to Ferrari F1 ambitions
How Driver’s Eye camera became a Formula 1 TV gamechanger

How Driver’s Eye camera became a Formula 1 TV gamechanger

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How Driver’s Eye camera became a Formula 1 TV gamechanger
Gasly: Mindset for Alpine is "completely different" to Red Bull F1 move

Gasly: Mindset for Alpine is "completely different" to Red Bull F1 move

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Gasly: Mindset for Alpine is "completely different" to Red Bull F1 move
Haas: No plans to change F1 team model despite nearing budget cap

Haas: No plans to change F1 team model despite nearing budget cap

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Haas: No plans to change F1 team model despite nearing budget cap
Steiner: Haas F1 2022 rollercoaster better than "just downs" of '21

Steiner: Haas F1 2022 rollercoaster better than "just downs" of '21

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Steiner: Haas F1 2022 rollercoaster better than "just downs" of '21
Webber: Red Bull will remain "dangerous" threat in F1 2023 title fight

Webber: Red Bull will remain "dangerous" threat in F1 2023 title fight

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Webber: Red Bull will remain "dangerous" threat in F1 2023 title fight
Magnussen: Previous pressure in Formula 1 felt "very scary"

Magnussen: Previous pressure in Formula 1 felt "very scary"

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Magnussen: Previous pressure in Formula 1 felt "very scary"
No Ferrari number one driver, but Vasseur won't hesitate to "take action"

No Ferrari number one driver, but Vasseur won't hesitate to "take action"

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No Ferrari number one driver, but Vasseur won't hesitate to "take action"
Vasseur "convinced" Ferrari has everything it needs to win F1 title

Vasseur "convinced" Ferrari has everything it needs to win F1 title

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Vasseur "convinced" Ferrari has everything it needs to win F1 title
Andretti only new team to express interest to FIA in joining F1 grid

Andretti only new team to express interest to FIA in joining F1 grid

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Andretti only new team to express interest to FIA in joining F1 grid
Alfa Romeo appoints Alessandro Alunni Bravi as F1 team chief

Alfa Romeo appoints Alessandro Alunni Bravi as F1 team chief

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Alfa Romeo appoints Alessandro Alunni Bravi as F1 team chief
Gasly: F1 success with Alpine would be "amazing" way to honour Hubert

Gasly: F1 success with Alpine would be "amazing" way to honour Hubert

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Gasly: F1 success with Alpine would be "amazing" way to honour Hubert
Albon: "Privilege" to have long-term stability in F1 with Williams

Albon: "Privilege" to have long-term stability in F1 with Williams

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Albon: "Privilege" to have long-term stability in F1 with Williams
Do Formula 1 team-mates really need to be best friends?

Do Formula 1 team-mates really need to be best friends?

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Do Formula 1 team-mates really need to be best friends?
Williams had two-year plan for Sargeant in Formula 2

Williams had two-year plan for Sargeant in Formula 2

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Williams had two-year plan for Sargeant in Formula 2
Steiner: "A lot of margin" for F1 race control to improve after "nonsense" calls

Steiner: "A lot of margin" for F1 race control to improve after "nonsense" calls

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Steiner: "A lot of margin" for F1 race control to improve after "nonsense" calls
F1 explains plan for active aero to improve racing for 2026

F1 explains plan for active aero to improve racing for 2026

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F1 explains plan for active aero to improve racing for 2026
Saudi Arabia F1 race set to remain in Jeddah until at least 2027

Saudi Arabia F1 race set to remain in Jeddah until at least 2027

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Saudi Arabia F1 race set to remain in Jeddah until at least 2027
De Vries facing lawsuit from real estate magnate over €250k loan

De Vries facing lawsuit from real estate magnate over €250k loan

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De Vries facing lawsuit from real estate magnate over €250k loan
Magnussen: 2022 was good year for Haas to restart in F1

Magnussen: 2022 was good year for Haas to restart in F1

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Magnussen: 2022 was good year for Haas to restart in F1
Chadwick to remain with Williams F1 academy in 2023

Chadwick to remain with Williams F1 academy in 2023

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Chadwick to remain with Williams F1 academy in 2023
Bottas wants talks over Alfa Romeo F1 future "quite early" in 2023

Bottas wants talks over Alfa Romeo F1 future "quite early" in 2023

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Bottas wants talks over Alfa Romeo F1 future "quite early" in 2023
F1 B-team comments about Haas felt like a "broken record"

F1 B-team comments about Haas felt like a "broken record"

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F1 B-team comments about Haas felt like a "broken record"
Symonds to stay in F1 tech role for "a good while" after calling off retirement

Symonds to stay in F1 tech role for "a good while" after calling off retirement

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Symonds to stay in F1 tech role for "a good while" after calling off retirement
Albon still finding F1 radio “sweet spot” at Williams after early aggression

Albon still finding F1 radio “sweet spot” at Williams after early aggression

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Albon still finding F1 radio “sweet spot” at Williams after early aggression
F1 hopes 2026 engine rules ‘level the playing field’ for new manufacturers

F1 hopes 2026 engine rules ‘level the playing field’ for new manufacturers

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F1 hopes 2026 engine rules ‘level the playing field’ for new manufacturers
Gasly had to "put emotions aside" in decision to leave AlphaTauri F1

Gasly had to "put emotions aside" in decision to leave AlphaTauri F1

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Gasly had to "put emotions aside" in decision to leave AlphaTauri F1
McNish: 2026 rule changes offer Audi "good runway" for F1 entry

McNish: 2026 rule changes offer Audi "good runway" for F1 entry

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McNish: 2026 rule changes offer Audi "good runway" for F1 entry
Vowles: I won’t turn Williams into a ‘mini-Mercedes’ F1 team

Vowles: I won’t turn Williams into a ‘mini-Mercedes’ F1 team

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Vowles: I won’t turn Williams into a ‘mini-Mercedes’ F1 team
Williams announces Mercedes strategy chief Vowles as new F1 team principal

Williams announces Mercedes strategy chief Vowles as new F1 team principal

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Williams announces Mercedes strategy chief Vowles as new F1 team principal
Silverstone pushing to expand British GP to four-day weekend

Silverstone pushing to expand British GP to four-day weekend

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Silverstone pushing to expand British GP to four-day weekend
Red Bull: Cost cap has "changed the discipline" in F1 development race

Red Bull: Cost cap has "changed the discipline" in F1 development race

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Red Bull: Cost cap has "changed the discipline" in F1 development race
Alfa Romeo targets quicker rate of F1 updates after mid-2022 slump

Alfa Romeo targets quicker rate of F1 updates after mid-2022 slump

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Alfa Romeo targets quicker rate of F1 updates after mid-2022 slump
Cadillac not put off by lukewarm F1 reaction to Andretti entry plans

Cadillac not put off by lukewarm F1 reaction to Andretti entry plans

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Cadillac not put off by lukewarm F1 reaction to Andretti entry plans

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