Matt Kew

Matt Kew

Matt Kew is Autosport's F1 Editor, a role he has held since March 2022 after stints covering Formula E, Extreme E and the British Touring Car Championship.

Matt joined Autosport in 2018 to work predominantly on the magazine, but his relentless quoting of Alan Partridge meant office colleagues soon thought he would be better suited to increased field work.

Needless to say, Matt had the last laugh when he won the Motorsport UK Young Journalist of the Year Award in 2019.

His interest in motorsport was sparked by regular trips to watch ASCAR crash around Rockingham's banked oval.

Matt read politics and philosophy at the University of Sheffield - receiving first-class honours for his dissertation assessing the lack of female participation in top-tier motor racing.

He covered a wide variety of national race and rally meetings for Autosport as a freelancer before joining full-time. His best efforts to argue the merits of historic racing is undone by a questionable taste in music and James Bond actors.

Latest articles by Matt Kew


What we learned from Friday practice at F1's 2022 Japanese GP

A soaking wet Friday has shaken up the Formula 1 order ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, with an unexpected Mercedes 1-2 headed by George Russell. But with conditions set to be changeable throughout the weekend, could the unknown factors be pivotal come Sunday at Suzuka?

Japanese GP: Russell leads Mercedes 1-2 in wet second F1 practice

George Russell headed a Mercedes 1-2 in a sodden second practice ahead of Formula 1's 2022 Japanese Grand Prix, while Max Verstappen was eighth tenths adrift and Charles Leclerc struggled.

Alonso has no doubts regarding FIA after F1 cost cap delay Japanese GP
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Alonso has no doubts regarding FIA after F1 cost cap delay

Fernando Alonso says he has complete trust in the FIA and holds “no doubts on anything” regarding how the governing body will handle breaches of the Formula 1 cost cap.

Verstappen: Honda "never really left" F1 given Red Bull ties

Max Verstappen feels Honda “never really left” Red Bull and would welcome a Formula 1 works return with the Japanese manufacturer amid it strengthening ties at the Japanese Grand Prix.

How the FIA should punish any breaches of the F1 cost cap Prime

How the FIA should punish any breaches of the F1 cost cap

OPINION: On Wednesday, the FIA will issue F1 teams with compliance certificates if they stuck to the 2021 budget cap. But amid rumours of overspending, the governing body must set a critical precedent. It needs to carefully pick between revisiting the bitterness of Abu Dhabi, a contradictory punishment and ensuring parity for the rest of the ground-effect era

Ten things we learned from the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

Formula 1's first Singapore Grand Prix since 2019 took a while to get underway, but once it did it produced a multitude of talking points. Here the 10 things we learned from the Singapore GP, both on and off the circuit.

Singapore GP: Hamilton pips Verstappen by 0.084s in FP1

Lewis Hamilton pipped Max Verstappen to lead the first practice session ahead of Formula 1's 2022 Singapore Grand Prix while Charles Leclerc ran third after early Ferrari unreliability.

Pain-free Albon "fit as I can be" for Singapore F1 return

Alex Albon feels “as fit as I can be” and is in “no pain” for Singapore after the Williams Formula 1 driver was admitted to intensive care following respiratory failure.

2023 Formula 1 driver market: Which drivers are going where?

A sudden retirement announcement from Sebastian Vettel that caused Fernando Alonso to walk away from Alpine created one of the most dramatic Formula 1 driver market silly seasons in recent memory. But now the grid for 2023 is finally taking shape, here’s how the 10 teams are set to line up.

Hamilton 'feels for F1 fans' over early Verstappen title win

Lewis Hamilton "feels for the fans" of Formula 1 given that Max Verstappen could potentially win the 2022 world championship in Singapore this weekend with five races to spare.

How de Vries made himself impossible to ignore for a belated F1 chance Prime

How de Vries made himself impossible to ignore for a belated F1 chance

Nyck de Vries appeared to have missed his opportunity to break into Formula 1 as he was passed over for more exciting talents who have now become frontrunners and title fighters. But after catching the eye outside of the F1 sphere, before his stunning impromptu grand prix debut in Italy, will it lead to a delayed full-time race seat?

Why Sainz is key to Ferrari achieving its chairman's F1 goals Prime

Why Sainz is key to Ferrari achieving its chairman's F1 goals

Although Ferrari's chances of title glory in 2022 have evaporated, chairman John Elkann expects the team to have chalked up both championships by 2026. Both require drivers to play the team game and, having now become more comfortable with the F1-75, Carlos Sainz may be Ferrari's key to title glory

Why Perez’s new-era F1 promise has deteriorated into disappointment

OPINION: Having earned a two-year extension to his Red Bull Racing contract, Sergio Perez appeared to have cracked the team's hoodoo over its second seat. But of late the Mexican's form relative to Max Verstappen has been disappointing, which could put him at risk of losing the race for third in the drivers' standings to George Russell.

Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

As Monza celebrated its 100th anniversary, the Temple of Speed witnessed two perfect 10s notched up by a pair of Dutch dynamites at this year's Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix. But once again there were notable strugglers who would have been hoping for more

Why Verstappen would have beaten Leclerc without safety car help

The controversy which followed the Italian Grand Prix ending behind the safety car and gift wrapping Max Verstappen victory was expected. But, digging into the details of the situation, the Red Bull driver always looked strong favourite in his Monza masterclass regardless of how the Formula 1 race concluded

Verstappen: Boos at F1 Italian GP "won't spoil my day"

Max Verstappen says being booed after his Italian Grand Prix win “not going to spoil my day” after the Monza crowd voiced its frustration at how the Formula 1 race ended.

Italian GP: Verstappen wins from Leclerc as race ends under SC

Max Verstappen produced another recovery charge to overcome a grid penalty and jump Charles Leclerc to deny Ferrari a home win at Monza in Formula 1's 2022 Italian Grand Prix.

Leclerc can't rely on 2019 experience in 2022 Monza F1 charge

Charles Leclerc will rely more on his overall development with Ferrari in Formula 1 to win the 2022 Italian Grand Prix rather than lean on his 2019 victory at Monza.

Verstappen: "Good chance" of beating Leclerc despite penalty

Max Verstappen believes Red Bull's set-up compromises for the Italian Grand Prix leave him with a "good chance" of overcoming a grid penalty to beat polesitter Charles Leclerc for victory.

Italian GP: Leclerc on pole, Russell second after penalties Italian GP
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Italian GP: Leclerc on pole, Russell second after penalties

Charles Leclerc landed Ferrari pole position for the 2022 Italian Grand Prix as he fought off a penalised Max Verstappen to top Formula 1 qualifying as Carlos Sainz ran third.

Red Bull explains top speed drop at Italian GP

Red Bull has explained its lack of top speed at Monza despite the RB18 often running as the fastest Formula 1 car in a straight line so far in 2022.

Why Ferrari’s Monza practice pace flatters its chances of home success

With the pressure very much on at its home grand prix at Monza, Ferrari showed strong form and headed both practice sessions on Friday. But with Red Bull yet to show its full hand, the pace of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz could merely flatter Ferrari as the Italian Grand Prix enters its more critical stages...

What's next for Porsche and Red Bull after collapsed F1 deal

Porsche's announcement on the collapse of its Red Bull talks ends a potential Formula 1 partnership many thought inevitable, and now raises fresh questions about what both must do next.

Leclerc braces for "difficult" Ferrari home race given Red Bull's top speed

Charles Leclerc says it will be a "difficult weekend on paper" for the Ferrari Formula 1 team to stop Red Bull and win on its home turf in Monza given its straightline speed deficit.

The culture clash at the heart of Red Bull's stalled Porsche partnership Prime

The culture clash at the heart of Red Bull's stalled Porsche partnership

OPINION: From the moment talk of Red Bull teaming up with Porsche in Formula 1 started it sounded like a match made in heaven. But as the situation became clearer the devil in the detail put the partnership into doubt, with the two sides wanting different things

Ten things we learned from the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix

Max Verstappen's points lead in the Formula 1 drivers' standings now looks more commanding than at any stage in last year's title battle after winning the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort. The Red Bull driver's determination to make 2022 a one-horse race aside, there was plenty to keep observers interested last weekend, including the outcome of Oscar Piastri's contract saga and an intriguing development in the mooted Red Bull-Porsche deal. Here's what we learned

Dutch GP: Russell leads Mercedes 1-2 in FP1 as Verstappen hits trouble

George Russell led a Mercedes 1-2 in first practice ahead of Formula 1's 2022 Dutch Grand Prix, while home favourite Max Verstappen was eliminated early on by car unreliability.

Norris rubbishes supposed rift with McLaren F1 teammate Ricciardo

Lando Norris has rubbished the “completely untrue” speculation on social media that he and departing McLaren Formula 1 team-mate Daniel Ricciardo have a soured relationship.

Russell: Mercedes still doesn't understand "big swing" in F1 weekend pace

Mercedes still does not "fully understand" why its 2022 Formula 1 car endures a "big swing" between qualifying and its stronger race pace in 2022, according to driver George Russell.

Sainz: No one congratulates Ferrari for correct F1 strategy calls

Carlos Sainz reckons Ferrari is dealt more criticism than everybody else for its strategy and that “no one” has congratulated the Formula 1 team when it has made correct calls.

The scale of the challenge facing Audi’s F1 assault Prime

The scale of the challenge facing Audi’s F1 assault

OPINION: Audi's arrival in Formula 1 for 2026 was confirmed on the eve of the Belgian Grand Prix. It marks the series' first new manufacturer of the hybrid era since Honda's difficult return with McLaren in 2015. The might of Audi will surely make it a force in F1 in time, but the scale of the task ahead of it is massive

Belgian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

Formula 1 roared back into action after the summer break at the Belgian Grand Prix, where the grid was shaken up by engine penalties which created different opportunities for drivers to shine. While the sole top score can probably be predicted, there were plenty of other high marks at Spa

How Verstappen scored the best win of his F1 career at Spa

Nothing could deny Max Verstappen’s Spa surge as he charged to a ninth Formula 1 win of the season, while yet more bad luck and questionable calls mired Charles Leclerc. Here’s how the Red Bull driver dominated the Belgian Grand Prix.

Video evidence shows it was Verstappen’s tear-off in Leclerc’s brake duct

Video footage of the opening lap of Formula 1’s Belgian Grand Prix has left Ferrari in no doubt that the tear-off that wrecked Charles Leclerc’s race was Max Verstappen’s.

Belgian GP: Verstappen recovers from penalty to lead Red Bull 1-2

Max Verstappen made very light work of his recovery from 14th place to dominate Formula 1’s 2022 Belgian Grand Prix and head a Red Bull 1-2 over teammate Sergio Perez. 

Albon used "cheap upgrade" to land best qualifying result of F1 return

Williams believes a “cheap upgrade” for the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix weekend helped Alex Albon land the best grid position since his return to Formula 1.

Verstappen: Spa changes will create "more cautious" F1 GP start

Reigning Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen believes modifications made to the Spa circuit will create a “more cautious” start to Formula 1’s 2022 Belgian Grand Prix.

Belgian GP: Sainz inherits pole, Verstappen tops qualifying Belgian GP
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Belgian GP: Sainz inherits pole, Verstappen tops qualifying

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen dominated qualifying for Formula 1’s 2022 Belgian Grand Prix but grid penalties mean Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz will line up on pole position.

Belgian GP: Perez edges Verstappen in FP3, Leclerc causes red flag

Sergio Perez led a Red Bull 1-2 in final practice ahead of Formula 1’s 2022 Belgian Grand Prix as Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc spun into the wall.

Why Verstappen has the upper hand for Spa’s recovery race

Formula 1 title rivals Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc both face a battle to recover from the rear of the grid after engine penalties. But it appears the championship leader is in the box seat on pace to salvage the most from a potentially tricky Belgian Grand Prix

Belgian GP: Verstappen outpaces Leclerc by 0.8s in FP2

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen smashed Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc's qualifying practice run by almost 0.9s to top second practice ahead of the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix.

Bottas: No reason Sauber can't win if it gains investment

Valtteri Bottas reckons there is "nothing to indicate” the Sauber team cannot win in Formula 1 again as it is poised to gain major investment from Audi for 2026.

How Formula 1’s Audi coup has been realised

Formula 1 has pulled off a major coup in encouraging Audi to join the series as an engine manufacturer from the 2026 season. It speaks to the surge in popularity F1 is enjoying. This is how it came to pass and how the famous German marque will tackle its new challenge

Albon's extension "sped up" to take Williams F1 driver off the market

Williams “sped up” announcing Alex Albon’s Formula 1 contract extension to ensure he was off the market amid the fallout triggered by Sebastian Vettel’s retirement.

Why Spa can reveal the most about Mercedes’ powers of resurrection

After a difficult start to Formula 1's ground effect-era, Mercedes has shown signs of recovery in recent races by regularly finishing on the podium and even taking pole last time out in Hungary. With more time to understand its W13 car and its improvement in recent races, plus a new technical directive coming into force for Spa, the Belgian GP could be a crucial barometer of its progress.

Grading F1's 2022 drivers at half-term Prime

Grading F1's 2022 drivers at half-term

Over the first 13 races of Formula 1's new ground effects era, Max Verstappen has surged into the lead in the world championship over Charles Leclerc. But as the 2022 season prepares to roar back into life, who stacks up as the top of the class, and who must do better? We graded every driver based on their performances so far

FIA finalises 2026 Formula 1 engine regulations

The FIA has finally approved the wording of the 2026 Formula 1 power unit regulations, which in turn paves the way for Porsche to enter in partnership with Red Bull.

Hamilton: I’ll end my F1 career before I’m completely burnt out

Lewis Hamilton intends to remain in Formula 1 while he still has “fuel in the tank” but says he won’t push until he is “completely burnt out” before retiring.

Why few would blame Leclerc if he leaves Ferrari in future Prime

Why few would blame Leclerc if he leaves Ferrari in future

OPINION: Ferrari's numerous strategy blunders, as well as some of his own mistakes, have cost Charles Leclerc dearly in the 2022 Formula 1 title battle in the first half of the season. Though he is locked into a deal with Ferrari, few could blame Leclerc if he ultimately wanted to look elsewhere - just as Lewis Hamilton did with McLaren 10 years prior.

Hamilton hopes Vettel showed F1 is "about something far bigger"

Lewis Hamilton hopes Sebastian Vettel's efforts to highlight issues outside of Formula 1 will set an example to young drivers to use their platform for "something far, far bigger."

The elements Ferrari must resolve to first save face, then win championships Prime

The elements Ferrari must resolve to first save face, then win championships

OPINION: Ferrari's Formula 1 title hopes look all but over after another strategic blunder in last week's Hungarian Grand Prix denied Charles Leclerc the chance to fight for victory, while handing it to chief rival Max Verstappen. The Scuderia now faces intense scrutiny over what it must now do to finally become a genuine factor in championship battles

Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

The Hungarian Grand Prix race result, after a dry race held without safety car conditions, bore little resemblance to what was anticipated after qualifying. While certain drivers were nullified by some iffy strategy calls, others shone to grasp opportunities afforded to them in the last F1 race before the summer break

Why Ferrari had the strategy shocker that helped Verstappen win

After Max Verstappen's difficult qualifying left him 10th on the grid for the Hungarian Grand Prix, few expected him to take an eighth victory of the 2022 Formula 1 season. Yet that's precisely what happened as Ferrari converted second and third on the grid into fourth and sixth at the flag with a bungled strategy that cost Charles Leclerc yet more ground in the title race.

Hungarian GP: Verstappen wins from 10th after spin as Ferrari misses podium Hungarian GP
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Hungarian GP: Verstappen wins from 10th after spin as Ferrari misses podium

Max Verstappen scored an unlikely Formula 1 victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix to head both Mercedes as Ferrari threw away a win with further questionable strategy decisions.

Russell: "Very shocked" if Mercedes F1 is faster in race trim

First-time Formula 1 polesitter George Russell will be “very shocked” if Mercedes turns up with a car that is faster in the Hungarian Grand Prix than it was for qualifying.

Ferrari drivers feel no need for team orders in Hungarian GP

Charles Leclerc reckons "nothing special" is needed from Ferrari regarding team orders or strategy in the Hungarian Grand Prix to capitalise on Formula 1 championsip leader Max Verstappen’s qualifying struggles.

Hungarian GP: Russell beats Ferraris to take maiden F1 pole Hungarian GP
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Hungarian GP: Russell beats Ferraris to take maiden F1 pole

George Russell landed a remarkable first Formula 1 pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix over the Ferraris while Max Verstappen was taken out of contention by a power issue.

Hungarian GP: Latifi tops wet final F1 practice

Williams driver Nicholas Latifi trumped Ferrari's Charles Leclerc by half a second to set the pace in a rain-soaked final practice ahead of Formula 1's 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Horner: "Lengthy process" before Red Bull Porsche F1 deal can progress

Christian Horner says there is still a “lengthy process” to go through before Porsche will greenlight its commitment to buying a 50% stake of the Red Bull Formula 1 team.

The good fortune Red Bull needs to overthrow Hungary favourite Ferrari

In scorching hot conditions at the Hungaroring, Ferrari has a clear edge on the competition. But as witnessed already this season, the Scuderia hasn’t had things go its way and there are still plenty of factors which could open up opportunities for its Formula 1 rivals to strike at the Hungarian GP...