Haydn Cobb
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Haydn Cobb

Haydn Cobb is Autosport.com’s editor. After studying Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton, Haydn’s passion for all things sport led him to reporting on a wide variety of disciplines, from hockey to handball, while his dissertation focused on the alure and fascination of the Isle of Man TT. On entering the professional discipline in 2015, Haydn landed a junior journalist role at Crash.net covering a vast breadth of motorsport series, stretching from the British Superbike championship to Formula 1, and covering the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours single-handedly remains his most stressful assignment to date. Haydn went on to become editor of the website for almost three years, helping to oversee a rebrand and relaunch of the site. That led to a move to Autosport to become website editor in April 2020.

Living five minutes away from the McLaren Technology Centre, through coincidence rather than choice it should be stressed, Haydn still dreams of his beloved Woking FC climbing the football pyramid but for now will settle with the beauty of non-league football.

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Alonso loses points finish with post-race Miami GP penalty

Fernando Alonso has lost a points finish in ninth place in the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix due to a post-race five-second penalty.

Verstappen: Red Bull needs to make F1 weekends "less difficult"

Max Verstappen says Red Bull must "start making the weekends less difficult" having missed most of Friday practice and was surprised to fight for pole position at the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix.

Verstappen: Leclerc’s Imola F1 spin “easily done”

Max Verstappen had sympathy for Formula 1 world title rival Charles Leclerc after he lost an Emilia Romagna Grand Prix podium in a spin as he felt “the mistake is easily done”.

Zhou given F1 pitlane start penalty at Imola after sprint crash

Zhou Guanyu will start the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix from the pitlane after Alfa Romeo repaired his car under parc ferme conditions following his sprint race crash.

Ferrari switches Sainz’s F1 engine after Australian GP off

Ferrari has made a precautionary move to change Carlos Sainz’s power unit ahead of the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix following his off in Australia.

F1's Sprint Race: When are they and what's changed for 2022?

Formula 1's sprint races make a return in 2022, but with some changes compared to 2021. Find out what those changes are and everything you need to know here.

Nic Hamilton sticks with Team Hard for 2022 BTCC campaign

Nic Hamilton will compete in his fourth consecutive British Touring Car Championship season as he remains with Team Hard Cupra for 2022.

Hamilton: Mercedes "still far off" Ferrari and Red Bull in F1 top order

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes remains "still far off" Ferrari and Red Bull as Formula 1's leading teams in the new era and feels he needs "more grip and more power" to be competitive.

Perez: Losing Saudi F1 win due to ill-timed safety car "hurts"

Sergio Perez was confident he was in the victory fight while leading the Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix until the timing of the safety car compromised his strategy.

Leclerc hails Ferrari F1 turnaround after two "difficult" years Bahrain GP
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Leclerc hails Ferrari F1 turnaround after two "difficult" years

Charles Leclerc says leading a Ferrari 1-2 at the 2022 Formula 1 season opener in Bahrain is the perfect way to respond following two years that “have been incredibly difficult”.

Leclerc explains F1 tactics for beating Verstappen in Bahrain GP battles Bahrain GP
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Leclerc explains F1 tactics for beating Verstappen in Bahrain GP battles

Charles Leclerc has revealed his tactics to keep Max Verstappen behind during the Bahrain Grand Prix which launched his victory charge at the 2022 Formula 1 opener.

Magnussen on "massive rollercoaster" in Haas F1 return

Kevin Magnussen says his last two weeks have been like a "massive rollercoaster", going from being out of Formula 1 to qualifying seventh on the grid for the 2022 opener with Haas.

Verstappen says Bahrain GP qualifying runs were "hit and miss"

Max Verstappen says inconsistencies during his Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying runs meant he narrowly missed out on pole position for the 2022 Formula 1 opener.

Verstappen: Ferrari "very close" on F1 pace at Bahrain GP

Max Verstappen believes Ferrari is "very close" in terms of pace but is still certain all Formula 1 teams are yet to reveal their true pace ahead of the 2022 opener in Bahrain.

Uralkali seeks sponsorship repayment from Haas F1 team

Uralkali is set to begin legal proceedings against the Haas Formula 1 team to reclaim its sponsorship payments after the team terminated its contract in reaction to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

2022 F1 Barcelona test: Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 on final day

Lewis Hamilton produced a late timesheet-topping charge on the final day of Formula 1's 2022 Barcelona pre-season test, while Haas and Alpine completed just a handful of laps due to mechanical issues.

F1 Testing 2022: When is it, who’s driving and how can I follow it? 

Formula 1's first test allows teams and fans to see the 2022 cars on track, but when is it and how can you follow it? Find out that and more here. 

Who are Eduardo Freitas and Niels Wittich, and why are they replacing Michael Masi in F1?

After the FIA investigation into the controversial finish to Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, sweeping changes will be made headlined by the departure of Michael Masi as race director.

Former F1 driver Charles Pic to take over DAMS team

Former Formula 1 driver Charles Pic has secured an agreement to take over the DAMS racing team.

FIA changes F1 points rules after Belgian GP washout

The FIA has announced it will change the Formula 1 points system for shortened races following the fallout from last year's Belgian Grand Prix washout.

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Gregoire Saucy: How an outsider demolished a rank of F1 juniors

His career has been a slowburner but Gregoire Saucy trounced a collection of F1 juniors in Formula Regional by Alpine last year, and now he’s preparing to do it again in FIA F3. Here’s how the Swiss caught the world by surprise in 2021 and how he plans to do it all over again.

F1 2022 pre-season test dates: When do new cars hit the track?

Pre-season testing is the first chance to see all the new Formula 1 cars on track. But what is pre-season testing, how does it work, and can you watch it? Find out here.

F3 race winner Smolyar switches to MP for third season in 2022

Alexander Smolyar will move to MP Motorsport for the 2022 FIA Formula 3 season after splitting from ART Grand Prix.

Cordeel completes Van Amersfoort line-up in F2 for 2022

Amaury Cordeel will make his Formula 2 debut in 2022 as he completes the Van Amersfoort Racing line-up alongside Jake Hughes.

Marquez back on track at Portimao to step up MotoGP return preparation
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Marquez back on track at Portimao to step up MotoGP return preparation

Marc Marquez has stepped up his MotoGP comeback preparations by completing laps at Portimao on a Honda RC213V-S.

Kristoffersson to defend World Rallycross title with Volkswagen
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Kristoffersson to defend World Rallycross title with Volkswagen

Johan Kristoffersson will defend his World Rallycross title in 2022 with the Kristoffersson Motorsport-run team switching to a Volkswagen entry, as the series prepares for its electric era.

Al-Attiyah “really lucky” to finish Dakar stage after mechanical scare Dakar
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Al-Attiyah “really lucky” to finish Dakar stage after mechanical scare

Nasser Al-Attiyah says he is “really lucky” to finish the Stage 8 and retain the lead of the Dakar Rally after suffering a mechanical scare with a broken rear differential.

Marquez MotoGP recovery on track amid treatment for double vision

Marc Marquez is recovering from double vision and will continue to prepare for the 2022 MotoGP season alongside a treatment plan over the next few weeks, according to his Honda team.

Hamilton, Verstappen back "enjoyable" Abu Dhabi F1 track changes Abu Dhabi GP
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Hamilton, Verstappen back "enjoyable" Abu Dhabi F1 track changes

Both Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have given positive reviews of the Yas Marina Circuit changes ahead of this weekend’s Formula 1 title decider in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton hopes “everyone wants to do it in the right way” in Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi GP
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Hamilton hopes “everyone wants to do it in the right way” in Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton hopes the Formula 1 world title fight plays out in “the right way” ahead of his showdown at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with rival Max Verstappen.

Montoya: Verstappen didn’t have intention of making Turn 4
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Montoya: Verstappen didn’t have intention of making Turn 4

Juan Pablo Montoya believes Max Verstappen intentionally ran wide in his Turn 4 clash with Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton and has questioned inconsistencies from the FIA.

Vettel hopes Verstappen has better F1 title fight against Hamilton than he did

Sebastian Vettel wants Max Verstappen to have ‘a better car or better position’ to fight for the Formula 1 world title against Lewis Hamilton than he did during their championship battles.

Van der Linde apologises to Lawson after Norisring DTM clash Norisring
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Van der Linde apologises to Lawson after Norisring DTM clash

Kelvin van der Linde has apologised to Liam Lawson for their clash during the Norisring DTM finale in an emotional social media post.

Mazepin: “Driving blind” in dirty spray caused near-miss with Hamilton

Nikita Mazepin described wet conditions as like “driving blind” during the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix and will apologise to Lewis Hamilton for almost causing a crash while being lapped.

Hamilton explains why Mercedes F1 tyre call left him 'frustrated' Turkish GP
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Hamilton explains why Mercedes F1 tyre call left him 'frustrated'

Lewis Hamilton believes he wasn't on the best race strategy for the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix and feels he should have either pitted earlier or gone to the end without stopping.

Vettel takes responsibility for dry F1 tyre call in Turkey

Sebastian Vettel has taken responsibility for the call to switch to dry tyres during the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix in damp conditions.

Sainz set for Turkey F1 grid penalty after Ferrari engine change Turkish GP
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Sainz set for Turkey F1 grid penalty after Ferrari engine change

Carlos Sainz will take a grid penalty at the Turkish Grand Prix this weekend with Ferrari giving him the upgraded hybrid system on its Formula 1 power unit.

Win tickets to McLaren’s HQ

Following Daniel Ricciardo’s incredible victory at the Italian Grand Prix, five lucky winners will get the chance to visit the amazing McLaren F1 Team factory thanks to a new online competition.

Michelin to remain MotoGP tyre supplier until 2026
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Michelin to remain MotoGP tyre supplier until 2026

Michelin will continue as the official tyre supplier in MotoGP until at least the end of the 2026 season after securing a new three-year contract extension.

Buemi: #8 Toyota was “quite lucky” in Le Mans 24h start clash

Sebastien Buemi says the area of impact his #8 Toyota car took in the Le Mans 24 Hours start clash with the #708 Glickenhaus helped avoid critical damage as his squad recovered to finish runner-up.

McLaren backs decision to delay F1 pitstop clampdown until Belgian GP
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McLaren backs decision to delay F1 pitstop clampdown until Belgian GP

McLaren Formula 1 boss Andreas Seidl has backed the decision to delay the clampdown on pit stop times until the Belgian Grand Prix, offering more time for crews to prepare.

McLaren: "Not unrealistic" for Norris to target P3 in championship

McLaren Formula 1 chief Andreas Seidl believes it is "not unrealistic" for Lando Norris to target third place in the drivers' championship after his strong start to the season.

Seidl: Sprint races best kept for specific Formula 1 tracks
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Seidl: Sprint races best kept for specific Formula 1 tracks

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl believes it is good to have trialled Formula 1’s new Saturday sprint race at Silverstone, but the format should be reserved for specific circuits.

McLaren set for boost in Ferrari F1 fight with Hungarian GP upgrades

McLaren is set for a boost in its fight against Ferrari for third in the Formula 1 constructors’ championship by bringing some upgrades to the next race in Hungary.

Thailand MotoGP round cancelled for second year in a row

The MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix has been officially cancelled for the second consecutive year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Mercedes: British GP red flag saved Hamilton from retirement British GP
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Mercedes: British GP red flag saved Hamilton from retirement

Mercedes suspects Lewis Hamilton would have been forced to retire with damage sustained in his clash with Max Verstappen had Formula 1's British Grand Prix not been red-flagged.

Hamilton doesn’t feel he needs to apologise for Verstappen clash

Lewis Hamilton doesn't feel he needs to apologise for clashing with Max Verstappen in Formula 1's British Grand Prix but will contact him after discovering he was taken to hospital.

Verstappen slams Hamilton for "disrespectful" F1 win celebrations

Max Verstappen says Lewis Hamilton was “dangerous” in their clash during the Formula 1 British Grand Prix and feels his victory celebrations were “disrespectful and unsportsmanlike”.

Leclerc: My 200% not enough against Hamilton in British GP

Charles Leclerc felt he couldn't fully enjoy his first Formula 1 podium since last year’s British Grand Prix, narrowly missing out on victory after falling to Lewis Hamilton's late pass.

Russell hit with British GP F1 grid penalty for Sainz clash

George Russell has been given a three-place grid penalty for causing a collision in an incident with Carlos Sainz in the first Formula 1 sprint qualifying race at Silverstone.

Perez blames “dirty air” for F1 sprint race spin

Sergio Perez says getting “caught out in the dirty air” triggered his spin during the inaugural Formula 1 sprint qualifying race at the British Grand Prix on Saturday.

Ocon feels his F1 "pace is back" after Silverstone turnaround British GP
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Ocon feels his F1 "pace is back" after Silverstone turnaround

Esteban Ocon has said his "pace is back" at the British Grand Prix and thanked his Alpine Formula 1 team for making changes to his car ahead of the weekend.

Verstappen hampered by "weird feeling" with F1 car in qualifying British GP
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Verstappen hampered by "weird feeling" with F1 car in qualifying

Max Verstappen has said "a weird feeling" and struggling with understeer with his Red Bull Formula 1 car hampered his efforts in qualifying at the British Grand Prix.

British GP: Verstappen outpaces Norris by 0.7s in FP1 British GP
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British GP: Verstappen outpaces Norris by 0.7s in FP1

Max Verstappen topped opening practice for Red Bull ahead of Formula 1's British Grand Prix at Silverstone, with McLaren's Lando Norris slotting into second place ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

Gardner to step up to MotoGP with Tech 3 KTM in 2022
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Gardner to step up to MotoGP with Tech 3 KTM in 2022

Remy Gardner will step up to the MotoGP grid in 2022 after signing a deal to join the Tech 3 KTM team.

Raikkonen takes blame for Portimao crash with Giovinazzi

Kimi Raikkonen has taken responsibility for colliding with Alfa Romeo Formula 1 teammate Antonio Giovinazzi in the Portuguese Grand Prix, explaining he was distracted changing switches on his steering wheel.

FIA rejects Alfa Romeo's review of Raikkonen's Imola penalty

Alfa Romeo's review into Kimi Raikkonen's 30-second time penalty that cost him a points finish at the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix has been rejected and the penalty maintained.

Norris: Soft-tyre call at Imola restart was “right decision”

Lando Norris now agrees with McLaren’s decision to run soft tyres at the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix restart – which secured a podium finish – despite not being confident with the call at first.

F1 changes Imola GP schedule to avoid Prince Philip funeral clash

Formula 1 has tweaked the Saturday schedule for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix to avoid clashing with the funeral service of Prince Philip.

Schumacher: Bahrain F1 cold tyre error will stay with me for a while

Mick Schumacher has said his spin on cold tyres during his Formula 1 race debut “will keep with me for a very long time” and vows to learn from the mistake.