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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.

Latest articles by Filip Cleeren


Norris: McLaren "not miles away" from Mercedes and Red Bull

Lando Norris says his McLaren Formula 1 team is "not miles away" from frontrunners Mercedes and Red Bull and expects a season-long battle with Ferrari and AlphaTauri for third.

Gasly: AlphaTauri can fight McLaren, Ferrari on all tracks

Pierre Gasly believes his AlphaTauri Formula 1 team can fight midfield rivals McLaren and Ferrari "on all tracks" after showing promising pace in Bahrain.

McLaren: Two quick drivers ‘key’ to F1 resurgence

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl acknowledged that having two closely matched drivers is key to the team's recent resurgence, which fuelled the decision to snap up Daniel Ricciardo for 2021.

AlphaTauri should have "nice step forward" by Spain

AlphaTauri "should have a nice step forward" by Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix, according to technical director Jody Egginton.

Vettel admits he is “not at home” in Aston Martin F1 car

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel has admitted he's "not at home" in his new car, following a troubled Bahrain Grand Prix with his new team.

Norris was "punishing himself" with old F1 driving style

Formula 1 driver Lando Norris believes he was "punishing himself" with his old driving style in the 2021 McLaren, but applied lessons learned from Daniel Ricciardo to shine in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Mazepin "beating himself up" over Bahrain woes, says Steiner

Haas Formula 1 team boss Guenther Steiner revealed Nikita Mazepin was "beating himself up" over his lap-one exit in Bahrain but is confident the Russian rookie is "ready to go again".

ByKolles names test drivers for Le Mans Hypercar programme

ByKolles has named Tom Dillmann and Esteban Guerrieri as the test and development drivers for its PMC Project LMH, developing the team's Le Mans Hypercar for 2022.

Ricciardo promised ride in Earnhardt Chevrolet in new podium bet

McLaren Formula 1 CEO Zak Brown has promised his new driver Daniel Ricciardo a run in Dale Earnhardt's 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo stock car as a reward for his first podium finish with the team.

Norris has made the next step, says McLaren F1 boss Seidl

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl believes Lando Norris' fourth place in the Bahrain Grand Prix is proof he has "made the next step" ahead of his third season.

Wolff counters Bottas' "defensive" strategy complaint

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff understands Valtteri Bottas' frustration of being stuck on the same strategy as teammate Lewis Hamilton in the Bahrain Grand Prix but said there was no other option on the table.

Vettel accepts blame for Ocon Bahrain F1 collision

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel has admitted his collision with Esteban Ocon in the Bahrain Grand Prix "was probably my mistake" and explained why he initially blamed the Alpine driver.

Mazepin "very angry" with himself for early Bahrain exit

Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin said he was "very angry" at himself for his lap one retirement in the Bahrain Grand Prix after losing control in Turn 2.

Brawn hails Tsunoda as "F1's best rookie for years"

Formula 1 sporting director Ross Brawn has praised AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda for his impressive debut in Bahrain, claiming the Japanese youngster is the "best rookie F1 has had for years".

Wolff: Track limit rules can't be "a Shakespeare novel"

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff has urged the FIA to clear up its track limits approach after fresh controversy in the Bahrain Grand Prix, saying the rules need to be "sacred" and not a "Shakespeare novel".

Horner: Verstappen letting Hamilton past was "the right thing"

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says Max Verstappen "did the right thing" by following race control and letting Lewis Hamilton through in the final stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Verstappen "preferred" time penalty to letting Hamilton past

Max Verstappen says he would have preferred a penalty for overtaking Formula 1 rival Lewis Hamilton off-track at the Bahrain Grand Prix's climax, rather than handing back the lead

Alonso “expecting to struggle” in opening races of F1 return Bahrain GP
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Alonso “expecting to struggle” in opening races of F1 return

Fernando Alonso said he was satisfied by qualifying in the top 10 on his Formula 1 return in Bahrain, admitting he was "expecting to struggle" in the first few races.

Perez "has to be patient" with himself after Bahrain Q3 miss

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez says he is unconcerned by missing Q3 in Bahrain GP qualifying because he has to be "patient" with himself at his new team.

Sainz thought qualifying "was over" after Q1 glitch Bahrain GP
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Sainz thought qualifying "was over" after Q1 glitch

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz thought his Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying session "was over" after a glitch in Q1.

Vettel "upset and angry" after Bahrain Q1 exit Bahrain GP
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Vettel "upset and angry" after Bahrain Q1 exit

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel was left "upset and angry" after going out in Q1 of Bahrain GP qualifying, in which the German saw his second flying lap ruined by yellow flags.

Leclerc surprised by Ferrari competitiveness in Bahrain practice

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc said he was positively surprised with his team's pace during Friday practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix after his new teammate Carlos Sainz clocked the fourth fastest time.

Mercedes facing Bahrain "dogfight" with Red Bull

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff believes his team will face a "dogfight" with Red Bull at this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, as the W12 car was "inconsistent" in practice.

Red Bull went through "painful" redundancies to meet cost cap

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has revealed his team has had to "go through the pain of redundancies" to adhere to Formula 1's new budget cap for 2021, amid fears that costly sprint races could force further staff reductions.

McLaren F1 boss predicts Verstappen-Russell at Mercedes in 2022

McLaren Formula 1 CEO Zak Brown has predicted that Max Verstappen and George Russell will form an all-new line-up at Mercedes in 2022, replacing Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Ricciardo: McLaren "worked me pretty hard" over the winter

Daniel Ricciardo says his McLaren Formula 1 team worked him "pretty hard" over the past two months as the Australian got up to speed ahead of his first season with the operation.

AlphaTauri F1 in much better shape than last year - Gasly

AlphaTauri Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly believes his team is in much better shape than this time last year, saying "there are good reasons to be excited" for the 2021 season.

'Pushy' Alonso a big help to Alpine F1 team, says Brivio

Alpine sporting manager Davide Brivio believes Fernando Alonso's demanding and pushy nature has had a "very positive" effect on the Enstone team as the double world champion gears up for his Formula 1 return.

Three-time Le Mans winner Fassler retires from racing

Marcel Fassler, a three-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours, has called time on his professional driving career at the age of 44.

Verstappen quickest as Bahrain F1 test ends

Red Bull's Max Verstappen ended the third and final day of Formula 1 pre-season testing on top, setting the fastest time of the Bahrain test on Sunday afternoon.

Alpine explains bulky airbox after "body shaming"

Alpine's executive director Marcin Budkowski has explained the team's decision for its bulky airbox on its 2021 Formula 1 car, saying he was "surprised by the amount of body shaming".

Perez leads final morning of F1 test for Red Bull

Red Bull's Sergio Perez set the fastest time on the third and final morning of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain, with most teams concentrating on longer runs.

Bottas puts Mercedes on top on Day 2 of Bahrain F1 test

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas led the way on the second day of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain, holding off AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly in a rapid afternoon session.

Ricciardo fastest on Saturday morning of F1 test, Hamilton spins

McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo has set the fastest time on the second morning of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain, as Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes lost more precious mileage due to a spin.

Vettel: More to come after "tricky" first F1 test day

Sebastian Vettel says he enjoyed his first morning test in Aston Martin's Formula 1 car but vowed there is "more to come" as tricky conditions in Bahrain made it difficult to acclimatise to his new car.

Verstappen ends first day of F1 pre-season testing on top

Red Bull's Max Verstappen has topped the first day of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain, as Mercedes' 2021 campaign got off to a low-key start.

Ricciardo quickest as Mercedes, Ferrari hit trouble in F1 test

McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo led the way in the first test session of the 2021 Formula 1 season, as Ferrari's Charles Leclerc caused a late red flag in Bahrain.

Alpine open to adding partner Formula 1 team

Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi says the constructor is open to adding a Formula 1 partner team in the future, but "isn't actively seeking" a customer for 2022.

Stroll admits he "underestimated" the impact of COVID-19

Aston Martin's Lance Stroll, one of the three Formula 1 drivers who caught COVID-19 during the 2020 season, says he underestimated the toll the virus would take on him.

Mercedes has "no doubts" on Hamilton's F1 commitment

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says he has "no doubts" about Lewis Hamilton's commitment to Formula 1, but says Hamilton deserves the flexibility of signing just a one-year deal with the team.

Alonso and Ocon to get equal status at Alpine F1, insists Rossi

Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi has vowed that Esteban Ocon will receive equal treatment as Fernando Alonso at the rebranded Renault Formula 1 team in 2021.

Vettel "at peace" with himself over Ferrari F1 exit

Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel says he is "at peace" with himself over his final Ferrari season, but doesn't believe he'll be under any less pressure at his new Formula 1 team.

Hamilton on F1 contract talk distractions: "Not my first rodeo"

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton doesn't believe his one-year contract extension will be a cause for distraction throughout 2021, saying "it's not my first rodeo" dealing with contract speculation.

Abiteboul's Alpine F1 departure was a "shock" - Budkowski

Alpine Formula 1 director Marcin Budkowski has revealed the departure of team principal Cyril Abiteboul was a "surprise and a shock to everyone" at the team.

Schumacher: No added pressure from father's legacy for F1 debut

Haas Formula 1 rookie Mick Schumacher says he is proud to carry the Schumacher name in the sport and doesn't believe his father's legacy will add any extra pressure

Pietro Fittipaldi joins G-Drive LMP2 squad in ELMS

Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of two-time Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, will be dovetailing his F1 and IndyCar duties with a G-Drive seat in the 2021 European Le Mans Series.

Ferrari announces top flight Le Mans return with hypercar

Ferrari has announced it will return to the top flight of endurance racing, including the Le Mans 24 Hours, with its own hypercar from 2023.

Ferrari has set "quite clear" targets for Giovinazzi in 2021

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver and Ferrari protege Antonio Giovinazzi says Maranello has set clear targets for him as he embarks on his third full season.