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

Verstappen: Red Bull F1 still too "hit and miss" despite Miami win Miami GP
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Verstappen: Red Bull F1 still too "hit and miss" despite Miami win

Max Verstappen has called on his Red Bull team to iron out its operational issues after winning the Miami Grand Prix despite several problems across the weekend.

Vettel: Schumacher Miami GP F1 collision "stupid for both of us"

Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel says his collision with Mick Schumacher during Formula 1's Miami Grand Prix "was stupid for both us".

Spa WEC: #7 Toyota victorious in dramatic mixed weather race

The #7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez claimed victory in a stop-start FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa, beating Alpine in mixed conditions.

Miami GP boss defends high F1 ticket prices

Miami Grand Prix chief Tom Garfinkel has defended the Formula 1 race's extremely high ticket prices, saying it is driven by how much demand there is for the event.

Tsunoda: "I didn't know what I was doing" in F1 debut year

AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda says he has made a "massive step" during his much-improved second Formula 1 season, admitting he "didn't know" what he was doing in his debut year.

Hamilton: Amazing to see F1 has finally cracked the US

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says it is "amazing" to see Formula 1 has finally "cracked" the US after years of lukewarm interest from American race fans.

Magnussen no longer has weight of F1 title dream on his shoulders

Haas Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen says he has no longer has the "big weight" on his shoulders of aiming to become a world champion after his year out.

Leclerc "paid the price for being too greedy" with Imola F1 spin

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc says he "paid the price" for being "too greedy" after letting an Imola podium slip away with a late spin.

Norris "could have gotten Leclerc" for Imola F1 front row

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris believes he could have taken second from Charles Leclerc in a dramatic qualifying session in Imola but was still happy to qualify an unlikely third.

Russell: "No interest" in fighting Hamilton over P5 in F1

Mercedes Formula 1 driver George Russell says he has "no interest" in fighting teammate Lewis Hamilton while the team is still lacking performance.

Seidl: McLaren must remain patient despite Australian GP progress

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl says his team needs to remain patient despite a stronger performance at the Australian Grand Prix.

Leclerc "couldn't turn" before poor Australian GP F1 restart

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc explained picking up old rubber before the final corner was behind the poor safety car restart that almost cost him the lead of Formula 1's Australian Grand Prix.

Leclerc keeps Australian GP F1 pole after being cleared over in-lap time Australian GP
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Leclerc keeps Australian GP F1 pole after being cleared over in-lap time

Ferrari's Australian GP polesitter Charles Leclerc has been cleared by the FIA Formula 1 stewards for driving unnecessarily slowly on an in-lap during qualifying, allowing him to keep his pole for Sunday's race.

Albon disqualified from Australian GP F1 qualifying Australian GP
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Albon disqualified from Australian GP F1 qualifying

Alex Albon has been disqualified from qualifying for Formula 1's Australian Grand Prix after his Williams car couldn't produce a large enough fuel sample.

Verstappen "all over the place" despite front row for Australian GP Australian GP
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Verstappen "all over the place" despite front row for Australian GP

Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen says he was "all over the place" in the Red Bull after qualifying second for the Australian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo hopes tweaked Melbourne F1 layout can yield points

Daniel Ricciardo says McLaren Formula 1's improved Saudi Arabia GP form has given him hope that he can aim for points at his home race in Melbourne.

Binotto: Leclerc driving like someone who can win F1 title

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto think Charles Leclerc is driving at the level of a F1 world championship contender after taking first and second in 2022's pair of opening races.

Horner: F1 should look into DRS lines after Saudi cat and mouse game

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes Formula 1 should look at the placement of DRS detection lines in order to avoid the "cat and mouse games" seen in Jeddah.

Wolff: No "arm twisting" to convince F1 drivers to race in Saudi

Toto Wolff says there “wasn’t any arm twisting from our side” to convince Formula 1 drivers to race in Saudi Arabia after threats of a boycott emerged on Friday night.

Wolff: Painful Mercedes F1 form an "exercise in humility"

Toto Wolff believes Mercedes’ current “painful” form in Formula 1 is an “exercise in humility” after failing to challenge Red Bull or Ferrari in Saudi Arabia last weekend.

Ocon “one degree” away from having same F1 crash as Schumacher

Alpine’s Esteban Ocon says he nearly had an identical crash to Mick Schumacher's in qualifying for the Formula 1 Saudi Grand Prix, saying he was one degree of slip angle away from going into the same wall.

Wolff: Mercedes F1 form right now "totally unacceptable"

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the performance of his team at the moment is "totally unacceptable", after a disappointing showing in Formula 1’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Saudi Arabian GP qualifying halted after huge Schumacher shunt

Qualifying for Formula 1's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix has been red-flagged following a heavy crash for Haas driver Mick Schumacher.

Bottas explains Alfa Romeo F1 start issue in Bahrain

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas has explained the start issue which cost him positions at the Bahrain Grand Prix had already been happening throughout pre-season, with the team still chasing a fix.

Albon: F1 safety car unlapping rules may need further review

Williams driver Alex Albon thinks Formula 1's safety car rules might need to be reviewed again after the Bahrain Grand Prix, in which the race was restarted before unlapped cars caught up to the back of the pack.

Alonso: Overtaking in F1 still difficult despite 2022 rules

Alpine driver Fernando Alonso thinks that following other cars has been made easier by the 2022 rules, but overtaking will still be difficult in Formula 1 this year.

Alonso: Verstappen "will have less pressure" as reigning F1 champ

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso believes Max Verstappen will race with less pressure after claiming his first title in 2021.

Bottas: Completing F1 race distance "my biggest concern"

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas says being able to complete a race distance is his "biggest concern" after a variety of issues interrupted the team during pre-season testing.

Norris: Mercedes and Red Bull "a little bit ahead" of McLaren

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris believes Mercedes and Red Bull are still on top after 2022's first week of testing in Barcelona.

Williams: Albon has "exceeded expectations" in first weeks

Williams Formula 1 CEO Jost Capito says his new signing Alexander Albon has "exceeded expectations" in his first few weeks working with the team.

How porpoising could trigger a qualifying dilemma in F1 2022

Formula 1 drivers were in for a nasty surprise at Barcelona pre-season testing when the age-old ground effect problem of porpoising reared its head again.

Cautious Norris "would rather be last" on first day of F1 testing

Lando Norris says he would have rather finished last than topped the times on the first day of 2022 Formula 1 pre-season testing in Barcelona as people will now put expectations on his McLaren team.

Bottas "secretly dreaming" of Alfa Romeo F1 podium

Valtteri Bottas has admitted consistently scoring points "would be a big achievement" for his Alfa Romeo F1 team but says he's secretly dreaming of a podium.

Bottas feels "big responsibility" to be Alfa Romeo F1 leader

Valtteri Bottas is relishing taking on the responsibility of being Alfa Romeo Formula 1's team leader after spending years in Lewis Hamilton's shadow at Mercedes.

Norris experimenting with driving style to adapt to 2022 F1 car

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris says he has been experimenting with his driving style for the all-new 2022 F1 cars and is conscious that he might need to adapt to the new McLaren.

Williams F1 no longer family business after "critical changes"

Williams Formula 1 team principal Jost Capito believes the historic outfit has now grown from a family business into "a well-structured engineering company" after making "critical changes".

AlphaTauri, Alpine reveal launch dates for 2022 F1 cars

AlphaTauri and Alpine are the latest teams to announce the launch dates of their 2022 Formula 1 cars ahead of Barcelona pre-season testing.

Seidl: Masi’s tricky role in intense F1 title battle needs to be understood

McLaren boss Andreas Seidl says that the difficulties of being F1 race director amid an intense title battle need to be appreciated amid intense focus on the job Michael Masi has done.

How has F1 penalised pushing off track? Penalties, warnings and more
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How has F1 penalised pushing off track? Penalties, warnings and more

How has the FIA penalised drivers forcing each other off track? We take a look at previous instances to find out what typically happens.

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.

Why Spa renovation should address Eau Rouge’s biggest safety concern

The terrifying accident in W Series qualifying at Formula 1’s Belgian Grand Prix has helped reignite the safety debate surrounding Spa's iconic Eau Rouge/Raidillon complex.

Seidl "strongly disagrees" with Masi over yellow flag decision

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl "strongly disagrees" with Formula 1 race director Michael Masi's decision not to take any action over yellow flag speeding in Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Norris unable to drive McLaren F1 car the way he wants
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Norris unable to drive McLaren F1 car the way he wants

Lando Norris has admitted that even he is unable to drive McLaren's new Formula 1 car exactly like he wants, despite his run of podiums.

Ricciardo more confident in his McLaren F1 car after "mini breakthrough"

Daniel Ricciardo says increased confidence in his upgraded McLaren Formula 1 car is behind his strong Spanish Grand Prix qualifying performance, which he labelled as a "mini breakthrough".

Horner: Poaching Mercedes F1 engine staff an “inevitability”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has defended his team's strategy of poaching key Mercedes staff for its in-house Formula 1 engine project, saying its proximity to Mercedes made it an "inevitability".

Hamilton wins third Laureus Award for social activism

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has won a third Laureus Award, receiving the new Laureus Athlete Advocate of the Year Award for his activism against inequality.

Steiner: Criticism from F1 rivals shouldn't affect Mazepin

Haas Formula 1 team principal Gunther Steiner believes his rookie driver Nikita Mazepin shouldn't be affected by the ample criticism he receives by his colleagues.

Albuquerque hails "dream week" for United at Spa WEC

United Autosports LMP2 driver Filipe Albuquerque has praised his team for a "dream week" at Spa after dominating the opening round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship.

Spa WEC: Toyota grinds out win on Hypercar debut

The #8 Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima, Sebastien Buemi and Brendon Hartley won the first race of the FIA World Endurance Championship's Hypercar era, defeating Alpine after a gruelling back and forth battle in the 6 Hours of Spa.

Project 1 team withdraws from WEC Spa after crashes

German GTE Am outfit Team Project 1 has withdrawn from Spa's opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship after crashes for both its Porsches.

Spa WEC: Kobayashi gifts Toyota first Hypercar pole

Kamui Kobayashi has gifted Toyota pole on the debut of the brand's new GR010 Hybrid Hypercar, setting the fastest time in qualifying for the WEC 6 Hours of Spa.

Ricciardo didn't underestimate difficulty of McLaren switch

McLaren Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo says he didn't underestimate the time it would take him to adapt to his new car, vowing to stay patient as he gets up to speed.

Williams explains Latifi's step forward in performance

The Williams Formula 1 team has explained a combination of new parts and improved confidence in Imola led to Nicholas Latifi setting a pace which left teammate George Russell "disturbed".

Father and son Jan and Kevin Magnussen team up for Le Mans

Former Formula 1 racers Kevin Magnussen and Jan Magnussen will form a father and son line-up at August's Le Mans 24 Hours, joining up with Anders Fjordbach in a High Class Racing LMP2 entry.

Corvette aces Gavin, Garcia relish unlikely Spa WEC partnership

Long-time Corvette stalwarts Oliver Gavin and Antonio Garcia are relishing the prospect of racing together in the same car for the first time at the WEC 6 Hours of Spa, after being competing teammates for over a decade.

Ricciardo had to "swallow pride" in Imola swap with Norris

Daniel Ricciardo said he had to "swallow his pride" when his McLaren Formula 1 team asked him to move over for teammate Lando Norris in Imola but accepted the call was fair.

Williams: Imola display proves there will be more ‘opportunities’

Williams' encouraging Imola pace has strengthened the Formula 1 team's belief that it will get more opportunities to score points in 2021, according to Head of Vehicle Performance Dave Robson.

McLaren: Norris Imola F1 podium deserved on merit

McLaren Formula 1 team boss Andreas Seidl believes Lando Norris' podium in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was earned on merit, as shown by his driver hitting the top three on pace in every Imola qualifying session.

Seidl: Self-criticism after Imola mistake typical of Norris

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl says Lando Norris' harsh self-criticism after a minor Imola Formula 1 qualifying mistake typifies the young Briton's character.

Norris admits he "effed it all up" in Imola qualifying

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris said he is "annoyed with myself" after losing third on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix grid due to exceeding track limits, admitting he "effed it all up".