Filip Cleeren
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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 Motorsport.com 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.

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Top 10: The closest finishes in Formula 1 history

From drag races to the finish to controversial team orders, Formula 1 has produced many close finishes throughout the years. These are the 10 closest finishes in F1 history.

Formula 1's most chaotic start line incidents

On this day in April 1979, Ferrari star Gilles Villeneuve caused confusion at the start of the US Grand Prix West by missing his grid spot. We look at eight chaotic F1 starts throughout the years.

The day Montoya gave F1 a shock to the system

The Brazilian Grand Prix in Interlagos has a rich history of delivering some of Formula 1’s most thrilling spectacles. In 2001, it was a sensational rookie that gave the sport a much-needed shock to the system.

What to expect from the LMP1 era's last survivor

While Alpine is still mulling the prospect of a Le Mans Hypercar entry to complement the reinvigorated brand's F1 team, its partner team Signatech is testing the waters in 2021 with the last remaining car from the outgoing LMP1 era.

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The art of compromise an F1 race engineer has to master

The job of a Formula 1 race engineer requires in equal parts engineering skill and acute sensitivity – not an easy combination when the pressure is on, as Fernando Alonso's Alpine F1 engineer explains.

Corvette to run special liveries for Sebring 12 Hours

Corvette Racing has unveiled a pair of one-off liveries for the Sebring 12 Hours, deviating from its traditional yellow for this weekend's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship classic.

Ferrari junior Ilott joins GT World Challenge with Iron Lynx

Ferrari academy driver Callum Ilott will contest the Endurance Cup rounds of the 2021 GT World Challenge Europe with an Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GT3.

Hamilton, Mercedes F1 nominated for Laureus Awards

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team are amongst the nominees at the 2021 Laureus World Sports Awards.

Ricciardo's snug McLaren showcases fine art of the F1 seat fit
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Ricciardo's snug McLaren showcases fine art of the F1 seat fit

In the first 2021 episode of its McLaren Unboxed series, the team has lifted the lid on one of the finer arts of building an F1 car, designing the seat around its new driver Daniel Ricciardo.

Toyota Hypercar will be "really different" to race with

Toyota drivers Brendon Hartley and Mike Conway believe the marque's new Le Mans Hypercar will be very different to race with compared to the LMP1 car it replaces.

BMW announces reduced IMSA programme for 2021

BMW has announced it will only compete in the four endurance rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, leaving just three full-time entries in the depleted GTLM class.

Giovinazzi: Learning from Raikkonen key to further F1 progress

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi is delighted to continue having Kimi Raikkonen as his teammate in 2021, believing the Finn's vast experience will be key to his own development.

Alfa Romeo wants "improving" Giovinazzi to be a team leader

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team boss has called on his driver Antonio Giovinazzi to become more of a team leader, as the Italian is gearing up for a third season in the sport with the Swiss team.

Continuing Alfa Romeo ties "crucial" for F1 team's future

Alfa Romeo team boss Fred Vasseur has labelled his team's close links to the Italian brand as more than just a "nice reward", saying the road car tie-up is crucial to the team's future.

Giovinazzi explains reason behind rapid race starts

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi believes working on his starts has been one of the keys to his improved second season in the sport.

St Pete IndyCar Grand Prix postponed to April

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the planned 2021 NTT IndyCar Series opener, has been postponed to April amid COVID-19 concerns.

F1's cost freeze helped Alfa Romeo survive, says Vasseur

Alfa Romeo team boss Fred Vasseur says he's "not sure that we would have been able to survive" without Formula 1's cost-saving measures and partial development freeze.

Todt not expecting "a normal F1 season" in 2021

FIA president Jean Todt has warned that the 2021 Formula 1 season will not be like "a normal season" and expects more calendar changes due to COVID-19.

Todt: Hamilton's F1 dominance bigger than Schumacher's
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Todt: Hamilton's F1 dominance bigger than Schumacher's

FIA president Jean Todt believes Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes' Formula 1 dominance has exceeded that of Michael Schumacher and Ferrari when Todt was at the helm of the Italian team.

Vettel: Mick Schumacher has to "find his own path" in F1

Sebastian Vettel says he is happy to help fellow German Mick Schumacher on his Formula 1 debut in 2021, but believes the Haas rookie also has to "find his own path" in the sport.

Grosjean makes sim racing return, one month after Bahrain crash

Former Haas F1 racer Romain Grosjean says his hands "are getting better" one month on from his fiery Bahrain Grand Prix crash, as he streamed his return behind the wheel on iRacing.

Fast-tracking upgrades key to McLaren F1 progress - Seidl

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl believes the team's decision to fast-track aerodynamic updates to the 2020 season has been key in securing third place in the world championship.

F1 teams face "head scratching" to manage 2021 tyres

Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies thinks Formula 1 teams will have to do a lot of "head scratching" to get on top of Pirelli's new tyre compounds for the 2021 F1 season.

Sainz: Ferrari not a team that "devours" its drivers

Carlos Sainz has paid tribute to how McLaren's family atmosphere has made him thrive at the Formula 1 team but isn't worried that his new employer Ferrari will be lacking in that area.

Leclerc rates 2020 F1 season as his best so far

Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc believes his 2020 season was his "best season in Formula 1" as he battled to finish eighth in the championship with an uncompetitive car.

Grosjean's single-lap pace "phenomenal" - Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen has credited his former Haas Formula 1 teammate Romain Grosjean with making him a better qualifier as he claimed the Frenchman is "phenomenal on one lap".

Ferrari learned "a lot of small, significant" things in 2020

Ferrari's sporting director Laurent Mekies claimed the Italian team has had "a lot of small, very significant achievements" during a troubled 2020 Formula 1 season, offering hope it can turn around its fortunes in 2021.

Alonso will have disadvantage on 2021 F1 return - Renault

Renault Formula 1 director Marcin Budkowski believes Fernando Alonso will still be at a disadvantage on his F1 return in 2021, despite being able to test the team's RS20 at Abu Dhabi.

Adding camber would help "boring" Abu Dhabi GP - Ocon

Renault Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon believes adding cambered corners to Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit would help improve the quality of the racing, which was below par in last weekend's season finale.

Steiner: Fittipaldi showed "he can do a good job" in F1

Haas team principal Gunther Steiner believes reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi showed he "can do a good job" in Formula 1 when he replaced the injured Romain Grosjean.

2021 Formula 1 season: Calendar, rules changes, drivers and more
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2021 Formula 1 season: Calendar, rules changes, drivers and more

Following a disjointed 2020, Formula 1 is aiming big with a planned 23-round season in 2021. Discover the 2021 F1 calendar, the tweaks to the technical regulations and the latest driver changes.

Vips and Buemi to test for Red Bull F1 in Abu Dhabi

Red Bull Racing has named Juri Vips and Sebastien Buemi as its line-up for next week's Formula 1 post season test in Abu Dhabi.

Sainz: Few F1 drivers would beat Hamilton at Mercedes

McLaren's Carlos Sainz believes few current Formula 1 drivers would be able to beat Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, but that they would be able to win races with the car in the absence of the seven-time champion.

Verstappen: F1 2022 rules not designed to stop Mercedes

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has dismissed suggestions that the 2022 Formula 1 regulations are designed to stop Mercedes from dominating and says they "need to make racing more exciting".

F1 2021 triple-headers "will take toll" on staff - Wolff

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has cautioned against the human cost of Formula 1's expanding calendar, as triple-headers return on the provisional 23-round 2021 schedule.

Sainz: F1 test cutback will make Ferrari switch “very difficult”

McLaren Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz says he “doesn't understand” why pre-season testing will be reduced to three days in 2021, leaving him with little practice time with his new Ferrari team.

Ten drivers Peugeot should consider for Le Mans '22

Peugeot has begun the process of working out who should drive its new Le Mans Hypercar when it joins the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2022. But which drivers are likely to feature on the shortlist?

Ferrari to introduce further aero upgrades in Portugal

Ferrari has announced it will introduce further aerodynamic upgrades to the rear of its SF1000 Formula 1 car at this weekend Portuguese F1 Grand Prix, completing its 2020 development programme after a difficult campaign.

Peugeot starts analysing potential drivers for Hypercar programme

Peugeot Sport has explained how its driver selection procedure will work for its 2022 hypercar programme, revealing that it has already started analysing data from the past few FIA WEC seasons.

Spa reveals €80m revamp as gravel traps return
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Spa reveals €80m revamp as gravel traps return

Legendary Belgian track Spa-Francorchamps has unveiled an 80 million euro renovation project ahead of the return of bike racing in 2022, including new grandstands and gravel traps.

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Why COVID-19 didn't stop Peugeot's Le Mans commitment

When the global pandemic hit, Peugeot was given the perfect excuse to back out of its stated intention to return to Le Mans in 2022. That it hasn't done so is telling both of its unfinished business and the opportunities presented by the Hypercar rulebook

Vettel on Ferrari failure: 'Some fights I shouldn't have picked'

Sebastian Vettel admits he has failed by not winning a Formula 1 world championship for Ferrari and says there were “fights that maybe I shouldn't have picked" behind the scenes.

WEC boss Neveu to stand down at the end of 2020

Gerard Neveu, the CEO of the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series, will stand down from his position at the end of the current 2019/20 season.

Toyota impressed by Yamashita’s first Le Mans performance

Toyota LMP1 team director Rob Leupen has praised Kenta Yamashita for a “really good job” on the Japanese driver’s first appearance in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Porsche puzzled by lack of pace in troubled Le Mans run 

Porsche’s GTE Pro squad suffered a Le Mans 24 Hours to forget, after a lack of pace and several technical issues turned the race into an ordeal for the Weissach marque.

Toyota "surprised in two directions" by Rebellion pace

Toyota says it was “surprised in two directions” by the pace of privateer LMP1 rival Rebellion in the Le Mans 24 Hours, as the Swiss outfit faded after a strong start.

Toyota "running out of words" to console unlucky #7 Le Mans crew

Toyota’s LMP1 team says it is “running out of words” to console its #7 crew after another near-miss at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Toyota claims Le Mans hat-trick on LMP1 swansong

Toyota Gazoo Racing completed a hat-trick of Le Mans 24 Hours wins as Kazuki Nakajima, Sebastien Buemi and Brendon Hartley piloted the #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid to a third consecutive victory on the car’s swansong outing at La Sarthe.

Le Mans 24h, H8: #7 Toyota leads into the night

Toyota's Jose Maria Lopez leads into the night after eight hours of racing at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, as the second car lost a lap due to brake issues.

Le Mans 24h: #8 Toyota has long stop to cure brake issue

Seven hours into the Le Mans 24 Hours, the #8 Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima, Brendon Hartley and Sebastien Buemi has suffered a first blow, losing a lap on the #7 sister car due to a brake change. 

Le Mans 24h, H4: Toyota strengthens 1-2 lead

Toyota remained comfortably in control of the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours after four hours, with Kamui Kobayashi leading the race in the #7 car from Brendon Hartley in #8.

Le Mans 24h, H1: Conway's Toyota leads, early drama in LMP2

Toyota's Mike Conway is leading the 88th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours after one hour of racing, while reliability issues hit two LMP2 frontrunners.

United Autosports “not favourites” despite record LMP2 pace

United Autosports LMP2 team boss Richard Dean says his cars are “not the favourites the win the Le Mans 24 Hours, despite their record pace in qualifying.

Le Mans 24h: Buemi and Toyota top damp warm-up

Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi has topped a damp Saturday morning warm-up session for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Rebellion has "no chance" of win unless Toyota slips up

Rebellion Racing concedes it has "no chance" of upsetting Toyota in the Le Mans 24 Hours unless the Japanese manufacturer makes a mistake.

Toyota hails "much better" Hyperpole qualifying format

Toyota’s LMP1 team has applauded the new Hyperpole qualifying format for the Le Mans 24 Hours, saying the reduced amount of traffic provides a “much better” opportunity at setting the ideal laptime.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota narrowly beats Rebellion to pole

Kamui Kobayashi has gifted Toyota another pole at the Le Mans 24 Hours after beating Rebellion’s Gustavo Menezes in a tightly-contested Hyperpole session.

Le Mans 24h: Rebellion tops curtailed third practice

Rebellion driver Louis Deletraz led the way in third free practice for the Le Mans 24 Hours, which featured four hours of night time running.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota dominates first qualifying session

Toyota has upped the pace in Thursday’s first qualifying session for the Le Mans 24 Hours, as the leading cars in each class qualified for Friday’s grid-deciding Hyperpole.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota remains on top in second practice

Toyota remained firmly on top in the second three-hour practice session for the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, which was interrupted twice by heavy accidents.