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Alex Kalinauckas is Autosport's Grand Prix Editor, covering every Formula 1 race since the start of 2020. After completing a master's degree in journalism at Goldsmiths College University of London in 2014, he worked for a range of motorsport and technology publications while covering national racing as an Autosport freelancer.  

A lifelong motorsport fan - no one in his family can explain quite how or why such a development first occurred - Alex joined the Autosport staff in April 2017 as the magazine’s Assistant Editor covering Formula 2 and GP3, before being made Formula E correspondent and Autosport.com’s Plus Editor in March 2018. He lives in north-east London and is constantly frustrated by the Central Line.

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Red Bull: Last year's "lessons" key to 2021 success

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner hopes lessons learned in 2020 addressing the problematic RB16 car will help his team make a sustained challenge to Mercedes in 2021. 

Red Bull had to fix wind tunnel correlation issue with 2020 car

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says the team has addressed a correlation misalignment in its Formula 1 design and windtunnel work ahead of the new season.

How Albon plans to fight his way out of Red Bull limbo Prime

How Albon plans to fight his way out of Red Bull limbo

Alex Albon has faced the media for the first time since he lost his Red Bull drive at the end of 2020 and dropped out of a Formula 1 race seat altogether. He has a history of bouncing back from setbacks, so here's what he must do to rise again

Why Gasly’s AlphaTauri haven is a blessing and a curse Prime

Why Gasly’s AlphaTauri haven is a blessing and a curse

Red Bull opted not to re-sign Pierre Gasly even before it decided to drop Alex Albon and so the Frenchman's Formula 1 journey will continue at AlphaTauri. This has positive and negative connotations for one of last season's star performers.

Horner: Red Bull took "grown-up" call to look outside juniors

Christian Horner says Red Bull made a “grown-up” decision to look outside its junior drivers when deciding on its 2021 Formula 1 line-up, where Sergio Perez replaces Alex Albon. 

Eight things Red Bull must do to beat Mercedes in 2021 Prime

Eight things Red Bull must do to beat Mercedes in 2021

After seven years of defeat at the hands of Mercedes, Red Bull is as hungry as ever to secure a fifth world championship. But there are key challenges it must overcome in 2021 to switch from challenger to conqueror

Netflix reveals release date for season 3 of Drive to Survive

Formula 1 has announced that the third season of Netflix’s ‘Drive to Survive’ documentary series will be released on 19 March.

Red Bull expects Perez to replicate Verstappen/Ricciardo era

Christian Horner expects Red Bull’s new Formula 1 line-up of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen to replicate the challenge it gave Mercedes during the years that Daniel Ricciardo partnered Verstappen.

The F1 racing statement that Ricciardo should make again Prime

The F1 racing statement that Ricciardo should make again

Daniel Ricciardo is making his second new start in three seasons, as he joins McLaren. His star is on the up again after returning to the podium last year, but he may want to revisit a powerful approach he's previously used to beat Formula 1's best

The potential pitfalls Mercedes is working to counter in 2021 Prime

The potential pitfalls Mercedes is working to counter in 2021

The 2021 breed of F1 car may be based on the 2020 machines, but that doesn't mean to say Mercedes will have it all its own way this year. The team has acknowledged the items that could trip it up and is working to ensure these factors are minimised

Does eight world titles projection undersell Hamilton's potential? Prime

Does eight world titles projection undersell Hamilton's potential?

Lewis Hamilton's new one-year deal with Mercedes has given renewed strength to theories he will depart Formula 1 with eight world championships. But these underestimate factors he will be considering and also how many titles he could win

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.

The evidence that shows Williams' F1 recovery is real Prime

The evidence that shows Williams' F1 recovery is real

It's gone from powerhouse to its current position holding Formula 1's wooden spoon. But, while Williams recognises that there are no silver bullets to getting back among the points, it was already showing that it’s on the right track for recovery in 2021

The crescendo climax F1 rarely enjoys Prime

The crescendo climax F1 rarely enjoys

The unexpected thrills of live sport are what makes competition so enjoyable to many. But there are different ways of considering what creates the best sensation. In motorsport, one particular phenomenon is rare in Formula 1.

Where F1's calendar shuffling hurts its new drivers Prime

Where F1's calendar shuffling hurts its new drivers

OPINION: Formula 1 endured major scheduling challenges thanks to the pandemic in 2020, but still managed to save its season. These difficulties remain in 2021 and create a tough knock-on effect for the championship's new arrivals.

Stroll calls 2020 season a year of "missed opportunity"

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll still sees plenty of missed opportunities from his best year so far in F1 in 2020.

The mistakes Mercedes cannot afford to make in F1 2021 Prime

The mistakes Mercedes cannot afford to make in F1 2021

After clinching the last seven Formula 1 world title doubles, Mercedes of course heads into the 2021 season as the overwhelming favourite. But there are still distinct hurdles it must clear to keep that streak alive

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.

New Williams owner wants to keep team's 'family feel'

Williams’ new owner is determined that the Formula 1 team retains the close family feel that has characterised the squad for decades.

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.

The driver gap Aston Martin must address in F1 2021 Prime

The driver gap Aston Martin must address in F1 2021

A famous motorsport moniker returns to Formula 1 in 2021. But, with Aston Martin still essentially the same as Racing Point, there's an element the team will want to fix for the new campaign if it is to better the recent success of its previous guise.

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.

The advice for Ferrari's in-waiting F1 star from his predecessor Prime

The advice for Ferrari's in-waiting F1 star from his predecessor

Two of Ferrari's Formula 1 juniors ended up fighting for the 2020 Formula 2 title. One has a deal with Haas for 2021 while the other faces a year on the sidelines. But that didn't work out badly for the last driver Ferrari brought through, as he explains

Russell: Vettel battles showed where I can improve race craft

George Russell says battling Sebastian Vettel wheel-to-wheel so much last year helped him massively improve his race craft as a Formula 1 driver.

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.

How Vettel's Ferrari mission ended on a sour note Prime

How Vettel's Ferrari mission ended on a sour note

Sebastian Vettel's six-year spell at Ferrari reached its unhappy conclusion with a painfully difficult season, while teammate Charles Leclerc made the best of an underperforming F1 car.

The Top 10 Formula 1 drivers of 2020 Prime

The Top 10 Formula 1 drivers of 2020

After a lengthy delay, the 2020 Formula 1 season served up a treat. But who were its brightest lights? Motorsport.com picks the 10 best performers from a truly unforgettable year in grand prix racing

Why a new era for Williams could beckon success Prime

Why a new era for Williams could beckon success

The Williams family bid farewell to close an F1 chapter in 2020, but fresh investment and new leadership offer genuine belief that a revival in form is possible in the future

How F1 dealt with COVID-19 – and what happens next? Prime

How F1 dealt with COVID-19 – and what happens next?

OPINION: Formula 1, the FIA and other key players deserve enormous credit for reorganising and completing the 2020 season given the existential threat from the pandemic. But the deadly virus seems set to have a big impact on the next campaign, too…

Interview: Hamilton on his future and his biggest challenge Prime

Interview: Hamilton on his future and his biggest challenge

He'll be 36 before the next Formula 1 season begins, but Lewis Hamilton remains determined to carry on improving as a human being as well as a driver. As he explains to Alex Kalinauckas, he feels like his work has only just begun....

Haas retains Mazepin in 2021 F1 line-up after conduct probe

The Haas Formula 1 team has reiterated its intention to run Nikita Mazepin for 2021 and has concluded its internal investigation into his recent conduct in an online video.

Hamilton exclusive: Why being F1's GOAT isn't the goal Prime

Hamilton exclusive: Why being F1's GOAT isn't the goal

Lewis Hamilton surpassed Michael Schumacher's all-time Formula 1 wins record in 2020, and matched his tally of world championships. But as he tells Motorsport.com in an exclusive interview, he's more interested enacting real change than chasing records.

Why Abu Dhabi's biggest disappointment wasn't lack of action Prime

Why Abu Dhabi's biggest disappointment wasn't lack of action

The 2020 Formula 1 season rather fizzled out at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, despite Max Verstappen and Red Bull winning brilliantly. In fact, the race will perhaps best be remembered for something it lost in its build-up

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Driver ratings

There was no let up from two star performers in Abu Dhabi as F1 2020 drew to a close under the lights, but there were mixed fortunes for drivers looking to go out on a high.

Why engine caution wasn't the biggest factor in Mercedes defeat

Mercedes was strangely subdued in an Abu Dhabi GP that never lived up to the promise suggested by the fine margins in qualifying. But its concern over engine life played a negligible part, as Max Verstappen utterly dominated 2020's final race

Vettel admits Ferrari farewell an "emotional day"

Sebastian Vettel says his final Formula 1 outing for Ferrari formed an "emotional day", as the four-time world champion finished 14th in the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Abu Dhabi GP: Verstappen cruises to win ahead of Mercedes duo

Red Bull's Max Verstappen dominated the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, winning ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton as Formula 1's 2020 season ended with a straightforward race.

Leclerc explains Vettel Abu Dhabi helmet tribute gesture

Charles Leclerc says he is running a special Abu Dhabi Grand Prix helmet livery dedicated to departing Ferrari Formula 1 teammate Sebastian Vettel to show respect for “a great guy”. 

Leclerc "disappointed" after failing to replicate Q1 pace Abu Dhabi GP
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Leclerc "disappointed" after failing to replicate Q1 pace

Charles Leclerc was “disappointed” to finish qualifying for Formula 1’s 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in ninth, after the Ferrari driver had set the third fastest time in Q1. 

Abu Dhabi GP: Verstappen beats Mercedes duo to pole Abu Dhabi GP
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Abu Dhabi GP: Verstappen beats Mercedes duo to pole

Max Verstappen stunned the Mercedes duo Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton to take Red Bull's first pole of 2020 as he topped qualifying at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

F1 2020's fiercest battle now hinges on a 0.068s swing

There was little surprise at the front of the Formula 1 field after the opening practice sessions for the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but behind Mercedes and Max Verstappen comes a frenetic, valuable fight for three teams, which looks too close to call at this stage…

Abu Dhabi GP: Bottas tops FP2 from Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas put Mercedes on top in FP2 at Formula 1's 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which was disrupted by a red flag when Kimi Raikkonen's Alfa Romeo caught fire.

Russell insists he will drive for Williams in F1 2021

George Russell has emphasised that he will drive for Williams in the 2021 Formula 1 season, calling his post-Sakhir-race comments about potentially joining Mercedes full time a "throwaway remark".

Bottas accepts "I need to be better" after recent run of F1 form

Valtteri Bottas accepts that he needs to "be better" after a difficult run of form, but feels "full of energy" for the Formula 1 season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Mercedes made "minor" car changes to help Russell fit better

Mercedes has only made minor changes to help George Russell fit in its Formula 1 car, which will nevertheless help him if he races for the team in Abu Dhabi.

The F1 sanity that left Russell with some Sakhir solace Prime

The F1 sanity that left Russell with some Sakhir solace

George Russell showed Formula 1 and Mercedes his class in the Sakhir Grand Prix, but the results of that disastrous pitstop nearly left him with nothing to show for it. Thankfully, a sensible outcome was reached, which should lead to a rule change

W Series reveals 2021 calendar on F1 support bill

W Series has revealed the eight Formula 1 support races that will form its 2021 calendar, which includes the British Grand Prix and flyaway events in the US and Mexico.

Sakhir Grand Prix - Driver ratings Sakhir GP Prime
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Sakhir Grand Prix - Driver ratings

The inaugural Sakhir Grand Prix produced a first-time winner at the 190th attempt, as one driver stole the show but was only rewarded with a ninth place finish.

The unseen mistake that nearly cost Perez victory in Russell's race Sakhir GP Prime
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The unseen mistake that nearly cost Perez victory in Russell's race

As a calamitous pitstop and a slow puncture denied George Russell a sensational win on his Mercedes debut, Sergio Perez charged from last to end a 50-year wait for a Mexican winner - but it could all have been very different in Sakhir

Sakhir GP: Perez takes shock win after Mercedes debacle

Sergio Perez took a stunning win for Racing Point in Formula 1's Sakhir Grand Prix after a calamitous Mercedes pitstop and then a puncture cost long-time leader George Russell.

Bruised Russell fears fatigue after squeezing into Mercedes

George Russell expects his Mercedes Formula 1 debut in the Sakhir Grand Prix to be “quite a fatiguing race” considering his struggles fitting into the cockpit of Lewis Hamilton’s car. 

Russell still pressing the wrong buttons in Mercedes car

George Russell has revealed he accidentally pressed his Mercedes car's neutral button during qualifying for the Sakhir Grand Prix, as he continues to adapt to his temporary Formula 1 environment.

Sakhir GP: Bottas beats Russell to pole by 0.026s Sakhir GP
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Sakhir GP: Bottas beats Russell to pole by 0.026s

Valtteri Bottas beat George Russell in qualifying for the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain, but only by 0.026s as Mercedes' temporary Formula 1 line-up battled for pole.

The critical area Russell and Mercedes must ace in Sakhir GP Prime

The critical area Russell and Mercedes must ace in Sakhir GP

Given George Russell's shock call up to drive for Mercedes in the Sakhir Grand Prix, there's plenty of extra scrutiny on the Black Arrows' fortunes this weekend. One area deserves special attention come his race outing against Valtteri Bottas.

Sakhir GP: Russell stays on top in FP2, Bottas 11th

George Russell topped FP2 for Formula 1's Sakhir Grand Prix, while his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas had a succession of flying lap efforts deleted for track limits abuse.

The effort Mercedes made to get Russell ready
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The effort Mercedes made to get Russell ready

George Russell has revealed the logistical efforts Mercedes made ahead of his Formula 1 race debut with the team, which included preparing and transporting his race suit in several countries.

Bottas admits it "wouldn't look so good" if Russell beat him

Valtteri Bottas acknowledges that if George Russell beats him on his Mercedes debut as Lewis Hamilton's replacement for Formula 1's Sakhir Grand Prix "it wouldn't look so good on me".

Russell wearing small race boots to fit into Mercedes F1 car

George Russell has revealed that he is wearing Formula 1 race boots that are one size smaller than normal in order to fit into the Mercedes W11 car.

Russell got Wolff call at 2am while in the bathroom

George Russell first heard he might replace Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes for Formula 1's Sakhir Grand Prix via a 2am phone call from Toto Wolff he took in the bathroom.