Alex Kalinauckas

Alex Kalinauckas

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’s Plus Editor in March 2018. He lives in north-east London and is constantly frustrated by the Central Line.

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Japanese GP: Alonso fastest in wet first F1 practice at Suzuka

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso topped the times ahead of Ferrari pair Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc in a wet first practice session for Formula 1’s 2022 Japanese Grand Prix.

How Perez has shown what many F1 drivers need from the 2022 season run-in Prime

How Perez has shown what many F1 drivers need from the 2022 season run-in

OPINION: Sergio Perez’s Singapore triumph arrested a big decline in his Formula 1 performances against Max Verstappen at Red Bull since his Monaco win. He now needs to maintain his form to the season’s end, while others are also seeking a change in fortunes.

Singapore Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

A testing return to the Singapore Grand Prix in tricky conditions created plenty of hazards and mistakes for the Formula 1 drivers to fall into. That partly explains a number of low scores, including from a handful of high profile runners, allowing others to take a starring role under the floodlights

The two key contributors to Leclerc's defeat to Perez in Singapore

In a marathon Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, Sergio Perez’s victory was only assured hours after the race due to a stewards investigation. Throughout the contest the Red Bull driver impressively held off Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in changing conditions to see the Mexican pull out enough of an advantage to negate his post-race penalty

Singapore GP: Perez wins, but faces post-race investigation

Red Bull's Sergio Perez beat Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc in an action-packed 2022 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, but the Mexican faces a post-race investigation.

Singapore GP start procedure delayed due to poor weather

The start procedure of Formula 1's 2022 Singapore Grand Prix has been delayed after torrential rain hit the island city just over an hour before the race's scheduled beginning.

Leclerc explains mistakes which he feared cost Singapore GP F1 pole Singapore GP
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Leclerc explains mistakes which he feared cost Singapore GP F1 pole

Charles Leclerc feared he had thrown away Singapore Grand Prix pole position with mistakes on his final lap in Formula 1 qualifying in a nervous end to the session.

Hamilton escapes penalty over nose stud, but Mercedes F1 fined

Lewis Hamilton has escaped a penalty for wearing his nose piercing during Formula 1 track action in Singapore, but Mercedes has been fined €25,000 over filing an inaccurate self-scrutineering form.

Singapore GP: Leclerc beats Perez to F1 pole; Verstappen eighth Singapore GP
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Singapore GP: Leclerc beats Perez to F1 pole; Verstappen eighth

Charles Leclerc topped a thrilling wet-to-dry qualifying for Formula 1's 2022 Singapore Grand Prix, while championship leader Max Verstappen ended up eighth after being told to abandon his final lap.

F1 drivers call for wider pitlanes to avoid injury

Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez say Formula 1 and the FIA should consider making pitlanes wider and longer to avoid dangerous incidents such as they endured at Zandvoort this month.

Why Red Bull and Ferrari are eying key set-up changes for Singapore GP

Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz suggest Singapore’s street-circuit setting could force Formula 1’s leading teams into returning to set-up tactics the 2022 car changes had seemingly devalued. 

Why a 2021 F1 tactic means Verstappen is unconcerned by Red Bull's poor practice

With many of the frontrunners enduring disjointed practice sessions ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, it makes interpreting the lap times tricky. But, despite the difficulties for Formula 1 points leader Max Verstappen, there are reasons for him to not feel too disheartened after Friday

Singapore GP: Sainz leads Ferrari 1-2 in second F1 practice

Carlos Sainz led a Ferrari 1-2 in second practice for Formula 1's 2022 Singapore Grand Prix, where championship leaders Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc completed only a handful of laps.

McLaren's "experimental" F1 upgrade aimed at low-speed gains

McLaren says the "experimental" upgrade it has introduced at Formula 1's Singapore Grand Prix should especially help lift its performance in low and medium-speed corners.

Why is Oscar Piastri F1's most sought-after rookie? Prime

Why is Oscar Piastri F1's most sought-after rookie?

The Australian rising star is fast, consistent, confident, adaptable and has shown excellent racecraft, but there’s already a taint to his reputation. That hasn’t stopped him becoming the hottest property in this year’s F1 driver market and why McLaren moved fast to snap up the 21-year-old

Gasly expects answer on F1 future in "two to three weeks"

Pierre Gasly says “the next 2-3 weeks should have a clear answer on my future” in Formula 1, regarding the possibility of a 2023 Alpine switch as Fernando Alonso’s replacement.

Zhou never doubted Alfa Romeo F1 contract extension

Zhou Guanyu feels his contract extension with Alfa Romeo was never in doubt, with the Sauber-run squad impressed by the Chinese driver’s progress throughout his rookie Formula 1 campaign.

The seven factors powering Verstappen's 2022 F1 domination Prime

The seven factors powering Verstappen's 2022 F1 domination

After a tooth and nail and, at times, toxic Formula 1 world championship scrap last year, Max Verstappen's march to a second consecutive title has been the exact opposite. But has he really changed in 2022? Here's a dive into what factors have played a crucial role, both inside the Verstappen camp and elsewhere, in the Dutch driver's domination.

The surprise biggest indicator of Ferrari's 2022 F1 points downfall Prime

The surprise biggest indicator of Ferrari's 2022 F1 points downfall

Looking back to the early races of 2022 and Ferrari’s challenge to Red Bull and Max Verstappen was going better than many expected. But it has lost so much ground a surprise rival can even pip Charles Leclerc to runner-up in the standings if given the chance

The late-race safety car issues F1 still needs to fix to move on from Abu Dhabi

OPINION: Formula 1’s safety car rules were thankfully followed in full at the 2022 Italian Grand Prix, but the situation reignited the controversy of the ending to the 2021 campaign in Abu Dhabi and left neutral fans without a teased grandstand finish. This then, is the perfect time to discuss alternatives to a much-maligned situation

Ten things we learned at the 2022 F1 Italian Grand Prix

As Max Verstappen's bid to claim a second Formula 1 title gathers steam, the Italian Grand Prix played host to a fifth consecutive win for the Dutchman. It also featured safety car controversy, a true super-sub appearance and more silly season twists. Here's the 10 things we learned from the race at Monza

Italian GP: Ferrari tops FP1 as Leclerc outpaces Sainz

Charles Leclerc pipped Carlos Sainz in a Ferrari FP1 1-2 at Formula 1's 2022 Italian Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen fifth after his soft-tyre flying lap was ruined by traffic.

Hamilton: Ricciardo "far too talented" to be Mercedes F1 reserve in 2023

Lewis Hamilton says Daniel Ricciardo is “far too talented” to be a reserve Formula 1 driver, as new reports link the Australian racer to Mercedes in such capacity for 2023.

Williams could lower F1 car drag at Monza to repeat Spa top speeds

Williams says it can make its Formula 1 car even more slippery at high-speed Monza after its excellent top speed propelled Alex Albon to a point in Belgium.

Can Verstappen break the record for most wins in an F1 season?

OPINION: With a 109-point lead leaving Zandvoort, Max Verstappen’s second Formula 1 title triumph feels ever-more inevitable and that comes with the likelihood he’ll break a famous and long-standing record too. But, as Verstappen himself suggests, that doesn’t paint the true picture of the 2022 campaign.

Verstappen: "Very surprising" Mercedes could make one-stop work at Zandvoort

Max Verstappen was surprised by Mercedes’ pace and that it could make a one-stop strategy work to challenge for victory in the Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix.

Dutch Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

The rollercoaster Zandvoort track is a stern test of Formula 1 cars in high-downforce configuration, and for drivers is one of the year's most challenging venues. A thrilling Dutch Grand Prix produced a popular home winner, but there were several excellent performances up and down the field

How Mercedes overcame Ferrari to become Verstappen’s 2022 Dutch GP win challengers

Just 0.021 seconds had split Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc in qualifying for the Dutch Grand Prix on Saturday. But come the race, the Monegasque's Ferrari was always playing catchup, while a strategic gamble from Mercedes meant Lewis Hamilton came closest to denying Verstappen's marauding Red Bull a fourth win on the trot

AlphaTauri investigating Tsunoda’s "drifting" F1 car issue that led to VSC

AlphaTauri is investigating the issue that ended Yuki Tsunoda’s Dutch Grand Prix early after his Formula 1 car felt like it was “drifting”, causing him to stop twice on track.

Moment of "confusion" behind Hamilton-Russell Dutch GP F1 near-miss

George Russell has explained his near-miss with Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Lewis Hamilton while mounting his overtake in the Dutch Grand Prix, as the two had a moment of "confusion".

Dutch GP: Verstappen takes 10th win of 2022 ahead of Russell, Leclerc

Max Verstappen won Formula 1's Dutch Grand Prix ahead of George Russell and Charles Leclerc, seeing off various attacks from Mercedes and Ferrari around very disrupted proceedings.

Leclerc says Turn 10 mistake cost him Dutch GP F1 pole shot Dutch GP
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Leclerc says Turn 10 mistake cost him Dutch GP F1 pole shot

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc has explained how a mistake struggling in windy conditions at Zandvoort's Turn 10 cost him pole against Max Verstappen in Dutch Grand Prix qualifying.

Verstappen condemns "silly, stupid" use of flares by F1 fans

Max Verstappen has condemned the "silly" and "stupid" flare throwing during Dutch Grand Prix qualifying, while other Formula 1 drivers said even ones just kept in grandstands pose a danger.

Dutch GP: Verstappen pips Leclerc to pole by 0.021s Dutch GP
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Dutch GP: Verstappen pips Leclerc to pole by 0.021s

Max Verstappen beat Charles Leclerc in qualifying for Formula 1's 2022 Dutch Grand Prix, with Sergio Perez spinning off late in Q3 and denying the Mercedes cars a final shot.

The data loss that clouds Zandvoort's true leading picture

After a flawless Belgian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen and Red Bull were given a tougher time on the opening day at Zandvoort due to a gearbox problem and set-up worries. But as a data dropout partially hides the full story, the world championship leaders remain an ever-present threat able to strike at the Dutch GP...

Dutch GP: Leclerc fastest from Sainz, Hamilton in FP2

Charles Leclerc led Carlos Sainz in a Ferrari 1-2 in second practice for Formula 1's 2022 Dutch Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton, with home hero Max Verstappen just eighth.

Hamilton: I was "wrong" to call Red Bull "just a drinks company"

Lewis Hamilton says he was wrong to once call the Red Bull team “just a drinks company”, while praising its efforts to dominate the start of Formula 1’s new era.

Hamilton: Mercedes believes Spa F1 engine can be repaired

Lewis Hamilton is confident Mercedes will be able to repair and reuse the engine damaged in his crash with Fernando Alonso at Formula 1's 2022 Belgian Grand Prix.

The myth and merit in Alonso's Hamilton F1 racing claim at Spa

OPINION: Fernando Alonso was typically forthright in his immediate view of Lewis Hamilton’s driving in their crash at the start of the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix. But away from the spotlight pressure and team radio adrenaline, it’s worth assessing the accuracy of his claims in the context of Formula 1’s changing eras

Ten things we learned from the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix

Formula 1 is never too far away from the headlines, and it returned after its summer holidays with a Spa break. From driver market and team news to another pivotal race in the world championship fight, here's 10 of the biggest talking points from the Belgian Grand Prix weekend

The 10 stories to watch out for across the rest of the 2022 F1 season Prime

The 10 stories to watch out for across the rest of the 2022 F1 season

It’s 13 down, nine to go as the Formula 1 teams pause for breath in the summer break. But what can we expect to happen over the next three months from Belgium to Abu Dhabi? Here's the key storylines to keep an eye out for the rest of the 2022 season

The clues about Hamilton’s F1 retirement plans after Vettel decision Prime

The clues about Hamilton’s F1 retirement plans after Vettel decision

OPINION: Sebastian Vettel is set to leave Formula 1 at the end of 2022 and will, rather shockingly, be replaced by Fernando Alonso at Aston Martin. But what about the final chapter of the other driver that defined the post-Michael Schumacher era? In Hungary, Lewis Hamilton spoke about his future in the context of Vettel’s upcoming departure, which offered clues on how long it will last.

10 things we learned at the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen capitalised on a Ferrari strategic misstep to win the Hungarian Grand Prix and carry a commanding lead into Formula 1's summer break. With Mercedes finding form in qualifying, the driver market kicking up a gear and familiar debates from Austria continuing, there were no shortage of talking points to end the first leg of the 2022 season. Here are the 10 things we learned at the Hungaroring.

Mortara says FE title chance is lost after London no-score

A sullen Edoardo Mortara reckons his Formula E title chances have come undone in the opening London E-Prix, feeling the gap to points leader Stoffel Vandoorne has become too large.

F1 drivers hope "great ambassador" Vettel stays on as GPDA director

Several Formula 1 drivers have raised the possibility of Sebastian Vettel continuing as a director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association even after his retirement.

The standout F1 2022 weakness Verstappen still needs Red Bull to address

OPINION: After his French Grand Prix victory and Charles Leclerc’s catastrophic crash, Max Verstappen’s points lead now sits at 63 – the largest it’s been so far in Formula 1 2022. But there’s still one area where he isn’t satisfied, which he needs Red Bull to fix.

Red Bull F1 driver Perez to enter team in electric powerboat series

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez is to enter a squad in the electric powerboat series being established by Formula E co-founder Alejandro Agag.

French Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

Despite the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard often considered a low-key affair, there was action aplenty this weekend which has strongly shaped the ratings. Two maximums are given out and another driver just misses out on a perfect score

The Verstappen fight factors that led to Leclerc's costly crash

The tussle for French Grand Prix victory was bubbling up nicely between Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen, right up until the Ferrari driver made a critical error which handed his Formula 1 world title rival a straightforward path to win and cement his championship advantage. But even though Leclerc owned up to his mistake, how the race unfolded at the front set his costly crash in motion

Hamilton: Nothing Mercedes could do to fight Verstappen for French GP win French GP
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Hamilton: Nothing Mercedes could do to fight Verstappen for French GP win

Lewis Hamilton feels he stood no chance of keeping up with Max Verstappen to fight for Formula 1 victory in France due to Red Bull’s straightline speed advantage.

Verstappen: F1 championship lead 'bigger than it should be'

Max Verstappen says his Formula 1 championship lead over Charles Leclerc is bigger than it should be given Ferrari’s performance compared to Red Bull so far this season.

French GP: Verstappen eases to win after Leclerc crashes out French GP
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French GP: Verstappen eases to win after Leclerc crashes out

Max Verstappen led home Lewis Hamilton and George Russell to win Formula 1's 2022 French Grand Prix, a race that title rival Charles Leclerc had crashed of out while leading.

Verstappen: Red Bull's top-speed advantage will help in French GP Ferrari battle

Max Verstappen has explained how Red Bull’s strong top speed may help it beat Ferrari in Formula 1’s French Grand Prix, as pole-winner Charles Leclerc will lose Ferrari’s corner-speed advantage.

Leclerc: Ferrari got French GP tow tactics wrong on first Q3 run

Charles Leclerc says Ferrari’s French Grand Prix tow tactics went wrong at the first attempt in Q3, as he followed Formula 1 teammate Carlos Sainz through the Mistral straight chicane.

French GP: Leclerc storms to F1 pole ahead of Verstappen French GP
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French GP: Leclerc storms to F1 pole ahead of Verstappen

Charles Leclerc beat Max Verstappen in Formula 1's 2022 French Grand Prix qualifying as Ferrari used tow tactics with the penalty-addled Carlos Sainz to help capture pole.

The familiar Paul Ricard weakness that should worry Ferrari

The Red Bull and Ferrari battle for supremacy takes to Formula 1's next battleground at the Paul Ricard circuit. Although the Scuderia ended Friday's running ahead of the French Grand Prix with an advantage in the timesheets, it has a clear weakness - displayed last year - that Red Bull has a chance to exploit...

Sainz: Austria DNF came as he was getting F1 title "hopes back up"

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz says his fiery Austria retirement came about just as he was getting his Formula 1 title "hopes back up” after several good results, including his Silverstone win.

Revised Ferrari clutch expected to improve F1 starts

Ferrari is introducing a revised clutch at the Formula 1 French GP which should improve the starts of the works cars and customer teams Alfa Romeo and Haas.

Sainz: I didn't mean Austria F1 fire comments as criticism of marshals

Carlos Sainz says he did not mean comments following his Austria retirement to be criticism of the marshals that helped him escape the blaze engulfing his Ferrari Formula 1 car.

Sainz: "There's a chance" of F1 engine penalty in French GP

Carlos Sainz says “there’s a chance” Ferrari will choose to give him a grid penalty-triggering new engine at Formula 1’s 2022 French Grand Prix following his Austria retirement.