Oleg Karpov

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Bottas suspects "fundamental issue" behind lack of Baku F1 pace

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas suspects a fundamental issue with his car was behind his mystifying lack of pace in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Bottas surprised by ‘weird’ €50k success from bum photo

Valtteri Bottas was left surprised by the “weird” success of a cheeky print photo of his bum that helped raise €50,000 for charity, saying: “I don’t quite get it”.

The data that hints of an Alfa Romeo F1 surprise in Monaco

Alfa Romeo’s progress in Formula 1 this year has made it a Q3 regular – and occasional thorn in the side of Mercedes.

Steiner explains Haas F1 Barcelona pace despite lack of upgrades

Haas Formula 1 team principal Gunther Steiner has explained why his team was able to shine in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying despite not applying any upgrades like most of its midfield rivals.

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.

Schumacher: New Sainz Ferrari F1 deal was ‘obvious step’

Mick Schumacher does not think Carlos Sainz’s new Formula 1 deal with Ferrari will “really change much” for him at Haas, saying it was an “obvious step” for the team.

Gasly: Not 'too hard’ to keep Hamilton behind in Imola F1 race

AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly says it ‘wasn’t too hard’ to keep Lewis Hamilton behind him as they battled for position in Formula 1’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Zhou given F1 pitlane start penalty at Imola after sprint crash

Zhou Guanyu will start the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix from the pitlane after Alfa Romeo repaired his car under parc ferme conditions following his sprint race crash.

Berger: DTM wasn't right place for Rossi's first GT3 season

DTM chief Gerhard Berger feels 2022 was “not the right time” for MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi to enter the series, saying he needs more time to become competitive in GT3 machinery.

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.

Berger doesn't see "way forward" for Aston Martin under Krack

Ex-Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger says he doesn't see a "way forward" for Aston Martin under new team principal Mike Krack given BMW's recent record in DTM.

Alonso still good enough to win F1 title, says Brundle

Fernando Alonso still has what it takes to win another Formula 1 world championship given the right car, reckons Sky F1 expert Martin Brundle.

Brundle ‘doesn’t buy’ idea Hamilton would have quit F1

Sky Formula 1 expert Martin Brundle said he ‘doesn’t buy’ the idea that Lewis Hamilton was ever going to turn his back on grand prix racing last winter.

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.

Magnussen wishes F1 test-topping time meant more

Kevin Magnussen says he wished his Formula 1 test-topping performance in Bahrain meant something beyond a bit of fun.

Mazepin aims to improve personal bonding in 2022

Nikita Mazepin says he needs to improve with the way he interacts with the wider Haas Formula 1 team as he bids to make a step forward in 2022.

Mazepin now "neutral" with Schumacher after "difficult times"

Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin says he now has a "a very neutral relationship" with teammate Mick Schumacher after the pair went through "difficult times" in their rookie season.

Mazepin feels ready for fight in F1 midfield in 2022
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Mazepin feels ready for fight in F1 midfield in 2022

Nikita Mazepin says he feels ‘100 percent ready’ to be battling in Formula 1’s midfield this year if Haas can give him a car that is a good step forward.

Steiner: Haas crew "never gave up" in tough 2021 F1 season

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner says he's impressed with how his team "always kept fighting" and never gave up during a challenging 2021 season.

Why Giovinazzi can be "happy" despite losing his Alfa F1 drive Prime

Why Giovinazzi can be "happy" despite losing his Alfa F1 drive

Antonio Giovinazzi's Formula 1 career has reached a crossroads as the Italian heads out of the Alfa Romeo exit door for Formula E. While disappointed to have lost his drive to Guanyu Zhou after what he believes was his best of the three years he spent with the team, he's mostly glad to have reached the hallowed F1 grid at all...

Mazepin gives himself 4 out of 5 for sticking through first F1 season

Nikita Mazepin rates his rookie Formula 1 season a four out of five for sticking through the hardship of what he labelled as some "really tough" moments.

Haas passes crash tests with 2022 F1 challenger

The Haas Formula 1 team has announced its 2022 challenger has passed its mandatory crash tests.

Seidl: Messages between FIA and F1 teams shouldn't be broadcast

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl thinks sensitive communication between the teams and FIA race control shouldn't be broadcast on TV, after an exchange involving Red Bull caused uproar in Saudi Arabia.

Seidl backs call for F1 red flag rule change after Jeddah race Saudi Arabia GP
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Seidl backs call for F1 red flag rule change after Jeddah race

McLaren boss Andreas Seidl has backed a call by Lando Norris for a change Formula 1’s red flag rules following Sunday's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Pourchaire "fine", Fittipaldi suffers fractured heel in Jeddah crash

Theo Pourchaire has confirmed that he is "fine" while Enzo Fittipaldi has sustained a fractured heel following a frightening Formula 2 start line crash in the feature race at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Marko: Red Bull "not treated the same" as Mercedes by F1 stewards

Helmut Marko believes Red Bull is “not treated the same” as Mercedes by the FIA stewards after a penalty ended Max Verstappen’s Saudi Arabia Formula 1 race win hopes.

Mazepin didn’t want FP3 incident to impact Hamilton’s F1 title bid Saudi Arabia GP
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Mazepin didn’t want FP3 incident to impact Hamilton’s F1 title bid

Nikita Mazepin did not want the impeding incident in Jeddah FP3 to impact Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 title chances, saying the Mercedes driver felt “very sorry” for what happened.

Haas bonus scheme idea prompted by real concern, says Mazepin Saudi Arabia GP
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Haas bonus scheme idea prompted by real concern, says Mazepin

Nikita Mazepin says his father’s offer to Haas to set up an incentive scheme for staff has been prompted by genuine concerns about the pressures Formula 1 personnel face.

Brundle: Russell can't go on "missing list" when he joins Mercedes

Ex-Formula 1 driver Martin Brundle believes George Russell needs to be wary of going on the "missing list" when he joins Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes next season.

Hill: 2021 ending in Hamilton/Verstappen crash "sad for F1"

Former Formula 1 world champion and Sky analyst Damon Hill says Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have an "obligation to be sporting" and says it would be "sad for F1" if the season ended in more controversy.

Hamilton has "moved into overdrive" in F1 title battle - Brundle

Lewis Hamilton has "moved into overdrive" in the latter part of the 2021 Formula 1 season, according to ex-F1 driver and TV pundit Martin Brundle.

Bottas will play bigger role than Perez in F1 title battle - Brundle

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas is likely to play a more important role than Red Bull counterpart Sergio Perez in helping decide the 2021 Formula 1 title battle between their teammates Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, according to Martin Brundle.

Sainz: F1 gravel traps would have solved Verstappen-Hamilton incident

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz says that the Turn 4 incident between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in Brazil is the perfect example of why Formula 1 needs more gravel traps instead of its prevalent tarmac run-offs.

Alpine F1 duo pushed team tactics "to the limit" to stave off Gasly

Esteban Ocon admits he and Alpine Formula 1 teammate Fernando Alonso pushed team tactics "to the limit" in order to try to beat AlphaTauri rival Pierre Gasly in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

F1's end of season schedule is "strange", says Alonso

Fernando Alonso thinks Formula 1’s end of season schedule choice this year is "strange", and has left team mechanics and staff "on the limit".

FIA grants F1 teams extra time after freight delays

The FIA has altered Formula 1's sporting rules for the 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix weekend to grant the teams additional preparation time after the championship's post-Mexican GP freight delays.

Steiner: F1 teams face ‘pretty tough’ week after freight delays

Haas chief Gunther Steiner believes Formula 1 teams face a “pretty tough” week after freight delays left squads still waiting for engines and parts in Sao Paulo on Thursday.

Haas: Drivers should listen, not try to be strategists

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner says his drivers should listen and stop trying to be strategists, following the latest incident between Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher.

Perez: No point discussing Red Bull F1 team orders scenario yet Mexican GP
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Perez: No point discussing Red Bull F1 team orders scenario yet

Sergio Perez thinks there is no point in speaking to his Red Bull Formula 1 bosses about potential team orders in his home Mexican Grand Prix until the eve of the race.

Haas wouldn’t see Andretti Formula 1 involvement as a threat

Haas would not see any potential move into Formula 1 by Andretti Autosport as a threat, believing there would be “not a lot of change” in the American market.

Haas: Q2 spot shows team "ready to get points" with a better car

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner says his team's display at the Turkish Grand Prix has given him the belief that it can regularly fight for points once it develops a competitive car.

Schumacher never doubted he could shine in F1

Mick Schumacher says he never lost belief that he could deliver in Formula 1, as he produced a stand-out performance in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix.

Alpine puzzled by F1 car pace differences - Ocon

Esteban Ocon says he and his Alpine Formula 1 team has been puzzled by the recent pace differences between its two cars, despite almost identical set-ups.

Alonso: Alpine “ultra competitive” in best race of year

Fernando Alonso believes that the Russian GP was his best of race of the season thus far for an "ultra competitive" Alpine Formula 1 team.

Russell/Latifi F1 gap not "as big as everybody believes" - Capito

Williams CEO Jost Capito believes the performance gap between George Russell and Nicholas Latifi is not as big as people following Formula 1 believe.

Tsunoda contract extension was never in doubt for Tost
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Tsunoda contract extension was never in doubt for Tost

AlphaTauri Formula 1 boss Franz Tost says there was never a doubt that Yuki Tsunoda would get a new contract with the team beyond the 2021 season.

Mazepin: New chassis has "massively improved" F1 pace

Nikita Mazepin is convinced that the lighter new Haas chassis that he has had since the Belgian Grand Prix has "massively improved" his qualifying pace in Formula 1.

Alonso: F1 needs more equal cars so podium fight is open
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Alonso: F1 needs more equal cars so podium fight is open

Formula 1 needs to do more to level out the performance between different cars, reckons Fernando Alonso, so the fight for podiums is more equal.

Sainz "happy" for McLaren's Monza F1 win despite points blow

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz said he was happy to see his old McLaren team end its winless streak at the Italian Grand Prix, despite the result being a big blow to Ferrari in the championship.

Alonso: Alpine "best team" in F1 midfield without fastest car

Fernando Alonso thinks Alpine is the best team in Formula 1's midfield despite not having a car as fast as the likes of Aston Martin and AlphaTauri.

Ferrari: Qualifying Friday is better, but Saturday needs new ideas

Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz believe Fridays of Formula 1 grand prix weekends improve significantly under the sprint qualifying format.

Alonso: Verstappen, Hamilton "did what they should do" in F1 clash

Fernando Alonso reckons both Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen did "what they should do" in their clash during Formula 1's Italian Grand Prix.

Ocon disagrees with Monza F1 time penalty

Alpine Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon was left frustrated after getting a time penalty for forcing Sebastian Vettel off at Monza, arguing a similar incident in 2019 was left unpunished.

Sainz: Monza style crash "will not happen again anytime soon"

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz says he is still "going through a learning process" trying to understand his car after suffering a third crash in four weekends in Monza and vowed "it will not happen again anytime soon".

Mazepin explains "tension" with Haas F1 teammate Schumacher

Nikita Mazepin says he has “no problems” with Haas Formula 1 team-mate Mick Schumacher after tensions flared at Zandvoort, but states that he simply wants “to be in front”.

Haas: No one side to blame in latest Mazepin-Schumacher clash Dutch GP
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Haas: No one side to blame in latest Mazepin-Schumacher clash

Gunther Steiner believes there is no one to blame for the latest incident between the Haas drivers at Zandvoort despite Mick Schumacher’s anger over Nikita Mazepin’s “dangerous” move.

Bottas wants multi-year F1 deal "I’ve never had before"

Valtteri Bottas wants to secure a multi-year Formula 1 contract as part of any deal for 2022, saying he is “happy” and “excited” about what next year could hold.

Alonso: Personal and Alpine progress key to F1 future beyond 2022

Fernando Alonso sees no reason why he will not stay in Formula 1 beyond the end of 2022, as long as he and his Alpine team keep improving.

Capito drops Latifi contract renewal hint at Williams F1

Williams Formula 1 team boss Jost Capito has dropped a firm hint that Nicholas Latifi will stay with the squad in 2022.

Steiner unsure Mazepin's new F1 chassis will make a difference

Nikita Mazepin will get the new chassis he has been seeking for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, although Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner is unsure it will change much.