Pablo Elizalde
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Pablo Elizalde

Pablo Elizalde began his career in motorsport as a translator and writer for Spanish magazines like Autopista and Motor16. His work included translating racing and technical books such as the Autocourse Official Champ Car Yearbook and Competition Car Aerodynamics, among many others.

He began working on the Internet on the extremely popular AtlasF1 website as a news editor, before the site was merged with Autosport, where he worked for a decade. In 2015, he joined Motorsport.com as both a news editor and a writer, mainly focusing on Formula 1.

His motto is: You can do serious things, and you can do silly things. They are not contradictory.

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Vettel: FIA "not very professional" in dealing with Imola penalty

Sebastian Vettel says the FIA was "not very professional" in the way it handled his penalty during Formula 1's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Ocon: Alpine has "no margin" in battle for F1 points 

Esteban Ocon thinks his Alpine team doesn't have any "margin" for error if it wants to score points in the 2021 Formula 1 season.

Haas "won't put effort" into anything beyond fighting Williams

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner says his team is "not putting any effort" into anything that is not taking the fight to Williams during the 2021 Formula 1 season.

Alonso has "a lot of room to improve" form during F1 return

Fernando Alonso thinks there is still "a lot of room to improve" from his side despite a strong showing on his Formula 1 race return in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Ferrari: F1 podium still far away despite Bahrain GP progress

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto believes the Maranello squad is still too far from Formula 1's leading teams to start thinking of fighting for podium finishes, despite an encouraging Bahrain Grand Prix.

Honda F1 engine "very, very close" to Mercedes now - Tost

Honda's 2021 Formula 1 engine is "very, very close" to the level of performance of Mercedes' power unit, AlphaTauri team boss Franz Tost says.

Alfa Romeo has reclaimed its spot in the F1 midfield - Vasseur

Alfa Romeo has reclaimed its place in the Formula 1 midfield this year despite failing to score in the Bahrain Grand Prix, according to team boss Frederic Vasseur.

Full report: Flashback to Schumacher’s 100th F1 podium

On the anniversary of Michael Schumacher’s 100th podium finish in Formula 1, we review the 2002 Brazilian Grand Prix, where he went head-to-head with the Williams-BMWs and, following a controversial clash with Juan Pablo Montoya, scored victory on the Ferrari F2002’s race debut.

McLaren reveals Ricciardo had floor damage from Gasly clash

McLaren has revealed that Daniel Ricciardo performance in Formula 1's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix was hurt by floor damage sustained at the start of the race.

Mazepin explains why he jumped out-lap queue in Q1

Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin says his team instructed him to overtake his rivals during the dying moments of the first segment of qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Russell became GPDA director to represent F1 grid's "younger half"

Williams Formula 1 driver George Russell says part of the reason why he has become a Grand Prix Drivers' Association director is to represent "the younger half of the grid".

Vettel lacking “100 laps” of Aston Martin test mileage

Sebastian Vettel feels he is lacking "100 laps" of mileage at the wheel of his Aston Martin Formula 1 car after the conclusion of the pre-season test in Bahrain.

Hamilton’s qualifying lap "extra-terrestrial" - Wolff

Toto Wolff called Lewis Hamilton's performance in Formula 1 qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix "extra-terrestrial" after the Mercedes driver took pole position by over half a second.

F1 drivers will "struggle" with necks after hiatus ends

Carlos Sainz believes Formula 1 drivers will struggle with their necks in the first race of 2020 when the sport finally resumes following the COVID-19 crisis.

Sainz: Cancellation of 2020 F1 season would be a "hard blow"

Carlos Sainz says the 2020 Formula 1 season being cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis would be a "hard blow that would be difficult to accept".

Portugal and Italy WRC rounds postponed due to coronavirus

The Portuguese and Italian rounds of the World Rally Championship have been postponed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Ocon admits he didn't know Mercedes was working on DAS

Former Mercedes reserve driver Esteban Ocon says he had no idea the German Formula 1 team was developing the Dual Axis Steering (DAS) system.

W Series cancels pre-season test at Valencia

W Series has cancelled its pre-season test at Valencia as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Bahrain, Vietnam GPs called off over coronavirus outbreak
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Bahrain, Vietnam GPs called off over coronavirus outbreak

The Bahrain and Vietnam Grands Prix have been postponed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Formula 1 announced on Friday.

Barcelona F1 2020 testing: All the statistics over six days

Mercedes will head to the Formula 1 season-opener in Australia as the favourite after leading pre-season testing - although question marks remain over its engine reliability.

Monza DTM test relocated due to coronavirus threat

DTM organiser ITR has announced next month's planned pre-season test at Monza has been relocated as a result of the spread of the coronavirus in northern Italy.

Renault offers first glimpses of 2020 F1 car

Renault has teased the first images of its 2020 Formula 1 challenger, which the French team says is an "evolution" of last year's RS19.

Chinese GP officially postponed over coronavirus outbreak

The Chinese Grand Prix has been officially postponed by the FIA and Formula 1 due to the coronavirus outbreak in recent weeks.

Alonso opens up on 2015 Honda "GP2 engine" comments

Fernando Alonso admits he may have erred in calling the 2015 Honda Formula 1 power unit a "GP2 engine", but reckons the situation would've left any driver extremely frustrated.

Mercedes completes fire-up of 2020 F1 car

The Mercedes Formula 1 team has completed a successful fire-up of the engine that will power its car during the 2020 season.

Renault firms up role and start date for Fry

Veteran Formula 1 tech boss Pat Fry will start working at Renault next week as the Enstone team's technical director (chassis), the French squad said on Monday.

Venues for second FIA Motorsport Games revealed

The city of Marseille and the Paul Ricard circuit will be the venues for the second edition of the FIA Motorsport Games, the sport's ruling body has announced.

Latifi to race with Rosberg's number in 2020

Nicholas Latifi has revealed he will use number six when he makes his Formula 1 racing debut with Williams in 2020.

Perez won't stay in F1 for long if results don't improve

Sergio Perez says he won't be staying in Formula 1 much longer if he doesn't find himself in a position to fight near the front of the field after his current contract ends.

Stroll explains details that prompted qualifying slump

Lance Stroll says a "lot of details" were behind his struggles in the qualifying sessions during the early part of the 2019 Formula 1 season.

Vasseur points to Leclerc trait that "only champions" have

Alfa Romeo F1 boss Frederic Vasseur believes Charles Leclerc's self-confidence and self-criticism are the main traits that make him a "champion".

Alonso didn't know what he hit in Dakar crash

Fernando Alonso had no idea what he crashed into during the Dakar's second stage, saying he could not see anything because of the dust.

Steiner: "Very naive" to think 2021 rules will change F1 order

Haas F1 boss Gunther Steiner says it would be "very naive" to believe a team like his could fight for race wins from the 2021 season.

McLaren: No "mission impossible" to fight top three in 2021

McLaren boss Andreas Seidl says it is not "mission impossible" for his team to be in a position to challenge Formula 1's top three from the 2021 season, but he is also realistic about its own ambitions.

Haas was "blindsided" by strong 2018 season

The Haas Formula 1 team was "blindsided" by its good results during the 2018 season and failed to see its 2019 car problems early enough, according to Gunther Steiner.

Steiner feared Haas duo "not manageable anymore"

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner admits he feared the situation between drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean would not be "manageable" during the 2019 season.

Contract stability allowed Sainz to show a "new Carlos"

Carlos Sainz says having a longer contract with McLaren has given him the chance to show what he is really capable of during the 2019 Formula 1 season.

Williams agrees sale of Williams Advanced Engineering stake

Williams has announced it has agreed to sell a majority equity stake into sister company Williams Advanced Engineering.

Leclerc extends Ferrari F1 contract until 2024

Charles Leclerc has extended his contract with the Ferrari Formula 1 team, in a deal that means the Monegasque will stay at the Scuderia until at least 2024.

Top Stories of 2019, #11: Vettel's Canadian GP debacle

We conclude the first half of our Top 20 stories countdown with one of the most memorable images of the Formula 1 season, which came courtesy of an irate Sebastian Vettel in Canada.

Top Stories of 2019, #13: Gasly loses Red Bull seat to Albon

Motorsport.com's countdown of the biggest stories in racing continues with Red Bull's sudden demotion of Pierre Gasly after just a dozen races with the team - and promotion of Alex Albon.

Vietnam reveals updated F1 circuit layout

Vietnam Grand Prix organisers have revealed the updated circuit layout for its inaugural Formula 1 race in 2020 following the addition of a new corner.

Whiting played role in Zandvoort banking idea

Dutch Grand Prix organisers say the late Charlie Whiting played an important role in the idea of adding a banked corner at the Zandvoort circuit.

Bottas battling illness during Abu Dhabi weekend

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas says he has been battling an illness during the entire Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend.

Lecuona to replace Oliveira at Tech 3 in Valencia

Spaniard Iker Lecuona will stand in for Miguel Oliveira at the Tech 3 KTM team in the final round of the MotoGP season in Valencia.

Ricciardo pays tribute to Longhorns with Austin helmet design

Daniel Ricciardo will pay homage to American college football team the Texas Longhorns with the helmet design he will wear during the United States Grand Prix.

King replaces Ghiotto in Ginetta's line-up for Shanghai

British driver Jordan King will join Ginetta's LMP1 squad for the next round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Shanghai.

Pirelli ready to nominate 2020 F1 tyres after final test

Pirelli says it is now in a position to nominate the 2020 specification of its Formula 1 tyres following a two-day test in Barcelona.

Third DRS zone added to Marina Bay F1 track

Formula 1's ruling body, the FIA, has added a third DRS zone to the Marina Bay circuit for this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

McLaren fined for Sainz's unsafe release at Monza

The McLaren Formula 1 team has been fined €5000 for the unsafe release of Carlos Sainz during the Italian Grand Prix.

Alonso: F1's 2021 overhaul "a good opportunity" to return

Fernando Alonso says the planned regulations changes for 2021 would make that year a "good opportunity" for a possible return to Formula 1.

Italian GP secures new five-year contract

The Italian Grand Prix has finally secured a new contract to remain on the Formula 1 calendar for five more years, it was announced on Wednesday.

Verstappen to start Italian GP from back of the grid

Max Verstappen will start the Italian Grand Prix from the back of the grid after Red Bull's Formula 1 engine supplier Honda confirmed the Dutchman will use a new power unit.

Sainz doubts virtual racing at home benefits F1 rivals

McLaren driver Carlos Sainz believes there is no real benefit from spending as much time sim racing at home as his Formula 1 teammate Lando Norris does.

Steiner: Haas's problems bigger than if it had slow car

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner believes it would be easier to solve his team's problems if it had a slower car.

Kubica needs consistency to straighten "complicated" season

Williams Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica believes consistency is the key to being able to unlock more performance on grand prix weekends after a "complicated" first half of 2019.

Four good races doesn't mean "everything is fantastic" in F1

Haas team boss Gunther Steiner has warned Formula 1 chiefs not to think that "everything is fantastic" in the sport despite having enjoyed four entertaining races in a row.

Mercedes most conservative with Spa tyre choices

Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have been the most conservative Formula 1 drivers with their tyre choices for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Albon blames "silly error" for practice crash

Alexander Albon admitted his accident during second practice for Formula 1's Hungarian Grand Prix was simply down to a "silly error".

Spanish GP set to remain on 2020 F1 calendar

The Spanish Grand Prix is set to remain on the 2020 Formula 1 calendar after the Catalan government approved a plan for a one-year extension of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya's contract.