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Red Bull planned to start Hungarian GP on hard F1 tyres Hungarian GP
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Red Bull planned to start Hungarian GP on hard F1 tyres

Red Bull has revealed that it originally planned to start Formula 1's Hungarian Grand Prix on the hard tyres, in a move that would almost certainly have derailed its victory charge.

Verstappen: Red Bull can't compete with Ferrari in Hungary in the dry

Max Verstappen thinks his Red Bull team "can't compete with Ferrari in the dry" after the Italian team topped both of Friday's Formula 1 practice sessions in Hungary.

Verstappen: F1 race directors need to stop being “stubborn”

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen says Formula 1’s race directors need to work more with drivers instead of being “stubborn” on its stances when it comes to incidents.

F1 drivers call Austria track limits "bit of a joke" after 43 incidents Austrian GP
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F1 drivers call Austria track limits "bit of a joke" after 43 incidents

Formula 1 drivers were left frustrated by the policing of track limits over the Austrian Grand Prix weekend, calling it “a bit of a joke” and “a bit stupid.”

Verstappen: Mercedes floor is the most flexible in F1

Max Verstappen does not understand why Mercedes is so happy about Formula 1's flexi-floor clampdown, because he thinks the German car manufacturer is one of the worst offenders.

Verstappen: ‘Nice at 37 Hamilton can learn how to hit F1 apex’

Max Verstappen responded to Lewis Hamilton’s suggestion that racing “sensible” Charles Leclerc is “very different” by saying it’s nice he “can still learn how to hit an apex” at 37.

Marko: Red Bull is ‘dominating’ F1 but needs to address reliability

Helmut Marko says Red Bull is “dominating” Formula 1 after an “unbelievable” run of form, but still needs to address its occasional reliability woes.

Marko: Mercedes F1 push for FIA help on porpoising has "backfired"
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Marko: Mercedes F1 push for FIA help on porpoising has "backfired"

Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko believes Mercedes’ lobbying of the FIA to help cure porpoising in Formula 1 has "backfired".

Verstappen: Mercedes drivers shouldn't speak for others in porpoising debate

Max Verstappen believes the Mercedes drivers should “just speak for themselves” in the ongoing debate surrounding porpoising in Formula 1 and the impact on driver safety.

Verstappen: Struggle to find balance harder at street tracks

Max Verstappen says that his struggle to find an optimal balance with the Red Bull RB18 Formula 1 car has been exacerbated by the layout of the last two circuits.

Lighter RB18 still needs F1 ‘Weight Watchers’ plan, says Red Bull

Red Bull says making its RB18 lighter helped it beat Ferrari at Imola, but it feels it still needs a full ‘Weight Watchers’ plan to hit its Formula 1 target.

Verstappen still no fan of sprint F1 races despite Imola win

Max Verstappen says he still doesn't like Formula 1's sprint race format, despite his victory over Charles Leclerc at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Marko: Red Bull takes blame for slow Verstappen F1 outlaps

Max Verstappen’s slow outlaps that cost him the chance to get the undercut and lead in Bahrain were Red Bull’s mistake, according to Red Bull Formula 1 advisor Helmut Marko.

Verschoor slams "dangerous" Nissany's driving in Bahrain F2 race

Richard Verschoor has voiced his anger at fellow FIA Formula 2 driver Roy Nissany’s “dangerous” conduct during the feature race in Bahrain, saying he “doesn’t deserve a racing licence.” 

Verstappen: No point to prove, people forget my F1 2021 record

Max Verstappen believes he has no point to prove in Formula 1 this season, saying that people “forget” his record against Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton from last year.

Verstappen: New F1 cars no longer "uncontrollable" following

Max Verstappen says Formula 1’s new generation of cars in 2022 no longer have “uncontrollable” moments of understeer or oversteer when following another car.

Verstappen scoffs at Mercedes F1 scepticism: ‘It’s always like this’

Max Verstappen scoffed at Mercedes’ scepticism over its performance through Formula 1 pre-season testing and ability to fight for wins, saying it is “always like this”.

Red Bull: ‘No risk, no fun’ F1 attitude foundation for Verstappen success

Red Bull says a more ‘no risk, no fun’ attitude it has over Mercedes was key for laying the foundations that turned Max Verstappen into a Formula 1 world champion.

Honda quit F1 too early, says motorsport boss Yamamoto

Honda's Formula 1 chief Masashi Yamamoto rues that the Japanese engine manufacturer has left the series too early and hopes the brand will one day return.

Red Bull: F1 needs rules rethink after Abu Dhabi controversy Abu Dhabi GP
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Red Bull: F1 needs rules rethink after Abu Dhabi controversy

Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko says that Formula 1 needs simpler rules and a rethink on the way races are run following the Abu Dhabi safety car restart controversy.

Horner: "Mad Max" F1 narrative driven by "Mercedes media machine" Abu Dhabi GP
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Horner: "Mad Max" F1 narrative driven by "Mercedes media machine"

Red Bull Formula 1 chief Christian Horner believes the “Mercedes media machine” has helped drive a “Mad Max” narrative against Max Verstappen through the 2021 championship fight.

Marko: Verstappen lost "over 50 points innocently" in 2021 F1 battle

Red Bull Formula 1 advisor Helmut Marko believes Max Verstappen's gap in the championship could be bigger if not for "over 50 points" lost "innocently".

Perez: F1's 2022 car "doesn't feel too bad" after first sim runs

Sergio Perez says that his first simulator runs in Red Bull's 2022 F1 car didn't "feel too bad" but added that "everything" will be different compared to the current best-ever generation of cars.

Why Verstappen "won't have nightmares" over F1 title defeat
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Why Verstappen "won't have nightmares" over F1 title defeat

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has opened up on why he thinks winning a Formula 1 world title won't change his life, and why he 'won't have nightmares' if Lewis Hamilton beats him to the 2021 crown.

Perez: One-year F1 deal doesn’t heap extra pressure on me

Sergio Perez insists there is no added pressure on him to perform at Red Bull because he has got just a single-year contract extension in Formula 1.

Financial terms point of contention in new Assen DTM contract

The DTM is interested in keeping Assen on the calendar for 2022, but the promoter is looking for better financial terms before agreeing to a new deal.

Berger: Intense Hamilton/Verstappen fight what F1 needs

The intense title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, which has spilled over into controversy, is exactly what Formula 1 needs, says former grand prix winner Gerhard Berger.

Abt critical of DTM safety car timing after losing points lead

Abt Sportsline team principal Thomas Biermaier feels the DTM should have sent out a warning before deploying the safety car that cost Kelvin van der Linde the lead of the championship at Assen.

Rosberg: Mercedes could become "more heated" if Russell joins

Nico Rosberg believes Mercedes could become "more heated" internally if the team opts to sign George Russell as Lewis Hamilton's Formula 1 teammate for 2021.

Ricciardo: F1's got its danger/safety balance spot on

Daniel Ricciardo says that Formula 1 has got the balance right between still having an element of danger and keeping drivers safe from serious injury or worse.

George Russell: "Fantastic" Nyck de Vries deserves F1 chance Dutch GP
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George Russell: "Fantastic" Nyck de Vries deserves F1 chance

George Russell believes Nyck de Vries deserves to be racing in Formula 1, adding to growing calls for the Formula E world champion to join the grid next year.

Verstappen calls for review of F1 engine penalty rules after crashes
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Verstappen calls for review of F1 engine penalty rules after crashes

Max Verstappen believes Formula 1 should review its power unit penalty rules after moving to the brink of a grid drop because of crash damage caused to his engine.

Verstappen, Perez lose second Honda F1 engines after crash damage Belgian GP
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Verstappen, Perez lose second Honda F1 engines after crash damage

Honda has confirmed that Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez have lost their second Formula 1 engines of the season due to recent crash damage, making future grid drops likely.

F1 Dutch GP to go ahead with 70,000 fans amid Covid restrictions

The Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix will go ahead with spectators this year, despite multiple Covid-19 restrictions remaining in place in The Netherlands which will restrict capacity to 70,000 per day.

Verstappen: Restrictive F1 "still a long way from IndyCar"

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen says he has no problem with F1's more restrictive new generation of cars for 2022, dismissing suggestions that the sport is moving closer to IndyCar's near-spec rulebook.

Russell rues "typical" bad luck after Styrian GP retirement Styrian GP
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Russell rues "typical" bad luck after Styrian GP retirement

George Russell called it "typical" to hit bad luck when chasing his maiden Formula 1 points finish for Williams after a power unit issue forced him to retire in Styria.

Verstappen: Mercedes still holds F1 energy deployment advantage

Mercedes still holds an advantage with the energy deployment of its Formula 1 engine, despite Honda’s gains in overall power, reckons Max Verstappen.

Verstappen/Hamilton shoulder brush a sign of 'intense' fight - Jos

The shoulder brush between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen after qualifying at Imola is a sign of how intense things could get between Formula 1's title rivals, reckons Jos Verstappen.

Bottas: Imola F1 crash with Russell "clearly his mistake"

Valtteri Bottas pointed the finger at George Russell following their high-speed crash in the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying it was “clearly his mistake”.

Frijns: DTM return difficult due to Formula E clashes

Robin Frijns has conceded that it might be tricky for him to continue full time in the DTM in 2021 due to potential clashes with Formula E and coronavirus-related uncertainties.

Verstappen not worried "time is ticking" on F1 title dreams

Max Verstappen insists he is not worried that "time is ticking" on his dreams of winning the Formula 1 world championship.

Verstappen doesn't regret turning down Mercedes offer in 2014

Max Verstappen and his management team insist they have no regrets about committing to Red Bull in Formula 1, despite the interest Mercedes showed in him in 2014.

VeeKay satisfied in IndyCar, has interest from rival teams

Rinus VeeKay says he’s happy to stay with Ed Carpenter Racing for his second IndyCar season amid interest from rival teams.

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".

Front wing setting error hurt Verstappen in Turkey

Max Verstappen's struggles in the Turkish Grand Prix were exacerbated by a front wing adjustment error that wrecked his Formula 1 car's aero balance, the Dutchman has revealed.

Red Bull and Renault could work together again - Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo is confident Red Bull and Renault would be able to get back on "good working terms" should they opt to rekindle their Formula 1 partnership in 2022.

Williams struggles haven’t put Kubica off idea of racing again

Alfa Romeo reserve driver Robert Kubica says the struggle he faced with Williams has still not completely put him off the idea of a Formula 1 racing return in the future.

Portimao expecting 45,000 F1 fans amid 'crazy' ticket sales

Portimao says that ticket sales for the Portuguese Grand Prix have gone ‘crazy’, with 45,000 fans expected to attend each day of the event.

Kubica doesn't regret BMW choice despite Audi DTM dominance

Robert Kubica says he doesn’t regret choosing BMW machinery for his move to the DTM this year, despite the dominance of the rival Audi package in the first half of the season.

Rast says Abt Audi DTM dominance "very frustrating"

Rene Rast says he finds the current dominance of the Abt Audi team in the DTM “very frustrating” after he failed to finish on the podium in Assen last weekend.

Kubica blames tyre pressures for Assen DTM struggles

DTM rookie Robert Kubica feels having the wrong tyre pressures prevented him scoring a second points finish in a row at a wet Assen circuit on Sunday.

Frijns: Maiden DTM win a "relief" after years of team orders

Robin Frijns says he was relieved to score his maiden DTM win at his home turf in Assen last weekend, having felt that “frustrating” Audi team orders in the past had masked his true potential.

Eng "wishing" for BMW Formula E chance after test

DTM driver Philipp Eng says he is "100 percent interested" and "wishing" for the BMW Formula E seat vacated by Alexander Sims.

Zandvoort open to later 2021 F1 slot so fans can attend F1 race

Zandvoort is open to a later date slot for Dutch Grand Prix in 2021 so that fans can attend after gaining its FIA Grade 1 circuit licence this week.

Hamilton confident of Mercedes reliability fixes for Austria

Lewis Hamilton reckons design tweaks on Mercedes' 2020 Formula 1 car will help the team avoid the reliability dramas that have hampered its recent form at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Ocon would welcome Alonso at Renault in 2021

Esteban Ocon says he would be "very happy" for two-time world champion Fernando Alonso to re-join Renault and become his Formula 1 teammate for 2021.

Zandvoort: F1 without fans "shouldn't cost us any money"

Zandvoort will only host the Dutch Grand Prix behind closed doors if Formula 1 covers the cost of the race, according to the circuit’s sporting director Jan Lammers.

Verstappen won't take part in Virtual Grand Prix series

Max Verstappen says he won’t be participating in the new F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series, which starts with the Bahrain event on Sunday.

Dutch GP boss Lammers “waiting for clarity” on race date

Dutch Grand Prix sporting director Jan Lammers expects the race is unlikely to keep its scheduled May 3rd date, but he’s still “waiting for clarity” from Formula 1 and the FIA over the situation.

Red Bull, Honda target no engine penalties in 2020

Red Bull and Honda have set sights on getting through the Formula 1 season without a single engine change penalty this season, amid growing optimism about the reliability of Honda's 2020 power unit.