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The driver who can wreck F1's 2020 silly season Prime

The driver who can wreck F1's 2020 silly season

Most of the top drivers in Formula 1 are facing intriguing 2020s. If things go one way, there could be a much-changed grid in '21. But, as Scott Mitchell explains in his final Motorsport.com column, only if one racer doesn't get everything right this season

Verstappen: Red Bull has built foundation for F1 title shot

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen believes he and the team now have a foundation in place to mount a title challenge next year, as long as the development step proves sufficient.

Ferrari "pretty sure" Schumacher will be F1 seat contender

Ferrari believes its junior driver Mick Schumacher would be a "good candidate" for a Formula 1 seat in the future.

Alfa Romeo must do better in "chaotic" races - Vasseur

Alfa Romeo must maximise "chaotic" Formula 1 races better after missing opportunities that would have given it a "completely different" championship last year, says team boss Frederic Vasseur.

Bottas aims to make Mercedes renewal a "no-brainer"

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas says he wants to make it a "no-brainer" for the team to retain him past the 2020 Formula 1 season.

Honda: Verstappen relationship 'like a young Senna'

Honda's Formula 1 boss says Max Verstappen's relationship with the company is like seeing that of a young Ayrton Senna.

Key team personnel shouldn't be F1 boss - Ferrari

Formula 1 teams would not be happy to see a former team boss take a senior role within the championship like Toto Wolff has been linked to, says Ferrari's CEO.

Vasseur: Giovinazzi Spa crash almost cost him his seat

Antonio Giovinazzi’s late crash out of the points in the Belgian Grand Prix last year could have cost him his Alfa Romeo drive, team boss Frederic Vasseur says.

Verstappen will "speed up" Albon's Red Bull adaptation

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Alexander Albon says having a teammate as strong as Max Verstappen is “a good way to speed up the learning process”.

Ferrari making "sacrifices" to benefit smaller F1 teams

Ferrari says it is making financial "sacrifices" in negotiations over Formula 1's post-2021 future, intended to help the sport's smaller teams and ensure it is "economically viable".

Honda hitting targets key to building Red Bull trust

Honda believes its ability to hit its engine targets in Formula 1 this season has been key to building mutual trust with its new partner Red Bull.

Verstappen: Inconsistent F1 stewards like football referees

Max Verstappen says stewarding in Formula 1 is the same as refereeing in football, because personal interpretation will always play a key role in decision-making.

Ferrari: Letting Vettel win in Singapore was "key"

Ferrari Formula 1 boss Mattia Binotto believes it was right to let Sebastian Vettel win this year's Singapore Grand Prix to boost his confidence and his trust in the team.

Albon was "almost back at square one" after Red Bull call-up

Alex Albon says the change that came with his mid-year move to Red Bull was “almost like starting back at square one” midway through his rookie Formula 1 season.

Honda no longer losing time to "clean-up" work

Honda's improved reliability in Formula 1 has allowed it to invest more time in performance development instead of being distracted by "clean-up" work finding fixes to problems.

Ferrari wants to add female drivers to F1 junior programme

Ferrari wants to add female drivers to its Formula 1 junior programme and is working to make sure it happens "very soon".

Hamilton engineer swap a "great opportunity" for Bottas

Valtteri Bottas says he was given a "great opportunity" in 2019 to work with one of Lewis Hamilton's ex-engineers and learn more about the six-time Formula 1 world champion's methods.

Vasseur got Sauber’s blessing for Alfa Romeo rebrand

Frederic Vasseur called Peter Sauber before anyone else about rebranding his Formula 1 team as Alfa Romeo, which he says will be in place for the "long-term".

Why Honda’s true progress will only be seen in F1 2020 Prime

Why Honda’s true progress will only be seen in F1 2020

Honda and Red Bull joined forces in Formula 1 2019 – a year on from the former’s high-profile split from McLaren. There were wins, but no title challenge. Here we explain why that was never the expectation

Honda asked for concerns over two-team supply

Honda asked its trackside staff for problems or concerns that arose in the "challenge" of supplying two Formula 1 teams for the first time, so it can improve next season.

Wolff: Mercedes achievements will mean nothing in 2021

Toto Wolff says Mercedes’ record-breaking success in Formula 1 does not buy the team “any credit” for the challenges that will arrive with the new rules from 2021.

Binotto reveals Ferrari driver meeting "embarrassments"

Ferrari Formula 1 boss Mattia Binotto admits meetings with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were “full of embarrassments” when he first tried to manage them.

Horner: Red Bull engine promises delivered for first time

Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner says the team finally had all its engine promises delivered for the first time, after switching from Renault to Honda in 2019.

Hamilton, Bottas form "sensational driver line-up" - Wolff

Mercedes has a “sensational driver line-up” in Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas that is competitive without compromising the team’s objectives, says its Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff.

Ferrari: Vettel/Leclerc "crisis" good to set ground rules

The crash between Formula 1 teammates Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc was a necessary "crisis" to establish ground rules within the team, says Ferrari's CEO.

Ricciardo: Renault thought backmarker-like lows were over

Daniel Ricciardo admits he and his Renault Formula 1 team were left "scratching our heads" at some of the lows they endured during the 2019 season.

Honda's attention to detail has impressed Verstappen

Max Verstappen says he loves working with Honda because of the Formula 1 manufacturer's working practices and attention to detail, right down to the accuracy of its "wires and stickers".

Bottas: 2018 repeat would have cost me Mercedes drive

Valtteri Bottas suspects he would have lost his Mercedes Formula 1 drive with a repeat of 2018, but instead has rediscovered the love of racing that he lost last year.

The high-pressure "job" Leclerc completed in 2019 Prime

The high-pressure "job" Leclerc completed in 2019

Charles Leclerc started his first season at Ferrari knowing the team expected Sebastian Vettel to lead its title challenge. But Leclerc made it his mission to change that view, which he did, vanquishing his world champion teammate in the process

Albon feels like he "floated" through rookie F1 season

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Alexander Albon feels like he "floated around" through 2019, as he admits he's yet to fully comprehend his recent meteoric rise in single-seaters.

Ferrari ready to invest for "significantly more expensive" 2020

Ferrari says it is prepared to invest more money in its Formula 1 team, including building a new simulator, as it expects a "significantly more expensive" 2020.

How Hulkenberg went from "instrumental" to out at Renault Prime

How Hulkenberg went from "instrumental" to out at Renault

When Nico Hulkenberg joined Renault, it was supposed to be the boost his career needed. But despite rising to the team leader role in his first two seasons, he's now out of the door at Enstone and facing the likely end of his Formula 1 career

Hamilton a "hero second to none" - Carey

Lewis Hamilton is a "hero second to none" who Formula 1 must replace with a "Lewis of the new generation", according to two of the championship's most leaders.

Ferrari: Melbourne was a "cold shower" after 0.5s test lead

Ferrari thought it was half a second clear after the first week of Formula 1 pre-season testing and was confident of fighting Mercedes before a “cold shower” in Australia.

Red Bull says 2020 F1 car two weeks ahead of schedule

Helmut Marko says Red Bull is two weeks ahead of schedule on its 2020 Formula 1 car and has no excuses as it prepares for a title challenge.

Honda wanted to start 2019 F1 season with Spec 2 engine

Honda initially hoped it would start the 2019 Formula 1 season with what became its Spec 2 engine, but is "so happy" with the progress made with its actual schedule.

Bottas: Australian GP drive felt like it was "someone else"

Valtteri Bottas believes his season-opening Australian Grand Prix victory was his best performance in Formula 1 this year and still feels like it happened to someone else.

Ex-Renault F1 tech chief Chester tipped for Williams move

Ex-Renault Formula 1 chassis technical chief Nick Chester has been linked with a senior role at the Williams team next year.

Ticktum joins Williams as development F1 driver

Two-time Macau Grand Prix winner and ex-Red Bull Junior Dan Ticktum has joined the Williams Formula 1 team as a development driver.

Ricciardo reveals 'unexpected' highlight from 2019 F1 season

Daniel Ricciardo says the highlight of his Formula 1 season was one "no one would expect" – a "scary" run to 14th in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Yamamoto could land Red Bull F1 role in 2020

Red Bull and Honda have had discussions about a potential Formula 1 role for Naoki Yamamoto next season.

Ferrari proved 2019 engine is legal – Binotto

Ferrari is adamant it proved its Formula 1 engine was fully legal during the 2019 season because any breach would have been discovered at "the very first check".

New F1 teams shouldn't be "second-class citizens"

Formula 1 boss Chase Carey says new teams must not be forced to enter as “second-class citizens”, which will be helped by certain financial restrictions being removed from 2021.

Why Ferrari will test two F1 cars in February

Ferrari will test a mule car with 18-inch wheels just over one week before 2020 Formula 1 pre-season begins, as part of Pirelli’s tyre development programme.

Ferrari plans F1 engine design overhaul for 2020

Ferrari is making "quite significant changes" to its Formula 1 engine as well as adding "a lot more downforce" to its car for 2020, in its bid to topple Mercedes.

Ferrari flattered that Hamilton 'wants to join us'

Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri says Lewis Hamilton's meeting with chairman John Elkann has been blown out of proportion, but indicated the Formula 1 champion has some interest in a move.

Ferrari reveals "very early" 2020 F1 car launch

Ferrari believes it will be the first Formula 1 team to launch a 2020 car after committing to reveal date for its newest contender.

Leclerc "wouldn't have believed" 2019 results

Charles Leclerc says his first year as a Ferrari Formula 1 driver was better than he expected because he did not believe he would score such good results in 2019.

Ferrari doesn't need 'severe' changes - Binotto

Mattia Binotto believes Ferrari is not in need of 'severe' changes to avoid the errors that cost the team several times during the 2019 Formula 1 season.

Mercedes in F1 "long-term" if Daimler input reduces

Mercedes will be in Formula 1 “for the long-term” if it is able to reduce the contribution from parent company Daimler, according to team principal Toto Wolff.

Hamilton: All my rivals phoning Wolff over Mercedes F1 seat

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says his rivals want to join Mercedes and that a top-line driver is among those calling team boss Toto Wolff about a move.

Technical director Chester leaves Renault F1 team

Renault Formula 1 chassis chief Nick Chester is leaving the team as part of the major restructuring of its technical department.

Hamilton to Ferrari: Why, how, and is it likely? Prime

Hamilton to Ferrari: Why, how, and is it likely?

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend reignited talk of Lewis Hamilton having a future at Ferrari - a move that would have enormous ramifications on the 2021 Formula 1 driver market. But could it happen?

Vettel "just being honest" about subpar season

Sebastian Vettel has explained his downbeat assessment of his Formula 1 season as a desire to be “honest” and admission he was not as good as he could have been.

Mercedes to pay highest ever F1 entry fee in 2020

Mercedes' success in its record-breaking 2019 Formula 1 season means it must pay its highest-ever FIA entry fee for next year, despite scoring fewer points than in 2016.

FIA approves extra MGU-K for 2020 season

Formula 1 drivers may use one extra MGU-K next season to help cope with the record 22-race schedule now the allocation has been formally increased by the FIA.

Physical chequered flag will end F1 races again in 2020

A physical chequered flag, not an electronic panel, will be the definitive signal for the end of Formula 1 races again in the future.

Russell tops F1 test for Mercedes, Leclerc crashes

George Russell made the most of his latest Mercedes opportunity by topping the final day of Formula 1 post-season in Abu Dhabi, as Charles Leclerc crashed his Ferrari.

FIA considering superlicence points system for junior series

Jean Todt says the FIA is discussing the introduction of a Formula 1-style superlicence points system for junior single-seater championships.

Wolff "cannot imagine" a better place than Mercedes

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says he cannot imagine a better place than his current team, and that he does not need to "reinvent" himself elsewhere.