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The unavoidable pain forced by Formula 1's better future Prime

The unavoidable pain forced by Formula 1's better future

F1's welcome confirmation of its 2021 rule package aimed at sustainability was juxtaposed by the announcement a day earlier that McLaren would be making massive layoffs as a result. But pain like this is unavoidable if F1 wishes to survive

Why F1 would be poorer without Vettel Prime

Why F1 would be poorer without Vettel

Sebastian Vettel's upcoming split from Ferrari appears to leave him a choice between staying in Formula 1 with lesser machinery or leaving. While the latter decision would be understandable, the championship would be weaker as a result

Why Abt's deception left Audi with no choice Prime

Why Abt's deception left Audi with no choice

Daniel Abt's suspension by the Audi Formula E team - and possible loss of his drive - for fielding a ringer in an Esports event could be considered an overreaction. But in a wider context, his employers had little other alternative

Why Leclerc/Sainz line-up won't solve Ferrari's biggest problem Prime

Why Leclerc/Sainz line-up won't solve Ferrari's biggest problem

Ferrari fans excited by the potential of new blood arriving in 2021 should remember that the team's wait for a first Formula 1 title since 2008 goes on. And there's one key non-driver reason behind this long drought

What kind of Ferrari driver will Sainz be? Prime

What kind of Ferrari driver will Sainz be?

Carlos Sainz is expected to be typecast in the supporting role to Charles Leclerc at Ferrari in 2021. But the tenacious Spaniard's fighting spirit stands to make him much more than just the number two driver

The biggest loser in Vettel's Ferrari divorce Prime

The biggest loser in Vettel's Ferrari divorce

Following Sebastian Vettel's departure from Ferrari, F1 faced a flurry of signings this week. Just as the game of musical chairs has its winners, it must also have its losers - and Daniel Ricciardo's departure leaves Renault with a big hole to fill in 2021...

Opinion: WEC should double down on its IMSA tie-up

In a post-coronavirus world, motorsport series are going to have to work together more than ever to ensure their survival. That's why the FIA World Endurance Championship should deepen its growing ties with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Why customer cars remain an unsolvable problem for F1 Prime

Why customer cars remain an unsolvable problem for F1

Talk of customer cars in Formula 1 has returned as it assesses its essential nature and plans for the future, but going down that road would be the wrong route

Why Gasly needs more of Leclerc's steel Prime

Why Gasly needs more of Leclerc's steel

France is the home of grand prix racing, though for much of the past decade it has contributed very few drivers to the Formula 1 grid. That's all changed now, with four drivers flying the flag on the current grid - but some of them have their work cut out to fulfil their potential, says Ben Edwards

The new DNA F1 may need when the coronavirus crisis passes Prime

The new DNA F1 may need when the coronavirus crisis passes

here will be a time where the world is no longer held hostage by the COVID-19 pandemic and Formula 1 will restart. But ignoring the lessons from current events would be ill-advised, and F1 has a great chance to reset and become sustainable

The signs F1 can't ignore in its post-pandemic transformation Prime

The signs F1 can't ignore in its post-pandemic transformation

Like so many industries, motorsport is currently caught in a crisis. But there are positive signs from the business world that Formula 1 must not ignore as critical talks over the championship's future continue

Why MotoGP manufacturers must bury self-interest to survive Prime

Why MotoGP manufacturers must bury self-interest to survive

MotoGP's teams have been in talks to reduce costs as the current global pandemic continues to wreak financial disaster. But the manufacturers involved need to band together against a common good, and be open to even more radical solutions

An evening driving lesson with Sir Stirling Moss

Last Sunday’s news of Sir Stirling Moss’s death at the age of 90 elicited a flood of anecdote from friends and admirers around the world. David Malsher-Lopez could only count himself in the latter category, but shares a few personal memories of speaking with the great man.

Why F1 must hope Todt is wrong on post-pandemic sports interest Prime

Why F1 must hope Todt is wrong on post-pandemic sports interest

Motorsport's absence is being keenly felt by many fans. As with any crisis fixes can be made, so Formula 1 in particular must hope FIA president Jean Todt is wrong on one prediction, and see the alternative as an opportunity to improve

Is virtual racing the motorsport fan’s panacea in a pandemic?

The Esports racing world has exploded as the coronavirus pandemic has forced real motorsport to shut down. But from the fan perspective, is it even a halfway satisfying alternative to the real thing?

The quality F1 has lacked that it needs most in this crisis Prime

The quality F1 has lacked that it needs most in this crisis

As the world faces the economic as well as health implications of the coronavirus pandemic, Formula 1 must change if it's to overcome the financial challenges ahead

Leclerc's Virtual GP annihilation deserves great credit Prime

Leclerc's Virtual GP annihilation deserves great credit

The introduction of Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon, George Russell and Antonio Giovinazzi to Formula 1's Virtual GP last weekend meant it was a step above the franchise's debut two weeks ago. But a dominant performance from Esports newcomer Leclerc stole the show

Can Iannone's MotoGP career be saved? Prime

Can Iannone's MotoGP career be saved?

Having been handed an 18-month ban for testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid, Andrea Iannone's MotoGP days look increasingly numbered. Although his Aprilia team are steadfastly backing him, Iannone will be out of contract soon. Can he save his MotoGP career?

Why entertainment isn't Esports greatest virtue right now Prime

Why entertainment isn't Esports greatest virtue right now

MotoGP's virtual #StayAtHomeGP was a sad reminder of some of the storylines that could be unfolding had the real-life season not been delayed indefinitely by the coronavirus pandemic. While we can bemoan Esports as being a poor relation of the real thing, it has an even more important function to perform

How F1 has been robbed of its silly season Prime

How F1 has been robbed of its silly season

With three-quarters of the grid set to be out of contract at season's end, ordinarily it wouldn't be long before the rumour mill began in earnest. But this is no ordinary season, and all the signs point towards silly season being somewhat anticlimactic

How Super Formula dodged motorsport's new reality

Super Formula holding a pre-season test at a time where the rest of motorsport finds itself in a coronavirus-induced holding pattern made for a unique, almost unsettling experience. But how was it able to do so?

F1's biggest strength is now its biggest weakness Prime

F1's biggest strength is now its biggest weakness

The Formula 1 travelling circus is a pan-global monolith that can lay claim to being one of the biggest sporting series going. But in the current COVID-19 pandemic-induced hiatus, that could count against it staging any races at all in 2020, with the fate of Australia's cancelled GP a stark warning to other promoters

F1’s pantomime Virtual GP is fun but unsustainable Prime

F1’s pantomime Virtual GP is fun but unsustainable

F1 Esports' inaugural Virtual Grand Prix last weekend provided brilliant entertainment to those tuning in to watch a mix of F1 drivers and celebrities battle on track, but was a missed opportunity for marketing its own Esports stars. A change of approach is needed if it is to successfully fill the void until the resumption of proper racing

Why F1's showman is the big winner of its enforced hiatus Prime

Why F1's showman is the big winner of its enforced hiatus

Prominent showings - not entirely for the reasons he planned - in the F1 Esports Virtual GP and Veloce's #NottheBahGP were a perfect illustration of how Lando Norris has assumed the role of F1's poster boy in a tough period for the championship, and ought to give him a far greater following when on-track racing resumes