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How Pirelli’s F1 “Doggy” is helping drive tyre development

On every Formula 1 race weekend Pirelli engineer Martin Wahl logs up miles walking patiently around each circuit pushing a curious looking three-wheeled device.

How Williams overcame its greatest F1 setback

The biggest challenge of Sir Frank Williams’ life struck in early 1986 when he suffered terrible injuries in a car crash on his way to the airport following a test at Paul Ricard. But with the kind of steely determination that characterised his whole approach to F1, Williams never let the disabilities hold him back – and he certainly never let it impact his team. In a tribute to the late F1 team boss, we revisit Damien Smith’s piece on how Williams recovered from that difficult period.

Sir Frank Williams remembered: The genesis of an F1 great

Sir Frank Williams, who passed away today, achieved tremendous success as a Formula 1 team boss. But it never came easy. For his early career was filled with battling against the odds, tremendous hard work, and the scorn of fellow competitors. On the day that the entire motorsport community paid tribute to him, we look again at Damien Smith’s fascinating insight in to the genesis of an F1 great.

Tributes paid to F1 legend Sir Frank Williams

Tributes have poured in from across motorsport after Williams F1 team founder Sir Frank Williams passed away aged 79. 

F1's fastest and slowest: Williams's rollercoaster ride

In its time gracing the Formula 1 grid, Williams has hit the very pinnacle of grand prix racing - and also brought up the rear. As part of tributes being paid to the late Sir Frank Williams, who sadly died on Sunday aged 79, Motorsport.com revisits a piece where we show how its pace measures up from 1978-2020 (first published 31 January 2021)

Legendary F1 team boss Sir Frank Williams dies aged 79

Former Formula 1 team boss Sir Frank Williams, whose squad became one of the most successful in grand prix racing’s history, has passed away. He was 79.

Ocon: Alonso's out-of-the-box thinking 'unprecedented' in F1

Esteban Ocon says the way his Alpine Formula 1 teammate Fernando Alonso approaches racing compared to other drivers is "unprecedented".

How getting sacked from Benetton made Mercedes' Allison Prime

How getting sacked from Benetton made Mercedes' Allison

He’s had a hand in world championship-winning Formula 1 cars for Benetton, Renault and Mercedes, and was also a cog in the Schumacher-Ferrari axis. Having recently ‘moved upstairs’ as Mercedes chief technical officer, James Allison tells Stuart Codling about his career path and why being axed by Benetton was one of the best things that ever happened to him.

Montoya: Driving 2008 Ferrari F1 car an "amazing experience"
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Montoya: Driving 2008 Ferrari F1 car an "amazing experience"

After years of competing against Ferrari in Formula 1, former Williams and McLaren ace Juan Pablo Montoya finally got to drive a car from the Scuderia, labelling his 2008 Ferrari F1 drive at Mugello as an "amazing" experience.

Piastri knew he only stood 'very outside chance' of 2022 F1 seat

Oscar Piastri says he knew he only ever stood a “very outside chance” of landing a Formula 1 seat for 2022 after missing out on a drive with Alfa Romeo.

The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback Prime

The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback

It’s easy to look at Robert Kubica’s second Formula 1 career and feel a sense of sadness that he didn’t reach the heights for which he seemed destined. But as Ben Anderson discovered, performance and results are almost meaningless in this context – something more fundamental and incredible happened…

Capito: VW would not waste its time in F1 talks if it wasn’t serious
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Capito: VW would not waste its time in F1 talks if it wasn’t serious

Jost Capito believes the Volkswagen Group would not waste its time attending meetings about Formula 1’s future regulations if it was not serious a possible future entry.

Sainz: Deeper F1 off-season conversation on Brazil Turn 4 expected

Carlos Sainz says the conversation about racing guidelines in Formula 1 will continue in the winter after admitting the rules on what is allowed are still "not very clear".

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver for McLaren Prime

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver for McLaren

From being lapped by his own teammate in Monaco to winning at Monza, it’s been a tumultuous first season at McLaren for Daniel Ricciardo. But, as he tells STUART CODLING, there’s more to the story of his turnaround than having a lovely summer holiday during Formula 1's summer break...

Masi defends stewards delays on F1 decisions
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Masi defends stewards delays on F1 decisions

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has defended the amount of time it can take for stewards to announce decisions on race weekends.

Mazepin unsure if he'll have "too fat" Haas F1 chassis for final races
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Mazepin unsure if he'll have "too fat" Haas F1 chassis for final races

Nikita Mazepin remains unsure if he will have to stick with the "too fat" Haas Formula 1 chassis in the remaining two races of the 2021 season.

Ocon: Little set-up tricks behind Alpine F1's Qatar form
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Ocon: Little set-up tricks behind Alpine F1's Qatar form

Alpine driver Esteban Ocon thinks his Formula 1 team's improved Qatar form was down to finding "little tricks" on the set-up that made the difference.

Barcelona agrees new Formula 1, MotoGP deals until 2026

The Spanish GP will stay in Barcelona until at least 2026 after Formula 1 agreed a new deal with the promoter and local authorities.

Red Bull: Mercedes no longer enjoys "abnormal" top speed F1 edge

Red Bull thinks rival Mercedes no longer has an "abnormal" straightline speed advantage, amid ongoing intrigue over flexible rear wings in Formula 1.

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title Prime

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title

As the battle continues to rage over the F1 2021 drivers' championship, teams up and down the grid are turning their attentions to the prize money attributed to each position in the constructors' standings. But F1's sliding scale rules governing wind tunnel and CFD use will soften the blow for those who miss out on the top places

F1 title rivals' war of words too much, says Seidl

McLaren Formula 1 boss Andreas Seidl says he would never allow his team to unleash the kind of criticisms that earned Red Bull’s Christian Horner an FIA warning at last weekend’s Qatar Grand Prix.

Mazepin proposes Haas F1 staff incentive scheme for 2022

Dmitry Mazepin, owner of Haas Formula 1 title sponsor Uralkali, has proposed a staff incentive scheme for next year in a bid to help the team move up the grid.

Ferrari "never compromised" 2022 F1 car in fight for third

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says the Italian squad "never compromised" the development of its 2022 Formula 1 car in order to secure third place in this year's constructors' championship.

Masi insists F1 racing rules have been "made clear" to drivers
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Masi insists F1 racing rules have been "made clear" to drivers

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi insists that the racing rules have been made clear, despite some drivers suggesting that they don't know where the limits lie.

Ferrari junior Shwartzman joins Haas F1 for Abu Dhabi rookie test
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Ferrari junior Shwartzman joins Haas F1 for Abu Dhabi rookie test

The Haas Formula 1 team has announced Ferrari junior and FIA Formula 2 frontrunner Robert Shwartzman will drive for the team at the upcoming Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test.

Red Bull still needs fix for 'flappy' wing problems Qatar GP
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Red Bull still needs fix for 'flappy' wing problems

Red Bull has admitted it is still chasing a fix for the ‘flappy’ rear wing problems that it has suffered from at recent Formula 1 events.

Promoted: Inside the Jeddah F1 Corniche street circuit

On December 3-5, Formula 1 hits the track in Jeddah for the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Ahead of F1's first foray into the country we take a closer look at the sport's latest venue.

Horner: Turn 6 deficit behind Red Bull's Qatar F1 gap to Mercedes Qatar GP
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Horner: Turn 6 deficit behind Red Bull's Qatar F1 gap to Mercedes

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes a weakness in one corner was behind the deficit between the team and Mercedes at last week's Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix.

Aston Martin headhunts Mercedes aero chief Blandin

Mercedes Formula 1 team chief aerodynamicist Eric Blandin is the latest big name to be hired by Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll.

Insider's guide: Why are F1 pitstops so fast? Qatar GP
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Insider's guide: Why are F1 pitstops so fast?

Do you know how many people it takes to change an F1 tyre or what a driver has to do when he pits? Find out that and more here…

Hamilton: Mercedes F1 2021 car is a ‘monster diva’

Lewis Hamilton says difficulties Mercedes has faced perfecting the setup of its 2021 Formula 1 car have left him feeling it’s a bit of a ‘monster diva’.

Russell: Everyone at Williams frustrated by recent form
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Russell: Everyone at Williams frustrated by recent form

George Russell admits that he and his Williams Formula 1 team have been left frustrated by a recent loss of form after such a strong first two-thirds of the 2021 season.

Vettel, Schumacher to compete in 2022 Race of Champions
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Vettel, Schumacher to compete in 2022 Race of Champions

Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher are the latest names to be confirmed on the burgeoning list of stars competing in next February’s Race of Champions in Sweden.

The invisible enemy that's made Hamilton's title charge tougher Prime

The invisible enemy that's made Hamilton's title charge tougher

After winning his past few Formula 1 titles as a canter, Lewis Hamilton currently trails Max Verstappen by eight points heading into the final double-header of 2021. Although Red Bull has been his biggest on-track challenge, Hamilton feels that he has just as much to grapple with away from the circuit

Hamilton: I want to be the "purest" of F1 drivers
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Hamilton: I want to be the "purest" of F1 drivers

Lewis Hamilton thinks it essential he is the "purest" driver he can be, so there can be no doubts about his achievements in Formula 1.

Why F1's inconvenient penalties have to stay Prime

Why F1's inconvenient penalties have to stay

OPINION: Quibbles over the length of time taken by Formula 1's stewards over decisions are entirely valid. But however inconvenient it is, there can be no questioning the importance of having clearly defined rules that everyone understands and can stick to. Recent events have shown that ambiguity could have big consequences

Qatar Q3 yellow flags were justified, says Masi

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has backed the marshals who showed yellow flags during the Pierre Gasly incident in Q3 in Qatar.

The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021's title fight climax Prime

The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021's title fight climax

OPINION: Red Bull has had Formula 1’s fastest package for most of 2021, but in several of the title run-in events it has wasted the RB16B’s potential. It cannot afford to do so again with Lewis Hamilton motoring back towards Max Verstappen in the drivers’ standings with two rounds remaining

Piastri: Criticism against Alfa F1 signing Zhou is "pretty unfair"
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Piastri: Criticism against Alfa F1 signing Zhou is "pretty unfair"

Oscar Piastri believes the criticism against new Alfa Romeo Formula 1 signing Guanyu Zhou is "pretty unfair", backing his fellow Alpine junior to do a good job next year.

Ocon "glad" to repay Alonso for Hungary with Qatar defence

Alpine Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon says he was happy to repay teammate Fernando Alonso for his help in Hungary by holding up Sergio Perez in the Qatar Grand Prix.

Hamilton, Mercedes feeling "better than ever" ahead of F1 title run-in
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Hamilton, Mercedes feeling "better than ever" ahead of F1 title run-in

Lewis Hamilton feels he and Mercedes are in the best shape they have been all season as he heads into the final two Formula 1 races of the year.

McLaren: F1 triple-header points haul "painful"
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McLaren: F1 triple-header points haul "painful"

McLaren boss Andreas Seidl has admitted that Formula 1's recent triple-header has been a "painful" experience for the team, after it brought home just four points.

Bizarre quirk of Qatar kerbs caused F1 problems, reckons Mercedes Qatar GP
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Bizarre quirk of Qatar kerbs caused F1 problems, reckons Mercedes

The brutal car damage dished out by the kerbs at Formula 1's Losail circuit was a result of them not being aggressive enough, reckons Mercedes.

Gasly frustrated by "shocking" AlphaTauri F1 pace in Qatar race Qatar GP
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Gasly frustrated by "shocking" AlphaTauri F1 pace in Qatar race

Pierre Gasly felt frustrated after AlphaTauri's "shocking" pace during Sunday's Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix saw him fall from the front row of the grid to outside of the points.

Alpine: Alonso Qatar F1 podium "a question of a few corners" Qatar GP
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Alpine: Alonso Qatar F1 podium "a question of a few corners"

Alpine Formula 1 director Marcin Budkowski admitted Fernando Alonso's one-stop run to third at the Qatar Grand Prix was "a question of a few corners whether we would make it or not."

Ten things we learned from F1's 2021 Qatar Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton made it two wins on the bounce in Formula 1's inaugural Qatar Grand Prix to close in once more on championship leader Max Verstappen, as the season fast approaches its conclusion. We pick out the key talking points as relations between the rival Mercedes and Red Bull squads deteriorated further, drivers complained about unclear rules and an F1 legend ended a seven-year podium wait

Horner defends 'straight talking' attitude in F1
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Horner defends 'straight talking' attitude in F1

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says he stands by his 'straight talking' nature in Formula 1, although admits he went too far in Qatar in his criticisms of a marshal.

Qatar Grand Prix driver ratings

Qatar was a virtual unknown for most as Formula 1 made its inaugural visit to the Gulf state, and tyre management quickly emerged as an even more critical factor than normal. Perhaps then it should come as no surprise that two of the championship's elder statesmen produced standout drives

Ricciardo's Qatar GP compromised by extreme F1 fuel saving

Daniel Ricciardo says he was losing two seconds per lap in the first half of Formula 1's Qatar Grand Prix due to a system error that warned him to save fuel from the start.

Verstappen "knew" he would be penalised after Qatar F1 qualifying

Max Verstappen did not feel “shocked or surprised” by his Formula 1 grid penalty in Qatar, believing he would drop back the evening before the race.

Hamilton to get Brazil F1 engine back for Saudi Arabia GP
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Hamilton to get Brazil F1 engine back for Saudi Arabia GP

Mercedes is to bring Lewis Hamilton's more powerful Brazil engine back in to play for Formula 1's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in a bid to help his title push.

How Hamilton dominated in Qatar despite missing a key Mercedes advantage

There was simply no stopping Lewis Hamilton on Formula 1's first visit to Qatar. The Mercedes driver eased to pole position and led every lap to secure an utterly dominant victory - even without a key Mercedes weapon in his arsenal to increase the heat on Red Bull heading into the final two races of the gripping 2021 title race

Masi: Horner criticism of Qatar F1 marshal “not accepted” Qatar GP
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Masi: Horner criticism of Qatar F1 marshal “not accepted”

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi believes Red Bull boss Christian Horner has overstepped the mark in his Qatar Grand Prix criticism on marshals, saying criticism of volunteer officials is “not accepted.”

Pirelli to investigate Qatar F1 tyre failures

Pirelli has launched an investigation after four Formula 1 drivers suffered tyre failures during the Qatar Grand Prix, despite Friday practice running not causing the tyre supplier cause for concern.

Wolff: Interlagos F1 penalty brought out Hamilton's "superhero powers"

Toto Wolff believes the adversity Lewis Hamilton faced at Interlagos brought out his “superhero powers”, leading to back-to-back wins to shift momentum in the Formula 1 title fight.

Norris had no warning before "dangerous" Qatar F1 tyre failure Qatar GP
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Norris had no warning before "dangerous" Qatar F1 tyre failure

Lando Norris says he had no warning before his “dangerous” front-left puncture in Sunday’s Qatar Grand Prix after being one of four drivers to experience a late-race failure.

Horner apologises for F1 marshals comment in Qatar

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has apologised for comments he made criticising the FIA and a marshal at Formula 1's Qatar Grand Prix.

Horner summoned to F1 stewards on potential disrepute charge

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has been summoned to the stewards at Formula 1’s Qatar Grand Prix on a potential charge of bringing the sport into disrepute.

Alonso: Qatar GP podium return felt "unbelievable" Qatar GP
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Alonso: Qatar GP podium return felt "unbelievable"

Fernando Alonso said his return to the Formula 1 podium at the Qatar Grand Prix felt "unbelievable".

F1 Grand Prix race results: Lewis Hamilton wins Qatar GP

Lewis Hamilton won the Qatar Grand Prix at Losail International Circuit on Sunday for Mercedes to beat title rival Max Verstappen of Red Bull, while Fernando Alonso ended his F1 podium drought with Alpine.