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Imola in, China out as F1 reveals 2022 calendar

Formula 1 has revealed its biggest ever calendar for 2022, but the 23-race schedule does not include the Chinese Grand Prix.

How a change of mindset helped McLaren design an F1 winner

It's almost impossible to believe that just four years ago McLaren was a team battling to avoid getting Formula 1's wooden spoon as the worst on the grid.

Vettel: Too many races could stop F1 being "special"
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Vettel: Too many races could stop F1 being "special"

Formula 1 risks losing valuable staff as well as stopping grands prix being ‘special’ events if the calendar continues expanding, warns Sebastian Vettel.

Is Alonso as unlucky in F1 2021 as he claims?

Alpine Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso says good luck "seems to keep avoiding" him after losing a chance to score big points in Turkey. But how unlucky has he really been in 2021?

The Schumacher Monaco conundrum that complicates F1 pole debate

Formula 1 drivers have expressed unease this year about how pole position records are being skewed by penalties and the new sprint race format.

Ricciardo to demo Earnhardt NASCAR Cup car at US GP after Brown bet

Daniel Ricciardo will get to drive one of Dale Earnhardt’s NASCAR Cup cars at the United States Grand Prix, after winning his Formula 1 bet with boss Zak Brown.

Haas: Q2 spot shows team "ready to get points" with a better car

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner says his team's display at the Turkish Grand Prix has given him the belief that it can regularly fight for points once it develops a competitive car.

Binotto to skip races in "critical phase" for 2022 Ferrari F1 project

Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Mattia Binotto says he will work from Maranello at two more grands prix in 2021 after skipping Turkey, as the team's 2022 car project enters a "critical phase".

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Prime

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

Qatar circuit pitlane entry changed "dramatically" for F1 race

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi says that work to update the Losail circuit for November's Qatar GP has nearly been completed.

Masi dismisses Alonso criticism on F1 stewarding bias

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has dismissed Fernando Alonso's criticism on the fairness of F1's stewarding, saying the "rules are applied equally for everyone."

COTA addressing bumps for F1 race in wake of MotoGP problems

Some of the bumpy areas of the Circuit of the Americas in Texas are being smoothed out ahead of Formula 1’s United States Grand Prix.

Mercedes form has eased fears over 2022-triggered F1 slump

Mercedes says recent victories have eased fears that its early switch to development of its 2022 Formula 1 car could trigger a performance slump by now.

Sainz backs Ferrari grid penalty call despite strong form Turkish GP
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Sainz backs Ferrari grid penalty call despite strong form

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz says he "wouldn't change the decision" to take a new power unit in Formula 1's Turkish Grand Prix after seeing how competitive his team turned out to be.

Ricciardo won’t let Turkish GP setback derail McLaren F1 momentum

Daniel Ricciardo is refusing to let his disappointing Turkish Grand Prix weekend derail McLaren's recent momentum in Formula 1 after a Q1 knockout and failing to score any points.

Vettel: F1 must ask itself if money comes over morals
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Vettel: F1 must ask itself if money comes over morals

Sebastian Vettel says Formula 1 needs to join other sports in asking itself if the chase for increased revenue should come above any concerns over its moral compass.

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages Prime

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Ferrari admits to 'risks' by introducing upgraded F1 engine

Ferrari has admitted it took some risks to introduce its upgraded Formula 1 engine in recent races, but has been left in no doubt about the advantage it now has.

How Ocon’s “dangerous” non-stop F1 strategy paid off

Esteban Ocon’s achievement of getting to the end of the Turkish GP in the points without a single pit stop was a rare feat. Ocon and his Alpine team explain how they pulled off their "dangerous" strategy.

Staying out could've dropped Hamilton to ‘back of F1 points’ - Mercedes Turkish GP
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Staying out could've dropped Hamilton to ‘back of F1 points’ - Mercedes

Mercedes believes Lewis Hamilton would have fallen towards “the back of the points” had he not pitted during Sunday’s Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix after completing its post-race calculations.

Heritage vote saves Adelaide Grand Prix F1 track

A narrow win for a proposal to heritage list Adelaide's grand prix circuit has saved the historic venue for now.

Wolff: Turkey F1 win shows Bottas’s "vital role" in both title races

Toto Wolff believes Valtteri Bottas’s dominant victory in Turkey may not be his last for Mercedes, and proves the “vital role” he can play in both Formula 1 championship fights.

Aston Martin: We had to trust Vettel on F1 slick tyre call Turkish GP
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Aston Martin: We had to trust Vettel on F1 slick tyre call

Aston Martin Formula 1 boss Otmar Szafnauer says the team had to trust Sebastian Vettel to make the right call to go to slick tyres in the Turkish GP.

Capito: F1 teams shouldn't wait for FIA on carbon footprint reduction

Williams boss Jost Capito says that Formula 1 teams can’t wait solely for FIA regulations to steer them towards future sustainability targets, and have to pursue their own initiatives.

How F1’s pole winner approach undermines drivers Prime

How F1’s pole winner approach undermines drivers

OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history

Pitstop times compared: Formula 1, NASCAR, WEC and more
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Pitstop times compared: Formula 1, NASCAR, WEC and more

What goes on at a pitstop can make or break a race in motorsport. A delayed stop can deny a driver victory just as a good stop can seal the deal.

Williams needs a ‘bit of a think’ over inters struggles says Russell

George Russell says his Williams Formula 1 team has to have “a bit of a think” about how to get the best out of intermediate tyres after a difficult Turkish GP.

Experimental Mercedes F1 front wing hints at final update push

The fight between Mercedes and Red Bull in Formula 1 has been as much about car development this year as it has been about wheel-to-wheel battles on track.

Norris: "Scary" spray made Turkish GP F1 much harder

Lando Norris said the ‘scary’ spray being thrown up by Formula 1 cars at the wet Turkish Grand Prix made things much harder for drivers.

Tsunoda: I did everything to hold up Hamilton for Verstappen

Yuki Tsunoda tried fending off Lewis Hamilton “as much as possible” early in the Turkish Grand Prix to help Max Verstappen’s Formula 1 title hopes in Honda’s final season.

Alonso sorry for Schumacher F1 clash early in Turkish GP

Fernando Alonso apologised to Mick Schumacher for their clash on the second lap of the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix, accepting the five-second time penalty.

Brawn rebuffs suggestions F1 rules revolution is not needed

Ross Brawn has bit back at suggestions Formula 1’s rules revolution for 2022 is not needed in the wake of the current ultra-close title fight.

The risk and reward teams faced in the Turkish GP tyre switch Turkish GP
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The risk and reward teams faced in the Turkish GP tyre switch

Last weekend in Turkey saw Valtteri Bottas score his first Formula 1 victory in over a year with a dominant display for Mercedes, controlling the race to win ahead of Max Verstappen.

FIA explains why Perez wasn’t investigated over Turkey F1 bollard breach

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has confirmed Sergio Perez did nothing wrong when he went off track while battling with Lewis Hamilton during the Turkish Grand Prix.

F1 medical car driver Van der Merwe set to miss final 2021 races

Formula 1 medical driver Alan van der Merwe is set to miss the final races of this season even if he recovers from his current bout of COVID-19.

"Useless" hybrid rules shows F1 needs better green push - Vettel
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"Useless" hybrid rules shows F1 needs better green push - Vettel

Sebastian Vettel has warned that Formula 1's planned green push over the next few years does not go far enough, as he labelled the current hybrid rules "useless".

Perez: Hamilton "caught me at my worst time" in Turkey duel

Red Bull's Sergio Perez says Lewis Hamilton "caught me at my worst time" during the Turkish Grand Prix Formula 1 as he kept the Mercedes driver at bay after an "intense" battle.

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 Turkish Grand Prix

The 2021 Formula 1 title battle swung back in favour of Red Bull in Istanbul, but it was a weekend when Mercedes had a clear performance edge - as demonstrated by Valtteri Bottas's first win of the year. Motorsport.com picks out the key talking points at the Turkish Grand Prix, as Red Bull faces a fortnight of head-scratching, McLaren was handed a reality check and mental health returned to the agenda.

Mercedes: Ocon’s fall proved risk of keeping Hamilton out to the end

Mercedes believes Esteban Ocon’s late struggles on worn intermediate tyres proved the risk of not pitting Lewis Hamilton in Sunday’s Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix.

Turkish Grand Prix driver ratings

On a day that the number two Mercedes enjoyed a rare day in the sun, the Turkish Grand Prix produced several standout drives - not least from a driver who has hit a purple patch of late

Pirelli doubts Hamilton could have finished without pitstop Turkish GP
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Pirelli doubts Hamilton could have finished without pitstop

Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli doubts Lewis Hamilton would have made it to the end of the Turkish Grand Prix on his original used set of inters.

F1 set to trial system of deleting yellow flag laptimes
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F1 set to trial system of deleting yellow flag laptimes

The FIA is set to trial a new system of deleting laptimes achieved when Formula 1 drivers pass through a double yellow flag zone in practice and qualifying sessions.

Red Bull surprised at "significant" Mercedes F1 power boost Turkish GP
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Red Bull surprised at "significant" Mercedes F1 power boost

Red Bull says a "surprising" engine power step from Mercedes has left it struggling for answers about how best to stop its Formula 1 title rival pulling clear.

The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for Turkey glory

Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead

Mercedes has "thick skin" to handle Hamilton's radio frustration Turkish GP
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Mercedes has "thick skin" to handle Hamilton's radio frustration

Toto Wolff says Mercedes’ pitwall has a “thick enough skin” to understand Lewis Hamilton’s radio frustrations over his pit strategy during Sunday’s Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix.

Adelaide Grand Prix track could be ripped up

The Adelaide parklands circuit that famously hosted Formula 1 for a decade could be ripped up by the city council.

"No regrets" for Leclerc or Ferrari over Turkey F1 tyre strategy Turkish GP
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"No regrets" for Leclerc or Ferrari over Turkey F1 tyre strategy

Charles Leclerc and Ferrari insist they have no regrets over their decision to try to hold on in the lead with old inters in Formula 1’s Turkish Grand Prix.

FIA explains why Gasly was penalised for Alonso F1 clash

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi says that Pierre Gasly was penalised for contact with Fernando Alonso in the Turkey GP because the Frenchman was deemed to be wholly to blame.

Mazepin: “Driving blind” in dirty spray caused near-miss with Hamilton

Nikita Mazepin described wet conditions as like “driving blind” during the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix and will apologise to Lewis Hamilton for almost causing a crash while being lapped.

Wolff: Mercedes F1 gamble on old inters was worth it

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff thinks his team was right to gamble on trying to get Lewis Hamilton through Formula 1’s Turkish Grand Prix on a single set of inters.

Hamilton explains why Mercedes F1 tyre call left him 'frustrated' Turkish GP
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Hamilton explains why Mercedes F1 tyre call left him 'frustrated'

Lewis Hamilton believes he wasn't on the best race strategy for the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix and feels he should have either pitted earlier or gone to the end without stopping.

Vettel takes responsibility for dry F1 tyre call in Turkey

Sebastian Vettel has taken responsibility for the call to switch to dry tyres during the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix in damp conditions.

Verstappen: F1 title fight won't be 'easy’ despite points lead Turkish GP
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Verstappen: F1 title fight won't be 'easy’ despite points lead

Max Verstappen knows the Formula 1 title fight against Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes is “not going to be easy” despite regaining the championship lead in Turkey.

Bottas: Turkey win one of my "best ever" F1 races Turkish GP
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Bottas: Turkey win one of my "best ever" F1 races

Valtteri Bottas hailed his victory in Formula 1’s Turkish Grand Prix as one of his ‘best ever’ races, after a dominant performance in Istanbul.

F1 Grand Prix race results: Bottas wins Turkish GP Turkish GP
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F1 Grand Prix race results: Bottas wins Turkish GP

Valtteri Bottas won the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on Sunday as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished second to take the F1 World Championship lead from Lewis Hamilton, who finished fifth.

Turkish GP: Bottas wins from Verstappen; Hamilton fifth

Valtteri Bottas dominated Formula 1's Turkish Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen in damp conditions, while Lewis Hamilton climbed to fifth but ended the race angry with Mercedes' strategy calls.

The Turkish GP F1 as it happened

Live commentary and updates from Formula 1's Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park.

How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form Prime

How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form

A Formula 1 pitstop is a rapid-fire blend of high technology and human performance. PAT SYMONDS describes how the science of margin gains makes stops so quick

Istanbul's long corners to blame for McLaren's more difficult weekend

Lando Norris says the long corners at Formula 1's Turkish Grand Prix venue are the cause of it being a more difficult weekend for McLaren.

Wolff: F1 rules should ensure staff rotation to ease calendar pressure
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Wolff: F1 rules should ensure staff rotation to ease calendar pressure

Toto Wolff believes Formula 1's regulations should require teams to rotate staff members to ease the pressure and human cost of the growing calendar.