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How F1's new sprint qualifying races will challenge teams

Formula 1’s first sprint qualifying event at Silverstone is still five races and several weeks away, but it’s already exercising the minds of team engineers as they assess the full impact.

How the tragedy of Elio de Angelis changed F1

Thirty-five years ago Elio de Angelis lost his life after a fiery accident at Paul Ricard that should have had a less serious outcome – and from which the sport learned valuable lessons.

Liberty's "dumb Americans" were laughed at for cost cap - Maffei

Liberty Media says its chiefs who pushed through Formula 1's cost cap should have been praised rather than "laughed at" for being "dumb Americans".

Gasly: AlphaTauri “dropped back” compared to start of the year

Pierre Gasly says that his AlphaTauri Formula 1 team has “dropped back” relative to its main rivals since the start of the season.

Vettel: I’m lacking the pace to fight for points

Sebastian Vettel admits that he’s currently lacking the pace to fight for points with his Aston Martin Formula 1 car following another frustrating weekend in Barcelona.

Perez: Compressed practice time hindering 2021 progress

Sergio Perez feels it is taking him “a bit too long to get up to speed” on Formula 1 race weekends due to the reduced track time this year.

Pirelli “80-90%” towards finalising 2022 F1 tyres
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Pirelli “80-90%” towards finalising 2022 F1 tyres

Pirelli Formula 1 boss Mario Isola says that the Italian company is "80-90%" towards finalising the construction of its 18-inch tyres for 2022.

The strategic drive key to Lewis Hamilton's first F1 title

On this day in 2008, Lewis Hamilton took second place in the Turkish GP to keep his title challenge on course, a result for which he had to use an unusual strategy as an emergency measure

Monaco 1970: When Brabham crashed on the last lap

Fifty-one years ago today, Jochen Rindt won the Monaco Grand Prix after one of the most dramatic last laps in Formula 1 history. A future Indianapolis 500 winner was there to witness it, and he recounts his experiences to Adam Cooper.

Alfa Romeo explains disastrous Giovinazzi pitstop

Antonio Giovinazzi's disastrous pitstop in the Spanish GP was the result of a tyre valve failure from an operational issue at his Alfa Romeo team.

Why Ricciardo has found corner entry so hard with McLaren

The struggles of top Formula 1 drivers to adjust to new cars has been an ongoing story thus far in 2021, revealing just how hard it is to take the current machinery to the limit.

Sainz: Ferrari still worried about tyre degradation in Spain

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz is anticipating a difficult race day in Spain as the Italian team tries to get on top of tyre management issues.

Ricciardo more confident in his McLaren F1 car after "mini breakthrough"

Daniel Ricciardo says increased confidence in his upgraded McLaren Formula 1 car is behind his strong Spanish Grand Prix qualifying performance, which he labelled as a "mini breakthrough".

Norris: Q1 traffic "cost me" later in Spanish GP qualifying

Lando Norris says his Q1 lap that was ruined by being held up by Nikita Mazepin effectively wrecked his entire qualifying hopes for Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Formula 1 encouraging teams to look at American drivers

Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that the organisation is encouraging teams to look at American drivers, believing that the push could pay off after “two or three years.”

Mercedes F1 team spent over £324m to win in 2020

The Mercedes Formula 1 team spent £324.9m to win the 2020 world championship, newly released company accounts have revealed.

The inside story of Villeneuve's final F1 weekend

Thirty nine years have passed since Gilles Villeneuve lost his life at Zolder. We tell the story of the final weekend and the events that led up to it.

F1 assessing Turkish GP impact after country placed on UK red list

Formula 1 is assessing the potential impact on the Turkish GP after the UK government announced on Friday that the country is going on its COVID travel red list.

Domenicali: "Robust" F1 will survive Hamilton retirement

Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali says that the sport is "robust" enough to survive the potential retirement of Lewis Hamilton at the end of this season.

F1 financial numbers continue to improve after disastrous 2020

Formula 1 has released much improved financial numbers for the first quarter of 2021, reflecting the organisation's continued recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out its income early last season.

Can F1's standout performer of 2021 keep up his charge?

After an impressive start to his 2021 Formula 1 season, Lando Norris currently splits the Mercedes and Red Bull domination in the early drivers’ standings. While the McLaren driver has played down the likelihood of maintaining that position, his team remains optimistic that his form can lead to greater success

Williams rear end issue hampered Russell’s F1 race in Portimao

George Russell says that his Williams Formula 1 team discovered an issue with his car that contributed to his struggles in last weekend's Portuguese GP.

How McLaren hopes to help F1 with its secret ballots call
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How McLaren hopes to help F1 with its secret ballots call

After McLaren boss Zak Brown wrote an open letter detailing his thoughts on the direction that Formula 1 is taking, including the use of secret ballots, it opened up a wider discussion on the future direction of the championship and how it decides its rules.

Vettel to get Aston Martin upgrades at Spanish GP Spanish GP
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Vettel to get Aston Martin upgrades at Spanish GP

The upgrade package trialled by Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll in Portugal will also be run by his teammate Sebastian Vettel in the Spanish GP this weekend.

Raikkonen takes blame for Portimao crash with Giovinazzi

Kimi Raikkonen has taken responsibility for colliding with Alfa Romeo Formula 1 teammate Antonio Giovinazzi in the Portuguese Grand Prix, explaining he was distracted changing switches on his steering wheel.

Vettel: Aston Martin "cannot be too greedy" in Portugal

Sebastian Vettel says that the Aston Martin Formula 1 team “cannot get too greedy” after logging his best qualifying performance of the season in Portugal.

How Sainz beat Formula 1's new driver curse

The struggles of some very talented drivers to adapt to their new Formula 1 teams has been a major talking point thus far in 2021, but Carlos Sainz appears to be bucking that trend.

Russell: Williams has "to be aiming for points" from 11th

Williams Formula 1 driver George Russell says he has to be aiming for points in Portugal after qualifying a superb 11th.

FIA rubber stamps sprint race crash damage deal with teams

The FIA World Motor Sport Council has formally rubber stamped Formula 1 cost cap allowances related to crash damage incurred in sprint qualifying races.

The hidden story of bravery at the 1994 San Marino GP

Over the years much was been written about the 1994 San Marino GP, but one story has rarely been told, and it concerns the bravest man at Imola that weekend.

Williams has "no criticism" about Russell's move at Imola

Williams Formula 1 team principal Simon Roberts insists the team has “no concern” over George Russell’s attempt to pass Valtteri Bottas which led to the pair crashing at Imola.

Roland Ratzenberger: The inside story of the Imola weekend

On April 30th 1994 Roland Ratzenberger lost his life when he crashed during qualifying for the San Marino GP, the result of the front wing of his Simtek coming adrift.

Can Gasly finally fulfil AlphaTauri qualifying promise?

Thus far the 2021 Formula 1 season has been a case of glass half full for Pierre Gasly and his AlphaTauri team.

Sainz: Data shows I can be as fast as Leclerc in qualifying

Carlos Sainz says he can match the one-lap pace of his Ferrari Formula 1 teammate if he can string together his fastest sectors at future races.

McLaren wants extended F1 testing programme in 2022

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl wants to see an extended pre-season testing programme return in 2022 after this year’s reduced running.

How a million pound crash highlighted F1’s money squeeze

After a fraught Emilia Romagna GP for Mercedes, one of team boss Toto Wolff’s main frustrations was the potential consequences of the huge accident suffered by Valtteri Bottas.

Vettel not beating himself up over Aston struggles

Aston Martin Formula 1 team boss Otmar Szafnauer insists that Sebastian Vettel is "not beating himself up" after a difficult start to the 2021 season.

Honda reveals development secrets of 2021 F1 engine

Honda has given an unusually detailed insight into the development of its 2021 Formula 1 power unit, which scored its first victory in the hands of Max Verstappen at Imola.

The master manager who juggled Prost and Senna simultaneously

One of the most influential – and yet low profile – people in the Formula 1 world turns 70 today [April 23rd], and yet he remains relatively unknown outside the confines of the paddock.

Ricciardo had to "swallow pride" in Imola swap with Norris

Daniel Ricciardo said he had to "swallow his pride" when his McLaren Formula 1 team asked him to move over for teammate Lando Norris in Imola but accepted the call was fair.

Wolff: Aston Martin entitled to query F1 2021 aero cuts

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he respects Aston Martin’s right to query the FIA’s aerodynamic rule changes in Formula 1 this year, but believes the team is simply “collateral damage”.

Why Imola was "brutal" for F1 drivers who changed teams
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Why Imola was "brutal" for F1 drivers who changed teams

A major focal point of the 2021 Formula 1 season thus far has the form of the group of star names who have joined new teams for this year.

McLaren: Norris Imola F1 podium deserved on merit

McLaren Formula 1 team boss Andreas Seidl believes Lando Norris' podium in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was earned on merit, as shown by his driver hitting the top three on pace in every Imola qualifying session.

Vettel: FIA "not very professional" in dealing with Imola penalty

Sebastian Vettel says the FIA was "not very professional" in the way it handled his penalty during Formula 1's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Williams: Latifi's strong Imola F1 form "disturbed" Russell

Williams believes Nicholas Latifi’s strong Formula 1 practice form “disturbed” George Russell ahead of Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying, before he “chipped away” to join his teammate in Q2.

Russell explains "Pastor Maldonado moment" in qualifying

Williams Formula 1 driver George Russell revealed he had a “Pastor Maldonado moment" when he ran wide before starting his first flying lap in Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying.

Allison doesn't want Mercedes F1 team boss role - Wolff

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says that James Allison has made it clear that he doesn't want to one day move into the team principal role at the Brackley outfit.

Vettel missing ‘last bit of confidence’ with Aston Martin

Sebastian Vettel feels he needs to be more patient and wait for “that last bit of confidence” with Aston Martin’s Formula 1 car following his Q2 exit at Imola.

Why F1 track limits are back in the spotlight at Imola

The thorny subject of track limits in Formula 1 has resurfaced in Imola this weekend, and like the similarly emotive VAR in football, it’s not going away any time soon.

Why Ferrari's significant step isn't enough for Leclerc

The Ferrari Formula 1 team arrived at its local race in Imola this weekend on a high after a solid performance in the opening race of the year in Bahrain, and its practice performance so far has given more reason for optimism.

Local fibre line failure caused F1 data outage at Imola

The Formula 1 organisation says that the failure of a local fibre optic line caused the outage that impacted TV coverage and team radio transmissions during first practice for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

No further action after Perez/Ocon clash in FP1

Formula 1 drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon have escaped punishment after a collision between the pair brought out a red flag in FP1 at the Emilia Romagna GP on Friday.

Di Resta on standby as McLaren F1 reserve

Paul di Resta is on standby as a potential reserve for the McLaren Formula 1 team should Mercedes Formula E drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries not be available.

Canadian GP set to be cancelled as Turkey stands by

This year's Canadian GP looks set to be cancelled despite Formula 1 insisting that it is still in discussion with the promoter.

How to make a huge impact in your one and only F1 start

You might know Stephane Sarrazin as a WRC regular who spent two years as a works Subaru driver, you might know him as a sportscar specialist who has finished runner-up at Le Mans on four occasions, or you might even know him as a regular in the early years of Formula E.

The beer and curry secret of F1's last non-points race

On April 10th, 1983 a little bit of history was made when Keke Rosberg won the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch, the Williams driver heading home a field of just 13 cars.

Norris: McLaren "not miles away" from Mercedes and Red Bull

Lando Norris says his McLaren Formula 1 team is "not miles away" from frontrunners Mercedes and Red Bull and expects a season-long battle with Ferrari and AlphaTauri for third.

Could AlphaTauri be 2021 surprise after Bahrain ‘shocker’?

Could AlphaTauri be the surprise package of the 2021 Formula 1 season? The sample of one provided by the Bahrain Grand Prix certainly suggests so.

Why the FIA has got tough on F1 car inspections

At the Bahrain GP the FIA's technical department introduced a new weapon in its ongoing fight to police the increasingly complex Formula 1 technical regulations.

The day Jenson Button won a Grand Prix while standing still

On April 5th 2009, a dramatic afternoon in Malaysia saw Jenson Button and the Brawn GP team continue their flying start to the season by scoring their second victory in eight days.