Alex Kalinauckas

Alex Kalinauckas

Alex Kalinauckas is Autosport's Grand Prix Editor, covering every Formula 1 race since the start of 2020. After completing a master's degree in journalism at Goldsmiths College University of London in 2014, he worked for a range of motorsport and technology publications while covering national racing as an Autosport freelancer.  

A lifelong motorsport fan - no one in his family can explain quite how or why such a development first occurred - Alex joined the Autosport staff in April 2017 as the magazine’s Assistant Editor covering Formula 2 and GP3, before being made Formula E correspondent and’s Plus Editor in March 2018. He lives in north-east London and is constantly frustrated by the Central Line.

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Magnussen: F1 race control too easy to influence after Ocon radio call

Kevin Magnussen believes FIA race control is too easy to influence by drivers after being called in to repair a damaged front wing in Formula 1's Canadian Grand Prix.

The breakthrough behind Sainz's best weekend of F1 2022 so far

OPINION: Carlos Sainz came close to winning in Monaco but needed that race’s specific circumstances for his shot at a maiden Formula 1 victory to appear. Last weekend in Canada, he led the line for Ferrari in Charles Leclerc’s absence from the front. And there’s a key reason why Sainz has turned his 2022 form around

Why “faster” Ferrari couldn’t beat Red Bull in Canadian GP

On paper the Canadian Grand Prix will go down as Max Verstappen’s latest triumph, fending off late pressure from Carlos Sainz to extend his Formula 1 world championship lead. But as safety car periods, virtual and real, shook up the race Ferrari demonstrated it can take the fight to Red Bull after recent failures.

Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

Plenty of high scores but just a single perfect 10 from the first Montreal race in three years, as Max Verstappen fended off late pressure from Carlos Sainz. Here’s Autosport’s assessment on the Formula 1 drivers from the Canadian Grand Prix

Canadian GP: Verstappen holds off Sainz to win tense race

Max Verstappen held off severe late pressure from Carlos Sainz to win Formula 1's 2022 Canadian Grand Prix following a late safety car disruption, with Lewis Hamilton taking third.

Alonso: Top five result my aim despite front row Canada F1 start

Fernando Alonso says Alpine should “realistically” aim to finish Formula 1’s Canadian Grand Prix in fifth place, despite qualifying second behind Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.

Canadian GP: Verstappen takes F1 pole as Alonso stars Canadian GP
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Canadian GP: Verstappen takes F1 pole as Alonso stars

Red Bull's Max Verstappen beat Fernando Alonso to pole position in qualifying for Formula 1's 2022 Canadian Grand Prix, with Carlos Sainz third for Ferrari.

Alonso went “all in” for F1 front row lap in Canada qualifying

Fernando Alonso says he needed to go “all in” for his final qualifying lap at the Canadian Grand Prix which yielded his first front-row start in Formula 1 in 10 years.

Verstappen: F1 slicks gamble "never on" in Canada qualifying

Max Verstappen says switching to slicks late in Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix qualifying was “never on” for Red Bull, viewing it as too much of a gamble.

The long-run F1 data that offers Ferrari hope in Canada

Max Verstappen headed both Canadian Grand Prix practice sessions, as Charles Leclerc faces a 10-place grid penalty after his Baku blowout. Although those signs point to Red Bull dominating the Formula 1 proceedings in Montreal, Ferrari can bring itself into play if it can deliver on the promise of its long runs.

Canadian GP: Verstappen holds off Leclerc in second practice

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen pipped Charles Leclerc to the top spot in second practice for Formula 1’s 2022 Canadian Grand Prix, with Carlos Sainz third in the other Ferrari.

Russell: FIA porpoising intervention like "sticking plaster"

Mercedes driver George Russell has called the FIA's first action regarding the 2022 Formula 1 cars porpoising "more of a sticking plaster" than a definitive way to fix the problem.

Where a key Leclerc strength is obscuring the true nature of F1 2022

OPINION: After clinching pole in Baku, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ended the first third of Formula 1 2022 with six poles to one each for his Red Bull rivals. But this doesn’t reflect important traits differentiating the season’s leading cars – here’s why.

10 things we learned at the 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

After a double-retirement for Ferrari at this year's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Red Bull marched to a comprehensive 1-2 finish, while porpoising was back on the agenda. Here's what we learned from this year's Formula 1 race on the streets of Baku.

Post-Abu Dhabi 2021 FIA changes still need improving, say F1 drivers

Several Formula 1 drivers have said the FIA's much-vaunted 2022 officiating changes implemented after the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix controversy still have "room for improvement".

The key strength Schumacher can rely on as Haas decides his F1 future

Michael Schumacher’s son has served his apprenticeship with a Haas team that brought up the rear of the Formula 1 field in 2021. Now he has a good car and a proper team-mate, he has to prove he belongs in F1. But his record to date, while not showing any points finishes, reveals there is plenty of promise he can build on

Magnussen sees "nice change" at Haas F1 since previous stint

Kevin Magnussen has been impressed by the "nice change" at the Haas Formula 1 team between his two stints, following the squad's alterations to its technical set-up and bases.

How Perez shaded Verstappen in Monaco and earned new F1 contract

OPINION: One week on from getting a ruthless Red Bull team orders call at Barcelona, Sergio Perez delivered the team’s sixth Monaco Grand Prix victory and earned a two-year contract extension. This success backs up discernible improvements the team has noticed in driver who is now his country’s most successful Formula 1 racer.

Monaco Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

Accuracy is more important than ever on a street circuit, and on Monte Carlo's sodden streets, several drivers stepped up to produce superb performances in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix. But on a track where overtaking is famously difficult, many were already resigned to a difficult afternoon by their qualifying performances

The six key F1 moments that meant Perez won Leclerc's Monaco GP

After retiring from the lead in Spain with the failure of his turbo and MGU-H, Charles Leclerc looked set to bounce back in style in Monaco. He'd done the hard work in qualifying by securing the all-important pole position and led the wet early phases, but his Ferrari team made critical mistakes in tyre strategy that handed the race to Red Bull and Sergio Perez

Monaco GP: Perez wins as Ferrari strategy costs Leclerc Monaco GP
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Monaco GP: Perez wins as Ferrari strategy costs Leclerc

Sergio Perez beat Carlos Sainz in a twice red-flagged 2022 Formula 1 Monaco race, with early leader Charles Leclerc fourth as Red Bull outfoxed Ferrari in a wet-dry event.

How Ferrari saved Leclerc from F1 weighbridge penalty

Charles Leclerc avoided a potential penalty at Formula 1's Monaco Grand Prix for missing the weighbridge in qualifying thanks to the quick reactions of his Ferrari team.

Perez explains Monaco GP qualifying crash down to cold tyres

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez puts his qualifying-ending Monaco Grand Prix crash down to his final set of tyres being too cold.

Sainz: Blind corner made Perez Monaco crash inevitable

Carlos Sainz says Monaco's blind corners left him no chance to avoid hitting Sergio Perez, who crashed ahead of him during Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix qualifying and triggered a red flag.

Monaco GP: Leclerc grabs pole as Perez crash ends Q3 early

Charles Leclerc claimed a home pole in a Ferrari 1-2 in qualifying for Formula 1's 2022 Monaco GP, which finished under red flags after Sergio Perez crashed late in Q3.

Why 2022 could be Leclerc's best chance to end his Monaco F1 curse

Charles Leclerc's ill-fortune at his home Formula 1 race is well-established. But his single lap pace and over longer runs during Friday practice will leave the Ferrari driver upbeat that he can make up for his Barcelona disappointment by finally recording a finish and perhaps even banking 25 world championship points in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix...

Monaco GP: Leclerc leads FP2 as Ricciardo crashes

Charles Leclerc led a Ferrari 1-2 in the second practice session for Formula 1's 2022 Monaco Grand Prix, which was disrupted by a heavy crash for McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo.

Vettel: Aston Martin 'green Red Bull' F1 reaction "not fair" Monaco GP
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Vettel: Aston Martin 'green Red Bull' F1 reaction "not fair"

Sebastian Vettel has criticised the ‘green Red Bull’ furore regarding Aston Martin’s updated 2022 Formula 1 car, calling the reaction “not fair” – particularly comments highlighting technical director Dan Fallows.

Monaco set to "feel smaller" with 2022 F1 cars

Haas racer Kevin Magnussen believes the different driving challenge of the 2022 Formula 1 cars means "it's going to feel like the track has become smaller" in Monaco.

The danger for Red Bull in its Barcelona F1 team orders choice Prime

The danger for Red Bull in its Barcelona F1 team orders choice

OPINION: Red Bull walked into a team orders saga on its way to taking a Spanish Grand Prix 1-2 last weekend, where it took the lead of the 2022 Formula 1 world championships for the first time. But its decisions have added an element of risk to later races.

10 things we learned at the 2022 F1 Spanish Grand Prix Spanish GP
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10 things we learned at the 2022 F1 Spanish Grand Prix

On the back of its first visit to the all-new Miami circuit, Formula 1 moved on to the Spanish Grand Prix, which took place at a considerably more familiar venue. Here's 10 of the biggest talking points from the weekend

Spanish GP: Leclerc heads Ferrari 1-2 in opening practice

Charles Leclerc led a Ferrari 1-2 in first practice for Formula 1's 2022 Spanish Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen third but losing time on his quickest run after encountering traffic.

Alonso slams "incompetent" Miami F1 stewards after penalty

Fernando Alonso has explosively accused the Formula 1 stewards at the recent Miami Grand Prix of “incompetence” and sees no improvement in the championship’s officiating despite the FIA’s post-2021 changes. 

Why the lack of "needle" between Red Bull and Ferrari is a mirage Prime

Why the lack of "needle" between Red Bull and Ferrari is a mirage

OPINION: The fight for the 2022 Formula 1 world titles between Red Bull and Ferrari so far features little of the public animosity that developed between the former and Mercedes last year. But that isn’t to say things are full on friendly or won’t get much worse very quickly…

The silver lining of Ferrari’s Miami GP defeat Prime

The silver lining of Ferrari’s Miami GP defeat

OPINION: Much was made of Formula 1’s first Miami Grand Prix – what turned out to be a very ‘marmite’ event for both those in attendance and everyone following on TV. But even as the on-track battle between Red Bull and Ferrari it produced continued the negative run of results for the red team, it contained a glimmer it must hope continues to shine

Miami Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

Formula 1's eagerly-anticipated debut in Miami was the scene for the latest bout for victory between Red Bull and Ferrari. But there was plenty of intrigue up and down the field at F1's newest race, including another stirring drive from a 2022 returnee

The late danger that could have cost Verstappen Miami GP victory

Max Verstappen secured his third win of the 2022 Formula 1 season in Miami after again beating early leader Charles Leclerc. But unlike their Jeddah duel in which the result was the same, the Red Bull driver this time had to stave off a late restart challenge that offered Leclerc an opportunity to turn the tables

Miami GP: Verstappen holds off Leclerc to win after late SC Miami GP
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Miami GP: Verstappen holds off Leclerc to win after late SC

Max Verstappen beat Charles Leclerc to victory in Formula 1's first Miami Grand Prix, winning after passing on track early on and then defying considerable pressure after a late safety car.

F1 drivers have asked FIA to clean Miami's first corner

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz says the Formula 1 drivers have petitioned the FIA to clean the Miami Grand Prix track's first corner to reduce the risk of a start crash.

Leclerc fears keeping Red Bull behind in Miami F1 will be "difficult"

Charles Leclerc fears if Max Verstappen gets close behind in Formula 1’s first Miami Grand Prix it will be “very difficult” to stay ahead given Red Bull’s superior straight-line speed. 

Miami GP: Leclerc leads all-Ferrari front row ahead of Verstappen

Charles Leclerc led a Ferrari 1-2 in Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix qualifying ahead of Carlos Sainz, while a last-lap mistake meant Max Verstappen dropped from provisional pole to third.

Miami GP: Perez outpaces Leclerc in FP3 as Mercedes struggles

Sergio Perez headed final practice for Formula 1's first Miami Grand Prix, finishing ahead of Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen, while Esteban Ocon crashed his Alpine.

Why Mercedes' practice pace doesn't harm Red Bull's favourite tag

Mercedes appears revitalised as George Russell topped the practice times on the first day of track running at the new Miami International Autodrome, while both Ferrari and Red Bull hit trouble. Despite this, Red Bull still holds an advantage to worry its rivals.

Miami GP: Russell puts Mercedes on top in FP2

Mercedes’ George Russell topped a heavily disrupted second practice for Formula 1’s inaugural Miami Grand Prix, leading Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc while reliability dramas prevented Max Verstappen setting a time.

Why Miami is a central chapter of F1 2022's biggest storyline

OPINION: Formula 1’s most-anticipated new event for a decade is finally happening with the first Miami Grand Prix. But when predicting which of Ferrari or Red Bull might prevail in the latest title fight battle, assessing the changes made since a similar race at the start of 2022 provides the key clues

What Russell's current Mercedes form means for his F1 future

OPINION: It would not have taken much for Mercedes to have had a very different weekend at Imola, even if a podium was always out of reach. As it was, George Russell led the line for the Silver Arrows, far ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Here’s how he got there and why such troubled times may benefit both team and younger driver in the years to come

Ten things we learned from the 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Formula 1's world tour returned for its first European leg in 2022 with the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, also the first sprint race of the year. Red Bull's Max Verstappen produced a near-perfect weekend as Ferrari and Charles Leclerc stumbled, while there were talking points aplenty in the paddock. Here are the 10 things we learned at Imola

Russell broke F1 floor stay due to Mercedes porpoising in Imola FP1

Toto Wolff says Mercedes’ porpoising problem during first practice for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was so severe that a floor stay broke on George Russell’s Formula 1 car.

Vettel suggests F1 future depends on Aston Martin's progress

Sebastian Vettel says his Formula 1 future with Aston Martin hinges on how he and the team respond to "the mountain ahead of us" in trying to improve the AMR22 car.

Emilia Romagna GP: Leclerc leads Sainz in wet first F1 practice

Charles Leclerc led a Ferrari 1-2 in a wet first practice session for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen third but 1.4 seconds slower than the championship leader.

Sainz surprised he "lacked calmness" amid Australian F1 woe

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz says he “lacked calmness to react properly” to the various issues that blighted his 2022 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, which he called a “character-building weekend”.

Sainz 'laughed' at rumours of friction over new Ferrari F1 deal

Carlos Sainz says speculation that he and Ferrari were suddenly struggling to agree terms for his new Formula 1 contract left him "laughing at home".

Williams latest F1 team to tweak livery to save weight

Williams says a tweaked livery it introduced in Australia was the result of a weight-saving push it is making with its FW44 Formula 1 car.

The ongoing problem with F1 sprints that's worse for 2022 Prime

The ongoing problem with F1 sprints that's worse for 2022

OPINION: Formula 1’s sprint race weekend format returns with the upcoming Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. The championship deemed its 2021 experiments to be so successful it wanted double for 2022 before team cost arguments scuppered the plan. But one change that has been made for the next three sprints makes them even more controversial

The Verstappen path Leclerc seems to be following in F1 2022

OPINION: Charles Leclerc insists he has not made a step up in his Formula 1 performances from 2021 into his early domination of 2022. But he does admit to there being one key difference compared to his past at Ferrari, which comes with striking similarity to the life of his closest on-track rival so far this year

Australian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

Formula 1's long-awaited return to Melbourne delivered an intriguing race on a track rather different than the one teams had last raced at in 2019. Among several standout performances, two drivers earned maximum scores in our driver ratings

How Ferrari and Red Bull calls led to Leclerc’s Melbourne masterclass

A second retirement in three races for Max Verstappen in the Australian Grand Prix leaves the Red Bull ace already facing an uphill battle to get himself back into the title fight. But there were several factors which contributed to the team's disappointing weekend - and they were ones Ferrari got right as Charles Leclerc romped to victory

Leclerc "couldn't turn" before poor Australian GP F1 restart

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc explained picking up old rubber before the final corner was behind the poor safety car restart that almost cost him the lead of Formula 1's Australian Grand Prix.

Russell: F1 pace would have "fallen off a cliff" trying to fight Perez

George Russell thinks his pace would have "fallen off a cliff" if he'd tried fighting Sergio Perez before "cruising" to score his first Formula 1 podium with Mercedes in Australia.

FIA shuts down Verstappen F1 safety car restart tactics

The FIA has clarified Formula 1’s safety car restart rules to prevent drivers employing tactics including the side-by-side move Max Verstappen has used against Charles Leclerc twice in 2022.