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Mercedes: Zero complacency over F1 2022 100% finishing record

Mercedes insists it is not getting complacent about its finishing record in Formula 1 this year, despite rivals Red Bull and Ferrari having big reliability headaches.

Wolff: No "arm twisting" to convince F1 drivers to race in Saudi

Toto Wolff says there “wasn’t any arm twisting from our side” to convince Formula 1 drivers to race in Saudi Arabia after threats of a boycott emerged on Friday night.

Wolff: Painful Mercedes F1 form an "exercise in humility"

Toto Wolff believes Mercedes’ current “painful” form in Formula 1 is an “exercise in humility” after failing to challenge Red Bull or Ferrari in Saudi Arabia last weekend.

Wolff: Mercedes F1 form right now "totally unacceptable"

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the performance of his team at the moment is "totally unacceptable", after a disappointing showing in Formula 1’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Bottas "secretly dreaming" of Alfa Romeo F1 podium

Valtteri Bottas has admitted consistently scoring points "would be a big achievement" for his Alfa Romeo F1 team but says he's secretly dreaming of a podium.

Bottas feels "big responsibility" to be Alfa Romeo F1 leader

Valtteri Bottas is relishing taking on the responsibility of being Alfa Romeo Formula 1's team leader after spending years in Lewis Hamilton's shadow at Mercedes.

Norris experimenting with driving style to adapt to 2022 F1 car

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris says he has been experimenting with his driving style for the all-new 2022 F1 cars and is conscious that he might need to adapt to the new McLaren.

Williams F1 no longer family business after "critical changes"

Williams Formula 1 team principal Jost Capito believes the historic outfit has now grown from a family business into "a well-structured engineering company" after making "critical changes".

AlphaTauri, Alpine reveal launch dates for 2022 F1 cars

AlphaTauri and Alpine are the latest teams to announce the launch dates of their 2022 Formula 1 cars ahead of Barcelona pre-season testing.

Seidl: Masi’s tricky role in intense F1 title battle needs to be understood

McLaren boss Andreas Seidl says that the difficulties of being F1 race director amid an intense title battle need to be appreciated amid intense focus on the job Michael Masi has done.

How has F1 penalised pushing off track? Penalties, warnings and more
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How has F1 penalised pushing off track? Penalties, warnings and more

How has the FIA penalised drivers forcing each other off track? We take a look at previous instances to find out what typically happens.

Vettel hopes Verstappen has better F1 title fight against Hamilton than he did

Sebastian Vettel wants Max Verstappen to have ‘a better car or better position’ to fight for the Formula 1 world title against Lewis Hamilton than he did during their championship battles.

Why Spa renovation should address Eau Rouge’s biggest safety concern

The terrifying accident in W Series qualifying at Formula 1’s Belgian Grand Prix has helped reignite the safety debate surrounding Spa's iconic Eau Rouge/Raidillon complex.

Seidl "strongly disagrees" with Masi over yellow flag decision

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl "strongly disagrees" with Formula 1 race director Michael Masi's decision not to take any action over yellow flag speeding in Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Norris unable to drive McLaren F1 car the way he wants
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Norris unable to drive McLaren F1 car the way he wants

Lando Norris has admitted that even he is unable to drive McLaren's new Formula 1 car exactly like he wants, despite his run of podiums.

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".

Horner: Poaching Mercedes F1 engine staff an “inevitability”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has defended his team's strategy of poaching key Mercedes staff for its in-house Formula 1 engine project, saying its proximity to Mercedes made it an "inevitability".

Hamilton wins third Laureus Award for social activism

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has won a third Laureus Award, receiving the new Laureus Athlete Advocate of the Year Award for his activism against inequality.

Steiner: Criticism from F1 rivals shouldn't affect Mazepin

Haas Formula 1 team principal Gunther Steiner believes his rookie driver Nikita Mazepin shouldn't be affected by the ample criticism he receives by his colleagues.

Albuquerque hails "dream week" for United at Spa WEC

United Autosports LMP2 driver Filipe Albuquerque has praised his team for a "dream week" at Spa after dominating the opening round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship.

Spa WEC: Toyota grinds out win on Hypercar debut

The #8 Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima, Sebastien Buemi and Brendon Hartley won the first race of the FIA World Endurance Championship's Hypercar era, defeating Alpine after a gruelling back and forth battle in the 6 Hours of Spa.

Project 1 team withdraws from WEC Spa after crashes

German GTE Am outfit Team Project 1 has withdrawn from Spa's opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship after crashes for both its Porsches.

Spa WEC: Kobayashi gifts Toyota first Hypercar pole

Kamui Kobayashi has gifted Toyota pole on the debut of the brand's new GR010 Hybrid Hypercar, setting the fastest time in qualifying for the WEC 6 Hours of Spa.

Ricciardo didn't underestimate difficulty of McLaren switch

McLaren Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo says he didn't underestimate the time it would take him to adapt to his new car, vowing to stay patient as he gets up to speed.

Williams explains Latifi's step forward in performance

The Williams Formula 1 team has explained a combination of new parts and improved confidence in Imola led to Nicholas Latifi setting a pace which left teammate George Russell "disturbed".

Father and son Jan and Kevin Magnussen team up for Le Mans

Former Formula 1 racers Kevin Magnussen and Jan Magnussen will form a father and son line-up at August's Le Mans 24 Hours, joining up with Anders Fjordbach in a High Class Racing LMP2 entry.

Corvette aces Gavin, Garcia relish unlikely Spa WEC partnership

Long-time Corvette stalwarts Oliver Gavin and Antonio Garcia are relishing the prospect of racing together in the same car for the first time at the WEC 6 Hours of Spa, after being competing teammates for over a decade.

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.

Williams: Imola display proves there will be more ‘opportunities’

Williams' encouraging Imola pace has strengthened the Formula 1 team's belief that it will get more opportunities to score points in 2021, according to Head of Vehicle Performance Dave Robson.

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.

Seidl: Self-criticism after Imola mistake typical of Norris

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl says Lando Norris' harsh self-criticism after a minor Imola Formula 1 qualifying mistake typifies the young Briton's character.

Norris admits he "effed it all up" in Imola qualifying

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris said he is "annoyed with myself" after losing third on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix grid due to exceeding track limits, admitting he "effed it all up".

Spanish GP to take place behind closed doors

Next month's Spanish Grand Prix Formula 1 will take place behind closed doors due to extended COVID-19 restrictions by the Catalan authorities.

Ricciardo apologises for F1 'idiots' comment, stands by opinion

McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo has apologised for his "aggressive" language slamming Formula 1's social team, but says his opinion is unchanged on its use of crash footage for promotional purposes.

Russell: Williams can focus on performance instead of survival

George Russell says his Williams F1 team can finally focus on finding performance instead of keeping the team alive thanks to an investment boost from its new owners and the appointment of a technical director.

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.

Gasly: AlphaTauri can fight McLaren, Ferrari on all tracks

Pierre Gasly believes his AlphaTauri Formula 1 team can fight midfield rivals McLaren and Ferrari "on all tracks" after showing promising pace in Bahrain.

McLaren: Two quick drivers ‘key’ to F1 resurgence

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl acknowledged that having two closely matched drivers is key to the team's recent resurgence, which fuelled the decision to snap up Daniel Ricciardo for 2021.

AlphaTauri should have "nice step forward" by Spain

AlphaTauri "should have a nice step forward" by Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix, according to technical director Jody Egginton.

Vettel admits he is “not at home” in Aston Martin F1 car

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel has admitted he's "not at home" in his new car, following a troubled Bahrain Grand Prix with his new team.

Norris was "punishing himself" with old F1 driving style

Formula 1 driver Lando Norris believes he was "punishing himself" with his old driving style in the 2021 McLaren, but applied lessons learned from Daniel Ricciardo to shine in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Mazepin "beating himself up" over Bahrain woes, says Steiner

Haas Formula 1 team boss Guenther Steiner revealed Nikita Mazepin was "beating himself up" over his lap-one exit in Bahrain but is confident the Russian rookie is "ready to go again".

ByKolles names test drivers for Le Mans Hypercar programme

ByKolles has named Tom Dillmann and Esteban Guerrieri as the test and development drivers for its PMC Project LMH, developing the team's Le Mans Hypercar for 2022.

Ricciardo promised ride in Earnhardt Chevrolet in new podium bet

McLaren Formula 1 CEO Zak Brown has promised his new driver Daniel Ricciardo a run in Dale Earnhardt's 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo stock car as a reward for his first podium finish with the team.

Norris has made the next step, says McLaren F1 boss Seidl

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl believes Lando Norris' fourth place in the Bahrain Grand Prix is proof he has "made the next step" ahead of his third season.

Wolff counters Bottas' "defensive" strategy complaint

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff understands Valtteri Bottas' frustration of being stuck on the same strategy as teammate Lewis Hamilton in the Bahrain Grand Prix but said there was no other option on the table.

Vettel accepts blame for Ocon Bahrain F1 collision

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel has admitted his collision with Esteban Ocon in the Bahrain Grand Prix "was probably my mistake" and explained why he initially blamed the Alpine driver.

Mazepin "very angry" with himself for early Bahrain exit

Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin said he was "very angry" at himself for his lap one retirement in the Bahrain Grand Prix after losing control in Turn 2.

Brawn hails Tsunoda as "F1's best rookie for years"

Formula 1 sporting director Ross Brawn has praised AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda for his impressive debut in Bahrain, claiming the Japanese youngster is the "best rookie F1 has had for years".

Wolff: Track limit rules can't be "a Shakespeare novel"

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff has urged the FIA to clear up its track limits approach after fresh controversy in the Bahrain Grand Prix, saying the rules need to be "sacred" and not a "Shakespeare novel".

Horner: Verstappen letting Hamilton past was "the right thing"

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says Max Verstappen "did the right thing" by following race control and letting Lewis Hamilton through in the final stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Verstappen "preferred" time penalty to letting Hamilton past

Max Verstappen says he would have preferred a penalty for overtaking Formula 1 rival Lewis Hamilton off-track at the Bahrain Grand Prix's climax, rather than handing back the lead

Alonso “expecting to struggle” in opening races of F1 return Bahrain GP
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Alonso “expecting to struggle” in opening races of F1 return

Fernando Alonso said he was satisfied by qualifying in the top 10 on his Formula 1 return in Bahrain, admitting he was "expecting to struggle" in the first few races.

Perez "has to be patient" with himself after Bahrain Q3 miss

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez says he is unconcerned by missing Q3 in Bahrain GP qualifying because he has to be "patient" with himself at his new team.

Sainz thought qualifying "was over" after Q1 glitch Bahrain GP
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Sainz thought qualifying "was over" after Q1 glitch

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz thought his Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying session "was over" after a glitch in Q1.

Vettel "upset and angry" after Bahrain Q1 exit Bahrain GP
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Vettel "upset and angry" after Bahrain Q1 exit

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel was left "upset and angry" after going out in Q1 of Bahrain GP qualifying, in which the German saw his second flying lap ruined by yellow flags.

Leclerc surprised by Ferrari competitiveness in Bahrain practice

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc said he was positively surprised with his team's pace during Friday practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix after his new teammate Carlos Sainz clocked the fourth fastest time.

Mercedes facing Bahrain "dogfight" with Red Bull

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff believes his team will face a "dogfight" with Red Bull at this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, as the W12 car was "inconsistent" in practice.

Red Bull went through "painful" redundancies to meet cost cap

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has revealed his team has had to "go through the pain of redundancies" to adhere to Formula 1's new budget cap for 2021, amid fears that costly sprint races could force further staff reductions.

McLaren F1 boss predicts Verstappen-Russell at Mercedes in 2022

McLaren Formula 1 CEO Zak Brown has predicted that Max Verstappen and George Russell will form an all-new line-up at Mercedes in 2022, replacing Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.