Filip Cleeren

Filip Cleeren

After concluding his journalism studies in 2011 Filip decided to take the hard way and become a freelance motorsports writer, which took him on a nomadic 50-country journey from Indianapolis to Le Mans and from Melbourne's Albert Park to the Dakar in Argentina. Filip first started contributing to in the summer of 2015, helping to establish the Dutch language edition and regularly contributing to the global edition. Born and raised in Belgium and now settled in Barcelona, Spain, Filip actively covers the FIA WEC, F1 and other major series around the world in addition to his news editing duties, having transitioned fully to the global edition in February 2021.

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Ferrari hopes FIA will prove impartiality over ex-Mercedes lawyer

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto hopes the FIA can address his concerns and prove its impartiality over the appointment of a former Mercedes Formula 1 lawyer to a senior role.

Sainz now able to push without fear of crashing Ferrari F1 car Canadian GP
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Sainz now able to push without fear of crashing Ferrari F1 car

Carlos Sainz says he felt more comfortable in his Ferrari Formula 1 car during a strong Canadian Grand Prix, saying he was finally able to "push flat out without any fear of losing the car".

Verstappen: Red Bull F1 still "needs to improve" to fend off quicker Ferrari

Formula 1 championship leader Max Verstappen says his Red Bull team still "needs to improve" after noticing Ferrari was quicker during Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.

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.

Ferrari: FIA did not follow right procedure with F1 technical directive

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says the FIA did not follow correct procedures in the way it tried to help solve Formula 1's porpoising problems.

Ferrari reveals frantic last-second F1 call behind Sainz pitstop in Canada Canadian GP
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Ferrari reveals frantic last-second F1 call behind Sainz pitstop in Canada

Ferrari Formula 1 team boss Mattia Binotto has revealed pitting Carlos Sainz under the Canadian Grand Prix's late safety car was a last-second decision as he tried to defeat Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Alonso drops to ninth after Canadian GP F1 weaving penalty

Alpine driver Fernando Alonso has received a five-second time penalty for blocking Valtteri Bottas in Formula 1's Canadian Grand Prix, dropping him from seventh to ninth.

Sainz "didn't leave an inch to the walls" fighting Verstappen

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz said he "wasn't leaving an inch to the walls" to try and pass Max Verstappen and win Formula 1's Canadian Grand Prix.

Mercedes: Too early to abandon work on troubled W13 F1 car

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff thinks it too early for his team to abandon work on its current Formula 1 car and switch all focus to its 2023 challenger.

Canadian GP: Alonso quickest from Gasly, Vettel in wet FP3

Alpine's Fernando Alonso topped third and final free practice for the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix as rain disrupted preparations for qualifying.

Steiner: Schumacher must find right balance of F1 performance

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner has made it clear Mick Schumacher has to find the right balance between performance and staying out of trouble.

Alfa Romeo working on soft tyre weakness in F1 qualifying

Alfa Romeo admits it still needs to work on soft tyre performance in Formula 1 qualifying, but is adamant its Monaco problems are gone after an improved showing in Baku.

Binotto: F1 teams need to help new FIA race directors improve

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto thinks teams need to play their part to help Formula 1's new race directors achieve more consistency.

Leclerc: Not easy handling "third disappointment in a row" in Baku

Charles Leclerc admitted it was “not easy” to accept a “third disappointment in a row” after his Baku DNF cost him more ground in the Formula 1 title race.

McLaren: Baku F1 team orders down to Alpine pressure

McLaren boss Andreas Seidl said the team's decision to impose team orders in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was dictated by Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris being stuck in between both Alpine cars.

Bottas suspects "fundamental issue" behind lack of Baku F1 pace

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas suspects a fundamental issue with his car was behind his mystifying lack of pace in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Albon: F1 drivers causing yellows in qualifying should lose laptime

Williams driver Alex Albon says he doesn't blame Fernando Alonso for gamesmanship during Baku's Formula 1 qualifying but thinks drivers who cause incidents should have their best time deleted.

Alonso refutes Albon claims he was playing tricks in Baku F1 qualifying

Alpine Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso has denied claims he was deliberately trying to hold up Alex Albon in Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying.

Russell: "Only a matter of time" before dangerous F1 bouncing goes wrong

Mercedes driver George Russell believes it is "only a matter of time" before Formula 1's "dangerous" bouncing issues will cause a major incident.

Azerbaijan GP: Perez pips Leclerc by 0.070s in FP3

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez set the fastest time in third and final practice ahead of qualifying for Formula 1's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Wolff: Draggy Mercedes F1 "parachute" causing one-second Baku deficit

Mercedes Formula 1 team principal Toto Wolff says the team's lack of top speed in Baku is the result of a draggy "parachute" of a car coupled with a return of its bouncing issues.

Leclerc: Still "question marks" over Ferrari and Red Bull form in Baku

Charles Leclerc says there are still "question marks" over the true formbook after topping the times in Friday practice for Formula 1's Azerbaijan GP.

Mercedes needs "fundamental improvements" after torrid Baku F1 Friday

Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin says Mercedes "needs fundamental improvements" after struggling massively during Friday practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

How Spa plans to wow F1 and save the Belgian GP's future

Seeing its place on the Formula 1 calendar threatened by the sport's expansionism, Spa's Belgian Grand Prix is grabbing its last chance to try and convince Liberty Media it too belongs on its new-look calendar.

Alfa Romeo reveals special F1 livery for Azerbaijan GP

The Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team will race with a one-off livery in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, adding green to its red and white colour scheme.

Red Bull: Perez now as comfortable as Verstappen in RB18 F1 car

Red Bull believes Sergio Perez is now as comfortable with its Formula 1 car as Max Verstappen, which has allowed the Mexican to make a solid step in 2022.

Why Formula 1 2022's midfield battle is so unpredictable

If Formula 1's new rules package has achieved one thing, then it's the fact that its midfield battle seems tighter than ever. While McLaren appears in a prime position to pull away, there are solid reasons why the team remains cautious about its prospects.

Williams: Lack of confidence in the car behind Latifi F1 struggles

Williams Formula 1 engineering chief Dave Robson has explained that a "lack of confidence" in the car is the key factor Nicholas Latifi's 2022 struggles.

Verstappen: Red Bull issue shows F1 still needs DRS despite 2022 rules

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen says his DRS issue in Spain has demonstrated that Formula 1 still needs the system to allow overtaking despite its new-for-2022 car designs.

Red Bull: Baku F1 race true test for DRS fix

Red Bull Formula 1 chief engineer Paul Monaghan is confident the team has fixed its recurrent DRS issues but says the high opening speeds in Baku will be the ultimate test.

Ocon: Uncertain future for French GP in F1 "disappointing"

Alpine driver Esteban Ocon says it is "disappointing" to see that the French Grand Prix is likely to be absent from the 2023 Formula 1 calendar.

Binotto: Ferrari F1 Monaco mistakes will make us stronger

Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Mattia Binotto believes that learning from the Monaco Grand Prix strategy errors “will make us stronger” as it vows to bounce back in Baku.

Wolff: F1 budget cap allowance would help adjust staff salaries

Mercedes teams principal Toto Wolff says a compromise to adjust Formula 1's budget cap to account for increased energy and freight costs would allow the team to adjust staff salaries for inflation.

Steiner: F1 can't just open up budget cap for big teams

Haas team boss Gunther Steiner thinks Formula 1 2022's tight midfield battle shows that the sport cannot simply increase the budget cap to accommodate the rising costs for its biggest spenders.

Wolff: Hamilton just needs better luck to be matching Russell

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff reckons Lewis Hamilton just needs his spell of bad luck to stop for him to match teammate George Russell’s results.

Sainz and Ferrari frustrated by Monaco impeding calls Monaco GP
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Sainz and Ferrari frustrated by Monaco impeding calls

Carlos Sainz and his Ferrari team were left frustrated by a lack of consistency from the FIA stewards after the 25,000 euro fine he received for impeding Lance Stroll in Monaco Grand Prix practice.

Sainz frustrated at lapped Latifi for costing him Monaco F1 lead

Carlos Sainz has voiced his frustration at Williams driver Nicholas Latifi for impeding him on his out-lap at the Monaco Grand Prix, which cost the Ferrari Formula 1 man the lead and a potential win.

Wolff: Alonso-Hamilton duel shows F1 needs to look at Monaco tweaks

Mercedes Formula 1 team principal Toto Wolff believes that Alpine's Fernando Alonso holding up Lewis Hamilton in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix shows that changes to the venue are needed.

Perez signs two-year extension to Red Bull F1 contract

Sergio Perez has signed a two-year contract extension with the Red Bull Formula 1 team, taking his new deal until the end of the 2024 season.

Sainz: Out-lap traffic cost me Monaco GP F1 win Monaco GP
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Sainz: Out-lap traffic cost me Monaco GP F1 win

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz says traffic on his out-lap after his second pitstop to slicks has cost him a maiden win in a rain-affected Formula 1's Monaco Grand Prix.

Hamilton: Bad luck ‘bound to stop at some stage’ after Monaco red flag

Lewis Hamilton said it “would be nice to have some luck for once” after a late red flag in Monaco Formula 1 qualifying left him eighth on the grid.

Monaco GP: Perez pips Leclerc by 0.041s in final practice

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez denied Ferrari's Charles Leclerc a clean sweep of Monaco Grand Prix practice, beating the home hero to the fastest time in FP3.

Ricciardo "pushed set-up too far" ahead of Monaco FP2 crash

McLaren Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has explained his Monaco Grand Prix FP2 crash was the result of "pushing it too far" with the set-up on his McLaren MCL36.

McLaren: Low speed F1 pace no guarantee for Monaco GP

McLaren Formula 1 team boss Andreas Seidl is "cautiously optimistic" about his team's Monaco Grand Prix prospects but warned the team's improved low-speed performance is no guarantee it will be competitive.

Ferrari F1 stars Leclerc, Sainz to voice roles in Toy Story film Lightyear

Ferrari Formula 1 drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are voicing a character in the new Disney and Pixar animation film Lightyear, a spin-off from the popular Toy Story franchise.

Spanish GP promises to work with F1 on better fan experience

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has pledged it will work with Formula 1 on improving the Spanish Grand Prix fan experience after it struggled to cope with a sell-out crowd during last weekend's event.

Leclerc feeling better after Spain F1 DNF than Miami second place

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc says retiring from the lead in Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix somehow left him feeling better than when he lost fewer points to Max Verstappen in Imola and Miami.

F1 urges Spanish GP to fix 'unacceptable' traffic issues

Formula 1 has labelled the Spanish Grand Prix's crowd management issues as "not acceptable" and has urged the local promoter to address the problem for next year.

Norris battled tonsillitis during Spanish F1 GP weekend

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl revealed Lando Norris suffered from tonsillitis through the Spanish Grand Prix race weekend and praised the Briton for fighting through his illness to finish eighth.

Verstappen: DRS issues made Red Bull change strategy to win Spanish GP Spanish GP
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Verstappen: DRS issues made Red Bull change strategy to win Spanish GP

Max Verstappen said his intermittent DRS problems made it "difficult" to win Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix, which is why Red Bull turned to strategy to come out on top.

Leclerc "can't afford" more F1 DNFs after Spanish GP exit Spanish GP
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Leclerc "can't afford" more F1 DNFs after Spanish GP exit

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc said his team can't afford many more unforced errors after retiring from a dominant lead in Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix.

Steiner explains Haas F1 Barcelona pace despite lack of upgrades

Haas Formula 1 team principal Gunther Steiner has explained why his team was able to shine in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying despite not applying any upgrades like most of its midfield rivals.

Wolff: Mercedes can start catching F1 rivals after solving porpoising Spanish GP
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Wolff: Mercedes can start catching F1 rivals after solving porpoising

Toto Wolff believes his Mercedes Formula 1 team can finally start catching up to Red Bull and Ferrari after solving its car's crippling porpoising issues.

DRS issue behind Verstappen's Spain Q3 slow-down Spanish GP
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DRS issue behind Verstappen's Spain Q3 slow-down

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says a DRS problem caused Max Verstappen to abort his final Spanish GP Q3 run, but doesn't believe he would have been able to hold off pole-sitter Charles Leclerc.

The heart-warming story behind Albon's red hair craze

On Thursday, Alex Albon's red hairdo spread through the Barcelona Formula 1 paddock like wildfire as the Williams driver helped dye fellow team members. Barcelona's red hair craze was not just a bit of innocent fun though, but the result of Albon putting his weight behind a heart-warming charity push in Thailand.

Wolff: Russell's F1 approach feels like he has been here "forever"

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says it feels like George Russell has been driving for the team "forever" after his first run of races for the squad.

Verstappen: Miami go-kart chicane not suited for F1 cars

Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen hopes the Miami Grand Prix's tight chicane will be altered for next year, saying it is not suited to modern day F1 cars.

Verstappen: Red Bull F1 still too "hit and miss" despite Miami win Miami GP
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Verstappen: Red Bull F1 still too "hit and miss" despite Miami win

Max Verstappen has called on his Red Bull team to iron out its operational issues after winning the Miami Grand Prix despite several problems across the weekend.

Vettel: Schumacher Miami GP F1 collision "stupid for both of us"

Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel says his collision with Mick Schumacher during Formula 1's Miami Grand Prix "was stupid for both us".

Sainz hindered by neck pain during Miami GP after Friday crash

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz revealed he was still hindered by neck pain during the Miami Grand Prix following his heavy crash in Friday practice.