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Chinese GP organisers target 2023 F1 calendar return as COVID restrictions ease

Chinese Grand Prix organisers have started talks with Formula 1 to see the race return to the 2023 calendar, with COVID restriction measures set to be eased.

Russell: Response to "horrendous" Zhou crash just a human reaction

Mercedes Formula 1 driver George Russell says his response to Zhou Guanyu's "horrendous" Silverstone crash was "a human reaction as opposed to a racing driver reaction."

Zhou never doubted Alfa Romeo F1 contract extension

Zhou Guanyu feels his contract extension with Alfa Romeo was never in doubt, with the Sauber-run squad impressed by the Chinese driver’s progress throughout his rookie Formula 1 campaign.

Zhou: "Open" Bottas best teammate for rookie F1 year

Alfa Romeo rookie Guanyu Zhou says there could be no better teammate to have for his rookie Formula 1 season than the "open" Valtteri Bottas.

Zhou to make F1 practice debut in Austria with Alpine

Guanyu Zhou will make his Formula 1 practice debut with Alpine this weekend, taking part in FP1 for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Chinese GP promoter seeking 2021 F1 race postponement

The Chinese Grand Prix is set to become the second Formula 1 race to be postponed in 2021 as the promoter seeks a date change until later in the year.

Leclerc: Ferrari's struggles have made me a better driver

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc believes that he has become a better driver over the course of the Italian team’s difficult 2020 Formula 1 season.

Is this the driver who could fill Renault's F1 void?

Once the 2020 Formula 2 season eventually gets started in Austria, one F1 junior will face the most important campaign of their career to date in a bid to land a seat in Formula 1, as Frankie Mao explains.

China offered Formula 1 double-header for 2020

Chinese Grand Prix bosses have been offered the chance by Formula 1 to hold a double-header later this year, but they are still weighing up what to do.

The twists and turns of China’s F1 adventure

Formula 1 was supposed to be holding the fourth round of its 2020 season on Sunday, with the Chinese Grand Prix originally scheduled to take place in Shanghai.

F1 set to abandon April date for Chinese GP

The Chinese Grand Prix on April 19 is set to be called off, with an announcement about a potential postponement of the race coming as early as today.

Formula E race unaffected for now by virus outbreak

The outbreak of the coronavirus in China has prompted the country's motor racing federation to cancel a rally due to take place next month, but its Formula E and Formula 1 events are unaffected for now.

Rebranded NIO team signs Ma, Turvey for 2019/20 season

The rebranded NIO 333 Formula E team has revealed McLaren Formula 1 test driver Oliver Turvey and Ma Qing Hua as its racers for 2019/20 ahead of pre-season testing.

Todt yet to see "solid" new team interest for F1 2021

FIA president Jean Todt has played down talk that new teams are ready to join the Formula 1 grid as early as 2021, suggesting he had seen no "solid" contenders good enough to step in.

Renault junior Zhou gets first runs in 2017 F1 car

Renault junior driver Guan Yu Zhou has completed multiple tests in the French team's 2017-spec Formula 1 car, has learned.

Brawn: McLaren, Williams declines show F1 has "no mercy"

Williams and McLaren's struggles last season were proof that Formula 1 shows "no mercy" for teams that get things wrong, says sporting chief Ross Brawn.

Brawn "impatient" to make bigger changes to F1

Ross Brawn say he is "impatient" to revamp Formula 1, but insists that the slower process of consulting teams on changes is the right thing to do.

Honda must understand reality of F1 – Brawn

Red Bull must ensure Honda is connected to the reality of Formula 1 and has its priorities in order if the engine manufacturer is to succeed again, says Ross Brawn.

Hamilton's off-track endeavours taught Brawn "a lesson"

Lewis Hamilton's off-track endeavours have taught Formula 1 managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn "a lesson" in how a driver can behave out of the car.

Hamilton "changed the reference" like Senna or Schumacher

Lewis Hamilton reached a “surreal level” in 2018 that was similar to how Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna changed the “reference” for Formula 1 drivers, says Ross Brawn.

Infiniti Engineering Academy 2018 China winner revealed

Chinese young engineering student Jiachun “Max” Zhu has been granted a life-changing opportunity of working at the Renault Sport F1 Team in the UK after winning the 2018 Infiniti Engineering Academy China Final. 

Rule-breakers can’t have ‘goodie bags’ – Hulkenberg

Renault Formula 1 driver Nico Hulkenberg has no sympathy over Haas’s and Force India’s United States Grand Prix disqualification because they do not deserve “goodie bags” for breaking the rules.

China confirms new three-year F1 deal

China has secured its immediate Formula 1 future by agreeing a new three-year deal with the sport’s owners.

Analysis: Why the Chinese Grand Prix is here to stay

Whereas a number of Asian F1 races have recently fallen off the map, the Chinese Grand Prix has carried on and looks set for a long future within the sport, writes Frankie Mao.