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Chilton breaks Goodwood record in McMurtry Automotive Speirling
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Chilton breaks Goodwood record in McMurtry Automotive Speirling

Ex-Formula 1 and IndyCar driver Max Chilton has broken both official and unofficial hillclimb records at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed aboard the McMurtry Automotive Speirling fan car.

Does Max Verstappen have any weaknesses left?

Having extended his Formula 1 points lead with victory in Canada, Max Verstappen has raised his game further following his 2021 title triumph. Even on the days where Red Bull appears to be second best to Ferrari, Verstappen is getting the most out of the car in each race. So, does he have any weaknesses that his title rivals can exploit?

10 things we learned from the 2022 F1 Canadian Grand Prix Canadian GP
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10 things we learned from the 2022 F1 Canadian Grand Prix

As Max Verstappen delivered a Canadian Grand Prix masterclass, Ferrari showed some fight through Carlos Sainz, while the porpoising saga spiced up off the track. Here’s what we learned from this year’s Formula 1 race in Montreal

Ferrari confirms Leclerc's Baku F1 engine is "beyond repair"

Ferrari has revealed the Formula 1 power unit that blew up and eliminated leader Charles Leclerc in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix is “beyond repair”, setting him up for potential grid penalties.

Canadian GP: Verstappen fastest in first F1 free practice

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen opened the batting for the Canadian Grand Prix by setting the pace in the first Formula 1 practice session over Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso.

Hamilton has "a lot more headaches" due to F1 bouncing

Lewis Hamilton has been suffering with "a lot more headaches" as a consequence of the bouncing that has resulted from Formula 1's shift to ground-effect for the 2022 season.

Would Leclerc have won in Baku had his Ferrari survived?

Charles Leclerc's second engine problem in three races meant Max Verstappen had a free run to claim his fifth win of the 2022 Formula 1 season. Whether Leclerc would have been able to repel the Red Bull driver's charge on much older tyres is a question we'll never know the answer to. However, there are some clues from the in-race data that we can infer from

Azerbaijan Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

Formula 1 has never had a repeat winner at Baku, and that trend continued this year as Max Verstappen avenged his 2021 tyre blowout to lead a Red Bull 1-2. Here's's take on the weekend's best performers

How Ferrari‘s latest implosion stitched up a plausible Baku upset

Ferrari wasn't expected to be capable of challenging Red Bull on the streets of Baku, but Charles Leclerc took pole for the second year in a row and had assumed the lead when his engine expired. That left Max Verstappen and Red Bull doubly grateful as not only were its blushes spared, but it came away with a 1-2 and extended advantages in both championship standings

Perez: “Right call” not to fight Verstappen for Azerbaijan GP lead

Sergio Perez wants to understand why his pace dropped after the virtual safety car periods which meant he couldn’t compete against Red Bull Formula 1 teammate Max Verstappen for Azerbaijan Grand Prix victory.

Azerbaijan GP: Verstappen leads Red Bull 1-2 as Ferrari implodes

Max Verstappen led a bruising Red Bull 1-2 to win Formula 1's 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix once Ferrari had endured a disaster as polesitter Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz retired.

Perez: F1 engine problem lost me tow for final Q3 lap Azerbaijan GP
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Perez: F1 engine problem lost me tow for final Q3 lap

Sergio Perez says an engine problem moments before his final qualifying run denied him a tow and the chance to fight for pole position for Formula 1's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Azerbaijan GP: Leclerc storms to pole from Perez, Verstappen Azerbaijan GP
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Azerbaijan GP: Leclerc storms to pole from Perez, Verstappen

Charles Leclerc landed an emphatic sixth pole of the 2022 Formula 1 season as he took control over the Red Bulls in a thrilling qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Why Leclerc could be only three laps short of a Baku F1 upset

Circuits with high top speeds have generally been Red Bull's speciality so far this season but in the opening pair of practice sessions at Baku, Ferrari closed out Friday's running on top with a good straightline speed advantage. But with Red Bull rival Max Verstappen out of sync in his practice runs, Ferrari and Charles Leclerc may not have seen his best.

Hamilton: F1 drivers should speak out despite Ben Sulayem criticism

Lewis Hamilton has urged all his fellow Formula 1 drivers “to be more outspoken” in response to the FIA president initially seeming to question his and Sebastian Vettel’s activism.

Azerbaijan GP: Leclerc fastest from Perez, Verstappen in FP2

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc topped the Red Bull pair of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen in the second practice session in Baku ahead of Formula 1's 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Azerbaijan GP: Perez leads FP1 from Leclerc, Verstappen

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez narrowly pipped Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc to top the first Baku practice session ahead of Formula 1's 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Tsunoda "not trusting" FIA F1 rules consistency

Yuki Tsunoda says he has no trust in the consistency of the FIA's decisions following the latest change in stance over Formula 1's pit entry and exit lines.

Magnussen: Two F1 race directors leading to more inconsistencies

The FIA's switch to use two Formula 1 race directors for 2022 has made it 'more difficult to really understand what the rules are', according to Haas driver Kevin Magnussen.

The overlooked flaws of the 2022 F1 cars that Baku will expose

OPINION: Though Formula 1's return to ground-effect may have boosted overtaking, the other clear by-product of the technical overhaul has been weight gain. With wet conditions in Monaco stealing the show, the greatest shortcomings of the new rules will be on clear display at this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix

The mistakes putting Ferrari's bid to end its F1 title drought in jeopardy

OPINION: After taking an early lead in the 2022 Formula 1 title race, Ferrari and Charles Leclerc have together made a series of high-profile mistakes to give Red Bull an advantage after the opening seven races. Here's why Ferrari cannot afford to make any more errors this season...

Ten things we learned from the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix

After being ordered to allow Max Verstappen through to win the Spanish Grand Prix, Sergio Perez took his first win of the season in Monaco as the Red Bull driver capitalised on a Ferrari strategy bungle that cost Charles Leclerc dear. As Mercedes' Barcelona step forward was quickly forgotten and Daniel Ricciardo endured another tough weekend, here are the 10 things we learned at Monaco

Monaco GP: Leclerc fastest from Perez, Sainz in FP1

Home favourite Charles Leclerc pipped Red Bull's Sergio Perez and Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz to top the first practice session ahead of Formula 1's 2022 Monaco Grand Prix.

Vettel: Barcelona backpack robbers didn’t steal a “great deal”

Sebastian Vettel says it “wasn’t a great deal” for the thieves who stole his backpack after the Spanish Grand Prix because they had to ditch the only valuable item.

Hamilton: Too much time, energy wasted on F1 jewellery debate

Lewis Hamilton says "way too much time and energy" is being spent by Formula 1 drivers and the FIA governing body debating whether jewellery can be worn in the car.

Why Mercedes' Spanish GP gains aren't as grand as they seemed Prime

Why Mercedes' Spanish GP gains aren't as grand as they seemed

Mercedes' strong showing in last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix prompted team boss Toto Wolff to say it had halved its deficit to the leaders and its Formula 1 title chances were back on after a rocky start to the 2022 campaign. But a closer inspection of the team's performance suggests its gains aren't as grand as they first appeared

Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

In an unusually hectic Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc was denied a dominant performance by his Ferrari engine letting go which allowed Max Verstappen to pick up the pieces. But numerous flashpoints kept the race twisting and turning throughout, with one perfect score from an emerging contender

How Verstappen overcame his and Red Bull’s errors to win in Spain

Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari engine disaster offered an open goal for Max Verstappen and Red Bull to strike, but the reigning Formula 1 world champion still had to solve multiple errors and profit from a begrudged assist from team-mate Sergio Perez, which created an unexpectedly eventful Spanish Grand Prix

Sainz: Leclerc able to play with snappy Ferrari a lot more than me Spanish GP
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Sainz: Leclerc able to play with snappy Ferrari a lot more than me

Carlos Sainz reckons his current shortcomings compared to Charles Leclerc are owned to a "snappier" Ferrari that his Formula 1 teammate is able to 'play with a lot a more'.

Spanish GP: Leclerc completes practice sweep in Barcelona

Charles Leclerc narrowly pipped Max Verstappen in final practice ahead of Formula 1's 2022 Spanish Grand Prix as Mercedes' apparent improvement returned third and fourth.

Mercedes: “Too early” to commit on development path on F1 car

Mercedes’ Formula 1 technical director Mike Elliott believes it is “too early” to rule whether it is best to develop its current car concept despite taking a “step forward” in Spain.

Why Red Bull can win a Spanish GP that looked perfect for Ferrari

Formula 1's return to Spain on Friday ended with Ferrari leading the way from Mercedes, while Red Bull could only manage third fastest overall courtesy of Max Verstappen. But its chances of victory are far from remote with a deeper dig into the times despite Ferrari's strong start...

Spanish GP: Leclerc tops FP2 as Mercedes shows promise

Charles Leclerc headed the Mercedes pair of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton during the qualifying simulations in second practice ahead of Formula 1's 2022 Spanish Grand Prix.

Williams driver Latifi laughs off F1 exit rumours

Formula 1 driver Nicholas Latifi “laughed” off an erroneous report made “without any real foundation” that he had been fired by Williams ahead of the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix.

Mercedes sells unraced 300 SLR for £115m to fund youth scholarships
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Mercedes sells unraced 300 SLR for £115m to fund youth scholarships

Mercedes has sold one of its two never-raced and highly revered 300 SLR ‘Uhlenhaut Coupe’ sportscar prototypes for a world record-smashing £115million to fund a youth scholarship programme.

The key aspects of Porsche and Audi's planned F1 entries Prime

The key aspects of Porsche and Audi's planned F1 entries

The VW Group’s German superpowers of sportscar racing have all but confirmed they are coming to F1 when the next set of engine rules come into force in 2026. Here's why both manufacturers are all set to take the plunge, and crucially how it might work

Why Leclerc's crash shouldn't put off F1 drivers tasting history Prime

Why Leclerc's crash shouldn't put off F1 drivers tasting history

OPINION: For a demo run ahead of Monaco's Historique Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc was blessed with the opportunity to drive Niki Lauda's former Ferrari 312B3 - but a brake failure at Rascasse suggested Leclerc's Monaco hoodoo transcended contemporary F1. Although an awkward incident, Leclerc deserves credit for embracing F1's history.

Leclerc crashes ex-Niki Lauda Ferrari F1 car at Monaco Historic GP

Formula 1 points leader Charles Leclerc has crashed an ex-Niki Lauda classic Ferrari grand prix car during a demonstration run at the 2022 Monaco Historic event on Sunday.

How imperfect Miami offered F1's drivers a unique challenge

OPINION: Despite all of the stylistic embellishments festooning Formula 1's inaugural Miami Grand Prix, the Miami International Autodrome offered the drivers a unique challenge and punished driver errors; a stark contrast to the usual cast of modern-day circuits

10 things we learned from the 2022 Miami Grand Prix Miami GP
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10 things we learned from the 2022 Miami Grand Prix

Max Verstappen made it two wins on the trot in Formula 1's Miami Grand Prix, as Red Bull continued its fightback against Ferrari in front of a celebrity-packed crowd. As Mercedes' struggles continued and Williams' new star produced another haul of points, there were talking points aplenty. Here are the 10 things we learned from the Miami GP

Miami GP: Leclerc tops first practice from Russell by 0.071s

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc narrowly beat George Russell in the updated Mercedes to set the pace in the first practice session ahead of Formula 1's inaugural Miami Grand Prix.

Mercedes drivers play down W13 Miami F1 upgrades

Mercedes' move to introduce its biggest upgrade package so far of the 2022 Formula 1 season will not provide a "silver bullet" to fix its early struggles, reckons George Russell.

Hamilton: F1 jewellery clampdown "a step backwards"

Lewis Hamilton reckons the ongoing FIA clampdown concerning Formula 1 drivers wearing jewellery in the car is "unnecessary" and marks "a step backwards" for the championship.

The F1 races in the US that didn't work: Indianapolis, Dallas & more

As Formula 1 prepares for its latest new track in the United States with the inaugural Miami Grand Prix this weekend, it acts as a cautious reminder about past venues which failed to meet expectations over the years. Here’s a look at the US tracks which didn’t work out for the series

Hamilton: Amazing to see F1 has finally cracked the US

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says it is "amazing" to see Formula 1 has finally "cracked" the US after years of lukewarm interest from American race fans.

Steiner: No F1 pressure on Haas to lean into its US identity

Haas team boss Gunther Steiner doesn't think there is more pressure on the team from Formula 1 to lean more into its American identity as the sport continues its US expansion.

Why Leclerc must learn to curb his overconfidence in F1 title fight

OPINION: After a near-perfect opening trio of races to kick off 2022, Charles Leclerc revisited an old weakness at Imola when he got overconfident with the Variante Alta kerb and hit the barrier. From that error, Leclerc must learn to rein in his more overzealous moments if he is to fight for this year's Formula 1 title

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Formula 1's first rain-afflicted race under the new rules set at Imola produced an intriguing spectacle, despite the sprint race going some way to redressing the natural order after qualifying produced a mixed grid. But while Red Bull seized full advantage to secure a comfortable 1-2 in the race, several big names dropped the ball

How Ferrari's blunders gave Verstappen a lonely cruise at Imola

Ferrari was riding high coming into the first European round of the 2022 Formula 1 season, a first Imola victory since 2006 a distinct possibility. But the red cars ceded vital ground to Red Bull in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Max Verstappen romping to a comfortable win as Charles Leclerc spun away third place

Verstappen: Leclerc’s Imola F1 spin “easily done”

Max Verstappen had sympathy for Formula 1 world title rival Charles Leclerc after he lost an Emilia Romagna Grand Prix podium in a spin as he felt “the mistake is easily done”.

Emilia Romagna GP: Verstappen cruises to win; disaster for Ferrari

Max Verstappen led a Red Bull 1-2 in Formula 1's 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as Charles Leclerc's late spin threw away a Ferrari podium.

Why Verstappen remains favourite even if Ferrari finds cure

On paper it is advantage to Max Verstappen at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after topping qualifying, winning the sprint and demonstrating impressive pace in practice. But even if Ferrari fixes Charles Leclerc’s tyre graining worries, the reigning Formula 1 world champion remains firm favourite...

Leclerc: Ferrari needs to cure graining to win Imola F1 race

Charles Leclerc reckons he can retaliate against Max Verstappen and “fight for the win” in Formula 1’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix if Ferrari can “cure” its sprint race tyre graining.

Emilia Romagna GP: Russell tops FP2 from Perez, Leclerc

Mercedes racer George Russell topped the second practice session ahead of Formula 1's 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix to head Red Bull's Sergio Perez and championship leader Charles Leclerc.

Emilia Romagna GP: Verstappen grabs F1 sprint pole in disrupted session

Max Verstappen persevered through five red flags to triumph over Charles Leclerc in changeable qualifying conditions ahead of the sprint race at Formula 1's 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Hamilton explains reasons behind Chelsea FC bid

Lewis Hamilton says the chance to improve education and inclusivity in the local community is behind his involvement with Serena Williams in a group bid to buy Chelsea Football Club.

F1 drivers favour standalone sprint race change

Formula 1 drivers would favour further modifications to the sprint race weekend format, chiefly to make it a standalone event rather than deciding the grid for the full grand prix.

Can Ferrari maintain its F1 title push?

Ferrari has enjoyed a great start to the 2022 campaign, and even Charles Leclerc has already mentioned the championship. But has Ferrari banished the problems of the recent past as it seeks a first Formula 1 drivers' title since 2007, or could the woes that thwarted Sebastian Vettel return to plague the Scuderia once more?

Understanding the true scale of Mercedes' F1 turnaround task Prime

Understanding the true scale of Mercedes' F1 turnaround task

Mercedes has been considered the best of the rest behind Ferrari and Red Bull in the early stages of the 2022 Formula 1 campaign, but delving into the supertimes third place could be considered lenient – with worse to follow unless it solves its ongoing problems.

How the Australian GP gave F1 a much needed tonic

OPINION: Formula 1 had been shrouded in various forms of controversy for almost six months when it arrived in Melbourne, but the party atmosphere and engaging yet inoffensive events at the Australian Grand Prix provided the series with middle of the road normality that had been missing for too long