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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

Ten things we learned from the 2022 Australian Grand Prix

Formula 1 rolled into Albert Park for the first time since the cancelled 2020 event with a party atmosphere after some intense races in the Middle East. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc asserted his dominance as Max Verstappen suffered more mechanical anguish, while there were talking points aplenty up and down the paddock. Here are the 10 things we learned from Melbourne

Alonso expects to stay in F1 for "two or three more years"

Fernando Alonso expects to continue racing in Formula 1 for “two or three more years” and does not feel pressure to step aside for Alpine protege Oscar Piastri.

Zhou has ‘no answer’ for recurring F1 anti-stall problems

Zhou Guanyu has “no answer” for the recurring anti-stall problem that struck on the opening lap of his first two Formula 1 races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Why Jeddah's victory fight showed DRS still has a place in F1

With Formula 1's shift to ground effect aerodynamics, it was hoped that the championship could eventually do away with DRS if the new cars could catch and pass each other more effectively. But DRS enhanced the duel between Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, showing the drag reduction system still has a place in F1

2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

F1's second visit to Jeddah's high-speed street track produced a spectacular battle between Red Bull and Ferrari at the sharp end, this time with a different result to the Bahrain season-opener. But on a weekend that was thrown into doubt amid off-track distractions, several drivers in cars without race-winning pedigree produced equally valiant performances

How Verstappen learned to combat Leclerc tactics in Saudi thriller

For the second Formula 1 race in a row, Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen contested a thrilling battle for victory that involved multiple passes through DRS detection zones. But, unlike in Bahrain, it was Verstappen who won out in Jeddah to get Red Bull's title challenge back on track

Saudi Arabian GP: Verstappen beats Leclerc in thrilling duel

Max Verstappen pipped Charles Leclerc to win a thrilling 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after the Red Bull driver completed a late move on his Ferrari Formula 1 rival.

F1 drivers want more changes to 'on the safety limit' Jeddah circuit

Formula 1 drivers want further modifications to ‘on the safety limit’ Jeddah for future races in Saudi Arabia despite the “tranquillity” offered by the cars’ performances in crashes.

F1 drivers call for further talks over Saudi GP’s future

Formula 1 drivers say “there will need to be discussions” to assess if Saudi Arabia has a place on future calendars following the missile attack and ongoing track safety concerns.

Red Bull sacrificed qualifying pace for race, says Perez

Red Bull has focused more on race pace than qualifying performance in Saudi Arabia, despite Sergio Perez bagging his first-ever Formula 1 pole in Jeddah at the expense of Ferrari.

Saudi Arabian GP: Perez beats Ferraris to score maiden F1 pole

Red Bull's Sergio Perez snatched his first Formula 1 pole off the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in Saudi Arabia, while Lewis Hamilton was eliminated in Q1.

Saudi Arabian GP: Leclerc completes practice sweep in Jeddah

Charles Leclerc pipped the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez late on in the final practice session ahead of Formula 1's already controversial 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

F1 teams say drivers still "concerned" over Saudi GP safety

Formula 1 teams have revealed that drivers remain “concerned” over the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix following the Friday attack on the nearby Aramco facility. 

Why Ferrari might rue costly Jeddah errors as the leaders get closer

With the Formula 1 weekend in Saudi Arabia now going ahead as planned, there's the small matter of a race to prepare for. After winning in Bahrain, Ferrari is looking to continue its battle with Red Bull over the victory spoils. But, after both drivers crashed in FP2, the Scuderia has made life difficult for itself in Jeddah.

Saudi Arabian GP: Leclerc stays on top in FP2 despite hitting wall

Charles Leclerc headed Max Verstappen in second practice for Formula 1’s 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, but had his session ended early after hitting a wall late in FP2.

Hamilton not "too stressed" by Mercedes’ struggles with 2022 F1 car

Lewis Hamilton says he is not "too stressed" about Mercedes' initial struggles in the second ground-effect Formula 1 era but wants to "get in the fight as soon as possible".

Ferrari drivers say Jeddah F1 track changes not big enough

Carlos Sainz reckons Formula 1 drivers must keep improving their working relationship with the FIA amid complaints that safety modifications at Jeddah are the "smallest ever".

Magnussen faces "more pressure to not mess up" at Jeddah F1 race

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen reckons he faces "more pressure to not mess up" his first Jeddah Formula 1 race, for which he has been unable to prepare in the simulator.

Why Mercedes was right to temper expectations and how it might recover

Mercedes is no stranger to tempering expectations ahead of a Formula 1 season, only to kick off the season in dominant fashion. But the team's 2022 car has legitimate concerns, leaving the Silver Arrows to pursue "damage limitation" at Bahrain. Here's why Mercedes was right to play its W13 down, and how it might find a return to form.

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Ten things we learned from the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix

The 2022 Formula 1 season began in Bahrain, promising riches with its new technical regulations and potential new competitive order. has picked out the 10 biggest talking points of the first race with the all-new cars, which hinted at a season just as bombastic as the one just left behind...

Bottas confident of extending Q3 streak to 102 F1 races

Valtteri Bottas reckons he can “definitely fight” to qualify inside the top 10 for the 2022 Formula 1 season opener in Bahrain as he makes his Alfa Romeo debut.

Why all fans should appreciate Hamilton in F1 while the chance remains Prime

Why all fans should appreciate Hamilton in F1 while the chance remains

OPINION: While Lewis Hamilton is seemingly not ready to embrace his approaching forties any time soon, there’s no escaping that he’s in the twilight of his time in Formula 1. It’s time to sit back and objectively consider his prowess behind the wheel rather than get bogged down in a bitter rivalry

Vettel jokes "bus tour" better than F1 sim to experience Monaco in 2022 car

Sebastian Vettel joked ‘jumping on the city bus’ rather than driving the simulator could be the best way to feel how Formula 1’s understeering heavy cars will react around Monaco.

The challenges Hamilton must overcome to topple Schumacher's record Prime

The challenges Hamilton must overcome to topple Schumacher's record

Lewis Hamilton has got a hungry young teammate in George Russell, a take-no-prisoners arch-rival in Max Verstappen, and he reckons his Mercedes W13 car is the fourth best on the 2022 Formula 1 grid. But he says he’ll bounce back like never before from the disappointment of his controversial 2021 world championship defeat

What the trackside view reveals about the early 2022 F1 pecking order Prime

What the trackside view reveals about the early 2022 F1 pecking order

Formula 1's new heavyweights are easy on the eye when it comes to looks. But which teams have nailed the revamped 2022 rules package? went trackside in Bahrain to find out

The teams seeking urgent answers as F1 testing time runs out

Ferrari led the way on the second day of Formula 1's pre-season Bahrain test, but the picture of who is out front remains murky. However, there are signs that a few teams are in danger of being cut adrift from the midfield with only one day of running remaining

What we learned on day one of the second 2022 F1 test

With the second Formula 1 test of 2022 underway in Bahrain, the rivalry between Red Bull and Mercedes has once again been reignited. Matt Kew looks at the latest episode in their fierce fight, this time centring around Mercedes' radical new sidepod design...

2022 Bahrain F1 test: Gasly outpaces Sainz to lead Day 1

A spin for Sergio Perez under the virtual safety car in Bahrain helped Pierre Gasly top the times on the opening day of the second 2022 Formula 1 pre-season test.

What the revolutionary new breed of F1 cars feel like to drive

With a radical new set of regulations making the 2022 Formula 1 cars the heaviest for almost nine decades, the grid's 20 drivers face a big challenge this season. Here's what some of them had to say about the monumental shake-up

What we learned from the first day of F1 2022 pre-season testing

The 2022 Formula 1 pre-season tests got underway on Wednesday at Barcelona, where Lando Norris set the pace for McLaren. There's intense interest because of the rules overhaul for this year - so here are the standout lessons we picked up from the paddock...

2022 F1 Barcelona test: Leclerc tops first morning session

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc topped the first test session of the 2022 Formula 1 pre-season as the new era of ground-effect cars hit the track at Barcelona.

Why McLaren has taken its unprecedented off-road left turn

McLaren will be in distinctly unfamiliar territory this weekend as it makes its Extreme E debut. But this rugged left turn serves as a means to an end to inspire a greater good

F1 champion Button's Extreme E team confirmed for 2022

Formula 1 champion Jenson Button’s Extreme E team will contest the second season of the electric SUV series and has signed defending champion Molly Taylor for the opening round.

Eight times when F1 teams got new rules very wrong Prime

Eight times when F1 teams got new rules very wrong

In Formula 1 there’s always the hope that a regulatory reset provides chance for a team to vault up the order. But here are eight cases where the grand prix big hitters got it wrong, trading regular wins for dejection.

McLaren reveals livery and team for 2022 Extreme E debut

McLaren has revealed the livery and team for its inaugural Extreme E campaign in 2022.

Sainz stays in Extreme E as 2022 grid takes shape

World Rally champion Carlos Sainz and teammate Laia Sanz will remain in Extreme E in 2022 as the grid nears completion subject to the finances of Jenson Button’s JBXE squad.

Alejandro Agag wins Autosport’s 2021 Pioneering and Innovation Award
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Alejandro Agag wins Autosport’s 2021 Pioneering and Innovation Award

Alejandro Agag is the winner of Autosport’s 2021 Pioneering and Innovation Award presented by Mahindra, incorporating the John Bolster Award for technical achievement.