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Red Bull: "Lack of peculiarities" with F1 car helping Perez

Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner believes the "lack of peculiarities" with the team's car has helped Sergio Perez perform "at a very high level" so far this season.

Miami plans to keep early May F1 date slot

The Miami Grand Prix plans to retain an early May slot on the Formula 1 calendar moving forward after a successful debut this month.

Why Sebastian Vettel is the voice the world needs

OPINION: The four-time world champion made an appearance on UK TV last week, proving to be more eloquent than certain other guests, while also outlining his value to Formula 1 as a vocal and honest ambassador

Seidl: New F1 race director set-up has made ‘very good start’

McLaren Formula 1 boss Andreas Seidl believes the FIA’s new race director set-up has made a “very good start” thanks to a “straightforward” approach to enforcing rules.

Verstappen: Miami and Vegas won’t take away from Monaco’s F1 status

Max Verstappen doubts Formula 1’s shift towards new events such as Miami and Las Vegas will take anything away from Monaco’s status on the calendar.

Why $200m won’t convince teams on Andretti’s Formula 1 plans

The success of the Miami Grand Prix acted as one of the strongest indications yet of how much of a breakthrough Formula 1 has made in the United States.

Vettel: Climate crisis makes me question racing in F1

Sebastian Vettel says the ongoing climate and energy crisis facing the world makes him question whether he should be racing in Formula 1.

Norris hopes FIA learns from Miami F1 barrier call after crashes

Lando Norris hopes the FIA learns from the decision not to install a Tecpro barrier at Turn 13 in Miami after two big incidents left drivers struggling with knocks.

Norris: McLaren needs ‘a little bit more’ to fight Mercedes, Alfa Romeo

Lando Norris believes McLaren needs “a little bit more” to be able to fight with Mercedes and Alfa Romeo at the front of the Formula 1 midfield.

Alpine CEO: Alonso’s Miami F1 penalty "difficult to accept"

Alpine believes it would have successfully argued against Fernando Alonso’s post-race penalty in Miami that cost him two Formula 1 points, calling the ruling “difficult to accept”.

The F1 drivers' parade secret behind Alonso’s flying Miami start

Fernando Alonso revealed that one of Formula 1's slowest driver parades played an important role in his flying start to Sunday’s Miami Grand Prix.

Perez thinks Miami F1 win was on if not for engine issue

Sergio Perez felt he had a chance of winning in Miami had it not been for a Formula 1 engine sensor issue that cost him an estimated 30 horse power.

Gasly explains how Alonso F1 clash damage led to Norris collision

Pierre Gasly says he tried to leave Lando Norris room before their Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix crash, but struggled to steer due to damage sustained in his collision with Fernando Alonso.

Alonso loses points finish with post-race Miami GP penalty

Fernando Alonso has lost a points finish in ninth place in the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix due to a post-race five-second penalty.

Drivers critical of "Mickey Mouse", "Formula E" Miami F1 chicane

Formula 1 drivers have given a thumbs up to the Miami track layout with the exception of its chicane, which has been called “a little too Mickey Mouse”.

Russell: Mercedes F1 car was a ‘totally different beast’ in qualifying

George Russell was surprised by his drop in pace between Formula 1 practice and qualifying in Miami, saying his Mercedes car felt like “a totally different beast”.

Ocon: 51G crash impact "unacceptable" with lack of Tecpro barrier

Esteban Ocon called it “unacceptable” to have suffered a 51G impact in his Miami Formula 1 practice crash as many drivers questioned the lack of Tecpro barrier at Turn 13.

Ocon to miss Miami F1 qualifying due to cracked chassis

Esteban Ocon will take no part in Formula 1 qualifying for the Miami Grand Prix due to damage sustained to his car in final practice on Saturday afternoon.

Wolff sees no reason to change F1 Drive to Survive format

Toto Wolff believes there is no reason for Formula 1 and Netflix to consider changing the format of the Drive to Survive series after announcing a two-year extension.

Alonso feels most competitive he has been in F1 since 2012

Fernando Alonso believes he is the most competitive he has been in Formula 1 since 2012 with Alpine despite only scoring two points so far this season.

Russell ‘doesn’t really understand’ Mercedes’ improved F1 pace

George Russell remains unsure Mercedes’ Formula 1 car updates are behind the team’s improved pace on Friday in Miami, warning his P1 result in second practice “means nothing”.

Andretti hopeful of FIA support for F1 entry after Miami meeting

Michael Andretti is optimistic he has support from the FIA for his planned Formula 1 entry after a meeting with president Mohammed Ben Sulayem in Miami on Friday.

Hamilton gets two-race F1 exemption from FIA over jewellery

Lewis Hamilton has received a two-race exemption from the FIA over the jewellery he cannot easily remove after holding talks with its medical staff on Friday.

FIA makes jewellery, underwear checks part of F1 scrutineering submission

The FIA has issued a further reminder to Formula 1 teams about drivers complying with rules surrounding jewellery and underwear, making it part of their scrutineering submission.

F1, Netflix agree to two more seasons of Drive to Survive

Netflix and Formula 1 have announced the Drive to Survive docuseries will continue for at least two more series, stretching into seasons five and six.

Miami F1 track changes allowed designers to go "a little bit mad"

The designers of the Miami Formula 1 track were able to go "a little bit mad" with the circuit layout after a major public road was removed from the proposal.

Horner sees "genuine respect" in F1 fight between Verstappen, Leclerc

Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner believes there is “genuine respect” between Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc after spending much of their junior careers racing against each other.

Seidl wary of F1 being in position where B-teams are necessary

McLaren Formula 1 boss Andreas Seidl hopes that the sport does not develop into a position where a team needs a junior partner in order to compete at the top.

Ferrari: Important to continue Mission Winnow F1 sponsorship deal

Ferrari Formula 1 boss Mattia Binotto believes it was “important to stay together” with long-standing sponsor Philip Morris International despite changes to their partnership.

Alonso motivated to stay in F1 "because I feel better than the others"

Fernando Alonso says he remains motivated to continue racing in Formula 1 “because I feel better than the others” and would stop if someone beat him on “pure abilities”.

Schumacher: New Sainz Ferrari F1 deal was ‘obvious step’

Mick Schumacher does not think Carlos Sainz’s new Formula 1 deal with Ferrari will “really change much” for him at Haas, saying it was an “obvious step” for the team.

Russell: F1 sprint races need to be 50% longer to work

George Russell is "not a major fan" of Formula 1's sprint races under their current format, believing they need to be 50% longer to make tyre degradation a factor.

Why Imola's step back in time is refreshing for F1's future

OPINION: Although Imola hardly yielded a classic Formula 1 race in the 2022 edition of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the atmosphere that enveloped the round underlined the value of hosting F1 races at classic venues, a scarcity in the championship's recent visits to less historic environs

Albon: Imola F1 drive to 11th "just as good as Melbourne"

Alex Albon believes his drive to 11th place at Imola was just as good as his charge into the Formula 1 points for Williams in Australia two weeks earlier.

Alonso: Bad luck so far this F1 season has been "painful"

Fernando Alonso called his bad luck at the start of the 2022 Formula 1 season “painful” after suffering his second DNF in four races at Imola on Sunday.

Norris doubted McLaren would score podium in 2022 after Bahrain

Lando Norris admitted he was “surprised” to finish on the Formula 1 podium at Imola after fearing McLaren may not score one all season after the opening race in Bahrain.

Red Bull explains why it had upper hand over Ferrari at Imola

Red Bull Formula 1 chief Christian Horner believes the team’s ability to get its tyres into a better operating window was the key to beating Ferrari at Imola.

Ricciardo takes blame for first corner Imola F1 tangle with Sainz

McLaren Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has accepted blame for his first corner clash with Ferrari rival Carlos Sainz in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix that ruined both drivers' races.

Horner: Imola F1 1-2 "one of our best-ever results"

Christian Horner believes Red Bull's 1-2 finish at Imola stands as one of the team's best Formula 1 results and a perfect response to its Australia disappointment.

Hamilton: Everyone at Mercedes "feeling it" over F1 struggles

Lewis Hamilton says everyone in Mercedes is feeling the strain of its difficult start to the 2022 Formula 1 season, but he says no one is giving up just yet.

Alonso: "Chaos is guaranteed" if rain hits Imola F1 race

Fernando Alonso hopes a wet Emilia Romagna Grand Prix could see Alpine’s luck in Formula 1 turn around, believing “chaos is guaranteed” if it rains at Imola.

Ricciardo: McLaren F1 team still "half a step behind" at Imola

Daniel Ricciardo believes McLaren is still “half a step behind” in its preparations for Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after losing half of its Formula 1 practice running at Imola.

Magnussen rues wrong tyre call for Imola F1 sprint race

Kevin Magnussen was left ruing the decision to start the Imola Formula 1 sprint race on the medium tyre after slipping from fourth on the grid to finish eighth.

Sainz ‘wasn’t pushing that hard’ before Imola F1 qualifying crash

Carlos Sainz felt he wasn’t pushing hard prior to his Imola Formula 1 qualifying crash which he fears will cost him “quite a lot” through the rest of the weekend.

"Lucky" Magnussen feared Imola F1 qualifying was over after spin

Kevin Magnussen feared his session was over after spinning out during Q3 at Imola, only to return to the pits and score Haas’s best Formula 1 qualifying result in fourth.

Hamilton: "Each weekend is a rescue" right now for Mercedes F1

Lewis Hamilton feels that “each weekend is a rescue” currently for Mercedes in Formula 1 after the team suffered a double Q2 exit at Imola on Friday.

Haas: Door is open for FIA F1 checks amid B-team concerns

Gunther Steiner says that Haas’s door is open for the FIA to complete checks “whenever they want” amid concerns raised about B-teams in Formula 1.

Horner: Honda has fixed Verstappen F1 fuel line issue

Red Bull Racing Formula 1 boss Christian Horner is confident that Honda has fixed the fuel line issue that stopped Max Verstappen in Melbourne.

Alfa Romeo: "Good feeling" fighting F1 midfield instead of medical car

Frederic Vasseur says Alfa Romeo's return to Formula 1's midfield is a "good feeling", joking it is "better to fight Alpine and AlphaTauri than with the medical car".

Leclerc: Ferrari can't look over its shoulder at Red Bull and Mercedes

Charles Leclerc believes Ferrari must not look over its shoulder and dwell on the developments planned by Formula 1 rivals Red Bull and Mercedes in their push to catch up.

Haas won’t rush new F1 deals after Rich Energy, Uralkali controversies

Gunther Steiner says Haas will not look to rush into new major Formula 1 sponsorship deals to avoid agreeing to “anything that we maybe regret in six months’ time”.

What history tells us about Leclerc’s early F1 championship lead

Formula 1’s return to Imola this weekend comes at a perfect time for Ferrari’s loyal Tifosi, who will be riding high from Charles Leclerc’s impressive start to the season.

Red Bull downplays talk of big F1 upgrade package for Imola

Red Bull Formula 1 chief Christian Horner downplayed the suggestion the team has a big upgrade package planned for its RB18 car at Imola, saying any developments are an “evolution”.

Gasly: Losing Monaco F1 GP would be a 'shocker'

Pierre Gasly thinks it would be a ‘shocker’ if the Monaco Grand Prix loses its place on the Formula 1 calendar.

Mercedes: Small weight cost for Hamilton's added F1 sensors

Mercedes says the extra sensors fitted to Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 car in the Australian Grand Prix only posed a “small” weight cost compared to teammate George Russell.

Seidl: McLaren must remain patient despite Australian GP progress

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl says his team needs to remain patient despite a stronger performance at the Australian Grand Prix.

Perez: Three Red Bull DNFs in three F1 races "certainly a concern" Australian GP
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Perez: Three Red Bull DNFs in three F1 races "certainly a concern"

Sergio Perez says Red Bull’s reliability struggles are “certainly a concern” after seeing the team suffer three DNFs in the opening three races of the new Formula 1 season.

Mercedes: "On the limit" F1 cooling sparked Hamilton radio message Australian GP
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Mercedes: "On the limit" F1 cooling sparked Hamilton radio message

Mercedes has explained the "on the limit" Formula 1 cooling challenge it faced in Australia that sparked Lewis Hamilton to claim the team had put him in a "difficult position".

Monaco: Zero concerns over F1 future amid new contract talks

The organisers of the Monaco Grand Prix say they have zero concerns about the future of the Formula 1 race amid talks over a new contract beyond 2022.

Vasseur: Qualifying setback hid Alfa Romeo pace in Australia

Frederic Vasseur believes Alfa Romeo's performance in Formula 1's Australian GP was in line with its early-season form despite seeing both cars drop out in Q2, hiding a "mega" race pace.