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Alpine: Imola F1 car updates may be stronger at other circuits

The updates brought by Alpine to Imola for its A521 Formula 1 car may offer a bigger step in performance at other tracks, according to racing director Davide Brivio.

Bottas: No gentleman’s agreement broken in Russell crash

Valtteri Bottas says he did not break any gentleman’s agreement between the Formula 1 drivers in his defence against George Russell prior to their Imola crash.

Wolff: Aston Martin entitled to query F1 2021 aero cuts

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he respects Aston Martin’s right to query the FIA’s aerodynamic rule changes in Formula 1 this year, but believes the team is simply “collateral damage”.

Russell insists Bottas crash won’t harm Mercedes relationship

George Russell is confident his Formula 1 crash with Valtteri Bottas at Imola is not going to harm his relationship with parent team Mercedes.

How Mercedes' biggest strength is its main weakness

Mercedes escaped from Imola with its lead of both Formula 1 world championships still intact, but the team is under no illusions of the gap to Red Bull that remains.

Ten things we learned from F1's 2021 Emilia Romagna GP

Despite Max Verstappen's victory in a thrilling Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, will the weekend still go down as a missed opportunity for Red Bull? We assess the weekend's major talking points, as the race for a top seat in 2022 took an explosive turn, F1's oldest team showed more signs of recovery and 2021's first political spat broke out

Bottas crash damage could cost Mercedes F1 upgrade push

Toto Wolff says the costs incurred by the damage to Valtteri Bottas’s Formula 1 car following his crash with George Russell at Imola could cost Mercedes upgrades and impact development.

Disgraced kart racer handed 15-year FIA competition ban
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Disgraced kart racer handed 15-year FIA competition ban

The FIA has handed Luca Corberi a 15-year ban from racing following an incident at the world karting finals last October in Italy.

Russell planning clear-the-air call with Bottas in coming days

George Russell says he is planning to call Valtteri Bottas in the coming days to clear the air following their Formula 1 crash at Imola on Sunday.

Bottas: Russell has "quite a theory" over Imola defending after crash

Valtteri Bottas hit back at George Russell's suggestion he may have defended differently against another driver after their Imola Formula 1 crash, calling it "quite a theory".

No further action on Bottas-Russell 'racing incident'

The FIA's Formula 1 race stewards have opted to take no action over Valtteri Bottas and George Russell’s clash in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, calling it a “racing incident”.

Russell: Bottas may not have made same move on another driver

George Russell has questioned Valtteri Bottas's "dangerous" move in their Imola Formula 1 crash on Sunday, saying he would have acted differently "perhaps if it was another driver".

Bottas: Imola F1 crash with Russell "clearly his mistake"

Valtteri Bottas pointed the finger at George Russell following their high-speed crash in the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying it was “clearly his mistake”.

Wolff: Russell has ‘lots to learn’ after Bottas F1 crash

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff believes his protégé George Russell has “lots to learn” following his Formula 1 crash with Valtteri Bottas at Imola, saying the Mercedes car is almost a write-off.

Emilia Romagna GP red-flagged after Bottas/Russell crash

The Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is under a red flag with 30 laps remaining after a sizeable crash between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell.

Mercedes: Tyre warm-up issue caused Bottas’ Q3 struggles

Mercedes believes a tyre warm-up issue caused Valtteri Bottas to struggle in Formula 1 qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and slump to eighth place on the grid.

Tsunoda’s gearbox broke in half in Imola Q1 crash

Yuki Tsunoda broke the gearbox of his AlphaTauri Formula 1 car in half in his qualifying crash at Imola, but is not expected to require a chassis change.

Perez: Last-corner mistake cost me Imola F1 pole

Sergio Perez was left ruing a final-corner mistake during Formula 1 qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying he “should have been on pole”.

Alonso: Lack of trust in Alpine car costly at old-school Imola

Fernando Alonso feels he is not yet able to fully trust where the limit of Alpine’s Formula 1 car is after qualifying 15th for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Bottas 'couldn't trust rear-end' of Mercedes car in Imola Q3

Valtteri Bottas says he “couldn’t trust the rear end” of his Mercedes Formula 1 car in the final stage of qualifying at Imola on Saturday, contributing to his P8 finish.

Vettel missing ‘last bit of confidence’ with Aston Martin

Sebastian Vettel feels he needs to be more patient and wait for “that last bit of confidence” with Aston Martin’s Formula 1 car following his Q2 exit at Imola.

Sainz: Imola Q2 exit "exposed" lack of Ferrari F1 mileage

Carlos Sainz was left disappointed by his Q2 exit in Formula 1 qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying the result “exposed” his lack of mileage with Ferrari.

Tsunoda got "too excited" before Imola qualifying crash

Yuki Tsunoda has apologised to the AlphaTauri Formula 1 team following his crash in qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying he got "too excited".

Leclerc: "Difficult to believe" Ferrari so close to top teams

Charles Leclerc says it is “difficult to believe” Ferrari is so close to the leading Formula 1 teams at Imola after its impressive display during Friday practice.

Horner: Aston "a little naive" to expect F1 aero rule tweaks

Christian Horner believes it is "a little naive" for Aston Martin to expect tweaks to Formula 1's aerodynamic rules to even out the impact on varying car concepts.

Ferrari's Imola practice pace "not a shock" to Norris

Ferrari's impressive showing during Friday's Formula 1 practice sessions for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was "not a shock", according to McLaren's Lando Norris.

Mercedes F1 drivers ‘a lot happier’ with W12 at Imola

Mercedes’ Formula 1 drivers were left feeling “a lot happier” with their W12 Formula 1 car after taking 1-2 finishes in Friday practice for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Aston pushing FIA to cut gap between high, low-rake F1 cars

Aston Martin is pushing the FIA to consider tweaking Formula 1’s aero rules to make things more equal between the high-rake and low-rake runners.

Verstappen: Red Bull "a little bit" on back foot after FP2 issue

Max Verstappen says Red Bull is "a little bit" on the back foot at Imola after a driveshaft issue ended his Formula 1 practice running prematurely on Friday.

Vettel senses 'positive' response from Aston over F1 struggles

Sebastian Vettel believes Aston Martin's response to its Bahrain Grand Prix struggles has been "positive" as it bids to cut the gap to its Formula 1 rivals at Imola.

Verstappen wants talks over FIA's 'messy' F1 track limits policing

Max Verstappen believes the FIA's policing of Formula 1 track limits in Bahrain three weeks ago was "messy", and wants talks to ensure guidelines do not change mid-race again.

Russell rubbishes rumour of rift with Hamilton after Sakhir

George Russell has dismissed a suggestion he was no longer on speaking terms with Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton after deputising in Sakhir, saying their relationship is unchanged.

F1 2021 game to feature story mode and three new circuits

Codemasters and EA have announced the first details for the F1 2021 video game, which will feature an all-new story mode and three new tracks.

Bottas "lost count" of set-up changes made in pre-Imola sim test

Valtteri Bottas says he “lost count” of the number of set-up items he worked through during a recent simulator session to better understand Mercedes’ tricky new Formula 1 car.

Hamilton picks Vettel rivalry as favourite of F1 career

Lewis Hamilton says his rivalry with Sebastian Vettel ranks as his favourite from his Formula 1 career so far, believing their battles helped bring them closer together.

The secret of Imola’s lucky F1 paddock cat

Following an enthralling tussle in Bahrain three weeks ago, the close fight between Mercedes and Red Bull looks set to rage on as Formula 1 returns to Imola this weekend.

F1 partner teams ‘not a good deal’ currently, says Renault CEO

Renault’s CEO has downplayed the possibility of linking the Alpine Formula 1 squad to a partner team in the near future, saying it is currently “not a good deal”.

Is Imola a must-win for Red Bull to break Verstappen’s Italy curse?

On paper, the result of the season opener in Bahrain may have done little to suggest Mercedes’ Formula 1 domination could be nearing an end in 2021.

Tsunoda already contributing to AlphaTauri development

Formula 1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda is already making a valuable contribution to AlphaTauri's car development by raising new questions and ideas, according to technical chief Jody Egginton.

Wolff doubts Bottas came close to retirement after team orders

Toto Wolff doubts Valtteri Bottas came close to retiring from Formula 1 following Mercedes’ use of team orders over two years ago after the Finn’s claim on Netflix.

Schumacher: No reason Haas can’t fight for Q2 this year

Mick Schumacher feels “optimistic” about Haas’s Formula 1 qualifying prospects in 2021, believing there is no reason why the team cannot fight for spots in Q2 during the season.

Alpine "scared" itself in Bahrain with hot-weather struggles

Alpine wants to understand why its Formula 1 car is seemingly less competitive in hot conditions after it “scared” itself in the Bahrain afternoon sessions last month.

Mercedes "potentially" has wind sensitivity issues like Williams

George Russell believes Mercedes is “potentially in the same boat” as Williams with a wind sensitivity issue on its 2021 Formula 1 car that hurt its performance in Bahrain.

British GP backs vaccine passports in bid for capacity crowd

Silverstone has joined a number of UK sporting bodies in backing the use of 'vaccine passports' and COVID-19 testing in order to welcome capacity crowds for its summer races.

Mercedes has to be "perfect" everywhere to beat Red Bull

Mercedes needs to be "smarter" and "perfect" if it wants to beat Red Bull across the 2021 Formula 1 season, according to drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Vettel reveals lockdown internship in organic farming

Four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel has revealed he completed an internship to learn more about organic farming during lockdown last year.

Marko: Bahrain should put walls to avoid track limits issue

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko believes the debate over Formula 1 track limits following Max Verstappen’s Bahrain defeat is “completely unnecessary”, saying officials should “put a wall there”.

Marko: Verstappen and Hamilton in a league of their own

Red Bull Formula 1 advisor Helmut Marko believes Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s fight for victory in Bahrain proved they are “in a class of their own”.

Differential issue cost Verstappen 0.3s per lap in Bahrain

Max Verstappen was "clearly handicapped" by a differential issue that cost him 0.3 seconds per lap early on in the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix, according to Helmut Marko.

Wolff: Nobody foresaw hostility between Hamilton and Rosberg

Toto Wolff believes Mercedes could not have foreseen the hostility between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, saying there was historical context "none of us knew, and will never know."

Alpine can't afford "shitty" F1 season in 2021, says Renault CEO

Alpine cannot afford to have a “shitty season” in Formula 1 this year despite its focus on the new regulations in 2022, according to Renault CEO Luca de Meo.

Ferrari partners with Iron Dames for Girls On Track winners

Ferrari has announced the winners of the FIA’s Girls On Track programme will be placed in Formula 4 with the Iron Dames team through a new partnership for 2021.

How McLaren is going back to the future with Mercedes Prime

How McLaren is going back to the future with Mercedes

The return of the McLaren-Mercedes partnership for the first time since 2014 brings two of Formula 1's biggest names back together. Could it be the final step in McLaren's rebuilding job?

Schumacher Jr ‘very similar’ to Michael, say Haas' Ferrari staff

Former Ferrari staff members working at Haas have already noted that Mick Schumacher is “very similar” to his father, Michael, according to team boss Gunther Steiner.

Alonso: ‘Good sign’ Enstone has changed a lot since last F1 stint

Fernando Alonso says the Alpine Formula 1 squad at Enstone feels like a “very different” team to when he last raced there with Renault, calling it a “good sign”.

Grosjean to retain Haas ties through F1 Esports team

Romain Grosjean will maintain a link to Haas in 2021 after agreeing to manage its Formula 1 Esports team through his own R8G Esports outfit.

Renault committed to Formula 1 "for eternity" through Alpine

Renault remains committed to Formula 1 “for eternity” by making the series the “backbone” of its Alpine brand, according to group CEO Luca de Meo.

Red Bull: Meeting new F1 budget cap a "significant challenge"

Christian Horner says that meeting Formula 1’s new budget cap for 2021 has been a “significant challenge” for Red Bull, but feels it has been “well embraced”.

Why Schumacher is unburdened by Leclerc comparisons Prime

Why Schumacher is unburdened by Leclerc comparisons

The Schumacher name is coming back to Formula 1… Luke Smith examines whether Mick has what it takes to reach the heights his father scaled - and why the German isn't worried about comparisons with other Ferrari hotshots.

How Netflix built on a successful formula in Drive to Survive Season 3 Prime

How Netflix built on a successful formula in Drive to Survive Season 3

OPINION: Formula 1’s latest documentary instalment has landed on Netflix and while season three of Drive to Survive has some frustrating omissions for traditional F1 fans, the series continues to intertwine accessibility for the uninitiated and entertainment for the converted