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Jonathan Noble

Jonathan Noble is Motorsport.com’s Formula 1 editor. Having graduated from University of Sussex Jonathan worked for sports news agency Collings Sports reporting on F1, F3, touring cars and other sports, with articles appearing in The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Reuters, Autosport and other publications. In 1999 he moved to Haymarket Publishing to become a senior editor at Autosport Special Projects, and one year later he became Autosport’s grand prix editor. In 2015 he moved to Motorsport Network, becoming the F1 editor for Motorsport.com. He is also a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and sits on the FIA Media Council.

Jonathan has won multiple awards for journalism - in 1991 he was the winner of the Guild of Motoring Writers’ Sir William Lyons’ Award for young journalists, in 2010 he was awarded the Outstanding Individual accolade for consumer journalism in the Haymarket wards, in 2011 he won Haymarket’s Scoop of the Year, and in 2018 he was awarded a prestigious Medaglia d’Oro at the Lorenzo Bandini Awards for his contribution to F1 journalism.

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Red Bull: Perez progress 'incredible' in Imola qualifying

Red Bull has labelled Sergio Perez’s progress with its Formula 1 team as ‘incredible’, after the Mexican grabbed a front row slot for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Ricciardo needs to get rid of "old habits" at McLaren F1

Daniel Ricciardo thinks he needs to get rid of some old habits he picked up from his previous Formula 1 teams if he is to get more from his McLaren.

F1 will keep Miami and Austin dates separate

Formula 1 will keep the dates of the Austin and Miami Grands Prix separate on next year's calendar in a bid to maximise the sport's impact in the United States.

Miami Grand Prix joins 2022 F1 calendar

Formula 1 looks set to add a second grand prix in the United States next year, with the sport’s bosses announcing that Miami will take a slot on the 2022 schedule.

Seidl: Self-criticism after Imola mistake typical of Norris

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl says Lando Norris' harsh self-criticism after a minor Imola Formula 1 qualifying mistake typifies the young Briton's character.

Hamilton never expected to beat Red Bulls in Imola qualifying

Lewis Hamilton said he never expected to outqualify both Red Bulls at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, as he grabbed his first Formula 1 pole position of the season.

Giovinazzi critical of Mazepin not respecting qualifying etiquette

Nikita Mazepin has been accused of showing no respect for Formula 1's qualifying etiquette after a run-in with Antonio Giovinazzi in Q1 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Mercedes F1's step forward helped by Bahrain 'sting'

Mercedes says the ‘sting’ of not being fastest at the Formula 1 season opener helped galvanise the team to turn things around for this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Alpine F1 car hindered by wind tunnel problem

Alpine has revealed that a wind tunnel problem hampered its progress over the winter and put it on the back foot with its current Formula 1 challenger.

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.

McLaren to downsize its iconic F1 motorhome

McLaren’s iconic Brand Centre motorhome will not return to the Formula 1 paddock in its original form, with the team working on downsizing the structure for later this season.

Steiner: Spinning Mazepin "trying too hard"

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner thinks rookie Nikita Mazepin is probably trying too hard, after another day dogged by spins at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Alonso: I need to improve myself more than Alpine car

Fernando Alonso says he needs to improve himself more than Alpine has to make its Formula 1 car better.

Alonso unsure if he'll race in the Indy 500 again

Fernando Alonso has admitted he is not sure if he will race in the Indy 500 again, despite a win there having been a key target for him.

F1 to introduce six new TV graphics during 2021

Formula 1 plans to unleash six new graphics over the course of this season in a bid to bring more information to fans.

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.

Alonso delays biography to tell the "truth" after retirement

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso says he has delayed publication of his autobiography until after he’s fully retired, because he wants to be able to tell the ‘truth’.

How Red Bull plans to take AI in F1 to the next level

Formula 1 teams are no stranger to using cutting edge technology in their bid to find an advantage over rivals.

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate Prime

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate

It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is no guarantee.

Ricciardo hopeful of IndyCar, Bathurst runs with McLaren

Daniel Ricciardo reckons there is a good chance of a Bathurst and IndyCar run in the near future, thanks to his switch to the McLaren Formula 1 team.

Domenicali rules out two-day F1 weekend idea

Formula 1 has ruled out the idea of moving to two-day race weekends in the future.

F1's technical director James to leave role next month
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F1's technical director James to leave role next month

Formula 1 stalwart Andrew James, who has most recently been its technical director after a 25-year career with the championship organiser, is to step down from his role next month.

Mercedes faces "tricky" decision over 2021 vs 2022 split

Mercedes admits it will face some "tricky decisions" over the next few weeks about when to switch off development of its 2021 Formula 1 car to focus on next year.

Alpine: Bahrain GP exposed weaknesses with F1 car

Alpine says that weaknesses with its current Formula 1 car are costing it the vital lap time it needs to be fighting at the front of the midfield.

Seidl is best team principal in F1, says Brown

McLaren CEO Zak Brown has praised Andreas Seidl as the best team principal in Formula 1, with the pair believing the squad’s management structure has helped fast track its recovery.

FIA hints at announcement about hydrogen in motorsport

The FIA has hinted at an announcement about the future of hydrogen in motorsport, as part of president Jean Todt's zero emissions future target on road and race tracks.

Leclerc explains what he learned from Vettel as F1 teammates

Charles Leclerc says he learned a lot from former Ferrari Formula 1 teammate Sebastian Vettel’s hidden qualities.

Sainz’s Ferrari euphoria "contagious" for team, says Leclerc

Carlos Sainz’s ‘euphoria’ at getting a chance to race for Ferrari in Formula 1 has helped lift the mood of the whole team, says Charles Leclerc.

Mercedes reshuffles F1 technical team, Allison to become CTO

Mercedes has announced a reshuffle of its Formula 1 technical department, with technical director James Allison set to move into a new role and step away from day-to-day responsibilities.

Leclerc: 2021 cars more difficult to manage on corner entry

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc says Formula 1's 2021 cars are more difficult to manage on the entry to corners thanks to the new aero rules.

Ricciardo blasts "idiots" behind F1's social media strategy

Daniel Ricciardo has blasted the "idiots" behind Formula 1's social media strategy in bigging up crashes as part of their bid to attract fan interest.

Alpine won't let Alonso/Ocon rivalry get out of hand – Prost

Alpine says it will not allow the rivalry between Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon to evolve into a destabilising force inside the Formula 1 team this year.

Brundle: Common sense has broken out to secure F1's future

Martin Brundle believes "common sense has broken out" among Formula 1's leading players and rule makers, which has left motorsport's top tier in really good shape.

Is Formula 1 as good as it has ever been now? Prime

Is Formula 1 as good as it has ever been now?

For many, many years Formula 1 has strived to do and to be better on all fronts. With close competition, a growing fanbase, a stable political landscape and rules in place to encourage sustainability, 2021 is on course to provide an unexpected peak

Why 'fighter jet' F1 is winning a new wave of sponsors

It wasn’t so long ago that Formula 1 found it was having to work hard to defend itself from the critics.

McLaren: Two quick drivers ‘key’ to F1 resurgence

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl acknowledged that having two closely matched drivers is key to the team's recent resurgence, which fuelled the decision to snap up Daniel Ricciardo for 2021.

F1 sprint race plan set for green light as teams agree finances
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F1 sprint race plan set for green light as teams agree finances

Formula 1 has cleared its last major hurdle over sprint qualifying trials, with sources revealing that teams have now agreed to a financial package.

Ferrari: F1 engine gains may not be known for four more races

Ferrari thinks it could take another four race weekends for it to be sure about the amount of progress it has made with its new Formula 1 engine.

Wolff feels 2013 ‘pump’ at Mercedes, clarifies Brown comments

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the Red Bull challenge has left his Formula 1 team ‘pumped’ like it hasn’t been since before its first title in 2014.

Capito: Williams won't sacrifice 2022 car to make gains in 2021

Williams says it will not make any compromises with its 2022 Formula 1 car design in a bid to push itself further up the grid this year.

F1 news recap: The epic 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix

On this day in 2014, Formula 1's brave new turbo hybrid era finally delivered in brilliant fashion at the Bahrain Grand Prix – as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fought out an epic duel for victory.

Cable tip-off an example of "super spy" Hamilton's focus

Keeping a close eye on what rival teams are up to is part of the game in Formula 1.

Honda: New F1 engine an aero boost for Red Bull

Honda says the aerodynamics of Red Bull’s new RB16B Formula 1 car have been boosted by the design tweaks it made to produce a new super-compact engine.

Red Bull won't "burn" rough diamond Tsunoda with hasty promotion

Red Bull insists it will not ‘burn’ Yuki Tsunoda by promoting him from AlphaTauri too quickly, despite his impressive Formula 1 debut.

Mercedes hopes to gain edge from augmented reality push

Mercedes believes it could gain an edge over its Formula 1 rivals by using augmented reality to improve communication between its factory and the race track.

Ferrari: F1 podium still far away despite Bahrain GP progress

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto believes the Maranello squad is still too far from Formula 1's leading teams to start thinking of fighting for podium finishes, despite an encouraging Bahrain Grand Prix.

The nightmare timing that now hinders Mercedes Prime

The nightmare timing that now hinders Mercedes

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton took victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix despite, for a change, not having the quickest car. But any hopes of developing its W12 to surpass Red Bull's RB16B in terms of outright speed could not have come at a worse time.

Mercedes: Going high rake would write off F1 2021 campaign
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Mercedes: Going high rake would write off F1 2021 campaign

Mercedes says switching its car to a high rake concept this year to overcome downforce losses would make the 2021 Formula 1 season a 'write-off'.

Honda plans analysis on race engine form vs Mercedes

Honda will evaluate whether it can be more aggressive with its Formula 1 engine usage in the races, after Red Bull lost out to Mercedes in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Red Bull plans Imola push to improve RB16B

Red Bull has vowed to put ‘as much performance as possible’ on to its RB16B car for the next Formula 1 race at Imola, after a strong showing in Bahrain.

Sainz: I was too cautious in first Ferrari F1 start

Carlos Sainz admits he took too much of a cautious approach to his opening race laps as a Ferrari Formula 1 driver in the season opener.

Mercedes fears F1 car won't be quick enough at Imola, Portugal

Mercedes fears that it will not be good enough to take on Red Bull at the next Formula 1 races at Imola and Portimao, despite its Bahrain Grand Prix win.

Sandwich wrapper caused Alonso's Bahrain retirement

Fernando Alonso's hopes of scoring points on his Formula 1 return in Bahrain were wrecked by a sandwich wrapper getting lodged into one of his brake ducts.

Verstappen: Red Bull didn't have flexibility it needed on tyres

Max Verstappen thinks Red Bull could have done a better job with its strategy options for the Bahrain Grand Prix, after boxing itself in with its tyre usage in practice.

Mercedes has "no strengths" over Red Bull in F1 2021

Mercedes believes it has no strengths over Red Bull in Formula 1 this year, despite winning the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

Red Bull: Track limits rules should not be "shades of grey"

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says Formula 1’s track limits rules should not be "shades of grey", after the Bahrain Grand Prix controversy.

Horner: Verstappen letting Hamilton past was "the right thing"

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says Max Verstappen "did the right thing" by following race control and letting Lewis Hamilton through in the final stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton: Bahrain GP "one of the hardest races"

Lewis Hamilton says the Bahrain Grand Prix was one of the hardest races he has had in Formula 1 for a while, as he triumphed after a thriller duel with Max Verstappen.

Verstappen "preferred" time penalty to letting Hamilton past

Max Verstappen says he would have preferred a penalty for overtaking Formula 1 rival Lewis Hamilton off-track at the Bahrain Grand Prix's climax, rather than handing back the lead

The performance swing that highlights Mercedes' low-rake pain

Formula 1's new aero rules were always tipped as having the potential to shake up the competitive order, but few perhaps expected it to have the influence it has had.