Formula 1

  1. Mercedes ended Red Bull’s five-race win streak at the British Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton fought back from a 10-second time penalty to score his eighth home victory.
    Hamilton was penalised after clashing with Red Bull driver Verstappen on the opening lap at Copse, resulting in a 51G crash for the Dutchman.
    The weekend saw Mercedes enjoy an upswing in form after being comprehensively...Keep reading
  2. The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will be the penultimate round this year, taking place on 5 December, one week before the finale in Abu Dhabi.
    But despite its positioning for its first event, the promoter of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and chairman of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal, says that the preference for 2022 is to be nearer the...Keep reading
  3. Off the back of a recent run of encouraging races, including Leclerc finishing runner-up at the British GP, the Italian squad is upbeat about the progress it is making with its SF21.
    And heading to this weekend’s race at Budapest, the team is well aware of how strong it was at F1’s last high downforce race at Monaco – where Leclerc took pole and Sainz finished second.
    Despite those...Keep reading
  4. The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will take place in Jeddah later this year as part of a 10-year deal for the nation to stage an F1 race, with a view to moving to the new entertainment city of Qiddiya in the future.
    But the decision to hold a race in Saudi Arabia has led to criticism from bodies such as Amnesty International, which said the event would “be part of ongoing efforts to...Keep reading
  5. More than any other, Ferrari is also the most popular outfit thanks to support from its loyal tifosi who passionately cheer the famous scarlet-coloured cars from the grandstands.
    Since it was founded by the legendary Enzo Ferrari in 1947, the Italian marque has led the field in precision engineering, technological innovation and above all, a passion for racing. Across seven decades, some of the...Keep reading
  6. Norris has scored points in every single race so far this year and only failed to finish in the top five once, including podiums at Imola, Monaco and the Red Bull Ring.
    Fourth place at the British Grand Prix lifted Norris into third place in the standings above Red Bull's Sergio Perez. He sits five points clear of the Finnish driver, and is nine ahead of Red Bull's Sergio Perez in...Keep reading
  7. The collision between the drivers at the recent British Grand Prix has become a major talking point in F1, after Red Bull and Verstappen angrily hit out at their Mercedes rivals for what happened.
    And ahead of what is likely to be an intense Hungarian GP this weekend with the two drivers set to meet for the first time since their crash, Wolff accepts that further incidents remain...Keep reading
  8. While most people might think of mechanics and engineers when they think of jobs in Formula 1, there are a whole host of other behind the scenes jobs that go on – including hospitality.
    To find out what it takes to work in one of these highly sought after jobs, we spoke to Haas F1 Team’s Guest & Facilities Coordinator Alysha Lane to find out what qualifications you need, what skills you...Keep reading
  9. Russell was given a three-place grid drop for the British GP after tangling with Carlos Sainz on the first lap of the Saturday sprint event.
    Although the FIA stewards have often taken a “let them race approach” to first-lap incidents, both the Russell/Sainz tangle and the following day’s lap one clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton led to penalties.
    Russell said that the...Keep reading
  10. F1 rookie Schumacher revealed last month that he had been sitting in a crooked position since making his debut at the start of the year with Haas.
    But it was not due to a problem with the seat, but because of Schumacher’s own body shape that has seen him face a similar scenario throughout his junior career.
    Schumacher sought advice from four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel about...Keep reading
  11. Alongside heavy speculation that George Russell will graduate from Williams to partner Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes next season, 2019 FIA Formula 2 champion de Vries has been tipped as a potential replacement for Russell.
    Fellow Mercedes F1 reserve driver Vandoorne has also entered the frame for the seat in a move that would see him reunite with new Williams CEO Jost Capito, with the pair known...Keep reading
  12. Masi was ultimately responsible for writing the sporting regulations that cover sprint weekends, with input from the teams and the F1 organisation.
    The final updated version was only published a few days before Silverstone after late changes were approved by the World Motor Sport Council.
    The Australian says that any necessary detailed updates to the rules will be discussed before the second...Keep reading
  13. Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr says his former McLaren team produces "probably the most difficult cars to overtake" after spending the British Grand Prix stuck behind Daniel Ricciardo.
    Since leaving McLaren for Ferrari over the off-season, Sainz has often encountered his former team on track as the two outfits battle over third place in F1's 2021 constructors'...Keep reading
  14. Ahead of last week's British Grand Prix, F1 officially presented its all-new car for 2022, with a live car being shown off at Silverstone.
    The new cars for 2022 have been slowed down, with a larger percentage of the overall downforce being generated by the floor in order to reduce reliance on clear air, allowing cars to race each other closer.
    Responding to the presentation, Verstappen...Keep reading
  15. In the wake of the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at Silverstone, Red Bull was left furious at both the accident and the way in which Mercedes and its driver cheered its success afterwards.
    Verstappen himself called Hamilton’s actions "disrespectful" while Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko said that Mercedes had shown its "style" by celebrating while its rival was...Keep reading
  16. Hamilton and Verstappen collided on the opening lap of Sunday's British Grand Prix at Copse, resulting in a 51G impact for Verstappen with the barrier.
    Verstappen was able to walk away from the crash, but was taken to hospital as a precaution after being heavily winded and bruised in the accident. He was discharged that night after undergoing CT and MRI scans.
    Hamilton was hit with a...Keep reading
  17. Ocon made an impressive start to the year for Alpine, recording four consecutive points finishes between Imola and Monaco, but saw his form take a dip from Baku onwards.
    The Frenchman saw his season hit a low in Austria as he was eliminated in Q1 at both races, resulting in a first-lap DNF in the second event that he pinned on his grid position.
    Ocon struggled to understand why he was...Keep reading
  18. Ferrari junior Schumacher, who won the FIA Formula 2 title in 2020, made his F1 debut in 2021 for Haas in difficult circumstances.
    So far, the German has failed to score points in an uncompetitive car, and he only managed to progress from Q1 to Q2 on one occasion, at the French Grand Prix.
    Schumacher's best result so far was a 13th place in June's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
    Despite struggling...Keep reading
  19. Ferrari has shown flashes of speed during the 2021 F1 season, with Charles Leclerc's two poles in Monaco and Azerbaijan particularly highlighting the Scuderia's one-lap pace.
    But Ferrari has often been held back by tyre issues on Sundays, its rubber overheating as it tried to keep pace with its competitors in the pack.
    After a poor French Grand Prix out of the points, the team managed to...Keep reading
  20. The Brackley-based team had arrived at Silverstone off the back of a run of five consecutive Red Bull victories that had allowed its main rival to extend leads in both world championships.
    So it knew it was under pressure, at a track that should better suit its package, to turn the tables on Red Bull and get itself firmly back in the title fight.
    After Lewis Hamilton duly delivered a...Keep reading
  21. Alonso was the star of Saturday’s sprint qualifying event at Silverstone, starting on the soft tyre and jumping from 11th to fifth, before eventually falling back to seventh.
    The former world champion agrees that the new format creates action on all three days, but he believes that Friday could be made more interesting with a restriction on tyre usage and the number of qualifying runs that...Keep reading
  22. Mercedes will decide over the summer break if it is to keep hold of Bottas as Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate for next year, or if it will take George Russell instead.
    The team insists no decision has been made yet, and Bottas is fully focused on convincing his bosses to hand him a fresh contract.
    But, if Mercedes does opt for Russell, then Bottas has been clear that he wants to remain in F1...Keep reading
  23. F1 staged its inaugural 100km Saturday sprint race at the British Grand Prix last week at Silverstone as part of a shake-up of the race weekend format.
    While it was widely known that Monza would host the second sprint race, F1 had shied away from providing any official confirmation until Thursday evening, when it unveiled the timetable for the event on its website.
    As seen at Silverstone...Keep reading
  24. The Australian has struggled to match teammate Lando Norris all season and has been trying to adjust his driving style to the requirements of the MCL35M.
    There have been consistent signs of progress, and at Silverstone he finished fifth, a place behind Norris.
    "It's still definitely at times frustrating," he said. "But I'm probably past the point of being frustrated, I think now it's kind of...Keep reading
  25. One of the controversial aspects of last weekend’s British Grand Prix was the way in which both Mercedes boss Toto Wolff and Christian Horner lobbied the stewards as they looked into the crash involving Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
    Wolff had gone there on the advice of F1 race director Michael Masi in a bid to make sure that they were aware of the FIA guidelines regarding who has the...Keep reading
  26. The way in which Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes team joyfully celebrated their Formula 1 triumph at Silverstone last weekend drew criticism from rival Red Bull.
    With Verstappen having been transferred to a nearby hospital for precautionary checks after his opening lap crash, the Milton Keynes-based team was furious that its rival seemed so happy after the event.
    Red Bull motorsport advisor...Keep reading
  27. F1 staged its inaugural 100km sprint race last Saturday at the British Grand Prix as part of a weekend format shake-up that will take place at two further events this year.
    Fans at the track were given three days of competitive action as qualifying moved to Friday, with the sprint race then taking place on Saturday afternoon to set the grid for Sunday’s grand prix.
    The response to the...Keep reading
  28. Leclerc led 49 of the 52 laps of Sunday’s British Grand Prix after moving to the front of the pack following the clash between title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at Copse.
    Leclerc sat as much as nine seconds clear of the pack at one point despite managing an engine issue, having seen Hamilton drop back after serving a 10-second penalty for causing the first-lap collision.
    But...Keep reading
  29. At several grands prix, the two outfits – and indeed even the drivers within them – have opted to go in different directions.
    It's been a balancing act between opting for a higher downforce solution that is better in the corners but costly on the straights, or taking the drag off and hoping the top speed boosts counter any negatives in the corners.
    Last weekend's British Grand Prix was...Keep reading
  30. Russell insists that the team's data suggests that, on paper, the FW43B is only faster than the Haas, except when it comes to qualifying, when the Englishman regularly makes Q3.
    Russell enjoyed his most impressive qualifying session to date at Silverstone, earning eighth place on the grid for Saturday's sprint.
    He finished the event in ninth place, but a three-place grid penalty saw him...Keep reading
  31. Speaking exclusively to Autosport for the first time since the Silverstone weekend, and in the wake of the racist abuse aimed at Lewis Hamilton after his collision with Max Verstappen, Wolff suggests that statements made after the events on Sunday went too far in their levels of aggression.
    Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko accused Hamilton of ‘reckless driving’ and said Mercedes had...Keep reading
  32. Raikkonen made the comment via team radio after finishing the British Grand Prix out of the points in 15th place.
    The Finn had gained places at the start in both the Saturday sprint and in the grand prix itself.
    He spent the latter part of the main event battling with Red Bull's Sergio Perez, but lost any chance of making the top 10 after contact led to a late spin.
    Raikkonen has scored...Keep reading
  33. Two-time F1 world champion Alonso was the star of F1’s inaugural 100km Saturday race ahead of the British Grand Prix, making up six positions on the opening lap as he moved from 11th to fifth.
    While Alonso would ultimately slip back two places before the end of the sprint race, the improved grid position set him up well to finish seventh in Sunday’s grand prix.
    During the sprint race...Keep reading
  34. Engineers are crucial to the success of a Formula 1 team, and whether they’re working on a car at a race weekend or optimising the car in the factory, there’s a wide variety of engineering roles out there.
    To find out more about the world of F1 engineering, we spoke to Ayao Komatsu – Haas F1 Team’s Director of Engineering – to find out how he made it to where he is, what he looks for...Keep reading
  35. The Sustainable Circuits Index white paper, which has been produced by Enovation Consulting and Right Hub, uses 21 different industry specific and United Nations criteria to judge the environmentally-friendly ranking of tracks around the world.
    Its report, which was published on Wednesday, was based on evidence collected between August and December last year. The aim is for it to become a...Keep reading
  36. McLaren is aiming to repeat its feat of finishing third in the teams’ standings from last year, but faces stern competition in the form of Ferrari.
    Charles Leclerc’s charge to second place in the British Grand Prix helped Ferrari cut the gap to McLaren in the championship down to 15 points, having come within three laps of winning the grand prix.
    Leclerc ultimately crossed the line 25...Keep reading
  37. Hamilton and Verstappen’s first-lap collision at the British Grand Prix lit the fuse on their title battle, leading to fierce debate throughout F1 over who was to blame for the incident.
    Hamilton was hit with a 10-second time penalty after the stewards deemed him to be predominantly to blame for causing the collision at Copse, which resulted in a 51G crash for Verstappen.
    After serving the...Keep reading
  38. Horner was left angry at the way Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff was able to speak to the stewards during their deliberations over the crash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in last weekend’s British Grand Prix.
    After Wolff was advised over team radio by F1 race director Michael Masi to go and speak to the stewards, Horner marched down there himself to make sure that his team’s views...Keep reading
  39. But whether you are in the camp of believing Verstappen could have left more room, Hamilton was fully to blame, or it was just a racing incident, there are some crucial elements that have been overlooked in the fog of a war-of-words.
    Like many controversial incidents in top level sport, things are not always as clear cut as they appear at first.
    There are grey areas when incidents like this...Keep reading
  40. And on his first GP there in 1957, he put in a superb performance that grabbed attention and helped set him on his way to the top of the sport - in association with Avon Tyres.
    It was his first full season as an F1 driver with Cooper, but the British team didn’t yet have a car to maximise the 2.5-litre engine regulations. Instead, Brabham had the T43, which was run as both an F1 and F2...Keep reading
  41. IndyCar points leader Alex Palou reckons he would have done what both Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton did at Silverstone, adding all passing attempts in IndyCar are “on the limit”.
    Hamilton’s passing attempt at Copse corner in Sunday’s British Grand Prix resulted in contact that sent Verstappen’s Red Bull off-track and hard into the safety barrier.
    The Dutch ace went into the...Keep reading
  42. In recent seasons there has been a relatively lenient approach to first-lap incidents, with drivers sometimes given the benefit of the doubt on the basis of the "let them race" philosophy.
    However, Lewis Hamilton was given a 10-second penalty after his first lap clash with Max Verstappen in the British GP, while George Russell received a three-place grid penalty for the main event following his...Keep reading
  43. And although the characteristics of Silverstone were going to help its chances, key to progress was a much talked about upgrade that had been in the pipeline for a while.
    While Red Bull had been pretty aggressive by bringing regular smaller updates, Mercedes had been biding its time to bring something more major at once.
    The upgrade focused on the central portion of the car and claws away at...Keep reading
  44. Norris was running third before the stop, but the lost time time dropped him behind the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, and he also had to find a way past Fernando Alonso. He eventually finished fourth.
    Soon after the stop he was heard on the radio saying "****ing great" after he realised that he had been jumped by the Finn.
    "I would love to have thought so, yeah," he said when asked by...Keep reading
  45. Hamilton’s collision with Max Verstappen at Silverstone on Sunday prompted huge controversy and left the Red Bull team furious.
    Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko said Hamilton should face a race ban for driving that he considered was ‘negligent to dangerous behaviour.’
    But Wolff has brushed off Red Bull’s criticisms of Hamilton’s driving and said he saw no problem with what...Keep reading
  46. Once it was clear that he had emerged unscathed, thoughts turned to the lost world championship points, and the huge gain that Lewis Hamilton was able to make by ultimately winning the race.
    However, in 2021 there is another consequence for the top teams that was not previously a serious consideration: the monetary cost of a major accident in the new era of FIA financial regulations.
    This...Keep reading
  47. Formula 1, the British Grand Prix and a sold out Silverstone – it had the feeling of familiarity after the unknown and empty grandstands since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold.
    But the 2021 British GP was anything but recognisable, starting on the Thursday with the first showing of a full-scale 2022 F1 car model and then a new weekend format which pivoted around the inaugural sprint qualifying...Keep reading
  48. However, Ricciardo doesn't blame the world champion for the incident, citing the aerodynamic impact when two cars are battling for position.
    Verstappen crashed heavily after Hamilton clipped his rear wheel at Copse as they battled for the lead.
    "I mean it's certainly a nasty outcome, it's obviously at high speed, and it doesn't take much to have a big one like that," he said.
    "When you're...Keep reading
  49. Although Hamilton copped a 10-second penalty for the collision, opinions are still divided over the punishment, and a case can be made for both sides of the argument and whether it was too lenient or too harsh.
    It was also a race in which Charles Leclerc shone after an opportunistic pass on Hamilton following the incident, and the Ferrari driver looked set for an unlikely victory before the...Keep reading
  50. While fighting for the lead on the opening lap of the Silverstone race, Hamilton's left-front wheel hit Verstappen's right rear, sending the Red Bull driver into the tyre barriers, the Mercedes driver able to continue in the race.
    A safety car period was called immediately after the collision before the race was red-flagged in order to allow track marshals and workers to repair the barriers and...Keep reading