Formula 1

  1. F1’s American owner Liberty Media has made a big push to expand the sport's presence in North America since coming on board in 2017.
    Following the success of the Netflix documentary series Drive to Survive, the new owners completed a deal to bring F1 to Miami from May 2022, which has secured a spot on a 23-race calendar that also includes Austin’s US GP in October.
    But Liberty is...Keep reading
  2. For most athletes becoming world champion in their discipline is a life changing event, the culmination of a lifetime of effort, focus and sacrifice.
    While Verstappen has certainly been groomed from a young age by racing father Jos to get to the pinnacle of his discipline, the 24-year-old appears to have developed a surprisingly pragmatic mindset on future success.
    At the Turkish Grand Prix...Keep reading
  3. Russell moves to the works Mercedes team next season, and will be replaced at the Grove outfit by former Red Bull Racing driver Alex Albon.
    Latifi, who has spent two seasons alongside former F2 rival Russell, has bolstered his reputation with some strong recent showings relative to his highly-rated team-mate.
    The Canadian says that Russell has been a great benchmark to measure himself...Keep reading
  4. Acura held a regular presence in F1 at its North American races through the 1980s and 1990s, and last featured at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix on the visors of Honda’s works drivers.
    Honda’s North American high-performance brand will return to the F1 grid this weekend after both Red Bull and AlphaTauri revealed details of the sponsorship that will be carried at the Circuit of The Americas...Keep reading
  5. After the lead of the F1 world drivers’ championship changed hands for the fifth time this season with Max Verstappen reclaiming top spot at the Turkish GP, he leads Lewis Hamilton by six points with six rounds of a dramatic season to go.
    Hamilton’s damage limitation drive to fifth place in Istanbul couldn’t quite match the same effort Verstappen produced at the race before in Sochi...Keep reading
  6. The world of social media offers an exciting and dynamic workplace, allowing people to combine passion and personality for a unique role. Working in social media in Formula 1 is even more coveted, as tweets can get tens of thousands of likes and retweets from fans almost instantly. With it being such a sought-after industry and career, how can you get a job in it?
    We spoke to Motorsport...Keep reading
  7. McLaren F1 driver Ricciardo finished third in the championship for Red Bull in both 2014 and 2016, but has not ended a season any higher than fifth since then.
    The Australian is widely regarded as being one of the top talents in F1, but has failed in recent years to regularly feature at the front of the field with Renault and McLaren.
    Ricciardo sent a reminder of his talent by taking a...Keep reading
  8. Hakkinen will join the field for the Race of Champions on 5-6 February, which is taking place in the Swedish resort of Pite Havsbad with an off-course route in the ice and snow.
    Current Mercedes F1 driver Bottas announced in September he would be making his Race of Champions debut next year, and he will now be partnered by Hakkinen.
    Bottas and Hakkinen will represent Team Finland in the...Keep reading
  9. The Silverstone-based team has begun looking into a potential tweak of its green livery for 2022, with the dark pantone having not been as good as it originally hoped.
    While the team was happy with how the green looked in real life, the colours have not come across as well on television images.
    And, in particular with the way that cameras pick up the light, the dark Aston Martin has often...Keep reading
  10. But for Carlos Sainz Jr, who is the Prancing Horse's most recent hire, that point in time stands out for being just a little bit unusual.
    Not for being a grand ceremony at Maranello and then a celebratory lunch with his new bosses.
    Instead, he became an official Ferrari driver on what seemed to be a very normal morning when he got out of bed.
    "It's actually a bit of a funny story because...Keep reading
  11. Hulkenberg will drive for the Arrow McLaren SP squad, while Sargeant will appear for AJ Foyt Racing, as two of at least six drivers taking part in the driver evaluation/rookie test on 25 October, which will also feature cars run by Ed Carpenter Racing, Dale Coyne Racing and Andretti Autosport.
    Hulkenberg admitted last month that his last chances of returning to grand prix racing in...Keep reading
  12. With teams having pretty much switched off development of their current challengers, factories are now almost entirely focused on making sure they hit the ground running with the new rules era next year.
    Amid such a major regulations overhaul, teams will be looking to try to exploit any potential grey areas and unlock the kind of performance advantage that Brawn GP had in 2009 when it led the...Keep reading
  13. Schumacher earned plaudits for grabbing a spot in Q2 at the recent Turkish Grand Prix, the first time that a Haas car had properly escaped Q1 this season on a pure pace basis.
    And while it has not been an easy season for the son of seven-time champion Michael, with Haas having the slowest car in the field, the American-owned squad is impressed with the youngster's attitude.
    Ayao Komatsu, who...Keep reading
  14. Bumps at the Austin venue have been an ever-present during F1's tenure there, with instability of the land on which the circuit is built leading to an uneven surface.
    While work has been regularly done on the track to try to improve the situation, the COTA bumps were a major talking point at the recent MotoGP race there as riders complained about them.
    A request has been put in for a track...Keep reading
  15. Andretti Autosport is understood to be closing in on a deal to take a majority stake in Sauber, which runs the Alfa Romeo-branded team in F1, and add to its extensive racing portfolio.
    If the deal is completed, it could pave the way for Andretti IndyCar driver Herta to join the F1 grid in the future, potentially as early as next season should allowances be made for him to gain a...Keep reading
  16. Hamilton lost the lead of the drivers’ standings after crossing the line fifth last time out in Turkey, with Verstappen’s second-place finish enough to give him a six-point advantage at the top of the table.
    Hamilton fought back from 11th place on the grid following an engine penalty, but had been in contention for a podium before Mercedes opted to keep him out while cars around him pitted...Keep reading
  17. Patrick, who is joining Sky Sports F1's coverage of this weekend's US Grand Prix at Austin, says the sport has grown a lot of the past few years thanks to the success of Netflix's Drive to Survive series.
    "I definitely think that the Netflix series Drive to Survive has been a big deal," Patrick told Motorsport.TV.
    "I've had so many people over the years come to me and say: 'Hey, have you...Keep reading
  18. Newey, who is chief technical officer at Red Bull, had missed several races after hurting himself in a cycling crash over the summer break.
    After hospital treatment and a fairly lengthy recovery, Newey was finally fit enough to return to working in the F1 garage at the recent Turkish Grand Prix.
    Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko reckoned that Newey’s absence had not hurt his...Keep reading
  19. O’Ward will take part in the post-season F1 test at the Yas Marina Circuit in December after winning a bet with McLaren chief Zak Brown by scoring his first IndyCar victory in Texas earlier this year.
    To prepare for his F1 test, O’Ward visited McLaren’s UK base in Woking last week, completing three days in the simulator and undergoing a seat fit in the MCL35M car.
    While his focus...Keep reading
  20. Every year there's a flood of young hopefuls trying to make it into F1, but some have a better chance than others. These are the guys who, in addition to GSM phones and carbon fibre briefcases, already have the ultimate driver accessory - the personal manager.
    It's not just the new boys who need a hand. Damon Hill was always rightly proud of the fact that he made it to the top on his own, doing...Keep reading
  21. After Romain Grosjean’s accident in Bahrain last year left the French driver with burns to his hands the FIA began a push for extra protection, in conjunction with the manufacturers.
    With the agreement of the FIA stewards five drivers and four suppliers participated in a test of prototypes in practice at the Turkish GP, essentially to test how the gloves felt when used in anger.
    Those...Keep reading
  22. The Finn spent much of the year fighting to show his Mercedes bosses that he deserved a fresh deal for 2022.
    However, a run of frustrating races and the continued impressive form of George Russell meant that Mercedes elected not to retain him.
    Instead, Bottas has secured a move to Alfa Romeo for next season, and he says getting that deal in the bag has brought with it a noticeable difference...Keep reading
  23. The 46-year-old left Renault's Alpine F1 team where he was powertrain technical director in June and will start his new role at ORECA overseeing its projects at its Signes headquarters near Paul Ricard and its satellite operation at Magny-Cours in December.
    He will oversee both ORECA's chassis operations, which include the production of the benchmark 07 LMP2 prototype, and its engine...Keep reading
  24. The Malaysian oil giant has been a sponsor and technical partner of Mercedes since the German manufacturer’s F1 return in 2010.
    Its logos have appeared prominently on the Mercedes cars ever since, and its fuel and oils have played a critical role in helping the team deliver seven consecutive F1 championship doubles.
    The deal between Mercedes and Petronas has been extended several times and...Keep reading
  25. Ferrari cut into McLaren’s advantage in the fight for third in the standings last time out in Turkey, reducing the gap to 7.5 points with six races remaining.
    The small margin comes despite McLaren’s 1-2 at Monza last month where the team picked up maximum points on race day, with its lead rising to 17.5 points after Russia before the tables turned in Turkey.
    Ferrari has always...Keep reading
  26. However, it has now transformed into a very complex role. It requires an individual to not only deal with the driver aspect, but be at the top of a communication chain that includes the pit-wall, garage and remote factory operations to offer analysis in real time.
    In simple language, a race engineer is now a driver interface fed by real-time data.
    Recent weather impacted races in Russia and...Keep reading
  27. The McLaren driver has confessed to facing some troubled times during his early F1 career, as he struggled coping with the pressure to perform at such a young age.
    But after working with both a good external support team, and his own McLaren squad, the young Briton has got himself in to a happy place and is now enjoying grand prix racing again.
    While some top sports stars have been reluctant...Keep reading
  28. But how unlucky has he really been in 2021?
    At Istanbul Park Alonso excelled in qualifying and managed to start in fifth, but during a wet start he was spun around at Turn 1 by AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly, who was sandwiched in between Alonso and Red Bull's Sergio Perez.
    Trying to claw his way back, Alonso then made contact with Haas driver Mick Schumacher after a late divebomb, which the...Keep reading
  29. With the fight for the front in qualifying being a pretty fraught affair, it’s no surprise that the driver who comes out on top wants to feel rewarded.
    In Turkey, for example, Lewis Hamilton was a little bit disappointed that an engine grid penalty meant his supreme Q3 effort will never be recorded in the history books.
    PLUS: F1's missing pole winners
    “Well, I...Keep reading

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    The confirmation on Friday of F1’s 2022 schedule means the series is heading for its biggest ever season next year with 23 races crammed in between the middle of March...Keep reading
  31. After joining McLaren at the start of the season, Ricciardo accepted a wager with Brown over him scoring his first podium for the team.
    With memories still fresh of Ricciardo’s famous tattoo bet with his former Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul, Brown was eager to avoid any physical discomfort from needles so opted for a racing incentive instead.
    With Ricciardo being a big fan of Dale Earnhardt...Keep reading
  32. Following a meeting of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council on Friday, a draft schedule for next season was released.
    The calendar, which stretches from the season opener in Bahrain on 20 March and finishes with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on 20 November, has been put together as the sport hopes for a more normal season.
    With the last two campaigns having been badly impacted by the coronavirus...Keep reading
  33. Last year Binotto sat out Turkish and Bahrain Grands Prix to work from Ferrari's base as a test run for this season, when teams are forced combine a packed calendar with an intensive development programme for 2022's all-new cars.
    Binotto also missed the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix due to illness, handing over the reins on the ground to Ferrari's sporting director Laurent Mekies.
    Following on from...Keep reading
  34. It’s hardly surprising for a recently retired three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner to have “absolutely no regrets” when recalling their time in motorsport.
    Marcel Fassler’s top-level racing career spanned 20 years, contesting of the DTM in the first half of the 2000s before a switch to sportscars yielded a Spa 24 Hours-winning stint at Corvette, followed by his most successful spell at...Keep reading
  35. Masi visited the regular MotoGP venue this summer immediately after the Hungarian GP, in company with F1 sporting director Steve Nielsen, while negotiations to hold a race were still under way.
    Although the track has an FIA Grade 1 licence for car racing and was used for a GP2 Asia event in 2009, Masi's inspection confirmed exactly what work was required in order to make it suitable for current...Keep reading
  36. Ongoing difficulties with engine supplier Honda in 2017 left it facing performance and reliability troubles, and it ended the campaign ninth in the standings for the second time in three years.
    Its transformation since then has been remarkable, and its shock 1-2 at this year's Italian Grand Prix has helped it already deliver more points this season than any campaign in the turbo hybrid...Keep reading
  37. After deciding not to develop its 2021 car to put its entire focus on F1's new set of technical regulations in 2022, Haas has struggled for pace this season, Schumacher and Mazepin usually languishing on the last row of the grid.
    On Saturday, a Haas car managed to progress to Q2 in qualifying for the first time this season, courtesy of Mick Schumacher's 14th place in Q1.
    Beyond that obvious...Keep reading
  38. Alonso has been unhappy with the consistency of some of the race control decisions this season, particularly with regards to drivers leaving the track and gaining an advantage.
    He was left angry after McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo overtook him off track in Austria and was also puzzled when Lando Norris got away with just a reprimand after crossing the pit entry line in the Russian Grand Prix...Keep reading
  39. Ricciardo arrived in Turkey off the back of consecutive top-five finishes, winning the Italian Grand Prix at Monza and finishing fourth in Russia following the late rain shower.
    But Turkey proved to be a more challenging weekend for Ricciardo as McLaren struggled for pace, resulting in him dropping out in Q1.
    The team opted to fit Ricciardo's car with a complete new power unit, resigning him...Keep reading
  40. F1 teams have had to balance work on this year's cars against the efforts needed to maximise the potential of next season's challengers.
    And while Red Bull pushed on until well in to the season with upgrades to its RB16B, Mercedes decided to wind down work on its W12 quite early to focus on its future project.
    The team felt that it could not risk falling behind with the 2022 car, even though...Keep reading
  41. F1's recent addition of races in Saudi Arabia and Qatar has prompted renewed concerns about regimes with poor human rights records using grand prix racing as a sportswashing exercise.
    However, F1 chiefs and the FIA have long argued that sports should remain neutral, and that racing in such places can have a positive effect by highlighting potential issues.
    However, Aston Martin driver Vettel...Keep reading
  42. After Charles Leclerc took a new engine in Russia, which included the latest update of Ferrari's hybrid system, it was Sainz' turn last weekend to move to his fourth power unit of 2021 and thus take a grid penalty.
    But when the Spaniard saw how quick Leclerc was on Friday during low- fuel runs, he admitted feeling "a bit of a regret" that he wouldn't be able to fight for a podium like his...Keep reading
  43. Bumps have long been an issue at COTA due to the instability of the land on which the circuit is built, a situation made worse by the heavy rain and flooding that impacted the 2015 F1 weekend.
    The undulations were a cause for concern during the last F1 event there in 2019, when some surface grinding was undertaken after practice on Friday evening, and again after qualifying on...Keep reading
  44. Capito was speaking on Wednesday as the Grove team launched its own sustainability programme, with a clear target of becoming climate positive by 2030.
    The Williams Racing Sustainability Strategy has been put together with the support of outside specialists. The team intends to tackle a wide range of areas, including cutting carbon emissions from transport and personnel travel and at its own...Keep reading
  45. The German was running in 10th place when he was told there was a pit stop window as other drivers were stopping for a second set of intermediates.
    Asked on lap 36 if he might want to try soft tyres should slicks become an option Vettel responded, “Medium, medium, let’s go for it. These inters can’t be any worse.”
    The team confirmed that he should box and he came straight...Keep reading
  46. Bottas scored his first win in over a year with a controlled display at the front of the pack in the Turkish Grand Prix last weekend, crossing the line over 14 seconds clear of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in damp conditions.
    By denying Verstappen victory, it ensured that Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton only slipped to six points off the lead of the drivers’ standings, having fought from...Keep reading
  47. Russell made his life harder in Sunday race with a mistake at the last corner of his final run in Q2, an error that left him only 13th on the grid when he had the pace to make the top 10.
    He then lost two places in the early laps of the damp race and ran in 15th for the rest of the afternoon, unable to make any progress.
    Russell admitted he found it hard to get on top of tyre management on a...Keep reading
  48. Early on in the season, Red Bull appeared to be throwing more weight behind aerodynamic upgrades in the opening half of the season than its rival.
    It was delivering smaller optimisation packages at almost every race, while Mercedes stuck to its usual development path of bring more occasional substantial upgrades.

    Red Bull RB16 front wing detail
    Photo by: Giorgio Piola

    This...Keep reading
  49. A non-stop run in a full-length uninterrupted race hadn’t been achieved since Mika Salo managed it at a rain-affected 1997 Monaco GP, in the days of refuelling. In the slow conditions and a lap down the Finn managed to save enough to get safely to the flag.
    In 2005 it was mandatory for a set of tyres to last the race, but drivers still had to pit for fuel.
    Inevitably Ocon’s performance...Keep reading
  50. The Italian car manufacturer elected to hold fire on introducing some upgraded 2021 power unit components until the second half of this season, so it could maximise development time with an engine freeze in place.
    The final go-ahead for the developments was given at the Russian Grand Prix, as Charles Leclerc took a grid penalty for fitting the improved power unit.
    Last weekend in Turkey...Keep reading