Formula 1

  1. After the opening series of pan-continental flyaway rounds, the Formula 1 circus returned to its European heartland and descended upon Imola. One of F1's returning classics after a lengthy spell away, the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari took a rather popular step back in time. The scourge of vast and forgiving run-off had largely been eradicated by the welcome sight of grass and gravel, which had...Keep reading
  2. The Monegasque driver topped both practice sessions at Imola, edging McLaren’s Oscar Piastri by 0.192s in the second session, on a strong day for Ferrari following the arrival of its upgrade package.Yuki Tsunoda impressed in FP2 by shooting up to third place for RB, ahead of both Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, with Carlos Sainz in the second Ferrari in sixth.It was a tough...Keep reading
  3. Verstappen's frustration boiled over throughout both practice sessions as his upgraded Red Bull RB20 proved hard to control on the technical Italian venue's second sector.The triple world champion ended first practice in fifth and slipped to seventh in the second, over half a second behind Ferrari's pacesetter Charles Leclerc. His team-mate Sergio Perez was next up in eighth another tenth behind...Keep reading
  4. Leclerc continued as the frontrunner through the early stages of the day’s second 60-minute session, after he had also led Friday afternoon’s FP1 action, when the cars were split across the medium and hard tyres.When they switched to the softs for the mid-session qualifying simulation runs, Leclerc set the best time benchmark at 1m15.969s, before using a second set of the red-walled rubber to...Keep reading
  5. Autosport has learned that Mercedes has begun an internal reshuffle of its aerodynamics department with Vino departing following six years at the team.He had been principal aerodynamicist from February 2018 until October 2022 when he moved into his current role.The change in aero personnel comes ahead of the earlier-than-expected arrival of two key staff from Ferrari – including the Scuderia’s...Keep reading
  6. But the current generation of ground-effect cars are trickier beasts to make fast, and the challenge involves nailing the right compromise between high-speed and low-speed performance.Throw on top of that the desire to make sure that the car is not too peaky and that drivers have confidence in it so that they are able to take it to the limit without fear of going over it and spinning out.Teams up...Keep reading
  7. Red Bull opened up for first practice at Imola on Friday afternoon with Tom Hart acting as the voice in Verstappen’s ear instead of Lambiase, who is also Red Bull’s head of race engineering.The team explained to Autosport that the temporary situation is being enacted to provide Hart with additional experience working as a race engineer – as he also did during second practice for the 2023 Abu...Keep reading
  8. After his stunning surprise debut in place of the appendicitis-addled Carlos Sainz at Ferrari in Jeddah, Bearman is now finally starting the main challenge of his season in the top categories of single-seaters.Imola marks the first of six FP1 appearances with Haas that were earmarked into his deal as the team's reserve driver for 2024, along with his similar duties as a Ferrari junior.In this...Keep reading
  9. Leclerc set the session’s best time – a 1m16.990s – aboard the updated Ferrari shortly after the one-hour FP1 action was stopped by Alex Albon’s Williams shutting down after he hit a kerb hard and ran down the Imola track from Piratella to Acque Minerali, where he stopped on the inside.Leclerc’s time was set with a second set of soft tyres and pipped Mercedes’ George Russell by 0.104s...Keep reading
  10. The rear wing’s tip section has been completely overhauled as part of the redesign, with the team having already switched to a semi-detached layout for 2024.Based on what was revealed in the Imola pitlane on Friday, it has now pushed its variant in a new direction.The tip section still sits proud of the endplate as a small bracket raises it clear of the lower element.However, the tip section now...Keep reading
  11. F1’s race control was thrust into everyone’s living room in 2021, when then-race director Michael Masi decided it was a good idea to air his communications to the TV audience. Following his departure ahead of the 2022 season, race control reverted to its old, and rather secretive self.Courtesy of Formula 1’s official partner Rolex, Autosport got some exclusive access at the Miami Grand Prix...Keep reading
  12. The first European race of the season is traditionally a popular place to introduce a first suite of car updates as it takes place two months into the season and is logistically easier to ship parts to.Red Bull has headlined the update submissions sheet issued by the FIA, bringing a raft of new parts to the RB20 that Max Verstappen has driven to four wins so far this year.The most crucial...Keep reading
  13. And while the Scuderia's boss Fred Vasseur remains tight-lipped on the state of their discussions, ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix he offered some teasing insight about the thought process he is going through.While the bid to lure Newey remains a work in progress, and nothing needs to really be sorted for months, Vasseur knows it would be remiss of him not to try to capture F1's biggest...Keep reading
  14. Vettel will take Senna's 1993 McLaren MP48 for a lap of honour on Sunday at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, marking the 30th anniversary of the Brazilian's passing at the Italian circuit.Keeping Senna's memory alive in the paddock, Vettel hosted a track run on Thursday with drivers from F1, F2 and F3 donning 'Forever' shirts the iconic yellow helmet design, in his honour.Speaking before the lap...Keep reading
  15. With experience of driving Formula 1, Formula E, IndyCar and World Endurance Championship machinery, there are not many drivers that can match Jordan King’s level of experience across a plethora of different motorsport disciplines.Although the 30-year-old Briton may not have raced much in recent years, his knowledge has meant he’s a man in demand as he dovetails reserve driver duties for...Keep reading
  16. While participating on a Team Redline - the sim racing team he drives for - stream, Verstappen announced a few days ago that he was keen to join the team for the 24-hour race despite the Imola race taking place on the same weekend.The three-time world champion explained on Thursday that his participation in the iRacing event on the renowned Nordschleife circuit is not yet decided, but Verstappen...Keep reading
  17. Mercedes is still waiting to see if it can somehow convince Max Verstappen to join the team as Red Bull's power plays drag on, but as time goes on it has become clear that Antonelli might well be its man for the future.On Thursday at Imola, Hamilton said he would put the Italian youngster in the car if it had been his call."Honestly, I have no idea what Toto [Wolff]'s plans are but I think for me...Keep reading

  18. Mercedes W15 technical detail
    Photo by: Giorgio Piola
    This shot of the Mercedes W15’s sidepod and bodywork out in the pitlane, rather than being installed on the car, shows the internal make-up of the cooling louvres.
    Ferrari SF-24 technical detail
    Photo by: Giorgio Piola
    A close-up view of the changes made at the rear end of the floor edge wing on the Ferrari SF-24...Keep reading
  19. While the full extent of the changes will not be revealed until Friday morning, its AMR24 has already been spotted with a new and interesting front wing design.As the above exclusive photograph shows, the team has created segmentation of the inboard and outboard portion of the front wing's two upper flaps, with a V-shaped geometry used to accomplish this (red arrow, inset).This change in the flap...Keep reading
  20. Norris’s sensational win last time out followed McLaren massively upgrading its 2024 F1 car, having shown bursts of Red Bull-beating pace at the Miami track.This included Norris’s lap times on old tyres compared to early leader Max Verstappen before the mid-race safety car that transformed their races and led to McLaren’s first GP win since 2021.Speaking in the pre-event press conference for...Keep reading
  21. Ferrari announced after Miami that Leclerc’s long-time race engineer Xavi Marcos was being moved on to a new role, although it is not clear at the moment what position he will take.Marcos is being replaced by Ferrari’s current performance engineer Bryan Bozzi, who has been with the team for 10 years.PLUS: The risk in Leclerc's Ferrari engineer swapIt is understood that this is the first time...Keep reading
  22. Formula 1 fans will miss out on hearing the iconic “It’s lights out and away we go” at the Imola race this weekend as David Croft is set to be replaced by Harry Benjamin. This year will see the iconic lead commentator miss his first races since joining the Sky Sports team in 2012, as he spends more time with his family ahead of his upcoming wedding.The announcement was revealed ahead of the...Keep reading
  23. Magnussen's last three race outings – the Chinese GP, Miami sprint and Miami GP – brought him from three licence penalty points to 10, just two short of the FIA's limit for F1 drivers earning a race ban. This was introduced into the FIA's superlicence system in 2014.While his Shanghai and main Miami race penalties were considered slam dunk cases given Magnussen's actions put Yuki Tsunoda and...Keep reading
  24. Newey is set to leave Red Bull after an extremely successful 18-year stint at the team, designing the cars that propelled Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen to multiple world championships.But amid political unrest at Red Bull, an investigation into Christian Horner that was dismissed and a "whole host of other reasons", Newey has decided to walk away from the Milton Keynes-based team, shifting...Keep reading
  25. TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who attended Repton school with Formula 1 tech talisman Adrian Newey, once described caravan holidays as “two weeks of defecating in a bucket”. As Newey exits Red Bull, pursued by several chequebooks, he says he’s planning to tour Europe in a motorhome before he returns to the drawing board.GP Racing columnists Mark Gallagher and Alex Kalinauckas join editor...Keep reading
  26. The Grove-based outfit is pushing to get itself much closer to F1’s 798kg minimum weight limit, with a host of new lighter parts to be fitted to Alex Albon’s car at Imola.In a surprise confession before track running begins, team principal James Vowles has said that the squad ironically left itself on the back foot last winter by its chase to reduce chassis weight.An aggressive development...Keep reading
  27. Hamilton announced earlier this year that he would be leaving Mercedes at the end of this season and joining Ferrari as Charles Leclerc's team-mate for 2025.Although Vasseur has so far been reluctant to talk much about Hamilton, out of respect for current driver Carlos Sainz, he has now offered some background of the reasons for his determination to lure him on board.In an exclusive interview...Keep reading
  28. Ferrari completed an FIA test last Thursday at Fiorano to trial the second attempt at introducing spray guards to cover the wheels in the wet, in a bid to reduce the amount of spray thrown up that decreases visibility.As part of the test, the Fiorano test track was made wet on the straights and Charles Leclerc's brother Arthur was sent out with the new designs, which could be modified to be...Keep reading
  29. Mercedes has struggled for performance against the likes of Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren with a W15 car that both lacks downforce and has some undesirable handling characteristics baked into it.That meant the Mercedes has been tough to set up and exploit to its full potential, with the various track conditions and temperatures across the first six race weekends all causing different types of...Keep reading
  30. As F1 drivers begin their circuit walks ahead of this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the most notable changes they will notice are in various run-off areas around the Italian venue.Key areas of the circuit have been reconfigured, with previous asphalt run off areas being reduced and replaced with gravel traps.They are on the exit of Piratella, where the gravel trap now runs much closer to...Keep reading
  31. Norris’s recent victory in the Miami Grand Prix wasn’t just about one of Formula 1’s best performers getting his long overdue first win, it was also about the faith that he has shown in McLaren and vice versa, as well as the constant push to improve that Norris has possessed since he was a teenager in the junior ranks.In this week’s issue, Alex Kalinauckas hears from Norris and McLaren...Keep reading
  32. Although Lando Norris’ triumph was not won entirely on pace, as Max Verstappen’s RB20 was damaged after he ran over that bollard, it was clear that McLaren’s upgraded MCL38 is now a serious challenger.What’s most important to understand, though, is that its success is not just the result of the single upgrade package brought to Miami.Instead, it has been a carefully plotted plan that can...Keep reading
  33. In Miami's sprint Magnussen was handed three 10-second penalties for leaving the track and gaining an advantage, which meant the Haas driver was able to keep Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton behind. He also received a fourth penalty, this time a five-second addition, for leaving the track for no justifiable reason that bolstered his penalty points tally in the process.While Magnussen ruined his own...Keep reading
  34. Albon was hailed as one of the stand-out performers of last season, scoring all but one of Williams' 28 points to drag it up to seventh in the constructors' standings.With over half the grid out of contract for 2025, that made the 28-year-old an enticing prospect for any top team looking to make a change. Albon was still under contract for next year, but never totally ruled out the possibility of...Keep reading
  35. The recent Miami Grand Prix proved to be extremely tricky for drivers to find the sweet spot with their rubber, as a combination of temperatures, track surface and layout created a perfect storm of difficulty.For Hamilton, things have also not been helped with his Mercedes car being especially sensitive to tyre temperatures where it can easily fall in and out of the perfect operating...Keep reading
  36. Albon's previous Williams contract was due to end in 2025, but his excellent 2023 form for the Grove team made him a left-field player in next year's driver market.But the 28-year-old has now pledged his future to Williams for 2026 and beyond, with the team announcing it has re-signed him on what has been called a "multi-year" deal."I am incredibly happy to be remaining with Williams Racing and to...Keep reading
  37. With F1 chiefs and the FIA close to finalising the 2026 chassis and power unit regulations over the next few weeks, attention has already shifted to the subsequent rules era.And in what could be a dramatic change of approach for F1 after what by then will have been more than 15 years of turbo hybrid engines, Domenicali has hinted that one option could be to abandon the current concept...Keep reading
  38. Through all his title victories in junior categories and the delivery of race wins for Maranello, Vasseur accepts that being on top is about brilliance in all areas.That is why his spell at Ferrari has been one of evolution rather than revolution – and is more about chipping away to make everything slightly better than finding a dream ingredient that changes it all at once.The result has been a...Keep reading
  39. Joining Bryn Lucas on the Podcast is Alex Kalinauckas and together they discuss the big speculation around Williams and the future of American driver Logan Sargeant.Miami had rumblings that Williams was pursuing an exemption from the FIA to potentially have Mercedes junior Andrea Kimi Antonelli in the car despite not turning 18 until August, against the factory team's wishes. Is the writing on the...Keep reading
  40. As F1 moves towards its all-new rules era with revamped turbo hybrid engines, motor racing’s governing body has laid out ambitious plans for a change of car concept too.Beyond a shift towards active aero, the FIA wants to reverse the trend of cars having got heavier over recent years – with it accepted that the current 798kg minimum limit is too much.Now, as part of the FIA's widespread...Keep reading
  41. The Grove-based team was one of the surprises of 2023 when it jumped from the bottom of the 2022 constructors' championship to finish seventh as Albon fought for the top 10 in a number of races.But Williams' upward trajectory has so far failed to continue in 2024 due to a car that's not as competitive as the team expected.Williams is one of two teams - along with Sauber - yet to score a point...Keep reading
  42. The team did so to ensure it had enough time if there were teething problems for what is quite a substantial change, not only to the aerodynamic performance of the car but also to how the power unit and ancillaries are cooled.A package of this magnitude has taken some time for Ferrari to develop, prepare and manufacture, with the team clearly working around Formula 1's globe-trotting schedule to...Keep reading
  43. The Dane joined Haas in 2017, a year after the team made its grand prix debut, staying there until he lost his drive at the end of the 2020 season.Magnussen made a surprise return to Haas for 2022 after the team ousted Nikita Mazepin and Russian title sponsor Uralkali over the invasion of Ukraine.Magnussen's current contract expires at the end of this year, but the 31-year-old wants to extend his...Keep reading
  44. Over half of the F1 grid have their contracts expiring at the end of 2024 with some teams already making moves on the 2025 driver line-up. The 2024 pre-season saw both Ferrari and McLaren lock down their drivers by extending their contracts with Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris respectively, while Ferrari also announced the hiring of Lewis Hamilton for the 2025 season.  With so many contracts...Keep reading
  45. What are your memories of Roland? When did you first come across him?David Brabham: As we were coming up through the ranks, he was ahead of me – he was older than I was. Obviously, I knew of him because he was doing well wherever he was going, whether it was sportscars or single-seaters [including winning the 1986 Formula Ford Festival], touring cars.I think everyone loved his story because he...Keep reading
  46. Mercedes is currently seeking a replacement for Ferrari-bound Lewis Hamilton, who will leave the Brackley-based squad at the end of the season to join the Maranello team in 2025.Team boss Toto Wolff has openly admitted that he would want to have Verstappen but his comments drew criticism from Red Bull managing director Oliver Mintzlaff, who said Wolff's public flirting with Verstappen showed a...Keep reading
  47. Drivers are handed penalty points in addition to sporting penalties if the stewards deem an incident necessary, with an accumulation of 12 points over a 12-month rolling period resulting in a race ban.Kevin Magnussen's recent spate of punishments has seen the Haas driver move perilously close to that mark, with 10 points to his name - the latest of which were added after the Miami Grand Prix.But...Keep reading
  48. Norris led home Verstappen in F1’s most recent race in Miami – the Briton gaining from a mid-race safety car just as he appeared to be growing into a victory threat and with Verstappen having damaged his Red Bull.The result has raised hopes of further battles between the pair now McLaren has made a step forward with its upgraded 2024 car, as occurred for much of the second half of the 2023...Keep reading
  49. Serra, formerly the performance director at Mercedes, will take on the head of chassis performance engineering role at Ferrari on 1 October and will report to technical chief Enrico Cardile. The news of Serra's move was revealed by Autosport last year.The Frenchman entered F1 as an engineer for Michelin, before joining the BMW Sauber operation when the tyre company left the championship at the end...Keep reading
  50. The Hinwil-based outfit has yet to score points this season with the pack seemingly split between the top five and bottom five teams, though Haas and RB have breached the top 10.Whilst Zhou Guanyu and Valtteri Bottas have shown glimpses of form behind the wheel, their efforts have largely been hampered by persistent issues at pitstops linked to new equipment introduced over the winter.With...Keep reading