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How high-tech F1 has changed the race engineer role

A Formula 1 race engineer’s job used to be to collect the feedback from a driver and translate that into modifications on the car.

The core faults Ferrari must fix in 2021 Prime

The core faults Ferrari must fix in 2021

From challenging Mercedes for world titles, Ferrari abruptly reverted to the kind of shambles not seen since the early 1990s over the course of a disastrous 2020 campaign. Putting the Scuderia back on track won't be the work of a moment, says Roberto Chinchero

Mercedes and Bottas agree new deal for 2021 F1 season

Valtteri Bottas will remain at Mercedes in 2021, with a new deal having now been agreed in principle, sources have revealed to

Zanardi airlifted to hospital after serious handbike accident

Alex Zanardi has been airlifted to hospital in Italy following an accident during one of the stages of the Paralympic handbike ‘Obiettivo tricolore’ relay race on Friday.

The hits and misses among Red Bull's 85 F1 proteges

Now in its 20th season, the Red Bull Junior Team has backed no fewer than 85 different drivers over the years and funded the best part of 200 seasons in the junior formulae. But has it been worth it?

Who would have won 10-race championships in F1's hybrid era?

With no end date to the current coronavirus crisis in sight, a 2020 Formula 1 season with 10 races or fewer is far from unthinkable. How would such a truncated season have impacted previous title races in the hybrid era? Our exercise has yielded some interesting results.

Ex-Renault F1 tech chief Chester tipped for Williams move

Ex-Renault Formula 1 chassis technical chief Nick Chester has been linked with a senior role at the Williams team next year.

Fuoco set for Ferrari F1 test run in Barcelona

Ferrari-backed driver Antonio Fuoco is set to pilot the manufacturer's 2019 Formula 1 car in the Barcelona in-season test following the Spanish Grand Prix.

Mazepin gets private Mercedes F1 test programme

Nikita Mazepin will dovetail his rookie Formula 2 campaign with a private testing programme in a 2017 Mercedes Formula 1 car.

Wehrlein joins Ferrari in F1 development role

Former Mercedes protege Pascal Wehrlein will work with the Ferrari Formula 1 team this season in a development role.

Kubica agrees 2019 Williams race deal

Robert Kubica has agreed a deal to race for Williams in the 2019 Formula 1 season, understands.

Kubica in frame for Ferrari F1 development role

Robert Kubica could take up a development role at the Ferrari Formula 1 team next season.

Arrivabene says "unacceptable" tyre call lacked "common sense"

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene labelled his team’s tyre choice blunder in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix as "unacceptable", as he blasted a lack of "common sense" on the pitwall.

Leclerc drove 2018 Ferrari in July Monza run

Ferrari has already run at Monza this year after using a filming day that gave Charles Leclerc his first on-track experience of its 2018 Formula 1 car.

New Raikkonen Ferrari deal looking more likely

Kimi Raikkonen is looking increasingly likely to earn a fresh Ferrari Formula 1 contract for next season, with Charles Leclerc either staying at Sauber or moving to Haas.

Stroll linked with Force India move

Lance Stroll has been strongly linked with a move to Force India next season, with the Canadian admitting his Formula 1 future may not be with Williams.

Ferrari ready to replace Raikkonen with Leclerc

Ferrari is ready to replace Kimi Raikkonen with rising star Charles Leclerc in its Formula 1 driver line-up for 2019, has learned.

Kubica to test for Manor LMP1 squad at Aragon

Robert Kubica could race in the FIA World Endurance Championship with the Manor LMP1 team this year if a test with the British team next week goes smoothly.

How Ferrari is preparing its future F1 stars

One can only image what the two hotel receptionists said to each after the Ferrari Driver Academy checked out following its recent winter training camp to the Pontresina resort in Switzerland.

Ferrari settles on new race engineer for Raikkonen

Ferrari is poised to confirm that Carlo Santi will become Kimi Raikkonen's race engineer in Formula 1 this year, following the departure of Dave Greenwood from the team.

Sauber set to reveal 2018 line-up amid Alfa Romeo rumours

Sauber is poised to finally confirm its 2018 driver line-up at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, as rumours swirl that the team could even bring the Alfa Romeo name back to Formula 1 as part of a stronger alliance with Ferrari.

Toro Rosso-Honda talks collapse

Talks between Toro Rosso and Honda regarding a Formula 1 engine supply deal for 2018 have collapsed.

Kubica passes mandatory F1 extraction test

Robert Kubica has successfully passed the FIA's mandatory extraction test ahead of his first run in a 2017 Formula 1 car with Renault in the Hungaroring test on Wednesday.

Mercedes, Ferrari not interested in supplying McLaren in 2018

Mercedes and Ferrari are not interested in supplying Formula 1 engines to McLaren next season, understands. 

Mercedes could play role in Honda F1 recovery plan

Mercedes has emerged as a potential ally in Honda's efforts to turn around its efforts in Formula 1, as the Japanese manufacturer seeks to get on top of its current troubles.

Kubica makes single-seater return in private GP3 test

Ex-Formula 1 racer Robert Kubica tested a single-seater racing car for the first time in six years on Wednesday, completing laps in a GP3 car at the Franciacorta circuit in Italy. 

Barcelona F1 test to feature wet running

Formula 1's opening pre-season 2017 test will feature at least one day of wet running in a bid to give teams at least some experience of the new wider rain tyres.

Ferrari would welcome Schumacher to FDA "with red carpet"

Ferrari says it would welcome Mick Schumacher to its young driver academy with a 'red carpet', after admitting it has been impressed with the youngster's progress.

Manor facing January 20 deadline to find investor

The Manor F1 team's hopes of competing in the Formula 1 season opener in Australia are fading, with sources indicating that the outfit has a week left to find a buyer.

Bottas Mercedes factory visit suggests deal is done

A pre-Christmas visit to the Mercedes factory by Valtteri Bottas has given the firmest indication yet that he is set to secure the seat vacated by Nico Rosberg at the German car manufacturer.

Massa accepts offer to stay at Williams in 2017

Felipe Massa has accepted an offer to return to Formula 1 next year with Williams, in a deal that paves the way for Valtteri Bottas to join Mercedes.

Mercedes F1 tech chief Lowe set for shock Williams switch

Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe is poised to make a shock switch to Williams next season, with multiple sources indicating that he has accepted an offer to join the Grove-based team.

Rival F1 team bid for Lowe adds pressure to Mercedes talks

Talks between Paddy Lowe and Mercedes regarding his future at the Brackley-based outfit appear to be entering a crunch phase, amid suggestions that he could be poised to accept an offer to join a rival team.

Analysis: Five key battles from the final four F1 races

The last four grands prix of 2016 mark the final sprint home in the Nico Rosberg/Lewis Hamilton championship battle. There are 33 points separating them and 100 still up for grabs.

Leclerc and Fuoco set for Prema GP2 step in 2017

Ferrari junior drivers Charles Leclerc and Antonio Fuoco are set to partner up in the GP2 Series next season with Prema Racing.

Perez linked to Haas as Force India deadline looms

A switch to the Haas F1 team for 2017 has emerged as a serious option for Sergio Perez if he is unable to sort out a deal to remain at Force India by next week’s Japanese Grand Prix, sources have suggested.

Ferrari to bring aero updates to Malaysian GP

Ferrari is to bring aerodynamic updates to the Malaysian Grand Prix, as it bids to overhaul Red Bull in the fight for second place in the constructors' championship.

Formula 1 set for Le Mans clash again in 2017

Formula 1 is set to again clash with Le Mans in 2017, with an early draft version of next year's schedule seen by teams having the grand prix in Baku taking place on the same weekend as the endurance classic.

Monza ready to sign deal to keep Italian Grand Prix until 2019

Italian Grand Prix chiefs expect to sign a new three-year contract with Bernie Ecclestone this weekend to keep the race at Monza, ending fears the race could drop off the calendar.

Exclusive Q&A: Arrivabene on what's really going on inside Ferrari

Maurizio Arrivabene’s arrival as team principal of the Ferrari Formula 1 team at the end of 2014 has help usher in a new era at Maranello as the company moves on under Sergio Marchionne.

Allison committed to Ferrari amid Renault rumours

James Allison has made it clear he is fully committed to a future to Ferrari, sources at Maranello have revealed, despite speculation in the build-up to the Canadian Grand Prix that Renault has been sounding him out.

Toro Rosso set for fresh engineering staff changes

Toro Rosso's mid-season changes appear not to just be limited to drivers, with the team also poised to complete an engineering reshuffle that could lead to the departure of Max Verstappen's race engineer Xevi Pujolar.

Maldonado helping Pirelli with 2017 F1 tyres

Pastor Maldonado has been helping Pirelli with the first stage of its 2017 Formula 1 tyre development work, has learned.

Ferrari considers bold engine update plan for Russian GP

Ferrari is considering spending its first engine development tokens in time for the Russian Grand Prix in a bold bid to get its season back on track, can reveal.

Pirelli releases wind tunnel tyres to F1 teams

Pirelli has released its wind tunnel tyres to Formula 1 teams in a move which will allow them to push on unhindered with their 2017 designs.

Ferrari cleared of pitboard infraction

Ferrari has been cleared of using an illegal coded message on a pitboard at the Australian Grand Prix, following a query raised by a rival team.

Perfect storm led to Vettel's engine failure

Sebastian Vettel's engine failure at the Bahrain Grand Prix was the result of a perfect storm of circumstances related to electronic mapping, can reveal.

Pirelli warns 2017 testing plans must be finalised this month

Pirelli has warned Formula 1 chiefs that testing plans for its 2017 preparations must be finalised by the end of this month if it is going to be able to produce wider tyres for next year.

Ferrari set to use in-season engine tokens for Spanish GP

Ferrari is planning to spend its first in-season engine tokens in the Spanish Grand Prix, with its focus being on combustion and electronics development.

F1 teams face 2017 design delay over wind tunnel tyres

Formula 1 teams are facing delays in pushing on with their 2017 car designs because the lack of a contract between the FIA and Pirelli for next year means much-needed wind tunnel tyres have not been released.

Test analysis: Rating the F1 teams with Esteban Ocon went trackside at Barcelona with Renault reserve Esteban Ocon to rate the Formula 1 field ahead of the final day of pre-season testing.