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Hamilton: Red Bull F1 pace "something else" in Saudi qualifying Saudi Arabia GP
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Hamilton: Red Bull F1 pace "something else" in Saudi qualifying

Lewis Hamilton conceded the pace of Red Bull in qualifying for Formula 1’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was ‘something else’, even though he managed to pull off a crucial pole position.

Red Bull "won't hesitate" to swap Verstappen's F1 gearbox after crash

Red Bull says it won’t hesitate to change Max Verstappen's gearbox if it has any concerns about damage from his qualifying crash at Formula 1’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Hamilton distances himself from Kingspan F1 deal amid outcry Saudi Arabia GP
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Hamilton distances himself from Kingspan F1 deal amid outcry

Lewis Hamilton says the backlash over Mercedes' Formula 1 sponsorship deal with Kingspan was "news to me", but has been assured that Toto Wolff is "sorting it".

Deadline passes for Red Bull F1 Hamilton appeal

The FIA has confirmed Red Bull did not appeal the decision on Lewis Hamilton’s yellow flag practice incident at Formula 1’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, despite the team hinting it might.

Leclerc 'closed my eyes' at FP2 shunt site in Jeddah F1 qualifying Saudi Arabia GP
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Leclerc 'closed my eyes' at FP2 shunt site in Jeddah F1 qualifying

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc joked that he closed his eyes at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit's Turn 22 during Saudi Arabian Grand Prix qualifying following his FP2 crash there.

F1 Grand Prix qualifying results: Hamilton takes Saudi pole Saudi Arabia GP
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F1 Grand Prix qualifying results: Hamilton takes Saudi pole

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, as title rival Max Verstappen crashed at the very last corner of his final lap.

Verstappen doesn't know what happened in "terrible" Q3 crash Saudi Arabia GP
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Verstappen doesn't know what happened in "terrible" Q3 crash

Red Bull's Max Verstappen says he doesn't know what happened in his "terrible" final corner qualifying crash which cost him pole for Formula 1's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Saudi Arabian GP: Hamilton grabs pole as Verstappen crashes in Q3 Saudi Arabia GP
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Saudi Arabian GP: Hamilton grabs pole as Verstappen crashes in Q3

Lewis Hamilton topped qualifying for Formula 1's 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, as Max Verstappen crashed at the Jeddah track's final corner when on course to beat the Mercedes cars.

Hamilton reprimanded for Mazepin FP3 incident at Jeddah

Lewis Hamilton has been given a reprimand for impeding Haas' Nikita Mazepin during third free practice for Formula 1's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, with Mercedes handed a €25,000 fine.

Saudi Arabian GP qualifying as it happend

Live commentary and updates for F1's Saudi Arabian GP Saturday sessions

Hamilton summoned for impeding and yellow flag breach in Jeddah FP3

Lewis Hamilton has been summoned by the stewards for two rule breaches in final Formula 1 practice for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, putting him at risk of a grid penalty.

Revealed: The six venues where F1 plans sprint races in 2022

Formula 1 has proposed the six venues it wants to host sprint races in 2022, Motorsport.com can reveal, as formal discussions began with teams about next year’s format.

Saudi Arabian GP: Verstappen outpaces Hamilton in final practice

Red Bull's Max Verstappen has topped final free practice for Formula 1's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, holding off title rival Lewis Hamilton on the Jeddah Corniche street circuit.

Haas evaluating bonus scheme idea from Mazepin

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner says his team is evaluating whether it can make Dmitry Mazepin’s offer of a staff bonus scheme work.

FIA clamps down on slow running after Jeddah F1 near-misses

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has issued a clamp down on drivers running too slowly in practice and qualifying in Jeddah while trying to create a gap.

Alpine: Alonso and Piastri won’t face ‘direct comparison’ for ‘23 seat

Fernando Alonso and Oscar Piastri won’t face a “direct comparison” over a potential Alpine Formula 1 seat for 2023, according to executive director Marcin Budkowski.

Leclerc wants to thank Ferrari in ‘best possible way’ after crash repairs Saudi Arabia GP
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Leclerc wants to thank Ferrari in ‘best possible way’ after crash repairs

Charles Leclerc wants to thank Ferrari in the “best possible way” with a good result in Jeddah Formula 1 qualifying after his car required significant repairs following his FP2 crash.

UK could change sponsorship laws amid Kingspan Mercedes F1 deal anger Saudi Arabia GP
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UK could change sponsorship laws amid Kingspan Mercedes F1 deal anger

Mercedes has been warned that the British government could change advertising and sponsorship laws for sports like Formula 1 amid unease about the team’s new partnership with insulation firm Kingspan.

Red Bull: F1 engine power less important than expected in Jeddah Saudi Arabia GP
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Red Bull: F1 engine power less important than expected in Jeddah

Red Bull believes there is less of an emphasis on engine power around the high-speed Jeddah Formula 1 circuit than expected amid its ongoing battle with Mercedes.

Saudi GP: Latest F1 technical images on display

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel

The Jeddah Corniche Circuit is hosting its maiden Formula 1 race this weekend. Here's how you can watch qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Saturday.

The factors that could negate Red Bull's practice gap to Mercedes

Mercedes led the way in practice for Formula 1’s first race in Jeddah, where Red Bull was off the pace on both single-lap and long runs. But, if Max Verstappen can reverse the results on Saturday, factors familiar in motorsport’s main electric single-seater category could be decisive in another close battle with Lewis Hamilton...

Johansson: An American fighting for F1 title would be “massive”
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Johansson: An American fighting for F1 title would be “massive”

Stefan Johansson believes that having an American driver competing for the Formula 1 World Championship would be huge for the sport, but that Liberty has already cracked the U.S. market.

F1 Grand Prix practice results: Hamilton fastest in Saudi Arabia

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in both sessions on the opening day of Saudi Arabian Grand Prix practice at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on Friday, the 21st round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship.

Hamilton says F1 in "danger zone" over Jeddah circuit traffic

Lewis Hamilton believes the tricky traffic situation in Formula 1's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix has left drivers in the "danger zone".

Horner: Red Bull "desperately needs" Perez up front in 2021 battle

Christian Horner says Red Bull “desperately needs” Sergio Perez battling the front of the field in the final two races to help its Formula 1 championship hopes.

Hamilton: Mercedes has "work to do" on one-lap F1 pace

Lewis Hamilton says his Mercedes Formula 1 team still needs to work on its one-lap pace despite leading Friday practice for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Saudi Arabian GP: Hamilton quickest in FP2 as Leclerc crashes

Lewis Hamilton led Valtteri Bottas in second practice for Formula 1's first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, where Max Verstappen took fourth and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc crashed heavily late on.

F1 outlines Williams tribute plans including FW07 lap of honour

Formula 1 has outlined its plans to pay tribute to Sir Frank Williams ahead of Sunday's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, including a pre-race lap of honour.

Pirelli: Kerb use behind Qatar F1 tyre failures

Formula 1 tyre manufacturer Pirelli has concluded that excessive kerb use was the root cause behind four separate tyre failures at the Qatar Grand Prix and has ruled out production errors on its side.

Wolff offers to meet Grenfell United after Kingspan F1 deal anger

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff has offered to meet the survivors and bereaved families of the Grenfell disaster, amid backlash over the outfit’s new sponsorship deal with Kingspan.

Saudi Arabian GP practice as it happened

Live commentary and updates for F1's Saudi Arabian GP Friday sessions

Saudi Arabian GP: Hamilton tops FP1 from Verstappen Saudi Arabia GP
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Saudi Arabian GP: Hamilton tops FP1 from Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton edged out title rival Max Verstappen to lead opening practice in Saudi Arabia as the Formula 1 drivers got their first taste of the new Jeddah track.

Haas bonus scheme idea prompted by real concern, says Mazepin Saudi Arabia GP
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Haas bonus scheme idea prompted by real concern, says Mazepin

Nikita Mazepin says his father’s offer to Haas to set up an incentive scheme for staff has been prompted by genuine concerns about the pressures Formula 1 personnel face.

The McLaren F1 configuration that has helped Sainz shine at Ferrari

Carlos Sainz has stood out in Formula 1 this season as the driver who adapted quickest and best to a new team.

The new Jeddah F1 track: Is it ready and is it any good?

Formula 1 chiefs have always been very selective in the words they have used to describe the readiness of the new Saudi Arabian Formula 1 track.

Verstappen: Fresh F1 engine will not bring Mercedes-type power gains

Max Verstappen says taking a fresh engine in the final two Formula 1 races will not bring the kind of performance gains that rival Mercedes gets.

Hamilton "more relaxed than ever" in Verstappen F1 title fight Saudi Arabia GP
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Hamilton "more relaxed than ever" in Verstappen F1 title fight

Lewis Hamilton says he feels “more relaxed than I’ve ever been” in a Formula 1 title battle ahead of his showdown with Max Verstappen in the final two races.

Sainz urges Jeddah F1 marshals to "stay sharp" amid accident risks

Carlos Sainz has cautioned that track officials in Saudi Arabia will have to “stay sharp” due to the potential for high-speed accidents on the new Jeddah Formula 1 track.

Saudi GP: The latest F1 technical images on display

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

Vettel hosts women-only karting event in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia GP
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Vettel hosts women-only karting event in Saudi Arabia

Sebastian Vettel turned gender equality concerns in Saudi Arabia into a chance to learn more about the reality, after hosting a female kart event ahead of Formula 1's first visit.

Gasly: AlphaTauri now understands "worst performance" of F1 2021 Saudi Arabia GP
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Gasly: AlphaTauri now understands "worst performance" of F1 2021

AlphaTauri Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly says the Italian team now understands the reasons for its "worst performance of the season" at the Qatar Grand Prix last time out.

Hamilton not 'comfortable' in Saudi Arabia amid human rights issues

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he doesn't feel overly "comfortable" about racing in Saudi Arabia due to the country's human rights record, ahead of its inaugural Formula 1 grand prix.

Alonso, Vettel will miss "outstanding" Raikkonen when he exits F1
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Alonso, Vettel will miss "outstanding" Raikkonen when he exits F1

Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso believe an "outstanding" Kimi Raikkonen will not only be missed as a Formula 1 driver, but also as a person.

Why aren't F1 trophies given at the last race of the season?

Why doesn't the Formula 1 world champion get the trophy at the last race of the season? Click here to find out the reason why and the history behind it.

Williams hires ex-VW motorsport boss as F1 sporting director

Williams continued its run of hiring former Volkswagen motorsport staff with the signing of Sven Smeets, who joined as its Formula 1 sporting director last month.

Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer Prime

Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer

Earning praise from rivals has been a welcome sign that Lando Norris is becoming established among Formula 1's elite. But the McLaren driver is confident that his team's upward curve can put him in the mix to contend for titles in the future, when he's hoping the compliments will be replaced by being deemed an equal adversary

What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention Prime

What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention

After a disastrous 2020 in which it slumped to sixth in the F1 constructors' standings, Ferrari has rebounded strongly and is on course to finish third - despite regulations that forced it to carryover much of its forgettable SF1000 machine. Yet while it can be pleased with its improvement, there are still steps it must make if 2022 is to yield a return to winning ways

Brundle: Russell can't go on "missing list" when he joins Mercedes

Ex-Formula 1 driver Martin Brundle believes George Russell needs to be wary of going on the "missing list" when he joins Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes next season.

Capito to miss Saudi Arabian GP after positive COVID-19 test Saudi Arabia GP
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Capito to miss Saudi Arabian GP after positive COVID-19 test

Williams Formula 1 boss Jost Capito will not attend this weekend's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after testing positive for COVID-19.

The photos that offer clues to Red Bull’s rear wing problems

Red Bull heads into this weekend's Saudi Arabian GP hoping to have solved the rear wing problems that have plagued it in recent Formula 1 events.

Hill: 2021 ending in Hamilton/Verstappen crash "sad for F1"

Former Formula 1 world champion and Sky analyst Damon Hill says Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have an "obligation to be sporting" and says it would be "sad for F1" if the season ended in more controversy.

2021 F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix session timings and preview

Formula 1 will make its first visit to the Jeddah Corniche Circuit this weekend for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Here's the full schedule for the race.

Hamilton has "moved into overdrive" in F1 title battle - Brundle

Lewis Hamilton has "moved into overdrive" in the latter part of the 2021 Formula 1 season, according to ex-F1 driver and TV pundit Martin Brundle.

Bottas will play bigger role than Perez in F1 title battle - Brundle

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas is likely to play a more important role than Red Bull counterpart Sergio Perez in helping decide the 2021 Formula 1 title battle between their teammates Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, according to Martin Brundle.

Hamilton ready to help Russell become next British F1 champion
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Hamilton ready to help Russell become next British F1 champion

Lewis Hamilton says he is ready to step in and help George Russell become the next British Formula 1 world champion when they become teammates at Mercedes next season.

Vettel: "Draggy car" Aston Martin F1's main 2021 weakness

Sebastian Vettel thinks excessive drag is Aston Martin's main weakness as the team has struggled for performance in the 2021 Formula 1 season.

How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations Prime

How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations

OPINION: The pressure is firmly on Red Bull and Mercedes as Formula 1 2021 embarks on its final double-header. How the respective teams deal with that will be a crucial factor in deciding the outcome of the drivers' and constructors' championships, as Motorsport.com's technical consultant and ex-McLaren F1 engineer Tim Wright explains.

Insider’s guide: What is the difference between the FIA and FOM?
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Insider’s guide: What is the difference between the FIA and FOM?

Do you know who makes the rules in F1 or who decides where the races are held? Find out that and more here…

Norris: Ricciardo can strike back when things click at McLaren F1

Lando Norris says he is not taking it for granted that he’s got the measure of teammate Daniel Ricciardo in Formula 1, despite a stronger 2021 campaign.