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Hamilton: F1's return to capacity crowd at British GP "premature" British GP
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Hamilton: F1's return to capacity crowd at British GP "premature"

Lewis Hamilton believes that Formula 1's return to a capacity crowd for next month's British Grand Prix feels "a bit premature", encouraging fans to remain vigilant with precautions.

Mexico 1990: Mansell reveals all on his greatest F1 overtake

Despite being replayed thousands of times since it took place on this day in 1990, Nigel Mansell’s overtaking move on Gerhard Berger at the Mexican Grand Prix Formula 1 still captivates fans today.

Brown: Lando Norris "as fast as anyone on the grid" in F1

Zak Brown believes that McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris is “as fast as anyone on the grid” at the moment, acting as a “great bar” for new teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

Lewis Hamilton: Talks with Mercedes over new F1 contract are underway

Lewis Hamilton has revealed that talks with Mercedes over a new Formula 1 contract are underway, saying discussions have been “positive” so far.

Sergio Perez hopes Red Bull F1 contract talks "don’t take too long"

Sergio Perez hopes that talks over a new Red Bull Formula 1 contract “don’t take too long” and that negotiations will go “very smoothly” after a strong start working together.

Verstappen: Past F1 success in Austria no guarantee of 2021 wins

Max Verstappen believes that Red Bull's previous record in Austria acts as no guarantee of success in 2021 as he bids to extend his Formula 1 championship lead.

Valtteri Bottas opens up over Mercedes F1 relationship Styrian GP
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Valtteri Bottas opens up over Mercedes F1 relationship

Valtteri Bottas says it is “completely false” to think his relationship with Mercedes has become broken after his feisty radio message at the Formula 1 French Grand Prix.

Valencia 2012: How Schumacher scored his final F1 podium

Fernando Alonso took his 29th Formula 1 victory and one of the best in his career at the 2012 European Grand Prix at Valencia. But it was also the race that marked the final time Michael Schumacher would stand on the podium.

FIA to slow down Formula 1 pitstops from Hungarian GP

Formula 1's fastest pitstops are set to be slowed down on safety grounds from the Hungarian Grand Prix, after a clampdown from the FIA.

How F1's biggest crisis helped trigger its exciting 2021 season Prime

How F1's biggest crisis helped trigger its exciting 2021 season

Formula 1's return to Austria this weekend comes under exceedingly different circumstances to its last Spielberg visit, when F1 took its first tentative steps out of the global COVID shutdown. But the tightrope F1 walked in 2020 has ultimately led to the most exciting season of the hybrid era

Schumacher sitting in a "crooked position" in Haas F1 car

Mick Schumacher has revealed that he has been “sitting in a crooked position” in his Haas Formula 1 car since the beginning of the 2021 season. 

Gravel moved closer to the track at Red Bull Ring’s Turn 6

The Red Bull Ring's Turn 6 has been modified ahead of the Formula 1 Styrian Grand Prix with gravel brought closer to the track edge and sausage kerbs removed.

British GP to take place in front of capacity crowd

Silverstone has announced that next month’s Formula 1 British Grand Prix will go ahead in front of a capacity crowd.

New banked corner part of Abu Dhabi F1 track changes
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New banked corner part of Abu Dhabi F1 track changes

A high-speed banked corner and revamped hairpin section have been revealed as part of multiple changes Abu Dhabi is making to its Formula 1 track.

Montoya: Bottas needs quick Mercedes F1 decision to ease pressure
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Montoya: Bottas needs quick Mercedes F1 decision to ease pressure

Juan Pablo Montoya believes that a quick decision about Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes Formula 1 future would ease the pressure on him and help improve his relationship with the team.

2021 Formula 1 Styrian Grand Prix session timings and preview

Formula 1 travels to Austria this weekend for the first of the two races at the Red Bull Ring. Here's the full schedule for the Styrian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes-style F1 tweaks helping McLaren push forward

McLaren introduced a fairly substantial update at the French Grand Prix in a bid to help its fight with Ferrari for best of the rest in Formula 1 this year.

Brown: McLaren IndyCar star O’Ward reminds me of a young Montoya

Zak Brown says McLaren IndyCar star Pato O’Ward reminds him of a young Juan Pablo Montoya after the Mexican driver’s recent charge to victory in Detroit.

Williams explains departure of ex-F1 team principal Roberts

Williams Formula 1 boss Jost Capito has explained the decision to part company with team principal Simon Roberts as part of the British squad’s restructuring.

Red Bull: France F1 win disproves rear wing and tyre ‘accusations’ French GP
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Red Bull: France F1 win disproves rear wing and tyre ‘accusations’

Red Bull Formula 1 chief Christian Horner felt Max Verstappen’s victory in France answered the recent “accusations” made against the team about flexi-wings and tyre pressures.

Prost: Alonso back to his best after F1 absence

Four-time world champion and Alpine Formula 1 team advisor Alain Prost believes that Fernando Alonso is back to his best after his two-year break.

Hamilton: Defending harder against Verstappen was "pointless"

Lewis Hamilton says it would have been “pointless to defend any harder” against Max Verstappen in the Red Bull Formula 1 driver’s race-winning pass at the French Grand Prix.

Ferrari discussing new F1 deal despite dropping Mission Winnow logos

Ferrari Formula 1 boss Mattia Binotto says talks with tobacco giant Philip Morris International over a new sponsorship deal are ongoing despite dropping the Mission Winnow logos for EU races.

Can Red Bull really win anywhere now it’s toppled a Mercedes F1 stronghold?

OPINION: Red Bull team boss Christian Horner reckoned Max Verstappen winning the French Grand Prix – an event where Mercedes had previously been dominant – would signal “we can beat them anywhere”. Here’s how that claim stacks up looking at the rest of the 2021 season

Red Bull baffled by Mercedes F1 engine comments

Red Bull does not know why Formula 1 rival Mercedes thinks its straightline speed advantage at the French Grand Prix was down to a step forward with its Honda engine.

Mercedes F1 can still stop Red Bull if "we perform at our best"
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Mercedes F1 can still stop Red Bull if "we perform at our best"

Mercedes is adamant that it can still overhaul Red Bull and win this year's Formula 1 world championship if it performs at its best.

Aston hopes French GP result silences F1 cheating accusations

Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer hopes that the French GP will put a stop to suggestions that the Silverstone outfit was not following Pirelli's Formula 1 tyre prescriptions.

The IndyCar feature that Paul Ricard desperately needs in F1

The French Grand Prix offered a surprisingly interesting spectacle, despite the headache-inducing nature of the circuit. But IndyCar's Road America race offered far more in terms of action - and the increased jeopardy at the Elkhart Lake venue might be something Paul Ricard needs in future...

Why the FIA rejected calls to ditch Paul Ricard sausage kerbs

Formula 1's new feature of offering snapshots of radio messages between teams on the pitwall and race control has been a fascinating addition for fans.

Schumacher may need to "get his elbows out" in Mazepin F1 fights
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Schumacher may need to "get his elbows out" in Mazepin F1 fights

Mick Schumacher reckons he may need to "get his elbows out" against Haas Formula 1 teammate Nikita Mazepin, after another near miss at the French Grand Prix.

The rear wing rethink defining F1's title battle

The tiny margin between Formula 1's title protagonists Red Bull and Mercedes is forcing both to rethink their aerodynamic set-up at races this year.

Supercars names 'drop dead date' for Australian GP
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Supercars names 'drop dead date' for Australian GP

Supercars says it needs to make a firm decision on whether it will race on the Australian Grand Prix support bill by not later than September 1.

Why Verstappen wasn't punished for breaching F1 track limits protocol

Max Verstappen's hopes of winning Formula 1's French Grand Prix appeared to suffer an early blow when he ran wide at the opening corner.

Gasly defends "hard racing" after Norris F1 criticism

AlphaTauri Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly has defended his aggressive move on Lando Norris in France, which angered the McLaren driver.

What caused Ferrari’s French GP nightmare

Ferrari slumped to its first non-score of the 2021 Formula 1 season at the French Grand Prix, in a race Charles Leclerc labelled one the most difficult of his career.

Red Bull: "Ballsy" F1 strategy call was payback for Spanish GP French GP
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Red Bull: "Ballsy" F1 strategy call was payback for Spanish GP

Red Bull says its "ballsy" call to sacrifice the lead and switch to a two-stop strategy to win Formula 1's French Grand Prix was payback for its Spanish GP defeat.

Wolff welcomes Bottas’ feistiness over Mercedes F1 team radio

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff welcomed Valtteri Bottas’s feisty radio messages during Sunday’s French Grand Prix, saying he was glad the Finn didn’t “internalise” his feelings.

Abu Dhabi approves new F1 layout plan to improve racing
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Abu Dhabi approves new F1 layout plan to improve racing

Abu Dhabi’s Formula 1 track is to undergo layout modifications this summer in a bid to help boost overtaking for this year’s season finale.

Ten things we learned from F1's 2021 French GP

After a first corner error dropped him behind Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen delivered a textbook drive to his third victory of the season and extend his points lead. Motorsport.com assesses the weekend's talking points, as two of Formula 1's grandee teams experienced differing fortunes on the series' return to permanent race tracks

How Perez derailed Mercedes' F1 strategy and fastest lap bid

Toto Wolff has explained how Sergio Perez made a two-stop strategy a "danger" for Mercedes in Sunday's Formula 1 French Grand Prix, impacting the fight against Max Verstappen.

Mercedes can't account for 0.5s lost in F1 undercut to Verstappen French GP
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Mercedes can't account for 0.5s lost in F1 undercut to Verstappen

Mercedes still cannot account for half a second of the time Lewis Hamilton lost in the pits when Max Verstappen got the jump in Sunday’s Formula 1 French Grand Prix.

Russell: 12th on merit my best drive for Williams

George Russell labelled his drive to 12th position "on merit" in the French Grand Prix as his best drive for Williams in Formula 1.

French Grand Prix driver ratings

The French GP was a weekend decided by tiny margins both at the front of the field, as Red Bull inflicted a comeback defeat on Mercedes, and in the battle for the minor points places. That's reflected in our driver ratings, where several drivers came close to a maximum score

How Red Bull took French GP "payback" on a day of Mercedes mistakes

The French GP has been a stronghold for Mercedes since Paul Ricard's return to the calendar in 2018. But that all changed on Sunday, as a clever two-stop strategy guided Red Bull's Max Verstappen to make a race-winning pass on the penultimate lap - for once leaving Mercedes to experience the pain of late defeat it has so often inflicted on Red Bull

FIA explains why Perez escaped track limits penalty

The FIA has explained why Sergio Perez was allowed to keep his third place position in Formula 1’s French Grand Prix despite appearing to have run wide after his late race overtaking move on Valtteri Bottas.

Mercedes had "no choice" but to pit Bottas first in French GP French GP
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Mercedes had "no choice" but to pit Bottas first in French GP

Mercedes had "no choice" but to pit Valtteri Bottas first and spark the early stops that ultimately cost Lewis Hamilton in his fight against Formula 1 rival Max Verstappen.

Bottas believes his angry radio message didn't go too far

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas believes he didn't go too far with his angry team radio message during the French Grand Prix, in which he slammed the team's one-stop strategy.

Verstappen: Radio issues didn't make France win more complicated French GP
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Verstappen: Radio issues didn't make France win more complicated

Max Verstappen says his late French Grand Prix team radio problems did not make his Formula 1 victory at Paul Ricard more complicated, as they occurred after his final pitstop. 

Sainz: Ferrari's tyre degradation twice as bad as F1 rivals'

Carlos Sainz says Ferrari must work to understand its tyre struggles in Sunday’s Formula 1 French Grand Prix, believing his degradation was twice as bad as the cars around him.

Hamilton says sticking to one-stop strategy was his "only option" French GP
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Hamilton says sticking to one-stop strategy was his "only option"

Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes had no choice but to stick to a one-stop strategy to try and beat Formula 1 title rival Max Verstappen in Sunday's French Grand Prix.

Grand Prix race results: Verstappen wins F1 French GP French GP
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Grand Prix race results: Verstappen wins F1 French GP

Max Verstappen won the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard for Red Bull Racing on Sunday, the seventh race of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season, after a thrilling dice with Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.

French GP: Verstappen passes Hamilton to win after start error French GP
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French GP: Verstappen passes Hamilton to win after start error

Max Verstappen made a penultimate lap pass to beat Lewis Hamilton in Formula 1's 2021 French Grand Prix, with an aggressive and unexpected two-stop strategy key to his victory.

The French GP as it happened

Follow all the action from the French Grand Prix as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

Sainz: Pirelli has tougher task than previous F1 tyre suppliers

Carlos Sainz says he has some sympathy for Pirelli given the higher loads that its Formula 1 tyres have to deal with compared with manufacturers in past eras.

F1 should go to countries with human rights issues - Todt

FIA president Jean Todt says he supports Formula 1 going to countries that raise human rights issues, and he believes the sport should stay out of politics.

Verstappen "still not happy" with Pirelli tyre failures explanation

Max Verstappen says he remains unhappy with Pirelli’s explanation of the Baku tyre failures as he does not “think it’s fully clear” for Formula 1 fans.

Alonso: Lack of trend makes finding race pace answer hard

Fernando Alonso says the lack of a clear trend about Alpine's race pace struggles means he cannot be sure yet if the Formula 1 team has got on top of its issues.

Horner: Red Bull can beat Mercedes anywhere if it wins in France

Christian Horner believes that Red Bull will be able to beat Mercedes anywhere if it can win Sunday’s Formula 1 French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard.

Archive: When the French GP almost produced F1's greatest shock

Formula 1 returns to Paul Ricard for the French Grand Prix this weekend after a topsy-turvy podium last time out in Baku. But 31 years ago, it was the Le Castellet track that almost produced one of the greatest F1 shocks courtesy of Ivan Capelli, as he regaled to Autosport for the 1990-themed 13 August 2015 issue.

How Mercedes' chassis change sparked a baseless F1 conspiracy theory

When news emerged on Thursday that Mercedes had swapped its drivers' chassis ahead of this weekend's French Grand Prix, Formula 1 found itself hurtling towards its latest wild conspiracy theory.