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Ferrari: Budget cap constraints will mean fewer updates in F1 2022
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Ferrari: Budget cap constraints will mean fewer updates in F1 2022

Ferrari director Laurent Mekies is expecting Formula 1 teams to push out fewer in-season car developments in 2022 due to budget cap constraints.

Alpine: Strong end to F1 2021 just as important as Hungary win

Alpine Formula 1 CEO Laurent Rossi says the team's improving form at the end of 2021 was just as important as Esteban Ocon's shock Hungarian Grand Prix win.

Alfa Romeo’s F1 season "good on performance, bad on results"

Frederic Vasseur was left with mixed feelings over Alfa Romeo’s Formula 1 season in 2021, calling it “good on performance” but “bad on results”.

Schumacher has "great expectations" for 2022 Haas F1 car

Mick Schumacher says the initial feedback about the design of the 2022 Haas car is “very positive”, leaving him with “great expectations” for his second season in Formula 1.

How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner Prime

How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner

Brabham’s first world championship race-winning car was held back by unreliable Climax engines – or so its creators believed, as STUART CODLING explains

Williams F1 points breakthroughs down to "brave decisions"

Williams Formula 1 boss Jost Capito believes “brave decisions” led to the team’s points breakthroughs in 2021 and it must celebrate its results “on merit”.

The steps Norris took to reach a new level in the 2021 F1 season Prime

The steps Norris took to reach a new level in the 2021 F1 season

Lando Norris came of age as a grand prix driver in 2021. McLaren’s young ace is no longer an apprentice or a quietly capable number two – he’s proved himself a potential winner in the top flight and, as Stuart Codling finds out, he’s ready to stake his claim to greatness…

Alonso: "Luxury" to leave and return to F1 on my own terms

Fernando Alonso says it was a “luxury” to be able to leave and return to Formula 1 on his own terms after enjoying his comeback season with Alpine in 2021.

How F1 wheel rim covers work, why they were banned and why they’re back

The changes to Formula 1’s regulations for 2022 are extensive and as well as introducing exciting new elements there is also a sense of reincarnation that draws inspiration from design features of the past.

Piastri: "2022 won't be wasted year" as Alpine F1 reserve

Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri doesn't believe 2022 will be a wasted year as he is set to spend the season on the sidelines as Alpine's reserve driver.

How Fangio set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton in F1 Prime

How Fangio set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton in F1

Juan Manuel Fangio, peerless on track and charming off it, established the gold standard of grand prix greatness. Nigel Roebuck recalls a remarkable champion.

The ‘emotionally brutal’ F1 moments that made Russell stronger

George Russell believes some “pretty brutal” emotional moments in Formula 1 over the past two years helped mould him into a stronger driver ahead of his Mercedes move.

Norris: Sainz one of the best drivers in F1

Lando Norris believes more people are realising what ex-McLaren Formula 1 teammate Carlos Sainz is capable of since his move to Ferrari.

Perez: Lack of track time led to "slow adaptation" at Red Bull in F1

Sergio Perez believes limited Formula 1 practice and testing opportunities contributed to his “slow adaptation” to Red Bull’s car, which was a “very different philosophy” to what he previously drove.

The power of Verstappen's F1 championship mindset

On the cool-down lap following his dramatic pass on Lewis Hamilton to clinch the Formula 1 world championship, we saw the first real cracks of emotion from Max Verstappen.

Brown hopes to see "three or four cars" in F1 title hunt in 2022

McLaren CEO Zak Brown says he hopes "three to four cars" will be able to compete for the 2022 Formula 1 world championship until the last race.

Steiner surprised Haas reduced gap to F1 midfield late in 2021

Gunther Steiner found it “very odd” that Haas managed to reduce the gap to the midfield Formula 1 teams in the closing stages of the 2021 season.

Russell ready for "most intense year of my life" in F1 with Mercedes

George Russell expects 2022 to be “the most intense year of my life” as he gets the opportunity to work with a front-running Formula 1 team at Mercedes.

Ocon: Hungary F1 win took pressure away from Alpine

Esteban Ocon says his shock 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix win relieved some pressure on his Alpine Formula 1 team as the outfit now has experience of being in a winning situation.

How Russell sees his place in the Mercedes-Hamilton F1 superteam Prime

How Russell sees his place in the Mercedes-Hamilton F1 superteam

George Russell joining Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes this year gives it arguably the best line-up in Formula 1 – if it can avoid too many fireworks. After serving his apprenticeship at Williams, Russell is the man that Mercedes team believes can lead it in the post-Hamilton era, but how will he fare against the seven-time champion? Motorsport.com heard from the man himself

How Szafnauer played a crucial role in the Aston Martin F1 story

The departure of Otmar Szafnauer from Aston Martin represents the end of an era for the Silverstone Formula 1 team that started life as Jordan.

Alonso: 2007 gave wrong impression of my F1 happiness
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Alonso: 2007 gave wrong impression of my F1 happiness

Fernando Alonso does not believe he is noticeably happier in Formula 1 since making his comeback, saying his season with McLaren in 2007 led to incorrect perceptions of him.

Top 10 Red Bull F1 drivers ranked: Vettel, Verstappen, Perez and more

Red Bull is much younger than Formula 1’s other big teams, having arrived in 2005. But in less than two decades it has racked up some impressive achievements.

Ferrari expects "easy discussion" with Sainz over new F1 contract
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Ferrari expects "easy discussion" with Sainz over new F1 contract

Ferrari expects to have an "easy discussion" with Carlos Sainz to extend his contract with the team after an impressive first Formula 1 season at Maranello.

Apple set to land huge F1 movie project starring Brad Pitt

Film industry insiders have tipped Apple to have won the race to produce an upcoming Formula 1-themed movie starring Brad Pitt, following a furious bidding war between major film studios and streaming services.

Insider’s guide: F1’s flag rules
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Insider’s guide: F1’s flag rules

Do you know where the chequered flag was first waved, who got the weirdest ever black flag and why marshalling went digital? Find out this and more here…

Spa reveals Eau Rouge and Raidillon run-off changes in latest update

The Spa-Francorchamps circuit has provided another update on its off-season revamp, showing a first glimpse of the expanded run-off areas at Eau Rouge and Raidillon.

Aston Martin announces exit of F1 team principal Szafnauer
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Aston Martin announces exit of F1 team principal Szafnauer

Aston Martin has announced that its Formula 1 team principal, Otmar Szafnauer, has left the team.

How F1 pulled off its second pandemic season and its 2022 implications Prime

How F1 pulled off its second pandemic season and its 2022 implications

OPINION: The Formula 1 season just gone was the second to be completed under the dreaded shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, but in many ways it was much more ‘normal’ than 2020. Here’s the story of how the championship’s various organisers delivered a second challenging campaign, which offers a glimpse at what may be different next time around

Ricciardo "wanted to make a statement" with Monza F1 victory
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Ricciardo "wanted to make a statement" with Monza F1 victory

Daniel Ricciardo says he "wanted to make a statement" with the fashion of his Monza Formula 1 victory last September following a difficult first half of the season with McLaren.

Alpine 'very encouraged' by 2021 F1 season progress
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Alpine 'very encouraged' by 2021 F1 season progress

Alpine executive director Marcin Budkowski believes the progress his team is making on its new Formula 1 challenger is "very encouraging" for next season.

Why F1's 2022 cars will be more of a handful for drivers
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Why F1's 2022 cars will be more of a handful for drivers

Formula 1 will unleash a new rules era this year, as the series shifts to ground effect cars that are aimed at making the racing better.

McLaren eager to continue with occasional one-off F1 liveries

McLaren boss Zak Brown is eager for the Formula 1 team to keep using occasional one-off liveries after receiving great fan feedback for designs used in 2021.

Button: "A shame" McLaren didn’t hang on with Honda in F1
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Button: "A shame" McLaren didn’t hang on with Honda in F1

Jenson Button believes it is "a shame" McLaren didn't continue working with Honda in Formula 1 after seeing the Japanese manufacturer win a world title with Red Bull.

The adapt or die mentality that will shape F1's future Prime

The adapt or die mentality that will shape F1's future

As attitudes towards the motor car and what powers it change, Formula 1 must adapt its offering. Mark Gallagher ponders the end of fossil fuels

Ferrari: "Naive" to think it will be easy to catch Red Bull and Mercedes
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Ferrari: "Naive" to think it will be easy to catch Red Bull and Mercedes

Ferrari believes it would be "very naive" to think it will be easy to catch Red Bull and Mercedes under Formula 1's new technical regulations for the 2022 season.

New FIA president confident Hamilton won’t walk away from F1
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New FIA president confident Hamilton won’t walk away from F1

Newly-elected FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem feels confident Lewis Hamilton will not walk away from Formula 1 after his controversial title defeat in Abu Dhabi last month.

Mazepin feels ready for fight in F1 midfield in 2022
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Mazepin feels ready for fight in F1 midfield in 2022

Nikita Mazepin says he feels ‘100 percent ready’ to be battling in Formula 1’s midfield this year if Haas can give him a car that is a good step forward.

The science F1 must defy to prevent Spa shambles repeat Prime

The science F1 must defy to prevent Spa shambles repeat

In one of the most exciting, closely contested F1 seasons for years, the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix stood out as an ugly exception. Pat Symonds explains what is being done to avoid wet weather wreaking similar disruption in the future.

The forgotten story of Hamilton's first race against a Verstappen Prime

The forgotten story of Hamilton's first race against a Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton's rivalry with Max Verstappen was one of the biggest stories of 2021. For the seven-time world champion it was only the latest occasion he has faced off against Dutch motorsport's most famous name, having taken on 2021 champion Verstappen's dad as an 11-year-old in an indoor kart race at Birmingham's NEC.

Ricciardo lost "a bit of faith" after "nearly laughable" start to F1 2021
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Ricciardo lost "a bit of faith" after "nearly laughable" start to F1 2021

Daniel Ricciardo felt he lost “a little bit of faith” and started second-guessing himself before his Monza Formula 1 win, calling his start to 2021 with McLaren “nearly laughable”.

Button eyes more Williams time in F1 as COVID restrictions ease

Jenson Button hopes that he can spend more time entrenched with the Williams Formula 1 team this year, after COVID restrictions limited his involvement in 2021.

Guanyu Zhou: The ‘underestimated’ 2022 rookie set to make F1 history Prime

Guanyu Zhou: The ‘underestimated’ 2022 rookie set to make F1 history

This year Guanyu Zhou will become Formula 1’s first full-time Chinese driver, a potential hero who could galvanise grand prix racing in the world’s most populous nation. Luke Smith examines how Zhou beat several other candidates to the Alfa Romeo seat.

Norris proud mental health honesty is helping others
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Norris proud mental health honesty is helping others

Lando Norris says he is proud that his openness about mental health struggles in Formula 1 has acted as a spur to help others.

Aston Martin hails "brilliant" Vettel for integrity and integration

Aston Martin Formula 1 chief Otmar Szafnauer hailed Sebastian Vettel for his “brilliant” integration into the team through 2021 and for his integrity shown throughout the season.

F1 2021 tech review images: Mercedes & Red Bull

Join us as we take a look at some of the best technical illustrations and images, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images, focusing on the development stories of Mercedes and Red Bull.

How diplomacy between F1's heavyweights died in 2021 Prime

How diplomacy between F1's heavyweights died in 2021

The convivial blitz spirit of the COVID-ravaged 2020 Formula 1 season was replaced by an escalating war between the rivalling Mercedes and Red Bull squads in 2021. Drivers' and constructors' honours were shared after a controversial Abu Dhabi finale that was an unsatisfying conclusion to their year-long sparring match.

Steiner: Haas crew "never gave up" in tough 2021 F1 season

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner says he's impressed with how his team "always kept fighting" and never gave up during a challenging 2021 season.

Red Bull mindful about F1 rival’s 2022 development gains

Red Bull remains hopeful that its Formula 1 title push didn’t compromise its 2022 development – but says Ferrari ‘smashing’ it out of the park next season could prove it wrong.

F1 2021 tech review images: Ferrari & McLaren

Join us as we take a look at some of the best technical illustrations and images, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images, focusing on the development stories of McLaren and Ferrari.

Why 2022 progress is crucial after Alfa Romeo's year of F1 turmoil Prime

Why 2022 progress is crucial after Alfa Romeo's year of F1 turmoil

One driver allowed to quietly retire, another one fired in a blaze of rancour. An American buy-out that never happened. A title sponsor demanding an annual right of review. No wonder Alfa Romeo is looking to start 2022 from a clean sheet, says Roberto Chinchero.

Latifi needs to stop "overthinking" in 2022, says Williams

Nicholas Latifi has been urged by his Williams team not to "overthink" things next year so he can get the most out of the new Formula 1 cars.

Ferrari: "Zero compromise" on F1 2022 focus despite McLaren fight

Ferrari did not extend the development of its 2021 car despite its fight for third with McLaren, believing there could be “zero compromise” for next year’s Formula 1 technical regulations.

How Ferrari triumphed in the battle for F1 2021's best of the rest Prime

How Ferrari triumphed in the battle for F1 2021's best of the rest

Although it didn't win a race as McLaren did, Ferrari won out in their battle for third in the 2021 Formula 1 constructors' championship. Both former title-winning teams could look on the season as a year of positive steps back towards the front, but for the Italian squad its achievement was extra special after a disastrous 2020.

F1 2021 tech review images: AlphaTauri, Alpine & Aston Martin

Join us as we take a look at some of the best technical illustrations and images, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images, focusing on the development stories of Aston Martin, AlphaTauri and Alpine in 2021.

Gasly: McLaren, Ferrari F1 fights offered "different kind of excitement"

Pierre Gasly says the chance for AlphaTauri to regularly fight McLaren and Ferrari in Formula 1 this year offered him a “different kind of excitement”, making for an enjoyable season.

The mixed fortunes of F1 2021's rookie crop Prime

The mixed fortunes of F1 2021's rookie crop

There were three rookies on the grid this year – and the going proved tricky for all of them. Yuki Tsunoda, Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin have faced their fair share of struggles in 2021, and all will be hoping to improve on this year's performances next season.

Ferrari: Sainz and Leclerc will have equal F1 status in 2022

Ferrari says that Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc will have equal status at the team next year, as the squad bids to get back to winning ways in Formula 1.

Norris: McLaren and Ferrari fight helped both for future F1 title bids

Lando Norris is confident McLaren and Ferrari’s fight for third in this year’s Formula 1 constructors’ championship has helped both teams prepare for potential future title challenges.

How Norris became more than just McLaren's leader in F1 2021 Prime

How Norris became more than just McLaren's leader in F1 2021

Already a rising star, Lando Norris stepped up another gear in 2021 to become one of Formula 1’s leading drivers. Becoming a regular podium finisher and taking his first pole, only the maiden win that escaped him in Sochi remains for the McLaren man, who recently sat down with Motorsport.com to dissect his third season in F1