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Austria 2002: When unnecessary team orders rocked F1

On May 12 2002, Ferrari was the centre of controversy at the Austrian Grand Prix when Rubens Barrichello was asked to hand the win to teammate Michael Schumacher.

Gasly: AlphaTauri “dropped back” compared to start of the year

Pierre Gasly says that his AlphaTauri Formula 1 team has “dropped back” relative to its main rivals since the start of the season.

Vettel: I’m lacking the pace to fight for points

Sebastian Vettel admits that he’s currently lacking the pace to fight for points with his Aston Martin Formula 1 car following another frustrating weekend in Barcelona.

The ‘flapping’ phenomenon behind F1’s latest flexi-wing intrigue

Formula 1 is as much an aero contest as it is a fight between drivers, so it’s no surprise that it has become the focus of the latest Red Bull versus Mercedes battleground.

Reutemann in stable condition after latest medical procedure

Former Formula 1 star and Argentinian senator Carlos Reutemann remains in intensive care following several episodes of internal bleeding but is reported to be stable after a medical procedure on Tuesday.

Steiner: Wolff “wanted a little bit of publicity” with FIA call

Haas Formula 1 chief Gunther Steiner believes Toto Wolff wanted “a little bit of publicity” with his broadcast radio call to FIA race director Michael Masi complaining about blue flags.

Perez: Compressed practice time hindering 2021 progress

Sergio Perez feels it is taking him “a bit too long to get up to speed” on Formula 1 race weekends due to the reduced track time this year.

Baku rules out F1 race date swap with Turkish GP

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has ruled out a date swap with Turkey to help resolve Formula 1’s current travel headache due to its Euro 2020 hosting commitments.

Why F1’s flexi wing tricks are a never ending problem for the FIA
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Why F1’s flexi wing tricks are a never ending problem for the FIA

The FIA’s clampdown on Formula 1 teams exploiting clever ‘bendy’ wings to boost straightline speed is the latest skirmish in a war that has raged for decades.

McLaren has "clear goal" to improve F1 qualifying Monaco GP
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McLaren has "clear goal" to improve F1 qualifying

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl acknowledged his team has a "clear goal" to improve its qualifying performance after a Spanish Grand Prix weekend that saw it struggle to match rival outfit Ferrari.

Pirelli “80-90%” towards finalising 2022 F1 tyres
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Pirelli “80-90%” towards finalising 2022 F1 tyres

Pirelli Formula 1 boss Mario Isola says that the Italian company is "80-90%" towards finalising the construction of its 18-inch tyres for 2022.

Ferrari: Spain proved race-day weakness now banished Spanish GP
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Ferrari: Spain proved race-day weakness now banished

Ferrari Formula 1 chief Mattia Binotto believes the team’s performance at the Spanish Grand Prix proves it has overcome its race-day weakness seen earlier in the season.

FIA to introduce new F1 tests to clamp down on ‘bendy wings’
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FIA to introduce new F1 tests to clamp down on ‘bendy wings’

The FIA is to introduce new rear wing flexibility tests ahead of the French Grand Prix amid concerns some teams are exploiting Formula 1 rules, Motorsport.com can reveal.

Alonso: My 100% now still not enough to match "impressive" Ocon
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Alonso: My 100% now still not enough to match "impressive" Ocon

Fernando Alonso says giving his everything right now is still not enough to beat his 'impressive' Formula 1 teammate Esteban Ocon.

The strategic drive key to Lewis Hamilton's first F1 title

On this day in 2008, Lewis Hamilton took second place in the Turkish GP to keep his title challenge on course, a result for which he had to use an unusual strategy as an emergency measure

Hamilton "learned more" about Verstappen than all other F1 races

Lewis Hamilton says he “learned a lot” about Formula 1 title rival Max Verstappen in their 2021 Spanish Grand Prix battle, adding “perhaps more than all the other races together”.

How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner Prime

How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner

The Brabham BT46B raced once, won once, then vanished – or did it? STUART CODLING reveals the story of the car which was never actually banned…

Mercedes pinpoints Red Bull's main weakness in F1 2021 battle
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Mercedes pinpoints Red Bull's main weakness in F1 2021 battle

Mercedes believes that Red Bull’s deficit in races is down to it suffering higher rear tyre degradation, a factor that may not be as important at all Formula 1 tracks as it has recently.

Leclerc explains sensational Bottas pass in Spanish GP

Charles Leclerc says trying to get out of dirty air from cars ahead of him triggered his sensational Turn 3 overtake on Valtteri Bottas in Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Monaco 1970: When Brabham crashed on the last lap

Fifty-one years ago today, Jochen Rindt won the Monaco Grand Prix after one of the most dramatic last laps in Formula 1 history. A future Indianapolis 500 winner was there to witness it, and he recounts his experiences to Adam Cooper.

Hamilton wants new Mercedes F1 contract agreed by summer break
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Hamilton wants new Mercedes F1 contract agreed by summer break

Lewis Hamilton is eager to get a new Formula 1 contract with Mercedes agreed by the summer break, calling it "sensible" to avoid a repeat of this year's late agreement.

Russell: Williams best its ever felt in a race in Spain

George Russell says his Williams felt better in the Spanish Grand Prix than any other race since he joined the Formula 1 team, as he fought hard for a point-scoring finish.

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 Spanish GP

Amid echoes of the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix, Mercedes snookered Red Bull on strategy to deliver Lewis Hamilton victory in the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix. We assess the weekend's major talking points, as a 2020 heavy-hitter endured another weekend to forget and a much-hyped rookie had a lesson in humility

The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle

Formula 1’s visits to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over recent years have been met with familiar criticisms despite tweaks here and there to the track to improve racing. With the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix largely going the same way, proper solutions need to be followed to achieve F1’s wider targets

Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Often described as Formula 1's laboratory, the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona gave the clearest demonstration yet of the pecking order in 2021. And it's the key discrepancies from that order which illuminate who is excelling, and who needs to hit the reset button.

Red Bull: FIA happy with ‘bendy wing’ after Hamilton comments
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Red Bull: FIA happy with ‘bendy wing’ after Hamilton comments

Red Bull insists that the FIA is completely happy with the design of its Formula 1 car, despite suggestions from Lewis Hamilton that it could be running a ‘bendy wing’ to help boost straightline speed.

How Red Bull's deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain

An aggressive first corner move from Max Verstappen appeared to have set the Red Bull driver on course for victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. But canny strategy from Mercedes - combined with the absence of Red Bull's number two from the lead group - allowed Lewis Hamilton to pull off a demoralising reversal

Red Bull "desperately needs" Perez in fight with Mercedes Spanish GP
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Red Bull "desperately needs" Perez in fight with Mercedes

Red Bull says it "desperately" needs Sergio Perez to be mixing it at the front of the Formula 1 field if it is not to keep losing strategic advantage to Mercedes.

Hamilton: Bottas "completely fair" after team orders call Spanish GP
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Hamilton: Bottas "completely fair" after team orders call

Lewis Hamilton believes Valtteri Bottas was "completely fair" letting him through after receiving team orders in Spain, having initially believed he would be racing his Mercedes Formula 1 teammate.

Red Bull: Verstappen "called himself in" for slow pitstop Spanish GP
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Red Bull: Verstappen "called himself in" for slow pitstop

Red Bull’s slow pitstop for Max Verstappen in Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix was caused by the Dutchman arriving for a tyre change without being called in by the team.

Hamilton "made sure" to give Verstappen space at Turn 1

Lewis Hamilton says he "made sure" to give Max Verstappen room when the Red Bull attacked him for the lead at Turn 1 of Formula 1's 2021 Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton hails "good gamble" on Spanish GP strategy Spanish GP
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Hamilton hails "good gamble" on Spanish GP strategy

Lewis Hamilton thanked his Mercedes team for a "good gamble" on his Formula 1 race strategy after recovering a 22-second gap to pass Max Verstappen for victory in Spain.

Alfa Romeo explains disastrous Giovinazzi pitstop

Antonio Giovinazzi's disastrous pitstop in the Spanish GP was the result of a tyre valve failure from an operational issue at his Alfa Romeo team.

Grand Prix race results: Hamilton beats Verstappen in Spain

Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona for Mercedes on Sunday, the fourth race of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Verstappen felt like "sitting duck" against Hamilton in Spain

Max Verstappen says he felt like a “sitting duck” in the fight against Formula 1 rival Lewis Hamilton in Spain following the Mercedes driver’s second pit stop.

Spanish GP: Hamilton outfoxes Verstappen to win

Lewis Hamilton beat Max Verstappen in a gripping 2021 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, completing a late charge to reclaim the lead he had lost in a Turn 1 clash.

The Spanish GP as it happened

Live commentary and updates from the F1 Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Steiner: “Not fair” to keep F1 staff on the road for six weeks
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Steiner: “Not fair” to keep F1 staff on the road for six weeks

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner thinks it would be unfair to expect his staff to be on the road for six weeks to avoid hotel quarantine after the Turkish Grand Prix.

Why Ricciardo has found corner entry so hard with McLaren

The struggles of top Formula 1 drivers to adjust to new cars has been an ongoing story thus far in 2021, revealing just how hard it is to take the current machinery to the limit.

Sainz: Ferrari still worried about tyre degradation in Spain

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz is anticipating a difficult race day in Spain as the Italian team tries to get on top of tyre management issues.

Ocon's future up to himself, Alpine before Mercedes input - Wolff

Toto Wolff says it will be up to Esteban Ocon and Alpine to decide on their Formula 1 future together before Mercedes has any input on his plans for 2022.

Wolff: Red Bull poaching could be good for Mercedes

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Red Bull's aggressive Formula 1 engine plans could actually end up being a positive for his team, despite having lost staff to its rival.

Alpine's progress almost "too good to be true" - Alonso

Fernando Alonso thinks that Alpine's major step forward in the last two Formula 1 races is proof of genuine progress, even though it seems "too good to be true".

Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix – How to watch, start time & more

Red Bull and Mercedes will again go head-to-head in the fourth round of the 2021 Formula 1 season at Barcelona this weekend. Here's how and when can you watch the Spanish Grand Prix.

Top 10: Formula 1's greatest wheel-to-wheel duels

On the anniversary of Gilles Villeneuve's passing we look back at his stunning battle with Rene Arnoux in the 1979 French Grand Prix and compare it with other great duels in Formula 1 history.

Ricciardo more confident in his McLaren F1 car after "mini breakthrough"

Daniel Ricciardo says increased confidence in his upgraded McLaren Formula 1 car is behind his strong Spanish Grand Prix qualifying performance, which he labelled as a "mini breakthrough".

Norris: Q1 traffic "cost me" later in Spanish GP qualifying

Lando Norris says his Q1 lap that was ruined by being held up by Nikita Mazepin effectively wrecked his entire qualifying hopes for Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton feared set-up "gamble" backfired before taking pole Spanish GP
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Hamilton feared set-up "gamble" backfired before taking pole

Lewis Hamilton feared his decision to take a "bit of a gamble" on car set-up backfired before scoring his 100th Formula 1 pole position in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying.

Shoulder issue hampered Perez in Barcelona F1 qualifying Spanish GP
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Shoulder issue hampered Perez in Barcelona F1 qualifying

Sergio Perez says an issue with his left shoulder contributed to his struggles in Formula 1 qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix as he felt "bad all the way through".

Tsunoda issues apology to AlphaTauri for post-qualifying outburst Spanish GP
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Tsunoda issues apology to AlphaTauri for post-qualifying outburst

Yuki Tsunoda has apologised to his AlphaTauri team for questioning whether he was getting the same equipment as Formula 1 teammate Pierre Gasly.

Mercedes explains decision to start Spanish GP on soft tyres

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas say the risk of losing ground off the line was why Mercedes opted against starting on the mediums for Formula 1's 2021 Spanish Grand Prix.

Ex-F1 star Reutemann moved to intensive care
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Ex-F1 star Reutemann moved to intensive care

Former Formula 1 racer Carlos Reutemann has been admitted to the intensive care section of an Argentinian hospital after suffering from digestive bleeding, with his condition said to be worsening.

Grand Prix qualifying results: Hamilton takes pole in Barcelona

Lewis Hamilton took pole position – the 100th of his F1 career – for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona for Mercedes on Saturday, the fourth round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Hamilton: 100th F1 pole "feels like one of the first"

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says his landmark 100th pole at the Spanish Grand Prix felt just like "one of the first" of his career.

Mazepin: F1's qualifying no-overtaking etiquette is flawed

Nikita Mazepin says Formula 1's gentleman's agreement about qualifying car order doesn't work, after he was handed a three-place grid penalty at the Spanish Grand Prix for blocking Lando Norris.

De la Rosa knew Hamilton would be a "problem" after two runs

Lewis Hamilton took just two runs of his debut Formula 1 test at Silverstone to show his rivals he was going to be a "massive problem" says former teammate Pedro de la Rosa, who raised the story with Hamilton after he scored his 100th F1 pole position at Barcelona today.

Tsunoda has ‘question mark’ over AlphaTauri F1 car versus Gasly

Yuki Tsunoda says he has a “question mark” over how his AlphaTauri Formula 1 car compares to that of team-mate Pierre Gasly after a surprise Q1 exit in Spain.

Spanish GP: Hamilton secures 100th F1 pole position Spanish GP
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Spanish GP: Hamilton secures 100th F1 pole position

Lewis Hamilton claimed a 100th Formula 1 career pole position as he edged out Max Verstappen to top qualifying for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix.

Spanish GP qualifying as it happened

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

Revised approach to Spanish GP weekend helping Leclerc

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc says a revised approach to handling the Spanish Grand Prix weekend appears to be helping him avoid the struggles he faced in Portugal.