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Sainz "happy" for McLaren's Monza F1 win despite points blow

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz said he was happy to see his old McLaren team end its winless streak at the Italian Grand Prix, despite the result being a big blow to Ferrari in the championship.

Why summer refresher was all Ricciardo needed to turn F1 season around

The transformation in Daniel Ricciardo’s Formula 1 season from the woes before the summer break to his Italian Grand Prix victory was something no one could have predicted.

Wolff: F1 cannot ‘freestyle’ format changes with ‘confused’ ideas

Toto Wolff believes Formula 1 has too much responsibility to “freestyle” changes to the regulations amid continued discussions about sprint races and the format of grand prix weekends.

Williams' race pace biggest confirmation of F1 progress, says Capito

Williams Formula 1 boss Jost Capito says the Italian Grand Prix gave a strong indication of how much progress the Grove team has made on race pace of late.

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog Prime

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog

A podium finisher in its first outing but then never again, the BRM P201 was a classic case of an opportunity squandered by disorganisation and complacency, says Stuart Codling.

Albon owes Russell ‘a couple of beers’ for Williams F1 seat

Alex Albon joked that he owes George Russell “a couple of beers” for his help in getting a Formula 1 seat with Williams, but said he was almost “too supportive”.

Ricciardo: "Surreal" to have Monza F1 trophy next to Senna's at MTC

Daniel Ricciardo said it felt "surreal" to have his Italian Grand Prix winning trophy alongside that of Ayrton Senna after winning his first race for McLaren in italy.

Alonso: Alpine "best team" in F1 midfield without fastest car

Fernando Alonso thinks Alpine is the best team in Formula 1's midfield despite not having a car as fast as the likes of Aston Martin and AlphaTauri.

The unresolved issues hanging over F1's sprint race experiment

Formula 1’s second sprint weekend experiment at Monza generated mixed reactions from fans and the championship’s insiders alike, and question marks clearly remain about the format’s future.

Science, not luck saved Hamilton in Monza F1 crash - halo uni director

Lewis Hamilton was “not lucky” but saved by “engineering and science” in his Formula 1 crash with Max Verstappen at Monza, according to the motorsport director of Cranfield University.

Red Bull: Slow Monza F1 pitstop resulted from FIA clampdown

Red Bull Formula 1 chief Christian Horner has revealed the human error that caused Max Verstappen’s slow pitstop at Monza resulted from the FIA’s clampdown introduced at Spa.

Masi says Silverstone, Monza F1 clash penalties not comparable

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi says Max Verstappen’s penalty for his clash with Lewis Hamilton at the Italian Grand Prix can’t be compared to the one the Mercedes driver got at Silverstone.

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences.

Zhou emerges as favourite for 2022 Alfa Romeo F1 seat
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Zhou emerges as favourite for 2022 Alfa Romeo F1 seat

Formula 2 race winner Guanyu Zhou is favourite for the second Alfa Romeo Formula 1 seat next year, although team boss Fred Vasseur insists no decision has been taken.

Ferrari: Qualifying Friday is better, but Saturday needs new ideas

Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz believe Fridays of Formula 1 grand prix weekends improve significantly under the sprint qualifying format.

Ricciardo opens up on 'primal' feeling before shock Monza F1 win

Daniel Ricciardo has opened up on the ‘primal’ feeling that overwhelmed him at Formula 1’s Italian Grand Prix, and helped him pull off a surprise win.

Albon yet to find out ‘very strict’ F1 clauses to protect Mercedes
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Albon yet to find out ‘very strict’ F1 clauses to protect Mercedes

Alex Albon says he has no idea what Mercedes's "very strict and clear" clauses in his contract with the Williams Formula 1 team are.

Kubica accepts others are ‘higher on the list’ for Alfa Romeo F1 seat

Robert Kubica has accepted there are drivers who are “higher on the list” than him for an Alfa Romeo Formula 1 seat in 2022, with his focus remaining in sportscars.

McLaren Group COO Jonathan Neale to leave company after two decades
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McLaren Group COO Jonathan Neale to leave company after two decades

McLaren stalwart Jonathan Neale, who has been with the Woking-based company for two decades, is to leave later this year.

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

Alonso: Verstappen, Hamilton "did what they should do" in F1 clash

Fernando Alonso reckons both Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen did "what they should do" in their clash during Formula 1's Italian Grand Prix.

Aston Martin confirms Vettel and Stroll for F1 2022
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Aston Martin confirms Vettel and Stroll for F1 2022

The Aston Martin Formula 1 team has finally confirmed that it will retain an unchanged line-up of Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll for next season.

Nobody will take a risk with "confusing" sprint race format – Wolff

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff believes Formula 1's underwhelming sprint race format leaves "everyone confused" as drivers are discouraged from taking risks in Saturday's sprint to not compromise their actual grand prix.

Win tickets to McLaren’s HQ

Following Daniel Ricciardo’s incredible victory at the Italian Grand Prix, five lucky winners will get the chance to visit the amazing McLaren F1 Team factory thanks to a new online competition.

FIA to look at seatbelt stretch in Sainz Monza F1 crash

The FIA will analyse the stretched seatbelts that resulted in Carlos Sainz being thrown forwards in his Ferrari Formula 1 cockpit when he crashed at Monza.

Verstappen/Hamilton crash showed "lack of self-control" - Hill
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Verstappen/Hamilton crash showed "lack of self-control" - Hill

Former Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill says the contact between title contenders Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at Monza reflected a "lack of self-control."

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season? Prime

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season?

OPINION: With Valtteri Bottas already signed up for 2022, all eyes are on the race for the second seat at Alfa Romeo next year. Antonio Giovinazzi is the current incumbent, but faces a tough competition from appealing short and long-term prospects

Ocon disagrees with Monza F1 time penalty

Alpine Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon was left frustrated after getting a time penalty for forcing Sebastian Vettel off at Monza, arguing a similar incident in 2019 was left unpunished.

Mercedes: Not a definite Hamilton must take extra F1 engine

Toto Wolff says it is "not an absolute must" that Lewis Hamilton will need to take an additional Formula 1 power unit this season and serve a grid penalty.

Review: Schumacher Netflix movie lifts lid on the two sides of F1 ace

The new Netflix documentary on Michael Schumacher that offers an intimate portrait of the seven-time world champion is released today, September 15. Jonathan Noble reviews the film.

F1 releases dramatic new 360º video of Hamilton/Verstappen crash

Formula 1 has released dramatic new 360-degree footage which shows how Max Verstappen's right rear wheel rolled over Lewis Hamilton's head in their Italian Grand Prix crash.

Sainz: Monza style crash "will not happen again anytime soon"

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz says he is still "going through a learning process" trying to understand his car after suffering a third crash in four weekends in Monza and vowed "it will not happen again anytime soon".

F1 confirms plan for mandatory Friday running for young drivers

Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn has confirmed that plans are in hand to make rookie running compulsory in Friday practice sessions from 2022.

The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence

OPINION: Daniel Ricciardo has long been considered one of Formula 1's elite drivers. But his struggles at McLaren since switching from Renault for 2021 have been painful to watch at times. Yet he's recovered to banish those memories with a famous Monza win – built on a critically important foundation

Having FP2 under F1's sprint format "makes no sense" - Todt

FIA president Jean Todt says his biggest issue with Formula 1's sprint race weekends is confusion over Saturday's morning's free practice session, and it potentially ruining the show.

The Monza F1 set-up choice that helped deliver McLaren’s win

McLaren ended a lengthy victory drought at Formula 1’s Italian Grand Prix, with Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris making brilliant use of their cars' strengths to bring home a 1-2.

FIA sees no need to change Monza kerbs after Verstappen/Hamilton clash
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FIA sees no need to change Monza kerbs after Verstappen/Hamilton clash

FIA race director Michael Masi doesn't believe the sausage kerbs at Monza's first chicane require any changes in the wake of the clash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the Italian Grand Prix Formula 1.

Horner: Verstappen "shouldn't have been near" Hamilton after pitstop drama
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Horner: Verstappen "shouldn't have been near" Hamilton after pitstop drama

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner admitted Max Verstappen "should never been anywhere near" Lewis Hamilton when the pair collided in Monza, after Verstappen's slow pitstop.

Why Aston Martin’s new campus is a ‘reverse’ McLaren MTC

After a COVID-enforced two-year delay, Aston Martin’s ground breaking ceremony last week to begin work on its new state-of-the-art Formula 1 factory and campus marks an important moment.

Ten things we learned from F1's 2021 Italian Grand Prix

Formula 1's triple-header concluded with an Italian Grand Prix packed with intrigue and action at Monza last weekend. We pick out the key talking points including the return of the sprint race, Daniel Ricciardo's and McLaren's return to the top and the latest flashpoint between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton

FIA insists Red Bull was warned over Perez's Monza F1 penalty

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has disputed Red Bull’s claims that it wasn’t contacted over Sergio Perez giving a place back to Charles Leclerc in the Italian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo: Monza F1 win was mine before Hamilton/Verstappen crash

Daniel Ricciardo reckons he had victory in Formula 1's Italian Grand Prix sewn up before Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton crashed out of the race.

Norris: Verstappen/Hamilton clash put me off fighting Ricciardo Italian GP
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Norris: Verstappen/Hamilton clash put me off fighting Ricciardo

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris admitted that seeing Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton crash in Monza discouraged him from thinking about attacking teammate Daniel Ricciardo for the win.

Italian Grand Prix driver ratings

Two drivers produced faultless performances as, for the second year in a row, Monza threw up an unpredictable result that left many to rue what might have been

How the halo's London bus load requirement saved Hamilton Italian GP
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How the halo's London bus load requirement saved Hamilton

As Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided at Monza's Variante del Rettifilo during the Italian Grand Prix, it proved to be another win for Formula 1's halo device.

Portimao added to F1 2021 video game in first major update

Portimao has been added to the F1 2021 video game in the first major update for this year’s edition of Formula 1’s official title.

Red Bull chiefs knew Verstappen in the wrong, says Mercedes Italian GP
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Red Bull chiefs knew Verstappen in the wrong, says Mercedes

Red Bull's senior management knew from the off that Max Verstappen was to blame for his crash with Lewis Hamilton at Formula 1's Italian Grand Prix, reckons Mercedes.

Why Ricciardo would have won without Verstappen/Hamilton crash

The clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was the major flashpoint the 2021 Italian Grand Prix will be remembered for. Yet by this point, race leader Daniel Ricciardo had already done the hard work that would put him in position to end his and McLaren's lengthy win droughts, on a memorable afternoon in Monza

Hamilton: Verstappen penalty sets "important precedent" Italian GP
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Hamilton: Verstappen penalty sets "important precedent"

Lewis Hamilton says Max Verstappen's penalty for causing their crash at the Italian Grand Prix sets an "important precedent" for protecting the safety of Formula 1 drivers in the future.

Norris: McLaren deserved "incredible" Monza F1 win Italian GP
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Norris: McLaren deserved "incredible" Monza F1 win

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris says the team fully deserved its first win since 2012 after finishing second behind teammate Daniel Ricciardo at the Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton "surprised" Verstappen didn't check he was okay after crash Italian GP
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Hamilton "surprised" Verstappen didn't check he was okay after crash

Lewis Hamilton says he found it "surprising" that Max Verstappen walked away from their crash in Formula 1's Italian Grand Prix without checking that he was uninjured.

Verstappen gets penalty for Italian GP F1 incident with Hamilton Italian GP
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Verstappen gets penalty for Italian GP F1 incident with Hamilton

Max Verstappen will take a three-place grid drop for Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix after stewards said he was to blame for the crash with Lewis Hamilton at Monza.

Wolff: Halo definitely saved Hamilton’s life in Verstappen accident Italian GP
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Wolff: Halo definitely saved Hamilton’s life in Verstappen accident

Toto Wolff says the halo cockpit protection device "definitely" saved Lewis Hamilton's life in his accident with Formula 1 title rival Max Verstappen at Monza on Sunday.

Horner disappointed by Wolff's 'tactical foul' F1 remark Italian GP
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Horner disappointed by Wolff's 'tactical foul' F1 remark

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says the Italian GP collision between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was a "racing incident" and was "disappointed" with Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff calling it a tactical foul.

Wolff calls Verstappen move on Hamilton a "tactical foul" Italian GP
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Wolff calls Verstappen move on Hamilton a "tactical foul"

Toto Wolff believes Max Verstappen’s move on Lewis Hamilton was a “tactical foul” after seeing the Formula 1 title rivals crash for the second time this year in the Italian Grand Prix.

Verstappen says Hamilton left him with nowhere to go Italian GP
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Verstappen says Hamilton left him with nowhere to go

Max Verstappen has blamed Lewis Hamilton squeezing him out across the kerbs at the first chicane at Monza as the trigger for their crash in Formula 1's Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton: Verstappen knew what would happen ahead of Monza crash Italian GP
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Hamilton: Verstappen knew what would happen ahead of Monza crash

Lewis Hamilton says Max Verstappen knew "what was going to happen" before their crash in Sunday's Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix that eliminated both title contenders from the race.

Ricciardo ‘lost for words’ after ending McLaren win drought in Monza Italian GP
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Ricciardo ‘lost for words’ after ending McLaren win drought in Monza

Daniel Ricciardo felt “lost for words” after scoring a shock Formula 1 victory for McLaren in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, ending both his and the team’s win droughts.

Italian GP: Ricciardo gives McLaren first F1 win since 2012 Italian GP
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Italian GP: Ricciardo gives McLaren first F1 win since 2012

Daniel Ricciardo won Formula 1's 2021 Italian Grand Prix, while Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton clashed twice and both retired.

Hamilton, Verstappen face post-race investigation after crash Italian GP
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Hamilton, Verstappen face post-race investigation after crash

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are to face a post-race investigation at Formula 1’s Italian Grand Prix following another crash at the Italian Grand Prix.