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Hamilton's undeserved ban peril highlights F1's rule dilemmas
Before the Sochi stewards decided to rescind the penalty points included in Lewis Hamilton's Russian GP sanctions, he was on the verge of a race ban. Sense prevailed, but it highlighted problems in policing modern Formula 1
He sees the puff of dust rising from the gravel trap. He sees the car away in the distance to his left. He is on a critical final run in qualifying. He needs to hit back against a resurgent teammate. He doesn't see the waved double yellow flags. He's in trouble. He gets the inevitable penalty. He misses the next race.
In another universe in two weeks' time, this could be Lewis Hamilton. Right now, that parallel person is staring down the barrel of a race ban. Lewis Hamilton - still in this parallel place as a six-time world champion - with none of the driving controversies that dogged the careers of his hero Ayrton Senna, and the driver he is surely soon set to equal as statistically the greatest of all time: Michael Schumacher.
It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is no guarantee.
Three weeks is a long time in Formula 1, but in the reshaped start to the 2021 season the teams head to Imola to pick things up after the frenetic Bahrain opener. Here's what to look out for and the developments to follow at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. Ben Anderson looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…
Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says Nigel Roebuck.
Max Verstappen’s star quality in Formula 1 is clear. Now equipped with a Red Bull car that is, right now, the world title favourite and the experience to support his talent, could 2021 be the Dutchman’s year to topple the dominant force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes?
For many, many years Formula 1 has strived to do and to be better on all fronts. With close competition, a growing fanbase, a stable political landscape and rules in place to encourage sustainability, 2021 is on course to provide an unexpected peak
Williams held out against the tide for many years but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, the age of the owner-manager is long gone
Nikita Mazepin’s Formula 1 debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix lasted mere corners before he wiped himself out in a shunt, but his financial backing affords him a full season. Back in 1993 though, Marco Apicella was an F1 driver for just 800m before a first corner fracas ended his career. Here’s the story of his very short time at motorsport’s pinnacle.
Schumacher and Ilott to get first F1 practice runs
Bahrain not expecting outer loop to replace normal GP layout