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Grand Prix return to Africa “a priority” for Formula 1

Formula 1 has prioritised the addition of a race in Africa to its future schedule, according to the executive charged with putting the calendar together.

Why AlphaTauri is raving about its under-the-radar rookie
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Why AlphaTauri is raving about its under-the-radar rookie

Japan’s newest Formula 1 driver Yuki Tsunoda has enjoyed a mercurial rise through the ranks, spending just one year apiece in F3 and F2 before his graduation this year with AlphaTauri.

Alesi and Arnoux to race 1974 Ferrari F1 at Monaco

Jean Alesi and Rene Arnoux are to race 1974 Ferrari 312B3 Formula 1 cars as teammates in the Monaco Historic GP event on April 23-25.

The uncertain target McLaren faces in F1 2021

McLaren is in a tricky position in 2021. Finishing third again is really the minimum target after 2020, but that could even be too much to ask for amid strong competition from the likes of Ferrari, Aston Martin, or Alpine.

Vettel puts prized supercars up for sale

Four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel is selling eight cars from his spectacular collection, including three Ferraris that he ordered new when driving for the Maranello team.

How Haas' fire-up delay is a sign of F1's COVID travel dramas

With the start of the 2021 season fast approaching Formula 1, the FIA and the teams are bracing for another year of COVID-19 impact.

FIA reveals Hamilton exchange over Monza pitlane penalty

Formula 1 steward Garry Connelly has revealed details of the exchange between Lewis Hamilton and the FIA following his penalty during last year's Italian GP.

The Senna saga that Hamilton’s new F1 deal avoids

With the saga of Lewis Hamilton’s 2021 Mercedes Formula 1 contract now finally resolved it’s worth recalling a similar story that played out 28 years ago, and which involved the world champion’s hero, Ayrton Senna.

Haas: Grosjean, Magnussen could return as F1 substitute
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Haas: Grosjean, Magnussen could return as F1 substitute

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner hasn’t ruled out calling on Romain Grosjean or Kevin Magnussen should the team need a replacement driver during the 2021 season.

Verstappen US GP penalty was “toughest decision” - steward

Formula 1 steward Garry Connelly has admitted that penalising Max Verstappen at the 2017 US GP was one of the “toughest” decisions that he’s ever been involved with.

Why F1's revolutionary success handicap could change the sport

In 2021 Formula 1 teams are operating for the first time with a form of success handicapping created by a sliding scale of aerodynamic testing limits based on last year’s results.

Rio de Janeiro abandons plans to build F1 circuit

Plans to build a Formula 1 circuit in a forest on the outskirts of Rio have formally been abandoned, a local government official has confirmed.

How F1 teams are tackling the budget cap challenges

It's no secret that Formula 1 teams always work flat out through the winter as they ready their new cars and adjust to the requirements of the latest technical regulations.

Mick Schumacher logs extra F1 miles with Ferrari test run

Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher continued his preparations for his rookie season with an outing for Ferrari at Fiorano on Thursday.

Ex-F1 racer and team owner Adrian Campos dies aged 60

Team owner and former Minardi Formula 1 driver Adrian Campos has passed away at the age of 60.

Mercedes: 2021 F1 cars 'near 2019 performance levels'
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Mercedes: 2021 F1 cars 'near 2019 performance levels'

Mercedes technical director James Allison believes that Formula 1 aerodynamic rule changes mandated for this season will initially trim performance to 2019 levels.

Robert De Niro, John Boyega to star in new Netflix F1 thriller

Netflix has greenlighted a fictional crime film set in the world of Formula 1 and featuring Hollywood legend Robert De Niro and Star Wars actor John Boyega.

Ocon: WRC stars must have "balls of steel"
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Ocon: WRC stars must have "balls of steel"

Alpine Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon says that rally drivers have “balls of steel” after gaining his first experience of the sport on Thursday.

F1 owner Liberty Media raises $500,000,000 for buying spree

Formula 1 owner Liberty Media is raising $500,000,000 which it plans to spend on acquiring a new addition to its portfolio of subsidiaries.

Red Bull's ultimatum on 2022 F1 engine freeze not "blackmail"

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko says that the company's stance on the proposed 2022 engine freeze is not a case of "blackmail."

Alpine F1 team “in good hands” with new management - Ocon

Esteban Ocon believes that the rebranded Alpine Formula 1 team is "in good hands" and that its new management is "really motivated and really humble".

Nissany retains role as Williams F1 test driver

Roy Nissany is to continue in his role as official test driver for the Williams Formula 1 team for the 2021 season.

Monaco GP organisers insist race going ahead as planned

The Monaco GP organisers insist that their Formula 1, Formula E and Historic GP events are all going ahead as planned, despite ongoing concerns over COVID-19 restrictions.

Former Mercedes boss Hubbert dies aged 81

Former Mercedes executive Jurgen Hubbert, a key player behind the marque's move into the DTM and Formula 1, has died at the age of 81.

Aston Martin: Vettel can help bring out the best in Stroll

Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer says four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel will “bring out the best” in his teammate Lance Stroll.

Judge suspends Sao Paulo F1 GP contract

The deal between the Formula 1 organisation and the new promoter of the Sao Paulo GP at Interlagos faces a hurdle after a judge intervened and temporarily suspended the contract.

F1 teams agree Bahrain March test dates

Formula 1, the FIA and the teams have formally agreed to run the single pre-season test in Bahrain on March 12-14.

Aston Martin set to drop pink livery as it reveals title sponsor

The rebranded Aston Martin Formula 1 team is set to drop Racing Point's pink livery, with the squad expected to run in predominantly green colours alongside a new title sponsor.

F1 sponsorship guru John Hogan dies aged 76

John Hogan, a hugely respected pioneer in the Formula 1 sponsorship and marketing world, has died of a COVID-related illness at the age of 76.

Hamilton knighted in Queen’s New Year Honours list

Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has received a knighthood in the United Kingdom Queen’s 2021 New Year Honours list, which was officially announced on Wednesday evening.

McLaren hopes Norris, Ricciardo will share "box of secrets"

McLaren Formula 1 racing director Andrea Stella says the close relationship between Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris encouraged both men to open their "box of secrets" and share information.

Hamilton: Perez's arrival makes Red Bull stronger

Lewis Hamilton has welcomed the arrival of Sergio Perez at the Red Bull Formula 1 team, and says he relishes the challenge of fighting two cars from the main rival of Mercedes.

Stewart reveals he helped Spielberg capture Indiana Jones scene

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart has revealed how he helped Steven Spielberg to capture a crucial final scene in the third Indiana Jones film.

Capito joins Williams as chief executive officer

Former McLaren F1 CEO and Volkswagen motorsport boss Jost Capito is to join the Williams Formula 1 team as CEO at the start of February.

Former Force India boss Fernley takes over Domenicali's FIA role

Former Force India Formula 1 deputy team principal Bob Fernley has taken on a new challenge as the head of the FIA’s single-seater commission.

Brawn: Mick Schumacher's arrival reminder of Michael "tragedy"

Formula 1 boss Ross Brawn says that Mick Schumacher's arrival in the sport with the Haas team is a reminder of the "tragedy" that befell his father Michael.

Tsunoda secures Formula 1 graduation with AlphaTauri

The AlphaTauri Formula 1 team has finally confirmed that Yuki Tsunoda will partner Pierre Gasly in 2021.

Mazepin loses court battle over failed attempt to buy Force India

The case brought by Dmitry Mazepin’s company Uralkali against the administrators of the Force India Formula 1 team in the High Court in London has been dismissed.

Alonso: First proper F1 test ignited “competitive spirit”

Fernando Alonso says his run in Tuesday’s young driver test in Abu Dhabi ignited his “competitive spirit” ahead of his Formula 1 return with Alpine in 2021.

F1 translator caused biggest COVID-19 outbreak fear

Formula 1 boss Ross Brawn has revealed that a translator triggered the most significant COVID-19 outbreak that the sport had to deal with this year.

Renault F1 president Stoll to step down after 2020

Renault Sport Racing president Jerome Stoll, a key player in the marque's resurgence in Formula 1 over the past five years, is to step down from his role at the end of December.

McLaren: Prestige, not money, main reward for third place

McLaren Formula 1 team chairman Zak Brown insists that the squad's jump to third place in the world championship is more about prestige than any financial benefit.

Alonso plays down value of Abu Dhabi F1 test

Fernando Alonso has downplayed the value of his controversial test with the Renault Formula 1 team in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday as he prepares for his return in 2021.

Marko: Albon future decision due "before Christmas"

Red Bull motorsport chief Helmut Marko says that a decision on the second seat at the Formula 1 team alongside Max Verstappen will be taken before Christmas.

Albon feels he has "done everything" to save Red Bull seat

Alexander Albon feels he has "done everything" to save his Red Bull seat for 2021 after Christian Horner praised his strongest weekend of the Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi.

Kvyat: No decision from AlphaTauri on F1 future "a shame"

Daniil Kvyat says he is “a free agent now” as he waits on official word from AlphaTauri about his Formula 1 future, calling the lack of news “a shame”.

Albon plans to “disturb” Mercedes in crucial race for future

Alex Albon plans to help his Red Bull Formula 1 teammate Max Verstappen by “disturbing” the strategy of rivals Mercedes in the Abu Dhabi GP.

Leclerc explains Vettel Abu Dhabi helmet tribute gesture

Charles Leclerc says he is running a special Abu Dhabi Grand Prix helmet livery dedicated to departing Ferrari Formula 1 teammate Sebastian Vettel to show respect for “a great guy”. 

Wolff: Bottas won’t lose 2021 Mercedes seat to Russell

Toto Wolff has put a stop to speculation about fast-tracking George Russell into the Mercedes Formula 1 in 2021 by formally confirming that Valtteri Bottas will retain his seat.

Stroll "surviving" on engine miles as P3 battle heats up

Racing Point Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll admits that he is “surviving” on engine miles as his team heads into the crucial showdown for P3 in Abu Dhabi.

Wolff: It’s Hamilton’s call whether he’s fit enough to race

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff believes that Lewis Hamilton is fit to race in Abu Dhabi on Sunday – but it’s up to the driver to make the final call.

Leclerc "disappointed" after failing to replicate Q1 pace Abu Dhabi GP
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Leclerc "disappointed" after failing to replicate Q1 pace

Charles Leclerc was “disappointed” to finish qualifying for Formula 1’s 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in ninth, after the Ferrari driver had set the third fastest time in Q1. 

Vettel admits to "failure" in reaching goals with Ferrari

On the eve of his last race with the Ferrari Formula 1 team, Sebastian Vettel has admitted that “we’ve failed” having set himself the target of winning the world championship.

Renault: Alonso Abu Dhabi test is a "human thing"

Renault Formula 1 boss Cyril Abiteboul says the team's push for Fernando Alonso to test in Abu Dhabi was "a human thing" as the Spaniard builds up to his return in 2021.

Leclerc: “I’ll choose my fights better” after Verstappen clash

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc says he’ll “choose his fights better” after his first lap accident in last weekend's Sakhir GP earned a three-place grid penalty.

Sainz: No explanation given for Abu Dhabi test snub

Carlos Sainz says that the logic behind the FIA's decision not to allow him to run in next week’s Formula 1 test in Abu Dhabi test has not been explained.

Red Bull's Marko sent congratulatory message to Perez

Sergio Perez says Red Bull motorsport chief Helmut Marko was among the Formula 1 bosses who sent him a congratulatory message after his Sakhir GP victory last weekend.

Pirelli: Miscommunication led to 2021 F1 tyre criticism

Pirelli says it will improve its messaging to Formula 1 drivers ahead of the second test of its 2021 tyres in FP2 in Abu Dhabi following criticism.

Wolff: Mercedes “mustn’t be carried away” with Russell display

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff has cautioned that the team “mustn’t be carried away” by George Russell’s spectacular Sakhir GP weekend.

Mercedes impressed by how Russell handled pressure

Mercedes head of trackside engineering Andrew Shovlin has cited the way George Russell handled pressure as one of the outstanding aspects of the team newcomer's Bahrain GP weekend.