Jonathan Noble

Jonathan Noble

Jonathan Noble is’s Formula 1 editor. Having graduated from University of Sussex Jonathan worked for sports news agency Collings Sports reporting on F1, F3, touring cars and other sports, with articles appearing in The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Reuters, Autosport and other publications. In 1999 he moved to Haymarket Publishing to become a senior editor at Autosport Special Projects, and one year later he became Autosport’s grand prix editor. In 2015 he moved to Motorsport Network, becoming the F1 editor for He is also a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and sits on the FIA Media Council.

Jonathan has won multiple awards for journalism - in 1991 he was the winner of the Guild of Motoring Writers’ Sir William Lyons’ Award for young journalists, in 2010 he was awarded the Outstanding Individual accolade for consumer journalism in the Haymarket wards, in 2011 he won Haymarket’s Scoop of the Year, and in 2018 he was awarded a prestigious Medaglia d’Oro at the Lorenzo Bandini Awards for his contribution to F1 journalism.

Latest articles by Jonathan Noble


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.

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.

Williams: F1 car's peaky downforce trait was not intended

Williams says the peaky downforce characteristics of its Formula 1 car weren't a route it planned to take, and is instead a consequence of new aero rules.

Raikkonen reveals his son teased him over F1 Portuguese GP crash

Kimi Raikkonen has revealed that he was teased by his son Robin over the crash that put him out of last weekend’s Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix.

Hamilton 'amazed' by McLaren, Ferrari F1 progress

Lewis Hamilton says Ferrari, McLaren and Alpine's progress in Formula 1 this season has been "amazing" to see, but suggests it's not only Red Bull that has to worry.

F1 team bosses to hold meeting to discuss track limit rules

Formula 1 team principals will discuss whether or not track limit rules need to change, during their regular race weekend get-together in Spain on Saturday.

Red Bull/Mercedes gap justifies low-rake complaints - Aston

Red Bull’s reduced gap to Mercedes in races this year proves that high rake cars have been hurt the least by new Formula 1 aero rules, reckons Aston Martin.

Perez using Verstappen's car set-up to avoid getting "lost"

Sergio Perez has revealed that he is following Max Verstappen’s set-up direction to avoid getting ‘lost’, as he gets to grips with his Red Bull Formula 1 car.

Verstappen: Mercedes still holds F1 energy deployment advantage

Mercedes still holds an advantage with the energy deployment of its Formula 1 engine, despite Honda’s gains in overall power, reckons Max Verstappen.

Red Bull signs five more Mercedes F1 engine staff Spanish GP
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Red Bull signs five more Mercedes F1 engine staff

Red Bull has signed five more senior Mercedes engine staff to help drive forward its new power unit push in Formula 1.

The day Ayrton Senna failed to qualify for a grand prix

Ayrton Senna’s ultra successful Formula 1 career marked him out as one of grand prix racing’s greats.

Why McLaren doesn’t doubt Ricciardo can escape his ‘dark’ place Prime

Why McLaren doesn’t doubt Ricciardo can escape his ‘dark’ place

Three points finishes from as many starts represents a decent opening innings on paper, but Daniel Ricciardo has endured a tough start to his McLaren career - only magnified his teammate's excellent form. Yet both he and the team have good reason to expect a turnaround soon.

Verstappen's Portimao F1 errors not concerning Red Bull Portuguese GP
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Verstappen's Portimao F1 errors not concerning Red Bull

Red Bull insists it has no concerns over Max Verstappen’s run of small errors that hurt his Formula 1 victory hopes in Portugal last weekend.

Former Renault F1 chief Abiteboul reveals new motorsport role Spanish GP
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Former Renault F1 chief Abiteboul reveals new motorsport role

Former Renault Formula 1 team boss Cyril Abiteboul has revealed his next steps in motorsport following his surprise departure from the French car manufacturer earlier this year.

Seidl: Norris can break Mercedes/Red Bull championship lock out

Lando Norris has a chance of breaking the top four Mercedes/Red Bull lock out in the Formula 1 driver standings this year, reckons his team boss Andreas Seidl.

Haas vows to improve communication after Mazepin/Perez near-miss

Haas has vowed to improve communication with its drivers to warn them when they are about to be lapped, after Nikita Mazepin's latest error in Formula 1's Portuguese Grand Prix.

Red Bull: Perez not used to disturb Hamilton at Portimao Portuguese GP
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Red Bull: Perez not used to disturb Hamilton at Portimao

Red Bull insists its decision to extend Sergio Perez's tyre stint in Formula 1's Portuguese Grand Prix was not because it wanted him to disturb race winner Lewis Hamilton.

Why the FIA doesn't buy Red Bull's track limits gripes
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Why the FIA doesn't buy Red Bull's track limits gripes

Red Bull could not hide its annoyance after the Portuguese Grand Prix that Max Verstappen had lost the extra Formula 1 fastest lap point for abusing track limits.

Mercedes: No fear of spending war amid Red Bull recruitment drive

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff isn't worried he will need to get the chequebook out to keep engine staff, despite Red Bull luring personnel to its new Formula 1 powertrains division.

How tyre choice split could decide the Portuguese GP

A tyre choice split between Red Bull and Mercedes for the Portuguese Grand Prix has opened the way for a Formula 1 strategy thriller.

Alfa Romeo wins right to review Raikkonen Imola F1 penalty

The Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team has won the right to review for the 30-second time penalty that cost Kimi Raikkonen points at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

McLaren: Ricciardo's struggles exaggerated by low-grip circuits

Daniel Ricciardo’s struggles at McLaren in the last two races have been exaggerated by the low-grip track surfaces, says his Formula 1 team boss Andreas Seidl.

Ricciardo in "a little bit of shock" after "grim" Q1 exit

A shocked Daniel Ricciardo said he had no proper explanation for finding himself in the "grim" situation of being knocked out in Q1 for Formula 1's Portuguese Grand Prix.

McLaren denies Norris held up Verstappen on purpose in Q3

McLaren has denied any suggestion that Lando Norris deliberately held up Max Verstappen in Portuguese GP qualifying a bid to hinder the Red Bull driver in his battle with Mercedes.

Alfa Romeo asks FIA to review Raikkonen's Imola penalty

The Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team has asked the FIA to review the time penalty that cost Kimi Raikkonen his ninth place finish at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Red Bull "very brave" to develop own F1 engine - Brown

Red Bull's decision to run its own Formula 1 engine programme has been labelled as 'very, very brave' by McLaren CEO Zak Brown.

Ricciardo tried new driving style in F1 sim before Portugal

Daniel Ricciardo says a tweak to his driving style that he’s tried out in McLaren’s Formula 1 simulator has helped him unlock more performance at this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix.

Alpine: Wind tunnel issues cost us weeks of development time

The Alpine Formula 1 team says the wind tunnel problems it experienced over the winter cost it several weeks of development time – which translated in to lost tenths of a second per lap.

Norris not confident of making Q3 in Portimao

Lando Norris says McLaren isn’t confident it will have the pace to get through to Q3 at the Portuguese Grand Prix after a tricky opening day of Formula 1 practice.

"Flat out" sprint races a thrill for drivers, says Leclerc

Charles Leclerc says one of the best things about Formula 1’s new sprint qualifying events will be that drivers can finally push their cars flat out for a whole race.

Rivals believe Aston has no grounds to dispute aero rules

Aston Martin's Formula 1 rivals believe there were no grounds to dispute the process in framing new aero regulations for this year, amid its complaints they had favoured the high rake cars.

Tsunoda set his "goal too high" for Imola F1 race

Yuki Tsunoda has admitted that impatience and putting too much pressure on himself triggered the mistakes that wrecked his Formula 1 weekend at Imola.

McLaren calls for secret ballots on F1 rule changes

McLaren has called for an immediate switch to secret ballots for key Formula 1 votes to prevent teams feeling pressured to vote a certain way.

Verstappen/Hamilton shoulder brush a sign of 'intense' fight - Jos

The shoulder brush between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen after qualifying at Imola is a sign of how intense things could get between Formula 1's title rivals, reckons Jos Verstappen.

Honda to keep up engine development work for Red Bull

Red Bull's hopes of keeping up its current form when it runs its own Formula 1 engines next year have been boosted with Honda committing to continue some development work.

Inside story of the epic Alesi Ferrari F1 Monaco video

Monaco’s historic Grand Prix is often a moment to look back at the glory years of Formula 1 and motor racing’s past. But this year’s event threw up something totally new when an onboard video of Jean Alesi lapping the famous principality in Niki Lauda’s 1974 Ferrari 312 B3 went viral on social media.

The biggest headache F1 faces over its sprint race experiments Prime

The biggest headache F1 faces over its sprint race experiments

The news this week that F1 has green-lit 'sprint qualifying' races that will determine the grid for three grands prix in 2021 was met with a blend of excitement and scepticism. But before those in both camps can be vilified, F1 must first work out what its criteria is for success - and what will justify making them a more permanent fixture

McLaren has "clear plan" on when to make 2022 F1 car switch

McLaren will not let its fight with Ferrari heavily impact its decision on when to switch full focus to its 2022 Formula 1 car development, sticking to its "clear plan".

Honda: Turkey struggle helped turn around wet weather starts

Honda says that lessons learned from Red Bull’s terrible wet Formula 1 starts in Turkey last year were key to unlocking its recent brilliant getaways at Imola.

The strategy consequences of F1's sprint race rule changes

Formula 1's green light for sprint qualifying at selected events this year has already prompted great debate about the impact they will have on the maing grand prix itself.

F1 unlikely to roll out sprint races at every grand prix
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F1 unlikely to roll out sprint races at every grand prix

Formula 1 chiefs says they will likely restrict the number of sprint races to select ‘Grand Slam’ events in the future if trials are successful this year.

Seidl backs Ricciardo over F1 social media comments

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl has backed his driver Daniel Ricciardo’s stance that Formula 1’s social media strategy can do better than just focusing on crashes.

Steiner finds it "difficult" to say right things to Haas F1 duo
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Steiner finds it "difficult" to say right things to Haas F1 duo

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner has admitted that he finds it ‘difficult’ at times to say the right things to his new rookie drivers.

Formula 1's sprint qualifying trials plan approved
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Formula 1's sprint qualifying trials plan approved

Formula 1 teams and the sport's bosses have unanimously supported the plan for sprint qualifying trials this year, with the first event set for the British Grand Prix.

Ricciardo didn't underestimate difficulty of McLaren switch

McLaren Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo says he didn't underestimate the time it would take him to adapt to his new car, vowing to stay patient as he gets up to speed.

F1 set to sign off sprint races plan before Portuguese GP

Formula 1 is set to sign off its plans for sprint qualifying trials ahead of the Portuguese Grand Prix, with an official vote on the matter being tabled on Monday.

Domenicali: F1’s cost cut crusade an example for football

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali believes football would do well to follow grand prix racing’s cost cut crusade in the wake of the Super League controversy.

Red Bull: Mercedes trying to pressure us with 'favourite' tag
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Red Bull: Mercedes trying to pressure us with 'favourite' tag

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Mercedes' push to label his outfit as Formula 1 favourite this year has been a way of trying to put pressure on his team.

Allison didn’t want to become ‘old embarrassment’ for Mercedes

Mercedes technical director James Allison said the trigger point for him deciding to change roles was that he didn’t want to become an ‘old embarrassment’ for his Formula 1 team.

Is Miami the breakthrough deal that F1 needs in the USA?

The United States’ record as the country that has held grands prix at more venues than anywhere else says everything about Formula 1’s difficulties in getting a foothold there.

Red Bull Powertrains hires Mercedes man as technical director

Red Bull's new Formula 1 engine division has appointed one of Mercedes' senior figures as its new technical director.

Mazepin surprised by F1's level of intensity

Nikita Mazepin says the intensity of Formula 1 has surprised him, but he’s remaining calm about the challenges he is facing.

Red Bull targets 'best talent' as it ramps up F1 engine division

Red Bull is targeting the ‘best talent’ available to join its ambitious Formula 1 engine project, as work began this week on its new state-of-the-art factory at Milton Keynes.

Gran Turismo to feature in new Olympic virtual games
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Gran Turismo to feature in new Olympic virtual games

Sim racing is to feature in the Olympics for the first time, with a Gran Turismo competition being chosen to form part of a new virtual games.

Why Russell was right to be wrong about Bottas after Imola F1 clash Prime

Why Russell was right to be wrong about Bottas after Imola F1 clash

George Russell and Valtteri Bottas' collision at Imola on Sunday prompted fury in the Formula 1 paddock. But Russell's carefully-worded heartfelt statement later, acknowledging that his initial response was wrong, proved the right move

Why Hamilton didn’t break F1’s rules for reversing on track

Lewis Hamilton’s recovery drive to finish second at the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was helped when he managed to reverse back on to the track after his off at Tosa.

Verstappen surprised how good wet start was at Imola

Max Verstappen was surprised by his fast getaway at the start of Formula 1’s 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after Red Bull struggled to do so in wet conditions last year.

Sainz: Ferrari can be ahead of McLaren at other F1 tracks

Carlos Sainz believes that Ferrari can be ahead of McLaren at tracks that better suit its Formula 1 car, judging by the progress made so far this season.

Alonso: Playing catch-up in F1 is no excuse for current form

Fernando Alonso says he cannot use his lack of recent race experience in a Formula 1 car as an excuse for his lacklustre performance at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Knife-edge F1 battle risks Red Bull/Mercedes development war

Helmut Marko fears Red Bull and Mercedes will have no option but to keep developing their 2021 Formula 1 cars long into the season if the title battle remains super close.