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Why Kimi Raikkonen couldn't say no to a return to racing

When Kimi Raikkonen left Formula 1 for good, many expected it to be the end of his racing career. But the Finn never ruled out new adventures and with his interest piqued by NASCAR, here’s why he couldn’t turn down the opportunity presented by Trackhouse Racing

Leclerc: Ferrari needs to be braced for Monaco F1 "surprises"

Charles Leclerc believes Ferrari needs to be braced for some "surprises" over the Monaco Formula 1 race weekend as it looks to end Red Bull's streak of victories.

Raikkonen to make racing return in NASCAR at Watkins Glen with Trackhouse
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Raikkonen to make racing return in NASCAR at Watkins Glen with Trackhouse

Kimi Raikkonen will make his first racing appearance since retiring from Formula 1 when he enters a NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen in August.

Bottas surprised by ‘weird’ €50k success from bum photo

Valtteri Bottas was left surprised by the “weird” success of a cheeky print photo of his bum that helped raise €50,000 for charity, saying: “I don’t quite get it”.

Hamilton: I wasn’t defeatist with Spanish GP call to save F1 engine

Lewis Hamilton says he was not being defeatist in his suggestion to retire and save the engine on his Mercedes Formula 1 car in Barcelona after clashing with Kevin Magnussen.

Albon "couldn't drive slow enough" with Spain F1 tyre degradation

Alex Albon "couldn't drive slow enough" to avoid high Formula 1 tyre degradation on his Williams in Spain that emerged even on his pre-race laps to the grid.

Magnussen: Hamilton F1 radio message was "in the heat of the moment"

Kevin Magnussen says his radio message saying Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton "knew what he was doing" during their Barcelona clash was made "in the heat of the moment".

Aston Martin F1 driver Vettel has bag stolen in Barcelona

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel attempted to track down a bag that had stolen by thieves in Barcelona on Monday by riding a scooter through the city.

Bottas thought it "could be my day" before strategy risk backfired

Valtteri Bottas admitted he thought it “could be my day” to score a big result in the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix before Alfa Romeo’s risky two-stop strategy backfired.

Hamilton: I could have fought the Red Bulls in Spanish F1 GP Spanish GP
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Hamilton: I could have fought the Red Bulls in Spanish F1 GP

Lewis Hamilton believes he could have fought against the Red Bulls in the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix had it not been for his first-lap clash with Kevin Magnussen.

Alonso to start last in home F1 race after engine change

Fernando Alonso will start Sunday’s Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix from the back of the grid after taking an all-new power unit for his home race.

Russell: Mercedes F1 has ‘real shot’ against Ferrari in Spanish GP

George Russell believes Mercedes has a “real shot” against Ferrari in today’s Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, predicting it will be a “chaotic” race with high tyre wear.

Mercedes F1 car improvements offer Hamilton "glimpse of hope" Spanish GP
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Mercedes F1 car improvements offer Hamilton "glimpse of hope"

Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes’ step forward with its Formula 1 car in Spain offers a “glimpse of hope”, but he is not giving thought to reviving his title hopes.

F1 trials paddock robots to help fans in hospital meet drivers

Formula 1 has been trialling innovative robots that can roam around the paddock to connect hospitalised fans who cannot attend the race with their racing heroes.

Red Bull focused on checking for IP leaks in F1 copy row

Red Bull is not currently planning any further action with the FIA over Aston Martin’s Formula 1 car, instead focusing on an internal investigation to find any possible IP leak.

Fuel system issue forces Ferrari into Sainz F1 chassis change

Ferrari has been forced into changing the chassis for Carlos Sainz’s Formula 1 car ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix due to a fuel system issue that emerged on Friday.

Red Bull: IP transfer in Aston Martin F1 design would be "serious concern"

Red Bull has responded to the FIA’s statement clearing Aston Martin over similarities in its Formula 1 car design by saying any transfer of IP would be "a serious concern".

FIA clears Aston over Red Bull F1 similarities after investigation

The FIA has cleared Aston Martin after carrying out an investigation into the similarities between its updated Formula 1 car and Red Bull’s car ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.

Vettel not expecting immediate ‘massive jump’ from Aston F1 updates

Sebastian Vettel does not expect “a massive jump straightaway” from Aston Martin’s significant Formula 1 upgrade package in Spain, but says the team has faith in the concept it is following.

Alonso slams "incompetent" Miami F1 stewards after penalty

Fernando Alonso has explosively accused the Formula 1 stewards at the recent Miami Grand Prix of “incompetence” and sees no improvement in the championship’s officiating despite the FIA’s post-2021 changes. 

Sainz "in two minds" over risk of driving classic F1 cars

Carlos Sainz admits he’s in “two minds” about the risks of driving classic Formula 1 cars, having seen Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc crash a classic Niki Lauda 312B3 in Monaco.

Andretti wants to give American drivers "legitimate shot" in F1

Michael Andretti is eager to “pave the way” for American drivers to reach Formula 1 with a “legitimate shot” if his plan to form a new team is successful.

Red Bull: "Lack of peculiarities" with F1 car helping Perez

Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner believes the "lack of peculiarities" with the team's car has helped Sergio Perez perform "at a very high level" so far this season.

Miami plans to keep early May F1 date slot

The Miami Grand Prix plans to retain an early May slot on the Formula 1 calendar moving forward after a successful debut this month.

Why Sebastian Vettel is the voice the world needs

OPINION: The four-time world champion made an appearance on UK TV last week, proving to be more eloquent than certain other guests, while also outlining his value to Formula 1 as a vocal and honest ambassador

Seidl: New F1 race director set-up has made ‘very good start’

McLaren Formula 1 boss Andreas Seidl believes the FIA’s new race director set-up has made a “very good start” thanks to a “straightforward” approach to enforcing rules.

Verstappen: Miami and Vegas won’t take away from Monaco’s F1 status

Max Verstappen doubts Formula 1’s shift towards new events such as Miami and Las Vegas will take anything away from Monaco’s status on the calendar.

Why $200m won’t convince teams on Andretti’s Formula 1 plans

The success of the Miami Grand Prix acted as one of the strongest indications yet of how much of a breakthrough Formula 1 has made in the United States.

Vettel: Climate crisis makes me question racing in F1

Sebastian Vettel says the ongoing climate and energy crisis facing the world makes him question whether he should be racing in Formula 1.

Norris hopes FIA learns from Miami F1 barrier call after crashes

Lando Norris hopes the FIA learns from the decision not to install a Tecpro barrier at Turn 13 in Miami after two big incidents left drivers struggling with knocks.

Norris: McLaren needs ‘a little bit more’ to fight Mercedes, Alfa Romeo

Lando Norris believes McLaren needs “a little bit more” to be able to fight with Mercedes and Alfa Romeo at the front of the Formula 1 midfield.

Alpine CEO: Alonso’s Miami F1 penalty "difficult to accept"

Alpine believes it would have successfully argued against Fernando Alonso’s post-race penalty in Miami that cost him two Formula 1 points, calling the ruling “difficult to accept”.

The F1 drivers' parade secret behind Alonso’s flying Miami start

Fernando Alonso revealed that one of Formula 1's slowest driver parades played an important role in his flying start to Sunday’s Miami Grand Prix.

Perez thinks Miami F1 win was on if not for engine issue

Sergio Perez felt he had a chance of winning in Miami had it not been for a Formula 1 engine sensor issue that cost him an estimated 30 horse power.

Gasly explains how Alonso F1 clash damage led to Norris collision

Pierre Gasly says he tried to leave Lando Norris room before their Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix crash, but struggled to steer due to damage sustained in his collision with Fernando Alonso.

Alonso loses points finish with post-race Miami GP penalty

Fernando Alonso has lost a points finish in ninth place in the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix due to a post-race five-second penalty.

Drivers critical of "Mickey Mouse", "Formula E" Miami F1 chicane

Formula 1 drivers have given a thumbs up to the Miami track layout with the exception of its chicane, which has been called “a little too Mickey Mouse”.

Russell: Mercedes F1 car was a ‘totally different beast’ in qualifying

George Russell was surprised by his drop in pace between Formula 1 practice and qualifying in Miami, saying his Mercedes car felt like “a totally different beast”.

Ocon: 51G crash impact "unacceptable" with lack of Tecpro barrier

Esteban Ocon called it “unacceptable” to have suffered a 51G impact in his Miami Formula 1 practice crash as many drivers questioned the lack of Tecpro barrier at Turn 13.

Ocon to miss Miami F1 qualifying due to cracked chassis

Esteban Ocon will take no part in Formula 1 qualifying for the Miami Grand Prix due to damage sustained to his car in final practice on Saturday afternoon.

Wolff sees no reason to change F1 Drive to Survive format

Toto Wolff believes there is no reason for Formula 1 and Netflix to consider changing the format of the Drive to Survive series after announcing a two-year extension.

Alonso feels most competitive he has been in F1 since 2012

Fernando Alonso believes he is the most competitive he has been in Formula 1 since 2012 with Alpine despite only scoring two points so far this season.

Russell ‘doesn’t really understand’ Mercedes’ improved F1 pace

George Russell remains unsure Mercedes’ Formula 1 car updates are behind the team’s improved pace on Friday in Miami, warning his P1 result in second practice “means nothing”.

Andretti hopeful of FIA support for F1 entry after Miami meeting

Michael Andretti is optimistic he has support from the FIA for his planned Formula 1 entry after a meeting with president Mohammed Ben Sulayem in Miami on Friday.

Hamilton gets two-race F1 exemption from FIA over jewellery

Lewis Hamilton has received a two-race exemption from the FIA over the jewellery he cannot easily remove after holding talks with its medical staff on Friday.

FIA makes jewellery, underwear checks part of F1 scrutineering submission

The FIA has issued a further reminder to Formula 1 teams about drivers complying with rules surrounding jewellery and underwear, making it part of their scrutineering submission.

F1, Netflix agree to two more seasons of Drive to Survive

Netflix and Formula 1 have announced the Drive to Survive docuseries will continue for at least two more series, stretching into seasons five and six.

Miami F1 track changes allowed designers to go "a little bit mad"

The designers of the Miami Formula 1 track were able to go "a little bit mad" with the circuit layout after a major public road was removed from the proposal.

Horner sees "genuine respect" in F1 fight between Verstappen, Leclerc

Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner believes there is “genuine respect” between Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc after spending much of their junior careers racing against each other.

Seidl wary of F1 being in position where B-teams are necessary

McLaren Formula 1 boss Andreas Seidl hopes that the sport does not develop into a position where a team needs a junior partner in order to compete at the top.

Ferrari: Important to continue Mission Winnow F1 sponsorship deal

Ferrari Formula 1 boss Mattia Binotto believes it was “important to stay together” with long-standing sponsor Philip Morris International despite changes to their partnership.

Alonso motivated to stay in F1 "because I feel better than the others"

Fernando Alonso says he remains motivated to continue racing in Formula 1 “because I feel better than the others” and would stop if someone beat him on “pure abilities”.

Schumacher: New Sainz Ferrari F1 deal was ‘obvious step’

Mick Schumacher does not think Carlos Sainz’s new Formula 1 deal with Ferrari will “really change much” for him at Haas, saying it was an “obvious step” for the team.

Russell: F1 sprint races need to be 50% longer to work

George Russell is "not a major fan" of Formula 1's sprint races under their current format, believing they need to be 50% longer to make tyre degradation a factor.

Why Imola's step back in time is refreshing for F1's future

OPINION: Although Imola hardly yielded a classic Formula 1 race in the 2022 edition of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the atmosphere that enveloped the round underlined the value of hosting F1 races at classic venues, a scarcity in the championship's recent visits to less historic environs

Albon: Imola F1 drive to 11th "just as good as Melbourne"

Alex Albon believes his drive to 11th place at Imola was just as good as his charge into the Formula 1 points for Williams in Australia two weeks earlier.

Alonso: Bad luck so far this F1 season has been "painful"

Fernando Alonso called his bad luck at the start of the 2022 Formula 1 season “painful” after suffering his second DNF in four races at Imola on Sunday.

Norris doubted McLaren would score podium in 2022 after Bahrain

Lando Norris admitted he was “surprised” to finish on the Formula 1 podium at Imola after fearing McLaren may not score one all season after the opening race in Bahrain.

Red Bull explains why it had upper hand over Ferrari at Imola

Red Bull Formula 1 chief Christian Horner believes the team’s ability to get its tyres into a better operating window was the key to beating Ferrari at Imola.

Ricciardo takes blame for first corner Imola F1 tangle with Sainz

McLaren Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has accepted blame for his first corner clash with Ferrari rival Carlos Sainz in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix that ruined both drivers' races.