Luke Smith

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BMW: No current interest in entering Formula 1

BMW says it has no interest in entering Formula 1 at the moment despite the recent manufacturer arrivals, instead focusing on its LMDh programme.

Vettel was "never really close" to Red Bull F1 return after Ferrari exit

Sebastian Vettel says he was “never really close” to returning to Red Bull despite a “brief chat” with its Formula 1 bosses after learning of his Ferrari exit in 2020.

Ricciardo open to year out of F1 to take ‘two steps forward’ in 2024

Daniel Ricciardo has suggested he could have a year out of Formula 1 in 2023 if it allowed him to take “two steps forward” upon returning in 2024.

Why Latifi's F1 career deserved better than becoming an internet meme

Through all the Formula 1 driver market discussions and considerations for 2023, Nicholas Latifi’s future - or, indeed, lack of future with Williams - was always taken as read.

Latifi to leave Williams at end of 2022 F1 season

Williams has announced Nicholas Latifi will leave the Formula 1 team at the end of the 2022 season.

Fallows: Aston Martin reminds me of a young Red Bull F1 team

Aston Martin currently feels "very similar" to the early days of the Red Bull team before it went on to dominate Formula 1, according to technical director Dan Fallows.

Brown: F1’s success in the US not dependent on American driver or team

Zak Brown does not believe Formula 1’s success in the United States is dependent on an American driver or team, but he would “love to see it happen.”

Does Tsunoda have what it takes to lead AlphaTauri if Gasly leaves?

News that Yuki Tsunoda will be sticking around at AlphaTauri in 2023 was one of the more expected announcements in Formula 1's driver market silly season.

AlphaTauri retains Tsunoda for 2023 Formula 1 season

AlphaTauri has announced that Yuki Tsunoda will remain part of its Formula 1 line-up for the 2023 season.

How Formula 1 ended up with its gruelling 24-race calendar for 2023
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How Formula 1 ended up with its gruelling 24-race calendar for 2023

Formula 1’s 24-race calendar for 2023 might be a sign of the series’ current health, but for many, the schedule was cause for concern.

Horner regrets missing chance to sign Piastri to Red Bull F1 junior team

Christian Horner has revealed Red Bull missed the chance to sign Oscar Piastri to its Formula 1 young driver programme a few years ago, calling it “something that I regret.”

Aston: No change in F1 "ultimate professional" Vettel

Aston Martin says there has been no change in Sebastian Vettel’s approach since announcing his retirement from Formula 1 at the end of the year, calling him the “ultimate professional.”

Ferrari: FIA should allow more F1 engines after Monza penalty chaos

Ferrari Formula 1 chief Mattia Binotto believes the FIA needs to consider increasing the power unit allocation per season after almost half the grid took penalties at Monza last week.

Mercedes glad to see the back of F1’s high-speed tracks, says Russell

George Russell thinks Mercedes will feel glad to see the back of high-speed Formula 1 track layouts like Spa and Monza as it bids to end its win drought.

Russell: De Vries had tougher job at Monza than my Sakhir 2020 cameo

George Russell believes Nyck de Vries faced a tougher job making a last-minute Formula 1 debut at Monza than his own cameo for Mercedes in 2020.

Verstappen: Important to enjoy current success amid F1 win streak

Max Verstappen says it is important for him and Red Bull to enjoy their current wave of success in Formula 1 as he nears a second world championship.

Alonso certain he will reach 400 F1 races as record awaits in Singapore

Fernando Alonso is certain he will go on to reach 400 Formula 1 race starts as he prepares to break Kimi Raikkonen’s record in Singapore.

FIA names automotive executive Natalie Robyn as first-ever CEO

The FIA has announced the appointment of Natalie Robyn as its first-ever CEO in a boost to the governing body’s management structure.

Brown: Szafnauer looks "a little silly" after Piastri F1 contract comments
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Brown: Szafnauer looks "a little silly" after Piastri F1 contract comments

Zak Brown believes McLaren was right to keep quiet about the Formula 1 contract saga surrounding Oscar Piastri, saying Alpine chief Otmar Szafnauer now looks "a little silly."

Monza 2008: How Vettel and Toro Rosso pulled off their fairytale F1 win

Monza will forever hold a special place in Sebastian Vettel’s heart as it was here in 2008 he piloted a Toro Rosso to one of Formula 1’s most incredible underdog victories. Luke Smith recounts that history making feat on this day, 14 years ago.

F1 teams failed to agree on plan to stop races ending under safety car

Formula 1 teams failed to agree on plans to stop races ending under the safety car amid discussions after last year’s Abu Dhabi controversy, according to Andreas Seidl.

Drugovich announced as Aston Martin F1 reserve

Newly-crowned Formula 2 champion Felipe Drugovich has joined Aston Martin as a reserve driver and the first member of its young driver development programme.

Verstappen "not worried" by Ferrari’s pace through F1 Italian GP practice

Max Verstappen was unconcerned to see Ferrari lead Friday’s Formula 1 practice running for the Italian Grand Prix, believing Red Bull looks “quite good” over the long runs at Monza.

Marko: Red Bull already attracting interest after ending Porsche F1 talks

Helmut Marko claims Red Bull is already attracting interest from manufacturers about a future Formula 1 link-up after talks with Porsche over a partnership came to an end.

Porsche officially calls off F1 entry plans with Red Bull

Porsche has called off its plans for a Formula 1 partnership with Red Bull from 2026 after confirming talks have come to an end.

Perez/Verstappen F1 floor split triggered by cost reasons

Red Bull has explained that the decision to run different floors on Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen's Formula 1 cars has been partly triggered by cost reasons.

Tsunoda unsure of stepping into Gasly’s shoes as F1 team leader straight away

Yuki Tsunoda thinks it would be difficult to immediately step into Pierre Gasly’s shoes as Formula 1 team leader at AlphaTauri should the Frenchman leave for Alpine in 2023.

Ferrari adds yellow to celebration F1 livery for Italian GP

Ferrari will celebrate Monza’s 100th anniversary this weekend at the Italian Grand Prix with a special tweaked Formula 1 livery, adding its original yellow colour to the design.

Alonso: Dutch GP was "70 laps of qualifying" in F1 recovery to sixth

Fernando Alonso said his Dutch Grand Prix felt like "70 laps of qualifying" as he fought from 13th to sixth, boosting Alpine’s bid for fourth in the Formula 1 constructors’ championship.

Verstappen: "Very surprising" Mercedes could make one-stop work at Zandvoort

Max Verstappen was surprised by Mercedes’ pace and that it could make a one-stop strategy work to challenge for victory in the Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix.

VSC ruined six-lap shootout for Dutch GP win, says Mercedes

Mercedes believes Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen would have faced a six-lap shootout for victory at Zandvoort had it not been for the Virtual Safety Car period.

AlphaTauri investigating Tsunoda’s "drifting" F1 car issue that led to VSC

AlphaTauri is investigating the issue that ended Yuki Tsunoda’s Dutch Grand Prix early after his Formula 1 car felt like it was “drifting”, causing him to stop twice on track.

Horner surprised Mercedes F1 didn't use Russell to protect Hamilton

Christian Horner was "quite surprised" by Mercedes' late-race pit calls in the Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix, fearing Max Verstappen would face a two-on-one fight for victory.

Hamilton: Change in Mercedes F1 car performance "like a mood swing"

Lewis Hamilton says the Mercedes’ 2022 Formula 1 car’s changing level of performance is “like a mood swing”, leaving him with “no idea” how it will fare at every race.

Leclerc hopes Ferrari can use split F1 strategies to pressure Verstappen

Charles Leclerc hopes Ferrari can “play a little bit” with split strategies to put polesitter Max Verstappen under pressure in today’s Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix.

Hamilton: Front row possible without yellows, but pole "highly optimistic"

Lewis Hamilton thinks he could have qualified on the front row at Zandvoort had yellow flags not ruined his final Formula 1 qualifying lap, but doubts pole was within reach.

Verstappen condemns "silly, stupid" use of flares by F1 fans

Max Verstappen has condemned the "silly" and "stupid" flare throwing during Dutch Grand Prix qualifying, while other Formula 1 drivers said even ones just kept in grandstands pose a danger.

Dutch GP: Leclerc heads FP3 from Russell, Verstappen

Charles Leclerc edged out George Russell by just six-hundredths of a second to top final practice for the Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix.

Szafnauer denies Alpine showed lack of loyalty to Piastri

Otmar Szafnauer denied Alpine showed Oscar Piastri a lack of loyalty through the recent Formula 1 contract saga, saying the team went "above and beyond” to support him.

Marko: Red Bull won't stand in Gasly's way for Alpine F1 move

Helmut Marko says Red Bull will not stand in Pierre Gasly's way to join Alpine in Formula 1 next year so long as "our conditions are met."

Why Alpine only has itself to blame for its F1 driver market blunders

Friday's announcement by Formula 1's Contract Recognition Board brought to an end the contract saga surrounding Oscar Piastri, who will race for McLaren in 2023.

Piastri to race for McLaren F1 in 2023 after CRB ruling

McLaren has announced Oscar Piastri will race for the team in 2023 and beyond after Formula 1’s Contract Recognition Board ruled in its favour this week.

Gasly surprised Piastri turned down Alpine F1 drive for 2023

Pierre Gasly was “quite surprised” to see Oscar Piastri turn down a Formula 1 drive with Alpine for 2023, calling the move “quite bold”.

Ocon explains why he wants Schumacher at Alpine for 2023

Esteban Ocon has told Alpine that Mick Schumacher is his preferred option as a Formula 1 teammate for 2023, believing the current Haas driver could “perform very well”.

Ferrari "very surprised" over Red Bull F1 lightweight chassis talk

Ferrari would be “very surprised” if Red Bull introduced a lightweight Formula 1 chassis this season given the budget cap constraints, but notes the financial rules remain “very green”.

Ferrari: Spa straightline speed deficit to Red Bull not a concern for Monza

Ferrari does not believe that its Spa straightline speed deficit to Red Bull will prove to be a concern at its home Formula 1 race at Monza next weekend.

Albon buoyed by train of cars fighting him for 10th in Spa F1 race

Alex Albon hailed the Belgian Grand Prix as one of his best races in Formula 1 after fending off a train of five cars in the closing stages to score a point for 10th.

How Ocon pulled off his Hakkinen-style Spa F1 double overtake

Esteban Ocon channelled his inner Mika Hakkinen by completing a brilliant double pass along the Kemmel Straight at Spa, drawing comparisons to the two-time Formula 1 champion's move in 2000.

No hope Spa F1 struggles were track specific, says Ferrari

Mattia Binotto has downplayed suggestions Ferrari's Formula 1 struggles at Spa were simply track specific after its resounding defeat to Red Bull in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Ferrari: Sensor failure led to Leclerc’s ‘unlucky’ pit lane speeding penalty

Ferrari has revealed a sensor failure resulting from the tear-off that became stuck in Charles Leclerc’s brake duct led to his “unlucky” penalty for Formula 1 pit lane speeding.

Leclerc: No frustration with Ferrari despite late Spa F1 pit stop backfiring

Charles Leclerc says he feels no frustration with Ferrari’s Formula 1 strategists over the decision to pit him late at Spa despite the call backfiring in the last two laps.

Hamilton won't speak to Alonso for Belgian GP clash after "idiot" rant

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has shouldered the blame for his collision with Fernando Alonso in the Belgian Grand Prix, but said he won't speak to the Spaniard after he called him an "idiot".

Alonso feeling "cautious" over F1 start at Spa after Canada erorrs

Fernando Alonso says he has “cautious feelings” starting third on the Formula 1 grid at Spa after mistakes in Canada saw Alpine squander a front row start.

Tsunoda pit lane start moves Verstappen and Leclerc up Spa F1 grid

Yuki Tsunoda will start Sunday’s Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix from the pit lane after a power unit change, moving title fighters Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc up the grid.

Hamilton: Mercedes can only "laugh off" F1 car struggles at this point

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes can only “laugh off” its Formula 1 car struggles after a difficult qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday.

FIA clarifies Leclerc back of grid F1 penalty after possible loophole Belgian GP
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FIA clarifies Leclerc back of grid F1 penalty after possible loophole

The FIA has clarified why Charles Leclerc will receive a back of the grid penalty for the Belgian Grand Prix despite a potential loophole in the Formula 1 regulations.

McLaren hits back at Alpine’s Piastri lack of F1 integrity claim

McLaren chief Zak Brown has hit back at Otmar Szafnauer’s claim that Oscar Piastri has shown a lack of integrity in the ongoing Formula 1 contract saga.

Russell: Verstappen can comfortably win Belgian GP from 15th

Mercedes Formula 1's George Russell believes Max Verstappen will be able to win Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix "pretty comfortably" despite starting from 15th on the grid.

Leclerc: Ferrari Spa F1 qualifying tyre mistake was "no big deal"

Charles Leclerc brushed off Ferrari’s tyre mix up in Spa Formula 1 qualifying after the wrong set was fitted for his first Q3 run, calling it “no big deal”.

Start of Belgian F1 GP qualifying delayed due to barrier repairs

The start of Formula 1 qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix has been delayed due to barrier repairs following a crash in the Porsche Supercup support race.