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The mantra Ocon must follow to challenge Alonso at Alpine Prime

The mantra Ocon must follow to challenge Alonso at Alpine

OPINION: It's been an uneasy ride for Esteban Ocon since his F1 comeback - and fresh challenges lie in wait as he's joined by double world champion Fernando Alonso in the newly rebranded Alpine team. STUART CODLING sets out a roadmap to success…

How McLaren F1’s new investors have already made an impact Prime

How McLaren F1’s new investors have already made an impact

The deal McLaren concluded with MSP Sports Capital last year which will help the cash-strapped Formula 1 team pay for much-needed infrastructure upgrades, also points toward the future for F1 itself, says GP Racing's Stuart Codling.

The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction Prime

The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction

The forthcoming Netflix film linking the world of underworld crime and motorsport plays on a theme that isn't exactly new. Over the years, several shady figures have attempted to make it in racing before their dubious dealings caught up with them.

Why Renault's survivor wasn't part of Alpine's plans Prime
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Why Renault's survivor wasn't part of Alpine's plans

Even the most skilled and ambitious political operators can come a cropper when organisations change. Stuart Codling reflects on the departure from Renault of Cyril Abiteboul.

The uncomfortable dilemma resulting from F1's constant expansion Prime

The uncomfortable dilemma resulting from F1's constant expansion

The world is changing and F1 has to change with it to enjoy a prosperous future. But how much pain will that involve? STUART CODLING examines how F1 is coping with the challenge of embracing sustainability...

The V12 experiment that powered Senna to his final F1 title Prime
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The V12 experiment that powered Senna to his final F1 title

Formula 1 fans remember V12 engines fondly but only one has powered a driver to the world championship. STUART CODLING recalls McLaren's MP4/6, with which Ayrton Senna secured the 1991 crown 30 years ago...

The sceptical mindset behind Haas F1's change of course Prime

The sceptical mindset behind Haas F1's change of course

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen have been shown the door after another underwhelming season for Haas. But that's not the only big change blowing through the American-owned team.

How McLaren turned shop floor mutiny into credible recovery Prime

How McLaren turned shop floor mutiny into credible recovery

For so long nearly a laughing stock in Formula 1, such has been the magnitude of its fall, McLaren has had to re-examine its entire working culture. STUART CODLING explains how results this past season show the pain might have been worth it...

Why Mercedes won’t leap into choosing a Wolff successor Prime

Why Mercedes won’t leap into choosing a Wolff successor

You might think Toto Wolff's job is easy - but it isn't, and that's why he can't hand over the Mercedes team principal role to someone else quickly, even though he wants to move on, says Stuart Codling.

How a misunderstanding dogged Ferrari's last V12 screamer Prime

How a misunderstanding dogged Ferrari's last V12 screamer

The last in the line of V12-powered Ferrari Formula 1 cars was a formidable beast – and it could have been even more successful had a key aerodynamic innovation not been dropped because of internal politics, says STUART CODLING…

Why McLaren deems its £200m gamble a necessary strategy Prime

Why McLaren deems its £200m gamble a necessary strategy

McLaren has put its award-winning Norman Foster-designed headquarters up for sale - but it's not planning on moving out. Stuart Codling investigates why it's come to this...

How Ricciardo helped Renault rediscover its swagger Prime

How Ricciardo helped Renault rediscover its swagger

Daniel Ricciardo is McLaren-bound next season, but leaving a Renault team which is undergoing a resurgence on and off the track. He and team principal Cyril Abiteboul tell Stuart Codling and Ben Anderson what's been happening behind the scenes

Why F1 could be blundering with its landmark new circuit deal Prime

Why F1 could be blundering with its landmark new circuit deal

Formula 1's involvement in a proposed new circuit to host the Brazilian Grand Prix is tone-deaf at best, says Stuart Codling

Ricciardo to raise Grosjean's moves in drivers' briefing

Daniel Ricciardo will raise Romain Grosjean's aggressive defensive moves during the British Grand Prix at the next Formula 1 drivers' briefing on Friday.

Podcast: Inside Lewis Hamilton’s quest to change the world

As the latest GP Racing magazine hits the shelves, the Flat Chat with Codders podcast tackles the issue that’s dividing Formula 1 fandom.

The strategy blunder that sums up Ferrari's crisis Prime

The strategy blunder that sums up Ferrari's crisis

Ferrari wasn't the only team to gamble on soft tyres in the expectation of rain at the Hungarian Grand Prix. But that it did so at all - and, worse, continued to stick with its decision rather than save grace - was merely another sign of its current crisis.

Kubica still has regrets over missed title bid in 2008

Robert Kubica says he still feels some regret over missing out on a challenge for the Formula 1 world title in 2008 after BMW stopped developing its car mid-season.

Kubica “almost laughing” to think 2020 schedule would be too busy

Robert Kubica says he is “almost laughing” at the idea of his 2020 racing schedule being too busy between Formula 1 and DTM duties before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Why Kubica brings a new perspective to Alfa Romeo Prime

Why Kubica brings a new perspective to Alfa Romeo

He's overcome many setbacks to restart a racing career that once brought him close to Formula 1 world championship glory. Now Robert Kubica has been stuck at home during what should have been his busiest season ever - but, as he explains to Stuart Codling, he's still eating up the miles, albeit virtually...

Ferrari's long history of wrecked driver relationships Prime

Ferrari's long history of wrecked driver relationships

It takes a special talent to hire some of the greatest drivers of their generation and then either alienate them completely or give up on them and force them out. But Ferrari has been doing it since the dawn of the world championship, argues STUART CODLING.

How BMW-Sauber blew its chance of title glory Prime

How BMW-Sauber blew its chance of title glory

As Motorsport.com celebrates 50 years of Sauber, we revisit the 2008 season in which it at last became a Formula 1 winner. But corporate demands from new owner BMW meant its best shot at the title was allowed to slip away.

Steiner: F1 will ensure Australian GP goes ahead

Haas F1 team boss Gunther Steiner has said that the championship promoter will ensure all the competitors are able to enter Australia for next week's grand prix.

Sainz: Racing Point hiding its full potential

McLaren Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz believes Racing Point is masking the pace of its controversial ‘pink Mercedes’ and that it could be among the leading midfield teams this season.

Russell: Williams still the slowest car in 2020

George Russell has played down suggestions that his Williams Formula 1 team will be able to rejoin the midfield runners despite an encouraging performance in the Barcelona test.

The trick simulator keeping Mercedes ahead of the game Prime

The trick simulator keeping Mercedes ahead of the game

One of the keys to Mercedes' incredible run of success is its ability to maximise the potential of its cars at any given race weekend - and the simulator plays a major role in that. Stuart Codling investigates the secret weapon that Ferrari, among others, is desperate to replicate

How Mercedes fooled 'naive' rivals in 2019 Prime

How Mercedes fooled 'naive' rivals in 2019

Think you know everything about the championship-winning Mercedes W10 from 2019? Think again. The car pictured here is not what it seems - and demonstrates the depth and confidence that makes Mercedes a serial winner, as Stuart Codling explains...

What Bottas has learned from Hamilton Prime

What Bottas has learned from Hamilton

He might be the 2019 Formula 1 world championship runner-up - his best finish in three seasons with Mercedes - but Valtteri Bottas still admits he can't be totally satisfied with last year. In this exclusive interview he tells Stuart Codling all about his drive to improve himself – and what he gets up to on the internet...

Why Hamilton sees Wolff partnership as one of F1's best Prime

Why Hamilton sees Wolff partnership as one of F1's best

Lewis Hamilton has played a key part in Mercedes' extraordinary run to six consecutive Formula 1 world championship doubles. In this exclusive chat with Stuart Codling, Hamilton explains what makes this such a special team, how the group is empowered to flourish, and the role he performs as the "rudder" of the ship

Why Kubica’s amazing F1 comeback went wrong Prime

Why Kubica’s amazing F1 comeback went wrong

For Robert Kubica it's been uphill all the way in his long-awaited return to Formula 1 after a debilitating physical injury. But things are getting better and, even though it won't be at Williams, he's keen to stay in F1, he tells Stuart Codling

From keeping Caterham alive to rehabilitating Renault Prime

From keeping Caterham alive to rehabilitating Renault

For five years Cyril Abiteboul has been in charge of Renault's Formula 1 presence. The hybrid era put Abiteboul at odds with his counterpart at Red Bull, and prompted Renault to return in force to prove itself again as a manufacturer. But as he explains to Stuart Codling, his career has been eventful even before this latest chapter

Mercedes will not intervene to keep German GP on calendar

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that the Stuttgart manufacturer will not intervene to try to keep the German Grand Prix on the 2020 Formula 1 calendar, despite helping to ensure that this year’s race took place.

Why Formula 1 wouldn't miss Hockenheim Prime

Why Formula 1 wouldn't miss Hockenheim

The German Grand Prix looks set to be squeezed off the Formula 1 calendar for 2020. That won't be a huge loss, as last weekend it felt like Hockenheim had already given up

F1 without classic tracks would be "stupid" - Vettel

Four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel has criticised the disappearance of classic venues from the calendar in favour of new territories where there is little appetite for motorsport.

Kubica: German GP visibility worse than night rallies in fog

Williams driver Robert Kubica said the 2019 German Grand Prix provided him with a stark reminder of how bad visibility is during wet Formula 1 races.

Albon didn't want to engage in costly Hamilton battle

Alex Albon says he was forced to fight Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton during the latter stages of the 2019 German Grand Prix, and it ultimately cost him several positions.

Verstappen: Germany win doesn't change championship outlook

German Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen says his victory at Hockenheim will not alter the outlook of the Formula 1 drivers' championship battle.

German GP: Verstappen wins crazy race, disaster for Mercedes

Max Verstappen mastered both wet and dry conditions to win the 2019 Formula 1 German Grand Prix for Red Bull as Mercedes faltered.

Ricciardo: Important to keep Renault criticism "constructive"

Daniel Ricciardo says his Renault Formula 1 team needs "constructive criticism" rather than recrimination as it heads into the summer break well short of the targets it set this season.

Bottas held back by "surprising" brake inconsistency

Valtteri Bottas says a “surprising” brake issue hampered him in German Grand Prix qualifying, where he finished third behind Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

Verstappen laments impact of Q2 power loss scare

Max Verstappen says it was a “shame” he had to change his tyre strategy in qualifying at Hockenheim due to an issue with a “different mode” on his Red Bull Formula 1 car.

German GP: Leclerc tops FP3, Mercedes off the pace

Charles Leclerc was fastest again for Ferrari in third practice for the 2019 German Grand Prix, outpacing the quickest Mercedes by half a second.

Magnussen seeing no progress from latest Haas F1 update

Kevin Magnussen said Haas' latest Formula 1 upgrades had made little difference after being outpaced by the Melbourne-spec car of his teammate Romain Grosjean during German Grand Prix practice.

German GP: Leclerc quickest in FP2 as Gasly crashes

Charles Leclerc edged out his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel as Mercedes came up short on single-lap pace in second practice for the Formula 1 German Grand Prix.

Russell thought he was on course for points in Monaco

George Russell says he and his Williams Formula 1 team thought he was on course for points at one stage in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.

Bottas: Verstappen "kept drifting to the right" in pitlane incident

Valtteri Bottas says Formula 1 rival Max Verstappen "kept drifting to the right" during their pitlane incident in the Monaco Grand Prix, which he feared had been ruined.

Hamilton thought fence might collapse in pole celebration

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton thought his celebration after landing pole position for the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix might go wrong as he scaled a fence to greet fans.

Leclerc escapes grid drop for VSC infringement

Charles Leclerc has been reprimanded by stewards for failing to obey the correct protocols during a Virtual Safety Car period in practice for the 2019 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix.

Monaco GP: Leclerc tops FP3 as Vettel crashes

Charles Leclerc edged out the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas in third practice for the 2019 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix after Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel crashed out early on.

Why modern hero worship of Senna misses the mark Prime

Why modern hero worship of Senna misses the mark

Ayrton Senna's ascent to latterday sainthood means we now worship the myth rather than understanding the fascinating complexities of the man in full.

Sainz "feels" for Schumacher over scrutiny

McLaren Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz says he feels for Ferrari junior Mick Schumacher over the scrutiny he is receiving in Formula 2, having had a similar experience himself.

Why McLaren is flattering to deceive Prime

Why McLaren is flattering to deceive

McLaren has become one of the surprise packages of 2019 with Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz showing flashes of potential. But dig a little deeper and it's clear a McLaren recovery is still far from near

Russell: Chinese GP rivals passed me "like I'm stood still"

Williams driver George Russell says he felt like he was “stood still” when he found himself racing Formula 1 cars from other teams in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Kubica feels he has "no race pace" since F1 race return

Williams Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica says he currently has "no race pace" after another difficult day in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.

Chinese GP: Hamilton leads third consecutive Mercedes 1-2

Lewis Hamilton won a processional 2019 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix for Mercedes ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas as Ferrari's challenge faded with a weak opening stint.

Sainz says China has brought McLaren "back to reality"

Chinese Grand Prix qualifying brought the McLaren Formula 1 team "back to reality" after its encouraging performances in the opening two rounds, according to Carlos Sainz.

Vettel: Gap to Mercedes "too big" in China

Sebastian Vettel says his deficit to the Mercedes Formula 1 cars was "too big" in Chinese Grand Prix qualifying, and suggests Ferrari is still unable to replicate its pre-season testing form.

Hamilton "experimenting" in qualifying after handling issues

Lewis Hamilton said he was "experimenting" throughout Chinese Grand Prix qualifying after "battling" his car more than his Mercedes Formula 1 teammate and poleman Valtteri Bottas.

Chinese GP: Bottas quickest in FP3, big crash for Albon

Valtteri Bottas went quickest for Mercedes in what proved to be an unrepresentative final practice session for the 2019 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix.

Mercedes: Racing Point tie-up "very different" to Ferrari/Haas

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says his team's collaboration with Racing Point is "very different" to the Ferrari/Haas model, and that its future depends on the new 2021 Formula 1 rules.

Chinese GP: Vettel beats Hamilton and Leclerc in FP1

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel topped the first practice session for the 1000th Formula 1 World Championship race in China on Friday morning.