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How to make a huge impact in your one and only F1 start

You might know Stephane Sarrazin as a WRC regular who spent two years as a works Subaru driver, you might know him as a sportscar specialist who has finished runner-up at Le Mans on four occasions, or you might even know him as a regular in the early years of Formula E.

The beer and curry secret of F1's last non-points race

On April 10th, 1983 a little bit of history was made when Keke Rosberg won the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch, the Williams driver heading home a field of just 13 cars.

Norris: McLaren "not miles away" from Mercedes and Red Bull

Lando Norris says his McLaren Formula 1 team is "not miles away" from frontrunners Mercedes and Red Bull and expects a season-long battle with Ferrari and AlphaTauri for third.

Could AlphaTauri be 2021 surprise after Bahrain ‘shocker’?

Could AlphaTauri be the surprise package of the 2021 Formula 1 season? The sample of one provided by the Bahrain Grand Prix certainly suggests so.

Why the FIA has got tough on F1 car inspections

At the Bahrain GP the FIA's technical department introduced a new weapon in its ongoing fight to police the increasingly complex Formula 1 technical regulations.

The day Jenson Button won a Grand Prix while standing still

On April 5th 2009, a dramatic afternoon in Malaysia saw Jenson Button and the Brawn GP team continue their flying start to the season by scoring their second victory in eight days.

How a fist shake may have cost F1’s youngest poleman a win

On April 4th 1982 Andrea de Cesaris started the US GP West in Long Beach from the only pole position he would ever earn.

Vettel admits he is “not at home” in Aston Martin F1 car

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel has admitted he's "not at home" in his new car, following a troubled Bahrain Grand Prix with his new team.

How Raikkonen's rapid rise stalled his teammate's F1 career climb Prime

How Raikkonen's rapid rise stalled his teammate's F1 career climb

Kimi Raikkonen's emergence as a Formula 1 star in his rookie campaign remains one of the legendary storylines from 2001, but his exploits had an unwanted impact on his Sauber teammate's own prospects. Twenty years on from his first F1 podium at the Brazilian GP, here's how Nick Heidfeld's career was chilled by the Iceman.

How low-rake F1 concept has put Aston Martin at a crossroads

Can the Aston Martin Formula 1 team dig itself out of the hole that the revised 2021 aero regulations have left it in?

Alfa Romeo has reclaimed its spot in the F1 midfield - Vasseur

Alfa Romeo has reclaimed its place in the Formula 1 midfield this year despite failing to score in the Bahrain Grand Prix, according to team boss Frederic Vasseur.

Low-rake F1 runners warned of rules impact last year

Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer says that Formula 1 teams following the low-rake route cautioned last year that they would lose out under the FIA's 2021 aero regulation changes.

Perez having to adjust driving style to suit Red Bull F1 car

Sergio Perez admits he is having to adjust his driving style to adapt to his Red Bull Formula 1 car.

McLaren reveals Ricciardo had floor damage from Gasly clash

McLaren has revealed that Daniel Ricciardo performance in Formula 1's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix was hurt by floor damage sustained at the start of the race.

Tsunoda "wouldn't sleep" if he hadn't attacked Stroll on last lap

AlphaTauri Formula 1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda says he wouldn’t have been able to sleep on Sunday night if he hadn’t launched a last lap attack on Lance Stroll at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

How track limits became the talk of the Bahrain GP

The abuse of track limits has become an ongoing topic in Formula 1 in recent years, and on Sunday the subject took a little shine off what had otherwise been a fantastic race for the sport.

How Perez saved his Red Bull F1 debut in Bahrain

Sergio Perez has revealed how he saved his Red Bull debut by restarting his Honda engine on the formation lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix, receiving praise from his new Formula 1 team for his swift actions.

FIA to take stricter line on first lap incidents

FIA race director Michael Masi has told Formula 1 drivers that there will be a stricter approach to first lap incidents this year, can reveal.

Why Hamilton's taken action on human rights

Lewis Hamilton's recent emergence as the conscience of Formula 1 has put a spotlight on his views on many issues.

Tsunoda says "strange" medium tyres had no grip at all in Q2

AlphaTauri Formula 1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda says a "strange" feeling on the medium compound tyre during Q2 prevented him from qualifying in the top 10 for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Vettel "upset and angry" after Bahrain Q1 exit Bahrain GP
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Vettel "upset and angry" after Bahrain Q1 exit

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel was left "upset and angry" after going out in Q1 of Bahrain GP qualifying, in which the German saw his second flying lap ruined by yellow flags.

FIA plans more detailed post-race F1 technical checks in '21

The FIA had told Formula 1 teams that it will routinely undertake more thorough technical checks after each Grand Prix this season.

Pirelli would have been "stupid" not to use more robust 2021 tyre

Pirelli Formula 1 boss Mario Isola says that the company would have been “stupid” not to introduce the new and more robust tyre construction that is being used this season.

Vettel says there's "a lot left on the table" after practice

Sebastian Vettel says there's "still a lot left on the table" after a low-key first Friday of the season with the Aston Martin Formula 1 team in Bahrain.

Former rally driver Ben Sulayem launches FIA president bid

Former rally driver Mohammed ben Sulayem has launched a campaign to become the next FIA president after Jean Todt's final term ends in December.

Why Amazon’s big bucks could be a huge boost for F1

Will Formula 1's broadcasting model be transformed by the entry of an international streaming giant – with Amazon the most obvious candidate?

Gasly: Emotional article "closed a chapter" on turbulent period

AlphaTauri Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly says an article he wrote about his recent experiences on and off track has “closed the chapter” on a turbulent period in his career.

Hamilton: Man on a mission or a last hurrah?

Win or lose, will this be Lewis Hamilton's final Formula 1 season or will he sign a new Mercedes deal and continue into the sport's new era in 2022?

Obituary: Johnny Dumfries, 1958-2021

Johnny Dumfries, who has died after a short illness at the age of 62, will always be best remembered for his year as Ayrton Senna’s Lotus teammate in 1986.

Former F1 driver Johnny Dumfries passes away at 62

Former grand prix driver and 1988 Le Mans 24 Hours winner Johnny Dumfries has died at the age of 62 after a short illness.

The challenges Alpine faces with its no team boss approach

Can a Formula 1 team operate successfully without a clear boss in the traditional team principal role?

Why F1 was split over Bahrain’s vaccination offer

When Bahrain announced it would offer COVID-19 vaccinations to Formula 1 personnel across pre-season testing and the opening race, it unintentionally created a dilemma that left the paddock split over the plans.

How McLaren's "baby steps" could pay off in 2021

No Formula 1 team faced as big a challenge as McLaren heading into last weekend’s Bahrain testing, given the switch of power unit supplier from Renault to Mercedes.

Murray Walker obituary: F1 broadcasting legend dies aged 97

Broadcasting legend Murray Walker, who has died at the age of 97, made a huge contribution to growth in interest in Formula 1 in Britain.

AlphaTauri team takes COVID-19 vaccine in Bahrain

AlphaTauri Formula 1 boss Franz Tost has confirmed that his entire team has taken advantage of the Bahrain's government's offer of COVID-19 vaccinations for visitors.

Bottas hopes Mercedes can recover time after "not ideal" start

Valtteri Bottas is hopeful Mercedes will be able to recover the mileage lost on the opening day of Formula 1 pre-season testing after suffering some setbacks in Bahrain.

McLaren set to share Mercedes F1 reserve drivers again

McLaren will continue to share reserve drivers with Mercedes in Formula 1 this year as part of a continued agreement between the two teams.

Haas finally fires up 2021 F1 car ahead of Bahrain testing

The Haas Formula 1 team has finally been able to fire-up the Ferrari engine in its new 2021 car on Wednesday, ahead of pre-season testing in Bahrain.

The aero uncertainty facing F1 teams ahead of testing

The FIA's package of aerodynamic rule changes provided Formula 1 teams with a major challenge over the winter as they honed their 2021 cars.

How Mercedes could actually benefit from F1's budget cap

Formula 1's budget cap was introduced to make the sport more sustainable and keep the big teams under control, but Mercedes believes the sport's financial constraints can actually help it improve.

F1 can react quickly if further cost cuts needed - Steiner

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner says that the sport is prepared to react quickly if further cost-cutting measures are needed in 2021.

Pirelli granted an extra year as F1 deal extended to 2024

Pirelli has been granted an extra year on its current Formula 1 tyre supply contract to make up for the delay in introducing the new technical regulations.

Has Vettel got his mojo back with Aston Martin?
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Has Vettel got his mojo back with Aston Martin?

Has Sebastian Vettel got his mojo back after his move to the rebranded Aston Martin Formula 1 team? Adam Cooper considers the impact of the German's move to the team formerly known as Racing Point.

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Why Haas is willing to sacrifice its 2021 F1 season

Every Formula 1 team is facing the same difficult decision this season: how do you split precious aero development time between the current car and the all-new 2022 project?

Haas accepts "risk" in abandoning development of 2021 F1 car

Haas says it has abandoned development of its 2021 Formula 1 car in a move that it says carries some "risk" of dropping it down the order.

Liberty boss “not worried” about F1 balance sheet after big losses

Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei insists that he’s “not worried” about Formula 1’s balance sheet as the sport tries to recover from a tough 2020 season.

F1: Saudi GP to be on calendar for at least a decade

Formula 1 expects to have a Grand Prix in Saudi Arabia for at least 10 years, according to the executive in charge of the calendar.

Formula 1 posts record $386m loss for 2020 season

Formula 1 posted a huge loss in 2020 as the COVID pandemic impacted the calendar and races were run without spectators.

F1 expects spectators at “majority” of races in 2021

Formula 1 remains hopeful that spectators will be allowed at “the majority” of races in 2021 – but each case will be judged on the specific local conditions prevailing at the time.

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.