Alex Kalinauckas

Alex Kalinauckas

Alex Kalinauckas is Autosport's Grand Prix Editor, covering every Formula 1 race since the start of 2020. After completing a master's degree in journalism at Goldsmiths College University of London in 2014, he worked for a range of motorsport and technology publications while covering national racing as an Autosport freelancer.  

A lifelong motorsport fan - no one in his family can explain quite how or why such a development first occurred - Alex joined the Autosport staff in April 2017 as the magazine’s Assistant Editor covering Formula 2 and GP3, before being made Formula E correspondent and’s Plus Editor in March 2018. He lives in north-east London and is constantly frustrated by the Central Line.

Latest articles by Alex Kalinauckas

Michael Preston named Autosport’s Williams Engineer of the Future Award
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Michael Preston named Autosport’s Williams Engineer of the Future Award

Michael Preston has won the 2022 Autosport Williams Engineer of the Future Award.

F1 should not be afraid to limit "ritualistic" DRS use from 2023, says Brawn

Formula 1 should not be afraid to make the DRS advantage less powerful from 2023 in a bid to stop overtaking becoming too "ritualistic", says Ross Brawn.

F1’s active aero plans for 2026 could include ‘reverse DRS’

Formula 1’s active aero plans for 2026 could include the idea of handicapping the car performance of race leaders to help prevent runaway wins.

The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success

OPINION: Charles Leclerc achieved his target of sealing runner-up in the 2022 world championship with a masterful drive behind Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi. And that race contained key elements that may help him, and Ferrari, go one better in Formula 1 2023

Verstappen: Holding up Leclerc not a nice way to end F1 season

Max Verstappen was glad he didn't receive a call to hold up Charles Leclerc for Sergio Perez as "it wouldn't be the nicest way" to end the Formula 1 season.

Abu Dhabi GP: Verstappen takes 15th win of 2022, Leclerc beats Perez

Red Bull's Max Verstappen dominated Formula 1's 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, while behind Charles Leclerc held off Sergio Perez to seal second place in the drivers' championship.

Red Bull planned two Verstappen tows for Perez in F1 qualifying

Red Bull planned for Max Verstappen to tow teammate Sergio Perez twice in Formula 1 qualifying at Abu Dhabi's 2022 race, but that was scuppered by his early-Q3 car trouble.

Why Leclerc’s bid to beat Perez to second looks harder after day one in Abu Dhabi

Although there's nothing much left to play for in Formula 1's 2022 finale, the battle over second between Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc is finely poised - with the two on equal points. But practice showed that, despite hints of good qualifying pace at Ferrari, Leclerc might find overhauling Perez a particularly tough ask in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

F1 to trial fitting cars with wheel arches in wet races to reduce spray problem

The FIA is commissioning a study that may lead to Formula 1 cars being fitted with temporary wheel covers during extreme wet running in a bid to improve driver visibility.

Abu Dhabi GP: Verstappen tops FP2 from Russell, Leclerc

Max Verstappen beat George Russell and Charles Leclerc as Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes split the top times in practice for Formula 1's 2022 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hamilton predicts Vettel will make F1 comeback

Lewis Hamilton thinks Sebastian Vettel will one day make a comeback to Formula 1 after retiring following this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Verstappen slams "disgusting" and "unacceptable" abuse after F1 team orders row

Max Verstappen has slammed “bullshit” media reports, as well as “sickening” and “unacceptable” social media abuse, regarding Red Bull’s Formula 1 team orders controversy in Brazil.

Schumacher wants to "prove everyone wrong" after losing Haas F1 seat

Mick Schumacher says he intends to "prove everyone wrong" who doesn't believe in him after losing his Haas Formula 1 seat for 2023.

What the Verstappen/Hamilton Brazil crash teaches F1 about a 2021 rematch

OPINION: Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton crashed into each other yet again in last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix. But it was more 50-50 than the stewards’ ruling reflected and also offered fascinating insight into the thinking of two Formula 1 legends.

Ten things we learned at the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix

The 2022 Formula 1 season might be winding down to its conclusion with not much to play for, but it didn’t stop fireworks on and off the track at Interlagos. From controversy around team orders to a resurgent frontrunner, the F1 craziness didn’t miss a beat at the Brazilian Grand Prix

Brazilian GP: Perez pips Leclerc by 0.004s in opening F1 practice

Sergio Perez led Charles Leclerc in opening practice for Formula 1's 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix, as Red Bull and Ferrari diverged in their sole preparation for the event's qualifying session.

The 2022 rule change result that should worry F1 Prime

The 2022 rule change result that should worry F1

OPINION: As the first season of Formula 1’s new car design era heads to its conclusion in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, the full scale of the rule revamp’s impact on the competitive order has been laid down. This shows a less-discussed element is still lurking and it’s something the championship will find hard to address

Vettel still giving "everything I have" to help Aston prepare for F1 2023

Sebastian Vettel is still giving "everything I have" to help Aston Martin develop its Formula 1 car package, despite having only two events left in his career in the championship.

F1 set to abandon plan to lower tyre blanket temperatures for 2023

The plan to lower Formula 1 tyre blanket temperatures from 70°C to 50°C for 2023 is being re-evaluated and is likely to be dropped.

The type of F1 world champion record-breaker Verstappen has proved to be Prime

The type of F1 world champion record-breaker Verstappen has proved to be

OPINION: Max Verstappen’s 2022 Formula 1 season was already very memorable given his title success. Now, he’s secured a unique championship achievement with his Mexico win. But what exactly has this year taught us about the type of champion he has become?

Verstappen "incredibly proud" of F1 season wins record

Max Verstappen feels “incredibly proud” to have claimed Formula 1’s season win record with his 14th win of the year in Mexico despite being “never really interested in stats.”

Mexican Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

Only the one perfect score, and no prizes for guessing who, as a strategic Mexican Grand Prix saw a few Formula 1 drivers grab their opportunity to shine, while others were left wanting more on a challenging race weekend

The nine reasons why the 2022 Mexican GP wasn’t a better F1 race

For a Formula 1 race with so much promise and potential, a dominant and record-breaking 14th victory for Max Verstappen somewhat undersold the Mexican Grand Prix. But full credit must go to the reigning world champion and his Red Bull squad for masterminding a thumping performance, along with a handful of other critical factors which worked in their favour.

Mexican GP: Verstappen eases to record-breaking 14th win of 2022 Mexico City GP
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Mexican GP: Verstappen eases to record-breaking 14th win of 2022

Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton in a lifeless 2022 Mexican Formula 1 Grand Prix after Mercedes' alternative tyre strategy against Red Bull did not pay off.

Verstappen: "Very hard to nail" pole lap at low-grip Mexico F1 track

Max Verstappen says he struggled to “nail” a lap in Mexican Grand Prix qualifying, and attributed his pole to Red Bull improving his car's handling just in time for Q3.

Mexican GP: Verstappen storms to F1 pole ahead of Russell, Hamilton

Max Verstappen beat Mercedes pair George Russell and Lewis Hamilton to pole for Formula 1's 2022 Mexican race, with Ferrari's Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc down in fifth and seventh.

Mexican GP: Russell puts Mercedes on top in final F1 practice

George Russell led Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes 1-2 in FP3 for Formula 1's 2022 Mexican Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen 0.5s adrift in third

FIA set to reduce use of F1 black-and-orange flag warnings

FIA officials are likely to reduce the use of the black-and-orange flag warning following controversy over its use in several incidents during Formula 1’s 2022 season, has learned.

What we learned in opening practice for F1's 2022 Mexican GP

Another truncated day of Friday practice running may mask a familiar order from the 2022 Formula 1 season, but key events triggered by crashes, red flags and 2023 Pirelli tyre tests could see Mercedes with a slender edge against both Red Bull and Ferrari at the Mexican Grand Prix.

Leclerc: Ferrari "getting there" against Red Bull on Sunday F1 race gains

Charles Leclerc reckons Ferrari is “getting there” with its bid to improve strategy and find performance gains to fight back against 2022 Formula 1 rival Red Bull.

Alonso: F1 will have "huge problem" if Austin penalty is upheld

Fernando Alonso warns that Haas’ US Grand Prix protest against his damaged Alpine represents “a huge problem” for Formula 1, if its admissibility and his subsequent penalty are upheld.

Why Hamilton could be wrong: Mercedes 2022 F1 win chances aren’t over Prime

Why Hamilton could be wrong: Mercedes 2022 F1 win chances aren’t over

OPIONION: Max Verstappen hunted down and defeated Lewis Hamilton in last weekend’s US Grand Prix at Austin – in scenes that were very 2021 after Red Bull botched his second stop. That led to Hamilton effectively declaring Mercedes’ chances of winning a Formula 1 race in 2022 to be over. But might there actually be hope yet for the Silver Arrows?

The pre-race call that hurt Hamilton's chance to stop Verstappen's US GP charge

Max Verstappen’s recovery from a bodged pitstop to win the United States Grand Prix demonstrated Red Bull’s dominance in 2022, but in truth key pre-race decisions helped swing the advantage back to the newly-crowned Formula 1 world constructors’ champions after its pitlane blunder. Regardless, the Dutch driver’s performance was a fitting tribute to Dietrich Mateschitz whose death during the Austin race weekend rocked the paddock

United States Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

In a frantic and breathless Formula 1 United States Grand Prix there are zero maximum scores in the latest Autosport driver ratings, but many starring roles alongside some unwanted villain tags during the Circuit of the Americas' headline act

United States GP: Verstappen passes Hamilton for 13th win of 2022

Max Verstappen overcame a botched pitstop to hunt down and defeat Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton late on in Formula 1's 2022 US Grand Prix, sealing Red Bull's constructors' championship in the process.

Leclerc won't take "crazy risks" to fight back from US GP grid penalty

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc will not take any "crazy risks" to recover from his US Grand Prix grid penalty, but acknowledges he still needs to attack early. 

F1 drivers postpone talks over Suzuka crane incident to Mexico

Discussions between Formula 1 drivers and the FIA over the findings of the governing body’s investigation into the recent Suzuka safety issues have been postponed until next week’s Mexico race.

United States GP: Sainz pips Leclerc and Verstappen to F1 pole

Carlos Sainz claimed pole position for Formula 1's 2022 US Grand Prix by beating his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc and Red Bull's newly-crowned double world champion Max Verstappen.

United States GP: Verstappen leads FP3 by 0.3s from Leclerc

Max Verstappen edged Charles Leclerc for the top spot in FP3 at Formula 1's 2022 Grand Prix, with the Ferrari now running fresh engine parts and facing a grid drop.

The breakthrough Ferrari must find in the "meaningless" Pirelli tyre test

Formula 1's second visit to the United States in 2022 began with Ferrari sweeping both sessions at the Circuit of the Americas on Friday. But it was an unusual opening day that offered little in the way of meaningful clues as to what the true pecking order is right now.

United States GP: Leclerc leads second practice ahead of Bottas

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc topped second practice for Formula 1’s 2022 US Grand Prix, where the times were essentially meaningless due to the session being dedicated to 2023 Pirelli tyre testing.  

Gasly "reckless" but FIA also shoulders blame: the Suzuka F1 report's key findings

The key detail in the FIA’s investigation of the crane incident during Formula 1’s 2022 Japanese Grand Prix reveals that race control missed Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri in the pitlane while permitting the Suzuka marshals to take recovery vehicles on track.

The 10 steps Ferrari needs to take to be a real F1 challenger Prime

The 10 steps Ferrari needs to take to be a real F1 challenger

Max Verstappen most likely would have won the 2022 Formula 1 world championship even without Ferrari’s blunders and miscues. The team has much to work on if it’s to mount a challenge in the years ahead

The steps the FIA must take to restore its authority inside and outside F1

OPINION: After Spa and Abu Dhabi in 2021, Formula 1 has another saga to address after the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix. And it’s one that centres on the decisions of motorsport’s governing body, which is having what good it does do damaged in the court of public opinion. Here are some steps that would address this and hopefully satisfy all parties

Ten things we learned at the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix

A crowned champion amid chaos and confusion underpinned the first Formula 1 race in Japan since 2019 - but there was more to the weekend than that, as driver market moves and the popular return of Suzuka were also key threads. Here's a look at the 10 biggest points of interest from the Japanese Grand Prix

Ten moments that won Verstappen the 2022 Formula 1 title Prime

Ten moments that won Verstappen the 2022 Formula 1 title

While Max Verstappen’s second Formula 1 world championship triumph didn’t match the drama and controversy of his maiden success last year, it demonstrated how both driver and team have become an unstoppable force at the start of a new ground-effect era. Here’s a play-by-play account of the 10 key moments which decided how the season turned out

Japanese GP: Alonso fastest in wet first F1 practice at Suzuka

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso topped the times ahead of Ferrari pair Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc in a wet first practice session for Formula 1’s 2022 Japanese Grand Prix.

How Perez has shown what many F1 drivers need from the 2022 season run-in Prime

How Perez has shown what many F1 drivers need from the 2022 season run-in

OPINION: Sergio Perez’s Singapore triumph arrested a big decline in his Formula 1 performances against Max Verstappen at Red Bull since his Monaco win. He now needs to maintain his form to the season’s end, while others are also seeking a change in fortunes.

Singapore Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

A testing return to the Singapore Grand Prix in tricky conditions created plenty of hazards and mistakes for the Formula 1 drivers to fall into. That partly explains a number of low scores, including from a handful of high profile runners, allowing others to take a starring role under the floodlights

The two key contributors to Leclerc's defeat to Perez in Singapore

In a marathon Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, Sergio Perez’s victory was only assured hours after the race due to a stewards investigation. Throughout the contest the Red Bull driver impressively held off Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in changing conditions to see the Mexican pull out enough of an advantage to negate his post-race penalty

Singapore GP: Perez wins, but faces post-race investigation

Red Bull's Sergio Perez beat Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc in an action-packed 2022 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, but the Mexican faces a post-race investigation.

Singapore GP start procedure delayed due to poor weather

The start procedure of Formula 1's 2022 Singapore Grand Prix has been delayed after torrential rain hit the island city just over an hour before the race's scheduled beginning.

Leclerc explains mistakes which he feared cost Singapore GP F1 pole Singapore GP
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Leclerc explains mistakes which he feared cost Singapore GP F1 pole

Charles Leclerc feared he had thrown away Singapore Grand Prix pole position with mistakes on his final lap in Formula 1 qualifying in a nervous end to the session.

Hamilton escapes penalty over nose stud, but Mercedes F1 fined

Lewis Hamilton has escaped a penalty for wearing his nose piercing during Formula 1 track action in Singapore, but Mercedes has been fined €25,000 over filing an inaccurate self-scrutineering form.

F1 drivers call for wider pitlanes to avoid injury

Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez say Formula 1 and the FIA should consider making pitlanes wider and longer to avoid dangerous incidents such as they endured at Zandvoort this month.

Why Red Bull and Ferrari are eying key set-up changes for Singapore GP

Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz suggest Singapore’s street-circuit setting could force Formula 1’s leading teams into returning to set-up tactics the 2022 car changes had seemingly devalued. 

Why a 2021 F1 tactic means Verstappen is unconcerned by Red Bull's poor practice

With many of the frontrunners enduring disjointed practice sessions ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, it makes interpreting the lap times tricky. But, despite the difficulties for Formula 1 points leader Max Verstappen, there are reasons for him to not feel too disheartened after Friday

Singapore GP: Sainz leads Ferrari 1-2 in second F1 practice

Carlos Sainz led a Ferrari 1-2 in second practice for Formula 1's 2022 Singapore Grand Prix, where championship leaders Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc completed only a handful of laps.

McLaren's "experimental" F1 upgrade aimed at low-speed gains

McLaren says the "experimental" upgrade it has introduced at Formula 1's Singapore Grand Prix should especially help lift its performance in low and medium-speed corners.

Why is Oscar Piastri F1's most sought-after rookie? Prime

Why is Oscar Piastri F1's most sought-after rookie?

The Australian rising star is fast, consistent, confident, adaptable and has shown excellent racecraft, but there’s already a taint to his reputation. That hasn’t stopped him becoming the hottest property in this year’s F1 driver market and why McLaren moved fast to snap up the 21-year-old