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Stroll calls 2020 season a year of "missed opportunity"

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll still sees plenty of missed opportunities from his best year so far in F1 in 2020.

The mistakes Mercedes cannot afford to make in F1 2021 Prime

The mistakes Mercedes cannot afford to make in F1 2021

After clinching the last seven Formula 1 world title doubles, Mercedes of course heads into the 2021 season as the overwhelming favourite. But there are still distinct hurdles it must clear to keep that streak alive

Giovinazzi: Learning from Raikkonen key to further F1 progress

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi is delighted to continue having Kimi Raikkonen as his teammate in 2021, believing the Finn's vast experience will be key to his own development.

New Williams owner wants to keep team's 'family feel'

Williams’ new owner is determined that the Formula 1 team retains the close family feel that has characterised the squad for decades.

Alfa Romeo wants "improving" Giovinazzi to be a team leader

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team boss has called on his driver Antonio Giovinazzi to become more of a team leader, as the Italian is gearing up for a third season in the sport with the Swiss team.

The driver gap Aston Martin must address in F1 2021 Prime

The driver gap Aston Martin must address in F1 2021

A famous motorsport moniker returns to Formula 1 in 2021. But, with Aston Martin still essentially the same as Racing Point, there's an element the team will want to fix for the new campaign if it is to better the recent success of its previous guise.

Continuing Alfa Romeo ties "crucial" for F1 team's future

Alfa Romeo team boss Fred Vasseur has labelled his team's close links to the Italian brand as more than just a "nice reward", saying the road car tie-up is crucial to the team's future.

Giovinazzi explains reason behind rapid race starts

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi believes working on his starts has been one of the keys to his improved second season in the sport.

The advice for Ferrari's in-waiting F1 star from his predecessor Prime

The advice for Ferrari's in-waiting F1 star from his predecessor

Two of Ferrari's Formula 1 juniors ended up fighting for the 2020 Formula 2 title. One has a deal with Haas for 2021 while the other faces a year on the sidelines. But that didn't work out badly for the last driver Ferrari brought through, as he explains

Russell: Vettel battles showed where I can improve race craft

George Russell says battling Sebastian Vettel wheel-to-wheel so much last year helped him massively improve his race craft as a Formula 1 driver.

F1's cost freeze helped Alfa Romeo survive, says Vasseur

Alfa Romeo team boss Fred Vasseur says he's "not sure that we would have been able to survive" without Formula 1's cost-saving measures and partial development freeze.

How Vettel's Ferrari mission ended on a sour note Prime

How Vettel's Ferrari mission ended on a sour note

Sebastian Vettel's six-year spell at Ferrari reached its unhappy conclusion with a painfully difficult season, while teammate Charles Leclerc made the best of an underperforming F1 car.

The Top 10 Formula 1 drivers of 2020 Prime

The Top 10 Formula 1 drivers of 2020

After a lengthy delay, the 2020 Formula 1 season served up a treat. But who were its brightest lights? Motorsport.com picks the 10 best performers from a truly unforgettable year in grand prix racing

Why a new era for Williams could beckon success Prime

Why a new era for Williams could beckon success

The Williams family bid farewell to close an F1 chapter in 2020, but fresh investment and new leadership offer genuine belief that a revival in form is possible in the future

How F1 dealt with COVID-19 – and what happens next? Prime

How F1 dealt with COVID-19 – and what happens next?

OPINION: Formula 1, the FIA and other key players deserve enormous credit for reorganising and completing the 2020 season given the existential threat from the pandemic. But the deadly virus seems set to have a big impact on the next campaign, too…

Interview: Hamilton on his future and his biggest challenge Prime

Interview: Hamilton on his future and his biggest challenge

He'll be 36 before the next Formula 1 season begins, but Lewis Hamilton remains determined to carry on improving as a human being as well as a driver. As he explains to Alex Kalinauckas, he feels like his work has only just begun....

Haas retains Mazepin in 2021 F1 line-up after conduct probe

The Haas Formula 1 team has reiterated its intention to run Nikita Mazepin for 2021 and has concluded its internal investigation into his recent conduct in an online video.

Hamilton exclusive: Why being F1's GOAT isn't the goal Prime

Hamilton exclusive: Why being F1's GOAT isn't the goal

Lewis Hamilton surpassed Michael Schumacher's all-time Formula 1 wins record in 2020, and matched his tally of world championships. But as he tells Motorsport.com in an exclusive interview, he's more interested enacting real change than chasing records.

Why Abu Dhabi's biggest disappointment wasn't lack of action Prime

Why Abu Dhabi's biggest disappointment wasn't lack of action

The 2020 Formula 1 season rather fizzled out at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, despite Max Verstappen and Red Bull winning brilliantly. In fact, the race will perhaps best be remembered for something it lost in its build-up

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Driver ratings

There was no let up from two star performers in Abu Dhabi as F1 2020 drew to a close under the lights, but there were mixed fortunes for drivers looking to go out on a high.

Why engine caution wasn't the biggest factor in Mercedes defeat

Mercedes was strangely subdued in an Abu Dhabi GP that never lived up to the promise suggested by the fine margins in qualifying. But its concern over engine life played a negligible part, as Max Verstappen utterly dominated 2020's final race

Vettel admits Ferrari farewell an "emotional day"

Sebastian Vettel says his final Formula 1 outing for Ferrari formed an "emotional day", as the four-time world champion finished 14th in the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Abu Dhabi GP: Verstappen cruises to win ahead of Mercedes duo

Red Bull's Max Verstappen dominated the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, winning ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton as Formula 1's 2020 season ended with a straightforward race.

Leclerc explains Vettel Abu Dhabi helmet tribute gesture

Charles Leclerc says he is running a special Abu Dhabi Grand Prix helmet livery dedicated to departing Ferrari Formula 1 teammate Sebastian Vettel to show respect for “a great guy”. 

Leclerc "disappointed" after failing to replicate Q1 pace Abu Dhabi GP
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Leclerc "disappointed" after failing to replicate Q1 pace

Charles Leclerc was “disappointed” to finish qualifying for Formula 1’s 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in ninth, after the Ferrari driver had set the third fastest time in Q1. 

Abu Dhabi GP: Verstappen beats Mercedes duo to pole Abu Dhabi GP
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Abu Dhabi GP: Verstappen beats Mercedes duo to pole

Max Verstappen stunned the Mercedes duo Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton to take Red Bull's first pole of 2020 as he topped qualifying at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

F1 2020's fiercest battle now hinges on a 0.068s swing

There was little surprise at the front of the Formula 1 field after the opening practice sessions for the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but behind Mercedes and Max Verstappen comes a frenetic, valuable fight for three teams, which looks too close to call at this stage…

Abu Dhabi GP: Bottas tops FP2 from Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas put Mercedes on top in FP2 at Formula 1's 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which was disrupted by a red flag when Kimi Raikkonen's Alfa Romeo caught fire.

Russell insists he will drive for Williams in F1 2021

George Russell has emphasised that he will drive for Williams in the 2021 Formula 1 season, calling his post-Sakhir-race comments about potentially joining Mercedes full time a "throwaway remark".

Bottas accepts "I need to be better" after recent run of F1 form

Valtteri Bottas accepts that he needs to "be better" after a difficult run of form, but feels "full of energy" for the Formula 1 season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Mercedes made "minor" car changes to help Russell fit better

Mercedes has only made minor changes to help George Russell fit in its Formula 1 car, which will nevertheless help him if he races for the team in Abu Dhabi.

The F1 sanity that left Russell with some Sakhir solace Prime

The F1 sanity that left Russell with some Sakhir solace

George Russell showed Formula 1 and Mercedes his class in the Sakhir Grand Prix, but the results of that disastrous pitstop nearly left him with nothing to show for it. Thankfully, a sensible outcome was reached, which should lead to a rule change

W Series reveals 2021 calendar on F1 support bill

W Series has revealed the eight Formula 1 support races that will form its 2021 calendar, which includes the British Grand Prix and flyaway events in the US and Mexico.

Sakhir Grand Prix - Driver ratings Sakhir GP Prime
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Sakhir Grand Prix - Driver ratings

The inaugural Sakhir Grand Prix produced a first-time winner at the 190th attempt, as one driver stole the show but was only rewarded with a ninth place finish.

The unseen mistake that nearly cost Perez victory in Russell's race Sakhir GP Prime
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The unseen mistake that nearly cost Perez victory in Russell's race

As a calamitous pitstop and a slow puncture denied George Russell a sensational win on his Mercedes debut, Sergio Perez charged from last to end a 50-year wait for a Mexican winner - but it could all have been very different in Sakhir

Sakhir GP: Perez takes shock win after Mercedes debacle

Sergio Perez took a stunning win for Racing Point in Formula 1's Sakhir Grand Prix after a calamitous Mercedes pitstop and then a puncture cost long-time leader George Russell.

Bruised Russell fears fatigue after squeezing into Mercedes

George Russell expects his Mercedes Formula 1 debut in the Sakhir Grand Prix to be “quite a fatiguing race” considering his struggles fitting into the cockpit of Lewis Hamilton’s car. 

Russell still pressing the wrong buttons in Mercedes car

George Russell has revealed he accidentally pressed his Mercedes car's neutral button during qualifying for the Sakhir Grand Prix, as he continues to adapt to his temporary Formula 1 environment.

Sakhir GP: Bottas beats Russell to pole by 0.026s Sakhir GP
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Sakhir GP: Bottas beats Russell to pole by 0.026s

Valtteri Bottas beat George Russell in qualifying for the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain, but only by 0.026s as Mercedes' temporary Formula 1 line-up battled for pole.

The critical area Russell and Mercedes must ace in Sakhir GP Prime

The critical area Russell and Mercedes must ace in Sakhir GP

Given George Russell's shock call up to drive for Mercedes in the Sakhir Grand Prix, there's plenty of extra scrutiny on the Black Arrows' fortunes this weekend. One area deserves special attention come his race outing against Valtteri Bottas.

Sakhir GP: Russell stays on top in FP2, Bottas 11th

George Russell topped FP2 for Formula 1's Sakhir Grand Prix, while his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas had a succession of flying lap efforts deleted for track limits abuse.

The effort Mercedes made to get Russell ready
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The effort Mercedes made to get Russell ready

George Russell has revealed the logistical efforts Mercedes made ahead of his Formula 1 race debut with the team, which included preparing and transporting his race suit in several countries.

Bottas admits it "wouldn't look so good" if Russell beat him

Valtteri Bottas acknowledges that if George Russell beats him on his Mercedes debut as Lewis Hamilton's replacement for Formula 1's Sakhir Grand Prix "it wouldn't look so good on me".

Russell wearing small race boots to fit into Mercedes F1 car

George Russell has revealed that he is wearing Formula 1 race boots that are one size smaller than normal in order to fit into the Mercedes W11 car.

Russell got Wolff call at 2am while in the bathroom

George Russell first heard he might replace Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes for Formula 1's Sakhir Grand Prix via a 2am phone call from Toto Wolff he took in the bathroom.

The key questions F1 must ask after Grosjean’s horror crash
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The key questions F1 must ask after Grosjean’s horror crash

Formula 1 was relieved to see Romain Grosjean escape his horrifying crash in Bahrain. As ever in such incidents, questions arise about how and why the situation came to be, but these can lead to further improvements in the safety structures that saved him…

Bahrain Grand Prix driver ratings

A mentally exhausting Bahrain GP proved a stern test of Formula 1 drivers' mental steel, and several stepped up to the plate with noteworthy performances - although one faultless drive went ultimately unrewarded

How Verstappen lost the race that followed Grosjean's escape

The 2020 Bahrain GP will forever be remembered for Romain Grosjean's astonishing escape from his opening lap crash, but there was still a race to be won. Red Bull's Max Verstappen had good cause to believe this was one that got away

Bahrain GP: Hamilton wins as Grosjean survives horror accident Bahrain GP
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Bahrain GP: Hamilton wins as Grosjean survives horror accident

Lewis Hamilton beat Max Verstappen in Formula 1's 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, which featured a shocking, fiery crash for Haas driver Romain Grosjean.

Hamilton wants tyre war return after backlash against 2021 tyres

Lewis Hamilton has suggested Formula 1 should reintroduce a tyre war between manufacturers following the criticism of the prototype 2021 rubber Pirelli has produced. 

Bottas "surprised" by qualifying gap to Hamilton Bahrain GP
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Bottas "surprised" by qualifying gap to Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas says he and Lewis Hamilton will fight for victory in Formula 1's Bahrain race with "quite different set-ups" and is "surprised" by the qualifying gap between the pair.

Bahrain GP: Hamilton storms to pole ahead of Bottas Bahrain GP
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Bahrain GP: Hamilton storms to pole ahead of Bottas

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for Formula 1's 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, with Valtteri Bottas beating Max Verstappen to second place on the final run in Q3.

Bahrain GP: Verstappen heads Mercedes duo in FP3

Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton to the top spot in final practice for Formula 1’s 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, with Valtteri Bottas in third.

The Bahrain sacrifice Mercedes made to find an edge for 2021

Mercedes topped the times in opening practice in Bahrain after making a decision that leaves it with some catching up to do on race pace and car set-up this weekend, but that is likely to give it an extra advantage in preparation for next year...

Bahrain GP: Hamilton tops FP2 as Albon shunts heavily

Lewis Hamilton topped a twice red-flagged second practice session for Formula 1's 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, as Alex Albon crashed heavily and a dog briefly escaped onto the track.

Why Ricciardo can take McLaren to the next level Prime

Why Ricciardo can take McLaren to the next level

Daniel Ricciardo is one of the few proven grand prix winners on the current Formula 1 grid. It's been a while since he stood on the top step of the podium, but as he tells Motorsport.com, he knows he can do the job - both for Renault now and McLaren next year

Hamilton: Salary cap shouldn't hinder young F1 drivers

Lewis Hamilton says that Formula 1's proposed driver salary cap should not handicap "up and coming young stars" as the racers are "the stars" that help promote the championship.

Hamilton: Points gap to Bottas inflated by misfortune

Lewis Hamilton believes the points gap to Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Valtteri Bottas has been inflated by the Finn's bad luck, calling him "one of the strongest drivers here".

Hamilton: Racing for Ferrari in F1 "just wasn't meant to be"

Lewis Hamilton says that racing for Ferrari in Formula 1 "just wasn't meant to be", with the Briton poised to renew his long-term commitment to Mercedes.

Grosjean suggests others have managed him better than Haas

Romain Grosjean has suggested that Haas' management has not handled him as well as his previous Formula 1 bosses, after Gunther Steiner called him "tough to manage".