Oleg Karpov

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Mazepin clarifies rumours about Russian military service

Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin has clarified rumours about completing military service in Russia, revealing he is already completing the required classes alongside his university studies.

AlphaTauri reveals Tsunoda's new training schedule after move

AlphaTauri has revealed the intense new schedule that it has put Yuki Tsunoda on following Red Bull’s decision to move the Formula 1 rookie to Italy.

French GP will start "a new championship" for Alonso

Alpine Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso says "a new championship" will start for him from mid-June's French Grand Prix while he still gets up to speed after a two-year absence.

Schumacher: Vettel giving me lots of advice in good friendship

Mick Schumacher says Sebastian Vettel has been giving him plenty of advice through his rookie Formula 1 season after striking up a good friendship with the four-time world champion.

Ocon highlights 'massive' role of new engineers in performances

Esteban Ocon believes his new Formula 1 engineering crew has quickly formed an "excellent team" on his side of the Alpine garage, aiding his impressive start to the 2021 season.

Gasly, Vettel could have "ended up in the harbour" in Monaco

Pierre Gasly says Sebastian Vettel’s move for fifth place at Formula 1's Monaco Grand Prix was “really hard” but “fair,” but could have "ended up in the harbour".

Mazepin "happiest since he entered F1" in Monaco - Steiner

Gunther Steiner believes Nikita Mazepin feels "the happiest since he entered Formula 1" at the start of the year following his practice display in Monaco on Thursday.

Perez: Pressure to perform "coming from myself", not Red Bull Monaco GP
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Perez: Pressure to perform "coming from myself", not Red Bull

Sergio Perez says the biggest pressure to perform is coming from himself rather than his Red Bull Formula 1 bosses.

Alpine: Ocon "a significantly improved driver" in 2021

Esteban Ocon has become a "significantly improved driver" after working hard over the winter to build his confidence, according to Alpine Formula 1 co-chief Marcin Budkowski.

Grosjean's F1 test to go ahead despite French GP date change

Romain Grosjean's farewell Formula 1 test with Mercedes will still go ahead next month, despite a date change for the French GP forcing a demo run to be cancelled.

Schumacher: Reaching Q2 still a "totally realistic goal" in 2021

Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher believes progressing to Q2 in qualifying is a "totally realistic goal", despite his car being off the pace in 2021's first four races.

Steiner: Wolff “wanted a little bit of publicity” with FIA call

Haas Formula 1 chief Gunther Steiner believes Toto Wolff wanted “a little bit of publicity” with his broadcast radio call to FIA race director Michael Masi complaining about blue flags.

Mazepin: F1's qualifying no-overtaking etiquette is flawed

Nikita Mazepin says Formula 1's gentleman's agreement about qualifying car order doesn't work, after he was handed a three-place grid penalty at the Spanish Grand Prix for blocking Lando Norris.

De la Rosa knew Hamilton would be a "problem" after two runs

Lewis Hamilton took just two runs of his debut Formula 1 test at Silverstone to show his rivals he was going to be a "massive problem" says former teammate Pedro de la Rosa, who raised the story with Hamilton after he scored his 100th F1 pole position at Barcelona today.

Steiner: Criticism from F1 rivals shouldn't affect Mazepin

Haas Formula 1 team principal Gunther Steiner believes his rookie driver Nikita Mazepin shouldn't be affected by the ample criticism he receives by his colleagues.

Haas vows to improve communication after Mazepin/Perez near-miss

Haas has vowed to improve communication with its drivers to warn them when they are about to be lapped, after Nikita Mazepin's latest error in Formula 1's Portuguese Grand Prix.

Alonso: Harder to improvise in F1 than in WEC and IndyCar

Fernando Alonso says it is harder to improvise in Formula 1 compared to racing in IndyCar or sportscars, but hopes to apply lessons learned in those categories this year.

Sainz: Imola Q2 exit "exposed" lack of Ferrari F1 mileage

Carlos Sainz was left disappointed by his Q2 exit in Formula 1 qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying the result “exposed” his lack of mileage with Ferrari.

Alonso unsure if he'll race in the Indy 500 again

Fernando Alonso has admitted he is not sure if he will race in the Indy 500 again, despite a win there having been a key target for him.

Tsunoda already contributing to AlphaTauri development

Formula 1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda is already making a valuable contribution to AlphaTauri's car development by raising new questions and ideas, according to technical chief Jody Egginton.

Schumacher: No reason Haas can’t fight for Q2 this year

Mick Schumacher feels “optimistic” about Haas’s Formula 1 qualifying prospects in 2021, believing there is no reason why the team cannot fight for spots in Q2 during the season.

Alpine "scared" itself in Bahrain with hot-weather struggles

Alpine wants to understand why its Formula 1 car is seemingly less competitive in hot conditions after it “scared” itself in the Bahrain afternoon sessions last month.

AlphaTauri should have "nice step forward" by Spain

AlphaTauri "should have a nice step forward" by Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix, according to technical director Jody Egginton.

Haas "won't put effort" into anything beyond fighting Williams

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner says his team is "not putting any effort" into anything that is not taking the fight to Williams during the 2021 Formula 1 season.

Mazepin "beating himself up" over Bahrain woes, says Steiner

Haas Formula 1 team boss Guenther Steiner revealed Nikita Mazepin was "beating himself up" over his lap-one exit in Bahrain but is confident the Russian rookie is "ready to go again".

Mazepin "very angry" with himself for early Bahrain exit

Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin said he was "very angry" at himself for his lap one retirement in the Bahrain Grand Prix after losing control in Turn 2.

Mazepin explains why he jumped out-lap queue in Q1

Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin says his team instructed him to overtake his rivals during the dying moments of the first segment of qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Perez recalls being "kicked out" of Red Bull junior test

Sergio Perez has recalled being "kicked out" of a Red Bull junior test around 15 years before signing for its Formula 1 team for the 2021 season.

Mazepin explains how he ‘almost crashed’ following Giovinazzi

Nikita Mazepin says he “almost crashed” following Antonio Giovinazzi on-track on Saturday in Bahrain as he tested how much downforce is lost when driving behind other Formula 1 cars.

Leclerc rates 2020 F1 season as his best so far

Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc believes his 2020 season was his "best season in Formula 1" as he battled to finish eighth in the championship with an uncompetitive car.

Kvyat: Top F1 team chance would be "very different story" now

Daniil Kvyat thinks he still has a lot more to offer in Formula 1, especially as he feels only now fully capable of delivering for a top outfit.

Schumacher's work ethic was most impressive thing for Haas

Haas boss Gunther Steiner says Mick Schumacher's work ethic and way he integrated with the team were the most impressive aspects of his first Formula 1 race weekend appearance.

Haas F1 may keep details of Mazepin action private

Haas Formula 1 chief Gunther Steiner says any outcome of action taken over the recent video involving Nikita Mazepin could be kept private.

How a "supernatural" adaption resurrected Gasly’s F1 career Prime

How a "supernatural" adaption resurrected Gasly’s F1 career

A nightmare start to 2019 resulted in Pierre Gasly's demotion back to AlphaTauri, but he's rebounded superbly, culminating in that surprise victory at Monza . Here, Gasly and race engineer Pierre Hamelin explain his redemptive journey to Oleg Karpov.

Magnussen worried he'd trigger crash with leaders in Turkey

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner explained that Kevin Magnussen wanted to retire from the Turkish GP because he feared poor rearward visibility could trigger an incident with faster cars.

Late Leclerc mistake led to radio outburst in Turkish GP

A furious Charles Leclerc let rip at himself on team radio after the Turkish Grand Prix, after a mistake while battling Sergio Perez cost him a Formula 1 podium finish.

Grosjean 'doesn't like' F1 radio messages being broadcast

Romain Grosjean says he does not like that all radio messages in Formula 1 can be broadcast on TV following two recent incidents involving drivers' comments.

F1's COVID-19 protocols mean it can now race 'anywhere', says FIA

The FIA believes the COVID-19 protocols it has put in place means that Formula 1 can now feel comfortable racing 'anywhere' governments allow it in.

Aitken explains "scary" 250km/h F2 collision with Ghiotto

Jack Aitken has revealed that a puncture caused his high-speed crash with Luca Ghiotto that brought an early end to Sunday’s Formula 2 sprint race at Sochi.

Wolff defends F1’s $200 million fee for new teams

Toto Wolff has defended Formula 1’s $200 million fee for any new entries wishing to join the grid from 2021, believing it gives the existing teams “franchise value”.

Haas considering "close to 10" drivers for 2021 seats

Haas Formula 1 chief Gunther Steiner says there are "close to 10" drivers on the team's shortlist for a seat in 2021, including incumbents Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.

The 'blonde American' that could have saved Mercedes' race

AlphaTauri has revealed it has a special automated voice system – nicknamed the 'blonde American' - to ensure it doesn't make the gaffe that Mercedes made in the Italian Grand Prix.

Exclusive: The real inside story of Gasly’s shock F1 win

Pierre Gasly's Italian Grand Prix victory will long live in the memory. But the journey to that famous win was one of many parts. AlphaTauri team manager Graham Watson speaks exclusively to Motorsport.com to give the inside story of one crazy Sunday…

Russell: Draggy Williams will make Spa and Monza "really tough"

George Russell believes Williams faces two "really tough" upcoming Formula 1 race weekends at Spa and Monza due to the team's "draggy" FW43 car.

Sochi targeting 30,000 spectators for Russian Grand Prix

The promoters of the Russian Grand Prix aim to have grandstands at 50% capacity for September’s Formula 1 race in Sochi, welcoming around 30,000 fans to the event.

Ricciardo: "Seb spin" rubbed salt in the wound for Renault

Daniel Ricciardo says his “Seb spin” during the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix was “salt in the wound” after slipping from fifth on the grid to finish outside of the points.

F1's penalty system "not working right" - Steiner

Haas boss Gunther Steiner says F1's penalty system "is not working right" after Alex Albon received a five-second sanction for his collision with Kevin Magnussen in the British GP.

Magnussen critical of Albon's "poorly judged" passing attempt

Kevin Magnussen has criticised Red Bull's Alexander Albon for a "poorly judged" overtake attempt that ended the Haas Formula 1 driver's British Grand Prix.

Grosjean: No regrets over defensive driving in British GP

Romain Grosjean says he has no regrets about his robust defensive driving in the British Grand Prix – despite getting a black-and-white flag and a formal warning for his actions.

Hulkenberg in frame for shock F1 return, replacing Perez

Nico Hulkenberg is in the frame to make a shock Formula 1 return this weekend at Silverstone with Racing Point following Sergio Perez’s positive test for COVID-19.

"Difficult to believe" Racing Point copied Mercedes so well

Martin Brundle says it is “difficult to believe” Racing Point managed to copy last year’s title-winning Mercedes Formula 1 car so well, praising the team for doing “an extraordinary job”.

Brundle debunks Vettel interview conspiracy theory

Sky F1 commentator Martin Brundle has debunked conspiracy theories surrounding a recent Sebastian Vettel interview, which had fuelled talk the German was ready to announce his retirement.

Grosjean apologises for "elephant in the room" comment

Romain Grosjean has apologised to Haas for speaking out of turn in suggesting that the future of his Formula 1 team was in doubt.

Gasly to get Honda engine change for Hungarian GP

Honda will change the power unit in Pierre Gasly's AlphaTauri Formula 1 car after recurring issues through qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Racing Point "as fast as feared" in Austria, say rivals

Racing Point’s rivals say the team is as fast as they feared in Formula 1 pre-season testing, and could even be a genuine top three contender this year.

My job in F1: TV commentator David Croft

The stars of Formula 1 may be the drivers and teams, but there are a number of other individuals who play a crucial role in fans’ enjoyment of the sport. Here, Motorsport.com brings you their story. This week it’s David Croft, the lead TV commentator for British broadcaster Sky Sports.

Brundle: Ferrari split could help Vettel "fly" in 2020

Sebastian Vettel’s split from Ferrari at the end of this year could prove to be a catalyst that helps him "fly" in his final season with the team, reckons Formula 1 commentator Martin Brundle.

My job in F1: Driver’s physio

There are people you don't see on TV, but who help the Formula 1 circus keep the show on the road. Here, Motorsport.com brings you their story. This week it’s Rupert Manwaring, the performance coach of McLaren’s Carlos Sainz.

My job in F1: The fluid engineer

There are people you don't see on TV, but who help the Formula 1 circus keep the show on the road. Here, Motorsport.com brings you their story. This week it’s Stephanie Travers, the trackside fluid engineer working for Mercedes technical sponsor and partner Petronas.

My job in F1: The chief mechanic

There are people you don't see on TV, but who help the Formula 1 circus to keep the show on the road. Here, Motorsport.com brings you their story. This week it’s Matt Scott, the chief mechanic for the Haas F1 Team.