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Ricciardo to 'stare at a hotel room ceiling for two weeks' for quarantine on Australia return

Daniel Ricciardo is planning to undertake a two-week quarantine in order to return home to Australia after the gruelling 2021 Formula 1 season.

Raikkonen: Friendships are what I’ll miss from Formula 1

Kimi Raikkonen says the people and friendships he has formed are a big thing he will miss from Formula 1 upon retiring from the series on Sunday.

Verstappen: Saudi F1 penalties show I’m treated differently to other drivers

Max Verstappen claims he is "treated differently" to other Formula 1 drivers after receiving penalties in Saudi Arabia which he felt he did not deserve.

A request to Verstappen before his F1 title showdown with Hamilton

OPINION: Max Verstappen faces a tense title showdown with Lewis Hamilton this weekend, the culmination of a chaotic, crash-filled season. Autosport Chief Editor KEVIN TURNER urges the Red Bull challenger to keep things clean in Abu Dhabi, regardless of the outcome

F1 Stewards: Who are they, what do they do & how are they chosen?

Stewards in F1 are responsible for some of the most talked-about decisions in F1, but who are they, what do they do and how are they chosen? Find out all that and more here.

Seidl: Messages between FIA and F1 teams shouldn't be broadcast

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl thinks sensitive communication between the teams and FIA race control shouldn't be broadcast on TV, after an exchange involving Red Bull caused uproar in Saudi Arabia.

2021 F1 Abu Dhabi GP – How to watch, session timings and more

Formula 1 reaches its season finale with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton level on points for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the 22nd round of the 2021 season on 10-12 December.

Why Abu Dhabi's F1 track changes are about more than just overtaking

Formula 1 is no stranger to a final round in Abu Dhabi, but this year's event will be a step into the unknown thanks to a major circuit redesign.

Masi warns F1 title rivals of possible points deduction in Abu Dhabi

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has reminded teams and drivers that any unsporting conduct at the Abu Dhabi season finale could result in a championship points deduction.

Abu Dhabi signs new 10-year F1 contract as season finale

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will continue to serve as the Formula 1 season finale for the next 10 years after a contract extension was announced on Thursday.

Channel 4 to show Abu Dhabi F1 title decider live on free-to-air

Channel 4 will show the 2021 Formula 1 title-decider in Abu Dhabi live and free-to-air in the UK after striking a deal with Sky Sports.

Alesi calls early TOM'S SUPER GT promotion "surreal"

Giuliano Alesi has described the chance to drive for the title-winning TOM’S Toyota team in SUPER GT next year as “surreal”.

The lessons F1 can take from the Masi "souk" deal criticisms

As Formula 1 heads to its Abu Dhabi season finale, the FIA and race director Michael Masi are under increased scrutiny, with radio messages broadcast during last weekend's race prompting discussion and controversy. But what can they learn from the Saudi Arabia debacle?

Stoker eyes F1 Envoy appointment if he wins FIA election

FIA presidential candidate Graham Stoker plans to appoint an F1 Envoy to help strengthen the running of the championship if he is successful in next week’s election.

Magazine: F1 Saudi Arabia GP review, Bathurst 1000 and more

The dramatic, chaotic and controversial Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is the focus of this week’s Autosport magazine, out today (9 December).

The beer that helped Holdsworth win the Bathurst 1000

Lee Holdsworth has detailed a moment of spiritual healing with Mount Panorama, beer in hand, that helped him make peace with the Mountain Gods.

Supercars confirms CEO Seamer's resignation

Supercars has confirmed that Sean Seamer has resigned as CEO, effective from the middle of next year.

Fittipaldi to continue as Haas F1 test and reserve driver in 2022

Haas has announced that Pietro Fittipaldi will continue as its official test and reserve driver in Formula 1 next year.

Bahrain could hold 2022 F1 sprint race on Outer Loop layout

Formula 1’s sprint race tweaks for 2022 could open the door for a bold plan to run the Bahrain event on its high-speed outer loop, Autosport has learned.

Sargeant handed F1 test debut with Williams in Abu Dhabi

Logan Sargeant will get his first taste of Formula 1 machinery next week in Abu Dhabi when he takes part in the post-season test at Yas Marina.

Wolff urges "common sense" after Marko’s F1 stewards comments

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says it is important to view incidents with “common sense” after Helmut Marko claimed Red Bull is being treated differently by the stewards.

Shwartzman to drive for Ferrari in Abu Dhabi post-season F1 test

Robert Shwartzman will drive for Ferrari in the post-season Formula 1 test taking place in Abu Dhabi next week, alongside a previously confirmed outing with Haas. 

Why thrilling Jeddah F1 circuit needs to be safer

OPINION: Saudi Arabia's new F1 circuit delivered a memorable first event, although not necessarily for all the right reasons. In the wake of the chaotic race, drivers voiced their concerns about the track but small changes could make significant improvements ahead of a return in four months

What could have been: The F3000 champion whose Champ Car move turned sour

Formula 3000 champions historically had a mixed record in Formula 1, but that wasn't the case in US open wheel racing, where Juan Pablo Montoya, Bruno Junqueira, Justin Wilson and Sebastien Bourdais all became winners. Bjorn Wirdheim had high hopes of following suit in 2005, but his Champ Car season was scuppered by factors out of his control

Ocon: Alpine can be "very dangerous" to F1's top teams in 2022

Esteban Ocon says Alpine's recent race execution gives him belief it will "be very dangerous" to Formula 1's top teams with a better car, as it targets improving its consistency.

Analysis: Could Todt be poised for shock Ferrari F1 return?

FIA president Jean Todt has been reticent so far about what he plans to do once his tenure ends later this month.

Verschoor replaces injured Fittipaldi in F2 Abu Dhabi finale

Richard Verschoor will drive for Charouz Racing System in this weekend’s FIA Formula 2 season finale in Abu Dhabi in place of the injured Enzo Fittipaldi.

Mercedes ends Kingspan F1 deal with immediate effect

Mercedes has announced it has ended its Formula 1 sponsorship deal with Kingspan with immediate effect after facing backlash last week.

Suzuki “decided not to be defending champions” for 2021 MotoGP season

Suzuki boss Shinichi Sahara says his team took the decision to come into the 2021 MotoGP season to “not be defending champions” and instead “be challengers again”.

Red Bull's 2020 Abu Dhabi F1 dominance means little, says Mercedes

Mercedes thinks Red Bull’s 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix domination shouldn't be used as a form indicator for this weekend’s Formula 1 title showdown between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

The long-term F1 vision causing Haas’s short-term pain Plus

The long-term F1 vision causing Haas’s short-term pain

From ranking as one of the most impressive new teams to join the Formula 1 grid, Haas’s stock has plummeted along with its on-track performances over the past two seasons. Everything now hangs on whether its reforged alliance with Ferrari can deliver a better car – and whether its rookie drivers can set aside their quarrels. OLEG KARPOV asks if any of these goals are achievable…

Brown offers Mostert unique test chance as Bathurst win reward

McLaren Formula 1 boss Zak Brown has offered Chaz Mostert the opportunity to drive something special out of his car collection as a reward for winning the Supercars Bathurst 1000.

Ricciardo: Verstappen-Hamilton title showdown "dream scenario" for F1

Daniel Ricciardo says Formula 1 has a “dream scenario” with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton tied on points heading into the Abu Dhabi championship showdown.

Horner: Hamilton can be "very wily" in F1 track battles

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton can be "very wily" in his approach to racing, according to the team boss of rival Max Verstappen's Red Bull squad, Christian Horner.

Rebranded Petty GMS team reveals 2022 NASCAR Cup plans

NASCAR Cup team Richard Petty Motorsports will be known as Petty GMS Motorsports in 2022 following the recent purchase of a majority interest by the GMS Racing Truck outfit.

Horner: Red Bull wants to win the F1 title in the right way

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner insists Red Bull cares how it wins the Formula 1 world championship this year, amid fears of dirty tricks ruining the Abu Dhabi showdown.

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The incidents that turned the F1 title fight ugly in Saudi Arabia

Formula 1 has enjoyed a rollercoaster title fight in 2021, but Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix brought new levels of drama as things got ugly between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

McLaren to run tweaked F1 livery for Abu Dhabi GP

McLaren will run in a revised livery for Formula 1's season finale in Abu Dhabi as part of a push by sponsor BAT's brand Vuse.

The line Verstappen finally crossed in F1's first Jeddah race

OPINION: Max Verstappen has made the 2021 Formula 1 championship. He’s taken the fight to the all-conquering Mercedes squad and its dominant champion, produced driving displays few can match. But he’s been on a controversial course too, and finally crossed a particular line in Jeddah

Neuville's WRC co-driver Wydaeghe offers injury update

Thierry Neuville’s World Rally Championship co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe is expecting to contest next year’s Monte Carlo Rally season opener after sustaining a shoulder injury in a testing crash last week.

How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king Plus

How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king

Doubts were cast over Yamaha’s French recruit after his disastrous end to the 2020 MotoGP season with Petronas SRT, but Fabio Quartararo answered them convincingly in 2021 to claim a MotoGP title that exhibited both his devastating speed and mental strength

Masi: Jeddah only needs "fine-tuning" despite F1 drivers' concerns

Several Formula 1 drivers have called for changes to the Jeddah circuit after safety concerns arose during the Saudi Arabian GP weekend.

The 17 best photos of the 2021 Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

The 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was one of the most dramatic races in recent Formula 1 history. The Motorsport Images team was there to capture all of the action.

Hyundai confirms shock departure of team principal Andrea Adamo

Hyundai Motorsport has announced team principal Andrea Adamo will leave the team with immediate effect after six years with the Korean marque.

Hamilton had no warning Verstappen had been asked to swap places

Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin says that Lewis Hamilton had no warning that Max Verstappen had been asked to let him by during Formula 1's Saudi Arabian GP.

Top 10 F1 title deciders ranked: 1986 Australian GP, 2008 Brazilian GP and more

The 2021 Formula 1 season has been a classic, and will boil down to a winner-takes-all finale in Abu Dhabi this weekend between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Autosport looked back over the previous 29 occasions when the title was decided at the final race and picked out the 10 best in the world championship's history

Jake Hughes returns for Formula 2 Abu Dhabi season finale

Jake Hughes will rejoin HWA Racelab for the final round for the FIA Formula 2 Championship at Abu Dhabi this weekend.

Seidl backs call for F1 red flag rule change after Jeddah race

McLaren boss Andreas Seidl has backed a call by Lando Norris for a change Formula 1’s red flag rules following Sunday's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Porsche: F1 interest will "influence" decision to continue in Formula E

Porsche will decide in the next year if it will remain in Formula E beyond its current 2023-24 commitment, with the decision ‘influenced’ by a possible move into Formula 1.

Villeneuve: Jeddah F1 battle was “rental karting”

Former Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve has described the battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as “rental karting”.

Dane: Drivers shouldn't make Supercars paddle shift call

Feedback from Supercars drivers shouldn't be the deciding factor in the paddles versus stick shift debate, according to outgoing Triple Eight boss Roland Dane.

De Vries, Vandoorne impress on IndyCar test debuts

Mercedes Formula E team-mates Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne shone on their IndyCar test debuts with Meyer Shank Racing and Arrow McLaren SP at Sebring on Monday.

Binder: 2021 MotoGP season was an extended rookie campaign

KTM’s Brad Binder feels his 2021 MotoGP season was essentially an extended rookie campaign given how little time he spent on the bike in 2020.

Piastri handed Alpine F1 rookie test chance in Abu Dhabi

Alpine reserve Oscar Piastri is the latest driver to be formally confirmed for the Abu Dhabi rookie test, which takes place on the Tuesday after the race.

Verstappen: Penalised Saudi Arabian GP move "was fine in Brazil"

Max Verstappen feels a penalty for running Lewis Hamilton off the track in Saudi Arabia was "unfair" after not being sanctioned for a similar Formula 1 incident in Brazil.

Acura confirms ORECA collaboration for LMDh effort

Acura's new LMDh prototype for 2023 will be developed in conjunction with French constructor ORECA, the Honda brand has confirmed.

Why Formula E title success felt so different to F2 Plus

Why Formula E title success felt so different to F2

OPINION: The 2021 Formula E campaign was wide open until the final race after its most unpredictable season yet. Eventual champion Nyck de Vries explains why this made his title-winning experience such a different experience to conquering F2 in 2019

Hamilton may not have gone for fastest lap if he'd seen wing damage

Mercedes reckons Lewis Hamilton may not have risked going for fastest lap in Formula 1's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix if he knew how damaged his front wing was.

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

An ill-tempered Saudi Grand Prix made Formula 1 more soap opera than sporting spectacle at times, but there were some strong performances up and down the field on the world championship's first visit to Jeddah

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will go into the 2021 Formula 1 title decider in Abu Dhabi level on points after the former's victory in an ill-tempered Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Autosport picks out the key turning points from an eventful first visit to the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, as race control came under fire, while on-track ethics were again subject to debate