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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.

Does Aston Martin's low-rake pain mean 2021 is a write off?

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

How Raikkonen's rapid rise stalled his team-mate's F1 career climb Plus

How Raikkonen's rapid rise stalled his team-mate'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 team-mate’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

Low-rake F1 teams 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 that he is having to adjust his driving style as he continues to get used to his Red Bull Formula 1 car.

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 Perez salvaged his Red Bull F1 debut in Bahrain

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez has explained how he salvaged his debut with the team by restarting his engine on the formation lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

How F1 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.

Masi: FIA to take stricter line on F1 first lap contact

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

FIA plans more detailed post-race F1 technical checks

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.

Why Hamilton has 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. But why has the seven-time world champion taken up the mantra of human rights?

Vettel: Still "a lot left on the table" with Aston F1 team

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel says there's "still a lot left on the table" after a low-key Friday in Bahrain, his first grand prix weekend with the team.

Former rally driver Mohammed 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.

Gasly: Emotional article "closed a chapter" on turbulent F1 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 in F1?

Win or lose, speculation on Lewis Hamilton's Formula 1 future beyond the end of this year and if he will sign a new Mercedes deal to continue into the championship's new era is a matter he won't be able to escape

Former F1 driver and Le Mans winner Johnny Dumfries passes away at 62

Former Grand Prix driver and 1988 Le Mans 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

Ahead of a season in which the majority of F1 cars bear a strong resemblance to last year, it was curious that the one with perhaps the greatest difference was the first to launch. McLaren's trouble-free performance in testing appears to have validated it's decision to pursue generous lead times

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 F1 team accepts Bahrain COVID-19 vaccine

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

McLaren set to share Mercedes F1 reserves 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 fires up VF-21 F1 car prior to Bahrain test

The Haas Formula 1 team has finally been able to fire-up its new 2021 car 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 championship more sustainable and keep the big teams under control, but Mercedes believes the financial constraints can actually help it improve.

Pirelli granted F1 contract extension until 2024

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

Steiner: F1 can react quickly if further cost cuts are required

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

Has Vettel got his mojo back at 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

Why Haas is prepared to sacrifice its 2021 F1 season

After a difficult 2020 season, Haas has decided against developing its 2021 challenger and thrown all its eggs into the new regulations for 2022. ADAM COOPER explores the thinking behind Gunther Steiner's plan for a season of "damage control"

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

Haas boss Gunther Steiner says the team has abandoned development of its 2021 Formula 1 car in a move it says carries some "risk" of dropping it down the order

Liberty "not worried" by F1 balance sheet after recording loss

Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei insists that he is "not worried" about Formula 1's balance sheet as it tries to recover from a tough 2020 season

Saudi Arabia GP on calendar for at least a decade, says F1

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

F1 posts $386m loss in 2020 as COVID impacts income

Formula 1 posted a huge loss of $386m in 2020 as the COVID pandemic impacted the calendar and races were run without spectators

F1 hopeful of welcoming spectators to "majority" of 2021 races

Formula 1 remains hopeful that spectators will be allowed at "the majority" of races in 2021, but will be judged on the specific local conditions prevailing at the time

Returning to Africa is "a priority" for F1

Formula 1 has prioritised the addition of a race in Africa to the future schedule, according to the executive charged with putting the calendar together

Why AlphaTauri is raving over its new F1 rookie

Japan's new Formula 1 star Yuki Tsunoda has enjoyed a mercurial rise through the ranks, spending just one year apiece in Formula 3 and Formula 2 before his graduation this year with AlphaTauri. Already he has impressed his team, as ADAM COOPER has been finding out

Alesi and Arnoux to race 1974-spec Ferrari at Monaco Historic GP

Ex-Formula 1 drivers Jean Alesi and Rene Arnoux are set to race 1974-spec Ferrari 312B3 F1 cars in the Monaco Historic GP event on 23-25 April

Vettel puts eight supercars from personal collection 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

The awkward tightrope act McLaren has to perform in 2021

McLaren comes into the 2021 Formula 1 season with arguably the most differences to its updated MCL35M chassis. But amid its attempts to consolidate its hard-earned third place in the constructors standings, there's an element of jeopardy too, says ADAM COOPER

How F1 teams work with COVID-19 restrictions

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

When Senna signed a race-by-race deal for $1m per race

With Lewis Hamilton's 2021 Mercedes Formula 1 contract finally resolved, it is worth recalling a similar story that played out 28 years ago - involving his hero Ayrton Senna

Haas willing to call on Grosjean or Magnussen as F1 reserve

Haas Formula 1 boss Guenther Steiner hasn't ruled out calling on Romain Grosjean or Kevin Magnussen should the team need a replacement driver during the 2021 season

Why F1's first success handicap could be revolutionary

In 2021 Formula 1 teams are operating for the first time with a success handicap created by a sliding scale of aerodynamic testing limits based on last year's results

Verstappen penalty at 2017 US GP the "toughest decision" - F1 steward Connelly

Formula 1 steward Garry Connelly says penalising Max Verstappen at the 2017 United States Grand Prix was one of the toughest decisions he's ever been involved with

Rio F1 track plans shelved by city officials

Plans to build a Formula 1 circuit in a forest on the outskirts of Rio have formally been abandoned, a local Brazilian government official has confirmed

How F1 teams are tackling the new challenges of the cost cap

It's no secret Formula 1 teams always work flat out through the winter as they ready the new cars and adjust to the requirements of the latest technical regulations

Schumacher's 2018 F1 Ferrari test "an excellent base" for 2021

Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher completed an outing for Ferrari at Fiorano on Thursday, which he deemed "an excellent base" for his 2021 rookie season assault

Adrian Campos obituary: Ex-F1 driver and F2 team boss dies aged 60

Team owner and former Minardi Formula 1 driver Adrian Campos has passed away at the age of 60

Mercedes tech chief Allison expects return to 2019 F1 downforce levels

Mercedes technical director James Allison believes that Formula 1 aerodynamic rule changes mandated for this season will initially trim performance to 2019 levels

De Niro and Boyega to star in Netflix F1 film The Formula

A fictional crime film set in the world of Formula 1 that features Hollywood legend Robert De Niro and Star Wars actor John Boyega will be shown on Netflix

Red Bull's ultimatum on 2022 F1 engine freeze not "blackmail" - Marko

Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko says the team's stance on the proposed 2022 Formula 1 engine freeze is not a case of "blackmail"

Ocon praises "balls of steel" WRC drivers after course car run

Alpine Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon says that rally drivers have "balls of steel" after gaining his first experience of the discipline on Thursday at the Monte Carlo Rally

Ocon: Alpine F1 team in "good hands" after management changes

Esteban Ocon believes that the rebranded Alpine Formula 1 team is "in good hands" and that its new management is "really motivated and really humble"

Nissany to run in F1 Bahrain pre-season test for Williams

Roy Nissany will drive for Williams in one of the three 2021 pre-season Formula 1 test days, as part of his continued role as official test driver for the team

Monaco GP organisers insist F1 race is going ahead as planned

Monaco Grand Prix organisers insist its Formula 1, Formula E and Historic GP events are all going ahead as planned, despite ongoing concerns over COVID-19 restrictions

Vettel can "bring out the best" in F1 team-mate Stroll - Szafnauer

Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer says four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel will "bring out the best" in new team-mate Lance Stroll

F1 teams agree on Bahrain pre-season test dates in March

Formula 1, the FIA and the teams have formally agreed to run the single pre-season of 2021 test in Bahrain on 12-14 March

Aston Martin ditches pink F1 livery with new title sponsorship

The rebranded Aston Martin Formula 1 team is set to drop Racing Point's pink livery, with the squad expected to run in predominantly green colours alongside a new title sponsor

Obituary: John Hogan - 1944-2021

John Hogan, a hugely respected pioneer in Formula 1 sponsorship who was instrumental in brokering Ron Dennis' McLaren takeover, has died of a COVID-related illness at the age of 76