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Hamilton: Rushing to pass lapped F1 traffic triggered off in Emilia Romagna GP

Lewis Hamilton says being in too much of a rush to get past lapped traffic triggered the off that nearly derailed his Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Formula 1 podium hopes.

F1 will keep Miami and Austin race dates separate

Formula 1 will keep the dates of the Austin and Miami Grands Prix separate on next year's calendar in a bid to maximise the championship's impact in the United States.

Red Bull: Perez F1 progress "incredible" after out-qualifying Verstappen

Red Bull has labelled Sergio Perez’s progress with its Formula 1 team as "incredible", after the Mexican grabbed a front-row slot for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Ricciardo needs to get rid of "old habits" at McLaren F1

Daniel Ricciardo thinks he needs to get rid of some old habits he picked up from his previous Formula 1 teams if he is to get more from his McLaren.

Miami Grand Prix joins F1 calendar for 2022 season

Formula 1 looks set to add a second grand prix in the United States next year, with the championship's bosses announcing that Miami will take a slot on the 2022 schedule.

Giovinazzi critical of Mazepin not respecting F1 qualifying etiquette

Nikita Mazepin has been accused of showing no respect for Formula 1’s qualifying etiquette after a run-in with Antonio Giovinazzi in Q1 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Hamilton never expected to outqualify both Red Bulls at Emilia Romagna GP

Lewis Hamilton said he never expected to outqualify both Red Bulls at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, as he grabbed his first Formula 1 pole position of the season.

Alpine F1 car hindered by windtunnel problem

Alpine has revealed that a wind tunnel problem hampered its progress over the winter and put it on the back foot with its current Formula 1 challenger.

Mercedes F1's step forward helped by Bahrain "sting"

Mercedes says the "sting" of not being fastest at the Formula 1 season opener helped galvanise the team to turn things around for this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Aston Martin pushing FIA to consider tweaking F1 aero rules

Aston Martin is pushing the FIA to consider tweaking Formula 1’s aero rules to make things more equal between the high rake and low rake runners.

Steiner: Mazepin ‘trying too hard’ which is causing spins

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner thinks rookie Nikita Mazepin is probably trying too hard, after another session dogged by spins at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

McLaren to downsize iconic F1 motorhome

McLaren’s iconic Brand Centre motorhome will not return to the Formula 1 paddock in its original form, with the team working on downsizing the structure for later this season.

Alonso: More to come from me than Alpine F1 car

Fernando Alonso says he needs to improve himself more than Alpine has to make its Formula 1 car better.

Bottas "lost count" of set-up changes made in pre-Imola sim test

Valtteri Bottas says he “lost count” of the number of set-up items he worked through during a recent simulator session to better understand Mercedes’ tricky new Formula 1 car.

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.

How Red Bull plans to take AI in F1 to the next level

A new tie-up between Red Bull and computer technology giant Oracle has potential to advance strategic decision making on-track, in the design office and in the fans experience too

F1 to release six new TV graphics during 2021

Formula 1 plans to unleash six new graphics over the course of this season in a bid to bring more information to fans.

Alonso delays biography to tell the "truth" after F1 retirement

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso says he has delayed publication of his autobiography until after he’s fully retired, because he wants to be able to tell the ‘truth’.

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate Plus

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate

It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is not guaranteed

Ricciardo hopeful of IndyCar, Bathurst runs with McLaren

Daniel Ricciardo reckons there is a good chance of a Bathurst and IndyCar run in the near future, thanks to his switch to the McLaren Formula 1 team.

Domenicali rules out two-day Formula 1 weekend idea

Formula 1 has ruled out the idea of moving to two-day race weekends in the future.

F1's technical director James to leave role next month

Formula 1 stalwart Andrew James, who has most recently been its technical director after a 25-year career with the championship organiser, is to step down from his role next month.

Seidl is best team principal in F1, says Brown

McLaren CEO Zak Brown has praised Andreas Seidl as the best team principal in Formula 1, with the pair believing the squad’s management structure has helped fast track its recovery.

FIA hints at hydrogen announcement

The FIA has hinted at an announcement about the future of hydrogen in motorsport, as part of president Jean Todt's zero emissions future target on road and race tracks.

Alpine: Bahrain GP exposed weaknesses with F1 car

Alpine say that weaknesses with its current Formula 1 car are costing it the vital lap time it needs to be fighting at the front of the midfield.

Mercedes faces "tricky" decision over 2021 vs 2022 development split

Mercedes admits it will face some ‘tricky decisions' over the next few weeks about when to switch off development of its 2021 Formula 1 car to focus on next year.

Brown: F1 must accept Netflix's artistic licence with Drive to Survive

McLaren CEO Zak Brown says Formula 1 should be happy to accept Netflix's massaging of the truth in Drive to Survive, even though it has upset some fans.

Leclerc explains what he learned from Vettel as F1 team-mates

Charles Leclerc says he learned a lot from former Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s hidden qualities.

Sainz’s Ferrari euphoria "contagious" for F1 team - Leclerc

Carlos Sainz Jr’s "euphoria" at getting a chance to race for Ferrari in Formula 1 has helped lift the mood of the whole team, according to his team-mate Charles Leclerc.

Leclerc: 2021 cars more difficult to manage on corner entry

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc says Formula 1's 2021 cars are more difficult to manage on the entry to corners thanks to the new aero rules.

Mercedes reshuffles F1 technical team, Allison promoted to CTO

Mercedes has announced a reshuffle of its Formula 1 technical department, with technical director James Allison set to move into a new role and step away from day-to-day responsibilities.

Ricciardo: "Idiots" behind F1 using crashes for social media strategy

Daniel Ricciardo has blasted the "idiots" behind Formula 1's social media strategy in exploiting crashes as part of their bid to attract fan interest.

Alpine won't let Alonso and Ocon F1 rivalry get out of hand

Alpine says it will not allow the rivalry between Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon to evolve into a destabilising force inside the Formula 1 team this year.

Are we at peak F1 right now? Plus

Are we at peak F1 right now?

For many, many years Formula 1 has strived to do and to be better on all fronts. With close competition, a growing fanbase, a stable political landscape and rules in place to encourage sustainability, 2021 is on course to provide an unexpected peak

F1 sprint race plan set for green light as teams agree financial deal

Formula 1 has cleared its last major hurdle over sprint qualifying trials, with sources revealing that teams have now agreed to a financial package.

Wolff feels same 2013 ‘pump’ at Mercedes, clarifies Brown comments

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the Red Bull challenge has left his Formula 1 team ‘pumped’ like it hasn’t been since before its first title in 2014.

Why ‘fighter jet’ F1 is winning a new wave of sponsors

Following a flood of new sponsors into Formula 1, teams are combining a worldwide appeal and a growing fanbase with high tech companies to develop both on and off the track.

Ferrari: F1 engine gains may not be known for four more races

Ferrari thinks it could take another four race weekends for it to be sure about the amount of progress it has made with its new Formula 1 engine.

Capito: Williams won't sacrifice 2022 car to make gains in 2021

Williams says it will not make any compromises with its 2022 Formula 1 car design in a bid to push itself further up the grid this year.

Honda: New F1 engine an aero boost for Red Bull

Honda says the aerodynamics of Red Bull’s new RB16B Formula 1 car have been boosted by the design tweaks it made to produce a new super-compact engine.

Red Bull won't "burn" rough diamond Tsunoda in F1

Red Bull insists it will not ‘burn’ Yuki Tsunoda by promoting him from AlphaTauri too quickly, despite his impressive Formula 1 debut.

Mercedes hopes to find F1 gains from augmented reality push

Mercedes believes it could gain an edge over its Formula 1 rivals by using augmented reality to improve communication between its factory and the race track.

The nightmare timing that now hinders Mercedes Plus

The nightmare timing that now hinders Mercedes

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton took victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix despite, for a change, not having the quickest car. But any hopes of developing its W12 to surpass Red Bull's RB16B in terms of outright speed could not have come at a worse time.

Mercedes: Switch to high-rake concept would write off F1 2021 campaign

Mercedes says switching its car to a high-rake concept this year to overcome downforce losses would make the 2021 Formula 1 season a 'write-off'.

Honda to assess using F1 engine more aggressively in Mercedes battle

Honda will evaluate whether it can be more aggressive with its Formula 1 engine usage in the races, after Red Bull lost out to Mercedes in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Red Bull plans Imola development push to improve RB16B

Red Bull has vowed to put ‘as much performance as possible’ on to its RB16B car for the next Formula 1 race at Imola, after a strong showing in Bahrain.

Sainz: I was too cautious in first Ferrari start

Carlos Sainz admits he took too much of a cautious approach to his opening race laps as a Ferrari Formula 1 driver in the season opener.

Mercedes fears F1 car won't be quick enough at Imola, Portugal

Mercedes fears that it will not be good enough to take on Red Bull at the next Formula 1 races at Imola and Portimao, despite its Bahrain Grand Prix win.

Verstappen: Red Bull lacked flexibility on tyres in Bahrain GP

Max Verstappen thinks Red Bull could have done a better job with its strategy for the Formula 1 Bahrain GP, after boxing itself in with its tyre usage in practice.

Mercedes has "no strengths" over Red Bull in F1 2021

Mercedes believes it has no strengths over Red Bull in Formula 1 this year, despite winning the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

Alonso's F1 comeback race wrecked by sandwich wrapper

Fernando Alonso’s hopes of scoring points on his Formula 1 return in Bahrain were wrecked by a sandwich wrapper getting lodged in to one of his brake ducts.

Horner: F1 track limit rules should not be "shades of grey"

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says Formula 1’s track limits rules should not be ‘shades of grey’, after the Bahrain Grand Prix controversy.

Hamilton: Bahrain GP "one of the hardest races I've had for a while"

Lewis Hamilton said the Bahrain Grand Prix was one of the hardest races he has had in Formula 1 for a while, as he triumphed after a thrilling duel with Max Verstappen.

McLaren insists it has no disappointment with Bahrain GP qualifying form

McLaren insists it has no disappointment with its Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying form, after claiming others had hyped up its Formula 1 potential too much.

The F1 performance swing that highlights Mercedes' low-rake problem

Formula 1’s new aero rules were always tipped as having the potential to shake up the competitive order – but few perhaps expected it to have the influence it has had.

Mercedes “losing a little bit” with engine derating issue at Bahrain GP

Mercedes has revealed that its deficit to Red Bull at the Bahrain Grand Prix is not being helped by engine derating issues around the Sakhir track.

New aero regulations cost low-rake cars 1s per lap - Aston Martin

Aston Martin believes Formula 1’s new aero rules have cost low-rake cars around one second per lap of performance compared to their high-rake rivals.

Hamilton: Second place "best that I could do" in Bahrain GP qualifying

Lewis Hamilton said he gave everything he could in Formula 1 qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, but Red Bull was simply too quick.

Tsunoda aims to work on swearing weakness

Yuki Tsunoda says that getting angry on the team radio and losing focus is a weak point that he needs to iron out in Formula 1.

Horner: Cost of F1 sprint races "needs to be accommodated" in budget cap

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says top Formula 1 teams like his do not have the financial leeway to run sprint races this year unless the cost cap gets lifted.