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Russell: Returning to Williams harder than stepping up to Mercedes

George Russell says it was harder returning to the Williams Formula 1 car in Abu Dhabi than it had been stepping up to Mercedes

Verstappen explains Red Bull front wing error at Turkish GP

Max Verstappen has explained how a quirk of Red Bull's new Formula 1 front wing design contributed to the setting error that derailed his hopes in the Turkish Grand Prix

Vettel's Turkish GP podium "very important", says Binotto

Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Mattia Binotto says Sebastian Vettel's podium in the Turkish Grand Prix was "very important" for the German after a difficult season

Russell: "Breakthroughs" put Williams on front foot against Alfa Romeo and Haas

George Russell believes Williams's recent "breakthroughs" with its 2020 Formula 1 car can put it on the front foot in the fight against rivals Alfa Romeo and Haas

Portimao track limits revised after 125 lap times deleted ahead of Portuguese GP

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has revised the track limits guidance at Portimao following Friday's farce when 125 lap times were deleted for infringements

Sainz not concerned about fans jibes over Ferrari F1 move

Carlos Sainz Jr says fans making jokes about his move to Ferrari for 2021 "can laugh as much as they want" and that he finds their ideas "pretty funny"

Vettel open to idea of racing spec-cars against F1 rivals

Sebastian Vettel would relish the opportunity to race his Formula 1 rivals in a saloon car race, but fears the times of drivers trying out different cars are "gone"

Jordan: Hamilton should join Red Bull in F1

Lewis Hamilton should join Red Bull and help form a super team alongside Max Verstappen, reckons former Formula 1 team boss Eddie Jordan

Ferrari F1 team stuck "in a hole" says CEO Camilleri

The Ferrari Formula 1 team is stuck "in a hole" right now according to its CEO Louis Camilleri, who concedes it will be "tough" to improve its fortunes before 2022

Wolff: Mercedes didn't get all it wanted from F1 Concorde Agreement talks

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says his team did not get all it wanted from Formula 1's Concorde Agreement talks

Binotto: Ferrari's F1 Belgian GP woes not just down to engine

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto say his team's Belgian Grand Prix woes are not just down to its lack of straightline speed, as a number of issues are holding it back

My job in F1: AlphaTauri team manager Graham Watson

In the latest instalment of Autosport's My Job in F1 series, we talk to Graham Watson, the team manager of AlphaTauri

Verstappen: Further 2019 Formula 1 wins out of reach for Red Bull

Max Verstappen reckons Red Bull-Honda will only get podium finishes at best in the remainder of the 2019 Formula 1 season and cannot see further chances to win grands prix

Sainz: Difference between F1 teams, cars underestimated

Carlos Sainz says Formula 1 teams are "a lot more different than what people imagine", and believes the value of team continuity for a driver is underestimated

Verstappen: Claims F1 cars aren't challenging enough are "bull****"

Max Verstappen says it is "bullshit" to suggest Formula 1 cars are not challenging enough, and is baffled by Romain Grosjean's claim that driving a kart is harder

Small F1 2019 progress can make Red Bull-Honda look a lot different

Max Verstappen says "a bit more power and a bit more balance" will make Red Bull-Honda's situation look "a lot different" in the coming Formula 1 races

Kvyat 'pushed like animal' to score point on Australia F1 comeback

Toro Rosso returnee Daniil Kvyat said he "pushed like an animal" to recover from an error and score a point on his Formula 1 comeback in the Australian Grand Prix

Perez: Racing Point's Australian GP F1 upgrade not working as hoped

Sergio Perez says Racing Point's Australian Grand Prix upgrade package has not delivered the expected performance gain despite qualifying 10th for the first Formula 1 race of the season

Why the chance of a revived F1 Dutch Grand Prix is so realistic

The growth of two serious bids to revive and host the Dutch Grand Prix makes Formula 1's return to the Netherlands credible, despite the country's government ruling out financial assistance

A rare insight into why Max Verstappen is 'almost impossible to imitate'

Max Verstappen's growing presence in sim racing has given those close to the Red Bull Formula 1 star an insight into driving ability that is "almost impossible to imitate"

Sainz, Bottas say F1's incoming talent will make races 'fun' in '19

The influx of new talent into Formula 1 for 2019 will make races "fun", reckon Carlos Sainz Jr and Valtteri Bottas

Losing Sauber F1 seat as team improves 'hurts' Marcus Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson has admitted it "hurts a bit" to be losing his Sauber Formula 1 drive just as the team is moving forward

Force India: Sauber has outdeveloped top F1 teams from 2017 to '18

Racing Point Force India's Otmar Szafnauer says Sauber has "outdeveloped" Formula 1's top teams with the leap it has made from its 2017 car to the current C37 challenger

Red Bull: ‘Unfair’ to expect Gasly to match Verstappen straight away

Red Bull boss Christian Horner thinks it would be unfair to expect Pierre Gasly to challenge Max Verstappen immediately next year, but says the team predicts 'big things' from him

Valtteri Bottas admits qualifying gap to Lewis Hamilton hurts him

Valtteri Bottas believes improving in qualifying is key to turning around Lewis Hamilton's superiority in the Mercedes Formula 1 team

Ericsson was 'fuming' over order to help Leclerc in Mexican GP

Marcus Ericsson says he was "fuming" early in the Mexican Grand Prix as he was asked to sacrifice his race to help Sauber Formula 1 team-mate Charles Leclerc

Esteban Gutierrez 'working hard' for Formula 1 return with Williams

Ex-Sauber and Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez is aiming to return to Formula 1 next season with Williams.

Max Verstappen: Renault 2019 F1 promises are 'the same old song'

Max Verstappen says Renault's pledge to produce an all-new Formula 1 engine next year that can close the gap to Mercedes and Ferrari is "the same old song"

Max Verstappen hits back at Renault F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul

Max Verstappen claims Renault would "already be world champions" if Formula 1 boss Cyril Abiteboul was not "moaning about me all the time"

Verstappen blames Bottas for Italian Grand Prix penalty clash

Max Verstappen has blamed Valtteri Bottas for the coming together that earned the Red Bull driver what he deemed an unfair penalty in Formula 1's Italian Grand Prix

Robert Kubica ready to race in F1 as Williams shot looms

Robert Kubica says he is ready to complete a full grand prix weekend as the prospect of him getting a Formula 1 call-up with Williams this season looms

Sainz will ask Alonso for McLaren advice ahead of F1 2019 switch

Carlos Sainz Jr plans to speak to Fernando Alonso at the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend to ask for advice on how to settle in quickly at McLaren next year

Max Verstappen: Red Bull F1 car just 'doesn't work' in the wet

Max Verstappen says Red Bull's 2018 Formula 1 car "just doesn't work" in wet conditions, having qualified a disappointing seventh for the Hungarian Grand Prix

F1 officials to inspect Assen after 'positive' Dutch TT meeting

Formula 1 officials will visit Assen to inspect its track in the next few weeks, following the latest rounds of talks about the Dutch Grand Prix returning to the calendar

Max Verstappen defends Sebastian Vettel over German GP F1 crash

Max Verstappen has defended Formula 1 title contender Sebastian Vettel over his crash while leading the German Grand Prix

Max Verstappen: 'Tragic' Red Bull power deficit like F1 v F2

Max Verstappen says the Red Bull Formula 1 team's straightline speed deficit was "tragic" and "like driving in a different series" in the British Grand Prix

The big challenges and unknowns of Formula 1's triple-header

The "unknown" of Formula 1's first triple-header presents teams with an intense human and competitive challenge over the next three weeks

Sauber F1 rookie Leclerc trying not to heed praise from peers

Charles Leclerc says he will try not to listen too much to the "amazing" praise he has received by multiple Formula 1 world champions

Daniel Ricciardo should join Ferrari for 2019 F1 season - Rosberg

Daniel Ricciardo should leave Red Bull and race for Ferrari, according to 2016 Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg

Red Bull believes it could fend off rivals' Q3 engine modes in Monaco

Red Bull Formula 1 team-mates Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen believe their car advantage around Monaco could be enough to fight off rivals' top engine modes in qualifying

Red Bull F1 team outlines its expected Monaco Grand Prix gains

Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen estimate the Monaco Grand Prix track layout will halve their qualifying deficit to rival Formula 1 teams

Toro Rosso wants Japanese driver in its Formula 1 team for Honda

Toro Rosso wants to run a Japanese driver in Formula 1 "sooner or later" as part of its alliance with Honda

Dutch supermarket ordered to pay Max Verstappen €150,000 in damages

A Dutch online supermarket has been ordered to pay Max Verstappen €150,000 for using a lookalike of the Formula 1 driver in one of their videos

Verstappen responds to Hamilton's F1 Bahrain GP drivers' room jibe

Max Verstappen has shrugged off four-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton's post-race comments about him ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix podium ceremony

Toro Rosso's Hartley: Honda F1 engine pretty flexible for racecraft

Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley says his first Formula 1 race weekend using a Honda engine did not flag up any concerns over raceability or overtaking

Australian GP: Gasly rues 'pain in the arse' Honda F1 engine failure

A Honda engine failure in the 2018 Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix was a "pain in the arse" given Toro Rosso's trouble-free testing, admitted Pierre Gasly

Max Verstappen would've switched off 'worthless' Australian GP

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen says he would have switched off the "completely worthless" 2018 Australian Grand Prix if he was watching the race as a fan

Australian GP: F1 rookie Leclerc underestimated Albert Park circuit

Sauber Formula 1 rookie Charles Leclerc says he underestimated how tricky it would be to come to terms with the Albert Park circuit before Friday's Australian Grand Prix practice sessions

Max Verstappen still fears straights will be 'painful' for Red Bull

Max Verstappen fears Red Bull-Renault is still going to face a "painful" time on straights at the start of the 2018 Formula 1 season

Ricciardo: Red Bull F1 team most prepared for season since I joined

Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull is more prepared for the upcoming Formula 1 campaign than it has been before during his time at the team

Vandoorne: McLaren F1 team closer to Renault 'than ever' with Honda

McLaren already has a closer relationship with new Formula 1 engine supplier Renault than it ever had with previous partner Honda, says Stoffel Vandoorne

Max Verstappen: Renault and McLaren not a threat to Red Bull

Max Verstappen says he does not consider McLaren and Renault as major rivals for Red Bull in 2018, amid growing optimism about the pace of his RB14 Formula 1 car

Red Bull would be dominant in F1 with Mercedes engine - Verstappen

Max Verstappen believes Red Bull would be dominating Formula 1 if it had Mercedes engines

F1 race director Whiting inspects Assen as track chases Grade 1 licence

The Assen circuit has moved a step closer to being able to hold a Dutch Grand Prix, after Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting visited the track for an inspection

Red Bull 2017 turnaround prompted Max Verstappen to sign new F1 deal

Red Bull's ability to turn its fortunes around over the course of the 2017 Formula 1 season was the main reason Max Verstappen signed a contract extension with the team

Max Verstappen wants to dominate F1 grands prix not battle for wins

Max Verstappen says he wants to turn Formula 1 grands prix into processions, suggesting dominating from the front is more appealing than having to fight hard for positions

Esteban Ocon says he has received death threats on social media

Esteban Ocon says he has been receiving death threats on social media since his collisions with Force India Formula 1 team-mate Sergio Perez earlier in the 2017 season.

Max Verstappen 'didn't mean to hurt anyone' in US GP post-race rant

Max Verstappen insists he "didn't mean to hurt anyone" when he referred to FIA Formula 1 steward Garry Connelly as an "idiot" after the United States Grand Prix

Max Verstappen: No Sebastian Vettel apology for Singapore GP crash

Max Verstappen says Sebastian Vettel did not take responsibility and apologise for the crash that put them and Kimi Raikkonen out of Formula 1's Singapore Grand Prix

Singapore GP start crash: FIA takes no action against drivers

The FIA has opted to take no further action following the Singapore Grand Prix opening-lap collision between Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen