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Seidl: Self-criticism after Imola F1 qualifying mistake typical for Norris

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl says Lando Norris' harsh self-criticism after a minor Imola qualifying mistake typifies the British driver's character in Formula 1.

Norris annoyed after he "effed it all up" in Q3 for F1 Emilia Romagna GP

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris is "annoyed with myself" after losing third in qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after exceeding track limits, admitting he "effed it all up".

Spanish GP to take place behind closed doors

Next month's Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix will take place behind closed doors due to extended COVID-19 restrictions by the Catalan authorities.

Ricciardo explains "aggressive" remarks on F1 crash footage "idiots"

McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo has apologised for his "aggressive" language slamming Formula 1's social team, but says his opinion is unchanged on its use of crash footage for promotional purposes.

Russell: Williams can focus on F1 performance instead of survival

George Russell says Williams can finally focus on finding performance instead of keeping the Formula 1 team alive, thanks to new investment and the appointment of a technical director.

Norris: McLaren "not miles away" from F1 rivals Mercedes, Red Bull

Lando Norris says his McLaren Formula 1 team is "not miles away" from frontrunners Mercedes and Red Bull and expects a season-long battle with Ferrari and AlphaTauri for third.

Gasly: AlphaTauri can fight McLaren and Ferrari "on all tracks" in F1

Pierre Gasly believes his AlphaTauri Formula 1 team can fight midfield rivals McLaren and Ferrari "on all tracks" after showing promising pace in Bahrain.

McLaren: Two quick drivers ‘key’ to F1 resurgence

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl acknowledged that having two closely matched drivers is key to the team's recent resurgence, which fuelled the decision to snap up Daniel Ricciardo for 2021.

AlphaTauri eyes "nice step forward" by Spain in development push

AlphaTauri is planning to follow up a promising 2021 Formula 1 season start with several upgrades that should provide "a nice step forward" by May's Spanish Grand Prix.

Vettel currently “not at home” in Aston Martin AMR21 F1 car

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel has admitted he's "not at home" in his new car, following a troubled Bahrain Grand Prix with his new team.

Norris was "punishing himself" with old F1 driving style

Formula 1 driver Lando Norris believes he was "punishing himself" with his old driving style in the 2021 McLaren, but applied lessons learned from Daniel Ricciardo to shine in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

ByKolles names test drivers for Le Mans Hypercar programme

ByKolles has named Tom Dillmann and Esteban Guerrieri as the test and development drivers for its PMC Project LMH, developing the team's Le Mans Hypercar for 2022.

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".

Ricciardo promised ride in Earnhardt Chevrolet in new F1 podium bet

McLaren Formula 1 CEO Zak Brown has promised his new driver Daniel Ricciardo a run in Dale Earnhardt's 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Cup car if he scores a podium.

Norris has made the next step, says McLaren F1 boss Seidl

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl believes Lando Norris' fourth place in the Bahrain Grand Prix is proof he has "made the next step" ahead of his third season.

Wolff explains why Bottas shouldn't be upset with strategy

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff understands Valtteri Bottas' frustration of being stuck on the same strategy as teammate Lewis Hamilton in the Bahrain Grand Prix but said there was no other option on the table.

Vettel accepts blame for Ocon Bahrain F1 collision

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel has admitted his collision with Esteban Ocon in the Bahrain Grand Prix "was probably my mistake" and explained why he initially blamed the Alpine driver.

Brawn: Tsunoda is 'F1's best rookie for years'

Formula 1 boss Ross Brawn has praised AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda for his impressive debut in Bahrain, claiming the Japanese youngster is the "best rookie F1 has had for years".

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.

Wolff: F1 track limit rules must be clear and not ‘a Shakespeare novel’

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has urged the FIA to clarify its track limit rules after Bahrain Grand Prix controversy and feels it must be "sacred" and not a "Shakespeare novel".

Horner: Verstappen letting Hamilton through "the right thing" in Bahrain GP

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says Max Verstappen "did the right thing" letting Lewis Hamilton through under race control orders in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Verstappen "preferred" penalty to letting Hamilton past in F1 Bahrain GP

Max Verstappen says he would have preferred a penalty for overtaking Formula 1 rival Lewis Hamilton off-track at the Bahrain Grand Prix's climax, rather than handing back the lead.

Alonso “expecting to struggle” in opening races of F1 return

Fernando Alonso said he was satisfied by qualifying in the top 10 on his Formula 1 return in Bahrain, admitting he was "expecting to struggle" in the first few races.

Perez "has to be patient" with himself after Bahrain Q3 miss

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez says he is unconcerned by missing Q3 in Bahrain GP qualifying because he has to be "patient" with himself at his new team.

Sainz thought Bahrain GP qualifying "was over" after Q1 glitch

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr thought his Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying session "was over" after a glitch in Q1 but was happy to recover to eighth place.

Vettel "upset and angry" after Bahrain GP Q1 exit

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel was left "upset and angry" going out in Q1 of Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying, as he saw his second flying lap ruined by yellow flags.

Leclerc "didn't expect to be as competitive" in Bahrain F1 practice

Charles Leclerc said he was positively surprised with Ferrari's pace during Friday practice for Formula 1's Bahrain Grand Prix, as his new teammate Carlos Sainz Jr was fourth in FP2.

Improved Mercedes team facing Bahrain F1 "dogfight" with Red Bull

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff believes his team will face a dogfight with Red Bull at this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, as the W12 car was "inconsistent" in practice

Red Bull been through "pain" of F1 cost cap redundancies

Red Bull has revealed it's been "through the pain of redundancies" to adhere to Formula 1's new 2021 budget cap, amid fears costly sprint races could force further staff reductions.

McLaren F1 boss predicts Verstappen-Russell at Mercedes in 2022

McLaren Formula 1 CEO Zak Brown has predicted that Max Verstappen and George Russell will form an all-new line-up at Mercedes in 2022, replacing Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Ricciardo: McLaren "worked me pretty hard"

Daniel Ricciardo says his McLaren Formula 1 team worked him "pretty hard" over the past two months as the Australian got up to speed ahead of his first season with the operation.

Gasly: AlphaTauri in much better shape than last year

AlphaTauri Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly believes his team is in much better shape than this time last year, saying "there are good reasons to be excited" for the 2021 season.

The art of compromise behind an "emotionally draining" F1 job Plus

The art of compromise behind an "emotionally draining" F1 job

The job of a Formula 1 race engineer requires in equal parts engineering skill and acute sensitivity – not an easy combination when the pressure is on, as Fernando Alonso's Alpine F1 engineer explains

'Pushy' Alonso a big help to Alpine F1 team, says Brivio

Alpine sporting manager Davide Brivio believes Fernando Alonso's demanding nature's had a "very positive" effect on the team as the double world champion gears up for his Formula 1 return.

Three-time Le Mans winner Fassler retires from racing

Marcel Fassler, a three-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours, has called time on his professional driving career at the age of 44.

Verstappen fastest on final F1 Bahrain test day

Red Bull's Max Verstappen ended the third and final day of Formula 1 pre-season testing on top, setting the fastest time of the Bahrain test on Sunday afternoon.

Perez quickest in morning of final F1 Bahrain test day

Red Bull's Sergio Perez set the fastest time on the third and final morning of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain, with most teams concentrating on longer runs.

Alpine explains bulky airbox after "body shaming"

Alpine's executive director Marcin Budkowski has explained the team's decision for its bulky airbox on its 2021 Formula 1 car, saying he was "surprised by the amount of body shaming".

Bottas returns Mercedes to the top on second day of Bahrain F1 test

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas led the way on the second day of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain, beating AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly in a rapid afternoon session.

Ricciardo quickest, Hamilton spins in Bahrain F1 testing second morning

McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo has set the fastest time on the second morning of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain, as Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes lost more mileage after a spin.

Vettel: More to come after "tricky" first F1 test day

Sebastian Vettel says he enjoyed his first morning test in Aston Martin's Formula 1 car but vowed there is "more to come" as tricky conditions in Bahrain made it difficult to acclimatise to his new car.

Verstappen fastest after opening day of F1 Bahrain testing

Red Bull's Max Verstappen has topped the first day of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain, as Mercedes' 2021 campaign got off to a low-key start.

Ricciardo fastest as Mercedes, Ferrari hit trouble at start of F1 testing

McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo has led the way in the first test session of the 2021 Formula 1 season, as Ferrari's Charles Leclerc caused a late red flag in Bahrain.

Alpine F1 open to adding partner team, not seeking 2022 customer

Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi says the constructor is open to adding a Formula 1 partner team in the future, but "isn't actively seeking" a customer for 2022.

Stroll "underestimated" COVID-19 impact in 2020 F1 races

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll says he underestimated the toll that COVID-19 would take on him after being sidelined by the virus during the 2020 season

Mercedes has "no doubts" about Hamilton's F1 commitment

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has "no doubts" about Lewis Hamilton's commitment to Formula 1, but says Hamilton deserves the flexibility of signing just a one-year deal with the team.

Vettel "at peace" with himself over Ferrari F1 exit

Sebastian Vettel says he is "at peace" with himself over his final Ferrari season, but doesn't believe he'll be under any less pressure at the Aston Martin Formula 1 team.

Alpine: Alonso and Ocon will get equal status in F1 team

Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi has vowed Esteban Ocon will receive equal treatment with Fernando Alonso at the rebranded Renault Formula 1 team in 2021.

Abiteboul's Alpine F1 departure was a "shock" - Budkowski

Alpine Formula 1 director Marcin Budkowski has revealed the departure of team principal Cyril Abiteboul was a "surprise and a shock to everyone" at the team.

Pietro Fittipaldi makes prototype return in ELMS with G-Drive

Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of two-time Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, will return to prototype racing in this year's European Le Mans Series with the G-Drive Racing LMP2 squad.

Schumacher: No added pressure from father's legacy for F1 debut

Haas Formula 1 rookie Mick Schumacher says he is proud to carry the Schumacher name in the sport and doesn't believe his father's legacy will add any extra pressure

Hamilton: "Not my first rodeo" facing questions on F1 future

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says his one-year Formula 1 contract extension will not be a cause for distraction throughout 2021, saying "it's not my first rodeo" dealing with contract speculation.