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Albon: F1 safety car unlapping rules may need further review

Williams driver Alex Albon thinks Formula 1's safety car rules might need to be reviewed again after the Bahrain Grand Prix, in which the race was restarted before unlapped cars caught up to the back of the pack.

The challenges Aston Martin face to recover from its poor start to F1 2022

Aston Martin Formula 1 team owner Lawrence Stroll didn’t have a lot to smile about after a frustrating weekend for the Silverstone outfit in Bahrain.

Why classic F1 tracks like Spa and Silverstone should not be at risk

OPINION: As Formula 1’s latest season gets under way, it may still turn out to be its longest-ever. But recent comments from CEO Stefano Domenicali suggest major calendar change is coming, with famous venues not guaranteed places. Here’s why that would be a mistake, especially when there’s a neat solution for F1’s business minded owner

Bottas explains Alfa Romeo F1 start issue at Bahrain

Valtteri Bottas has explained the start issue which cost him positions at the Bahrain Grand Prix, with Alfa Romeo chasing a fix following similar issues in Formula 1 pre-season testing.

F1 teams have stripped back liveries in bid to save weight

Formula 1 teams have been forced to strip back their liveries and remove paint from their cars this year in a bid to shave excess weight, it has emerged.

What the 2022 Bahrain GP battles taught F1 about the impact of its new era

OPINION: Formula 1’s long-awaited new car formula made its race debut in last weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix. There were good signs it may achieve its key aims, but those came alongside issues causing for alarm for some of the championship’s big players

F1 plans talks with Netflix and drivers over Drive to Survive's fake drama

Formula 1 plans talks with Netflix to ensure future Drive to Survive series don’t distort the truth too much and deter drivers from wanting to take part.

Steiner wants Haas to "enjoy the dream" after Bahrain F1 result

Gunther Steiner wants Haas to “enjoy the dream” after scoring its first Formula 1 points since 2020 on Sunday in Bahrain thanks to Kevin Magnussen’s fifth-place finish.

Why Haas is back to where it should be in F1's pecking order

Ferrari’s celebrations for its 1-2 at the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix were arguably matched both in and out of the paddock by Kevin Magnussen finishing fifth for Haas. After years of toil and trouble, the Haas recovery plan has yielded instant rewards in 2022 and ensures the US team returns to the midfield fight

Gasly heading for early F1 grid penalty after Bahrain “barbecue”

AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly may have taken a step towards an early Formula 1 grid penalty in 2022 after a suspected battery failure in Bahrain triggered a “barbecue.”

Why Mercedes was right to temper expectations and how it might recover

Mercedes is no stranger to tempering expectations ahead of a Formula 1 season, only to kick off the season in dominant fashion. But the team's 2022 car has legitimate concerns, leaving the Silver Arrows to pursue "damage limitation" at Bahrain. Here's why Mercedes was right to play its W13 down, and how it might find a return to form

Zhou: Point on F1 debut ‘the best answer’ to pay driver critics

Zhou Guanyu believes scoring a point on his Formula 1 debut in Bahrain was “the best answer” to criticism he faced upon landing his race seat with Alfa Romeo.

The low-drag F1 wing that helped Red Bull top Bahrain GP speed traps

While there was a growing consensus in the Formula 1 paddock last weekend that Ferrari had produced the best engine, it was actually Red Bull that topped the speed traps in Bahrain.

Marko: Red Bull takes blame for slow Verstappen F1 outlaps

Max Verstappen’s slow outlaps that cost him the chance to get the undercut and lead in Bahrain were Red Bull’s mistake, according to Red Bull Formula 1 advisor Helmut Marko.

Can Ferrari continue its F1 dominance? | Paddock Packdown Bahrain GP
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Can Ferrari continue its F1 dominance? | Paddock Packdown

The new Formula 1 season got off to a thrilling start in Bahrain on Sunday as Charles Leclerc scored Ferrari’s first win for more than two years.

10 things we learned from the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix

The 2022 Formula 1 season began in Bahrain, promising riches with its new technical regulations and potential new competitive order. Autosport has picked out the 10 biggest talking points of the first race with the all-new cars, which hinted at a season just as bombastic as the one just left behind...

Norris ‘expecting pain’ as McLaren sits ‘a long way off’

Lando Norris is “expecting pain” after McLaren’s difficult start to the Formula 1 season in Bahrain, believing the team is currently “a long, long way off”.

Leclerc joked with Ferrari pits about last lap F1 engine problem

Bahrain Grand Prix winner Charles Leclerc played a last-lap joke on his Ferrari Formula 1 engineers that he had been hit by an unexpected engine problem.

Autosport Podcast: F1 Bahrain GP Review

The 2022 Formula 1 season is officially up and running following the opening round, with Charles Leclerc leading a Ferrari 1-2 at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Brawn: F1 has made step from “horrible” previous cars

Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn sees “no negatives” around the new 2022 rules that he says has moved grand prix racing on from the “horrible” previous cars.

Bahrain Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

The opening round of the 2022 Formula 1 season means the first Driver Ratings of the year. The Bahrain Grand Prix provided the opportunity for a handful of star drivers to shine, even if some were denied the results their performances deserved, while others failed to make it count when it mattered most

Mercedes: No man’s land Bahrain F1 GP turned into ‘test session’

Mercedes said it ended up treating Formula 1’s Bahrain Grand Prix like a test session, after being left in no man’s land.

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The background behind Red Bull's Bahrain DNFs

The dramatic late retirements of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez from Formula 1's Bahrain GP triggered some intrigue about what caused their fuel pump issues.

The unseen Verstappen problem that ensured Leclerc's Bahrain GP win

Max Verstappen’s fight for victory in the opening race of Formula 1’s new era and his first as defending world champion was ultimately ended by a fuel pump problem, although an unseen mechanical woe became key to him losing out to Charles Leclerc at the Bahrain Grand Prix

Sainz reaches agreement over new Ferrari F1 contract

Carlos Sainz Jr has reached an agreement with Ferrari for a new Formula 1 contract, as he bids to bounce back from his most difficult weekend with the team.

Binotto: Ferrari cannot afford wrong step in looming F1 development war

Ferrari says it cannot afford to make a wrong step with the development of its new Formula 1 car now, if it is to keep up its strong start to the 2022 season.

Leclerc explains tactics for beating Verstappen in Bahrain GP battles

Charles Leclerc has revealed his tactics to keep Max Verstappen behind during the Bahrain Grand Prix which launched his victory charge at the 2022 Formula 1 opener.

Verstappen: Bahrain DNF could be "very important" in F1 title fight

Max Verstappen found it “very disappointing” to retire from second late in the Bahrain Grand Prix, saying the lost points could prove “very important” in the Formula 1 title fight.

Magnussen worried he'd be more tired in stellar Bahrain F1 return

Kevin Magnussen says he was "worried I would be way more tired" on his Formula 1 comeback in Bahrain, where the Haas driver secured a "crazy" fifth place.

Horner: Brutal double DNF in F1 Bahrain GP is Red Bull's "worst nightmare"

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says seeing both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez retire in the closing stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix was the team's “worst nightmare”.

Leclerc: Ferrari “could not hope for better” after two “difficult” F1 years

Charles Leclerc says leading a Ferrari 1-2 at the 2022 Formula 1 season opener in Bahrain is the perfect way to respond following two years that “have been incredibly difficult”.

Hamilton "grateful" for surprise Bahrain F1 podium

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton said he was "grateful" to pick up an unexpected podium finish in a "difficult" season opening Bahrain Grand Prix after Red Bull's double DNF.

F1 Bahrain GP: Leclerc leads Ferrari 1-2, Red Bull challenge implodes

Charles Leclerc led a Ferrari 1-2 in Formula 1’s 2022 Bahrain season opener, having beaten Max Verstappen in a thrilling race-long battle before Red Bull suffered a late double DNF.

F1 Grand Prix race results: Leclerc wins wild Bahrain GP

Charles Leclerc won the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, the opening round of the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship, leading Carlos Sainz in a Ferrari 1-2.

Live: F1 Bahrain GP updates – race day

The 2022 Formula 1 season is underway with the opening race of the new campaign, the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Aston Martin losing up to 0.75s through F1 porpoising compromises

Aston Martin estimates that performance compromises it is having to make on its Formula 1 car to overcome porpoising are costing it up to 0.75 seconds per lap.

Drones, helmet cam, HDR - What’s new for F1 on TV in 2022

The technology arms race that takes place in developing cars each year is similar to what Formula 1 undertakes for its television coverage.

Why F1 teams still deem windtunnel investment necessary

Formula 1 has set itself on the path towards outlawing aerodynamic research in windtunnels – but until that time comes, says PAT SYMONDS, teams will still pour money into these facilities

Ferrari now has best engine in Formula 1, reckons Steiner

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner believes Ferrari now has the best engine on the grid after all three of its teams made it through to Q3 in Bahrain.

The unknown factors F1 drivers will face in 2022 Bahrain GP

The Bahrain GP is going to be a step into the unknown for all the Formula 1 drivers as they experience their first race with the 2022 cars and tyres.

Hamilton: No set-up change can solve Mercedes' current F1 issues

Lewis Hamilton says no set-up change will solve the "fundamental issues" Mercedes currently faces with its W13 Formula 1 car after slumping to fifth place in Bahrain qualifying.

FIA in ongoing talks with ex-F1 race director Masi over new position

The FIA remains in ongoing talks with axed Formula 1 race director Michael Masi about a new role with the organisation, according to president Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

Norris: McLaren F1 recovery not an overnight job

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris says that getting the struggling team back on track won’t be an overnight job.

More to come from Magnussen and Haas, says Steiner

Haas boss Gunther Steiner thinks there is even more to come from Kevin Magnussen and his team after their attention-grabbing performance at Formula 1’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Start time, how to watch, & more

Charles Leclerc will start from pole position for the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

Sainz "relieved" to fight for Bahrain GP pole after feeling "very far behind" Leclerc

Carlos Sainz Jr felt “relieved” to fight for pole position in Bahrain after feeling he was “very far behind” Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Charles Leclerc heading into qualifying.

Leclerc: Haas, Alfa Q3 appearances shows Ferrari F1 engine progress

Charles Leclerc says the high Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying results scored by Alfa Romeo and Haas highlights the “strong” step Ferrari has made with its Formula 1 engine for 2022. 

Magnussen on "massive rollercoaster" in Haas F1 return

Kevin Magnussen says his last two weeks have been like a "massive rollercoaster" going from out of Formula 1 to qualifying seventh on the grid for the 2022 opener for Haas.

McLaren explains factors on Bahrain GP qualifying struggles

McLaren technical director James Key thinks a combination of track characteristics and the legacy of its testing problems have triggered its difficult weekend at Formula 1's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Bottas: "Pretty cool" starting side-by-side with Hamilton on Alfa Romeo F1 debut

Valtteri Bottas says it is “pretty cool” to be starting side-by-side with former Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton for his Alfa Romeo debut in Bahrain.

Hamilton "happy" to qualify fifth in Bahrain given Mercedes issues

Lewis Hamilton says he was "generally really happy" to qualify fifth for the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix with a Mercedes that was "a bit of a nightmare to drive".

Verstappen suffered "hit and miss" runs during F1 Bahrain GP pole shootout

Max Verstappen says inconsistencies during his Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying runs meant he narrowly missed out on pole position for the 2022 Formula 1 opener.

Leclerc "surprised" to beat Verstappen in Bahrain F1 qualifying

Ferrari Formula 1's Charles Leclerc says he was surprised to beat Max Verstappen and Red Bull in Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying after denying the world champion pole by one tenth.

F1 Bahrain GP qualifying results: Leclerc heads Verstappen, Sainz

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc took pole position for the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix, beating reigning champion Max Verstappen to the top spot as the Mercedes cars struggled.

F1 Bahrain GP: Leclerc beats Verstappen to pole position

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc beat Red Bull driver Max Verstappen to pole position for Formula 1’s 2022 season opener in Bahrain by 0.123 seconds.

FIA: No irregular betting on Abu Dhabi after "manipulated" message

The FIA’s findings into the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 controversy noted that no irregular betting activity had been reported after Lewis Hamilton said via radio the race had been “manipulated”.

FIA to appoint new F1 sporting director to oversee regulations

The FIA will appoint a new Formula 1 sporting director to oversee the regulations in the wake of the Abu Dhabi controversy at the end of last season.

FIA explains how VAR system will work in F1

The FIA has explained how Formula 1’s equivalent of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) will work, as well as revealing that it will now be called the Remote Operations Centre.

In full: The FIA report on the 2021 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The findings from the FIA's report into the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix have finally been released on the eve of the 2022 Formula 1 season in Bahrain.

F1 Bahrain GP: Verstappen tops final practice from Leclerc

Red Bull's Max Verstappen narrowly beat Ferrari's Charles Leclerc to the fastest time in third free practice for Formula 1's Bahrain Grand Prix, setting up an intriguing first qualifying session of the 2022 season.