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16 Apr - 18 Apr
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Alfa Romeo F1 team granted right to review Imola penalty

The Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team has won the right to a review of the 30-second time penalty that cost Kimi Raikkonen points at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Verstappen surprised how good wet start was at Imola

Max Verstappen was surprised by his fast getaway at the start of Formula 1’s 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after Red Bull struggled to do so in wet conditions last year.

How Verstappen and Hamilton’s Imola clash sets the tone for F1’s 2021 title fight

In Max Verstappen's Formula 1 career to date, he has been cast as the 'pretender', an acknowledged top-line performer without the car to regularly challenge Lewis Hamilton. But that no longer applies in 2021, and the start to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was the most telling signal yet of what we can expect from their duel this year

Alonso: Playing catch up in F1 is no excuse for current form

Fernando Alonso says he cannot use his lack of recent race experience in a Formula 1 car as an excuse for his lacklustre performance at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

McLaren: Norris earned Imola F1 podium on merit

McLaren Formula 1 team boss Andreas Seidl believes Lando Norris' podium in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was earned on merit.

Perez "very sorry" to Red Bull after Imola F1 woes

Sergio Perez has apologised to the Red Bull Formula 1 team for his troubled run at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix that left him out of the points.

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 Emilia Romagna GP

Despite Max Verstappen's victory in a thrilling Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, will the weekend still go down as a missed opportunity for Red Bull? Autosport assesses the weekend's major talking points, as the race for a top seat in 2022 took an explosive turn, F1's oldest team showed more signs of recovery and 2021's first political spat broke out

Why Hamilton didn’t break F1’s rules for reversing on track

Lewis Hamilton’s recovery drive to finish second at the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was helped when he managed to reverse back on to the track after his off at Tosa.

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings

A frantic wet race at Imola produced plenty of excitement and drama as drivers scrabbled for grip. Amid the hatful of mistakes and incidents that ensued, who kept their noses cleanest?

Bottas crash damage cost could cost Mercedes F1 upgrade push

Toto Wolff says the costs incurred by the damage to Valtteri Bottas’s Formula 1 car following his crash with George Russell at Imola could impact Mercedes upgrades and planned development.

Russell planning clear-the-air call with Bottas after Imola F1 crash

George Russell says he is planning to call Valtteri Bottas in the coming days to clear the air following their Formula 1 crash at Imola on Sunday.

How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves

Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences

Raikkonen loses points after post-race penalty at F1 Imola race

Kimi Raikkonen has been stripped of his points finish at Formula 1's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after being handed a 30-second post-race penalty.

Stroll drops to eighth place with post-race F1 penalty at Emilia Romagna GP

Lance Stroll has been demoted to eighth position after Formula 1 stewards issued a post-race time penalty following the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Leclerc explains why he didn't pass Verstappen on Imola F1 restart

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc has explained why he did not pass Max Verstappen during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix winner's brief off at the race's safety car restart.

Bottas: Russell has "quite a theory" over Imola F1 defending after crash

Valtteri Bottas hit back at George Russell's suggestion he may have defended differently against another driver after their Imola Formula 1 crash, calling it "quite a theory".

F1 stewards take no action over ‘racing incident’ Bottas and Russell crash

The Formula 1 race stewards have opted to take no action over Valtteri Bottas and George Russell’s clash in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, calling it a “racing incident”.

F1 Emilia Romagna GP: Verstappen wins thriller as Hamilton recovers to second

Max Verstappen won a thrilling wet-dry Emilia Romagna Formula 1 race, featuring the Red Bull driver colliding with Lewis Hamilton, and Valtteri Bottas and George Russell suffering a race-suspending crash.

Bottas: Imola F1 crash with Russell "clearly" Williams driver's "mistake"

Valtteri Bottas pointed the finger at George Russell following their high-speed crash in the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying it was “clearly his mistake”.

Emilia Romagna GP red-flagged after Bottas/Russell crash

The Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is under a red flag with 30 laps remaining after a sizeable crash between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell.

Mercedes: F1 tyre warm-up issue caused Bottas' Imola Q3 struggles

Mercedes believes a tyre warm-up issue caused Valtteri Bottas to struggle in Formula 1 qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and slump to eighth place on the grid.

Perez: I'm miles away with Red Bull F1 car despite Imola front-row start

Sergio Perez was surprised to qualify second for Formula 1’s 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, as he still feels “miles away” from gelling “naturally” with Red Bull’s car concept. 

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.

Hamilton: Red Bull has better set of F1 strategy cards to play at Imola

Lewis Hamilton believes Red Bull strategically holds “better cards” heading into Formula 1’s 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with its drivers starting behind the world champion on different tyres. 

Russell explains "Pastor Maldonado moment" in Imola F1 qualifying

Williams Formula 1 driver George Russell revealed he had a “Pastor Maldonado moment" when he ran wide before starting his first flying lap in Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying.

Alonso: Lack of trust in Alpine F1 car costly at old-school Imola

Fernando Alonso feels he is not yet able to fully trust where the limit of Alpine’s Formula 1 car is after qualifying 15th for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

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

Lewis Hamilton has secured his 99th career pole position in Formula 1 for the 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

Bottas "couldn’t trust rear-end" of Mercedes car in Imola Q3

Valtteri Bottas says he “couldn’t trust the rear-end” of his Mercedes Formula 1 car in the final stage of qualifying at Imola on Saturday, contributing to his P8 finish.

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".

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.

Sainz: Imola Q2 exit "exposed" lack of Ferrari F1 mileage

Carlos Sainz Jr was left disappointed by his Q2 exit in Formula 1 qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying the result “exposed” his lack of mileage with Ferrari.

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.

Perez: Last-corner mistake cost me pole in Imola qualifying

Sergio Perez was left ruing a final-corner mistake during Formula 1 qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying he “should have been on pole”.

F1 Emilia Romagna GP: Hamilton grabs pole from Perez, Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole for Formula 1’s 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, as he topped qualifying ahead of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen – the top three covered by just 0.087s.

F1 Emilia Romagna GP: Verstappen sets FP3 pace from Norris

Max Verstappen topped third practice for Formula 1’s 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix by over 0.4s to McLaren’s Lando Norris, with Lewis Hamilton third in an action-packed session.

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.

Why F1 track limits are back in the spotlight at Imola

The thorny subject of track limits in Formula 1 has resurfaced in Imola this weekend, and like the similarly emotive VAR in football, it’s not going away any time soon.

Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola

While Mercedes struck back against Red Bull by topping the times at Imola on Friday ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the overall picture remains incredibly close. Despite having a possible edge this weekend, the reigning Formula 1 world champion squad is not taking anything for granted...

Ferrari’s Imola practice pace "not a shock" to Norris

Ferrari’s impressive showing during Friday’s Formula 1 practice sessions for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was “not a shock”, according to McLaren’s Lando Norris.

Mercedes F1 drivers "a lot happier" with W12 car at Imola

Mercedes’ Formula 1 drivers were left feeling “a lot happier” with their W12 Formula 1 car after taking 1-2 finishes in Friday practice for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Verstappen: Red Bull ‘a little bit’ on back foot after FP2 problem

Max Verstappen says Red Bull is “a little bit” on the back foot at Imola after a driveshaft issue ended his Formula 1 practice running prematurely on Friday.

Local fibre line failure caused F1 data outage at Imola

The Formula 1 organisation says that the failure of a local fibre optic line caused the outage that impacted TV coverage and team radio transmissions during first practice for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

F1 Emilia Romagna GP: Bottas heads FP2 Mercedes 1-2, Verstappen hits trouble

Valtteri Bottas led Lewis Hamilton in second practice for Formula 1’s 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, while Max Verstappen missed most of the session after stopping on-track.

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.

Perez and Ocon avoid penalties after F1 clash in Imola FP1

Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon have escaped punishment after a collision which brought out a red flag in first practice at the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

F1 Emilia Romagna GP: Bottas fastest from Hamilton in disrupted first practice

Valtteri Bottas topped the opening practice session for Formula 1’s 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which was disrupted by an incident involving Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon.

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.

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.

The secret of Imola’s lucky F1 paddock cat

Following an enthralling tussle in Bahrain three weeks ago, the close fight between Mercedes and Red Bull looks set to rage on as Formula 1 returns to Imola this weekend.

The themes to watch in F1’s Imola return

Three weeks is a long time in Formula 1, but in the reshaped start to the 2021 season the teams head to Imola to pick things up after the frenetic Bahrain opener. Here's what to look out for and the developments to follow at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix