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Williams explains decision to part company with ex-team principal Roberts

Williams Formula 1 boss Jost Capito has explained the decision to part company with team principal Simon Roberts as part of the British squad’s restructuring.

Hamilton: Defending harder against Verstappen was "pointless" in F1 French GP

Lewis Hamilton says it would have been “pointless to defend any harder” against Max Verstappen in the Red Bull Formula 1 driver’s race-winning pass at the French Grand Prix.

Can Red Bull really win anywhere now it’s toppled a Mercedes F1 stronghold?

OPINION: Red Bull team boss Christian Horner reckoned Max Verstappen winning the French Grand Prix – an event where Mercedes had previously been dominant – would signal “we can beat them anywhere”. Here’s how that claim stacks up looking at the rest of the 2021 season

Red Bull: French GP win disproves "accusations" over rear wing and tyre pressures

Red Bull Formula 1 chief Christian Horner felt Max Verstappen’s victory in France answered the recent "accusations" made against the team about flexi-wings and tyre pressures.

The Mercedes-style F1 tweaks helping McLaren push forward

McLaren introduced a fairly substantial update at the French Grand Prix in a bid to help its fight with Ferrari for best of the rest in Formula 1 this year.

2021 F1 Styrian GP session timings and how to watch

The Styrian Grand Prix hosts the eighth round of the 2021 Formula 1 world championship season on the 25-27 June.

Red Bull baffled by Mercedes F1 engine comments after French GP

Red Bull does not know why Formula 1 rival Mercedes thinks its straightline speed advantage at the French Grand Prix was down to a step forward with its Honda engine.

Why the FIA rejected calls to ditch Paul Ricard sausage kerbs

Formula 1's new feature of offering snapshots of radio messages between teams on the pitwall and race control has been a fascinating addition for fans.

The IndyCar feature that Paul Ricard desperately needs in F1

OPINION: The French Grand Prix offered a surprisingly interesting spectacle, despite the headache-inducing nature of the circuit. But IndyCar's Road America race offered far more in terms of action - and the increased jeopardy at the Elkhart Lake venue might be something Paul Ricard needs in future...

Aston Martin hopes France F1 result silences cheating accusations

Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer hopes that the French GP will put a stop to suggestions that the Silverstone outfit was not following Pirelli's Formula 1 tyre prescriptions.

Explained: What caused Ferrari’s F1 French GP nightmare

Ferrari slumped to its first non-score of the 2021 Formula 1 season at the French Grand Prix, in a race Charles Leclerc labelled one the most difficult of his career.

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 French GP

After a first corner error dropped him behind Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen delivered a textbook drive to his third victory of the season and extend his points lead. Autosport assesses the weekend's talking points, as two of Formula 1's grandee teams experienced differing fortunes on the series' return to permanent race tracks

How Perez derailed Mercedes' strategy and fastest lap bid

Toto Wolff has explained how Sergio Perez made a two-stop strategy a "danger" for Mercedes in Sunday's Formula 1 French Grand Prix, impacting the fight against Max Verstappen.

Autosport Podcast: Reviewing the French Grand Prix

Max Verstappen extended his lead at the top of the Formula 1 drivers’ championship after defeating Lewis Hamilton in a tense finish to the French Grand Prix on Sunday.

Why Verstappen wasn't punished for breaching track limits protocol

Max Verstappen's hopes of winning Formula 1's French Grand Prix appeared to suffer an early blow when he ran wide at the opening corner.

Mercedes can't account for 0.5s lost in Verstappen French GP undercut

Mercedes still cannot account for half a second of the time Lewis Hamilton lost in the pits when Max Verstappen got the jump in Sunday’s Formula 1 French Grand Prix.

French Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The French GP was a weekend decided by tiny margins both at the front of the field, as Red Bull inflicted a comeback defeat on Mercedes, and in the battle for the minor points places. That's reflected in our driver ratings, where several drivers came close to a maximum score

Gasly defends "hard racing" after Norris criticism

AlphaTauri Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly has defended his aggressive move on Lando Norris in France, which angered the McLaren driver.

Red Bull: "Ballsy" F1 strategy call was payback for Spanish GP

Red Bull says its "ballsy" call to sacrifice the lead and switch to a two-stop strategy to win Formula 1's French Grand Prix was payback for its Spanish GP defeat.

Wolff welcomes Bottas’ feistiness over Mercedes F1 team radio

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff welcomed Valtteri Bottas’s feisty radio messages during Sunday’s French Grand Prix, saying he was glad the Finn didn’t “internalise” his feelings.

How Red Bull took French GP "payback" on a day of Mercedes mistakes

The French GP has been a stronghold for Mercedes since Paul Ricard's return to the calendar in 2018. But that all changed on Sunday, as a clever two-stop strategy guided Red Bull's Max Verstappen to make a race-winning pass on the penultimate lap - for once leaving Mercedes to experience the pain of late defeat it has so often inflicted on Red Bull

Russell: 12th on merit my best drive for Williams

George Russell labelled his drive to 12th position "on merit" in the French Grand Prix as his best drive for Williams in Formula 1.

Verstappen: Radio problems didn't make French GP win more complicated

Max Verstappen says his team radio problems late on in the French Grand Prix didn't make his Formula 1 victory at Paul Ricard more complicated, as they occurred after his final pitstop.

Sainz: Ferrari’s F1 tyre degradation twice as bad as rivals in France

Carlos Sainz Jr says Ferrari must work to understand its tyre struggles in Sunday’s Formula 1 French Grand Prix, believing his degradation was twice as bad as the cars around him.

Bottas: Angry radio message in French GP didn't go too far

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas believes he didn't go too far with his angry team radio message during the French Grand Prix, in which he slammed the team's one-stop strategy.

Mercedes had "no choice" but to pit Bottas first in French GP

Mercedes had "no choice" but to pit Valtteri Bottas first and spark the early stops that ultimately cost Lewis Hamilton in his fight against Formula 1 rival Max Verstappen.

FIA explains why Perez escaped F1 track limits penalty in France

The FIA has explained why Sergio Perez was allowed to keep third in Formula 1’s French Grand Prix despite appearing to run wide after his late pass on Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton: Sticking to one-stop strategy only chance to beat Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes had no choice but to stick to a one-stop strategy to try and beat Formula 1 title rival Max Verstappen in Sunday's French Grand Prix.

F1 French Grand Prix race results: Verstappen wins from Hamilton at Paul Ricard

Max Verstappen won the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard for Red Bull on Sunday, the seventh race of the 2021 Formula 1 world championship season, after a thrilling dice with Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.

French GP: Verstappen passes Hamilton to win after start error

Max Verstappen made a penultimate lap pass to beat Lewis Hamilton in Formula 1’s 2021 French Grand Prix, with an aggressive and unexpected two-stop strategy key to his victory.

F1 French GP Live Commentary and Updates - Race day

Minute-by-minute Formula 1 updates from the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard

Verstappen "still not happy" with Pirelli tyre failures explanation

Max Verstappen says he remains unhappy with Pirelli’s explanation of the Baku tyre failures as he does not “think it’s fully clear” for Formula 1 fans.

Alonso: Lack of trend makes finding race pace answer hard

Fernando Alonso says the lack of a clear trend about Alpine's race pace struggles means he cannot be sure yet if the Formula 1 team has got on top of its issues.

Horner: Red Bull can beat Mercedes anywhere if it wins at Paul Ricard

Christian Horner believes that Red Bull will be able to beat Mercedes anywhere if it can win Sunday’s Formula 1 French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard.

How Mercedes' chassis change sparked a baseless F1 conspiracy theory

When news emerged on Thursday that Mercedes had swapped its drivers' chassis ahead of this weekend's French Grand Prix, Formula 1 found itself hurtling towards its latest wild conspiracy theory.

Hamilton: Red Bull has eked ahead in F1 title battle

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton reckons Red Bull has “eked out a little bit further forwards” in the performance battle of Formula 1 2021’s title fight, compared to May’s Spanish Grand Prix. 

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

Max Verstappen has taken pole position for the Formula 1 French Grand Prix. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

Leclerc explains front-end struggles behind qualifying "disaster"

Charles Leclerc says struggles with the front-end of his Ferrari Formula 1 car made French Grand Prix qualifying a “disaster” before recovering to seventh on the grid.

Verstappen: Red Bull didn't expect to be this good in French GP qualifying

French Grand Prix polesitter Max Verstappen did not expect Red Bull to score such a strong Formula 1 qualifying result at Paul Ricard, where it has "traditionally" struggled against Mercedes.

Mercedes: Low downforce choice would have been slower for us at French GP

Mercedes does not believe that going down the low downforce route that Red Bull has taken for Formula 1’s French Grand Prix would have helped it do better in qualifying.

Hamilton happy to disprove Mercedes chassis swap "myth"

Lewis Hamilton felt pleased to have disproved any “myth” about Mercedes’ Formula 1 cars after qualifying ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas for Sunday’s French Grand Prix.

F1 French GP qualifying results: Verstappen on pole from Hamilton

Max Verstappen took pole position for the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard for Red Bull on Saturday, the seventh round of the 2021 Formula 1 world championship season.

F1 French GP: Verstappen beats Hamilton to secure pole

Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton to pole position for Formula 1’s 2021 French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard, with Valtteri Bottas third ahead of Sergio Perez.

F1 French GP: Verstappen beats Bottas to top spot in FP3

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen beat Valtteri Bottas to the top spot in final practice for Formula 1’s 2021 French Grand Prix by 0.747s, with Lewis Hamilton finishing down in fifth.

Paul Ricard kerbs unchanged despite F1 teams complaints

No changes have been made to the Paul Ricard kerbs overnight despite Formula 1 teams complaining about damage sustained during practice for the French GP on Friday.

F1 French GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP3 & Qualifying

Live Formula 1 updates for FP3 and Qualifying for the French Grand Prix.

Mercedes: F1 didn't have level playing field on tyre pressures

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has welcomed the FIA's tougher checks on tyre pressures, suggesting that there had not been a level playing field in Formula 1 before.

Vettel's "remarkable" feedback behind long Aston Martin F1 debriefs

Aston Martin says that Sebastian Vettel’s "remarkable" recollection of how his Formula 1 car performs over a lap has triggered more lengthy engineering debriefs this year.

The 'surprise' Mercedes time that puts F1's victory fight back on a knife-edge in France

Red Bull led the way after the first two practice sessions for the 2021 French Grand Prix, but only just ahead of Mercedes. There was all the usual practice skulduggery complicating the performance picture, but one aspect seen at the world champion squad gave it a ‘surprise’ lift, as it looks to leave its street-circuit struggles firmly in the past

F1 faces "serious problem" over tyre failures, says Aston Martin

Aston Martin boss Otmar Szafnauer says Formula 1 faces a ‘real and serious’ problem if tyres are failing despite teams following Pirelli’s protocols.

F1 French GP qualifying - Start time, how to watch & more

Max Verstappen topped the Friday practice times to lead Mercedes pair Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton at the Formula 1 French Grand Prix. Here’s how and when to watch qualifying.

Bottas: 'Hard to say' if improvement down to Mercedes F1 chassis change

Valtteri Bottas believes it is "hard to say" if his greater comfort with the Mercedes Formula 1 car at Paul Ricard is down to the chassis swap with Lewis Hamilton.

F1 French GP: Verstappen tops FP2 from Bottas and Hamilton

Max Verstappen topped second practice for Formula 1’s 2021 French Grand Prix by 0.008-seconds ahead of Mercedes duo Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton at Paul Ricard.

Alpine: No Mercedes exit clauses in Ocon's new three-year F1 deal

Alpine boss Laurent Rossi has clarified there are no exit clauses within Esteban Ocon’s new three-year Formula 1 contract that would allow Mercedes to sign him.

How Ferrari has managed to keep proving Leclerc wrong

Charles Leclerc joked on Thursday that he felt "stupid" about recent predictions of Ferrari struggles on Formula 1 weekends when it has gone on to take pole position.

F1’s flexi-wing controversy faces end game at French GP

Formula 1’s focus on tyre pressures has dominated attention in the build-up to the French Grand Prix, but this weekend is an important one on another technical front.

F1 French GP: Bottas fastest from Hamilton and Verstappen in FP1

Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time in opening practice for Formula 1’s 2021 French Grand Prix in a Mercedes 1-2 ahead of Lewis Hamilton, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen third.

F1 French GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP1 & FP2

Live Formula 1 updates for FP1 and FP2 for the French Grand Prix.

Mission Winnow logos removed from Ferrari F1 cars for EU races

Mission Winnow’s logos will be removed from Ferrari's SF21 Formula 1 cars for all races in the European Union, starting from this weekend’s French Grand Prix.

Ocon keeps Mercedes "connections" with new Alpine F1 deal

Esteban Ocon will maintain his previously existing “connections” with Mercedes after signing a new three-year deal to continue racing in Formula 1 with the Alpine squad beyond 2021.