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Pirelli: Kerb use behind Qatar GP F1 tyre failures

Formula 1 tyre manufacturer Pirelli has concluded that excessive kerb use was the root cause behind four tyre failures at the Qatar Grand Prix and ruled out production errors.

The downside to F1's show and tell proposal

Technology lies at the heart of the F1 story and it fascinates fans, which is why the commercial rights holder plans to compel teams to show more of their ‘secrets’. STUART CODLING fears this will encourage techno-quackery…

Mazepin unsure if he has to use ‘too fat’ Haas F1 chassis for final races

Nikita Mazepin remains unsure if he will have to stick with the "too fat" Haas Formula 1 chassis in the remaining two races of the 2021 season.

Red Bull still needs fix for ‘flappy’ F1 wing problems

Red Bull has admitted it is still chasing a fix for the ‘flappy’ rear wing problems that it has suffered from at recent Formula 1 events.

GP Racing Podcast: The star quality of Charles Leclerc

Max Verstappen and Red Bull’s commitment to do ‘whatever it takes’ to win the F1 title is the hot topic of the latest Flat Chat podcast from GP Racing magazine.

Ferrari "never compromised" 2022 F1 car in fight for third

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says the Italian squad "never compromised" the development of its 2022 Formula 1 car in order to secure third place in this year's constructors' championship.

F1 title rivals' war of words too much, says Seidl

McLaren Formula 1 boss Andreas Seidl says he would never allow his team to unleash the kind of criticisms that earned Red Bull’s Christian Horner an FIA warning at last weekend’s Qatar Grand Prix.

Horner: Turn 6 deficit behind Red Bull's Qatar F1 gap to Mercedes

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes a weakness in one corner was behind the deficit between the team and Mercedes at last week's Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix.

Hamilton: Mercedes F1 2021 car is a ‘monster diva’

Lewis Hamilton says difficulties Mercedes has faced perfecting the setup of its 2021 Formula 1 car have left him feeling it’s a bit of a ‘monster diva’.

Russell: everyone at Williams frustrated by recent form

George Russell admits that he and his Williams Formula 1 team have been left frustrated by a recent loss of form after such a strong first two-thirds of the 2021 season.

The invisible enemy that’s made Hamilton’s title charge tougher

After winning his past few Formula 1 titles at a canter, Lewis Hamilton currently trails Max Verstappen by eight points heading into the final double-header of 2021. Although Red Bull has been his biggest on-track challenge, Hamilton feels that he has just as much to grapple with away from the circuit

Why F1’s inconvenient penalties have to stay

OPINION: Quibbles over the length of time taken by Formula 1's stewards over decisions are entirely valid. But however inconvenient it is, there can be no questioning the importance of having clearly defined rules that everyone understands and can stick to. Recent events have shown that ambiguity could have big consequences

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The bold strategy behind Alonso’s F1 comeback podium

At the end of a long triple-header, the Formula 1 drivers faced an added challenge last weekend as they visited a brand new track in Qatar.

Qatar F1 Q3 yellow flags were justified, says Masi

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi backs the marshals who showed yellow flags during the Pierre Gasly incident in Q3 in Qatar, which ultimately led to Max Verstappen's grid penalty.

Ocon "glad" to repay Alonso for Hungary with Qatar defence

Alpine Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon says he was happy to repay teammate Fernando Alonso for his help in Hungary by holding up Sergio Perez in the Qatar Grand Prix.

Bizarre quirk of Qatar kerbs caused F1 problems, reckons Mercedes

The brutal car damage dished out by the kerbs at Formula 1's Losail circuit was a result of them not being aggressive enough, reckons Mercedes.

Alpine: Alonso Qatar F1 podium "a question of a few corners"

Alpine Formula 1 director Marcin Budkowski admitted Fernando Alonso's one-stop run to third at the Qatar Grand Prix was "a question of a few corners whether we would make it or not."

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 Qatar Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton made it two wins on the bounce in Formula 1's inaugural Qatar Grand Prix to close in once more on championship leader Max Verstappen, as the season fast approaches its conclusion. Autosport picks out the key talking points as relations between the rival Mercedes and Red Bull squads deteriorated further, drivers complained about unclear rules and an F1 legend ended a seven-year podium wait

Ricciardo's Qatar GP compromised by extreme F1 fuel saving

Daniel Ricciardo says he was losing two seconds per lap in the first half of Formula 1's Qatar Grand Prix due to a system error that warned him to save fuel from the start.

Qatar Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Qatar was a virtual unknown for most as Formula 1 made its inaugural visit to the Gulf state, and tyre management quickly emerged as an even more critical factor than normal. Perhaps then it should come as no surprise that two of the championship's elder statesmen produced standout drives

Gasly frustrated by "shocking" AlphaTauri F1 pace in Qatar race

Pierre Gasly felt frustrated after AlphaTauri’s “shocking” pace during Sunday’s Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix saw him fall from the front row of the grid to outside of the points.

Verstappen ‘not shocked or surprised’ by Qatar F1 yellow flags penalty

Max Verstappen did not feel “shocked or surprised” by his Formula 1 grid penalty in Qatar, believing he would drop back the evening before the race.

Masi: Horner criticism of Qatar F1 marshal “not accepted”

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi believes Red Bull boss Christian Horner overstepped the mark in lambasting Qatar Grand Prix marshals, saying criticism of volunteer officials is “not accepted.”

How Hamilton dominated in Qatar despite missing a key Mercedes advantage

There was simply no stopping Lewis Hamilton on Formula 1's first visit to Qatar. The Mercedes driver eased to pole position and led every lap to secure an utterly dominant victory - even without a key Mercedes weapon in his arsenal to increase the heat on Red Bull heading into the final two races of the gripping 2021 title race

Pirelli to investigate Qatar F1 tyre failures

Pirelli has launched an investigation after four Formula 1 drivers suffered tyre failures during the Qatar Grand Prix, despite Friday practice running not causing the tyre supplier cause for concern.

Wolff: Interlagos F1 penalty brought out Hamilton's "superhero powers"

Toto Wolff believes the adversity Lewis Hamilton faced at Interlagos brought out his “superhero powers”, leading to back-to-back wins to shift momentum in the Formula 1 title fight.

Norris had no warning before "dangerous" Qatar F1 tyre failure

Lando Norris says he had no warning before his “dangerous” front-left puncture in Sunday’s Qatar Grand Prix after being one of four drivers to experience a late-race failure.

Horner apologises for F1 marshals comment in Qatar

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has apologised for comments he made criticising the FIA and a marshal at Formula 1's Qatar Grand Prix.

Horner summoned to F1 stewards on potential disrepute charge

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has been summoned to the stewards at Formula 1’s Qatar Grand Prix on a potential charge of bringing the sport into disrepute.

Alonso: F1 Qatar GP podium return felt "unbelievable"

Fernando Alonso said his return to the Formula 1 podium at the Qatar Grand Prix felt "unbelievable".

F1 Grand Prix race results: Hamilton wins Qatar GP

Lewis Hamilton won the Qatar Grand Prix at Losail International Circuit on Sunday for Mercedes to beat title rival Max Verstappen of Red Bull, while Fernando Alonso ended his F1 podium drought with Alpine.

F1 Qatar GP: Hamilton dominates ahead of Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton dominated Formula 1’s first Qatar Grand Prix to win ahead of the recovering Max Verstappen, with the race behind blighted by a series of punctures.

Live: F1 Qatar Grand Prix commentary and updates

Live updates from Formula 1's Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail circuit.

Why the FIA punished Verstappen despite no yellow lights

The FIA’s decision to hand Max Verstappen a five-place grid penalty for Formula 1’s Qatar Grand Prix came despite stewards having some ‘sympathy’ for the circumstances surrounding the matter.

Verstappen given five-place grid drop for Qatar GP for yellow flag rule break

Max Verstappen has been hit with a five-place grid penalty for Sunday’s Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix after failing to respect yellow flags in Q3.

Bottas hit with three-place Qatar GP grid penalty for yellow flag infringement

Valtteri Bottas has been hit with a three-place grid penalty for not respecting the yellow flag during Formula 1 qualifying for the Qatar Grand Prix on Saturday.

Norris: FIA's Verstappen call shows F1 Austrian GP penalty unfair

Lando Norris believes the FIA's explanation of why it did not punish Max Verstappen's driving in Formula 1's Brazilian Grand Prix has convinced him his Austrian GP punishment was incorrect.

Hamilton to use rainbow helmet livery in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi F1 races

Lewis Hamilton will continue to wear his LGBTQ+ community-supporting rainbow helmet livery in the final races of Formula 1 2021, which are taking place in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

Alonso: Alpine needs to understand why it's strong in Qatar

Fernando Alonso says that his Alpine Formula 1 team should work out why it proved so competitive in qualifying for the Qatar Grand Prix and learn lessons for the future.

Wolff: Mercedes F1 rear wing images show "a ghost"

Toto Wolff has brushed off Red Bull's complaints about apparent score marks on Mercedes' Formula 1 rear wing, calling them "a ghost".

Gasly: Qatar kerb damage was “shocking”

AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly says the damage his car sustained on the kerbs in the final Formula 1 qualifying session in Qatar was “shocking.”

Why F1 drivers are still confused over racing rules

On Friday evening in Qatar the Formula 1 drivers gathered via video conference for their regular weekend briefing with FIA race director Michael Masi.

Bottas, Sainz also summoned for Qatar qualifying yellow flag infringement

Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz have also been summoned to see the stewards at Formula 1’s Qatar Grand Prix after allegedly ignoring yellow flags at the end of qualifying.

F1 Qatar Grand Prix: Start time, how to watch, & more

Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position for the Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail International Circuit. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

Ferrari changes Leclerc's F1 chassis after discovering crack

Ferrari will change Charles Leclerc's chassis after it sustained a crack during qualifying for Formula 1's Qatar Grand Prix, as the Monegasque driver faced early elimination in Q2.

Verstappen summoned to stewards for yellow flags infringement in Qatar qualifying

Max Verstappen has been summoned to see the stewards at Formula 1’s Qatar Grand Prix after allegedly ignoring double waved yellow flags on his final qualifying lap.

FIA conducts extra rear wing checks after Qatar F1 qualifying

The FIA has introduced additional rear wing technical checks after Formula 1 qualifying in Qatar as part of a fact-finding mission amid ongoing complaints from Red Bull about Mercedes.

Hamilton: F1 racing rules "not clear" after FIA briefing post-Brazil clash

Lewis Hamilton says Formula 1’s racing rules are still “not clear” despite the drivers having lengthy discussions with the FIA following Max Verstappen’s controversial defence against him in Brazil.

Leclerc "very confused" by Qatar GP qualifying struggles after Q2 exit

Charles Leclerc felt “very confused” after struggling to 13th in Formula 1 qualifying for the Qatar Grand Prix, believing that “something quite big” went wrong during the session.

Wolff fears F1 has opened door for "dirtier driving" over Verstappen call

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes Formula 1 has opened the door for 'dirtier driving' in the wake of the FIA's decision over Max Verstappen's behaviour at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Bottas confused by disappearing pace in Qatar GP qualifying

Valtteri Bottas says he was left confused about where his pace disappeared to on Saturday, as he ended up third on the grid for Formula 1’s Qatar Grand Prix.

Verstappen: Red Bull struggling more than normal in Qatar

Max Verstappen has admitted Red Bull is struggling more than usual at Formula 1’s Qatar Grand Prix, after seeing rival Lewis Hamilton take pole position.

F1 Grand Prix qualifying results: Hamilton takes Qatar pole

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix at Losail International Circuit, the 20th round of the 2021 F1 World Championship, ahead of title rival Max Verstappen.

F1 Qatar GP: Hamilton secures pole ahead of Verstappen and Bottas

Lewis Hamilton dominated Formula 1 qualifying in Qatar to take pole position ahead of title rival Max Verstappen.

Qatar's long-term plans for a "World Cup every single year"

Qatar is preparing to host the football World Cup next year, but will be thrown into the sporting spotlight this weekend as Formula 1 prepares to race in the country. Ahead of a 10-year deal to hold a grand prix from 2023 onwards, it's a much-needed opportunity to highlight reforms in the country

F1 Qatar GP: Bottas leads Mercedes 1-2 ahead of Verstappen in FP3

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton took a 1-2 for Mercedes in third and final practice for Formula 1's Qatar Grand Prix, putting three tenths of a second on Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

F1 Qatar GP live commentary and updates - FP3 & Qualifying

Live updates on final practice and qualifying for the 2021 Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail International Circuit.

What's behind the FIA's change of focus on Qatar F1 track limits

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has switched the FIA's stance on Qatar's track limits monitoring after reviewing which corners proved problematic in Friday practice.

F1 teams tell drivers to avoid hitting Qatar kerbs after practice damage

Formula 1 teams warned drivers to stay off the kerbs at Losail circuit after several cars suffered damage in practice on Friday.

Mercedes has "not seen Bottas as relaxed as he is now" in F1

Mercedes has "not seen Valtteri Bottas as relaxed as he is now" since signing an Alfa Romeo deal for 2022, according to the Formula 1 team's trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin.