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23 Sep - 26 Sep
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Which F1 records does Lewis Hamilton have? Most wins, poles and more

Lewis Hamilton is one of the most successful drivers in the history of Formula 1, but which records does he currently hold?

Podcast: Ranking the greatest of Lewis Hamilton's 100 F1 wins

Lewis Hamilton made history in last weekend’s Russian Grand Prix when he became the first Formula 1 driver to score 100 wins.

Norris put in two-day sim session to help analyse Russian GP errors

Lando Norris has revealed that he put in a mammoth two-day sim session at McLaren this week to help learn lessons from their mistakes in Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix.

Why Perez won't be broken by his latest F1 disappointments

It has been a tricky past few races for Sergio Perez. The Red Bull driver has mustered just 16 points since the British Grand Prix in July and the team's constructors' championship chances have taken a hit. Yet the Mexican remains optimistic that he has all the tools he needs to turn his performances around

Leclerc vows to learn from losing F1 points in late Sochi rain shower

Charles Leclerc has vowed to learn from his decision not to pit during the late rain in Sochi on Sunday that cost him a likely Formula 1 points finish.

Alfa Romeo urges F1 rules rethink after Norris pitlane entry incident

Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur believes Lando Norris should have received a penalty for crossing the pit entry white line during the Russian Grand Prix, as he pushes for a wider Formula 1 rules rethink.

Alonso: Alpine “ultra competitive” in best F1 race of year

Fernando Alonso believes that the Russian GP was his best of race of the season thus far for an "ultra competitive" Alpine Formula 1 team.

Capito: Changes at Williams key to recent upswing in F1 form

Williams Formula 1 boss Jost Capito believes the team’s recent improvement in form has not been “sudden”, but down to continued improvements and recent organisational changes.

Why Bottas faced impossible task to come through field in Sochi

The Mercedes Formula 1 team says that cooler conditions on race day in Russia made it harder for Valtteri Bottas to come through the field after taking a grid penalty.

Ferrari reluctant to quantify time gain in upgraded F1 power unit

Mattia Binotto was reluctant to put a number on the time gain made by Ferrari with its upgraded Formula 1 power unit, but said it offered “a step” in performance.

FIA not alarmed after Mazepin's Russian F1 GP black/white flag

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has no special concerns about Nikita Mazepin despite the Haas driver getting involved in another controversy during his home race at Sochi.

Williams F1 car "the best it's ever felt" in Russia - Latifi

Nicholas Latifi says his Williams Formula 1 car was "the best it's ever felt" during the Russian GP, despite his race being compromised by a grid penalty.

The risky switch to inters that won Lewis Hamilton the Russian GP Russian GP
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The risky switch to inters that won Lewis Hamilton the Russian GP

In a new series for Autosport, we take a look at the moments and calls pivotal to deciding each grand prix, and find out what was the winning formula.

The mid-season rule change that has left F1 teams scrambling

The technical directive issued by Formula 1 to reduce levels of automation in pitstops has given teams an unwelcome period of adjustment. Although safety was the primary goal, it has already had a significant impact on the title race and puts extra pressure on teams to deliver as the season reaches the business end

Bottas gamble triggered Hamilton Sochi F1 intermediate tyre call

Mercedes says Lewis Hamilton’s critical switch to intermediate tyres that helped win him Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix was helped by his teammate Valtteri Bottas gambling on an earlier change.

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

Formula 1’s non-stop action and drama in 2021 didn’t miss a beat in Sochi, as the title battle took another twist and the next generation continued to shine through the rain. Autosport picks out the key talking points at the Russian Grand Prix, covering centurion Lewis Hamilton, a painful maiden victory miss for Lando Norris and why Max Verstappen and Red Bull left the Russian costal venue feeling like the ultimate winners

McLaren: Norris will bounce back after Russia F1 heartbreak

Lando Norris will bounce back from his Russian Grand Prix heartbreak a "stronger" Formula 1 driver, says his McLaren boss.

Red Bull: Verstappen's Russian GP podium "like a victory"

Red Bull says Max Verstappen’s runner-up position in Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix felt like a victory, after he came from the back of the grid.

McLaren's mistake in Russian GP not only its weather forecast

When McLaren returns to its Formula 1 factory this week, it will begin a deep investigation on the chain of events that derailed its Russian Grand Prix victory hopes.

Russian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2021 Russian GP was decided by late-arriving rain that allowed some to climb and caused others to plummet. But the events which played out beforehand are equally significant when considering the all-important driver ratings

Giovinazzi's Sochi F1 race “a mess” after radio failure

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi says his Russian GP was “a mess” after he lost radio communications with the pitwall soon after the start of the race.

How Mercedes made the “blind faith” call that won Hamilton his 100 milestone at Sochi

Until rain turned the Russian Grand Prix on its head in the closing stages, Lando Norris was set to convert his first Formula 1 pole position into a maiden win. But having recovered well from being shuffled back at the start, Hamilton and his Mercedes team called the changing conditions spot-on for a landmark 100th F1 victory

Sainz: Russian GP my best weekend so far with Ferrari

Carlos Sainz Jr felt “proud” of his performance across the Russian Grand Prix weekend, calling it his best Formula 1 race weekend since joining Ferrari for 2021.

Autosport Podcast: Russian GP review

Lewis Hamilton hit a new landmark with victory in Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix, becoming the first driver in Formula 1 history to score 100 race wins.

Norris gets reprimand for F1 pitlane entry incident in Sochi

Lando Norris has kept seventh place in Sunday’s Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix after only receiving a reprimand for cutting pit entry during the late downpour.

Stroll penalised for Gasly clash in F1 Russian GP

Lance Stroll has been handed a 10-second penalty following his clash with Pierre Gasly at Formula 1's Russian Grand Prix.

Mercedes strategists ‘adamant’ to pit after Hamilton ignored first call

Toto Wolff says Mercedes’ Formula 1 strategists were “adamant” to pit Lewis Hamilton for intermediates late in the Russian Grand Prix after he ignored an initial call to come in.

McLaren: Call to keep Norris on slicks in F1 Russian GP a team decision

McLaren boss Andreas Seidl says the decision for Lando Norris to remain on slicks in the wet final Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix laps was ultimately a team call.

Norris "devastated" to lose Sochi F1 win after defying inters call

Lando Norris said he was ‘devastated’ to lose victory in Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix, after taking responsibility for the wrong tyre call in not pitting for inters late on.

Grand Prix race results: Hamilton wins wild Russian F1 GP

Lewis Hamilton won the Russian Grand Prix for Mercedes at Sochi on Sunday, the 100th F1 victory of his career, as a late downpour cost McLaren’s Lando Norris his first-ever GP win.

Hamilton: Norris would have been tough to beat without late rain

Lewis Hamilton believes it would have been “tough” to beat McLaren’s Lando Norris in Sochi before a late rain shower helped the Mercedes driver score his 100th Formula 1 win.

F1 Russian GP: Hamilton takes 100th win as late rain denies Norris

Lewis Hamilton scored his 100th Formula 1 victory, winning the 2021 Russian Grand Prix after a rain shower thwarted long-time leader Lando Norris and aided Max Verstappen’s rise to second.

F1 Russian Grand Prix: Live commentary and updates

Live commentary and updates from Formula 1's Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom

Sainz: "Strange" Sochi circuit could hold back Mercedes and Red Bull

Carlos Sainz thinks it's not a given that Formula 1 title contenders Mercedes and Red Bull will swiftly push through to the front of the Russian Grand Prix.

Engine necessity or spoiler tactic? What's behind Bottas' grid drop

The decision by the Mercedes Formula 1 team to give Valtteri Bottas a fresh power unit for the Russian GP has added an extra layer of intrigue to a race that already has a very different looking grid.

Williams: Russell's Sochi F1 qualifying result came in team's "best dry car"

Williams says George Russell’s third-place result in the wet-to-dry Russian Grand Prix Formula 1 qualifying session was achieved in its “best dry car”, not because of a wet weather set-up.

McLaren says Mercedes in "different league" in dry F1 race pace

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl thinks rival Mercedes will be in a "different league" in pace terms in Formula 1's Russian Grand Prix if it remains dry.

Hamilton: Wait for 100th F1 win "taking longer than ever"

Lewis Hamilton feels that the wait for his 100th Formula 1 victory is "taking longer than ever" as he bids to reach the milestone in Sunday's Russian Grand Prix.

Verstappen hopes set-up changes will aid fightback in F1 Russian GP

Max Verstappen hopes set-up tweaks made to his car following Friday's practice running in Sochi will aid his recovery through the Formula 1 field in the Russian Grand Prix.

Why momentum is again behind Australia’s aces

At the Italian Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo turned around a troubled F1 season and, in F2, Oscar Piastri demonstrated once again that he is a potential star of the future. BEN EDWARDS weighs up the prospects of F1 having two Australian stars

Wolff wouldn’t be surprised to see Russell lead opening lap in Sochi

Toto Wolff would not be surprised to see Mercedes Formula 1 protege George Russell lead on the opening lap of the Russian Grand Prix after starting third on the grid.

Bottas hit with Russian GP grid penalty after F1 engine change

Valtteri Bottas is taking a grid penalty for the Formula 1 Russian GP after changing some Mercedes power unit elements overnight.

Podcast: F1 Russian GP qualifying report

A wet-to-dry qualifying session produced an unlikely grid ahead of the Russian Grand Prix, with McLaren's Lando Norris on pole ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr.

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

Lando Norris will start from pole position for Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix after a topsy-turvy wet-dry qualifying at Sochi. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

Hamilton: Pitlane error in Sochi F1 qualifying "nothing to do with pressure"

Lewis Hamilton says his pitlane error during Formula 1 qualifying in Russia was "nothing to do with pressure" from his title fight with Max Verstappen.

Russell was "almost crashing" in Sochi pits after being first to take slicks

Williams driver George Russell says he was “almost crashing” in the Sochi pitlane after becoming the first Q3 driver to take slicks in wet-dry Russian Grand Prix Formula 1 qualifying.

Angry Gasly rues "big mistake" on Sochi F1 qualifying inter tyre call

Pierre Gasly says he was left angry after his Q2 exit in qualifying for Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix because of a ‘big mistake’ his team made on tyre choice.

Russell aiming for Russia F1 podium with "slippery" Williams

George Russell say the straightline speed potential from his ‘slippery’ Williams means his sights are set on a podium finish in Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix.

Hamilton feels "terrible" over two crashes in Sochi F1 qualifying

Lewis Hamilton says he feels "terrible" and "incredibly disappointed in myself" after hitting the wall twice during Formula 1 qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday.

Norris "risked quite a bit" on Sochi Q3 lap for Russian GP pole

Lando Norris says he “risked quite a bit” in his final lap to take his maiden Formula 1 pole position in a “manic” qualifying session for the Russian Grand Prix.

Grand Prix qualifying results: Norris takes Sochi F1 pole

McLaren's Lando Norris took pole position for the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, the 15th round of the 2021 F1 World Championship, after a dramatic wet but drying qualifying session.

F1 Russian GP: Norris beats Sainz to maiden pole at wet-dry Sochi

Lando Norris claimed pole for Formula 1’s 2021 Russian Grand Prix, as late changing conditions in wet-to-dry qualifying caught out Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton, who had a small pitlane crash.

Pirelli: Better F1 rain tyres would make visibility worse

Pirelli says that improved wet tyres are not what Formula 1 needs to be able to run cars in heavy wet conditions – because they would only make visibility problems worse.

Piastri prepared to sit out F1 2022, targeting 2023 race seat

Oscar Piastri says he would be prepared to spend 2022 on the sidelines without a Formula 1 seat, but would have “serious discussions” if it looked set to be longer.

Alpine "won't stand in the way" of Zhou F1 drive at Alfa Romeo

Alpine will have no qualms if academy driver Guanyu Zhou makes his Formula 1 debut with the Alfa Romeo team next year.

Final F1 Russian GP practice cancelled due to wet weather

The FIA has announced that the final Formula 1 practice session for the Russian Grand Prix has been cancelled due to wet weather.

F1 Russian Grand Prix live updates - FP3 and qualifying

All of the action from Saturday's F1 running at Sochi ahead of the Russian GP.

How would F1 manage a Sochi qualifying washout?

Formula 1 is braced for a day of possible delays and disruption in Russia after heavy rain hit the Sochi Autodrom on Saturday.

Capito: Albon arrival not the start of a Red Bull-Williams connection

Williams Formula 1 boss Jost Capito says the arrival of Alex Albon in 2022 does not mark the start of a firm connection between the team and Red Bull.

The times that suggest Verstappen should be confident of F1 Russian GP recovery

For the second race in a row, Mercedes has ended the first day of track action on top. It’s in a commanding position at the Russian Grand Prix once again – this time largely thanks to Max Verstappen’s upcoming engine-change grid penalty. But there’s plenty to suggest all hope is not lost for the championship leader at Sochi