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Steiner: Wolff “wanted a little bit of publicity” with FIA call

Haas Formula 1 chief Gunther Steiner believes Toto Wolff wanted “a little bit of publicity” with his broadcast radio call to FIA race director Michael Masi complaining about blue flags.

What the Spain result tells F1 about the next phase of the Mercedes/Red Bull title fight

OPINION: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have recovered from their pre-season woes to take three wins from the opening four races of 2021. But each time Red Bull and Max Verstappen have pushed them hard. So, what clues did the latest round of that battle – the Spanish Grand Prix – tease about the next stage of the season?

Ferrari: Spanish GP performance proves race day weakness now banished

Ferrari Formula 1 chief Mattia Binotto believes the team’s performance at the Spanish Grand Prix proves it has overcome its race day weakness seen earlier in the season.

Hamilton learned more about Verstappen in Spanish GP than "all the other races"

Lewis Hamilton says he “learned a lot” about Formula 1 title rival Max Verstappen in their 2021 Spanish Grand Prix battle, adding “perhaps more than all the other races together”.

Russell: Spanish GP the best Williams has ever felt in race-trim

George Russell says his Williams Formula 1 car felt better in the Spanish Grand Prix than any other race since he joined the team in 2019, despite only finishing 14th.

The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle

Formula 1’s visits to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over recent years have been met with familiar criticisms despite tweaks here and there to the track to improve racing. With the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix largely going the same way, proper solutions need to be followed to achieve F1’s wider targets

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 Spanish GP

Amid echoes of the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix, Mercedes snookered Red Bull on strategy to deliver Lewis Hamilton victory in the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix. Autosport assesses the weekend's major talking points, as a 2020 heavy-hitter endured another weekend to forget and a much-hyped rookie had a lesson in humility

Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Often described as Formula 1's laboratory, the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona gave the clearest demonstration yet of the pecking order in 2021. And it's the key discrepancies from that order which illuminate who is excelling, and who needs to hit the reset button

Autosport Podcast: F1 Spanish GP review

A strategy masterclass from Mercedes paved the way for Lewis Hamilton to score his third victory of the Formula 1 season in the Spanish Grand Prix, defeating Max Verstappen.

Leclerc explains sensational Bottas pass in F1 Spanish GP

Charles Leclerc says trying to get out of dirty air from cars ahead of him triggered his sensational Turn 3 overtake on Valtteri Bottas in Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Tyre valve issue caused disastrous Giovinazzi pitstop at Spanish GP

Antonio Giovinazzi's disastrous pitstop in the Spanish GP was the result of a tyre valve failure from an operational issue at his Alfa Romeo team.

Hamilton "made sure" to give Verstappen space at first corner of Spanish GP

Lewis Hamilton says he "made sure" to give Max Verstappen room when the Red Bull driver attacked him for the lead at Turn 1 of Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton: Bottas "completely fair" after F1 Spanish GP team orders

Lewis Hamilton believes Valtteri Bottas was “completely fair” letting him through after receiving team orders in Spain, having initially believed he would be racing his Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate.

Red Bull: Verstappen "called himself in" which caused slow pitstop

Red Bull’s slow pitstop for Max Verstappen in Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix was caused by the Dutchman arriving for a tyre change without being called in by the team.

Hamilton hails "good gamble" on strategy after Spanish GP victory

Lewis Hamilton thanked his Mercedes team for a "good gamble" on his Formula 1 race strategy after recovering a 22-second gap to pass Max Verstappen for victory in Spain.

Verstappen felt like "sitting duck" against Hamilton in Spain fight

Max Verstappen says he felt like a “sitting duck” in the fight against Formula 1 rival Lewis Hamilton in Spain following the Mercedes driver’s second pit stop.

F1 Spanish GP: Hamilton outfoxes Verstappen to take victory

Lewis Hamilton beat Max Verstappen in a gripping 2021 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, completing a late charge to reclaim the lead he had lost in a Turn 1 clash.

F1 Spanish GP Live Commentary and Updates - Race

Live commentary and updates from the F1 Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Schumacher improvement more reflective of Haas 2021 F1 pace - Williams

Williams reckons Mick Schumacher’s recent improvement for Haas more accurately shows its rival’s car potential, after the rookie out-qualified Nicholas Latifi for Formula 1’s 2021 Spanish Grand Prix.

Steiner: “Not fair” to keep F1 staff on the road for six weeks

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner thinks it would be unfair to expect his staff to be on the road for six weeks to avoid hotel quarantine after the Turkish Grand Prix.

Sainz: Ferrari still worried about tyre degradation in F1 Spanish GP

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr is anticipating a difficult race day in Spain as the Italian team tries to get on top of tyre management issues.

Wolff: Red Bull poaching could be good for Mercedes

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Red Bull's aggressive Formula 1 engine plans could actually end up being a positive for his team, despite having lost staff to its rival.

Alpine's progress almost "too good to be true" - Alonso

Fernando Alonso thinks that Alpine's major step forward in the last two Formula 1 races is proof of genuine progress, even though it seems "too good to be true".

Tsunoda issues apology to AlphaTauri F1 team for post-qualifying outburst

Yuki Tsunoda has apologised to his AlphaTauri team for questioning whether he was getting the same equipment as Formula 1 teammate Pierre Gasly.

Hamilton: 100th F1 pole "feels like one of the first"

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says his landmark 100th pole at the Spanish Grand Prix felt just like "one of the first" of his career.

Mazepin: F1's qualifying no-overtaking etiquette is flawed

Nikita Mazepin says Formula 1’s gentleman’s agreement about qualifying car order doesn’t work, after he was handed a three-place grid penalty at the Spanish Grand Prix for blocking Lando Norris.

Ricciardo more confident in McLaren F1 car after "mini breakthrough"

Daniel Ricciardo says increased confidence in his upgraded McLaren Formula 1 car is behind his strong Spanish Grand Prix qualifying performance, which he labelled as a "mini breakthrough".

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

Lewis Hamilton has taken his 100th career Formula 1 pole position ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

Mercedes explains call to start Spanish GP on soft tyres

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas say the risk of losing ground off the line was why Mercedes opted against starting on the mediums for Formula 1's 2021 Spanish Grand Prix.

Norris: Q1 traffic “cost me” later in F1 Spanish GP qualifying

Lando Norris says his Q1 lap that was ruined by being held up by Nikita Mazepin effectively wrecked his entire qualifying hopes for Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Shoulder issue hampered Perez in Barcelona F1 qualifying

Sergio Perez says an issue with his left shoulder contributed to his struggles in Formula 1 qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix as he felt “bad all the way through”.

Hamilton feared set-up "gamble" backfired before taking Spanish GP pole

Lewis Hamilton feared his decision to take a "bit of a gamble" on car set-up backfired before scoring his 100th Formula 1 pole position in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying.

Tsunoda has ‘question mark’ over AlphaTauri F1 car versus Gasly

Yuki Tsunoda says he has a “question mark” over how his AlphaTauri Formula 1 car compares to that of team-mate Pierre Gasly after a surprise Q1 exit in Spain.

F1 Spanish GP: Hamilton beats Verstappen for 100th pole position

Lewis Hamilton claimed a 100th Formula 1 career pole position as he edged out Max Verstappen to top qualifying for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix.

F1 Spanish GP: Verstappen tops final practice from Hamilton

Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton to the top spot in final practice for Formula 1’s 2021 Spanish Grand Prix by 0.235s – raising expectations of a tight qualifying showdown at Barcelona.

F1 Spanish GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP3 & Qualifying

Live commentary and updates from F1 Saturday practice and qualifying at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Williams: Peaky downforce trait of F1 car was not intended

Williams say the peaky downforce characteristics of its Formula 1 car wasn’t a route it planned to take, and is instead a consequence of new aero rules.

Revised approach to Spanish GP weekend helping Leclerc

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc says a revised approach to handling the Spanish Grand Prix weekend appears to be helping him avoid the struggles he faced in Portugal.

Wolff: Mercedes won’t play "musical chairs" with its F1 drivers

Toto Wolff says Mercedes will not play “musical chairs” with its Formula 1 driver line-up, ruling out a mid-season switch to replace Valtteri Bottas with George Russell.

What is behind McLaren's latest F1 upgrades

McLaren has emerged as the strongest 'best of the rest' team in Formula 1 this year, but it hasn't stopped it pushing on with upgrades.

FIA explains clampdown on F1 drivers using old Spain circuit

The FIA has explained the clampdown on Formula 1 drivers using the old layout in the final sector of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to gain an advantage during Spanish Grand Prix qualifying.

The Barcelona practice times that prove Red Bull's title credentials, and heap pressure on Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes led the way in Friday practice for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, but there was one big encouraging sign for Red Bull. The trouble is, it looks like making good on that gain will require its superstar driver to avoid repeating a mistake made today that left him well down the FP2 order

Vettel ‘more at home’ with Aston Martin F1 car after upgrades

Sebastian Vettel feels "a lot more at home" with Aston Martin's Formula 1 car after running the team's updates for the first time in Spanish Grand Prix practice on Friday.

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

Lewis Hamilton led the Friday practice times ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix. Here’s how and when to watch qualifying.

F1 Spanish GP: Hamilton tops FP2, Verstappen only ninth

Lewis Hamilton topped the second practice session for Formula 1’s 2021 Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Valtteri Bottas, with Max Verstappen well down the order after aborting his qualifying simulation.

F1 financial numbers continue to improve after disastrous 2020

Formula 1 has released much improved financial numbers for the first quarter of 2021, reflecting the organisation's continued recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out its income early last season.

F1 team bosses to hold meeting to discuss track limit rules

Formula 1 team principals will discuss whether or not track limit rules need to change, during their regular race weekend get-together in Spain on Saturday.

Horner: Poaching Mercedes F1 engine staff an “inevitability”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has defended his team's strategy of poaching key Mercedes staff for its Formula 1 engine project, saying its proximity to Mercedes made it an "inevitability".

Aston Martin: Red Bull/Mercedes F1 gap justifies low-rake complaints

Red Bull’s reduced gap to Mercedes in races this year proves that high rake cars have been hurt the least by new Formula 1 aero rules, reckons Aston Martin.

Vettel: ‘Wasted opportunity’ if Aston Martin writes off 2021 F1 season

Sebastian Vettel believes it would be a “wasted opportunity” if Aston Martin wrote off its 2021 season and switched full focus to next year’s Formula 1 car.

F1 Spanish GP: Bottas tops disrupted FP1 from Verstappen and Hamilton

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas led Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by 0.033s in a disrupted first practice session for Formula 1’s 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton third.

F1 Spanish GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP1 & FP2

Live commentary and updates from F1 Friday practice at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Perez following Verstappen’s Red Bull F1 car set-up to avoid getting "lost"

Sergio Perez has revealed that he is following Max Verstappen’s set-up direction to avoid getting "lost", as he gets to grips with his Red Bull Formula 1 car.

Verstappen: Mercedes still has F1 energy deployment advantage

Mercedes still holds an advantage with the energy deployment of its Formula 1 engine, despite Honda’s gains in overall power, reckons Max Verstappen.

F1 drivers react to 2021 Barcelona track changes

Several Formula 1 drivers have discussed the Barcelona track alteration, with some feeling it could improve overtaking into Turn 1 at the expense of passes at the reprofiled Turn 10.

Verstappen: Understandable Mercedes staff want new F1 challenge with Red Bull

Max Verstappen believes it is “understandable” that the Mercedes staff who have signed to join Red Bull’s new Formula 1 powertrains division are seeking a new challenge.

F1 champion Hamilton: People need to give Bottas a break

Lewis Hamilton believes that Valtteri Bottas’s critics “need to give him a break”, saying that Mercedes currently has the best line-up on the Formula 1 grid.

Bottas dismisses "bullshit" F1 mid-season dropping suggestion

Valtteri Bottas hit back at a suggestion Mercedes could replace him midway through the 2021 Formula 1 season, calling it “bullshit” and saying “only one team does that”.

Red Bull signs five more Mercedes F1 engine staff

Red Bull has signed five more senior Mercedes engine staff to help drive forward its new power unit push in Formula 1.

Can F1’s standout performer of 2021 keep up his charge?

After an impressive start to his 2021 Formula 1 season, Lando Norris currently splits the Mercedes and Red Bull domination in the early drivers’ standings. While the McLaren driver has played down the likelihood of maintaining that position, his team remains optimistic that his form can lead to greater success.