Turkish GP (2021)

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08 Oct - 10 Oct
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Ricciardo to demo Earnhardt NASCAR Cup car at US GP

Daniel Ricciardo will get to drive one of Dale Earnhardt’s NASCAR Cup cars at the United States Grand Prix, after winning his Formula 1 bet with boss Zak Brown.

Masi dismisses Alonso criticism on F1 steward bias

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has dismissed Fernando Alonso's criticism on the fairness of F1's stewarding, saying the "rules are applied equally for everyone."

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Aston Martin: We had to trust Vettel on slick tyre call

Aston Martin Formula 1 boss Otmar Szafnauer says the team had to trust Sebastian Vettel to make the right call to go to slick tyres in the Turkish GP.

Wolff: Turkey win shows Bottas’s "vital role" in both title races

Toto Wolff believes Valtteri Bottas’s dominant victory in Turkey may not be his last for Mercedes, and proves the “vital role” he can play in both Formula 1 championship fights.

Williams needs a "bit of a think" over inters struggles says Russell

George Russell says his Williams Formula 1 team has to have “a bit of a think” about how to get the best out of intermediate tyres after a difficult Turkish GP.

Experimental Mercedes front wing hints at final F1 update push

The fight between Mercedes and Red Bull in Formula 1 has been as much about car development this year as it has been about wheel-to-wheel battles on track.

How Ocon’s “dangerous” non-stop Turkey F1 strategy paid off

Esteban Ocon’s achievement of getting to the end of the Turkish GP in the points without a single pit stop was a rare feat indeed.

Mercedes: Staying out in Turkish GP could have dropped Hamilton to ‘back of the points’ Turkish GP
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Mercedes: Staying out in Turkish GP could have dropped Hamilton to ‘back of the points’

Mercedes believes Lewis Hamilton would have fallen towards “the back of the points” had he not pitted during Sunday’s Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix after completing its post-race calculations.

The risk and reward teams faced in the Turkish GP tyre switch Turkish GP
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The risk and reward teams faced in the Turkish GP tyre switch

Last weekend in Turkey saw Valtteri Bottas score his first Formula 1 victory in over a year with a dominant display for Mercedes, controlling the race to win ahead of Max Verstappen.

Brawn rebuffs suggestions F1 rules revolution is not needed

Ross Brawn has bit back at suggestions Formula 1’s rules revolution for 2022 is not needed in the wake of the current ultra-close title fight.

FIA explains why Perez wasn’t investigated over Turkey F1 bollard breach

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has confirmed Sergio Perez did nothing wrong when he went off track while battling with Lewis Hamilton during the Turkish Grand Prix.

Norris: "Scary" spray made Turkish GP F1 much harder

Lando Norris said the "scary" spray being thrown up by Formula 1 cars at the wet Turkish Grand Prix made things much harder for drivers.

Alonso sorry for Schumacher clash early in Turkish GP

Fernando Alonso apologised to Mick Schumacher for their clash on the second lap of the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix, accepting the five-second time penalty.

Tsunoda's Hamilton defence in Turkey F1 an attempt to help Verstappen

Yuki Tsunoda tried fending off Lewis Hamilton “as much as possible” early in the Turkish Grand Prix to help Max Verstappen’s Formula 1 title hopes in Honda’s final season.

Perez: Hamilton "caught me at my worst time" in Turkey F1 duel

Sergio Perez says Lewis Hamilton "caught me at my worst time" during the Turkish Grand Prix as he kept the Mercedes Formula 1 driver at bay after an "intense" battle.

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

The 2021 Formula 1 title battle swung back in favour of Red Bull in Istanbul, but it was a weekend when Mercedes had a clear performance edge - as demonstrated by Valtteri Bottas's first win of the year. Autosport picks out the key talking points at the Turkish Grand Prix, as Red Bull faces a fortnight of head-scratching, McLaren was handed a reality check and mental health returned to the agenda

Mercedes: Ocon’s fall proved risk of keeping Hamilton out to the end

Mercedes believes Esteban Ocon’s late struggles on worn intermediate tyres proved the risk of not pitting Lewis Hamilton in Sunday’s Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix.

Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a day that the number two Mercedes enjoyed a rare day in the sun, the Turkish Grand Prix produced several standout drives - not least from a driver who has hit a purple patch of late

Pirelli doubts Hamilton could have finished without late Turkey F1 pitstop

Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli doubts Lewis Hamilton would have made it to the end of the Turkish Grand Prix on his original used set of inters.

Red Bull surprised at "significant" Mercedes F1 power boost

Red Bull says a "surprising" engine power step from Mercedes has left it struggling for answers about how best to stop its Formula 1 title rival pulling clear.

Podcast: F1 Turkish GP review

Valtteri Bottas scored his first Formula 1 win in over a year in Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix, but it was Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton who dominated the post-race headlines.

The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory

Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead

Mercedes has "thick skin" to handle Hamilton's F1 radio frustration

Toto Wolff says Mercedes’ pitwall has “thick enough skin” to understand Lewis Hamilton’s radio frustrations over his pit strategy during Sunday’s Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix.

FIA explains why Gasly was penalised for Alonso clash

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi says Pierre Gasly was penalised for contact with Fernando Alonso at the first corner of the Turkish Grand Prix because he was deemed fully to blame.

'No regrets' for Leclerc or Ferrari over Turkish GP tyre strategy

Charles Leclerc and Ferrari insist they have no regrets over their decision to try to hold on in the lead with old inters in Formula 1’s Turkish Grand Prix.

Mazepin: “Driving blind” in dirty spray caused near-miss with Hamilton

Nikita Mazepin described wet conditions as like “driving blind” during the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix and will apologise to Lewis Hamilton for almost causing a crash while being lapped.

Verstappen: F1 title fight ‘not going to be easy’ despite points lead

Max Verstappen knows the Formula 1 title fight against Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes is “not going to be easy” despite regaining the championship lead in Turkey.

Wolff: Mercedes' F1 Turkish GP gamble on old inters was worth it

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff thinks his team was right to gamble on trying to get Lewis Hamilton through Formula 1’s Turkish Grand Prix on a single set of intermediates.

Hamilton frustrated by F1 Turkish GP strategy

Lewis Hamilton believes he wasn't on the best race strategy for the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix and feels he should have either pitted earlier or gone to the end without stopping.

Vettel explains dry F1 tyre gamble in Turkish GP

Sebastian Vettel has taken responsibility for the call to switch to dry tyres during the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix in damp conditions, only to see it backfire and wreck his race.

Bottas: Turkish GP win one of my "best ever" F1 races

Valtteri Bottas hailed his victory in Formula 1’s Turkish Grand Prix as one of his ‘best ever’ races, after a dominant performance in Istanbul.

F1 Turkish GP race results: Bottas wins from Verstappen, Hamilton fifth

Valtteri Bottas won the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on Sunday as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished second to take the F1 world championship lead from Lewis Hamilton, who finished fifth.

F1 Turkish GP: Bottas dominates ahead of Verstappen

Valtteri Bottas dominated Formula 1’s Turkish Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen in damp conditions, while Lewis Hamilton climbed to fifth but ended the race angry with Mercedes’ strategy calls.

F1 Turkish Grand Prix: Live commentary and updates

Live commentary and updates from Formula 1's Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park.

Norris: Istanbul's long corners to blame for McLaren's difficult weekend

Lando Norris says the long corners at Formula 1's Turkish Grand Prix venue are the cause of it being a more difficult weekend for McLaren.

Schumacher never doubted he could shine in F1 after making Turkey Q2

Mick Schumacher says he never lost belief that he could deliver in Formula 1, as he produced a stand-out performance in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix.

Ricciardo to take Turkish GP grid drop after F1 engine change

Daniel Ricciardo is set to start Formula 1's Turkish Grand Prix from the back of the grid after McLaren elected to introduce a new power unit.

Why ‘unusual noises’ are causing Mercedes an F1 engine headache

Lewis Hamilton may be serving a 10-place grid penalty for Sunday's Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix, but it does not mark the end of Mercedes’ engine concerns.

How Formula 1 teams look after their mental health

With its increase in calendar size to 23 races, Formula 1 faces its most punishing schedule yet. Team members face longer stints away from home and family, all of which have a knock-on effect on their mental health. LUKE SMITH explains how the teams cope with ensuring their employees' wellbeing isn't compromised

F1 teams facing "game theory" strategy battle in Turkish GP

Formula 1 teams are facing a tricky “game theory” strategy battle to succeed in the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, according to Williams’ head of vehicle performance, Dave Robson.

Sainz: Ferrari's "strange plan" was to knock out an F1 rival in Turkey Q1

Carlos Sainz Jr says Ferrari's "strange plan" in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix was to stop a Formula 1 rival from making Q2 - leaving Daniel Ricciardo unable to progress.

Mercedes "in a better place" to fight Red Bull than before F1 summer break

Toto Wolff believes Mercedes is "definitely in a better place" to fight Red Bull than before Formula 1's summer break after finishing 1-2 in Turkish Grand Prix qualifying.

Alonso keeps fifth on Turkish GP grid after yellow flag investigation

Fernando Alonso will start the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix from fifth on the grid after avoiding any sanction following an investigation for allegedly not respecting yellow flags in qualifying.

F1 Turkish Grand Prix – start time, how to watch, & more

Valtteri Bottas will start from pole position for Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

Bottas "fully going" for Turkey F1 pole, not asked to help Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas says he was “fully going” in his bid to top qualifying at Formula 1’s 2021 Turkish Grand Prix and was not asked to lift to help Lewis Hamilton.

Russell disappointed mistake cost Williams ‘another special Saturday’

George Russell felt “disappointed in myself” after a mistake on his final lap in Q2 for the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix cost Williams another “special Saturday” result.

Verstappen doesn't think Red Bull has the pace to win Turkish GP

Max Verstappen does not believe Red Bull has the pace to beat Mercedes in Formula 1’s 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, where he will start second alongside Valtteri Bottas.

Alonso under investigation for F1 yellow-flag infringement in Turkey

Fernando Alonso has been summoned to see the stewards at Formula 1's Turkish Grand Prix for allegedly not slowing for double waved yellows in qualifying.

Leclerc's Turkish GP third on F1 grid came despite "tricky" set-up

Charles Leclerc says his surprise third place on the grid for Formula 1's Turkish Grand Prix came despite a low downforce set-up gamble that made things tricky for him in qualifying.

Wolff: Hamilton Turkey progress "tough" after FP2 traffic issues

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff believes it will be tough for Lewis Hamilton to move up in Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix after being alarmed by traffic issues in free practice.

F1 Turkish GP: Hamilton tops qualifying, Bottas on pole

Lewis Hamilton topped qualifying at Formula 1’s 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, where Valtteri Bottas will start on pole ahead of Max Verstappen as a result of Hamilton’s engine-change grid penalty.

F1 Grand Prix qualifying results: Hamilton fastest, Bottas takes Turkey pole

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in Turkish Grand Prix qualifying at Istanbul Park, but will start 11th on the grid due to an engine change grid penalty, so his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas will inherit pole.

Tost: F1 staff unhappy with 23-race calendar 'should go'

AlphaTauri team boss Franz Tost says any of his staff unhappy about the stresses put on them by a 23-race Formula 1 schedule in 2022 should ‘go’.

Alpine reveals set-up ‘drift’ triggered Alonso/Ocon differences

Alpine has revealed that the baffling pace difference between Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon at Formula 1’s Russian GP was caused by a drifting divergence of set-up.

F1 Turkish GP: Gasly leads damp FP3 as Russell spin causes red flag

Pierre Gasly topped a drizzly final Formula 1 practice session for the Turkish Grand Prix that was briefly interrupted by a red flag following a spin for George Russell.

F1 Turkish GP Live commentary and updates - FP3 & Qualifying

Live updates from Saturday practice and qualifying for the Turkish GP at Istanbul Park.

Andretti closing in on deal to takeover Alfa Romeo F1 team

American racing operation Andretti Autosport is closing in on a deal to take a majority stake in the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team, multiple sources have indicated.

McLaren vows to improve risk-reward judgement after Russia loss

McLaren Formula 1 chief Andreas Seidl says the team’s pitwall will learn from its misjudgement over the risk and reward of keeping Lando Norris out on intermediates in Sochi.

Mercedes: Overtaking in Turkey ‘tougher than we would like’

Andrew Shovlin conceded that overtaking in Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix practice proved tougher than Mercedes would have liked as Lewis Hamilton prepares to fight back from a penalty.