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How Raikkonen's rapid rise stalled his team-mate's F1 career climb Plus

How Raikkonen's rapid rise stalled his team-mate's F1 career climb

Kimi Raikkonen’s emergence as a Formula 1 star in his rookie campaign remains one of the legendary storylines from 2001, but his exploits had an unwanted impact on his Sauber team-mate’s own prospects. Twenty years on from his first F1 podium at the Brazilian GP, here’s how Nick Heidfeld’s career was chilled by the Iceman

Low-rake F1 teams warned of rules impact last year

Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer says that Formula 1 teams following the low-rake route cautioned last year that they would lose out under the FIA's 2021 aero regulation changes.

Honda to assess using F1 engine more aggressively in Mercedes battle

Honda will evaluate whether it can be more aggressive with its Formula 1 engine usage in the races, after Red Bull lost out to Mercedes in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Ricciardo promised ride in Earnhardt Chevrolet in new F1 podium bet

McLaren Formula 1 CEO Zak Brown has promised his new driver Daniel Ricciardo a run in Dale Earnhardt's 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Cup car if he scores a podium.

Vasseur: Alfa Romeo has reclaimed its spot in the F1 midfield

Alfa Romeo has reclaimed its place in the Formula 1 midfield this year despite failing to score in the Bahrain Grand Prix, according to team boss Frederic Vasseur.

Hamilton: Verstappen won't make Turn 4 mistake again

Lewis Hamilton reckons Max Verstappen will learn from his 2021 Formula 1 Bahrain defeat and not make another mistake similar to slipping off the road during their battle last weekend.

New Albert Park F1 layout will be five seconds faster
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New Albert Park F1 layout will be five seconds faster

The new-look Albert Park layout will lead to Formula 1 qualifying lap times dropping by as much as five seconds, according to the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.

Perez having to adjust driving style to suit Red Bull F1 car

Sergio Perez admits that he is having to adjust his driving style as he continues to get used to his Red Bull Formula 1 car.

Norris has made the next step, says McLaren F1 boss Seidl

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl believes Lando Norris' fourth place in the Bahrain Grand Prix is proof he has "made the next step" ahead of his third season.

Schumacher: Bahrain F1 cold tyre error will stay with me for a while

Mick Schumacher has said his spin on cold tyres during his Formula 1 race debut “will keep with me for a very long time” and vows to learn from the mistake.

Hamilton: Bahrain win a "chance to prove people wrong"

Lewis Hamilton reckons his 2021 Bahrain victory with the race’s second-best car was a “chance to prove people wrong” regarding suggestions his Formula 1 wins are primarily down to machinery.  

How Verstappen's Bahrain mistake can only make him stronger

Max Verstappen lost out to Lewis Hamilton at the Bahrain Grand Prix by a tiny margin, slipping off the track just as victory was within his grasp. But the painful lesson from defeat can only help Verstappen come back even stronger

Red Bull plans Imola development push to improve RB16B

Red Bull has vowed to put ‘as much performance as possible’ on to its RB16B car for the next Formula 1 race at Imola, after a strong showing in Bahrain.

Verstappen ‘would smash’ Hamilton at Mercedes, says Piquet

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Nelson Piquet believes Max Verstappen would “smash” Lewis Hamilton if he were driving alongside him at Mercedes.

Vettel struggling to handle F1 pressure - Berger

Pressure is to blame for Sebastian Vettel's ongoing run of relatively poor form, says former Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger.

Wolff explains why Bottas shouldn't be upset with strategy

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff understands Valtteri Bottas' frustration of being stuck on the same strategy as teammate Lewis Hamilton in the Bahrain Grand Prix but said there was no other option on the table.

How F1 teams have responded to 2021 floor challenge

Formula 1's winter rule changes to slash downforce proved to be a big headache for teams over the winter – and became a big talking point in Bahrain last weekend.

Vettel accepts blame for Ocon Bahrain F1 collision

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel has admitted his collision with Esteban Ocon in the Bahrain Grand Prix "was probably my mistake" and explained why he initially blamed the Alpine driver.

Tsunoda “wouldn’t sleep” if he hadn’t attacked Stroll on last lap

AlphaTauri Formula 1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda says he wouldn’t have been able to sleep on Sunday night if he hadn’t launched a last lap attack on Lance Stroll at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Sainz: I was too cautious in first Ferrari start

Carlos Sainz admits he took too much of a cautious approach to his opening race laps as a Ferrari Formula 1 driver in the season opener.

Mercedes fears F1 car won't be quick enough at Imola, Portugal

Mercedes fears that it will not be good enough to take on Red Bull at the next Formula 1 races at Imola and Portimao, despite its Bahrain Grand Prix win.

McLaren reveals Ricciardo had floor damage from Gasly clash in Bahrain GP

McLaren has revealed that Daniel Ricciardo's performance in Formula 1's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix was hurt by floor damage sustained at the start of the race.

Brawn: Tsunoda is 'F1's best rookie for years'

Formula 1 boss Ross Brawn has praised AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda for his impressive debut in Bahrain, claiming the Japanese youngster is the "best rookie F1 has had for years".

How Perez salvaged his Red Bull F1 debut in Bahrain

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez has explained how he salvaged his debut with the team by restarting his engine on the formation lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Verstappen: Red Bull lacked flexibility on tyres in Bahrain GP

Max Verstappen thinks Red Bull could have done a better job with its strategy for the Formula 1 Bahrain GP, after boxing itself in with its tyre usage in practice.

Podcast: Hamilton beats Verstappen in thrilling F1 2021 opener in Bahrain

Lewis Hamilton saw off Max Verstappen to claim victory in the 2021 Formula 1 opener in an enthralling Bahrain Grand Prix.

Mercedes has "no strengths" over Red Bull in F1 2021

Mercedes believes it has no strengths over Red Bull in Formula 1 this year, despite winning the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

How the 'Great F1 Rake-Off' delivered a Bahrain GP showdown

For the 2021 F1 season, the battle of Red Bull vs Mercedes looks set to be captured in the high-rake vs low-rake philosophy clash due to this year's technical rule tweaks. While bringing the grid closer together in terms of performance, it could be the deciding factor in the race for the world title

Bahrain Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The eagerly-anticipated first race of 2021 produced a surprise winner and plenty of stellar performances throughout the field. But only one driver took a maximum score in our driver ratings under the Bahrain floodlights

Mazepin "very angry" with himself for early Bahrain exit

Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin said he was "very angry" at himself for his lap one retirement in the Bahrain Grand Prix after losing control in Turn 2.

How F1 track limits became the talk of the Bahrain GP

The abuse of track limits has become an ongoing topic in Formula 1 in recent years, and on Sunday the subject took a little shine off what had otherwise been a fantastic race.

Alonso's F1 comeback race wrecked by sandwich wrapper

Fernando Alonso’s hopes of scoring points on his Formula 1 return in Bahrain were wrecked by a sandwich wrapper getting lodged in to one of his brake ducts.

Horner: F1 track limit rules should not be "shades of grey"

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says Formula 1’s track limits rules should not be ‘shades of grey’, after the Bahrain Grand Prix controversy.

The calls that decided Hamilton and Verstappen's Bahrain battle

Fastest in every session, all signs pointed towards Red Bull and Max Verstappen starting the 2021 F1 season with a victory. That it didn't pan out that way, and Lewis Hamilton scored a surprising win, owes much to an aggressive Mercedes strategy and a pre-race tyre selection that Verstappen would later question

Wolff: F1 track limit rules must be clear and not ‘a Shakespeare novel’

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has urged the FIA to clarify its track limit rules after Bahrain Grand Prix controversy and feels it must be "sacred" and not a "Shakespeare novel".

Verstappen explains inability to re-attack Hamilton in Bahrain F1 GP

Max Verstappen has explained why he could not attempt another pass on Lewis Hamilton after giving back the lead following a track limits violation late in Formula 1's Bahrain race.

Horner: Verstappen letting Hamilton through "the right thing" in Bahrain GP

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says Max Verstappen "did the right thing" letting Lewis Hamilton through under race control orders in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton: Final few laps of F1 Bahrain GP were "horrifying"

Lewis Hamilton says the final laps of his late Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix duel with Max Verstappen were "horrifying", as he feared keeping the Red Bull behind was impossible.

Hamilton: Bahrain GP "one of the hardest races I've had for a while"

Lewis Hamilton said the Bahrain Grand Prix was one of the hardest races he has had in Formula 1 for a while, as he triumphed after a thrilling duel with Max Verstappen.

Verstappen "preferred" penalty to letting Hamilton past in F1 Bahrain GP

Max Verstappen says he would have preferred a penalty for overtaking Formula 1 rival Lewis Hamilton off-track at the Bahrain Grand Prix's climax, rather than handing back the lead.

F1 Bahrain GP: Hamilton holds off Verstappen to win epic race

Lewis Hamilton held on to defeat Max Verstappen in a thrilling late duel in Formula 1’s 2021 season opener in Bahrain, with the Red Bull driver giving back a late pass.

F1 Bahrain GP Live Commentary and Updates - Race day

All of the latest updates from the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix from Autosport's team of journalists

Vettel receives F1 grid penalty for Bahrain yellow flag infringement

Sebastian Vettel will start the 2021 Formula 1 season opener in Bahrain from the back of the grid due to a penalty for ignoring double yellow flags in qualifying.

Williams' F1 wind sensitivity problem due to downforce breakthrough

Williams has explained how the decision to successfully make downforce and drag improvements has left its 2021 Formula 1 car exposed to wind sensitivity issues.

Why entrepreneurism is still alive in motorsport

OPINION: The new E1 Series based on water is the latest evidence that motorsport can be used to demonstrate and gain visibility around a specific technology

Hamilton had expected F1 gap to Red Bull in Bahrain qualifying to be "double"

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes’ 0.388-second gap to Max Verstappen in Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying is closer than he expected, after anticipating it being “double” based on pre-season testing.

Masi: FIA to take stricter line on F1 first lap contact

FIA race director Michael Masi has told Formula 1 drivers that there will be a stricter approach to first lap incidents this year, Autosport can reveal.

McLaren insists it has no disappointment with Bahrain GP qualifying form

McLaren insists it has no disappointment with its Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying form, after claiming others had hyped up its Formula 1 potential too much.

The F1 performance swing that highlights Mercedes' low-rake problem

Formula 1’s new aero rules were always tipped as having the potential to shake up the competitive order – but few perhaps expected it to have the influence it has had.

Mazepin explains why he jumped F1 outlap queue in Bahrain GP Q1

Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin says his team instructed him to overtake his rivals during the dying moments of the first segment of qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The unconventional ways F1 launch season heightened anticipation for racing Plus

The unconventional ways F1 launch season heightened anticipation for racing

When the flag drops, you know what stops... And it's about time, says STUART CODLING

The rear end overhaul that has transformed Red Bull's F1 car

Red Bull’s crushing form over the Formula 1 season-opening weekend in Bahrain suggests it has dialled out the aerodynamic issues that caused problems last year.

Alonso “expecting to struggle” in opening races of F1 return

Fernando Alonso said he was satisfied by qualifying in the top 10 on his Formula 1 return in Bahrain, admitting he was "expecting to struggle" in the first few races.

Vettel summoned to F1 stewards over double yellow flags incident

Sebastian Vettel has been summoned by the FIA Stewards over a double yellow flags incident during qualifying for the 2021 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix.

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

Max Verstappen has secured the first pole position of the 2021 Formula 1 season for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

Perez "has to be patient" with himself after Bahrain Q3 miss

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez says he is unconcerned by missing Q3 in Bahrain GP qualifying because he has to be "patient" with himself at his new team.

"Strange" feeling on medium tyres cost Tsunoda Q3 place in Bahrain

AlphaTauri Formula 1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda says a "strange" feeling on the medium compound tyre during Q2 prevented him from qualifying in the top 10 for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Mercedes “losing a little bit” with engine derating issue at Bahrain GP

Mercedes has revealed that its deficit to Red Bull at the Bahrain Grand Prix is not being helped by engine derating issues around the Sakhir track.

New aero regulations cost low-rake cars 1s per lap - Aston Martin

Aston Martin believes Formula 1’s new aero rules have cost low-rake cars around one second per lap of performance compared to their high-rake rivals.

Sainz thought Bahrain GP qualifying "was over" after Q1 glitch

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr thought his Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying session "was over" after a glitch in Q1 but was happy to recover to eighth place.