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The traits that fuelled Alonso's unexpected Aston Martin move Plus

The traits that fuelled Alonso's unexpected Aston Martin move

Fernando Alonso’s bombshell switch to Aston Martin sent shockwaves through Formula 1, not least at Alpine that finds itself tangled in a contract standoff with Oscar Piastri. Not shy of a bold career move and with a CV punctuated by them, there were numerous hints that trouble was brewing

Wolff: Mercedes must remain cautious after Hungarian GP 'perfect storm'

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff thinks his team needs to stay cautious about its pace deficit to Ferrari and Red Bull after believing it may have “landed in the perfect window” in Hungary.

Autosport Podcast: Alonso, Piastri, Aston and Alpine - making sense of driver market madness

Formula 1 might be heading into its summer break but the driver market has erupted following Fernando Alonso’s switch to Aston Martin for 2023.

F1 team principals: Who are they and what do they do?

The role of a team principal is a varied and important one, but who are the team principals and what do they do? Click here to find out.

Williams confirms Albon in F1 race seat for 2023 on multi-year deal

Williams has confirmed that Alex Albon will remain with its Formula 1 team for the 2023 season and beyond on a multi-year deal.

Alpine stands firm over Piastri race contract for F1 2023

The Alpine Formula 1 team is adamant that its contract with Oscar Piastri for 2023 is legally watertight, despite the Australian insisting he will not drive for the Enstone team.

Hamilton: "Huge" for Mercedes to beat both Ferraris in Hungary

Lewis Hamilton says beating both Ferrari cars was a “huge” result for Mercedes in Hungary given its struggles to compete so far this year in Formula 1.

The elements Ferrari must resolve to first save face, then win championships Plus

The elements Ferrari must resolve to first save face, then win championships

OPINION: Ferrari's Formula 1 title hopes look all but over after another strategic blunder in last week's Hungarian Grand Prix denied Charles Leclerc the chance to fight for victory, while handing it to chief rival Max Verstappen. The Scuderia now faces intense scrutiny over what it must now do to finally become a genuine factor in championship battles

FIA set to finalise stricter F1 roll hoops tests after Zhou's British GP crash

The FIA is set to finalise plans for stricter roll hoop tests for 2023 Formula 1 cars in a meeting with team technical directors on Wednesday.

Szafnauer: No issue in bringing Ricciardo back to Alpine F1 team

Alpine Formula 1 team boss Otmar Szafnauer has not ruled out a return to the Enstone team for Daniel Ricciardo, should it not be able to keep Oscar Piastri.

Piastri denies he has signed with Alpine to race in F1 in 2023

Oscar Piastri has released a statement denying he has signed a deal to race for Alpine in Formula 1 next season just hours after the team stated otherwise.

Lewis Hamilton joins Denver Broncos NFL team ownership group

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has joined the new ownership group of NFL team, and three-time Super Bowl champions, the Denver Broncos.

Piastri to make F1 debut with Alpine in 2023 replacing Alonso

Alpine has signed Oscar Piastri to replace Fernando Alonso at its Formula 1 team next year.

The five factors that helped Verstappen pull off surprise Hungary F1 win

Max Verstappen’s victory from tenth on the grid in last Sunday's Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix was arguably one of the best that the Red Bull driver has yet delivered.

The clues about Hamilton’s F1 retirement plans revealed after Vettel’s decision

OPINION: Sebastian Vettel is set to leave Formula 1 at the end of 2022 and will, rather shockingly, be replaced by Fernando Alonso at Aston Martin. But what about the final chapter of the other driver that defined the post-Michael Schumacher era? In Hungary, Lewis Hamilton spoke about his future in the context of Vettel’s upcoming departure, which offered clues on how long it will last

Logan Sargeant to make Williams FP1 debut at F1 US GP

Logan Sargeant will make his Formula 1 FP1 debut for Williams at the United States Grand Prix in October.

Honda signs off Red Bull technical support deal through 2025

Honda will continue to provide technical support for Red Bull’s Formula 1 engines until the end of 2025, after a fresh deal was finally signed off between the two parties.

Alpine: Piastri can’t leave us for McLaren F1 seat in wake of shock Alonso exit

Alpine Formula 1 boss Otmar Szafnauer insists that Oscar Piastri is contractually obliged to drive for the team in 2023 after Fernando Alonso's departure made a race seat available.

Alpine only learned Alonso had joined Aston Martin F1 in press release

Alpine team principal Otmar Szafnauer has revealed that he only found out that Fernando Alonso had signed to join Formula 1 rival Aston Martin when he read the official press release.

Why all signs point to F1’s Monaco special relationship continuing

OPINION: With more potential venues than there are slots in future calendars, rumours have been circulating that the Monaco Grand Prix could be a casualty of F1’s expansion into new markets. But MARK GALLAGHER thinks this is highly unlikely

Ricciardo: “Two-for-one” Hungary F1 pass on Alpines gave “a bit of a buzz”

Daniel Ricciardo says his “two-for-one” pass on Alpine drivers Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso gave him a buzz during an otherwise disappointing Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Ferrari sees no need for team changes after recent F1 struggles

Ferrari Formula 1 boss Mattia Binotto believes there is “nothing to change” at the team over the summer break despite its recent struggles and slip-ups against Red Bull.

Tickets now on sale for 2023 Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix

Hot on the heels of a thrilling weekend at the Hungaroring, tickets for the 2023 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix are now on sale.

Mercedes: Ending year as F1’s "first loser" not the target

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that overhauling Ferrari to finish second in the Formula 1 world championship this year matters less than getting back to winning ways later this season.

Verstappen praises ‘insanely calm’ strategist Schmitz for role in Hungary F1 win

Max Verstappen praised the efforts of Red Bull Formula 1 strategist Hannah Schmitz for her role in his Hungarian Grand Prix victory, saying she remained “insanely calm.”

10 things we learned at the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen capitalised on a Ferrari strategic misstep to win the Hungarian Grand Prix and carry a commanding lead into Formula 1's summer break. With Mercedes finding form in qualifying, the driver market kicking up a gear and familiar debates from Austria continuing, there were no shortage of talking points to end the first leg of the 2022 season. Here are the 10 things we learned at the Hungaroring

The missed clues that could have saved Ferrari’s Hungarian GP
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The missed clues that could have saved Ferrari’s Hungarian GP

Ferrari's gap to Max Verstappen and Red Bull in the Formula 1 title fight grew bigger after a shot at victory slipped through its fingers in Hungary.

Brain damage risks shows FIA must act on F1 porpoising, says Wolff

An FIA medical report that warns about the risks of brain damage to drivers from excessive porpoising proves rule changes are needed for next year, says Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.

What Alonso’s Alpine exit means for the rest of the F1 driver market

For all the suggestions that a Formula 1 contract extension between Fernando Alonso and Alpine would be a formality, it tellingly never appeared to move quickly.

Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

The Hungarian Grand Prix race result, after a dry race held without safety car conditions, bore little resemblance to what was anticipated after qualifying. While certain drivers were nullified by some iffy strategy calls, others shone to grasp opportunities afforded to them in the last F1 race before the summer break

How Aston Martin pulled off its shock Alonso F1 deal

Fernando Alonso has delivered a few shocks in his Formula 1 career, but Monday morning’s announcement of his move to Aston Martin is up there among the biggest.

Autosport Podcast: F1 Hungarian Grand Prix Review

Max Verstappen charged to victory at the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix from 10th on the grid and despite a mid-race spin, as Ferrari’s strategy left Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz bemused once again.

Why Ferrari had the Hungary strategy shocker that helped Verstappen to an unlikely win

After Max Verstappen's difficult qualifying left him 10th on the grid for the Hungarian Grand Prix, few expected him to take an eighth victory of the 2022 Formula 1 season. Yet that's precisely what happened as Ferrari converted second and third on the grid into fourth and sixth at the flag with a bungled strategy that cost Charles Leclerc yet more ground in the title race

Fernando Alonso joins Aston Martin for 2023 F1 season on multi-year deal

Fernando Alonso has joined Aston Martin on a multi-year starting from the 2023 Formula 1 season.

Horner: "Not one ounce" of me wishes Ferrari was putting up better F1 fight

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says there is "not one ounce" of him that wishes Ferrari was putting up a closer fight in the Formula 1 championship battle.

Ferrari doubts it was possible to win F1 Hungarian GP despite strategy flaw

Ferrari Formula 1 boss Mattia Binotto doubts it was possible for the team to win in Hungary even without the strategy slip-up that dented Charles Leclerc’s hopes.

The 10 best Formula 1 drivers ever: Hamilton, Schumacher & more

Everyone has their favourite, but who is statistically the best driver in Formula 1 history?

Who are the best British F1 drivers statistically? Hamilton, Mansell & more

Autosport runs down the top 10 most statistically successful British Formula 1 drivers of the past 70 years

Red Bull planned to start Hungarian GP on hard F1 tyres

Red Bull has revealed that it originally planned to start Formula 1's Hungarian Grand Prix on the hard tyres, in a move that would almost certainly have derailed its victory charge.

Russell "rubbing hands together" with rain forecast in F1 Hungarian GP

George Russell felt the Hungarian Grand Prix would've come towards his strategy had the threat of rain arrived as forecasted for the start of the Formula 1 race.

Ferrari explains reasons behind Leclerc’s doomed hard tyre switch

Ferrari has explained why it opted to put Charles Leclerc on hard tyres during Sunday's Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix, sparking his fall from fighting for victory to finishing sixth.

2022 F1 World Championship standings after the Hungarian GP

Max Verstappen extended his lead in the 2022 Formula 1 world championship after scoring his eighth win of the season in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Leclerc baffled by Hungarian GP "turning point" of early stop for hards

Charles Leclerc admitted using the hard tyre in Formula 1's Hungarian Grand Prix was a "turning point" in the race and doesn't understand why Ferrari put him on that rubber.

Verstappen explains 360º spin during "crazy" Hungary F1 race

Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen says having to nurse the clutch on his Red Bull was behind his 360-degree spin during a "crazy" Hungarian Grand Prix, which he won from 10th on the grid.

Hamilton "would have been in the run for win" at Hungarian GP without qualifying issue

Lewis Hamilton says he "would have been in the run for the win" at Formula 1's Hungarian Grand Prix were it not for a DRS problem during qualifying.

F1 Hungarian GP: Verstappen wins from 10th despite spin as Ferrari falters

Max Verstappen scored an unlikely Formula 1 victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix to head both Mercedes as Ferrari threw away a win with further questionable strategy decisions.

Live: F1 Hungarian GP commentary and updates

Live commentary and updates on the 2022 edition of the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix, taking place at the Hungaroring this weekend.

How Red 5's 1992 F1 throwback wowed Goodwood Plus

How Red 5's 1992 F1 throwback wowed Goodwood

It's 30 years since Nigel Mansell clinched the 1992 Formula 1 world championship by finishing second to Ayrton Senna in the Hungarian Grand Prix. Mansell in the era-defining but scary Williams FW14B was one of the best suited driver-car partnerships in F1 history, and MAURICE HAMILTON was there to witness them being reunited once more for a crowd-pleasing blast at the Festival of Speed

Verstappen and Perez get fresh F1 Hungarian GP engines, pitlane start for Gasly

Red Bull has fitted fresh power units on Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez’s cars for Formula 1’s Hungarian Grand Prix, with Pierre Gasly starting from the pitlane for doing likewise.

Masi felt like “most hated man in the world”, received death threats after Abu Dhabi

Ex-Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has revealed he received death threats and felt like “the most hated man in the world” after the controversial Abu Dhabi season finale.

Autosport writers' favourite F1 Hungarian Grands Prix

The Hungarian Grand Prix is the last stop on the Formula 1 2022 calendar before the summer break. Autosport's team of writers pick their favourite races from the famously tight and twisty Hungaroring track, an F1 fixture since 1986

Fresh coup for Red Bull F1 engine project as it signs Mercedes chief Prew

Red Bull’s new Formula 1 engine project has pulled off another major coup in signing highly-respected engineer Phil Prew from Mercedes, Autosport can reveal.

Verstappen hopes Mercedes "do me a favour" in Hungarian GP

Max Verstappen believes his Hungarian Grand Prix will be “a bit tough” from 10th on the grid, but hopes Mercedes “do me a favour” against Formula 1 title rival Ferrari.

Norris: Russell's Hungarian GP pole not a surprise given strong Mercedes

Lando Norris says the pole position earned by George Russell and the Mercedes Formula 1 team was not a surprise, because the W13 has been a strong car for much of the season.

Alonso frustrated to lose out to Ocon in Hungary F1 qualifying with “mega” car

Fernando Alonso was left frustrated in Hungary after losing out to Alpine Formula 1 team mate Esteban Ocon in qualifying despite having a “mega” car.

How "unconventional" approach helped Mercedes to shock Hungary pole

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes his team’s willingness to try "unconventional things" in Formula 1 is behind its surprise pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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

George Russell will start from pole position for the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix after topping qualifying. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

Sainz disappointed with Hungary Q3 lap that was "nothing special"

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz rued missing out on pole for Formula 1's Hungarian Grand Prix after calling his lap to second on the grid "nothing special".

Russell: "Very shocked" if Mercedes faster in race trim compared to pole lap

First-time Formula 1 polesitter George Russell will be “very shocked” if Mercedes turns up with a car that is faster in the Hungarian Grand Prix than it was for qualifying.

Latifi explains "big mistake" behind "hero to zero" Hungary F1 qualifying

Williams Formula 1 driver Nicholas Latifi says a "big mistake" in the final corner caused his "hero to zero" Q1 exit from Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying after he'd topped FP3.