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Russell apologises to Bottas after Imola F1 shunt reaction

George Russell has apologised to Valtteri Bottas for his behaviour after their Emilia Romagna Grand Prix crash, and admitted that it was not his "proudest day" in Formula 1.

GP Racing Podcast: The truth about Lewis Hamilton and his new contract

As the latest edition of GP Racing hits the shelves of shops that are now actually open, we look at what’s going on with Lewis Hamilton’s new Formula 1 contract.

McLaren: Norris earned Imola F1 podium on merit

McLaren Formula 1 team boss Andreas Seidl believes Lando Norris' podium in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was earned on merit.

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams Plus

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams

Formula 1’s latest Imola adventure turned into an expensive trip for many teams due to several crashes throughout the weekend. While balancing the books is an added factor in 2021 with the cost cap, a few midfield teams have cashed in early on development investments

Perez "very sorry" to Red Bull after Imola F1 woes

Sergio Perez has apologised to the Red Bull Formula 1 team for his troubled run at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix that left him out of the points.

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 Emilia Romagna GP

Despite Max Verstappen's victory in a thrilling Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, will the weekend still go down as a missed opportunity for Red Bull? Autosport assesses the weekend's major talking points, as the race for a top seat in 2022 took an explosive turn, F1's oldest team showed more signs of recovery and 2021's first political spat broke out

Vettel: FIA "not very professional" in dealing with Imola penalty

Sebastian Vettel says the FIA was "not very professional" in the way it handled his penalty during Formula 1's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Why Hamilton didn’t break F1’s rules for reversing on track

Lewis Hamilton’s recovery drive to finish second at the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was helped when he managed to reverse back on to the track after his off at Tosa.

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings

A frantic wet race at Imola produced plenty of excitement and drama as drivers scrabbled for grip. Amid the hatful of mistakes and incidents that ensued, who kept their noses cleanest?

Bottas crash damage cost could cost Mercedes F1 upgrade push

Toto Wolff says the costs incurred by the damage to Valtteri Bottas’s Formula 1 car following his crash with George Russell at Imola could impact Mercedes upgrades and planned development.

Autosport Podcast: Reviewing the Emilia Romagna GP

Max Verstappen kept his cool amid a frenetic Emilia Romagna Grand Prix to score Red Bull’s first win of the 2021 Formula 1 season in dominant fashion.

Russell planning clear-the-air call with Bottas after Imola F1 crash

George Russell says he is planning to call Valtteri Bottas in the coming days to clear the air following their Formula 1 crash at Imola on Sunday.

How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves

Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences

Norris: "Right decision" for soft tyres at Imola F1 race restart

Lando Norris backs McLaren’s decision for soft tyres at the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix race restart to secure a podium despite not being confident with the initial call.

Raikkonen loses points after post-race penalty at F1 Imola race

Kimi Raikkonen has been stripped of his points finish at Formula 1's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after being handed a 30-second post-race penalty.

Stroll drops to eighth place with post-race F1 penalty at Emilia Romagna GP

Lance Stroll has been demoted to eighth position after Formula 1 stewards issued a post-race time penalty following the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Leclerc explains why he didn't pass Verstappen on Imola F1 restart

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc has explained why he did not pass Max Verstappen during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix winner's brief off at the race's safety car restart.

Bottas: Russell has "quite a theory" over Imola F1 defending after crash

Valtteri Bottas hit back at George Russell's suggestion he may have defended differently against another driver after their Imola Formula 1 crash, calling it "quite a theory".

F1 stewards take no action over ‘racing incident’ Bottas and Russell crash

The Formula 1 race stewards have opted to take no action over Valtteri Bottas and George Russell’s clash in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, calling it a “racing incident”.

Wolff: Russell has "lots to learn" after F1 crash with Bottas at Imola

Toto Wolff believes George Russell has “lots to learn” following his Formula 1 crash with Valtteri Bottas at Imola, saying the Mercedes car is almost a write-off.

Hamilton: Rushing to pass lapped F1 traffic triggered off in Emilia Romagna GP

Lewis Hamilton says being in too much of a rush to get past lapped traffic triggered the off that nearly derailed his Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Formula 1 podium hopes.

Russell: Bottas may not have made same F1 Imola move on another driver

George Russell has questioned Valtteri Bottas’s “dangerous” move in their Imola Formula 1 crash on Sunday, saying he would have acted differently “perhaps if it was another driver”.

F1 Emilia Romagna GP: Verstappen wins thriller as Hamilton recovers to second

Max Verstappen won a thrilling wet-dry Emilia Romagna Formula 1 race, featuring the Red Bull driver colliding with Lewis Hamilton, and Valtteri Bottas and George Russell suffering a race-suspending crash.

Bottas: Imola F1 crash with Russell "clearly" Williams driver's "mistake"

Valtteri Bottas pointed the finger at George Russell following their high-speed crash in the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying it was “clearly his mistake”.

Emilia Romagna GP red-flagged after Bottas/Russell crash

The Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is under a red flag with 30 laps remaining after a sizeable crash between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell.

F1 Emilia Romagna GP Live Commentary and Updates - Race day

Live updates from the 2021 Formula 1 Emilia Romagna GP at Imola

F1 will keep Miami and Austin race dates separate

Formula 1 will keep the dates of the Austin and Miami Grands Prix separate on next year's calendar in a bid to maximise the championship's impact in the United States.

Williams: Latifi's strong Imola F1 practice form "disturbed" Russell

Williams believes Nicholas Latifi’s strong Formula 1 practice form “disturbed” George Russell ahead of Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying, before he “chipped away” to join his team-mate in Q2.

Red Bull: Perez F1 progress "incredible" after out-qualifying Verstappen

Red Bull has labelled Sergio Perez’s progress with its Formula 1 team as "incredible", after the Mexican grabbed a front-row slot for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Ricciardo needs to get rid of "old habits" at McLaren F1

Daniel Ricciardo thinks he needs to get rid of some old habits he picked up from his previous Formula 1 teams if he is to get more from his McLaren.

Mercedes: F1 tyre warm-up issue caused Bottas' Imola Q3 struggles

Mercedes believes a tyre warm-up issue caused Valtteri Bottas to struggle in Formula 1 qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and slump to eighth place on the grid.

Miami Grand Prix joins F1 calendar for 2022 season

Formula 1 looks set to add a second grand prix in the United States next year, with the championship's bosses announcing that Miami will take a slot on the 2022 schedule.

Perez: I'm miles away with Red Bull F1 car despite Imola front-row start

Sergio Perez was surprised to qualify second for Formula 1’s 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, as he still feels “miles away” from gelling “naturally” with Red Bull’s car concept. 

The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era Plus

The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era

The first in a line of world beaters was designed in a back bedroom and then constructed in a shed. STUART CODLING recalls the Tyrrell 001

Tsunoda's F1 gearbox broke in half in Imola Q1 crash

Yuki Tsunoda broke the gearbox of his AlphaTauri Formula 1 car in half in his qualifying crash at Imola, but is not expected to require a chassis change.

Seidl: Self-criticism after Imola F1 qualifying mistake typical for Norris

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl says Lando Norris' harsh self-criticism after a minor Imola qualifying mistake typifies the British driver's character in Formula 1.

Hamilton: Red Bull has better set of F1 strategy cards to play at Imola

Lewis Hamilton believes Red Bull strategically holds “better cards” heading into Formula 1’s 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with its drivers starting behind the world champion on different tyres. 

Russell explains "Pastor Maldonado moment" in Imola F1 qualifying

Williams Formula 1 driver George Russell revealed he had a “Pastor Maldonado moment" when he ran wide before starting his first flying lap in Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying.

Alonso: Lack of trust in Alpine F1 car costly at old-school Imola

Fernando Alonso feels he is not yet able to fully trust where the limit of Alpine’s Formula 1 car is after qualifying 15th for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Allison doesn't want Mercedes F1 team boss role - Wolff

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says that James Allison has made it clear that he doesn't want to one day be the team principal at the Brackley outfit.

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

Lewis Hamilton has secured his 99th career pole position in Formula 1 for the 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

Bottas "couldn’t trust rear-end" of Mercedes car in Imola Q3

Valtteri Bottas says he “couldn’t trust the rear-end” of his Mercedes Formula 1 car in the final stage of qualifying at Imola on Saturday, contributing to his P8 finish.

Vettel missing "last bit of confidence" with Aston Martin F1 car

Sebastian Vettel feels he needs to be more patient and wait for “that last bit of confidence” with Aston Martin’s Formula 1 car following his Q2 exit at Imola.

Norris annoyed after he "effed it all up" in Q3 for F1 Emilia Romagna GP

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris is "annoyed with myself" after losing third in qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after exceeding track limits, admitting he "effed it all up".

Giovinazzi critical of Mazepin not respecting F1 qualifying etiquette

Nikita Mazepin has been accused of showing no respect for Formula 1’s qualifying etiquette after a run-in with Antonio Giovinazzi in Q1 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Sainz: Imola Q2 exit "exposed" lack of Ferrari F1 mileage

Carlos Sainz Jr was left disappointed by his Q2 exit in Formula 1 qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying the result “exposed” his lack of mileage with Ferrari.

Hamilton never expected to outqualify both Red Bulls at Emilia Romagna GP

Lewis Hamilton said he never expected to outqualify both Red Bulls at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, as he grabbed his first Formula 1 pole position of the season.

Perez: Last-corner mistake cost me pole in Imola qualifying

Sergio Perez was left ruing a final-corner mistake during Formula 1 qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying he “should have been on pole”.

F1 Emilia Romagna GP: Hamilton grabs pole from Perez, Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole for Formula 1’s 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, as he topped qualifying ahead of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen – the top three covered by just 0.087s.

Tsunoda got "too excited" before Imola qualifying crash

Yuki Tsunoda has apologised to the AlphaTauri Formula 1 team following his crash in qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying he got “too excited”.

The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future Plus

The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future

The Formula 1 world reacted with surprise when it learned Lewis Hamilton’s long-awaited new Mercedes deal guarantees his presence on the grid only until the end of 2021. Both parties claimed publicly they were happy with the arrangement but, asks MARK GALLAGHER, is there more to it than that?

Alpine F1 car hindered by windtunnel problem

Alpine has revealed that a wind tunnel problem hampered its progress over the winter and put it on the back foot with its current Formula 1 challenger.

F1 Emilia Romagna GP: Verstappen sets FP3 pace from Norris

Max Verstappen topped third practice for Formula 1’s 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix by over 0.4s to McLaren’s Lando Norris, with Lewis Hamilton third in an action-packed session.

Spanish GP to take place behind closed doors

Next month's Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix will take place behind closed doors due to extended COVID-19 restrictions by the Catalan authorities.

How a harshly ejected Red Bull star has been hooked by racing again Plus

How a harshly ejected Red Bull star has been hooked by racing again

Driver-turned-DJ Jaime Alguersuari lost his love for motorsport when he was booted out of Formula 1 just as he was starting to polish his rough edges. Having drifted from category to category then turned his back on racing altogether in 2015, he’s come full circle and is planning a return in karts for fun

Mercedes F1's step forward helped by Bahrain "sting"

Mercedes says the "sting" of not being fastest at the Formula 1 season opener helped galvanise the team to turn things around for this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

F1 Emilia Romagna GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP3 and Qualifying

Live updates from the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend at Imola

Why F1 track limits are back in the spotlight at Imola

The thorny subject of track limits in Formula 1 has resurfaced in Imola this weekend, and like the similarly emotive VAR in football, it’s not going away any time soon.

Leclerc: "Difficult to believe" Ferrari so close to top teams at Imola

Charles Leclerc says it is “difficult to believe” Ferrari is so close to the leading Formula 1 teams at Imola after its impressive display during Friday practice.

Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola

While Mercedes struck back against Red Bull by topping the times at Imola on Friday ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the overall picture remains incredibly close. Despite having a possible edge this weekend, the reigning Formula 1 world champion squad is not taking anything for granted...