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Hamilton may not have gone for fastest lap if he'd seen wing damage

Mercedes reckons Lewis Hamilton may not have risked going for fastest lap in Formula 1's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix if he knew how damaged his front wing was.

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

An ill-tempered Saudi Grand Prix made Formula 1 more soap opera than sporting spectacle at times, but there were some strong performances up and down the field on the world championship's first visit to Jeddah

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will go into the 2021 Formula 1 title decider in Abu Dhabi level on points after the former's victory in an ill-tempered Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Autosport picks out the key turning points from an eventful first visit to the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, as race control came under fire, while on-track ethics were again subject to debate

Haas F1 team tight on spare parts after Saudi Arabian GP crashes

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner admits his team has little margin on spare parts after suffering two heavy accidents in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Masi: Verstappen grid swap offer completely 'normal'

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi insists that his red flag conversation with Red Bull about changing grid positions at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was completely 'normal’.

Ocon: Floor damage cost me in Saudi F1 podium battle with Bottas

Esteban Ocon says his podium hopes in Formula 1’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix were ultimately dashed by a chunk of floor coming off his car two laps from home.

How can Lewis Hamilton win the 2021 F1 title?

The Formula 1 world championship has gone down to the wire on 29 occasions in its 71 years. This weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix shootout between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton will make that 30 at the end of one of the most dramatic and controversial seasons in F1 history.

Red Bull: Masi's grid swap offer like something from the "souk"

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Formula 1 race director Michael Masi’s offer of changing grid positions in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was like something from the "souk".

How the Jeddah F1 race became a one-sitting Netflix drama series

The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was a race packed full of incident as Formula 1 2021's title contenders repeatedly clashed on track. Lewis Hamilton won out over Max Verstappen to level the scores heading into next weekend's Abu Dhabi finale, as Jeddah turned F1 into a drama series

Hamilton: Consensus on F1 overtaking rules "doesn't apply to one of us"

Lewis Hamilton has suggested there is only one Formula 1 driver who doesn't understand you cannot overtake off track, after the latest clashes between himself and Max Verstappen in Saudi Arabia.

Autosport Podcast: F1 Saudi Arabian GP review

Lewis Hamilton beat Max Verstappen in a fierce battle to win the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and go level on points in the Formula 1 standings for the title decider.

Norris: "Stupid" red flag F1 tyre change rules must be changed

Lando Norris has called for the rule that allows Formula 1 drivers to have a free tyre change during a red flag race suspension to be changed, with the Briton calling it "unfair".

Verstappen nominated for BBC SPOTY World Sports Star award

Max Verstappen has been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year’s World Sports Star award ahead of the 2021 prize giving later this month.

Wolff hopes F1 avoids "messy situation" in Abu Dhabi title decider

Toto Wolff hopes the “repercussions” from Sunday’s chaotic Saudi Arabian Grand Prix ensures Formula 1 avoids a “messy situation” in the Abu Dhabi title decider.

Horner: Saudi Arabian GP race control calls shows F1 'misses Charlie Whiting'

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says Formula 1 missed the experience of former race director Charlie Whiting during a chaotic Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Full FIA stewards' verdict on Verstappen's Saudi GP F1 penalty

The FIA stewards have handed Red Bull's Max Verstappen a 10-second penalty for his role in the collision with Lewis Hamilton at the Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Read the full verdict below.

Verstappen given 10-second penalty for causing Hamilton clash in Saudi Arabian GP

Max Verstappen has received a 10-second penalty for his clash with Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after the stewards called his braking “erratic”.

Marko: Red Bull "not treated the same" as Mercedes by FIA stewards

Helmut Marko believes Red Bull is “not treated the same” as Mercedes by the FIA stewards after a penalty ended Max Verstappen’s Saudi Arabia Formula 1 race win hopes.

Hamilton: Verstappen was ‘over the limit’ with F1 Saudi GP moves

Lewis Hamilton believes Formula 1 title rival Max Verstappen was “over the limit” during their incident-packed battle for victory in Jeddah, admitting it was “difficult” to keep his cool.

Hamilton doesn't understand 'sudden' Verstappen braking in Turn 27 incident

Lewis Hamilton says he doesn't understand why Formula 1 title rival Max Verstappen braked "suddenly" in their Turn 27 altercation in the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Verstappen: 'F1 more about penalties than racing' after Saudi controversy

Max Verstappen has blasted Formula 1 as being "more about penalties than about racing" after a controversial Saudi Arabian Grand Prix blighted by multiple incidents with title rival Lewis Hamilton.

F1 Saudi Arabian GP: Hamilton beats Verstappen to go level on points in chaotic race

Lewis Hamilton headed Max Verstappen in Formula 1’s first Saudi Arabian race, which was twice red flagged and the two title rivals clashed twice in ugly and near farcical scenes.

Russell: "Motorsport has a lot to learn" from unnecessary Jeddah F1 danger

Williams Formula 1 driver George Russell believes "motorsport has a lot to learn" from a chaotic Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and says its Jeddah's Corniche street circuit needs to be made safer.

F1 Grand Prix race results: Hamilton wins wild Saudi GP

Lewis Hamilton won the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on Sunday for Mercedes after one of the most bizarre races in Formula 1 history with title rival Max Verstappen.

Saudi Arabian GP red-flagged twice after early crashes

Formula 1's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was red-flagged twice within 16 laps on Sunday following several crashes, with four drivers out of the race.

Live: F1 Saudi Arabian GP commentary and updates

Live commentary and updates for the Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

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

Ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix, Autosport runs down the top 10 most statistically successful British Formula 1 drivers of the past 70 years

Vettel: Aston Martin "miles away" in Jeddah after surprise Q1 exit

Sebastian Vettel was surprised by his struggles in Jeddah Formula 1 qualifying on Saturday, believing his Aston Martin isn't “a good match” to the Saudi track after his Q1 exit.

Perez: New Saudi F1 circuit is unnecessarily dangerous

Sergio Perez thinks the new Jeddah Corniche street circuit is unnecessarily dangerous, as he hopes Formula 1 gets away without a big crash in the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Mercedes unsure why Red Bull was so quick in Saudi F1 qualifying

Mercedes was surprised to lack Red Bull’s pace in Formula 1 qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, believing Max Verstappen could have taken pole by half a second.

The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance Plus

The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance

Dropped by Red Bull last season, Alexander Albon has fought back into a Formula 1 seat with Williams. ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains what Albon has done to earn the place soon to be vacated by the highly rated George Russell

Which F1 records does Lewis Hamilton have? Most wins, poles and more

Lewis Hamilton is one of the most successful drivers in the history of Formula 1, but which records does he currently hold?

Mazepin didn’t want FP3 incident to impact Hamilton’s F1 title bid

Nikita Mazepin did not want the impeding incident in Jeddah FP3 to impact Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 title chances, saying the Mercedes driver felt “very sorry” for what happened.

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

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

Mercedes could re-evaluate Kingspan F1 deal after backlash

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff has hinted that his team could re-evaluate its sponsorship deal with insulation firm Kingspan, following outcry over its involvement in the Grenfell Tower disaster.

McLaren: Lack of proper corners hurt us at Saudi F1 track

McLaren Formula 1 boss Andreas Seidl says that the Jeddah Corniche Circuit does not play to the strengths of its MCL35M, which was expected to shine in Saudi Arabia.

Verstappen: Red Bull still has "good shot" at Saudi Arabian GP win despite Q3 crash

Max Verstappen reckons Red Bull still has “a good shot” at winning Formula 1’s 2021 Jeddah race despite his Q3 crash, after recovering from its heavy Qatar defeat to Mercedes.

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

Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position for Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

Leclerc 'closed my eyes' at FP2 shunt site in Jeddah F1 qualifying

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc joked that he closed his eyes at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit's Turn 22 during Saudi Arabian Grand Prix qualifying following his FP2 crash there.

Deadline passes for Red Bull Hamilton appeal

The FIA has confirmed Red Bull did not appeal the decision on Lewis Hamilton’s yellow flag practice incident at Formula 1’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, despite the team hinting it might.

Red Bull "won't hesitate" to swap Verstappen's gearbox after crash

Red Bull says it won’t hesitate to change Max Verstappen's gearbox if it has any concerns about damage from his qualifying crash at Formula 1’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Hamilton distances himself from Kingspan deal amid outcry

Lewis Hamilton says the backlash over Mercedes' Formula 1 sponsorship deal with Kingspan was "news to me", but has been assured that Toto Wolff is "sorting it".

Hamilton: Red Bull pace "something else" in Saudi F1 qualifying

Lewis Hamilton conceded the pace of Red Bull in qualifying for Formula 1’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was "something else", even though he managed to pull off a crucial pole position.

Verstappen doesn't know what happened in "terrible" Jeddah Q3 crash

Red Bull's Max Verstappen says he doesn't know what happened in his "terrible" final corner qualifying crash which cost him pole for Formula 1's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

F1 Saudi Arabian GP: Hamilton takes pole as Verstappen crashes on last lap

Lewis Hamilton topped qualifying for Formula 1’s 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, as Max Verstappen crashed at the Jeddah track’s final corner when on course to beat the Mercedes cars.

F1 Grand Prix qualifying results: Hamilton takes Saudi pole

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, as title rival Max Verstappen crashed at the very last corner of his final lap.

Hamilton reprimanded for impeding Mazepin, cleared of yellow flag breach in FP3

Lewis Hamilton has been given a reprimand for impeding Haas' Nikita Mazepin during third free practice for Formula 1's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, with Mercedes handed a €25,000 fine.

Archive: The flamboyant F1 ace who lost his best years at Ferrari

After 201 Formula 1 grands prix and just one win, Jean Alesi hung up his helmet 20 years ago after the final race of the 2001 season in Japan. Nigel Roebuck paid tribute in the 25 October 2001 magazine to a driver who brought spice and flair to the paddock

Hamilton summoned for impeding and yellow flag breach in Jeddah FP3

Lewis Hamilton has been summoned by the stewards for two rule breaches in final Formula 1 practice for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, putting him at risk of a grid penalty.

Revealed: The six venues where F1 plans sprint races in 2022

Formula 1 has proposed the six venues it wants to host sprint races in 2022, Autosport can reveal, as formal discussions begin with teams about next year’s format.

F1 Saudi Arabian GP: Verstappen leads FP3 from Hamilton

Red Bull's Max Verstappen has topped final free practice for Formula 1's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, holding off title rival Lewis Hamilton on Jeddah's Corniche street circuit.

Live: F1 Saudi Arabian GP commentary and updates - FP3 & Qualifying

Live commentary and updates for F1's Saudi Arabian GP Saturday sessions

FIA clamps down on slow running after Jeddah F1 near-misses

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has issued a clamp down on drivers running too slowly in practice and qualifying in Jeddah while trying to create a gap.

Haas evaluating bonus scheme idea from Mazepin

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner says his team is evaluating whether it can make Dmitry Mazepin’s offer of a staff bonus scheme work.

Saudi Arabian GP: Latest F1 technical images on display

Here are the latest Formula 1 technical developments from the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

Alpine: No shootout between Alonso, Piastri for 2023 F1 seat

Fernando Alonso and Oscar Piastri won’t face a “direct comparison” over a potential Alpine Formula 1 seat for 2023, according to executive director Marcin Budkowski.

Red Bull: F1 engine power less important than expected in Jeddah

Red Bull believes there is less of an emphasis on engine power around the high-speed Jeddah Formula 1 circuit than expected amid its ongoing battle with Mercedes.

Leclerc wants to thank Ferrari in "best way possible" after crash repairs

Charles Leclerc wants to thank Ferrari in “the best way possible” with a good result in Jeddah Formula 1 qualifying after his car required significant repairs following his FP2 crash.

UK government asks Mercedes to reconsider Grenfell supplier sponsorship

Mercedes has been warned that the British government could change advertising and sponsorship laws for sports like Formula 1 amid unease about the team’s new partnership with insulation firm Kingspan.

How Formula E factors could negate Red Bull's Jeddah practice gap to Mercedes

Mercedes led the way in practice for Formula 1’s first race in Jeddah, where Red Bull was off the pace on both single-lap and long runs. But, if Max Verstappen can reverse the results on Saturday, factors familiar in motorsport’s main electric single-seater category could be decisive in another close battle with Lewis Hamilton