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The flashing light tech helping F1 drivers get in the zone

Formula 1 drivers know the importance of their pre-race rituals as they bid to get themselves ‘in the zone’ for the battles that lay ahead.

Changes in F1 “fantastic” and create more opportunities - Ocon

Alpine driver Esteban Ocon says he is fully behind the changes that Formula 1 has been making to make the show more attractive, saying "it's fantastic" how F1 is evolving.

Red Bull reaches agreement with Mercedes over F1 engine chief

Red Bull has agreed a deal with Mercedes for the new technical director of its powertrains division, Ben Hodgkinson, to join later this year.

Alfa Romeo underestimated impact of no F1 2021 upgrades

Alfa Romeo team boss Fred Vasseur has admitted he underestimated the downside of the early abandoning of development on its 2021 Formula 1 car.

Unpacking the technical changes behind F1 2022's rules shakeup Plus

Unpacking the technical changes behind F1 2022's rules shakeup

Formula 1 cars will look very different this year as the long-awaited fresh rules finally arrive with the stated aim of improving its quality of racing. Autosport breaks down what the return of 'ground effect' aerodynamics - and a flurry of other changes besides - means for the teams, and what fans can expect

How "lazy bastard" Tsunoda banished his F1 rookie problems

It's quite rare to find a Formula 1 driver who is as self-deprecating as Yuki Tsunoda.

Oscar Piastri wins second consecutive Sir Jack Brabham award

Oscar Piastri has been named the Sir Jack Brabham Award winner for a second consecutive year.

Williams parts company with F1 engineering boss Carter

The Williams Formula 1 team has parted company with engineering director Adam Carter as the management reshuffle continues under Jost Capito.

COTA undertaking track resurfacing to fix bumps after F1 and MotoGP complaints

The Circuit of the Americas is undergoing further resurfacing work as it attempts to finally address the bumps that have beset it in recent years.

Albert Park modification works complete ahead of F1 return
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Albert Park modification works complete ahead of F1 return

Modifications to the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix layout at Melbourne's Albert Park have been completed ahead of this year's race.

Australian GP won't have Djokovic-style vaccine drama

The Australian Grand Prix is well placed to avoid a Novak Djokovic/Australian Open-style border stand-off, says event boss Andrew Westacott.

Mercedes "bullish" on F1 engine reliability progress, says McLaren

Mercedes is "bullish" it has got on top of the Formula 1 engine reliability problems that proved such a headache at the end of last season, says customer team McLaren.

Mazepin aims to improve bonding with wider Haas F1 team in 2022

Nikita Mazepin says he wants to improve how he interacts with the wider Haas Formula 1 team in 2022 as he aims to make progress in his second season.

Why new era F1 is still dogged by its old world problems Plus

Why new era F1 is still dogged by its old world problems

OPINION: The 2022 Formula 1 season is just weeks away from getting underway. But instead of focusing on what is to come, the attention still remains on what has been – not least the Abu Dhabi title decider controversy. That, plus other key talking points, must be resolved to allow the series to warmly welcome in its new era

Albon owns up to car key incident on first day at Willliams

Alex Albon has confessed to a bit of a mini drama on his first official day at Williams after misplacing his car keys at the team's Formula 1 factory.

F1's new rules will cut gap between front and back in half – FIA

Formula 1's more restrictive aero rules, plus the cost cap, should cut in half the gap between the front and the back of the grid after one year, reckons the FIA.

Raikkonen glad to leave "fake things" in Formula 1 behind

Kimi Raikkonen says he is glad to leave "fake things" in Formula 1 behind following his retirement, expressing frustration over the impact of money and politics within the series.

Top 10 Lotus F1 drivers ranked: Clark, Andretti, Senna and more

Lotus is one of the most illustrious names in motorsport history. Although Red Bull looks set to overtake it on the all-time Formula 1 wins list, Lotus is unlikely to be caught by another team and should remain in the top six for years to come.

Perez: Challenge of changing F1 teams is "underestimated"

Sergio Perez says people underestimate how difficult it is to change Formula 1 teams after experiencing the switch from Racing Point to Red Bull last year.

FIA Abu Dhabi F1 investigation must deliver clear answers, says McLaren

The FIA’s report into the events of Formula 1’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix must be transparent and deliver a full, honest explanation of what happened, says McLaren CEO Zak Brown.

Alonso: Alpine F1 in better shape than this time last year

Fernando Alonso thinks his Alpine Formula 1 team is in better shape than 12 months ago, and cannot cite a lack of resources compared to other teams as an excuse.

The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022 Plus

The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022

Mick Schumacher’s knack of improving during his second season in a championship was a trademark of his junior formula career, so his progress during his rookie Formula 1 campaign with Haas was encouraging. His target now will be to turn that improvement into results as the team hopes to reap the rewards of sacrificing development in 2021

McLaren happy to wait over Audi F1 future decision

McLaren insists it is happy to sit and wait for Audi to make a decision over its Formula 1 future before evaluating a potential tie-up.

F1 money dispute could scupper 2022 sprint race plans

Formula 1 risks having to abandon plans for sprint races in 2022 amid an ongoing stalemate over costs, according to McLaren CEO Zak Brown.

Red Bull and Aston Martin end dispute over aero guru Fallows

The Red Bull and Aston Martin Formula 1 teams have settled their dispute over aerodynamicist Dan Fallows.

F1 head of marketing Norman leaves role

Formula 1’s head of marketing Ellie Norman has left the organisation after four and a half years in the job.

Why Pirelli’s emergency F1 fixed supply rule looks set to stay

Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli doubts teams will go back to having a free choice of compounds for each race weekend, with supply choices to be fixed again for 2022.

Ferrari could tweak its F1 2022 colours after launch

Ferrari may wait until the final pre-season Formula 1 test before revealing its definite racing colours for 2022.

McLaren expects ‘extremely high’ rate of F1 development in 2022

McLaren technical director James Key is expecting Formula 1 teams to go through an "extremely high" development rate in 2022 as they come to grips with its new rulebook.

IndyCar ace O’Ward critical of "ridiculous" F1 superlicence rules

IndyCar race-winner Pato O’Ward says he doesn’t understand the "ridiculous" FIA superlicence points system required to race in Formula 1, if it were to become an option for him.

Everything we know about the 2022 Formula 1 season: drivers, cars, tracks & more

The 2022 Formula 1 season is almost upon us, but how much do you know about it? Find out all you need to know about the calendar, cars and more here.

Mercedes reveals launch date of 2022 F1 car

Mercedes has become the latest Formula 1 team to reveal the launch date of its 2022 car.

Prost: Alpine F1 departure due to being sidelined by CEO Rossi

Four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost says his departure from Alpine came after he felt sidelined by CEO Laurent Rossi.

FIA plans to further tweak rear flexi-wing tests despite all-clear

The FIA says it uncovered no 'monkey business' with its increased rear wing flexibility tests in Formula 1 last year, but it wants to further improve its checks for 2022.

Grosjean and Mercedes "still keen" to set up F1 test

Romain Grosjean says his Mercedes Formula 1 test initially planned for last season is still "on the cards", after it was postponed due to travel restrictions.

McLaren reveals launch date for 2022 F1 car

The McLaren Formula 1 team is to unveil its new MCL36 challenger in an online event on the evening of 11 February.

McLaren: Top teams 'holding F1 hostage' over sprint damage allowance

McLaren CEO Zak Brown says that the top Formula 1 teams "are holding the sport hostage" by lobbying for extra budget cap concessions for sprint qualifying events.

Abu Dhabi 'pantomime' proves F1 and FIA needs reform - Brown

McLaren CEO Zak Brown urges Formula 1 chiefs and the FIA to be stronger in moving control away from teams, as fallout from last year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix continues.

Prost to depart Alpine F1 advisory role; Szafnauer, BWT set to join

Four-time Formula 1 champion Alain Prost has left his advisory role with the Alpine team as part of the ongoing management shake-up.

Alfa F1 boss has "full trust" in Bottas after junior series success

Frederic Vasseur is confident his previous work with Valtteri Bottas in junior categories will help strengthen their understanding and trust at Alfa Romeo in Formula 1 this year.

Raikkonen: Abu Dhabi GP could “very easily” have been last professional race

Kimi Raikkonen says his final Formula 1 appearance in Abu Dhabi last month could “very easily” prove to be the last professional outing of his career.

Ferrari reveals launch date for 2022 Formula 1 car

Ferrari has issued a ‘save the date’ for the unveiling of its new Formula 1 car ahead of the 2022 season.

Latifi: Being flexible key to further progress in F1 2022

Williams Formula 1 driver Nicholas Latifi says being flexible and able to adapt will be key to making progress this year when the new rules package is introduced.

Ricciardo: McLaren vs Ferrari battle was a "cool story" for F1

Daniel Ricciardo thinks his McLaren team's fight with Ferrari has been a "cool story" for Formula 1 as the two traditional rivals battled for third place in the 2021 constructors' championship.

Alonso: Oldest driver tag now gives me an advantage in F1

Alpine Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso insists he sees his age and experience as an advantage.

Villeneuve: Hamilton must “be aggressive” to reclaim F1 world title

Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve says Lewis Hamilton must get over his disappointment of losing the 2021 title to Max Verstappen and “be aggressive” to claim it back.

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push Plus

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push

As the driver of Formula 1’s medical car, Alan van der Merwe’s job is to wait – and hope his skills aren’t needed. JAMES NEWBOLD hears from F1’s lesser-known stalwarts

Alfa Romeo still open to fielding Ferrari F1 young drivers in the future

Alfa Romeo remains open to fielding Ferrari junior drivers as part of its Formula 1 line-up in the future despite dropping Antonio Giovinazzi for 2022, according to Frederic Vasseur.

Honda quit F1 too early, says motorsport boss Yamamoto

Honda's Formula 1 chief Masashi Yamamoto rues that the Japanese engine manufacturer has left the series too early and hopes the brand will one day return.

Brown: 2021 a "very successful year" despite McLaren's drop to fourth

McLaren Formula 1 CEO Zak Brown says 2021 was a "very successful year" for the Woking outfit despite falling to fourth in the constructors' championship behind Ferrari.

Why Masi's F1 future is the next big decision facing the FIA

Thursday's statement by the FIA provided the first signs of progress for the investigation into Formula 1's controversial season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Aston Martin appoints Mike Krack as F1 team principal

Former BMW motorsport boss Mike Krack has been appointed as the new team principal of the Aston Martin Formula 1 team, following the departure of Otmar Szafnauer earlier this month.

The ‘single bullet’ mentality behind Pourchaire’s F1 hopes

At 17, Theo Pourchaire became F2’s youngest pole-sitter and winner in 2021, standing him out as one of the brightest young talents nearing Formula 1. But Sauber wants to ensure the timing is right for its academy ace, as Luke Smith found out.

Aston Martin reveals launch date for 2022 Formula 1 car

Aston Martin has become the first Formula 1 team to formally announce its launch plans for its new car ahead of the 2022 season.

Brundle: Removing Masi won't solve F1 credibility concerns

Removing under-pressure FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi from his post won't fix wider concerns about the integrity of the world championship, according to ex-grand prix driver Martin Brundle.

The hints of change and lingering questions in the FIA’s Abu Dhabi update

After almost a month of silence over the Christmas break, the FIA offered an update on its investigation into the controversial Abu Dhabi Formula 1 finale on Thursday.

Alpine announces exit of F1 team chief Budkowski

The Alpine Formula 1 team has announced executive director Marcin Budkowski has left the organisation.

FIA sets out next steps and plans for Abu Dhabi F1 investigation

The FIA has announced the next steps and plans for its investigation into the controversial Formula 1 season finale in Abu Dhabi last month.

When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push Plus

When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push

There was an ace up the sleeve during the 1983 F1 title-winning season of Nelson Piquet and Brabham. It made a frontrunning car invincible for the last three races to see off Renault's Alain Prost and secure the combination's second world title in three years

Alonso "sad" to see Honda leave F1 despite McLaren years

Alpine's Fernando Alonso says it is "sad" to see engine manufacturer Honda leave Formula 1 after winning the drivers' world championship with Red Bull's Max Verstappen.