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2021 F1 Russian GP – how to watch, session timings and more

Formula 1 returns to action after a dramatic triple-header with a trip to Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix, the 15th round of the 2021 season on the 24-26 September.

Formula 1 must design cars to race in rain, says Todt

Formula 1's next generation of cars must be designed to race in the rain to avoid a repeat of the Belgian Grand Prix washout, says FIA president Jean Todt.

Does Gasly have reason to be 'sad and frustrated' over his Red Bull snub?

When Pierre Gasly retired his AlphaTauri car three laps into the Italian Grand Prix, it ended an impressive run of form for Red Bull's sister Formula 1 team.

Former McLaren boss Whitmarsh to return to F1 with Aston Martin

Former McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh is to return to a role in Formula 1 as the new Group Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin Performance Technologies.

Why Aston Martin's new F1 base marks a significant step

OPINION: The Aston Martin Formula 1 team has broken ground on a new campus that the team believes is an important step in its journey towards becoming a regular frontrunner. In an exclusive column, team owner Lawrence Stroll explains why the team's new base will amount to much more than a series of buildings

Berger: Intense Hamilton/Verstappen fight what F1 needs

The intense title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, which has spilled over into controversy, is exactly what Formula 1 needs, says former grand prix winner Gerhard Berger.

Honda: Tough F1 return critical for building title fight form

Honda says the "tough" experience it first endured on its Formula 1 return in 2015 was critical for delivering the breakthrough needed to make it a title contender now.

Albon explains why Williams was first choice for F1 comeback

Alex Albon says Williams being "on the up" was one of the key reasons why he chose the Grove team over Alfa Romeo for the 2022 Formula 1 season.

How F1’s other champion to emerge from 1991 thrived at Lotus Plus

How F1’s other champion to emerge from 1991 thrived at Lotus

Mika Hakkinen became Michael Schumacher’s biggest rival in Formula 1 in the late-90s and early 2000s, having also made his F1 debut in 1991. But as MARK GALLAGHER recalls, while Schumacher wowed the world with a car that was eminently capable, Hakkinen was fighting to make his mark with a famous team in terminal decline

Bottas to compete in 2022 Race of Champions in Sweden

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas is the latest name to be announced for the 2022 Race of Champions, set for 5-6 February in Sweden.

Tsunoda contract extension was never in doubt for Tost

AlphaTauri Formula 1 boss Franz Tost says there was never a doubt that Yuki Tsunoda would get a new contract with the team beyond the 2021 season.

The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey  Plus

The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey 

Before Michael Schumacher – or anyone else – had driven the 191 (or 911 as it was initially called), Eddie Jordan turned to a fellow Irishman to test his new Formula 1 car. JOHN WATSON, a grand prix winner for Penske and McLaren, recalls his role in the birth of a legend…

Mazepin: New chassis has "massively improved" F1 pace

Nikita Mazepin is convinced that the lighter new Haas chassis that he has had since the Belgian Grand Prix has "massively improved" his qualifying pace in Formula 1.

Alonso: F1 needs more equal cars to open up podium battle

Formula 1 needs to do more to level out the performance between different cars, reckons Fernando Alonso, so the fight for podiums is more equal.

Alpine expects return to normal F1 form at Russian GP

Alpine Formula 1 team executive director Marcin Budkowski expects the Enstone outfit to bounce back in the next race in Russia after a blip in form at the Italian Grand Prix.

Seidl: McLaren must not forget it was "destroyed" at Zandvoort F1 round

McLaren says it cannot let victory in the Italian Grand Prix allow it to ease off in its push to get to the front of the Formula 1 grid regularly.

Why summer refresher was all Ricciardo needed to turn F1 season around

The transformation in Daniel Ricciardo’s Formula 1 season from the woes before the summer break to his Italian Grand Prix victory was something no-one could have predicted.

Sainz "happy" for McLaren's Monza F1 win despite points blow

Carlos Sainz Jr was happy to see his old McLaren team end its winless Formula 1 streak at the Italian Grand Prix, despite Ferrari losing ground in the championship.

Wolff: F1 cannot ‘freestyle’ format changes with ‘confused’ ideas

Toto Wolff believes Formula 1 has too much responsibility to “freestyle” changes to the regulations amid continued discussions about sprint races and the format of grand prix weekends.

Williams race pace biggest confirmation of F1 progress, says Capito

Williams Formula 1 boss Jost Capito says the Italian Grand Prix gave a strong indication of how much progress the Grove team has made on race pace of late.

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog Plus

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog

A podium finisher in its first outing but then never again, the BRM P201 was a classic case of an opportunity squandered by disorganisation and complacency, says STUART CODLING

Ricciardo: "Surreal" having Monza F1 trophy next to Senna's

Daniel Ricciardo said it felt "surreal" to have his trophy for winning the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix at the McLaren Technology Centre alongside one earned by Ayrton Senna.

Albon owes Russell ‘a couple of beers’ for Williams seat assistance

Alex Albon joked that he owes George Russell “a couple of beers” for his help in getting a Formula 1 seat with Williams, but said he was almost “too supportive”.

The unresolved issues hanging over F1's sprint race experiment

Formula 1’s second sprint weekend experiment at Monza generated mixed reactions from fans and the championship’s insiders alike, and question marks clearly remain about the format’s future.

Zhou favourite for second 2022 Alfa Romeo F1 seat

Formula 2 race-winner Guanyu Zhou has emerged as the favourite for Alfa Romeo's second Formula 1 seat next year, but team boss Fred Vasseur insists no decision has been taken.

Hamilton saved by science not luck in Monza crash, says halo university director

Lewis Hamilton was “not lucky” but saved by “engineering and science” in his Formula 1 crash with Max Verstappen at Monza, according to the motorsport director of Cranfield University.

Red Bull: Slow Monza pitstop resulted from FIA clampdown

Red Bull Formula 1 chief Christian Horner has revealed the human error that caused Max Verstappen’s slow pitstop at Monza resulted from the FIA’s clampdown introduced at Spa.

Alonso: Alpine "best team" in the midfield without fastest car

Fernando Alonso thinks Alpine is the best team in Formula 1's midfield despite not having a car as fast as the likes of Aston Martin and AlphaTauri.

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences

FIA: Verstappen’s Monza penalty can’t be compared to Hamilton’s Silverstone one

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi says Max Verstappen’s penalty for his clash with Lewis Hamilton at the Italian Grand Prix can’t be compared to the one the Mercedes driver got at Silverstone.

Ferrari: Qualifying Friday is better, but Saturday needs new ideas

Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr believe Fridays of Formula 1 grand prix weekends improve significantly under the sprint qualifying format.

Ricciardo opens up on "primal" feeling before shock Monza F1 win

Daniel Ricciardo has opened up on the "primal" feeling that overwhelmed him at Formula 1’s Italian Grand Prix, and helped him pull off a surprise win.

Kubica accepts others are ‘higher on the list’ for Alfa Romeo F1 seat

Robert Kubica has accepted there are drivers who are “higher on the list” than him for an Alfa Romeo Formula 1 seat in 2022, with his focus remaining in sportscars.

Albon yet to find out what ‘very strict’ clauses cover to protect Mercedes

Alex Albon says he has no idea what Mercedes's "very strict and clear" clauses cover in his contract with the Williams Formula 1 team.

McLaren Group COO Jonathan Neale to leave company after two decades

McLaren stalwart Jonathan Neale, who has been with the Woking-based company for two decades, is to leave later this year.

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

2022 Formula 1 Driver Market: Which drivers are going where?

F1 silly season is upon us, but what does it look like? Find out which drivers are confirmed, and which drivers could be driving in Formula 1 in 2022, here.

Aston Martin confirms Vettel and Stroll for F1 2022

The Aston Martin Formula 1 team has finally confirmed that it will retain an unchanged line-up of Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll for next season.

Alonso: Verstappen and Hamilton "both did what they should do" in clash

Fernando Alonso reckons both Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen did "what they should do" in their clash during Formula 1's Italian Grand Prix.

FIA to look at seatbelt stretch in Sainz Monza F1 crash

The FIA will analyse the stretched seatbelts that resulted in Carlos Sainz Jr being thrown forwards in his Ferrari Formula 1 cockpit when he crashed at Monza.

Mercedes: Not definite Hamilton must take extra F1 engine

Toto Wolff says it is "not an absolute must" that Lewis Hamilton will need to take an additional Formula 1 power unit this season and serve a grid penalty.

Win tickets to McLaren’s HQ

Following Daniel Ricciardo’s incredible victory at the Italian Grand Prix, five lucky winners will get the chance to visit the amazing McLaren F1 Team factory thanks to a new online competition. The opportunity to win a behind-the-scenes tour of the team’s private headquarters is now open to the SuperFans of the McLaren F1 Team, thanks to their official partner partypoker.

Verstappen/Hamilton Monza F1 crash showed "lack of self-control" - Hill

Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill says the contact between title contenders Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at Monza reflected a "lack of self-control".

Ocon disagrees with Monza F1 penalty for Vettel move

Alpine Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon was left frustrated after getting a penalty for forcing off Sebastian Vettel in Monza, arguing a similar incident in 2019 was left unpunished.

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season? Plus

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season?

OPINION: With Valtteri Bottas already signed up for 2022, all eyes are on the race for the second seat at Alfa Romeo next year. Antonio Giovinazzi is the current incumbent, but faces a tough competition from appealing short and long-term prospects

Nobody will take a risk with "confusing" F1 sprint race format – Wolff

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff believes Formula 1's sprint race format leaves "everyone confused" as drivers are discouraged from taking risks in Saturday's sprint to not compromise their grand prix.

Review: Schumacher Netflix movie lifts lid on the two sides of F1 ace

The new Netflix documentary on Michael Schumacher that offers an intimate portrait of the seven-time Formula 1 world champion is released today. The family endorsed movie

Sainz: Monza style crash "will not happen again anytime soon"

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz says he is still "going through a learning process" trying to understand his car after suffering a third crash in four weekends in Monza and vowed "it will not happen again anytime soon".

F1 confirms plan for mandatory Friday running for young drivers

Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn has confirmed plans are in hand to make rookie running compulsory in Friday practice sessions from 2022.

Having FP2 under F1's sprint format "makes no sense" - Todt

FIA president Jean Todt says his biggest issue with Formula 1's sprint race weekends is confusion over Saturday's morning's free practice session, and it potentially ruining the show.

The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence

OPINION: Daniel Ricciardo has long been considered one of Formula 1’s elite drivers. But his struggles at McLaren since switching from Renault for 2021 have been painful to watch at times. Yet he’s recovered to banish those memories with a famous Monza win – built on a critically important foundation

How F1 teams adapted to Monza's low-drag characteristics

Monza always requires a bespoke Formula 1 aerodynamics package to make the most of its long straights and high top speeds by shaving off drag.

How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton

OPINION: The Italian GP clash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen followed a running theme in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight. Their close-quarters battles have often resulted in contact - and although Hamilton has shown a willingness to back off, Verstappen must learn to temper his aggression

FIA sees no need to change Monza kerbs after Verstappen/Hamilton clash

FIA race director Michael Masi doesn't believe the sausage kerbs at Monza's first chicane require any changes in the wake of the clash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the Italian Grand Prix.

Horner: Verstappen shouldn't have been near Hamilton after slow pitstop

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner admitted Max Verstappen "should never been anywhere near" Lewis Hamilton when the pair collided in Monza, after Verstappen's slow pitstop.

Why Aston Martin’s new campus is a ‘reverse’ McLaren MTC

After a COVID-enforced two-year delay, Aston Martin’s ground breaking ceremony last week to begin work on its new state-of-the-art Formula 1 factory and campus marks an important moment.

FIA insists Red Bull was warned over Perez's Monza F1 penalty

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has disputed Red Bull’s claims that it wasn’t contacted over Sergio Perez giving a place back to Charles Leclerc in the Italian Grand Prix.

10 things we learned from F1’s 2021 Italian Grand Prix

Formula 1’s triple-header concluded with an Italian Grand Prix packed with intrigue and action at Monza last weekend. Autosport picks out the key talking points including the return of the sprint race, Daniel Ricciardo’s and McLaren’s return to the top and the latest flashpoint between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton

Ricciardo: Monza F1 win was mine before Hamilton/Verstappen crash

Daniel Ricciardo reckons he had victory in Formula 1's Italian Grand Prix victory sewn up before Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton crashed out of the race.

Autosport Podcast: Italian GP review

Formula 1’s latest triple-header ended in dramatic and controversial fashion at the Italian Grand Prix, as Daniel Ricciardo led a McLaren 1-2 while Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crashed.