F1 can't take Haas's presence for granted
Formula 1's newest team should be a golden example of the potential of a lower-cost future, but a disillusioned Gene Haas is frustrated with both the championship's current model and the vagueness over where it's heading
Amid all the talk of Formula 1 rules changes for 2021 it's easy to overlook one very important fact. As there is no new Concorde Agreement, or whatever its future replacement might be called, none of the teams are formally committed to the championship beyond the end of next season - and so there's no guarantee that there will still be 20 cars on the grid.
Whether the decision to ultimately sign up for 2021 is made by an unsentimental board of directors with an eye on the bottom line or a mega wealthy individual who is involved largely because of personal enthusiasm, any call on remaining in F1 has to make financial sense.
A decade ago Honda, Toyota and BMW all pulled the plug when the economic tide turned, while the likes of Tony Fernandes and Vijay Mallya, who pumped millions into F1 essentially because they were fans, are no longer around.
OPINION: Max Verstappen has made the 2021 Formula 1 championship. He’s taken the fight to the all-conquering Mercedes squad and its dominant champion, produced driving displays few can match. But he’s been on a controversial course too, and finally crossed a particular line in Jeddah
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
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
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
Earning praise from rivals has been a welcome sign that Lando Norris is becoming established among Formula 1's elite. But the McLaren driver is confident that his team's upward curve can put him in the mix to contend for titles in the future, when he's hoping the compliments will be replaced by being deemed an equal adversary
After a disastrous 2020 in which it slumped to sixth in the F1 constructors' standings, Ferrari has rebounded strongly and is on course to finish third - despite regulations that forced it to carryover much of its forgettable SF1000 machine. Yet while it can be pleased with its improvement, there are still steps it must make if 2022 is to yield a return to winning ways
OPINION: The pressure is firmly on Red Bull and Mercedes as Formula 1 2021 embarks on its final double-header. How the respective teams deal with that will be a crucial factor in deciding the outcome of the drivers' and constructors' championships, as Autosport's technical consultant and ex-McLaren F1 engineer explains
Ferrari pushing against standard parts element of 2021 F1 rules
Norris: I’ll learn more "on the limit" at McLaren in rookie F1 year