The Italian Grand Prix preview
The 2009 Formula 1 season was unpredictable enough before Spa. Now there's Fisichella in a Ferrari, a competitive Force India, Renault bringing back KERS in the midst of its off-track distractions... oh, and a there's a title battle going on too
After the form book was turned on its head at the Belgian Grand Prix two weeks ago, it would take someone bold - or foolhardy - to lay any money on what will happen at Monza on Sunday. But one thing is beyond doubt, with just five races to go, what happens at F1's most historic venue will have a major say in who is crowned 2009 world champion.
All eyes will be on Jenson Button, whose run of 11 points over the past five races has looked anything but title form. Yet still he sits atop the points table, 16 clear of Brawn team-mate Rubens Barrichello. The margin looks comfortable, but Button will be anything but relaxed as he chases the strong result he needs to stabilise his lead and take a big stride towards that first world championship.
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