The talent of Max Verstappen has a lot to answer for. Although his graduation to Formula 1 for 2015 at the age of 17, with just one season in car racing under his belt, will never be cited officially as the reason for the FIA's new superlicence qualification rules, it's surely no coincidence that these measures have been revealed at this time.
Verstappen's promotion from Formula 3 European Championship sensation to F1 fledgling has been controversial, with many arguing against it not because of his experience, but his age. Under the new-for-2016 rules he would fail on three counts: he isn't yet 18; he has scored only 20 of the 40 points required; and he hasn't amassed the two seasons of experience in the prescribed championships.
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
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
Brabham’s first world championship race-winning car was held back by unreliable Climax engines – or so its creators believed, as STUART CODLING explains
Lando Norris came of age as a grand prix driver in 2021. McLaren’s young ace is no longer an apprentice or a quietly capable number two – he’s proved himself a potential winner in the top flight and, as STUART CODLING finds out, he’s ready to stake his claim to greatness…
Juan Manuel Fangio, peerless on track and charming off it, established the gold standard of grand prix greatness. NIGEL ROEBUCK recalls a remarkable champion
George Russell joining Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes this year gives it arguably the best line-up in Formula 1 – if it can avoid too many fireworks. After serving his apprenticeship at Williams, Russell is the man that Mercedes team believes can lead it in the post-Hamilton era, but how will he fare against the seven-time champion? Autosport heard from the man himself
OPINION: The Formula 1 season just gone was the second to be completed under the dreaded shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, but in many ways it was much more ‘normal’ than 2020. Here’s the story of how the championship’s various organisers delivered a second challenging campaign, which offers a glimpse at what may be different next time around
As attitudes towards the motor car and what powers it change, Formula 1 must adapt its offering. MARK GALLAGHER ponders the end of fossil fuels
Ricciardo sure Red Bull will close Mercedes gap in 2015 F1 season
Allan McNish backs 1000bhp engine plan for 2017 Formula 1