Why foolish Hamilton would be wrong to hide
Lewis Hamilton did something "inappropriate" on social media over Christmas, then curiously kicked off 2018 by wiping his feeds. Formula 1 fans should hope it's not the end of an honest, if sometimes flawed, glimpse into a four-time champion's private life
If you polled every racing fan under the sun, the perfect driver would be all manner of things - brave, aggressive, super-fast on track, and not content with a dull corporate image off it. They would be outspoken and honest, with a rags-to-riches, underdog, did-it-their-way backstory, while maintaining a humble grounding that shows they never forget where they have come from.
The current crop of Formula 1 drivers display many excellent qualities, but none are 'perfect'. Closest is Lewis Hamilton. He's a super-fast and super-successful racing driver despite being a black man who didn't grow up in privilege. You only need to look at the general motorsport demographic to know that either one of those is enough to make a racing career unlikely, let alone the chance to be one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time.
Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Autosport's technical consultant
In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? STUART CODLING talks to the man in charge
Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?
OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation
OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history
Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead
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