Why Vettel's next move can define his F1 legacy
Sebastian Vettel looked short of options to remain in F1 for 2021 after being ditched by Ferrari. But having taken a leap of faith with Aston Martin, LUKE SMITH asks if Vettel can rediscover his best form and take F1's midfield minnow to the next level
When Sebastian Vettel received the unexpected phone call from Mattia Binotto informing him Ferrari would not be extending his contract beyond 2020, he found himself at an unexpected crossroads.
For Vettel, the path had seemed obvious. Despite the tension that had brewed through 2019 amid Charles Leclerc's emergence, and the five-year deal his young team-mate was rewarded with for his fine start to life at Maranello, Vettel still felt a new contract offer for himself seemed likely.
Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says NIGEL ROEBUCK
Max Verstappen’s star quality in Formula 1 is clear. Now equipped with a Red Bull car that is, right now, the world title favourite and the experience to support his talent, could 2021 be the Dutchman’s year to topple the dominant force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes?
The longer Red Bull can maintain a performance edge over Mercedes, the better the odds will be in the team’s favour against the defending world champions. But as the Bahrain Grand Prix showed, many more factors will be critical in the outcome of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship
Williams held out against the tide for many years but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, the age of the owner-manager is long gone
Nikita Mazepin’s Formula 1 debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix lasted mere corners before he wiped himself out in a shunt, but his financial backing affords him a full season. Back in 1993 though, Marco Apicella was an F1 driver for just 800m before a first corner fracas ended his career. Here’s the story of his very short time at motorsport’s pinnacle
Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton took victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix despite, for a change, not having the quickest car. But any hopes of developing its W12 to surpass Red Bull's RB16B in terms of outright speed could not have come at a worse time.
Kimi Raikkonen’s emergence as a Formula 1 star in his rookie campaign remains one of the legendary storylines from 2001, but his exploits had an unwanted impact on his Sauber team-mate’s own prospects. Twenty years on from his first F1 podium at the Brazilian GP, here’s how Nick Heidfeld’s career was chilled by the Iceman
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Why Istanbul could produce another slippery challenge for F1