Jonathan Noble

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Leclerc explains what he learned from Vettel as F1 team-mates

Charles Leclerc says he learned a lot from former Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s hidden qualities.

Sainz’s Ferrari euphoria "contagious" for F1 team - Leclerc

Carlos Sainz Jr’s "euphoria" at getting a chance to race for Ferrari in Formula 1 has helped lift the mood of the whole team, according to his team-mate Charles Leclerc.

Leclerc: 2021 cars more difficult to manage on corner entry

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc says Formula 1's 2021 cars are more difficult to manage on the entry to corners thanks to the new aero rules.

Mercedes reshuffles F1 technical team, Allison promoted to CTO

Mercedes has announced a reshuffle of its Formula 1 technical department, with technical director James Allison set to move into a new role and step away from day-to-day responsibilities.

Ricciardo: "Idiots" behind F1 using crashes for social media strategy

Daniel Ricciardo has blasted the "idiots" behind Formula 1's social media strategy in exploiting crashes as part of their bid to attract fan interest.

Alpine won't let Alonso and Ocon F1 rivalry get out of hand

Alpine says it will not allow the rivalry between Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon to evolve into a destabilising force inside the Formula 1 team this year.

Brundle: Common sense has broken out to secure F1’s future

Martin Brundle believes “common sense has broken out” among Formula 1’s leading players and rule makers, which has left motorsport’s top tier in really good shape.

Are we at peak F1 right now? Plus

Are we at peak F1 right now?

For many, many years Formula 1 has strived to do and to be better on all fronts. With close competition, a growing fanbase, a stable political landscape and rules in place to encourage sustainability, 2021 is on course to provide an unexpected peak

McLaren: Two quick drivers ‘key’ to F1 resurgence

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl acknowledged that having two closely matched drivers is key to the team's recent resurgence, which fuelled the decision to snap up Daniel Ricciardo for 2021.

F1 sprint race plan set for green light as teams agree financial deal

Formula 1 has cleared its last major hurdle over sprint qualifying trials, with sources revealing that teams have now agreed to a financial package.

Wolff feels same 2013 ‘pump’ at Mercedes, clarifies Brown comments

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the Red Bull challenge has left his Formula 1 team ‘pumped’ like it hasn’t been since before its first title in 2014.

Why ‘fighter jet’ F1 is winning a new wave of sponsors

Following a flood of new sponsors into Formula 1, teams are combining a worldwide appeal and a growing fanbase with high tech companies to develop both on and off the track.

Ferrari: F1 engine gains may not be known for four more races

Ferrari thinks it could take another four race weekends for it to be sure about the amount of progress it has made with its new Formula 1 engine.

Capito: Williams won't sacrifice 2022 car to make gains in 2021

Williams says it will not make any compromises with its 2022 Formula 1 car design in a bid to push itself further up the grid this year.

Cable tip off an example of "super spy" Hamilton’s focus

Keeping a close eye on what rival teams are up to is part of the game in Formula 1.

Honda: New F1 engine an aero boost for Red Bull

Honda says the aerodynamics of Red Bull’s new RB16B Formula 1 car have been boosted by the design tweaks it made to produce a new super-compact engine.

Red Bull won't "burn" rough diamond Tsunoda in F1

Red Bull insists it will not ‘burn’ Yuki Tsunoda by promoting him from AlphaTauri too quickly, despite his impressive Formula 1 debut.

Mercedes hopes to find F1 gains from augmented reality push

Mercedes believes it could gain an edge over its Formula 1 rivals by using augmented reality to improve communication between its factory and the race track.

The nightmare timing that now hinders Mercedes Plus

The nightmare timing that now hinders Mercedes

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.

Mercedes: Switch to high-rake concept would write off F1 2021 campaign

Mercedes says switching its car to a high-rake concept this year to overcome downforce losses would make the 2021 Formula 1 season a 'write-off'.

Ferrari: F1 podium still far away despite Bahrain GP progress

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto believes the Maranello squad is still too far from Formula 1's leading teams to start fighting for podium finishes, despite an encouraging Bahrain Grand Prix.

Honda to assess using F1 engine more aggressively in Mercedes battle

Honda will evaluate whether it can be more aggressive with its Formula 1 engine usage in the races, after Red Bull lost out to Mercedes in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Red Bull plans Imola development push to improve RB16B

Red Bull has vowed to put ‘as much performance as possible’ on to its RB16B car for the next Formula 1 race at Imola, after a strong showing in Bahrain.

Sainz: I was too cautious in first Ferrari start

Carlos Sainz admits he took too much of a cautious approach to his opening race laps as a Ferrari Formula 1 driver in the season opener.

Mercedes fears F1 car won't be quick enough at Imola, Portugal

Mercedes fears that it will not be good enough to take on Red Bull at the next Formula 1 races at Imola and Portimao, despite its Bahrain Grand Prix win.

Verstappen: Red Bull lacked flexibility on tyres in Bahrain GP

Max Verstappen thinks Red Bull could have done a better job with its strategy for the Formula 1 Bahrain GP, after boxing itself in with its tyre usage in practice.

Mercedes has "no strengths" over Red Bull in F1 2021

Mercedes believes it has no strengths over Red Bull in Formula 1 this year, despite winning the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

Alonso's F1 comeback race wrecked by sandwich wrapper

Fernando Alonso’s hopes of scoring points on his Formula 1 return in Bahrain were wrecked by a sandwich wrapper getting lodged in to one of his brake ducts.

Horner: F1 track limit rules should not be "shades of grey"

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says Formula 1’s track limits rules should not be ‘shades of grey’, after the Bahrain Grand Prix controversy.

Horner: Verstappen letting Hamilton through "the right thing" in Bahrain GP

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says Max Verstappen "did the right thing" letting Lewis Hamilton through under race control orders in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton: Bahrain GP "one of the hardest races I've had for a while"

Lewis Hamilton said the Bahrain Grand Prix was one of the hardest races he has had in Formula 1 for a while, as he triumphed after a thrilling duel with Max Verstappen.

Verstappen "preferred" penalty to letting Hamilton past in F1 Bahrain GP

Max Verstappen says he would have preferred a penalty for overtaking Formula 1 rival Lewis Hamilton off-track at the Bahrain Grand Prix's climax, rather than handing back the lead.

McLaren insists it has no disappointment with Bahrain GP qualifying form

McLaren insists it has no disappointment with its Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying form, after claiming others had hyped up its Formula 1 potential too much.

The F1 performance swing that highlights Mercedes' low-rake problem

Formula 1’s new aero rules were always tipped as having the potential to shake up the competitive order – but few perhaps expected it to have the influence it has had.

Mercedes “losing a little bit” with engine derating issue at Bahrain GP

Mercedes has revealed that its deficit to Red Bull at the Bahrain Grand Prix is not being helped by engine derating issues around the Sakhir track.

New aero regulations cost low-rake cars 1s per lap - Aston Martin

Aston Martin believes Formula 1’s new aero rules have cost low-rake cars around one second per lap of performance compared to their high-rake rivals.

Hamilton: Second place "best that I could do" in Bahrain GP qualifying

Lewis Hamilton said he gave everything he could in Formula 1 qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, but Red Bull was simply too quick.

Tsunoda aims to work on swearing weakness

Yuki Tsunoda says that getting angry on the team radio and losing focus is a weak point that he needs to iron out in Formula 1.

Horner: Cost of F1 sprint races "needs to be accommodated" in budget cap

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says top Formula 1 teams like his do not have the financial leeway to run sprint races this year unless the cost cap gets lifted.

Why F1's 2021 rules hurt low rake Mercedes more

Mercedes' confirmation that it believes its low rake car concept has been hit hardest by Formula 1's 2021 aero rule change has added an interesting dynamic to the title battle.

Perez lacking single-lap pace with Red Bull F1 car

Sergio Perez says he's lacking single-lap pace with his Red Bull at the moment, after ending the opening day of practice in Bahrain more than half a second adrift of team-mate Max Verstappen.

Norris plays down McLaren’s pace in Bahrain GP practice

Lando Norris has played down McLaren’s impressive practice form at the Bahrain Grand Prix, claiming he is lacking confidence and does not think rivals showed their true pace.

Mercedes: Low-rake concept affected more by new F1 aero rules

Mercedes says its low-rake concept has been hurt more by Formula 1’s new aero rules than Red Bull’s alternative design, but says it cannot change tack now.

Renault engine best I've had in F1, says Ocon

Esteban Ocon says Renault’s new power unit is the best engine he has ever driven in Formula 1.

Why 'family' still comes first in Williams' new Capito era Plus

Why 'family' still comes first in Williams' new Capito era

The appointment of Francois-Xavier Demaison as the Williams F1 team's new technical director is the latest manifestation of new CEO Jost Capito's mission to preserve the team's 'family' feel. It will take time before it can take effect, but he is confident it is the correct approach

McLaren F1 boss predicts Verstappen-Russell at Mercedes in 2022

McLaren Formula 1 CEO Zak Brown has predicted that Max Verstappen and George Russell will form an all-new line-up at Mercedes in 2022, replacing Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Schumacher was warned about "aggressive" Mazepin in karting

Mick Schumacher has recalled that the first time he came across current Formula 1 team-mate Nikita Mazepin was when he was warned about the Russian’s aggressive driving in karting.

Hamilton: 2021 doesn’t feel like my final season in F1

Lewis Hamilton does not feel like the 2021 season will be his last in Formula 1, despite the ongoing uncertainty about his long-term future.

Perez impressed by Red Bull F1 team's "flat out" attitude

Sergio Perez says Red Bull’s "flat out" attitude in taking everything to the limit has been a stand out feature for him since joining the Formula 1 team.

Tsunoda explains early DRS use at Bahrain F1 test

Yuki Tsunoda has explained the reason behind the early deployment of his drag reduction system during Formula 1’s pre-season testing in Bahrain that helped boost his pace.

F1 teams set for crunch talks over sprint races

Formula 1 teams are set for further talks this weekend to try to push on with plans for sprint qualifying trials, with the financial details still to be settled.

Williams plays down talk of Renault B-team future

Williams has played down suggestions it could become a Renault B-team in Formula 1, with it determined to maintain its independence for the long term.

F1 drivers free to take a knee on 2021 race grids

Formula 1 drivers will remain free to take a knee before the start of races this year, with the series' chiefs revising ceremonies before the start of each grand prix.

Williams signs ex-VW WRC man Demaison as F1 technical director

Williams has appointed renowned WRC project leader Francois-Xavier Demaison as the new technical director of its Formula 1 team.

Russell replaces Grosjean as GPDA director

Williams Formula 1 racer George Russell has become a new director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, following the departure of Romain Grosjean.

Russell reveals the Mercedes mindset he's brought back to Williams

George Russell says ramping up his attention to detail at the Williams Formula 1 team was one of the main things he brought back from his one-off experience with Mercedes.

Verstappen: Red Bull would be "stupid" to think it's ahead of Mercedes

Max Verstappen thinks Red Bull would be "stupid" to think it is heading into this weekend’s Formula 1 season opener ahead of main rival Mercedes.

Ricciardo still adjusting to McLaren brakes with MCL35M F1 car

Daniel Ricciardo is hopeful he will be able to pull off some trademark late-brake overtaking moves in Formula 1 soon, despite having not yet got on top of McLaren’s brakes.

Why Ferrari has caught the sim racing bug

Win on Sunday, sell on Monday. It’s been one of the most famous mantras behind the involvement of manufacturers in motorsport.

Russell - Alfa Romeo "most surprising team" in F1 testing

Alfa Romeo emerged from Formula 1’s pre-season test as the team that surprised the most, reckons Williams driver George Russell.