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Why Imola was "brutal" for F1 drivers who changed teams

A major focal point of the 2021 Formula 1 season thus far has been the form of the group of star names who have joined new teams for this year.

McLaren: Norris earned Imola F1 podium on merit

McLaren Formula 1 team boss Andreas Seidl believes Lando Norris' podium in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was earned on merit.

Perez "very sorry" to Red Bull after Imola F1 woes

Sergio Perez has apologised to the Red Bull Formula 1 team for his troubled run at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix that left him out of the points.

Vettel: FIA "not very professional" in dealing with Imola penalty

Sebastian Vettel says the FIA was "not very professional" in the way it handled his penalty during Formula 1's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Williams: Latifi's strong Imola F1 practice form "disturbed" Russell

Williams believes Nicholas Latifi’s strong Formula 1 practice form “disturbed” George Russell ahead of Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying, before he “chipped away” to join his team-mate in Q2.

Russell explains "Pastor Maldonado moment" in Imola F1 qualifying

Williams Formula 1 driver George Russell revealed he had a “Pastor Maldonado moment" when he ran wide before starting his first flying lap in Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying.

Allison doesn't want Mercedes F1 team boss role - Wolff

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says that James Allison has made it clear that he doesn't want to one day be the team principal at the Brackley outfit.

Vettel missing "last bit of confidence" with Aston Martin F1 car

Sebastian Vettel feels he needs to be more patient and wait for “that last bit of confidence” with Aston Martin’s Formula 1 car following his Q2 exit at Imola.

Why F1 track limits are back in the spotlight at Imola

The thorny subject of track limits in Formula 1 has resurfaced in Imola this weekend, and like the similarly emotive VAR in football, it’s not going away any time soon.

Local fibre line failure caused F1 data outage at Imola

The Formula 1 organisation says that the failure of a local fibre optic line caused the outage that impacted TV coverage and team radio transmissions during first practice for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Why Ferrari's significant step isn't enough for Leclerc

The Ferrari Formula 1 team arrived at its local race in Imola this weekend on a high after a solid performance in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

Perez and Ocon avoid penalties after F1 clash in Imola FP1

Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon have escaped punishment after a collision which brought out a red flag in first practice at the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Di Resta on standby as McLaren F1 reserve

Paul di Resta is on standby as a potential reserve for the McLaren Formula 1 team should Mercedes Formula E drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries not be available.

Canadian GP set to be cancelled as Turkey stands by

This year's Canadian Grand Prix looks set to be cancelled despite Formula 1 insisting that it is still in discussion with the promoter.

Could AlphaTauri be 2021's F1 surprise after Bahrain ‘shocker’?

Could AlphaTauri be the surprise package of the 2021 Formula 1 season? The sample of one provided by the Bahrain Grand Prix certainly suggests so.

Norris: McLaren "not miles away" from F1 rivals Mercedes, Red Bull

Lando Norris says his McLaren Formula 1 team is "not miles away" from frontrunners Mercedes and Red Bull and expects a season-long battle with Ferrari and AlphaTauri for third.

Why the FIA has got tough on F1 car inspections

At the Bahrain GP the FIA's technical department introduced a new weapon in its ongoing fight to police the increasingly complex Formula 1 technical regulations.

Vettel currently “not at home” in Aston Martin AMR21 F1 car

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel has admitted he's "not at home" in his new car, following a troubled Bahrain Grand Prix with his new team.

Norris was "punishing himself" with old F1 driving style

Formula 1 driver Lando Norris believes he was "punishing himself" with his old driving style in the 2021 McLaren, but applied lessons learned from Daniel Ricciardo to shine in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Does Aston Martin's low-rake pain mean 2021 is a write off?

Can the Aston Martin Formula 1 team dig itself out of the hole that the revised 2021 aero regulations have left it in?

How Raikkonen's rapid rise stalled his team-mate's F1 career climb Plus

How Raikkonen's rapid rise stalled his team-mate's F1 career climb

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

Low-rake F1 teams warned of rules impact last year

Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer says that Formula 1 teams following the low-rake route cautioned last year that they would lose out under the FIA's 2021 aero regulation changes.

Ricciardo promised ride in Earnhardt Chevrolet in new F1 podium bet

McLaren Formula 1 CEO Zak Brown has promised his new driver Daniel Ricciardo a run in Dale Earnhardt's 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Cup car if he scores a podium.

Vasseur: Alfa Romeo has reclaimed its spot in the F1 midfield

Alfa Romeo has reclaimed its place in the Formula 1 midfield this year despite failing to score in the Bahrain Grand Prix, according to team boss Frederic Vasseur.

Perez having to adjust driving style to suit Red Bull F1 car

Sergio Perez admits that he is having to adjust his driving style as he continues to get used to his Red Bull Formula 1 car.

Vettel accepts blame for Ocon Bahrain F1 collision

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel has admitted his collision with Esteban Ocon in the Bahrain Grand Prix "was probably my mistake" and explained why he initially blamed the Alpine driver.

Tsunoda “wouldn’t sleep” if he hadn’t attacked Stroll on last lap

AlphaTauri Formula 1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda says he wouldn’t have been able to sleep on Sunday night if he hadn’t launched a last lap attack on Lance Stroll at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

McLaren reveals Ricciardo had floor damage from Gasly clash in Bahrain GP

McLaren has revealed that Daniel Ricciardo's performance in Formula 1's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix was hurt by floor damage sustained at the start of the race.

How Perez salvaged his Red Bull F1 debut in Bahrain

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez has explained how he salvaged his debut with the team by restarting his engine on the formation lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

How F1 track limits became the talk of the Bahrain GP

The abuse of track limits has become an ongoing topic in Formula 1 in recent years, and on Sunday the subject took a little shine off what had otherwise been a fantastic race.

Masi: FIA to take stricter line on F1 first lap contact

FIA race director Michael Masi has told Formula 1 drivers that there will be a stricter approach to first lap incidents this year, Autosport can reveal.

"Strange" feeling on medium tyres cost Tsunoda Q3 place in Bahrain

AlphaTauri Formula 1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda says a "strange" feeling on the medium compound tyre during Q2 prevented him from qualifying in the top 10 for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Vettel "upset and angry" after Bahrain GP Q1 exit

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel was left "upset and angry" going out in Q1 of Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying, as he saw his second flying lap ruined by yellow flags.

FIA plans more detailed post-race F1 technical checks

The FIA had told Formula 1 teams that it will routinely undertake more thorough technical checks after each Grand Prix this season.

Pirelli would have been "stupid" not to use more robust 2021 tyre

Pirelli Formula 1 boss Mario Isola says that the company would have been “stupid” not to introduce the new and more robust tyre construction that is being used this season.

Why Hamilton has taken action on human rights

Lewis Hamilton's recent emergence as the conscience of Formula 1 has put a spotlight on his views on many issues. But why has the seven-time world champion taken up the mantra of human rights?

Vettel: Still "a lot left on the table" with Aston F1 team

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel says there's "still a lot left on the table" after a low-key Friday in Bahrain, his first grand prix weekend with the team.

Former rally driver Mohammed ben Sulayem launches FIA president bid

Former rally driver Mohammed ben Sulayem has launched a campaign to become the next FIA president after Jean Todt's final term ends in December.

Gasly: Emotional article "closed a chapter" on turbulent F1 period

AlphaTauri Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly says an article he wrote about his recent experiences on and off track has “closed the chapter” on a turbulent period in his career.

Hamilton: Man on a mission or a last hurrah in F1?

Win or lose, speculation on Lewis Hamilton's Formula 1 future beyond the end of this year and if he will sign a new Mercedes deal to continue into the championship's new era is a matter he won't be able to escape

Former F1 driver and Le Mans winner Johnny Dumfries passes away at 62

Former Grand Prix driver and 1988 Le Mans winner Johnny Dumfries has died at the age of 62 after a short illness.

The challenges Alpine faces with its no team boss approach

Can a Formula 1 team operate successfully without a clear boss in the traditional team principal role?

Why F1 was split over Bahrain’s vaccination offer

When Bahrain announced it would offer COVID-19 vaccinations to Formula 1 personnel across pre-season testing and the opening race, it unintentionally created a dilemma that left the paddock split over the plans

How McLaren's "baby steps" could pay off in 2021

Ahead of a season in which the majority of F1 cars bear a strong resemblance to last year, it was curious that the one with perhaps the greatest difference was the first to launch. McLaren's trouble-free performance in testing appears to have validated it's decision to pursue generous lead times

Murray Walker obituary: F1 broadcasting legend dies aged 97

Broadcasting legend Murray Walker, who has died at the age of 97, made a huge contribution to growth in interest in Formula 1 in Britain.

AlphaTauri F1 team accepts Bahrain COVID-19 vaccine

AlphaTauri Formula 1 boss Franz Tost said that his entire team has taken advantage of the Bahraini government's offer of COVID-19 vaccinations for visitors.

Bottas hopes Mercedes can recover after ‘not ideal’ F1 test start

Valtteri Bottas is hopeful Mercedes will be able to recover the mileage lost on the opening day of Formula 1 pre-season testing after suffering some setbacks in Bahrain.

McLaren set to share Mercedes F1 reserves again

McLaren will continue to share reserve drivers with Mercedes in Formula 1 this year as part of a continued agreement between the two teams.

Haas fires up VF-21 F1 car prior to Bahrain test

The Haas Formula 1 team has finally been able to fire-up its new 2021 car ahead of pre-season testing in Bahrain.

The aero uncertainty facing F1 teams ahead of testing

The FIA's package of aerodynamic rule changes provided Formula 1 teams with a major challenge over the winter as they honed their 2021 cars.

How Mercedes could actually benefit from F1's budget cap

Formula 1's budget cap was introduced to make the championship more sustainable and keep the big teams under control, but Mercedes believes the financial constraints can actually help it improve.

Pirelli granted F1 contract extension until 2024

Pirelli has been granted an extra year to its current Formula 1 tyre supply contract to make up for the delay in introducing the new regulations.

Steiner: F1 can react quickly if further cost cuts are required

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner says that Formula 1 is prepared to react quickly if further cost-cutting measures are needed in 2021.

Has Vettel got his mojo back at Aston Martin?

Has Sebastian Vettel got his mojo back after his move to the rebranded Aston Martin Formula 1 team? ADAM COOPER considers the impact of the German's move to the team formerly known as Racing Point

Why Haas is prepared to sacrifice its 2021 F1 season

After a difficult 2020 season, Haas has decided against developing its 2021 challenger and thrown all its eggs into the new regulations for 2022. ADAM COOPER explores the thinking behind Gunther Steiner's plan for a season of "damage control"

Haas accepts "risk" in abandoning development of 2021 F1 car

Haas boss Gunther Steiner says the team has abandoned development of its 2021 Formula 1 car in a move it says carries some "risk" of dropping it down the order

Liberty "not worried" by F1 balance sheet after recording loss

Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei insists that he is "not worried" about Formula 1's balance sheet as it tries to recover from a tough 2020 season

Saudi Arabia GP on calendar for at least a decade, says F1

Formula 1 expects to have a grand prix in Saudi Arabia for at least 10 years, according to the executive in charge of the calendar

F1 posts $386m loss in 2020 as COVID impacts income

Formula 1 posted a huge loss of $386m in 2020 as the COVID pandemic impacted the calendar and races were run without spectators

F1 hopeful of welcoming spectators to "majority" of 2021 races

Formula 1 remains hopeful that spectators will be allowed at "the majority" of races in 2021, but will be judged on the specific local conditions prevailing at the time