Stuart Codling

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Ferrari: No easy solution to F1 salary cap debate

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto believes there is “no straightforward solution” to the current debate about introducing a driver and key personnel salary cap to Formula 1.

Vettel: Aston Martin 'green Red Bull' reaction "not fair"

Sebastian Vettel has criticised the ‘green Red Bull’ furore regarding Aston Martin’s updated 2022 Formula 1 car, calling the reaction “not fair” – particularly comments highlighting technical director Dan Fallows.

Top 10 F1 Monaco GPs ranked: From Mansell to Moss

The jewel in the Formula 1 calendar takes place this weekend with the challenging and polarising event famous throughout the motorsport world. The Monaco Grand Prix has hosted some memorable races, but which one comes out on top?

Vettel: Schumacher Miami GP F1 collision "stupid for both of us"

Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel says his collision with Mick Schumacher during Formula 1's Miami Grand Prix "was stupid for both us".

GP Racing Podcast: How Alonso's F1 fire still burns within

The first F1 Australian Grand Prix in three years is upon us, and the latest Flat Chat podcast from GP Racing magazine kicks off the excitement.

McLaren had to "question quite a lot" designing F1 car under cost cap

McLaren was forced to “question quite a lot” in the design of its new MCL36 Formula 1 car for 2022 due to the limitations of the budget cap.

The mixed fortunes of F1 2021's rookie crop Plus

The mixed fortunes of F1 2021's rookie crop

There were three rookies on the grid this year – and the going proved tricky for all of them. Yuki Tsunoda, Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin have faced their fair share of struggles in 2021, and all will be hoping to improve on this year's performances next season

The joy of the travel and the chase in Formula 1

While the COVID-19 pandemic may have changed the familiar pattern of travel for everyone involved in Formula 1, the joy in chasing the racing can still be found and will only become greater when normality returns.

Ocon: Alpine has ‘no margin’ in 2021 F1 battle for points 

Esteban Ocon thinks his Alpine team doesn't have any "margin" for error if it wants to score points in the 2021 Formula 1 season.

Wolff explains why Bottas shouldn't be upset with strategy

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff understands Valtteri Bottas' frustration of being stuck on the same strategy as teammate Lewis Hamilton in the Bahrain Grand Prix but said there was no other option on the table.

Wolff: F1 track limit rules must be clear and not ‘a Shakespeare novel’

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has urged the FIA to clarify its track limit rules after Bahrain Grand Prix controversy and feels it must be "sacred" and not a "Shakespeare novel".

What to expect from F1's rookie trio in 2021 Plus

What to expect from F1's rookie trio in 2021

Three newcomers join the Formula 1 grid in 2021. The shortest pre-season in F1 history will have done little to settle the nerves for Yuki Tsunoda, Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher, and the Haas team's admission of focusing everything on 2022 means the latter pair have an uphill climb this term

One-shot qualifying: In defence of F1's flawed TV gamble

The decision to introduce one-shot qualifying to Formula 1 in 2003 proved controversial and was prone to being exploited but, as STUART CODLING argues, the initial idea behind it was sound

The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction Plus

The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction

The forthcoming Netflix film linking the world of underworld crime and motorsport plays on a theme that isn't exactly new. Over the years, several shady figures have attempted to make it in racing before their dubious dealings caught up with them

Ricciardo to raise Grosjean's British GP moves in F1 drivers' briefing

Daniel Ricciardo will raise Romain Grosjean's aggressive defensive moves during the British Grand Prix at the next Formula 1 drivers' briefing on Friday

The strategy blunder that sums up Ferrari's crisis Plus

The strategy blunder that sums up Ferrari's crisis

Ferrari wasn't the only team to gamble on soft tyres in the expectation of rain at the Hungarian Grand Prix. But that it did so at all - and, worse, continued to stick with its decision rather than save grace - was merely another sign of its current crisis

Robert Kubica still has regrets over BMW's missed 2008 F1 title bid

Robert Kubica says he still feels some regret over missing out on a challenge for the Formula 1 world title in 2008 after BMW stopped developing its car mid-season

Kubica laughing to think 2020 schedule would be too busy

Robert Kubica says he is "almost laughing" at the idea of his 2020 racing schedule being too busy between Formula 1 and DTM duties before the COVID-19 pandemic hit

When BMW was the last team standing at Le Mans

One of the most competitive manufacturer fields ever assembled at Le Mans set the backdrop for the latest instalment in Autosport's series of favourite races. As STUART CODLING recalls, it was a race of drama from the morning warm-up until the chequered flag as BMW's tortoise saw off an array of hares

How BMW-Sauber blew its chance of title glory Plus

How BMW-Sauber blew its chance of title glory

Continuing Autosport's series celebrating 50 years of Sauber, we revisit the 2008 season in which it at last became a Formula 1 winner. But corporate demands from new owner BMW meant its best shot at the title was allowed to slip away

From the Ferrari brains trust to Autosport Plus

From the Ferrari brains trust to Autosport

Engineer Rodi Basso has had a colourful career in motorsport that started under the bridge at Fiorano. Now the ex-Ferrari and Red Bull man is bringing Formula 1 technical analysis to Autosport, he reflects on his time in two of its best outfits

Stirling Moss on his retirement from racing Plus

Stirling Moss on his retirement from racing

Racing legend Stirling Moss, who passed away on Easter Sunday, announced his retirement from racing ahead of the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2011. In an interview at the time with Autosport, the then-81-year-old discussed his decision, whether he had any regrets, and what he plans to do next

Steiner: F1 will ensure Australian GP goes ahead

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner has said that the championship promoter will ensure all the competitors are able to enter Australia for next week's grand prix

Sainz: Racing Point masking true pace of its 2020 F1 car

McLaren Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz believes Racing Point is masking the pace of its controversial 'pink Mercedes' and that it could be among the leading midfield teams this season

Russell believes Williams Formula 1 team still has the slowest car

George Russell has played down suggestions that his Williams Formula 1 team will be able to rejoin the midfield runners in 2020, despite an encouraging performance in Barcelona pre-season testing

How F1's white-elephant track addiction went bust Plus

How F1's white-elephant track addiction went bust

Several new races joined the Formula 1 calendar in the last decade, but, like many more that had been added in the previous decade, they quickly disappeared. Here, as part of our series looking back at the 2010s, we explain why

F1 risks breaking its hardest-working people Plus

F1 risks breaking its hardest-working people

OPINION: As Liberty Media has been unable to wrangle the same level of hosting fees that Bernie Ecclestone could from race promoters at some of its new destinations, plus its desire to be seen improving F1 through calendar expansion, STUART CODLING argues that the championship is heading for an unsustainable future for its typical fans and workers

Sainz: Simulators will reduce impact of F1 testing cut

McLaren driver Carlos Sainz Jr believes simulators are now advanced enough to mitigate the impact of any testing cuts as Formula 1 moves towards a record 22-race calendar for 2020

Verstappen: Hamilton charge showed true extent of Mercedes' margin

Max Verstappen believes Lewis Hamilton's late charge to victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix shows "how much margin" the Mercedes team has over the rest of the Formula 1 grid

Hamilton: Mercedes had ruled out two-stop before F1 Hungarian GP

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes had actually ruled out the two-stop strategy "gamble" he used to overhaul Max Verstappen to win Formula 1's 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of the race

Mercedes won't intervene to keep German GP on F1 calendar again

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says the manufacturer will not intervene to try to keep the German Grand Prix on the calendar for 2020

Why F1 wouldn't miss Hockenheim Plus

Why F1 wouldn't miss Hockenheim

OPINION: The German Grand Prix looks set to be squeezed off the Formula 1 calendar for 2020. That won't be a huge loss, as last weekend it felt like Hockenheim had already given up

Kubica: Lack of visibility in wet F1 German GP like rallying days

Williams Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica has compared the lack of visibility during the wet German Grand Prix to his previous experience of rallying in adverse conditions

Albon felt "almost forced" into F1 German GP fight with Hamilton

Alex Albon says he was forced to fight Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton during the latter stages of the German Grand Prix and it ultimately cost him several positions

Verstappen: German GP win won't open up F1 title fight

German Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen says his victory at Hockenheim will not alter the outcome of the Formula 1 drivers' championship battle

Verstappen wins wild German GP from Vettel, disaster for Mercedes

Max Verstappen mastered both wet and dry conditions to win the 2019 Formula 1 German Grand Prix for Red Bull as Mercedes faltered badly at its home race

Bottas's German GP qualifying hindered by "surprising" brake issue

Valtteri Bottas says a "surprising" brake issue hampered him in Formula 1 German Grand Prix qualifying, where he finished third behind Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen

Mercedes was ready to swap ill Hamilton with Ocon at F1 German GP

Mercedes was prepared to put Esteban Ocon into Lewis Hamilton's car after the world champion reported that he did not feel well on Saturday morning at Hockenheim

Leclerc tops Germany FP3, Mercedes struggles despite lower heat

Charles Leclerc was fastest again for Ferrari in third practice for the 2019 German Grand Prix, outpacing the quickest Mercedes by half a second

Magnussen: Latest Haas F1 update offered no improvement

Kevin Magnussen said new car upgrades had made little difference after being outpaced by his Haas team-mate during practice for the 2019 Formula 1 German Grand Prix

German Grand Prix practice: Leclerc leads another Ferrari one-two

Charles Leclerc edged out his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel as Mercedes came up short on single-lap pace in second practice for Formula 1's German Grand Prix at Hockenheim

Bottas: Silverstone defeat masked tyre tactic gains over Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas believes his unexpected defeat by Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the 2019 Formula 1 British Grand Prix masked improvements he has been making to his driving technique

Williams plots major F1 upgrade to bring "significant performance"

The Williams Formula 1 team has a major upgrade planned it hopes will bring "significant performance" to its car over the middle part of the 2019 season

Russell thought he was in fight for sixth at one point in Monaco GP

Williams Formula 1 driver George Russell says he thought he was in the fight for sixth place at one stage during Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc "too impatient" in Monaco clash - Nico Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg believes Formula 1 rival Charles Leclerc was "impatient" and "definitely too ambitious" in attempting the move that caused their Monaco Grand Prix clash

Bottas feared pitlane incident with Verstappen would ruin Monaco GP

Valtteri Bottas says Formula 1 rival Max Verstappen "kept drifting to the right" during their pitlane incident in the Monaco Grand Prix, which he feared had been ruined

Charles Leclerc escapes penalty for Monaco GP practice VSC offence

Charles Leclerc has been reprimanded by Formula 1 stewards for failing to obey the correct protocols during a Virtual Safety Car period in practice for the Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Grand Prix practice: Leclerc fastest as Vettel crashes

Charles Leclerc edged out the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas to top third practice for the Monaco Grand Prix after Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Sebastian Vettel crashed out early on

Haas explains "creative" black flag for drivers in Monaco practice

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner says asking the FIA to black flag his drivers in first Monaco Grand Prix practice was a "creative" reaction to an IT issue

Mercedes: Racing Point tie-up "very different" to Ferrari/Haas model

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says his team's collaboration with Racing Point is "very different" to the Ferrari/Haas model, and that its future depends on new Formula 1 rules for 2021

Why McLaren is flattering to deceive Plus

Why McLaren is flattering to deceive

McLaren has become one of the surprise packages of 2019 with Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr showing flashes of potential. But dig a little deeper and it's clear a recovery is still far from near

McLaren F1's Carlos Sainz Jr feels for Mick Schumacher over scrutiny

McLaren Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr says he feels for Ferrari junior Mick Schumacher over the scrutiny he is receiving in Formula 2, having had a similar experience himself

Russell: Driving Williams at 98% could aid F1 car's performance

George Russell believes driving at 98% rather than at his maximum potential could help extract more performance out of his Williams Formula 1 car

Sainz: Seidl made "very good" first impression at McLaren F1 team

Carlos Sainz Jr says McLaren's incoming managing director Andreas Seidl has made a "very good" first impression and is "impatient" to start working at the Formula 1 team

Mercedes' corner speed nullifying Ferrari's F1 straightline edge

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff found it surprising that his drivers were able to nullify Ferrari's straightline speed advantage so effectively in the Chinese Grand Prix

Haas F1 team explains its track-dependent tyre problem

The Haas Formula 1 team believes it has a problem in getting tyres into the correct operating window on tracks where there are long straights and low energy corners

Williams F1's Kubica has 'no race pace', baffled by gap to Russell

Williams Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica says he just has "no race pace" and cannot explain his deficit to team-mate George Russell

Chinese Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton beats Valtteri Bottas to win

Lewis Hamilton won a processional 2019 Chinese Grand Prix for the Mercedes Formula 1 team ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas as Ferrari's challenge faded with a weak opening stint

Shanghai track has 'exposed' weaknesses of McLaren's F1 car - Sainz

Chinese Grand Prix qualifying brought the McLaren Formula 1 team "back to reality" after its encouraging performances in the opening two rounds and during Friday practice, says Carlos Sainz Jr

Vettel's deficit to Mercedes in Chinese GP qualifying was 'too big'

Sebastian Vettel says his deficit to Mercedes' Formula 1 cars was "too big" in Chinese Grand Prix qualifying, and suggests Ferrari is still unable to replicate its pre-season testing form