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F1 testing: Max Verstappen feels 'big difference' in 2018 Red Bull

Max Verstappen says he can already feel a "big difference" with Red Bull's 2018 Formula 1 car, even though he has yet to unleash its full potential

Williams F1's Oliver Rowland to test Super Formula car at Suzuka

Oliver Rowland will drive a Super Formula car for the first time later this month when he tests with Team Le Mans at Suzuka, Autosport has learned

Williams F1 team gives Stroll and Sirotkin two race engineers each

Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll will have two race engineers each for the 2018 Formula 1 season as part of an operational staffing reshuffle at Williams

F1 testing: Snow delays start of Wednesday running at Barcelona

The start of day three of 2018 Formula 1 testing has been delayed as snow blanketed Barcelona

F1 testing: Lewis Hamilton 'sacrifice' saved Mercedes an hour

Lewis Hamilton says he chose to "sacrifice" driving on day two of Formula 1 pre-season testing as avoiding a driver change saved Mercedes about an hour of running time

Vandoorne explains McLaren's long delay on day two of F1 testing

McLaren's second day of 2018 Formula 1 testing was limited to just 37 laps due to its Renault engine's exhaust becoming detached

F1 testing: Robert Kubica was 'too honest' about his limitations

Robert Kubica admits he was too honest when publicly discussing his attempt to return to Formula 1 and has called for an end to talk about his limitations

Red Bull urges FIA to clamp down harder on F1 oil burn

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has urged the FIA to go further in clamping down on teams burning oil in qualifying

Williams's Formula 1 sponsorship deal with Martini to end after 2018

Martini will not extend its title sponsorship of Williams when it expires at the end of the season, Autosport has learned

Formula 1 teams discuss extending Barcelona test with snow forecast

Formula 1 teams have held talks about extending the first pre-season test by an extra day as bad weather is predicted at Barcelona for the middle of the week

Red Bull concerned by Renault's conservative engine plan

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says he is concerned Formula 1 engine supplier Renault will start the 2018 season in a compromised specification for reliability

Performance updates not first priority as Honda targets reliability

Honda will focus on reliability over performance with its first race specification engine for the 2018 Formula 1 season, Autosport has learned

Toro Rosso F1 launch: Team had 'lessons' to work with partner Honda

Toro Rosso staff had lessons on how to communicate effectively with Japanese companies ahead of their new partnership with Formula 1 engine supplier Honda

F1 testing 2018: Red Bull reveals its RB14 car's racing livery

Red Bull has revealed the livery it will race in the 2018 Formula 1 season

Ill Force India reserve Nicholas Latifi to miss Formula 1 test

Force India reserve driver Nicholas Latifi will not drive in Formula 1 pre-season testing for health reasons

Toro Rosso F1 launch: Honda-powered STR13 officially revealed

Toro Rosso officially unveiled its Honda-powered STR13 2018 Formula 1 car with a presentation in the Barcelona paddock ahead of the opening test on Monday morning

Force India F1 launch: 2018 challenger the VJM11 revealed

Force India pulled off the covers of its 2018 Formula 1 challenger an hour before the start of pre-season testing

McLaren F1 launch: Fernando Alonso promises fans 'good times'

Fernando Alonso has told McLaren Formula 1 fans that "good times are coming" after he drove the MCL33 for the first time at the Navarra circuit in Spain

Oliver Rowland gets Williams Formula 1 role for 2018

Williams has appointed Oliver Rowland in a 'young driver' role for the 2018 Formula 1 campaign

McLaren F1 launch: No 'shortcuts' in swap from Honda to Renault

Eric Boullier says McLaren did not take any shortcuts with the chassis design of its MCL33 2018 Formula 1 car despite the challenge of incorporating the new Renault engine

Mercedes F1 launch: Wolff would take a chainsaw to halo cockpit device

Toto Wolff says he is "not impressed" with Formula 1's halo cockpit protection device and would remove it with "a chainsaw" if given the chance

Mercedes F1 launch: 2018 W09 design hits track at Silverstone

The 2018 Mercedes Formula 1 car has hit the track for the first time at Silverstone ahead of its official launch later on Thursday

Kubica was 'almost convinced' he'd take part in F1 Australian GP

Robert Kubica says he was "almost convinced" he would be on the Formula 1 grid at next month's season-opening Australian Grand Prix

Why F1's under-fire rookie is already causing surprises Plus

Why F1's under-fire rookie is already causing surprises

Sergey Sirotkin's deal to drive for Williams, at the expense of Robert Kubica, was met with a great deal of animosity, and means he'll be one of the most scrutinised drivers in F1 this season. The early signs are that he's doing everything right

Renault F1 team gives reserve driver role to Jack Aitken

Renault has appointed Jack Aitken to the role of third and reserve driver for the 2018 Formula 1 campaign

Renault F1 launch: RS18 revealed ahead of 2018 Formula 1 season

Renault has become the fifth Formula 1 team to unveil its new car ahead of the 2018 season

F1 teams have expressed interest in Haas Automation equipment

Gene Haas says Formula 1 teams have contacted his outfit with interest in purchasing Haas Automation equipment

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo: I need to drive through my F1 problems

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo believes he needs to get better at driving through problems in the 2018 Formula 1 season rather than trying to perfect his set-ups

Mercedes taking McLaren/Renault 'seriously' as threats in F1 2018

Mercedes is taking McLaren and Renault "seriously" as potential Formula 1 title rivals as well as Ferrari and Red Bull, says team boss Toto Wolff

First parts of Latifi's Force India Formula 1 programme announced

Nicholas Latifi will drive in Canadian Grand Prix first practice and at the first Formula 1 pre-season test as part of his Force India reserve and test driver role

Haas has been too far adrift of engine/parts supplier Ferrari in F1

Gene Haas says his Formula 1 team was too far adrift of Ferrari last season and is targeting a one-second improvement in 2018

Williams F1 launch: Robert Kubica reveals 2018 driving outings

Robert Kubica will drive in three Formula 1 first practice sessions this year, in Spain, Austria and Abu Dhabi, as part of his reserve and development role with Williams

Williams F1 launch: 2018 FW41 revealed in London

Williams has launched its 2018 Formula 1 car at an event in London on Thursday evening

Haas F1 team clarifies its position on American drivers in F1

Gene Haas has moved to clarify his Formula 1 team's position on signing an American driver in the future following comments made by team principal Gunther Steiner

How F1 should start and end its season Plus

How F1 should start and end its season

The Winter Olympics kicked off last week with typical fanfare and public awe. Formula 1 could do with a piece of that action to build excitement ahead of a new season

F1 testing: Fernando Alonso to drive McLaren's 2018 F1 car first

Fernando Alonso will begin McLaren's Formula 1 pre-season testing programme when he drives the MCL33 on day one at Barcelona

Mercedes structure means it could handle F1 tech chief exits - Wolff

The Mercedes Formula 1 team now has such strength in depth that it could withstand any of its senior technical personnel leaving, reckons boss Toto Wolff

Ricciardo admits he overdrove under Verstappen F1 pressure

Daniel Ricciardo has admitted he sometimes "overdrove" under pressure from Red Bull Formula 1 team-mate Max Verstappen

Halo requires 'London bus' Formula 1 car strengthening

The halo Formula 1 cockpit protection device needs to be strong enough to withstand the weight of a London double decker bus, says Mercedes technical director James Allison

Can Bottas convince Mercedes to keep him? Plus

Can Bottas convince Mercedes to keep him?

Valtteri Bottas has another year at Mercedes, but the likes of Esteban Ocon and Daniel Ricciardo will have an eye on his seat for 2019. Will Bottas respond to that threat with the heroics that marked his early months at Mercedes, or with another slump?

Lando Norris: My F1 future depends on Fernando Alonso at McLaren

Lando Norris says the timing of his opportunity to make his Formula 1 debut with McLaren hinges on how long Fernando Alonso stays with the team

What Raikkonen must do to shrug off laggard tag Plus

What Raikkonen must do to shrug off laggard tag

Ferrari has hinted 2018 is Kimi Raikkonen's final, final chance. The statistics suggest the pace is still somewhere within him - but can he turn around the trend of his recent seasons?

Daniel Ricciardo: Max Verstappen first F1 team-mate to challenge me

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo says Max Verstappen is the only Formula 1 team-mate he has had so far that he feels can challenge him

Red Bull's Ricciardo facing 'make or break' decision over F1 future

Daniel Ricciardo believes his next Formula 1 contract could be "make or break" for his chances of winning a world championship in his career

Wolff defends Ferrari president Marchionne's F1 management style

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff says criticism of Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne's approach is "oversimplification", but admitted he prefers to put less pressure on his staff

Which F1 races will be live on Channel 4 in 2018?

The Monaco and British Grands Prix will be among 10 races broadcast live on terrestrial television in the UK by Channel 4 in 2018

How MotoGP-inspired revisions to the Barcelona circuit affect F1

Pirelli racing manager Mario Isola expects there to be a lot of track evolution across the first two days of Formula 1 pre-season testing following a resurfacing project

Nigel Mansell: Formula 1 lacks depth and needs bigger grids

Formula 1 lacks depth of competition and needs to find a way extend the size of the grid, according to 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell

Lance Stroll says he is now a "completely different driver"

Williams driver Lance Stroll believes he is now a "completely different driver" compared to his first race in Formula 1 at the start of 2017

Formula 1's new three engine rule 'not new science' – Mercedes

Formula 1's move to three engines for the full season in 2018 will not require any "new science", says Mercedes' engine chief

The driver Mercedes should sign for 2019 Plus

The driver Mercedes should sign for 2019

Whether Lewis Hamilton stays at Mercedes beyond 2018 is one question; whether Valtteri Bottas does enough to earn another contract extension is another. Either way, Mercedes currently has an opening for 2019 - and it should grab Daniel Ricciardo to fill it

Romain Grosjean: I could race in Formula 1 until I'm 40

Romain Grosjean feels like he could race in Formula 1 until he turns 40

McLaren, Renault a 'significant' F1 2018 threat - Force India

McLaren and Renault will pose a "significant" threat to Force India in the 2018 Formula 1 constructors' battle, according to the team's deputy team principal Bob Fernley

Formula 1 future rules to focus on three performance factors

Formula 1's team of specialists tasked with shaping the future direction of the championship are focusing on improving three areas of car performance - aerodynamics, engines and suspension

Valtteri Bottas changed Mercedes F1 team's view on driver line-ups

Pairing Valtteri Bottas alongside Lewis Hamilton has changed the way the Mercedes Formula 1 team thinks about internal rivalries between its drivers, according to team boss Toto Wolff

Mercedes Formula 1 team defends staff contract tactics

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has defended his Formula 1 team's policy surrounding staff contracts following criticism from Renault counterpart Cyril Abiteboul

Red Bull F1 boss reassured Ricciardo over Verstappen favouritism

Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull team principal Christian Horner reassured him he will have a fair fight with Max Verstappen in the 2018 Formula 1 season after favouritism concerns

Nigel Mansell: Williams can overcome driver line-up's inexperience

Williams can still succeed in the 2018 Formula 1 campaign with Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin as driver inexperience is no longer a handicap, says 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell

Haas F1 team is on Force India's trajectory - Kevin Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen believes Haas's first two seasons show it has the potential to emulate Formula 1's overachiever Force India

F1 bosses to present plans to race promoters at meeting this week

Formula 1 bosses will present their vision for the future to all current race promoters at a conference in London on Wednesday, Autosport has learned