Alex Kalinauckas
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Alex Kalinauckas

Alex Kalinauckas is Autosport's Grand Prix Editor, covering every Formula 1 race since the start of 2020. After completing a master's degree in journalism at Goldsmiths College University of London in 2014, he worked for a range of motorsport and technology publications while covering national racing as an Autosport freelancer.  

A lifelong motorsport fan - no one in his family can explain quite how or why such a development first occurred - Alex joined the Autosport staff in April 2017 as the magazine’s Assistant Editor covering Formula 2 and GP3, before being made Formula E correspondent and Autosport.com’s Plus Editor in March 2018. He lives in north-east London and is constantly frustrated by the Central Line. 

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The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021’s title fight climax Plus

The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021’s title fight climax

OPINION: Red Bull has had Formula 1’s fastest package for most of 2021, but in several of the title run-in events it has wasted the RB16B’s potential. It cannot afford to do so again with Lewis Hamilton motoring back towards Max Verstappen in the drivers’ standings with two rounds remaining

Qatar Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Qatar was a virtual unknown for most as Formula 1 made its inaugural visit to the Gulf state, and tyre management quickly emerged as an even more critical factor than normal. Perhaps then it should come as no surprise that two of the championship's elder statesmen produced standout drives

How Hamilton dominated in Qatar despite missing a key Mercedes advantage

There was simply no stopping Lewis Hamilton on Formula 1's first visit to Qatar. The Mercedes driver eased to pole position and led every lap to secure an utterly dominant victory - even without a key Mercedes weapon in his arsenal to increase the heat on Red Bull heading into the final two races of the gripping 2021 title race

F1 Qatar GP: Hamilton dominates ahead of Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton dominated Formula 1’s first Qatar Grand Prix to win ahead of the recovering Max Verstappen, with the race behind blighted by a series of punctures.

Hamilton to use rainbow helmet livery in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi F1 races

Lewis Hamilton will continue to wear his LGBTQ+ community-supporting rainbow helmet livery in the final races of Formula 1 2021, which are taking place in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

Verstappen summoned to stewards for yellow flags infringement in Qatar qualifying

Max Verstappen has been summoned to see the stewards at Formula 1’s Qatar Grand Prix after allegedly ignoring double waved yellow flags on his final qualifying lap.

Hamilton: F1 racing rules "not clear" after FIA briefing post-Brazil clash

Lewis Hamilton says Formula 1’s racing rules are still “not clear” despite the drivers having lengthy discussions with the FIA following Max Verstappen’s controversial defence against him in Brazil.

F1 Qatar GP: Hamilton secures pole ahead of Verstappen and Bottas

Lewis Hamilton dominated Formula 1 qualifying in Qatar to take pole position ahead of title rival Max Verstappen.

The times that reinforce Mercedes' strong start to F1's first Qatar GP

Mercedes arrived in Qatar off the back of Lewis Hamilton’s stunning win in Brazil and it ended the first day of running on top at the Losail track. While it’s not just on one-lap pace where the Black Arrows squad looks good again versus Red Bull, there’s signs of encouragement in the data for Max Verstappen’s squad too

F1 Qatar GP: Bottas tops FP2 from Gasly and Verstappen

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas led Pierre Gasly in second practice for Formula 1’s 2021 Qatar Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen third just ahead of title rival Lewis Hamilton.

Why Mercedes' right of review into Verstappen's Brazil F1 driving was denied

The Sao Paulo Grand Prix Formula 1 stewards denied Mercedes a right of review into Max Verstappen’s driving because they did not feel the new footage was sufficiently significant.

Mercedes took "different viewpoint" on Brazil clash after seeing full footage

Lewis Hamilton says he and Mercedes switched to a “different viewpoint” of the clash with Max Verstappen at Formula 1’s Brazil race after finally seeing all the footage of the incident.

How F1 2021's other new tracks will impact the Verstappen-Hamilton title fight Plus

How F1 2021's other new tracks will impact the Verstappen-Hamilton title fight

OPINION: For the first time since the mid-1980s, Formula 1 is closing out a season with two new races in a championship’s pivotal final three. Add in the changes at the Abu Dhabi finale and Mercedes and Red Bull suddenly have plenty of additional hurdles to cover before one finally triumphs in 2021’s thrilling title fight

Verstappen: Worn tyres triggered Turn 4 wash out with Hamilton

Max Verstappen says worn tyres were the reason why he ran wide at Turn 4 during his defence against Lewis Hamilton in Formula 1’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

Brazilian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The final trial of F1's new sprint race format in 2021 delivered arguably its best spectacle yet, as the qualifying pace-setter surged from the back to a memorable win over the two events. Meanwhile, for others, it was a weekend to forget on the long-awaited return to Interlagos

How a Mercedes "Achilles' heel" cost Verstappen in Hamilton's Interlagos masterclass

The qualifying exclusion which forced Lewis Hamilton to start from the back of the 2021 Interlagos sprint appeared to put Max Verstappen in the box seat for the Brazilian Grand Prix. But a common issue for Mercedes this year for once worked against the Red Bull ace, as Hamilton's rapid Mercedes stormed to a memorable comeback win

F1 Brazilian GP: Hamilton wins from 10th after late pass on Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton charged from 10th to win Formula 1’s 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix, beating world title rival Max Verstappen in a thrilling and controversial wheel-to-wheel duel late in the race.

The hope and alarm Mercedes faces versus Red Bull in F1’s main 2021 Interlagos race

Although Mercedes has been mired in controversy for much of Formula 1’s 2021 Interlagos weekend, it still ended the sprint race in an excellent position. There are signs it could be in for repeat glory in the grand prix, while others highlight major dangers that favour Red Bull

Falling temperatures prompted Sainz's F1 sprint soft tyre "gamble"

Carlos Sainz Jr says he opted for soft tyres in Formula 1’s Brazil sprint race, which helped him gain places at the start, after spotting falling temperatures on the grid. 

Verstappen suspected "flexing" in Mercedes F1 rear wing touch incident

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen says he had suspicions regarding Mercedes’ rear wing flexing, in explaining why he touched Lewis Hamilton’s car in parc ferme after Formula 1 qualifying in Brazil.

F1 Brazilian GP: Bottas wins sprint as Hamilton recovers to fifth

Valtteri Bottas beat Max Verstappen to win Formula 1’s Brazilian sprint race, with Lewis Hamilton recovering from last on the grid to finish fifth.

F1 Brazilian GP: Hamilton tops qualifying ahead of Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton topped Friday qualifying for Formula 1’s 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix, ahead of title rival Max Verstappen.

Alonso: 2007 title fight with Hamilton and Raikkonen "not well managed" by McLaren

Fernando Alonso says McLaren’s 2007 Formula 1 title challenge was “not very well managed”, on the 14th anniversary of the Interlagos race where he and Lewis Hamilton lost to Kimi Raikkonen.

F1 Brazilian GP: Hamilton fastest from Verstappen by 0.3s in FP1

Lewis Hamilton led Max Verstappen in FP1 for Formula 1’s 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix, where Mercedes and Red Bull diverged on pre-qualifying run plans ahead of the Interlagos sprint race.

Hamilton: Brazil victory battle vs Red Bull will be "as steep as it can be"

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes’ task to beat Red Bull in Formula 1’s 2021 Interlagos race will be “as steep as it can be” after Max Verstappen’s dominant win in Mexico.

Hamilton: It's sad to see Rossi retiring from MotoGP

Lewis Hamilton will be “sad” to see Valentino Rossi retire from MotoGP after this weekend’s Valencia Grand Prix, with the Formula 1 world champion calling Rossi “just such a legend”.

Teams given extra preparation time for Brazilian GP after F1 freight delays

The FIA has altered Formula 1's sporting rules for the 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix weekend to grant the teams additional preparation time after the championship's post-Mexican GP freight delays.

The errors Verstappen isn't making when it matters in F1 2021 Plus

The errors Verstappen isn't making when it matters in F1 2021

OPINION: Max Verstappen is challenging for his first Formula 1 world title against a rival, in Lewis Hamilton, who has seven. The Red Bull driver made a string of mistakes early in the year, but now appears to be peaking in high-pressured moments just when it really matters. This could be a key new strength in his quest for championship glory

Mexican Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The Mexican Grand Prix was a potentially significant weekend for the world championship, as Max Verstappen extended his points advantage for a third race in succession. But beyond his race-deciding first corner move, there were other noteworthy performances in the midfield, including from a soon-to-depart figure

Why Verstappen was untouchable after "crucial" Mexican GP Turn 1 pass

After its shock Mexican Grand Prix qualifying defeat to Mercedes, Max Verstappen and Red Bull needed a big response on Sunday. He duly delivered at the start with a superb double pass around the outside, after which he was never challenged due to an innate advantage Red Bull brought to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

Verstappen felt "really on the edge" with Mexico F1 Turn 1 pass

Max Verstappen felt he was "really on the edge" with his late-braking pass on Mercedes Formula 1 duo Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton at Turn 1 in Mexico.

Hamilton: Bottas "left the door open" to Verstappen in F1 Mexico GP start

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Valtteri Bottas "left the door open" for Max Verstappen to pass at the start of the Mexican Grand Prix.

F1 Mexican GP: Verstappen takes dominant win ahead of Hamilton and Perez

Max Verstappen dominated Formula 1’s 2021 Mexican Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton after making a bold first corner move, where it all went wrong for polesitter Valtteri Bottas.

Williams explains Russell gearbox issues, hopes for Mexican GP race of attrition

Williams remains unsure about the “couple of unrelated” problems that meant George Russell’s practice and race gearboxes had to be replaced at Formula 1’s 2021 Mexican Grand Prix.

Hamilton will “work as a team” with Bottas at Mexico GP start

Lewis Hamilton says he and Valtteri Bottas will “work as a team” to hold off the Red Bull Formula 1 drivers heading into the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix’s first corner.

Russell, Latifi avoid punishment after Mexican GP Q1 investigation

Williams drivers George Russell and Nicholas Latifi have escaped sanction following a stewards’ investigation into their pitlane actions ahead of Q1 for Formula 1’s 2021 Mexican Grand Prix resuming.

Verstappen: Red Bull had rear wing cracks ahead of Mexican GP qualifying

Max Verstappen says Red Bull had to “patch” rear wing cracks ahead of Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix qualifying but does not think this led to ending up behind Mercedes.

F1 Mexican GP: Bottas takes pole as Mercedes stuns Red Bull in qualifying

Mercedes stunned Red Bull in qualifying for Formula 1’s 2021 Mexican Grand Prix, with Valtteri Bottas leading Lewis Hamilton to lock out the front row ahead of Max Verstappen.

F1 Mexican GP: Perez fastest from Verstappen in Red Bull FP3 1-2

Sergio Perez led Max Verstappen as Red Bull dominated final practice for Formula 1’s 2021 Mexican Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton finished third, but was a massive 0.6-seconds behind Perez.

Why Mercedes is pleased despite Verstappen starting well ahead in Mexico

Max Verstappen looks to have a considerable advantage over his Mercedes rivals judging by the best times set in Friday practice at Formula 1’s 2021 Mexican Grand Prix. But there are signs that suggest the Black Arrows squad could yet get closer than it did yesterday

F1 Mexican GP: Bottas tops opening practice from Hamilton and Verstappen

Valtteri Bottas led Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes 1-2 in FP1 for Formula 1’s 2021 Mexican Grand Prix, with championship leader Max Verstappen third for Red Bull.

Leclerc: Ferrari’s Monaco aero bodes well for Mexican GP demands

Charles Leclerc says the success of the high-downforce package Ferrari used in Monaco increases the Scuderia’s chances in Formula 1’s 2021 Mexican race, where it is set to appear again.

Alonso: F1 radio comments not "frustration" but about ensuring racing is "fair"

Fernando Alonso insists his race-radio comments about controversial incidents in Formula 1’s 2021 season – including his Austin Alfa Romeo clashes – are not “frustration” but about things being “fair”.

Williams will start F1 2022 “on the back foot” by skipping Abu Dhabi test

Williams has admitted that it will start Formula 1's 2022 testing “on the back foot” after electing not to produce a mule car for next month’s post-season Abu Dhabi test.

Williams: Mexico and Brazil altitude won’t cause F1 engine reliability worries

Williams does not believe the higher altitude of the upcoming Formula 1 races in Mexico and Brazil should cause greater concern about the reliability of the Mercedes engines.

Sainz calls on Ferrari to analyse recent F1 pit errors

Carlos Sainz has urged his Ferrari Formula 1 team to keep working on improving its pitstops after yet another issue cost him in the United States Grand Prix.

Sainz: US GP contact with Ricciardo "on the limit of legality"

Carlos Sainz Jr believes his clash with Daniel Ricciardo during Sunday's Formula 1 United States Grand Prix was "on the limit of legality" after picking up minor front wing damage.

McLaren: Ferrari "clearly quicker" after F1 power unit upgrade

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris has acknowledged Ferrari is now clearly ahead in the battle for third in the constructors' championship, as Ferrari's recent engine upgrade "tipped it in that direction".

How Ferrari gained a new edge over McLaren in the best-of-the-rest F1 2021 battle

Supremacy in the McLaren vs Ferrari fight over third place in the constructors’ championship has ebbed and flowed between the two teams so far in the 2021 Formula 1 season. But for several key reasons, right now it seems the advantage has swung decisively back to the Scuderia and McLaren knows it.

Seidl: Sainz was "clever" to let Norris by before DRS zone

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl admits Ferrari's Carlos Sainz was "clever" to let Lando Norris by at the US Grand Prix right before a DRS zone, so he could easily grab the position back.

Mazepin’s "painful" US GP not helped by headrest coming off

Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin says a "boring" and "painful" United States Grand Prix was not helped by his headrest coming off at one point.

The key details that boosted Red Bull and held back Hamilton in Verstappen’s USA victory

As the 2021 Formula 1 title battle winds towards its climax, the United States GP added another thrilling act in the Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen battle. Although Hamilton aced the start, Verstappen and Red Bull took the initiative with strategy and were richly rewarded, despite Mercedes' best efforts as the race went down to the wire

US Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a baking hot afternoon at the returning Circuit of the Americas, Formula 1 drivers were tested to their limits. As the pressure on the title contending squads reaches an ever-greater level of intensity, the foremost challengers again showed their class, but were outshone by a standout drive from the upper midfield

F1 United States GP: Verstappen holds off Hamilton charge for victory

Max Verstappen held off a charging Lewis Hamilton to win Formula 1’s 2021 US Grand Prix, as their teams diverged on strategy after Hamilton took the lead at Turn 1.

Hamilton: I hope Verstappen and I make it cleanly through Turn 1

Lewis Hamilton “hopes” he and Max Verstappen will get through Turn 1 of Formula 1’s 2021 Austin race without incident, but does not think the event will be settled there.

F1 United States GP: Verstappen beats Hamilton to pole position

Max Verstappen beat 2021 Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the 2021 US Grand Prix, with Sergio Perez third after leading the way early in Q3.

COTA boss: Winning American driver could sustain three or four F1 races

Austin circuit boss Bobby Epstein reckons “a winning American driver can sustain the three or four” Formula 1 races in the USA.

How Mercedes went from Austin practice domination to "very tight at the front" with Red Bull

Mercedes has been on a roll of late in the ultra-tight fight to win the 2021 Formula 1 world championship. It started off well in practice at Austin for this weekend’s US Grand Prix, but Red Bull got closer as Friday unfolded and even seemed to find an edge in one critical area of what seems set to be another close contest

Sargeant's future "looking difficult" before Williams F1 Academy signing

Logan Sargeant says his continued participation on the Formula 1 single seater ladder was “looking difficult” before he signed up to join Williams’ Driver Academy.  

F1 United States GP: Perez tops FP2, traffic leaves Verstappen eighth

Sergio Perez topped FP2 at Formula 1’s 2021 US Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton third after losing a faster time running too wide and traffic problems leaving Max Verstappen eighth.