Luke Smith

Luke Smith

Luke Smith is Autosport’s Formula 1 reporter. Luke has been working in F1 as a journalist since 2013, initially alongside a History degree at University College London. Luke served as the lead F1 writer at American broadcaster NBC Sports from 2013-17 before spending two years as the F1 Editor for Luke joined Autosport for the 2020 season.

Luke is also a contributor to The New York Times for its F1 special reports, and has previously worked with Al Jazeera and CNBC, as well as hosting FIA press conferences. Outside of F1, Luke is a fan of sports and music, with an ever-growing vinyl collection, and has being bitten by the running bug in recent years. He also runs a surprisingly popular blog reviewing the often-terrible media centre coffee from his F1 travels.

Latest articles by Luke Smith


Ferrari explains decision not to pit Leclerc under late British GP safety car

Ferrari has explained its decision to pit Carlos Sainz instead of race leader Charles Leclerc under the late safety car in the Formula 1 British Grand Prix.

Mercedes still trying to solve "mystery" over inconsistent F1 car bouncing

Mercedes is still trying to understand the "mystery" of its W13 Formula 1 car bouncing that changes like "an on and off switch", according to team boss Toto Wolff.

Alonso: Battery charge timing cost me better British GP grid spot

Fernando Alonso thought he lost “a couple of places” on the grid in Formula 1 qualifying at Silverstone after using his full battery charge before his final Q3 lap.

Hamilton condemns Verstappen F1 booing: "We're better than that"

Lewis Hamilton condemned the boos received by former Formula 1 title rival Max Verstappen on Saturday at Silverstone after qualifying, saying, “We are better than that.”

Hamilton “fighting for the front row” until final lap in British GP qualifying

Lewis Hamilton believes he was “fighting for the front row” in a wet qualifying for the Formula 1 British Grand Prix but got caught out on his final lap.

Horner: F1 risks "dangerous avenue" with FIA porpoising clampdown

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner thinks Formula 1 risks going down a "dangerous avenue" of the FIA dictating car set-ups amid its porpoising clampdown.

Hill: F1 title fight is at "critical tipping point" ahead of British GP

Damon Hill believes it could soon become “very difficult” for Ferrari to recover against Max Verstappen and Red Bull, leaving the Formula 1 title fight at a “critical tipping point”.

Hamilton is right: it's about action for the future, not giving the past a platform

OPINION: The emergence of racist comments from Nelson Piquet has restarted the discussion about how Formula 1 tackles discrimination. Lewis Hamilton is therefore rightly demanding and providing action to ensure archaic views, which do not belong in modern society, are no longer part of motorsport's future

Hamilton: Mercedes made “small step forwards” despite “harsh” bouncing

Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes has made a “small step forwards” with its Formula 1 car updates despite still struggling with “harsh” bouncing at Silverstone.

Horner: Red Bull made "very strong statement" by sacking Vips

Christian Horner believes Red Bull made a “very strong statement” by sacking Formula 1 test and reserve driver Juri Vips, showing it has zero tolerance for racism.

Formula 1 to trial ‘pedal cam’ on Norris’s car in Silverstone FP1

Formula 1 will revive its pedal camera after more than 20 years when it conducts a trial on Lando Norris’s car during opening practice for the British Grand Prix.

Verstappen: Netflix Drive to Survive return needs to be "more on my terms"

Max Verstappen could return to the Netflix Formula 1 series Drive to Survive after a "good chat" with producers to try and get a greater say in how he is portrayed.

Verstappen: Piquet "definitely not a racist" but Hamilton comment "not correct"

Max Verstappen says Nelson Piquet’s comment made towards Lewis Hamilton was “not correct”, but the three-time Formula 1 world champion is “definitely not a racist”.

Hamilton: "Real action" needed to stop giving "older voices" a platform

Lewis Hamilton has called on the Formula 1 community to take “real action” and stop giving “older voices” a platform after facing racial abuse from Nelson Piquet.

Verstappen: No hard feelings over Hamilton Copse crash one year later

Max Verstappen says there are no hard feelings with 2021 Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton over last year’s crash at Copse ahead of their return to Silverstone this weekend.

Russell: Copse won’t be flat in 2022 Mercedes F1 car at Silverstone

George Russell doubts he will be able to go flat through Copse at Silverstone in the current Mercedes Formula 1 car due to the ongoing bouncing problem the team faces.

Piquet apologises for Hamilton comment, claims no racial intent

Nelson Piquet Sr has issued an apology for the language he used against Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, but denies it had any racial intent.

Steiner expects $200m F1 dilution fund to be adjusted in the future

Gunther Steiner expects the $200 million dilution fund any new entrant must pay before joining the Formula 1 grid to be adjusted to reflect the increasing value of teams.

Hill: Piquet’s ‘beyond the pale’ racial slur demands apology and action

1996 Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill says Nelson Piquet’s “beyond the pale” racial slur directed against Lewis Hamilton demands an apology and action to be taken.

Everything we know about Newey’s ‘no rules’ F1-level Red Bull hypercar

Formula 1 design legend Adrian Newey has always had an affinity for projects outside of grand prix racing, getting creative with new concepts and ideas.

Red Bull ends F1 reserve Vips’ contract after racial slur investigation

Red Bull Racing has terminated the contract of Formula 1 test and reserve driver Juri Vips over his use of a racial slur last week.

Hamilton calls for action to change "archaic mindsets" after Piquet racial slur

Lewis Hamilton says the “time has come for action” to change “archaic mindsets” after racist remarks by three-time Formula 1 world champion Nelson Piquet Sr surfaced.

Red Bull reveals plans for Newey-designed £5 million hypercar

The Advanced Technologies arm of Red Bull's Formula 1 team has revealed plans to launch its own £5 million hypercar, set to be released in 2025.

Ricciardo working with Hulu on new scripted F1 TV series

McLaren Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo is working with streaming giant Hulu on a new scripted TV series that is looking for writers, according to a report.

Albon: Not clear how to fix weaknesses on Williams F1 car

Alex Albon believes the 2022 Williams Formula 1 car has balance weaknesses that “aren’t so clear” to fix as the team prepares to introduce a major update package.

McLaren names Saudi-backed Neom as Formula E, Extreme E title sponsor

McLaren has announced a new strategic partnership with Neom, a government-backed smart city project in Saudi Arabia, that will serve as the title sponsor of its electric racing teams.

Norris: Silverstone will highlight "big differences" in 2022 F1 cars

Lando Norris believes Silverstone will highlight the “big differences” in the 2022 Formula 1 cars through the high-speed corners at one of the fastest tracks on the calendar.

Horner tips Mercedes to be strong at Silverstone and Paul Ricard

Christian Horner anticipates Mercedes will pose a greater threat at the front in the coming races, believing Silverstone could be “the most challenging” race for Red Bull.

Aston Martin keen for Vettel to stay long-term as F1 talks loom

Aston Martin Formula 1 boss Mike Krack hopes Sebastian Vettel will remain with the team long-term ahead of talks about extending his existing contract.

Hamilton thinks Mercedes will be "more cautious" with F1 set-up experiments

Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes will be “a little bit more cautious” with its Formula 1 set-up experiments from now on after often taking responsibility for them this season.

Latifi: "Puzzling" my Williams F1 car can’t match what Albon does

Nicholas Latifi finds it “puzzling” that he does not feel capable of matching team-mate Alex Albon’s level of performance with the Williams Formula 1 car at the moment.

Aston Martin set for further F1 car upgrade at Silverstone

Aston Martin is set to bring another Formula 1 car update to Silverstone next weekend as it looks to build on the progress made with its Barcelona package.

Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons Plus

Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons

Gilles Villeneuve's exploits behind the wheel of a Ferrari made him a legend to the tifosi, even 40 years after his death. The team's current Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc enjoys a similar status, and recently got behind the wheel of a very special car from the French-Canadian’s career

Why AlphaTauri confirmed a driver already “100% confirmed” for F1 2023

Today’s confirmation from AlphaTauri that Pierre Gasly would be staying put for 2023 was perhaps the least surprising announcement so far this year in Formula 1.

Gasly formally confirmed at AlphaTauri F1 for 2023 season

Pierre Gasly will remain with AlphaTauri for the 2023 season after the Formula 1 team officially confirmed him as part of its line-up for next year.

Madrid expresses interest in hosting future Formula 1 race

The city of Madrid has expressed its interest in hosting a Formula 1 race in the future, believing it could “offer a great sporting and entertainment spectacle.”

Vettel had freedom to keep Canada "climate crime" helmet for race

Aston Martin Formula 1 boss Mike Krack says Sebastian Vettel could have kept his Canada "climate crime" helmet in Montreal for the race should he have wanted to.

Marko: Red Bull is "dominating" F1 but needs to address reliability

Helmut Marko says Red Bull is “dominating” Formula 1 after an “unbelievable” run of form, but still needs to address its occasional reliability woes.

Red Bull suspends F1 reserve driver Vips for using racial slur

Red Bull Racing has announced that Formula 2 driver Juri Vips has been suspended with immediate effect after using a racial slur.

Horner: "Element of theatre" in Netflix-filmed F1 team boss meeting

Christian Horner says there was an "element of theatre" in the Formula 1 team boss meeting that was filmed by Netflix in Canada amid the row over porpoising.

Norris: McLaren’s strong F1 days aren’t "genuine pace"

Lando Norris was left downbeat after a miserable Canadian Grand Prix that he felt proved McLaren’s strong days in Formula 1 this season haven’t been “genuine pace”.

How traction, not top speed, kept Verstappen ahead of Sainz

Christian Horner believes the traction of the Red Bull Formula 1 car exiting corners was the key to Max Verstappen’s Canadian Grand Prix victory, not its top speed.

Verstappen suffered radio failure ahead of final Canada F1 restart

Max Verstappen had to fend off Carlos Sainz for Formula 1 victory in Canada without being able to speak to Red Bull after his radio failed after the final restart.

Verstappen: Mercedes drivers shouldn’t speak for others in porpoising debate

Max Verstappen believes the Mercedes drivers should “just speak for themselves” in the ongoing debate surrounding porpoising in Formula 1 and the impact on driver safety.

Sainz: "Sending it" at final corner cost me second place to Alonso in qualifying

Carlos Sainz believes he could have scored a front row start for the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix had his decision to “send it” late in Q3 not backfired.

Russell: Zero regrets over ‘high risk, high reward’ slick tyre gamble

George Russell felt no regrets over his decision to gamble on slick tyres towards the end of the wet Formula 1 qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Szafnauer confident Piastri will race in F1 next year amid Williams links

Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer is confident Oscar Piastri will be racing in Formula 1 next year amid continued links to a possible seat with Williams.

Hamilton ‘compelled’ to defend Schiff after online F1 abuse

Lewis Hamilton says he felt “compelled” to defend racing driver and Sky Sports Formula 1 presenter Naomi Schiff after she faced online abuse from a troll.

Leclerc hit with 10-place grid penalty for Canadian GP

Charles Leclerc will take a 10-place grid penalty for the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix after Ferrari opted to take a fresh control electronics element on his power unit.

Verstappen: Wrong for FIA to change F1 rules mid-season over porpoising

Max Verstappen believes it would be wrong for the FIA to change the rules mid-season to curb porpoising as it is "very simple" for Formula 1 teams to solve.

Gasly: Porpoising rule changes would have "minimal" competitive impact

Pierre Gasly believes any rule changes from the FIA to prevent Formula 1 cars porpoising would only have a “minimal” impact on the competitive pecking order.

Russell: Mercedes can’t keep relying on others’ misfortune in F1

George Russell has warned that Mercedes cannot keep relying on other teams’ misfortune to challenge for Formula 1 podiums as it looks to unlock more performance from its car.

Williams plans "visibly different" F1 car update to lift form

Williams is planning to follow a "visibly different" Formula 1 car concept with a major update in the coming races to improve its current form.

Aston Martin no longer "pinned" by F1 set-up since Spain upgrade

Aston Martin no longer feels “pinned” by the set-up on its Formula 1 car since debuting the significant update in Spain that drew similarities to Red Bull’s design.

Leclerc: Not easy handling "third disappointment in a row" in Baku

Charles Leclerc admitted it was “not easy” to accept a “third disappointment in a row” after his Baku DNF cost him more ground in the Formula 1 title race.

Horner: Unfair if FIA changes rules over F1 porpoising complaints

Christian Horner believes it would be unfair if the FIA changed Formula 1's rules and "penalise the ones that have done a decent job" amid driver complaints about porpoising.

Gasly: F1 needs to stop drivers "ending up with a cane at 30"

Pierre Gasly called on the FIA to "save us from ending up with a cane at 30 years old" after drivers reported physical struggles due to extreme porpoising in Baku.

South Africa in contention for 2023 F1 calendar slot

Formula 1 could revive the South African Grand Prix as early as next year amid ongoing talks between series bosses and the event organisers at Kyalami.

Hamilton wouldn’t miss Canadian GP "for the world" despite back struggles

Lewis Hamilton has dismissed concerns about his participation in the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix after his back pain struggles in Baku, saying he “wouldn’t miss it for the world”.

Gasly "a bit sad" new F1 rules haven’t cut gap to top teams

Pierre Gasly finds it “a bit sad” that Formula 1’s new rules have not cut the advantage of the biggest teams over the midfield, leaving drivers “fighting for seventh”.