Matt Kew

Matt Kew

Matt Kew is Autosport’s F1 Editor, a role he has held since March 2022 after stints covering Formula E, Extreme E and the British Touring Car Championship.

Matt joined Autosport in 2018 to work predominantly on the magazine, but his relentless quoting of Alan Partridge meant office colleagues soon thought he would be better suited to increased field work.

Needless to say, Matt had the last laugh when he won the Motorsport UK Young Journalist of the Year Award in 2019.

His interest in motorsport was sparked by regular trips to watch ASCAR crash around Rockingham’s banked oval.

Matt read politics and philosophy at the University of Sheffield - receiving first-class honours for his dissertation assessing the lack of female participation in top-tier motor racing.

He covered a wide variety of national race and rally meetings for Autosport as a freelancer before joining full-time. His best efforts to argue the merits of historic racing is undone by a questionable taste in music and James Bond actors.

Latest articles by Matt Kew


F1 CEO Domenicali slams British GP climate protestors

Furious Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has blasted protestors who broke onto the track in the British Grand Prix, saying “no one has the right to put lives in danger”.

Seven arrested following F1 British GP protest

Seven people have been arrested after a Just Stop Oil-backed "track invasion" at the British Grand Prix, despite Northamptonshire Police having offered a peaceful protest alternative.

Russell: F1 needs rethink over tyre barrier layout after Zhou crash

George Russell says Formula 1 needs to rethink tyre barrier safety to stop cars getting stuck in gaps, following Zhou Guanyu’s horror crash at the British Grand Prix.

Leclerc: Ferrari will switch cars in British GP if opportunity arises

Charles Leclerc expects Ferrari to “play strategic moves” if the opportunity arises to secure a 1-2 in the British Grand Prix to keep the 2022 Formula 1 championship fight open.

Sainz: Drivers “super frustrated” by wrong delta times in F1 British GP qualifying

Carlos Sainz reckons drivers were “super frustrated” in the final part of qualifying ahead of the British Grand Prix after the wet weather left them with the wrong time deltas.

F1 British GP: Sainz tops dry FP2 from Hamilton and Norris

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz led second practice ahead of Formula 1’s 2022 British Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris ranked second and third in front of their home fans.

Why the future is bright for the British GP

It wasn’t so long ago the situation looked bleak at Silverstone with the future of the British Grand Prix under threat. But a transformation has seen it restored to one of the most important races on the Formula 1 calendar, with bigger and better to come

Vettel to drive Mansell’s Williams FW14B at Silverstone using carbon-neutral fuel

Sebastian Vettel will drive Nigel Mansell’s 1992 Formula 1 championship-winning Williams at Silverstone on Sunday using carbon-neutral fuels.

Piquet suspended as honorary member of BRDC

The British Racing Drivers’ Club has “suspended with immediate affect” and expects to terminate the membership of honorary member Nelson Piquet following his racist slur against Lewis Hamilton.

Silverstone to keep up with Miami, Vegas with festival-style F1 events

Silverstone bosses will target high-profile music acts and a sustainability agenda to ensure the British Grand Prix keeps pace with the Miami and Las Vegas Formula 1 races. 

How a little electric storm thundered to Goodwood's hillclimb record

Nick Heidfeld's official Goodwood Festival of Speed record in McLaren's MP4/13 Formula 1 car - and the unofficial hillclimb record set by the Volkswagen ID.R - were both brushed aside by the McMurtry Speirling driven by Max Chilton on Sunday. Here's a look at the fan car that blew away the competition

Max Chilton breaks Goodwood hillclimb record in McMurtry Automotive Speirling

Ex-Formula 1 and IndyCar driver Max Chilton has broken both official and unofficial hillclimb records at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed aboard the McMurtry Automotive Speirling fan car.

Does Verstappen have any weaknesses left?

Having extended his Formula 1 points lead with victory in Canada, Max Verstappen has raised his game further following his 2021 title triumph. Even on the days where Red Bull appears to be second best to Ferrari, Verstappen is getting the most out of the car in each race. So, does he have any weaknesses that his title rivals can exploit?

10 things we learned from the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix

As Max Verstappen delivered a Canadian Grand Prix masterclass, Ferrari showed some fight through Carlos Sainz, while the porpoising saga spiced up off the track. Here’s what we learned from this year’s Formula 1 race in Montreal

F1 Canadian GP: Verstappen leads FP1 from Sainz

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen opened the batting for the Canadian Grand Prix by setting the pace in the first Formula 1 practice session over Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso.

Hamilton has "a lot more headaches" due to F1 bouncing

Lewis Hamilton has been suffering with "a lot more headaches" as a consequence of the bouncing that has resulted from Formula 1's shift to ground-effect for the 2022 season.

Ferrari reveals Leclerc's Baku F1 engine is "beyond repair"

Ferrari has revealed the Formula 1 power unit that blew up and eliminated leader Charles Leclerc in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix is “beyond repair”, setting him up for potential grid penalties.

Would Leclerc have won in Baku had his Ferrari survived?

Charles Leclerc's second engine problem in three races meant Max Verstappen had a free run to claim his fifth win of the 2022 Formula 1 season. Whether Leclerc would have been able to repel the Red Bull driver's charge on much older tyres is a question we'll never know the answer to. However, there are some clues from the in-race data that we can infer from

Azerbaijan Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

Formula 1 has never had a repeat winner at Baku, and that trend continued this year as Max Verstappen avenged his 2021 tyre blowout to lead a Red Bull 1-2. Here's Autosport's take on the weekend's best performers

How Ferrari's latest implosion stitched up a plausible Baku upset

Ferrari wasn't expected to be capable of challenging Red Bull on the streets of Baku, but Charles Leclerc took pole for the second year in a row and had assumed the lead when his engine expired. That left Max Verstappen and Red Bull doubly grateful as not only were its blushes spared, but it came away with a 1-2 and extended advantages in both championship standings

Perez: “Right call” not to fight Verstappen for Azerbaijan GP lead

Sergio Perez wants to understand why his pace dropped after the virtual safety car periods which meant he couldn’t compete against Red Bull Formula 1 team-mate Max Verstappen for Azerbaijan Grand Prix victory.

F1 Azerbaijan GP: Verstappen leads Red Bull 1-2 as Ferrari suffers double DNF

Max Verstappen led a bruising Red Bull 1-2 to win Formula 1’s 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix once Ferrari had endured a disaster as polesitter Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz retired.

Perez: Red Bull engine problem cost me tow for final qualifying lap

Sergio Perez says an engine problem moments before his final qualifying run denied him a tow and the chance to fight for pole position for the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

F1 Azerbaijan GP: Leclerc beats Perez to Baku pole

Charles Leclerc landed an emphatic sixth pole of the 2022 Formula 1 season as he took control over the Red Bulls in a thrilling qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Why Leclerc could be only three laps short of a Baku F1 upset

Circuits with high top speeds have generally been Red Bull's speciality so far this season but in the opening pair of practice sessions, Ferrari closed out Friday's running on top with a good straightline speed advantage. But with Red Bull rival Max Verstappen out of sync in his practice runs, Ferrari and Charles Leclerc may not have seen his best

F1 Azerbaijan GP: Leclerc leads FP2 from Perez and Verstappen

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc topped the Red Bull pair of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen in the second practice session in Baku ahead of Formula 1’s 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

F1 Azerbaijan GP: Perez quickest in FP1 over Leclerc, Verstappen third

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez narrowly pipped Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc to top the first Baku practice session ahead of Formula 1’s 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Hamilton urges F1 drivers to be "more outspoken" after Ben Sulayem comments

Lewis Hamilton has urged all his fellow Formula 1 drivers “to be more outspoken” in response to the FIA president initially seeming to question his and Sebastian Vettel’s activism.

Magnussen: Two F1 race directors leading to more inconsistencies

The FIA's switch to use two Formula 1 race directors for 2022 has made it 'more difficult to really understand what the rules are', according to Haas driver Kevin Magnussen.

Tsunoda "not trusting" FIA rules consistency in F1

Yuki Tsunoda says he has no trust in the consistency of the FIA's decisions following the latest change in stance over Formula 1's pitlane entry and exit lines.

The overlooked flaws of the 2022 F1 cars that Baku will expose

OPINION: Though Formula 1's return to ground-effect may have boosted overtaking, the other clear by-product of the technical overhaul has been weight gain. With wet conditions in Monaco stealing the show, the greatest shortcomings of the new rules will be on clear display at this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix

The mistakes putting Ferrari's bid to end its F1 title drought in jeopardy

OPINION: After taking an early lead in the 2022 Formula 1 title race, Ferrari and Charles Leclerc have together made a series of high-profile mistakes to give Red Bull an advantage after the opening seven races. Here's why Ferrari cannot afford to make any more errors this season

10 things we learned from the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix

After being ordered to allow Max Verstappen through to win the Spanish Grand Prix, Sergio Perez took his first win of the season in Monaco as the Red Bull driver capitalised on a Ferrari strategy bungle that cost Charles Leclerc dear. As Mercedes' Barcelona step forward was quickly forgotten and Daniel Ricciardo endured another tough weekend, here are the 10 things we learned at Monaco

F1 Monaco GP: Leclerc leads opening practice from Perez

Home favourite Charles Leclerc pipped Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz to top the first practice session ahead of Formula 1’s 2022 Monaco Grand Prix.

Vettel: Backpack robbers didn’t get “great deal” with no valuables stolen

Sebastian Vettel says it “wasn’t a great deal” for the thieves who stole his backpack after the Spanish Grand Prix because they had to ditch the only valuable item.

Hamilton: Too much time, energy wasted on F1 jewellery debate

Lewis Hamilton says "way too much time and energy" is being spent by Formula 1 drivers and the FIA governing body debating whether jewellery can be worn in the car.

Why Mercedes' Spanish GP gains aren't as grand as they seemed Plus

Why Mercedes' Spanish GP gains aren't as grand as they seemed

Mercedes' strong showing in last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix prompted team boss Toto Wolff to say it had halved its deficit to the leaders and its Formula 1 title chances were back on after a rocky start to the 2022 campaign. But a closer inspection of the team's performance suggests its gains aren't as grand as they first appeared

Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

In an unusually hectic Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc was denied a dominant performance by his Ferrari engine letting go which allowed Max Verstappen to pick up the pieces. But numerous flashpoints kept the race twisting and turning throughout, with one perfect score from an emerging contender

How Verstappen overcame his and Red Bull’s errors to bounce back in double-quick time

Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari engine disaster offered an open goal for Max Verstappen and Red Bull to strike, but the reigning Formula 1 world champion still had to solve multiple errors and profit from a begrudged assist from team-mate Sergio Perez, which created an unexpectedly eventful Spanish Grand Prix

F1 Spanish GP: Verstappen fights back to win and grab points lead, as Leclerc retires

Max Verstappen has taken the lead of the 2022 Formula 1 championship by recovering from a half-spin to spectacularly win the Spanish Grand Prix after Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc retired.

Sainz: Leclerc can cope with "snappier" Ferrari F1 car more easily

Carlos Sainz reckons his current shortcomings compared to Charles Leclerc are due to a "snappier" Ferrari that his Formula 1 team-mate is able to 'play with a lot more'.

F1 Spanish GP: Leclerc grabs pole after spin as Verstappen hits issue

Charles Leclerc recovered from a spin to land a remarkable pole position for Formula 1’s 2022 Spanish Grand Prix as Max Verstappen was hurt by a final-lap loss of power.

F1 Spanish GP: Leclerc beats Verstappen to top final practice

Charles Leclerc narrowly pipped Max Verstappen in final practice ahead of Formula 1’s 2022 Spanish Grand Prix as Mercedes’ apparent improvement returned third and fourth.

Mercedes: “Too early” to commit on development path on F1 car concept

Mercedes’ Formula 1 technical director Mike Elliott believes it is “too early” to rule whether it is best to develop its current car concept despite taking a “step forward” in Spain.

Why Red Bull can win a Spanish GP that looked perfect for Ferrari

Formula 1's return to Spain on Friday ended with Ferrari leading the way from Mercedes, while Red Bull could only manage third fastest overall courtesy of Max Verstappen. But its chances of victory are far from remote with a deeper dig into the times despite Ferrari's strong start

F1 Spanish GP: Leclerc quickest in FP2 from Mercedes duo

Charles Leclerc headed the Mercedes pair of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton during the qualifying simulations in second practice ahead of Formula 1’s 2022 Spanish Grand Prix.

Williams driver Latifi laughs off F1 exit rumours

Formula 1 driver Nicholas Latifi “laughed” off an erroneous report made “without any real foundation” that he had been fired by Williams ahead of the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix.

Mercedes sells unraced 300 SLR for £115m to fund youth scholarships

Mercedes has sold one of its two never-raced and highly revered 300 SLR ‘Uhlenhaut Coupe’ sportscar prototypes for a world record-smashing £115million to fund a youth scholarship programme.

Explaining the key aspects of Porsche and Audi's planned F1 entries

The VW Group’s German superpowers of sportscar racing have all but confirmed they are coming to F1 when the next set of engine rules come into force in 2026. Here's why both manufacturers are all set to take the plunge, and crucially how it might work

Why Leclerc's historics crash shouldn't put off F1 drivers tasting history Plus

Why Leclerc's historics crash shouldn't put off F1 drivers tasting history

OPINION: For a demo run ahead of Monaco's Historique Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc was blessed with the opportunity to drive Niki Lauda's former Ferrari 312B3 - but a brake failure at Rascasse suggested Leclerc's Monaco hoodoo transcended contemporary F1. Although an awkward incident, Leclerc deserves credit for embracing F1's history

Leclerc crashes ex-Niki Lauda Ferrari F1 car at Monaco Historic GP

Formula 1 points leader Charles Leclerc has crashed an ex-Niki Lauda classic Ferrari grand prix car during a demonstration run at the 2022 Monaco Historic event on Sunday.

How imperfect Miami offered F1's drivers a unique challenge

OPINION: Despite all of the stylistic embellishments festooning Formula 1's inaugural Miami Grand Prix, the Miami International Autodrome offered the drivers a unique challenge and punished driver errors; a stark contrast to the usual cast of modern-day circuits

10 things we learned from the 2022 Miami Grand Prix

Max Verstappen made it two wins on the trot in Formula 1's Miami Grand Prix, as Red Bull continued its fightback against Ferrari in front of a celebrity-packed crowd. As Mercedes' struggles continued and Williams' new star produced another haul of points, there were talking points aplenty. Here are the 10 things we learned from the Miami GP

F1 Miami GP: Leclerc leads FP1 from Russell and Verstappen

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc narrowly beat George Russell in the updated Mercedes to set the pace in the first practice session ahead of Formula 1’s inaugural Miami Grand Prix.

Mercedes drivers play down W13 Miami F1 upgrades

Mercedes’ move to introduce its biggest upgrade package so far of the 2022 Formula 1 season will not provide a “silver bullet” to fix its early struggles, reckons George Russell.

Hamilton: FIA clampdown on F1 drivers wearing jewellery "a step backwards"

Lewis Hamilton reckons the ongoing FIA clampdown concerning Formula 1 drivers wearing jewellery in the car is “unnecessary” and marks “a step backwards” for the championship.

How F1 finally cracked America

The United States hosts two Formula 1 races this year, expanding to three in 2023, and has become a keystone of F1 owner Liberty’s strategy – thanks to a certain fly-on-the-wall docuseries and avoiding the mistakes of the past

The F1 races in the US that didn't work: Indianapolis, Dallas & more

As Formula 1 prepares for its latest new track in the United States with the inaugural Miami Grand Prix this weekend, it acts as a cautious reminder about past venues which failed to meet expectations over the years. Here’s a look at the US tracks which didn’t work out for the series

Why there's much more to come from Red Bull in F1 2022

OPINION: Max Verstappen has won two of the opening four races of the 2022 Formula 1 season and failed to finish the others. But even on the races where he's claimed maximum points, Red Bull has still yet to execute a weekend perfectly, which should be an ominous sign for Ferrari in their brewing title battle

Hamilton: Amazing to see F1 has finally cracked the US

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says it is "amazing" to see Formula 1 has finally "cracked" the US after years of lukewarm interest from American race fans.