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Ferrari hopes FIA will prove impartiality over ex-Mercedes lawyer

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto hopes the FIA can address his concerns and prove its impartiality over the appointment of a former Mercedes Formula 1 lawyer to a senior role.

Ferrari reveals frantic last-second call behind Sainz pitstop

Ferrari Formula 1 team boss Mattia Binotto has revealed pitting Carlos Sainz under the Canadian Grand Prix's late safety car was a last-second decision as he tried to defeat Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Alonso drops to ninth in Canadian GP after weaving penalty

Alpine driver Fernando Alonso has received a five-second penalty for weaving in front of Valtteri Bottas in Formula 1's Canadian Grand Prix, dropping him from seventh to ninth.

Sainz "didn't leave an inch" in Canada F1 battle with Verstappen

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz said he "wasn't leaving an inch to the walls" to try and pass Max Verstappen and win Formula 1's Canadian Grand Prix.

Mercedes: Too early to abandon work on troubled W13 F1 car

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff thinks it too early for his team to abandon work on its current Formula 1 car and switch all focus to its 2023 challenger.

F1 Canadian GP: Alonso leads wet FP3 from Gasly and Vettel

Alpine's Fernando Alonso has topped third and final free practice for the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix as rain disrupted preparations for qualifying.

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.

McLaren: Team orders in Azerbaijan GP down to Alpine pressure

McLaren boss Andreas Seidl said the team's decision to impose team orders in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was dictated by Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris being stuck in between both Alpine cars.

Bottas suspects fundamental issue behind lack pace in Azerbaijan GP

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas suspects a fundamental issue with his car was behind his mystifying lack of pace in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Alonso refutes Albon's claim he was playing tricks in Baku F1 qualifying

Alpine Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso has denied claims he was deliberately trying to hold up Alex Albon in Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying.

F1 Azerbaijan GP: Perez pips Leclerc in delayed FP3

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez has set the fastest time in third and final practice ahead of qualifying for the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Leclerc: Still "question marks" over Ferrari and Red Bull F1 form in Baku

Charles Leclerc says there are still "question marks" over the true formbook after topping the times in Friday practice for Formula 1's Azerbaijan GP.

How Spa plans to wow F1 and save the Belgian GP's future

Seeing its place on the Formula 1 calendar threatened by the sport's expansionism, Spa's Belgian Grand Prix is grabbing its last chance to try and convince Liberty Media it too belongs on its new-look calendar.

Williams: Lack of confidence in the car behind Latifi F1 struggles

Williams Formula 1 engineering chief Dave Robson has explained that a "lack of confidence" in the car is the key factor in Nicholas Latifi's 2022 struggles.

Sainz: Delay behind lapped Latifi crucial in Perez Monaco F1 win

Carlos Sainz says it "took longer than it should" for Nicholas Latifi's lapped Williams to move over following the Ferrari Formula 1 driver's decisive pitstop in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.

Hamilton: Bad luck "bound to stop at some stage" after Monaco red flag

Lewis Hamilton said it “would be nice to have some luck for once” after a late red flag in Monaco Formula 1 qualifying left him eighth on the grid.

Ricciardo "pushed set-up too far" ahead of Monaco FP2 crash

McLaren Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has explained his Monaco Grand Prix FP2 crash was the result of "pushing it too far" with the set-up on his McLaren MCL36.

Spanish GP promises to work with F1 on better fan experience

The Barcelona circuit will work with Formula 1 on improving the Spanish Grand Prix fan experience after it struggled to cope with a sell-out crowd during last weekend's event.

F1 warns Spanish GP to fix 'unacceptable' traffic issues

Formula 1 has labelled the Spanish Grand Prix's crowd management issues as "not acceptable" and has urged the local promoter to address the problem for next year.

Verstappen: DRS issues made Red Bull change F1 strategy to win Spanish GP

Max Verstappen said his intermittent DRS problems made it "difficult" to win Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix, which is why Red Bull turned to strategy to come out on top.

Wolff: Russell's F1 approach feels like has been here "forever"

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says it feels like George Russell has been driving for the team "forever" after his first run of races for the squad.

Verstappen: Miami go-kart chicane not suited for F1 cars

Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen hopes the Miami Grand Prix's tight chicane will be altered for next year, saying it is not suited to the 2022 breed of cars.

Sainz hindered by neck pain during F1 Miami GP after Friday crash

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz revealed he was still hindered by neck pain during the Miami Grand Prix following his heavy crash in Friday practice.

Steiner: No F1 pressure on Haas to lean into its US identity

Haas boss Gunther Steiner doesn't think there is more pressure on the team from Formula 1 to lean more into its American identity as grand prix racing's US expansion continues.

Wolff: Imola F1 weekend is a write-off for Mercedes

Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff says the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend is a write-off for the team after George Russell and Lewis Hamilton were powerless to move into the top 10 in Saturday's sprint race.

Leclerc: Ferrari can't allow pressure to influence F1 2022 approach

Charles Leclerc has cautioned that Ferrari shouldn't allow the increased spotlight on the team to cause extra pressure now it is leading both Formula 1 championships by a decent margin.

Norris: Australian GP "might be as good as it gets for a while"

McLaren's Lando Norris has cautioned that his team's Australian Grand Prix result "might be as good as it gets for a while" due to how well the track suited its Formula 1 car.

Vettel: 2022 F1 season "can't get any worse" after Australian GP crash

Sebastian Vettel has said his 2022 Formula 1 season "can't get any worse" after crashing out of the Australian Grand Prix, which capped off a nightmare race return with Aston Martin.

Binotto: Ferrari much better prepared for F1 title fight than in 2018

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto thinks his team is in a much better place to fight for the Formula 1 world championship than when it lost its grip on the 2018 season.

Verstappen played "smart tricks" to beat Leclerc in Saudi F1 GP

Red Bull's Max Verstappen said "playing smart tricks" in the final DRS zone proved key to his Saudi Arabian Grand Prix win after a long duel with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.

Schumacher ruled out of Saudi Arabian GP after crash

Haas Formula 1 team has confirmed Mick Schumacher will sit out Sunday's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after his heavy shunt in qualifying.

Leclerc "surprised" to beat Verstappen in Bahrain F1 qualifying

Ferrari Formula 1's Charles Leclerc says he was surprised to beat Max Verstappen and Red Bull in Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying after denying the world champion pole by one tenth.

Fittipaldi says 2022 F1 calendar is "too much" for drivers

Double Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi believes 2022's 23-race calendar is "too much" and he doesn't understand how drivers can cope with its "crazy" demands.

Lauda's final stand: When Formula 1 last visited Zandvoort

On the weekend Formula 1 heads back to the dunes of Zandvoort for the first time in 36 years, we look back at the last edition of the Dutch Grand Prix.

Daly: Indy 500 lead stint "proved we belong up there"

Ed Carpenter Racing’s Conor Daly believes his stint leading Sunday's Indianapolis 500 "proved we belong up there" before his hopes were dashed by a frightening wheel strike.

What to expect from the LMP1 era's last survivor

While Alpine considers a Le Mans Hypercar entry to complement the brand's newly re-named F1 team, its partner team Signatech is testing the waters with the last remaining car from the outgoing LMP1 era. How will it fare against Toyota's new challenger?

F1 and MotoGP champions Hamilton and Mir get Laureus Awards nominations

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, as well as MotoGP world champion Joan Mir, are amongst the nominees at the 2021 Laureus World Sports Awards

Giovinazzi: Ferrari has set "clear" targets for me in 2021 F1 season

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver and Ferrari protege Antonio Giovinazzi says the Maranello team has set clear targets for him in 2021 as he embarks on his third full season

Toyota: New Le Mans Hypercar will be "really different" to race

Toyota World Endurance Championship drivers Brendon Hartley and Mike Conway believe the marque's new Le Mans Hypercar will be very different to race with compared to the previous LMP1 car

De Silvestro to drive in Indy 500 with female-operated Paretta team

Simona de Silvestro will return to the Indianapolis 500 this season driving with female-operated newcomers Paretta Autosport, along with support from Team Penske

BMW announces reduced 2021 IMSA programme

BMW has announced it will only compete in the four endurance rounds of the 2021 IMSA SportsCar Championship, leaving just three full-time entries in the depleted GTLM class

Giovinazzi: Learning from Raikkonen key to my F1 development

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi is delighted to continue having Kimi Raikkonen as his teammate in 2021, believing the Finn's vast experience will be key to his own development

Alfa F1 boss wants Giovinazzi to be more of team leader in 2021

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 boss Frederic Vasseur has called on Antonio Giovinazzi to become more of a team leader in the Italian's third full season with the Swiss outfit

Continuing Alfa Romeo ties "crucial" for F1 team's future - Vasseur

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 boss Fred Vasseur says his team's close links to the Italian manufacturer are more than just a "nice reward", with the tie-up crucial to its future

Giovinazzi: Working on F1 race starts key to my improvements

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi believes working on his race starts has been one of the keys to his improvements across the 2020 season

2021 IndyCar season opener at St Petersburg postponed amid COVID concerns

The planned 2021 IndyCar Series opener on the streets of St Petersburg has been postponed to April amid COVID-19 concerns

Alfa Romeo's F1 survival wasn't assured without COVID cost-saving measures

Alfa Romeo team boss Fred Vasseur says he's "not sure that we would have been able to survive" without Formula 1's cost-saving measures and partial development freeze

2021 F1 season won't be like a "normal" campaign - Todt

FIA president Jean Todt has warned that the 2021 Formula 1 campaign will not be like "a normal season" and expects more calendar changes due to COVID-19

Todt: Hamilton/Mercedes' F1 dominance "bigger" than Schumacher/Ferrari's

FIA president Jean Todt believes Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes' Formula 1 dominance has exceeded that of Michael Schumacher and Ferrari when Todt was at the helm of the Italian team

Vettel: Mick Schumacher needs to "find his own path" in F1

Sebastian Vettel says he is happy to help compatriot Mick Schumacher in his Formula 1 rookie season in 2021, but believes the Haas rookie has to "find his own path"

Grosjean: Hands "are getting better" one month after Bahrain F1 crash

Romain Grosjean says his hands "are getting better" one month on from his fiery Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix crash, as he streamed his return behind the wheel in sim racing

F1 teams face "head scratching" adapting to 2021 tyres

Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies thinks Formula 1 teams will have to do a lot of "head scratching" to get on top of Pirelli's new 2021 tyre compounds

Fast tracking updates key to McLaren's third in 2020 F1 championship

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl believes the team's decision to fast track aerodynamic updates to the 2020 season has been key in securing third in the world championship

Sainz: Ferrari not a team that "devours" its drivers

Carlos Sainz Jr has paid tribute to how McLaren's family atmosphere allowed him to thrive and is not worried that his new employer Ferrari will be lacking in that area

Leclerc believes 2020 was his "best season in F1" despite Ferrari's woes

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc believes his 2020 campaign was his "best season in F1" as he battled to finish eighth in the championship with an uncompetitive car

Magnussen: Grosjean's "phenomenal" speed made me a better qualifier

Kevin Magnussen has credited his former Haas Formula 1 team-mate Romain Grosjean with making him a better qualifier as he claimed the Frenchman is "phenomenal on one lap"

Ferrari learned "a lot of small, significant' lessons in 2020 F1 season

Ferrari's sporting director Laurent Mekies says the team has had "a lot of small, significant achievements" during a troubled 2020 Formula 1 season as it hopes for a better 2021

Renault: Alonso will have disadvantage on 2021 F1 return

Renault Formula 1 director Marcin Budkowski believes Fernando Alonso will be at a disadvantage on his return in 2021, despite being able to test the team's RS20 at Abu Dhabi

Ocon: Adding camber to corners would help 'boring' Abu Dhabi F1 GP

Renault Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon believes adding cambered corners to Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit would help improve the quality of the racing

Steiner: Reserve driver Fittipaldi showed he can do good job in F1

Haas team principal Gunther Steiner believes reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi showed he 'can do a good job' in Formula 1 when he replaced the injured Romain Grosjean