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Zhou: "Open" Bottas best team-mate for rookie F1 year

Alfa Romeo rookie Guanyu Zhou says there could be no better team-mate to have for his rookie Formula 1 season than the "open" Valtteri Bottas.

Zhou to make F1 practice debut in Austria with Alpine

Guanyu Zhou will make his Formula 1 practice debut with Alpine this weekend, taking part in FP1 for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Alpine: Zhou represents China's only F1 hope for "next 15-20 years"

Guanyu Zhou represents China's only chance of having a Formula 1 driver in the next 15-20 years, according to Alpine academy director Mia Sharizman

Chinese GP promoter seeking 2021 F1 race postponement

The Chinese Grand Prix is set to become the second Formula 1 race to be postponed in 2021 as the promoter seeks a date change to later in the year

Leclerc: "I'm a stronger driver" after difficult F1 season

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc believes that he has become a better driver over the course of the Italian team's difficult 2020 season

Bottas: Mercedes F1 contract talks "moving in the right direction"

Valtteri Bottas says talks with Mercedes over a new Formula 1 contract are "moving in the right direction" as he nears extending his stay with the team into 2021

Is this the driver who could fill Renault's F1 void for 2021?

Once the 2020 Formula 2 season eventually gets started in Austria, one Formula 1 junior will face the most important campaign of their career to date in a bid to land a seat in F1, as FRANKIE MAO explains

Chinese GP undecided over two F1 races proposal

Shanghai Sports Bureau boss Xu Bin has said the city government has not made any decision on whether to host two Formula 1 races this year despite having a proposal on the table

2020 F1 Chinese GP set to be called off after coronavirus outbreak

Formula 1's Chinese Grand Prix is set to be called off, with an announcement about a potential postponement of the race due to be made as soon as Wednesday

Sanya FE race currently unaffected by China virus outbreak

The outbreak of the coronavirus in China has prompted the country's motor racing federation to cancel a rally, but its Formula E race is currently unaffected

Grosjean: Pirelli's 2020 F1 tyres still not what you would dream of

Haas Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean has indicated he remains unconvinced by Pirelli's 2020-spec tyres after sampling them for a second time in post-season testing in Abu Dhabi

Ocon: Renault running crucial in light of big 2020 testing problem

Esteban Ocon believes it was "crucial" to drive Renault's 2019 Formula 1 car at Abu Dhabi, as it will "help massively" in light of next year's reduced testing schedule

Rebranded NIO team reveals Turvey and Ma as 2019/20 FE drivers

The rebranded NIO 333 Formula E team has revealed McLaren Formula 1 test driver Oliver Turvey and Ma Qing Hua as its racers for 2019/20 ahead of pre-season testing

Todt: No "relevant, solid" options for new Formula 1 teams

FIA president Jean Todt has played down talk that new teams could join the Formula 1 grid for 2021, with no "strong contact from a relevant, solid team" so far

Australian GP: Perez's first day of F1 2019 practice not good at all

Racing Point Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez says his first day of practice ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix was "not good at all"

Williams and McLaren's declines show F1 'has no mercy' - Brawn

Williams and McLaren's struggles last season were proof that Formula 1 shows "no mercy" for teams that get things wrong, says its sporting chief Ross Brawn

Ross Brawn 'impatient' for faster Formula 1 revamp

Ross Brawn say he is "impatient" to revamp Formula 1, but insists that the slower process of consulting teams on changes is the right thing to do

Red Bull must help Honda understand the reality of F1 - Brawn

Red Bull must ensure Honda is connected to the reality of Formula 1 and has its priorities in order if the engine manufacturer is to succeed again, says Ross Brawn

F1 world champion Hamilton's off-track exploits taught Brawn lesson

Lewis Hamilton's off-track endeavours have taught Formula 1 managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn "a lesson" in how a driver can behave out of the car

Hamilton changed Formula 1 reference like Senna and Schumacher

Lewis Hamilton reached a "surreal level" in 2018 that was similar to how Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna changed the "reference" for Formula 1 drivers, says Ross Brawn

Hulkenberg: Rule-breakers Haas/Force India can't have 'goodie bags'

Renault Formula 1 driver Nico Hulkenberg has no sympathy over Haas's and Force India's United States Grand Prix disqualifications because they do not deserve "goodie bags" for breaking the rules

F1 form in 2018 giving Valtteri Bottas consolation in winless run

Valtteri Bottas says that knowing Mercedes is aware of his strong performances this season is some consolation for the bad luck he has suffered through the first half of 2018

Nico Rosberg urges F1 to consider ground effect return for 2021

Formula 1's overhaul for 2021 should take inspiration from its ground-effect era, according to 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg

DC had letter of intent to keep Rebellion WEC LMP1 signing Laurent

Jackie Chan DC Racing co-owner David Cheng says he thought he had secured Thomas Laurent for the 2018/19 World Endurance Championship 'superseason' until his "surprise" defection to Rebellion

WEC Shanghai: Porsche won't adopt conservative stance to win titles

Porsche LMP1 boss Andreas Seidl says his squad will not be conservative during this weekend's World Endurance Championship race at Shanghai, despite being on the cusp of securing both titles

Brendon Hartley 'ready' for shock F1 debut after 'pretty crazy' week

Brendon Hartley believes he is ready for his Formula 1 debut in next week's United States Grand Prix, after a "pretty crazy week" led to a shock Toro Rosso call-up

Formula 1 makes new push to boost interest in China

Formula 1 has stepped up efforts to increase its profile in China by signing a strategy partnership agreement with marketing company Lagardere Sport and Entertainment