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Mercedes F1 potential is “dangerous”, admits Red Bull’s Marko

Red Bull’s chief Formula 1 advisor Helmut Marko believes that Mercedes’ recent flashes of potential means it remains a threat in the 2022 World Championship.

Marko: No better F1 option for Gasly than AlphaTauri after Perez deal

Helmut Marko believes Pierre Gasly has no better alternative than staying with AlphaTauri after Red Bull closed the door on a possible return by extending Sergio Perez's Formula 1 contract.

Red Bull: Transfer of IP in Aston Martin F1 design would be "a serious concern"

Red Bull has responded to the FIA's statement clearing Aston Martin over similarities in its Formula 1 car design by saying any transfer of IP would be "a serious concern".

Red Bull denies it is burning through F1 development budget

Red Bull has played down suggestions it could be on the back foot by having burned through more of its Formula 1 development budget than rival Ferrari.

VW says Audi/Porsche F1 entry in 2026 was ‘last chance’ for a decade

Volkswagen says a planned entry for its Porsche and Audi brands in Formula 1 in 2026 was its last chance for a decade to join the grand prix grid.

Mercedes brain drain not behind F1 slump, says Wolff

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff does not believe that his team’s current struggles in Formula 1 are linked to a potential ‘brain drain’ of its top talent.

AlphaTauri currently "two steps behind" in F1 midfield fight, says Tost

AlphaTauri Formula 1 boss Franz Tost believes the team is currently “two steps behind” its rivals in the midfield fight after a difficult start to the 2022 season.

Wolff: Thoughts of leaving F1 not crossed my mind

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff insists the thought of walking away from Formula 1 amid the team’s current struggles hasn’t crossed his mind, as he knuckles down to help its recovery.

Vettel's F1 future depends on Aston's response to 2022 challenges

Sebastian Vettel says his Formula 1 future with Aston Martin hinges on how he and it respond to “the mountain ahead of us” in trying to improve the AMR22 car.

Aston Martin "actively" considering F1 options amid Audi rumours

Aston Martin says it is “actively” considering its long-term engine options in Formula 1, amid suggestions of a potential tie-up with Audi.

Audi and Porsche hold fire on final F1 decision

Audi and Porsche want to wait until after Formula 1’s 2026 engine regulations are announced before committing to entering the championship, the German car makers have indicated.

Marko: Sainz on the backfoot for Ferrari a "disadvantage" for Red Bull

Red Bull says its Formula 1 world championship hopes are not being helped by Carlos Sainz Jr so far failing to match Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc’s form.

Red Bull convinced Mercedes will bounce back in F1

Red Bull is convinced that Mercedes can quickly recover from its difficult start to the new Formula 1 season to be a factor in the championship fight.

Red Bull needs to cut F1 car weight to stay at the front, says Marko

Red Bull needs to cut weight from its RB18 Formula 1 car if it is to keep fighting at the front of the field this season, according to Helmut Marko.

Marko: Red Bull likely to lose Gasly if it can’t offer senior F1 team return

Helmut Marko has acknowledged Red Bull is likely to lose Pierre Gasly once his Formula 1 contract is up if it cannot offer him a return to its senior team.

Wolff: No finger-pointing over Mercedes F1 car or engine struggles

Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff says there will be no finger-pointing at one single area of Mercedes’ car or engine amid its early struggles this season.

Hamilton vows to be a more aggressive driver in F1 2022

Lewis Hamilton has vowed to be "a more aggressive driver" in the 2022 Formula 1 season, following his controversial battles with Max Verstappen in last year's championship.

Porsche and Red Bull nearing deal over F1 partnership from 2026

Porsche and Red Bull are at an advanced stage in talks over a Formula 1 partnership that could be finalised as early as March, Autosport has learned.

Horner to remain as Red Bull F1 team principal until at least 2026

Christian Horner is set to remain as Red Bull’s Formula 1 team principal until at least 2026 after agreeing a contract extension.

Red Bull eyes early Verstappen F1 contract extension

Red Bull is set to push for an early contract extension with Max Verstappen that will keep the new Formula 1 world champion locked down for the long-term future.

Ferrari "never compromised" 2022 F1 car in fight for third

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says the Italian squad "never compromised" the development of its 2022 Formula 1 car in order to secure third place in this year's constructors' championship.

McLaren denies Audi buyout as VW’s F1 preparations ramp up

McLaren has strongly denied claims that it has been purchased by Audi as part of a deal to secure the German manufacturer an Formula 1 entry.

Netflix would "think about" F1 buyout to stream races

Netflix would consider a bid to take over the running of Formula 1 if it was available, to ensure it had the control needed to justify broadcasting races live.

Hamilton rebuffs 'gamesmanship' accusation on slow Hungary Q3 lap

Lewis Hamilton says suggestions he deliberately held up the Red Bull drivers late Formula 1 qualifying at Budapest are “so silly” and insists he does not deploy gamesmanship “tactics”.

Russell "confident" decision on 2022 F1 seat will be made in summer break

George Russell is “confident” a decision about his Formula 1 future will be made during the 2021 summer break, amid continuing speculation about a possible switch from Williams to Mercedes.

Marko: ‘Changed’ Gasly wouldn’t perform now how he did at Red Bull

Helmut Marko believes that a “changed” Pierre Gasly would now not perform how he did at Red Bull in 2019 as he continues to lead AlphaTauri’s Formula 1 efforts.

Marko: Red Bull move for Russell "worth considering" if he misses out at Mercedes

Helmut Marko says a move by Red Bull for George Russell is "worth considering" should he miss out on a Mercedes Formula 1 seat, but "can't imagine" it happening.

Red Bull planning to move Tsunoda to Italy to help rebuild confidence

Helmut Marko has revealed that Red Bull plans to move Yuki Tsunoda closer to his AlphaTauri Formula 1 team to help rebuild his confidence after a tough run of races.

Mercedes F1 driver Bottas uses "negative" desktop image as motivation

Valtteri Bottas has revealed he uses a "negative" computer desktop picture as motivation to "show them what I can do" after a suggestion by Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff.

Red Bull won’t open contract talks with Perez before summer break

Red Bull will not begin talks with Sergio Perez over a new contract with the team until Formula 1’s summer break at the earliest, according to Helmut Marko.

Marko: Wolff ‘should look at his front wings’ amid F1 protest warnings

Helmut Marko has warned Mercedes chief Toto Wolff that he should “look at his front wings” as Formula 1 heads for possible protests in Baku over flexi-wings.

Verstappen "reached a different level of maturity" in F1 - Marko

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko believes Max Verstappen has reached a “different level of maturity” in Formula 1 after a dominant victory in Monaco on Sunday.

FIA to look at IndyCar rule that would have denied Leclerc pole

The FIA will look at IndyCar’s rule deleting times for drivers who cause red flags in qualifying and deem its suitability for Formula 1 after Charles Leclerc’s Monaco crash.

Red Bull confident F1's 'bendy' wing clampdown won't hurt form

Red Bull is confident that the FIA clampdown on 'bendy' wings in Formula 1 will not deliver a knock-out blow to its title ambitions in the 2021 season.

Mercedes not worried about Red Bull's F1 recruitment drive

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff isn't worried he will need to get the chequebook out to keep engine staff, despite Red Bull luring personnel to its new Formula 1 powertrains division.

Tsunoda’s Imola F1 qualifying crash ‘part of the rookie journey’

AlphaTauri does not feel Yuki Tsunoda needs to change his approach after his qualifying crash at Imola last weekend, saying it is “part of the rookie journey” in Formula 1.

Wolff expects "totally disjointed" F1 field again in 2022

Toto Wolff believes the Formula 1 field will become “totally disjointed” in 2022 when the technical regulations change and that the grid will lose its current performance convergence.

Knife-edge F1 battle risks Red Bull/Mercedes development war

Red Bull fears it and Mercedes will have no option but to keep developing their 2021 Formula 1 cars long into the season if the title battle remains super close.

Wolff doubts Bottas came close to F1 retirement after team orders

Toto Wolff doubts Valtteri Bottas came close to retiring from Formula 1 following Mercedes’ use of team orders over two years ago after the Finn’s claim on Netflix.

F1 should "put up a wall" to avoid track limits debate - Marko

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko believes the debate over Formula 1 track limits following Max Verstappen’s Bahrain defeat is “completely unnecessary”, saying officials should “put a wall there”.

Marko: Verstappen and Hamilton in the league of their own

Red Bull Formula 1 advisor Helmut Marko believes Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s fight for victory in Bahrain proved they are “in a class of their own”.

Cable tip off an example of "super spy" Hamilton’s focus

Keeping a close eye on what rival teams are up to is part of the game in Formula 1.

Marko: Vettel should have taken a year off from F1 in 2021

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko believes Sebastian Vettel should have taken a year off from Formula 1 in 2021 instead of joining Aston Martin.

Differential issue cost Verstappen 0.3s per lap in Bahrain F1 GP

Max Verstappen was "clearly handicapped" by a differential issue that cost him 0.3 seconds per lap early on in the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix, according to Helmut Marko.

Red Bull won't "burn" rough diamond Tsunoda in F1

Red Bull insists it will not ‘burn’ Yuki Tsunoda by promoting him from AlphaTauri too quickly, despite his impressive Formula 1 debut.

Red Bull been through "pain" of F1 cost cap redundancies

Red Bull has revealed it's been "through the pain of redundancies" to adhere to Formula 1's new 2021 budget cap, amid fears costly sprint races could force further staff reductions.

Schumacher Jr ‘very similar’ to Michael, say Ferrari staff at Haas

Former Ferrari staff members working at Haas have already noted that Mick Schumacher is “very similar” to his father, Michael, according to team boss Gunther Steiner.

Steiner: No issues over representation in Netflix F1 series

Gunther Steiner says he has no issues with how he has been represented in Netflix’s Drive to Survive Formula 1 series as the third season is released worldwide on Friday.

Marko hails "sensational" Tsunoda after Bahrain F1 test

Red Bull Formula 1 advisor Helmut Marko heaped praise on AlphaTauri rookie Yuki Tsunoda following pre-season testing in Bahrain, calling his performance "sensational".

Marko hails best ever Red Bull pre-season test

Red Bull has labelled last weekend's pre-season Formula 1 test as the best it has ever had, but it still thinks rival Mercedes has more "up its sleeve".

Why the chances of a VW Group F1 entry are better than ever

All good things come in threes. In the past five years, the Volkswagen Group has seriously considered entering Formula 1 twice, but ultimately decided against doing so both times.

Hulkenberg could dovetail Mercedes and Aston Martin reserve role

Nico Hulkenberg could double up in a reserve driver role for both Aston Martin and Mercedes in Formula 1 this year, Autosport understands.

Haas and Williams linked to BWT F1 sponsor move

The iconic pink colour of Austrian water treatment company BWT could remain in Formula 1 this year, with sources indicating it has held talks with Haas and Williams

Marko: 'Insecurity' from Hockenheim 2018 behind Vettel struggles

Sebastian Vettel's failure to deliver on his targets at the Ferrari Formula 1 team was triggered by 'insecurity 'resulting from his 2018 German Grand Prix crash, according to Helmut Marko

Red Bull explains team bosses photo with Perez at Abu Dhabi GP

Red Bull has explained the background to a photo of Sergio Perez with team chiefs in Abu Dhabi, taken prior to him being announced as its 2021 Formula 1 driver

Red Bull open to lending out Albon to other F1 teams

Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko says the squad would be open to lending out Alex Albon to other Formula 1 teams in 2021 if they needed a replacement driver

Red Bull could build its own F1 power units under new regulations

Red Bull is considering building its own Formula 1 engine when new cheaper power unit rules come in to play by 2026 at the latest

MGU-K "gremlin" forced Mercedes to turn down power at F1 Abu Dhabi GP

Mercedes has admitted to concerns over an MGU-K "gremlin" ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that has forced all its Formula 1 teams to turn down their power

Wolff: Hamilton "on the right track" for F1 Abu Dhabi GP return

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff thinks Lewis Hamilton is "on the right track" to return to Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi, but confesses he is in a "pretty ugly" situation

Mercedes willing to give Grosjean farewell F1 test

Mercedes would be willing to give Romain Grosjean a private Formula 1 test to say farewell to the series if he is unable to race in Abu Dhabi next weekend