Christian Nimmervoll

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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

Grosjean suggests other F1 teams handled him better than Haas' management

Romain Grosjean has suggested that Haas' management has not handled him as well as his previous Formula 1 bosses, after Guenther Steiner called him "tough to manage"

Gasly "surprised" not to be considered for '21 Red Bull promotion

AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly is "surprised" he wasn't considered for a promotion back to the Red Bull Formula 1 team for 2021 following his Monza win, but insists he's "not disappointed"

Hamilton: New Mercedes F1 contract "probably" a formality

Lewis Hamilton says agreeing his new Mercedes Formula 1 contract is "probably" a formality, but that sitting down for talks is "not a priority right now"

Wolff explains why view on Red Bull supply has changed from 2016

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says both a lack of capacity and reduced marketing benefit explains his opposition to supplying Red Bull with power units from 2022

Red Bull considering taking over Honda F1 engine project for 2022

Red Bull says its preferred option for Formula 1 engines in 2022 is for it to take over the Honda project and run the power units itself

Red Bull F1's Marko says Hulkenberg could be 2021 option

Red Bull says Nico Hulkenberg could be an option for the team in 2021, after revealing that it even spoke to the German about driving in F1's Eifel Grand Prix

Wolff plays down increased INEOS involvement in Mercedes F1 team

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff has downplayed reports that INEOS is to become a full owner of the Brackley outfit

Vettel has no intention of getting an F1 manager

Sebastian Vettel has no intention of hiring a manager, despite the uncertainty surrounding his Formula 1 future

Red Bull: High-rake F1 concept still the right direction

Red Bull has faith that its high-rake concept is still the right way to go in Formula 1, despite some rivals suggesting it may have reached its limit of performance

Hulkenberg not interested in F1 test or reserve driver role

Nico Hulkenberg has no interest in taking a test or reserve driver role in Formula 1, despite putting himself back in the spotlight after his brief Racing Point return

Hockenheim no longer in the running to host F1 race in 2020

Hockenheim has revealed that it will not hold a Formula 1 race this year because of the strict limits on the numbers of people who would be able to attend

Marko opens up on Hamilton's fake quotes reaction

Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko says Lewis Hamilton's angry reaction to quotes that were wrongly attributed to Marko was 'understandable', revealing the matter had now been dealt with privately

DTM News: Survival chances "dwindling day-by-day", says BMW's Glock

The chances of DTM's survival beyond 2020 are "dwindling day-by-day" following the successive exits of R-Motorsport Aston Martin and Audi from the series, according to five-time race winner Timo Glock

F1 News: Hockenheim talks accelerate amid British GP doubts

Hockenheim chiefs say that talks with Liberty Media about the circuit joining the Formula 1 calendar have accelerated in the wake of fresh doubts over the British Grand Prix

F1 News: Sainz set to replace Vettel at Ferrari in 2021

Carlos Sainz Jr is set to replace Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari for the 2021 Formula 1 season, with an announcement expected later this week

F1 News: Red Bull can't afford Vettel, says motorsport boss Marko

Helmut Marko insists that there's no room for Sebastian Vettel alongside Max Verstappen at the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team because it "can't afford" the four-time world champion

F1 News: Sebastian Vettel set to leave Ferrari at end of 2020

Sebastian Vettel is set to leave Ferrari at the end of the 2020 Formula 1 season after talks over a new contract broke down, according to sources

F1 News: Hockenheim in talks to host race in 2020

Hockenheim has confirmed it is in early talks with Formula 1 over the possibility of hosting a grand prix in 2020

Marko: Plan to start F1 2020 season in Austria has good chance

Austrian Grand Prix chiefs believe an isolation plan to keep Formula 1 team personnel away from the local community will help boost chances of the race getting the go-ahead

Norris enjoying "more serious" Veloce/Motorsport Games Esports races

Lando Norris says he is enjoying the more serious and competitive nature of the Esports events being held by Veloce Esports and Motorsport Games

Coronavirus delay saves Formula 1 teams "a lot of money" - Tost

AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost says that the coronavirus pandemic has saved Formula 1 teams money in 2020, as they no longer have to conduct "double development" programmes for 2021

Red Bull backs Gasly to be "great" after post-demotion F1 2019 revival

Pierre Gasly has what it takes to win a place back at Red Bull and become "great" again in Formula 1, according to the team's motorsport advisor Helmut Marko

Red Bull F1 star Verstappen's maturity "far above average"

Helmut Marko believes Red Bull Formula 1 ace Max Verstappen's maturity is "far above average", and says he had no doubts about his talent from the moment they first met

Honda's F1 gains leave "no more excuses" for Red Bull in 2020

Red Bull says Honda's "good increases" in power means it has "no more excuses" in terms of not being a competitive force in the 2020 Formula 1 title race

Marko doesn't regret Sainz Red Bull F1 exit as "he is no Verstappen"

Helmut Marko says he does not regret letting Carlos Sainz Jr leave the Red Bull Formula 1 team's stable, because he does not rate Sainz as highly as Max Verstappen

Marko: F1 door closed for ex-Red Bull Formula 1 juniors

Red Bull will not consider bringing former juniors like Jean-Eric Vergne back into its Formula 1 fold in the future, according to its motorsport advisor Helmut Marko

Auer splits with Red Bull junior programme after just one year

Lucas Auer and Red Bull have mutually agreed to split just a year after Auer joined the energy drink brand's junior programme, Helmut Marko has announced

McLaren set for reshuffle after F1 head of aero Cattelani leaves

McLaren is set for a reshuffle of its Formula 1 aero department, Autosport has learned, as its head of aerodynamics Guillaume Cattelani has left the team

Mercedes: Ferrari's 2019 F1 power advantage has been up to 50bhp

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says Ferrari's power advantage in Formula 1 this season has been up to 50bhp at times

Toto Wolff: Mercedes staying in Formula 1 after 2021 "not a given"

Toto Wolff says there are no guarantees Mercedes will stay in Formula 1 after 2021, but insists all indications suggest it will remain

Ferrari wants the FIA to clarify that its F1 engine is legal

Ferrari says it would welcome a clarification from the FIA on the legality of its Formula 1 engine, after admitting it has become "annoyed" by recent speculation

Ex-Manor, Sauber F1 driver Wehrlein approached Haas about 2020 seat

Pascal Wehrlein approached Haas about a return to Formula 1 with the team for 2020, but his time away from the championship ultimately counted against him

Red Bull adamant Gasly's seat is safe for rest of 2019 F1 season

Red Bull has silenced talk that Pierre Gasly's future at the team is again in doubt and insisted he will see out the 2019 Formula 1 season

No more "matrix" management structure at McLaren Formula 1 team

McLaren has completely eliminated its infamous "matrix" management structure and will have a traditional Formula 1 leadership arrangement under new team principal Andreas Seidl

Kubica: Williams F1 woes cast "shadow" on my comeback achievement

Robert Kubica says the "shadow" cast by his Williams team's struggles this year means even he has sometimes forgotten how big an achievement it was to return to Formula 1

Seidl: Budget cap "only way" McLaren can fight F1's big three again

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl says the championship's incoming budget cap is "the only way" his outfit can fight with Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull again

Seidl wanted new McLaren Formula 1 windtunnel "from day one"

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl targeted the development of a new windtunnel "from day one" of his new role