Oleg Karpov

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Grosjean's Mercedes F1 test to proceed despite French GP date change

Romain Grosjean's farewell Formula 1 test with Mercedes will still go ahead next month, despite a date change for the French GP forcing a demo run to be cancelled.

Schumacher: Reaching Q2 still a "totally realistic goal" in 2021

Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher believes progressing to Q2 in qualifying is a "totally realistic goal", despite his car being off the pace in 2021's first four races.

Steiner: "Not easy" to get Haas 2021 F1 car to suit Mazepin

Gunther Steiner says it is “not an easy task” for Haas to remedy the “weak” rear-end of its 2021 Formula 1 car to suit Nikita Mazepin’s driving style.

Steiner: Wolff “wanted a little bit of publicity” with FIA call

Haas Formula 1 chief Gunther Steiner believes Toto Wolff wanted “a little bit of publicity” with his broadcast radio call to FIA race director Michael Masi complaining about blue flags.

Schumacher improvement more reflective of Haas 2021 F1 pace - Williams

Williams reckons Mick Schumacher’s recent improvement for Haas more accurately shows its rival’s car potential, after the rookie out-qualified Nicholas Latifi for Formula 1’s 2021 Spanish Grand Prix.

Mazepin: F1's qualifying no-overtaking etiquette is flawed

Nikita Mazepin says Formula 1’s gentleman’s agreement about qualifying car order doesn’t work, after he was handed a three-place grid penalty at the Spanish Grand Prix for blocking Lando Norris.

Steiner: Criticism from F1 rivals shouldn't affect Mazepin

Haas Formula 1 team principal Gunther Steiner believes his rookie driver Nikita Mazepin shouldn't be affected by the criticism he receives by his colleagues.

Haas to improve radio communication after Mazepin/Perez near-miss

Haas has vowed to improve communication with its drivers to warn them when they are about to be lapped, after Nikita Mazepin's latest error in Formula 1's Portuguese Grand Prix.

Alonso: Harder to improvise in F1 than in WEC and IndyCar

Fernando Alonso says it is harder to improvise in Formula 1 compared to racing in IndyCar or sportscars, but hopes to apply lessons learned in those categories this year.

Sainz: Imola Q2 exit "exposed" lack of Ferrari F1 mileage

Carlos Sainz Jr was left disappointed by his Q2 exit in Formula 1 qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying the result “exposed” his lack of mileage with Ferrari.

Alonso unsure if he'll race in the Indy 500 again

Fernando Alonso has admitted he is not sure if he will race in the Indy 500 again, despite a win there having been a key target for him.

Tsunoda already contributing to AlphaTauri F1 car development

Formula 1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda is already making a valuable contribution to AlphaTauri's car development by raising new questions and ideas, according to technical chief Jody Egginton.

Schumacher: No reason Haas can’t fight for Q2 this year

Mick Schumacher feels optimistic about Haas’s Formula 1 qualifying prospects in 2021, believing there is no reason why the team cannot fight for spots in Q2 during the season.

Alpine ‘scared’ itself in Bahrain GP with hot-weather struggles

Alpine wants to understand why its Formula 1 car is seemingly less competitive in hot conditions after it “scared” itself in the Bahrain afternoon sessions last month.

AlphaTauri eyes "nice step forward" by Spain in development push

AlphaTauri is planning to follow up a promising 2021 Formula 1 season start with several upgrades that should provide "a nice step forward" by May's Spanish Grand Prix.

Haas "won't put effort" into anything beyond fighting Williams in F1

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner says his team is "not putting any effort" into anything that is not taking the fight to Williams during the 2021 Formula 1 season.

Mazepin "beating himself up" over Bahrain woes, says Steiner

Haas Formula 1 team boss Guenther Steiner revealed Nikita Mazepin was "beating himself up" over his lap-one exit in Bahrain but is confident the Russian rookie is "ready to go again".

Mazepin "very angry" with himself for early Bahrain exit

Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin said he was "very angry" at himself for his lap one retirement in the Bahrain Grand Prix after losing control in Turn 2.

Mazepin explains why he jumped F1 outlap queue in Bahrain GP Q1

Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin says his team instructed him to overtake his rivals during the dying moments of the first segment of qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Schumacher was warned about "aggressive" Mazepin in karting

Mick Schumacher has recalled that the first time he came across current Formula 1 team-mate Nikita Mazepin was when he was warned about the Russian’s aggressive driving in karting.

Perez recalls being ‘kicked out’ of Red Bull junior test

Sergio Perez has recalled being "kicked out" of a Red Bull junior test around 15 years before signing for its Formula 1 team for the 2021 season.

Mazepin explains how he ‘almost crashed’ following Giovinazzi

Nikita Mazepin says he “almost crashed” following Antonio Giovinazzi on-track on Saturday in Bahrain as he tested how much downforce is lost when driving behind other Formula 1 cars.

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

Kvyat: Top F1 team opportunity would be "different" now

Daniil Kvyat thinks he still has a lot more to offer in Formula 1, especially as he feels only now he is fully capable of delivering for a top team

Haas boss Steiner expects "difficult" 2021 F1 season

Haas boss Gunther Steiner thinks his team will face another "difficult" Formula 1 campaign in 2021, but says there are grounds to feel it can make progress

Haas impressed by Schumacher work ethic in Abu Dhabi F1 practice

Haas boss Gunther Steiner says Mick Schumacher's work ethic and way he integrated with the team were the most impressive aspects of his first Formula 1 race weekend appearance

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

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

Haas may keep details of Mazepin video action private

Haas Formula 1 chief Gunther Steiner says any details of action taken over the recent video involving Nikita Mazepin could be kept private

Vettel explains Ferrari farewell song in Abu Dhabi GP

Sebastian Vettel has explained why he burst in to song for his Ferrari Formula 1 team after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Gasly "worried" about repeating qualifying floor damage woe in Sakhir GP

AlphaTauri Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly is concerned that he could suffer a repeat of the floor damage that limited him to ninth in Sakhir GP qualifying during the race

Steiner: Haas willing to "take a risk" on Mazepin F1 superlicence for 2021

Haas Formula 1 boss Guenther Steiner says he's willing to take the risk of 2021 signing Nikita Mazepin failing to qualify for an FIA superlicence with a poor F2 finale

Kvyat: Anger turned to concern after Grosjean's fiery crash

Daniil Kvyat said his initial anger at Romain Grosjean turning into him in the Bahrain Grand Prix turned to concern when he saw his Haas rival's Formula 1 car explode

Kvyat assessing "interesting options" for 2021

AlphaTauri Formula 1 driver Daniil Kvyat says he's been getting calls about work for 2021 and insists that ultimately he will be able to choose what he does

Magnussen wanted to retire from Turkish GP due to visibility concerns

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner explained that Kevin Magnussen wanted to retire from the Turkish GP because he feared poor rearward visibility could trigger an incident with faster cars

Vettel: "Zero tolerance" for FIA's crane oversight in Turkey qualifying

Sebastian Vettel says he has "zero tolerance" for the mistake the FIA made in starting Formula 1 qualifying in Turkey with a crane still on the track

Leclerc explains angry outburst on team radio after Turkish GP podium miss

A furious Charles Leclerc let rip at himself on team radio after the Turkish Grand Prix, after a mistake while battling Sergio Perez cost him a Formula 1 podium finish

Grosjean uncomfortable with F1 radio messages being broadcast

Romain Grosjean says he does not like that all radio messages in Formula 1 can be broadcast on TV following two recent incidents involving drivers' comments

Grosjean in talks with IndyCar teams for 2021 switch after Haas F1 exit

Romain Grosjean says he has opened talks with IndyCar teams, after admitting he is now interested in a switch from Formula 1 to the American series

Haas overheating suspension problem altering F1 car ride height

Haas has revealed that it has a problem with its rear suspension overheating, which is altering the ride height of its Formula 1 car

Grosjean's F1 Eifel GP result won't influence Haas future

Haas team boss Gunther Steiner says Romain Grosjean's strong points finish at the Formula 1 Eifel Grand Prix will not have any influence on his driver choice for next year

FIA: COVID-19 protocols mean F1 can race "anywhere"

The FIA believes the COVID-19 protocols it has put in place means that Formula 1 can now feel comfortable racing "anywhere" governments allow it

Vettel: 'Some fights I shouldn't have picked' in failed Ferrari spell

Sebastian Vettel admits he has failed by not winning a Formula 1 world championship for Ferrari and says there were "fights that maybe I shouldn't have picked" behind the scenes

Aitken explains puncture caused "scary" F2 Sochi sprint race crash with Ghiotto

Jack Aitken has revealed a puncture caused his high-speed crash with Luca Ghiotto that brought an early end to the Formula 2 sprint race at Sochi

Schumacher: Father Michael's win record "there to be broken" by Hamilton

Formula 2 championship leader Mick Schumacher says his father Michael once said "records are there to be broken", as Lewis Hamilton closes in on the latter's Formula 1 win record

Wolff defends F1's new team $200 million lock out fee

Toto Wolff has defended Formula 1's $200 million fee for any new entries wishing to join the grid from 2021, believing it gives the existing teams "franchise value"

Haas considering "close to 10" drivers for 2021 F1 seats

Haas Formula 1 chief Guenther Steiner says there are "close to 10" drivers on the team's shortlist for a seat in 2021, including incumbents Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen

The inside story of Gasly's shock maiden F1 win Plus

The inside story of Gasly's shock maiden F1 win

Pierre Gasly's Italian Grand Prix victory will long live in the memory. But the journey to that famous win was one of many parts. AlphaTauri team manager Graham Watson speaks exclusively to AUTOSPORT to give the inside story of that crazy Sunday

Gasly: I still struggle to accept Hubert's passing

Pierre Gasly still finds it hard to accept that close friend Anthoine Hubert passed away in a crash last year, as he admitted returning to Spa-Francorchamps today was not easy

Russell tips Ilott to beat Shwartzman to Formula 2 title

Williams Formula 1 driver George Russell has tipped Callum Ilott to win this year's Formula 2 title, believing his compatriot will beat Robert Shwartzman to the crown

Sochi promoters targeting 30,000 spectators for F1's Russian GP

The promoters of the Russian Grand Prix aim to have grandstands at 50% capacity for September's Formula 1 race in Sochi, welcoming around 30,000 fans to the event

Ricciardo: "Seb spin" rubbed "salt in the wound" in tough Anniversary GP for Renault

Daniel Ricciardo says his "Seb spin" during the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix was "salt in the wound" after slipping from fifth on the grid to finish outside of the points

Mercedes role in Racing Point F1 brake duct case in spotlight

The actions Mercedes took in supplying brake duct parts and designs to Racing Point looks increasingly likely to come under the spotlight when the matter goes to an FIA appeal

Steiner: F1 penalty system "not working right" after Albon British GP clash

Haas boss Gunther Steiner says Formula 1's penalty system isn't "working right" after Red Bull's Alex Albon was penalised five seconds for hitting Kevin Magnussen at the British Grand Prix

Magnussen: Albon "poorly judged" overtake attempt in F1 British GP

Kevin Magnussen has criticised Red Bull's Alexander Albon for a "poorly judged" overtake attempt that ended the Haas Formula 1 driver's British Grand Prix

Hulkenberg in frame to replace Perez at Racing Point for F1 British GP

Nico Hulkenberg is in the frame to make a shock Formula 1 return this weekend at Silverstone with Racing Point following Sergio Perez's positive test for COVID-19

Brundle: Difficult to believe Racing Point F1 copied '19 Mercedes so well

Martin Brundle says it is "difficult to believe" Racing Point managed to copy last year's Formula 1 title-winning Mercedes car so well, praising the team for doing "an extraordinary job"

F1 Hungarian GP: Honda to change Gasly’s power unit to "avoid further risk"

Honda has confirmed it will change the power unit in Pierre Gasly's AlphaTauri Formula 1 car after recurring issues through qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix

Racing Point as fast in Austria as F1 rivals "feared" in testing

Racing Point's Formula 1 rivals say the team is as fast as they "feared" in pre-season testing and could even be a genuine top three contender this year

My job in F1: Sky F1 lead commentator David Croft

In the latest instalment of the My Job in F1 series, delving into the work of figures in the Formula 1 paddock, we meet Sky F1 lead commentator David Croft