Oleg Karpov

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Leclerc baffled by Hungarian GP "turning point" of early stop for hards

Charles Leclerc admitted using the hard tyre in Formula 1's Hungarian Grand Prix was a "turning point" in the race and doesn't understand why Ferrari put him on that rubber.

Haas F1 boss Steiner not surprised by Rich Energy BSB team saga

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner says the latest saga involving former sponsor Rich Energy and a British Superbike team came as no surprise to him.

"Totally wrong" VSC message interfered in French GP result - Perez

Red Bull's Sergio Perez says he lost third place in the Formula 1 French Grand Prix due to a "totally wrong" message regarding the ending of the virtual safety car.

Hill: F1 title fight is at "critical tipping point" ahead of British GP

Damon Hill believes it could soon become “very difficult” for Ferrari to recover against Max Verstappen and Red Bull, leaving the Formula 1 title fight at a “critical tipping point”.

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.

Gasly: F1 needs to stop drivers "ending up with a cane at 30"

Pierre Gasly called on the FIA to "save us from ending up with a cane at 30 years old" after drivers reported physical struggles due to extreme porpoising in Baku.

F1 winner Bottas surprised by ‘weird’ €50k success from bum picture

Valtteri Bottas was left surprised by the “weird” success of a cheeky print photo of his bum that helped raise €50,000 for charity, saying: “I don’t quite get it”.

The data that hints of an Alfa Romeo F1 surprise in Monaco

Alfa Romeo’s progress in Formula 1 this year has made it a Q3 regular and occasional thorn in the side of Mercedes.

Steiner explains Haas pace despite lack of F1 upgrades at Spanish GP

Haas Formula 1 team principal Gunther Steiner has explained why his team was able to shine in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying despite not applying any upgrades like most of its midfield rivals.

Tsunoda: "I didn't know what I was doing" in F1 debut year

AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda says he has made a "massive step" during his much improved second Formula 1 season, admitting he "didn't know" what he was doing in his debut year.

Schumacher: New Sainz Ferrari F1 deal was "obvious step"

Mick Schumacher does not think Carlos Sainz’s new Formula 1 deal with Ferrari will "really change much" for him at Haas, saying it was an "obvious step" for the team.

Gasly: Not 'too hard’ to keep Hamilton behind in Imola F1 race

AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly says it ‘wasn’t too hard’ to keep Lewis Hamilton behind him as they battled for position in Formula 1’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Zhou given pitlane start penalty for Emilia Romagna GP after F1 sprint crash

Zhou Guanyu will start the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix from the pitlane after Alfa Romeo repaired his car under parc ferme conditions following his sprint race crash.

Berger: DTM wasn't right place for MotoGP ace Rossi's first GT3 season

Gerhard Berger feels 2022 was “not the right time” for MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi to enter the DTM, saying he needs more time to become competitive in GT3 machinery.

Bottas explains Alfa Romeo F1 start issue at Bahrain

Valtteri Bottas has explained the start issue which cost him positions at the Bahrain Grand Prix, with Alfa Romeo chasing a fix following similar issues in Formula 1 pre-season testing.

Berger doesn't see "way forward" for Aston Martin under Krack

Formula 1 legend Gerhard Berger says he doesn't see a "way forward" for Aston Martin under new team principal Mike Krack given BMW's recent record in DTM.

Hill: Hamilton would prefer to win eighth F1 title ‘fighting everybody’

1996 Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill believes Lewis Hamilton would thrive off an open challenge for his eighth world championship in 2022, preferring to break the record “fighting everybody”.

Alonso still good enough to win F1 title, says Brundle

Fernando Alonso still has what it takes to win another Formula 1 world championship given the right car, reckons Sky F1 expert Martin Brundle.

Brundle "doesn’t buy" idea Hamilton would have quit F1

Sky Formula 1 expert Martin Brundle said he "doesn’t buy" the idea that Lewis Hamilton was ever going to turn his back on grand prix racing last winter.

Bottas: Completing F1 race distance "my biggest concern"

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas says being able to complete a race distance is his "biggest concern" after a variety of issues interrupted the team during pre-season testing.

Magnussen wishes F1 test-topping time meant more

Kevin Magnussen says he wished his Formula 1 test-topping performance in Bahrain on Friday meant something beyond a bit of fun upon his return to Haas.

Haas: First call would go to Fittipaldi if Mazepin cannot race in F1

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner says the team would call on Pietro Fittipaldi to step in for Nikita Mazepin if he cannot race amid doubts over the Russian’s future.

Mazepin aims to improve bonding with wider Haas F1 team in 2022

Nikita Mazepin says he wants to improve how he interacts with the wider Haas Formula 1 team in 2022 as he aims to make progress in his second season.

Mazepin "neutral" with Haas F1 team-mate Schumacher after "difficult times"

Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin says he now has a "a very neutral relationship" with teammate Mick Schumacher after the pair went through "difficult times" in their rookie season.

Mazepin feels ready for fight in F1 midfield in 2022

Nikita Mazepin says he feels "100% ready" to be battling in Formula 1’s midfield this year if Haas can give him a car that is a good step forward.

Steiner: Haas crew "never gave up" in tough F1 2021

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner says he's impressed with how his team "always kept fighting" and never gave up during a challenging 2021 season.

Mazepin gives himself 4 out of 5 for sticking through first F1 season

Nikita Mazepin rates his rookie Formula 1 season a four out of five for sticking through the hardship of what he labelled as some "really tough" moments.

Why Alfa's ousted F1 driver can be "happy" despite losing his drive Plus

Why Alfa's ousted F1 driver can be "happy" despite losing his drive

Antonio Giovinazzi's Formula 1 career has reached a crossroads as the Italian heads out of the Alfa Romeo exit door for Formula E. While disappointed to have lost his drive to Guanyu Zhou after what he believes was his best of the three years he spent with the team, he's mostly glad to have reached the hallowed F1 grid at all...

Haas F1 2022 car passes crash tests

The Haas Formula 1 team has announced its 2022 challenger has passed its mandatory crash tests.

Seidl: Messages between FIA and F1 teams shouldn't be broadcast

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl thinks sensitive communication between the teams and FIA race control shouldn't be broadcast on TV, after an exchange involving Red Bull caused uproar in Saudi Arabia.

Seidl backs call for F1 red flag rule change after Jeddah race

McLaren boss Andreas Seidl has backed a call by Lando Norris for a change Formula 1’s red flag rules following Sunday's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Pourchaire "fine", Fittipaldi suffers fractured heel after Jeddah F2 startline crash

Theo Pourchaire has confirmed that he is "fine" while Enzo Fittipaldi has sustained a fractured heel following a frightening Formula 2 start line crash in the feature race at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Marko: Red Bull "not treated the same" as Mercedes by FIA stewards

Helmut Marko believes Red Bull is “not treated the same” as Mercedes by the FIA stewards after a penalty ended Max Verstappen’s Saudi Arabia Formula 1 race win hopes.

Mazepin didn’t want FP3 incident to impact Hamilton’s F1 title bid

Nikita Mazepin did not want the impeding incident in Jeddah FP3 to impact Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 title chances, saying the Mercedes driver felt “very sorry” for what happened.

Haas bonus scheme idea prompted by real concern, says Mazepin

Nikita Mazepin says his father’s offer to Haas to set up an incentive scheme for staff has been prompted by genuine concerns about the pressures Formula 1 personnel face.

Brundle: Russell can't go on "missing list" when he joins Mercedes

Ex-Formula 1 driver Martin Brundle believes George Russell needs to be wary of going on the "missing list" when he joins Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes next season.

Hill: 2021 ending in Hamilton/Verstappen crash "sad for F1"

Former Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill says Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have an "obligation to be sporting" and it would be "sad for F1" if the season ended in more controversy.

Hamilton has "moved into overdrive" in F1 title battle - Brundle

Lewis Hamilton has "moved into overdrive" in the latter part of the 2021 Formula 1 season as his title battle with Max Verstappen intensifies, according to ex-F1 racer Martin Brundle.

Alpine F1 duo pushed team tactics "to the limit" to stave off Gasly

Esteban Ocon admits he and Alpine Formula 1 team-mate Fernando Alonso pushed team tactics "to the limit" in order to try to beat AlphaTauri rival Pierre Gasly in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Sainz: Gravel traps would have solved Verstappen/Hamilton incident

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz Jr says that the Turn 4 incident between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in Brazil shows why Formula 1 needs more gravel traps instead of tarmac run-offs.

Teams given extra preparation time for Brazilian GP after F1 freight delays

The FIA has altered Formula 1's sporting rules for the 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix weekend to grant the teams additional preparation time after the championship's post-Mexican GP freight delays.

Steiner: F1 teams face "pretty tough" week after freight delays

Haas chief Gunther Steiner believes Formula 1 teams face a “pretty tough” week after freight delays left squads still waiting for engines and parts in Sao Paulo on Thursday.

F1’s end of season schedule is "strange", says Alonso

Fernando Alonso thinks Formula 1’s end of season schedule choice this year is "strange", and has left team mechanics and staff "on the limit".

Haas: Drivers should listen, not try to be strategists

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner says his drivers should listen and stop trying to be strategists, following the latest incident between Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher.

Perez: No point discussing team orders scenario with Red Bull yet

Sergio Perez thinks there is no point in speaking to his Red Bull Formula 1 bosses about potential team orders in his home Mexican Grand Prix until the eve of the race.

Haas wouldn’t see Andretti Formula 1 involvement as a threat

Haas would not see any potential move into Formula 1 by Andretti Autosport as a threat, believing there would be “not a lot of change” in the American market.

Haas: Q2 spot shows team "ready to get points" with a better car

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner says his team's display at the Turkish Grand Prix has given him the belief that it can regularly fight for points once it develops a competitive car.

Mazepin: “Driving blind” in dirty spray caused near-miss with Hamilton

Nikita Mazepin described wet conditions as like “driving blind” during the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix and will apologise to Lewis Hamilton for almost causing a crash while being lapped.

Schumacher never doubted he could shine in F1 after making Turkey Q2

Mick Schumacher says he never lost belief that he could deliver in Formula 1, as he produced a stand-out performance in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix.

Ocon: Alpine puzzled by car pace differences

Esteban Ocon says he and his Alpine Formula 1 team have been puzzled by recent ‘tricky’ pace differences between its two cars, despite almost identical setups.

Alonso: Alpine “ultra competitive” in best F1 race of year

Fernando Alonso believes that the Russian GP was his best of race of the season thus far for an "ultra competitive" Alpine Formula 1 team.

Gap between Russell and Latifi in F1 not "as big as everybody believes"

Williams CEO Jost Capito believes the performance gap between George Russell and Nicholas Latifi is not as big as people following Formula 1 believe.

Mazepin: New chassis has "massively improved" F1 pace

Nikita Mazepin is convinced that the lighter new Haas chassis that he has had since the Belgian Grand Prix has "massively improved" his qualifying pace in Formula 1.

Alonso: F1 needs more equal cars to open up podium battle

Formula 1 needs to do more to level out the performance between different cars, reckons Fernando Alonso, so the fight for podiums is more equal.

Sainz "happy" for McLaren's Monza F1 win despite points blow

Carlos Sainz Jr was happy to see his old McLaren team end its winless Formula 1 streak at the Italian Grand Prix, despite Ferrari losing ground in the championship.

Alonso: Alpine "best team" in the midfield without fastest car

Fernando Alonso thinks Alpine is the best team in Formula 1's midfield despite not having a car as fast as the likes of Aston Martin and AlphaTauri.

Ferrari: Qualifying Friday is better, but Saturday needs new ideas

Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr believe Fridays of Formula 1 grand prix weekends improve significantly under the sprint qualifying format.

Alonso: Verstappen and Hamilton "both did what they should do" in clash

Fernando Alonso reckons both Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen did "what they should do" in their clash during Formula 1's Italian Grand Prix.

Ocon disagrees with Monza F1 penalty for Vettel move

Alpine Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon was left frustrated after getting a penalty for forcing off Sebastian Vettel in Monza, arguing a similar incident in 2019 was left unpunished.

Sainz: Monza style F1 crash "will not happen again anytime soon"

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz has vowed his Monza crash "will not happen again", as he admits he is still going through a learning process following recent accidents.