Filip Cleeren

After concluding his journalism studies in 2011 Filip decided to take the hard way and become a freelance motorsports writer, which took him on a nomadic 50-country journey from Indianapolis to Le Mans and from Melbourne's Albert Park to the Dakar in Argentina. Filip first started contributing to in the summer of 2015, helping to establish the Dutch language edition and regularly contributing to the global edition. Born and raised in Belgium and now settled in Barcelona, Spain, Filip actively covers the FIA WEC, F1 and other major series around the world in addition to his news editing duties, having transitioned fully to the global edition in February 2021.

Latest articles by Filip Cleeren


Mercedes: No complacency over F1 2022 reliability record

Mercedes insists it is not getting complacent about its finishing record in Formula 1 this year, despite rivals Red Bull and Ferrari having big reliability headaches.

Verstappen: Red Bull still "need to improve" to fend off quicker Ferrari

Formula 1 world championship leader Max Verstappen says his Red Bull team still "needs to improve" after feeling Ferrari was quicker during Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.

Sainz now able to push without fear of crashing Ferrari F1 car

Carlos Sainz says he felt more comfortable in his Ferrari Formula 1 car during the Canadian Grand Prix, saying he was able to push without "fear of losing the car".

Magnussen: F1 race control too easy to influence after Ocon radio call

Kevin Magnussen believes FIA race control is too easy to influence by drivers after being called in to repair a damaged front wing in the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix.

Ferrari: FIA didn't follow right F1 procedure with porpoising technical directive

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says the FIA did not follow correct procedures in the way it tried to help solve Formula 1's porpoising problems.

Alfa Romeo working on soft tyre weakness in F1 qualifying

Alfa Romeo admits it still needs to work on soft tyre performance in Formula 1 qualifying, but is adamant its Monaco problems are gone after an improved showing in Baku.

Aston Martin no longer "pinned" by F1 set-up since Spain upgrade

Aston Martin no longer feels “pinned” by the set-up on its Formula 1 car since debuting the significant update in Spain that drew similarities to Red Bull’s design.

Binotto: F1 teams need to help new FIA race directors improve

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto thinks teams need to play their part to help Formula 1's new race directors achieve more consistency.

Steiner: Schumacher must find right balance of performance and clean running

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner has made it clear Mick Schumacher has to find the right balance between performance and staying out of trouble.

Albon: F1 drivers who cause yellow flags in qualifying should have lap deleted

Williams driver Alex Albon says he doesn't blame Fernando Alonso for gamesmanship during Baku Formula 1 qualifying but thinks drivers who cause incidents should have their best time deleted.

Russell: "Only a matter of time" before "dangerous" bouncing causes incident

Mercedes driver George Russell believes it is "only a matter of time" before Formula 1's "dangerous" bouncing issues will cause a major incident.

Wolff: Draggy Mercedes F1 "parachute" causing one-second Baku deficit

Mercedes Formula 1 team principal Toto Wolff says the team's lack of top speed in Baku is the result of a draggy "parachute" of a car coupled with a return of its bouncing issues.

Mercedes needs "fundamental improvements" after torrid Baku F1 Friday

Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin says the team "needs fundamental improvements" after struggling massively during Friday practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Alfa Romeo reveals special F1 livery at Azerbaijan GP

The Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team will race with a one-off livery in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, adding green to its red and white colour scheme.

Red Bull: Perez now as comfortable as Verstappen in RB18 F1 car

Red Bull believes Sergio Perez is now as comfortable with its Formula 1 car as Max Verstappen, which has allowed the Mexican to make a solid step in 2022.

Why Formula 1 2022's midfield battle is so unpredictable

If Formula 1's new rules package has achieved one thing, then it's the fact that its midfield battle seems tighter than ever. While McLaren appears in a prime position to pull away, there are solid reasons why the team remains cautious about its prospects.

Verstappen: Spain issue shows F1 still needs DRS despite 2022 rules

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen says his DRS issue in Spain has demonstrated that Formula 1 still needs the drag reduction system to facilitate overtaking despite its new-for-2022 car designs.

Red Bull: Azerbaijan GP will present true test for DRS fix

Red Bull Formula 1 chief engineer Paul Monaghan is confident the team has fixed its recurrent DRS issues but says the high opening speeds in Baku will be the ultimate test.

Ocon: Uncertain future for French GP in F1 "disappointing"

Alpine driver Esteban Ocon says it is "disappointing" to see that the French Grand Prix is likely to be absent from the 2023 Formula 1 calendar.

Binotto: Ferrari's Monaco GP mistakes will make us stronger

Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Mattia Binotto believes that learning from the Monaco Grand Prix strategy errors “will make us stronger” as it vows to bounce back in Baku.

Wolff: F1 budget cap allowance would help adjust staff salaries

Mercedes teams principal Toto Wolff says a compromise to adjust Formula 1's budget cap to account for increased energy and freight costs would allow the team to adjust staff salaries for inflation.

Steiner: F1 can't just open up budget cap for big teams

Haas team boss Gunther Steiner says Formula 1 2022's tight midfield battle shows that it cannot simply increase the budget cap to accommodate the rising costs for its biggest spenders.

Wolff: Hamilton only missing luck to match Russell in F1 2022

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff reckons Lewis Hamilton just needs his spell of bad luck to stop for him to match team-mate George Russell’s results.

Sainz calls for 'more clarity and consistency' on F1 impeding calls

Carlos Sainz and his Ferrari Formula 1 team were frustrated by the FIA stewards' decision-making after he copped a €25,000 fine for impeding Lance Stroll in Monaco Grand Prix practice.

Wolff: Alonso-Hamilton duel shows F1 needs to look at Monaco tweaks

Mercedes Formula 1 team principal Toto Wolff believes that Alpine's Fernando Alonso holding up Lewis Hamilton in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix shows that changes to the venue are needed.

Perez signs two-year extension to Red Bull F1 contract

Sergio Perez has signed a two-year contract extension with the Red Bull Formula 1 team, taking his new deal until the end of the 2024 season.

Sainz: Outlap traffic cost me Monaco GP F1 win

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz says traffic on his outlap after his first pitstop to slicks has cost him a maiden win in a rain-affected Formula 1's Monaco Grand Prix.

Nurburgring 24h: Phoenix Audi wins battle of attrition
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Nurburgring 24h: Phoenix Audi wins battle of attrition

Phoenix Racing Audi drivers Kelvin van der Linde, Dries Vanthoor, Fred Vervisch and Robin Frijns claimed victory in the 50th running of the Nurburgring 24 Hours, held in changeable conditions.

F1 Monaco GP: Perez beats Leclerc to top final practice

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez has denied Ferrari's Charles Leclerc a clean sweep of Monaco Grand Prix practice, beating the home hero to the fastest time in FP3.

McLaren: Low speed F1 pace no guarantee for Monaco GP

McLaren Formula 1 team boss Andreas Seidl is "cautiously optimistic" about his team's Monaco Grand Prix prospects but warned the team's improved low-speed performance is no guarantee it will be competitive.

Leclerc feeling better after Spanish GP DNF than Miami second place

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc says retiring from the lead in Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix somehow left him feeling better than when he lost fewer points to Max Verstappen in Imola and Miami.

McLaren: Norris battled tonsillitis during Spanish F1 GP weekend

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl revealed Lando Norris suffered from tonsillitis through the Spanish Grand Prix race weekend and praised the Briton for fighting through his illness to finish eighth.

Leclerc "can't afford" more F1 DNFs after Spanish GP exit

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc said his team can't afford many more unforced errors after retiring from a dominant lead in Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix.

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.

Wolff: Mercedes can start catching F1 rivals after solving porpoising

Toto Wolff believes his Mercedes Formula 1 team can finally start catching up to Red Bull and Ferrari after solving its car's crippling porpoising issues.

DRS fault caused Verstappen's Spanish GP Q3 slowdown

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says a DRS problem caused Max Verstappen to abort his final Spanish Grand Prix Q3 run, but doesn't believe he would have been able to beat polesitter Charles Leclerc.

The heart-warming story behind Albon's red hair craze

On Thursday, Alex Albon's red hairdo spread through the Barcelona Formula 1 paddock like wildfire as the Williams driver helped dye fellow team members. Barcelona's red hair craze was not just a bit of innocent fun though, but the result of Albon putting his weight behind a heart-warming charity push in Thailand.

Verstappen: Red Bull still too "hit and miss" with issues despite Miami F1 win

Max Verstappen has called on his Red Bull team to iron out its operational issues after winning the Miami Grand Prix despite several issues across the weekend.

Vettel: Schumacher Miami GP F1 collision "stupid for both of us"

Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel says his collision with Mick Schumacher during Formula 1's Miami Grand Prix "was stupid for both us".

WEC Spa: #7 Toyota wins dramatic mixed weather race

The #7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez has claimed victory in a stop-start World Endurance Championship Spa 6 Hours, beating Alpine in mixed conditions.

Miami GP boss defends high F1 ticket prices

Miami Grand Prix chief Tom Garfinkel has defended the Formula 1 race's extremely high ticket prices, saying it is driven by how much demand there is for the event.

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.

Hamilton: Amazing to see F1 has finally cracked the US

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says it is "amazing" to see Formula 1 has finally "cracked" the US after years of lukewarm interest from American race fans.

Magnussen no longer has weight of F1 title dream on his shoulders

Haas Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen says he no longer has the "big weight" on his shoulders of aiming to become a world champion after his year out.

Alfa Romeo: Rival teams "played games" with FIA to raise F1 weight limit

Alfa Romeo team boss Fred Vasseur believes rival Formula 1 teams "played games with the FIA" over raising the weight limit for the new 2022 cars.

Leclerc: 'Paid the price for being too greedy' with Imola F1 spin

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc says he "paid the price" for being "too greedy" after letting an Imola podium slip away with a late spin.

Norris "could have gotten Leclerc" for Imola F1 front row

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris believes he could have taken second from Charles Leclerc in a dramatic qualifying session in Imola but was still happy to qualify an unlikely third.

Russell: "No interest" in fighting Hamilton over P5 in F1

Mercedes Formula 1 driver George Russell says he has "no interest" in fighting team-mate Lewis Hamilton while the team is still lacking performance.

Seidl: McLaren must remain patient despite Australian GP progress

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl says his team needs to remain patient despite a stronger performance at the Australian Grand Prix.

Verstappen: F1 must speed up “turtle” Aston Martin safety car

Red Bull's Max Verstappen has urged Formula 1 to speed up its "turtle" Aston Martin Vantage safety car as drivers struggled to maintain tyre temperature at the Australian Grand Prix.

Leclerc "couldn't turn" before poor Australian GP safety car restart

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc explained picking up old rubber before the final corner was behind the poor safety car restart that almost cost him the lead of Formula 1's Australian Grand Prix.

Leclerc keeps Australian GP F1 pole after being cleared over in-lap time

Ferrari's Australian GP polesitter Charles Leclerc has been cleared by the FIA Formula 1 stewards for driving unnecessarily slowly on an in-lap during qualifying, allowing him to keep his pole for Sunday's race.

Albon disqualified from Australian GP qualifying

Alex Albon has been disqualified from qualifying for Formula 1's Australian Grand Prix after his Williams car couldn't produce a large enough fuel sample.

Verstappen "all over the place" despite front row for Australian GP

Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen says he was "all over the place" in the Red Bull after qualifying second for the Australian Grand Prix.

Vettel fined for Australian GP FP1 scooter excursion

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel has been handed a €5000 fine for his scooter escapade at the end of the Australian Grand Prix first practice.

Ricciardo hopes tweaked Melbourne F1 lay-out can yield points

Daniel Ricciardo says McLaren Formula 1's improved Saudi Arabia GP form has given him hope that he can aim for points at his home race in Melbourne.

Binotto: Leclerc driving like someone who can win F1 title

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto thinks Charles Leclerc is driving at the level of a Formula 1 world championship contender after taking first and second in 2022's pair of opening races.

Horner: F1 should look into DRS placement after Saudi GP 'cat and mouse games'

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes Formula 1 should look at the placement DRS detection lines in order to avoid the "cat and mouse games" seen in Jeddah.

Wolff: No ‘arm twisting’ to convince F1 drivers to race in Saudi Arabia

Toto Wolff says there “wasn’t any arm twisting from our side” to convince Formula 1 drivers to race in Saudi Arabia after threats of a boycott emerged on Friday night.

Wolff: "Painful" Mercedes F1 form is an exercise in humility

Toto Wolff believes Mercedes’ current “painful” form in Formula 1 is an “exercise in humility” after failing to challenge Red Bull or Ferrari in Saudi Arabia last weekend.