Roberto Chinchero

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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.

F1 championship leader Leclerc robbed of $320,000 watch

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc has escaped unharmed after being robbed of a $320,000 Richard Mille watch in Italy on Monday night.

Domenicali: Competitive F1 grid more important than new teams

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali thinks that ensuring the current grid is as competitive as possible is more important for the spectacle than bringing new teams in.

F1 plans talks with Netflix and drivers over Drive to Survive's fake drama

Formula 1 plans talks with Netflix to ensure future Drive to Survive series don’t distort the truth too much and deter drivers from wanting to take part.

F1 ready to drop current races to make way for new grands prix

Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali has warned that some current races will likely lose their calendar slots to new venues, with even historic circuits told their places are not guaranteed.

Ferrari seeks further clarity over Mercedes F1 mirror concept

Ferrari wants the FIA to further clarify how far Formula 1 teams are allowed to push their mirrors designs, amid ongoing intrigue over the concept introduced by Mercedes.

Ferrari thinks 25bhp gap to Mercedes, Honda F1 engines has gone

Ferrari is optimistic it has slashed a 25bhp engine deficit to Formula 1 rivals Mercedes and Honda this winter, and thinks there is even a chance it could be ahead.

Bottas "secretly dreaming" of Alfa Romeo F1 podium

Valtteri Bottas has admitted consistently scoring points "would be a big achievement" for his Alfa Romeo F1 team, but says he's "secretly dreaming" of a podium.

Bottas feels "big responsibility" to be Alfa Romeo F1 leader

Valtteri Bottas says he's relishing taking on the "big responsibility" of being Alfa Romeo Formula 1's team leader after spending years in Lewis Hamilton's shadow at Mercedes.

How high-tech F1 has changed the race engineer role

A Formula 1 race engineer’s job used to be to collect the feedback from a driver and translate that into modifications on the car.

Vettel: Too many races could stop F1 being "special"

Formula 1 risks losing valuable staff as well as stopping grands prix being ‘special’ events if the calendar continues expanding, warns Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel: F1 must ask itself if money comes over morals

Four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel says the series needs to join other top-level sports in asking whether the chase for increased revenue should come above any moral concerns.

"Useless" hybrid rules shows F1 needs better green push - Vettel

Sebastian Vettel has warned that Formula 1's planned green push over the next few years does not go far enough, calling the current hybrid rules "useless".

Why F1's restricted 2022 rules won't make cars all look-alikes

While there are high hopes that Formula 1's new 2022 cars will deliver better racing, the bold rule changes have not won support from all fronts.

F1 eyes mandatory Friday running for young drivers

Formula 1 chiefs are planning talks with teams about new rules to make them run young drivers in Friday practice sessions in a bid to help bring on new talent.

Qatar closing on November slot for F1 2021 calendar

Qatar looks increasingly likely to join the 2021 Formula 1 calendar in November as a replacement for the cancelled Australian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo: Too early for Norris/Verstappen F1 comparisons

Daniel Ricciardo says McLaren Formula 1 team-mate Lando Norris shows similar traits of natural raw speed to Max Verstappen, even though he thinks it is too early to make direct comparisons.

Verstappen's F1 engine set for Hungarian GP practice checks

Honda will test Max Verstappen's crashed British Grand Prix power unit in Friday practice at Formula 1's Hungarian Grand Prix to check if it can be raced again.

Bottas in Alfa Romeo F1 link for 2022, if Mercedes opts for Russell

Valtteri Bottas has emerged as a lead candidate to switch to Alfa Romeo next season if the Finn is not retained by the Mercedes Formula 1 team.

Sauber working with Stellantis to extend Alfa Romeo F1 deal

Sauber is working with Stellantis to extend its Alfa Romeo Formula 1 support and backing beyond the end of its existing deal in 2021.

Flexi-wings won't be "a game-changer at all" in Baku F1 race

Frederic Vasseur believes teams running Formula 1's disputed 'flexi-wings' will not enjoy a huge performance gain in Baku, saying it "won't be a game-changer at all".

Giovinazzi no longer needs Raikkonen as F1 reference – Vasseur

Alfa Romeo team boss Fred Vasseur believes Antonio Giovinazzi no longer needs his experienced teammate Kimi Raikkonen as a reference after changing his approach in Formula 1.

Wolff: Verstappen not only future option as Hamilton successor

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff insists Max Verstappen is not the only young Formula 1 driver that his team could look to lead it in the future when Lewis Hamilton does retire.

Wolff: 15 staff and an empty factory not enough for Red Bull F1 engine

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes it will take more than '15 staff and an empty factory' for Red Bull to produce competitive Formula 1 engines by 2025.

Leclerc explains what he learned from Vettel as F1 team-mates

Charles Leclerc says he learned a lot from former Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s hidden qualities.

Sainz’s Ferrari euphoria "contagious" for F1 team - Leclerc

Carlos Sainz Jr’s "euphoria" at getting a chance to race for Ferrari in Formula 1 has helped lift the mood of the whole team, according to his team-mate Charles Leclerc.

Leclerc: 2021 cars more difficult to manage on corner entry

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc says Formula 1's 2021 cars are more difficult to manage on the entry to corners thanks to the new aero rules.

Russell - Alfa Romeo "most surprising team" in F1 testing

Alfa Romeo emerged from Formula 1’s pre-season test as the team that surprised the most, reckons Williams driver George Russell.

Sainz set for Ferrari F1 test debut at Fiorano next week

Carlos Sainz Jr will make his first on-track appearance as a Ferrari Formula 1 driver when he takes part in a private test at Fiorano next week

Binotto: Wolff is a rival in F1 but there is no hatred

Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Mattia Binotto says the relationship he has with Mercedes' Toto Wolff is one of sporting rivalry rather than hatred

Binotto mentally rehearsed Vettel Ferrari F1 future phone call three times

Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Mattia Binotto has revealed that he had to mentally rehearse three times his phone call to inform Sebastian Vettel he wasn't being retained for 2021

Vettel: F1 has "huge mountain to climb" to still exist in 10 years' time

Sebastian Vettel believes Formula 1 has a "huge mountain to climb" to still exist in 10 years' time, as he says it needs more than planned rule changes to thrive

Vettel "focused on F1", not considering alternatives for future

Sebastian Vettel says he remains "focused on Formula 1" as he considers his next move upon leaving Ferrari, and is yet to consider any alternative series or championships

Valtteri Bottas to stay at Mercedes after agreeing new 2021 F1 deal

Valtteri Bottas will remain at Mercedes in 2021 with a new deal having been agreed in principle, sources have revealed to Autosport

Zanardi in serious but stable condition after surgery for head injury

Alex Zanardi remains in a "serious" but "stable" condition after undergoing surgery for severe head injuries sustained in a handbike race accident in Italy on Friday

F1 News: Alonso "detoxed" and ready for F1 return, says Briatore

Fernando Alonso has "detoxed" himself while away from Formula 1 and is fired up for a return in 2021 if anyone wants him, says his manager Flavio Briatore

F1 News: Ferrari's Italian culture "misunderstood", says Vettel

Sebastian Vettel believes the Italian culture at Ferrari is too often "misunderstood", as he remains adamant the team's philosophy can get it back to the front in Formula 1

F1 News: Leclerc "happy" to keep Vettel as 2021 Ferrari team-mate

Charles Leclerc would be "happy" to keep Sebastian Vettel as his Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate next season after insisting their relationship is better than how it is sometimes portrayed

Vettel: Current high downforce F1 cars too heavy

Sebastian Vettel says Formula 1's "ridiculous" amount of downforce at the moment still cannot make up for the current generation of cars being too heavy

Vettel: Happiness, not money, key to new Ferrari F1 deal

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel says money "is not the most important thing" in his discussions with Ferrari about a new contract

2021 F1 rules delay will disadvantage Ferrari more than its rivals

Ferrari says the delayed introduction of the 2021 regulations has likely put it at a disadvantage to its rivals, but had to accept it for the sake of Formula 1

Binotto: F1 teams open to 2020-21 'super season' with two-day GPs

Formula 1 teams are open to the idea of a 'super season' that runs into January 2021 and includes two-day grands prix, says Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto

Ferrari: Vettel first choice to pair Leclerc in F1 2021, not Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel is Ferrari's first choice to partner Charles Leclerc for the 2021 Formula 1 season, says team principal Mattia Binotto

Nick Chester linked to senior Williams Formula 1 technical role

Ex-Renault Formula 1 chassis technical chief Nick Chester has been linked with a senior role at the Williams team next year

Ferrari team orders aren't like Red Bull's 'multi 21' - Vettel

Sebastian Vettel believes Ferrari's current Formula 1 team orders situation differs from Red Bull's famous 'Multi 21' controversy, but thinks drivers should always "stand up" for themselves in such circumstances

Vettel: F1 would be "just stupid" to ignore climate change

Four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel believes the series would be "stupid" to "neglect" the current world issues surrounding climate change

Massa tips Leclerc to win F1 title before Verstappen

Former Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa says he would not rule out Charles Leclerc winning the drivers' championship before Max Verstappen

Giovinazzi set for Alfa Romeo F1 stay, Hulkenberg in BMW DTM link

Antonio Giovinazzi is set to remain at the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team next season, with outgoing grand prix driver Nico Hulkenberg linked with a move to the DTM

Ferrari's Vettel: Critics changing opinions in F1 a "nightmare"

Sebastian Vettel says the changing opinions of critics in Formula 1 is a "nightmare" and that his future will be decided by both 2020 and the championship's impending rules overhaul

Ferrari backs Giovinazzi as Hulkenberg is linked with Alfa Romeo

Mattia Binotto says Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi needs to feel the "confidence" of Ferrari, amid speculation over his Formula 1 future and Nico Hulkenberg's emergence as a free agent

Lewis Hamilton: Realities of Formula 1 dangers are still "shocking"

Reigning Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton says dealing with the realities of danger in motorsport after Anthoine Hubert was killed at Spa hit him in the "depths of my soul"

Hamilton can be fully satisfied with F1 career without Ferrari

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton believes he can be "100%" satisfied with his Formula 1 career even if he does not compete for Ferrari

Ferrari pushing against standard parts element of 2021 F1 rules

Ferrari is "not happy yet" with the proposed 2021 Formula 1 regulations and is pushing back against standardisation, according to team boss Mattia Binotto

Binotto: Vettel still focused on goal of winning F1 title at Ferrari

Mattia Binotto is convinced Sebastian Vettel remains focused on becoming Formula 1 world champion with Ferrari, despite the team's 2019 setbacks and Vettel's supposed disillusionment with grand prix racing

Ferrari doesn't have full fix for Leclerc Germany qualifying issue

The Ferrari Formula 1 team needs "a little bit more time" to completely fix the issue that struck Charles Leclerc in qualifying for last weekend's German Grand Prix

Leclerc was "intimidated" by adapting Ferrari F1 car to himself

Charles Leclerc says he is no longer reluctant to adapt the Ferrari Formula 1 car to suit his driving style, having been "a little bit intimidated" early in 2019

Ferrari will not appeal "wrong decision" on Verstappen overtake

Ferrari will not appeal the outcome of the Formula 1 stewards' investigation into Max Verstappen's Austrian Grand Prix-winning move, despite believing the "wrong decision" was made

F1 teams to formally meet Pirelli/FIA over switch back to 2018 tyre

Formula 1 teams will meet with the FIA and Pirelli on Friday morning in Austria to formally discuss going back to the 2018 tyre construction, Autosport has learned

Vettel: Ferrari needs turnaround by summer to have any F1 title hopes

Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari needs to turn around its form before the summer break to have any chance of getting back into the Formula 1 title battle

October compromise likely for 2021 F1 rules to help small teams

Formula 1 teams are edging towards an October compromise over the finalising of the 2021 car regulations, in a bid to make things fairer for all teams