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The driver who can wreck F1's "super exciting" 2020 silly season Plus

The driver who can wreck F1's "super exciting" 2020 silly season

Most of the top drivers in Formula 1 are facing intriguing 2020s. If things go one way, there could be a much-changed grid in '21. But, as Scott Mitchell explains in his final Autosport column, that's only if one racer doesn't get everything right this season

Red Bull's Verstappen now has basis for first F1 title challenge

Max Verstappen believes he and Red Bull now have a foundation in place to mount a Formula 1 title challenge in 2020, as long as the development step proves sufficient

Ferrari: Mick Schumacher a good candidate for seat in Formula 1

Ferrari believes its junior driver Mick Schumacher would be a "good candidate" for a Formula 1 seat in the future

Hamilton felt pressure of revitalised Mercedes team-mate 'Bottas 2.0'

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says he felt pressure going up against a revitalised 'Valtteri Bottas 2.0' at the start of the 2019 season

Alfa team boss Vasseur: Squad must maximise results in chaotic races

Alfa Romeo must maximise "chaotic" Formula 1 races better after missing opportunities that would have given it a "completely different" championship last year, says team boss Frederic Vasseur

Honda: Verstappen F1 relationship like seeing a young Senna

Honda's Formula 1 boss says Max Verstappen's relationship with the company is like seeing that of a young Ayrton Senna

Ferrari: Key team personnel running F1 would be conflict of interest

Formula 1 teams would not be happy to see a former team boss take a senior role within the championship like Toto Wolff has been linked to, says Ferrari's CEO

Verstappen will "speed up" Albon's F1 learning process at Red Bull

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Alexander Albon says having a team-mate as strong as Max Verstappen is "a good way to speed up the learning process"

Bottas out to make Mercedes F1 deal renewal a "no-brainer" for team

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas says he wants to make it a "no-brainer"decision for the team to retain him past the 2020 season

Late Spa shunt could have cost Giovinazzi his drive - Alfa

Antonio Giovinazzi's Formula 1 career could have been decided by his late crash out of the points in the Belgian Grand Prix, Alfa Romeo team boss Frederic Vasseur says

The major lesson Ricciardo learned in Renault's poor 2019 Plus

The major lesson Ricciardo learned in Renault's poor 2019

Daniel Ricciardo's decision to give up a race-winning car at Red Bull raised eyebrows in the summer of 2018 and his first season with Renault indeed passed without a podium. Nevertheless, he learned a vital lesson from a trying campaign

Ferrari: F1 may 'die' without strict budget cap

Ferrari believes Formula 1 needs to develop a stricter budget cap over time to reinforce the championship's economic viability, otherwise it is "slowly going to die"

Honda: Hitting targets vital to Red Bull Formula 1 trust

Honda believes its ability to hit its engine targets in Formula 1 this season has been key to building mutual trust with its new partner Red Bull

Verstappen: Inconsistent F1 stewards similar to football referees

Max Verstappen says stewarding in Formula 1 is the same as refereeing in football, as personal interpretation will always play a key role in decisions

Honda stopped wasting time on "clean-up" work to focus on F1 gains

Honda's improved reliability in Formula 1 has allowed it to invest more time in performance development instead of being distracted by "clean-up" work finding fixes to problems

Ferrari: Letting Vettel win F1's Singapore Grand Prix was key

Ferrari Formula 1 boss Mattia Binotto believes it was right to let Sebastian Vettel win this year's Singapore Grand Prix to boost his confidence and his trust in the team

Albon went back to "square one" after mid-season Red Bull F1 move

Alex Albon says the change that came with his mid-year move to Red Bull was "almost like starting back at square one" midway through his rookie Formula 1 season

Ferrari seeks to add female drivers to Formula 1 junior programme

Ferrari wants to add female drivers to its Formula 1 junior programme and is working to make sure it happens "very soon"

Mercedes F1 engineer move let Bottas learn Hamilton's methods

Valtteri Bottas says he was given a "great opportunity" in 2019 to work with one of Lewis Hamilton's ex-engineers and learn more about the six-time Formula 1 world champion's methods

Why Honda's true progress will only be seen in F1 2020 Plus

Why Honda's true progress will only be seen in F1 2020

Honda and Red Bull joined forces in Formula 1 2019 - a year on from the former's high-profile split from McLaren. There were wins, but no title challenge. Here we explain why that was never the expectation

Vasseur got Peter Sauber to bless Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team rebrand

Frederic Vasseur called Peter Sauber before anyone else about rebranding his Formula 1 team as Alfa Romeo, which he says will be in place for the "long-term"

Honda asked staff for problems with supplying two Formula 1 teams

Honda asked its trackside staff for problems or concerns that arose in the 'challenge' of supplying two Formula 1 teams for the first time, so it can improve next season

Mercedes' F1 records don't give it "any credit" for future tests

Toto Wolff says Mercedes' record-breaking success does not buy the team "any credit" for the challenges that will arrive with Formula 1's "upside-down" rules from 2021

Early Ferrari F1 2019 driver meetings were "full of embarrassments"

Ferrari Formula 1 boss Mattia Binotto has admitted meetings with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were "full of embarrassments" when he first tried to manage them early in the season

How Mercedes' "sensational" Formula 1 drivers work together

Mercedes has a "sensational driver line-up" in Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas that is competitive without compromising the team's objectives, says its Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff

Horner: Formula 1 engine promises finally met with Honda

Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner says the team finally had all its engine promises delivered for the first time, after switching from Renault to Honda in 2019

Ferrari: Vettel/Leclerc F1 2019 clash was a necessary "crisis"

The clash between Formula 1 team-mates Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc was a necessary "crisis" in 2019 to establish ground rules within the team, says Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri

Ricciardo, Renault were "scratching our heads" during 2019 F1 lows

Daniel Ricciardo admits he and his Renault Formula 1 team were left "scratching our heads" at some of the lows they endured during the 2019 season

Wolff: Lauda's death the defining days of Mercedes' 2019 Formula 1 season

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff has said racing in Monaco days after the death of non-executive chairman Niki Lauda were the most defining days of the team's season

How Honda's 'stickers and wires' impressed Red Bull F1's Verstappen

Max Verstappen says he loves working with Honda because of the Formula 1 manufacturer's working practices and attention to detail, right down to the accuracy of its 'wires and stickers'

The high-pressure job Leclerc completed in 2019 Plus

The high-pressure job Leclerc completed in 2019

Charles Leclerc started his first season at Ferrari knowing the team expected Sebastian Vettel to lead its title challenge. But Leclerc made it his mission to change that view, which he did, vanquishing his world champion team-mate in the process

F1 leaders say Hamilton must be replaced by "Lewis of new generation"

Lewis Hamilton is a "hero second to none" who Formula 1 must replace with a "Lewis of the new generation", according to two of the championship's most senior leaders

Albon "floated" through 2019 rise to Formula 1 and up to Red Bull

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Alexander Albon feels like he "floated around" through 2019, and admits he has yet to fully comprehend his recent meteoric rise in single-seaters

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas had lost love for F1 before 2019

Valtteri Bottas suspects he would have lost his Mercedes Formula 1 drive with a repeat of 2018, but instead has rediscovered the love of racing that he lost last year

How Hulkenberg went from "instrumental" to out at Renault Plus

How Hulkenberg went from "instrumental" to out at Renault

When Nico Hulkenberg joined Renault, it was supposed to be the boost his career needed. But despite rising to the team leader role in his first two seasons, he's now out of the door at Enstone and facing the likely end of his Formula 1 career

Marko: Red Bull two weeks ahead of schedule on 2020 Formula 1 car

Helmut Marko says Red Bull is two weeks ahead of schedule on its 2020 Formula 1 car and has no excuses as it prepares for a title challenge

Ferrari will invest ahead of "significantly more expensive" F1 2020

Ferrari says it is prepared to invest more money in its Formula 1 team, including building a new simulator, as it expects a "significantly more expensive" 2020

Charles Leclerc: First Ferrari F1 season better than I expected

Charles Leclerc says his first year as a Ferrari Formula 1 driver was better than he expected because he did not believe he would score such good results in 2019

Honda had hoped to start F1 2019 with its Spec 2 engine design

Honda initially hoped it would start the 2019 Formula 1 season with what became its Spec 2 engine, but is "so happy" with the progress made with its actual schedule

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

Ex-Red Bull F1 junior Ticktum gets Williams development driver role

Two-time Macau Grand Prix winner and ex-Red Bull Junior Dan Ticktum has joined the Williams Formula 1 team as a development driver

"Scary" 14th at Spa Ricciardo's best Formula 1 drive of 2019

Daniel Ricciardo says the highlight of his Formula 1 season was one "no one would expect" - a "scary" run to 14th in the Belgian Grand Prix

Ferrari thought it was 0.5s faster than F1 rivals after first test

Ferrari thought it was half a second clear after the first week of Formula 1 pre-season testing and was confident of fighting Mercedes before a "cold shower" in Australia

Honda, Red Bull have discussed Yamamoto Formula 1 role for 2020

Red Bull and Honda have had discussions about a potential Formula 1 role for Naoki Yamamoto next season

Bottas: Australia F1 win still feels like someone else's drive

Valtteri Bottas believes his season-opening Australian Grand Prix victory was his best performance in Formula 1 this year and still feels like it happened to someone else

Ferrari proved 2019 Formula 1 engine is fully legal - Binotto

Ferrari is adamant it proved its Formula 1 engine was fully legal during the 2019 season because any breach would have been discovered at "the very first check"

Carey: New F1 teams shouldn't be second-class citizens

Formula 1 boss Chase Carey says new teams must not be forced to enter as "second-class citizens", which will be helped by certain financial restrictions being removed from 2021

Why Ferrari will test two F1 cars in February

Ferrari will test a mule car with 18-inch wheels just over one week before 2020 Formula 1 pre-season begins, as part of Pirelli's tyre development programme

Ferrari plans major engine overhaul for 2020 F1 season

Ferrari is making "quite significant changes" to its Formula 1 engine as well as adding "a lot more downforce" to its car for 2020, in its bid to topple Mercedes

Ferrari Formula 1 team flattered Lewis Hamilton 'wants to join us'

Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri says Lewis Hamilton's meeting with chairman John Elkann has been blown out of proportion, but indicated the Formula 1 champion has some interest in a move

Ferrari chooses early 2020 F1 car launch, could be first to reveal

Ferrari believes it will be the first Formula 1 team to launch a 2020 car after committing to revealing next year's contender on February 11

Binotto: Ferrari doesn't need severe changes to Formula 1 team

Mattia Binotto believes Ferrari is not in need of 'severe' changes to avoid the errors that cost the team several times during the 2019 Formula 1 season

Mercedes completes 18-inch F1 Pirelli tyre test in Abu Dhabi

Pirelli has completed its final two days of 18-inch Formula 1 tyre testing this year, with Mercedes and George Russell completing the 2019 programme in Abu Dhabi

Hamilton: Top F1 driver among those calling Wolff for Mercedes move

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says his rivals want to join Mercedes and that a top-line driver is among those calling team boss Toto Wolff about a move

Hamilton to Ferrari: Why, how, and is it likely? Plus

Hamilton to Ferrari: Why, how, and is it likely?

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend reignited talk of Lewis Hamilton having a future at Ferrari - a move that would have enormous ramifications on the 2021 Formula 1 driver market. But could it happen?

Chester leaves Renault after 19 years as F1 restructure continues

Renault Formula 1 chassis chief Nick Chester is leaving the team as part of the major restructuring of its technical department

Wolff: Mercedes in Formula 1 long-term if Daimler input is reduced

Mercedes will be in Formula 1 "for the long-term" if it is able to reduce the contribution from parent company Daimler, according to team principal Toto Wolff

Binotto: Ferrari lost 2019 F1 title when designing car last year

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto says the team "lost" the 2019 Formula 1 season last year when designing its car

Why Sebastian Vettel was so hard on himself over his F1 2019 season

Sebastian Vettel has explained his downbeat assessment of his Formula 1 season as a desire to be "honest" and admission he was not as good as he could have been

Mercedes to pay highest ever F1 entry fee in 2020 after record 2019

Mercedes' success in its record-breaking 2019 Formula 1 season means it must pay its highest-ever FIA entry fee for next year, despite scoring fewer points than in '16