Formula 1

  1. The Chinese driver stepped up to F1 with Alfa Romeo this year after finishing third in last season’s Formula 2 championship, becoming Valtteri Bottas’s team-mate as part of an all-new line-up at Hinwil.
    Zhou holds one of the few remaining free seats on next year’s grid, but he said in Hungary that he was not giving thought to any drives elsewhere.
    “I haven’t talked to any teams...Keep reading
  2. Following Sebastian Vettel’s announcement that he’ll retire from F1 at the end of 2022, it will leave just Hamilton and Fernando Alonso as the older generation of drivers on the grid next season.
    Hamilton, whose current Mercedes F1 contract expires at the end of 2023, has repeatedly stated he has no intention to retire at the end of next season, as the 37-year-old feels he still...Keep reading
  3. Anthony was sufficiently wound up about the situation at McLaren that he felt the need to express his thoughts to this writer.
    The gist of it was that he and his son were frustrated by a lack of information from McLaren about the future. Naturally, Hamilton Sr felt that his son was more than ready for F1, and he wanted McLaren to promote him to a race seat. If they don't, Anthony suggested...Keep reading
  4. Szafnauer says that the Frenchman’s only weakness is that he can take too long to find the limits at the start of the race weekend.
    Aston Martin announced last week that it had signed Alonso for 2023, and it’s not yet clear who will replace him at the Enstone outfit.
    The team had hoped to slot reserve driver Oscar Piastri into the seat, and announced him last Tuesday.
    However, the...Keep reading
  5. As its 2021 midfield rival Ferrari competes for wins again, McLaren has taken a step backwards in 2022, heading into the summer break in fifth position in the constructors' championship behind Alpine.
    The Enstone squad, with which McLaren is now also involved in an off-track tussle over Oscar Piastri's services, has generally had the measure of its Woking rivals across F1...Keep reading
  6. Perez scored his second victory for Red Bull in May’s Monaco Grand Prix to move to within 15 points of team-mate Max Verstappen at the top of the championship, only for their fortunes to since take different directions.
    While Verstappen has won four of the six races since Monaco, Perez has just two runner-up finishes to show for in the same period, as well as retirements in...Keep reading
  7. According to Otmar Szafnauer, Alpine’s F1 team principal and the former Honda F1 director of strategy and business planning, there was a two-week window where Vettel was available to sign back in his junior days.
    Szafnauer has always enjoyed a good relationship with Vettel, and played a key role in the German driver signing for Aston Martin last year after holding...Keep reading
  8. Heading into the summer break the team lies ninth in the world championship, ahead of only Williams.
    Apart from a high of a sixth place for Sebastian Vettel in Azerbaijan, the team has logged an eighth, a ninth and six 10th places in the first part of the season.
    Krack says the main issue is simply a lack of qualifying pace that has obliged Vettel and his teammate Lance Stroll to come...Keep reading
  9. The team has been struggling all season to fully understand the car built to F1's latest regulations. Occasional signs of promise have encouraged it to stick with the narrow sidepod concept, while others have been gravitating in a common direction.
    George Russell’s pole in Hungary followed by a second consecutive two-three finish for Lewis Hamilton and his younger teammate in the race have...Keep reading
  10. F1 pulled off a major coup earlier this year by getting all the agreements and permissions necessary to use the Las Vegas city streets and run its cars past some of the city’s major casinos.
    A letter of intent from Liberty Dice, a new entity created by the championship’s owner Liberty Media, lays out the terms of the five-year deal for the F1 race on a track that includes a section on...Keep reading
  11. Four-time F1 world champion Vettel announced ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix that he will retire at the end of the 2022 season, bringing to an end his 15-year stint on the grid. 
    Along with Hamilton, Vettel has been a leading voice for issues outside of F1 in recent years, placing particular focus on the climate crisis and environmental issues facing the world currently, as well as...Keep reading
  12. F1 in recent years has enjoyed a boom in popularity thanks largely to Netflix’s fly-on-the-wall docuseries Drive to Survive, which has ushered in a legion of new fans to the racing series.
    As a result, numerous Hollywood films about F1 are said to be in development, while the series now has a wider mainstream platform.
    This popularity has also filtered through to F1’s Esports platforms...Keep reading
  13. While his sensational Monza victory, McLaren’s first for nearly nine years, was a reminder of his undeniable talent, it will stand as an outlier result from his time at Woking, bar any shock heroics in the second half of the season.
    Few thought things would end like this. Ricciardo’s arrival for 2021 was seen as a coup for McLaren, snaring the Australian away from Enstone - an act it...Keep reading
  14. That's the consequence of a design direction that the team has taken with the new regulations.
    Its drivers have often found themselves at the top of the speed trap figures in 2022, while in previous seasons they’d be at the bottom more often than not.
    In order to tackle this issue in Hungary, Red Bull introduced a new beam wing layout, pairing it...Keep reading
  15. Mercedes struggled to compete with front-runners Red Bull and Ferrari through the first half of the 2022 season due to a recurring bouncing problem with the W13 car.
    But it has recently enjoyed an uplift in form, finishing on the podium in each of the last six races, as well as getting both Russell and team-mate Lewis Hamilton into the top three in France and Hungary.
    In Hungary, Russell...Keep reading
  16. Alonso turned down the chance to extend his stay at Alpine by taking up an offer to join Aston Martin on a “multi-year” deal that takes him to at least the end of the 2024 season.
    PLUS: The traits that fuelled Alonso's unexpected Aston Martin move
    Heading into this season’s summer break, Alpine lies in fourth place in the world championship on 99 points, compared...Keep reading
  17. US racing stalwart Michael Andretti's bid to expand his multi-series operation to F1 has been met by fierce resistance from most of the discipline's current 10 entrants.
    Concerned teams are weary of having to share F1's prize money with an additional competitor and feel the current $200 million dilution fund is not sufficient as the value of owning an F1 entry has significantly increased since...Keep reading
  18. Both seasons saw seven grands prix held during the April-June period, allowing for a useful comparison as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic fell away. The number of races is significant as F1 divides up its revenue across the year depending on how many events are held in each quarter.
    In the first part of 2021 races were still being held in front of limited crowds, while the lucrative...Keep reading
  19. Fernando Alonso saw no need for talks with Alpine Formula 1 team-mate Esteban Ocon over his “extreme” defence in Hungary, but admitted he was “surprised” by the moves.
    Ocon appeared to squeeze Alonso twice on the run to the first corner on the opening lap in Hungary, prompting the Spaniard - who has since signed for Aston Martin in 2023 - to lift off to avoid a collision.
    Alonso then...Keep reading
  20. Formula 1 design departments cover every single area of the car, with each section a battleground for development against rival teams, with the outcome ranging from millisecond lap time gains to world championship deciders. But every area of the car can make the difference, while some sections have become even more crucial in recent years and amid regulation changes.
    We spoke to Mercedes Senior...Keep reading
  21. There have been some stupendous performances over the years and, in this episode of Autosport’s “Short View Back to the Past” series, Chief Editor Kevin Turner picks out F1’s greatest qualifying laps.
    Please let us know in the comments about any laps we’ve missed and any other topics you’d like us to take on.
    Want to know more about F1’s greatest qualifying laps? Read the full...Keep reading
  22. McLaren is believed to have signed Piastri initially on a reserve driver deal for 2023, one that it intends to upgrade to a race seat, assuming that a plan for Ricciardo’s early exit is eventually agreed.
    Ricciardo has a firm McLaren contract for next season as part of the original three-year deal that he signed in early 2020, while still at Renault.
    Ricciardo and the team will now have to...Keep reading
  23. After ending up at the bottom of the constructors’ standings last year, the progress it has made with its VF-22 means it heads in to the summer break ahead of Williams, Aston Martin and AlphaTauri in the championship standings.
    This is an incredible achievement when it's considered that it has been the least active in terms of development. It is testament to the job done with the original...Keep reading
  24. Over the Budapest race weekend, a video emerged on social media showing a fan at the track wearing what appeared to be an orange Verstappen shirt burning a black Mercedes cap.
    It came just weeks after a similar incident was filmed in a fan area at the Austrian Grand Prix, where abusive fan behaviour led to F1 taking action by increasing security and launching a new campaign called...Keep reading
  25. Though F1 race teams spend most of their year globetrotting, each one still has a place to call home. Usually known as the factory, it’s not as glamorous as the F1 pitlane – but it does offer a permanent base. This is where the cars are built. And, if there’s enough time between races during the frenetic season, it’s also the place to which they return for maintenance. Even on race...Keep reading
  26. The Yamaha rider shares Monster Energy and Petronas sponsorship with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and joined the team for the French Grand Prix weekend at Paul Ricard in July.
    It was reported during that weekend that Quartararo would be completing a test with the team later this year, but he says it is “not something planned yet.”
    He also spent the day with Hamilton earlier...Keep reading
  27. The Australian has faced a difficult few months in the shadow of Lando Norris, and has scored only 19 points to the 76 of his McLaren team-mate.
    He now has the added complication of McLaren’s interest in Oscar Piastri having reached the public domain in the past few days, leaving his own long-term plans unclear.
    Ricciardo hopes to use the time off to clear his head and return in...Keep reading
  28. Verstappen scored his eighth victory of the season in Hungary last weekend to extend his advantage over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in the drivers’ championship to 80 points.
    It came despite an engine issue in qualifying that forced Verstappen to start the race from 10th place on the grid, and a spin during the race that cost him a couple of positions.
    But Verstappen warned that even with...Keep reading
  29. The two parties are set to enter a partnership under the next generation of power unit rules after the Volkswagen Group advisory board gave the nod for Porsche and its sister brand, Audi, to explore entering F1 earlier this year.
    The deal will see Porsche take a 50% stake in Red Bull’s F1 operation, as confirmed in legal paperwork that emerged in Morocco towards the end of last month.
    The...Keep reading
  30. The AlphaTauri driver was left stranded in 19th on the grid after losing a lap that would have got him through to Q2.
    The offence took place at Turn 5, where officials were using CCTV for monitoring purposes.
    Sergio Perez also lost a lap time at the same corner in Q2, but a replay on the world feed suggested that he was not fully across the white line, prompting a second look by the...Keep reading
  31. The Enstone-based squad had been on the verge of a fresh deal with the two-time F1 world champion before the Spaniard made a shock call to join Aston Martin earlier this week.
    One of the key factors at the heart of Alonso’s decision to move teams was that Aston Martin was willing to offer him a much longer-term commitment – which is believed to be as long as three years including...Keep reading
  32. In Budapest Russell took his first career pole, which was Mercedes’ first of a troubled 2022 season.
    While the Briton was unable to hang on to the lead on Sunday, he and team-mate Lewis Hamilton still delivered a second consecutive double podium for the Brackley team, with Russell following second-placed Hamilton home in third.
    Wolff warned on Sunday night that the team's breakthrough...Keep reading
  33. After Sebastian Vettel announced his F1 retirement at the end of 2022, Aston Martin swooped for Alonso with a multi-year deal announced the morning after the Hungarian Grand Prix. Such was the shock of the deal, Alpine only learned of it through Aston’s press release confirming the news.
    The saga then took a fresh twist, as what looked to be a formality of Alpine reserve driver Oscar Piastri...Keep reading
  34. Want to become a Formula 1 team principal? Well, current evidence would suggest that if you’re white, male, somewhere between 50 and 70 and German is your home language, you’ll walk straight into a job.Okay, so perhaps it’s not the most diverse group of individuals heading up the 10 teams that currently make up the Formula 1 field. But at least there are no fixed CV requirements for landing...Keep reading
  35. Albon has spearheaded Williams’ efforts since making his full-time return to F1 with the team this season, scoring all three of its points in 2022.
    An extension of Albon’s deal was thought to be a formality, but Williams has now confirmed he will be staying put for 2023.
    Albon made his racing return to F1 this year with Williams after spending a season in a reserve role at Red Bull, who...Keep reading
  36. In the wake of Fernando Alonso’s shock decision to sign for Aston Martin for next year, the Alpine squad moved quickly to take up a contract that it believes it has with its reserve driver Piastri.
    It announced the deal on Tuesday afternoon, the day after it discovered that Alonso would be leaving at the end of the campaign.
    However, a few hours after Alpine’s announcement, Piastri took...Keep reading
  37. Mercedes showed signs of its pace in Hungary on Saturday as George Russell scored his maiden F1 pole, while Hamilton was left ruing a DRS issue that he felt denied the team a possible front-row lockout.
    Ferrari proved quicker through the first half of the race, allowing Charles Leclerc to leapfrog Russell for the lead, only for its pace to nosedive upon switching Leclerc to hard...Keep reading
  38. The governing body has promised to impose stricter tests as a direct result of Zhou Guanyu’s accident at the British Grand Prix, which saw the Chinese driver's Alfa Romeo roll hoop fail after contact with the track with a force that exceeded anything that had previously been foreseen.
    Alfa Romeo has been working closely with the FIA since the crash, while other teams have also been consulted...Keep reading
  39. Alpine still hopes the younger Australian will slot into the seat vacated by Fernando Alonso, and believes it has a valid contract to that effect.
    The team announced on Tuesday afternoon that Piastri will drive in 2023, but shortly afterwards the Australian took to social media to deny that was the case.
    Piastri is understood to have agreed a deal to go to McLaren at a time when it looked...Keep reading
  40. Earlier today Alpine released a statement saying reigning FIA Formula 2 champion Piastri would take Aston Martin-bound Fernando Alonso’s seat at its F1 team next year.
    The news came without any comment from Piastri both in the press release and on his own social media channels, with the announcement on the Australian driver’s future also coming in the middle of the night in his home...Keep reading
  41. Hamilton’s investment was revealed in a tweet by the Broncos on Tuesday, attributed to Rob Walton, who is the heir of American retail giant Walmart.
    Walton’s group takes over the Colorado team's NFL franchise next week (subject to approval by rival team owners) ahead of the upcoming new season in a record-smashing $4.65billion deal, which is more than double the amount paid for any team in...Keep reading
  42. Just 24 hours after the Enstone-based squad found it had lost Alonso to Aston Martin, it concluded contractual talks with Piastri to step him up from his reserve driver role.
    The highly-rated young Australian had previously looked set to be forced to look elsewhere for a seat in 2023, with Alpine having originally intended to retain Alonso.
    While there had been suggestions that he could be...Keep reading
  43. With ground to make up from his grid position after an engine problem left him without power in qualifying, even Red Bull’s best strategy simulations estimated that the world champion would only be able to make it as far forward as fifth.
    But in the end, a perfect storm of circumstances – some due to team and driver strengths, and some due to external factors outside their control...Keep reading
  44. The FIA Formula 2 driver, who currently sits third in the standings with Carlin after feature race wins at Silverstone and the Red Bull Ring, will take part in the Friday practice session at Austin's Circuit of the Americas on 21 October.
    Sargeant joined the Williams Academy last October and got his first taste of F1 machinery when he featured in F1's post-season test in Abu Dhabi.
    Sargeant...Keep reading
  45. Following Honda’s decision to leave F1 at the end of last season, the Japanese manufacturer agreed to help manufacture and run its power units despite Red Bull being leased the IP.
    That was originally intended to be for this season only, with Red Bull then anticipated to take over the operation and run it from its own powertrains division.
    But with Red Bull’s focus at Milton Keynes being...Keep reading
  46. Piastri won the Formula 2 title at the first attempt last year as an Alpine junior, but was unable to find a race seat at the team in 2022 with Alonso and Esteban Ocon already lined up.
    He instead signed a reserve deal with Alpine, but has been clear that he wants to race in 2023.
    Piastri and his manager Mark Webber are understood to have agreed a deal to go to McLaren, when it appeared that...Keep reading
  47. Szafnauer believed his Enstone-based squad had been on the verge of signing Alonso to a fresh F1 contract as they neared the end of negotiations ahead of the summer break.
    But despite being informed by Alonso on the Sunday night of the Hungarian Grand Prix that everything looked set to be sorted out by the lawyers, Szafnauer said he was shocked when he read Aston Martin’s announcement on...Keep reading
  48. Ricciardo started ninth after a solid qualifying session, but he drifted back to 15th by the flag, having picked up a five-second penalty for causing a collision with Lance Stroll.
    His pass on the Alpine drivers occurred when Ocon came out of the pits and straight into a fight for position with Alonso. Ricciardo was able to pass both drivers when they went wide at Turn 2.
    However, it...Keep reading
  49. Ferrari heads into F1’s summer break trailing Red Bull by 97 points at the top of the constructors’ championship after a strategy miscue led to Charles Leclerc’s defeat in Hungary on Sunday.
    Leclerc was leading halfway through the race but faded to sixth after a switch to the hard compound tyre backfired and saw his pace nosedive. Team-mate Carlos Sainz also fell out of contention for...Keep reading
  50. Traditionally hosting the final race before the summer break, the circuit has held a race every year since 1986, with every world champion bar Alain Prost and Nico Rosberg taking at least one victory ever since.
    Tickets for next year’s Hungarian GP are now available to book with Motorsport Tickets.
    In recent years, it has developed a reputation for its difficulty to overtake. However...Keep reading