Formula 1

  1. The Canadian believes that learning to focus on those qualities was the biggest lesson he took from the 2021 season.
    Latifi showed clear signs of improvement during his second year with the Grove team, and was closer to team-mate George Russell in qualifying.
    He scored his first points with seventh in Hungary, finishing a place ahead of Russell, and followed up with ninth in the aborted...Keep reading
  2. A resurgent Ferrari enjoyed a much more competitive 2021 season after finishing a lowly sixth the year before and challenged McLaren to third place, which the Woking team claimed in 2020.
    A tight battle between McLaren and Ferrari ebbed and flowed for most of the season until the Scuderia surged clear in the final third of 2021 to secure third.
    It proved an enjoyable next chapter in one of...Keep reading
  3. The Spaniard turned 40 last July, and with his contemporary Kimi Raikkonen now retired he is the oldest driver on this year’s grid, ahead of 37-year-old Lewis Hamilton.
    Alonso made his Grand Prix debut with Minardi in 2001. He missed the 2002 season while serving as Renault test driver and took a break from F1 after his final season with McLaren in 2018, before returning with Alpine last...Keep reading
  4. Villeneuve won his 1997 championship for Williams following a controversial finale at Jerez, where Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher crashed into him as they battled over the title.
    Speaking at Daytona, where he was testing ahead of a planned NASCAR Cup Series comeback next month, Villeneuve said the disputed ending to the 2021 F1 season in Abu Dhabi was “good for the sport” as it sets up a...Keep reading
  5. Alfa Romeo announced in November that it would race with an all-new driver pairing in 2022 after signing Formula 2 graduate Guanyu Zhou to partner Valtteri Bottas, who joins from Mercedes.
    It will be the first time since the start of the team’s existing engine deal and agreement with Ferrari in 2018 that it has not fielded one of the Italian marque’s young drivers in F1.
    Current Ferrari...Keep reading
  6. In October 2020 Honda announced it would pull the plug on its F1 programme after the 2021 season following seven years of supplying hybrid power units to first McLaren, and then AlphaTauri and Red Bull.
    That prompted Red Bull to bring the engine development in-house at its Milton Keynes campus, attracting staff from Honda and various rival teams to spearhead the new Red Bull Powertrains...Keep reading
  7. McLaren continued its resurgence in 2020 by claiming third in the championship and scoring two podiums with Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr but couldn't hang onto that position in 2021 as Ferrari swung back after several lean years of its own.
    But despite dropping a position in the championship, Brown thinks 2021 was still a landmark year for the Woking team, and not just because of Daniel...Keep reading
  8. Newly-elected FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has been handed a difficult task in reviewing what happened in the closing stages of the title decider between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, and taking action to restore trust among F1 drivers, teams and fans in the governing body.
    The hints of change within the update from the FIA should offer some encouragement, even if the timeline...Keep reading
  9. Once the 2021 Formula 1 season draws to a close, attention will immediately turn to preparations for 2022’s all-new rules.
    F1 will receive one of its biggest technical overhauls for next season, with a seismic shift in the aerodynamic regulations, which should act as a soft reset for all of the teams in the championship.
    The new regulations have been paired with a number of changes to the...Keep reading
  10. Krack has followed a similar career path to McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl, having worked with BMW in F1 early in his career before gaining experience in other categories.
    He joined Sauber in 2001 and rose to the position of chief engineer in the works BMW era, and spent some time working with current Aston river Sebastian Vettel.
    He left Sauber in 2009 and had spells in F3 and the DTM...Keep reading
  11. As Formula 1’s driver market ‘silly season’ wound down in 2021 and this year’s grid fell into place, Alfa Romeo left it late to finalise its line-up.
    Talks with Andretti over a possible takeover of the Sauber Group postponed a final decision on who would partner the incoming Valtteri Bottas in 2022. But the eventual collapse of talks meant that Guanyu Zhou clinched the seat to complete...Keep reading
  12. In an email sent to fans on Friday morning, Aston Martin confirmed that the AMR22 car will be unveiled on 10 February from the manufacturer’s headquarters in Gaydon.
    It marks a first date in the diary for F1 launch season in 2022, when all 10 teams will unveil significantly revised designs under the overhauled technical regulations for the upcoming campaign.
    Ferrari has set a loose plan of...Keep reading
  13. Masi was roundly criticised for his handling of the late safety car restart in the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which resulted in Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton losing the race lead and the world championship to Red Bull rival Max Verstappen on the final lap.
    Masi permitted the lapped cars between Hamilton and Verstappen to pass the safety car, but kept those behind Verstappen in...Keep reading
  14. It was the kind of information that fans had been eagerly waiting for, and while it did not offer any concrete answers, it at least outlined the state of play and the possible timeline for any decisions and, more importantly, action.
    Newly-appointed FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem spoke earlier this month of the need to be “proactive, not reactive” when it came to addressing the...Keep reading
  15. Late last season Budkowski was linked with a possible role at Aston Martin, and the recent departure of team principal Otmar Szafnauer has opened up a potential opportunity at the Silverstone outfit.
    Szafnauer’s name has also been mentioned in connection with Alpine in what would be a straight swap of two of F1’s key figures.
    Budkowski joined the then Renault team in 2018 in a surprise...Keep reading
  16. The FIA confirmed in the days following Max Verstappen’s last-lap title win over Lewis Hamilton that it would be launching a full investigation into the race restart, which was subject to protests by Mercedes.
    Mercedes opted to end its pursuit of action after the FIA announced its plans to analyse what happened in Abu Dhabi, but said it would “actively work with this commission to build a...Keep reading
  17. Honda announced in October 2020 that it would pull out of F1 after the 2021 season, with partner team Red Bull moving the engine production in-house at its Milton Keynes campus for the power units used by both Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri.
    While Honda will aid Red Bull with its power unit, Honda's F1 director Masashi Yamamoto previously stated the development "will be totally controlled by...Keep reading
  18. Ross Brawn, together with F1’s technical working group, immediately singled out the complex aerodynamic solution as one of the changes required in order to reduce the aerodynamic wake created by the cars and help produce closer racing in future.
    In recent years, driven by the openness of the regulations in that region, the bargeboards had become increasingly complex - and by the end of 2021...Keep reading
  19. Bruce McLaren’s firm made its F1 world championship debut in 1966 and the New Zealander scored its maiden victory in the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix. Since then, 19 other drivers have taken wins for McLaren and seven have won drivers’ titles.
    PLUS: The numbers that reveal McLaren's revival
    For the selection of the top 10 McLaren F1 drivers, Autosport has considered the amount of success the...Keep reading
  20. American motorsport marque Andretti was in talks with the owners of Sauber - which operates the Alfa Romeo-branded F1 team - over a possible takeover in the autumn of last year.
    Andretti already enjoys a presence in IndyCar, Formula E, Supercars and Extreme E, and was looking to extend its reach to F1 by purchasing a majority stake in the Sauber Group.
    Michael Andretti planned to field...Keep reading
  21. Mazepin and Schumacher were plucked out of Formula 2 to replace Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen at the underperforming Haas outfit, which had severely compromised the 2021 season to focus on the new 2022 car.
    While Schumacher and Mazepin generally brought up the rear of the field in a car that was barely developed from its 2020 origins, and didn't contest for points, they still fought each...Keep reading
  22. Bottas has joined Alfa Romeo for the 2022 season after a five-year stint with Mercedes that yielded five constructors’ championship wins and saw him finish as runner-up in the drivers’ standings in 2019 and 2020.
    The move to Alfa Romeo came following Mercedes’ decision to sign junior driver George Russell to its team for this year to partner seven-time world champion Hamilton. Hamilton...Keep reading
  23. F1 debuted its new sprint race weekend format at three events in 2021, holding 100km races on Saturdays that offered points to the top three and set the grid for the race on Sunday.
    The trial of the format last year has led to plans being formulated to expand it to six events next year following talks in Saudi Arabia last month. The season-opener in Bahrain has been earmarked to host the first...Keep reading
  24. F1 will introduce a new technical ruleset for this year, featuring an overhaul of the aerodynamic regulations that could shake up the pecking order.
    The goal of the new regulations is to make the field more competitive and allow drivers to race wheel-to-wheel more without losing as much downforce due to dirty air coming off cars ahead of them.
    The cars were expected to be several seconds...Keep reading
  25. Alonso made his return to F1 in 2021 after two seasons away, partnering Ocon at Alpine.
    Ocon managed to score his maiden grand prix victory by taking a shock win at the Hungarian Grand Prix, aided by Alonso, who managed to halt Lewis Hamilton's charge with a brilliant defensive display.
    The duo helped Alpine secure fifth place in the constructors' championship, and appeared to enjoy a...Keep reading
  26. Gasly was one of the standout F1 performers in 2021, taking a podium in Baku alongside several top six finishes. It propelled Gasly up to ninth in the drivers' championship with 110 points, just five points behind McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo and well ahead of rookie team-mate Yuki Tsunoda (32).
    The Frenchman has steadily blossomed with the Faenza outfit after being demoted by Red Bull halfway...Keep reading
  27. Armstrong, 21, joined Ferrari’s young driver programme in 2017, and has spent the last two years racing in FIA Formula 2.
    The New Zealander is yet to confirm his racing plans for the year ahead, but Ferrari revealed on Tuesday that he was no longer part of its junior set-up as the academy began its work for the year ahead.
    Ferrari also said that Ilott, who spent last year as customer team...Keep reading
  28. Ricciardo endured a difficult first half to the 2021 season after joining McLaren as Lando Norris scored more than twice as many points than his more seasoned team-mate before the summer break.
    Ricciardo has since labelled his first half of the year as being “nearly laughable” before he bounced back with a dominant victory in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, McLaren’s first since...Keep reading
  29. Before the summer break, Ocon triumphed in Budapest after a chaotic wet-weather start had propelled him into the lead, and the Frenchman held firm to take his maiden grand prix win and the Enstone team's first victory since 2013.
    While Ocon's win was an important milestone for Alpine in its quest to become a regular frontrunner, brand CEO Rossi says the constant progression he is seeing at the...Keep reading
  30. Following a difficult 2020 that saw Alfa Romeo struggle with its underperforming Ferrari power unit, the team appeared to take a step towards the other midfield teams last year, improving its points tally from 8 to 13 with drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi.
    But the team would drop from eighth to ninth place in the F1 constructors’ championship as Williams enjoyed its best season...Keep reading
  31. Last season most F1 teams halted any development push on their 2021 cars early in a bid to get ahead of the game for this year's all-new technical regulations.
    While 2021 was an outlier in that regard, Mekies believes the sport's budget cap will still limit in-season developments compared to pre-2020 levels, as the financial restrictions put in place to make F1 more sustainable will reduce the...Keep reading
  32. Ferrari Driver Academy member and 2020 Formula 2 champion Schumacher graduated to F1 last year with the backmarker Haas team.
    Haas opted against developing its car for 2021 so it could focus all its resources on the new technical regulations for 2022, resigning it to the back of the grid and a season without points.
    But Schumacher was able to show decent signs of progress through his...Keep reading
  33. After finishing last in the constructors’ championship for three years in a row, Williams rose to eighth place in the 2021 standings as the team enjoyed its most successful season since 2017.
    Williams ended a points drought dating back to Germany 2019 by finishing seventh and eighth in Hungary, capitalising on a race of attrition and the first-lap crashes to get both Nicholas Latifi and...Keep reading
  34. Two-time world champion Alonso returned to F1 last year after spending two seasons out of the series to explore other racing disciplines.
    After leaving F1 at the end of 2018 following a four-season stint with McLaren, Alonso raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Indianapolis 500 and the Dakar Rally.
    Alonso enjoyed a successful comeback season with Alpine as he scored...Keep reading
  35. Piastri took a convincing F2 title in 2021 as a rookie, his third straight title in three years after previously conquering FIA F3 and the Formula Renault Eurocup.
    But despite being tipped as one of the hottest talents to come through the ranks in recent years, the 20-year-old Australian will spend the 2022 season without a race seat.
    Instead, the Alpine academy graduate will act as the F1...Keep reading
  36. Russell has stepped up to a full-time Mercedes F1 seat for the coming season after spending the last three years racing for the customer Williams squad.
    Russell’s performances at Williams won him widespread acclaim throughout the F1 paddock, and convinced Mercedes to partner him with Lewis Hamilton five years after joining its junior programme.
    PLUS: How Russell sees his place in the...Keep reading
  37. Last year F1 enjoyed its most intense title finale since 2016, and its first true inter-team battle in a decade when Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton fought over the drivers' championship until a gripping season finale in Abu Dhabi - which went Verstappen's way in dramatic circumstances.
    The Verstappen-Hamilton duel reinvigorated the series after years of Mercedes...Keep reading
  38. The Red Bull driver had been cool, seemingly bulletproof throughout the season. He brushed off the low moments and never appeared overly obsessed with viewing the world championship as some monumental life achievement.
    "It's not really going to change my life," he had said back in October. To him, it was always simple: he and Red Bull do their best, and if that wasn't enough to win the title...Keep reading
  39. Perez joined Red Bull from Racing Point for 2021, becoming Max Verstappen’s fourth team-mate in as many seasons.
    The Mexican driver initially struggled to get to grips with the Red Bull RB16B car, which is known for requiring a very aggressive driving style, but he scored his second F1 win in Azerbaijan.
    Perez finished the season strongly with podiums in Turkey, the United States and...Keep reading
  40. Norris spent two seasons racing alongside Sainz at McLaren prior to the Spaniard’s switch to Ferrari for 2021, where he partnered Charles Leclerc.
    Sainz enjoyed his most successful season in F1 to date last year, scoring four podium finishes en route to fifth in the drivers’ championship ahead of Norris and Leclerc in sixth and seventh respectively.
    Sainz’s performances have prompted...Keep reading
  41. After three years with Williams, Russell has joined Mercedes full-time for the 2022 season, partnering seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.
    The promotion for Russell comes after five years with Mercedes’ young driver programme that saw him win titles in GP3 and Formula 2 before graduating to F1.
    PLUS: How Russell sees himself in the Mercedes-Hamilton superteam 
    Speaking in an...Keep reading
  42. Ocon benefitted from a chaotic wet weather start in Budapest to surge to the lead after a restart, as leader Lewis Hamilton pitted. Ocon kept his cool and led the entire race to take his maiden grand prix victory, holding off Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel and Hamilton.
    It was one of several standout races for Alpine, which also included a podium for team-mate Fernando Alonso in Qatar, as it...Keep reading
  43. Putting two great drivers together often brings success – but it can also create fireworks that damage the harmony inside a team. Even legendary combinations that have brought titles to their teams have sometimes ended in acrimony.
    PLUS: How Russell sees his place in the Mercedes-Hamilton F1 superteam
    Here’s our selection of some of the ultimate F1 superteams. For this list we’ve...Keep reading
  44. Haas opted against developing its car for last year so it could focus on preparing for the new technical regulations arriving in 2022, believing they held a greater opportunity to make a step forward and gain performance.
    It resigned the team to a transition year in 2021 where it failed to score any points with rookie drivers Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, leaving it last in the...Keep reading
  45. It was the Romanian-born American’s determination to keep the then-Force India outfit on the grid that carried the team through a crisis in the summer of 2018, and saw it emerge under the ownership of Lawrence Stroll and with the new Racing Point identity.
    He subsequently oversaw the expansion process and the transition to the Aston Martin name in 2021.
    We assumed that Szafnauer would...Keep reading
  46. Deadline reports that Apple Original Films is now in exclusive negotiations to seal a deal for the planned, and as-yet-untitled, Hollywood blockbuster feature film.
    It is understood that Pitt will play a veteran racing star who comes out of retirement to mentor a young driver, while taking his own last chance at on-track glory. 
    Rivals in the contention for this project were believed to...Keep reading
  47. The venue of the Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix is using the off-season to overhaul its ageing facilities as part of an €80m, government-backed refurbishment.
    The circuit broke ground in November on new run-off areas in several key corners, while also demolishing old grandstands and the Raidillon chalet in favour of new, more modern facilities.
    The track's safety improvements are mainly...Keep reading
  48. Sainz joined Ferrari last season as a replacement for four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, signing a two-year deal. He scored four podiums en route to fifth place in the drivers' championship during his first year with the team.
    Sainz quickly formed a good relationship with new teammate Charles Leclerc as the duo combined to secure Ferrari third in the constructors' standings.
    Ferrari...Keep reading
  49. Szafnauer had long been expected to leave his role at Aston Martin, with Autosport reporting back in November that he looked set to take up a senior role with the rival Alpine squad.
    Szafnauer said he had “no intention” of leaving Aston Martin and that he had a long-term contract in place, having dismissed reports as “pure media speculation and not based on fact”.
    But Aston Martin...Keep reading
  50. Five drivers’ and four constructors’ titles headline a CV that includes 75 world championship grand prix wins, enough for sixth on the all-time list behind Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes, Williams and Lotus.
    It also has a major junior driver programme, which has launched the careers of many successful drivers, including Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen.
    For this list of top 10 F1 drivers...Keep reading