Formula 1

  1. The team announced recently that current incumbent Mattia Binotto has resigned and will leave at the end of December, with his replacement yet to be confirmed.
    Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur, who has worked extensively with Leclerc in the past at both ART and Sauber, is widely regarded as a favourite to get the job.
    "Mattia called me to announce that he would stop,” said Leclerc. “I...Keep reading
  2. Gasly heads to Alpine in 2023 after a difficult final year with the Faenza team, which struggled to find form for much of the season.
    The Frenchman says that his former colleagues are confident that the new AT04 will be the best car they have built to date.
    He admits that with all teams developing their cars for the second season of the current rules it’s hard to predict the form book, and...Keep reading
  3. Verstappen swept to his second world title in dominant fashion this year, scoring a record 15 wins through the season behind the wheel of the Red Bull RB18 car, while Red Bull also clinched its first constructors’ title since 2013.
    The dominance of the RB18 came despite an extended development cycle for the RB16B in 2021, when Verstappen was engaged in a close fight for the championship with...Keep reading
  4. With all the commotion about a certain Netflix release that hit the screens recently, docuseries are quite the thing at the moment. So it’s timely that the latest offering from BAFTA-winning "Senna" writer and producer Manish Pandey should drop at Christmas on Discovery+ and other platforms internationally.
    Having dominated F1 for over 40 years, Bernie Ecclestone was moved aside in 2017 as...Keep reading
  5. Ocon finished the 2022 season in eighth in the drivers' standings, 11 points clear of teammate Fernando Alonso, the Spaniard rather bearing the brunt of Alpine's reliability issues.
    But while an absolute highlight, such as his shock win in the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix, was missing from Ocon's year, the Frenchman says 2022 felt like his most complete season yet as an all-round...Keep reading
  6. Norris claimed third place for McLaren at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in April, benefitting from a late error by Charles Leclerc that dropped the Ferrari driver back to sixth place.
    Norris said ahead of the summer break that it “blows my mind” McLaren managed to score a podium given its early-season car struggles, the team having enduring a sluggish start in...Keep reading
  7. The German car manufacturer went completely its own route for 2022, adopting a ‘zero sidepod’ solution on the W13, which was very different to the downwash Red Bull idea and the inwash Ferrari concept.
    But while Mercedes endured difficulties with its 2022 challenger, the team remained adamant that its issues were nothing to do with its very different sidepod solution.
    With its key...Keep reading
  8. The new model is the first to have been developed under former Red Bull man Fallows, who started work at the Silverstone outfit in April, and head of aerodynamics Eric Blandin, who was previously at Mercedes.
    This year’s AMR22 was designed to allow for a change of concept, and it was developed substantially over the season. Fallows suggests that the next year’s car will represent a further...Keep reading
  9. Four-time world champion Vettel retired from F1 at the end of the 2022 season, having announced plans to hang up his helmet back in July.
    The German driver enjoyed stints with Toro Rosso, Red Bull, Ferrari and Aston Martin in F1, as well as making a big impact in recent years by speaking up on important topics such as environmental and social rights.
    Vettel was recognised for his...Keep reading
  10. Below is an overview of all current Formula 1 grand prix deal and the duration of the contracts as of December 2022.
    French Grand Prix - Paul Ricard: out of contract
    The contract with Formula 1 expired at the end of 2022, and the race doesn't feature on the 2023 calendar. It is possible that a rotation schedule with a race in Belgium or Germany will be devised, but the chance of France...Keep reading
  11. Mercedes had arrived at the United States Grand Prix in Austin with a new front wing design, but its use of provocative slot gap separators quickly garnered attention from its rivals.
    The team’s opposition felt that the new fin-like variants carried much more aerodynamic intent in diverting airflow than the rules were supposed to allow.
    Rivals suspected that the way the separators were...Keep reading
  12. The new generation of ground effect cars introduced this year were aimed at making the racing more exciting by allowing drivers to run closer together – which would then have a knock-on benefit of improving overtaking chances.
    However, one characteristic that emerged throughout 2022 was that the DRS offset between closed and open become much more powerful, so drivers were almost guaranteed a...Keep reading
  13. Riding the wave of interest surrounding Max Verstappen since his debut in 2015, Zandvoort underwent significant changes and investment to get back up to F1 standards ahead of hosting its first grand prix last year, its return delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    An initial three-year deal was signed from 2020, with the delay pushing its expiring until after the 2023 race, but talks have been...Keep reading
  14. Since the introduction of F1 sprint races in 2021, teams have been given additional breathing room in the budget cap make up for the extra on-track running, as well as receiving an accident allowance for major incidents in the 100km Saturday events.
    The matter has been a subject for debate between the teams, F1 and the FIA for some time.
    It put the brakes on the planned expansion of the...Keep reading
  15. Following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020 and the delayed start to that season, the FIA introduced a strict set of protocols to reduce the risk of spreading the virus and keeping the paddock safe.
    Steps were taken to relax restrictions through 2021, including a return of the media and outside personnel to the paddock, before further steps in 2022 saw the end of...Keep reading
  16. The Silverstone-based squad stood out on the grid this year for the way that it frequently went in to grand prix races with no new medium and hard compound tyres left.
    That was because regularly in free practice sessions it scrubbed race sets of tyres for a single lap.
    The tactic caused some intrigue and prompted theories that the team was doing it because it believed that putting tyres...Keep reading
  17. The Barbadian driver, who finished as runner-up in FIA Formula 3 in 2022, made the announcement on Instagram on Wednesday.
    He will also serve as one of the Formula 1 team’s reserve drivers.
    It is not yet known who he will drive for in 2023, but he took part in the Abu Dhabi post-season test with Carlin, alongside fellow Red Bull junior Enzo Fittipaldi.
    Maloney wrote: “I am thrilled to...Keep reading
  18. Wolff and Binotto went head-to-head on a number of issues while heading up their respective teams over the past four seasons, particularly through 2019 amid concerns about the legality of Ferrari’s power unit.
    Ferrari announced last week that Binotto had resigned from his role and would leave Maranello at the end of the month, ending a 28-year stint with the Scuderia. The news has left one of...Keep reading
  19. Autosport revealed over the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend that Baku and Spa were both being lined up to host a sprint after it was agreed in September there would be six 100km sprints in 2023, up from three this year.
    On Wednesday, F1 formally confirmed the six sprint locations for 2023, which are:

    Azerbaijan - Baku City Circuit (April 30)
    Austria - Red Bull Ring (July 2)
    Belgium -...Keep reading
  20. Hulkenberg will return to F1 after three seasons away, having left Renault at the end of the 2019 season, to replace Mick Schumacher at the American squad.
    But while the 35-year-old German always maintained he was not desperate to return, he kept his foot in the door and deputised on five occasions over the last three seasons for drivers hit by COVID-19.
    In 2020 Hulkenberg made three...Keep reading
  21. Despite a lacklustre start to the campaign, when it struggled with reliability and was on the back foot in pace terms, Red Bull successfully turned its season around.
    A combination of weight reduction and aero improvements to the RB18 made it the dominant car after the summer break, as the team romped to both championships, and Ferrari had nothing in...Keep reading
  22. Following the overhaul of the technical regulations for this year and the return of ground effect, a number of teams encountered severe porpoising through pre-season testing.
    Although many teams made changes to their cars to combat the issue, the recurring problems prompted the FIA to intervene on safety grounds mid-season, introducing a new metric to measure how much the cars were...Keep reading
  23. Two-time world champion Verstappen has previously said he did not expect to keep racing in F1 into his 40s, and that he is keen to sample other disciplines of motorsport.
    Verstappen signed one of the longest contracts in F1 history when he penned an extension with Red Bull until the end of 2028 earlier this year, by which point he will be 31 years old.
    In an interview with...Keep reading
  24. Tsunoda is set for his third F1 season with the Italian team after learning the ropes alongside Pierre Gasly.
    With the Frenchman departing for Alpine, Tsunoda will be joined by Nyck de Vries, who boasts an impressive CV across Formula E, Formula 2 and sportscars, but is a rookie in F1.
    While Tsunoda has been with the team for two years, Red Bull driver mentor Helmut Marko still thinks...Keep reading
  25. The Woking-based squad fully accepts that its current infrastructure puts it on the back foot against bigger squads like Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.
    However, there are hopes that the addition of major new investments in a windtunnel and simulator, which are due to be ready next year, will have a big impact in pushing it forwards.
    Until that happens though, McLaren is...Keep reading
  26. Ben Sulayem became the successor to Jean Todt in last December’s election, and arrived at Formula 1's governing body in the days after the controversial 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
    But reflecting on his experiences over the past 12 months, Ben Sulayem says that there was no honeymoon period for him as he walked straight into a legal issue.
    This involved a court case in the United States...Keep reading
  27. The Italian outfit began the year as the team to beat, with Charles Leclerc winning two of the opening three grands prix of the campaign.
    As well as having the fastest car in terms of out-and-out pace, the early phase of the season was notable also for Ferrari mostly enjoying better tyre degradation than rival Red Bull.
    However, as Red Bull began to take weight off its...Keep reading
  28. Alonso was released by Alpine to drive an unbranded AMR22 in the Pirelli tyre test that followed the Abu Dhabi GP, giving him a useful head start as he gets to know his new team.
    He may get more running in the 2022 car as Pirelli starts its 2024 tyre testing programme in the new year.
    “It was very impressive, very impressive by the efficiency of transmitting the messages,” said Krack of...Keep reading
  29. Ferrari’s 2022 engine was a good step forward this year, with outgoing boss Mattia Binotto claiming that the Maranello squad had made the biggest progress season to season that he had ever known.
    "On the power unit, we set big numbers in terms of objectives,” he said over the summer.
    “And what I've seen that we have been capable of developing during last season for 2022 on the power...Keep reading
  30. He only logged two grand prix victories during his two-year stint at Maranello, but he played a huge role in helping to steer the team through a traumatic time, with Villeneuve’s death followed a few months later by another devastating accident that ended the career of Didier Pironi.
    Tambay’s easy-going personality made him the perfect man for such a difficult task. Hugely charming and...Keep reading
  31. Alpine clinched P4 in the constructors' championship at the final race in Abu Dhabi, ending the year 14 points clear of McLaren and finishing as the leading midfield team behind Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes.
    While McLaren opted for less frequent but bigger development packages over the season, Alpine took a more regular approach to bring new car upgrades for Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso...Keep reading
  32. Red Bull swept to both championships in 2022 as Max Verstappen scored a record 15 victories in a single season to clinch his second drivers’ title.
    Sergio Perez finished third in the championship with two wins, helping Red Bull wrap up the constructors’ crown with three races to spare.
    But Red Bull’s season was not without its setbacks, most notably when it received a $7 million fine...Keep reading
  33. The Red Bull star scored a record-breaking 15 wins from 22 races in 2022 and clinched his second world title with four rounds to go.
    Autosport readers have voted Verstappen the best racing driver of 2022, ahead of main F1 rival Charles Leclerc, IndyCar champion Will Power and Formula E title winner Stoffel Vandoorne.
    Verstappen’s victory was announced on 4 December at the Autosport Awards...Keep reading
  34. Vettel scored 53 world championship grand prix victories from his 299 world championship starts and took four consecutive titles between 2010 and 2013 with Red Bull. He retired from F1 after finishing 10th for Aston Martin in November’s Abu Dhabi GP season finale.
    The 35-year-old German received his Award, which recognises lifetime achievement in motorsport, from Autosport F1 reporter Luke...Keep reading
  35. Returning to the Autosport Awards for the first time since 2019 after it could not be held during the COVID-19 pandemic, the prize has been revamped for this year.
    Preston, an engineering graduate from the University of Southampton, was chosen as the winner as a result of his work as an engineer on Williams’s professional Esports team, which competes in the official sim racing competitions...Keep reading
  36. The British star joined Mercedes alongside Lewis Hamilton for 2022 and, after a tricky campaign with the W13, scored his first world championship grand prix win at Interlagos in Brazil.
    The win, which came a day after Russell had overtaken Max Verstappen to head the sprint race, was his 81st GP start and helped the 24-year-old to fourth in the drivers’ championship.
    The Award, which is...Keep reading
  37. The seven-time F1 champion battled to help Mercedes develop its troubled W13 during 2022 and finished sixth in the drivers’ standings with nine podium finishes.
    Autosport readers have voted Hamilton the best British driver of the season, ahead of new team-mate George Russell and McLaren’s rising F1 star Lando Norris, and IMSA SportsCar champion Tom Blomqvist. It is the eighth time Hamilton...Keep reading
  38. The Red Bull RB18 Formula 1 contender has won Autosport’s 2022 International Racing Car of the Year Award presented by Blink Experience.
    The RB18 helped Max Verstappen to his second world title with a record-breaking 15 grand prix wins from 22 races. Sergio Perez added two other victories as Red Bull scooped its sixth constructors’ crown.
    Autosport readers have voted the RB18 the best...Keep reading
  39. Zhou, who became the first Chinese driver to compete in F1 full-time, scored six points on his way to 18th in the standings.
    Autosport readers voted Zhou the best rookie of 2022, ahead of Toyota’s World Endurance champion Ryo Hirakawa, IndyCar podium finisher Christian Lundgaard and F2 race winner Logan Sargeant.
    Zhou’s success was announced on 4 December at the Autosport Awards at...Keep reading
  40. The accolade, launched in 2021 and first won by Jean Todt, recognises an individual who has given a lifetime of service to the sport and who leaves a lasting legacy for future generations.
    As well as his success across Formula 1, the Indianapolis 500, Trans-Am, Can-Am and sportscar racing, Penske also became the first team owner to run both the IndyCar and NASCAR Cup drivers’ champions in the...Keep reading
  41. The news of Tambay’s death was communicated by his family to French agency AFP on Sunday. He had been known to be suffering from Parkinson's disease, a progressive disorder that affects the nervous system, as well as diabetes.
    Born on June 25, 1949, Tambay went on to spend a decade in F1, racing for some of the biggest teams in grand prix racing including McLaren, Ferrari and Renault.
    He...Keep reading
  42. Red Bull was found guilty in October of having breached last year’s cost cap limit. It was handed a $7 million fine and given a 10 percent reduction in wind tunnel time as a punishment.
    Many of Red Bull’s rivals had wanted much stricter sanctions laid down, but Sulayem thinks the FIA handled matters in the right manner, especially with cost cap rules being in their...Keep reading
  43. Following the conclusion of the 2022 F1 season in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago, the focus of the sporting world has been on Qatar, which is hosting the FIFA World Cup.
    Qatar has come into criticism over its human rights record and the treatment of migrant workers in the construction of the stadiums for the tournament, as well as its laws against the LGBTQ+ community.
    F1 first raced in Qatar last...Keep reading
  44. Throughout his F1 career, Perez has carved out a reputation as being one of the strongest drivers when it comes to tyre management, particularly during his stints with Sauber and Force India.
    But Perez admitted after the season finale in Abu Dhabi that he had struggled more with this year’s Pirelli tyres, which changed to 18-inch wheel rims and were designed to allow drivers to push...Keep reading
  45. F1’s new rules era of ground effect cars was aimed at spicing up the racing and making the grid much closer.
    However, despite a thrilling start with little to separate Ferrari and Red Bull early on, progress by Verstappen’s team in reducing the weight of its RB18 helped him pull clear and dominate the second half of the season.
    Verstappen was able to clinch the title at the Japanese...Keep reading
  46. But for Mercedes chief strategist James Vowles, his focus right now is on getting himself back in action as soon as possible. Not from the pitwall, though, but actually out on track racing.
    After an encouraging maiden campaign in the Asian Le Mans Series earlier this year, he is eager to return again for the 2023 season, as well as hopefully get an outing in the Gulf 12 Hours this...Keep reading
  47. The Italian F1 squad announced earlier this week that it had accepted Binotto’s offer to resign from his role as team principal after just less than four years in the job.
    Binotto’s decision came off the back of a rollercoaster season for Ferrari, where the highs of early season race victories were clouded by later frustrations over poor reliability, strategy errors and driver...Keep reading
  48. Audi announced at the end of August that it would be entering F1 for the first time from 2026 as a power unit supplier, before a link-up with Sauber was confirmed in October.
    The deal will see Sauber serve as the strategic partner for the Audi team, developing the chassis out of its Hinwil base in Switzerland while the power unit is looked after by Audi in Neuburg, Germany.
    Audi has provided...Keep reading
  49. F1 has not raced in China since 2019 due to the nation’s travel restrictions as it continues to pursue a zero-Covid policy, which has recently sparked protests in a number of major cities.
    The Chinese Grand Prix was listed on the 2023 calendar for April 16, but it was always conditional on restrictions being eased in time for F1 to enter the country and hold the race smoothly.
    In a...Keep reading
  50. As the 2022 Formula 1 season comes to its conclusion, focus shifts towards 2023 and what intriguing storylines and battles will unfold.
    After one of the biggest overhauls in technical regulations F1 has ever seen, a sense of stability will greet next season, but it hasn’t stopped plenty of changes elsewhere to enable the upcoming campaign to stand out.
    Key driver market changes will come...Keep reading