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Formula 1 confirm 2020 venues for qualifying experiment

Formula 1 confirm 2020 venues for qualifying experiment

Formula 1 stakeholders have confirmed the location of the three ‘experimental’ qualifying races during the course of the 2020 World Championship season It is believed that Ross Brawn told the teams at Suzuka that he wants the 45 minutes, reverse-grid qualifying sprint...

Formula 1 to ditch Thursday from weekend schedule

Formula 1 to ditch Thursday from weekend schedule

Formula 1 race weekends will be reduced from four to just three days from 2021, it has emerged after the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. A typhoon forced the cancellation of all track activities on Saturday, meaning that the sport is in effect testing the three-day...

2019 Japanese Grand Prix Index

Welcome to our index page of the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix. From here you will be able to find links to all our latest reports, pictures and results from Suzuka International Racing Course. Session Reports FP1: Bottas sets the pace in Japanese GP first practice FP2:...

Japanese GP: Sunday’s race action in pictures

Japanese GP: Sunday’s race action in pictures

It wasn't the race Ferrari was expecting, but the second best thing for the Japanese Grand Prix fans was Valtteri Bottas' return to the top step of the podium for the first time since Baku. Enjoy our second gallery of the day covering the race action from Suzuka. 150...

From qualifying to P5, Sainz hails ‘a perfect day’ in Suzuka

From qualifying to P5, Sainz hails ‘a perfect day’ in Suzuka

Carlos Sainz described his Sunday in Suzuka as "a perfect day" after the McLaren driver followed up his positive qualifying performance in the morning with a flawless run to P5 in the afternoon. In the commotion of the opening lap, marked by Sebastian Vettel's botched...

Renault parts impounded by FIA after Racing Point protest

Renault parts impounded by FIA after Racing Point protest

Renault's steering wheels and Electronic Control Units (ECUs) have been impounded by the FIA at Suzuka following a protest from the Racing Point team. The protest alleges a breach of Formula 1's sporting and technical regulations, as well as the FIA's International...

Albon celebrates ‘best weekend yet’ after ‘lonely’ race

Albon celebrates ‘best weekend yet’ after ‘lonely’ race

Sunday in Suzuka proved to be super successful for rookie driver Alexander Albon, with a career-best finish of fourth place in the Japanese Grand Prix. And earlier in the day he had also matched his highly rated Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen's qualifying time down...

Bottas: ‘I’ve been missing that, so more of this!’

Bottas: ‘I’ve been missing that, so more of this!’

Valtteri Bottas was delighted to be back in winning form again for the first time since the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in April. Bottas was able to swoop around the slow-starting Sebastian Vettel at the start of Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix to claim the lead into turn 1....

Double penalty hit drops Ferrari’s Leclerc to P7!

Double penalty hit drops Ferrari’s Leclerc to P7!

Charles Leclerc was hit with a double dose of post-race sanctions by the Japanese GP stewards that have dropped the Ferrari driver from 6th to 7th in the event's final results. Leclerc's first penalty was handed to the Monegasque for his opening lap clash with Max...

Wolff dedicates Mercedes title triumph to Niki Lauda

Wolff dedicates Mercedes title triumph to Niki Lauda

The Mercedes team was celebrating their sixth consecutive constructors championship on Sunday, after Valtteri Bottas claimed victory in the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix. And team principal Toto Wolff was quick to dedicate their latest success to former executive chairman...

Premature finish in Suzuka keeps Perez in the points

Premature finish in Suzuka keeps Perez in the points

There was heartbreak for Sergio Perez when the Racing Point clashed with a Toro Rosso and ended up being spun out of ninth place and into the gravel near the end of the Japanese Grand Prix. The accident meant that Perez was initially shown in 17th place in the...

Vettel saved from ‘jump start’ penalty in Suzuka

Vettel saved from ‘jump start’ penalty in Suzuka

Sebastian Vettel was on pole position for the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix, but his hopes of victory crumbled when his Ferrari lurched forward on the line before the lights went out. "The lights were on for a long time but it was my mistake," Vettel said after finishing...

Verstappen accuses Leclerc of “irresponsible driving”

Verstappen accuses Leclerc of “irresponsible driving”

Red Bull's Max Verstappen pointed an accusatory finger at Charles Leclerc, insisting the Ferrari driver had punted him out of the Japanese Grand Prix with an "irresponsible" move into Suzuka's Turn 2. A botched start by poleman Sebastian Vettel allowed both Mercedes...

Bottas wins at Suzuka as Mercedes clinch sixth title

Bottas wins at Suzuka as Mercedes clinch sixth title

Valtteri Bottas cooly dominated the Japanese Grand Prix after pole sitter Sebastian Vettel suffered a poor start off the line in Suzuka. Bottas swept into the lead heading into turn 1, leaving the Ferrari to fight it out with Lewis Hamilton to hold on to second place....

Wolff: What would Niki say and what would he think?

Wolff: What would Niki say and what would he think?

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff has dedicated the team’s sixth successive Formula 1 constructors’ world championship to late non-executive chairman Niki Lauda on a historic day in Japan on Sunday. Valtteri Bottas’ win in Suzuka left the Finn as the only driver able to...

Japanese Grand Prix Top Three Press Conference

Japanese Grand Prix Top Three Press Conference

Full transcript from the top three press conference after from the Japanese Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Suzuka Circuit. Featuring race winner Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)...

Japanese Grand Prix: Mercedes Champs, Ferrari Chumps

Japanese Grand Prix: Mercedes Champs, Ferrari Chumps

Squandering another strong performance in qualifying, Ferrari were forced to watch on as Valtteri Bottas led Mercedes to their sixth-consecutive world championship at Suzuka on Sunday. Taking full advantage of a disastrous start for both Scuderia drivers, Bottas...

2019 Japanese Grand Prix – Revised race results

Full race results from the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka International Racing Course, round 17 of the 2019 Formula 1 season. 2019 Japanese Grand Prix - Race results Pos Driver Team Gap Stops 1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 52 laps - 1:21:46.755s 2 2 Sebastian Vettel...

Leclerc receives double penalty for Suzuka shenanigans

Leclerc receives double penalty for Suzuka shenanigans

Ferrari’s weekend in Japan went from bad to worse when Charles Leclerc received to post-race penalties that demoted him from sixth-place, when he crossed the finish line, to seventh after the FIA race stewards had a final say before the lights went out at Suzuka....

FIA impounds Renault parts after Racing Point protest

FIA impounds Renault parts after Racing Point protest

Formula 1’s governing body moved to seal and impound the steering wheels and electronic control units of Renault’s race cars at Suzuka on Sunday after a Japanese Grand Prix protest by rivals Racing Point. The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said, after...

FIA investigating extra lap “system error” at Suzuka

FIA investigating extra lap “system error” at Suzuka

Formula 1´s governing body said it suspected a systems glitch was to blame for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix ending a lap early, with Mexican Sergio Perez officially finishing ninth and in the points despite crashing out. The race, won by Mercedes driver Valtteri...

Mercedes: We dedicate it to Niki

Mercedes: We dedicate it to Niki

Newly crowned constructors’ champions Mercedes report from the Japanese Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Suzuka Circuit. #ATeamComeTrue – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport write Formula One history with their sixth consecutive double...

Ferrari: Congratulations from to our rivals and friends

Ferrari: Congratulations from to our rivals and friends

Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow leaves Suzuka and the Japanese Grand Prix having picked up a second-place with Sebastian Vettel and a seventh with Charles Leclerc. That definitely did not live up to expectations given the front-row lockout in qualifying held at 10 in...

Racing Point protest against Renault “admissible”

Racing Point has filed a protest against the legality of Renault’s car at the Japanese Grand Prix that has been ruled “admissible” but won’t be decided on for a number of days. Following Sunday’s race, Racing Point lodged a protest against both the cars of Daniel...

FIA explains lack of Vettel false start penalty

The FIA has explained why Sebastian Vettel did not receive a penalty for a false start in the Japanese Grand Prix despite moving in his grid slot. Vettel was starting from pole position but dropped to second place behind Valtteri Bottas on the run to Turn 1, and...

Leclerc demoted to seventh by two penalties

Charles Leclerc has been demoted to seventh place in the Japanese Grand Prix as a result of two different penalties handed out by the stewards post-race. The start saw Leclerc make contact with Max Verstappen at Turn 2, causing Verstappen to spin off the track and...

Bottas wins in Japan, Mercedes secures championship double

Bottas wins in Japan, Mercedes secures championship double

Valtteri Bottas took victory in the Japanese Grand Prix as Mercedes secured the constructors’ championship and is guaranteed a drivers’ title. The Finn started from third on the grid after a good lap in qualifying on Sunday morning, and took advantage of an error from...

Perez and Gasly cleared despite checkered flag error

The collision between Sergio Perez and Pierre Gasly was still investigated despite it occurring after the Japanese Grand Prix officially ended due to a checkered flag error, but both drivers escaped punishment. Valtteri Bottas was starting his final lap when the...

Pirelli report from the Japanese Grand Prix

Pirelli report from the Japanese Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas won the Japanese Grand Prix with a two-stop soft-medium-soft strategy, on a track that was made quite unpredictable due to an enforced day off yesterday following Typhoon Hagibis. Not only did Saturday’s heavy rain wash away the rubber...

Red Bull: Leaving Suzuka slightly disappointed

Red Bull: Leaving Suzuka slightly disappointed

Red Bull report from the Japanese Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Suzuka Circuit. Alex Albon Finish Position: 4th, Start Position: 6th “Fourth is my F1 career best finish and this weekend has definitely felt like my best with the...

Japanese GP: Sunday’s qualifying action in pictures

Japanese GP: Sunday’s qualifying action in pictures

Formula 1 was back on track in Suzuka on Sunday where the sun was shining in all its glory at the crack of dawn, with typhoon Hagibis but a distant memory. Here is gallery #1 covering qualifying for the 2019 Japanese GP. 57 You may also like Japanese GP: Sunday's race...

Kubica at risk of missing race due to chassis change

Kubica at risk of missing race due to chassis change

Robert Kubica might not be able to start this afternoon's Japanese Grand Prix, after Williams were forced to change his chassis following a heavy accident at the start of qualifying. The session has been postponed from Saturday due to typhoon Hagibis, meaning it was...

Mercedes admit Ferrari ‘untouchable’ in Suzuka qualifying

Mercedes admit Ferrari ‘untouchable’ in Suzuka qualifying

Mercedes were left looking firmly second best in Sunday's qualifying session at Suzuka, failing to make it onto the front row for the Japanese Grand prix for the first time in the hybrid engine era. Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc locked out the front row for...

Unhappy Ricciardo at a loss to explain dismal pace in Q1

Unhappy Ricciardo at a loss to explain dismal pace in Q1

Daniel Ricciardo's broad signature smile was nowhere to be seen after the Renault driver's unexpected elimination from qualifying in Q1. After a dismal Friday that saw both Ricciardo and teammate Nico Hulkenberg conclude their free practice day near the bottom of the...

Ferrari ‘came out of nowhere’ – Wolff

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says Ferrari “came out of nowhere” to lock out the front row in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix. In a qualifying session taking place on Sunday morning at Suzuka ahead of the race later in the same day, Sebastian Vettel beat...

Vettel surprised by ‘unexpected’ Suzuka pole

Vettel surprised by ‘unexpected’ Suzuka pole

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel said that claiming pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix hadn't been what he was expecting on Sunday morning. The delayed qualifying session saw Vettel top Q3 with a time of 1:27.064s, putting him 0.189s ahead of team mate Charles...

Vettel on pole as Ferrari locks out front row in Japan

Vettel on pole as Ferrari locks out front row in Japan

Sebastian Vettel took his second pole position of the season with an excellent performance in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix as Ferrari locked out the front row on Sunday morning. The German had already stated on Friday that he felt Ferrari had plenty of time...

Vettel beats Leclerc as Ferrari lock-out Suzuka front row

Vettel beats Leclerc as Ferrari lock-out Suzuka front row

Sebastian Vettel will start today's 2019 Japanese Grand Prix from pole position after topping the typhoon-delayed Sunday morning qualifying session at Suzuka. Joining him on the front row of the grid this afternoon will be his Ferrari team mate Charles Leclerc, who...

Suzuka Qualifying: Rapid Vettel Leads Ferrari 1-2

Suzuka Qualifying: Rapid Vettel Leads Ferrari 1-2

For the first time in ten races, Sebastian Vettel was able to get the better of his teammate and indeed, the rest of the field, to lead a stunning turnaround for Ferrari in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix. Continuing the Scuderia’s remarkable revival since the...

Kubica at risk of missing Japanese GP after crash

Robert Kubica might not make the start of the Japanese Grand Prix after crashing heavily in the opening minutes of qualifying on Sunday morning. Typhoon Hagibis stuck Japan on Saturday, with Formula 1 opting to cancel all track action a day earlier in order to prepare...

2019 Japanese Grand Prix – Qualifying results

Full results from qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka International Racing Course, round 17 of the 2019 Formula 1 season. 2019 Japanese Grand Prix - Qualifying results Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:28.988s 1:28.174s 1:27.064s 2...

F1 targets three venues to trial qualifying races in 2020

F1 targets three venues to trial qualifying races in 2020

Formula 1's chiefs have singled out three specific events where its experimental qualifying race format could be trialed in 2020, pending a unanimous agreement from teams. To spice up the show and instill more unpredictability into the sport, F1 is seeking to trial...

MEDLAND: Reporting from a typhoon

MEDLAND: Reporting from a typhoon

I’ll admit I came out to Japan a little earlier than usual in order to take in a couple of Rugby World Cup games, and by the time media day at Suzuka rolled around I felt like I could do with a few days off. So it was very kind of the weather to provide me with one...

Binotto on 2021 rules: Still many ‘open points’ to be addressed

Binotto on 2021 rules: Still many ‘open points’ to be addressed

The end of October deadine for Formula 1's 2021 rules is fast approaching, but Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto says many points still need to be addressed. Formula 1's initial target date for the sport's future regulation platform to be set in stone was June 30, but the...

Sainz ‘happy with the feeling’ but cautious on outlook

Sainz ‘happy with the feeling’ but cautious on outlook

McLaren's Carlos Sainz was happy with his Friday running at Suzuka, but the Spaniard insists there are too many unknowns regarding his rivals to offer any predictions for Sunday. Sainz concluded FP2 seventh behind the usual trio of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull...

Drivers chill out while team bosses meet with Carey

Drivers chill out while team bosses meet with Carey

Formula 1 team bosses spent Saturday discussing the sport’s future with CEO Chase Carey as Typhoon Hagibis put paid to any chance of track action at Suzuka. At the same time, drivers entertained themselves on Saturday, bunkered down at Suzuka’s circuit hotel. Only two...

Lehto: Ferrari problem is their boss is not strong enough

Lehto: Ferrari problem is their boss is not strong enough

Former Formula 1 driver JJ Lehto has questioned Mattia Binotto’s ability and experience to handle the growing tension between the Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel. The pair are now obviously vying for number one status at Maranello, but team boss...

Formula 1 scraps 2021 tyre blanket ban

Tyres will remain warm and snug in their blankets in 2021, with F1 postponing a ban on the devices that was expected to accompany the introduction of 18-inch wheels. The loss of tyre blankets was seen by Pirelli and the teams as an added technical challenge for 2021,...

Ferrari drivers stumped by Mercedes speed at Suzuka

Ferrari drivers stumped by Mercedes speed at Suzuka

A car upgrade may have allowed Mercedes to catch up with Ferrari, this is the view of their four-time Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel after the Reds were trounced in FP2, a session which might rise in importance for race day. After four consecutive pole...

Steiner gets €7,500 fine for insulting F1 steward

Steiner gets €7,500 fine for insulting F1 steward

Haas F1 Team principal Gunther Steiner has escaped with a slap on the wrist after his radio outburst during the slow-down lap at the Russian Grand Prix. Some had feared that the Haas boss could be banned from the paddock for a race after lashing out at a “stupid...

Vasseur: Antonio is doing a very strong job

Vasseur: Antonio is doing a very strong job

Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur has dealt a blow to Nico Hulkenberg’s flagging chances of staying on the Formula 1 grid next year while suggesting that Antonio Giovinazzi will remain with the Swiss team in 2020. Hulkenberg, who has lost his Renault seat for...

Vasseur hints at unchanged Alfa Romeo lineup for 2020

Vasseur hints at unchanged Alfa Romeo lineup for 2020

Alfa Romeo Racing boss Frédéric Vasseur says the Swiss outfit will confirm 'quite soon' its 2020 line-up, but all signs point to Antonio Giovinazzi racing once again alongside Kimi Raikkonen. While Raikkonen is already contracted to Alfa Romeo for next season, there...

Russia still considering F1 team

Russia still considering F1 team

A government minister is still talking about the prospect of a Russian Formula 1 team despite an apparent lack of “serious” interest in such an undertaking. At Sochi recently, trade and industry minister Denis Manturov said a Russian team is “not far off”. His...

Grosjean recreates a piece of F1 history at Suzuka

Grosjean recreates a piece of F1 history at Suzuka

The cancellation of Saturday's schedule at Suzuka following the landfall of Typhoon Hagibis has forced a day off on drivers, but Romain Grosjean will be hard at work on a very special task. Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz promised to get together for a few epic games...

Morning After: An All-Important Practice

Morning After: An All-Important Practice

With Saturday’s running cancelled with the looming Typhoon Hagibis, F1 teams had to make the most of the opportunity they had on Friday at Suzuka. So much for all the talk about needing to “spice up” Friday practice. As it turns out, all you need is a typhoon to...

Japanese Grand Prix Friday Press Conference

Japanese Grand Prix Friday Press Conference

Full transcript from the team representatives press conference on day one of the Japanese Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Suzuka Circuit. Featuring Guenther Steiner (Haas), Mattia Binotto (Ferrari), Toyoharu Tanabe (Honda), Cyril...

Renault drivers blame ‘out of sync’ runs for poor FP2

Renault drivers blame ‘out of sync’ runs for poor FP2

Renault's Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg ended Friday's second practice near the bottom of the timesheet, with both drivers blaming out of sequence runs for their underperformance. Ricciardo and Hulkenberg clocked in at the end of FP2 respectively P17 and P18,...

Bottas encouraged by Mercedes gains at Suzuka

Valtteri Bottas says Mercedes as made gains with its car at the Japanese Grand Prix and can push it further than ever before. Mercedes has attributed part of the swing in performance compared to Ferrari in recent races to a lack of upgrades, while the Scuderia made a...

Leclerc surprised by gap to Mercedes

Charles Leclerc admits he is surprised Ferrari was not more competitive compared to Mercedes during practice for the Japanese Grand Prix. Ferrari has taken the last four pole positions in a row since the summer break, winning on the first three occasions before...

Formula 1 makes a big impression on Naoki Yamamoto

Formula 1 makes a big impression on Naoki Yamamoto

F1 rookie Naoki Yamamoto was left amazed by his baptism of fire in FP1 with Toro Rosso, while the junior bull squad was equally impressed with the Japanese driver's solid performance. Yamamoto concluded the morning practice session down in P17, but just over a tenth...

Steiner fined for ‘totally inappropriate’ stewards comment

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has been fined €7500 ($8263) for “totally inappropriate” comments about a steward over team radio at the Russian Grand Prix. After Kevin Magnussen received a five-second time penalty for not rejoining the track in the correct...

Bottas fastest in FP2 that could decide Japan grid

Bottas fastest in FP2 that could decide Japan grid

Valtteri Bottas was fastest in a second practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix that could decide the grid order for Sunday’s race. The teams were informed ahead of FP1 that all of Saturday’s running had been cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis, with the circuit...

Suzuka FP2: Bottas and Mercedes dominate day one

Suzuka FP2: Bottas and Mercedes dominate day one

Valtteri Bottas again led his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton as the pair finished one-two on the timing screens at the end of day one of track action at Suzuka, the final one until race day on Sunday as organisers have shut down Suzuka for tomorrow as Typhoon...

Ricciardo: No escape clause, I’m committed to Renault

Ricciardo: No escape clause, I’m committed to Renault

Daniel Ricciardo has ruled out a move to Ferrari for 2020 and reaffirmed his commitment to Renault despite a below-par-season for the former Red Bull driver. With Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc squabbling internally at the Italian team, Ricciardo has been named...

Scrapping Saturday at Suzuka inevitable for Formula 1

Scrapping Saturday at Suzuka inevitable for Formula 1

Saturday’s Japanese Grand Prix weekend action as been cancelled, as the risk that a ‘violent’ typhoon will hit the local area rises to 100 per cent which means qualifying will shift to Sunday morning weather permitting If that is also affected, then the grid for the...

Vettel: It was not right that I ignored the radio message

Vettel: It was not right that I ignored the radio message

Although Sebastian Vettel has admitted that ignoring team orders at Sochi was not the correct thing to do, the tension between the Ferrari drivers could continue despite them downplaying the feud that has captivated Formula 1 in recent weeks. Vettel’s teammate Charles...

Hamilton: More tyres on Friday proved ‘better for the fans’

Hamilton: More tyres on Friday proved ‘better for the fans’

Special circumstances provided Mercedes with an opportunity to use more tyres than usual during Friday's practice, a change that led to more running and therefore to a benefit for the fans according to Lewis Hamilton. The cancellation of Saturday's track activity...

Racing Point: Now it’s a case of wait and see

Racing Point: Now it’s a case of wait and see

Racing Point report from the first day of free practice of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend, Round 17 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Suzuka Circuit. Sergio Perez FP1 1:30.810 P8 21 laps FP2 1:29.299 P8 28 laps “I think we can be quite happy with the...

Haas: Overall it was a pretty good day

Haas: Overall it was a pretty good day

The 17th round of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship began with practice Friday at the Suzuka Circuit as teams prepared for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix. Two 90-minute sessions – FP1 and FP2 – on the 5.807-kilometre (3.608-mile), 18-turn circuit ran under...

Alfa Romeo: The gaps are very small

Alfa Romeo: The gaps are very small

Formula One race weekends are fairly regular affairs. The event proceeds along tried and tested lines, its times as second nature as a morning wake-up-and-get-up routine for the paddock regulars. Formula One race weekends proceed like clockwork. They are immutable....

Renault: New front wing did improve handling

Renault: New front wing did improve handling

Renault F1 Team had a challenging day of practice at Suzuka Circuit as it adapted its preparations for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix. With Saturday’s running cancelled due to the incoming Typhoon Hagibis, Friday’s programme was expanded to include race and...

Verstappen: FP2 pace encouraging but still ‘more work to do’

Verstappen: FP2 pace encouraging but still ‘more work to do’

Red Bull's Max Verstappen was encouraged by his car's performance in Friday's second practice session but insisted that more progress would be required to challenge Mercedes on Sunday. Verstappen clocked in third fastest in FP2, almost three tenths behind pace-setter...

Japanese GP: Friday’s action in pictures

Japanese GP: Friday’s action in pictures

It's a shortened weekend of action at Suzuka, thanks to Typhoon Hagibis. But we still have a big batch of pictures covering Friday's action for you to enjoy. 163 You may also like Japanese GP: Thursday's build-up in pictures Russian GP: Sunday's action in pictures...

Leclerc: Lack of pace relative to Mercedes ‘a bit of a surprise’

Leclerc: Lack of pace relative to Mercedes ‘a bit of a surprise’

Charles Leclerc admitted to being surprised by Ferrari's deficit to Mercedes in free practice at Suzuka given the superior form displayed by its SF90 in the last four races. Since the end of the summer break, the Scuderia has had the upper hand over Mercedes on pure...

Steiner forks out €7,500 to FIA for Russian GP outburst!

Steiner forks out €7,500 to FIA for Russian GP outburst!

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner has been fined €7,500 by the FIA for his Russian Grand Prix radio outburst and criticism of the event's race stewards. At Sochi, Steiner lashed out at officials, criticizing the stewards' decision to hit has driver Kevin Magnussen with...

Honda up their Formula 1 budget for 2020

Honda up their Formula 1 budget for 2020

Honda is ramping up its Formula 1 budget for 2020 in an effort to challenge for the world title with Red Bull, according to a report in La Gazzetta dello Sport. The move follows pressure on the Red Bull-Honda alliance from Max Verstappen and his father Jos, who have...

Bottas and Mercedes remain in charge in FP2

Bottas and Mercedes remain in charge in FP2

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton asserted Mercedes' position at the top of the timesheet in the second practice session at Suzuka, with the Finn edging his teammate by a tenth of a second. Behind the pair of Silver Arrows, Red Bull's Max Verstappen was the closest...

2019 Japanese Grand Prix Free Practice 2 – Results

Full results from Free Practice 2 for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, round 17 of the 2019 Formula 1 world championship. 2019 Japanese Grand Prix - Free Practice 2 results Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:27.785s 33 2 Lewis Hamilton...

Japanese Grand Prix: Typhoon forces Saturday cancellation

Japanese Grand Prix: Typhoon forces Saturday cancellation

Organisers of the Japanese Grand Prix have cancelled all practice and qualifying sessions scheduled for Saturday due to the approach of Typhoon Hagibis. Originally scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday (0600 GMT), the hour-long qualifying session that decides...

Japanese GP grid could be determined by FP2 results

If inclement weather prevents qualifying from taking place on Sunday morning at Suzuka, the Japanese Grand Prix grid will be determined by the results of FP2. The Japanese organisers wisely decided early on Friday to cancel on track activity for Saturday, a decision...

Bottas leads Mercedes 1-2 in opening practice of Japanese GP

Bottas leads Mercedes 1-2 in opening practice of Japanese GP

Mercedes finished a second clear of Ferrari in the first practice session of a disrupted race weekend at the Japanese Grand Prix. Shortly before track running started on Friday morning Formula 1 announced it had cancelled all of Saturday’s action due to the imminent...

Steiner summoned to stewards over Russia radio messages

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has been summoned to the stewards at the Japanese Grand Prix over his radio messages at the end of the last race in Russia. Kevin Magnussen was hit with a five-second time penalty for not rejoining the track in the required manner...

Suzuka FP1: Bottas pips Hamilton to top spot

Suzuka FP1: Bottas pips Hamilton to top spot

Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton dominated the first free practice of the Japanese Grand Prix on Friday, finishing one-two in the 90-minute session at Suzuka The Finn edged out his British teammate by 0.076 with the best time of 1:28.731 which, in...

Japanese GP qualifying to be held Sunday due to typhoon

Qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix will be held on Sunday morning after all of Saturday’s track running was cancelled due to the impending arrival of Typhoon Hagibis. The Super Typhoon is forecast to make landfall in Japan on Saturday, with Formula 1, the FIA and...

Bottas sets the pace in Japanese GP first practice

Bottas sets the pace in Japanese GP first practice

Mercedes Valtteri Bottas topped the first practice session at Suzuka for the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix, the Finn outpacing teammate Lewis Hamilton by less than a tenth of a second. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel clocked in third, edging Charles Leclerc and the Red Bull...

2019 Japanese Grand Prix Free Practice 1 – Results

Full results from Free Practice 1 for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, round 17 of the 2019 Formula 1 world championship. 2019 Japanese Grand Prix - Free Practice 1 results Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:28.731s 26 2 Lewis Hamilton...

Typhoon Hagibis forces Suzuka to cancel Saturday’s action

With the threat of Typhoon Hagibis looming, Japanese Grand Prix organisers have taken the decision to scrap Saturday's action and schedule qualifying on Sunday morning. Typhoon Hagibis is expected to make landfall in Japan on Saturday morning, but Suzuka isn't taking...

Hamilton: Charles should have moved to defend

Hamilton: Charles should have moved to defend

Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has weighed in on the feud between Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, admitting he would have acted like the German driver did during the Russian Grand Prix. On that afternoon, Vettel zoomed into the lead...

Leclerc confident Ferrari pair will follow team orders

Charles Leclerc is confident both he and Sebastian Vettel will follow any team orders if they are handed out at this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix after their issue in Russia. Vettel took the lead from polesitter Leclerc at the start of the race in Sochi, and was then...

Red Bull expects notable performance gain from new fuel

Red Bull expects to receive a notable gain in performance at the the Japanese Grand Prix from a new fuel being introduced by ExxonMobil for the latest Honda power unit. Toro Rosso will also use the new fuel on both cars. Honda introduced its Spec 4 power unit at the...

Alonso suffered in Morocco, but took away ‘a lot of positives’

Alonso suffered in Morocco, but took away ‘a lot of positives’

Fernando Alonso's first big foray into the rally-raid world with Toyota in Morocco was a story of punctures, ditches, incidents and a lot of swallowed dust, but the Spaniard also took away a lot of positives from his experience. Last weekend, Alonso entered the thick...

Formula 1 braced for typhoon ahead of Japanese Grand Prix

Formula 1 braced for typhoon ahead of Japanese Grand Prix

Mercedes driver and Formula 1 World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton knows a win at this weekend’s typhoon-threatened Japanese Grand Prix will go a long way in sealing a sixth title. Hamilton has a commanding 73-point lead over teammate Valtteri Bottas with five...

Alonso: A lot of positives out of the Rally of Morocco

Alonso: A lot of positives out of the Rally of Morocco

Double Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso took a step closer to deciding if he will contest next years Dakar Rally after an eventful second competitive off-road race this past week in Morocco. The Spaniard is on a fact-finding mission as he garners experience...

Leclerc: We’ve had a discussion and everything is clear now

Leclerc: We’ve had a discussion and everything is clear now

The Russian Grand Prix laid bare the growing problem Ferrari have managing their drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, much has been written about the Scuderia’s debacle in Sochi but it appears that ‘confusion’ between the drivers that day has been cleared up....

Fittipaldi: Italian media love the Ferrari polemics

Fittipaldi: Italian media love the Ferrari polemics

Ferrari still wants Sebastian Vettel to win races claims double Formula 1 World Champion Emerson Fittpaldi, even though last time out at Sochi, Ferrari ordered the German aside for Charles Leclerc. But Fittipaldi, 72, told Auto Bild of the Vettel situation, “Ferrari...

Statement: Daniel and Glenn wish each other well

Statement: Daniel and Glenn wish each other well

Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo has settled a $12-million lawsuit with his former manager who was involved in the Australian’s mega-bucks move away from Red Bull to the French team. In July, we reported that Glenn Beavis was suing Ricciardo for a slice of the deal to...

Abiteboul: Potential new teams are in contact with us

Abiteboul: Potential new teams are in contact with us

Renault F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul says his team has been approached by potential new Formula 1 teams with the view to an engine supply. Last week, despite reports that up to three potential outfits are interested in joining the grid in 2021, Liberty Media declared “no...

F1 Racing magazine saved by Lifestyle Media House

F1 Racing magazine saved by Lifestyle Media House

It appears to be troubling times for the Motorsport Network empire as they have been forced to end the print run of the iconic Autosport magazine as they feel the strains of plummeting income from their digital assets which in the end were carrying their print...

Japanese Grand Prix Drivers’ Press Conference

Japanese Grand Prix Drivers’ Press Conference

Full transcript from the drivers’ press conference ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend, Round 17 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Suzuka Circuit. Featuring: Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing), Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), Carlos...

Japanese GP: Thursday’s build-up in pictures

Japanese GP: Thursday’s build-up in pictures

It's on to Suzuka where, despite the looming threat of Typhoon Hagibis, the fans turned out in masse once again to get a glimpse and cheer their F1 idols. Here is our first batch of pictures from Thursday's build-up to the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix. 90 You may also...

Leclerc: Sochi team order rift not a ‘huge deal’

Charles Leclerc says Sebastian Vettel's reluctance to obey team orders in Sochi wasn't a "huge deal", although the Ferrari charger insists his team will make sure the situation doesn't repeat itself in the future. Leclerc squabbled with his team over the radio in the...

Safety at Suzuka top priority as super typhoon looms

Safety at Suzuka top priority as super typhoon looms

Organisers of the Japanese Grand Prix said on Thursday they are keeping a close eye on the advance of Super Typhoon Hagibis and are working to minimise any disruption to this weekend´s schedule. The typhoon is predicted to be one of the most violent tropical storms to...

F1 and FIA issue joint statement on Typhoon Hagibis

Formula 1 and the FIA say that all efforts will be made to minimize the disruption to the Japanese Grand Prix schedule as super typhoon Hagibis prepares to hit the country. The massive storm is expected to make landfall in eastern Japan before moving northward on...

Japanese Grand Prix: Facts, Stats & Info

Japanese Grand Prix: Facts, Stats & Info

Facts, information and statistics for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix weekend, Round 17 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Suzuka Circuit. The Japanese Grand Prix is one of the highlights of the Formula 1 season. The fans are passionate about motorsport and...

Correa: I am very grateful to be alive

Correa: I am very grateful to be alive

Formula 2 driver Juan Manuel Correa posted a video on Instagram for the first time since the horrific accident at Spa-Francorchamps that claimed the life of  Anthoine Hubert and left the Ecuadorian driver with serious leg injuries. Correa said in a video: “Obviously I...

Sainz enjoying renewed relationship with Key at McLaren

Sainz enjoying renewed relationship with Key at McLaren

Carlos Sainz says he's enjoying his renewed relationship with James Key at McLaren, insisting the team's new technical director has done a great job settling in at Woking. Key, who was credited for transforming Toro Rosso into a leading midfield contender in recent...

Wolff: McLaren engine deal won’t boost Mercedes ‘influence’

Wolff: McLaren engine deal won’t boost Mercedes ‘influence’

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the German manufacturer will not gain more political "influence" in Formula 1 thanks to adding its engine supply deal with McLaren. In 2021, Mercedes and McLaren will rekindle their past relationship and renew a collaboration that brought...

Super typhoon risk increasing at Suzuka

A typhoon is likely to hit this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, with Saturday’s qualifying session at risk based on the most recent forecasts. Typhoon Hagibis is projected to make landfall in Japan over the weekend, bringing with it torrential rain and winds at speeds...

McLaren challenge to Mercedes in 2021 unrealistic – Seidl

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl says he chose Mercedes as power unit supplier so his team has nowhere to hide, but does not think it can challenge the works team in 2021. During the Russian Grand Prix weekend it was announced that McLaren would return to Mercedes...

Japanese Grand Prix: Six from six beckons for Mercedes

Japanese Grand Prix: Six from six beckons for Mercedes

Mercedes have their first chance to seal a record-equalling sixth successive Formula 1 constructors’ world championship at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, at a track where they have won for five years in a row. Despite their domination since the start of the V6...

Ricciardo and former manager settle $12M commission dispute

Daniel Ricciardo and former advisor Glenn Beavis have reached a settlement in their $12 million dispute over unpaid commissions which was brought to the High Court of London last summer. Last summer, Beavis filed documents in the United Kingdom alleging the nonpayment...

FIA ready to levy severe punishment on Steiner

Haas boss Guenther Steiner's scathing criticism of the stewards' call against his team in the Russian Grand Prix could prove very costly for the Italian and the US outfit. In Sochi, Haas' Kevin Magnussen was handed a 5-second time penalty during the race for venturing...

Verstappen: We are looking really good, really strong

Verstappen: We are looking really good, really strong

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen said his team has plenty of room for improvement as they seek to rediscover their mid-season form heading into the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend. Since Verstappen picked up two wins in three races at the Austrian and German Grand Prix, Red...

Pirelli all set to select 2020-spec tyres after final test

Pirelli all set to select 2020-spec tyres after final test

Pirelli is set to nominate the tyre specifications that shall constitute its 2020 range of compounds after collecting additional data from a final test that took place at Barcelona this week. The test involved F1's three front-running teams - Ferrari, Red Bull and...

Steiner: Of course we lost money with Rich Energy saga

Steiner: Of course we lost money with Rich Energy saga

Haas F1 team principal Gunther Steiner has admitted that the headline-grabbing Rich Energy debacle will have an impact on his team’s bottom line. For the 2019 Formula 1 season, the American team partnered with the dodgy British energy drink start-up to be its title...

Kubica sponsor seeking to remain in Formula 1

Kubica sponsor seeking to remain in Formula 1

Robert Kubica’s Polish sponsor PKN Orlen confirmed it is staying in Formula 1 beyond this season as part of their brand-building marketing programme. Kubica, who has struggled on his return to the grid this year, has already announced that he is leaving Williams at...

Indycar: Ganassi signs Ericsson for three-car 2020 team

Indycar: Ganassi signs Ericsson for three-car 2020 team

Chip Ganassi Racing will field a third IndyCar next season for Marcus Ericsson, a former Formula 1 driver who just completed his first year in the American open-wheel series. Ericsson spent his rookie year with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, but the team...

Ericsson pursues IndyCar venture with Chip Ganassi!

Ericsson pursues IndyCar venture with Chip Ganassi!

Marcus Ericsson will pursue his career in IndyCar next season thanks to Chip Ganassi whose team will enter a third car in the series next season for the Swede. After five years in Formula 1, Ericsson found a new home in the US in 2019, completing his maiden season of...

Typhoon Hagibis predicted to hit Suzuka on Saturday

Typhoon Hagibis now has Japan's main island in its sights, with meteorologists predicting a potential disruption of proceedings at Suzuka on Saturday. Hagibis - which the U.S. military has put on par with a Category 5 hurricane - is currently still intensifying...

Correa returns to social media with emotional message

Correa returns to social media with emotional message

F2 racer Juan-Manuel, who was severely injured in the horrendous accident that cost the life of fellow hopeful Anthoine Hubert at Spa last month, made an emotional return to social media on Tuesday. It's been a challenging and demanding past five weeks for the...

Williams to trial new components at Suzuka

Williams will run some new components during Friday practice for the Japanese Grand Prix as it looks to avoid a repeat of its 2019 woes next season. The late arrival of its 2019 car put Williams on the back foot during pre-season testing, and once the new design ran...

Alonso back on track after Morocco Rally crash

Alonso back on track after Morocco Rally crash

Fernando Alonso’s off-road adventures continued as he prepares for a possible 2020 Dakar Rally foray with Toyota, this time he competed in the Morocco Rally and again had some overtime work for his Gazoo Racing crew. After a strong early showing and making it into the...

Steiner wary of Haas’ Suzuka prospects

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner warns the strong showing in Russia is no guarantee of another good performance at this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix. Romain Grosjean excelled in qualifying to reach Q3, and while the Frenchman was involved in a first lap incident...

Binotto says Ferrari needs ‘perfect’ execution in Suzuka

Binotto says Ferrari needs ‘perfect’ execution in Suzuka

Scuderia boss Mattia Binotto says that only perfect execution in all areas will allow Ferrari to defeat its rivals at Suzuka. Ferrari hit the ground running at Spa after the summer break, with Charles Leclerc trouncing the opposition in Belgium and Monza and Sebastian...

Are there too many Formula 1 races in a season?

Are there too many Formula 1 races in a season?

The 2020 Formula 1 season will be the longest in the sport’s history, 22-races which is sure to stress an already stretched paddock even further and will mean even more expenditure at a time when cutting costs is paramount for the health of motorsport’s top flight....

Silverstone enjoys record revenue thanks to British GP success

Silverstone Circuit is set to report record revenue for its fiscal year 2018 thanks to an increase of the British Grand Prix's ticket sales. According to a report from The Telegraph, the BRDC - owners of Silverstone - has exceed its financial projections for 2018 with...

Ferrari: In Japan we’ll extract all available performance

Ferrari: In Japan we’ll extract all available performance

This Sunday sees the 35th running of the Japanese Grand Prix. It has been held on just two circuits; four times at the Fuji Speedway and the remaining 30 at Suzuka Circuit. Scuderia Ferrari has won seven times. Disappointing start. The race was first held in 1976 and...

FIA and FIM collaborate on new circuit paint standard

The FIA and its motorcycle counterpart, the FIM, are collaborating to improve safety standards for circuits and competitors. The joint effort between the two governing body institutions has already resulted in the development of a new paint standard for circuits and...

Renault hunts for grip in Suzuka with new front wing

Renault hunts for grip in Suzuka with new front wing

Renault F1 chassis technical director Nick Chester says the French outfit heads to Suzuka with a new front wing in its bags in a bid to improve the downforce and grip of its R.S.19. Renault has given up on its ambitions of finishing the 2019 season at the top of...

Mercedes: We’ll bring some minor upgrades to Japan

Mercedes: We’ll bring some minor upgrades to Japan

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff previews the Japanese Grand Prix weekend, Round 17 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Suzuka Circuit. Toto Talks Japan “Claiming a 1-2 in Sochi after three races without a win was a great feeling. We delivered a strong race in...

Haas’ lousy season will hit 2020 budget – Steiner

Haas’ lousy season will hit 2020 budget – Steiner

Haas' depressed results this season will inevitably lead to a drop in prize money for the US outfit, a shortfall that in turn will impact its 2020 budget says team boss Guenther Steiner. Haas concluded its first two seasons in F1 eighth in the Constructors' standings,...

W-Series could feature on F1 bill in USA and Mexico

W-Series could feature on F1 bill in USA and Mexico

The all-female W-Series is in talks to move outside Europe, with a potential North American double-header supporting Formula 1 in the United States and Mexico, as part of an expanded second season. Former F1 race winner David Coulthard, who heads the advisory board...

Verstappen: Many question marks after 2020 so no hurry

Verstappen: Many question marks after 2020 so no hurry

Max Verstappen says he currently will not commit to Red Bull beyond the end of his contract as the 2021 Silly Season fires up amid a host of big team driver contracts up for renewal come to the end of next season. Earlier this year, there were rumblings about a...

Racing Point: We have taken some important steps forward

Racing Point: We have taken some important steps forward

Racing Point preview the Japanese Grand Prix weekend, Round 17 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Suzuka Circuit. Lance Stroll: “I’m a big fan of Suzuka. It’s one of the best, if not the best track, on the calendar. It’s where you really get to feel a...

Renault: We’re still in the battle for fourth

Renault: We’re still in the battle for fourth

Renault F1 Team previews the seventeenth race weekend of the 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Japanese Grand Prix. Drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo share their thoughts on the challenges of Suzuka, while Chassis Technical Director Nick Chester...

Wolff: Mercedes to keep its ‘foot on the throttle’ in Japan

Wolff: Mercedes to keep its ‘foot on the throttle’ in Japan

Mercedes AMG F1 boss Toto Wolff says the Silver Arrows squad is determined to keep its foot on the throttle next weekend in Japan where the team will implement a few minor updates on its W10. Mercedes crushed its rivals in the first part of the championship, winning...

Kvyat driving ‘better than ever’ and enjoying every lap

Kvyat driving ‘better than ever’ and enjoying every lap

Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat says he's been driving at his peak this season and enjoying every lap of his 2019 comeback season. After spending four bumpy years in the Red Bull family, marked by a round trip between Toro Rosso and the senior bull squad, Kvyat was sent...

Tilke: New St Petersburg track capable of hosting Formula 1

Tilke: New St Petersburg track capable of hosting Formula 1

A circuit close to St Petersburg is capable of hosting the Russian Grand Prix according to the track’s architect, Hermann Tilke, referring to the new Igora Drive circuit that will host a round of the DTM series next year. Igora is located two hours from St Petersburg,...

Haas: We never know on any weekend where we’ll end up

Haas: We never know on any weekend where we’ll end up

Haas F1 Team enters the upcoming Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit buoyed by the form it displayed in the preceding Russian Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom where both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen showed pace throughout the entire race weekend. Grosjean...

McLaren: We still have work to do to lock-down fourth

McLaren: We still have work to do to lock-down fourth

The Japanese Grand Prix is one of the highlights of the Formula 1 season, the fans are passionate about motorsport and Suzuka Circuit is one of the most revered racetracks in the world. The circuit’s unique figure-of-eight layout places huge demands on the drivers,...

Violent Typhoon Hagibis being montored by Formula 1

Violent Typhoon Hagibis being montored by Formula 1

Formula 1’s governing body is monitoring severe weather reports in the days before the Japanese Grand Prix which gets underway on Friday with free practice. Alarming forecasts by the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) are predicting that Typhoon Hagibis will be...

Alfa Romeo: We head to Japan committed to score points

Alfa Romeo: We head to Japan committed to score points

We are fortunate enough to travel the world, bringing our sport to 21 – soon to be 22 – exciting locations scattered around the planet. In the process of doing so, we see incredible things, visit scenic places and get to experience the most spectacular sport in the...

Autosport and F1 Racing to stop print editions

Autosport and F1 Racing to stop print editions

Autosport magazine will cease to exist seven decades after it launched and educated millions of racing enthusiasts, fans, drivers, team owners and the like throughout its important life. Motorsport Broadcasting report on their website: “Motorsport Network is to close...

McLaren: Still work to do to ‘lock down’ midfield lead

McLaren: Still work to do to ‘lock down’ midfield lead

McLaren enjoys a 33-point lead over Renault in the battle for 'best of the rest' in F1's constructors' championship, but with five races to go team boss Andreas Seidl is nowhere near claiming victory. A nice blend of performance and consistency has kept McLaren at the...

FIA can’t demand track changes on sporting grounds – Masi

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi says changes to track layouts are only demanded by the FIA on grounds of safety, following criticism of Russia’s Turn 2 design. A big run-off area follows a major braking zone in Sochi, and numerous drivers across all categories...

Alfa’s Vasseur: Double-points finish in Japan is ‘realistic’

Alfa’s Vasseur: Double-points finish in Japan is ‘realistic’

Alfa Romeo boss Frederic Vasseur says his team heads to Japan with the "realistic objective" of putting both its cars in the points at Suzuka. Alfa Romeo Racing is currently P8 in the Constructors' standings, 17 points behind Racing Point and just 7 points ahead of...

Yamamoto: I first watched F1 cars in action 27 years ago

Yamamoto: I first watched F1 cars in action 27 years ago

Honda-backed Japanese Naoki Yamamoto will take part in a Formula 1 grand prix weekend for the first time in his career when he drives a Toro Rosso in Friday’s opening free practice session at his home Suzuka circuit. Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso are powered by Honda and...

Seidl admits McLaren will have ‘nowhere to hide’ from 2021

Seidl admits McLaren will have ‘nowhere to hide’ from 2021

McLaren F1 boss Andreas Seidl believes his team will greatly benefit from its engine partnership with Mercedes, but the deal will also ensure that the papaya squad will have "nowhere to hide" from 2021. McLaren and Mercedes will revive a relationship that delivered...

Albon focused on ‘maximising each race’ – not 2020 prospects

Albon focused on ‘maximising each race’ – not 2020 prospects

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing's Alex Albon is focused on doing his best at each race and not fixated on the talks around his prospects for next season. The British-Thai racer who began his F1 career in Melbourne with Toro Rosso swapped seats with Pierre Gasly after the...

Yamamoto to get Toro Rosso FP1 run at Suzuka

Honda driver Naoki Yamamoto will drive for Toro Rosso during FP1 at this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix. Yamamoto won the Super Formula and SuperGT championships last season, becoming the first driver to win both titles in the same year since 2004. In doing so, the...

Typhoon Hagibis could wreak havoc on Japanese GP!

Formula 1 is keeping a watchful eye on typhoon Hagibis which has strengthened from a tropical storm to a super typhoon in the past 24 hours and threatens to impact next weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. The typhoon's winds are currently peaking at 185 km/h,...

Brawn: Why are F1 teams sounding the alarm now?

Brawn: Why are F1 teams sounding the alarm now?

Just weeks before 31 October deadline for ratification of the 2021 Formula 1 rules, and ultimately the future of the sport, reports suggest that discussions between the teams, Liberty Media and the FIA remain at a stale-mate. The June deadline had already been...

Marko: In part, Max is right

Marko: In part, Max is right

Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko says he has no issues with Max Verstappen’s recent criticism of the team as they struggle to keep up with Ferrari and Mercedes in this latter half of the season. “In the second half of the season you would expect that we would get...

Red Bull: Teams being ‘pushed and pulled’ over 2021 rules

Red Bull: Teams being ‘pushed and pulled’ over 2021 rules

Formula 1 teams say that they are feeling the strain over future car development as they continue to strive for formal agreement over the new rules and regulations that are due to be implemented in 2021. After a number of delays, the new technical specifications are...

Toro Rosso confirms Suzuka FP1 outing for Yamamoto

As expected, Scuderia Toro Rosso has confirmed that Super Formula and Super GT reigning champion Naoki Yamamoto will make his F1 debut this week, driving with the Faenza-based squad in FP1 on Friday. The 31-year-old highly regarded Honda-supported driver will replace...

Haas: No guarantee Sochi form will carry over to Suzuka

Haas: No guarantee Sochi form will carry over to Suzuka

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner says there's no certainty the US outfit will uphold in Japan the form it displayed in Russia last time out, insisting its VF19 remains a "temperamental" car. In Sochi, Kevin Magnussen delivered a top-ten finish to Haas for the first...

Formula 1 seek to learn from Hubert crash

Formula 1 seek to learn from Hubert crash

Formula 1 teams are looking into how to improve the safety of the chassis following the crash that killed Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert. Juan Manual Correa is also struggling to recover from a 17-hour operation in London to save his right leg following the Spa...

Kvyat: I know nothing about the situation at Alfa Romeo

Kvyat: I know nothing about the situation at Alfa Romeo

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat has dismissed silly season rumours linking him with a potential move to Alfa Romeo. Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko recently said the Toro Rosso driver is not in the running to return to the energy drink company’s senior F1 team next...

Verstappen: Newey is more involved

Verstappen: Newey is more involved

Max Verstappen has played down reports that Red Bull design guru Adrian Newey is focussing on other projects and steadily stepping away from Formula 1. Newey has been part-time with the energy drinks outfit for several years now, but that involvement appears to be...

Seidl: McLaren-built F1 engine never seriously considered

Seidl: McLaren-built F1 engine never seriously considered

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl says the woking outfit “never considered” building its own Formula 1 engine despite murmurs of such a development. After 2020, the British team will continue its push to catch the top three teams by switching from customer Renault to...

The Torpedo Returns home (and Mattia can’t manage his drivers)

The Torpedo Returns home (and Mattia can’t manage his drivers)

First of all, we apologize for not sending out recaps for the last couple of races.  Sometimes life gets in the way when only two idiots who were roommates in college are working on it and both have full time "jobs". More importantly than that though is the fact that...

De Vries: I’ve had a very bumpy ride

De Vries: I’ve had a very bumpy ride

In the wake of clinching the 2019 Formula 2 Champion title, Nyck de Vries gave a candidly honest account of his season in the feeder series, his disappointments and his successes in his rise to the top. After fumbling his first F2 shot last year, the young Dutchman...

Marko: Qualifying experiment plans are absurd

Marko: Qualifying experiment plans are absurd

Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko has slammed Liberty Media’s plans to experiment with short qualifying sprint races during the 2020 Formula 1 season, in the ongoing quest to “spice up the show” and with it tinker with the sport’s long-standing traditions. It is now...

Hakkinen pleased by McLaren’s return to competitiveness

Hakkinen pleased by McLaren’s return to competitiveness

Former Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen says that he's pleased to see McLaren finally recovering from their recent slump in form. The team has won eight constructors titles and 12 drivers championships, including two for Hakkinen in 1998 and 1999. But it's been...

Kubica ‘had to wait until Monza’ for new steering wheel

Kubica ‘had to wait until Monza’ for new steering wheel

Williams driver Robert Kubica has revealed that he had to wait until after the summer break to finally receive the customised steering wheel he wanted. The Pole returned to Formula 1 this season after eight seasons away as a result of a serious off-season accident...

WEC Fuji Hours: Toyota one-two in mixed conditions

WEC Fuji Hours: Toyota one-two in mixed conditions

Toyota Gazoo Racing claimed a one-two victory on home soil at today’s 6 Hours of Fuji – round 2 of FIA WEC Season 8 – which saw mixed conditions throughout the race. The No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid driven by Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley started...

2020 development work credited for Ferrari resurgence

2020 development work credited for Ferrari resurgence

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto has suggested that development work on next year's car has played a significant role in improving the performance of the SF90 since the summer break. Despite a promising display in pre-season testing, the first half of the year proved...

MotoGP: Marquez takes sixth title with win in Thailand

MotoGP: Marquez takes sixth title with win in Thailand

Honda rider Marc Marquez sealed his sixth MotoGP title with four races to spare after winning the Thai Grand Prix for the second year in a row on Sunday in a thrilling duel with French rookie Fabio Quartararo. The Spaniard had to score two points more than Italian...

Masi not worried by Ferrari team orders in Sochi

Masi not worried by Ferrari team orders in Sochi

FIA race director Michael Masi says that he's not concerned by Ferrari's use of team orders and pre-planned strategy in recent races. Team orders have long been controversial in the sport and unpopular with fans, but a short-lived attempt to make them illegal proved...

McLaren still seeking sixth for Sainz, says Seidl

McLaren still seeking sixth for Sainz, says Seidl

The McLaren team is putting its efforts in the remaining five races of the season into securing sixth place in the drivers championship for Carlos Sainz. The Spanish driver is currently three points behind Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly, who began the season racing for Red...

F1 ‘must plan for end to traditional engines’ – Abiteboul

F1 ‘must plan for end to traditional engines’ – Abiteboul

Renault F1 team principal Cyril Abiteboul says that Formula 1 needs to start planning for a major overhaul to its engine specifications, to keep the sport in line with the current direction of the automotive industry. Several countries have already announced plans to...

Verstappen opposes ‘artificial and fake’ F1 proposals

Verstappen opposes ‘artificial and fake’ F1 proposals

Red Bull's Max Verstappen has spoken out in opposition to some of the radical plans for Formula 1 currently being proposed, which include trailing reverse-grid qualifying races. “Us drivers had a meeting with the Formula 1 owners, we spoke a lot about what we want as...

Binotto: Next year’s car will be an evolution

Binotto: Next year’s car will be an evolution

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto revealed that the team’s 2020 Formula 1 car, currently being worked on at Maranello, will be an evolution of the current one. The Scuderia had a difficult start to the season, but a raft of aerodynamic and engine upgrades they managed...

Red Bull’s Marko chimes in  on ‘absurd’ reverse-grid plans

Red Bull’s Marko chimes in on ‘absurd’ reverse-grid plans

One can add Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko to the chorus of voices opposing Formula 1's prospective plans to trial the reverse-grid concept next season. In order to spice up the show and inject more excitement and unpredictability into the sport, F1 could...

Renault prepping for fierce Ricciardo/Ocon rivalry in 2020

Renault prepping for fierce Ricciardo/Ocon rivalry in 2020

Renault F1 Team boss Cyril Abiteboul is bracing for a challenging 2020 when it comes to managing the relationship between Daniel Ricciardo and new recruit Esteban Ocon. After a year on the sidelines as Mercedes' reserve driver, Ocon will return to the fray next...

Mercedes: Open-source designs in F1 ‘worth exploring’

Mercedes: Open-source designs in F1 ‘worth exploring’

Mercedes technical director James Allison believes the idea of an open-source system of designs in F1 built over several years is "worthy of exploring". Like in the world of open-source software where source code is published and allowed to be used under a specific...

Williams aiming at 2020 with latest test components

Williams aiming at 2020 with latest test components

The Williams team is bringing some new test components to try out at Suzuka next weekend - but the target is on getting a good start on 2020. The team was unable to take part in the first few days of pre-season testing in March when its 2019 chassis wasn't ready in...

Campos: Joining Formula 1 in 2021 a long-term project

Campos: Joining Formula 1 in 2021 a long-term project

Amid speculation of a new team, or two, interested in entering Formula 1, the sport’s owners have denied any serious interest from new teams wanting to join the grid from 2021. However, almost simultaneously a would-be Spanish-based F 1 team announced on Thursday they...

WEC Fuji Qualifying: Toyota front row for home race

WEC Fuji Qualifying: Toyota front row for home race

Below are the main headlines from Qualifying for Round 2 of FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Season 8, the 6 Hours of Fuji. LMP1 Toyota Gazoo Racing sweep to front row lock-out at home event as No.8 Toyota TS050 driven by Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley...

FIA confirms 2020 F1 calendar and reduced test schedule

FIA confirms 2020 F1 calendar and reduced test schedule

The FIA's World Motor Sport Council ratified Formula 1's 2020 calendar on Friday and also confirmed a reduction of the sport's pre-season test schedule. Next year's 22-race agenda will be the biggest in Grand Prix racing's history, kicking off in Melbourne on March 15...

Abiteboul: It was a lost opportunity with McLaren

Abiteboul: It was a lost opportunity with McLaren

Abiteboul also shed light on the fact that McLaren shunned a proposal to co-operate more closely with Renault and rather opted for a return to Mercedes power, thus leaving the French Formula 1 engine supplier without customers. Abiteboul told Racer in a recent...

Strife-torn Hong Kong drops off Formula E calendar

Strife-torn Hong Kong drops off Formula E calendar

Strife-torn Hong Kong has been dropped from the 2019-20 Formula E season calendar as the city is battered by four months of violent pro-democracy protests that show no sign of abating. Organisers released next season’s calendar late Friday with the semi-autonomous...

Yamamoto set for F1 debut with Toro Rosso in Japan!

Yamamoto set for F1 debut with Toro Rosso in Japan!

Super Formula charger Naoko Yamamoto is expected to make his F1 debut next weekend at Suzuka where the Japanese driver will run with Toro Rosso in Friday's first practice session. Yamamoto's presence behind the wheel of the Faenza-based outfit's STR14 has yet to be...

Montezemolo: I don’t want two roosters in the henhouse

Montezemolo: I don’t want two roosters in the henhouse

Ferrari put two roosters in the same henhouse when they paired veteran Sebastian Vettel with young gun Charles Leclerc and now they are facing the fallout. Vettel, a four-times Formula One champion once seen as the successor to Michael Schumacher, would have expected...

Leclerc: Nothing changes, we need to trust each other

Leclerc: Nothing changes, we need to trust each other

Charles Leclerc said he has retained full trust in Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel despite their radio feud over a broken agreement in the opening laps of Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix. The 21-year-old Monegasque racer, who gave Vettel a slip-stream to enable him to...

Reduced testing on 2020 F1 calendar

Reduced testing on 2020 F1 calendar

Formula 1 teams will have six days of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to prepare their cars on-track ahead of the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship season. Traditionally F1 have had two four-day test sessions before ahead of a new season, next...

Abiteboul: No customer teams simplifies things

Abiteboul: No customer teams simplifies things

Renault F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul believes that not supplying Formula 1 customer teams with power units, from 2020 on, will help his team in the quest for their ultimate goal: Formula 1 wins and world championship titles. Speaking to Racer in the wake of news that...

No ‘spygate’ impact on Mercedes/McLaren says Wolff

No ‘spygate’ impact on Mercedes/McLaren says Wolff

Last week's surprise announcement that McLaren had signed a deal to resume using Mercedes power units in 2021 sent quite a few shockwaves through the F1 paddock in Sochi last weekend. McLaren used engines from the German manufacturer from 1995 until 2014. But that...

FIA confirms 2020 F1 calendar

The calendar for the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship was confirmed at today’s meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Cologne, Germany. The formal ratification of the draft calendar that was first revealed in August was accepted without changes....

Hakkinen: Ferrari must deal with tensions to beat Mercedes

Hakkinen: Ferrari must deal with tensions to beat Mercedes

Former Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen says that Ferrari must find a way to solve the mounting tension within the team if it is to finally beat the rival Mercedes squad in 2020. The last two races have seen growing friction between drivers Charles Leclerc and...

Renault could be stronger without F1 customers – Abiteboul

Renault would have been in a stronger position if McLaren had accepted its proposal for close collaboration from 2021 onwards but can still benefit from its departure, according to managing director Cyril Abiteboul. McLaren announced last weekend that it would be...

Ferrari driver rivalry can be healthy – Brawn

Ferrari driver rivalry can be healthy – Brawn

The rivalry between Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc can be healthy for Ferrari, according to its former technical director Ross Brawn. Vettel declined to move over for Leclerc in the early stages of the Russian Grand Prix, after the younger driver had provided a...

‘Not much time’ to get Hanoi ready, admits Tilke

‘Not much time’ to get Hanoi ready, admits Tilke

Formula 1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke has revealed that race organisers are scrambling to be ready in time for next year's inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix which is set to take place on April 5. Since 1999, Tilke has been the engineer behind modern racing facilities...

F1 talks down prospects of new teams after Campos interest

Formula 1 has issued a statement playing down the prospects of a new team entering the sport in 2021 following an announcement from an interested Spanish party. On Thursday a press release from Monaco Increase Management SARL (MIM) claimed it was working on an entry...

Steiner in favour of race weekend experiments in 2020

Steiner in favour of race weekend experiments in 2020

Haas F1 team principal Guenther Steiner has indicated that he is in favour of trialling some radical new race weekend formats next season. "Sometimes you have to experiment because how do you otherwise find out if it works or not, if you don't try it?" Steiner told...

De Vries admits way into F1 ‘not currently realistic’

De Vries admits way into F1 ‘not currently realistic’

Newly crowned Formula 2 champion Nyck de Vries said this week that he had tried - and failed - to find a way into F1 in 2020 after dominating the support series this year. The 24-year old Dutch driver secured the title in Sochi last week, following victory in the...

PKN Orlen: We have asked Williams for an explanation

PKN Orlen: We have asked Williams for an explanation

Robert Kubica’s sponsor PKN Orlen officially demanded that Williams explain why the Polish driver was retired from the Russian Grand Prix. Williams admitted immediately after the Sochi race that the decision was taken to retire Kubica’s healthy car “to conserve parts...

Williams provides more insight into Kubica DNF in Sochi

Williams provides more insight into Kubica DNF in Sochi

Williams has offered a more detailed explanation on why Robert Kubica's car was deliberately retired in Sochi, insisting the decision was directly linked to George Russell's crash two laps earlier in the Russian Grand Prix. Russell crashed on lap 27 in last Sunday's...

Brown: McLaren engine deal with Ferrari ‘was never on’

Brown: McLaren engine deal with Ferrari ‘was never on’

Fresh from the announcement that McLaren would return to the Mercedes fold in 2021, team CEO Zak Brown said that any possible alliance with Ferrari had never been a feasible option. McLaren used Mercedes engines from 1995 until 2014. However once the Silver Arrows...

Norris-Mercedes management link up is fake news

Norris-Mercedes management link up is fake news

Mercedes and McLaren have denied reports regarding the change in management of Lando Norris which would have made him a Mercedes aligned driver. Auto Moto claimed that a company headed by McLaren driver Norris’ multi-millionaire father Adam was involved in brokering...

Verstappen fears 22-race schedule will lead to ‘divorces’

Verstappen fears 22-race schedule will lead to ‘divorces’

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen disagrees with Formula 1's expanded 2020 calendar, insisting the 22-race agenda will take its toll on team members and lead to "divorces". Formula 1 will welcome two new races on its schedule, Hanoi and Zandvoort, and...

Verstappen: I am two-tenths faster than Charles or Lewis

Verstappen: I am two-tenths faster than Charles or Lewis

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen thinks he is “two tenths faster” than top Formula 1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc who drive for Mercedes and Ferrari respectively. “If I find myself in the same car as Lewis Hamilton or Charles Leclerc, I feel that I would...

Hulkenberg: Haas performance was a reason not to join

Hulkenberg: Haas performance was a reason not to join

Nico Hulkenberg has confirmed that he has been in contact with Alfa Romeo team boss Frederic Vasseur in an effort to stay in Formula 1 at the end of his final season with Renault. The German has lost race seat with the French team for 2020, and he admitted that Haas’...

Williams: We found an issue with the wheel nut retainer

Williams: We found an issue with the wheel nut retainer

Williams have revealed that a faulty wheel retainer caused George Russell’s crash during a safety car period at the Russian Grand Prix, the incident also prompted the team to retire Robert Kubica’s car. Perennial backmarkers, the once-mighty team are anchored to the...

Inside Line: Let’s not forget what Alex did in Sochi

Inside Line: Let’s not forget what Alex did in Sochi

While the bulk of headlines after the Russian Grand Prix have been dedicated to the implosion at Ferrari, I feel young Alex Albon’s performance in Sochi has to be highlighted. The quiet and likeable Thai kid might not be flash and bling but, rather, he is a grafter...

F1 says no ‘serious discussions’ underway with any teams

The Formula One Group has released a statement in which it says that there are currently no "serious discussions" taking place with any new teams regarding an entry into F1 in 2021. The release follows a buzz generated on Thursday by a Campos Racing- affiliated entity...

F1  Management: No serious discussions about a new team

F1  Management: No serious discussions about a new team

Amid rumours, speculation and reports that Formula 1 is poised to have a new team on the grid, the sport’s management have released a statement putting an end to the fuss about nothing. On Thursday, F1 media released this statement: “Following publicity in recent days...

Mercedes performance hurt by lack of upgrades – Wolff

Mercedes performance hurt by lack of upgrades – Wolff

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the Silver Arrows outfit's current performance deficit to Ferrari is partly rooted in the team's lack of recent upgrades and its increasing focus on 2020. Ferrari crept closer to its rival over the summer but since Spa, the Scuderia's...

Commercial boss Sean Bratches to relinquish role with F1

Commercial boss Sean Bratches to relinquish role with F1

Sean Bratches, Formula 1's managing director of commercial operations, is set to move on from the sport at the end of this year. Along with F1 CEO Chase Carey and director of motorsport Ross Brawn, Bratches is part of Grand Prix racing's three-pronged management...

Norris to be managed by Mercedes

Norris to be managed by Mercedes

McLaren driver Lando Norris is set to be managed by Mercedes, the impressive teenager set to benefit from the Woking outfit’s second engine-supply partnership with the World Champions. During the weekend in Sochi, McLaren announced that from 2021, it will switch from...

Vettel: I give myself a two-minus for this season

Vettel: I give myself a two-minus for this season

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has rated his 2019 Formula 1 thus far giving himself “two-minus (or B-) for his performances in what is turning out to be a watershed moment for the four-time World Champion. The quadruple world champion is currently embroiled in rising...

Tilke: Assen better than Zandvoort for Dutch Grand Prix

Tilke: Assen better than Zandvoort for Dutch Grand Prix

Formula 1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke thinks TT Circuit Assen would have been a better venue for the 2020 Dutch Grand Prix than the country’s iconic Zandvoort. The seaside race-track will be a 100,000 spectator sellout next May, but race organisers have said they...

Aeroscreen gets two thumbs up from IndyCar drivers!

Aeroscreen gets two thumbs up from IndyCar drivers!

IndyCar racers Scott Dixon and Will Power stamped their seal of approval on the Red Bull Advanced Technologies-developed Aeroscreen which underwent its maiden test at Indianapolis on Wednesday. The Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske drivers conducted an eight-hour...

Marko: Leclerc ‘playing his part’ in Ferrari tensions

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko says Charles Leclerc is just as responsible as Sebastian Vettel for the tensions that have arisen at the Scuderia in the past few races. Last weekend's Russian Grand Prix was marked by Vettel's defiance of team orders in the first...

F1 Esports: Ferrari ace Tonizza extends championship lead

F1 Esports: Ferrari ace Tonizza extends championship lead

Ferrari’s David Tonizza stayed ahead in the Formula 1 esports Pro Series but Red Bull topped the teams’ standings after an intense Wednesday night of action. The second live event of the 2019 virtual F1 championship ended with Italian Tonizza on 104 points, 12 clear...

Video: How Mercedes took advantage of Ferrari’s collapse

Video: How Mercedes took advantage of Ferrari’s collapse

Motorsport Strategy Director, James Vowles, answers Russian Grand Prix queries from fans, ranging from why Mercedes started their drivers on Pirelli mediums, how Valtteri Bottas fended off Charles Leclerc, how Lewis Hamilton won the race and other insights from Sochi....

Alfa’s recent races have been ‘nightmares’ – Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen describes Alfa Romeo’s recent race performances as “nightmares” and wants the team to work out where the pace has gone since the summer break. Alfa has picked up just three points in total since Formula 1 returned to action with the Belgian Grand Prix...

Healthy profits continue to roll in for Mercedes in F1

Healthy profits continue to roll in for Mercedes in F1

Another banner year for Mercedes in 2018 produced another round of healthy profits for the championship winning team according to its latest accounts. Mercedes AMG F1's revenues, sourced from its prize money sponsorship and parent company Daimler AG, improved only...

Montezemolo would have had ‘a few words’ with Leclerc

Montezemolo would have had ‘a few words’ with Leclerc

Former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo says that Charles Leclerc's complaints over the radio in last weekend's Russian Grand Prix would not have gone unchecked had he still been in charge of the Italian outfit. Sochi poleman Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel agreed along...

Mercedes to power Venturi and Massa in Formula E

Mercedes to power Venturi and Massa in Formula E

The Venturi Formula E team will switch to Mercedes' electric power for the 2019/20 season and retain former F1 driver Felipe Massa and Edoardo Mortara as its drivers. Last season, Venturi supplied the powertrains to the Mercedes-affiliate HWA outfit, but the...

Wolff explains lack of Mercedes updates

Toto Wolff believes part of the recent gains made by Ferrari have been highlighted by a lack of updates from Mercedes, and says there will be no more major new parts this season. Ferrari had failed to win a race before the summer break, but returned to win in Spa and...

Albon targets quicker improvement during a race weekend

Albon targets quicker improvement during a race weekend

Alexander Albon believes he needs to make quicker improvements during a race weekend while he gets used to the Red Bull car. The rookie was promoted from Toro Rosso to Red Bull during the summer break, meaning he has so far only had four races with his new team. Albon...

New Campos-linked Spanish F1 team in the works

New Campos-linked Spanish F1 team in the works

A new Spanish F1 team aims to put itself on the grid in 2021 with the help of junior outfit Campos Racing. The effort involves the financial support of Monaco Increase Management (MIM), a motorsport management company based in the Principality and which looks after...

Commercial boss Bratches set to leave F1 at end of year

Formula 1 is set to have a new commercial structure as managing director of commercial operations Sean Bratches will leave his role at the end of this year. Bratches was part of the three-man management team tasked with leading F1 following the sport’s takeover by...

Russian backed Formula 1 team is a possibility

Russian backed Formula 1 team is a possibility

Russian billionaire Boris Rotenberg has admitted he could set up a Formula 1 team as the country embraces motorsport at the highest level. At Sochi, Russia’s visiting trade and industry minister Denis Manturov told Ria Novosti news agency: “I think a Russian team will...

Vettel: Hybrid engines ‘fascinating’, but no upside for drivers

Vettel: Hybrid engines ‘fascinating’, but no upside for drivers

Sebastian Vettel says Formula 1's hybrid power units are fascinating works of engineering, but they offer no real upside for drivers and fans. Vettel's Russian Grand Prix came to an abrupt end last Sunday after his Ferrari engine suffered an MGU-K failure, an issue...

Wolff: Ferrari power advantage is an aberration

Wolff: Ferrari power advantage is an aberration

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Ferrari’s big engine advantage in the latter half of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship is somewhat “unusual.” Wolff stopped short of joining those who are wondering if Ferrari might be pushing the boundaries of legality with its power...

Montezemolo: I would have words with Leclerc

Montezemolo: I would have words with Leclerc

Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says he would rebuke Charles Leclerc after the Italian team hogged the headlines after the Russian Grand Prix in which the mismanagement of their drivers was sorely exposed. As the friction rises between the 21-year-old...

Tilke: We hope Hanoi track will be ready

Tilke: We hope Hanoi track will be ready

Hermann Tilke has hit back at claims that he is the architect of this era’s boring Formula 1 circuits, while inadvertently, or not, letting slip that they are racing against the clock to get the Vietnam Grand Prix venue ready in time for next year’s race. The German...

Marko: I still believe we can win five races this season

Marko: I still believe we can win five races this season

Helmut Marko has moved to play down Jos Verstappen’s concerns about progress at Red Bull with their engine partner Honda and is adamant that the energy drinks outfit will win the five races he predicted they would earlier this year. Jos, who is Max Verstappen’s father...

Is Gene Haas disenchanted with Formula 1?

Is Gene Haas disenchanted with Formula 1?

Formula 1 team Haas has no immediate plans to pull out of the sport amid suggestions that team owner Gene Haas is disenchanted with Formula 1 which he joined in 2016 only to find his cars have little chance of winning a Grand Prix. Furthermore, the American outfit has...

Coronel: Verstappen must do anything to go to Ferrari

Coronel: Verstappen must do anything to go to Ferrari

Tom Coronel, a Dutch pundit and racing driver, believes Max Verstappen should try to move to Ferrari when his contract runs out with Red Bull at the end of next year Verstappen’s father Jos this week warned that Red Bull’s current inability to beat Ferrari and...

Hamilton: It’s about having respect

Hamilton: It’s about having respect

Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has weighed into the fast crumbling relations between Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc. The Mercedes driver won at Sochi, where Vettel had refused to obey a team order to let his teammate Leclerc through. As...

Hulkenberg expecting ‘clearance’ on future within weeks

Hulkenberg expecting ‘clearance’ on future within weeks

Nico Hulkenberg will know within a few weeks whether he'll be racing next season or perhaps sitting out the year after his departure from Renault at the end of 2019. Following Esteban Ocon's return to action with Renault next year, Hulkenberg finds himself with few...

Haas a ‘valuable asset’ to F1 as an American team – Brawn

Haas a ‘valuable asset’ to F1 as an American team – Brawn

Ross Brawn says Haas is a "valuable asset" to F1, not only as a component of the sport's growth in America but also as an example of a viable project that has established itself in Grand Prix racing. Haas joined the grid in 2016, exploiting a business model that...

Wolff: Ferrari engine advantage ‘almost uncatchable’

Wolff: Ferrari engine advantage ‘almost uncatchable’

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes Ferrari now holds a crucial edge in the engine department that will be difficult to match, forcing the Silver Arrows squad to outdo its rival in other areas. Since the start of the hybrid turbo era in 2014, Mercedes' power unit has...

Why restrict F1 drivers to a single helmet design?

Why restrict F1 drivers to a single helmet design?

Formula 1’s governing body may revisit the largely unpopular rule banning drivers from using different helmet liveries during the course of a season, prompting the inevitable the question: Why restrict F1 drivers to a single helmet design? There was controversy at...

Eye Candy: Russian Grand Prix

Eye Candy: Russian Grand Prix

The Russian Grand Prix is run around the Sochi Olympic venue and provides eye-catching photo opportunities which Formula 1 photographers maximise to produce stunning images, some of which are presented below. It was an intriguing race which Ferrari were supposed to...

Hamilton reveals that he ‘actually worried’ for Vettel

Hamilton reveals that he ‘actually worried’ for Vettel

Lewis Hamilton says he sympathized with Sebastian Vettel and even "worried" about his old rival's plight when the going got tough at Ferrari earlier this year following the emergence of the formidable Charles Leclerc. At the start of the 2019 season, Scuderia boss...

Vettel back to karting roots after Russia disappointment

Vettel back to karting roots after Russia disappointment

< ► > On Monday, a day after his disappointing Russian Grand Prix, four-time Formula 1 World Champion went back to his roots for a day of karting at South Garda Karting in Lonato. Vettel, who began his career in karting, was trying out a the six-gear KZ shifter...

Haas vital to F1 from U.S. standpoint – Brawn

Haas is vital to Formula 1 if it is to grow interest in the United States, as well as proving that new teams can succeed in the sport, according to Ross Brawn. The 2019 season has been tough for Haas, which currently sits ninth in the constructors’ championship, but...

Mercedes continues conservative tyre selection in Japan

Mercedes continues conservative tyre selection in Japan

Like in Sochi last weekend, Mercedes has opted for a conservative approach to its tyre selection for next week's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. Relative to their rivals, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have chosen eight sets each of the soft C3 tyre, with the pair...

Masi denies drivers ‘flexing their muscles’ over 2021 regs

Masi denies drivers ‘flexing their muscles’ over 2021 regs

FIA race director Michael Masi rejected the idea that drivers were "flexing their muscles" by being more involved in recent talks over the sport's future. Discussions among the FIA, Formula 1 and the teams over the 2021 regulations have entered their final stretch...

Formula 1 teams to trial 2020 tyre in Austin

All Formula 1 teams will have an opportunity to test Pirelli's 2020 tyres at next month's US Grand Prix in Austin. Pirelli is taking advantage of a rarely used rule within the sport's regulations that allows the supplier to introduce at certain events "a new...

Ricciardo blames Sochi crash on poor qualifying

Daniel Ricciardo takes some responsibility for being caught in a crash at the start of the Russian Grand Prix, which he said was due to his starting from 10th on the grid at Sochi. Romain Grosjean and Ricciardo went either side of Antonio Giovinazzi into Turn 4 and...

Brawn Report: Leclerc and Vettel potentially explosive

Brawn Report: Leclerc and Vettel potentially explosive

Formula 1 Managing Director, Motorsport Ross Brawn gives his insight into a headline packed Russian Grand Prix weekend, reflecting on a race which Ferrari were supposed to win with a one-two but instead, Mercedes did the business. In the space of a few highly-charged...

Masi: Team orders have been in F1 for a very long time

Masi: Team orders have been in F1 for a very long time

The FIA will not look into Ferrari’s headline-grabbing team orders during the Russian Grand Prix as these tactics are part of Formula 1 since the sport began. Fans and pundits were incensed with the Italian team for ordering Sebastian Vettel aside for Charles Leclerc...

Vettel: Bring back the f@cking V12s

Vettel: Bring back the f@cking V12s

Sebastian Vettel says he would think about quitting Formula 1 if a better racing series existed after he broke down after leading the first third of the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday. When he retired at Sochi with a complex power unit problem that meant he had to do a...

FIA likely to revisit helmet design rule after Kvyat case

FIA likely to revisit helmet design rule after Kvyat case

The FIA will likely review the sporting rule that forbids drivers from changing helmet designs more than once during a season following criticism of the directive by Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat and the drivers last weekend in Russia. Kvyat had brought to Sochi a special...

Jos Verstappen: No progress from Red Bull since summer break

Jos Verstappen: No progress from Red Bull since summer break

A concerned Jos Verstappen says his son's team, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, has made no progress since the summer break, insisting the RB15/Honda package is now trailing front-running its rivals by half a second. Over the summer, two wins - in Austria and in Germany...

Italian Media: Talk of poison and warfare at Ferrari

Italian Media: Talk of poison and warfare at Ferrari

Ferrari have the fastest car on the grid since they won three out of three races since after the summer break last month and should have secured one-two at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday. But, for well-documented reasons, they departed Sochi with one third-place and...

FIA aware of Steiner’s “stupid idiot steward” comment

FIA aware of Steiner’s “stupid idiot steward” comment

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner may be in hot water with the FIA for criticising the race stewards at the end of the Russian Grand Prix The Haas team boss told Kevin Magnussen on the radio about a “stupid idiot steward” who penalised the Dane for the way he rejoined...

Leclerc ditches girlfriend to focus on Ferrari and F1

Leclerc ditches girlfriend to focus on Ferrari and F1

Charles Leclerc’s former girlfriend has revealed that the young Ferrari driver “left me” in order to focus on his Formula 1 career. Vanity Fair said the 21-year-old has been dating Italian model Giada Gianni, who is also 21, since 2015. “Charles left me,” she is...

Bottas: Crucial tyre choice set up Mercedes for ‘miracle’ VSC

Bottas: Crucial tyre choice set up Mercedes for ‘miracle’ VSC

Both Toto Wolff and Valtteri Bottas agree that Mercedes' decision to start the Russian Grand Prix on the medium tyre allowed it to capitalize on a decisive mid-race VSC/Safety car combo. Ferrari looked set to dominate its rivals in Sochi, but Sebastian Vettel's...

Leclerc’s trust in Vettel ‘still here’ despite Sochi defiance

Leclerc’s trust in Vettel ‘still here’ despite Sochi defiance

Charles Leclerc says he still holds trust in Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel after the latter's defiance of team orders in Sunday's Russian Grand Prix. A pre-race agreement between Leclerc and Vettel called for the latter to slipstream past Sochi's poleman after the...

Binotto explains Ferrari start strategy in Russia

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said Charles Leclerc was asked to ensure Ferrari ran one-two at the start of the Russian Grand Prix in a plan that led to Sunday’s team orders row. Leclerc qualified on pole alongside Lewis Hamilton with team-mate Sebastian Vettel...

Steiner under fire from FIA for Sochi radio rant at stewards

Steiner under fire from FIA for Sochi radio rant at stewards

Haas boss Guenther Steiner may come under scrutiny from the FIA for his scathing objection to the Russian Grand Prix stewards' call and penalty against Kevin Magnussen in Sochi. Magnussen was handed a 5-second time penalty in Sunday's race after venturing off track at...

Steiner could face FIA summons over radio messages

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner could find himself called to speak to the FIA regarding radio messages sent to Kevin Magnussen during the Russian Grand Prix. Magnussen was handed a five-second time penalty for leaving the track and not re-joining as instructed at...

Kubica unhappy with Williams after deliberate DNF in Sochi

Kubica unhappy with Williams after deliberate DNF in Sochi

A rather despondent Robert Kubica was unimpressed with Williams' decision to retire his perfectly running car from Sunday's Russian Grand Prix. Unsurprisngly, Kubica had been running at the tail end of the field at Sochi, pitting twice during the first Safety Car...

The Day After: From Russia With Love

The Day After: From Russia With Love

The beneficiary of a strange series of circumstances, Lewis Hamilton managed to take an improbable victory while tensions flared at Ferrari on Sunday in Russia. It might not be among F1’s most popular tracks, but boy, does Sochi deliver the drama. A year removed from...

Sainz planned early attack on leaders in Russia

Carlos Sainz insists he planned to attack Mercedes and Ferrari at the start of the Russian Grand Prix after securing another top six finish for McLaren. Sainz started from fifth after an impressive qualifying performance was boosted by grid penalties demoting Max...

Inside Line: Charles, shut up and drive

Inside Line: Charles, shut up and drive

Looking back on a compelling Russian Grand Prix the biggest talking point has to be how Ferrari once again shot themselves in the foot as they messed with team orders and lost a race that should have been a one-two for them. Charles Leclerc’s complained over the radio...

Hamilton: Focusing on one race at a time

Hamilton: Focusing on one race at a time

Lewis Hamilton sped closer to a seemingly inexorable sixth Formula 1 World Championship title with a “special” victory in Russia on Sunday, but the Mercedes driver still insisted he was taking it one race at a time. Hamilton is 73 points clear of second-placed...

Wolff: We’ve got to see how Formula 1 develops

Wolff: We’ve got to see how Formula 1 develops

Motorsport head Toto Wolff has said new engine deals with McLaren and Williams are not linked to Mercedes’s future in Formula 1 as a works team and the brand’s involvement in the all-electric Formula E series. Mercedes and McLaren announced an engine supply deal from...

Raikkonen urges Alfa to ‘clean up’ after ‘nightmare’ race

Raikkonen urges Alfa to ‘clean up’ after ‘nightmare’ race

Kimi Raikkonen says Alfa Romeo needs to understand its current issues and "clean up" its act after a series of four races which the Finn called "nightmares". At Sochi on Sunday, Raikkonen crossed the checkered flag a lowly 13th, although the 39--year-old only had...

Leclerc and Vettel at odds over pre-race agreement

Leclerc and Vettel at odds over pre-race agreement

Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel had rather different interpretations of the pre-race agreement between them which led to a dispute over the Ferrari team radio during the opening laps of the Russian Grand Prix. Leclerc started from pole position with Vettel lining...

Porsche recruits Simona de Silvestro for Formula E role

Porsche recruits Simona de Silvestro for Formula E role

Former IndyCar and Sauber affiliated driver Simona de Silvestro has been signed up by Porsche and handed a testing and development role with the manufacturer's Formula E squad. The Swiss driver will be joined at the works electric outfit by young Porsche hopeful...

Sergio Perez hails ‘just perfect’ race in Russia

Sergio Perez hails ‘just perfect’ race in Russia

Sunday's Russian Grand Prix didn't yield a career best for Sergio Perez, but the SportPesa Racing Point driver says his performance in Sochi was nevertheless one of his best since he's been racing in F1. Perez had qualified out of the top-ten but when the lights went...

#TheXtraLap: How the VSC handed victory to Mercedes

#TheXtraLap: How the VSC handed victory to Mercedes

Before the Russian weekend got underway, it was already clear that both Red Bulls, both Toro Rosso’s and one Williams would get grid penalties. From Friday onwards, it was Charles Leclerc that set the tone and throughout Saturday, the Ferrari driver remained top of...

Hamilton happy to be back on top after ‘long time coming’

Hamilton happy to be back on top after ‘long time coming’

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton said that victory in this weekend's Russian Grand Prix was almost as good as his first win in F1. It's his first time back on the top step of the podium since the summer break, after Ferrari scored three consecutive wins at Spa, Monza...

Magnussen baffled by ‘harsh’ penalty and ‘idiotic’ steward

Magnussen baffled by ‘harsh’ penalty and ‘idiotic’ steward

Haas' Kevin Magnussen cut a dejected figure in the drivers' pen in Sochi, frustrated by a stewards' call that could have cost him a lot more than a couple of championship points. Magnussen crossed the checkered flag P8 but a 5-second time penalty for failing to pass...

Vettel: I don’t know exactly what happened

Vettel: I don’t know exactly what happened

Sebastian Vettel defied ridiculous team orders during the Russian Grand Prix, on a day the German showed mighty pace, deft racecraft and earned the Driver of the Day award for his efforts which ended when he parked his Ferrari with a MGU-K issue. With Charles Leclerc...

Binotto pledges to be ‘more precise’ with drivers

Binotto pledges to be ‘more precise’ with drivers

Ferrari principal Mattia Binotto says that the team will bounce back from the setbacks it faced in Sunday's Russian Grand Prix. The early stages of the race were blighted by a disagreement between their drivers over the team's agreed pre-race strategy, which called...

Magnussen furious with ‘unfair’ penalty

Kevin Magnussen is furious at the penalty he received during the Russian Grand Prix despite scoring his first points for Haas in five races. While defending from Sergio Perez in a fight for seventh place, Magnussen ran wide at Turn 1 and had to go around two bollards...

2019 Russian Grand Prix Index

Welcome to our index page of the 2019 Russian Grand Prix. From here you will be able to find links to all our latest reports, pictures and results from Sochi Session Reports FP1: Leclerc leads Verstappen in first free practice in Sochi FP2: Red Bull and Verstappen...

Sainz: Not worth fighting Albon with ‘fast’ Perez behind

Sainz: Not worth fighting Albon with ‘fast’ Perez behind

McLaren's Carlos Sainz says he resisted fighting Red Bull's Alex Albon for position in the closing stages of the Russian Grand Prix because he feared he would risk losing out to a fast-moving Sergio Perez behind. Sainz finished sixth at Sochi after a solid drive that...

Ferrari had the better strategy, claims winner Hamilton

Ferrari had the better strategy, claims winner Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton believes Ferrari had called the better strategy in Sochi, but the Virtual Safety Car helped him win the Russian Grand Prix. Ferrari qualified on the soft compound tire while Mercedes went for mediums on Saturday in order to have a different strategy...

Wolff hails Sochi as ‘big step’ to clinching title

Wolff hails Sochi as ‘big step’ to clinching title

Toto Wolff was beaming with happiness and not a little relief after Lewis Hamilton led Valtteri Bottas to a Mercedes one-two in the Russian Grand Prix. It had seemed an unlikely outcome 24 hours earlier when Ferrari looked to have the upper hand. But a dispute over...

Bulls Verstappen and Albon ‘maximized it’ at Sochi

Bulls Verstappen and Albon ‘maximized it’ at Sochi

Max Verstappen and Alex Albon believed they both made the most of their Russian Grand Prix on Sunday, the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing drivers concluding their day respectively fourth and fifth at Sochi. Verstappen launched his race from P9 following his five-spot...

Williams: Very disappointing

Williams: Very disappointing

Williams report from the Russian Grand Prix, Round 16 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Sochi Autodrome. Race Notes George Russell and Robert Kubica did not finish the Russian Grand Prix The Brit started 17th and Robert 18th on the grid, both on the...

Racing Point: Shame to miss out on both cars in the points

Racing Point: Shame to miss out on both cars in the points

Racing Point report from the Russian Grand Prix, Round 16 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Sochi Autodrome. Sergio Perez, 7th Strategy: Soft (23 laps) – Medium (30 laps) “It was a very good race for us today. I’m very pleased with how we maximised the...

Red Bull: The maximum achievable for us

Red Bull: The maximum achievable for us

Max Verstappen climbed from ninth place to fourth at the flag, while Alex Albon stormed through the field to claim a brilliant fifth place after starting from the pit lane as the Bulls staged an incredible race recovery from grid penalties at the Russian Grand Prix....

McLaren: A great team achievement

McLaren: A great team achievement

McLaren report from the Russian Grand Prix, Round 16 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Sochi Autodrome. Carlos Sainz Started 5th. Finished 6th Fastest lap 1m38.020s on lap 53 (+2.259s, 6th) Pit-stops 1, lap 21 [Soft/Medium] (3.6s) “Very good race. A great...

Renault: We simply need to do a better job

Renault: We simply need to do a better job

Renault F1 Team salvaged one point from an arduous VTB Russian Grand Prix with Nico Hülkenberg crossing the line in tenth position, however, Daniel Ricciardo retired on lap 25 after sustaining heavy damage to his car in a first-lap incident. The race had promised much...

Haas: The whole team worked hard for these points

Haas: The whole team worked hard for these points

Haas F1 Team driver Kevin Magnussen brought home a finish of ninth in the Russian Grand Prix Sunday at the Sochi Autodrom while teammate Romain Grosjean retired after an opening-lap incident. It was the 16th round of 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship. Both Haas...

Russian GP: Sunday’s action in pictures

Russian GP: Sunday’s action in pictures

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton put themselves back in charge in Sochi, inching the Briton closer to a sixth world championship title. Have a look back at the all the action from Sunday's Russian Grand Prix. 164 You may also like Russian GP: Saturday's action in pictures...

Russian Grand Prix Top Three Press Conference

Russian Grand Prix Top Three Press Conference

Full transcript from the top three press conference after the Russian Grand Prix, Round 16 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Sochi Autodrome. Featuring race-winner Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) and Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)...

Mercedes: Points are won on Sunday and not on Saturday

Mercedes: Points are won on Sunday and not on Saturday

Mercedes report from the Russian Grand Prix, Round 16 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Sochi Autodrome. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport claim a 1-2 victory at Sochi Lewis claimed his 82nd win in Formula One, his eighth of the 2019 season and fourth at the...

Hamilton paces Mercedes 1-2 in Russian GP

Hamilton paces Mercedes 1-2 in Russian GP

Lewis Hamilton led home teammate Valtteri Bottas as Sebastian Vettel’s retirement set up a 1-2 for Mercedes in the Russian Grand Prix. What a race, @LewisHamilton! It's safe to say he enjoyed that one!#RussianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/kxhqoQd4bh — Formula 1 (@F1)...

Hamilton seizes win in Sochi after Ferrari stumbles

Hamilton seizes win in Sochi after Ferrari stumbles

Lewis Hamilton successfully battled his way to victory in the 2019 Russian Grand Prix, his fourth career win in Sochi and his ninth victory of the season. He finished ahead of his team mate Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes 1-2. Hamilton had dropped to third place at the...

2019 Russian Grand Prix – Race results

Full race results from the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, round 16 of the 2019 Formula 1 season. 2019 Russian Grand Prix - Race results Pos Driver Team Gap Stops 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 53 laps - 1:33:38.992s 1 2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes + 3.829s 1 3 Charles Leclerc...

F2 Statement: Matsushita and Mazepin uninjured

F2 Statement: Matsushita and Mazepin uninjured

Formula 2 Statement: Nobuharu Matsushita and Nikita Mazepin have both been confirmed as uninjured following their heavy collision in today’s Sprint Race. The duo collided during the opening lap of the race, which brought out a red flag. Mazepin was able to get out of...

Mercedes sacks Brackley employees after racism complaint

Mercedes AMG F1 has fired four workers and its Brackley headquarters after an internal investigation revealed a beach of the team's diversity and equality policy. According to British tabloid The Sun, the four workers, who were dismissed in early August and apparently...

Binotto: We have shifted our attention to the 2020 Ferrari

Binotto: We have shifted our attention to the 2020 Ferrari

Ferrari may have caught up with Mercedes already, but the Italian team is already looking ahead to 2020 Formula 1 season as this championship is all but done and dusted. At Sochi, Charles Leclerc put his Ferrari on pole for the fourth time in a row – the first such...

F1 bosses clear the air with drivers over reverse-grid concerns

F1 bosses clear the air with drivers over reverse-grid concerns

Formula 1 chiefs Chase Carey and Ross Brawn sat down with the drivers in Russia to address their convcerns over potential changes in the future to the sport's weekend format. Formula 1's managers are seeking to spice up the action on the track going forward and...

De Vries: Current Formula 1 market is completely blocked

De Vries: Current Formula 1 market is completely blocked

Newly crowned Formula 2 champion Nyck de Vries is not writing off his chances of racing in Formula 1 after the 24-year-old Dutchman wrapped up the title at Sochi, having raced in the category since 2017. But he is not stepping up to Formula 1 next year. Instead,...

Marko: We have requested name change to Alpha Tauri

Marko: We have requested name change to Alpha Tauri

Helmut Marko has confirmed reports that team owner Red Bull wants a new name for Toro Rosso, the organisation’s junior team. The Faenza based outfit has lodged a request with Liberty Media, the FIA and the other to be called Alpha Tauri in future. Alpha Tauri is Red...

Albon: I’m just upset that I crashed the car

Albon: I’m just upset that I crashed the car

Alex Albon has denied feeling the pressure to be competitive at Red Bull as Sochi Autodrome has not been kind to the rookie. Having taken over from struggling Pierre Gasly after the summer break, the British-born Thai driver has had a particularly bad weekend at...

Albon forced to start Russian GP from pitlane

Albon forced to start Russian GP from pitlane

Alex Albon will start his Russian Grand Prix from the pitlane this afternoon after Red Bull was forced to mount a different specification floor on the Thai driver's RB15 following his crash in qualifying. The Red Bull rookie was already earmarked for a five-spot grid...

Sochi Speed Trap: who is the fastest of them all?

Sochi Speed Trap: who is the fastest of them all?

While not a power track, Sochi's Olympic Park Autodrom does include two high-speed sections where it's vital to maximise top speed, for performance considerations but also to facilitate overtaking. For all the talk about Ferrari's top speed might, Sebastian Vettel and...

Wolff: McLaren partnership ‘not the start of a works deal’

Wolff: McLaren partnership ‘not the start of a works deal’

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff insists the German manufacturer's engine supply deal with McLaren is not the onset of a pull-out from F1 by the Silver Arrows works team. Mercedes and McLaren, who enjoyed a successful partnership in Grand Prix racing from 1995 to...

Morning After: Schumi-Esque

Morning After: Schumi-Esque

His career may only be getting started, but Charles Leclerc is already finding himself mentioned among Ferrari legends after securing his fourth-straight pole position in Sochi on Saturday. Another race, another pole – Charles Leclerc is on one hell of a purple patch....

Mercedes F1 team fire four staff for racist bullying

Mercedes F1 team fire four staff for racist bullying

Formula 1 champions Mercedes have fired four of their employees and disciplined three others after an enquiry into racist bullying at the team’s factory, British newspapers reported on Saturday. The team of five-times F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who has...

MEDLAND: Same goal, divergent paths for McLaren, Renault

MEDLAND: Same goal, divergent paths for McLaren, Renault

Whispers of a McLaren return to Mercedes power have been around for some time, but the team’s step forward in partnership with Renault this season had quieted that talk a little. So when the story broke in Russia, it broke quickly. After first reports on Friday night...

Russian Grand Prix Qualifying Press Conference

Russian Grand Prix Qualifying Press Conference

Full transcript from the Russian Grand Prix post-qualifying press conference at Sochi Autodrome featuring top three pole winner Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), second-placed Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and third-placed Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari). Track interviews conducted...

Russian GP: Saturday’s action in pictures

Russian GP: Saturday’s action in pictures

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc improved his already spectacular track record in qualifying, securing his sixth pole of the season and the fourth in a row. Will there be any stopping the Monegasque in Sunday's Russian GP? Here's our recap in pictures of the day's action...

No ‘pattern’ to Leclerc qualifying advantage – Vettel

Sebastian Vettel believes there is no obvious pattern where he is losing out to Charles Leclerc after again being beaten by his team-mate in qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix. Since Vettel took pole position in Canada, Leclerc has been the quicker Ferrari driver...

Vettel ‘not entirely satisfied’ with Sochi qualifying

Vettel ‘not entirely satisfied’ with Sochi qualifying

Sebastian Vettel admitted that he was not happy to be trailing his Ferrari team mate Charles Leclerc in qualifying again in Sochi. Leclerc has been on pole for every race since the summer break, but Vettel has been on the top spot just once in 2019 when he led the...

McLaren: Seidl led decision on engine switch to Mercedes

McLaren: Seidl led decision on engine switch to Mercedes

McLaren Racing boss Zak Brown said team principal Andreas Seidl was at the forefront of the team's decision to switch from Renault to Mercedes power from 2021. McLaren and Mercedes confirmed on Saturday that they would revive the successful partnership that the pair...

Four-in-a-row Leclerc aiming to keep ‘feet on the ground’

Four-in-a-row Leclerc aiming to keep ‘feet on the ground’

For Charles Leclerc, a fourth pole position in a row is something that no Ferrari driver has managed since Michael Schumacher put together a run of seven at the end of 2000 and into 2001. That's a startling statistic on many levels, and reinforces just how good...

Toro Rosso: A day of mixed feelings

Toro Rosso: A day of mixed feelings

Toro Rosso report from qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix, Round 16 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Sochi Autodrome. Pierre Gasly Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:34.564, pos. 11th, 16 laps Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:34.456, (Q2) 1.33.950, pos....

Red Bull: Hopefully we can be in good shape for the race

Red Bull: Hopefully we can be in good shape for the race

Red Bull report from qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix, Round 16 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Sochi Autodrome. Max Verstappen Position: 4th 1:32.310 “I always knew qualifying would be tricky on such a power sensitive circuit but the lap was good...

Renault: Happy to come away with both cars in the top ten

Renault: Happy to come away with both cars in the top ten

Renault F1 Team reached Q3 with both cars for the fourth race in a row as Nico Hülkenberg qualified seventh and Daniel Ricciardo tenth at the Sochi Autodrom for tomorrow’s VTB Russian Grand Prix. Nico took just one run to progress through Q1, which meant he would...

Mercedes: We extracted everything from our package

Mercedes: We extracted everything from our package

Mercedes report from qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix, Round 16 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Sochi Autodrome. Lewis Hamilton to start the Russian Grand Prix from the front row, Valtteri from P4 on the grid Lewis claimed a spot on the front row in...

McLaren: An excellent opportunity to score good points

McLaren: An excellent opportunity to score good points

McLaren report from qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix, Round 16 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Sochi Autodrome. Carlos Sainz FP3 1m34.607s (+1.874s) 18 laps 13th Q1 1m34.184s (Softs) 8th Q2 1m33.807s (Softs) 8th Q3 1m33.222s (Softs) 6th “Good day...

Ferrari: We now lose out less in the corners

Ferrari: We now lose out less in the corners

Scuderia Ferrari secured its seventh pole of the season, the sixth courtesy of Charles Leclerc, who was the only driver to get under the 1m 32s barrier at Sochi Autodrome. Tomorrow at 14.10 local (13.10 CET) the two SF90s will be in line astern on the grid, after...

Honda: It was a tough qualifying session

Honda: It was a tough qualifying session

Honda report from qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix, Round 16 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Sochi Autodrome. It was a tough qualifying session in Sochi as Max Verstappen set the fourth-fastest time but two Honda-powered cars failed to emerge...

Hamilton drove “pole-worthy” laps to split Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton believes his final attempts in qualifying were “pole-worthy” as he managed to split the two Ferraris at the Russian Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc took his fourth consecutive pole position as Ferrari’s recent resurgence continued, but as the previous round...

Pirelli: One-stopper being clearly the way forward

Pirelli: One-stopper being clearly the way forward

Charles Leclerc drove his Ferrari to his fourth pole in a row, using the soft tyre throughout Q2 and Q3. Mercedes, by contrast, was the only team to use the medium in Q2, and both their cars will start the race on this compound tomorrow. Leclerc starts ahead of...

Forget party mode – Hamilton says Ferrari has ‘jet mode’!

Forget party mode – Hamilton says Ferrari has ‘jet mode’!

After several seasons of being envied for their qualifying 'party mode', Mercedes now find themselves unable to match Ferrari for flying lap pace with Lewis Hamilton describing their rivals as having a 'jet mode'. "It was a tough qualifying session," said Hamilton who...

Ferrari ‘surprised’ by Mercedes tyre strategy for Sochi

Ferrari ‘surprised’ by Mercedes tyre strategy for Sochi

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto confessed he was surprised to see Mercedes opting to start their drivers on the medium compound in tomorrow's Russian Grand Prix. Meanwhile Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel will both line up on the grid on the soft compound...

Wolff says Ferrari has ‘the perfect package’ now

Wolff says Ferrari has ‘the perfect package’ now

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has acknowledged that Ferrari are now ahead in the Formula 1 development race. After several seasons of being top dog in the F1 paddock, it now appears that they have been emphatically demoted to second spot after a significant boost in...

Verstappen expects podium is out of reach in Sochi

Verstappen expects podium is out of reach in Sochi

Max Verstappen says he's remaining realistic heading into Sunday's Russian Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. The Red Bull driver finished qualifying in fourth place, but will take a five place grid demotion for taking additional power unit elements this weekend. That...

Leclerc backs Ferrari tire strategy over Mercedes

Charles Leclerc is confident Ferrari has got its strategy right for the Russian Grand Prix despite Mercedes qualifying on a harder compound. The 21-year-old took his fourth consecutive pole position in Sochi on Saturday but advanced to Q3 on the soft tire compared to...

Leclerc takes fourth straight pole position in Russia

Leclerc takes fourth straight pole position in Russia

Charles Leclerc took his fourth consecutive pole position at the Russian Grand Prix, but Lewis Hamilton crucially split the Ferraris in qualifying. The recent Ferrari resurgence continued with Leclerc becoming the first Ferrari driver to take four poles in a row since...

Renault, McLaren have ‘different ambitions’ – Abiteboul

Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul says McLaren’s decision to switch to Mercedes power units in 2021 will ultimately help Renault achieve its goal of becoming a front-running works team. McLaren partnered with Renault in 2018 on a three-year deal after three...

Sochi Qualifying: Leclerc blows them away

Sochi Qualifying: Leclerc blows them away

For the fourth race in succession, Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc claimed pole position – this time for the Russian Grand Prix – doing the business in qualifying yet again by a handy margin. Leclerc’s best effort of 1:31.628 was faster than his first which was good...

Ferrari halts major development work on SF90

Ferrari halts major development work on SF90

Ferrari's outstanding performance of late has decided the Italian outfit to not bring any more major updates to its SF90 for the remainder of the 2019 season. While the Scuderia's strong form at Spa and Monza was anticipated, its pace and subsequent win in Singapore...

Leclerc fends off Hamilton to take fourth pole in a row

Leclerc fends off Hamilton to take fourth pole in a row

Charles Leclerc pulled off another stunning pole lap in qualifying for the 2019 Russian Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom. It's his fourth pole in a row: the last time a Ferrari driver achieved that feat was Michael Schumacher in 2001. Leclerc's time of 1:31.628s was four...

2019 Russian Grand Prix – Qualifying results

Full results from qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, round 16 of the 2019 Formula 1 season. 2019 Russian Grand Prix - Qualifying results Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:33.613s 1:32.434s 1:31.628s 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.230s...

Ferrari one-two in Russia FP3, Verstappen spins

Ferrari secured a one-two in the final practice session for the Russian Grand Prix, but Max Verstappen’s true pace was masked by a spin. Charles Leclerc was fastest for the second time this weekend, ensuring he finished all three practice sessions in the top two....

Toro Rosso requests name change to Alpha Tauri in 2020

Toro Rosso has applied to change its name to Alpha Tauri from the 2020 Formula 1 season in order to promote a different Red Bull brand. The Red Bull junior team has been known as Toro Rosso since entering the sport in 2006, when it took over the former Minardi team....

McLaren to return to Mercedes power from 2021

McLaren to return to Mercedes power from 2021

McLaren will return to using Mercedes power units in 2021 following the conclusion of its deal with Renault, signing an initial four-year deal. Mercedes supplied McLaren until 2014, including the first year of the current hybrid power unit regulations. After finishing...

Shwartzman is the 2019 Formula 3 champion!

Shwartzman is the 2019 Formula 3 champion!

This was a day to remember for the Ferrari Driver Academy and 20-year-old Robert Shwartzman as the Russian driver’s second-place finish in the first F3 race of the Sochi F1 weekend. Although he finished behind his fellow FDA apprentice Marcus Armstrong was enough to...

Sochi FP3: Leclerc makes the difference as Ferrari show off

Sochi FP3: Leclerc makes the difference as Ferrari show off

Charles Leclerc ended the third and final free practice session of the Russian Grand Prix weekend fastest of all, as Ferrari gave a glimpse of their impressive hand ahead of qualifying. The Reds clearly have the pace, and Leclerc maximised what he had with a best lap...

Vettel signs up for final Pirelli tyre test before Japan

Sebastian Vettel will take part in the final test of Pirelli's tyre development programme for 2020 scheduled at Barcelona just days before the Japanese Grand Prix. The test was added just recently to the tyre supplier's schedule despite opposition from several...

Leclerc and Vettel edge Mercedes rivals in final practice

Leclerc and Vettel edge Mercedes rivals in final practice

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel have marked their territory before Saturday afternoon's Russian Grand Prix qualifying, the Scuderia pair topping the third and final practice session in Sochi. Leclerc's best effort was 0.316s faster than his teammate's...

Toro Rosso requests name change to AlphaTauri for 2020

Scuderia Toro Rosso has requested a name change for 2020, the Red Bull junior squad planning to call itself AlphaTauri in the future. The name change requires the approval of the F1 commercial right holder Liberty Media - likely a formality - and a favourable 'e-vote'...

McLaren and Mercedes confirm engine deal from 2021

McLaren and Mercedes confirm engine deal from 2021

McLaren and Mercedes have officially announced a power unit supply deal from 2021 that will reunite the two partners for the first time since 2014. The rumor of a renewed association between McLaren and Mercedes emerged over the summer but gathered pace this week in...

Morning After: Where Do We Stand?

Morning After: Where Do We Stand?

A day that saw mixed signals from each of the big three teams, it’s all still to play for this weekend in Sochi. Last week in Singapore, Friday practice might have turned out to be somewhat misleading, but at least you could try to make sense of it – good luck doing...

McLaren return to Mercedes engine power from 2021

McLaren return to Mercedes engine power from 2021

The McLaren Formula 1 team will revert to using Mercedes engines from the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season, the BBC reported on Friday from the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. McLaren and Mercedes Statement on Power Unit supply: The current agreement with Renault...

Correa now ‘fully conscious’, but crucial surgery lies ahead

In its latest update, Juan Manuel Correa's family has revealed that the F2 racer is now "fully conscious" and ready to undergo a crucial operation on Sunday to his lower right leg. The American-Ecuadorian driver who was involved in the horrendous crash that claimed...

JM Correa Update: Fully Conscious

JM Correa Update: Fully Conscious

The family of Formula 2 driver Juan Manuel Correa have released another update, with their son having regained full consciousness after his horrific accident at the Belgian Grand Prix. The statement, posted to Correa’s Instragram, reads as follows: Earlier this week,...

2019 Russian Grand Prix Free Practice 3 – Results

Full results from Free Practice 3 for the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, round 16 of the 2019 Formula 1 world championship. 2019 Russian Grand Prix - Free Practice 3 results Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:33.162s 29 2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari...

Ferrari in search of ‘good compromise’ to uphold momentum

Ferrari in search of ‘good compromise’ to uphold momentum

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc says the Scuderia is seeking the best compromise between speed and tyre wear in Sochi, and the Monegasque is hopeful the team has found its way. Leclerc topped Friday's morning practice as the SF90's aero package for Sochi was validated and...

Kvyat denied special helmet livery for home race!

Kvyat denied special helmet livery for home race!

Local hero Dany Kvyat was informed by the FIA ahead of this weekend's Russian Grand Prix that he would not be allowed to use a special helmet livery dedicated to his home event. The Toro Rosso charger had a specific blue, red and white design created for Sochi, but...

Binotto encouraged by early Ferrari pace in Russia

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto believes Ferrari confirmed some of its recent performance gains during practice at the Russian Grand Prix despite not setting the fastest time. Charles Leclerc was quickest in FP1 before ending up second behind Max Verstappen in...

Hamilton surprised by Ferrari progress

Lewis Hamilton admits he’s not sure that Mercedes has an answer to the early pace being shown by Ferrari at the Russian GP. Max Verstappen set the pace for Red Bull in FP2 but was second to Charles Leclerc in the opening session, who in turn claimed P2 on Friday...

Verstappen buoyed by ‘positive’ first day of running

Verstappen buoyed by ‘positive’ first day of running

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen was happy with his day at the office on Friday, but the Dutchman warned against making any bold predictions about his prospects. Verstappen concluded the day's first practice hot on the heels of Ferrari's Charles Leclerc...

Hamilton admits Mercedes ‘not where it wants to be’ in Sochi

Hamilton admits Mercedes ‘not where it wants to be’ in Sochi

Lewis Hamilton admitted that Mercedes was not where it wants to be versus its front-running rivals after the opening day of running at Sochi. Hamilton concluded his day fourth fastest, a little over a tenth behind teammate Valtteri Bottas but 0.798s adrift from Red...

McLaren set to ditch Renault and partner with Mercedes!

McLaren set to ditch Renault and partner with Mercedes!

The rumor has been out there for some time but it's now gathering steam: McLaren is apparently on the verge of announcing a switch from Renault to Mercedes power for 2021! Over the summer, F1 pundit and Channel 4 contributor Eddie Jordan suggested that McLaren would...

Verstappen leads Leclerc, Mercedes off the pace in FP2

Max Verstappen hit the front in second practice for the Russian Grand Prix, where Mercedes looked like the third quickest-team. After Charles Leclerc edged out Verstappen in FP1, the roles were reversed on Friday afternoon when Verstappen set a 1m33.162s and lead...

Russian GP: Friday’s action in pictures

Russian GP: Friday’s action in pictures

It was a fairly straight-forward first day of running at the Russian Grand Prix on Friday.  Here is our gallery of the day's action at the Sochi Autodrom. 53 You may also like Russian GP: Thursday's build-up in pictures Singapore GP: Sunday's action in pictures...

Russian Grand Prix Friday Press Conference

Russian Grand Prix Friday Press Conference

Full transcript from the Friday team representatives’ press conference on day one of the Russian Grand Prix weekend, Round 16 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Sochi Autodrome. Featuring team representatives Laurent Mekies (Ferrari), Paul Monaghan (Red Bull...

David Coulthard elected as the BRDC’s new president

Former Grand Prix driver David Coulthard has been elected as the new president of the venerable British Racing Drivers' Club. The 13-time F1 winner, who raced for Williams, McLaren and Red Bull, will take over from Paddy Hopkirk who was the BRDC's president since...

Seidl: New format ideas need to keep F1’s DNA intact

Seidl: New format ideas need to keep F1’s DNA intact

McLaren F1 boss Andreas Seidl is supportive of F1's efforts to experiment with changes to the race weekend's format, as long as the new ideas preserve the sport's DNA. From qualifying races to reverse grids, F1 has tabled several new concepts that could be trialed in...

FIA cancels plan for spec F1 brakes in 2021

The FIA has canceled its plan to introduce a single specification of brake system components and materials in 2021 so that it can fully understand the impact of the new regulations. Formula 1 is set for a radical regulation change in just over a year’s time, with the...

Red Bull and Verstappen take over in FP2 in Sochi

Red Bull and Verstappen take over in FP2 in Sochi

Red Bull's Max Verstappen took over from Ferrari and Charles Leclerc in Friday's second free practice session, the Dutchman edging the Monegasque by 0.335s. Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas was 0.646s adrift from the day's pace-setter, with teammate Lewis Hamilton right...

2019 Russian Grand Prix Free Practice 2 – Results

Full results from Free Practice 2 for the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, round 16 of the 2019 Formula 1 world championship. 2019 Russian Grand Prix - Free Practice 2 results Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:33.162s 29 2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari...

Sochi FP2: Verstappen tops as teams keep the powder dry

Sochi FP2: Verstappen tops as teams keep the powder dry

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen topped the timing screens at the end of the 90-minute second free practice session of the Russian Grand Prix weekend, at Sochi Autodrome. The Dutchman’s best effort of 1:33.182 was good enough for top spot by three-tenths of a second...

Leclerc leads, Ricciardo crashes in FP1

Charles Leclerc set the pace in the first practice session for the Russian Grand Prix, while Daniel Ricciardo finished FP1 with a crash. Following on from a one-two last weekend in Singapore, Ferrari started in Sochi in good shape, with Leclerc posting a 1m34.462s to...

Leclerc: I need to control myself and just shut up

Leclerc: I need to control myself and just shut up

Charles Leclerc says he regrets his radio outbursts after losing out to Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel during last Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix and just needs to learn to shut up. The 21-year-old led from pole position, controlling the pace of the race on a...

Sochi Formula 2 Preview: De Vries in the throes of title

Sochi Formula 2 Preview: De Vries in the throes of title

The FIA Formula 2 Championship visits the Black Sea coast for what could be a title-decider at the Russian city of Sochi for Round 11 of the championship. Last time out, home hero Luca Ghiotto gave the passionate Monza faithful reasons to cheer when he went fastest...

Hamilton: I haven’t done a perfect lap yet this season

Hamilton: I haven’t done a perfect lap yet this season

Mercedes will be underdogs for the rest of the Formula 1 season despite comfortably leading the drivers’ and constructors’ standings by a healthy margin, claims five-times F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton. The Briton leads teammate Valtteri Bottas by 65 points ahead...

Leclerc leads Verstappen in first free practice in Sochi

Leclerc leads Verstappen in first free practice in Sochi

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc led the field in Friday morning's first practice session in Sochi, the Monegasque outpacing Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Scuderia teammate Sebastian Vettel. While Ferrari had the upper hand over its rivals, Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas...

FIA delays standard brake supplier plans for 2021

The FIA has scrapped its plans for 2021 to impose on F1 teams a standard brake system that included common disks and friction components for all cars. The sport's governing body says it wants to assess the performance of F1 cars under the future rules before it...

Sochi FP1: Leclerc edges Verstappen

Sochi FP1: Leclerc edges Verstappen

Charles Leclerc set the pace in the first free practice session of the Russian Grand Prix weekend, Round 16 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Sochi Autodrome. The Ferrari driver ended the session with a best lap time of 1:34.462 which was eight-hundredths...

Leclerc: Ferrari strategy in Singapore was correct

Leclerc: Ferrari strategy in Singapore was correct

Charles Leclerc was livid during the Singapore Grand Prix when, after controlling the race from pole-position, found himself in second place after the pitstops behind eventual race winner His Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel. The German’s side of the Red pitwall made...

Verstappen ‘doesn’t mind’ who his 2020 team mate is

Verstappen ‘doesn’t mind’ who his 2020 team mate is

Heading into the final six races of the current season, Max Verstappen already knows that he will still be with the Red Bull Racing team next season. However the identity of his 2020 team mate remains unknown at this point, with both Alexander Albon and Pierre Gasly...

Teams oppose ‘prescriptive’ rules on 2021 car design

Teams oppose ‘prescriptive’ rules on 2021 car design

Formula 1 team principals have fired a warning shot across the bows of the sport's decision makers about making the rules on future car design too prescriptive. The FIA, Liberty Media and team bosses are currently deep in discussion about changes to the sporting,...

2019 Russian Grand Prix Free Practice 1 – Results

Full results from Free Practice 1 for the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, round 16 of the 2019 Formula 1 world championship. 2019 Russian Grand Prix - Free Practice 1 results Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:34.462s 20 2 Max Verstappen Red Bull...

Russian official says Sochi to hold Grand Prix until 2025

Russian official says Sochi to hold Grand Prix until 2025

Russian Grand Prix officials have denied that the country’s Formula 1 could be relocated from Sochi with support from the country’s President Vladimir Putin and the race is set to run at the Olympic venue until at least 2025. A British newspaper broke the news about...

Russell: I would be happy if Hulkenberg joined Williams

Russell: I would be happy if Hulkenberg joined Williams

George Russell says he would be happy if Nico Hulkenberg were to be his Williams teammate for the 2020 Formula 1 season. The impressive rookie’s current teammate, Robert Kubica, recently announced that he is leaving the struggling team. But Russell is sure 2020 will...

Kvyat: Maybe St Petersburg is not a bad idea

Kvyat: Maybe St Petersburg is not a bad idea

Moving the Russian Grand Prix from Sochi to St. Petersburg could be ‘cool’ and better for fans, the country’s Toro Rosso’s driver Daniil Kvyat said on Thursday amid talk of a future switch. Sochi has become a fixture on the F1 calendar since the Black Sea resort...

MEDLAND: Perception problems

MEDLAND: Perception problems

I’ve been told by much more seasoned journalists than myself that you should never feel sorry for a Formula 1 driver. They get paid huge sums of money to drive incredible cars ridiculously fast around some of the greatest racetracks all over the world, with millions...

Wolff: Vettel versus Leclerc is good for us

Wolff: Vettel versus Leclerc is good for us

Ferrari’s feuding driver lineup could be is good for Mercedes’ chances of winning the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship title. That is the view of Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, even though Ferrari has rattled the reigning champions by winning the last three races....

Russian GP: Thursday’s build-up in pictures

Russian GP: Thursday’s build-up in pictures

Formula 1's fourth back-to-back race weekend is underway in Sochi, where it looks like driver may have to deal with challenging weather conditions in the coming days. In the interim here is our gallery covering Thursday's media day action. 49 You may also like...

Sochi grid penalties for Kvyat and Verstappen

Sochi grid penalties for Kvyat and Verstappen

Engines have not fired up in anger in Sochi yet, but already Max Verstappen will have a five-place grid penalty while Daniil Kvyat will start his home Russian Grand Prix from the back of the field on Sunday as a result of power unit changes. Honda said Kvyat and Toro...

W-Series winner Chadwick moves closer F1 test

W-Series winner Chadwick moves closer F1 test

Jamie Chadwick, winner of the inaugural all-female W Series, has moved closer to a Formula 1 test after being named as one of four finalists for Britain’s BRDC Young Driver of the Year award. The eventual winner of the award, co-sponsored by the Red Bull F1 team’s...

Leclerc ‘won’t allow a repeat of Singapore radio outburst’

Leclerc ‘won’t allow a repeat of Singapore radio outburst’

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc has admitted that he needs to keep his cool over the team radio in future, after 'overreacting' to events in Singapore last weekend. Having led the first stint of the Grand Prix after starting from pole position, Leclerc was shocked to...

Hamilton still skeptical about F1’s format changes

Lewis Hamilton believes experiments with the race weekend format suggest Formula 1 is not confident about the changes it is making to the regulations in 2021. F1 is keen to trial different race weekend formats at certain events next season, with one idea being a...

Leclerc vows to learn from Singapore overreaction

Charles Leclerc believes he overreacted to Ferrari’s strategy in the Singapore Grand Prix and has “a lot to learn” about handling such a situation in future. Ferrari pitted Sebastian Vettel from third place in Singapore one lap before bringing in race leader Leclerc,...

Hamilton, Bottas aiming to avoid more Mercedes team orders

Hamilton, Bottas aiming to avoid more Mercedes team orders

Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton both say that they want to avoid another frustrating experience with team orders in this weekend's Russian Grand Prix. The Finn's race in Singapore was wrecked when he was asked by the team to drop back and hold up...

Russell ‘would be happy with Hulkenberg’ at Williams

Russell ‘would be happy with Hulkenberg’ at Williams

George Russell says he would be happy to see Nico Hulkenberg join Williams as his team mate in 2020. Robert Kubica has already announced that he is leaving Williams at the end of the season, with a possible move to Haas as a test and development driver believed ot be...

Red Bull, Toro Rosso hit with grid penalties for Russia

Both cars for Red Bull and Toro Rosso will take grid penalties at the Russian Grand Prix, meaning Daniil Kvyat will start from the back of the grid at his home race. Honda has opted to fit new Spec 4 power units in all four cars in Russia, with the use of an...

Verstappen shrugs off Sochi penalty setback

Verstappen shrugs off Sochi penalty setback

Max Verstappen insists that he's not concerned by the grid penalties facing him and the rest of the Red Bull and Toro Rosso drivers this weekend at the Russian Grand Prix. Verstappen, Alexander Albon and Pierre Gasly all face a five place demotion after receiving a...

Pirelli primer: which tyres for the Russian Grand Prix?

Pirelli primer: which tyres for the Russian Grand Prix?

Sochi's 5.8 km, 18-turn track was renowned for its smooth surface when it joined the F1 world championship in 2014. Since however, the Autodrom's surface has evolved and roughened although the circuit remains rather easy on tyres, with the exception of Turn 3, the...

Drivers make united stand against ‘trick’ changes to F1

Drivers make united stand against ‘trick’ changes to F1

Formula 1 drivers have been speaking out against some of the experimental proposals to the sport planned for next season. Liberty Media has been talking up prospects of trialing reverse grids at future races, but the drivers have come out fiercely opposed to such...

Todt: We are pleased with the current ten F1 teams

Todt: We are pleased with the current ten F1 teams

FIA president Jean Todt has played down the reports about an eleventh team on the Formula 1 grid any time soon, after it emerged that a new outfit called Panthera Team Asia F1 has set up camp at Silverstone. Team boss Benjamin Durand, formerly of the SMP Racing...

Raikkonen confident that Alfa Romeo is on the right track

Raikkonen confident that Alfa Romeo is on the right track

Kimi Raikkonen says that Alfa Romeo is making progress in the right direction - even though it's been a tough few weeks for him personally. The Finn hasn't finished in the points since the summer break. He was well down the order in Spa and Monza, and retired from...

Putin backs 2021 Russian Grand Prix move to St Petersburg

Putin backs 2021 Russian Grand Prix move to St Petersburg

  Sochi’s days as Russian Grand Prix venue if the country’s President Vladimir Putin’s wishes to move to St. Petersburg are true. Daily Mail are reporting exclusively that, “Vladimir Putin and Formula 1’s power brokers are in advanced talks about staging a race in St...

All Honda-powered drivers set for grid penalties in Russia

Honda has announced that all four Red Bull and Toro Rosso drivers will receive a new Spec 4-ICE in Russia, a move that will warrant grid penalties for both teams. The changes are a strategic move by Honda destined to provide Red Bull's drivers with relatively fresh...

Webber: I wish Ricciardo stayed at Red Bull

Webber: I wish Ricciardo stayed at Red Bull

Retired Australian Formula 1 driver Mark Webber believes his countryman Daniel Ricciardo could be “regretting” his shock move to Renault, leaving a race-winning package to race for a team stuck in the midfield. Immediately after Ricciardo’s shock decision to quit Red...

Hamilton: I’ve never been 100 percent happy with my look

Hamilton: I’ve never been 100 percent happy with my look

Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has revealed how he is never content with the way he looks and prefers to workout without a trainer as he improves himself amid his jet-set lifestyle. Ahead of the Russian Grand Prix weekend, writing on his Instagram account...

Kvyat unfazed by prospect of remaining with Toro Rosso

Kvyat unfazed by prospect of remaining with Toro Rosso

Daniil Kvyat prefers to see the glass as half full and takes a positive view on the prospect of remaining with Toro Rosso in 2020. In Singapore, Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko revealed that Max Verstappen's teammate at the senior bull outfit next year would be...

PKN Orlen want to stay in F1 with or without Kubica

PKN Orlen want to stay in F1 with or without Kubica

Robert Kubica’s sponsor PKN Orlen is reportedly in talks to become the new title sponsor of the Haas F1 team despite the Pole’s decision to quit Williams and most likely depart Formula 1. After a public and private debacle with Rich Energy, Haas recently split with...

Ferrari to build new Formula 1 simulator

Ferrari to build new Formula 1 simulator

Ferrari have decided to build a brand new state-of-the-art Formula 1 simulator at Maranello as their current aging one has seen better days. Because it resembles the eight-legged arachnid, Ferrari’s current €5-million simulator – powered by ten interlinked computers –...

Pirelli opposes 2021 plan to limit tyre usage in free practice

Pirelli opposes 2021 plan to limit tyre usage in free practice

Formula 1 has tabled a 2021 plan that would forbid drivers from using a specific compound in free practice in a bid to generate unpredictability on race day, but Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola is opposed to the idea. The scheme would allow drivers to use two of Pirelli's...

Brawn: If you stand still you risk slipping backwards

Brawn: If you stand still you risk slipping backwards

While Formula 1 plots the way forward for the sport beyond 2021, word has leaked out that the powers-that-be are considering tinkering with the race weekend formats to spice up the show. One of the suggestions apparently under consideration is a reverse order grid...

Binotto: The best is still in front of Vettel

Binotto: The best is still in front of Vettel

Sebastian Vettel had been under considerable flak prior to winning the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday, and credit to his Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto for believing that not only would his driver bounce back but also confident we have yet to see the best of the...

Gasly focused on personal development, not return to Red Bull

Gasly focused on personal development, not return to Red Bull

Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly says he isn't fixated on his 2020 future and a potential return to Red Bull Racing, insisting his primary focus is on improving himself as a driver. Gasly was promoted to the Milton Keynes-based outfit at the start of the year, but...

McLaren has clear target for Sochi, and a balancing act

McLaren has clear target for Sochi, and a balancing act

McLaren F1 boss Andreas Seidl says his team heads to Sochi with clear objectives but also with the need to maintain its focus on its 2020 prospects. McLaren left Singapore with more points than its mid-field rivals, courtesy of Lando Norris' P7 finish and the...

Renault wants more leniency for tech breaches but FIA disagrees

Renault wants more leniency for tech breaches but FIA disagrees

Renault F1 boss Cyrill Abiteboul believes minor tech breaches in F1 should be treated with more leniency, but FIA race director Michael Masi says such a change would put the sport in a "dangerous territory". Renault's Daniel Ricciardo was excluded from qualifying in...

Russian Grand Prix Info, Facts & Stats

Russian Grand Prix Info, Facts & Stats

The Russian Grand Prix has been a regular fixture on the Formula 1 calendar since 2014. The race was one of the legacies of the 2014 Winter Olympics, which took place in Sochi, and the Autodrom utilises many of the Olympic facilities and passes alongside what was the...

Ferrari resurgence threat to Mercedes dominance in Russia

Ferrari resurgence threat to Mercedes dominance in Russia

Formula 1 World Champions Mercedes have won every Russian Grand Prix since the first, held in the shadow of Sochi city’s Olympic Park in 2014, but that could all change on Sunday. Ferrari are on a roll at present with Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel racking up...

Wolff: Difficult days are the ones that make us stronger

Wolff: Difficult days are the ones that make us stronger

While both the 2019 Formula 1 drivers’ and constructors’ world titles are a mere formality, ahead of the Rusian Grand Prix weekend Mercedes are concerned that their rivals, Ferrari, in particular, appear to have a better package since the end of summer. On Sunday in...

Williams: Overtaking is not as easy as it might first appear

Williams: Overtaking is not as easy as it might first appear

Sochi on the Black Sea Coast plays host to round 16 of the FIA Formula One World Championship, following quickly on the heels of a sweltering race around the streets of Singapore last weekend. Unofficially known as the ‘summer capital of Russia’ the city contains the...

Renault: After the summer break we’ve looked very strong

Renault: After the summer break we’ve looked very strong

Renault F1 Team previews the sixteenth race weekend of the 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the VTB Russian Grand Prix. Drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo share their thoughts on the challenges of the Sochi Autodrom. Nico Hülkenberg: “Russia is an...

Mercedes will ‘turn weaknesses into strengths’ – Wolff

Mercedes will ‘turn weaknesses into strengths’ – Wolff

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the Silver Arrows outfit's defeat in Singapore has provided an opportunity for the team to "learn and improve" ahead of another challenging fight in Russia this week. Against all expectations, Ferrari dominated the weekend at Marina Bay,...

Toro Rosso drivers preview the Russian Grand Prix

Toro Rosso drivers preview the Russian Grand Prix

Toro Rosso drivers the Russian Grand Prix weekend, Round 16 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Sochi Autodrom. Pierre Gasly: “Before I was in Formula 1, I raced in Sochi in GP2 and finished second behind Alexander Rossi and ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne, but...

Honda: Aiming for another positive result in Sochi

Honda: Aiming for another positive result in Sochi

A breath-taking purpose-built facility, this year we’re looking forward to enjoying a weekend at home with Daniil! 2018 was a short-lived affair for Toro Rosso Honda as both drivers were forced to retire due to a technical issue early in the race. In the opening laps,...

Todt: No signs of a ‘relevant solid’ new team joining F1

Todt: No signs of a ‘relevant solid’ new team joining F1

FIA president Jean Todt says he has not seen to date any interest from a "solid" team to join the F1 grid in 2021. Grand Prix racing's upcoming regulation overhaul was believed to attract fresh interest in the sport from potential new teams, but so far only one...

Bottas has ‘some unfinished business’ in Sochi

Bottas has ‘some unfinished business’ in Sochi

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas heads to Sochi armed with a double dose of motivation and determined to rake in a win at a venue that has treated him well in the past. Firstly, Bottas is seeking to improve on his performance in Singapore where the Finn's qualifying efforts...

Ferrari hat-trick ‘definitely not a revolution’ for F1 – Brawn

Ferrari hat-trick ‘definitely not a revolution’ for F1 – Brawn

Formula 1 motorsport boss Ross Brawn says Ferrari's resurgence in the past few weeks doesn't signal a revolution among the sport's front-runners as Mercedes remains the team to beat. After failing to win in the first part of the 2019 season, although it came close on...

Binotto: Our engine superiority has been exaggerated

Binotto: Our engine superiority has been exaggerated

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says his team’s three wins, including the most recent at Singapore in a row were not all about engine power as they appear to have found performance from their entire package. The Italian team was expected to do well at high-speed...

Perez: Change in F1 rules increases gap to big teams

Perez: Change in F1 rules increases gap to big teams

Racing Point veteran Sergio Perez says the best way to close the gap in Formula 1 is for the regulations to remain stable and thus to be left alone as powerbrokers plot the future for the sport. The teams and Liberty Media are currently squabbling over the details of...

Racing Point: Aim is to bounce back in Sochi

Racing Point: Aim is to bounce back in Sochi

Racing Point the Russian Grand Prix weekend, Round 16 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Sochi Autodrom. Lance Stroll: “I always find it interesting going to Sochi and seeing all the buildings from the Olympic Games. I love winter sports so it’s great to see...

Red Bull: The aim is to improve in Russia

Red Bull: The aim is to improve in Russia

Red Bull drivers preview the Russian Grand Prix weekend, Round 16 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Sochi Autodrom. Alex Albon: “I raced at Sochi when I was in F2 and I won there so it’s a track I enjoy and I’m looking forward to being back on a circuit I’m...

McLaren: We must carry our performance into the final races

McLaren: We must carry our performance into the final races

The Russian Grand Prix has been a regular fixture on the Formula 1 calendar since 2014 and the race was one of the legacies of the 2014 Winter Olympics, which took place in Sochi, and the Autodrom utilises many of the Olympic facilities and passes alongside what was...

Haas: We have a problem with the car

Haas: We have a problem with the car

After navigating the streets of Singapore last weekend in the Singapore Grand Prix, the FIA Formula One World Championship heads to Sochi for this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix. The 5.848-kilometer (3.634-mile), 18-turn Sochi Autodrom demands a lot of grip and the Haas...

Column: IndyCar becoming relevant again after strong season

Column: IndyCar becoming relevant again after strong season

Today feels like the 1990s all over again in IndyCar, which closed its season with a throwback tour to a pair of treasured old haunts, a compelling championship race and a rookie class that proved the series can still attract top talent. Is IndyCar back? Not exactly....

Haas heads to Sochi with ‘old and new’ aero mix

Haas heads to Sochi with ‘old and new’ aero mix

Haas will tackle next weekend's Russian Grand Prix in Sochi with a blend of old and new aero elements implemented on its VF19. The US outfit has been locked in a set-up conundrum since the start of the season, after a succession of aero updates in the first part of...

ESPN: Formula 1 average audience up 19-percent

ESPN: Formula 1 average audience up 19-percent

The live telecast of Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix on ESPN2 attracted the largest U.S. television audience on record for the event, continuing the season-long trend of audience growth for the championship across ESPN networks. The race had an average audience of...

Ferrari keen to validate latest SF90 updates in Russia

Ferrari keen to validate latest SF90 updates in Russia

Ferrari's current strong pace relative to its rivals may well improve even more thanks to another series of updates planned by the Italian outfit in Russia. The Scuderia has been on a roll since the end of F1's summer break with back-to-back wins in Spa and Monza,...

Vettel: Reverse grid for F1 is complete bullsh!t

Vettel: Reverse grid for F1 is complete bullsh!t

During the top three press conference after qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix, Motorlat journo David Coath popped a question from left field to pole winner Charles Leclerc, second-placed Lewis Hamilton and third-placed Sebastian Vettel. Formula 1 powers that be...

Wolff: Mercedes got it ‘so wrong’ in Singapore

Mercedes missed out on a podium in the Singapore Grand Prix because it got its race weekend execution wrong, according to team principal Toto Wolff. Lewis Hamilton started from second on the grid and Valtteri Bottas fifth, with the Finn being unhappy about his...

Kubica keeps point as Alfa’s German GP appeal fails

Robert Kubica and Williams have retained their championship point scored at the German Grand Prix after Alfa Romeo’s appeal against its penalties in the same race was deemed not admissible. Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi had finished seventh and eighth...

FIA throws out Alfa Romeo German GP penalty appeal

The FIA's International Court of Appeal has found Alfa Romeo's protest against its German Grand Prix penalty to be inadmissible. Both Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi were hit with post-race 30-second time penalties that kicked both drivers out of the points at...

Next generation Schumachers on track in Sochi support races

Next generation Schumachers on track in Sochi support races

Two Schumachers will compete in support races during the Russian Grand Prix this weekend, with Michael’s son Mick racing in Formula 2 and Ralf’s son David taking the Formula 3 seat of injured Australian Alex Peroni. Peroni, 19, suffered a broken vertebra in a huge...

F1 discloses ‘futuristic sweeping’ 2021 front wing design

Formula 1 disclosed to teams on Monday its latest 2021 car design that apparently features "more elegant and dramatic" front and rear wings. The design is an evolution of the scale model revealed last month, and while no images were released to the public, the 2021...

Two Schumachers on Russian Grand Prix support bill!

F2 racer Mick Schumacher will be joined by cousin David Schumacher at Sochi next weekend where the 17-year-old will race in the FIA Formula 3 support event for Campos Racing. Prema's Mick Schumacher will be hoping to improve in Russia on his current 11th-place...

Horner believes Ferrari is running ‘some pretty juicy fuels’

Horner believes Ferrari is running ‘some pretty juicy fuels’

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner has taken his hat off to Ferrari following its hat-trick of wins, insisting the Scuderia is now the benchmark in F1's engine department. Ferrari's back-to-back wins at power circuits Spa and Monza validated the...

Brawn Report: And surprise, surprise, it was Sebastian

Brawn Report: And surprise, surprise, it was Sebastian

Formula 1 Managing Director, Motorsport Ross Brawn looks back on an intriguing Singapore Grand Prix in which Ferrari appear to have seized the balance of power in their tussle for supremacy with Mercedes. The former Ferrari and Mercedes man provides his insight in the...

Albon found ‘little tricks’ to improve speed in Singapore

Albon found ‘little tricks’ to improve speed in Singapore

Alex Albon admitted his Singapore Grand Prix wasn't the grueling challenge he expected, but rather a procession during which he was able to find "little tricks" to improve his pace. The Red Bull rookie was on his first visit to Marina Bay, so made it a point of...

Briatore: Ferrari winning is revitalising for Formula 1

Briatore: Ferrari winning is revitalising for Formula 1

Flavio Briatore doubts Ferrari can catch up with Mercedes in the final stanza of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship battle despite the Reds unleashing some handy performance from their package. Three wins in three races on the high-speed temples of Spa and Monza,...

Is Adrian Newey the real problem at Red Bull?

Is Adrian Newey the real problem at Red Bull?

A former Red Bull driver has expressed concerns about the team’s technical future as suggesting design legend Adrian Newey is too stretched with other projects and not fully committed to Formula 1. After Singapore, Helmut Marko said a simulator error led to a setup...

Masi: I can’t say much about the Hubert investigation

Masi: I can’t say much about the Hubert investigation

Michael Masi says he is unable to share much information about investigations into the crash that killed Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert at Spa-Francorchamps. In the wake of the horror crash that also sees Juan Manuel Correa still seriously injured in a London...

Le Ngoc Chi: Vietnam the right country at the right time

Le Ngoc Chi: Vietnam the right country at the right time

Vietnam Grand Prix organisers are confident their race will join Singapore in lighting up the Formula 1 calendar for years to come, rather than adding to the list of Asian shooting stars, after it debuts in 2020. As the sport said farewell to Singapore for another...

Kubica: I am looking for a place to race

Kubica: I am looking for a place to race

Robert Kubica says he does not want to become a mere simulator driver in Formula 1 and is adamant he will find a series to compete in despite a failed return to the top flight. The Pole, who has struggled on his return to the grid this year, is not staying at Williams...

Indycar: Herta moves to Andretti, Sato extends with Rahal

Indycar: Herta moves to Andretti, Sato extends with Rahal

AP’s Jenna Fryer reports that Colton Herta has been pulled inside the Andretti Autosport camp and Takuma Sato will return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing next season as IndyCar drivers are securing their 2020 plans. Andretti merged with Harding Steinbrenner Racing...

Alfa Romeo lose German Grand Prix penalty appeal

Alfa Romeo lose German Grand Prix penalty appeal

Alfa Romeo have lost their appeal of post-race penalties they received at the German Grand Prix which means their drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi remain classified 12th and 13th respectively, losing out on a double points score as a result of the...