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Ferrari boss: ‘I don’t listen to the words of a 22-year-old’

Ferrari boss: ‘I don’t listen to the words of a 22-year-old’

Any hopes Max Verstappen may have had of joining Ferrari in the future were perhaps blown into oblivion by its chief executive Louis Camilleri who took aim at the Dutch driver. Camilleri addressed the cheating allegations expressed by Verstappen earlier this year at...

Ferrari: We must ensure F1 will retain its fundamental DNA

Ferrari: We must ensure F1 will retain its fundamental DNA

Significant progress has been made in mapping out Formula 1’s future, with Ferrari making sacrifices to ensure smaller teams get more of the money, according to chief executive Louis Camilleri. The sport is preparing for a major shakeup in 2021 but, while rules have...

Marko: Don’t even mention Alonso’s name to Honda

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko says that Honda's displeasure of Fernando Alonso is such that merely hearing the Spaniard's name is enough to raise the hair on the back of their neck. The effects of Alonso's incessant and often contemptible criticism of Honda...

Monza and Kyalami on 2020-2021 WEC calendar 

Monza and Kyalami on 2020-2021 WEC calendar 

The 2020-2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) provisional calendar announced today sees the advent of two new but historic venues, Monza and Kyalami, while retaining many of the traditional competitor and fan favourites that have become an integral part of the...

Renault ‘moving ever-closer’ to having Academy driver in F1

Renault ‘moving ever-closer’ to having Academy driver in F1

Renault F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul says the French manufacturer is still dedicated to putting a member of its driver academy on the F1 grid and is moving closer to achieving that goal. The Renault Sport Academy was launched in 2016 and currently includes seven young...

Binotto: We will launch the 2020 Ferrari very early

Binotto: We will launch the 2020 Ferrari very early

Ferrari will launch their 2020 Formula 1 car on Tuesday 11 February, eight days ahead of testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya which begins on 19 February. Testing has been reduced to six days ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix weekend which begins...

Todt wants more focus on F1 track design from FIA

FIA president Jean Todt wants the governing body to place more emphasis on Formula 1 track design to help the racing spectacle. In 2019, three different teams won races and five scored podiums, but Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton won their sixth constructors’ and drivers’...

Ferrari announces ‘early’ launch date for 2020 challenger

Ferrari announces ‘early’ launch date for 2020 challenger

Ferrari has already put itself ahead of its rivals for 2020, becoming the first team to announce the presentation date of its next F1 car. The Scuderia will unveil its 2020 challenger on Tuesday, February 11 of next year, just eight days before pre-season testing...

Ferrari first to confirm ‘very early’ 2020 launch date

Ferrari has become the first team to confirm its launch date for its 2020 car, with team principal Mattia Binotto confirming a “very early” unveiling of February 11. The 2020 season gets underway with pre-season testing on February 19, with this year’s schedule...

MEDLAND: Spinning a vicious circle

MEDLAND: Spinning a vicious circle

The Formula 1 season might have ended — in terms of racing at least — on December 1, but it didn’t take long for a common, frustrating theme to resume after the final round. Pirelli-bashing has been a favorite pastime of the teams since pretty much 2011, when the...

Outside Line: Reviewing My Bold Predictions

Outside Line: Reviewing My Bold Predictions

As 2019 comes to a close, the time has come to reflect on the year that was. For us media types, that usually means looking-back and critiquing the teams and drivers on how they performed over the course of the season, but today, I’m putting the spotlight on myself....

Todt wants to see more teams on the F1 grid

Todt wants to see more teams on the F1 grid

FIA president Jean Todt says he still hopes to expand the Formula 1 grid to up to 12 teams in the future - as long as the new entrants can be genuinely competitive and sustainable. The last time that 12 teams took part in the championship was 2012, at the end of which...

Brown: We believe in our chances from 2022 and beyond

Brown: We believe in our chances from 2022 and beyond

McLaren CEO Zak Brown has warned that his team and their fans will have to wait until 2022 to get a proper shot at catching top teams Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull. The Woking-based team was the most improved in 2019, beating Renault to fourth in the constructors’...

Guanyu Zhou handed new Anthoine Hubert Award by Formula 2

Guanyu Zhou handed new Anthoine Hubert Award by Formula 2

Renault F1 junior Guanyu Zhou has been handed the new Anthoine Hubert Award, an accolade gifted by Formula 2 to the category's best rookie of the year. The new award which honours the legacy of the late Hubert, who was tragically killed at Spa earlier this year, was...

Marko: The name Alonso makes the hair on their necks bristle

Marko: The name Alonso makes the hair on their necks bristle

It has emerged that Liberty Media made an enquiry in the summer about whether there might be a seat at Red Bull for Spanish star Fernando Alonso for 2020. That is the claim of Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko, who described F1 owner Liberty as the new “Alonso managers”...

Yamaha Racing boss says Hamilton ‘did himself proud’

Yamaha Racing boss says Hamilton ‘did himself proud’

Yamaha Racing boss Lin Jarvis declared himself very impressed with Lewis Hamilton's performance on Valentino Rossi's MotoGP bike at Valencia earlier this week. Hamilton and Rossi came together at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo for an epic track day and ride swap which saw...

Sirotkin: Kvyat has to reverse the trend and beat Gasly

Sirotkin: Kvyat has to reverse the trend and beat Gasly

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat must beat teammate Pierre Gasly in 2020 to secure his future within Red Bull’s notoriously tough Formula 1 driver program. That is the opinion of Kvyat’s fellow Russian colleague Sergey Sirotkin, the Renault and McLaren reserve driver...

Ecclestone: I would not bet on Vettel staying beyond 2020

Ecclestone: I would not bet on Vettel staying beyond 2020

Former Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone thinks Sebastian Vettel may have lost his hunger to win and won’t bet against the German quitting the sport at the end of 2020. Many pundits are currently discussing Ferrari’s driver lineup, after quadruple world champion Vettel’s...

Gallery: Hamilton and Rossi’s ride-swap in pictures

Gallery: Hamilton and Rossi’s ride-swap in pictures

Motorsport legends Lewis Hamilton and Valentino Rossi swapped rides earlier this week at Valencia for a track day of mutual fun and exploration. Regardless of the number of wheels, the Mercedes driver and the Yamaha rider took to each other's machines with speed and...

Carey expects Miami GP decision during off-season

A decision over the potential Miami Grand Prix should be made during the winter months, according to Formula 1 chairman and CEO Chase Carey. An agreement is in place between F1 and the race organizers to hold a grand prix around Hard Rock Stadium, but is facing local...

Vietnam reveals additional corner

Vietnam reveals additional corner

Organizers of the new Vietnam Grand Prix have revealed an additional corner at the end of the Hanoi circuit — a mixture of permanent and street sections of track that is now under construction for next April’s inaugural race. The track, which initially featured 22...

Future F1 rules ‘regressive’ but justified – Head

Future F1 rules ‘regressive’ but justified – Head

Former Williams designer Sir Patrick Head says F1's 2021 are "regressive" for engineers but justified in light of the inequality that separates the top teams from their midfield rivals. In a bid to tighten the field and improve the wheel-to-wheel racing among...

Hamilton lauds huge improvement of W10 during 2019

Hamilton lauds huge improvement of W10 during 2019

Lewis Hamilton has praised the way that Mercedes developed this year's car over the course of the season. The W10 made a lacklustre start to the campaign in pre-season testing in February at Barcelona, where it was clearly second-best to Ferrari's SF90. But the...

Revised Vietnam GP track layout revealed

Revised Vietnam GP track layout revealed

Organisers of next year's inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix have unveiled an updated track layout for April's race in Hanoi. The circuit uses a mix of existing city streets together with purpose built permanent sections inspired by some of F1's most iconic venues such as...

Hamilton brushes off reports of MotoGP crash

Hamilton brushes off reports of MotoGP crash

Lewis Hamilton has responded to reports that he crashed Valentino Rossi's MotoGP bike during their long-awaited 'play date' at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo on Monday. Hamilton was getting an opportunity to try out the top-class Yamaha, with Rossi getting a chance behind...

Marko didn’t keep his promises, says Gasly

Marko didn’t keep his promises, says Gasly

Pierre Gasly is still smarting about the way he was dropped from Red Bull over the summer and demoted back to the junior Toro Rosso squad. The Frenchman completed just 12 races for Red Bull in 2019 before team principal Christian Horner and motorsports consultant Dr...

Horner not expecting huge moves in driver market for 2021

Horner not expecting huge moves in driver market for 2021

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says that most drivers on the F1 grid will likely stay where they are for 2021, despite recent speculation and rumours to the contrary. The driver market has already proved to be pretty quiet this year, with few teams making changes to...

Gasly: Marko told me I was going to stay until Abu Dhabi

Gasly: Marko told me I was going to stay until Abu Dhabi

The ruthlessness of Red Bull’s driver programme was well illustrated when boss Helmut Marko demoted Pierre Gasly to Toro Rosso after the Frenchman failed to cut it during his first six months as Max Verstappen’s teammate. Credit to Gasly for overcoming the crushing...

Binotto insists Vettel-Leclerc is ‘a great driver pairing’

Binotto insists Vettel-Leclerc is ‘a great driver pairing’

Ferrari principal Mattia Binotto has refuted suggestions that the team's driver line-up of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc is too hot to handle. There have been growing signs of growing tension and friction between the pair over the course of 2019, peaking with...

Masi: Support from teams and drivers was very important

Masi: Support from teams and drivers was very important

Michael Masi says he is looking forward to returning to his now permanent role as Formula 1 Race Director in 2020. Following the shock passing of Charlie Whiting ahead of the 2019 season opener in Melbourne in March, deputy Masi stepped in and has kept the top role...

Lehto: F1 limiting the number of brake pads is wrong

Lehto: F1 limiting the number of brake pads is wrong

Former F1 driver JJ Lehto has questioned the wisdom of a new Formula 1 rule limiting the number of brake components a driver can use during the course of a season. Among a raft of changes, the new F1 rules for 2021 will also introduce increased restrictions on the...

Todt: Today’s Mercedes is better than my Ferrari

Todt: Today’s Mercedes is better than my Ferrari

FIA President, Jean Todt has tipped his hat to Mercedes by acknowledging that the current era Silver Arrows – led by Toto Wolff and star driver Lewis Hamilton – have done a better job than the mighty team the former Ferrari boss built during his tenure at Maranello....

Abiteboul: 2021 is a priority for Renault

Abiteboul: 2021 is a priority for Renault

Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul has deemed the 2020 Formula 1 season crucial to the French team that have been firmly entrenched in the midfield this past year when podiums were their stated goal before the season began in Melbourne. Although missing its goal of...

Minardi: Toro Rosso have grown enormously

Minardi: Toro Rosso have grown enormously

The founder of the Formula 1 team today known as Toro Rosso says he is impressed by the way the Faenza-based outfit has bloomed over the years, and particularly this past season. Giancarlo Minardi, now 72, was born in Faenza, Italy, and initially began entering his...

No frustration at lack of F1 promotion – de Vries

2019 Formula 2 champion Nyck de Vries insists he is not frustrated by the lack of a chance for him in Formula 1 next season. Last year, the top three finishers in the F2 championship were all promoted to Formula 1 as champion George Russell joined Williams, runner-up...

Gordon Murray partners with Racing Point F1 on T50 supercar!

Gordon Murray partners with Racing Point F1 on T50 supercar!

Legendary former F1 designer Gordon Murray is partnering with the Racing Point F1 team to develop the most aerodynamically advanced supercar ever. Murray - the father of a host of Brabham and McLaren race-winning F1 cars and of the iconic McLaren F1 supercar - has...

Russell reveals one area where Kubica had an edge in 2019

Russell reveals one area where Kubica had an edge in 2019

George Russell had the measure of Robert Kubica at Williams in his rookie F1 year, but the young Brit admits he was often outdone by the Pole in one specific area. Russell and Kubica entered 2019 with very different ambitions. The former was focused on learning his...

Bloodhound hunts new land speed record in the Kalahari

Bloodhound hunts new land speed record in the Kalahari

A loud hiss rips through the stillness of southern Africa’s Kalahari Desert, it sounds like a fighter jet flying low over the Hakskeen Pan, an isolated dry lake bed in South Africa’s Northern Cape province, near the Namibian border. Then a thick cloud of sand appears...

McLaren aero chief Cattelani put on gardening leave

McLaren has parted ways with Guillaume Cattelani, its head of aerodynamics, a move that prefigures changes in the Woking-based outfit's tech department. Cattelani had been employed by McLaren since 2014, having previously worked for Lotus in F1 and acted as the aero...

F1 teams unanimously vote against Pirelli’s 2020 tyres!

F1 teams unanimously vote against Pirelli’s 2020 tyres!

Formula 1's 2019 tyres will be retained next season after a plan to introduce a new-spec tyre developed by Pirelli was unanimously rejected by the sport's teams. Pirelli's mandate for next year called for F1's exclusive tyre supplier to develop less degrading...

Kvyat: ‘2019 in line with one of my best years in F1’

Kvyat: ‘2019 in line with one of my best years in F1’

Daniil Kvyat feels his 2019 season with Toro Rosso has made him a better driver than he's ever been in his disrupted F1 career. Kvyat was promoted to F1 by Red Bull in 2014, a year during which he learned his trade with Toro Rosso before stepping up to Red Bull Racing...

Binotto: To unsettle your rival is part of the F1 game

Binotto: To unsettle your rival is part of the F1 game

Team principal Mattia Binotto is convinced Ferrari’s rivals complained about the legality of the Italian team’s 2019 Formula 1 power unit as an old tactic to put his team under pressure this season. Some rival teams claimed the Maranello-made power unit suddenly...

Binotto: 2021 Formula 1 rules do not convince us 100%

Binotto: 2021 Formula 1 rules do not convince us 100%

Ferrari are still not happy with the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship regulations that will replace the current set that rule the sport at the highest level. That is despite the fact that the Maranello team, as the only F1 outfit on the World Motor Sport Council,...

Sochi confident Russia sports ban won’t affect Grand Prix

Sochi confident Russia sports ban won’t affect Grand Prix

Formula 1 has vowed to closely monitor Russia’s new four-year ban from all sporting events as, at present, it is not clear if the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) ban includes the annual Russian Grand Prix or Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat. But Sochi promoters Rosgonki...

Binotto: Engine suspicions just a scheme to ‘pressure’ Ferrari

Binotto: Engine suspicions just a scheme to ‘pressure’ Ferrari

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto believes the speculation surrounding the Scuderia's power unit in the second part of 2019 was just a ploy used by its rivals to pressure the Italian outfit. Ferrari's sudden boost in form after F1's summer break had its rivals trying to...

Provera: Hamilton to Ferrari would not change much

Provera: Hamilton to Ferrari would not change much

Lewis Hamilton joining Ferrari would not much change the Formula 1 fortunes of the Italian team, according to Pirelli CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera in the wake of reports suggesting Mercedes’ six-time World Champion may be flirting with a move to Maranello for 2021....

Stella: Working at Ferrari is not just a job

Stella: Working at Ferrari is not just a job

Former Ferrari engineers, Andrea Stella and Aldo Costa have shed light on the differences of working at Maranello and any other Formula 1 team in the pitlane, both agreeing that the Italian team now have everything at their disposal to win world titles again. Now at...

Brown: Seidl took the politics out of McLaren

Brown: Seidl took the politics out of McLaren

McLaren CEO Zak Brown credits new team principal Andreas Seidl for taking “the politics” out of the Woking during his first year in charge of the Formula 1 operation. In an interview with AS, Brown recalled that when he arrived at McLaren in the wake of the Ron Dennis...

Nissany set for Williams role in 2020

Nissany set for Williams role in 2020

Relatively unknown race driver Roy Nissany looks set to sign up as a Williams test driver for the 2020 Formula 1 season. At the post-grand prix Abu Dhabi test, the 25-year-old Israeli, who reportedly sat out the 2019 racing season with an injury, tested the struggling...

Russian GP to remain on 2020 calendar despite major WADA ban

Russian GP to remain on 2020 calendar despite major WADA ban

The World Anti-Doping Agency hit Russia on Monday with a major four-year ban on hosting International sporting events, but the country's F1 race should be exempted from the injunction. An investigation by WADA concluded that Russian authorities had tampered with...

Bottas still missing a bit of ‘hunger and fight’ – Webber

Bottas still missing a bit of ‘hunger and fight’ – Webber

Former F1 driver Mark Webber believes Valtteri Bottas' is still missing a bit of wheel-to-wheel combativeness on race day compared to his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. Bottas and Hamilton traded wins in the first four races of the 2018 season as Mercedes imposed...

W Series welcome RoKit onboard as future looks good

W Series welcome RoKit onboard as future looks good

The all-female W-Series, which announced its first major sponsor at the weekend, is talking to several global brands amid increased interest in women’s sport at boardroom level, according to chief executive Catherine Bond Muir. The fledgling series has teamed up with...

F1 race director Masi ‘happy’ with first year on the job

F1 race director Masi ‘happy’ with first year on the job

F1 race director Michael Masi has given himself a positive assessment after his first year as Grand Prix racing's top stewart. Masi was thrown in at the deep end of the F1 paddock at the start of the season after Charlie Whiting's sudden passing in Melbourne. The...

Verstappen title hopes with Red Bull not ‘wishful thinking’

Verstappen title hopes with Red Bull not ‘wishful thinking’

Max Verstappen is convinced Aston Martin Red Bull Racing can contend for the world title in 2020 but insists his team will require a strong start to its season to be in the mix. Red Bull was once again a front-runner in F1 this year along with its Mercedes and Ferrari...

Fittipaldi waiting on Kubica news at Haas

Pietro Fittipaldi admits he is waiting to see what Robert Kubica decides to do in 2020 as he chases the reserve driver role at Haas. The Brazilian has been a test driver at Haas this season but does not have the required Super License points for a reserve role with...

Wolff hints he is likely to stay at Mercedes

Amid uncertainty over whether he will continue as Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff insists he is not taking any decisions about his future likely, but suggested his inclination is to remain where he is. The Austrian has been an executive director at Mercedes since...

Albon shed rookie feeling after Red Bull promotion

Albon shed rookie feeling after Red Bull promotion

Alex Albon says his mid-season promotion to Aston Martin Red Bull during his maiden year in F1 erased his feeling of being a rookie in the sport. Albon's motorsport career was turned on its head over twelve months ago when Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko...

Ferrari’s Camilleri: Netflix series was ‘wise move’ by F1

Ferrari’s Camilleri: Netflix series was ‘wise move’ by F1

Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri says Liberty Media's decision to showcase F1's inner workings through Netflix's series on the sport was among the "wise moves" made by the commercial rights holder. Liberty commissioned the exclusive 10-part 'Formula 1: Drive to Survive'...

Horner hails ‘beyond expectation’ first season with Honda

Horner hails ‘beyond expectation’ first season with Honda

When Red Bull Racing announced that it was splitting from engine providers Renault and moving to Honda in 2019, many in the paddock expected the team to fall flat on its face. Honda had only just ended a disastrous three-year partnership with McLaren, who finished the...

Sainz feels vindicated by move to McLaren

Sainz feels vindicated by move to McLaren

Carlos Sainz says that his best ever season in Formula 1 in 2019 shows that he was right to make the move to McLaren. Sainz started his F1 career with Toro Rosso in 2015, and he spent last season on loan to Renault. However he missed out on the chance of a long time...

Ferrari’s Tonizza takes F1 eSports 2019 drivers title

Ferrari’s Tonizza takes F1 eSports 2019 drivers title

A Ferrari driver has finally clinched the 2019 drivers championship at long last - at least in the virtual world of the F1 New Balance eSports Pro Series, that is. The first Pro Draft pick of 2019, David Tonizza had came into the final three-race event at London's...

ROKiT to sponsor second season of W Series

ROKiT to sponsor second season of W Series

Global telecommunications company ROKiT has been confirmed as the first sponsor of the all-female W Series since the championship launched at the end of 2018. The deal means that ROKiT branding will be on all 20 cars on the grid for the second season that gets...

Hamilton credits new diet for physical and mental boost

Hamilton credits new diet for physical and mental boost

Lewis Hamilton has been offering new details about how his plant-based diet has helped him get on top of a number of health issues. The newly-crowed six-time world champion said that switching to a vegan lifestyle in 2017 has meant he has stopped feeling physically...

Norris suffered from low confidence level in early F1 races

Norris suffered from low confidence level in early F1 races

McLaren's Lando Norris admits that he entered his maiden season of Grand Prix racing unsure whether he was actually "good enough" for F1. Norris concluded his impressive freshman year 11th in the drivers' standings, contributing 49 points to McLaren's fourth-place...

Verstappen: We have to be competitive from the start

Verstappen: We have to be competitive from the start

As has become a trend, Red Bull came strong towards the end of the season after a wobbly start to their 2019 Formula 1 World Championship campaign, something their ace driver does not want a repeat of as he targets the title with Honda power. Three podiums in the...

Stroll targets qualifying improvement for 2020

Stroll targets qualifying improvement for 2020

Racing Point driver Lance Stroll says that he has to improve his qualifying performance next season if he wants to make any significant overall progress. Stroll was regularly eliminated at the end of the first round of qualifying during the season, failing to progress...

Alonso: Reputation is one thing and facts are different

Alonso: Reputation is one thing and facts are different

Fernando Alonso has often been described as his own worst enemy, a driver who packs a bag full of polemics, not a team player and as a result the implication is that he might have attained much greater success had he made the right choices. But the Spaniard is adamant...

Alonso denies that he’s a ‘self-centred’ driver

Alonso denies that he’s a ‘self-centred’ driver

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso insists he's not the self-centred driver that he's sometimes portrayed as in the media. “I think the reputation is always one thing and the facts are different,” he told the media at last week's FIA Prize Gala in...

Wolff hints he will stay on at Mercedes beyond 2020

Wolff hints he will stay on at Mercedes beyond 2020

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has been a key part of the well-oiled Silver Arrows machine in the last half dozen years as the squad picked up six consecutive team and driver titles. But recent reports have suggested that Wolff might be getting restless and...

Kubica: Williams thought it could not get any worse

Kubica: Williams thought it could not get any worse

Racing Point has admitted its interest in signing Robert Kubica for the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship in the wake of the Pole’s miserable comeback season. Earlier, it was believed that the former Williams driver would take his sponsor PKN Orlen to a development...

Hanoi: We are 80 percent ready

Hanoi: We are 80 percent ready

Vietnam Grand Prix organisers say they will be ready for the inaugural Formula 1 race in Hanoi in April. Although Hermann Tilke’s organisation is currently still working on the circuit, Vietnam Grand Prix CEO Le Ngoc Chi told Auto Hebdo: “We are 80 percent ready.” She...

Did Ricciardo make Renault a better team?

Did Ricciardo make Renault a better team?

A respected Formula 1 commentator posed a tricky question when he suggested that Daniel Ricciardo’s arrival at Renault did not improve the team. After a disappointing first season for the French team’s high-profile signing, The French outfit has now ousted its...

Webber: Valtteri is missing that extra bit of hunger

Webber: Valtteri is missing that extra bit of hunger

Valtteri Bottas may be lacking the “hunger” to beat Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes according to Mark Webber, who told Channel 4 that 2019 was a challenging year for the Finn. Bottas finished runner-up to teammate Hamilton in 2019, but despite his new beard and early...

Vettel, Verstappen and Hamilton key to 2021 Silly Season

Vettel, Verstappen and Hamilton key to 2021 Silly Season

With his contract up for renewal at the end of next season, Red Bull star driver Max Verstappen revealed that there may be opportunities for a move to another team for 2021 as the futures of both Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are uncertain beyond the end of next...

Berger: Next year Sebastian has to go on a proper attack

Berger: Next year Sebastian has to go on a proper attack

Gerhard Berger has urged Sebastian Vettel to go on the attack next year while backing Ferrari’s explosive driver lineup that has been one of the most entertaining sideshows and talking points of a 2019 Formula 1 World Championship season, which long ago wrapped up....

Hamilton and Rossi to swap ‘weapons’ at Valencia event

Hamilton and Rossi to swap ‘weapons’ at Valencia event

Six times Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi are preparing to swap rides in Spain on Monday, with the Briton “super excited” at the prospect. Hamilton, who collected his F1 champion’s trophy at an FIA gala in Paris on Friday,...

Champions officially crowned at FIA Prize Giving in Paris

Champions officially crowned at FIA Prize Giving in Paris

The winners of this season’s FIA-sanctioned competitions were officially crowned on Saturday at the 2019 FIA Prize Giving ceremony at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. The undoubted highlight of the evening was the presentation for Lewis Hamilton, who took the iconic...

Alonso ready to enjoy Dakar, but not ready to win

Alonso ready to enjoy Dakar, but not ready to win

Fernando Alonso downplayed his chances of winning next month's Dakar rally raid, insisting his inexperience of the grueling event will limit his prospects. Alonso's 2019 agenda included an ill-fated attempt to qualify for the Indy 500 and the conclusion of his WEC...

Gallery: The 2019 FIA Prize Giving ceremony

Gallery: The 2019 FIA Prize Giving ceremony

Members of the International motorsport community were all suited up and on their best behavior Friday evening to celebrate the achievements of the past year's champions. The venue for the FIA's 2019 prize giving ceremony was the magnificent Louvre museum in Paris...

Alonso: Winning Indy in 2020 is the main priority for me

Alonso: Winning Indy in 2020 is the main priority for me

Twice Formula 1 world champion and double Le Mans 24 Hours winner Fernando Alonso has played down his chances of winning the Dakar Rally when he makes his debut next month. The Spaniard, emphasised that his main focus for 2020 will be a return to the Indianapolis 500...

Niki Lauda named Personality of the Year by FIA

Niki Lauda named Personality of the Year by FIA

The FIA's 2019 Personality of the Year Award was bestowed upon the late Niki Lauda during Friday's prize giving gala in Paris. The emotional accolade, voted for by accredited members of the media, honoured the three-time World Champion who passed away before this...

Verstappen handed ‘Action of the Year’ award by FIA

Verstappen handed ‘Action of the Year’ award by FIA

Max Verstappen was the recipient on Friday of the FIA's 'Action of the Year' award, the Red Bull driver earning the accolade for his bold overtake of Charles Leclerc at the British Grand Prix. Verstappen and Leclerc were involved in an epic mid-race scrap for fifth at...

2019 FIA motorsport champions honoured in Paris

2019 FIA motorsport champions honoured in Paris

While Lewis Hamilton took home the most prestigious trophy in motorsport after the FIA Awards evening, for winning his sixth Formula 1 World Championship title, there were numerous big names who also stepped up to receive Awards for their achievements in Paris on...

Webber: Time is right for ‘handy’ Hulkenberg to move on

Webber: Time is right for ‘handy’ Hulkenberg to move on

Former F1 driver Mark Webber says he won't lose any sleep over Nico Hulkenberg's departure from F1, insisting the veteran German driver's career at the pinnacle of motorsport has run its course. Hulkenberg's departure from the sport after nine seasons and 177 races...

Latifi says first official day with Williams ‘felt different’

Latifi says first official day with Williams ‘felt different’

Nicholas Latifi says his first day on the job in Abu Dhabi after his nomination as a full-time Williams driver for 2020 left him with a "fantastic feeling". Latifi geared up for his race seat promotion with Williams by taking part in six FP1 outings this year, but his...

Aston Martin: We’re certainly not actively soliciting

Aston Martin: We’re certainly not actively soliciting

Aston Martin’s two major shareholders are in it for the long term and the company is not actively soliciting participation, the firm’s boss said on Friday after a media report said Lawrence Stroll, owner of Formula 1 team Racing Point, is preparing a bid for a major...

Hamilton: Change is also sometimes a good thing

Hamilton: Change is also sometimes a good thing

Speaking of the FIA prize-giving in Paris today, Lewis Hamilton played down but did not deny reports of a move to Ferrari in 2020 while revealing that his Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has a busy phone with rival drivers tapping him up for the six-time Formula 1 World...

Hamilton: Everyone chasing a seat at Mercedes, including Verstappen

Hamilton: Everyone chasing a seat at Mercedes, including Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton says every driver and their dog has contacted Mercedes regarding a seat with the Silver Arrows squad for 2021, including his Red Bull rival Max Verstappen. Hamilton is far from deciding his future beyond next season, his last on his current contract...

Rivals keep calling Wolff over Merc seat – Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton claims numerous drivers have been contacting Toto Wolff regarding a future seat at Mercedes — and suggests either Max Verstappen or Fernando Alonso is among them. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend featured a rise in speculation regarding Hamilton’s...

TV ratings: Abu Dhabi concludes upbeat year for F1 on ESPN

With the world championship battle settled, Formula 1’s season finale figured to be a tougher sell with TV audiences. Sure enough, last Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix averaged an 0.30 rating and 473,000 household viewers on ESPN2, down 4 percent from this race last...

Construction advancing on Zandvoort’s new banked corners

Construction advancing on Zandvoort’s new banked corners

Zandvoort’s new banked corners are taking shape as construction work continues to adapt the circuit for next year’s returning Dutch Grand Prix. The first race of the European season next year will be held at the Dutch track, with a grand prix taking place in the...

Alonso ‘amazed’ by Hamilton’s continued success in F1

Alonso ‘amazed’ by Hamilton’s continued success in F1

Fernando Alonso admits to being impressed with Lewis Hamilton's sustained success in F1, insisting the Mercedes driver is now on a par with the legendary Michael Schumacher. Hamilton secured his sixth world title this year, putting him within touching distance of...

Renault part ways with Nick Chester

Renault part ways with Nick Chester

Renault have confirmed that technical director Nick Chester will leave the team as part of a restructuring in the wake of a below-par season for the French outfit. This follows the appointment of Pat Fry to a yet to be announced role as well as former Ferrari and...

Red Bull won’t hesitate to protest Ferrari in 2020

Red Bull won’t hesitate to protest Ferrari in 2020

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko is determined to keep Ferrari honest in 2020 by protesting the Scuderia if circumstances warrant a suspicion. Marko called the FIA's ruling on Ferrari's fuel discrepancy last Sunday in Abu Dhabi "a joke" and warned that protests...

Renault tech boss chassis Nick Chester leaves Enstone

Renault tech boss chassis Nick Chester leaves Enstone

Renault has announced that Nick Chester, the team's chassis technical director, has departed the French outfit in the midst of its major restructuring plan. Chester first worked with Renault back in 2002 as a race engineer, and remained at Enstone over the years,...

Hanoi organisers release photos of track build progress

Hanoi organisers release photos of track build progress

< ► > The clock is ticking ahead of next year’s inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix and with 121 days to go to the race on 5 April organisers have released a series of photos of showing construction work on the venue at the circuit, Formula 1’s latest destination....

Vietnam GP street circuit set for January completion

Vietnam GP street circuit set for January completion

The Vietnam GP street circuit in Hanoi is evolving according to plan, with the venue expected to be completed in January. Next April, Vietnam will become the 33rd country to host a round of the F1 world championship. Construction crews are approaching the final phase...

Schumacher: Second F2 season a ‘head start’ on 2021 F1 campaign

Schumacher: Second F2 season a ‘head start’ on 2021 F1 campaign

Mick Schumacher believes his second season in F2 in 2020 could provide him with a specific edge when he hopefully graduates to F1 in 2021. Schumacher's maiden campaign with Prema Racing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship yielded a race win in Hungary and a 12th place...

Abiteboul claims Renault engine on a par with Ferrari!

Abiteboul claims Renault engine on a par with Ferrari!

Renault F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul has made the bold claim that the French manufacture's engine has clawed its way to the top of the power rankings where it now sits alongside Ferrari. Renault's 2019 campaign failed to deliver on the team's expectations, finishing fifth...

Webber: Lewis will win the 2020 F1 championship

Webber: Lewis will win the 2020 F1 championship

Mark Webber does not believe that Ferrari or Red Bull-Honda drivers can beat Lewis Hamilton to the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship title, as the Mercedes driver’s consistency over the course of the season will be his ace card. Most pundits, including 9-time Grand...

Antonini: Lewis and Toto started the Ferrari stories

Antonini: Lewis and Toto started the Ferrari stories

Former Ferrari spokesman Alberto Antonini suspects the rumour about Lewis Hamilton potentially switching to the legendary Maranello outfit was started by the six-time Formula 1 world champion himself. Journalist Antonini, who headed Ferrari’s press office until early...

Mercedes forks out record amount to cover F1 entry fee

Mercedes forks out record amount to cover F1 entry fee

The Mercedes AMG F1 team will pay its biggest F1 entry fee ever next season, thanks to its success in 2019. All F1 teams must disburse a flat fee of $556,509 for the privilege of taking part in the world championship, but that amount is boosted for each team by an...

F1 trust chequered flag over new technology

F1 trust chequered flag over new technology

Formula 1’s governing body has ruled for tradition over technology when it comes to deciding the official end of a grand prix. The FIA said in a statement after a World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris that the waved chequered flag would be reinstated next season...

Lawrence Stroll eyes major stake in Aston Martin

Lawrence Stroll eyes major stake in Aston Martin

Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, owner of Formula 1 team Racing Point, is preparing a bid for a major stake in Aston Martin, Autocar magazine reported, sending the carmaker’s battered share price up nearly 15% on Thursday. The British sports car maker’s share...

Pirelli: The deadline is on Monday, 9th December 2019

Pirelli: The deadline is on Monday, 9th December 2019

Pirelli is sticking with a looming deadline to decide whether Formula 1 will use the sport’s exclusive tyre supplier’s 2019 or 2020 offerings for next season. Given some high profile issues with the 2019 tyres, Pirelli worked on improvements for 2020, but after tests...

Red Mist: Hamilton has a very real Ferrari conundrum

Red Mist: Hamilton has a very real Ferrari conundrum

This whole Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari thing has me wondering… Of course, I told you that was a pretty good idea a week or two before it became such a popular news trend. Who knows, maybe that mention even sparked it, but depending on who you listen to, it is a done...

Ferrari fuel was checked 10 times in 2019 – Binotto

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says the fuel in its car was checked on 10 occasions during the 2019 season before the infringement in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc’s car was found to have 4.88kg more fuel than Ferrari had declared was in it ahead of...

Kubica likely to snub Haas for Racing Point deal

Robert Kubica is close to signing a deal to be reserve driver at Racing Point in 2020, turning down a similar role at Haas as a result. Haas had been keen to recruit the Pole following his departure from Williams in order to bolster its simulator setup and increase...

Maitland’s Undercut: Hamilton-to-Ferrari, I smell a rat

Maitland’s Undercut: Hamilton-to-Ferrari, I smell a rat

Question: Who is the most important person in Formula 1? Is it the strangely-moustachioed but apparently eminently replaceable Chase Carey? Nah. The Napoleon-in-appearance but otherwise almost completely invisible Jean Todt? Doubt it. The F1-supremo-in-waiting Toto...

Formula 1 already braced for 22 race marathon in 2020

Formula 1 already braced for 22 race marathon in 2020

When Formula 1 returns in 2020, there will be a record 22 races on the schedule which has triggered renewed concerns about the demands being placed on those who keep the travelling circus on the road. The schedule has lost Germany but is expanding with the addition of...

Jos Verstappen: It wasn’t a calculation error by Ferrari

Jos Verstappen: It wasn’t a calculation error by Ferrari

After trying to diffuse his son’s suggestions that Ferrari were cheating, Jos Verstappen has now added fuel to the embers by revealing he does not think the Italian team made a “calculation error” with the fuel load aboard Charles Leclerc’s car after qualifying for...

Paul Ricard revamp on the cards after ‘boring’ French GP

Paul Ricard revamp on the cards after ‘boring’ French GP

The Paul Ricard circuit may be facing a major revamp, after criticism of this year's French Grand Prix for being the most 'boring' of the 2019 season. A report in the L’Equipe sports newspaper over the weekend stated that the Formula 1 management team had been in...

Fittipaldi: I want to have a bigger role with Haas

Fittipaldi: I want to have a bigger role with Haas

Pietro Fittipaldi is keen to have an extended role with Haas but has admitted veteran Robert Kubica could throw a spanner in the works of his Formula 1 plans for 2020. Last month, we reported the 23-year-old grandson of F1 legend Emerson Fittipaldi’s statement that...

Carey: F1 has too many complicated penalties and rules

Carey: F1 has too many complicated penalties and rules

The ten Formula 1 team have reportedly agreed in principle with the brand new technical and sporting regulations for 2021 and beyond, but are still negotiating new commercial agreements with Liberty Media and the FIA. “We have got too many complicated penalties and...

FIA forces F1 teams to ditch garage screens during testing

FIA forces F1 teams to ditch garage screens during testing

From next season, F1 teams will no longer be allowed to hide their cars from rivals or media's prying eyes during testing following an FIA directive. Free visual access to teams' garage has been the case on Grand Prix weekends, but the FIA's World Motor Sport Council...

How can Ferrari make Vettel-Leclerc work ?

How can Ferrari make Vettel-Leclerc work ?

With a championship long ago decided, the growing feud between Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc at Ferrari has taken centre stage in Formula 1 during the run-down to the season finale in Abu Dhabi last Sunday. The pair are staying together for 2020, but through...

Steiner: Abu Dhabi venue for F1 season finale is magnificent

Steiner: Abu Dhabi venue for F1 season finale is magnificent

Haas team boss Gunther Steiner says Abu Dhabi is still a good venue for Formula 1’s annual season finale despite the venue not dishing out memorable races in the past. Although the Yas Marina circuit’s celebratory night race atmosphere is a perfect way to round out a...

Pirelli sets deadline for decision on 2020 tyres

Pirelli sets deadline for decision on 2020 tyres

Pirelli has required a decision from Formula 1 on the adoption or not of its 2020 tyres by next Monday, December 9, says the company's head of car racing Mario Isola. Teams concluded on Wednesday a two-day test at Yas Marina during which Pirelli supplied both 2019 and...

Drivers given third MGU-K element for 2020 season

The FIA has increased the MGU-K engine element allocation for 2020 to help drivers through next year's extended 22-race schedule. Drivers were allowed just two 'Motor Generator Unit-Kinetic' elements up to now but will use a third extra component for next year...

Racing Point and Aston Martin could join forces in F1!

Racing Point and Aston Martin could join forces in F1!

Racing Point could be set to partner with Aston Martin as team owner Lawrence Stroll eyes an investment in the luxury car maker. According to a joint report from Autocar and RaceFans, the 60-year-old billionaire who led the consortium that took over Force India last...

FIA to restrict F1 teams covering cars in pre-season

Formula 1 teams will be unable to cover their cars during pre-season testing to allow fans a better experience, following a rules tweak by the FIA. The World Motor Sport Council met on Wednesday in Paris to approve any changes to the 2020 regulations, and made one...

Rossi preps for Hamilton ride swap with Mercedes

Rossi preps for Hamilton ride swap with Mercedes

MotoGP star Valentino Rossi visited Mercedes' Brackley headquarters this week for a seat fitting ahead of next Monday's epic ride swap with Lewis Hamilton. Rossi and Hamilton will trade wheels in Valencia on December 9, in a high-profile event organized by the two...

Kubica set for DTM test at Jerez with BMW Motorsport

Kubica set for DTM test at Jerez with BMW Motorsport

Robert Kubica will reunite with BMW in Jerez next week when the Pole drives a BMW Motorsport M4 DTM machine at the German series' young drivers' test. Kubica, who has parted ways with Williams after achieving a sensational comeback in F1, is hoping to secure a testing...

Vettel needs to seek ‘professional advice’ – Webber

Vettel needs to seek ‘professional advice’ – Webber

Former F1 driver Mark Webber believes Sebastian Vettel will need to seek "professional advice" during his off-season to put himself back on the right track. Based on Ferrari's pre-season form, Vettel was tipped in Melbourne as the man most likely to challenge Lewis...

Russell ‘learned a huge amount’ on 2020 tyres during test

Russell ‘learned a huge amount’ on 2020 tyres during test

George Russell says his day onboard Mercedes ' W10 allowed himself and the Silver Arrows outfit to gain a vast amount of knowledge on Pirelli's 2020 tyres. Russell drove with Williams, his regular team, on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi before switching over to Mercedes for a...

Yas Marina Test Day 2: Driver & Team Reports

Yas Marina Test Day 2: Driver & Team Reports

Teams report from day two of the Pirelli tyre test at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Full report here>>> Mercedes George Russell was behind the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ on the second day of the post-season test, clocking in over...

Leclerc crash forces Ferrari to end test early in Abu Dhabi

Leclerc crash forces Ferrari to end test early in Abu Dhabi

Charles Leclerc offered a painful send off to his SF90 in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, the Ferrari driver putting his car in the barriers in the final test session of 2019. With two hours remaining on the clock, Leclerc, who had been trading fastest laps with Mercedes'...

Yas Marina Test Day 2: Russell fastest, Leclerc crashes

Yas Marina Test Day 2: Russell fastest, Leclerc crashes

After a season toiling at the tail-end of Formula 1, George Russell signed off the season in the best way possible by topping the timing screens at the end of the second and final day of Pirelli-tyre testing at Yas Marina Circuit. Williams regular Russell, used to...

Pirelli open to keeping 2019 tires after test reaction

Pirelli would have no objection to use its 2019 tires next season after mixed feedback from drivers during the 2020 tire test in Abu Dhabi. Romain Grosjean and Valtteri Bottas were both critical of the 2020 compounds on Tuesday, with Antonio Giovinazzi similarly...

Russell leads final day of tire test

Russell leads final day of tire test

George Russell set the pace on the final day of the Pirelli tire test in Abu Dhabi as Charles Leclerc crashed his Ferrari. Fresh from a day in his usual Williams, Russell took over from Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes and duly went quickest overall with a 1m37.204s on the...

Russell concludes Abu Dhabi post-season test on top

Russell concludes Abu Dhabi post-season test on top

George Russell clocked in with the fastest lap at the end of the second and final day of testing in Abu Dhabi, the Briton embracing his testing opportunity with Mercedes. Russell transferred from Williams to the Silver Arrows squad on Wednesday and enjoyed a...

Abu Dhabi post-season test: Day 2 in pictures

Abu Dhabi post-season test: Day 2 in pictures

Before packing up for good, teams are putting their finishing touches to their development for 2019 in Abu Dhabi. Here's our first batch of pictures from Yas Marina which will be updated later today. 33 You may also like Abu Dhabi post-season test: Day 1 in pictures...

Rookie Nissany ‘comfortable’ with F1 after just four laps

Rookie Nissany ‘comfortable’ with F1 after just four laps

Absolute beginner Roy Nissany enjoyed his first taste of F1 on Tuesday at Yas Marina, with the Israeli racer taking just four laps to feel at home in Williams FW42. Nissany, who raced in F2 last year with Campos, has been awarded two half days of testing with Williams...

Zandvoort banking done with Whiting’s enthusiastic support

Zandvoort banking done with Whiting’s enthusiastic support

Zandvoort's couple of banked corners which the Dutch circuit has designed for F1's return in 2020 were imagined with the enthusiastic support of the late Charlie Whiting. Dutch Grand Prix organisers are in the process of upgrading Zandvoort's historic track ahead of...

Binotto: For start of 2020 our drivers will be free to race

Binotto: For start of 2020 our drivers will be free to race

Ferrari’s two superstar drivers – Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc – will be “free to race” in 2020 despite the internal rivalry costing the Scuderia dear this Formula 1 season. Team boss Mattia Binotto has gone to great lengths to pay down the feud and insisted,...

Grosjean: New Pirelli F1 tyres will not solve the problem

Grosjean: New Pirelli F1 tyres will not solve the problem

Haas driver Romain Grosjean has joined the ranks of Formula 1 colleagues those who do not think Pirelli’s proposed tyres for the 2020 season are an improvement on this year’s version. The Frenchman’s team was clearly one of the most affected by the unpredictable...

Wolff: Leaving the sport now ‘not the right thing to do’

Wolff: Leaving the sport now ‘not the right thing to do’

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes Formula 1's current growth and the promise of a new era should deter manufacturer teams from leaving the sport. In a little over twelve months, Formula 1 will usher in a new regulation platform intended to improve the spectacle on the...

Ocon: Verstappen and I have respect for one another

Ocon: Verstappen and I have respect for one another

Formula 1 returnee Esteban Ocon says he has no problem with the prospect of going wheel-to-wheel with Max Verstappen in 2020, a rivalry that has roots to when they crossed swords during their karting years. On Tuesday, as the post-race Abu Dhabi test kicked off,...

Albers: Very difficult to judge Zandvoort banking effect

Albers: Very difficult to judge Zandvoort banking effect

Former F1 driver Christijan Albers thinks Pirelli will cope with the banked corners that are currently being constructed in time for next year’s Dutch Grand Prix which returns to Zandvoort. One of the corners will feature an audacious banking gradient that far...

Ocon: My main focus was to get back up to speed

Ocon: My main focus was to get back up to speed

Formula 1 returnee Esteban Ocon started work as a Renault driver in Abu Dhabi post-season testing on Tuesday, after a year as a reserve for champions Mercedes, and said it was good to be back behind the wheel. The 23-year-old Frenchman lost his drive with Racing Point...

FIA grants world championship status to Formula E

FIA grants world championship status to Formula E

The all-electric Formula E series will have full FIA world championship status from the start of the 2020-21 season after approval by the sport’s governing body, it was confirmed on Tuesday. The city-based series last month started its sixth season, with a cast of...

Bottas, Grosjean unimpressed so far with 2020 tires

Valtteri Bottas and Romain Grosjean were not overly impressed by their first impressions of Pirelli’s 2020 tire compounds following the opening day of testing in Abu Dhabi. All the teams are taking part in a dedicated two-day test at the Yas Marina Circuit where they...

Yas Marina Test Day 1: Bottas fastest, Ocon back 

Yas Marina Test Day 1: Bottas fastest, Ocon back 

Valtteri Bottas topped the time screens at the end of the first day of Pirelli tyre testing at Yas Marina Circuit, in Abu Dhabi, on a day in which Esteban Ocon returned from his year sabbatical to clock laps for his new team, Renault. Teams were sampling the 2020...

‘Excited’ Ocon relishing return to F1 with Renault

‘Excited’ Ocon relishing return to F1 with Renault

After a year on the sidelines, Esteban Ocon was delighted to finally be back on track behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car again on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi. Ocon took part in 50 Grand Prix events between 2016 and 2018, initially with Manor and then for two seasons with...

Teams reserve opinion on 2020 tyres after first day of test

Teams reserve opinion on 2020 tyres after first day of test

All ten Formula 1 teams were back in action on Tuesday at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit, taking part in the first of two days of testing for tyre provider Pirelli. The focus of the test is to give the teams more hands-on experience with the French manufacturer's...

Bottas over Vettel on opening day of Pirelli tire testing

Bottas over Vettel on opening day of Pirelli tire testing

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas set the pace on the opening day of 2020 Pirelli tire testing in Abu Dhabi, while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was next up despite a spin due to contact with Sergio Perez (Racing Point). On a largely incident-free day of running at the Yas...

F1 return ‘a fantastic feeling’ – Ocon

F1 return ‘a fantastic feeling’ – Ocon

Esteban Ocon, who got his first outing in the 2019 Renault on the opening day of the Abu Dhabi tire test, said his return to Formula 1 is “a fantastic feeling!” Renault opted to replace Nico Hulkenberg with Ocon for 2020, with the Frenchman being released from his...

Raikkonen stumped by Alfa performance drop in Abu Dhabi

Raikkonen stumped by Alfa performance drop in Abu Dhabi

Kimi Raikkonen says Alfa Romeo was two seconds slower than its midfield rivals in Abu Dhabi compared to Brazil, but the Finn had no clue why. Alfa's double top-five performance at Interlagos will remain a highlight of the Swiss outfit's season, but conversely, Yas...

Yas Marina Test Day 1: Team & Driver Reports

Yas Marina Test Day 1: Team & Driver Reports

Teams report from day one of the Pirelli tyre test at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Full report here>>> Mercedes Valtteri Bottas completed 138 laps at the Yas Marina Circuit on his last day behind the wheel of the championship-winning...

Marko: What Honda have promised, they delivered so far

Marko: What Honda have promised, they delivered so far

According to Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship season “should be our year” as the team look forward to a second season with Honda-power. The energy drinks outfit is under pressure to come up with with a F1 title-winning package for...

Honda thanks partners and fans after ‘encouraging’ year

Honda thanks partners and fans after ‘encouraging’ year

Honda F1 boss Toyoharu Tanabe says the engine supplier enjoyed an "encouraging" year, thanks to the efforts of its team partners and members as well as the support of its many fans. Honda secured its first wins of the hybrid era in 2019, courtesy of Red Bull's Max...

Alonso to head back to Indy, but F1 ‘a possibility’ for 2021

Alonso to head back to Indy, but F1 ‘a possibility’ for 2021

Fernando Alonso will be heading back to the Brickyard next spring for another shot at the Indy 500, and the Spaniard isn't dismissing a return to F1 in 2021. After an impressive maiden participation at Indy in 2016 followed by McLaren's comedy of errors last year,...

Ocon: Renault do not have the car to win yet

Ocon: Renault do not have the car to win yet

Esteban Ocon says he knows he will not win races in 2020, after a year on the sidelines with Mercedes, the Frenchman is currently in Abu Dhabi for his first test with Renault. The 23-year-old Frenchman replaces veteran Nico Hulkenberg, to join highly-rated Daniel...

Are Williams crazy? Are you a racing team or a business?

Are Williams crazy? Are you a racing team or a business?

A Formula 1 commentator has slammed Williams’ plans for the post-grand prix Abu Dhabi test this week while berating the team for banning straight-talking Jacques Villeneuve from their paddock compound. The struggling British team has announced that while George...

Sainz: Nothing was actually seen on the TV

Sainz: Nothing was actually seen on the TV

Not for the first time, Carlos Sainz has called out Formula 1 for yet again ignoring his impressive performance under floodlights during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Several times this year, the McLaren driver has pointed out his conspicuous absence from F1’s live...

Vettel: Hamilton is already a Ferrari driver

Vettel: Hamilton is already a Ferrari driver

Sebastian Vettel has issued a humorous rebuke to speculation that he could be forced out of Ferrari as reports emerged in Abu Dhabi that Lewis Hamilton has been in talks with the big brass at Maranello. The German was asked about speculation that Lewis Hamilton could...

Hamilton feels privileged to race ‘super youngsters’

Hamilton feels privileged to race ‘super youngsters’

Lewis Hamilton's run to the checkered flag went unchallenged in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, but the six-time world champion had some words of praise for the "youngsters" snapping at his heels. Last month's Brazilian Grand Prix podium - which featured Max Verstappen, Pierre...

Danner: Schumacher needs to improve and win consistently

Danner: Schumacher needs to improve and win consistently

Mick Schumacher needs to “improve a lot” before he is ready for Formula 1 according to former Formula 1 driver and now German-language pundit Christian Danner. “Mick did a good first season in Formula 2 and has improved,” he told RTL. “But there are areas where he...

Take a sim lap around the new and improved Zandvoort

Take a sim lap around the new and improved Zandvoort

The architects currently supervising Zandvoort's renovation have released a video of a simulated lap around the legendary track in its future Dutch Grand Prix iteration. After a 35-year absence Formula 1 will return to Zandvoort's dunes in the spring of 2020, a home...

Abu Dhabi post-season test: Day 1 in pictures

Abu Dhabi post-season test: Day 1 in pictures

It isn't all over yet! Pirelli's final test of 2019 kicked off on Tuesday at Yas Marina, with drivers running through a vast selection of 2020 tyres. Here's our day 1 gallery which will be updated as the day unfolds. 43 You may also like Abu Dhabi GP: Sunday's action...

Abu Dhabi post-season test driver line-up

Pirelli's final tyre test of 2019 kicks off today in Abu Dhabi, with several young guns joining regular F1 drivers during two days at Yas Marina. Over a month after delivering a rather negative assessment of Pirelli's 2020 product during Friday practice in Austin,...

2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Index

Welcome to our index page of the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. From here you will be able to find links to all our latest reports, pictures and results from Yas Marina Session Reports FP1: Mercedes' Bottas dominates opening practice in Abu Dhabi FP2: Bottas edges...

Server crash in race control caused DRS shutdown

Server crash in race control caused DRS shutdown

A data server crash in race control caused DRS to be disabled at the start of Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Formula 1's 'Drag Reduction System' is typically activated at the end of a race's second lap, but at Yas Marina, race control displayed a message on teams'...

Perez: Move on Norris ‘one of the best of my career’

Perez: Move on Norris ‘one of the best of my career’

Racing Point's Sergio Perez reckoned his last lap overtake of McLaren's Lando Norris to snatch P7 in Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was one of the best moves of his career. A long 37-lap first stint on the medium tyre saw Perez move up to seventh, but the Mexican than...

Hamilton not denying Ferrari contact, dismisses ‘quick decision’

Hamilton not denying Ferrari contact, dismisses ‘quick decision’

Lewis Hamilton didn't deny meeting with Ferrari chairman John Elkann, but the six-time world champion insists that any decision to leave Mercedes would not be a quick or easy one. Hamilton's current contract with Mercedes expires at the end of 2020, but a whirlwind of...

Brown: It’s all going to take some time

Brown: It’s all going to take some time

The once Formula 1 powerhouse McLaren left the Abu Dhabi season finale celebrating their best championship finish since their time as grand prix winners, but team boss Zak Brown isn’t expecting any miracles to speed up their climb back into the sport’s elite. The...

#TheXtraLap: Signing off the season with a €50000 fine

#TheXtraLap: Signing off the season with a €50000 fine

Everyone thought it was going to be a boring Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, as was so often proven in the past, after all there was not much at stake anyway but we were all pleasantly surprised, partly because during the first 18 laps, the DRS didn’t work because a server...

MEDLAND: Hamilton and Ferrari – would it, could it?

MEDLAND: Hamilton and Ferrari – would it, could it?

I’ll admit it, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was not a classic, even if it did come alive in the closing stages further down the field. Different strategies all converging in the final laps and a number of last-ditch overtakes (take a bow, Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz)...

Zandvoort: All is going according to plan

Zandvoort: All is going according to plan

Five months before the first Formula 1 race in the Netherlands since 1985, organizers have finally started the elaborate renovation of their picturesque, but outdated, circuit in the sandy seaside dunes of Zandvoort. A range of environmentalist claims and court cases...

Sainz baffled that ‘hyped’ battle for P6 wasn’t shown on TV

Sainz baffled that ‘hyped’ battle for P6 wasn’t shown on TV

Carlos Sainz fought with the bit between his teeth to secure sixth in the drivers' championship in Abu Dhabi, and he did it with a last lap amazing move on Nico Hulkenberg that nobody saw on TV. Thanks to an impressive 2019 campaign which has helped put McLaren back...

Hulkenberg feels final race ‘could have been really good’

Hulkenberg feels final race ‘could have been really good’

Nico Hulkenberg crossed the finish line in Abu Dhabi feeling good about his final outing with Renault, although the German believed that circumstances had deprived him of a points finish. Hulkenberg's first stint on the soft tyre saw him maintain his position among...

Honda issues didn’t cost chance to win – Verstappen

Max Verstappen insists problems with his Honda power unit during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix did not cost him a chance of victory. The Red Bull driver was complaining early in the race of issues with the torque delivery, as well as commenting on the engine braking...

Final lap overtake ‘like a world championship’ for Sainz

Carlos Sainz hailed his dramatic final lap overtake on Nico Hulkenberg was ‘like a world championship’ after it secured sixth place in the drivers’ standings. The McLaren driver needed to outscore Pierre Gasly in order to finish sixth in the standings after an...

Binotto: Far too early to talk about Hamilton to Ferrari

Binotto: Far too early to talk about Hamilton to Ferrari

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto says it is “far too early” to speculate about whether their nemesis Lewis Hamilton will sign up with Maranello for the 2021 Formula 1 season and beyond. The Hamilton-to-Ferrari speculation was a hot topic in the Abu Dhabi paddock, and after...

Odds for the 2020 F1 World Championship season

Odds for the 2020 F1 World Championship season

The Formula 1 World Championship may be over for another year, with British driver Lewis Hamilton cementing himself as one of the all-time greats with his sixth title victory, but that does not mean that interest in the sport is set to go dormant; quite the opposite....

Masi: The simple part is a data server crashed

Masi: The simple part is a data server crashed

Sebastian Vettel has taken a stab at the sport’s owners in the wake of a DRS software failure during the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix season finale which was explained away as a server crash by Formula 1 Race Director Michael Masi For almost the first 20 laps in Abu...

Kubica: Sometimes it was hard to call it Formula 1

Kubica: Sometimes it was hard to call it Formula 1

Robert Kubica insists he does not regret returning to Formula 1 in 2019 with a permanent arm injury and trying to do the business with the worst team, by far, in the top flight. However, the 34-year-old Pole was outclassed by his rookie teammate George Russell all...

The Day After: One Final Reminder

The Day After: One Final Reminder

Dominating the race from start to finish, Lewis Hamilton was for one more time at his impervious best in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. And just like that, the 2019 F1 season – and therefore, the decade as a whole – is over. The race itself might not have been the most...

Binotto: We need to find out why there was a difference

Binotto: We need to find out why there was a difference

Ferrari F1 boss Mattia Binotto claims his team did not purposefully breach a fuel rule at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which resulted in a fine for the Reds. Charles Leclerc’s podium remained under a cloud until almost four hours after the chequered flag, as suspicions...

Sainz Senior: Carlos took a very big step this year

Sainz Senior: Carlos took a very big step this year

The 2019 season was a “very big step” forward for Carlos Sainz according to his father, the rallying legend with the same name, who told EFE news agency that the McLaren driver might even be Formula 1 World Champion material. Asked about his son showing world champion...

Horner: Drivers should stay at top teams for same money

Horner: Drivers should stay at top teams for same money

Formula 1 drivers at every top team should all keep their seats for 2021, according to Red Bull boss Christian Horner. Next year looks set to be a fascinating as the 2021 Silly Season has already kicked-in as the sport’s heavy hitters Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes),...

Abu Dhabi GP: Sunday’s action in pictures

Abu Dhabi GP: Sunday’s action in pictures

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton ended his title-winning season with a masterclass triumph at Yas Marina. The curtain has fallen on the 2019 world championship, so here's our final race weekend gallery of the year. 120 You may also like A final look at Formula 1's Class of...

Wolff: We see Russell as a future Mercedes driver

Wolff: We see Russell as a future Mercedes driver

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff has played down the significance of a busy forthcoming period for Williams driver George Russell and affirmed that the highly-rated Englishman will drive for the Silver Arrows in the future. Already part of the Mercedes development stable,...

Vettel admits ‘it wasn’t a great year from my side’

Sebastian Vettel conceded that 2019 was not the best of years as far as Ferrari and himself were concerned, the German insisting that he knows that he "can do better". Vettel concluded his campaign fifth in the championship standings, 24 points behind Scuderia...

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Top Three Press Conference

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Top Three Press Conference

Full transcript from the top three press conference after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Round 21 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates – the final race of the season. Featuring race winner Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes),...

Hulkenberg voted driver of the Day in his final F1 race

Hulkenberg voted driver of the Day in his final F1 race

Formula 1 fans gave Nico Hulkenberg a ‘Driver of the Day’ send-off as the Renault driver bowed out with a 12th-place finish in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday. By the 32-year-old’s own admission it was an unspectacular result with which to bring down...

Verstappen’s finale hopes throttled by engine glitch

Verstappen’s finale hopes throttled by engine glitch

Max Verstappen claimed second place in the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which he accepted was as good as he could have hoped for against a dominant display by race winner Lewis Hamilton. "There wasn't much more we could have done," the Red Bull driver said after the...

Leclerc keeps podium – Ferrari fined for fuel breach

Ferrari has been fined $50,000 by the FIA for a breach of a technical directive related to the amount of fuel carried onboard Charles Leclerc's car before Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Following a pre-race control, it appeared that the Scuderia had filled Charles...

Gasly rages at ‘f*****g Stroll’ for first lap contact

Gasly rages at ‘f*****g Stroll’ for first lap contact

Pierre Gasly raged against Lance Stroll after Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, insisting the Racing Point driver had cost him a chance to defend his P6 position in the championship against McLaren's Carlos Sainz. Gasly and Sainz were level in the drivers' standings...

Hamilton achieves ‘perfect execution’ in season finale

Hamilton achieves ‘perfect execution’ in season finale

Lewis Hamilton was on top of the world in Abu Dhabi, after closing out his championship-winning year with an emphatic victory in the season finale at Yas Marina Circuit. “I don’t think I was thinking of anything else except being pitch-perfect through the race," the...

Sainz celebrates sealing ‘best of rest’ success

Sainz celebrates sealing ‘best of rest’ success

McLaren driver Carlos Sainz secured a crucial top ten finish in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which means he has secured sixth place in the drivers championship by one point from Pierre Gasly. The result means that Sainz is officially 'best of the rest' in the standings,...

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Champ Hamilton ends season in style

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Champ Hamilton ends season in style

Lewis Hamilton dominated the 2019 Formula 1 season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a dominant victory under the lights of the luxury Yas Marina Circuit to crown his sixth title-winning year in fine style. The Mercedes driver dominated from pole-position and even...

Masi explains Ferrari fuel investigation delays

FIA race director Michael Masi `has explained why the fuel issue with Charles Leclerc’s car was not investigated until after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Ferrari was found to have declared an inaccurate amount of fuel in its car to the FIA, with the actual amount being...

Ferrari: We knew that we were lacking some elements

Ferrari: We knew that we were lacking some elements

Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow rounded off its 2019 season with a third and a fifth-place for Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel respectively. It was the Monegasque’s tenth podium of the season, the Scuderia’s 19th. First stop. At the start, Charles managed to pass...

Leclerc keeps P3 but Ferrari is fined

Charles Leclerc has kept his third place in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but Ferrari has been fined by the FIA for a fuel discrepancy. Ferrari was placed under investigation before the race got underway as FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer found a “significant difference”...

Honda: A good end to the season

Honda: A good end to the season

It was a strong race for three of the four Honda-powered cars who scored points, with Pierre, unfortunately, having his race compromised at the start. The Frenchman was the innocent party as he was hit from behind at Turn 1 and in catching the resulting slide his...

Mercedes: It may look easy but it’s never comfortable

Mercedes: It may look easy but it’s never comfortable

Mercedes report from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Round 21 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates – the final race of the season. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport win the last race of the 2019 Formula One season Lewis...

Renault: It was an exasperating race

Renault: It was an exasperating race

Renault F1 Team came away from a tight Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix empty-handed, however, maintained fifth position in the Constructors’ Championship. On his final start for the team, Nico Hülkenberg finished outside of the points in twelfth, narrowly behind...

Red Bull: It’s always good to finish the year with donuts

Red Bull: It’s always good to finish the year with donuts

Red Bull report from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Round 21 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates – the final race of the season. Max Verstappen, P2: “Of course I’m very happy to finish the season with a podium and to...

Alfa Romeo: Our season ends with a challenging race

Alfa Romeo: Our season ends with a challenging race

And so goes the 2019 Formula One season into the history books. The last nine months have been an incredible rollercoaster, full of heady heights, sheer drops, emotions, passion and, most importantly, hard work by everyone involved in the team. Our shakedown in Italy,...

Toro Rosso: Very satisfied with the progress made

Toro Rosso: Very satisfied with the progress made

Toro Rosso report from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Round 21 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates – the final race of the season. Daniil Kvyat, P9: “Today was a nice way to finish the season. That first stint on the...

McLaren: It wasn’t an easy race for us

McLaren: It wasn’t an easy race for us

McLaren report from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Round 21 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates – the final race of the season. Carlos Sainz, P10: “Very happy! The target this weekend was to finish P6 in the Drivers’...

Leclerc was unaware of fuel concern; Binotto confident

Charles Leclerc says he was unaware that his car was under investigation for a fuel irregularity when he started the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The FIA issued a document stating that there was a “significant difference” between the amount of fuel Ferrari claimed was in...

Hamilton reigns supreme in Abu Dhabi

Hamilton reigns supreme in Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to take his 11th win of the season. Polesitter Hamilton was untroubled leading from lights to flag. An effortless getaway at lights-out ensured he could exact his Mercedes car’s formidable...

Hamilton signs off season with big win in Abu Dhabi

Hamilton signs off season with big win in Abu Dhabi

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton took an emphatic victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, leading from lights to flag and never looking under serious threat all evening as he cruised his way to his 84th F1 career win. Max Verstappen had plenty of complaints to make about the...

2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Race results

Full race results from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina, round 21 of the 2019 Formula 1 season. 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Race results Pos Driver Team Gap Stops 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 55 laps - 1:34:05.715s 1 2 Max Verstappen Red Bull + 16.772s 1 3 Charles...

Ferrari under investigation for Leclerc fuel irregularity

Ferrari started the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Charles Leclerc’s car under investigation for a fuel discrepancy. The FIA carries out random checks of the amount of fuel teams have put in the cars before the race, to monitor whether it matches with the amount the team...

Ferrari’s Leclerc under investigation for fuel infringement!

Ferrari’s Leclerc under investigation for fuel infringement!

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc has been referred to the Abu Dhabi GP stewards by technical delegate Jo Bauer for a fuel breach, a potential infringement that will be investigated after the race. Ferrari was in hot water even before the start of the race when Bauer noted a...

A final look at Formula 1’s Class of 2019

A final look at Formula 1’s Class of 2019

From the highs to the lows, from joyous wins to painful defeats, from the emergence of new young talents to the sad loss of Charlie Whiting, Niki Lauda or Anthoine Hubert, it's been a long, eventful year for the Formula 1 family. Here's a final look at Grand Prix...

Abiteboul: Renault ‘benchmark’ instigated changes at McLaren

Abiteboul: Renault ‘benchmark’ instigated changes at McLaren

Renault F1's Cyril Abiteboul believes the French outfit acted as a benchmark for McLaren last year and indirectly incited the Woking-based team to undergo its transformation. After four very lean years, McLaren has taken a significant step forward in 2019 and is set...

Rookies humble teammates in season Qualifying battle

Rookies humble teammates in season Qualifying battle

Formula 1 rookies Lando Norris and George Russell made sure they ended the season ahead of their teammates on qualifying performance, if not points, on Saturday. Norris, 20, completed his last qualifying session of the year in Abu Dhabi by beating McLaren teammate...

Hamilton met twice with big fans Elkann and Piero Ferrari

Hamilton met twice with big fans Elkann and Piero Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton has met with Ferrari chairman John Elkann twice in 2019, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport as Italian news media ramp up calls to replace wayward Sebastian Vettel with the six-time Formula 1 World Champion. The news comes amid a new firestorm of...

Abu Dhabi GP Speed Trap: who is the fastest of them all?

Abu Dhabi GP Speed Trap: who is the fastest of them all?

Long straights, low-speed corners and changing temperatures pretty much sum-up Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina circuit, a popular venue among F1's teams and drivers. As a medium-high downforce track, Yas Marina requires an optimal compromise between low-speed grip and...

Formula 1 looking to freeze engine development

Formula 1 looking to freeze engine development

Formula 1 rule-makers look set to freeze engine development in the top flight from 2022 onwards in an effort to cut costs and keep manufacturers interested. The move comes after Honda decided only to commit to the sport for one more year – 2021 – beyond the end of its...

Abiteboul: Daniel wanted to do very well very quickly

Abiteboul: Daniel wanted to do very well very quickly

Renault F1 team boss Cyril Abiteboul has admitted it was “difficult to manage” Daniel Ricciardo’s first season with the French team in the top flight. Ricciardo’s move to the works Renault team from Red Bull was highly controversial, and then Renault struggled even to...

Abiteboul: Esteban is more on this wavelength

Abiteboul: Esteban is more on this wavelength

Renault F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul thinks signing up 23-year-old Esteban Ocon is the perfect move for his team which is making room for the current Mercedes reserve driver by ousting veteran Nico Hulkenberg. Ocon’s 2020 Renault teammate will, therefore, be 30-year-old...

Teams set to vote on 2020 Formula 1 Pirelli tyres

Teams set to vote on 2020 Formula 1 Pirelli tyres

Formula 1 teams will vote on  9 December about whether to keep or scrap Pirelli’s proposed tyres for the 2020 world championship season. Drivers tested the 2020 tyres recently in Austin, and complained that not only are they not better than this year’s tyres, but that...

Alonso: Maybe Formula 1 in 2021

Alonso: Maybe Formula 1 in 2021

Double Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso might be to be stepping up his bid to return to Formula 1 by making himself available for the 2021 season should a winning team come calling. The Spaniard, who quit McLaren and F1 at the end of last year, was back doing...

Russell to split testing duties between Williams and Mercedes

Russell to split testing duties between Williams and Mercedes

Mercedes will use George Russell in next week's post-season two-day test at Yas Marina, but the Briton will also take part in Pirelli's 2021 18-inch wheels test scheduled a week later in Abu Dhabi. Russell will drive for Williams on Tuesday morning before handing over...

Renault: Danke, Nico!

Renault: Danke, Nico!

The 2019 Formula 1 World Championship season finale in Abu Dhabi will represent another farewell as Renault F1 Team bids au revoir to Nico Hülkenberg after three seasons together. Nico joined Renault F1 Team ahead of the 2017 F1 season, bringing his wealth of...

Wolff ‘open’ to Hamilton exploring Ferrari options for 2021

Wolff ‘open’ to Hamilton exploring Ferrari options for 2021

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff won't deter Lewis Hamilton from exploring potential options with Ferrari, although the Austrian is confident his star driver will remain loyal to the German manufacturer beyond 2020. Hamilton's contract with Mercedes will expire at the end of...

Report into Hubert accident to be presented on Wednesday

Report into Hubert accident to be presented on Wednesday

A formal report into the circumstances surrounding the fatal accident at Spa-Francorchamps that claimed the life of Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert is due to be formally presented to the FIA World Motor Sport Council next week. FIA President Jean Todt has confirmed...

Morning After: The Drought Is Over

Morning After: The Drought Is Over

Taking his first pole position in ten races, Lewis Hamilton was back to his hammer-time best on Saturday in Abu Dhabi. Possibly the biggest oddity of the 2019 season, Lewis Hamilton’s drought of pole positions since Germany is finally over, and in classic...

Abu Dhabi GP: Saturday’s action in pictures

Abu Dhabi GP: Saturday’s action in pictures

Done and dusted! The last qualifying session of the 2019 season fell into the hands of Lewis Hamilton, a first for the Mercedes driver since Hockenheim last summer. Here's a recap in pictures of the days action from Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi. 97 You may also like Abu...

2020 Formula 1 Provisional Entry List

2020 Formula 1 Provisional Entry List

The FIA have released the provisional 2020 Formula 1 World Championship entry list with, apart from a few driver moves, the only major news is the name change of Toro Rosso to Alpha Tauri. With Nicholas Latifi inking a deal with Williams for next season, the final...

Wolff: I’m totally OK with Lewis talking to Ferrari

Wolff: I’m totally OK with Lewis talking to Ferrari

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff said he would have no problem with world champion Lewis Hamilton talking to Ferrari about a move in 2021 after reports in Italy claimed meetings had already happened. The 34-year-old Briton, now a six-time world champion, will...

Binotto: Happy to know Hamilton is available in 2021

Binotto: Happy to know Hamilton is available in 2021

Ferrari principal Mattia Binotto sang Lewis Hamilton’s praises on Friday, fuelling speculation that the Italian team could seek to sign the six times Formula 1 world champion for 2021. “Lewis is certainly an outstanding driver, a fantastic driver,” Binotto told...

Mercedes will be tough to beat – Verstappen

Mercedes will be tough to beat – Verstappen

Max Verstappen believes it will be tough for him to end the season with back-to-back victories despite qualifying on the front row for tomorrow’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton took his first pole position since Germany on Saturday, with Verstappen only third...

Wolff untroubled by Hamilton-Ferrari talk

Toto Wolff insists he would be OK with Lewis Hamilton meeting with Ferrari chairman John Elkann and is open to the six-time world champion leaving Mercedes. Hamilton’s contract expires at the end of next season, as does Sebastian Vettel’s deal at Ferrari. While...

Ferrari interest not a waste of time – Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton says any interest in him from Ferrari is not a waste of time following comments from Mattia Binotto at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Of Hamilton, Binotto said, “Knowing that he’s available in 2021 can make (Ferrari) only happy,” with Sebastian Vettel’s deal...

Ricciardo ‘proud’ of Renault turnaround but the pressure is on

Ricciardo ‘proud’ of Renault turnaround but the pressure is on

Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg both secured a spot among the top-ten on Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix grid, a feat the Aussie considered as a veritable turnaround for Renault after Friday's under-performance. Both drivers battled their midfield rivals in the...

Sainz frustrated with ninth place slump in Q3

Sainz frustrated with ninth place slump in Q3

McLaren's Carlos Sainz was clearly unhappy to finish the last qualifying session of the 2019 season with a below-par performance in Q3. Sainz was sixth in the second round, but too many cars jockeying for position meant he wasn't able to match his earlier time when it...

Verstappen: front row was ‘best we could do today’

Verstappen: front row was ‘best we could do today’

Max Verstappen admitted that pole position was never a realistic possibility for Red Bull in today's qualifying session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit. The Dutch driver had topped final practice on Saturday morning. But despite starting from...

Leclerc wants answers for missing final Q3 run

Charles Leclerc wants Ferrari to provide answers after he ran out of time to start his final attempt in qualifying at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Leaving the pits to start his final run in Q3, Leclerc was informed that he only had a five-second margin to make the...

Leclerc ready to ‘take some risks’ after Ferrari screw up in Q3

Leclerc ready to ‘take some risks’ after Ferrari screw up in Q3

Charles Leclerc will launch his race on Sunday with the bit between his teeth after Ferrari's mismanaged run in Q3 on Saturday at Yas Marina. Leclerc clocked in fourth at the end of the final segment of the top-ten shootout but was denied a second Q3 run as a result...

Hamilton ‘proud’ to put an end to pole drought

Hamilton ‘proud’ to put an end to pole drought

It's been an unusually long dry spell in Lewis Hamilton's normally bullet-proof record of picking up pole positions. But the six-time world champion used the final qualifying session of the season to put an emphatic end to that. Hamilton's pole time of 1:34.779s was a...

Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in qualifying

Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in qualifying

Lewis Hamilton broken the track record at the Yas Marina Circuit to take an emphatic pole position for Mercedes at the F1 season finale. The world champion’s time, 1 minute 34.779 seconds, was enough beat teammate Valtteri Bottas by 0.2s, but the Finn will be forced...

Hamilton and Bottas top final qualifying of 2019 in Abu Dhabi

Hamilton and Bottas top final qualifying of 2019 in Abu Dhabi

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has successfully claimed the final pole position of the year, pipping his team mate Valtteri Bottas to the top spot in the floodlit qualifying session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix by just under two tenths. It's Hamilton's fifth pole of the...

Abu Dhabi Qualifying: Hamilton supreme, Ferrari pathetic

Abu Dhabi Qualifying: Hamilton supreme, Ferrari pathetic

Lewis Hamilton was in supreme form as he claimed pole for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, on Sunday as Ferrari drivers were the joke of the session as their drivers again played games with one another. Hamilton headed his teammate Valtteri Bottas making it six Silver...

2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Qualifying results

Full results from qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina, round 21 of the 2019 Formula 1 season. 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Qualifying results Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:35.851s 1:35.634s 1:34.779s 2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes...

Ferrari to retain almighty veto in 2021 Concorde Agreement

Ferrari to retain almighty veto in 2021 Concorde Agreement

Ferrari chairman Louis Camilleri has confirmed that the F1's future Concorde Agreement will preserve the Scuderia's historic right to oppose F1 rule changes. The House of Maranello's powerful veto was enshrined in the sport's very first Concorde Agreement in 1980, the...

Verstappen edges out Mercedes pair in Abu Dhabi FP3

Verstappen edges out Mercedes pair in Abu Dhabi FP3

Max Verstappen led a close final practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, edging out the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. The final qualifying session of the season looks set to be a tight battle for pole between the top three teams, as Red...

Israeli racer Roy Nissany to test with Williams at Yas Marina

Williams has included Israeli racer Roy Nissany in its line-up for next week's post-season F1 tyre test at Yas Marina. Nissany, who raced in Formula 2 last year with Campos, will join Williams' 2020 driver George Russell and Nicholas Latifi. The 25-year-old rookie...

Ferrari: Hamilton availability for 2021 ‘can only make us happy’

Ferrari: Hamilton availability for 2021 ‘can only make us happy’

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto says that Lewis Hamilton's availability for 2021 can only make the Scuderia "happy", suggesting the Italian outfit could make a bid for the Mercedes star. Hamilton's contract with Mercedes runs until the end of next season, at which point...

Ocon not allowed in Mercedes garage any more

Ocon not allowed in Mercedes garage any more

Mercedes has banned its 2019 Formula 1 reserve driver Esteban Ocon from the team garage this weekend in Abu Dhabi as the Frenchman’s return to the grid with Renault becomes a reality. Although to still be managed by Toto Wolff, the Frenchman has been signed up by the...

Brown: Congratulations Honda and credit to Marko

Brown: Congratulations Honda and credit to Marko

McLaren supremo Zak Brown won’t delve into whether he regrets splitting with the team’s former works engine supplier Honda who appear to have found the sweetspot with their once pitiful Formula 1 power unit package while the Woking outfit took the customer route....

Raikkonen and Bottas uncertain about 2021

Raikkonen and Bottas uncertain about 2021

Formula 1’s two Finnish drivers aren’t sure what they will be doing in 2021 – like many drivers on the grid this year, both Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas are only signed up to their current teams for 2020. “Well, that decision must be made somewhere before then,...

Dumontier: Two Canadians in F1 is a very historic moment

Dumontier: Two Canadians in F1 is a very historic moment

Canadian Grand Prix promoter Francois Dumontier travelled to Abu Dhabi for the announcement of Nicholas Latifi’s 2020 race seat with Williams and is excited of the prospect of having two fellow countrymen on the grid next year. Le Journal de Montreal said Dumontier...

Sirotkin on stand-by for Williams in Abu Dhabi

Sirotkin on stand-by for Williams in Abu Dhabi

Sergey Sirotkin, who is actually Renault and McLaren’s reserve driver, was put on standby to potentially replace Williams’ George Russell in Abu Dhabi. British rookie Russell is not saying what the problem is. “It’s not an illness, it’s something different,” he is...

Abu Dhabi FP3: Verstappen Edges Hamilton and Bottas

Abu Dhabi FP3: Verstappen Edges Hamilton and Bottas

The top-three separated by less than a tenth of a second, the stage is set for a competitive qualifying after the final session of practice on Saturday in Abu Dhabi. Leading the way with a time of 1:36.566, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen put himself in good stead to...

Mercedes changes Bottas’ engine… again!

Mercedes was forced to change Valtteri Bottas' power unit for a second time this weekend after a pneumatic leak was discovered on the Finn's former engine. A unit failure in Brazil compelled Mercedes to bolt on a brand new engine to the back of Bottas' car for Abu...

Morning After: Fastest at the Back

Morning After: Fastest at the Back

It’s not often in F1 you get to say the fastest car will be at the back of the grid, but it’s certainly shaping up that way in Abu Dhabi. Topping the timesheets in both sessions on Friday, Valtteri Bottas was undoubtedly reaping the benefits of his brand-spanking-new...

Verstappen takes top spot from Mercedes drivers in FP3

Verstappen takes top spot from Mercedes drivers in FP3

Max Verstappen topped the timesheet in FP3 thanks to a late charge in the final practice session in Abu Dhabi, indicating that Aston martin Red Bull Racing will be a force to be reckoned with in qualifying. The Dutchman took the top spot from Lewis Hamilton, lowering...

2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Free Practice 3 – Results

Full results from Free Practice 3 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina, round 21 of the 2019 Formula 1 world championship. 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Free Practice 3 results Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:36.566s 14 2 Lewis Hamilton...

Abu Dhabi GP: Friday’s action in pictures

Abu Dhabi GP: Friday’s action in pictures

The action for the weekend's curtain-closer in Abu Dhabi kicked off in earnest in on Friday. Check out the pictures from the first day of running at Yas Marina. 78 You may also like Abu Dhabi GP: Thursday's build up in pictures Brazilian GP: Sunday's action in...

Bottas: Apologies but there was nowhere for me to disappear

Bottas: Apologies but there was nowhere for me to disappear

Valtteri Bottas was handed a reprimand for causing a collision on during practice on Friday as he topped the times ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes one-two on the first day of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend. The 30-year-old Finn completed a ‘double...

Red Bull: Some things we need to look at and do better

Red Bull: Some things we need to look at and do better

Built on a low-lying man-made island, the Yas Marina Circuit features several very long straights but, just to complicate that, a final sector completely at odds with the two that go before it. It takes the concept of racing around a harbour to extremes, with the...

Renault: Today proved to be a tricky day for us

Renault: Today proved to be a tricky day for us

Renault F1 Team started the final Grand Prix weekend of the 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship with a mixed day of practice at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit. Nico Hülkenberg enjoyed a smooth first session, recording the tenth fastest time. Daniel Ricciardo...

Alfa Romeo: Laptimes say very little on Fridays

Alfa Romeo: Laptimes say very little on Fridays

Track conditions at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix are a mighty variable – one of the biggest drivers and engineers must contend with. Daytime in the Emirates is hot, even in November, but as soon as the sun sets, temperatures drop. This provides a wildly extended range of...

Williams: We enjoyed a productive Friday

Williams: We enjoyed a productive Friday

Williams report from day one of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, Round 21 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates – the final race of the season. Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer: “We enjoyed a productive Friday as...

Ferrari: Sector three is the one that really hurts us

Ferrari: Sector three is the one that really hurts us

This Friday at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was a busy one for the Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow team and its drivers. Over the two free practice sessions which took place in the afternoon and evening, Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel worked solidly on preparing for...

Racing Point: Small margins making the difference

Racing Point: Small margins making the difference

Racing Point report from day one of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, Round 21 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates – the final race of the season. Lance Stroll FP1 1:39.864 P12 23 laps FP2 1:37.985 P13 32 laps...

Mercedes: The car is behaving itself

Mercedes: The car is behaving itself

Mercedes report from day one of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, Round 21 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates – the final race of the season. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport top the time-sheets on Friday at Yas...

McLaren: A solid Friday with both cars running well

McLaren: A solid Friday with both cars running well

McLaren report from day one of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, Round 21 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates – the final race of the season. Carlos Sainz FP1 1m40.687s (+3.730s) 23 laps 17th FP2 1m37.834s...

Toro Rosso: We look forward to a reasonable performance

Toro Rosso: We look forward to a reasonable performance

Toro Rosso report from day one of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, Round 21 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates – the final race of the season. Daniil Kvyat First Practice Session Best lap: 1:39.969, pos. 15th,...

Hamilton taking setup risks with an eye toward next season

Lewis Hamilton says he is “making it a little bit more difficult for myself” at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix by trying different setup approaches in search of more performance. The Mercedes driver wrapped up his sixth drivers’ championship at Circuit of The Americas at...

Grosjean loses latest specification package after Bottas run-in

Grosjean loses latest specification package after Bottas run-in

Haas' Romain Grosjean won't be able to continue with the specific package he ran on Friday in Abu Dhabi as a result of his clash with Valtteri Bottas in FP2 and the damage inflicted to his car's floor. Grosjean and Bottas came together when the Finn lunged up the...

Vettel: Good Leclerc relationship key for Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel insists he has a good relationship with Charles Leclerc and says it is key for Ferrari to be successful at this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and beyond. The two Ferrari drivers collided when fighting in the latter stages of the last race in Brazil,...

Latifi: I don’t underestimate the challenge ahead

Latifi: I don’t underestimate the challenge ahead

Next year’s only Formula 1 rookie Nicholas Latifi anticipates his debut in the top flight with the struggling Williams team next season will be a difficult one. The Canadian, son of a billionaire Michael Latifi, is joining as a replacement for veteran Robert Kubica,...

Boullier: Only room for Verstappen at Red Bull

Boullier: Only room for Verstappen at Red Bull

Any driver would struggle to be Max Verstappen’s teammate at Red Bull-Honda according to former McLaren team boss Eric Boullier, who was asked to comment about Pierre Gasly’s up-and-down 2019 season. Fellow Frenchman Gasly moved up to Red Bull Racing for 2019 to...

McLaren confirm BAT as principal partner

McLaren confirm BAT as principal partner

The McLaren and British American Tobacco (BAT) Formula 1 partnership has been strengthened with the cigarette-maker now confirmed as the team’s principal partner going forward. The Woking outfit revealed in an official statement: McLaren Racing and British...

Verstappen pleased but still working on ‘balance’ of RB15

Verstappen pleased but still working on ‘balance’ of RB15

Aston Martin Red Bull's Max Verstappen declared himself pleased with his opening day of running in Abu Dhabi, although the Dutchman wasn't satisfied with the balance of his RB15. Verstappen clocked in second behind pacesetter Valtteri Bottas in FP1 but concluded the...

Williams’ Russell under the weather but fit to drive

Williams' George Russell was fit enough to drive on Friday after becoming unwell in the run-up to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend. Russel's condition had his team scrambling for a potential replacement in the event that the 21-year-old would not be up to the task of...

Back-of-grid start for Bottas

Valtteri Bottas will start the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from the back of the grid as a result of a power unit penalty. The Finn retired from the last race in Brazil after a sudden increase in oil consumption led to his power unit shutting down. After analyzing the engine...

Ferrari Driver Academy selects its 2020 F2 young guns

Ferrari Driver Academy selects its 2020 F2 young guns

Next season's FIA Formula 2 Championship will include no less than five members of Ferrari's prestigious driver academy, two of which will make their debut in the junior series. Mick Schumacher, Callum Ilott and Giuliano Alesi will be joined on the grid next year by...

Brown: McLaren to race with ‘quite impactful’ livery in 2020

McLaren F1 boss Zak Brown says the team's new principal partner deal with British American Toboacco will lead to its cars racing with a "quite impactful" livery next season. McLaren will extend its commercial partnership with BAT in 2020, with the multinational...

Hamilton admits to ‘struggling to get into the rhythm’

Hamilton admits to ‘struggling to get into the rhythm’

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton says he struggled on Friday to find the proper rhythm around Yas Marina, although the 2019 world champion labeled his pace as competitive. Hamilton trailed teammate and pace setter Valtteri Bottas in both practice sessions, revealing that he...

Pirelli primer: which tyres for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix?

Pirelli primer: which tyres for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix?

Formula 1 has started its final act of the 2019 season, an epilogue now traditionally associated with Abu Dhabi and its popular Yas Marina venue. The venue's end-of-season appeal and magical atmosphere ensure things are smooth around Yas Marina, including the track's...

Latifi: Two bad years don’t define the legacy of Williams

Latifi: Two bad years don’t define the legacy of Williams

Next year’s Formula 1 rookie Nicholas Latifi believes Williams can bounce back after horror 2018 and 2019 seasons in the top flight which has relegated them to perennial backmarkers in a sport they once dominated. The 24-year-old Canadian, with the powerful backing of...

Albon: Ferrari ahead but we’re on a par with Mercedes

Albon: Ferrari ahead but we’re on a par with Mercedes

Red Bull driver Alex Albon believes that Honda is now on a par with Mercedes in the power stakes after a stellar Brazilian Grand Prix weekend for the Japanese Formula 1 engine supplier. Just four years after Honda’s abysmal 2015 return to the top flight with McLaren,...

Hulkenberg: My future is still in the stars

Hulkenberg: My future is still in the stars

Soon to be out of work Formula 1 driver, Nico Hulkenberg says the only sure thing in his immediate future is a long-overdue break. After a decade on the grid, the 32-year-old German lost his Renault race seat for 2020 and also failed to reach a deal with an alternate...

Bottas escapes with reprimand for Grosjean crash

Valtteri Bottas has escaped with a reprimand following his collision with Romain Grosjean in second practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. During the high-fuel runs during FP2, Bottas tried to overtake down the inside into Turn 11 from a long way back but Grosjean...

Doping scandal unlikely to affect Russia Grand Prix

Doping scandal unlikely to affect Russia Grand Prix

A Russian official has played down suggestions the future of the country’s Grand Prix could be in danger as the World Anti-Doping Agency is considering banning Russia from hosting major sporting competitions for several years for not cooperating with doping...

Bottas fast again in FP2 but causes bizarre Grosjean crash

Bottas fast again in FP2 but causes bizarre Grosjean crash

Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time of second practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but went on to cause a strange collision with Romain Grosjean later in the session. The Finn — also quickest in FP1 — was already at the top of the timings from the low fuel laps when...

Bottas edges Hamilton to remain on top in FP2

Bottas edges Hamilton to remain on top in FP2

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas remained in charge in Friday's second free practice, the Finn heading teammate Lewis Hamilton and the Ferrari pair of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel. While the Scuderia drivers were a little over 0.3s adrift from the day's pacesetter,...

Abu Dhabi FP2: Bottas tops despite Grosjean clash

Abu Dhabi FP2: Bottas tops despite Grosjean clash

Valtteri Bottas topped the timing screens at the end of the second free practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, Round 21 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates – the final race of the season. The Finn...

2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Free Practice 2 – Results

Full results from Free Practice 2 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina, round 21 of the 2019 Formula 1 world championship. 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Free Practice 1 results Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:36.256s 29 2 Lewis Hamilton...

Kubica: The best is yet to come, the return flight home

Kubica: The best is yet to come, the return flight home

Robert Kubica says Williams did not make the most of his contribution in 2019 and claims that the once-mighty team did not make full use of his skills and experience. The Pole admitted in Abu Dhabi that this weekend is “probably” his last ever in Formula 1. Next year,...

Haas trialing live simulator support program in Abu Dhabi

Haas trialing live simulator support program in Abu Dhabi

For the first time this season, Haas will correlate its performance this weekend in Abu Dhabi with a live simulator support program running at Dallara in Italy, testing the process in preparation for 2020. Haas test driver Pietro Fittipaldi will be on duty at...

Vettel shunt ends Abu Dhabi FP1 early; Bottas fastest

Vettel shunt ends Abu Dhabi FP1 early; Bottas fastest

A crash for Sebastian Vettel at the end of FP1 ended first practice early as Valtteri Bottas set the pace at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Vettel lost control at Turn 19 as he exited from underneath the hotel section, spinning and hitting the barrier with his left-rear...

Abu Dhabi FP1: Bottas Out in Front, Vettel in the Barriers

Abu Dhabi FP1: Bottas Out in Front, Vettel in the Barriers

Taking full advantage of his new spec-4 engine, Valtteri Bottas led the way amidst a relatively subdued first practice in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by 0.535 seconds, the Finn was clearly enjoying the extra power granted by his fresh power...

Mercedes’ Bottas dominates opening practice in Abu Dhabi

Mercedes’ Bottas dominates opening practice in Abu Dhabi

Mercedes Valtteri Bottas topped the timesheet of the first free practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Finn edging Red Bull's Max Verstappen and teammate Lewis Hamilton. Alex Albon clocked in fourth ahead of Sebastian Vettel, the Ferrari driver concluding...

2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Free Practice 1 – Results

Full results from Free Practice 1 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina, round 21 of the 2019 Formula 1 world championship. 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Free Practice 1 results Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:36.957s 23 2 Max Verstappen...

Abu Dhabi GP: Thursday’s build up in pictures

Abu Dhabi GP: Thursday’s build up in pictures

After a long, drawn out year, the curtain will fall on Formula 1's season on Sunday in Abu Dhabi. But before Grand Prix racing's final act of 2019, there's still one more chapter to be written. Check out our first gallery of pictures from Yas Marina. 40 You may...

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Drivers’ Press Conference

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Drivers’ Press Conference

Full transcript from the drivers’ press conference ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, Round 21 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates – the final race of the season. Press Conference Part 1 Featuring:...

Maitland’s Undercut: McLaren dumping Honda was just dumb

Maitland’s Undercut: McLaren dumping Honda was just dumb

“Dumb” is a strong word but, on occasion, it really isn’t an insult or hyperbole. It’s just the truest way to describe something that happens. Getting trapped on an escalator (not an elevator) is dumb. Putting out a candle with a tissue is dumb. Checking your watch...

MEDLAND: Oh, Canada?

MEDLAND: Oh, Canada?

Formula 1 might talk regularly about trying to break America, but just over the border there’s a bit of a renaissance taking place. In 2020, two Canadian drivers will be entering a race for the first time since 1981, when Gilles Villeneuve and his younger brother...

Leclerc: We’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again

Leclerc: We’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again

Charles Leclerc is chanting from Ferrari’s hymn sheet by declaring that he and teammate Sebastian Vettel had cleared the air after their unfortunate collision during the recent Brazilian Grand Prix. Much has been written about the incident which has further...

Kubica likely set for DTM/F1 combo in 2020

Kubica likely set for DTM/F1 combo in 2020

Robert Kubica has determined his plans for next season and expects to confirm them "quite soon", the Polish driver seeking to dovetail a season in DTM with an F1 testing role. Kubica will be parting ways with Williams after this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the...

Vettel excused from media day following birth of third child

Sebastian Vettel was absent from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix's media day on Thursday, the Ferrari driver remaining alongside wife Hanna in Switzerland as the couple welcomed their third child. The latest addition to the Vettel household is a baby boy who joins sisters...

Congratulations Seb and Hanna on number three!

Congratulations Seb and Hanna on number three!

Sebastian Vettel is a father for the third time and as a result of being present at the birth of his son this week, the Ferrari driver was allowed to skip today’s Formula 1 drivers’ press conference ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend. The four-time F1 champion...

Winning just one sign of Honda improvement – Verstappen

Max Verstappen feels his three victories this season helped Honda commit to Formula 1 for a further year, and that they are just one sign of the huge strides the manufacturer has made this season. It was announced on Wednesday that Honda will continue to supply both...

2020 F1 grid complete as Williams confirms Latifi

Nicholas Latifi will step up from Formula 2 to Formula 1 in 2020, racing for Williams alongside George Russell next season. The Canadian has carried out a number of Friday practice outings in his role as the team’s reserve driver this year, while currently sitting...

Alfa throwing all its ‘positive energy’ into fight for P7

Alfa throwing all its ‘positive energy’ into fight for P7

Alfa Romeo Racing will leverage the positive energy it collected in Brazil a fortnight ago to try and snatch seventh in the Constructors' standings from Racing Point. Ten points separate the two teams ahead of this weekend's season finale in Abu Dhabi, but a boatload...

Mugello to replace Monza as Italian Grand Prix host?

Mugello to replace Monza as Italian Grand Prix host?

There is a good chance Mugello will eventually take over as host of the Italian Grand Prix in the future according to Eugenio Giani, who is president of Tuscany’s regional council. In May, it was announced that a new five-year deal with existing race host Monza had...

Bottas: The marriage between Emilia and myself has ended

Bottas: The marriage between Emilia and myself has ended

Valtteri Bottas has announced on Twitter that he is to divorce Emilia Pikkarainen, a fellow Finn and an Olympic swimmer whom he married on 11 September 2016 after the pair dated since 2010. Mercedes Formula 1 driver Bottas wrote on Twitter: “Unfortunately I have to...

Latifi to replace Kubica at Williams for 2020

Latifi to replace Kubica at Williams for 2020

Nicholas Latifi said his dream has come true after Williams announced on Thursday he would be making his Formula 1 debut in 2020 as Robert Kubica’s replacement. The 24-year-old Canadian, who is second in the Formula 2 feeder series with two races remaining this...

Albon reveals private exchanges with Hamilton after Brazil run-in

Albon reveals private exchanges with Hamilton after Brazil run-in

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing's Alex Albon says he received a few messages from Lewis Hamilton in the wake of the pair's clash in the closing stages of the Brazilian Grand Prix. Albon lost a potential maiden podium when the Mercedes driver made a bold attempt to...

Binotto: Vettel and Leclerc are not in constant conflict

Binotto: Vettel and Leclerc are not in constant conflict

In the wake of the embarrassing collision during the Brazilian Grand Prix between his drivers, Ferrari F1 boss Mattia Binotto is going to great lengths to play down hints of a civil war at Maranello. Although Binotto, as well as Ferrari’s chairman John Elkann, were...

Albon: Once I feel comfortable I can really push the car

Albon: Once I feel comfortable I can really push the car

Outstanding rookie Alex Albon believes it is just a matter of time until he can give Max Verstappen a real run for his money at Red Bull, suggesting he has not yet found the sweetspot in the package at his disposal. Nevertheless, the energy drinks outfit are happy...

Marko: Good chance we will retain Max after 2020

Marko: Good chance we will retain Max after 2020

Red Bull has a good chance of retaining Max Verstappen for 2021 and beyond, according to team consultant Helmut Marko who has had an instrumental role in the Dutch superstar’s rise to where he is today. Throughout 2019, and even earlier, it is believed that the...

Prost: Getting Ocon early is very important

Prost: Getting Ocon early is very important

Renault made Esteban Ocon’s availability for the Abu Dhabi test next week a crucial part of his release from Mercedes claims F1 legend Alain Prost, who is now a prominent advisor to the French team. The 23-year-old driver was firmly under contract to Mercedes and will...

Verstappen: Red Bull form can deliver ‘early start’ in 2020

Verstappen: Red Bull form can deliver ‘early start’ in 2020

Aston Martin Red Bull's Max Verstappen believes Red Bull can carry its current form into next year and hit the ground running in Melbourne next March. Verstappen and his team displayed consistency in the early part of the 2019 season but fell short of being able to...

Vettel resolute: ‘Once I retire, I will not come back’

Vettel resolute: ‘Once I retire, I will not come back’

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel has made clear that when he retires from F1, his decision will be permanent and there will be no comeback. Vettel's fans can rest assured however, for the German driver insists that no retirement plans were on the cards, despite pundits'...

Hamilton looking to sign off in style at Abu Dhabi finale

Hamilton looking to sign off in style at Abu Dhabi finale

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will be making a milestone 250th Grand Prix start as he seeks to sign off his 2019 championship-winning campaign in style at Sunday’s Abu Dhabi season-ender. The Briton, who became only the second driver to win a sixth Formula 1 world...

Valtteri and Emilia Bottas call it a day

Valtteri Bottas and wife Emilia have gone their separate ways, the couple announcing on Thursday the end of their three-year marriage. Bottas took to Twitter to confirm the news to the media and to his fans. The seven-time Grand Prix winner and the 27-year-old former...

Wolff: Brazil a good learning experience for entire team

Wolff: Brazil a good learning experience for entire team

With both 2019 Formula 1 World Championships titles wrapped up long ago – making it 12 in six years – Mercedes boss Toto Wolff decided to skip the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend and, by coincidence or not, his team endured their second-worst performance of the season....

Hamilton privately messaged Albon apology after Brazil

Lewis Hamilton sent Alex Albon a private message apologizing for their collision that cost the Red Bull rookie his first career F1 podium in the Brazilian Grand Prix. Albon was running second to Max Verstappen when the race restarted with two laps remaining in...

Williams confirms Latifi for full-time race seat for 2020

Williams confirms Latifi for full-time race seat for 2020

As expected, Williams reserve driver Nicholas Latifi has been promoted by the British outfit to a race seat alongside George Russell for 2020. The 24-year-old Canadian, who raced this season in the FIA Formula 2 Championship with DAMS, enjoyed six FP1 outings with...

Honda commits to 2021 with Red Bull, Toro Rosso

Honda has committed to Formula 1 for a further year as power unit supplier to both Red Bull and Toro Rosso. The Japanese manufacturer had only originally signed up to the sport until the end of 2020, with its current deals with the two Red Bull teams set to expire at...

Williams: Both drivers will be busy in Abu Dhabi

Williams: Both drivers will be busy in Abu Dhabi

We’re off to the United Arab Emirates and Abu Dhabi for the final round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship. The Yas Marina Circuit is dominated by a 1,233m long straight between turns seven and eight and is one of the longest tracks on the calendar. The iconic...

Alfa Romeo: We arrive in Abu Dhabi still buzzing

Alfa Romeo: We arrive in Abu Dhabi still buzzing

One last race in 2019. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix marks the final chapter in what has been an incredibly long season, one that gifted us moments of elation and lessons to learn, results to celebrate and memories to put in our team’s history books. It is a final chapter,...

Pirelli to boost tyre pressures to cope with Zandvoort banking

Pirelli to boost tyre pressures to cope with Zandvoort banking

Pirelli will have no other choice but to boost tyre temperatures next year at Zandvoort given the banked configuration of the Dutch track's final corner. Formula 1 will return to Zandvoort's dunes next season for the first time since 1985. While the legendary...

Mercedes heads to Abu Dhabi ‘with a point to prove’

Mercedes heads to Abu Dhabi ‘with a point to prove’

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the Silver Arrows outfit heads to Abu Dhabi with "a point to prove" after its disappointing performance in Brazil. At Interlagos last time out, Mercedes collected just a meager seventh place finish after a 5-second penalty linked to a...

Honda commits to F1 with Red Bull until at least 2021

Honda commits to F1 with Red Bull until at least 2021

Honda will remain in Formula 1 with Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso until the end of the 2021 season, extending its partnership with both teams by a single year. Honda's decision - the first commitment from an F1 engine supplier for 2020 - is a short-term measure taken...

Honda to remain with Red Bull in 2021 and beyond

Honda to remain with Red Bull in 2021 and beyond

Honda will stay in Formula 1 beyond 2020 as they extended their deal with Red Bull to power the two energy drinks owned teams. The confirmation on Twitter that the two organisations will remain as partners suggests that they intend to sign up to the new F1 rules that...

Magnussen: Teams critical of 2020 tyres to gain an edge

Magnussen: Teams critical of 2020 tyres to gain an edge

Haas' Kevin Magnussen says F1 should select for next season the tyre that delivers the best show and dismiss what the Dane believes is a biased criticism by the teams of Pirelli's 2020 product. Teams were given an opportunity to sample next year's tyre during the US...

Seidl: No ‘automatic mechanism’ that gets McLaren to the front

Seidl: No ‘automatic mechanism’ that gets McLaren to the front

McLaren F1 boss Andreas Seidl says there are no shortcuts to the front of the grid for the papaya squad, insisting that only hard work and improvement will move the team forward. For the first time since 2014, McLaren returned to an F1 podium, courtesy of Carlos...

Sainz: No driving style change for 18-inch tyres

Sainz: No driving style change for 18-inch tyres

Driving styles will not change in Formula 1 when the sport switches to 18-inch tyres, claims Carlos Sainz who is one of very few current drivers who have tried Pirelli’s 2021 offerings after McLaren ran the new rubber at Paul Ricard recently. Sainz is reluctant to...

Rio de Janeiro Grand Prix project continues

Rio de Janeiro Grand Prix project continues

Moves to relocate the Brazilian Grand Prix from Sao Paulo to a brand new circuit in Rio de Janeiro are continuing despite scepticism about the project from the country’s top drivers and pundits. Earlier in 2019, controversial Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro said...

Montoya puts Triple Crown bid on ice

Montoya puts Triple Crown bid on ice

Fan favourite and former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya says he is unlikely to complete motor racing’s coveted ‘triple crown’ despite only needing a victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours to complete the feat. Fernando Alonso left Formula 1 last year, stating that his...

Ferrari: Finishing second will never be good enough

Ferrari: Finishing second will never be good enough

This Sunday’s race will be the eleventh Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It has always been held on the 5.554 kilometre-long Yas Marina Circuit over a distance of 55 laps. The first time Formula 1 cars raced in Abu Dhabi dates back to 2009, when Sebastian Vettel won for Red...

Renault: We also say goodbye to Nico

Renault: We also say goodbye to Nico

Renault F1 Team previews the twenty-first and final race weekend of the 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo and Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul share their thoughts on the...

Piero Ferrari: ‘Hard for me to identify with modern F1’

Piero Ferrari: ‘Hard for me to identify with modern F1’

Piero Ferrari, the son of the legendary Enzo Ferrari, hopes the House of Maranello races on forever at the pinnacle of motorsport, although he admits having a hard time understanding today's F1. It would hard to imagine the world of F1 without the Scuderia's cars on...

Perez wants to go on holiday ‘feeling happy’

Perez wants to go on holiday ‘feeling happy’

Racing Point's Sergio Perez says a lot remains at stake in the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi where the Mexican hopes to close the curtain on the 2019 season with a solid haul of points. It's been a long year for the Silverstone-based outfit which finds itself...

Binotto confident in Vettel/Leclerc relationship

Drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc have maintained a good relationship despite a few controversial “moments” between them this season, says team principal Mattia Binotto. In qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix, Vettel was unhappy that his teammate did not...

The 2020 cost of chasing a 2021 advantage

The 2020 cost of chasing a 2021 advantage

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says Formula 1’s top teams will face an extremely challenging and expensive 2020 chasing an advantage before the new 2021 regulations come into play. New for 2021 is a budget cap which will be introduced at the same time as new...

Sainz not looking beyond McLaren for 2021

Sainz not looking beyond McLaren for 2021

Carlos Sainz's contract with McLaren will expire at the end of 2020, but the Spaniard isn't currently contemplating a move away from the papaya squad in the future given its "constant upwards curve". Sainz has spearhead McLaren's efforts this season to lead F1's...

Grosjean reveals key takeaway from Haas’ troubled season

Grosjean reveals key takeaway from Haas’ troubled season

Romain Grosjean says Haas' disappointing year has brought many lessons to the US outfit, but the Frenchman has singled out one key takeaway from 2019. From the outset, from its engineers to its drivers, Haas has struggled to tame its temperamental VF19 and fought to...

Verstappen ready to give it ‘one final go’ in Abu Dhabi

Verstappen ready to give it ‘one final go’ in Abu Dhabi

Still wreathed in success from his outstanding win in the Brazilian Grand Prix, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen is ready to have "one final go" at next weekend's season finale in Abu Dhabi. Yas Marina will close the curtain on a campaign in which...

Red Bull: Gasly remains an option for 2020

Red Bull: Gasly remains an option for 2020

Toro Rosso returnee Pierre Gasly remains a candidate to step up to Red Bull again, in the future, despite a disastrous first season for the Frenchman with the senior team in which he was comprehensively crushed by teammate Max Verstappen. That is the claim of team...

Big Three Formula 1 teams have head start for 2021

Big Three Formula 1 teams have head start for 2021

The top three Formula 1 teams are likely to continue dominating in 2021, even when a spate of new rules will come in to play with the goal of reducing the substantial gap between the haves and the have-nots. in the top flight. The sweeping technical, sporting and...

Ecclestone: I don’t believe Ferrari cheated

Ecclestone: I don’t believe Ferrari cheated

Deposed Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has defended Ferrari amid accusations of cheating, reportedly instigated by Mercedes and taken up by Red Bull. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen made the “cheating” claim recently, but there is no doubt the FIA is now responding to...

Honda F1 future dependent on costs of engine programme

Honda F1 future dependent on costs of engine programme

Honda's future in F1 beyond 2020 will depend on whether the Japanese manufacturer can rein in the cost of its engine programme while maintaining its development and level of performance. After a dismal period of under-performance since its return to F1 in 2015, Honda...

Latifi mum on F1, but clear he’s done with F2

Latifi mum on F1, but clear he’s done with F2

Nicholas Latifi isn't giving away his plans for 2020, which many believe involve a seat at Williams, but the Canadian is adamant he won't be racing in F2 next season. Latifi led the early part of this year's FIA Formula 2 Championship, but the DAMS driver was...

Hamilton seeking life balance in Schumacher record pursuit

Lewis Hamilton says he will not let his pursuit of Michael Schumacher’s records take over his life as he strives to balance Formula 1 and other life interests. Hamilton wrapped up his sixth drivers’ championship at this year’s United States Grand Prix, leaving him one...

Pirelli won’t fight teams’ eventual rejection of 2020 tyres

Pirelli won’t fight teams’ eventual rejection of 2020 tyres

Pirelli won't fight F1's possible rejection of its 2020 tyres if a majority of teams remain negative on its product after next week's final test in Abu Dhabi. Teams were given an opportunity to test Pirelli's 2020-spec rubber in free practice at Austin earlier this...

Jordan: Nobody out there to really challenge Hamilton

Jordan: Nobody out there to really challenge Hamilton

Former F1 team owner and pundit Eddie Jordan says six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton won't need to get much better to win a seventh title, insisting the Mercedes driver is currently out of everyone's reach. By Hamilton's own admittance, his successful 2019...

Gasly sets sights on double objective in Abu Dhabi

Gasly sets sights on double objective in Abu Dhabi

Brazilian Grand Prix runner-up Pierre Gasly will be aiming to fulfill a double objective for himself and Toro Rosso at this week's season finale at Yas Marina. Gasly's sensational second-place finish at Interlagos certainly boosted the Frenchman's morale, but the...

Why are Porsche still so scared of Formula 1?

Why are Porsche still so scared of Formula 1?

Porsche has ruled out entering Formula 1 anytime in the future, as they focus on winning Formula E as their parent company, Volkswagen, announced that all future motorsport programmes would be electric-based. For F1 aficionados it begs the question: with such a...

Pirelli: Teams were not ready when they tested 2020 tyres

Pirelli: Teams were not ready when they tested 2020 tyres

Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola has warned the tyre-provider would be forced to increase mandatory running pressures if the teams reject the 2020 Formula 1 tyres but also believes the new rubber was not given a proper running at COTA earlier this month. In Austin, teams...

Latifi hints at 2020 Williams seat

Latifi hints at 2020 Williams seat

Nicholas Latifi has given another strong indication that he will move into Formula 1 in 2020 with Williams and expects to make his plans public soon. It is essentially an open secret that the son of billionaire McLaren co-owner Michael Latifi will replace Robert...

Hopeful Haas sees ‘silver lining’ to dismal 2019 campaign

Hopeful Haas sees ‘silver lining’ to dismal 2019 campaign

Haas has endured a depressing season, marked by the endless and perplexing tyre management issues impacting its 2019 contender. But team boss Guenther Steiner sees a silver lining to it all for 2020. Haas' campaign has been a story of inconsistent performances, with a...

Albon focused on building ‘good foundation’ for 2020

Albon focused on building ‘good foundation’ for 2020

Aston Martin Red Bull's Alex Albon is using the positive momentum that has spurred him on in the last few races to build himself a solid foundation for the start of 2020. Save for the Brazilian Grand Prix, where a contact with Lewis Hamilton denied him his first...

Mercedes drivers wary of the rise of Honda-power

Mercedes drivers wary of the rise of Honda-power

Formula 1 looks set to be heading for a three-team battle for the 2020 championship after Max Verstappen’s win in Brazil, six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton says it is “often the case” that Red Bull finishes a season strongly. But Hamilton also admits that it is...

Symonds: Formula 1 will not go fully electirc

Symonds: Formula 1 will not go fully electirc

Formula 1 will work to become the authority in the area of biofuels rather than join Formula E in the world of electric power, according to Pat Symonds, who now works with the FIA. “F1 didn’t invent the hybrid, but F1 showed what a hybrid could be and it moved...

Vettel: Hulkenberg axe shows some things are wrong in F1

Vettel: Hulkenberg axe shows some things are wrong in F1

Nico Hulkenberg’s departure from Formula 1 shows that ‘some things are wrong” about the category claims Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. Hulkenberg never finished on the podium during his decade on the grid, but fellow-German Vettel says there is no doubt that he is...

Wehrlein: F1 always tempting but not to race at the back

Wehrlein: F1 always tempting but not to race at the back

Formula 1 reject Pascal Wehrlein says he does not want to return to the top flight in order to race at the back of the field. The once highly-rated and Mercedes-backed driver lost his race seat after stints at Manor and Sauber, and he now races in Formula E. At the...

Vandoorne: Almost always they asked me to let Alonso pass

Vandoorne: Almost always they asked me to let Alonso pass

Stoffel Vandoorne looked set for Formula 1 stardom, but it was not to be as his timing was all wrong when he was signed by McLaren and was forced to play second fiddle to Fernando Alonso. The 2015 GP2 Series champion made his Grand Prix debut with the Woking outfit in...

Kvyat: Experienced line-up in 2020 will benefit Toro Rosso

Kvyat: Experienced line-up in 2020 will benefit Toro Rosso

Daniil Kvyat believes the combined experience of himself and teammate Pierre Gasly, as well as the healthy emulation between the two drivers, will benefit Toro Rosso in 2020. A more mature and wiser Kvyat was brought back to Faenza at the start of this season after a...

Hamilton ‘super excited’ by upcoming MotoGP test

Hamilton ‘super excited’ by upcoming MotoGP test

Lewis Hamilton is counting down the days to his upcoming track day in Valencia where the six-time world champion will swap machines with MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi. Hamilton hopes to conclude his title winning season with an eleventh win in Abu Dhabi next weekend,...

Allison happy that ‘fun bit’ of 2021 regs has finally started

Allison happy that ‘fun bit’ of 2021 regs has finally started

Mercedes technical director James Allison is excited by the prospect of digging into F1's 2021 regulations following the lengthy period necessary to freeze the sport's future rulebook. After months of talks and negotiations between F1's chiefs, the FIA and the teams,...

Hakkinen: Verstappen’s maturity is really impressive

Hakkinen: Verstappen’s maturity is really impressive

Double Formula 1 World Champion Mika Hakkinen has hailed Max Verstappen’s performance at the recent Brazilian Grand Prix, which the Red Bull driver not only won but did so emphatically. The Dutchman gave a masterclass in controlling the race, no one could match him on...

Ticktum could ‘forget motorsport’ if F1 isn’t possible

Former Red Bull junior Dan Ticktum is still hopeful of finding a path to F1, but the 20-year-old won't hold on to his dreams forever. Last year, Ticktum appeared to be next in line in Red Bull's junior driver programme to step up to F1, but disappointing results in...

Vandoorne on Alonso: ‘He always got what he wanted’

Vandoorne on Alonso: ‘He always got what he wanted’

Former McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne got on well with Fernando Alonso during his time at the papaya squad, but the Belgian admits the team catered almost exclusively to his teammate's interests. As a promising young hopeful, Vandoorne was promoted to a race seat at...

Game on! Ricciardo energised by Toro Rosso pressure

Game on! Ricciardo energised by Toro Rosso pressure

Daniel Ricciardo insists that he's not worried by Renault being put under pressure by a last minute surge in form from Toro Rosso. The two teams are duelling over fifth place in the constructors championship. Renault looked to have it in the bag, but a phenomenal...

Hamilton: I never got into it for money

Hamilton: I never got into it for money

Six-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has opened up in a massive and definitive season-ending interview with BBC’s Andrew Benson. The 34-year old Briton is rapidly becoming the most successful driver in the history of the sport – Michael Schumacher’s...

Hamilton: I would drop into a really, really dark place

Hamilton: I would drop into a really, really dark place

One could argue that the difference between Lewis Hamilton and most of his rivals is – Hammertime – the zone the Mercedes driver operates in when he digs extra deep to usurp the best-of-the-best and deliver performances that set him as the benchmark of this era. It...

Hulkenberg: I’m sad to leave Formula 1

Hulkenberg: I’m sad to leave Formula 1

Nico Hulkenberg heads to Abu Dhabi to compete in what could be his final Grand Prix, as the likeable German has no options to remain on the Formula 1 grid beyond this season as Renault have opted for Esteban Ocon to replace him. Thus will come to an end a career that...

Russell admits he’s going to miss Kubica in 2020

Russell admits he’s going to miss Kubica in 2020

Williams rookie George Russell knows he'll be staying with the team in 2020, but he doesn't yet know who will be replacing Robert Kubica as his team mate at Grove. The Pole made an emotional comeback to the sport this year after a six-year gap away from the F1 paddock...

Correa says ‘very bad luck’ caused tragic Spa accident

Correa says ‘very bad luck’ caused tragic Spa accident

Formula 2 driver Juan Manuel Correa has been talking about the fatal accident that left him with serious leg injuries and claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert at Spa-Francorchamps. Correa told Argentina's Mundo Sport radio show that he had driven over debris from an...

Diriyah E-Prix: Vandoorne promoted to third after Guenther penalty

BMW-Andretti's Maximilian Guenther was kicked off the podium of Saturday's E-Prix round at Diriyah after the FIA stewards determined the German had overtaken Audi's Lucas di Grassi under the Safety Car. The second race of the season-opening Formula E championship at...

Diriyah ePrix: Sims a first-time winner for BMW Andretti

Diriyah ePrix: Sims a first-time winner for BMW Andretti

Alexander Sims took the first Formula E victory of his career on Saturday after leading a BMW Andretti one-two in the second of two races in Saudi Arabia. The victory also made it a British double at the Diriyah ePrix, with Envision Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird winning...

Sims takes maiden Formula E victory in eventful race

Sims takes maiden Formula E victory in eventful race

BMW Andretti's Alexander Sims was finally able to successfully convert one of his three consecutive pole positions, clinching his first-ever ABB FIA Formula E championship victory in the second race of the Dirirayh E-Prix doubleheader weekend. Sims calmly controlled...

Sebastien Bourdais loses IndyCar seat for 2020

Sebastien Bourdais loses IndyCar seat for 2020

Former Toro Rosso F1 driver Sebastien Bourdais has lost his NTT IndyCar Series place at Dale Coyne Racing, it was confirmed on Friday. The 40-year-old driver from Le Mans was a four-time CART champion before joining the Red Bull junior team in 2008, eventually...

Sainz relieved to be able to build on continuity at McLaren

Sainz relieved to be able to build on continuity at McLaren

Carlos Sainz is happy to be staying put at McLaren in 2020 after the "weird" experience of how his relatively brief tenure at Renault came to an end 12 months ago. Sainz made his Formula 1 debut in the 2015 Australian Grand Prix with Toro Rosso and stayed with the...

Sims seals third consecutive Formula E pole position

Sims seals third consecutive Formula E pole position

BMW Andretti's Alexander Sims has claimed a hattrick of back-to-back ABB FIA Formula E pole positions after topping Saturday morning's qualifying session in Diriyah. Having finished last season with pole in the New York finale, Sims had also been fastest on Friday for...

Ferrari has ‘cleared the air’ between Vettel and Leclerc

Ferrari has ‘cleared the air’ between Vettel and Leclerc

Ferrari says that it has successfully cleared the air between its two drivers after Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc clashed in Brazil. The pair were battling over fourth place in last week's race when light contact between them ended up putting both cars out of...

Kubica: ‘Hard-working’ Williams deserves to improve

Kubica: ‘Hard-working’ Williams deserves to improve

Robert Kubica won't be part of Williams future, but the Polish driver is wishing the very best to his team, insisting its "good people" deserve to see the British outfit improve its fortunes. Like in 2018, Williams will finish last in the Constructors' standings this...

Albon showing he can fight with the best – Horner

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says Alex Albon’s performance in Brazil shows he can fight with the best drivers on the grid. Albon was retained by Red Bull for 2020 in the lead-up to the Brazilian Grand Prix and then delivered his most competitive race for...

Ricciardo sees Toro Rosso pressure as good for Renault

Daniel Ricciardo believes it’s good that Renault has the pressure of a constructors’ championship fight with Toro Rosso heading into the last race of the season. Renault saw any outside chance of beating McLaren to fourth place in the constructors’ standings ended...

Massa: Formula E now preferred plan B for F1 drivers

Massa: Formula E now preferred plan B for F1 drivers

Venturi Formula E racer Felipe Massa says the all-electric series is now the preferred option for F1 drivers seeking a life beyond Grand Prix racing. Massa, who raced in F1 from 2002 to 2017, almost winning the world title in 2008, is among the seven drivers on the FE...

Virgin Racing’s Bird wins opening FE round at Diriyah

Virgin Racing’s Bird wins opening FE round at Diriyah

Audi-powered Sam Bird opened the books on the 2019/20 Formula E season with a win in round 1 at Diriyah, the Virgin Racing driver leading home Porsche's André Lotterer and Mercedes' Stoffel Vandoorne. Poleman Alexander Sims led the field off the grid, the BMW-Andretti...

Horner: Hats off to Gasly for ’embracing’ Toro Rosso demotion

Horner: Hats off to Gasly for ’embracing’ Toro Rosso demotion

Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner praised Pierre Gasly's for embracing rather than rejecting his demotion from the senior bull squad to Toro Rosso. A troubled first half of the season, during which Gasly struggled to get anywhere near the performance level of...

Angry Ferrari president reminds drivers who they work for

Angry Ferrari president reminds drivers who they work for

Ferrari president John Elkann reminded both Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc that when it comes to their priorities, the Scuderia comes before their personal ambitions. As he prepared for an Exor investors' day in Turin on Thursday, a visibly annoyed Elkann...

Formula E: What’s new for the 2019/20 season?

Formula E: What’s new for the 2019/20 season?

Bigger, better, faster are the buzzwords ahead of the 2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship which gets underway today in Saudi Arabia and here – provided by the media team – is all you need to know about the sixth edition of the series. New Cities, New Streets: In...

Hulkenberg to remain on call during time off from F1

Hulkenberg to remain on call during time off from F1

Nico Hulkenberg says he doesn't feel like he's leaving F1, the outgoing Renault driver insisting he'll be ready to jump back into the fray if opportunity knocks. A veteran of 176 Grands prix starts, Hulkenberg will include his ninth season in F1 next week in Abu...

FIA: Seizure of fuel systems just a routine check

FIA: Seizure of fuel systems just a routine check

In the wake of the Brazilian Grand Prix he FIA has played down suggestions Ferrari’s fuel system has been confiscated amid cheating allegations that have wafted in the Formula 1 paddock since the United States Grand Prix weekend where Red horsepower went AWOL....

Massa: Every driver in Formula E can be successful in F1

Massa: Every driver in Formula E can be successful in F1

Formula E is fast becoming the obvious ‘Plan-B’ for Formula 1 drivers according to Felipe Massa, the former 11-time grand prix winner with Ferrari who now drives in the all-electric series whose season begins this weekend in Saudi Arabia. Mercedes and Porsche have...

FIA tightens fuel-flow rules with third technical directive!

For the third time since the US Grand Prix, the FIA has issued a technical directive aimed at preventing abuse of F1's fuel-flow rules in the future. An inquiry from Red Bull Racing about a ploy that could potentially allow an engine to circumvent fuel-flow rules was...

Rohonyi: Rio Grand Prix bid not even worth talking about

Rohonyi: Rio Grand Prix bid not even worth talking about

Brazilian Grad Prix promoter Tamas Rohonyi does not believe a bid to switch the race to a new circuit in Rio de Janeiro (pictured above) is to be taken seriously. Interlagos officials have and are meeting with Liberty Media to discuss paying an annual fee in order to...

Binotto to use Ferrari clash to lay down 2020 rules

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto will use the collision between Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel to reinforce the rules of engagement between his two drivers next season. Leclerc had overtaken Vettel into Turn 1 when his teammate came back at him on the run...

Steiner laments Haas luck after MGU-K issue

An MGU-K problem at the restart of the Brazilian Grand Prix cost Romain Grosjean the chance of a substantial haul of points, according to team principal Guenther Steiner. Grosjean was running seventh ahead of Carlos Sainz and behind Pierre Gasly when the race...

Hamilton opens up about emotional impact of Hubert death

Hamilton opens up about emotional impact of Hubert death

Lewis Hamilton has opened up about what went through his mind in the aftermath of the tragic death at Spa earlier this year of young F2 driver Antoine Hubert. Hubert lost his life in a horrendous crash that occurred in the F2 series' feature race on Saturday at the...

Elkann: I am very angry about the Brazilian Grand Prix

Elkann: I am very angry about the Brazilian Grand Prix

Ferrari chairman John Elkann is “very angry” with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, the pair involved in the headline-grabbing collision during a thrilling Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday. The pair came together late in the race, resulting in a DNF for the Reds and...

Horner: Red Bull still believes in Gasly

Horner: Red Bull still believes in Gasly

Red Bull still believes in Pierre Gasly, confirmed Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner, even though the team demoted the French driver earlier in 2019 and are keeping him at Toro Rosso for another year. But Horner says Gasly accepted the Toro Rosso demotion with the...

Allison: Mercedes was ‘dumb’ chasing win in Brazil

Technical director James Allison says Mercedes “did something plain dumb” with Lewis Hamilton when chasing victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix. Hamilton had been fighting Max Verstappen for the majority of the race at Interlagos but despite getting ahead twice,...

Mercedes sheds light on Hamilton ‘dead battery’ radio outburst

Mercedes sheds light on Hamilton ‘dead battery’ radio outburst

Lewis Hamilton's upheaval in last Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix, when the Mercedes driver was unable to keep rival Max Verstappen at bay despite a successful pit stop undercut, has led the Silver Arrows squad to review its energy deployment process. Hamilton gained...

Hartley explains why he missed out on Porsche Formula E role

Hartley explains why he missed out on Porsche Formula E role

When it comes to sportscar racing, former Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley has been long associated with Porsche and was a key part of the works team's 2017 victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. So it was something of a surprise when the German manufacturer decided not...

This Red Bull pit stop was like nothing on earth!

This Red Bull pit stop was like nothing on earth!

Last weekend in Brazil, with Max Verstappen, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing's crews performed another record-breaking pitstop. But what happens when the bulls are freed from the chains of gravity? Never at a loss for out of the ordinary ideas, Red Bull recently took...

Maitland’s Undercut: Modern Formula 1 qualifying is crap

Maitland’s Undercut: Modern Formula 1 qualifying is crap

Now, and I don’t know about you, but I really like watching F1 drivers do their thing. And that’s why I don’t like qualifying today. In fact, I despise it. In fact, I think it’s crap. It’s not just the fact that I watch the live broadcasts with the volume down and...

Brazil triumph sees Honda targeting 2021 F1 extension

Brazil triumph sees Honda targeting 2021 F1 extension

Honda's success at the Brazilian Grand Prix has raised hopes that the Japanese manufacturer will remain in the sport and extend its current contract with Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso. Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly finished in first and second place respectively at...

FIA seize Ferrari fuel-system to check for irregularities

FIA seize Ferrari fuel-system to check for irregularities

Amid rumours of technical trickery or even cheating, in the wake of the Brazilian Grand Prix, the FIA has seized the fuel-system on the Ferrari SF90 to determine if it conforms to Formula 1’s technical rules. Also taken in for inspection was the fuel-system of...

Carpenter: Timing not right for Hulkenberg and Indycar

Carpenter: Timing not right for Hulkenberg and Indycar

Yet another of Nico Hulkenberg’s supposed options for 2020 has closed, since being dropped by Renault the alternatives for the German in Formula 1 at Haas, Alfa Romeo and even Williams have all been ruled out. Hulkenberg has admitted he might be a contender to do the...

Renault: Ocon will test in Abu Dhabi on two days

Renault: Ocon will test in Abu Dhabi on two days

Renault new boy Esteban Ocon has received his wish of getting an early start to his career with the French team starting immediately after the season finale in Abu Dhabi. The Mercedes reserve driver said in Brazil that he hopes Mercedes lets him carry out the...

Schumacher documentary film release date postponed

Schumacher documentary film release date postponed

The documentary film about the life of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher will no longer be screened before the end of the year, as the producers have decided to postpone the release date. The project – entitled ‘Schumacher’ – broke cover in May this year and tells...

Ecclestone: Lewis doesn’t speak Italian

Ecclestone: Lewis doesn’t speak Italian

Formula 1’s deposed czar Bernie Ecclestone popped up at Interlagos during the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend and, as usual, had a lot to say about the state of play in the top flight these days. He weighed in on the warring Ferrari drivers and even had a gaze into his...

Gasly could return to Red Bull in future – Horner

Christian Horner says Pierre Gasly is still seen as a future Red Bull driver despite being demoted to Toro Rosso this year, following his podium at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Gasly was promoted to Red Bull after just one year in Formula 1, replacing Daniel Ricciardo...

Formula E: Porsche and Mercedes kick-off new racing era

Formula E: Porsche and Mercedes kick-off new racing era

Formula E starts its sixth season in Saudi Arabia on Friday with debutants Porsche and Mercedes hoping to carry their respective success in sports cars and Formula One to a new all-electric battleground. French driver Jean-Eric Vergne, the first double champion, is...

Ocon to join Renault at crucial tire test

Ocon to join Renault at crucial tire test

Esteban Ocon will start work with Renault following next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and drive for his new team during the Pirelli tire test. The Mercedes reserve driver was announced as Daniel Ricciardo’s teammate for 2020 back in August, replacing Nico Hulkenberg...

‘Points just weren’t meant to be’, accepts Russell

‘Points just weren’t meant to be’, accepts Russell

Williams' George Russell was closer to securing his maiden championship point than ever before in Brazil, where he was within two seconds of a top ten finish. Russell is the only driver in this year's line-up not to have picked up any points in the 20 races so far....

Raikkonen disappointed at ceding podium to Sainz

Kimi Raikkonen admits he was disappointed not to be able to pass Carlos Sainz for what turned out to be a podium position in the Brazilian Grand Prix. Alfa Romeo was one of the standout performers of Sunday’s chaotic race at Interlagos, with Raikkonen being classified...

Coulthard says Binotto will sort out Ferrari’s driver problem

Coulthard says Binotto will sort out Ferrari’s driver problem

Former Formula 1 driver turned commentator David Coulthard is confident that Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto will sort out the simmering situation between Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc. The pair had clashed earlier int he season over team orders, but on Sunday in...

Ocon to join Renault for Abu Dhabi post-season test

Esteban Ocon will officially join Renault at next month's post-season Abu Dhabi test after Mercedes agreed to an early release of its reserve driver from his 2019 contractual obligations. Earlier this year, Ocon signed a two-year deal with Renault, the 23-year-old...

Horner remains impressed by Albon despite missed podium

Horner remains impressed by Albon despite missed podium

Alexander Albon might have missed out on his first F1 podium on Sunday, but the Red Bull driver can still hold his head up high according to team boss Christian Horner. Albon started the Brazilian Grand Prix from fifth place on the grid and benefitted from the...

Masi explains why Sainz and others avoided DRS penalties

Masi explains why Sainz and others avoided DRS penalties

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has clarified why Carlos Sainz and several other drivers in Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix were not penalised for using DRS under local double waved yellow flags. Sainz finished the race in fourth place, but a penalty for Lewis...