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Gasly: Being dropped by Red Bull was ‘unfair situation’

Gasly: Being dropped by Red Bull was ‘unfair situation’

Pierre Gasly says that he remains determined to prove wrong all those who criticised his driving during his brief tenure at Red Bull last year. Gasly was promoted to the top team at the start of 2019 to replace Daniel Ricciardo, but Helmut Marko and Christian Horner...

Renault Sport Academy signs up French F4 champion

Renault Sport Academy signs up French F4 champion

The 2019 French Formula 4 champion Hadrien David has been announced as the newest addition to the Renault Sport Academy. It's part of the reward the 15-year-old receives as a result of winning the regional title last year, in his debut season in single-seater racing...

Matthias Lauda: Hard to believe he is no longer around me

Matthias Lauda: Hard to believe he is no longer around me

The passing of Formula 1 icon Niki Lauda is still hard to fathom for family members, particularly his son Mathias who wakes every morning still coming to terms with the absence of his legendary father. While the headlines of Niki’s incredible life and the final battle...

Mick Schumacher ‘must really prove himself’ in 2020

Mick Schumacher ‘must really prove himself’ in 2020

Former Formula 1 driver turned Sky Sports F1 presenter Johnny Herbert says that Mick Schumacher has to show what he can really do in 2020 - and quickly - if he's to keep alive the dream of following his famous father into Grand Prix racing. The 20-year-old clinched...

Pirelli rules out holding further tyre tests at GPs

Pirelli rules out holding further tyre tests at GPs

Formula 1's tyre provider Pirelli says it won't be holding any further development testing at Grand Prix events in 2020, after receiving negative feedback from teams following last year's trial at the United States GP. "It is not good to plan any test of validation...

Williams boost technical staff with new signings

Rokit Williams Racing has recruited two new engineers to boost its senior technical staff, with David Worner and Jonathan Carter expected to join the British outfit "in the near future". Worner will assume the role of chief designer, transferring from Red Bull, while...

Haas joins Alfa for pitlane launch in Barcelona

The Haas F1 Team will be up at the crack of dawn on February 19 to prepare for the unveiling of its 2020 challenger at 8h00 local time in the Barcelona pitlane. Haas will join Alfa Romeo Racing and indeed precede the Swiss outfit by 15 minutes at the Circuit de...

Vettel: Remove the Batteries, Double the Cylinders

Vettel: Remove the Batteries, Double the Cylinders

Formula 1 needs to ditch the hybrid power units and go back to conventional combustion engines, says Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. The sport moved away from its fuel-hungry and famously-loud fully normally-aspirated engines at the end of 2013, replacing them with the...

Boullier Promoted at French Grand Prix, Promises Changes

Boullier Promoted at French Grand Prix, Promises Changes

Eric Boullier has been promoted to Managing Director of the the Formula 1 Grand Prix de France, the race’s organisers announced on Monday. Formerly team principal at Renault/Lotus and racing director at McLaren, the 46-year-old Frenchman had previously joined the...

Renault Announce February Start for Pat Fry

Renault Announce February Start for Pat Fry

Renault have announced today that Pat Fry will join the team as Technical Director (Chassis) starting from February 5th. Having announced Fry’s hiring back in November, the French constructor have now revealed the 55-year-old will start work at his new job exactly one...

Hamilton: Kobe Bryant was one of the greatest athletes

Hamilton: Kobe Bryant was one of the greatest athletes

As the world absorbs the shock of losing a true icon of sport, Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has paid tribute to the great Los Angeles Lakers basketball legend. Bryant, one of the NBA’s all-time greatest players and an athlete of global renown, was killed at...

Wolff calls Formula E ‘Super Mario Kart with real drivers’

Wolff calls Formula E ‘Super Mario Kart with real drivers’

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff says that Formula E is like "Super Mario Kart with real drivers", but the Austrian also reckons that the all-electric series is "absolutely valid". Mercedes warmed up to Formula E last season through its partnership with HWA...

Hamilton allegedly driving a $60M hard bargain with Mercedes!

Hamilton allegedly driving a $60M hard bargain with Mercedes!

Lewis Hamilton is allegedly seeking to boost his annual salary with Mercedes to a lofty $60 million from 2021, but the German manufacturer could reject its star driver's demands. While both parties are likely holding their cards tight to their chest and keeping their...

Renault reveals start date for new tech boss Pat Fry

The Renault F1 Team will welcome Pat Fry, its new chassis technical director, at Enstone next Monday. The former McLaren engineer who oversaw the design of the Woking-based outfit's 2019 MCL34 will replace former tech chief Nick Chester. Fry initially joined McLaren...

Wayne Taylor obliterates Daytona 24 field without his sons

Wayne Taylor obliterates Daytona 24 field without his sons

Wayne Taylor raised two sons to become world-class sports car drivers but in the biggest endurance race event in North America, the recent empty nester proved he’s still the man in charge. Wayne Taylor Racing won the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona on Sunday for the...

Marko: Red Bull future never jeopardized by stewards’ decisions

Marko: Red Bull future never jeopardized by stewards’ decisions

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko says the energy drink company's presence in F1 was never put in doubt by potential adverse decisions by the stewards against Max Verstappen, specifically in Austria last year. Last year's Austrian Grand Prix led to a contentious...

New Renault junior Piastri completes Prema F3 line-up

New Renault junior Piastri completes Prema F3 line-up

The Renault Sport Academy has added Australian hopeful Oscar Pisatri to its pool of young talents for 2020, with the junior driver also joining Prema for a full campaign in Formula 3. Born in Melbourne, Piastri won the 2019 Formula Renault Eurocup title, collecting...

Marko lauds Verstappen’s ‘extraordinary driving talent’

Marko lauds Verstappen’s ‘extraordinary driving talent’

Red Bull motorsports consultant Dr Helmut Marko is full of praise for the team's lead driver Max Verstappen, calling him an 'extraordinary driving talent'. He said that he had identified the Dutch driver's potential the very first time he met him. "He was about 15...

Marko: Most talented outside Red Bull? Clearly Leclerc

Marko: Most talented outside Red Bull? Clearly Leclerc

Red Bull’s Helmut Marko has offered high praise for Charles Leclerc, rating the Ferrari driver second only to his own charge Max Verstappen. Speaking to motorsport-total.com, the long-time consultant for the energy drinks outfit did not hesitate when asked to name the...

Lewis Hamilton pays tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant

Lewis Hamilton pays tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant

As the world of sport mourns the loss of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, six-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton paid tribute to the NBA icon and former Lakers player. Bryant and 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning in...

Outside Line: Sergio at 30

Outside Line: Sergio at 30

It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating the emergence of Sergio Perez onto the Formula 1 scene, when as a fresh-faced 22-year-old driving for Sauber, he came within one small error of victory at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix. And yet here we are, eight years...

The mental side of F1 – how do drivers cope?

The mental side of F1 – how do drivers cope?

There’s no doubt that Formula 1 racing is a hugely demanding sport…. not only are drivers expected to produce results on a regular basis, but they have to deal with that pressure both on and off the track on their own. Sure, they have a team around them, but F1...

Todt under fire for comments on F1 workload

Todt under fire for comments on F1 workload

FIA president Jean Todt's recent comments attacking those in the sport opposed to longer F1 seasons have received a stinging rebuke from an engineer at the Haas F1 Team. Todt said earlier this month that people working in the sport shouldn't complain about the heavier...

Leclerc targeting title in next two years

Leclerc targeting title in next two years

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc has made it clear that he wants - and expects - to be Formula 1 world champion within the next two years. “I hope in 2020 I can win the title," Leclerc told the 2020 Autosport International show in Birmingham earlier this month. "But I am...

‘Social media is part of my life’, says Lando Norris

‘Social media is part of my life’, says Lando Norris

As the youngest driver on the Formula 1 grid, it's perhaps no surprise that McLaren's Lando Norris is more into using social media than any of his counterparts. "I’ve grown up within this," he told the Autosport International show in Birmingham earlier this month....

Abiteboul admits Renault needs ‘stronger direction’

Abiteboul admits Renault needs ‘stronger direction’

Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul had admitted that the team fell short in 2019 because it lacked sufficiently strong technical direction to make full use of its available budget. The manufacturer had a reported investment boost of £15 million last season...

Kobayashi the Star in Daytona 24-Hour Win

Kobayashi the Star in Daytona 24-Hour Win

Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi pulled away in the closing hours to give Wayne Taylor Racing to their second consecutive 24 Hours of Daytona victory in a Cadillac DPI on Sunday. The international team won by more than a minute over a pole-setting Mazda with five-time IndyCar...

Miami GP: Crucial vote delayed in face of local opposition

Miami GP: Crucial vote delayed in face of local opposition

A crucial local government vote over proposals to hold a Formula 1 Grand Prix in the city of Miami, Florida has been pushed back until February. Miami-Dade County Commissioners had been due to make a decision directly impacting on proposals to hold the race, in a...

Is the China GP in jeopardy following Coronavirus outbreak?

Is the China GP in jeopardy following Coronavirus outbreak?

A potential suspension of all motorsport events in China until April following the Coronavirus outbreak could threaten this year's Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. The novel virus detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December has so far claimed 41 lives and...

Steiner: Haas should have been ‘braver’ in Barcelona

Steiner: Haas should have been ‘braver’ in Barcelona

Haas boss Guenther Steiner believes the US outfit was blindsided by its car's speed in pre-season testing last year in Barcelona and wasn't brave enough to immediately admit to the VF19's flaws. Haas regressed in 2019, the team's performance weighed down by its car's...

Ocon: Off-track relationship with Verstappen ‘respectful’

Ocon: Off-track relationship with Verstappen ‘respectful’

On the eve of his return to F1, Esteban Ocon says there is no residual bad blood between himself and rival Max Verstappen, insisting that "respect" governs the rapport between the two drivers despite their past history. After sitting on the sidelines in 2019, Ocon...

Barrichello puts Hamilton ahead of Senna and Schumacher

Barrichello puts Hamilton ahead of Senna and Schumacher

Former F1 driver Rubens Barrichello believes that Lewis Hamilton's talent puts him ahead of fellow F1 greats Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher. Barrichello, who raced in F1 from 1993 to 2011 and who still holds the record for the greatest number of Grand Prix...

Vergne recalls heartbreak of losing F1 drive and dire straits

Vergne recalls heartbreak of losing F1 drive and dire straits

Former Red Bull junior Jean-Eric Vergne has revealed that his exit from F1 at the end of 2014 left him with shattered dreams and in financial ruin. As a member of the Red Bull Junior Team, Vergne raced through motorsport's junior ranks to graduate to F1 with Toro...

New Max Mosley documentary set for March release

New Max Mosley documentary set for March release

A new documentary chronicling the life and times of former FIA president Max Mosley is set to be released in March of this year. Mosley, who reigned at the head of F1's governing body from 1993 to 2005, lent himself to the project which takes a no-holds-barred...

Flashback: When Formula 1 lost big on a Las Vegas gamble

Flashback: When Formula 1 lost big on a Las Vegas gamble

Formula 1 guru Michele Lupini considers the problems afflicting the prospect of a Miami Grand Prix and compares the shenanigans to the time Formula 1 ran races in Las Vegas – in a huge car park in 1981 and 1982. Bernie Ecclestone, F1 supremo of the time, always wanted...

Binotto: We’re Aiming for a Lot More Downforce

Binotto: We’re Aiming for a Lot More Downforce

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has revealed a change in design philosophy for the team’s 2020 challenger, with a greater emphasis on cornering at the expense of some straight-line speed. As reported by f1technical.net, the Formula 1 titans have opted for a fundamental...

IMSA’s top class set to compete at Le Mans from 2022

IMSA’s top class set to compete at Le Mans from 2022

IMSA will create a new car for its top-class that will be eligible to race at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans by 2022. The new car will be called the Le Mans Daytona h and be eligible for teams to compete for both the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the...

Hamilton-Mercedes Extension Talks Hit Complications

Hamilton-Mercedes Extension Talks Hit Complications

Lewis Hamilton’s contract negotiations with Mercedes have hit a snag, according to reports in the Italian press. As reported by Il Correre dello Sport via FormulaPassion.it, differences in duration and annual salary are keeping the two sides apart. The Italian paper...

New Max Mosley Doco to Debut in March

New Max Mosley Doco to Debut in March

The first trailer for Mosley, a documentary about the former FIA President has dropped on YouTube, highlighting his response to his infamous 2008 sex scandal. As first revealed by Motorsport.com, the film will chronicle both the highs and lows of Mosley’s career,...

Perez: It’s a Big Year Coming Up for Us

Perez: It’s a Big Year Coming Up for Us

The 2020 Formula 1 season will see significant improvement from Racing Point, according to the team’s driver, Sergio Perez. Speaking in an interview with Autosport, the 29-year-old Mexican suggested his team’s 2019 campaign had been hamstrung by their previous...

Mazda Team Joest to start Rolex 24 from pole again

Mazda Team Joest to start Rolex 24 from pole again

Mazda Team Joest won the pole for the Rolex 24 at Daytona in a session shortened when Ricky Taylor crashed his Team Penske in Thursday qualifying. Oliver Jarvis piloted the Mazda DPi to the top starting spot in the twice-round-the-clock endurance race that begins...

Leclerc on duty for Ferrari 18-inch tyre test at Jerez

Ferrari will call on Charles Leclerc to test Pirelli's 18-inch tyres at Jerez de la Frontera next month, another indication by the Scuderia of the Monegasque's importance to the team's future. As part of Pirelli's development programme for its 2021-spec tyres, Ferrari...

Fry denies Schumacher played ‘mind games’ with Rosberg

Fry denies Schumacher played ‘mind games’ with Rosberg

Nick Fry, the former chief executive officer of the Mercedes F1 team, denied Nico Rosberg's claims that Michael Schumacher indulged in mind games with his teammate during their years together. Schumacher and Rosberg spent three years alongside reach other at Mercedes,...

Alfa Romeo Racing reveals launch date for 2020 car

Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN will pull the covers off its 2020 contender - the C39 - on February 19th at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. The Swiss outfit has chosen the first day of pre-season testing at the Spanish circuit to present its new Ferrari-powered car...

Brown: Red Bull Can be a Bit Rough on Their Drivers

Brown: Red Bull Can be a Bit Rough on Their Drivers

McLaren’s Zak Brown has heaped praise on his driver Carlos Sainz while criticising the Spaniard’s former team Red Bull for their treatment of young drivers. Speaking last week at the Autosport International motor show, CEO Brown said the 25-year-old had been...

Carey says new Concorde Agreement in ‘final stages’

Formula 1 chief executive Chase Carey says the new Concorde Agreement which will bind teams to the sport from 2021 is on the verge of being concluded. The famous charter, which was introduced in 1981 and named after the FIA's Place de la Concorde headquarters in...

Chinese Grand Prix Under Threat from Coronavirus

Chinese Grand Prix Under Threat from Coronavirus

The 2020 Chinese Grand Prix could find itself removed from the Formula 1 calendar after Chinese officials announced the suspension of all motorsport events in the country until April due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. The Formula 1 Grand Prix, which is scheduled...

Red Bull extends partnership with fuel supplier ExxonMobil

Red Bull extends partnership with fuel supplier ExxonMobil

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing has signed a new multi-year contract with ExxonMobil that extends the already successful partnership between the team and its fuel supplier. Red Bull and ExxonMobil initiated their relationship in 2017 and the Milton Keynes-based outfit...

Chandhok: F1 cars should ‘scare and terrify’ drivers

Chandhok: F1 cars should ‘scare and terrify’ drivers

Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok says that modern cars in the sport fail to 'scare and terrify' drivers like they did in the past, and that things should be made more challenging in future. Chandhok - who is now a technical expert for Sky Sports F1 - gave his opinion...

How the cars will number up on the 2020 grid

With less than eight weeks to go now before the 20 drivers and ten teams line up for the first Grand Prix of the 2020 world championship, it's a good opportunity to take stock of who will be on the grid in Melbourne and what car numbers will be in display. There will...

Formula 1 says criticism of Pay TV is ‘oversimplification’

Formula 1 says criticism of Pay TV is ‘oversimplification’

Formula 1 has been criticized for its switch to a pay TV model which has cost the sport fans and viewers, but F1 director of media rights Ian Holmes justified the approach. F1's cumulative audience - which counts every viewer of every F1 session separately - peaked at...

Raikkonen: Breaking most GP starts record ‘gives me nothing’

Raikkonen: Breaking most GP starts record ‘gives me nothing’

At 40, Kimi Raikkonen is Formula 1's senior citizen, and if all goes according to plan this year the Finn will also become the driver with the most race starts under his belt in the history of the sport. With 313 Grands Prix to his name since his debut with Sauber in...

Taffin says Renault engine now surpassed only by Ferrari

Taffin says Renault engine now surpassed only by Ferrari

Renault F1 engine boss Rémi Taffin says the French manufacturer's power unit is surpassed only by Ferrari and exceeds the performance of both Mercedes and Honda. Taffin's bold claim, based on relative GPS measurements, comes after a season in which the Renault works...

Todt: Whoever is in Formula 1 is privileged

Todt: Whoever is in Formula 1 is privileged

FIA president Jean Todt has played down concerns about Formula 1’s ever-expanding world championship race calendar but says that’s the price to pay for those privileged to work in the top flight. With many in the sport already unhappy about the unprecedentedly-long...

Charles Leclerc fans get their own grandstand in 2020

You know you're a mega F1 star in the making when your fans are given their own grandstand, and such will be the case for those supporting Charles Leclerc at two races this year. Leclerc's popularity skyrocketed last season on the back of his rise to prominence with...

Renault: Honda and Mercedes behind us, Ferrari is a bit ahead

Renault: Honda and Mercedes behind us, Ferrari is a bit ahead

Renault’s Formula 1 engine boss claims the French team now has a better engine than Mercedes despite the fact that his cars were over one second off the Silver Arrows’ pace in 2019. During the ‘power unit’ era, the widespread belief was that Renault struggled to keep...

Pirelli: Discussions with teams were not negative at all

Pirelli: Discussions with teams were not negative at all

Pirelli motorsport boss Mario Isola insists that Formula 1 teams were “not negative” about his company’s rejected tyres designed for the 2020 world championship season. Reports indicated that the teams voted to keep the 2019 tyres this year following a round of...

‘Drive to Survive’: Netflix sets release date set for season 2

‘Drive to Survive’: Netflix sets release date set for season 2

Formula 1 has confirmed the release date for the second season of the highly acclaimed Netflix docu-series 'Drive to Survive'. The ten-part series which chronicled the 2018 F1 season with an exclusive fly-on-the wall approach detailing the inner workings of Grand Prix...

Rosenqvist: Formula 1? No thank you. I want to win races

Rosenqvist: Formula 1? No thank you. I want to win races

Swedish race driver Felix Rosenqvist says he has little interest in launching a Formula 1 career where he would not be satisfied racing without a chance of winning. “Formula 1? No thank you. I want to win races,” Rosenqvist told Expressen newspaper. Rosenqvist, 28,...

New Racing Point car ‘not a clean slate’, launches Feb 17

Racing Point has confirmed that its 2020 car will launch on February 17 in Austria but says the new design will not be a significant change from its predecessor, despite new financial freedom during its development. Financial trouble led to the former Force India team...

Red Mist: I smell a rat at Maranello

Red Mist: I smell a rat at Maranello

Is Ferrari spinning a safe yarn on its 2020 potential? If you were developing a brand new Formula 1 car and the shit just hit the wind tunnel fan, would you tell the world your car is crap weeks before it even turned a wheel? Neither would I. And I smell a rat at...

Racing Point F1 reveals launch date for 2020 contender

Racing Point F1 has become the sixth team to announce the launch date of its 2020 car, with the pink squad pulling the covers off on Monday, February 17. Racing Point's unveiling will take place at the Austrian headquarters in Mondsee of sponsor BWT, a manufacturer of...

W Series boss says Ferrari academy plans ‘not a gimmick’

W Series boss says Ferrari academy plans ‘not a gimmick’

The CEO of the all-female W Series championship believes that Ferrari's commitment to introduce women into its prestigious driver academy are not simply a marketing gimmick. Ferrari recently announced that Arthur Leclerc would join its junior programme, alongside Mick...

Formula 1 and FIA sign UN Climate Action Framework

Formula 1 and the FIA have announced that both organisations have signed up to the United Nations Sports for Climate Change Action Framework. "By signing up to the framework, we express our intent to implement the principles enshrined in the Sports for Climate Action...

Ferrari in trouble ahead of 2020 F1 car launch?

Ferrari in trouble ahead of 2020 F1 car launch?

More rumblings about trouble with Ferrari’s 2020 car are emerging, journalist and Maranello ‘insider’ Leo Turrini wrote that data from the 2020 car coming out of the simulator and wind tunnel “have not impressed the engineers.” Now, citing ‘reliable sources within...

Latifi claims Rosberg’s number six for his rookie season

Latifi claims Rosberg’s number six for his rookie season

Formula 1 rookie Nicholas Latifi has made the call and will race with the number six on his car – formerly Nico Rosberg’s number – in a nod to the telephone area code of his home city Toronto. The Canadian, this season’s sole rookie driver, explained his choice on...

Szafnauer says Racing Point needs time to make gains

Szafnauer says Racing Point needs time to make gains

Racing Point CEO and team principal Otmar Szafnauer has admitted that there's not going to be a quick overnight turnaround in the squad's fortunes. In its previous incarnation as Force India, the team was fourth in the 2016 and 2017 constructors championship, making...

Nissany: I can learn a lot and use this experience

Nissany: I can learn a lot and use this experience

Claire Williams has admitted that Roy Nissany, the team’s little known and new Formula 1 test driver, could be on the grid for the 2021 world championship season. Nissany has been ridiculed by some for a lack of competitiveness, but he comes with the key backing of...

Vasseur: We are creating a completely new car

Vasseur: We are creating a completely new car

Alfa Romeo is building a “completely new car” for the 2020 Formula 1 season, team principal Frederic Vasseur has revealed. Most teams are looking at the new season as a sort of extension of 2019, as the regulations are stable ahead of the sweeping new rule changes for...

F1 launches charity auction for Australian bushfire victims

F1 launches charity auction for Australian bushfire victims

Formula 1 has announced an online charity auction of exclusive items, signed merchandise and 'money can't buy' experiences in order to raise money in aid of victims of the Australian bushfires. "Australia has always been and will continue to be a very special place...

Russell: Every driver hopes for a Mercedes call-up

Russell: Every driver hopes for a Mercedes call-up

While firmly committed to Williams, promising youngster George Russell says he will keep his eye out for “offers” from more competitive Formula 1 teams. The 2019 rookie insists he is happy to remain with backmarker Grove outfit, even though the car they provided him...

Ferrari forsakes Maranello for 2020 car launch

Ferrari forsakes Maranello for 2020 car launch

Ferrari has announced that the media launch of this year's F1 challenger on February 11 will not take place at the company's main headquarters in Maranello. Instead the grand unveiling will take place 20 miles away in one of Italy's grandest theatres, the Teatro Valli...

Miami GP tweaks layout, schedule to appease residents

Miami GP tweaks layout, schedule to appease residents

Miami Grand Prix organisers have modified the layout of their event's prospective track and tweaked the race weekend's schedule in an effort to appease the concerns of local residents. Liberty Media has been attempting to surmount successive roadblocks erected by...

Formula 1 global TV audience reaches 1.9 billion viewers!

Formula 1 global TV audience reaches 1.9 billion viewers!

Formula 1's audience figures continued to grow in 2019 across both the sport's TV and digital platforms, reaching a global audience of 1.922 billion viewers! The cumulative number was the highest since 2012 and represented a 9% increase relative to 2018. F1's top five...

Marko: Vergne success in Formula E won’t reopen door to F1

Marko: Vergne success in Formula E won’t reopen door to F1

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko says the success achieved in Formula E by former junior bull Jean-Eric Vergne doesn't make the Frenchman eligible for a second shot at F1. Vergne raced with Toro Rosso in F1 for three seasons between 2012 and 2014, but was dropped...

Brown: McLaren are still a young team

Brown: McLaren are still a young team

McLaren CEO Zak Brown is not expecting his resurgent team to be placed higher in the pecking order this year than they did at the end of the 2019 Formula 1 season. The British team’s recovery from a recent slump took a major step forward last year, as McLaren...

Haas goes back to the recent future for 2020 livery

Haas goes back to the recent future for 2020 livery

The Haas F1 team looks set to revert to its 2018 style livery for this year’s Formula 1 World Championship season, according to a report in Auto Motor und Sport. Last year, the small American team exchanged its predominantly white, grey and red livery for all black...

Tall Ocon says Renault RS20 fits like a glove

Tall Ocon says Renault RS20 fits like a glove

Renault recruit Esteban Ocon says he will have no issues fitting his lanky figure into the French team's new 2020 car. Driver comfort is obviously paramount inside the cockpit of a modern F1 car, where extra space is nonexistent and body movement is constrained by the...

Still hope that Formula 1 will return to Hockenheim

Still hope that Formula 1 will return to Hockenheim

Formula 1’s door is “not closed” to Hockenheim, according to Thomas Reister boss of Emodrom, a company charged with the strategic development of the venue that has been left off Formula 1’s 2020 world championship calendar. It is reported that, in the wake of the...

Hamilton expects physical form to ‘tail off’ at some point

Hamilton expects physical form to ‘tail off’ at some point

Lewis Hamilton feels "fitter than ever" on the eve of his 14th season of F1, but the six-time world champion knows that his physical form will taper off at some point in the future. At 35, Hamilton will be the second oldest driver on the grid this season behind...

Schumacher family karting track saved from extinction!

Schumacher family karting track saved from extinction!

The Erftlandring outdoor karting complex in Kerpen where Michael Schumacher earned his first stripes has been saved from demolition thanks to a local environmental law voted last week. The landmark karting track, located near Cologne and which opened in 1980, has been...

Marko shuts door on Vergne’s F1 future with Red Bull

Marko shuts door on Vergne’s F1 future with Red Bull

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has all but ruled out a return to Formula 1 for Jean-Eric Vergne who has grown in stature and experience, with success, outside of the top flight. Vergne, now 29, raced for Toro Rosso between 2012 and 2014, but since being ousted by Red...

#TheXtraLap: Thoughts ahead of the 2020 Formula 1 season

#TheXtraLap: Thoughts ahead of the 2020 Formula 1 season

Before the season starts and we get a better idea of what the standings will be like, I wanted to make an effort to think about my expectations for 2020. I will give my opinion on each team and what I think is possible in 2020. Mind you, these are my thoughts and not...

INSIGHT: Measuring Bratches’ impact on F1

The departure of Bernie Ecclestone was a seismic shift in Formula 1’s history, yet the confirmation that one of his successors will step down at the end of this month barely registers. F1 has announced January will be Sean Bratches’ final month working in his role of...

Fernando Alonso formally cuts ties with McLaren

Fernando Alonso formally cuts ties with McLaren

Fernando Alonso is no longer a brand ambassador for McLaren, the two-time F1 world champion and the F1 manufacturer not renewing their formal relationship for 2020, a decision confirmed by the Woking-based outfit. After four seasons with McLaren, Alonso retired from...

Latifi to run No.6 in F1 as a nod to Toronto

Nicholas Latifi will race with the No.6 in Formula 1, utilizing 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg’s former number. Rosberg used No.6 until winning the drivers’ championship, whereupon he immediately retired from the sport and therefore never chose between retaining the...

Marko denies Red Bull talent pool is drying up

Marko denies Red Bull talent pool is drying up

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko has rejected the idea that the energy drink company's junior driver programme has run out of young talent potentially worthy of F1. After Pierre Gasly's graduation to F1 and Red Bull's dismissal of Brendon Hartley from Toro Rosso...

Carey: Thank you to Sean Bratches on behalf of Formula 1

Carey: Thank you to Sean Bratches on behalf of Formula 1

Formula 1 has announced today that Sean Bratches will step down from his role as Managing Director of Commercial Operations following three years at the organisation, he will leave Formula 1 at the end of January 2020 but will continue to support the business in an...

Williams’ Latifi has Nico Rosberg’s number!

ROKiT Williams Racing recruit Nicholas Latifi will race in his maiden season of F1 with #6, the number previously used by 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg. Since 2014, Grand Prix drivers have been allowed to choose their personal race number for the entire duration of...

Chadwick: Goal of racing in F1 now ‘a little more realistic’

Chadwick: Goal of racing in F1 now ‘a little more realistic’

Jamie Chadwick believes that racing in F1 has now become a "realistic" goal although the 2019 W Series champion knows that such an ambition remains a very tall order. Chadwick won last year's inaugural W Series championship, a feat that came with a hefty $500,000...

Hamilton set to sign two-year extension with Mercedes

Hamilton set to sign two-year extension with Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton looks set to re-commit to Mercedes, according to the authoritative La Gazzetta dello Sport, the report claims that the six-time world champion, earlier linked with a 2021 switch to Ferrari, will, in fact, re-sign with Mercedes for 2021 and 2022....

Stroll and Wolff to buy Mercedes F1 team?

Stroll and Wolff to buy Mercedes F1 team?

Billionaire businessman Lawrence Stroll and Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff could be planning to take over the Silver Arrows operation from 2021, according to veteran German correspondent Ralf Bach. The report, published on F1-insider, claims that Wolff had actually...

Symonds surprised by rivals’ struggles to catch Mercedes

Symonds surprised by rivals’ struggles to catch Mercedes

F1's chief technical officer Pat Symonds admits he's been surprised by the time it has taken for Mercedes' rivals to bridge the gap with the German manufacturer in terms of engine performance. Since the advent of the V6 hybrid era in Grand Prix racing in 2014,...

Bottas: Everything is a little open after this year

Bottas: Everything is a little open after this year

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas says he is not surprised that top teams Ferrari and Red Bull are leading the way with the 2021 Formula 1 ‘silly season’. Like many drivers on the grid, 30-year-old Bottas is out of contract at the end of this season. Worth noting is...

Bratches set to leave F1 and won’t be replaced

Bratches set to leave F1 and won’t be replaced

Formula 1’s commercial director Sean Bratches is set to leave the sport and the position he had is unlikely to be filled in the short term. We reported last year that an announcement could be “imminent”, with Liberty’s Chase Carey and Ross Brawn staying put but...

F1C Movie Review: Bad Boys for Life

Bad Boys Bad Boys!!!   In honor of a movie Somky and I have been waiting for since 2003 when the sequel to the original Will Smith/Martin Lawrence goofball/ass kicking/bad guy beating/driving Porsches and Ferraris  (don't be a bitch Marcus!) in a completely...

Formula E Santiago: Guenther becomes youngest winner

Formula E Santiago: Guenther becomes youngest winner

BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Max Guenther clinched a hard-earned victory in the scorching heat of Santiago after a fierce battle with DS Techeetah’s Antonio Felix da Costa. Finishing in third was Poleman and Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Mitch Evans. Here’s how it all...

Binotto wants Esports to help supply Ferrari Driver Academy

Binotto wants Esports to help supply Ferrari Driver Academy

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says Esports is set to become a purveyor of talent to its prestigious Driver Academy in the future. Last year, Ferrari entered the virtual world with a bang, its FDA Hublot Esports Team winning the drivers' title in the F1 Esports Pro...

Leclerc’s younger brother Arthur steps into the spotlight

Leclerc’s younger brother Arthur steps into the spotlight

Charles Leclerc’s younger brother Arthur has been selected for the Ferrari’s Driver Academy (FDA), the Italian Formula 1 team’s junior programme, they announced on Friday. The 19-year-old Monegasque becomes part of a group of promising youngsters that includes Mick...

Kvyat: I became a better driver in 2019

Kvyat: I became a better driver in 2019

Daniil Kvyat’s own synopsis of his performance last season with Toro Rosso is honest and forthright, now the rapid Russian is looking ahead to future success as he continues to prove he is deserving of his second chance on Formula 1. It seemed only yesterday that Max...

Bottas finishes ninth in Arctic Lapland Rally

Bottas finishes ninth in Arctic Lapland Rally

Mercedes F1 driver Valtteri Bottas finished ninth in this year’s edition of the Arctic Lapland Rally with experienced co-driver Timo Rautiainen. It was the Finn’s second appearance at the event also known as Tunturiralli. Last year he finished fifth in his debut but,...

Abiteboul admits 2021 regulations ‘go in Renault’s direction’

Abiteboul admits 2021 regulations ‘go in Renault’s direction’

Renault F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul believes the French manufacturer is the team on the grid that could benefit the most from Formula 1's 2021 regulation overhaul. The technical and commercial changes that shall be introduced from next year will hopefully steer the sport...

New Ferrari simulator won’t be available until next spring

New Ferrari simulator won’t be available until next spring

Ferrari won't be able to exploit the assets of its new simulator at the start of the 2020 season, with the Scuderia's hardware expected to be up and running next spring. Given the constraints on testing implemented for 2020, more resources and time are set to be...

Outside Line: The Rapid Rise of W-Series

Outside Line: The Rapid Rise of W-Series

I’ll admit that when W-Series launched last year, I didn’t give it much thought. While I was by no means opposed to it, I was sceptical it could secure a long-term place in the motorsports landscape. However, considering what they’ve achieved in the past twelve months...

Horner sees generation clash as ‘fantastic’ for Formula 1

Horner sees generation clash as ‘fantastic’ for Formula 1

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says the battle for supremacy between "old dog" Lewis Hamilton and young guns such as Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc is "fantastic" for F1. Hamilton conquered his sixth world title in 2019, but the 35-year-old Mercedes driver...

Todt hits out at ‘privileged’ who lament F1 calendar expansion

Todt hits out at ‘privileged’ who lament F1 calendar expansion

FIA president Jean Todt chastised those in F1 who bemoan the calendar's expansion to 22 races this season, insisting they should consider themselves "blessed" to be part of the sport. Grand Prix racing's schedule will reach a record high in 2020, with regulations...

Tost impressed by Albon ‘even before start of 2019’

Tost impressed by Albon ‘even before start of 2019’

AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost says that he spotted the potential of Alexander Albon even before the start of the 2019 season. Albon was the last driver signed up for last season's campaign, after it took protracted negotiations to free him from an existing...

Jaguar’s Mitch Evans on pole for Santiago e-Prix

Jaguar’s Mitch Evans on pole for Santiago e-Prix

Jaguar's Mitch Evans will start today's Santiago e-Prix in Chile from pole position, having dominating an eventful qualifying session on Saturday afternoon. It's the second weekend of the 2019-2020 ABB FIA Formula E championship, following wins for Virgin's Sam Bird...

Zandvoort’s ‘element of surprise’ will reward brave drivers

Zandvoort’s ‘element of surprise’ will reward brave drivers

Circuit constructor Jarno Zaffelli says that the remodelled Zandvoort track layout will reward the bravest drivers, thanks to totally new features that teams won't be able to reproduce in their simulators in time. "Teams have the raw data, but they do not have the...

Williams rates Ticktum as ‘one of the best’

Williams rates Ticktum as ‘one of the best’

Williams F1 deputy team principal Claire Williams says that the squad's new development driver Dan Ticktum is one of the best drivers that they have seen in the simulator. Ticktum was formerly a part of the Red Bull junior driver programme and was runner-up to Mick...

Alonso unsure he’ll return to Dakar’s trails

Alonso unsure he’ll return to Dakar’s trails

Fernando Alonso isn't sure he'll renew his Dakar experience in the future but if he does, the Spaniard will target an outright win. Alonso broadened his already vast motorsport horizons with a two-week desert trip to Saudi Arabia, an experience filled with the...

Perez and Stroll insist Racing Point on brink of ‘biggest jump’

Perez and Stroll insist Racing Point on brink of ‘biggest jump’

Team mates Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll believe that 2020 could see Racing Point's competitiveness and performance make the biggest improvement of anyone on the grid. "There is very big, huge potential in this team," Perez told Motorsport.com. "I don't think there is...

‘No excuses’: Marko sets five-win target for Red Bull

‘No excuses’: Marko sets five-win target for Red Bull

Red Bull motorsports consultant Dr Helmut Marko says that the team will have no excuses if it fails to win at least five Grand Prix races in 2020. That's the same target he set for the squad last season. However, despite a campaign that in many ways exceeded...

Sophia Floersch criticizes Ferrari’s female driver plans

German driver Sophia Floersch believes that Ferrari's pledge to promote a female driver to its prestigious Driver Academy for the sake of diversity is wrong. Scuderia boss Mattia Binotto recently spoke of the House of Maranello's desire to include a female racer among...

Qiddiya circuit seen as potential venue for 2023 Saudi Arabian GP

Qiddiya circuit seen as potential venue for 2023 Saudi Arabian GP

Saudi Arabia's future F1 plans continue to unfold, with a dedicated circuit designed by former driver Alex Wurz to be built at Qiddiya, just outside Riyadh. The new track is expected to be the "centerpiece" of a the Qiddiya entertainment mega-project which is part of...

Mercedes schedules shakedown date for 2020 car

The Mercedes AMG F1 team will launch its 2020 W11 Silver Arrow at a shakedown test at Silverstone scheduled for February 14. Mercedes' Valentine's Day inaugural run will take place behind closed doors at the British track, but as usual the Brackley squad will supply a...

Ferrari enrolls Arthur Leclerc into its Driver Academy!

Ferrari enrolls Arthur Leclerc into its Driver Academy!

Arthur Leclerc may soon follow in the footsteps of his illustrious brother following Ferrari's decision to sign the 18-year-old hopeful to its prestigious driver academy. Charles Leclerc's younger brother took part last season in the German F4 championship, scoring...

Hamilton ‘the machine’ fires warning shot to rivals

Lewis Hamilton is buffing up his mind and body for 2020, the six-time world champion warning his rivals to expect to be battling "a machine" this year. After completing his most successful campaign to date in 2019, with 11 wins a record 413 points, Hamilton will head...

Formula E attracting oil giants to the fold

Formula E attracting oil giants to the fold

Oil giants familiar to fans of fossil-fuelled Formula 1 are finding a new focus for their energies in the all-electric world of Formula E. Shell, decades-long sponsors of F1 glamour team Ferrari, are partnering the Nissan and Mahindra Formula E outfits while branding...

Formula 1 says goodbye to Tata as marketing partner

Formula 1 says goodbye to Tata as marketing partner

Formula 1 and marketing partner Tata Communications have parted company after eight years working together. The decision to end their deal - which began in 2012 - appears to have come from Tata's side, with the Indian company saying that it had achieved all it had...

Russell bullish on Williams after ‘big aero reset’ for 2020

Russell bullish on Williams after ‘big aero reset’ for 2020

After a maiden Formula 1 season spent mostly at the back of the grid, Williams' George Russell hopes the team is capable of making significant progress in 2020 to put it back on an equal footing with its midfield rivals. "The rate of improvement we are on is really...

Vietnam GP releases first pictures of pit complex

Vietnam GP releases first pictures of pit complex

The Vietnam Grand Prix promoters have released the first images of the pit complex of the Hanoi circuit that will host in April the South Asian country's first ever F1 race. The new venue's infrastructure was designed by Tilke Engineering, F1's resident circuit...

Former team principal Richards says ‘F1 has lost initiative’

Former team principal Richards says ‘F1 has lost initiative’

Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association chairman David Richards says that Formula 1's decision to switch to V6 hybrid engines has ended up sidelining the sport and made it less technologically relevant in the modern world. “Traditionally, we have lived off the...

Kubica not using ‘cheap excuses’ to explain 2019 flop

Kubica not using ‘cheap excuses’ to explain 2019 flop

Robert Kubica says he won't offer any 'cheap excuses' for why his 2019 Formula 1 comeback proved to be such a crushing disappointment. The 35-year-old Pole was out of the sport for eight seasons after suffering life-changing injuries from an off-season rallying...

Horner hopes for no ‘rabbits out of the hat’ in 2020

Horner hopes for no ‘rabbits out of the hat’ in 2020

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says that all the signs are there for a 'classic' championship season in 2020 - providing none of the teams are able to pull off a last minute surprise advantage over the rest of the grid. "Unless somebody pulls a rabbit out of...

Williams boosted by first-time passes in FIA crash tests

Williams boosted by first-time passes in FIA crash tests

The Williams team has achieved a major milestone in its preparations for the 2020 world championship after its new chassis completed the mandatory programme of FIA crash testing - many of them at its first attempt. That's in marked contrast to last year, where the...

W Series to feature at US and Mexico Grand Prix weekends

W Series to feature at US and Mexico Grand Prix weekends

The W Series is adding races in the United States and Mexico to its 2020 calendar, organisers of the all-female championship have announced. The races at the Circuit of the Americas and the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez will form part of the weekend support package for...

Hamilton and Mercedes nominated for 2020 Laureus Awards

Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes AMG F1 team have been nominated once again for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards. The annual event, established in 1999 and which honours the outstanding achievements of individuals and teams from the world of sports, will...

Racing Point’s Szafnauer sees ‘great potential’ in Stroll

Racing Point’s Szafnauer sees ‘great potential’ in Stroll

Racing Point team boss Otmar Szafnauer still sees great potential in Lance Stroll despite the Canadian's rather subdued maiden campaign with the pink outfit in 2019. Stroll replaced Esteban Ocon at Racing Point at the end of the 2018 season, an inevitable choice for...

Teams turned down 2020 tires to avoid car changes

Formula 1’s 10 teams voted to keep the 2019 Pirelli tires for the coming season because the new compounds would have required them to make last-minute car modifications. The post-season Abu Dhabi tire test in early December gave all of the teams the opportunity to run...

Tata Communications: We achieved what we set out to do in F1

Tata Communications: We achieved what we set out to do in F1

Tata Communications has ended a partnership with Formula 1 after eight years working together on the sport’s digital transformation, the Indian-owned company said. Formula 1 confirmed they were no longer official partners, without further comment. Amit Sinha Roy, vice...

Bottas reveals ‘final step’ needed to beat Hamilton

Bottas reveals ‘final step’ needed to beat Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas believes that less mistakes and solid consistency are key to beating Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton over the course of a full season. After a winless campaign in 2018 and a winter of introspection, Bottas hit the ground running in Australia last...

Smedley warns that ‘it can get worse’ at Williams

Smedley warns that ‘it can get worse’ at Williams

Rob Smedley, Williams' former head of vehicle performance, says the Grove-based outfit's plight could actually get worse in 2020. Williams has been fighting a depressed state of affairs since 2018, the former championship-winning team scoring 7 points that season and...

Renault F1 Team unveils launch date for R.S.20

Renault F1 Team unveils launch date for R.S.20

The Renault F1 Team has confirmed that it will unveil its 2020 contender - the R.S.20 - on February 12th at an event organized in Paris. The French outfit announced its season launch event on social media, with the tagline "Shared Passion. One Vision". Abiteboul...

Florsch: Women drivers serve as advertising objects

Florsch: Women drivers serve as advertising objects

German race driver Sophia Florsch thinks Formula 1 too often uses female drivers purely to attract attention and be seen to be doing the politically correct thing. On Twitter, the 17-year-old hit out after Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto announced that the Italian F1...

Sainz wins Dakar for third time as Brabec takes bike title

Sainz wins Dakar for third time as Brabec takes bike title

Carlos Sainz became a triple Dakar Rally champion with the Mini X-Raid team while American Ricky Brabec took the motorcycle crown for Honda and ended KTM’s 18-year dominance. Both are the first winners in Saudi Arabia, a country making its debut as host of the...

Nissany: The goal is to race in Israel in 2021

Nissany: The goal is to race in Israel in 2021

There may be more than meets the eye with regards to Williams’ signing little known Israeli driver Roy Nissany, as he hinted this may be the first step towards a Grand Prix in the country. At the post-grand prix test in Abu Dhabi last year, the unknown 25-year-old...

Two new ponies for the Ferrari Driver Academy

Two new ponies for the Ferrari Driver Academy

Ferrari Driver Academy have confirmed the addition of two young guns to the junior programme at Maranello. Arthur Leclerc (right), brother of Charles, and Dino Beganovic (left) who will begin the journey in a programme also includes Mick Schumacher, son of F1 legend...

Rookie Latifi looking forward to ‘going up against’ Russell

Rookie Latifi looking forward to ‘going up against’ Russell

Williams' recruit Nicholas Latifi says teammate George Russell will provide a good benchmark from which he'll be able to learn in his maiden season in F1. Latifi finished second in last year's FIA Formula 2 Championship and enjoyed multiple Friday practice outings...

Marko admits Hulkenberg offered his services to Red Bull

Marko admits Hulkenberg offered his services to Red Bull

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko admitted to having been in contact last year with Nico Hulkenberg over the German potentially joining the senior bull outfit. Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner had dismissed in Singapore Hulkenberg's candidacy while the...

W Series Formula 1 support bill in Austin and Mexico

W Series Formula 1 support bill in Austin and Mexico

Formula 1 announces that W Series will be part of the schedule of two 2020 Grand Prix events: United States, which will take place in Austin from 23rd to 25th October, and Mexico City, which will be hosted in the Federal Capital of Mexico from 30th October to 1st...

Williams confirms Nissany as team’s official test driver

Williams confirms Nissany as team’s official test driver

ROKiT Williams Racing has confirmed Israeli hopeful Roy Nissany as the team's official test driver for the 2020 season. The 25-year-old driver from Tel Aviv - who raced in the past in the European F3 championship and won several races in the World Series Formula V8...

Formula 1 closing in on mega race deal with Saudi Arabia

Formula 1 closing in on mega race deal with Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is set to become an F1 venue, perhaps as early as next year, with the controversial Kingdom reportedly forking out over $60 million for the privilege. According to a report from the Daily Mail, an interim event could be held in 2021 on the streets of...

Leclerc: Monza win brought feeling of belonging to Ferrari history

Leclerc: Monza win brought feeling of belonging to Ferrari history

Charles Leclerc says that delivering a home win to Ferrari in the Italian Grand Prix made him feel part of the Scuderia's Formula 1 history. After missing out on his maiden Grand Prix in Bahrain win early in the 2019 season, Leclerc finally made it to the top step of...

Berger says ‘experienced’ Vettel can’t be dismissed

Berger says ‘experienced’ Vettel can’t be dismissed

Former F1 driver Gerhard Berger won't write off Sebastian Vettel for the 2020 title fight, insisting the Ferrari driver's vast experience remains a big asset. Vettel, who won just single race in 2019, was outscored in the championship by Scuderia teammate and two-time...

Hamilton: I’m going to be a machine this year

Hamilton: I’m going to be a machine this year

Lewis Hamilton has warned rivals that he plans to be better than ever as he chases a record-equalling seventh Formula 1 World Championship title this season. The 35-year-old Mercedes driver posted a picture on Instagram of himself at home, hugging a wooden pillar and...

Leclerc skydiving stunt did not go down well with Ferrari

Charles Leclerc admits that his recent leap of faith from 13,000 feet led to a reprimand from Ferrari as he had not asked his employer permission for the stunt. With the F1 season done and dusted over a month ago in Abu Dhabi, Leclerc sought to sustain his adrenalin...

Domenicali: Ferrari focus is on Leclerc, not Hamilton

Domenicali: Ferrari focus is on Leclerc, not Hamilton

Former Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Stefano Domenicali does not believe that Lewis Hamilton will be heading to Maranello any time soon. In the wake of his meeting with Ferrari chairman John Elkann being leaked, speculation that six-time champion Hamilton could...

Zaffelli: Zandvoort will be a circuit for very brave drivers

Zaffelli: Zandvoort will be a circuit for very brave drivers

Zandvoort will be a Formula 1 circuit for the very brave according to track designer Jarno Zaffelli, boss of the Italian circuit design company Dromo, charged was modifying the classic John Hugenholtz-designed layout ahead of the 2020 Dutch Grand Prix on 3 May. “It is...

Marko: More than five wins needed for the 2020 title

Marko: More than five wins needed for the 2020 title

Helmut Marko says he has set a target of “more than five” victories by Red Bull-Honda for the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship season The team, having finished behind Mercedes and Ferrari last year, is clearly targeting the title with Max Verstappen in 2020. Marko...

Marko: Sainz is fast, but he’s no Verstappen!

Marko: Sainz is fast, but he’s no Verstappen!

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko has no regrets about not retaining Carlos Sainz in the energy drink's bull pen, insisting the Spaniard is fast but "not a Verstappen". Sainz was a pure product of Red Bull's Junior Team who rose through the junior ranks to...

McLaren reveals launch date for MCL35

McLaren will pull the covers off its 2020 contender - the MCL35 - on February 13th at an event staged at the team's Woking factory. Given F1's unchanged regulation, McLaren's 2020 car will be a natural evolution of last years' MCL34 which allowed the team to finish P4...

Dakar Stage 11: Extreme action all round

Dakar Stage 11: Extreme action all round

Dakar Saudi Arabia delivered another scintillating penultimate day of racing to see the lead battles tighten up following the closest of finishes in both the car and bike races on Thursday. Stephane Peterhansel beat Nasser Al Attiyah to win the car race by just ten...

MEDLAND: Why 2020 is make or break for Haas

MEDLAND: Why 2020 is make or break for Haas

The bubble well and truly burst for Haas in 2019, when the team finally faced its first genuinely troublesome season. Its first year in Formula 1 only yielded eighth in the constructors’ championship, but that result – and the 29 points that came along with it – was...

W Series to race with F1 in US and Mexico

The second season of W Series will expand the open-wheel championship for female racers beyond Europe, with a pair of races supporting Formula 1 grands prix in the United States and Mexico this fall. W Series will race at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, on...

Marko: Pierre Should Take Some of the Blame

Marko: Pierre Should Take Some of the Blame

Pierre Gasly has to take his share of responsibility for his disappointing stint with Red Bull last year, according to Dr Helmut Marko. The Frenchman has expressed some unhappiness with the way his demotion to Toro Rosso was handled, revealing that “some promises were...

Leclerc: I Learned a Lot From Vettel

Leclerc: I Learned a Lot From Vettel

Charles Leclerc has conceded there were “tensions” between him and Sebastian Vettel last year, but is hoping the Ferrari teammates can work well together in 2020. Last year, Vettel’s new and decade-younger teammate successfully challenged the quadruple world...

Floersch: We Have to Show That We Are Equal

Floersch: We Have to Show That We Are Equal

Sophia Floersch, the young German driver best known for her horrendous crash at the 2018 Macau Grand Prix, has dismissed Ferrari’s move to sign a female driver as nothing more than a PR stunt. Referring to Ferrari’s driver academy, whose star signing at present is...

Brundle: I Would Ask Claire to Move Upstairs

Brundle: I Would Ask Claire to Move Upstairs

Sky sports commentator and former F1 driver Martin Brundle believes it is time for Claire Williams to step aside at the legendary British team. On Wednesday, Williams was in Tel Aviv, where Roy Nissany – an almost completely unknown driver but with key backing in...

Honda expecting continued progress from Alpha Tauri

Honda is excited by the potential Toro Rosso has shown over the two years of its partnership so far, ahead of the team’s first season racing as Alpha Tauri. The junior Red Bull team was first to partner with Honda following the Japanese manufacturer’s split from...

Williams confirm little known Nissany as test driver

Williams confirm little known Nissany as test driver

Williams have confirmed that little known Roy Nissany as the team’s reserve driver joining fellow newcomer Nicholas Latifi alongside George Russell at the once-mighty but now beleaguered team. Nissany appeared on the F1 radar for the first when he tested for the Grove...

Future action hero Hamilton undergoes firearm training!

Future action hero Hamilton undergoes firearm training!

Lewis Hamilton may be preparing for his next big thing: a career on the silver screen as an intrepid sharp-shooting action hero! In the past, Hamilton has never denied his interest in acting, a natural extension of his passion for music and show business in general....

Improving Alonso clocks in second in Dakar 8th stage

Improving Alonso clocks in second in Dakar 8th stage

Fernando Alonso is slowly but surely getting to grips with the specifics of rally-raid racing, the Spaniard achieving on Monday his best performance to date in the 2020 Dakar. The day's stage involved a 474km loop around Wadi Al Dawasir, but the atmosphere on site on...

Talented Russell ‘will be fine’ in the future – Coulthard

Talented Russell ‘will be fine’ in the future – Coulthard

David Coulthard believes George Russell's strong talent coupled with his support from Mercedes ensures a bright future to the young Williams driver. Russell spent his maiden season in F1 at the back of the grid, unfortunately weighed down by his team's 2019 equipment....

Racing Point’s Green ‘nervous’ over double development program

Racing Point’s Green ‘nervous’ over double development program

SportPesa Racing Point F1 technical director Andy Green fears the Silverstone-based outfit will be challenged to perform in 2020 while simultaneously preparing for F1's transformation in 2021. While regulations remain practically unchanged for 2020, F1's significant...

Kvyat is ‘living example’ of second chances in F1

Kvyat is ‘living example’ of second chances in F1

AlphaTauri driver Daniil Kvyat says he's living proof that it's possible to get a second chance to succeed in Formula 1. Kvyat made his Grand Prix debut in Melbourne in 2014 with Toro Rosso, as one of the fastest rising stars of the Red Bull junior driver development...

Symonds sees greener, two-stroke future for F1 engines

Symonds sees greener, two-stroke future for F1 engines

Formula 1's chief technical officer Pat Symonds says that the best way forward for the sport's future engine development might lie in two-stroke engines. That's the same sort of engine used in outboard motors and for small bikes and lawnmowers. Adopting such...

Magnussen: Different Zandvoort will be a bit crazy

Magnussen: Different Zandvoort will be a bit crazy

Formula 1’s most recent addition to its growing calendar – Zandvoort – has undergone a circuit reprofiling to improve the spectacle of racing. Zandvoort, 30kms from Amsterdam, is set to host its first Grand Prix since 1985 in early May. The Dutch Grand Prix will join...

Vasseur challenges Alfa Romeo to be more consistent in 2020

Alfa Romeo needs to find more consistency this season and avoid the big performance swings it saw in 2019, according to team principal Frederic Vasseur. The Sauber-run team started last season strongly and was often in the mix at the front of the midfield, where Kimi...

Leclerc: Always ‘interesting’ to listen and learn from Vettel

Leclerc: Always ‘interesting’ to listen and learn from Vettel

In just his second season of F1, Ferrari's Charles Leclerc had the upper hand over Sebastian Vettel, but the Monegasque insists he's still learning from his Scuderia teammate. Leclerc collected his first two career wins in F1 in 2019, triumphing at Spa and on...

Calderon set to make Super Formula history

Calderon set to make Super Formula history

Tatiana Calderon is aiming to become the first female driver to take part in the Japanese Super Formula series this season. As well as serving as Alfa Romeo's F1 reserve driver, the 26-year-old Colombian had just completed her maiden year in the FIA Formula 2...

Renault reveals video of Ocon’s seat fitting

Renault has shared a video of Esteban Ocon being fitted for his new 2020 race seat at the team's facility in Enstone. The 23-year-old driver has already completed 50 Formula 1 starts with Manor and Force India since making his race debut in the 2016 Belgium Grand...

Norris says McLaren aiming to cut cornering weakness

Norris says McLaren aiming to cut cornering weakness

Lando Norris has revealed that a weakness in the way that the MCL34 handled corners was one of the key things that held McLaren back in 2019. "You don’t always hear about every problem that goes on in a team and in Formula 1," he told the Autosport International show...

Perez predicts ‘three year future’ remaining in F1

Perez predicts ‘three year future’ remaining in F1

Sergio Perez says that he'll probably call time on his Formula 1 career after three more years, unless the results start to come his way. The Mexican driver made his race debut in the sport in the 2011 Australian Grand Prix driving for Sauber. Since then he's made 176...

Pirelli fear 2020 development rate could stress tyres

Pirelli fear 2020 development rate could stress tyres

Pirelli motorsport boss Mario Isola fears the F1 supplier's 2019 compounds could face overheating issues as cars sustain their development rate based on the sport's unchanged regulations. Late last year, F1 teams unanimously rejected a switch to the 2020-spec tyres...

Bottas: There’s No Pressure

Bottas: There’s No Pressure

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas has played-down the impact of his contractual uncertainty on the upcoming F1 season, indicating his next round of negotiations will be different to those in the past. Late last year, after securing another one-year deal for 2020 only, the...

Alonso: 2021 Return on the Table

Alonso: 2021 Return on the Table

Fernando Alonso has indicated he will entertain the possibility of a return to F1 after this year’s Indianapolis 500. The Spaniard, who quit F1 at the end of 2018 to pursue other challenges including the ‘triple crown’, finished second in a stage of the Dakar rally on...

Leclerc: MotoGP Test Unlikely to Follow Skydive

Leclerc: MotoGP Test Unlikely to Follow Skydive

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has announced he would like to follow in Lewis Hamilton’s wheel tracks by testing a MotoGP bike, but concedes his contract with Ferrari is likely to prevent it from happening. Before Christmas, six-time world champion Hamilton and MotoGP...

Marko: It Sounds Like a Carnival Speech

Marko: It Sounds Like a Carnival Speech

Red Bull’s Helmut Marko has indicated he will need more convincing if he is to back Pat Symonds’ suggestion of two-stroke engines in F1 by 2025. In 2014, the sport’s new V6 ‘power unit’ era began, but the cost, complexity, sound and Mercedes’ dominance have all been...

Alonso on Dakar comeback trail after tough first week

Alonso on Dakar comeback trail after tough first week

Fernando Alonso's maiden Dakar Rally didn't exactly start well, after the former F1 driver lost three hours on day two with a broken wheel and damaged suspension which dropped him to 63rd place in the iconic endurance race. But since then things have been on the up,...

Dakar Stage 9: Peterhansel wins, Al Attiyah closes on Sainz

Dakar Stage 9: Peterhansel wins, Al Attiyah closes on Sainz

Dakar 2020 is developing into an absolute epic — not only did Mini star Stephane Peterhansel’s Mini buggy beat Toyota’s Nasser Al Attiyah to a sensational Day 9 win by all of 15 seconds, but Al Attiyah closed to just 24 seconds behind Carlos Sainz Sr.’s second Mini...

Bahrain: We Would Welcome a Saudi GP

Bahrain: We Would Welcome a Saudi GP

Bahraini officials have indicated their approval for another F1 race in the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia reportedly long mooted as a destination on the calendar. Former F1 team boss Flavio Briatore, who some years ago helped to broker the deal that took the sport to...

Berger: Max and Charles Yet to Catch Lewis

Berger: Max and Charles Yet to Catch Lewis

Former Ferrari, McLaren and Benetton driver Gerhard Berger has heaped praise on six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, while suggesting he has two worthy successors in Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen. In F1 circles, a clear debate is taking place as to whether it...

Symonds admits tweaking aero regs for 2019 was wrong move

Symonds admits tweaking aero regs for 2019 was wrong move

Formula 1's Pat Symonds admits that in hindsight tweaking the aero rules for 2019 to help promote closer racing was the wrong decision. For last season, Formula 1 and the FIA ushered in an aero package destined to allow cars to follow each other more closely and...

Coulthard doesn’t expect Hamilton to join Ferrari

Coulthard doesn’t expect Hamilton to join Ferrari

Former F1 driver David Coulthard believes that Lewis Hamilton won't be moving to Ferrari for 2021 and will remain with Mercedes for the foreseeable future. News that Hamilton had met with Ferrari's top brass in recent months induced a whirlwind of speculation about...

Gallery: A winter holiday postcard from F1’s drivers

Gallery: A winter holiday postcard from F1’s drivers

After the usual post-season debriefs and sponsorship commitments which took place in the final weeks of December, Formula 1's drivers settled down for a well-deserved winter break. Christmas was a time for family gatherings, but thereafter drivers and their better...

Robert Kubica sends first message to fans from Hinwil

Robert Kubica, Alfa Romeo's new reserve driver, reported for duty this week in Hinwil from where he sent a message to his many fans. Kubica, whose technical feedback is highly rated, was enrolled by Alfa to fulfill a reserve, development and simulator role with the...

Formula 1 releases sessions times for 2020 season

Formula 1 has published the final weekend schedules for the 2020 season, including the timetables for the new Dutch and Vietnam Grands Prix. A few changes have been implemented to accommodate specific races or help broadcasters maintain consistency. This year's...

Szafnauer excited by Stroll’s potential

Racing Point team principal Otmar Szafnauer says Lance Stroll showed great potential in his first full season with the team following his switch from Williams. Stroll followed his father Lawrence to Racing Point after the latter headed up a consortium that took...

Bottas: My performance hasn’t peaked yet

Bottas: My performance hasn’t peaked yet

Valtteri Bottas is sounding bullish about the 2020 Formula 1 season after the year began with media dubbing him as ‘Bottas 2.0’ when he enjoyed a boost of form, but ultimately he finished 87 points behind his teammate Lewis Hamilton in the title race. “I have found a...

Dakar Stage 8: Serradori wins, Alonso finishes second!

Dakar Stage 8: Serradori wins, Alonso finishes second!

Standalone South African race car maker Century scored an upset at Dakar 2020 Saudi Arabia when Frenchman Mattieu Serradori stormed to a convincing maiden stage win for the team over double world Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso and the might of Toyota. Serradori...

Briatore: Verstappen must learn to keep his mouth shut

Briatore: Verstappen must learn to keep his mouth shut

From a man who knows a thing or two about a managing a driver not afraid to shoot-from-the-hip when aggrieved, former Formula 1 team boss Flavio Briatore advises Max Verstappen to watch what he says. In the wake of Verstappen’s new deal with Red Bull through 2023,...

Racing Point: In 2020 and 2021 we feel we may suffer

Racing Point: In 2020 and 2021 we feel we may suffer

Racing Point technical boss Andy Green admits he is “very nervous” about how the team will handle this year’s preparation and transition to the new Formula 1 rules of 2021. He says that while the big teams can afford to handle the 2020 and 2021 seasons concurrently,...

Ferrari codenamed 671 passes FIA crash tests

Ferrari codenamed 671 passes FIA crash tests

Ferrari’s 2020 Formula 1 2020 car, codenamed 671, has passed all 15 of the mandatory FIA crash tests ahead of its public launch in less than a month. Sky Italia said that exactly a month before the red single-seater is officially launched, the successful crash testing...

Pietro Fittipaldi expected to remain Haas reserve

Pietro Fittipaldi expected to remain Haas reserve

Pietro Fittipaldi will remain a reserve driver at Haas for the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship season according to reports that have emerged in Denmark. “If I continue with Haas, I want to have a bigger role,” the 23-year-old, who is the grandson of F1 legend...

Kubica set for FP1 sessions and testing with Alfa Romeo

Kubica set for FP1 sessions and testing with Alfa Romeo

Newly appointed Alfa Romeo reserve driver Robert Kubica will participate in five Friday morning practice sessions during the forthcoming season. The Pole, whose sponsor PKN Orlen has also signed up with the Swiss-based team, is expected to shortly sign a DTM race deal...

Hulkenberg: Nothing concrete for the future

Hulkenberg: Nothing concrete for the future

Formula 1’s latest exile Nico Hulkenberg is not ruling out a return to top-flight in the future despite being given the boot by Renault at the end of last season. After his 2010 debut with Williams, the German sat out 2011 as a reserve driver but has since raced for...

Tost targets step up to top-five for AlphaTauri in 2020

Tost targets step up to top-five for AlphaTauri in 2020

Team boss Franz Tost ambitions to see AlphaTauri - formerly known as Toro Rosso - improve its position in the pecking order in 2020 and target a spot among the sport's top five. The Faenza-based squad, which has adopted the name of Red Bull's fashion brand, finished...

Rob Smedley launches new low-cost electric karting series

Former Ferrari and Williams man Rob Smedley is launching a new electric karting series that will allow young talent to go racing at a very low cost. Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton recently expressed his concern over the spiraling costs associated with junior...

Williams partners with Royal Bank of Canada for 2020

ROKiT Williams Racing has added another Canadian sponsor to its portfolio of partners, the Grove-based outfit welcoming the Royal Bank of Canada to its team for 2020. Williams ended 2019 - the worst season in its modern history - with a depressed sporting track...

Sponsor Unilever transfers from Williams to McLaren

Sponsor Unilever transfers from Williams to McLaren

Long-time Williams sponsor Unilever has departed the Grove-based outfit and initiated a technical partnership with McLaren. The renowned British-Dutch multinational consumer goods company had been involved with Williams - through its Rexona deodorant brand - since...

Formula 1 wired up fans to gauge emotions during races!

Formula 1 wired up fans to gauge emotions during races!

Formula 1's research into improving its show has extended to an in-depth analysis of the emotions of its fans on race day. F1 chief technical officer Pat Symonds revealed this week that selected fans had been wired-up last year in front of their screens to monitor the...

Hamilton steps up to donate to Australian bushfire relief

Lewis Hamilton has donated $500,000 to Australian wildlife charities and rural fire services battling the country's massive bushfire crisis. The six-time Formula 1 world champion took to social media on Thursday to pledge his donation, a gesture that will perhaps...

Gasly says 2019 season was like ‘a Hollywood movie’

Gasly says 2019 season was like ‘a Hollywood movie’

Pierre Gasly could have scarcely imagined ahead of time the commotion he endured last year in F1, the Frenchman insisting his 2019 season was like a story out of Hollywood. After an impressive maiden campaign in the sport with Toro Rosso in 2018, Gasly was promoted by...

Outside Line: Who’s Under Pressure in 2020?

Outside Line: Who’s Under Pressure in 2020?

First things first: happy new year to all of you GP247 readers. 2019 was a great year for our site, and we hope 2020 — and indeed, this next decade — will be even better. This being the final year before F1 experiences a dramatic overhaul, we start the decade with...

Dakar Day 7: Portuguese rider killed as rally resumes

Dakar Day 7: Portuguese rider killed as rally resumes

The 2020 Dakar Rally Saudi Arabia has been rocked by the tragic news that Portuguese rider Paulo Gonçalves (pictured above) succumbed to injuries sustained in a fall sustained 276 kilometres into today’s special stage. The Dakar officials reported: “The organisers...

Inside Line: Show me the Money!

Inside Line: Show me the Money!

An equally apt title for this piece would have been ‘Money Talks’ because it does so nowhere more so than in Formula 1 and, with this in mind, it’s worth establishing who was worth what to their teams in 2019. For the record, this is an unplanned Part II of my earlier...

Bottas: A demanding year but also motivating and rewarding

Bottas: A demanding year but also motivating and rewarding

The Finnish National Automobile Sports Federation (AKK) has awarded Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas their top prize of Athlete of the Year at a prize gala celebrated with a crowd of around 1,250 guests at the Lahti Fair Center. Bottas finished second in last year’s...

Red Mist: Who will replace Seb when he leaves Ferrari?

Red Mist: Who will replace Seb when he leaves Ferrari?

One of the biggest Formula 1 talking points, until the subject will be resolved later this year, will be the feud for the Ferrari number one seat, or in other words who Sebastian Vettel’s place at the Scuderia. The quadruple F1 World Champion’s contract with Maranello...

Alonso: Good pace, confident and improving

Alonso: Good pace, confident and improving

Fernando Alonso looks back on his first six days tackling the Dakar Rally – the world’s toughest motorsport event – confident that he is improving with every outing while he recovers admirably from a day two setback that cost him nearly three hours in the Saudi...

Pretenders to the F1 throne are eyeing the 2020 crown

Pretenders to the F1 throne are eyeing the 2020 crown

Formula 1’s future seems brighter than ever with the recent announcement that Max Verstappen will remain signed with Red Bull until 2023. The news of Verstappen’s contract renewal comes no less than two weeks after Ferrari also revealed that their own superstar...

Hamilton pledges $500,000 for Australian fire relief

Lewis Hamilton has donated $500,000 to aid the Wires Wildlife Rescue effort in Australia amid the ongoing bushfire crisis in the country. Following on from a number of high-profile acts of support — including Alexander Rossi auctioning off his helmet from last year’s...

Magnussen: Haas slump won’t persist like McLaren or Williams

Magnussen: Haas slump won’t persist like McLaren or Williams

Haas F1 Team's Kevin Magnussen dismissed the prospect of the US outfit sinking into an enduring period of under-performance like the fates that hit McLaren and Williams in the recent past. Haas acquitted itself well in its first year in the sport in 2016 and gradually...

All F1 teams to run test mule cars for 2021 Pirellis

Pirelli will be able to carry out a three-day tire test at the end of this year to finalize its 2021 product, with all 10 teams providing mule cars for the 18-inch tires. Formula 1 is switching from 13-inch tires to 18 inches for the 2021 season, with initial testing...

Ricciardo and Ferrari: ‘My name is always going to be there’

Ricciardo and Ferrari: ‘My name is always going to be there’

The 2020 season has yet to get underway, but Daniel Ricciardo admits that it is nice to already be "talked about" as a potential Ferrari driver for 2021. The recent signings of Charles Leclerc at the Scuderia and Max Verstappen at Red Bull have cleared up earlier than...

Brundle: Hamilton’s 2021 options ‘cut down’ by Verstappen deal

Brundle: Hamilton’s 2021 options ‘cut down’ by Verstappen deal

Former F1 driver and Sky Sports pundit Martin Brundle believes that Max Verstappen's new deal with Red Bull Racing has "cut down" Lewis Hamilton's options for 2021. Verstappen extended this week his allegiance to Red Bull - the company that brought the Dutchman into...

Alonso Indy 500 deal with Andretti ‘looking pretty good’

Alonso Indy 500 deal with Andretti ‘looking pretty good’

Fernando Alonso looks set to return to the Indy 500 in May with Andretti Autosport, with team boss Michael Andretti saying that a deal with the Spaniard was "looking pretty good". Alonso made his debut at the Brickyard in 2017 with a McLaren-entered Andretti run car,...

Abbott named COO at COTA

Rick Abbott has been named Chief Operating Officer of Circuit of the Americas. As COO, Abbott will continue to work closely with CEO and Chairman Bobby Epstein and race leadership from Formula 1, IndyCar, and MotoGP on growth and planning initiatives. Abbott will...

Ferrari keeps Wehrlein in simulator role for 2020

Ferrari has retained Mahindra Formula E charger Pascal Wehrlein as its development and simulator driver for the 2020 season. Wehrlein will handle the Scuderia's simulator work for the second year running, dovetailing his duties with his Formula E commitments. Formula...

Enzo Fittipaldi steps up to European F3 with HWA Racelab

Enzo Fittipaldi steps up to European F3 with HWA Racelab

Ferrari Driver Academy member Enzo Fittipaldi will step up to the FIA European Formula 3 Championship this season with HWA Racelab. The Brazilian hopeful and 18-year-old grandson of F1 legend Emerson Fittipaldi won the Italian F4 Championship in 2018 with Prema and...

Dakar Day 4: Peterhansel wins stage, Alonso up to 20th

Dakar Day 4: Peterhansel wins stage, Alonso up to 20th

Day 4 of the Dakar Rally, Wednesday’s 453km stage from Neom to Al-Ula, in Saudi Arabia, was a busy one for the cars and packed with heroics on a drama-filled day for bikes, while double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso has climbed back into the top twenty. On...

Red Bull feared Mercedes would approach Verstappen

Red Bull has acknowledged it was especially motivated to lock down the services of its star driver Max Verstappen by concern Mercedes would make the Dutchman its prime target if Lewis Hamilton decided to leave the team for Ferrari. Hamilton has been linked with a...

Marko: I was very worried we’d lose Max to Mercedes

Marko: I was very worried we’d lose Max to Mercedes

While from the outside it seemed a foregone conclusion that Max Verstappen would extend his contract with Red Bull, team advisor Helmut Marko has admitted he was “very worried” that Max Verstappen would quit Red Bull and switch to Mercedes in 2021. It was announced on...

Vasseur: Leclerc has two qualities ‘only champions’ possess

Vasseur: Leclerc has two qualities ‘only champions’ possess

Alfa Romeo Racing boss Frédéric Vasseur, who mentored Charles Leclerc during his debut season in F1, says the Monegasque is inhabited by two qualities that only great champions possess. Leclerc graduated to Ferrari after an impressive maiden campaign in Grand Prix...

Tost sets top five target for newly-named Alpha Tauri

Alpha Tauri team principal Franz Tost has set the team a target of finishing in the top five of the constructors’ championship in 2020, given its growing experience. Toro Rosso will be renamed Alpha Tauri this season as part of a desire from Red Bull to promote...

Giovinazzi sets sights on improved consistency in 2020

Giovinazzi sets sights on improved consistency in 2020

Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi finished his maiden season in Formula 1 with a flourish, picking up fifth place in the penultimate race in Brazil. But prior to that, his performance over the course of the year - and that of the team as a whole - had been very...

Latifi-owned Sofina expands partnership with Williams

Latifi-owned Sofina expands partnership with Williams

Sofina Foods, the food product company founded and managed by Canadian billionaire Michael Latifi, has expanded its sponsorship partnership with ROKiT Williams Racing for 2020. The new deal, which is likely linked to Williams' recruitment of Latifi's son Nicholas,...

Brundle: Good for Max, good for Red Bull and good for F1

Brundle: Good for Max, good for Red Bull and good for F1

Respected Sky F1 pundit and former F1 driver Martin Brundle has hailed the news of Max Verstappen’s contract extension with Red Bull, claiming it is good news also for the future of Formula 1. On Tuesday, Red Bull confirmed that their young Dutch star had inked a deal...

‘Mercedes still believes in me,’ says George Russell

‘Mercedes still believes in me,’ says George Russell

George Russell says that he is confident that Mercedes still believes in him and in his potential as a future Formula 1 star - even if they don't say it very often. The Mercedes junior completed last year his maiden season in F1 with Williams. Although he was the only...

Marko: New Verstappen deal will help secure Honda future

Marko: New Verstappen deal will help secure Honda future

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko believes that Max Verstappen's new contract with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing should incite Honda to also extend its partnership with the Milton Keynes-based outfit. Red Bull announced on Tuesday a three-year extension to...

Lammers: Mercedes has now reached its peak

Lammers: Mercedes has now reached its peak

Former Formula 1 driver Jan Lammers has joined the camp of opinion suspecting that Mercedes are set to pull their team from the top flight, suggesting the modern Silver Arrows project has run its course and peaked. At present, no team or manufacturer is officially...

Binotto: Enough time to negotiate with Seb about his future

Binotto: Enough time to negotiate with Seb about his future

Just before Christmas, Ferrari announced that it has secured Charles Leclerc’s services until the end of 2024, but the Italian team is in no rush to complete its driver lineup for 2021. Currently, Sebastian Vettel still has a deal for 2020, but he has lost his number...

Ricciardo: It’s still early days for 2021 deal

Ricciardo: It’s still early days for 2021 deal

In the wake of his former teammate signing a big-bucks deal, Daniel Ricciardo has played down the chances that he will be the next top driver to quickly ink a deal for 2021 and beyond. Ahead of Formula 1’s new era for 2021, the grid for next season is already starting...

Formula 1 tracking effects of Australia’s bushfires on Melbourne

Formula 1 and Australian Grand Prix organisers are assessing a potential threat to the opening round of the F1 world championship in Melbourne as the effects of the country's massive bushfires hit the city. Australia's bushfires, which started months ago, spiraled out...

Verstappen’s $16-million Red Bull deal was hassle free

Verstappen’s $16-million Red Bull deal was hassle free

Max Verstappen’s co-manager Raymond Vermeulen revealed that the new multi-million dollar contract with Red Bull, confirmed yesterday, was negotiated with very little fuss and will keep the Dutchman with the team until the end of 2023. It is widely reported that...

INSIGHT: The ramifications of Verstappen’s new deal

It appears to be the off-season for big driver contract announcements. First Charles Leclerc signs a new five-year deal to stay at Ferrari, then Max Verstappen’s contract is extended for a further four years at Red Bull. While I explained that Leclerc’s deal was one...

Steiner to be frank with team owner about Haas prospects

Steiner to be frank with team owner about Haas prospects

Haas F1 boss Guenther Steiner says that he's not going to mislead team owner Gene Haas about the squad's prospects for 2020 and 2021. Haas joined the F1 grid in 2016, and after three seasons had worked its way up to fifth place in the constructors championship. It...

‘Rock bottom’ Williams can’t afford repeat of 2019

‘Rock bottom’ Williams can’t afford repeat of 2019

Claire Williams has admitted that her team hit rock bottom in 2019, but insists that it had been a necessary for them to suffer a wretched season in order for them to make the right decisions to enable a comeback. Williams F1 picked up just one championship point last...

Hamilton: Bottas 2.0 made me take notice

Hamilton: Bottas 2.0 made me take notice

Lewis Hamilton revealed that when “Bottas 2.0” became a thing early last year, he took notice of his Mercedes teammate and went on to raise his game accordingly to again beat the Finn in the sister car. The six-time F1 World Champion told Auto Motor und Sport, “I’m...

Brown, Abiteboul: bigger F1 grid would boost drivers

Brown, Abiteboul: bigger F1 grid would boost drivers

McLaren CEO Zak Brown and Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul have both some out in favour of new teams joining the Formula 1 grid in the future. There are currently 10 teams involved in the sport, but F1 boss Chase Carey and FIA president Jean Todt have both...

Verstappen extends contract at Red Bull to 2023!

Verstappen extends contract at Red Bull to 2023!

Max Verstappen, one of the biggest names in Formula 1 who had been due to be out of contract at the end of the current season and linked to openings at Ferrari and Mercedes, has announced a three-year extension to his current tenure at Red Bull Racing. "Aston Martin...

Ricciardo sees major ‘shakeup’ of F1 grid for 2021

Ricciardo sees major ‘shakeup’ of F1 grid for 2021

Daniel Ricciardo is predicting a raft of changes for the Formula 1 grid at the end of this year, when many high-profile driver contracts are set to expire. With the exception of Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, who saw his deal with Scuderia extended until the end of 2024,...

Wolff: Too risky having Ocon doing anything to beat Lewis

Wolff: Too risky having Ocon doing anything to beat Lewis

Signing up Esteban Ocon to be Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate for the 2020 Formula 1 was ruled out by Toto Wolff because it was simply too risky having the pair share a silver garage. Instead, the Wolff-promoted Ocon is emerging from his sabbatical with Renault...

Dumontier: People impatient and have short fuse with Lance

Dumontier: People impatient and have short fuse with Lance

Canadian Grand Prix promoter Francois Dumontier has defended Lance Stroll, as the young Québécoise prepares for his second season with his billionaire father’s purpose-bought Formula 1 team. According to Dumontier, who promotes Stroll’s home race in Montreal, told La...

Marko: Honda almost on par with Mercedes

Marko: Honda almost on par with Mercedes

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko does not think Ferrari will get in the way of Red Bull’s fight for the 2020 Formula 1 title and believes Honda’s engine is almost up with Mercedes. Red Bull actually finished third last year behind both Mercedes and Ferrari, but Marko...

Latifi company strengthens partnership with Williams

Latifi company strengthens partnership with Williams

Canadian billionaire Michael Latifi, already a 10% stakeholder in McLaren Group, has ramped up his investment in Williams where his son will drive next year. The Grove outfit today announced the extension and strengthening of their partnership with Sofina Foods, the...

Chadwick retains development spot at Williams for 2020

Chadwick retains development spot at Williams for 2020

Williams F1 has confirmed that W Series champion Jamie Chadwick will stay with the team as their development driver in 2020. The 21-year-old from Bath in Somerset also keeps her place in the Williams Racing Driver Academy for the season. The announcement means that...

Williams set to lose out on Rexona sponsorship

Williams set to lose out on Rexona sponsorship

Amid a deep-rooted performance crisis which appears to have little light at the end of the tunnel, Williams has lost yet another major sponsor ahead pf the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship season. PKN Orlen, the Polish oil company backing Robert Kubica, has departed...

Formula 2 permanently retires Hubert’s car number

Formula 2 permanently retires Hubert’s car number

Organisers of the FIA Formula 2 championship have released a provisional entry list for 2020 - and confirmed that there will be no #19 car on the grid. THat's the car number that Anthoine Hubert was running last season when he was involved in a fatal accident in...

Verstappen extends with Red Bull until 2023

Verstappen extends with Red Bull until 2023

Max Verstappen has signed to stay at Red Bull until the end of 2023 in a clear vote of confidence in the former world champions’ Formula One title potential and their Honda partnership. The announcement on Tuesday leaves two of the top three teams with young driver...

Dakar Day 3: Sainz wins, Alonso bounces back

Dakar Day 3: Sainz wins, Alonso bounces back

Fernando Alonso quickly put behind him to the disappointment of Monday to finish the third day of the Dakar Rally in fifth place in his Gazoo Racing Toyota while his great friend and fellow Spaniard Carlos Sainz Senior (pictured above) took top honours for Mini in the...

Red Bull’s Marko dismisses threat from Ferrari in 2020!

Red Bull’s Marko dismisses threat from Ferrari in 2020!

Helmut Marko says Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton will be Red Bull's main opponents this year, the energy drink's motorsport boss surprisingly dismissing a threat from Ferrari. Just over two months before the 2020 F1 season kicks off in Melbourne, pundits are predictably...

Steiner: No driver would’ve made a difference in our car

Steiner: No driver would’ve made a difference in our car

Guenther Steiner has admitted he was “pretty close” to taking drastic measures after Haas’ two drivers crashed during the British Grand Prix last year but did not pull the trigger because the Haas VF19 was simply a dog of a car that no driver would have mastered....

Racing Point progress limited by 2018 woes – Szafnauer

Racing Point progress limited by 2018 woes – Szafnauer

Racing Point’s progress last season was limited by its financial woes in 2018, according to team principal Otmar Szafnauer. The former Force India team went into administration during the summer of 2018, leading to the takeover from a consortium led by Lawrence Stroll...

Dakar Day 2: Alonso breaks wheel as teammate wins stage

Dakar Day 2: Alonso breaks wheel as teammate wins stage

After a solid opening day, Fernando Alonso had a frustrating second day losing well over two hours when he broke a wheel on his Gazoo Racing Toyota during the second stage of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia. The incident dropped the Spaniard down the order, from 11th...

Alonso’s Dakar hopes dealt major blow!

Alonso’s Dakar hopes dealt major blow!

Fernando Alonso's hopes of contending for a spot among the Dakar's front-runners were dealt a major blow on Monday when the Spaniard was halted for over 2 hours after hitting a rock. The rally-raid's second stage in Saudi Arabia saw competitors run from Al Wajh to...

Verstappen: Red Bull set for title bid, if development follows

Verstappen: Red Bull set for title bid, if development follows

Max Verstappen is convinced Red Bull Racing can contend for the world title this year, if the team's development efforts follow through. Verstappen delivered three wins to the Milton- Keynes-based outfit in 2019, a feat that specifically validated the outstanding...

Russell: Williams will definitely be better in 2020

Russell: Williams will definitely be better in 2020

Williams appears to have come to understand where the design of their 2018 and 2019 cars flopped so badly, but changing the direction of the engineering meltdown will not be an overnight process. That is the news from George Russell, who welcomes a new teammate for...

Ricciardo to auction race suit to help Australia bushfire victims

Ricciardo to auction race suit to help Australia bushfire victims

Aussie Daniel Ricciardo will auction his Renault race suit to help raise funds for the many victims of Australia's enduring bushfires. The fires continue to rage in Australia, devastating land, homes and wildlife, mainly in New South Wales and Victoria, and bringing...

Ricciardo: Please help Australia is suffering

Ricciardo: Please help Australia is suffering

Daniel Ricciardo has weighed in on the bush fire catastrophe that is affecting Australia, calling on people to donate while offering a race suit up for auction to raise funds to aid in the rescue and fire-fighting efforts. The Renault Formula 1 driver said on an...

Racing Point F1’s 2020 contender passes crash test

Racing Point F1's 2020 chassis successfully passed its FIA-supervised crash test last week, paving the way for the RP20's homologation. The Silverstone-based outfit sent its 2020 car to the Cranfield Impact Centre in Bedfordshire, England, where it underwent the...

Ferrari sure Schumacher is ‘good candidate’ for F1

Ferrari sure Schumacher is ‘good candidate’ for F1

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto believes Mick Schumacher will be a contender for an F1 seat in the future but admitted that expectations are rising for young German. Schumacher completed his maiden season in the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2019, securing one race win....

Wolff saw ‘risks’ in pitting Ocon against Hamilton

Wolff saw ‘risks’ in pitting Ocon against Hamilton

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff dismissed the idea of pitting Esteban Ocon against Lewis Hamilton at the German team, believing the move was too "risky" for the Frenchman. Ocon spent 2019 on the sidelines as Mercedes' reserve driver, but over the summer the opportunity...

Dakar Day 1: Early shocks and surprises

Dakar Day 1: Early shocks and surprises

The legendary Dakar Rally entered a new era as the event raced through the Saudi Arabian desert for the first time with the running of the 319km run along the Red Sea from Jeddah to Al Whjh on Sunday. The race had already claimed its first victim when former truck...

Rossi: In 2006 I very nearly switched from MotoGP to F1

Rossi: In 2006 I very nearly switched from MotoGP to F1

In the wake of his recent Formula 1 test with Mercedes, Valentino Rossi has revealed how close he came to becoming a Ferrari driver when he flirted with a swap from two-wheels to four-wheels at the peak of his powers in MotoGP. That was in 2006, fast forward nearly 15...

Binotto: ‘I went from spending to saving Ferrari’s money’

Binotto: ‘I went from spending to saving Ferrari’s money’

Mattia Binotto was handed a host of new responsibilities when he took the helm of Ferrari's Gestione Sportiva a year ago, including the task of rigorously managing the Italian outfit's finances. Following a restructuring of the Scuderia's top brass at the start of...

Prost: Leclerc has balls and earned his stripes at Ferrari

Prost: Leclerc has balls and earned his stripes at Ferrari

Charles Leclerc has earned his stripes during his first year as a Ferrari driver and should be considered equal number one to Sebastian Vettel says Formula 1 legend Alain Prost. He went on to give the Monaco Kid top marks in a year where the 22-year-old was thrust...

Hamilton admits he felt the heat from ‘Bottas 2.0’

Hamilton admits he felt the heat from ‘Bottas 2.0’

Lewis Hamilton says he was impressed by Valtteri Bottas' early form in 2019, insisting his Mercedes teammate succeeded in putting him under pressure at the outset. After a winless campaign in 2018 and an off-season of introspection, Bottas head to F1's season-opening...

Alonso: Why am I here? Good question!

Alonso: Why am I here? Good question!

The Dakar Rally is known as the toughest event in motorsport, thus no surprise double Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso admits he is a little mad to be tackling the legendary event in the Saudi desert. After all he – with some testing and a couple of...

Latifi looking forward to renewing old rivalries in F1

Latifi looking forward to renewing old rivalries in F1

Nicholas Latifi is looking forward to making his bow with Williams on the Formula 1 grid in March in the season opener in Melbourne. "For sure there are going to be challenges, I’m definitely not underestimating what the challenge of Formula 1 will be," he said. "I’m...

Vasseur: Alfa Romeo must make better use of opportunities

Vasseur: Alfa Romeo must make better use of opportunities

Alfa Romeo principal Frederic Vasseur says that his team must do better to exploit any opportunities that arise on track during "chaotic' races in 2020. The team had its chances last season, only to see them slip away on several occasions leaving them stuck in eighth...

Todt “amazed” by Mercedes’ continued title success

Todt “amazed” by Mercedes’ continued title success

FIA President Jean Todt has admitted that he's amazed by the continued success of Mercedes at the pinnacle of Formula 1. The German manufacturer has now won six consecutive team and driver championships, and has dominated the sport since 2014. Todt stressed how hard...

Abiteboul aiming to get a jump on rivals in 2021

Abiteboul aiming to get a jump on rivals in 2021

Renault F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul is determined to gain the upper hand on the team's rivals by getting a head start on its 2021 development. The sport is introducing a number of sporting and technical regulation changes to come into effect after this year's campaign in...

McLaren intends to go to the limit on expenditure

McLaren intends to go to the limit on expenditure

McLaren says that it intends to match the top three Formula 1 teams in terms of expenditure once the sport's new budget cap comes into effect in 2021. From next year, teams will have to keep their spending to under $175 million per season. That will certainly cramp...

Wolff: No 10 or 12 race wins per team next season

Wolff: No 10 or 12 race wins per team next season

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes that the type of dominance his team showed at the start of last season – eight wins in the first eight races – will not happen in the next edition of the Formula 1 World Championship. In the wake of one of their most dominant years,...

Wolff: Three teams could win wide-open 2020 title

Wolff: Three teams could win wide-open 2020 title

Toto Wolff expects 2020 to be Mercedes' hardest year yet in its efforts to secure a seventh consecutive world championship. Although the Silver Arrows finished last year over two hundred points clear of its nearest rivals in the constructors championship, it proved to...

Honda boss says Verstappen ‘is like seeing Senna’

Honda boss says Verstappen ‘is like seeing Senna’

Honda F1 managing director Masashi Yamamoto says that Max Verstappen is a key part of the company's hopes and plans for its future in Formula 1. The 22-year-old Dutch driver has been a sensation since joining the sport in 2015, initially with Toro Rosso and...

Alonso admits Dakar challenge ‘impossible on paper’

Alonso admits Dakar challenge ‘impossible on paper’

Fernando Alonso admits that the odds of defeating dirt and sand and winning the Dakar rally-raid off the bat are "impossible on paper". Alonso will open up a new chapter in his rich career on Sunday when he departs Jeddah and heads off to Saudi Arabia's unbeaten...

Giovinazzi F1 future was called into question after Spa crash

Giovinazzi F1 future was called into question after Spa crash

Alfa Romeo team boss Frédéric Vasseur says that Antonio Giovinazzi's late crash in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa almost put the Italian's F1 future in jeopardy. Giovonazzi endured a difficult first half of 2019, with only a meager P10 finish in Austria to show for his...

Brown expecting McLaren’s future progress to ‘get harder’

Brown expecting McLaren’s future progress to ‘get harder’

McLaren boss Zak Brown says the team's progress will only "get harder" in the future as it attempts to close in on F1's top three teams. McLaren's on-track performance took a significant step forward last year on the back of a management restructuring plan, with the...

Albon: No better way to learn than alongside Verstappen

Albon: No better way to learn than alongside Verstappen

Red Bull Racing's Alex Albon says there's no better way for him to learn and gauge himself than by racing alongside Max Verstappen, perhaps the fastest driver on the grid. Albon's performance with Toro Rosso in the first half of the 2019 season compelled Red Bull to...

Alonso: The biggest challenge of my career

Alonso: The biggest challenge of my career

Fernando Alonso is aiming to create history as the first Formula 1 World Champion to win the Dakar Rally when the 12-day marathon gets underway in Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Alonso, who won the F1 championship with Renault in 2005 and 2006, is one of 351 starters in this...

Ricciardo: ‘I don’t like seeing myself in ninth’

Ricciardo: ‘I don’t like seeing myself in ninth’

Daniel Ricciardo knows he's worth better that the modest 9th place position he achieved in the 2019 championship, but the Renault driver won't use that as an excuse to remain stranded down the pecking order. Ricciardo knew that he wouldn't be fighting for race wins...

Mercedes’ consistent success ‘amazing’ to FIA’s Todt

ABOVE: Jean Todt with world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff and Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas at the FIA prize-giving gala last month. FIA president Jean Todt admits he has been left “speechless” by the way Mercedes has managed to...

McLaren adds Stella to final leadership structure

McLaren adds Stella to final leadership structure

McLaren F1 boss Andreas Seidl has completed the team's leadership structure by promoting Italian engineer Andrea Stella to the role of racing director. Stella, who left Ferrari at the end of 2013 to join McLaren, was previously the Woking-based outfit's performance...

MEDLAND: An F1 2020 wishlist

MEDLAND: An F1 2020 wishlist

Sorry about this, blame the holidays. It’s a time for being overindulgent – eating far too much, drinking far too much, spending far too much – all in the name of Christmas. So today I’m going to be self-indulgent and give you my wishlist for Formula 1 in 2020...

Prost: Leclerc has already ‘earned his stripes’ in F1

Prost: Leclerc has already ‘earned his stripes’ in F1

Alain Prost is full of praise for Charles Leclerc, the four-time world champion believing the Ferrari driver has already "earned his stripes" in F1. Leclerc joined the Scuderia in 2019 after a one-year apprenticeship with Alfa Romeo. The Monegasque came close to...

Next step up will be tougher for McLaren – Brown

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown has warned further progress for the team is only going to get more difficult to achieve after its best season since 2012. Carlos Sainz ended a run of over five years without a podium for McLaren when he finished third at the Brazilian...

Schumacher has a share in Mercedes current success – Wolff

Schumacher has a share in Mercedes current success – Wolff

Michael Schumacher should be credited for part of Mercedes' outstanding success in F1 according to team boss Toto Wolff. Schumacher came out of a plush retirement in 2010 to join Mercedes after the German manufacturer took over the reins at championship winning team...

Briatore urges Ferrari to focus on car, not Hamilton

Briatore urges Ferrari to focus on car, not Hamilton

Flavio Briatore says Ferrari would be better off focusing on improving car development in the future and forget trying to lure six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton to Maranello. Ferrari top brass met with Hamilton in the recent past, and although chief executive...

Farewell to Junior Johnson “The Last American Hero”

Farewell to Junior Johnson “The Last American Hero”

Robert Glenn “Junior” Johnson, the moonshine runner turned Nascar driver described as “The Last American Hero” by author Tom Wolfe in a 1965 article for Esquire, died on 20 December. He was 88. Long before YouTube was a thing, Autosport of the sixties and seventies...

Yamamoto not interested in racing in ‘dangerous’ IndyCar

Yamamoto not interested in racing in ‘dangerous’ IndyCar

Former Japanese Super Formula champion and Honda protégé Naoki Yamamoto would like to broaden his motorsport horizons in the future, but a move to IndyCar is off the table. The highly rated Yamamoto, who was double Super Formula and Super GT champion in 2018, was...

Marko: Hamilton and Wolff to Ferrari just a political game

Marko: Hamilton and Wolff to Ferrari just a political game

Straight talking Helmut Marko believes the hullaballoo regarding Lewis Hamilton flirting with Ferrari for a 2021 deal, with Toto Wolff following him to Maranello, is merely political gamesmanship among the powerbrokers of Formula 1. The early off-season was set abuzz...

Hulkenberg rues one specific career move in F1

Hulkenberg rues one specific career move in F1

Nico Hulkenberg says that not all the decisions he made during his career were perfect, but his move from Force India to Sauber at the end of 2012 was in hindsight the wrong choice. Hulkenberg transferred to the Hinwil-based squad for 2013 after just a single season...

Team of the Decade: Mercedes

Team of the Decade: Mercedes

The early half of this past decade the blue of Red Bull dominated, but for past several years Mercedes have been the most dominant team of all time with 92 victories, 194 podiums and 12 titles. Enough said. Michele Lupini: Mercedes Again a close call between Red Bull...

Car of the Decade: Hard to Agree

Car of the Decade: Hard to Agree

Simple maths shows that over the past decade Formula 1 teams have built over 100 different cars, one of them a year does the business while some are more memorable than others. We take a look at the F cars that did the most ‘damage’ during the past ten years. Michele...

Season of the Decade: 2010, 2012 & 2016

Season of the Decade: 2010, 2012 & 2016

Ten seasons to choose from, mostly unremarkable as Red Bull dominated the early part of the decade and then Mercedes took the baton to end on top at the end of their record run in Formula 1. There is no 1976-style epic season among the last ten, but there were a few...

Disappointment of the Decade: Ferrari & McLaren

Disappointment of the Decade: Ferrari & McLaren

It can be said that since 2008 (their last title) Ferrari are perennial underachievers of Formula 1 while the once-mighty McLaren are a shadow of the team they were last century thus, inevitably, they disappointed our review panel. While Ferrari tend to find ways to...

Newcomers of the Decade: Verstappen & Leclerc

Newcomers of the Decade: Verstappen & Leclerc

As Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel were on the cusp of their respective careers a decade ago, Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc have come through the ranks to challenge the old guard and be the power drivers of the forthcoming decade. Already camps are emerging,...

Race of the Decade: Opinions Divided

Race of the Decade: Opinions Divided

There were 2020 Grands Prix run during the past decade, and while for avid Formula 1 fans races tend to be epics, some do stand out as being highly entertaining and action-packed too, thus getting consensus from our crew was not going to happen. Here are three...

Driver of the Decade: Lewis Hamilton

Driver of the Decade: Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is unanimously the best Formula 1 driver of the past decade according to our trio and it would be hard to argue with five world titles won during that period, 102 podium finishes of which 63 were on the top step and 62 pole position starts with Mercedes...

Red Mist: Man of the Year – Mattia Binotto

Red Mist: Man of the Year – Mattia Binotto

Interesting question that — who is Formula 1’s Man of the Year? Many will straight away say Lewis Hamilton, but that’s too easy. Sure his mesmeric performance was pretty close to perfect, but armed with that Silver Arrow, well Max seems to think that’s an advantage...

Bottas says it’s a ‘no brainer’ to stay at Mercedes

Bottas says it’s a ‘no brainer’ to stay at Mercedes

Valtteri Bottas is heading into his fourth season with Mercedes knowing he once again has it all to prove if he wants to remain with the team beyond 2020. The 30-year-old Finn joined the squad as Lewis Hamilton's team mate at the end of 2016 following Nico Rosberg's...

Formula 1 reveal 70th Anniversary logo

Formula 1 reveal 70th Anniversary logo

Formula 1 have released a 70th anniversary of Formula 1 logo which will be displayed during its 71st World Championship season. On the first day of the new year F1 announced in a press release: Today marks the start of a special year for Formula 1. 2020 is the...

Steiner feared Grosjean and Magnussen were ‘unmanageable’

Steiner feared Grosjean and Magnussen were ‘unmanageable’

Haas F1 boss Guenther Steiner has admitted that there were points during the 2019 season when he feared that the team's two drivers were simply no longer manageable together. Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen clashed at several points in the first half of the...

Ferrari CEO backs Leclerc/Vettel partnership

Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel have “a great respect” for each other and can be an effective partnership for Ferrari in the future, according to CEO Louis Camilleri. The two Ferrari drivers collided on track in Brazil towards the end of a season that had...

Hamilton concerned by rising cost of junior motorsport

Hamilton concerned by rising cost of junior motorsport

Lewis Hamilton has said that he's worried that the spiralling costs of competing in junior-level motorsports championships might be putting off potential world champions of the future. Hamilton himself came from a working-class background and only got his break in...

Wurz backs Verstappen to be Hamilton’s main threat in 2020

Wurz backs Verstappen to be Hamilton’s main threat in 2020

Former Formula 1 driver Alexander Wurz says that Lewis Hamilton's main rival next season is likely to be Red Bull's Max Verstappen rather than either of the two Ferrari drivers. Nonetheless, Wurz is still backing Hamilton to come out on top and claim a seventh world...

Kubica: ‘F1 return closed most important chapter in my life’

Robert Kubica's miraculous return to F1 didn't yield the results he expected, but it did help the Pole close "the most important chapter" in his life. Kubica returned to the fray after an 8-year forced hiatus from the sport brought about by the traumatic rally...

Steiner warns against upwards revision of budget cap

Steiner warns against upwards revision of budget cap

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner says that any potential upward revision of F1's future budget cap limit would defeat its purpose for the sport's smaller teams. Formula 1 will implement cost-cutting measures from 2021, with a strict $175 million limit imposed on...

Is Panama City next in line as an F1 venue?

Is Panama City next in line as an F1 venue?

Panama City and Liberty Media are apparently mulling the possibility of putting the South American city on F1's schedule in the future according to local newspaper Mi Dario. Liberty ambitions to eventually boost the sport's calendar to 25 races, although such an...

Recent woes won’t define this team – Williams

Recent woes won’t define this team – Williams

Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams insists recent struggles dropping the team to the back of the Formula 1 grid will not define its reputation. Williams finished third in the constructors’ championship in each of the years 2014 and 2015, the start of the...

Honda development no longer burdened by ‘clean-up’ issues

Honda development no longer burdened by ‘clean-up’ issues

Honda says its improved reliability has greatly reduced the manufacturer's need to spend time on "clean-up" issues, allowing it to focus instead on performance gains. After several dismal seasons of struggling to get a hold on F1's hybrid technology, Honda started to...

Brundle: Vettel’s best years are behind him

Brundle: Vettel’s best years are behind him

Former F1 driver Martin Brundle believes that Sebastian Vettel's best years are behind him, although the Sky F1 commentator wouldn't "race off" the German driver just yet. Vettel enjoyed an outstanding period of success at the start of the decade, clinching 38 wins...

Kubica to be Alfa Romeo reserve, PKN Orlen title sponsor

Kubica to be Alfa Romeo reserve, PKN Orlen title sponsor

Robert Kubica will remain on the fringes of Formula 1 thanks to a deal which sees his backers PKN Orlen become title sponsor of the Alfa Romeo in 2020, the Swiss team confirmed today. RMF24 repored first that Kubica will be the Swiss team’s reserve driver with veteran...

Norris resolves to take things more seriously in 2020

Norris resolves to take things more seriously in 2020

Despite a successful maiden season in Formula 1, McLaren's Lando Norris is determined to change his approach next season by getting more serious about his racing. The happy, smiling teenager (who turned 20 in November just before the Brazilian Grand Prix) was a breath...

Häkkinen: Lewis is at the top of his game

Häkkinen: Lewis is at the top of his game

Double Formula 1 World Champion Mika Hakkinen takes a look back on the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship season, providing insights on a season in which Mercedes triumphed but the gap to their rivals as narrow as it has ever been. This is what Mika had to say in his...

Todt protégé Collet hoping for more F1 mileage in 2020

Todt protégé Collet hoping for more F1 mileage in 2020

Brazilian hopeful Caio Collet - a protégé of driver manager Nicolas Todt and a member of Renault's Sport Academy - hopes to put more F1 mileage under his belt in 2020. Collet, 17, won the French Formula 4 championship last year and placed fifth in this season's...

Stability to allow Sainz build from ‘big step’ achieved in 2019

Stability to allow Sainz build from ‘big step’ achieved in 2019

Thanks in part to the stability of his two-year deal with McLaren, Carlos Sainz achieved a "big step" in 2019 as a driver and he intends on capitalizing on his gains to improve even more next season. As McLaren led Formula 1's fierce midfield battle this year, Sainz...

Binotto: Level playing field won’t happen immediately

Binotto: Level playing field won’t happen immediately

While Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto acknowledges that the 2021 Formula 1 rules go a long way to level the lopsided playing field, he predicts top team’s, like his, will continue to have an advantage for at least three years before performance levels out. One of the...

Montezemolo: Ferrari must sustain title fight ‘to the end’

Montezemolo: Ferrari must sustain title fight ‘to the end’

Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says the Italian outfit needs to be able to at least challenge for the title until the end of the season in 2020. Ferrari conquered its last constructors title in 2008 and its most recent drivers' crowning a year before...

Binotto: New F1 regs won’t level playing field ‘immediately’

Binotto: New F1 regs won’t level playing field ‘immediately’

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto believes that F1's 2021 regulations will have a positive impact on the playing field, but only after several years. Formula 1, the teams and the FIA have adopted a new set of rules that will govern the sport from 2021. The changes will...

Stewart eager to see F1 return to Zandvoort

Stewart eager to see F1 return to Zandvoort

Three-time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart can't wait for Formula 1 to return to Zandvoort in 2020, one of the sport's most legendary venues. Dutch Grand Prix promoters sealed a multi-year deal with Liberty Media earlier this year, and work is currently to bring...

Montezemolo: Ferrari must be able to fight all season long

Montezemolo: Ferrari must be able to fight all season long

Much has been written of Ferrari’s miserable 2019 Formula 1 World Championship season which began with so much promise but by early August the damage was done, 12 titles in six years became a formality thereafter. Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo believes...

Hamilton tenth highest earner in sport over past decade

Hamilton tenth highest earner in sport over past decade

Six-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has squeezed into the top sports earners of the past decade, having banked $400-million during this period – more than any other racing driver. Last week Forbes released the list which is topped by boxing champion Floyd...

Hamilton misses ‘getting the texts’ from Lauda

Hamilton misses ‘getting the texts’ from Lauda

Lewis Hamilton says that Niki Lauda's absence still weighs on the Mercedes team and on himself, revealing that he often reads past text messages exchanged with the F1 legend. As Mercedes' non-executive chairman but especially as the emblematic figure he represented...

Cowell: Honda development rate ‘way ahead’ of Ferrari

Cowell: Honda development rate ‘way ahead’ of Ferrari

Mercedes engine boss Andy Cowell has been impressed by Honda's progress this season, insisting the Japanese manufacturer has exceeded Ferrari in terms of its development rate. After struggling for the better part of four years to get to grips with Formula 1's hybrid...

Verstappen has come to accept F1 stewards’ inconsistency

Verstappen has come to accept F1 stewards’ inconsistency

Max Verstappen accepts that the stewards' calls in F1 will always result in a degree of inconsistency, because it's simply an unavoidable by-product of the current system. Verstappen has found himself on the receiving end of the stewards' wrath more times then he...

Marko: Hamilton is still better than Verstappen

Marko: Hamilton is still better than Verstappen

Red Bull driver consultant Helmut Marko has gone on the record saying that Lewis Hamilton is still the better driver than Max Verstappen. The no-nonsense former Le Mans winner turned Red Bull driver powerbroker was tackling one of ten daring discussions conducted by...

Briatore: Leclerc before Hamilton at Ferrari

Briatore: Leclerc before Hamilton at Ferrari

Flavio Briatore believes that Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff defecting from Mercedes to Ferrari is highly unlikely and definitely not a wise move for the Maranello team. In an offseason largely devoid of any real news the Hamilton-Wolff to Ferrari copped a bucket load...

Hamilton absent once again from New Year’s Honours list!

Hamilton absent once again from New Year’s Honours list!

Once again, Lewis Hamilton is conspicuously absent from the Queen's just released New Year's Honours list, the much-hoped-for Knighthood title continuing to elude the British F1 star. There was hope that Hamilton's sixth world title, achieved with Mercedes this year,...

Vettel: Fearing a teammate ‘makes no sense’ for a winning driver

Vettel: Fearing a teammate ‘makes no sense’ for a winning driver

Sebastian Vettel says that winning in Formula 1 and fearing an internal rivalry, such as he's encountered in the past with Daniel Ricciardo or currently with Charles Leclerc, are two things "that don't go together". Vettel was under massive pressure from up-and-comer...

Honda performance gains a highlight for Red Bull

The performance gains Honda was able to make during 2019 was a highlight of the new partnership with Red Bull, according to team principal Christian Horner. Honda supplied Toro Rosso in 2018 following its split from McLaren, and duly made gains in terms of both...

Albon to focus on gaining car knowledge during pre-season testing

Albon to focus on gaining car knowledge during pre-season testing

Alex Albon says he'll be digging deep during pre-season testing to learn as much as possible about his new car ahead of Aston Martin Red Bull's 2020 campaign. Albon's mid-season switch from Toro Rosso to Red Bull Racing boosted the British-Thai's position in the...

Where did Sainz’s ‘smooth operator’ tagline come from?

Carlos Sainz started calling himself a "smooth operator" last summer, but why exactly did the Spaniard choose the title of the famous Sade song as his tagline? It all started at this year's Hungarian Grand Prix, when a productive P5 finish at the Hungaroring incited...

Porsche reveals just how close it came to entering F1

Porsche reveals just how close it came to entering F1

Porsche motorsport boss Fritz Enzinger says the German manufacturer came very close to committing to Formula 1 as an engine supplier, having already developed a 1.6 liter hybrid power unit suitable for Grand Prix racing. In the period leading up to F1's regulation...

Ferrari: Handing win to Vettel in Singapore ‘key’ to confidence

Ferrari: Handing win to Vettel in Singapore ‘key’ to confidence

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto says that handing this year's Singapore Grand Prix to Sebastian Vettel was all about boosting the German driver's confidence. Charles Leclerc had dominated the early stages of the race at Marina Bay, leading Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and his...

Corinna Schumacher: Big things start with small steps

Corinna Schumacher: Big things start with small steps

Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher’s wife Corinna has provided what some are interpreting as an update on her husband’s condition ahead of the sixth anniversary of the skiing accident that nearly cost him his life. Since then Schumi has been out of the spotlight, his...

Massa believes Alonso could be tempted by Formula E

Massa believes Alonso could be tempted by Formula E

Felipe Massa believes he might be sharing the track once again with Fernando Alonso in the future, the Brazilian not dismissing a move to Formula E for his former Ferrari teammate. Alonso's 2020 schedule so far only includes two events, a maiden participation in the...

Mercedes’ Cowell concedes Ferrari engine superiority

Mercedes’ Cowell concedes Ferrari engine superiority

Mercedes engine boss Andy Cowell admits that Ferrari's power unit gained an edge over its rivals in 2019, at least in terms of sheer output. Ferrari's overall SF90-H package suffered this year from a lack of downforce relative to its Mercedes and Red Bull...

Sainz sees room for major personal improvements

Carlos Sainz believes he has a lot of room to improve as a driver following the best season of his Formula 1 career to date. Joining McLaren from Renault, the former Red Bull junior delivered consistently impressive performances throughout the season and secured sixth...

Peter Sauber backed team’s Alfa Romeo rebrand – Vasseur

Peter Sauber backed team’s Alfa Romeo rebrand – Vasseur

Alfa Romeo Racing team boss Frédéric Vasseur has revealed that the Hinwil squad's founder Peter Sauber was given a heads up on the team's name change at the start of the 2019 season, and backed the rebrand. Sauber initiated a commercial partnership with Alfa Romeo in...

Kubica allegedly close to Alfa Romeo deal for 2020

Kubica allegedly close to Alfa Romeo deal for 2020

Robert Kubica's involvement in F1 is set to continue, albeit as a development driver, with the former Williams charger allegedly in advanced talks with Alfa Romeo according to a report from RaceFans.net. Kubica's sensational return to F1 racing with Williams eight...

Corinna Schumacher hints at husband’s progress in message of hope

Corinna Schumacher hints at husband’s progress in message of hope

Corinna Schumacher has publicly expressed what Michael Schumacher fans are considering as a message of hope regarding the health of the F1 legend. Schumacher's physical condition remains a mystery for the public, with the former driver's family fiercely guarding its...

Williams sells majority stake in Williams Advanced Engineering

Williams sells majority stake in Williams Advanced Engineering

Williams Grand Prix Holdings has agreed to sell a majority in Williams Advanced Engineering to private equity firm EMK Capital. Founded in 2011, WAE is the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group. The fast-growing entity now employs 300...

2019 Driver of the Year: Lewis Hamilton

2019 Driver of the Year: Lewis Hamilton

With all due respect to Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, there was really only one choice when it came to 2019’s driver of the year, and that driver is Lewis Hamilton. Amassing 413 points, 11 wins, 17 podiums, five poles and a sixth world championship, Hamilton was...

2019 Team of the Year: Mercedes AMG F1

2019 Team of the Year: Mercedes AMG F1

Taking their sixth-straight Formula 1 World Championship double in 2019, it should come as no surprise that the team of the year is Mercedes. Even if their car might not have been quite as strong as some of the previous ones, the Silver Arrows made up for any...

2019 Rookie of the Year: Lando Norris

2019 Rookie of the Year: Lando Norris

An award that often is often easy to decide, in 2019, Rookie of the Year was one of the hardest, but in the end, we decided to go with Lando Norris. Really you can’t go wrong with either George Russell or Alexander Albon, but for us, Norris edges it on account of his...

2019 Villain of the Year: William Storey

2019 Villain of the Year: William Storey

A villain more in a cartoon sense than a real one, no one wore the black hat during the 2019 Formula 1 season quite like Rich Energy founder William Storey. The owner of an energy drinks company with no energy drinks, his 2018 title sponsor agreement with Haas had...

2019 Race of the Year: German Grand Prix

2019 Race of the Year: German Grand Prix

A year with more than its fair share of classic races, in the end, it was hard to look past the wet weather chaos that took place at Hockenheim during the 2019 German Grand Prix. Won by Max Verstappen in an afternoon of thrills and plenty of spills, the treacherous...

2019 Unsung Hero of the Year: Sergio Perez

2019 Unsung Hero of the Year: Sergio Perez

Now six years removed from his lone season with McLaren, it’s safe to say Sergio Perez’s star is not sitting quite as high as it once was, but that said, the shine certainly hasn’t come off his skills as a racing driver. Now a veteran of the grid with nine seasons...

F1 wants Hamilton to race forever – Carey

Formula 1 would like Lewis Hamilton to race ‘forever’, but is also excited by the challenge he faces from young drivers, according to chairman and CEO Chase Carey. Hamilton wrapped up a sixth drivers’ championship in 2019, leaving him just one short of Michael...

Norris says harsh self-criticism ‘best way to improve’

Norris says harsh self-criticism ‘best way to improve’

McLaren's Lando Norris says he is his harshest critic when his performance doesn't meet his expectations, insisting his attitude of self-reproach helps him improve as a driver. Norris enjoyed a remarkable maiden year in F1, delivering 49 points to his team and...

Ericsson to give absolute priority to Indycar over Alfa reserve role

Ericsson to give absolute priority to Indycar over Alfa reserve role

Marcus Ericsson is expecting to retain a role with Alfa Romeo Racing in F1 next season, but the Swede's main focus will be on his IndyCar commitment with Chip Ganassi Racing. Ericsson raced for Sauber/Alfa Romeo between 2015 and 2018 before exiling himself to the US...

2019 Disappointment of the Year: Ferrari

2019 Disappointment of the Year: Ferrari

An award that goes hand-in-hand with Car of the Year, the 2019 Formula 1 season seemed like it would be Ferrari’s best chance yet to snag their first championship in over a decade. Instead, it was another year to forget. A tragicomedy largely of their own doing, this...

Honda wants input from personnel to improve operations

Honda wants input from personnel to improve operations

Honda has sought input from its trackside engineers and the mechanics working on both of its customer teams to help improve its operations next year. As a supplier to Red Bull Racing and sister team Toro Rosso, the Japanese manufacturer made spectacular progress over...

2019 Shock of the Year: Three Untimely Deaths

2019 Shock of the Year: Three Untimely Deaths

The Formula 1 community may stretch far across the globe, but it can also be a tight-knit bunch akin to family, and that makes any death tough to stomach. Unfortunately, 2019 had three of them. Charlie Whiting, Niki Lauda, Anthoine Hubert. Three very different figures...

INSIGHT: Where the F1 teams stand over the winter – Part 2

INSIGHT: Where the F1 teams stand over the winter – Part 2

Formula 1 teams tend to go into lockdown during the winter months. With no races or testing taking place, teams retreat to their factories, where they are flat-out preparing for the next season behind closed doors. While we might not see the work that is going on at...

2019 Newsmaker of the Year: Toto Wolff

2019 Newsmaker of the Year: Toto Wolff

A man who has presided over the most successful winning run in the history of the sport, Toto Wolff was a headline-grabber unto himself in 2019. While unlike previous winners — including his good friend, the late Niki Lauda — there was no individual story for which...

2019 Car of the Year: Ferrari SF90

2019 Car of the Year: Ferrari SF90

You may be thinking: how did a car that lost the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship by 235 points win this award? And you’d be right to do so. But here’s the thing: this is no honour, but it is us recognising that no car defined the championship more than the SF90....

2019 Surprise of the Year: McLaren

2019 Surprise of the Year: McLaren

Over half a decade removed from Formula 1 title contention, McLaren finally took a step towards regaining its former place of prominence in 2019, and it was no small step, either. Having ended their ill-fated partnership with Honda at the close of the 2018 season, the...

Haas insists drivers not responsible for troubled season

Haas insists drivers not responsible for troubled season

Haas boss Guenther Steiner has absolved both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen from any responsibility regarding the team's poor campaign in 2019. A pre-season favourite to lead the midfield chase this year, Haas' drivers struggled from the outset as they battled...

2019 Story of the Year: Vettel’s Montreal Meltdown

2019 Story of the Year: Vettel’s Montreal Meltdown

   Not the first – or the last – time Sebastian Vettel made a glaring mistake in his career, none made waves quite like this one. The error that launched a thousand comments, Vettel’s lap 48 off at turn three, near-miss with Lewis Hamilton in rejoining the track, and...

Mercedes: Muted sound of F1 has brought families to the track

Mercedes: Muted sound of F1 has brought families to the track

Mercedes engine boss Andy Cowell says the muffled and less aggressive sound of F1's hybrid engines has encouraged families to attend Grand Prix weekends. Formula 1's engines have seen incredible advancements in terms of energy efficiency since the advent of the hybrid...

INSIGHT: What does Leclerc’s new deal really mean?

INSIGHT: What does Leclerc’s new deal really mean?

Ferrari gave Charles Leclerc a very special Christmas present on Monday, announcing a contract extension that will take him through to the end of the 2024 season. A five-year deal after just one season with the team – and two total in Formula 1 – is, on the face of...

Five-year deal for Leclerc at Ferrari

Ferrari has signed Charles Leclerc to a new five-year contract that will keep him at Maranello until the end of the 2024 season. Leclerc was promoted to replace of Kimi Raikkonen and partner Sebastian Vettel after just one year racing in Formula 1 with Sauber, and...

No Alfa mileage for Schumacher in 2020 – Vasseur

Alfa Romeo team boss Frédéric Vasseur has dismissed awarding any testing mileage to Mick Schumacher in 2020. As a member of Ferrari's Driver Academy, Schumacher was given F1 seat time earlier this year in Bahrain, both with the Scuderia and with Alfa Romeo. While the...

Nicolas Todt: ‘Leclerc is my greatest pride”

Nicolas Todt: ‘Leclerc is my greatest pride”

Driver manager Nicolas Todt, who was instrumental in guiding Charles Leclerc's path to Ferrari, says the Monegasque is his greatest pride. The Scuderia announced on Monday that it had rewarded Leclerc with a new five-year contract that secures the two-time Grand Prix...

INSIGHT: Where the F1 teams stand over the winter – Part 1

INSIGHT: Where the F1 teams stand over the winter – Part 1

Formula 1 teams tend to go into lockdown during the winter months. With no races or testing taking place, teams retreat to their factories, where they are flat-out preparing for the next season behind closed doors. While we might not see the work that is going on at...

Vettel and Leclerc ‘difficult to manage’ from the start

Vettel and Leclerc ‘difficult to manage’ from the start

Ferrari principal Mattia Binotto had admitted that the problems managing the team's two highly competitive drivers started early in the season. The problems only grew more public as the year went on, with Charles Leclerc complaining when the team seemed to be giving...

Ferrari rewards Leclerc with new five-year contract!

Ferrari rewards Leclerc with new five-year contract!

Ferrari has rewarded Charles Leclerc's efforts during his maiden season with the Scuderia by offering the Monegasque a new five-year deal. Leclerc's seat at the House of Maranello should therefore be secure until at least the end of the 2024 season, leaving F1 with a...

Ocon ‘not surprised’ by Leclerc’s success in F1

Ocon ‘not surprised’ by Leclerc’s success in F1

Esteban Ocon says he's not at all surprised by the rapid rise of Charles Leclerc to the top of F1 in just two seasons. After winning the GP3 title in 2016 and the Formula 2 championship the following year, Leclerc made his F1 debut with Sauber in 2018 and this year...

Gasly regrets not making most of time at Red Bull

Gasly regrets not making most of time at Red Bull

Pierre Gasly clinched his maiden F1 career podium in 2019 with second place for Toro Rosso in the Brazilian Grand Prix - but that doesn't mean he's happy with how 2019 went. Gasly started the season at Red Bull, having been promoted from the junior squad over the...

Perez expecting ‘big year ahead’ for Racing Point

Perez expecting ‘big year ahead’ for Racing Point

SportPesa Racing Point's Sergio Perez is expecting his team to achieve a big step forward in 2020 as it reaps the benefits of the significant changes that were executed by the outfit's new owner this year. Force India's takeover by billionaire Lawrence Stroll during...

Allison reveals decisive factor behind Mercedes development

Allison reveals decisive factor behind Mercedes development

Mercedes technical director James Allison says the main contributing factor to the team's advances in terms of development in the past few years has been its understanding and knowledge of F1's tyres, a veritable "weapon" for the Silver Arrows outfit according to the...

Todt: I would prefer twelve teams in Formula 1

Todt: I would prefer twelve teams in Formula 1

FIA president Jean Todt says he would like to see two new teams in Formula 1 and believes a dozen teams on the grid would be an ideal scenario. Throughout 2019, there have been rumours of new teams expressing interest in the sport, including one linked to Formula 2...

Norris became ‘complete’ driver after summer break – Seidl

Norris became ‘complete’ driver after summer break – Seidl

McLaren F1 boss Andreas Seidl says that rookie Lando Norris built himself up over the course of the season to become a "complete" driver after F1's summer break. As a McLaren junior, and a runner-up in the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship, Norris was promoted to a race...

Ericsson: The priority is Indycar not an F1 reserve

Ericsson: The priority is Indycar not an F1 reserve

Formula 1 exile Marcus Ericsson looks set to take a step further away from the Grand Prix paddocks in 2020 as he commits to his second season Stateside. This year, the Swede split his time between a full-time Indycar race seat and a reserve role at Alfa Romeo. After...

Pagenaud: F1 sparked my passion for motorsport

Pagenaud: F1 sparked my passion for motorsport

This year's Indianapolis 500 champion Simon Pagenaud says that for all his success in the US IndyCar Series, his early dream was always to race in Formula 1. "When I was four years old, I saw Senna and Prost fighting," he told Motorsport-Magazin.com. "That was what...

Realistic Ricciardo says Renault on track for podiums

Realistic Ricciardo says Renault on track for podiums

Daniel Ricciardo still believes that the Renault team will bounce back from a lacklustre season to be in contention for podiums in 2020. "I think we can get this going next year for where we can still believe in 2020," he said, insisting that Renault is still on...

Ferrari sign Leclerc until end of 2024

Ferrari sign Leclerc until end of 2024

Charles Leclerc will be a Ferrari driver until the end of 2024 according to a statement released by the team today. The great Italian team are clearly pinning their future on the 22-year-old-Monegasque who was the team’s best driver this year in qualifying and the...

Horner: Verstappen the most ‘in form’ driver at the moment

Horner: Verstappen the most ‘in form’ driver at the moment

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner says Max Verstappen is "right there", ready to challenge for the world championship as F1's most in form driver. The praise lavished upon Verstappen by Horner comes after the Dutchman's strong run to the...

F1 crowds again above four million mark in 2019

Formula 1 welcomed an increased total of over four million spectators to race weekends in 2019, with Sunday attendances up 4%. A total of 4,164, 948 people attended a day of at least one of the 21 grands prix on last season’s calendar, with the average attendance of...

Jos Verstappen says F1 is ‘much more intense’ with Max

Jos Verstappen says F1 is ‘much more intense’ with Max

Former driver Jos Verstappen says he's enjoying Formula 1 second time around with his son Max, rather than when he was the one behind the wheel. Verstappen took part in 106 Grand Prix races beginning with his debut with Benetton in the 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix. He...

Over four million fans attended Formula 1 races in 2019

Over four million fans attended Formula 1 races in 2019

Over four million fans poured through the turnstiles to watch the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship live, with the 351,000 who turned up for the British Grand Prix making Silverstone the best-attended race of the season. Press Release: Formula 1 is pleased to publish...

Claire Williams has been ‘blown away’ by George Russell

Claire Williams has been ‘blown away’ by George Russell

He spent his year racing at the rear, but George Russell's performances made quite an impression on Claire Williams who admits to having been "blown away" by the rookie. Russell's maiden campaign in F1 was undermined at the outset, weighed down by the design flaws and...

Ferrari admits to ‘significantly more expensive’ 2020 budget

Ferrari admits to ‘significantly more expensive’ 2020 budget

Ferrari boss Louis Camilleri says the Italian manufacturer's F1 team will see its budget increased significantly for 2020 thanks in large part to the company's solid financial results. Strong sales this year of Ferrari's Portofino and 812 Superfast road car models...

Zak Brown just bought a factory tour of Red Bull Racing!

Zak Brown just bought a factory tour of Red Bull Racing!

Up and down the pitlane, F1 teams rival in ingenuity to get a sneak peak at what's going on under the skin of a competitor's design, but McLaren's Zak Brown wants to see where it's all coming from. Spy games have always been part of Formula 1, but whereas in the...

Ocon: I said Leclerc would beat Vettel so no surprise

Ocon: I said Leclerc would beat Vettel so no surprise

Esteban Ocon says he is not surprised how well Charles Leclerc has done in his first year, having predicted earlier this year that the 22-year-old Ferrari driver would beat Sebastian Vettel in their first year as teammates at Maranello. The call was on the mark as...

Wolff reveals Mercedes’ recipe for keeping team ‘energised’

Wolff reveals Mercedes’ recipe for keeping team ‘energised’

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says that setting an objective at the outset of a season is a crucial part of building a team's motivation. And for 2019, the German outfit's target was an obvious one. The Silver Arrows squad's outstanding record in the F1 world...

Bottas: Winless 2019 would have led to loss of Mercedes seat

Bottas: Winless 2019 would have led to loss of Mercedes seat

Valtteri Bottas believes a repeat this year of his lackluster 2018 season with Mercedes would have likely cost him his seat with the Silver Arrows squad. Bottas secured three wins with Mercedes in his maiden year with the German team but followed that up with a...

Formula E not a threat to F1’s future, insists Carey

Formula E not a threat to F1’s future, insists Carey

Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey says that the sport is not under threat from the rising popularity of the all-electric Formula E championship, which embarked on its sixth season last month in Diriyah. "Formula E is a very different vehicle today [to F1]," he told CNN this...

New Alfa Romeo chassis crashes out of… crash test!

Alfa Romeo Racing's 2020 development plans may have suffered a set-back after its new chassis failed a mandatory FIA crash test according to a report from Germany. The test was conducted at the FIA-approved CSI facility in Bollate, near Milan, contends...

F1 fans have chosen their favourite race of 2019

Over 13,000 Formula 1 fans cast their vote for their favourite race of 2019, with this year's frantic German Grand Prix topping the results. Max Verstappen conquered his seventh career win at Hockenheim, the Red Bull charger avoiding the pitfalls and traps set up by...

Formula 1 attendance figures on the rise for 2019

Formula 1 attendance figures on the rise for 2019

Formula 1 has released its 2019 attendance figures which indicate a slight increase of spectator presence year-over-year according to data supplied by all 21 race promoters. A total of 4,164,948 spectators converged to F1 races this year, representing a 1.75% increase...

Gasly: We had everything we needed to make it work

Gasly: We had everything we needed to make it work

Pierre Gasly believes his seat with Toro Rosso, to be renamed Alpha Tauri next year, is completely deserved despite being demolished by his teammate during his 12 races as a Red Bull driver. Off the back of a strong first full season with Toro Rosso last year, the...

Carey: Drivers are our heroes, Lewis among the greatest

Carey: Drivers are our heroes, Lewis among the greatest

Chase Carey does not believe that Formula E, the all-electric racing series, is a threat to the future Formula 1 and cites the hero drivers in the top flight as the biggest drawcard for fans in this era. The Formula 1 CEO said six-time F1 world champion Lewis...

It was a season of sixes and sadness for Formula 1

It was a season of sixes and sadness for Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team hit Formula 1 for six in 2019 while the sport’s young stars shone brighter than ever, but the season will be remembered also for a lasting sense of loss. Absent friends loomed large as Hamilton collected his champion’s trophy at a...

Sainz remains opposed to F1 calendar inflation

Sainz remains opposed to F1 calendar inflation

Carlos Sainz has admitted that he remains "totally against" the way that Formula 1 management is trying to add an increasing number of races to the calendar. Next season will see the number of events rise to 22 for the first time, compared to just 17 races that...

Carey seeking to make F1 younger, more diverse

Carey seeking to make F1 younger, more diverse

Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey has been talking about his ongoing mission to revitalise the sport by making it more diverse and environmentally conscious, and by appealing to a younger audience. That's in stark contrast to the approach of his predecessor Bernie Ecclestone...

Berger urges Hamilton to go to Ferrari – but not yet!

Berger urges Hamilton to go to Ferrari – but not yet!

Former Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger has said that Lewis Hamilton should seize the chance to live the ultimate F1 dream and drive for Ferrari before he retires from the sport. “For Lewis, I could not recommend to any driver more than if you can at one time in your...

Ticktum joins Williams as development driver

Williams has signed former Red Bull junior Dan Ticktum as one of the development drivers in its academy. Ticktum was dropped by Red Bull during 2019 after failing to gain an FIA Super License, which led to his being replaced in Japan’s Super Formula by Pato O’Ward....

Mercedes partners with cycling and sailing powerhouse

Mercedes partners with cycling and sailing powerhouse

Mercedes F1 has announced a new performance partnership with INEOS Sports that will focus on developing and implementing innovations in engineering, human science, simulation and data analysis. The idea is to find new ways to leverage the human and technological...

Wolff: I will be flying to Mars with Lewis

Wolff: I will be flying to Mars with Lewis

Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff has ridiculed ongoing speculation that his future could be at Maranello, where he supposedly will follow Lewis Hamilton as the pair defect from the German team to the Scuderia in 2021. When the Mercedes boss sat out the race in Brazil,...

I need to do better in 2020, Vettel admits

Sebastian Vettel admits he needs to deliver better performances in 2020 after being beaten by teammate Charles Leclerc this season. Leclerc was promoted to Ferrari after just one season in Formula 1 and duly outperformed his more experienced teammate, securing the...

Sainz: Very important that the progression doesn’t stop

Sainz: Very important that the progression doesn’t stop

McLaren driver Carlos Sainz has indicated he will want to stay at Woking beyond the end of his 2020 contract after a very impressive first season in papaya for the Spaniard. In an official Formula 1 poll voted on by the drivers themselves, Sainz was named the...

Andy Green: 2021 F1 car will be unstable and tough to drive

Andy Green: 2021 F1 car will be unstable and tough to drive

Racing Point technical boss Andy Green has hit out at the new regulations for 2021 Formula 1, warning that the new-era cars will challenge drivers while predicting the big teams will be at an advantage even before the cars hit the track. Although designed in part to...

Vasseur: No 2020 Formula 1 testing for Schumacher

Vasseur: No 2020 Formula 1 testing for Schumacher

Alfa Romeo team boss Frederic Vasseur says Mick Schumacher is not currently scheduled to test for the team next season and urges the young German to focus on his second Formula 2 campaign in 2020. Schumacher, the son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher, tested the...

Alfa Romeo 2020 chassis destroyed in early crash test

Alfa Romeo 2020 chassis destroyed in early crash test

Alfa Romeo has reportedly failed a mandatory Formula 1 crash test conducted ahead of the obligatory FIA safety test process, and in the process had to write-off the first of its chassis for the 2020 season. Sky Italia reported the test that destroyed the chassis took...

Mercedes announces partnership with Ineos Sports

Mercedes announces partnership with Ineos Sports

Formula 1 world champions Mercedes have agreed a technical partnership with Ineos Sports’ cycling and sailing divisions in a bid to drive performance levels on track, road and sea. The move announced on Wednesday will see their teams joining up to develop innovations...

Ocon: My goal is to be on the podium in 2020

Ocon: My goal is to be on the podium in 2020

Esteban Ocon insists he is not disappointed to be returning to Formula 1 in 2020 with Renault rather than the dominant Mercedes team who have backed and mentored his career to date. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff considered replacing Valtteri Bottas with 2019 reserve Ocon...

Williams: We’re not in a rush to replace Paddy Lowe

Williams: We’re not in a rush to replace Paddy Lowe

Recently ousted Renault technical boss Nick Chester could be set to join chronic Formula 1 backmarker Williams, but the once mightiest team insists they are in no rush to replace Paddy Lowe, the tech boss that led them to the state they are now in. After a...

Horner expects Red Bull to challenge Mercedes in 2020

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes his team can be the main challengers to Mercedes next season off the back of strong showings from Max Verstappen and Honda this year. Daniel Ricciardo left for Renault ahead of 2019 at the same time that Red Bull...

Russell’s logic: “I’m on the exact same course as Leclerc”

Russell’s logic: “I’m on the exact same course as Leclerc”

Williams' George Russell emulated Charles Leclerc's success in motorsport's junior series on his way up to F1, and the young Briton believes that factually, he is on the same exact course as the Ferrari driver. Russell led a trio of Formula 2 chargers that were...

Ticktum joins Williams Racing Driver Academy

Ticktum joins Williams Racing Driver Academy

Dan Ticktum has been signed by Williams and will be part of the team’s Racing Driver Programme in the wake of the 20-year-old being ditched by Red Bull earlier this year. The Briton will contest the 2020 Formula 2 season with DAMS, after getting his feet wet at the...

Red Bull running two weeks ahead of schedule – Marko

Red Bull running two weeks ahead of schedule – Marko

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko says the lead-in to the senior bull squad's 2020 season is going "better than ever" with the team's chassis production running two weeks ahead of schedule. In the past few years, Red Bull Racing has typically lagged its...

Albon: I want to mix it at the front next year!

Albon: I want to mix it at the front next year!

2019 Formula 1 Rookie of the Year Alex Albon says he is looking forward to a more normal second season in the top flight after his high-pressure first season and as a result aims to be a podium contender in 2020. The 23-year-old Thai rookie had a rollercoaster ride in...

Marko: We’re going into 2020 as prepared as never before

Marko: We’re going into 2020 as prepared as never before

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has put his money where his mouth is (or a noose around his neck) by declaring that his team have “no excuses for 2020” and claims the Milton Keynes outfit will be better prepared than ever for next season. After switching to works Honda...

Norris became a complete F1 driver after break – Seidl

Norris became a complete F1 driver after break – Seidl

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl believes Lando Norris became a complete Formula 1 driver after the summer break, having taken a measured approach to the start of the season. Norris finished runner-up in the 2018 Formula 2 championship and was promoted to a race...

Scuderia AlphaTauri sets date for 2020 car launch

Scuderia AlphaTauri - formerly known as Toro Rosso - will unveil its 2020 Honda-powered challenger on February 14. Toro Rosso requested its name change, which was accepted earlier this year, to promote the Alpha Tauri fashion brand line launched by Red Bull two years...

Honda sees big performance step ‘difficult’ in the future

Honda sees big performance step ‘difficult’ in the future

Honda believes that significant power unit gains may be hard to come by in the future given the current stage of engine development in F1. Honda entered the sport's hybrid era in 2015, or one year later than its rivals, but struggled for the better part of four...

Is there an opening for Nick Chester at Williams?

Is there an opening for Nick Chester at Williams?

Former Renault F1 chassis tech boss Nick Chester might be heading to Williams according to a report from Motorsport.com. Chester was forced to depart Renault earlier this month following an ongoing overhaul of the French outfit's technical department at Enstone. The...

Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot agree to $50 billion merger

Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot agree to $50 billion merger

Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot maker PSA face the challenge of winning over regulators and delivering on a pledge to slash costs without closing factories after sealing a binding deal to create the world’s fourth-biggest carmaker. Both tasks are likely to prove difficult,...

Verstappen: Lewis was the one who met with Ferrari…

Verstappen: Lewis was the one who met with Ferrari…

Lately, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen is playing down talk about his future in Formula 1 after, not long ago, making it known around the paddock that he was available to best offers beyond 2020. Despite a strong finish to his 2019 F1 season, Ferrari has angrily ruled...

Magnussen looks to the past for confidence in Haas’ future

Magnussen looks to the past for confidence in Haas’ future

Kevin Magnussen believes Haas should look to its recent past in F1 and rely on its experience to turn around its fortunes in 2020. Before the 2019 season got underway in Melbourne, Haas was seen as a top candidate to lead F1's competitive mid-field. But early on the...

Yamamoto could get more F1 mileage with Red Bull

Yamamoto could get more F1 mileage with Red Bull

Two-time Japanese Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto could be set for more F1 outings next season thanks to Red Bull and Honda. Yamamoto, whose abundant talent should have landed him an F1 drive long ago according to his former Super GT teammate Jenson Button,...

Hamilton tells the story behind number ’44’

Hamilton tells the story behind number ’44’

For those who don't know the story behind Lewis Hamilton's famous race number, the Mercedes driver recounted the origin of #44 during Sunday's BBC Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony. Hamilton has used #44 in F1 since 2014, when the FIA allowed drivers to...