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Hamilton’s Formula 1 career easier than Schumacher says Briatore – does he have a point?

Former Formula 1 team boss Flavio Briatore has said the achievements of Lewis Hamilton are not comparable to those of Michael Schumacher. Briatore believes the level of competition Hamilton has faced is not even close to the level of the seven-time champion. But does the Italian have a point? Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet, Mika […]

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F1 to delay next-generation car development

Formula 1 is set to prohibit the development of cars for the next set of technical regulations until next year in order to cut costs during the COVID-19 crisis.A number of initiatives have already been agreed upon, designed to reduce the pressure on teams while the sport is unable to function normally given the global […]

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Marko: ‘It would be best if Max caught the virus now’

Helmut Marko says a lot of things, but no words have been quite so utterly bizarre as him saying the best thing that could happen to Max Verstappen is for him to catch coronavirus. In an interview with Kronen Zeitung newspaper, the 76-year-old was asked a series of questions about the coronavirus pandemic and the impact […]

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The Senna legend begins

Ayrton Senna. Three time Formula 1 world champion. The greatest of all time? At 24-years of age, Senna made his Formula 1 debut at the Brazilian Grand Prix, held at Jacarepagua, where he raced for Toleman Motorsport in the TG184. Out-qualifying teammate Johnny Cecotto by two seconds, although only by one position, Senna retired after […]

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Why Formula 1 should consider an 18-month ‘Super Season’

With five of the opening seven Formula 1 grands prix of 2020 postponed and two others cancelled, and with teams running this year’s cars in 2021, it begs the question – should F1 consider an elongated campaign through to the end of next season? The idea of an 18-month season, mooted between GPFans writers following […]

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Breaking: Mercedes mulling Formula One departure in 2021

Mercedes-Benz’s may tell Formula One next month that it plans to leave the sport, according to a report Wednesday from Autocar. Autocar and Racefans broke the news, and sources told the publications that the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team may be rebranded as an Aston Martin team and its lead driver and six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton could move to Ferrari. […]

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F1 postpones Dutch, Spanish and Monaco GPs

While Formula 1 acknowledged last week its season was likely to begin in late May, it held off postponing its three races scheduled that month. On Thursday, however, that anticipated step was officially taken. “In view of the continued global spread of COVID-19 and after ongoing discussions with the FIA and the three promoters, it […]

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Opinion: Time for F1 to experiment… if and when 2020 gets going

It is easy to forget that it has been just one month since pre-season testing got underway at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. At that point the COVID-19 coronavirus had some prominence but it remained a faraway threat that had only derailed the Chinese Grand Prix, potentially threatened Vietnam, and meant that our Chinese colleague wasn’t […]

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Make-or-break year for Sebastian Vettel as Ferrari contract runs out

Sebastian Vettel has vowed to learn the lessons from last year – and maybe the two years before that – and come back stronger in the 2020 Formula One season. After finishing a disappointing fifth overall – 173 points behind champion Lewis Hamilton – Vettel’s pride was hurt. Even more so because the four-time F1 […]

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Stroll to increase stake in Aston Martin

Having originally bought a 16.7% stake in Aston Martin, Lawrence Stroll’s consortium is increasing this to 25%. In January, the Stroll-led consortium, which includes Andre Desmarais, Michael de Picciotti, Silas Chou, John Idol, Anthony Bamford and John McCaw, paid an estimated £182m for a 16.7% stake in the company at a price of around £4 […]

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Mercedes back down but Ferrari’s other rivals continue FIA fight over power unit settlement

Written by Dieter Rencken and Keith Collantine Mercedes is no longer part of the ‘gang of seven’ teams which was pressing the FIA over its settlement with Ferrari over last year’s investigation into the legality of its power unit. However RaceFans understands the majority of the remaining teams are still backing efforts to clarify with the FIA whether […]

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Bernie Ecclestone Says F1 Was Too Slow in Reacting to Coronavirus Threat

Some drivers left Melbourne before fans and media even knew that the Australian Grand Prix had been canceled. Retired Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone says that the current series officials took too long to react to the worldwide coronavirus crisis that ultimately led to the cancelation of the F1 Australian Grand Prix. After a McLaren team […]

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Ferrari shutting down operations in Italy

Ferrari has confirmed that it is shutting down all operations in Italy with immediate effect until at least March 29 because of the worldwide spread of coronavirus. As well as the F1 operation in Maranello, the shut-down also includes facilities at Modena and the production of its range of top-of-the-line road cars. The company said […]

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F1 suspended until end of May; Bahrain & Vietnam GPs postponed

Formula 1 races in Sakhir and Hanoi will not be taking place as planned until later in the year The Bahrain and Vietnam Grands Prix have both been postponed due to coronavirus, becoming the third and fourth F1 races to be affected by the pandemic. Following the decision to cancel the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, rounds […]

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BREAKING: Australian Grand Prix CANCELLED

The Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix has been cancelled following McLaren‘s withdrawal from the event after a team member tested positive for coronavirus. The decision has been made after nine members of team personnel, the majority from the Haas team, went into self isolation after showing symptoms of the coronavirus. Of the nine people tested, only the […]

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Confusion over Australian GP with conflicting reports

Conflicting reports are emerging from Melbourne with some suggesting that the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix will go ahead regardless of the case of coronavirus that have forced McLaren‘s withdrawal, while others claim that the race will be postponed.   Initially, Sky Sports have revealed that an unnamed Formula 1 team principal had confirmed, following a […]

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McLaren and Haas team members in self-isolation after showing signs of coronavirus

McLaren Racing have confirmed that an employee working at the Albert Park circuit for this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix is in self-isolation and is currently being tested for the Covid-19 virus. A short statement released by the Woking-based squad in Melbourne on Wednesday evening revealed that an employee is being held in self-isolation after being […]

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World Motor Sport Council legitimises FIA over Ferrari investigation FIA President Jean Todt has received backing from the World Motor Sport Council with regards to how the FIA conducted the investigation into the legality of Ferrari’s 2019 power unit, which has been questioned by several teams including Mercedes and Red Bull. Last year Ferrari displayed extreme speed on […]

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MPH: Is F1 irresponsible to race amid coronavirus outbreak?

Grand Prix racing could have been designed to spread a virus worldwide, says Mark Hughes. So should Formula 1 postpone more races until coronavirus subsides? Ferrari’s equipment has made it to Melbourne against some expectations Author Mark Hughes I arrived in Melbourne early, just because I could. The sunshine contrasts so vigorously to months of […]

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Bahrain GP to run behind closed doors

This year’s Bahrain Grand Prix will take place without spectators as the race organizers opted to make it a “participants-only event” in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The race had already suspended ticket sales while looking into how it was going to handle the situation, with travel restrictions in place against people who had visited […]

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FIA admits to doubts over Ferrari’s power unit legality in 2019

The FIA has hit back at demands from seven Formula 1 teams that it disclose details of its settlement with Ferrari over its power unit in 2019, but admits it was not fully satisfied the Italian team’s power unit usage was legal. A statement last week revealed the FIA had reached an agreement with Ferrari […]

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F1 in revolt as SEVEN teams join forces in a letter to FIA chiefs over their secret agreement with Ferrari after suspicions they were gaining a power advantage over their rivals

F1 teams have revealed their shock at FIA’s confidential agreement with Ferrari They are concerned the FIA’s probe does not identify whether Ferrari bent rules Aside from Ferrari, Alfa Romeo & Haas were only teams not to put name in letter Ferrari finished second in the constructors’ championship during 2019 season Seven of the 10 […]

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Seven F1 teams demand explanation over secret FIA-Ferrari settlement

  The seven Formula 1 teams which do not use Ferrari power units have issued a statement that they are “surprised and shocked” by last week’s settlement between the team and the FIA. McLaren, Mercedes, Racing Point, Red Bull, Renault, and Williams say they “strongly object” to the deal between the sport’s governing body and […]

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Max Verstappen’s boss hints at drastic action if Red Bull F1 ace joins Mercedes or Ferrari

Max Verstappen is the No 1 driver at F1 title hopefuls Red Bull. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has admitted in newly-released footage that the team would have to consider their F1 future if they were to lose star man Max Verstappen. Verstappen goes into the new season as Red Bull’s undisputed No 1 driver, with Horner and […]

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VIRUS RESTRICTIONS AFFECTING F1 TEAMS TRAVEL PLANS TO AUSTRALIA

  Increasing and constantly changing travel restrictions, medical screenings, quarantines and other concerns due to the worldwide Coronavirus epidemic are causing problems for F1 personnel heading to Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix. There are also concerns surrounding the two races – Bahrain and Vietnam – that are next on the schedule after Australia. Outbreaks […]

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Where F1 goes after today is at the mercy of Coronavirus

  Wander about the Circuit de Catalunya paddock and wherever F1 folk are huddled you can bet there is a single topic of conversation: Coronavirus. Discussions about the disease dominate eclipsed those about DAS in the second week in Spain. Everybody holds an opinion about it, yet nobody has a definitive solution, for here for the […]

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Ferrari takes action as coronavirus hits Italy; more GPs under threat

Ferrari has closed its museums in Maranello and Modena, while also stopping all non-critical business travel, in response to the growing coronavirus outbreak in Italy. The virus has created uncertainty about some of the early races in the season, too. Rapidly increasing numbers of those diagnosed with the virus has led to a number of […]

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Thursday F1 Test Results: The ‘Pink Mercedes’ Has Everybody Talking in Barcelona

On the first day of the test on Wednesday, Racing Point’s Sergio Perez was the third quickest, and on the second day he was second overall. The lap times do not mean much at this stage (after all, Mercedes and Valtteri Bottas was slowest of all cars on the track on Thursday), but the fact […]

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‘Teams will need half a season to copy Mercedes DAS steering system’

Developing a dual-axis steering system to match Mercedes will take until mid-season, says Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto “When pre-season testing started on Wednesday I did not think I would be using a word that sounds like a popular detergent.” But since Thursday morning, when Lewis Hamilton started moving his steering wheel back and forth on the main straights […]

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Alain Prost’s greatest drives in Formula 1

With four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost today reaching the milestone of 65 years of age, we have taken a look at five of his best races Formula 1 legend Alain Prost celebrates his 65th birthday today. With 51 grand prix wins and four world drivers’ titles, usually done in his inimitable smooth-as-silk style, his […]

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Scheckter to demo his championship winning Ferrari in Joburg Festival

Formula One returns to South Africa with the Heineken F1 Joburg Festival on March 29 with former champion Jody Scheckter completing a demonstration run in his title winning 1979 Ferrari. The event will feature live demonstrations with cars from the Mercedes, Red Bull and Renault team and takes place a week before the Vietnam and one week after […]

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Formula 1 confirms plans for South Africa Fan Festival

Formula 1 will return to South Africa this year after confirming details for a Fan Festival in Johannesburg. Formula 1 has not visited the continent of Africa since the last of 23 championship grands prix was held at Kyalami in 1993. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W11. Formula One Testing, Day 1, Wednesday 19th […]

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Mercedes: FIA has given dual-axis steering (DAS) all clear

Mercedes Formula 1 technical chief James Allison says he is not concerned about the legality of a steering wheel system on its W11, which has been labelled DAS (Dual-Axis Steering). TV footage on Thursday morning noted that Lewis Hamilton was moving his steering wheel forwards and back along the pits and back straight at the […]

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Toto Wolff says Red Bull are Mercedes’ biggest threat in F1 2020

“I think Red Bull and Helmut are going to give this a massive emphasis,” predicts Mercedes chief Wolff Toto Wolff thinks Red Bull will be Mercedes’ biggest challengers in F1 2020, believing the opportunity to make Max Verstappen the youngest-ever world champion will be their driving force. Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton made ideal starts to […]

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Fittipaldi wants to see Hamilton win seventh world title ‘at another team’

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi reckons that Lewis Hamilton could become even greater by winning a championship with a different team.It is rumoured that the six-time world champion may leave the Silver Arrows at the end of his contract and possibly link up with rivals Ferrari. Hamilton has already won titles with both Mercedes and McLaren, […]

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Vietnam GP ‘will not be postponed’, authorities claim

Vietnamese authorities have stated that the planned Grand Prix in April will still go ahead as planned, despite anxiety surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak in Asia. The epidemic has caused a huge disruption to the Asian sporting calendar, with other major events either postponed or cancelled altogether. Earlier this week, F1 bosses announced that the Chinese […]