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Imola returns, Australia and China postponed, in latest calendar

by Phillip Horton Formula 1 has overhauled its 2021 calendar, confirming the return of Imola, as the championship continues to suffer the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Formula 1 unveiled a 23-round 2021 calendar last year but the first changes have now been ratified and released by series organisers. The proposed season-opener in Australia on March […]

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Abiteboul leaves Renault as team becomes Alpine for 2021

Written by Keith Collantine Renault has announced the departure of Cyril Abiteboul, who ran its Formula 1 team until last season. Abiteboul oversaw Renault’s return to Formula 1 as a full constructor in 2016. Last year the team scored its first podium finishes since the former world championship-winning outfit was was revived. The company previously […]

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Rookie Mick Schumacher Is a Lot More to F1 Than Just Michael’s Kid

Haas F1’s promising rookie heads into 2021 with a chance to prove that he is the future of an entire sport. BY FRED SMITH Admittedly, it can be hard to get past Mick Schumacher’s name. Michael Schumacher, seven-time World Champion and the face of Formula 1’s most recent V-12 era, casts a long shadow over his […]

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Verstappen plans to ‘destroy’ Perez at Red Bull

Max Verstappen has pledged to “destroy” his new Red Bull colleague Sergio Perez – just as his intention would be with any team-mate. The Dutchman has always been eager to put the advice of his father, Jos, into practice and there is no disputing that ultimately getting the measure of his team-mate is exactly what he […]

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Red Bull Place Alexander Albon and Liam Lawson in the DTM Series in 2021

By Paul Hensby Alexander Albon will race in the DTM Series in 2021 alongside his reserve driver role with Red Bull Racing, with the Anglo-Thai driver being joined in the championship by Red Bull Junior Liam Lawson. Twenty-four-year-old Albon, who lost his Red Bull seat to Sergio Pérez for the 2021 Formula 1 season after a lacklustre 2020 season, will race in DTM in […]

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Lewis Hamilton contract: Mercedes man has four demands to sign new deal

By Nick Sutherland Lewis Hamilton has certainly had a busy few months. The 35-year-old claimed his fourth-consecutive F1 Drivers’ Championship in 2020 and was selected as the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in December. Hamilton’s biggest accomplishment of recent times, though, is being awarded a knighthood in The Queen’s 2021 New Year’s Honours List. One […]

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Vettel “learned a lot about myself” during worst season in F1 with Ferrari

By Lewis Larkam Outgoing Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel says he “learned a lot about myself” both on and off track when he endured his worst season in F1 in 2020. Outgoing Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel says he “learned a lot about myself” both on and off track when he endured his worst season in Formula 1 […]

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Schumacher is at Haas to prepare for Ferrari seat – Binotto

By Chris Medland | Mick Schumacher has the chance to race for Haas in 2021 because Ferrari believes he has the potential to represent the Scuderia in future, according to team principal Mattia Binotto. Haas has signed Schumacher and fellow rookie Nikita Mazepin as its 2021 driver line-up. The German secured the Formula 2 championship shortly […]

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Lewis Hamilton awarded knighthood for services to motorsport

British Formula One driver caps superb year by being recognised in UK New Year Honours list. Lewis Hamilton’s incredible year has been sealed by being awarded a knighthood for services to motorsport. The 35-year-old equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven Formula One world titles this year as he continues to dominate the sport, and his […]

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Still more to learn from Bahrain crash – Grosjean

By Chris Medland | racer.com Romain Grosjean says the crash he suffered at the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix leaves a number of questions about how he survived that still need answering. The Haas driver turned across the front of Daniil Kvyat on the run towards Turn 4, clipping the front of the AlphaTauri and […]

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Alonso to the podium in 2021? “Only with a Mercedes disaster”

 by GPblog.com The acclaimed return of racing legend Fernando Alonso in Formula 1 would of course not be complete without another round of champagne on the podium for the Spaniard. However, Alonso does not estimate his chances of a podium in 2021 are very high, and says that it depends largely on how many blunders Mercedes manages to make […]

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Former Ferrari staff to work for Haas from new Maranello facility

By DANIEL HERRERO Scuderia Ferrari staff at the Tuscan Grand Prix Ferrari is establishing a separate facility at its Maranello base from which staff who are switching to Haas will operate. The initiative comes ahead of the implementation of Formula 1’s budget cap next year, and follows the announcement earlier this month that its Head […]

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The Formula One Focus Now Shifts To 2021

As a global pandemic held sport in a vice like grip, it looked highly unlikely that Formula One would even be able to stage the 2020 edition of its annual schedule and any talk of Lewis Hamilton earning a seventh Driver’s Championship was nothing more than wishful thinking. While although there would have been all […]

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F1 champ Hamilton reveals drastic weight loss to highlight frightening effects of COVID-19

By: JACK AUSTIN Lewis Hamilton has revealed the frightening effects of COVID-19 on his body, after revealing he shed 4kg due to the virus and is finding it tough to recover the muscle lost in the gym. The seven-time F1 champion, who equalled Michael Schumacher’s record this season, was forced to skip the second race […]

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Perez threat will make life ‘much harder’ for Mercedes – Hamilton

By Chris Medland | Lewis Hamilton believes new Red Bull recruit Sergio Perez will make life significantly harder for Mercedes than Alex Albon was able to this year. Perez will partner Max Verstappen in 2021, replacing Albon who had a disappointing season and rarely threatened the Mercedes drivers. Albon was a close fourth behind Hamilton and […]

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INEOS takes one-third stake in Mercedes, Wolff stays as boss

by Phillip Horton  Toto Wolff will remain as Team Principal and CEO of the Mercedes Formula 1 team for another three years with INEOS becoming a one-third shareholder in the team. On Friday Mercedes announced that a new structure has been implemented, with the Formula 1 operation now owned in three equal parts by Mercedes parent […]

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Red Bull Left Searching for a Title Sponsor After Confirming Aston Martin Split

By: Erin Clark A lot has changed in the F1 scene since Lawrence Stroll took over the road cars division at Aston Martin. The rebranding of Racing Point with Aston Martin and then Vettel being signed. On the other side, Red Bull will not be continuing with Aston Martin as their title sponsor into 2021. […]

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Tsunoda confirmed at AlphaTauri for 2021

By: Sam Hall AlphaTauri has confirmed Japanese driver Yuki Tsunoda will replace Daniil Kvyat in the team for the 2021 Formula 1 season. Tsunoda becomes the first Japanese driver to race in F1 since Kamui Kobayashi raced for Caterham in 2014. The 20-year-old drove on Tuesday in the post-season young-driver-test, setting the fifth fastest time in […]

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Williams appoints Jost Capito as CEO, Simon Roberts remains team principal

By:Jake Williams-Smith  Williams has announced ex-Volkswagen boss Jost Capito will join the team next year as CEO  Williams has confirmed that Jost Capito will join the team as chief executive officer and that Simon Roberts will remain as team principal next season. Capito will join the team from February 2021 for his second stint in […]

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Alonso, 39, is fastest in Formula One’s ‘young driver’ test

Double world champion Fernando Alonso, 39, lapped fastest in a controversial appearance for Renault in Formula One’s post-season “young driver” test at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit on Tuesday. The Spaniard, winner of 32 grands prix, is not a young driver by any stretch of the imagination but has not raced in F1 for two […]

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F1’s Grosjean has surgery on both hands

French Formula One driver Romain Grosjean has undergone surgery on both hands after his massive fiery crash at last month’s Bahrain Grand Prix. “Everything went well,” the 34-year-old Grosjean tweeted late Tuesday. Grosjean had earlier in the day said the operation was needed to repair thumb ligament damage and clean burn wounds in his left […]

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Michael Schumacher health latest: ‘No one knows how much he understands’ Ross Brawn says

By MIKAEL MCKENZIE   Michael Schumacher is continuing to recover from a devastating brain injury and his former Benetton and Ferrari boss Ross Brawn is praying the F1 legend can one day watch his son compete in motorsport’s premier competition, as he is set to make his debut next year. Mick Schumacher has earned a seat […]

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Verstappen wins dreary season finale in Abu Dhabi

Written by Keith Collantine Max Verstappen scored his second victory of 2020 as the season ended with a processional Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver kept his lead at the start and drew clear of the chasing Mercedes in a race which was shaped by an early Safety Car period after Sergio Perez’s power unit failed. […]

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Perez doubts maiden win will affect F1 future

by Phillip Horton Sergio Perez says he doubts his maiden victory at Formula 1’s Sakhir Grand Prix will be the defining factor that determines his future in the championship. Perez’s seven-year stint at Racing Point/Force India will come to a close after this weekend’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He has already outlined that his only […]

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Grosjean: ‘I Didn’t Expect to End My F1 Career Like This, But I Think It’s For the Best’

BY: MÁTÉ PETRÁNY We’ve known for a while that both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will be out of the Haas F1 team after the 2020 season. Magnussen already announced that he will follow in the steps of his father, four-time Le Mans class winner Jan Magnussen, into endurance racing. Magnussen will continue racing in America […]

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Schumacher secures F2 crown

Mick Schumacher has won the 2020 Formula 2 championship despite finishing a distant 18th in the final race. Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala won the race, coming out on top of a race-long battle with Dan Ticktum, to win by 2.9s, while the DAMS driver ended up in third after a late overtake from feature race winner […]

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Fairytale win not to be but George Russell sends powerful message to F1 and Mercedes

By Andrew BensonChief F1 writer A fairytale victory for George Russell on his debut for Mercedes slipped through his fingers in an agonising manner, but there was no doubting the power of the message he sent at the Sakhir Grand Prix. Standing in for Lewis Hamilton after the world champion contracted coronavirus, the 22-year-old Briton […]

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Renault confirms Alonso for Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi

By Chris Medland | Renault has received approval from the FIA to run 39-year-old Fernando Alonso in the Young Driver Test that follows the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Sutton/Motorsport Images Originally planned as a 2021 tire test, cost-cutting measures related to the pandemic led to the test being shortened to one day and restricted to young […]

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‘Wacky’, ‘spectacular’, ‘a mini Indy 500’ – Drivers predict F1 on Sakhir’s ‘Outer Circuit’

By:  Ben Issatt There’s a common theme among most drivers predictions for this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix, expect chaos. For the second race in Bahrain, Formula 1 has done something very different by switching from the traditional GP layout which has been used for every race bar one since 2004, to the high-speed ‘Outer Circuit’. […]

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Romain Grosjean Has Been Released From Hospital

By Jasmine Butler Haas F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean has been able to leave the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Hospital, after recovering well from his injuries. Grosjean gained burns to his hands and ankles when he was caught up in a horrific accident at the Bahrain Grand Prix. His car collied with a barrier just after Turn 3 on […]

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Schumacher steps up to Haas on multi-year deal

by Phillip Horton  Haas has confirmed that Mick Schumacher will drive for the team in the 2021 Formula 1 season, completing an all-rookie line-up, after signing a multi-year deal. Schumacher, part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, currently leads the Formula 2 championship by 14 points ahead of this weekend’s season finale in Bahrain. The 21-year-old, son […]

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Hamilton sidelined after positive COVID-19 test

By Chris Medland | Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 the day after winning in Bahrain and will miss this coming weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix. The 2020 world champion returned negative tests throughout his time in Bahrain as per Formula 1 protocols, but started suffering mild symptoms on Monday morning. Following information he had […]

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Grosjean hospital stay extended; targets Abu Dhabi return

 By Chris Medland | Romain Grosjean is set for another night in hospital for treatment on burns sustained in a crash during last weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, but wants to race in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix if his injuries allow. The Frenchman suffered burns to the back of his hands in the first-lap accident, […]

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ROMAIN GROSJEAN SAYS HALO PROTECTION SAVED HIS LIFE IN HORRIFIC F1 CRASH

Roman Grosjean says F1’s introduction of the halo – a safety device which protects drivers – is the “greatest thing” the sport has brought in, after the Haas driver managed to walk away largely unhurt following a shocking crash which saw his car split in two and burst into flames at the Bahrain Grand Prix. […]

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Ricciardo disgusted by F1’s “Hollywood” coverage of Grosjean crash

 Written by Dieter Rencken and Keith Collantine A furious Daniel Ricciardo criticised Formula 1’s coverage of Romain Grosjean’s crash in the Bahrain Grand Prix. Several replays of the Haas driver’s fiery accident were shown during the length delay between the crash and the resumption of the race almost 90 minutes later. “I’m firstly happy that that he’s OK from […]

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ROMAIN GROSJEAN WALKS AWAY FROM HORROR CRASH AT BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

BY: ALEXANDER NETHERTON Haas driver Romain Grosjean is lucky to be alive after a huge crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Grosjean’s car hit a barrier that ripped it into two, and then burst into flames. With assistance the driver was able to walk away from the car and is undergoing medical treatment, though he […]