Italian GP revives Abu Dhabi safety car debate

Italian GP revives Abu Dhabi safety car debate

Formula One's safety-car rules will be discussed by teams and the governing body after the final anti-climactic laps of Sunday's Italian Grand Prix revived memories of last year's controversial Abu Dhabi title-decider. World champion Max Verstappen won then and now, but the irony at Monza was that his Red Bull team were the ones sounding off about how the race ended while previously aggrieved Mercedes defended officials. This time, unlike December's race in Abu Dhabi, the FIA followed the rules and the fans still piled in with booing and jeers from Ferrari's home crowd. Mercedes' seven times world champion Lewis…
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Red Bull look beyond Porsche to independent future in F1

Red Bull look beyond Porsche to independent future in F1

Red Bull will be at no disadvantage to Formula One rivals without Porsche as a partner, team boss Christian Horner said after the announcement last week that talks with the German sportscar maker had ended. The two sides had been discussing joining forces for months but championship leaders Red Bull were determined to stay independent. Horner told reporters at the Italian Grand Prix that leaked details of a deal suggested Porsche maybe "were slightly getting a little bit ahead of themselves" and no binding commitment was ever signed. "It was only natural to discuss and explore possibilities with them. In…
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Verstappen wins Italian Grand Prix behind safety car

Verstappen wins Italian Grand Prix behind safety car

MONZA, Italy (Reuters) - Red Bull's Max Verstappen dashed Ferrari's home hopes and won the Italian Grand Prix behind the safety car on Sunday to move potentially a race away from his second Formula One world championship. The Dutch 24-year-old's victory at the 'Temple of Speed', in a race that ended in anti-climax and some jeers from the crowd, was Verstappen's fifth in a row and 11th from 16 races this season. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands during the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza race track in Monza, Italy, 11 September…
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Porsche’s Formula One plans stall as Red Bull talks collapse

Porsche’s Formula One plans stall as Red Bull talks collapse

Porsche and Red Bull have ended talks over Porsche joining Formula One, but the German sports car brand remains interested in entering the racing series, it said on Friday. "The two companies have now jointly come to the conclusion that these talks will no longer be continued," Porsche AG said in a statement. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner told motorsport.com at the Italian Grand Prix that it had become clear during talks with Porsche that "there was a strategic non-alignment". Volkswagen's former chief Herbert Diess said in May its Porsche and Audi brands would join Formula One, long dominated…
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UPDATE: Verstappen wins Dutch Grand Prix for second year in a row

UPDATE: Verstappen wins Dutch Grand Prix for second year in a row

ZANDVOORT, Netherlands, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Red Bull's Max Verstappen won his home Dutch Grand Prix from pole position for the second year in a row on Sunday to send the fans wild and his Formula One world championship lead into triple figures. He added a bonus point for the fastest lap as George Russell finished second for Mercedes and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc completed the podium at Zandvoort. "They threw everything at us but we made the right calls," said Verstappen over the radio as he celebrated his fourth win in a row, and 10th in 15 races to surge 109 points clear at the top. "It’s always special to win…
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Verstappen back on pole for home Dutch Grand Prix

Verstappen back on pole for home Dutch Grand Prix

Sept 3 (Reuters) - Red Bull's Max Verstappen fired up his fans by seizing pole position at his home Dutch Formula One Grand Prix for the second year in a row with a storming final effort on Saturday. The runaway championship leader was joined on the front row by Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, after qualifying at Zandvoort ended with Verstappen's Mexican team mate Sergio Perez crashing at the final corner. The yellow warning flags prevented seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton making a last-gasp bid for pole in his Mercedes, and the Briton ended up in fourth place with Ferrari's Carlos Sainz in third.…
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Verstappen hails Belgian weekend as his most dominant yet

Verstappen hails Belgian weekend as his most dominant yet

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (Reuters) - Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen hailed the Belgian Grand Prix weekend as his most dominant yet in the sport. The Red Bull driver ended Friday practice nearly a second clear of his rivals, was comfortably quickest in Saturday's qualifying and overcame engine and gearbox-related penalties to win from 14th on the grid on Sunday. "I think if you look at the whole weekend, yes," said the Dutch 24-year-old when asked if this had been his most dominant display. "The car has been incredible from first practice. I don’t think we expected it to be like…
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F1 – Verstappen wins in Belgium from 14th on the grid

F1 – Verstappen wins in Belgium from 14th on the grid

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (Reuters) - Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen won the Belgian Grand Prix in a Red Bull one-two on Sunday after he raced through the field from 14th on the starting grid. Mexican team mate Sergio Perez finished second with Ferrari's Carlos Sainz taking third place after starting on pole position. Dutch Formula One driver Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing reacts while crossing the finish line to win the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at the Spa-Francorchamps race track in Stavelot, Belgium, 28 August 2022. EPA-EFE/GEERT VANDEN WIJNGAERT / POOL The victory was Verstappen's ninth in…
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Audi to enter Formula One from 2026

Audi to enter Formula One from 2026

Audi will enter Formula One from 2026 with one of the sport's existing teams and using a new power unit to be built in Germany, it announced on Friday. The Volkswagen-owned premium brand said it would reveal by the end of the year which team it would be partnering in what will be the start of a new and more sustainable era for the sport. The marque has been in talks with the Swiss-based Sauber Group, whose team competes under the Alfa Romeo name, according to reports by Reuters and other media. Aston Martin and Williams, who both use Mercedes…
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Former Formula One boss Ecclestone indicates not guilty plea to UK fraud charge

Former Formula One boss Ecclestone indicates not guilty plea to UK fraud charge

Former Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has indicated a not guilty plea to a charge of fraud over a failure to declare more than 400 million pounds ($472 million) of overseas assets, Sky News reported on Monday. Last month the Crown Prosecution Service said it had reviewed a file of evidence from the British tax authority and authorised a charge against Ecclestone, 91, of fraud by false representation. Appearing at London's Westminster Magistrates Court, Ecclestone confirmed his name, date of birth and address before indicating a not guilty plea, Sky reported. The British billionaire was granted unconditional bail ahead of…
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Motor racing – Hamilton ‘fully transformed’ by Africa trip

Motor racing – Hamilton ‘fully transformed’ by Africa trip

Seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton says he feels "transformed" after travelling in Africa during Formula One's August break. The Briton, Formula One's only Black driver whose paternal grandparents emigrated to Britain from the Caribbean, has documented across social media his trip to Namibia, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. "These past two weeks have been some of the best days of my entire life," the 37-year-old said in an Instagram post. "I'm not the same man I was before this trip, all the beauty, love and peacefulness I experienced has me feeling fully transformed." Hamilton, who races for Mercedes and has…
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Two-time F1 world champion Alonso to join Aston Martin

Two-time F1 world champion Alonso to join Aston Martin

Two times Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso will race for Aston Martin from 2023 after the 41-year-old Spaniard signed a multi-year contract, the team announced on Monday. Alonso joins from Renault-owned Alpine as replacement for Germany's four times world champion Sebastian Vettel, 35, who last week announced his retirement at the end of the current season. The vacancy created at Alpine by the Spaniard's departure is expected to be filled in turn by that team's 21-year-old Australian reserve Oscar Piastri, last year's Formula Two champion. "I still have the hunger and ambition to fight to be at the front, and I want…
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Russell takes first F1 pole of his career in Hungary

Russell takes first F1 pole of his career in Hungary

(Reuters) - Britain's George Russell took the first pole position of his Formula One career with the fastest lap for Mercedes in Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday. The 24-year-old will have Ferrari's Carlos Sainz alongside on the front row for Sunday's race. Red Bull's championship leader Max Verstappen qualified only 10th after a loss of power in the final phase with Ferrari title rival Charles Leclerc, 63 points adrift, qualifying in third place. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Andrew Cawthorne) British Formula One driver George Russell of Mercedes-AMG Petronas reacts after setting a pole position during…
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UPDATE – Russell stuns with pole breakthrough in Hungary

UPDATE – Russell stuns with pole breakthrough in Hungary

July 30 (Reuters) - Britain's George Russell seized the first pole position of his Formula One career with a stunning qualifying lap in Hungary on Saturday as Mercedes found surprising speed and swept past fancied Ferrari. Russell, nicknamed 'Mr Saturday' when he was at lowly Williams for his qualifying performances, hit the sweet spot just when it mattered most to set up a real chance of a first win on Sunday. "We’ll be absolutely going for it. Victory is what we’re going for," he said. With Red Bull's runaway championship leader Max Verstappen suffering late power problems that left the Dutchman 10th on…
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Vettel announces retirement, says his goals have shifted

Vettel announces retirement, says his goals have shifted

Four times world champion Sebastian Vettel announced on Thursday his retirement from Formula One at the end of the season, saying his goals had changed and he wanted to focus more on family and interests outside the sport. The 35-year-old German won his titles with Red Bull from 2010-13 and spent six seasons with Ferrari before joining British-based Aston Martin, currently languishing ninth of 10 teams. He made the announcement ahead of this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, the 13th round of the season and last race before the August break. "I hereby announce my retirement from Formula One by the end of the 2022 season,"…
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F1: Mercedes boss Wolff says more car upgrades in the offing

F1: Mercedes boss Wolff says more car upgrades in the offing

Mercedes have many more upgrades to come as they seek to close in on Formula One leaders Red Bull and Ferrari, strategy boss James Vowles said on Wednesday. The defending world champions brought new parts to last weekend's French Grand Prix and Vowles said they were 'incremental'. "They are small steps that were added to the car but the important point is that we have plans to introduce far, far more across the races that follow," he said in a debrief conducted by the team. "We are not going to be able in one go just to catch up and be…
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Ferrari seek silver linings after title blow

Ferrari seek silver linings after title blow

Ferrari searched for silver linings after Sunday's French Grand Prix left them licking self-inflicted wounds, with fans fearing Formula One's oldest and most glamorous team had blown their title chances yet again. Charles Leclerc remained Max Verstappen's closest challenger but the Ferrari driver is now 63 points behind his Red Bull rival, with 10 races remaining, thanks to a mistake of his own making. Should Verstappen triumph in Hungary next weekend, he will go into the August break at least 70 points clear -- meaning that even winning every remaining race may not be enough for Leclerc. It would take…
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Leclerc blames himself for French Grand Prix crash

Leclerc blames himself for French Grand Prix crash

July 24 (Reuters) - Ferrari's Charles Leclerc blamed himself on Sunday for a French Grand Prix crash that left his Formula One title hopes disappearing into the distance. The Monegasque screamed in rage and frustration over the radio after he spun mid-corner and plunged into the tyre barrier at the 11th corner, Le Beausset, on the 18th of 53 scheduled laps. He had been leading from pole position and while he remained second in the championship there are a mighty 63 points now separating Leclerc from Red Bull's race winner Max Verstappen with 10 races to go. "A mistake. I've been saying I think I'm performing at…
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UPDATE – Verstappen wins in France after Leclerc crashes out

UPDATE – Verstappen wins in France after Leclerc crashes out

July 24 (Reuters) - Red Bull's Max Verstappen won the French Grand Prix on Sunday and took a huge stride towards a second Formula One title after Ferrari's Charles Leclerc made a costly mistake and crashed out while leading. Seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton finished second for Mercedes in his 300th grand prix, with team mate George Russell third to secure their first podium double of the campaign. The victory on a hot afternoon at Le Castellet was Verstappen's seventh in 12 races this season and 27th of his career. It also left him a hefty 63 points -- more than two…
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Leclerc puts Ferrari on pole in France with Verstappen alongside

Leclerc puts Ferrari on pole in France with Verstappen alongside

July 23 (Reuters) - Ferrari's Charles Leclerc received a boost from team mate Carlos Sainz that helped him beat Red Bull's championship leader Max Verstappen to pole position at the French Grand Prix on Saturday. Spaniard Sainz, who already knew he would be starting at the back on Sunday due to engine penalties, 'towed' Leclerc in his slipstream at Le Castellet's smooth-surfaced Circuit Paul Ricard. The extra speed made a difference. "It was a great lap. I’ve struggled all weekend to put a lap together and I managed to put it," said Leclerc, who is second overall but 38 points adrift of Verstappen in the standings after 11…
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Former Formula One supremo Ecclestone charged with fraud

Former Formula One supremo Ecclestone charged with fraud

Former Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has been charged with fraud over a failure to declare more than 400 million pounds ($477 million) in assets he held overseas to the British tax authority, prosecutors said on Monday. The Crown Prosecution Service said Ecclestone, 91, faced one count of fraud by false representation. "This follows a complex and worldwide criminal investigation by HMRC's Fraud Investigation Service," said Simon York, Director at the Fraud Investigation Service of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The first hearing in his case is due to be held on Aug. 22 at London's Westminster Magistrates Court.…
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Ferrari’s Leclerc wins in Austria after late scare

Ferrari’s Leclerc wins in Austria after late scare

July 10 (Reuters) - Charles Leclerc survived a late throttle scare to win the Austrian Grand Prix for Ferrari on Sunday and move back up as Formula One world championship leader Max Verstappen's closest rival. Red Bull's Verstappen had to settle for second, with a comfortable 38 point lead over the Monegasque after 11 of 22 races. Mercedes' seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton completed the podium for the third race in a row. "I was scared. I was really scared," said a relieved Leclerc over the team radio after taking the chequered flag at the Red Bull Ring with Verstappen in his mirrors and one and half seconds behind. Winner Monaco's Formula…
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F1 leader Verstappen to start in Pole Position in Austria

F1 leader Verstappen to start in Pole Position in Austria

(Reuters) - Formula One world championship leader Max Verstappen won a sprint race on Saturday to put Red Bull on pole position for Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix at their home track. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc will join the Dutch driver on the front row after finishing second in the 100km race at Spielberg, ahead of Spanish team mate Carlos Sainz. Developing Story (Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London; Editing by Alison Williams)
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F1: Max Verstappen aims to hit back with home win for Red Bull

F1: Max Verstappen aims to hit back with home win for Red Bull

Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen will be chasing his fourth Austrian Grand Prix victory in five years on Sunday as Red Bull seek to return to the top of the podium at their home race. The team, belonging to the Austrian energy drinks manufacturer that also owns the Red Bull Ring, had a run of six consecutive wins ended by Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz at last weekend’s British Grand Prix. It was a first win for the Spaniard, with Verstappen only seventh after his car was damaged by debris from sister team AlphaTauri. That cost the Dutch driver, who had…
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Sainz takes his first F1 pole at soggy Silverstone

Sainz takes his first F1 pole at soggy Silverstone

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Ferrari's Carlos Sainz took the first pole position of his Formula One career in a wet qualifying for the British Grand Prix on Saturday, with Red Bull's championship leader Max Verstappen alongside him on the front row. The Spaniard set a fastest time of one minute 40.983 seconds, with team mate Charles Leclerc qualifying third. Britain's seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton will start in fifth place for Mercedes on Sunday.  (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Clare Fallon)
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Verstappen leads Red Bull one-two in final British practice

Verstappen leads Red Bull one-two in final British practice

SILVERSTONE, England, July 2 (Reuters) - Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen led a Red Bull one-two in a breezy final practice for the British Grand Prix on Saturday. The Dutch 24-year-old lapped with a best time of one minute 27.901 seconds, 0.410 quicker than his Mexican team mate Sergio Perez. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was third with the Mercedes pair of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton fourth and fifth on the timesheets. Ferrari's Carlos Sainz was sixth fastest, confirming expectations that the battle in qualifying would be between the top three teams. Red Bull are leading both championships and are chasing a…
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Sainz puts Ferrari on top in British GP practice

Sainz puts Ferrari on top in British GP practice

SILVERSTONE, England, July 1 (Reuters) - Ferrari's Carlos Sainz kept crowd favourite Lewis Hamilton off the top of the timesheets in second practice for the British Grand Prix on Friday. The Spaniard produced a best lap of one minute 28.942 seconds, 0.163 quicker than Mercedes' seven times world champion Hamilton. Britain's Lando Norris was third for McLaren in the dry second session, with Red Bull's championship leader Max Verstappen fourth -- after complaining of a 'weird noise' -- and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc fifth. Hamilton, winner a record eight times at Silverstone, told his team over the radio that something appeared to have…
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Verstappen wins in Canada

Verstappen wins in Canada

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Red Bull's Max Verstappen celebrated his 150th Formula One race on Sunday with a victory in the Canadian Grand Prix that extended his world championship lead. The 24-year-old Dutch driver took his 26th career win just 0.9 of a second ahead of Ferrari's Carlos Sainz, with seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton completing the podium for Mercedes. Sainz collected a bonus point for fastest lap. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel)
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Mercedes say they pushed Hamilton’s Baku setup too far

Mercedes say they pushed Hamilton’s Baku setup too far

Mercedes pushed Lewis Hamilton's car setup too far in Azerbaijan last weekend and cannot cause him such pain again, the Formula One team's head of strategy said on Wednesday. Britain's seven times world champion suffered severe back pain wrestling with his bouncing car in Baku and said it had been his most painful race. Team boss Toto Wolff raised some concern about Hamilton being able to race in Canada this weekend but strategy boss James Vowles confirmed in a debrief that the driver would compete in Montreal. "He is an elite athlete that will push the bounds of endurance of…
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‘Stay on it,’ Verstappen tells Leclerc after Baku heartbreak

‘Stay on it,’ Verstappen tells Leclerc after Baku heartbreak

Max Verstappen spared no sympathy for Charles Leclerc after the Dutchman took advantage of a race-ending engine failure for his Ferrari Formula One rival to cruise to an unchallenged win in Azerbaijan on Sunday. "I would say shit happens, that's racing, you know?" Verstappen, who experienced the heartbreak of crashing out of the lead in Baku last year, told reporters.  "It happened to me, it happened to many people in the past and unfortunately it's happening to Charles. "If I would be in the same situation, I would also be disappointed, I think that's very normal, but it's about how you come…
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F1: Verstappen has unfinished business in Baku

F1: Verstappen has unfinished business in Baku

Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen has unfinished business to take care of at this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix while also looking to reassert himself as Red Bull's lead driver. The Dutchman was heading for victory at the Baku street track last year when a tyre exploded and pitched him into the barrier on the high speed run along the city’s Caspian Sea waterfront. Mexican team mate Sergio Perez took the win instead and returns triumphant and as a potential title contender after his victory two weeks ago in Monaco. Verstappen will be determined to stop him becoming the first…
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Formula 1: Sport leaders question future of Monaco Grand Prix

Formula 1: Sport leaders question future of Monaco Grand Prix

Formula One packed up after Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix with no certainty it would be back there next year, but offering plenty of advice on what needs to be done for a new race contract to be agreed. The sport has no shortage of venues clamouring for inclusion and is taking a close look at a calendar that could expand to 24 rounds. Miami made its debut this year, Las Vegas is entering in 2023 when Qatar returns as a fourth Middle Eastern round, and night races in Saudi Arabia and Singapore also add to the spectacle. Some feel Monaco,…
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UPDATE – Perez wins rain-delayed and red-flagged Monaco Grand Prix

UPDATE – Perez wins rain-delayed and red-flagged Monaco Grand Prix

 Mexican Sergio Perez won a rain-delayed, crash-halted and ultimately nail-biting Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday as Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen finished third to stretch his Formula One lead over Ferrari's Charles Leclerc. Ferrari's Carlos Sainz was second, for the second year in a row, with Leclerc an agonising fourth in his home race after starting on pole position but with his team outsmarted on strategy by Red Bull. Mexican Formula One driver Sergio Perez of Red Bull Racing takes a pitstop during the Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco,…
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Leclerc secures fantastic pole for home Monaco Grand Prix

Leclerc secures fantastic pole for home Monaco Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc of Ferrari drove a fantastic lap on Saturday to secure pole position for his home Monaco Formula One Grand Prix which he finally wants to win for a first time. The Monegasque clocked 1 minute 11.376 seconds around the 3.337-kilometres street circuit, to beat team-mate Carlos Sainz by 0.225 second. Sainz could not complete his last flying lap because he collided with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez after the latter, who was in contention for pole, hit the barriers in his final attempt. Securing pole position - his fifth of the season and 14th overall - was a big…
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Reliability is key as F1 season takes another twist

Reliability is key as F1 season takes another twist

Max Verstappen was 46 points behind Charles Leclerc after the first three races of the Formula One season and now, three races later, he is six ahead of his Ferrari rival and leading the championship. The fact that Red Bull's reigning champion has won every race he has finished also emphasises the importance of reliability in a season of major rule changes and rapid development. Leclerc took 71 of 78 available points in the first three races. He has scored 33 since then. Verstappen had 25 after round three in Australia and is now on 110, his tally boosted by an Imola sprint…
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Hamilton feels he can fight for wins again with Mercedes

Hamilton feels he can fight for wins again with Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton revived his spirits, and revised his Formula One prospects, with a fighting comeback drive from 19th to fifth in Spain on Sunday. The seven-times world champion, whose Mercedes team mate George Russell finished third, said it all brought back memories of old and he felt a return to the top of the podium could be a possibility. "A race like that is like a win. It actually feels better than a win when you’ve come from so far back and through so much adversity," he said. Mercedes, winners of the last eight constructors' titles, have struggled with a…
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Verstappen takes F1 lead with win in Spain, agony for Leclerc

Verstappen takes F1 lead with win in Spain, agony for Leclerc

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Formula One world champion Max Verstappen won the Spanish Grand Prix in a Red Bull one-two and seized the overall lead in the standings on an agonising Sunday for Ferrari’s luckless Charles Leclerc. The win ahead of Mexican team mate Sergio Perez completed a hat-trick for Verstappen, his third in a row after Imola and Miami, and sent the Dutch driver six points clear of Leclerc after six races. Britain’s George Russell finished third for a revived Mercedes with Perez taking the fastest lap bonus point. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond)
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Verstappen demands more from Red Bull after Miami win

Verstappen demands more from Red Bull after Miami win

Max Verstappen celebrated his third win of the Formula One season with victory in the Miami Grand Prix on Sunday, then promptly demanded his Red Bull team come to grips with reliability issues. The Dutchman has won all three races that he has completed this season but failed to finish in Bahrain and Australia because of fuel-related problems. Hydraulic problems and an issue with a rear brake limited Verstappen to a handful of laps in Friday's opening practice sessions in Miami, leaving him with little information on the track before Saturday's qualifying, where he grabbed third place on the grid. In Sunday's…
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Motor racing-Miami will bring Super Bowl vibe to F1, says Brown

Motor racing-Miami will bring Super Bowl vibe to F1, says Brown

Next week's inaugural Miami Grand Prix already feels like Formula One's version of Super Bowl with a huge buzz and celebrities clamouring for the hottest tickets in town, according to McLaren boss Zak Brown. The American said his team were the biggest buyers of hospitality for the May 8 race around the Hard Rock Stadium, home of the NFL's Miami Dolphins, but demand far outstripped supply. "It's going to be awesome. I've been here six years and I've never seen demand or buzz for a grand prix like I've seen for Miami," Brown, whose background is in sponsorship and marketing,…
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Mercedes car troubles is becoming a real pain for Russell

Mercedes car troubles is becoming a real pain for Russell

George Russell finished a surprising fourth for Mercedes in Sunday's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix but said his car's 'porpoising' problems were worse than ever and causing him real pain. The Mercedes is struggling to maintain downforce on the straights, noticeably bouncing as aerodynamic ground effects come and go. Other Formula One teams are also suffering the phenomenon to a lesser extent. "When the car and tyres are in the right window the car, except for the bouncing, feels really good to drive," said Russell. "But the bouncing really takes your breath away. It’s the most extreme I’ve ever felt it.…
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Max haul for Verstappen as Ferrari’s homecoming turns sour

Max haul for Verstappen as Ferrari’s homecoming turns sour

IMOLA, Italy (Reuters) -World champion Max Verstappen took maximum points from Formula One's Imola sprint weekend, leading a Red Bull one-two on Sunday as Ferrari's homecoming turned sour for overall leader Charles Leclerc and his Italian team. Mexican Sergio Perez finished 16.527 seconds behind the Dutch driver, with Lando Norris repeating last year's third place at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix to claim McLaren's first podium of the season. Championship leader Leclerc, winner of two of the first three races, fought back to sixth place after a late spin on a drying track while running in third. His Spanish team…
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Verstappen ends pole wait at wet and chaotic Imola

Verstappen ends pole wait at wet and chaotic Imola

IMOLA, Italy (Reuters) -Formula One world champion Max Verstappen took his first pole position of the season on Friday in a wet and crash-interrupted Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying for Saturday's sprint race at Imola. Ferrari's championship leader Charles Leclerc, thwarted by a late stoppage, will line up alongside the Red Bull driver on the front row for a 100km race that decides who starts first in Sunday's main event. Verstappen goes into the Formula One record books as the pole setter for the weekend, regardless of where he starts on Sunday. Last year the winner of the sprint was…
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My sister made me support Arsenal, says Chelsea bidder Hamilton

My sister made me support Arsenal, says Chelsea bidder Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton spoke on Friday of his excitement in joining a bid to buy Premier League side Chelsea, saying he was a lifelong soccer fan who had once wanted to be a professional player and whose sister forced him to support Arsenal as a kid. The seven-times Formula One world champion told reporters at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix that he had wanted to try out for fourth tier side Stevenage Borough before motor racing took over his life. The Briton and tennis great Serena Williams have joined former Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton's consortium, which also includes World Athletics President Sebastian Coe…
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F1: Years of hard work are paying off, says Ferrari chairman

F1: Years of hard work are paying off, says Ferrari chairman

Years of hard work are paying off for Ferrari with a stellar start to the Formula One season, company chairman John Elkann said on Wednesday. Charles Leclerc has won two of the first three races, finishing second in the other, and has a 34-point lead in the championship. Ferrari, who last won a title in 2008 and failed to win a race in 2020 and 2021, also lead the constructors' standings by 39 points from champions Mercedes. "We said two years ago that we had to work hard to get back to being competitive and the 2022 championship has got…
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Leclerc wins Australian Grand Prix for Ferrari

Leclerc wins Australian Grand Prix for Ferrari

MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Charles Leclerc claimed his second win of the Formula One season for Ferrari with a pole-to-flag victory at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday as Red Bull's world champion Max Verstappen suffered "deja vu" with another retirement. Leclerc's car showed impressive pace and performance on the upgraded Albert Park circuit to seal his fourth career win ahead of Red Bull's runnerup Sergio Perez, while third-placed George Russell grabbed his second podium and first for Mercedes in an encouraging day for the struggling constructors' champions. Monaco's Formula One driver Charles Leclerc of Scuderia Ferrari makes a pit stop during…
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Leclerc puts Ferrari on pole at Australian Grand Prix

Leclerc puts Ferrari on pole at Australian Grand Prix

MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Charles Leclerc took pole position for Ferrari in crash-laden qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday, pipping Red Bull’s world champion Max Verstappen on the upgraded Albert Park circuit. Leclerc saved his best for last, his flying lap of one minute 17.868 seconds nearly three-tenths of a second quicker than Verstappen, leaving the Dutchman in a funk over the performance of his RB18 car. Verstappen finished ahead of third quickest team mate Sergio Perez, with McLaren’s Lando Norris to start fourth on the grid. Monaco's Formula One driver Charles Leclerc of Scuderia Ferrari drives through the pit…
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First Sainz and then Leclerc: Ferrari rule F1 practice in Australia

First Sainz and then Leclerc: Ferrari rule F1 practice in Australia

Ferrari's promising start to the Formula One season continued on Friday as the glamour team dominated free practice at the Australian Grand Prix but there was more gloom for struggling Mercedes at a revamped Albert Park. Ferrari's championship leader Charles Leclerc topped the timesheets with a lap of one minute, 18.978 in second free practice after being second to team mate Carlos Sainz in the first. However, Red Bull showed they will be nipping at their heels this weekend with world champion Max Verstappen splitting the Ferraris in the second session, 0.245 seconds adrift of Leclerc. The Dutchman was fourth quickest…
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World champion Verstappen snatches first win of the season

World champion Verstappen snatches first win of the season

JEDDAH (Reuters) - Formula One champion Max Verstappen roared past Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc four laps from the finish to snatch a last-gasp first win of the season at Sunday's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The 24-year-old, who had started fourth, crossed the line just half a second ahead of the Monegasque under the floodlights at the speedy Jeddah Corniche circuit, while Ferrari's Carlos Sainz was third. The Italian team had opened the season with a one-two last week in Bahrain and Sunday's win put Red Bull, who drew a blank in Sakhir, back in the game. "A good race, we…
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Perez takes first career pole in Saudi Arabia

Perez takes first career pole in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH (Reuters) - Red Bull's Sergio Perez took the first pole position of his Formula One career, ahead of his 215th race, at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Saturday. Ferrari's championship leader Charles Leclerc joined the Mexican on the front row with Spanish team mate Carlos Sainz third and Red Bull's reigning world champion Max Verstappen fourth. Mercedes' seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton failed to get through the first phase of qualifying and is set to start 16th. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by William Maclean) Reuters Photo Mexican Formula One driver Sergio Perez of Red…
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Mick Schumacher in hospital for checks after Saudi crash

Mick Schumacher in hospital for checks after Saudi crash

JEDDAH (Reuters) -Mick Schumacher was taken to hospital for precautionary checks on Saturday after seemingly escaping unhurt from a huge crash in qualifying for the Saudi Formula One Grand Prix in Jeddah. The U.S.-owned Formula One team said the 23-year-old German, son of Ferrari great and seven-times world champion Michael, appeared to be physically fine and had spoken to his mother Corinna. He was taken by ambulance to the circuit medical centre after being extracted from the shattered car, which split in two when lifted on to a recovery truck, and then flown by helicopter to the King Fahad Armed…
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Saudi Grand Prix to go ahead despite Houthi attacks say organisers

Saudi Grand Prix to go ahead despite Houthi attacks say organisers

EDDAH, March 25 (Reuters) - Formula One's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will go ahead after teams received safety assurances and drivers met for more than four hours following attacks on an oil facility near the Jeddah street circuit on Friday. Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis said they launched attacks on Saudi energy facilities and the Saudi-led coalition said state-owned oil giant Aramco’s petroleum products distribution station was hit, causing a fire in two tanks but no casualties. "We have received total assurance that the country’s safety is first," Formula One chief executive Stefano Domenicali told reporters after a meeting with drivers, teams and local…
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F1: Lewis Hamilton delighted with unexpected third place

F1: Lewis Hamilton delighted with unexpected third place

Lewis Hamilton has won a record 103 Formula One grands prix but Mercedes's seven-times world champion was all smiles in Bahrain on Sunday after third place exceeded his expectations. "This is really the best result we could have got," said the Briton after a season-opening race that looked sure to be a struggle after he started fifth behind the Ferraris and Red Bulls. The retirement of Red Bull's world champion Max Verstappen and team mate Sergio Perez provided a surprise 183rd career podium for Hamilton behind the Ferrari one-two of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. Champions Mercedes have started the sport's new era on…
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Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc wins Bahrain’s GP

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc wins Bahrain’s GP

Charles Leclerc won a blockbuster 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix as Carlos Sainz backed up a Ferrari one-two – as Red Bull suffered a double DNF to give Lewis Hamilton the final podium place in a stunning start to the season. Verstappen, starting P2, attempted to undercut Ferrari’s pole-sitter Leclerc on Lap 15, cutting down what was a 3.5s deficit to just 0.35s when Leclerc emerged in the lead on Lap 16. That triggered a three-lap box-office bout for the lead, Leclerc hanging on when Verstappen locked up into Turn 1 on Lap 19. The second round of pit stops, again…
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Champion Verstappen sets the pace in Bahrain F1 practice

Champion Verstappen sets the pace in Bahrain F1 practice

MANAMA (Reuters) -Formula One champion Max Verstappen edged out Charles Leclerc to the fastest time in Friday's practice for the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix as Red Bull and Ferrari lived up to their pre-season hype while Mercedes appeared to be on the back foot. The 24-year-old lapped the 5.4km floodlit Sakhir track in one minute 31.936 seconds, beating Leclerc by 0.087 seconds. Ferrari's Carlos Sainz was over half a second back in third. “It’s been a positive day for us, really,” said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner. “Both in the warmer conditions earlier in the day and that last…
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Lewis Hamilton plans to add his mother’s surname

Lewis Hamilton plans to add his mother’s surname

Seven times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said on Monday he planned to add his mother's maiden name Larbalestier to his. Speaking at Expo 2020 in Dubai ahead of this week's season-opening race in Bahrain, the 37-year-old Briton said he was working on the change and hoped to make it soon. "I'm really proud of my family's name 'Hamilton'," he explained. "Actually, none of you might know that my mum's name is Larbalestier, and I'm just about to put that in my name because I don't really fully understand the whole idea when people get married then the woman…
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Russia stripped of major events as invasion of Ukraine intensifies

Russia stripped of major events as invasion of Ukraine intensifies

(Reuters) - As Russian forces moved deeper into Ukraine on Friday, sports bodies moved quickly to strip Russia of events, with St Petersburg losing the Champions League final while the Formula One Grand Prix will not be held in Sochi. Russia launched its invasion by land, air and sea on Thursday following a declaration of war by President Vladimir Putin, with an estimated 100,000 people fleeing as explosions and gunfire rocked major cities. European soccer governing body UEFA decided to relocate the Champions League final -- club soccer's showpiece event -- to the Stade de France in Paris after receiving…
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Formula One cancels 2022 Russian Grand Prix

Formula One cancels 2022 Russian Grand Prix

Formula One on Friday said it will not race in Russia this season, saying it was "impossible" to do so after the country launched an invasion on neighbouring Ukraine. The race was scheduled for Sept. 25 at Sochi's Olympic park. "We are watching the developments in Ukraine with sadness and shock and hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to the present situation," the sport said in a statement. "On Thursday evening Formula One, the FIA, and the teams discussed the position of our sport, and the conclusion is ... that it is impossible to hold the Russian Grand Prix in the current circumstances."  Russia launched an…
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Alonso hoping for competitive start to new F1 era

Alonso hoping for competitive start to new F1 era

Double world champion Fernando Alonso is heading into the Formula One season in optimistic mood, with the Spaniard hoping the new 2022 rules can deliver enough of a shake up to put his Alpine team in the fight at the front. The 40-year-old returned to the sport last year, signing for the same Enstone-based outfit with whom he won his two titles in 2005 and 2006 when they ran as Renault. But his sights had always been set on the 2022 rules overhaul, billed as the most sweeping in decades. "I came back to the sport … because of this…
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