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Red Bull cautious on win prospects for Azerbaijan GP

Both Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are remaining cautious over their prospects ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The high-speed nature of the Baku City Circuit has typically accentuated the weaknesses of Red Bull’s package, with supplier Renault still behind engine rivals Mercedes and Ferrari. Verstappen, who has suffered a difficult start to […]

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Daniel Ricciardo unsure of future

Daniel Ricciardo has cast doubt on his Red Bull future as he weighs up his options for the 2019 season, with Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix winner also admitting that he will not be signing a long-term contract due to the uncertainty that currently surrounds the sport. Ricciardo leads Vettel China GP/Image Getty The Australian clinched […]

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Bottas felt Mercedes ‘deserved’ Chinese GP victory

Valtteri Bottas believes Mercedes would have “deserved” victory at the Chinese Grand Prix had it not been for the unfortunate timing of the safety car mid-race.Bottas, who started third on the grid, elevated himself into second-place on the opening lap and found himself in a two-way scrap with race leader Sebastian Vettel for first position […]

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Ricciardo triumphant but Verstappen sparks anger

The great and good of Formula One have rounded on Max Verstappen after the Dutchman’s banzai driving took centre stage again following a dramatic Chinese Grand Prix. Despite Daniel Ricciardo pulling off a Red Bull tactical masterstroke to secure a quite remarkable win, it was the aggressive tactics deployed by his hot-headed team-mate which dominated […]

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Daniel Ricciardo storms to Chinese Grand Prix win with sensational drive

Daniel Ricciardo made a string of thrilling overtaking moves to snatch a surprise Chinese Grand Prix victory on Sunday after a safety car strategy gamble by his Red Bull team paid off handsomely.The Australian, who started from sixth on the grid after almost missing qualifying, made the most of fresher tyres to finish 8.8 seconds […]

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Vettel edges Raikkonen as Ferrari lock out front row

For 99 per cent of the final part of qualifying in China, it looked like Kimi Raikkonen would become the oldest polesitter in 25 years. But he was undone by Ferrari team mate Sebastian Vettel in a dramatic session where Mercedes were comprehensively beaten. Raikkonen, 38, who was last on pole in Monaco last year, […]

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F1 News: Hamilton And Verstappen End Feud Ahead Of Chinese GP

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen buried the hatchet after their fallout after the Bahrain Grand Prix when the pair came face-to-face ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit on Thursday. The Mercedes driver labeled the 20-year-old Red Bull Racing star immature after the duo collided in the opening laps of the […]

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Hamilton ready to deny Vettel F1 hat-trick

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel can complete a hat-trick of wins to start the season on Sunday but China also offers reigning Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton a perfect opportunity to end his rival’s run of success.   The 33-year-old Mercedes driver has won the race on the outskirts of Shanghai an unprecedented five times, with the […]

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American Zak Brown picked to lead surging McLaren F1 racing effort

Marketing whiz joined McLaren as an executive director in 2016 The racing buck at McLaren F1 now stops at the desk of American Zak Brown. Autosport is reporting that Brown has been promoted to chief executive officer of McLaren Racing in a restructuring announced on Tuesday in the U.K. Brown, 46, joined McLaren in 2016 as […]

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Analysis: Understanding the new F1 policy proposals

Formula One Group chairman Chase Carey is a jovial individual, but he never goes off message.As a result, people in F1 tend to underestimate him, forgetting that prior to taking up his current position in motorsports that he was a key player for many years in Rupert Murdoch’s multimedia empire. But beneath the mustachioed grin, […]

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Hamilton hopes Verstappen will ‘learn’ from immature mistakes

Lewis Hamilton was left unimpressed by Max Verstappen’s ill-fated attempt to force the issue against him in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.Verstappen rocketed off the grid with the bit between his teeth following his low qualifying position. A blistering first lap brought the Dutchman right on the heels of Hamilton, but in an attempt to elbow […]

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Sebastian Vettel holds on for dramatic Bahrain F1 victory after Bottas charge

Vettel wins in Bahrain by less than a second after a dramatic race in Bahrain that saw Mercedes’ strategy pile pressure on Ferrari.Sebastian Vettel took a dramatic victory in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix as Ferrari made a bold one-stop strategy work to fend off charging Mercedes Formula 1 drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton in […]

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Sebastian Vettel lifted by Ferrari gains after taking Bahrain pole

Sebastian Vettel praised Ferrari’s progress as he led a front-row lockout for the team during qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Vettel claimed victory in the season-opening race in Australia but accepted he needed to improve his feeling with the SF71-H in order to suit his driving style. Vettel entered qualifying without receiving his final […]

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Corsica WRC: Ogier sets up half-minute lead over Neuville

By: David Gruz, Editorial assistant Motorsport.com   Sebastien Ogier extended his Tour de Corse lead during the Friday afternoon loop as Thierry Neuville ended the day in second.Just like in the morning, Ogier was comfortably fastest in the 49.03km La Porta – Valle di Rostino stage, beating the rest of the field by over 10 […]

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FIA calls Urgent Meeting with F1 Tech Chiefs to Discuss Overtaking Concerns

 There were very few opportunities for drivers to pass at Albert Park last month, and drivers like Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas were left following supposedly slower cars, with the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver unable to find a way ahead of Fernando Alonso, while the Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport driver was stuck behind […]

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Daniel Ricciardo Says Modern Formula 1 Cars Are Too Wide For Overtaking

If you have been following Formula 1 for the past year or so, you probably noticed a considerable drop in overtaking opportunities ever since high-downforce cars were introduced ahead of the 2017 season. This year’s opener in Australia was no different, with only a handful of overtaking maneuvers occurring after the first lap. While many […]

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It’s Dallara who’s stepped up for Haas, not Ferrari says Kevin Magnussen

Much has been made of Haas F1’s sudden and dramatic improvement in form during the two winter test sessions in Barcelona which seemed to not only carry through but improve even more in Melbourne last month. While many commentators have been citing the close relationship between Haas and their engine suppliers Ferrari as the primary […]

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Is Robert Kubica deliberately sabotaging the Williams F1 team?

Former F1 champion Jacques Villeneuve thinks Williams development driver Robert Kubica may be sabotaging the team in order to earn a promotion to a race seat after a disappointing weekend in Australia. As the likes of Haas and McLaren move up the Formula 1 pecking order, others will naturally slide the other way and Williams […]

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Party crashers: Red Bull F1 team wants a ban on Mercedes’ special engine mode

The Red Bull F1 team is leading the calls for engine “party modes” to be banned by the FIA after Lewis Hamilton’s lightning fast qualifying pace in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.While Red Bull is not the only team to have voiced its displeasure at Mercedes’ special qualifying engine mode, it is the team leading the calls for a ban […]

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Mercedes gives further details of software glitch that cost Lewis Hamilton victory in Australia

The Mercedes Formula One team has offered further details of the miscalculation that cost Lewis Hamilton victory at the Australian Grand Prix.Hamilton appeared to be cruising towards an easy win in the opening stages of Sunday’s race but was leapfrogged by Sebastian Vettel when the Ferrari driver made his pit stop under Virtual Safety Car […]

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Red Bull Racing Wants F1 to Crack Down on Mercedes’ ‘Party Mode’ Engine Setting

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has called on Formula 1 to restrict the use of separate engine modes for qualifying, pointing to Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton’s dominant performance in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix as a prime example of how damaging they are to the competition. Things were close initially at Melbourne’s […]

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Nothing but a delayed start to Mercedes’ onslaught

On paper, Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel’s win in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix is a harbinger of a promising year, a precursor to the battle royal between the Scuderia and Mercedes which everyone aspires to see, with Red Bull enlaced in between. In reality, it doesn’t take any forensic study to realise the Prancing Horse’s […]

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Sebastian Vettel wins season opening F1 Australian Grand Prix for second consecutive year

 Sebastian Vettel won the Formula 1 season opener in Australia for Ferrari Sunday leaving Lewis Hamilton to wonder what went wrong after he failed to convert his pole on Saturday into victory for the third year in a row. Hamilton said after qualifying that he’d saved his best effort till late so he could wipe […]

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Will Red Bull Racing make it a three-way fight for the F1 title?

Red Bull Racing could make it a three-horse race for the F1 world championship this season, which gets underway this Sunday. Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo looked competitive during pre-season testing, despite niggling problems with the new RB14 initially hampering their running. Daniel Ricciardo Daniel Ricciardo But with the cloak and dagger nature of testing, […]

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Australian Grand Prix: A brief history of F1’s season-opening race

The race down Under has kicked off the Formula 1 season since 1996 The Australian Grand Prix is the traditional Formula 1 opener, and 2018 marks the 34th consecutive running of the event since 1985.Considering that Australia is a country with one of the largest land masses of any in the world, it is quite […]

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Lewis warns Ricciardo not to ‘rock the boat’ at Red Bull

 Lewis Hamilton has issued a stern warning to Daniel Ricciardo, insisting the Australian must avoid “rocking the boat” at Red Bull as he prepares to finalise his racing plans beyond 2018. Ricciardo, who is one of Formula One’s hottest out-of-contract stars, joined Red Bull at the beginning of 2014 and despite claiming five wins in […]

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Can the ‘white Ferrari’ really pull off an upset?

Pundits vain attempts to define a pecking order before Melbourne among F1’s unassailable trio of front-runners is a difficult exercise, but guessing the status of the mid-field runners is an even more challenging task. On the surface, and just by looking at lap times and on-track behaviour, one outfit has without question emerged as a […]

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Is an F1 controversy brewing after Ferrari’s bold move?

FERRARI has signed the FIA’s safety director, Laurent Mekies, to bolster its technical team. In what could be viewed by rival teams as a controversial appointment, Mekies will join the Maranello outfit in September after nearly four years at F1’s governing body. Sky F1’s David Croft tweeted: “Interesting signing by Ferrari.” Ferrari’s move for Mekies, […]

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Robert Kubica still weighing up Manor WEC LMP1 offer

Robert Kubica is still weighing up an offer to race with Manor in the FIA World Endurance Championship through 2018 alongside his reserve driver commitments with Williams in Formula 1, but will decide after an upcoming test for the team. Kubica took up a reserve role at Williams after missing out on a full-time race […]

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Hamilton hoping to battle with Ferrari and Red Bull

Lewis Hamilton insists he wants to be fighting with Ferrari and Red Bull for the championship this season, ahead of the final day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.Thursday’s running saw Sebastian Vettel set the pace with a 1m17.182s on the hypersoft tire, a time nearly a second quicker than anything seen so far during testing. […]

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Alonso insists McLaren ready for F1 opener despite reliability woes

Fernando Alonso says he feels prepared for the 2018 Formula 1 world championship season opener and could race tomorrow if required despite losing the majority of his penultimate testing day due to an oil leak with his McLaren.The two-time F1 world champion completed 46 laps before an oil leak forced him to stop on track at Turn […]

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Carmen Jorda just caused a storm by saying women should aim for Formula E

Carmen Jorda has raised the hackles of many in the motorsport community by suggesting that it would be easier for women to compete in Formula E, with its lower G forces and cars fitted with power steering, than in Formula One or Formula Two. “[The Formula E car] is a less physical car than in […]

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Culture clash

For Honda’s only Formula 1 customer team, Toro Rosso, there seems to be no sign of any of the same breakdowns ahead that ripped apart the relationship between McLaren and Honda. Team principal Franz Tost puts the strong-starting relationship – established in a short period of time – down to seminars that prevented any culture […]