FIA race director Charlie Whiting says Nico Hulkenberg’s halo did not compromise the Renault Formula 1 driver’s extraction following his first lap crash in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hulkenberg’s came to rest upside down, leaning against the barrier at the outside of the Turn 8/9 chicane, after he was sent into a series of
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas says his Abu Dhabi Grand Prix performance mirrored his 2018 Formula 1 season as a whole, as it started off promisingly before “everything turned to shit”. The Finn shared the front row with team-mate Lewis Hamilton, and kept second place behind the world champion at the start of the race. But
Max Verstappen says oil from Pierre Gasly’s failing Honda Formula 1 engine left him with a “horrible” lack of vision in the closing laps of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver, whose team switches from Renault to Honda power for next year, was behind his 2019 team-mate Gasly’s Toro Rosso as it
Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says recording videos with film star Will Smith “completely changed” his pre-race pattern and added to an “unconventional” Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend. Smith was a guest of Hamilton’s Mercedes team this weekend and the duo recorded a light-hearted video in the build-up to the race where Hamilton was
Nico Hulkenberg says he couldn’t see Romain Grosjean as they clashed on the opening lap of the Abu Dhabi race, which sent the Renault Formula 1 driver into his spectacular accident. The duo were fighting over seventh place as they approached the Turn 8/9 chicane at the end of the Yas Marina circuit’s main straight.
Daniel Ricciardo says his alternative strategy that allowed him to lead part of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix left him “out of reach” in the lead battle at the end. The Red Bull driver led 17 laps during the middle phase of the race, as he stayed out longer than the other frontrunning cars. While
Lewis Hamilton ended his title-winning Formula 1 season by dominating the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which featured a dramatic first-lap crash for Nico Hulkenberg. Hamilton ran the longest second stint of any driver after pitting under an early virtual safety car period, but he remained comfortably clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to the end. Max
Jenson Button will join Sky Sports as a TV pundit for all 21 races of the 2019 Formula 1 season. Button worked for the broadcaster at this year’s British Grand Prix and will be a part of the channel’s presenting team full-time from the start of next season. Sky Sports F1 has exclusive rights to
Max Verstappen says he regrets not being able to race Fernando Alonso more as the two-time world champion prepares to leave Formula 1. Verstappen has already won five grands prix at the age of 21 and has battled regularly Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel over the last two seasons. But as Verstappen only made his
Haas boss Gunther Steiner says his team’s protest against Formula 1 rival Force India was motivated by trying to seek answers about the squad’s status rather than stopping it racing. On the eve of the season finale, Haas lodged a protest against Racing Point Force India, claiming that the team had broken the rules by
Pirelli will continue as Formula 1’s sole tyre supplier as it has won the tender to produce rubber for the championship for the 2020-2023 seasons. The Italian company has delivered F1’s tyres since 2011, but was evaluated by the FIA for the post-2019 deal alongside DTM and European Formula 3 Championship supplier Hankook. The new
Lewis Hamilton says he and Mercedes are already working on addressing what they think will be a ‘weak spot’ in Formula 1’s new aero regulations next year. Changes to the wing and bargeboards for 2019 aimed at improving overtaking have triggered a pretty major redesign for teams, and could serve to shake up the order.
Charles Leclerc will make his debut as an official Ferrari Formula 1 driver in next week’s Abu Dhabi test and believes it will be a “special” and “emotional” experience. Leclerc has tested for Ferrari before, including completing a run at Monza earlier this year, but not since the team confirmed him as a race driver
Max Verstappen says Red Bull is looking into the tyre-temperature confusion that impacted his final run in qualifying for Formula 1’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Verstappen and his team disagreed on the temperature of his hypersoft Pirellis in the last moments of Q3, with Verstappen complaining that they were too hot and Red Bull saying
McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne says he felt “quite relieved” following his final Formula 1 qualifying session in Abu Dhabi after what has been a disappointing season for the Belgian driver. Vandoorne qualified 18th for his final F1 race before he joins the HWA squad in ABB FIA Formula E, a result that means he has been
Fernando Alonso would like to be “invisible” until after the Abu Dhabi weekend, as he is embarrassed by the tributes he has had ahead of his final Formula 1 race. The two-time world champion is racing in F1 for what is likely to be the last time this weekend, after announcing his decision to leave
Lewis Hamilton believes the final part of his Abu Dhabi Grand Prix pole position lap was the “killer” that meant he topped the last qualifying of the Formula 1 season. Hamilton overcame a deficit to Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas after the first two sectors of the lap to improve on his personal best by four
Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Formula 1 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver was fastest on both runs in the Q3 top 10 shootout to take pole by 0.162s from team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Although Bottas had a slight advantage in the middle sector and was up on his team-mate at the
Romain Grosjean and Pierre Gasly have both escaped being penalised for their collision in third practice for Formula 1’s 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Gasly was on a hot lap when he came across a slow moving Grosjean at the triple right hand sequence of Turns 15, 16 and 17, with the Haas driver apparently
The Haas Formula 1 team has submitted a notice of its intent to appeal the decision of the FIA stewards after its unsuccessful protest against Force India. The stewards dismissed the protest and asserted that Force India’s entry is legal and that the current Racing Point team can race a car designed by the previous
Lewis Hamilton set the pace in Saturday’s practice session ahead of the final Formula 1 qualifying of the season in Abu Dhabi. Mercedes driver Hamilton enjoyed a comfortable three-tenths of a second advantage over the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, with Sebastian Vettel third. Ferrari had control of FP3 for most of the session as Raikkonen
Renault Formula 1 development driver Artem Markelov will drive the team’s 2018 car in post-season testing in Abu Dhabi, Autosport understands. Markelov is set to pilot the RS18 on the second day of the November 27-28 test, taking place at the Yas Marina circuit the week after the F1 season finale at the same venue.
Force India Formula 1 boss Otmar Szafnauer has questioned Haas’s protest against his team, and says Force India has more right to call itself a constructor than Haas. In its protest the US-owned outfit claimed that current entrant Racing Point Force India is using a car designed and manufactured by its predecessor, Sahara Force India,
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix stewards have dismissed Haas’s protest against the Racing Point Force India Formula 1 team ahead of the 2018 season finale. Haas alleged that the new Force India entry, accepted by the FIA at the Belgian Grand Prix after the original entity fell into administration, is not a constructor because it
Carlos Sainz Jr says his early test opportunity with McLaren next week will give him an important head start on the 2019 Formula 1 season. Sainz is switching to McLaren after one full campaign with Renault as the French manufacturer has signed Daniel Ricciardo and Sainz’s current employer Red Bull is releasing him. The Spaniard
Due to extraordinary demand, 10,000 extra copies of a book featuring words of wisdom from Kimi Raikkonen turned into Haiku poetry will be available for fans to purchase through Autosport.com. Interest in the original book far exceeded supply, and all proceeds from the new print run will go to the Grand Prix Trust, a non-commercial
Niki Lauda has vowed to return to his Formula 1 role “soon”, after sending out a first video message since recovering from a lung transplant. The three-time F1 world champion, who is non-executive chairman at Mercedes, was taken ill earlier this year and had to undergo major surgery that left him in a serious condition.
A “surprising” gap between the hypersoft and the ultrasoft tyre at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix makes it unlikely the top teams will get through Q2 on the harder tyres, reckons Pirelli. The large speed advantage that Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have enjoyed over the rest of the field has meant that at times
The sausage kerb added to the exit of the penultimate corner of the Yas Marina Formula 1 circuit is being repaired after complaints following Friday practice. A long, 50mm high kerb was added between the final two corners ahead of this year’s Abu Dhabi grand prix. However, it was labelled not “F1 standard” by Haas
Lewis Hamilton has explained why he ran the number one on his Mercedes Formula 1 car in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix first practice, even though he dislikes it. The world champion has elected not to use #1 in any of his seasons as reigning world champion since F1’s rules were changed for 2014 to allow