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After Japan
Championship Standings:

Drivers' Standings
POS DRIVER PTS
1 Lewis Hamilton 338
2 Valtteri Bottas 274
3 Charles Leclerc 221
4 Max Verstappen 212
5 Sebastian Vettel 212
6 Carlos Sainz 76
7 Pierre Gasly 73
8 Alexander Albon 64
9 Daniel Ricciardo 42
10 Nico Hulkenberg 35
11 Sergio Perez 35
12 Lando Norris 35
13 Daniil Kvyat 33
14 Kimi Raikkonen 31
15 Kevin Magnussen 20
16 Lance Stroll 19
17 Romain Grosjean 8
18 Antonio Giovinazzi 4
19 Robert Kubica 1
20 George Russell 0

Constructors' Standings
POS CONSTRUCTOR PTS
1 Mercedes 612
2 Ferrari 433
3 Red Bull 323
4 Mclaren 111
5 Renault 77
6 Toro Rosso 59
7 Racing Point BWT 54
8 Alpha Romeo 35
9 Haas 28
10 Williams 1

Latest F1 News and Commentary


IMSA Victory Banquet highlights
  After Petit LeMans
To most on the outside, it seemed as if the No. 6 Acura Team Penske team faced a pretty easy task at the Motul Petit Le Mans in order to lay claim to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s driver and team titles in the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class. All Juan Pablo Montoya, Dane Cameron and Simon Pagenaud had to do was bring the car home in eighth place or better on Saturday at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta to accomplish the deed. Simple, right?
Japanese GP Sunday Press Conference
  From Suzuka
DRIVERS:
1. Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
2. Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari)
3. Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
Bottas over Vettel in Japanese GP
  Mercedes wraps up 6th straight Constructors title
A brilliant start from Valtteri Bottas from third on the grid was the key to the Finn taking victory at the Japanese Grand Prix – his first win since Azerbaijan in April – as Mercedes were crowned constructors’ champions for a record-matching sixth time, Bottas finishing ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton. 
Vettel leads Ferrari front row lockout at Suzuka
  For Japanese GP
Sebastian Vettel broke the Suzuka track record twice in Q3 on the way to taking pole position for the Japanese GP at Suzuka on Sunday morning after Saturday qualifying was rained out. Vettel's lap of 1m27.064s was enough to beat his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc by 0.189s. The 2nd row was all Mercedes with Valtteri Bottas getting the best of his teammate Lewis Hamilton. Max Verstappen and his Red Bull teammate Alexander Albon turned identical lap times to take 5th and 6th 0.787s behind.
Japanese GP Friday Press Conference
  From Suzuka
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES
Guenther STEINER (Haas)
Mattia BINOTTO (Ferrari)
Toyoharu TANABE (Honda)
Cyril ABITEBOUL (Renault)
Frederic VASSEUR (Alfa Romeo)
Japanese GP Preview
  At Suzuka
We say ‘Konnichiwa’ to the Land of the Rising Sun and round 17 of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship, as we head to Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix. The high-speed track remains one of the ultimate driving challenges anywhere in the world and is a firm favorite amongst drivers. The enthusiastic local fans are known for their incredibly dedicated support and will be sure to provide a warm welcome to the F1 circus.
Japanese GP Thursday Press Conference
  From Suzuka
DRIVERS
Nico HULKENBERG (Renault)
Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing)
Charles LECLERC (Ferrari)
Carlos SAINZ JR (McLaren)
George RUSSELL (Williams)
Russian GP Sunday Press Conference
  Top-3 Finishers
DRIVERS
1. Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
2. Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
3. Charles LECLERC (Ferrari)
Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in Russia
  Lucks out when caution screws Leclerc
Everything went wrong for Ferrari and Mercedes took advantage of Ferrari's horrible luck to win the Russian GP and keep their undefeated streak alive. Sebastian Vettel was leading the race comfortably but suffered a power unit failure and retired. His retirement allowed both Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas - to pit under the virtual safety car and gain the lead and his 82nd win.  With Sochi being nearly impossible to pass, Bottas held Leclerc up and allowed Lewis Hamilton to pull away at the front.
Russian GP Saturday Press Conference
  Post-Qualifying
DRIVERS:
1. Charles LECLERC (Ferrari)
2. Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
3. Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari)
Leclerc wins 4th straight pole for Russian GP
  In Sochi
Ferrari's Charles Leclerc turned a lap of 1m31.628s to win the pole for the Russian GP at Sochi. Leclerc held off a strong challenge from Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton who sandbagged until the final two runs but when Mercedes turned up the wick he came up 0.402s short and push the 2nd Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel off the front row.  Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas rounded out the top-5.
Russian GP Friday Press Conference
  From Sochi
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES
Laurent MEKIES (Ferrari)
Paul MONAGHAN (Red Bull Racing)
James ALLISON (Mercedes)
Mario ISOLA (Pirelli)
Russian GP Thursday Press Conference
  From Sochi
DRIVERS
Daniil KVYAT (Toro Rosso)
Lance STROLL (Racing Point)
Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN (Alfa Romeo)
Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
Kevin MAGNUSSEN (Haas)
F1: Russian GP Preview
  From Sochi
This Sunday sees the sixth running of the Russian Grand Prix as a round of the Formula 1 World Championship. The race, the 16th of the 2019 season, is held at the Sochi Autodrom on a 5.848 km track using the roads around the Olympic village built for the winter games of 2014, held in this Black Sea resort.  Sochi on the Black Sea Coast plays host to round 16 of the FIA Formula One World Championship. Unofficially known as the ‘summer capital of Russia’ the city contains the 5.848 km Sochi Autodrom.
Q&A with IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden
  From NY City
Welcome to today's IndyCar media conference call. Our guest today is the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series champion, Josef Newgarden of Team Penske. As most of you are aware, Josef clinched his second series title in three seasons Sunday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, concluding a season in which he led the NTT IndyCar Series with four wins, 12 top-5s, 11 races led, and 490 laps led. All were Series bests.
When the worlds of racing and entertainment collide
  Fan engagement is big
Get your race face on and put your pedal to the metal, because we’re taking a look at the incredible effect that the world of car racing has had on all strands of the entertainment industry. Everything from films through to leisure activities have been transformed by the phenomenal effect that race driving has had on the world. You only have to look at some commonly used idioms from the English language to spy just how influential racing has been on the world. 'In pole position', 'race against time/the clock', 'the inside track' are all perfect examples of how ingrained in society racing is.
Singapore GP Sunday Press Conference
  Top-3 Finishers
DRIVERS
1. Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari)
2. Charles LECLERC (Ferrari)
3. Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull)
Vettel holds off Leclerc for a Ferrari 1-2 in Singapore
  Max Verstappen rounds out podium for Red Bull
It's been a long time since Sebastian Vettel won a grand prix but he turned an early pitstop onto hard tires that gave him the lead, and he never put a wheel wrong despite 3 safety car restarts to lead a Ferrari 1-2 in the Singapore GP. Polesitter Charles Leclerc was not able to make a pass attempt on Vettel and had to settle for 2nd. Max Verstappen got the better of Lewis Hamilton to take third ahead of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
Singapore GP Saturday Press Conference
  Top-3 in Quals
DRIVERS
1. Charles LECLERC (Ferrari)
2. Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
3. Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari)
Leclerc wins 3rd straight pole in Singapore
  Hamilton 2nd Vettel 3rd
Ferrari ace Charles Leclerc turned a sensational final lap in qualifying to win the pole position for the Singapore GP while Lewis Hamilton managed to push Sebastian Vettel off the front row after Vettel was quickest after the first runs. Leclerc's time of 1m36.217s was enough to deny Hamilton another pole by 0.191s while Vettel messed up his final run and ended up 0.220s behind in third. Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas rounded out the top-5 for Red Bull and Mercedes.
Singapore GP Friday press Conference
  Team Reps
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES
Frederic VASSEUR (Alfa Romeo)
Guenther STEINER (Haas)
Christian HORNER (Red Bull Racing)
Cyril ABITEBOUL (Renault)
Zak BROWN (McLaren)
Singapore GP Thursday Press Conference
  Hamilton fears Red Bull threat this weekend
DRIVERS:
Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
Daniel RICCIARDO (Renault)
Romain GROSJEAN (Haas)
Robert KUBICA (Williams)
Lando NORRIS (McLaren)
Singapore GP Preview
  The Marina Bay Street Circuit this weekend
From the flat-out straights of Monza, Formula 1 now leaves Europe for the remainder of the season and heads to its only full night race: Singapore.  The Marina Bay Street Circuit is one of the most physically demanding on the calendar; its tight and twisty nature combined with high humidity provides a stern test for both car and driver. Racing under the glare of thousands of floodlights through the center of the vibrant city-state, it is no surprise that the Singapore Grand Prix has established itself as one of the most anticipated races of the year.
When the worlds of racing and entertainment collide
  Fan engagement is big
Get your race face on and put your pedal to the metal, because we’re taking a look at the incredible effect that the world of car racing has had on all strands of the entertainment industry. Everything from films through to leisure activities have been transformed by the phenomenal effect that race driving has had on the world. You only have to look at some commonly used idioms from the English language to spy just how influential racing has been on the world. 'In poll position', 'race against time/the clock', 'the inside track' are all perfect examples of how ingrained in society racing is.
Scenes from Italian GP - Sunday
  by Federico Basile
Charles Leclerc triggered frenzied Ferrari celebrations on Sunday after holding off a race-long Mercedes challenge to take the Italian Formula One team's first home grand prix victory since 2010. Valtteri Bottas was second for Mercedes with five-times world champion Lewis Hamilton a distant third after tire wear took its toll in a thrilling battle with the 21-year-old Monegasque. Here are 100 photos by Federico Basile for your enjoyment.
Italian GP post-race press conference
  Top-3 Drivers
DRIVERS
1 – Charles LECLERC (Ferrari)
2 – Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
3 – Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
Leclerc holds off Mercedes assault to win for Ferrari
  In front of home crowd for Italian GP at Monza
21-year old Charles Leclerc held off a race-long assault from Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and then Valtteri Bottas to win the Italian GP for Ferrari as the Tifosi went wild at Monza. Leclerc led from pole and only lost the lead on his one pitstop to win by just 0.835s over Bottas. Hamilton came home third 35 seconds back after stopping late for soft tires to get fast lap point. Renault drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top-5.
Scenes from Italian GP - Saturday
  by Federico Basile
The tifosi went crazy after an extraordinary qualifying at Monza, as Ferrari's Charles Leclerc claimed his second consecutive pole position when his rivals failed to properly judge the time needed to set their final qualifying runs, meaning only Leclerc and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz made it across the finish line to start their second flying laps in Q3. Federico Basile brings you all the days action in these 98 captioned photos.
Italian GP Post-Qualifying Press Conference
  Drivers discuss farcical qualifying
DRIVERS
Charles LECLERC (Ferrari)
Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
Ferrari wins pole in farce Monza qualifying
  Clock runs out as Ferrari plays Mercedes like a fiddle
In what was perhaps the biggest farce in recent F1 memory, the Q3 drivers all tried to out-wait the others so they could get a tow from the cars in front. Everyone wanted to get a tow off the faster Ferrari, but Ferrari played them like a fiddle and waited so long in their garages that none of them could make it back around to the S/F before the checkered flag flew so they were not able to beat the time set earlier by Charles Leclerc and Ferrari.
Italian GP: Friday press Conference
  From Monza
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES
Claire WILLIAMS (Williams)
Franz TOST (Toro Rosso)
Mattia BINOTTO (Ferrari)
Mario ISOLA (Pirelli)
Aldo COSTA (Mercedes)
Scenes from the Italian GP - Friday
  by Federico Basile
In two sessions partially compromised by intermittent rain showers, Ferrari's Charles Leclerc topped both practice sessions for the Italian GP at Monza. If rain continues for the entire weekend the Mercedes, which generates superior downforce, will dominate. Also on hand was Fernando Alonso talking to teams about a ride. Federico Basile presents over 100 captioned photographs for your viewing pleasure.
Italian GP: Thursday Press Conference
  From Monza
DRIVERS
Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari)
Charles LECLERC (Ferrari)
Antonio GIOVINAZZI (Alfa Romeo)
Pierre GASLY (Toro Rosso)
Nico HULKENBERG (Renault)
Scenes from the Italian GP - Thursday
  by Federico Basile
Monza is a very special event thanks to the historic track and the fantastic atmosphere; you don’t have to be a Ferrari fan to appreciate the great passion of the tifosi. They might be rooting for a different team but ultimately they feel the same love for racing that drives us all. We look forward to an interesting weekend in Italy to mark the end of this year’s European season. Here Federico Basile helps you experience what was happening at Monza on Thursday with these fantastic 92 captioned photos
Leclerc barely holds off Hamilton to win Belgium GP
  First F1 win for young Ferrari ace
With Lewis Hamilton charging hard Ferrari youngster Charles Leclerc kept his cool and won his very first Formula 1 in the Belgium GP at Spa by just 0.981s. Valtteri Bottas took the final podium spot for Mercedes while Sebastian Vettel finished over 26 seconds behind in 4th. While Vettel had no chance to win he did hold up Lewis Hamilton just enough to allow Charles Leclerc to hold off Hamilton. 
Belgian GP Saturday Press Conference
  Post-Qualifying
DRIVERS
1 – Charles LECLERC (Ferrari)
2 – Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari)
3 – Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
Leclerc puts Ferrari on pole at Spa
  Ferrari 1-2 ahead of the Mercedes
Charles Leclerc has been fast all weekend at Spa and he blistered the circuit when it counted to bury his teammate Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton by 7/10ths of a second to win pole for the Belgium GP at 1m42.519s. Valtteri Bottas in the 2nd Mercedes and Max Verstappen in the Red Bull rounded out the top-5. Meanwhile Robert Kubica lost a Mercedes engine and Antonio Giovinazzi lost a Ferrari engine.
Belgian GP Friday Press Conference
  Team Reps
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES
Cyril ABITEBOUL (Renault)
Franz TOST (Toro Rosso)
Otmar SZAFNAUER (Racing Point)
Guenther STEINER (Haas)
Toyoharu TANABE (Honda)
Belgium GP Thursday Press Conference
  From Spa
DRIVERS
Alex ALBON (Red Bull Racing)
Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing)
George RUSSELL (Williams)
Sergio PEREZ (Racing Point)
Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
McLaren Racing - Zak Brown IndyCar Q&A
  IndyCar and F1
Zak gives his take on McLaren Racing's full-time return to IndyCar. Hot on the heels of the news that McLaren Racing will return to full-time IndyCar competition for the first time since 1979, CEO Zak Brown reveals the motivations behind the decision, why the team is stronger following this year’s Indy 500, and what the chances are of Fernando Alonso returning to the Brickyard with McLaren.
Zak Brown IndyCar Q&A
  IndyCar and F1
Zak gives his take on McLaren Racing's full-time return to IndyCar. Hot on the heels of the news that McLaren Racing will return to full-time IndyCar competition for the first time since 1979, CEO Zak Brown reveals the motivations behind the decision, why the team is stronger following this year’s Indy 500, and what the chances are of Fernando Alonso returning to the Brickyard with McLaren.
Scenes from the Hungarian GP - Sunday
  Federico Basile
Nearly 200 photos of all the action from today's Hungarian GP in Budapest where Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team used a smart pit stop strategy to defeat Max Verstappen and Red Bull. But that wasn't the only action on the track. Check out these photos by Federico Basile.
Hungarian GP Sunday Press Conference
  Top-3 Finishers
Drivers:
1. Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
2. Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull)
3. Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari)
Hamilton & Mercedes outsmart Verstappen & Red Bull
  Hapless Ferraris get lapped in Budapest
Polesitter Max Verstappen, on worn tires against Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton on softer and newer tires, was a sitting duck as Hamilton blew past with three laps to go to win the Hungarian GP in Budapest in an exciting finish for F1 before the summer break. It was the 7th Hungarian GP win for Hamilton. Meanwhile, the hapless Ferrari team under Mathias Binotto are so bad they were nearly lapped by the leaders with Sebastian Vettel passing Charles Leclerc with two laps to go to get the final podium position.
Hungarian GP Saturday Press Conference
  Top-3 Qualifiers
DRIVERS
1. Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing)
2. Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
3. Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
Scenes from he Hungarian GP - Saturday
  Federico Basile
Federico may be the best photographer in the F1 paddock and here he captured nearly 100 photos for AR1.com readers from the Saturday action at the Hungarian GP.  Max Verstappen took pole ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton. 
Max Verstappen wins pole for Hungarian GP
  His first F1 pole
Max Verstappen and his Honda powered Red Bull beat the Mercedes team of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton to win his first ever F1 pole for the Hungarian GP.  Verstappen becomes the 100th different F1 pole sitter. The Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top-5 but they are out to lunch for the race on Sunday.
Hungarian GP Friday Press Conference
  Team Reps in Budapest
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES
Andreas SEIDL (McLaren)
Christian HORNER (Red Bull)
Mattia BINOTTO (Ferrari)
Claire WILLIAMS (Williams)
Beat ZEHNDER (Alfa Romeo)
Electric power in F1: over a decade of hybrid success
  2022 hybrid engine takes IndyCar where F1 was 10 years ago
Ten years ago, at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was the first driver in Formula One to win a race with a hybrid engine. The Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) was the first step towards the electrification of Power Units in Formula One. Today, we're looking at the hybrid F1 Power Unit and the development journey that lead to one of the most efficient internal combustion engines ever made.
Hungarian GP Thursday Press Conference
  From Budapest
DRIVERS
Daniil KVYAT (Toro Rosso)
Robert KUBICA (Williams)
Lance STROLL (Racing Point)
Kevin MAGNUSSEN (Haas)
Romain GROSJEAN (Haas)
Scenes from Hungarian GP Thursday
  by Federico Basile
Thursday was setup day at the Hungaroring as well as the normal Thursday Press Conference for this weekends Hungarian GP, the last F1 race before the traditional 3-week summer break, but this year the break is 4-weeks, meaning the next race, Spa, is not until Sept. 1st. Federico Basile was onsite and captured these photos for your viewing pleasure.
Hungarian GP Preview
  Halfway point of season
We’ve reached the midway point of the 2019 season as Hungary marks the final stop on the calendar before teams are rewarded with a well-earned break during the annual summer shutdown. The Hungaroring is one of the shortest tracks on the calendar, and its popularity amongst drivers, teams and fans doesn’t go unnoticed for its location near the beautiful city of Budapest.
German GP Sunday Press Conference
  Top-3 Finishers
Drivers:
1. Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull)
2. Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari)
3. Daniil KVYAT (Toro Rosso)
Verstappen wins crazy wet German GP
  Vettel last to 2nd as Mercedes self destructs
Max Verstappen spun in the wet but his team made great strategy calls and he otherwise drove a perfect race given the conditions to win the German GP at Hockenheim in a race that saw many crashes, safety cars and pit stops. Sebastian Vettel had the drive of the race after starting dead last to finish 2nd for Ferrari while Daniil Kvyat got a third place podium for Toro Rosso and Lance Stroll came home 4th for Racing Point after his team put him on slicks before anyone else, which was the right call.
German GP Saturday Press Conference
  Post-Qualifying
Drivers:
1. Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
2. Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull)
3. Valtteri BOTTAS ( Mercedes)
Hamilton wins pole for German GP as Ferrari chokes
  Leclerc P10 and Vettel last on the grid at Hockenheim
Lewis Hamilton won pole position for the German Grand Prix in a dramatic qualifying session that saw both Ferrari cars hit trouble, leaving Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel dead last with no time. For Hamilton it was his fifth pole of year, edging out Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the final stage of qualifying. For the second time in three races, Vettel was unable to post a time in Q1 after reporting a loss of power during his very first lap of the session.
German GP Friday Press Conference
  Team Reps
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES
Toto WOLFF (Mercedes)
Mario ISOLA (Pirelli)
Otmar SZAFNAUER (Racing Point)
Franz TOST (Toro Rosso)
Guenther STEINER (Haas)
German GP Thursday Press Conference
  From Hockenheim
DRIVERS
Carlos SAINZ (McLaren)
Kimi RAIKKONEN (Alfa Romeo)
Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari)
Nico HULKENBERG (Renault)
Alex ALBON (Toro Rosso)
Mercedes in Motorsports - 125 years on
  Mercedes to run special livery in Germany
In the morning of July 22, 1894, 125 years ago to the day, 21 brave drivers lined up their vehicles on the Boulevard Maillot, right next to the Bois de Boulogne in Paris. Starting at 8 o'clock, the soon-to-be racers and a number of passengers in their cars would compete in the first ever automobile race - an endurance race, held on 127 kilometers of public roads from Paris to Rouen.  Thousands of spectators came to witness the event and made the start quite a tricky affair as the roads had not been closed to the public.
Verstappen on the rise as Vettel fades
  Verstappen poised to be next F1 Superstar
When it became clear that Daniel Ricciardo would be leaving Red Bull at the conclusion of the 2018 Formula 1 season, and that Max Verstappen would become the team’s number one driver, there were some within the sport of Formula 1 racing who thought that team boss Christian Horner had lost his mind. Now, looking back, it seems Horner knew his man better than anybody else did. Verstappen is proving to be a revelation in the spotlight this season. It wasn’t Verstappen’s talent that the doubters had reservations about; even his harshest critics had to concede that he was a uniquely gifted driver.
Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in British GP
  Leclerc gets Gasly for final podium position
To the delight of the British crowd, Lewis Hamilton took the lead when Valtteri Bottas got stuck behind a the pace car and slowly stretched his lead over his Mercedes teammate to win the British GP for the 6th time. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc had his hands full to hold off Pierre Gasly for the final podium position while Max Verstappen rounded out the top-5 after being spun out by a late braking Sebastian Vettel.
Verstappen on the rise as Vettel fades
  Verstappen poised to be next F1 Superstar
When it became clear that Daniel Ricciardo would be leaving Red Bull at the conclusion of the 2018 Formula 1 season, and that Max Verstappen would become the team’s number one driver, there were some within the sport of Formula 1 racing who thought that team boss Christian Horner had lost his mind. Now, looking back, it seems Horner knew his man better than anybody else did. Verstappen is proving to be a revelation in the spotlight this season. It wasn’t Verstappen’s talent that the doubters had reservations about; even his harshest critics had to concede that he was a uniquely gifted driver.
British GP Saturday Press Conference
  Post-Qualifying
Drivers
1 - Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
2 - Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
3 - Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
Mercedes F1 locks out front row for British GP
  Bottas beats Hamilton
Valtteri Bottas nipped his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by just 0.006s (car is 99%) to win the pole for the British GP at Silverstone and lockout the front row. Charles Leclerc came close in third for Ferrari while Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Pierre Gasly (Red Bull) and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) rounded out the top-5
British GP Friday Press Conference
  Team Reps
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES
Toyoharu TANABE (Honda)
Christian HORNER (Red Bull Racing)
Claire WILLIAMS (Williams)
Zak BROWN (McLaren)
Marcin BUDKOWSKI (Renault)
British GP Thursday Press Conference
  From Silverstone
DRIVERS
Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes),
George RUSSELL (Williams)
Lando NORRIS (McLaren)
Daniel RICCIARDO (Renault)
Antonio GIOVINAZZI (Alfa Romeo)
The Sir Frank Williams story
  50 Years as a Formula One Team Principal
Sir Frank Williams, owner and co-founder of Williams Grand Prix Engineering, this year celebrates a record 50 years as a Formula One Team Principal. During this weekend’s British Grand Prix, scene of his and the team’s maiden victory 40 years ago, ROKiT Williams Racing will mark Frank’s achievements at Silverstone while Sky Sports F1 will screen a documentary on Saturday telling the story of a remarkable career so far.
Scenes from the Austrian GP Sunday
  by Federico Basile
Max Verstappen lived up to his billing as a Formula 1 star as he overtook Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc in the final 20 laps of the Austrian GP to win Red Bull’s home race. Federico Basile was onsite and captured these 98 photos for your viewing pleasure.
Austrian GP Sunday Press Conference
  Top-3 finishers
DRIVERS
1 - Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing)
2 - Charles LECLERC (Ferrari)
3 - Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
Verstappen outduels Leclerc to win Austrian GP
  First Honda win in new era, but result under review

Max Verstappen came back from a disastrous start that saw him drop from 2nd on the grid to 8th, to drive back through the field and pass Ferrari's Charles Leclerc with 3 laps to go to win the Austrian Grand Prix for the 2nd year in a row. The race result was under review because Verstappen forced Leclerc off track to make the pass and the two cars touched. Valtteri Bottas barely held on to finish third by holding off a charging Sebastian Vettel in the 2nd Ferrari after the Ferrari disposed of Lewis Hamilton the lap before.  Both Mercedes were suffering from overheating on a day when the temperatures were in the 90s.

Austrian GP Saturday Press Conference
  Top-3 Qualifiers
DRIVERS
1 - Charles LECLERC (Ferrari)
2 - Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
3 - Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing)
Scenes from Austria - Saturday
  by Federico Basile
Charles Leclerc gave Ferrari something to cheer about at the Red Bull Ring, with the Monegasque driver claiming his second career pole after a dominant qualifying display – although the Scuderia’s pleasure was kept in check by a mechanical issue that saw Sebastian Vettel fail to set a time in Q3. Check out all of our photos from Spielberg Saturday
Leclerc beats Hamilton for pole as Vettel's Ferrari breaks
  Austrian Grand Prix
Ferrari's Charles Leclerc put his #16 Ferrari on pole for the Austrian Grand Prix with a new record lap of 1m03.003s at the Red Bull Ring. Lewis Hamilton will start 2nd barring any penalty from the Stewards for blocking Kimi Raikkonen in Q1. Max Verstappen will start 3rd for Red Bull ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Kevin Magnussen. Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari was 2nd quick in Q2 but an engine pneumatic issue emerged on his #5 car, forcing the German to miss the final stage of qualifying. He will start the race from P9 on the grid, spoiling an almost certain all-Ferrari front row.
Austrian GP Friday Press Conference
  Team Reps
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES
Mario ISOLA (Pirelli)
Andrew GREEN (Racing Point)
Paul MONAGHAN (Red Bull Racing)
Toyoharu TANABE (Honda),
Andreas SEIDL (McLaren)
Austrian GP Thursday Press Conference
  From Spielberg
DRIVERS
Sergio PEREZ (Racing Point)
Charles LECLERC (Ferrari)
Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing)
Alexander ALBON (Toro Rosso)
Kevin MAGNUSSEN (Haas)
Austrian GP Preview
  At the Red Bull Ring this weekend
The Styrian Mountains provide a fitting backdrop for the F1 circus as it embarks upon the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix at the 4.318-kilometer (2.683-mile), 10-turn Red Bull Ring. The lap is fast and compact, and it’s very enjoyable to drive. When you look at a circuit map, it appears to be a short and simple lap, but the reality is quite different.
French GP Sunday Press Conference
  Top-3 Finishers
Drivers
1 - Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
2 - Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
3 - Charles LECLERC (Ferrari)
Hamilton waltzes to easy French GP win
  Another Mercedes 1-2
Lewis Hamilton won pole and led all 53 laps to win his 79th F1 race at Paul Ricard over his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.  Charles Leclerc finished a close third for Ferrari, far ahead of Max Verstappen's Red Bull. Sebastian Vettel made a late stop for soft red Pirelli tires and got the 1-point for fastest race lap on the final lap and came home 5th. Mercedes has now won the last 10 F1 races including the final 2-races of 2018, such is their superiority.
Hamilton beats Bottas for pole in France
  Mercedes in class of their own
Mercedes ran 1-2 in every session this weekend, such is the superiority of the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton turned a lap of 1m28.319s to take pole position for the France GP at Paul Ricard. Valtteri Bottas will line up 2nd 0.157s behind. The Ferrari of Sean Leclerc was third while his teammate Sebastian Vettel had gearbox issues and could only manage 7th quick. Max Verstappen will start 4th ahead of the two McLarens of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr.
French GP Friday Press Conference
  Team Reps
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES
Claire WILLIAMS (Williams)
Frederic VASSEUR (Alfa Romeo)
Cyril ABITEBOUL (Renault)
Laurent MEKIES (Ferrari)
Zak BROWN (McLaren)
French GP Thursday Press Conference
  From Paul Ricard
Drivers:
Nico HULKENBERG (Renault)
Carlos SAINZ Jr. (McLaren)
Romain GROSJEAN (Haas)
Pierre GASLY (Red Bull Racing)
Antonio GIOVINAZZI (Alfa Romeo)
French GP Preview
  Can Ferrari strike back?
This coming weekend, Formula 1 is back at the Circuit Paul Ricard for the second time following the reinstatement of the venue to the race calendar last year. This will be the 60th French Grand Prix, an event which has been hosted by the track outside Le Castellet on 15 previous occasions as well as by six other circuits: Magny Cours, Reims, Dijon, Rouen, Clermont-Ferrand and Le Mans.
Canadian GP Postscript - Vettel's controversial penalty
  by Brian Carroccio
This is normally the spot for my postscript from the previous IndyCar race. And I’ll have a Texas postscript/IndyCar midyear report sometime later this week, as I’ll be out of town the next couple of days. However, in the meantime, there was some news from the world of Formula One. And I’m going to assume I can forego the cursory background explanation regarding yesterday’s Canadian Grand Prix, in which a very controversial five-second time penalty issued to Sebastian Vettel promoted Lewis Hamilton to the top step of the podium.
Canadian GP Sunday Press Conference
  Top-3 Drivers
Drivers:
1 - Lewis Hamilton. Mercedes (2nd, gifted win)
2 - Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
3 - Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
Bias F1 Stewards gift Hamilton a win in Canada
  Hand bullshit 5-sec. penalty to Vettel
Lewis Hamilton wanted a fair fight with Sebastian Vettel, and he had it.  However, the Stewards wanted Hamilton to win so they handed Vettel a 5-second penalty for what most would view as a racing incident. Vettel went off into the grass on one corner and slithered back onto the track, the car's tires dirty and Vettel going along for the ride. Hamilton had to touch the brakes to avoid a collision and they carried on their battle no worse for wear.
Canadian GP Post-Qualifying Press Conference
  Top-3 from Montreal
Drivers:
1– Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari)
2 – Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
3 – Charles LECLERC (Ferrari)
Vettel outduels Hamilton for pole for Canadian GP
  Leclerc third
Ferrari ace Sebastian Vettel smashed the lap record to win pole position for the Canadian GP with a time of 1m10.240s while points leader Lewis Hamilton will lineup on the outside for Mercedes. 3rd fastest in Q2, Vettel made a big improvement to beat Hamilton by 2/10ths of a second.  It was Vettel's first pole in 17 races. Charles Leclerc will start 3rd in the 2nd Ferrari, a massive 0.680s slower than his teammate.
Canadian GP Friday Press Conference
  Team Reps from Montreal
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES
Toto WOLFF (Mercedes)
Guenther STEINER (Haas)
Franz TOST (Toro Rosso)
Mario ISOLA (Pirelli)
Toyoharu TANABE (Honda)
Canadian GP Thursday Press Conference
  From Montreal
DRIVERS
Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
Lance STROLL (Racing Point)
Kimi RAIKKONEN (Alfa Romeo)
Lando NORRIS (McLaren)
Daniil KVYAT (Toro Rosso)
How fit are F1 drivers vs. Other Elite Athletes?
  Extremely fit it turns out
F1 performance coach Eliot Challifour explains why, even though he sits for a living, Lewis Hamilton's fitness is up there with Chris Froome and Mo Farah's. Whether it’s a turbocharged V6 engine or the latest carbon-fiber chassis, Formula 1 is a sport where innovation and technological advances are king. But while the power, muscle and endurance of F1 cars is renowned, the power, muscle and endurance of the men behind the wheel is often overlooked – certainly in comparison to other elite athletes.
Hamilton parades to win in Monaco
  Holds off Vettel and Bottas with worn tires
It's so hard to pass on the streets of Monaco that Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton held up a train of 4 cars almost the entire race to win the Monaco GP in what amounted to a parade. The only thing missing were the floats. Max Verstappen was 2nd on the road but a 5-second penalty for an unsafe pit release moved him back to 4th at the finish. Sebastian was 2nd for Ferrari and Valtteri Bottas 3rd in the 2nd Mercedes.
Monaco GP Post-Qualifying Press Conference
  Top-3 Qualifiers
DRIVERS
1 – Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
2 – Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
3 – Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing)
Hamilton nips Bottas for Pole in Monaco
  Race pretty much over - Mercedes 1-2 parade
Bottas made a mistake, Vettel hit the barrier coming out of Tabac and Verstappen couldn't improve. All of which left pole-master Hamilton to put his car - despite being practically sideways at times - onto pole for the second time this year at Monaco. It was a ragged lap, but a quick one to boot. Hamilton managed to set a 1m 10.166s, while Bottas aborted his lap after a mistake in the second sector.
Monaco GP Wednesday Press Conference
  Day early because practice starts Thursday
DRIVERS
Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
Charles LECLERC (Ferrari)
Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing)
Robert KUBICA (Williams)
Daniel RICCIARDO (Renault)
F1 Greats Don't Always Have Fun at Indy
  by Tim Wohlford
Should Fernando Alonso not make the Indy 500 this year -- and the odds are not in his favor -- then he will join a long line of F1 greats (and also-rans) who came to Indy just to have a miserable time.  From Ascari to Andretti, F1 success has often been allusive -- and sometimes the results have been catastrophic.  Consider the long list of woe encountered by just a few of the F1 drivers....
IndyCar vs F1, a contrast of conundrums
  Mark C.
F1 just about the most boring sport to watch right now. Yes, there are exceptions, but the excitement usually lasts from lights out to the first or second corner and that’s just about it. One of the Mercedes drivers s guaranteed to win The same five drivers have taken the top five places at every race this year. Compare and contrast that to the IndyCar race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course Saturday. If you missed the race, you missed what was probably one of the most exciting races in any series in years.
Spanish GP Sunday Press Conference
  From Barcelona
Drivers
1– Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
2 – Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
3 – Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull)
Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 parade in Barcelona
  Verstappen 3rd for Red Bull, Ferrari blows it
Lewis Hamilton grabbed the lead from polesitter Valtteri Bottas in Turn 1 and led every lap in another borefest Mercedes 1-2 in the Spanish GP. Mercedes has finished 1-2 in every GP this year. Max Verstappen, courtesy of the mental midget Ferrari strategists, finished third, while Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc rounded out the top-5 for Ferrari.
Spanish GP Saturday Press Conference
  Top-3 Qualifiers
DRIVERS
1 - Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
2 - Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
3 - Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari)
Barcelona: Mercedes destroys Ferrari in qualifying
  Bottas smokes Hamilton for pole
The F1 media did a lot of talking about the upgrades Ferrari were bringing to Barcelona to close the gap to Mercedes. Meanwhile, Aldo Costa and the rest of the Mercedes design team were going about the business of upgrading their car quietly. The result - Mercedes has widened their gap over Ferrari here in Spain and the championship is essentially over. Valtteri Bottas won pole for the Spanish GP, smoking his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by a massive 0.634s.
Spanish GP Friday Press Conference
  Team Reps
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES
Mattia BINOTTO (Ferrari)
Frederic VASSEUR (Alfa Romeo Racing)
Guenther STEINER (Haas)
Franz TOST (Toro Rosso)
Mario ISOLA (Pirelli)
Spanish GP Thursday Press Conference
  From Barcelona
Drivers
Carlos Sainz (McLaren)
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
Pierre Gasly (Red Bull Racing)
George Russell (Williams)
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes).
Explaining the F1 Single Supplier tender process
  Brakes and Rims are latest items to be standardized
The FIA has opened tenders for standard brake parts and wheel rims for Formula 1 teams from 2021 through 2024 with senior figures keen to introduce standardized components for teams where there are now minimal performance gains. There will be more standardized parts announced.  But how does the tender process work?
Baku GP Sunday Press Conference
  Top-3 Finishers
DRIVERS
1 - Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
2 - Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
3 - Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari)
Bottas outduels Hamilton, Mercedes sweeps in Baku
  Four consecutive 1-2 finishes for the superior Aldo Costa designed car
Valtteri Bottas out drove Lewis Hamilton over the last 10 laps to win the Baku GP and give Mercedes yet another 1-2 in what is clearly a superior car to everyone else. Despite having DRS over the last 3 laps Hamilton still could not pass Bottas who drove a perfect race from pole. Sebastian Vettel was 11.7-seconds back for Ferrari to finish third with Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc rounding out the top-5.
Baku GP Saturday Press Conference
  Top-3 Qualifiers
DRIVERS
1 - Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
2 - Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
3 - Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari)
Ferrari self-destructs, Bottas wins pole in Baku
  Leclerc stuffs #16 Ferrari in barrier
Sandbagging Valtteri Bottas and his Mercedes team finally showed his hand in Q3 qualifying to win pole over teammate Lewis Hamilton for the Azerbaijan (Baku) Grand Prix as the Ferrari team, who dominated all the practice sessions, choked.  Charles Leclerc stuffed his Ferrari into the barrier in Q2 and had to sit out Q3 due to severe damage to his Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel just wasn't fast enough and will start third. Max Verstappen put the Red Bull in 4th for Sunday's race as Sergio Perez rounded out the top-5.
Azerbaijan (Baku) GP Friday Press Conference
  Team Reps
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES
Claire WILLIAMS (Williams)
Christian HORNER (Red Bull Racing)
Otmar SZAFNAUER (Racing Point)
Toto WOLFF (Mercedes)
Cyril ABITEBOUL (Renault)
Azerbaijan (Baku) GP Thursday Press Conference
  Four Drivers
DRIVERS
Antonio GIOVINAZZI (Alfa Romeo Racing)
Nico HULKENBERG (Renault)
Kevin MAGNUSSEN (Haas)
Lance STROLL (Racing Point)
Azerbaijan (Baku) GP Preview
  How much will the Mercedes' win by this weekend?
After Formula 1 reached a major milestone in China, the series now moves on to Azerbaijan, the venue for the 1,001st Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas can look back on a fantastic start to the season, having taken three wins from the first three races. The Baku City Circuit has hosted a Formula 1 race on only three previous occasions. The winner of the inaugural race in the 2016 season was Nico Rosberg at the wheel of an F1 W07 Hybrid.
How F1 Esports Became as Popular as The Real Thing
  Betting on F1 esports becoming very popular
The world of competitive F1 is changing. If in the past video games have been seen as a waste of time, today even serious pilots from one of the most demanding car races in the world realize the complexity of these simulator and the actual amount of skill that goes into it. In fact, esports are now so akin to real sports that people are actually placing bets on the outcome of different gaming competitions, much like they do on football, basketball and soccer. With this in mind, let's explore the F1 Esports Series a little further and see what they have to offer in the long term.
Chinese GP Sunday Press Conference
  Top-3 finishers
Drivers:
1 – Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
2 – Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
3 – Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari)
Hamilton leads Bottas to 1-2 win in China
  Vettel third for Ferrari
Lewis Hamilton got the jump on his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas at the start of the Chinese GP and the race was over with Hamilton leading polesitter Bottas home to an easy 1-2. The Mercedes were too fast for the Ferraris in the high-speed corners of Shanghai and the best the Italians could do was a distant third. Hamilton led all the way for his 75th F1 victory in this the 1,000th Grand Prix. 
Chinese GP Saturday Press Conference
  Top-3 Qualifiers
DRIVERS
1 – Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
2 – Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
3 – Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari)
Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes 1-2 in China qualifying
  Mercedes too fast for Ferrari
In a thrilling qualifying session in China, in this the 1000th World Championship race, Valtteri Bottas secured his first pole position since Russia 2018, edging his Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton by just 0.023s, with the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc around three tenths adrift.
Chinese GP Friday Press Conference
  From Shanghai
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES
Mattia BINOTTO (Ferrari)
Toto WOLFF (Mercedes)
Toyoharu TANABE (Honda)
Andrew GREEN (Racing Point)
Chinese GP Thursday Press Conference
  From Shanghai
DRIVERS
Kimi RAIKKONEN (Alfa Romeo)
Alexander ALBON (Toro Rosso)
Romain GROSJEAN (Haas)
Sergio PEREZ (Racing Point)
Ecclestone not in China for 1000th race
  Still bitter Liberty does not consult him
Bernie Ecclestone will not be in China this weekend for F1's 1000th race. Liberty Media, the sport's new owner that ousted long-time chief executive Ecclestone in early 2017, is making a lot of noise about the historic milestone. Ecclestone, 88, said someone told him recently that he has attended "more than 800" of F1's 1000 races. But he told France's Auto Hebdo: "I will watch the race from London. Food poisoning aside, Ecclestone revealed that if he had still been in charge, he would have re-jigged the calendar to make Silverstone the 1000th race.
Chinese GP Preview
  Will mark the 1000th F1 race
The 2019 Chinese Grand Prix is an historic event - it will mark the 1000th round of the Formula One World Championship. But the Chinese Grand Prix is not the only special anniversary the team is looking forward to. In fact, 2019 holds a number of historic anniversaries. 
Bahrain GP Post-Race Press Conference
  Top-3 Finishers
DRIVERS
1. Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
2. Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
3. Charles LECLERC (Ferrari)
Mercedes 1-2 in Bahrain as Ferrari self-destructs
  Leclerc loses power, Vettel chokes
Sebastian Vettel choked and spun while racing side-by-side with Lewis Hamilton for 2nd and Charles Leclerc's Ferrari sudden lost power while hold a comfortable lead thereby handing a lucky win to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes.  Valtteri Bottas also passed Leclerc's slowing car for 2nd by Leclerc did hang on for the final podium position. Max Verstappen was 4th for Red Bull while Vettel recovered from his spin and broken front wing to round out the top-5.
Bahrain GP Post-Qualifying Press Conference
  Top-3 Qualifiers
DRIVERS:
1: Charles LECLERC (Ferrari)
2: Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari)
3: Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
Charles Leclerc leads Ferrari 1-2 in Bahrain Qualifying
  sets new track record
Charles Leclerc became the second youngest pole sitter of all time in just his second race for the Ferrari F1 team. He set a new track record at 1m27.866s, one of the only drivers to improve on his second flying lap.  Safe to say, the youngster was pretty happy with that pole. He jumped out of the car and was congratulated by teammate Sebastian Vettel and it was hugs all round amongst the Ferrari crew.  Hamilton and Bottas head up row 2 with Max Verstappen just nipping Magnussen's Haas for 5th.
Bahrain GP Friday Press Conference
  Team Reps
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES
Zak BROWN (McLaren)
Frederic VASSEUR (Alfa Romeo Racing)
Guenther STEINER (Haas)
Franz TOST (Toro Rosso)
Bahrain GP Thursday Press Conference
  Five Drivers
DRIVERS
Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
Charles LECLERC (Ferrari),
Pierre GASLY (Red Bull Racing),
Daniil KVYAT (Toro Rosso)
Lando NORRIS (McLaren)
Australian GP Sunday Press Conference
  Top-3 Finishers
Drivers:
1. Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
2. Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
3. Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing)
Bottas crushes Hamilton in Melbourne
  Verstappen third, Ferraris out to lunch
Valtteri Bottas crushes everyone, including his World Champion teammate Lewis Hamilton ton win the season opening Australian Grand Prix. From second on the grid Bottas beat Hamilton to Turn 1 and from there was never challenged, ultimately opening the gap to Hamilton to 21-seconds at the finish, a crushing blow to the Brit. Max Verstappen claimed Honda's first podium finish since the 2008 British GP in its maiden race with Red Bull as Ferrari ended up only fourth and fifth.
Australian GP Post-Qualifying Press Conference
  Top-3 Qualifiers
Drivers:
1. Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
2. Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes)
3. Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari)
Mercedes team locks out front row in Melbourne
  Hamilton will be 2019 World Champion
Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton will be 2019 World Champions. It's the easiest prediction we ever had to make.  Hamilton won pole for the Australian Grand Prix from teammate Valtteri Bottas by the slimmest of margins, but the fact they were a full 0.7s up from the third-placed Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel says it all. And based on practice times, their race pace is even more dominant.
Australian GP Friday Press Conference
  Team Reps
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES
Mattia BINOTTO (Ferrari)
Toto WOLFF (Mercedes)
Cyril ABITEBOUL (Renault)
Christian HORNER (Red Bull Racing)
Australian GP Thursday Press Conference
  Five Drivers in Melbourne
DRIVERS:
Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes),
Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari)
Daniel RICCIARDO (Renault)
Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing)
Robert KUBICA (Williams)
How Does an F1 Steering Wheel Work?
  Mercedes breaks it all down
Formula One cars are very complex machines - even their steering wheels are not exactly self-explanatory at first glance. So, we're taking a closer look at F1 steering wheels, some of their many functions and how exactly they are designed and built. 
Scenes from final day of testing in Barcelona
  by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com
Were a qualifying session and grand prix to be staged at Barcelona right now, the evidence of pre-season testing suggests Ferrari and Mercedes would be almost equal. We can't be entirely sure about fuel loads, engine modes and exact run plans. But every single indicator, whether it's short runs, long runs, trackside impressions or paddock gossip, points in one direction: Ferrari and Mercedes are the teams to beat. Federico Basile was there on the final day and snapped these photos.
Scenes from F1 Testing in Barcelona Day 7
  by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com
Despite bringing out a late red flag when he broke down on course, Charles Leclerc ended fastest by a wide margin in his #16 Ferrari Thursday - the penultimate day of preseason F1 testing. In his final appearance for Ferrari ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Leclerc logged 138 laps and set the pace to ensure the Italian squad recovered from its truncated running after Sebastian Vettel crashed on Wednesday. Federico Basile was there to snap these photos for AutoRacing1.com
Scenes from F1 Testing in Barcelona Day 6
  by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com
Carlos Sainz Jr. gave McLaren something to brag about - back-to-back days at the top of the timesheets in the second Formula 1 pre-season test as Ferrari hit problems for the 2nd day in a row. The Spaniard posted the fastest time seen so far in testing on the morning of the second day of the second winter test in Barcelona with a time of 1m17.144s.
Scenes from F1 Testing in Barcelona Day 5
  by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com
Lando Norris topped the opening day of the second Formula 1 pre-season test in Barcelona on Tuesday as Mercedes lost most of its afternoon running to an issue on its new W10 car and Ferrari lost most of the morning with cooling issues. Rookie Norris strapped on the softer C4 tires, and recorded a fastest time of 1m17.709s. Federico Basile was there to snap these photos for AutoRacing1.com
Scenes from F1 Testing in Barcelona Day 4
  by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com
Using the softest C5 tires Pirelli makes, Nico Hulkenberg gave Renault something to pound their chest about as the F1 teams wrapped up week #1 testing in Barcelona. In fact the four fastest times were set on the C5 tires with Lewis Hamilton rounding out the top-5 for Mercedes on a set of C4 tires.  All five were in the 1m17s bracket. Federico Basile was there to snap these photos for AutoRacing1.com
Pirelli summarizes 2019 F1 tire performance
  They made it more confusing for the fans
It’s still early days, but so far the tires seem to be performing largely as we expected, with a performance gap of around 0.6 to 0.7 seconds between each compound. In more detail, it’s something around 0.6 seconds between C2 and C3 so far, and roughly the same gap between C3 and C4, which were the most used tires in this session. Due to the cool conditions this week, there was a bit of graining as expected, which should disappear when temperatures become warmer during the actual season.
Scenes from F1 Testing in Barcelona Day 3
  by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com
Using the softest tires Pirelli makes, Daniil Kvyat topped the third day of Formula 1 pre-season testing for Toro Rosso after edging out Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen who also used the soft C5 tires. Taking advantage of 'happy hour' temperatures, Kvyat managed to set the fastest time of pre-season so far in the process. Federico Basile was there for AutoRacing1.com to capture these fantastic photos.
Scenes from F1 Testing in Barcelona Day 2
  by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com
Ferrari's Charles Leclerc's time from prior to lunch survived a soft tire onslaught from Lando Norris and McLaren to give Ferrari top time for the second day running. Leclerc lapped within 1/10th of a second of Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel’s Monday time in the opening session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Tuesday, recording a lap of 1m18.247s before lunch. Federico Basile was there for AutoRacing1.com and snapped these photos.
Scenes from F1 Testing in Barcelona Day 1
  Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com
Sebastian Vettel's morning time in the SF-90 Ferrari was enough to beat McLaren driver Carlos Sainz Jr on the opening day of preseason testing in Barcelona. Vettel set a 1m18.161s in the morning session on the C3 tires - the middle compound in Pirelli's testing range to Sainz’s 1m18.558s – only 0.397s slower than Vettel but his time was set on softer rubber. Our Federico Basile was there to bring you all these photos.
Ferrari reveal their 2019 car
  SF90 F1 Challenger
The Ferrari SF90 (design code 670) is the sixty fifth single-seater built by Ferrari to compete in the Formula 1 World Championship. The car has been produced based on the new regulations, which have required various changes compared to the 2018 car. Among the most obvious changes are those to the front and rear wings. The front wing is wider and boasts simpler aerodynamic profiles, while the rear is wider and higher.
McLaren Unveils 2019 MCL34
  Alongside New 2019 Driver Line-Up
McLaren Racing today presented its first all-new Formula 1 driver line-up in 12 years, as Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris watched 34 of their McLaren team-mates unveil the MCL34, the team’s 2019 race car, ahead of pre-season testing next week. The concept and design process of the 2019 McLaren MCL34, powered by the Renault E-Tech 19 engine, focuses on laying the foundations for development of the car throughout the season.
First pictures of Alfa Romeo 2019 F1 car on track
  By Federico Basile/AR1.com
Alfa Romeo Racing's 2019 Formula 1 car is pictured here on-track for the first time at a shakedown in Italy. The team is using one of its two allowed promotional events to run the car ahead of pre-season testing next week. These first images from Fiorano - captured by Federico Basile for AR1.com shows Kimi Raikkonen behind the wheel of the Alfa Romeo with Ferrari power, in a black-and-red camouflage livery.
Racing Point unveils 2019 livery and title sponsor
  New team Name: SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team
SportPesa, the growing global technology and entertainment company, has today been announced as the new title partner for Racing Point, with the team now known as SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team. The announcement, alongside a reveal of the team’s new car livery, was made during their pre-season launch event, held during the Canadian International Auto Show; the first ever Formula One team launch in Canada
Red Bull RB15 breaks cover
  All the F1 cars looking the same this year
The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 has been unleashed. Donning a one-off livery, the RB15 drives the team into a new era thanks to the arrival of Honda power and an exciting new driver pairing. Driven for the first time by Max Verstappen and eagerly watched by Pierre Gasly, the RB15 breaks cover today at the team’s official filming day at Silverstone Circuit.
Mercedes F1 unveils 2019 W10 car
  The Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ completed its first laps at the Silverstone
With a little over four weeks to go until the start of the 2019 FIA Formula One season, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport today completed the first laps with its 2019 challenger. Named the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+, the 2019 contender ran on the 2.98 km Silverstone International Circuit this morning with Valtteri Bottas behind the wheel, to be followed by Lewis Hamilton this afternoon.
Renault launches its 2019 F1 livery
  Won't see RS19 until next week at Barcelona test
Renault Sport F1 launched its 2019 F1 world championship car livery today, introducing the team that it hopes will bring it closer to Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull. The launch of the 2019 Formula 1 livery took place at Renault's base in Enstone, England. Nico Hulkenberg and Cyril Abiteboul were joined by new signing Daniel Ricciardo on the presentation podium.
ROKiT Enters F1 as Title Partner of Williams Racing
  Williams livery replaces Martini
Williams Racing has announced a new multi-year agreement today with ROKiT, a global telecommunications company, in which ROKiT becomes the team’s new title partner. The partnership was revealed during a special event held at Williams Racing HQ ahead of the 2019 season and signals an exciting new era for the team.
Toro Rosso launches STR14
  2019 F1 car powered by Honda
Toro Rosso has revealed its 2019 Honda-powered STR14 Formula 1 car online, becoming the 2nd team to show the season's new aerodynamic changes. Most noticeable was the different bargeboard arrangement in line with this year's greater aerodynamic restrictions. The team's blue, silver and red livery, looks slightly brighter owing to the lighter blue color used.
Haas reveals new livery and 2019 Formula 1 car
  New Rich Energy black and gold livery
Rich Energy Haas F1 Team unveiled its new-look for the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship with a livery launch hosted at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club (RAC) on Pall Mall in London, while the design of its VF-19 challenger debuted online across the team’s website and social media platforms.
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