Magnussen’s first lap crash brings out Silverstone safety car

Silverstone (United Kingdom) (AFP) The British Grand Prix was forced to run behind a safety car on Sunday after an opening lap crash. Kevin Magnussen of Haas collided with Alex Albon's Red Bull at the final corner, the Danish driver spinning off into the gravel after trying to squeeze past the Thai driver. The British … Continue reading Magnussen’s first lap crash brings out Silverstone safety car

Formula One scraps US, Brazil, Mexico and Canada races

Paris (AFP) The Grands Prix in the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Canada have been scrapped this year but three races in Europe have been added to the coronavirus-affected season, Formula One said Friday. There will be an F1 debut for Portugal's Portimao track and a return for Germany's Nurburgring and Imola in Italy. Nico … Continue reading Formula One scraps US, Brazil, Mexico and Canada races

France’s Quartararo wins season-opening Spanish MotoGP

Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) (AFP) Fabio Quartararo became the first French rider to win a Moto Grand Prix since 1999 as he took the flag in the season-opening race in Spain on Sunday. Quartararo, 21, who rides for the Yamaha satellite outfit, had started on pole position and his biggest threat, reigning world champion … Continue reading France’s Quartararo wins season-opening Spanish MotoGP

Hamilton takes knee in muddled pre-race gesture

Budapest (AFP) Lewis Hamilton took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign and Formula One's "End Racism" stance on Sunday during another chaotic pre-race gesture by drivers ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix. After the muddled arrangements for the statement to be made ahead of the season-opening Austrian and Styrian Grands Prix, … Continue reading Hamilton takes knee in muddled pre-race gesture

Racing Point’s Perez approached by rival team

Budapest (AFP) Sergio Perez revealed on Thursday that a rival team approached him this week following reports that he could be replaced at Racing Point next year by Sebastian Vettel. "During the week, obviously the rumours came out, and we actually got contacted by a team in the paddock -- I won't say names obviously … Continue reading Racing Point’s Perez approached by rival team

Hamilton on top with new black helmet as F1 roars back

Spielberg (Austria) (AFP) Lewis Hamilton unveiled a new 'Black Lives Matter' helmet design on Friday as Formula One roared back to life in the Styrian Alps in opening practice at the belated and surreal season-opening Austrian Grand Prix. The six-time champion, who has been an outspoken supporter of the campaign for equality and diversity since … Continue reading Hamilton on top with new black helmet as F1 roars back

Formula One in brave new world as Verstappen seeks repeat Austria triumph

Spielberg (Austria) (AFP) Max Verstappen will seek a hat-trick of home wins for Red Bull and an early lead in the drivers championship at this weekend's delayed and somewhat surreal season-opening Austrian Grand Prix. For everyone involved, the race will be an unprecedented experience – the calendar is unknown beyond the first eight races in … Continue reading Formula One in brave new world as Verstappen seeks repeat Austria triumph

Formula One talking points

London (AFP) The green flag finally drops to start the Formula One season at Spielberg in Austria on Sunday with champion Lewis Hamilton chasing a record-equalling seventh title. As the drivers prepare to roar past silent stands, AFP identifies five key questions. Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton begins his title defence Sunday William WEST AFP/File … Continue reading Formula One talking points

Formula One wants two races in Shanghai: city sports boss

Shanghai (AFP) Formula One chiefs want to stage two races in Shanghai this season after the Chinese Grand Prix was postponed because of the coronavirus, the city's sports boss said Monday, adding there was no final decision. This year's pandemic-disrupted world championship is expected to launch with a double-header in Austria on July 5 and … Continue reading Formula One wants two races in Shanghai: city sports boss

F1’s Hamilton says slave trader’s statue should ‘stay in river’

London (AFP) Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said a slave trader's statue that was torn down and dumped in a harbour during anti-racism protests should "stay in the river". Hamilton, who is F1's only black driver, was commenting after protesters in the British city of Bristol toppled the bronze statue of Edward Colston, who … Continue reading F1’s Hamilton says slave trader’s statue should ‘stay in river’

Silverstone chief hopes double header creates new F1 fans

London (AFP) The managing director of Silverstone hopes the fact the English track is staging two Grand Prix races this season will help lure a new round of fans into Formula One. The circuit will play host to races on August 2 and August 9 as part of a revised F1 calendar following the coronavirus … Continue reading Silverstone chief hopes double header creates new F1 fans

F1’s Hamilton ‘overcome with rage’ over racial injustice

London (AFP) Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said he is "completely overcome with rage" about racial injustice in the wake of the death of George Floyd. It is the second time this week that Britain's six-time world champion has spoken angrily about the death of Floyd, an unarmed black man who died on May … Continue reading F1’s Hamilton ‘overcome with rage’ over racial injustice