2021 has seen a decent-sized churn of drivers through F1’s off-season. We have three rookies stepping up to the pinnacle of motorsport, with Haas and Red Bull casting aside four drivers between them. But three into four leaves a balance of one. One more space for an up-and-coming driver who can show the world what they’re made of and make a name for themselves? Erm, not quite. Instead, we see the return of a driver who turns 40 this year. …


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The three-week gap between Formula One races after the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix housed little in the way of F1 news. A bit of fallout on the track limits saga but not much else, and, initially, the Imola post-race period looked like it might be the same. Instead, F1 news stories behaved just like elevators and buses; you wait for an age for one to show, and three turn up at once instead.

So in the short break following the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, we have now learned F1 will trial sprint race qualifying, finally race in Miami, and return…


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As Formula One moves away from the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the finger-pointing from fans in the wake of the George Russell and Valtteri Bottas incident continues. Should Bottas have left more room, or was Russell too aggressive in trying to overtake? And where is the onboard footage from the Mercedes to show us Valtteri’s steering wheel movements?

Regardless of who is to blame, this sort of debate is healthy for F1. Bernie Ecclestone used to put out ridiculous press releases to keep the sport in the public eye when he captained the ship. But with the advent of social…


Just had a quick Google and it seems this is a one-off fee introduced in June, after I wrote this. Another cost to consider, sadly. But you're right that it'll save you money in the longer term should you be expecting a high value amount in the account over time. It's certainly an unfortunate hurdle early on, though. https://transferwise.com/gb/blog/transferwise-business-bank-details-uk-ireland


F3 Asia has officially begun, marking the end of the winter break for many F2 and F3 drivers. More than a handful of the drivers from FIA F2 and F3 descended on Dubai. A sceptic might suggest this was them to farm superlicence points. However, there is no doubt many of those racing were happy to be battling wheel-to-wheel again. The post-season test in Bahrain was nearly two months ago, after all. So a little cobweb dusting would be useful, but so are cheap superlicence points…

Whatever the reason, F3 Asia is running an ultra-condensed calendar this year. Round 1…


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In 2021, the subject of gender discrimination is going to be a hot topic in motorsport. The all-female W Series will partner with Formula One, putting equality under the spotlight. There are no rules preventing women from racing in F1, but there is a slim likelihood. That problem stems from the grassroots of motorsport. And that is, partially, what W Series is looking to address. But can it?

Short answer, no. But the longer answer is no, not alone. When W Series launched in 2019, it was amid skepticism from women already in motorsport. Many saw this Formula 3-level series…


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Sergio Perez may have won the Sakhir Grand Prix, but there was another big story across the weekend. George Russell finally had his opportunity to drive a front-running car, and he did so magnificently. Russell finally proved his supporters right and showed he deserves to be regarded as highly as Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc as a possible future champion.

Ever since Russell graduated from Formula 2, following his championship-winning campaign in 2018, many tipped him to be a big star. That potential has been somewhat difficult to gauge due to his Williams team being so far down the pecking…


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For the first time in many a year, most fans on Sunday were urging a Mercedes to win the Sakhir Grand Prix. George Russell did everything right, but his race came undone through no fault of his own. Heartbreak for Russell, but joy for another worthy winner Perez. However, Russell not winning was actually just what the sport needed.

Don’t get me wrong. I would’ve been ecstatic to see what would’ve been a fairy tale victory. Since his F2 title, fans have been clamouring to see if Russell is capable of being a true successor to Lewis Hamilton. …


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The Sakhir Grand Prix had enough action to rival a Hollywood blockbuster movie. Suspense, excitement, heartbreak, jubilation, and story arcs that were almost too dramatic to believe. After such a tumultuous week of news with Lewis Hamilton catching Covid, Haas finally announcing their driver lineup, and George Russell taking the hot seat in Mercedes, somehow Bahrain’s outer circuit delivered the goods to match the build-up.

George Russell’s dream week somehow got even better by the first corner as Lewis Hamilton’s deputy out-dragged Valtteri Bottas to take the lead of his very first F1 race for Mercedes. With Bottas struggling to…


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Haas finally announced their lineup for 2021 and beyond. The open secret in the F1 paddock that Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin would join the American outfit is now public knowledge. Aside from the upcoming weekend where Pietro Fittipaldi will replace the injured Roman Grosjean, the driver pairing represents brand-new territory for the sole American outfit in F1.

In the five seasons the team has raced in F1, Romain Grosjean has always been a team driver. Supported initially by Esteban Gutiérrez and later Kevin Magnussen. Rookie drivers have never been considered.

To bring in two simultaneously is a bit of…

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