Former Formula 1 driver Patrick Tambay has died aged 73. The Frenchman, whose teams included McLaren, Ferrari and Renault, won two grands prix in a career of 114 race starts stretching from 1977 to 1986. Tambay, who had been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, was most famous for his association with Ferrari. He was a leading
Next year’s Chinese Grand Prix has been cancelled by Formula 1 because of “ongoing difficulties” with Covid. The Shanghai race was due to return in April for the first time since 2019. Protests have been held in China in recent days over its ‘zero Covid’ policies, which include regular lockdowns and isolation imposed on infected
Spanish IndyCar driver Alex Palou will be one of McLaren’s Formula 1 reserve drivers in 2023. The 25-year-old will be McLaren’s reserve at all grands prix that do not clash with his commitments in IndyCar, where Palou races for the Ganassi team. Palou, who won the 2021 IndyCar title, this year drove for McLaren in
Fernando Alonso was “very impressive” on his first outing for Aston Martin, team principal Mike Krack says. The two-time champion, 41, had a day’s testing for Aston Martin in Abu Dhabi last week to prepare for his move from Alpine for the start of next season. Krack said Alonso was immediately fast, adding “the efficiency
Mattia Binotto is to leave his position as Ferrari team principal at the end of the year. A statement from Ferrari on Tuesday said the 53-year-old had resigned from his role and that the process to identify a replacement was “underway”. Binotto, who has been with Ferrari since 1995, said: “With the regret that this
Formula 1’s governing body is to split with its interim secretary general Shaila-Ann Rao less than six months after appointing her. An FIA statement said Rao had joined to assist new president Mohammed Ben Sulayem in his “transition period”. It said she was leaving because “this period is now coming to an end”. Sources close
Daniel Ricciardo has rejoined Red Bull as third driver for the 2023 season. He will assist Red Bull with testing and simulation work as well as commercial activities, the team said. Ricciardo said he was “truly excited” to be returning to the team for whom he won seven grands prix between 2014 and 2018, before
Formula 1 should change its driver qualification system to make it easier for IndyCar drivers to join the grid, says McLaren Racing boss Zak Brown. Red Bull were prevented from signing American Colton Herta for 2023 because he did not have sufficient points under governing body the FIA’s ‘super-licence’ system. Brown said the super-licence “around
China’s return to the Formula 1 schedule will be cancelled next year as a result of the country’s Covid policies, BBC Sport has learned. Formula 1 has not visited China since 2019, but was due to return for the fourth race in 2023 on 16 April. China’s zero-Covid policy has led F1 to conclude the
Fernando Alonso says he is “ready to deliver something special” when he joins Aston Martin next season. Alonso, who retired from his final race with Alpine on Sunday, hopes his status as F1’s most experienced driver ever can guide his new team to good results. Alonso said: “I believe when I can make differences when
Logan Sargeant says he does not feel any weight of expectation as a result of being the first American to have a full-time Formula 1 seat for 16 years. He was officially named as a Williams driver on Monday and will partner British-born Thai Alex Albon in 2023. Sargeant, 21, said: “I have prepared the
Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says that their difficult 2022 season was “absolutely necessary” for the team’s future success. Mercedes, who had won the last eight constructors’ championships, finished the season third and won only one race. Wolff said: “I am sure this a difficult year was necessary to re-motivate and re-energise the organisation.
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto admits that he has had a “difficult” season in 2022. Charles Leclerc clinched second in the championship at the final race of the season as Ferrari secured the same position in the constructors’ table. But the team has been criticised for errors and reliability problems that torpedoed Leclerc’s title campaign.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi as Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc beat the Dutchman’s team-mate Sergio Perez to secure second in the championship. Leclerc, who was Verstappen’s title rival earlier this year before Ferrari’s season imploded in a flood of errors and reliability failures, held off Perez on
American Logan Sargeant has secured the final seat on next year’s Formula 1 grid with Williams. The team said last month that the 21-year-old would be given the drive alongside Alex Albon if he secured the required points for an F1 licence. Finishing fourth in the Formula 2 championship at the final race of the
Lewis Hamilton says he is “looking forward” to the last time he drives this year’s Mercedes – or “this thing”, as he put it after qualifying at the final race of the season. Before that time, Hamilton still has Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to get through, and then a final day of testing on
Max Verstappen led team-mate Sergio Perez to a Red Bull one-two in qualifying at the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi. Verstappen took pole by 0.228 seconds as Perez pipped Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by 0.04secs in their fight for second in the championship. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, as Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1’s governing body the FIA is prepared to investigate whether Sergio Perez deliberately crashed during Monaco Grand Prix qualifying in May. FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem said: “I didn’t have anyone who said we want to investigate it from our side. “But if there is something to be investigated, we are more than happy.