Formula 1: Max Verstappen wins French Grand Prix as Charles Leclerc crashes out
(Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)Max Verstappen now has a 63-point lead over Charles Leclerc after winning the French Grand Prix. Verstappen took the checkered flag 10 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton after Leclerc crashed out of the race from the lead before his first pit stop. Leclerc had held off Verstappen over the race’s opening laps and Verstappen pitted first. But Sainz was on worn medium tires and Ferrari called him in for a second pit stop. He also had to serve a five-second penalty on the pit stop for an unsafe release from his first pit stop under the caution.wftv.com
United F1 drivers determined to help kick out abusive fans
“Those fans don’t represent us as a sport, they don’t share our values and they’re not welcome here. As simple as that," said Perez of Red Bull. Your words are powerful and you have a responsibility also to the readers.”F1 should “continue to take a stand” against such behavior, Hamilton added, and noted soccer has taken proactive measures. “What we saw last weekend is sad and I don’t think it represents the core value of our sport and the true fans,” Gasly said. One week earlier, Verstappen and his Red Bull boss Christian Horner were booed by a pro-Hamilton crowd at Silverstone during the British GP.wftv.com
Verstappen holds off Sainz to win in F1's return to Canada
F1 Canadian Grand Prix Auto Racing Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen, of the Netherlands, celebrates after winning the Canadian Grand Prix auto race Sunday, June 19, 2022, in Montreal. He noted he trailed Charles Leclerc by 46 points following the third race of the season. But there was no challenge and by the time Sainz cleared Alonso for second on Lap 2, Verstappen had already built a lead of 2.4 seconds. George Russell was fourth as Hamilton beat his new teammate for just the second time in nine races this season. Perez exited the race after just nine laps with a gearbox issue, the fourth Red Bull mechanical failure this season between Perez and Verstappen.wftv.com
Verstappen edges Alonso to win pole for Canadian Grand Prix
F1 Montreal GP Auto Racing Red Bull Racing Max Verstappen of the Netherlands, drives during the third practice session during the third practice session at the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, Saturday, June 18, 2022. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press via AP) (Jacques Boissinot)MONTREAL — (AP) — Max Verstappen overcame slick conditions to win his second pole of the season, and Fernando Alonso used the wet track to earn his first front row start in a decade in rainy qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix. The Saturday run for Verstappen, the reigning Formula One champion and current points leader, was no surprise even though its the Dutchman's first career pole at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Instead, it was 40-year-old Alonso who brought the crowd to its feet with a thrilling run to qualify second. Sergio Perez crashed his Red Bull in the second session and wound up 13th — the first time he'll start lower than fifth this year.wftv.com
Perez wins chaotic Monaco GP, Ferrari blows it for Leclerc
Monaco F1 GP Auto Racing Red Bull driver Sergio Perez of Mexico celebrates on the podium after winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Sunday, May 29, 2022. Verstappen now leads Leclerc by nine points in the standings; Leclerc has two wins this season, Verstappen and Perez have combined for five victories as Red Bull and Ferrari have claimed all seven races. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner patted Perez on the back as he walked alongside the driver following the race. Perez is in a contract year and both Red Bull and Perez have said discussions on an extension would ramp up over the summer months. When the rain subsided enough to start the race, Leclerc led the field on a rolling start and started clocking fastest laps.wftv.com
Leclerc puts Ferrari on pole in Monaco GP as Perez crashes
Monaco F1 GP Auto Racing Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco steers his car during qualifying session at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Saturday, May 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole) (Daniel Cole)MONACO — (AP) — Charles Leclerc positioned himself to reclaim the Formula One points lead from reigning champion Max Verstappen by winning the pole for the Monaco Grand Prix. Leclerc was already atop the leaderboard Saturday when a crash by Sergio Perez stopped the session with about 30 seconds remaining. Despite the contact with Perez, Sainz qualified second as Ferrari locked out the front row for Sunday's race. He won the pole a year ago but was unable to start the race because of damage to his Ferrari suffered in warmup.wftv.com
Eye-popping day for Hamilton at Monaco GP as Leclerc cruises
Lewis Hamilton can still race with his jewelry intact. “It feels like my eyeballs are coming out of their sockets,” Hamilton said after a pair of practice sessions around Monaco's downtown streets. Hamilton has been at odds with Formula One's governing body since the FIA ruled drivers cannot compete while wearing jewelry.news.yahoo.com
Column: F1's hyped 1st trip to Miami a money-losing success
The Miami Grand Prix was hot, from the party scene to the weather, but it faced nearly impossible expectations. The celebrity watching was top level, certainly for a motorsports event. There was Paris Hilton, using a portable fan to cool herself as she danced in front of the McLaren garage on race day.news.yahoo.com
Red Bull's Sergio Pérez sees golden age of Mexican racers
(AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (Luca Bruno)Sergio Pérez looks around the top motor racing series in the world and sees a golden age for Mexican drivers. Its great,” Pérez said in an interview set up by Red Bull fuel partner Exxon Mobile. This golden era of Mexican racing would seem to hinge on Pérez and his next steps. A team representative cut off a question about his future with Red Bull and the series in general. O'Ward has expressed a desire to reach F1, and Pérez noted that Red Bull signed Mexican driver Noel León as one of its junior series drivers.wftv.com
Verstappen overtakes Leclerc late on to win Saudi Arabian GP
Leclerc missed out on a fourth career win, as Verstappen edged him by half a second, but remains top of the standings after two races. Verstappen overtook on the outside at the end of Lap 42. But it was a clever dummy by Leclerc, who dived straight back inside Verstappen on Turn 1 of the next lap. Perez started ahead of Leclerc, Sainz and Verstappen on the Jiddah circuit, which is about 11 kilometers (seven miles) from Friday’s attack. Perez got away cleanly from pole and Verstappen snaked past Sainz on the outside to move into third behind Leclerc.wftv.com
Perez in pole for Saudi Arabian GP day after nearby attack
(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) (Hassan Ammar)JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia — (AP) — Sergio Perez took his first career pole position at the Saudi Arabian Grand as Formula One continued amid heavy scrutiny on Saturday, the day after an attack on a nearby oil depot. Hamilton and other drivers previously expressed their concerns about racing in the region, mainly concerning Saudi Arabia's human rights record. The overnight airstrikes on Sanaa and Hodeida — both held by the Houthis — responded to the attack in Jiddah. The circuit is hosting an F1 race for the second time, after the inaugural race last December. Leclerc looked on for a second straight pole, after winning last Sunday's season-opening Bahrain GP from there, but missed an 11th career pole by .025 seconds.wftv.com
Leclerc wins Bahrain GP as Verstappen retires near the end
Formula One champion Max Verstappen’s title defense turned into a nightmare when the Red Bull star retired near the end of the Bahrain Grand Prix and Ferrari clinched a 1-2 with Charles Leclerc winning ahead of teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. Seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton took an unexpected third place after Sergio Perez’s Red Bull also retired with the finish line in sight as the race finished under a yellow flag.
Hamilton tops Brazil qualifying, gets 5-place grid penalty
Lewis Hamilton beat rival Max Verstappen in qualifying to take pole position for Saturday's sprint race ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix, although an engine change means the British driver is facing a five-place grid penalty on Sunday. Hamilton was more than 0.4 seconds ahead of his Red Bull rival in Friday's qualifying at Interlagos, having also set the fastest time in the morning's practice session.news.yahoo.com
Verstappen wins in Mexico, extends lead in F1 title chase
Verstappen, who started third after struggling in qualifying, now leads Hamilton by 19 points with four races left in the season. Verstappen earned his ninth win of the season, second in a row and third career victory in Mexico City. Bottas was on pole, Hamilton second and Verstappen and Perez in third and fourth. That made him the first Mexican driver to lead the Mexico grand prix in race history. Perez earned a third straight podium finish for the first time in his career.wftv.com
Bottas takes pole as Mercedes goes 1-2 in Mexico qualifying
Mexico F1 GP Auto Racing Red Bull driver Sergio Perez, of Mexico, greets fans from outside the paddock during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) (Eduardo Verdugo)MEXICO CITY — (AP) — Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton gave Mercedes its first front row lockout of the season, with Bottas claiming pole over teammate Hamilton in Saturday qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix. Hamilton trails Verstappen by 12 points in the championship with five races remaining. Verstappen and Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez will start from the second row and Hamilton has a chance to tighten the championship. The Dutchman won Mexico in 2017 and 2018, and Hamilton won last year.wftv.com
Red Bull's Perez quickest in final practice for Mexican GP
Mexico F1 GP Auto Racing Red Bull driver Sergio Perez, of Mexico, greets fans from outside the paddock during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) (Eduardo Verdugo)MEXICO CITY — (AP) — Home favorite Sergio Perez of Red Bull set the fastest time of the final practice before Saturday's qualifying at the Mexican Grand Prix, edging teammate and season championship leader Max Verstappen late in the session. Formula One returned to Mexico City after cancelling the race in 2020 because of the pandemic. The high altitude of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez has been expected to favor the Red Bull cars. __More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/hub/auto-racing and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Verstappen takes pole over Hamilton to start U.S. Grand Prix
Hamilton has won the U.S. Grand Prix five times and the Mercedes team was supposed to have the edge over Red Bull at this event. But it was Verstappen, the points leader, and fan favorite Sergio Perez who dominated qualifying and the Red Bulls flanked Hamilton headed into Sunday's race. It was a dramatic battle for pole in their season-long tussle for the championship, and set up a tense start to Sunday's race when Verstappen and Hamilton will sprint to the first uphill turn. Race organizers expected 120,000 fans for Saturday qualifying, and a sold-out 140,00 for Sunday's race. The crowd was loudest for Perez, who is from Guadalajara, Mexico and has called the U.S. Grand Prix a second “home” race for him outside the Mexican Grand Prix in two weeks.wftv.com
Hamilton-Verstappen Formula 1 duel hits the track in Texas
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (Darron Cummings)AUSTIN, Texas — (AP) — The red-hot rivalry between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton returned to the race track with a flip of the finger and an insult. It was mere minutes into the second practice when Verstappen and Hamilton found themselves side-by-side entering the long straight at the starting grid. But even without Herta there still may be an American driver on the way. Williams said Friday it signed 20-year-old Logan Sargeant to its driver development academy after three seasons in Formula 3. F1 hasn’t had an American driver since Alexander Rossi’s brief stint with Manor at the end of 2015.wftv.com
F1: Bottas wins Turkish GP, Verstappen reclaims title lead
Turkey F1 GP Auto Racing Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland leads at the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Intercity Istanbul Park circuit in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) (Francisco Seco)ISTANBUL — (AP) — Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas won the Turkish Grand Prix for his first victory of the season on Sunday, while Red Bull's Max Verstappen finished second to reclaim the overall lead from title rival Lewis Hamilton. He wiped away Hamilton's two-point lead and now leads the Mercedes driver by six points with six races left in a thrilling title battle that could go all the way to the final race in Abu Dhabi. Hamilton was getting increasingly agitated as he fell behind Leclerc and with Pierre Gasly's AlphaTauri gaining on him. “Haha, yes!” Bottas shouted after his 10th career win and a much-needed one during a frustrating last season with Mercedes before joining Alfa Romeo next year.wftv.com
Perez wins Azerbaijan GP after Verstappen crashes from lead
APTOPIX Azerbaijan F1 GP Auto Racing Red Bull driver Sergio Perez of Mexico steers his car during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Baku Formula One city circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) (Darko Vojinovic)BAKU, Azerbaijan — (AP) — Sergio Perez won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in a two-lap shootout after championship leader Max Verstappen crashed while leading with a tire failure and Lewis Hamilton went off course trying to seize the win on the standing restart. Verstappen was four laps away from a second consecutive victory Sunday when his Red Bull suddenly slammed hard into the wall with a puncture to his left rear tire. Verstappen was fine but Red Bull was furious over a second failure of a Pirelli tire in the race and asked for a stoppage to allow tire changes for safety reasons. Perez was the leader but Hamilton shot past him in his attempt to win the race and reclaim the points lead from Verstappen.wftv.com
Verstappen wins Monaco GP, takes F1 title lead from Hamilton
Monaco F1 GP Auto Racing Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands, left, during the start of the Monaco Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Sunday, May 23, 2021. Verstappen's second win this season and 12th of his career moved the Red Bull driver four points ahead of Hamilton overall. Verstappen finished 8.9 seconds ahead of Ferrari's Carlos Sainz Jr. in second place and 19.4 seconds clear of McLaren's Lando Norris. It was the first time in five races this season that Hamilton and Verstappen have not finished 1-2, but Hamilton's chances were effectively ended when he qualifed a poor seventh on Saturday. But Mercedes could not fit Bottas' tires and his race ended.wftv.com
Hamilton positive for COVID-19, will miss F1's Sakhir GP
World champion Lewis Hamilton tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Sakhir Grand Prix this weekend, his Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team said Tuesday Dec. 1, 2020. (Hamad Mohammed, Pool via AP, File)SAKHIR – Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix. But Hamilton woke up Monday morning with mild symptoms and was then informed that a contact prior to arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive, his Mercedes team said Tuesday. This led to a subsequent test returning a positive result, and Hamilton says he has gone into self-isolation for 10 days. Hamilton is the third F1 driver to test positive for COVID-19 this season, following Sergio Perez at Silverstone and Lance Stroll in Germany.
Hamilton clinches record 7th F1 title with win at Turkish GP
Hamilton now stands alongside F1 great Michael Schumacher on seven titles, having replaced the German driver at Mercedes in 2013. Vettel and Hamilton pitted for new tires on Lap 9, followed by Stroll, Perez and Verstappen three laps later. At the restart Hamilton tried to overtake Vettel but locked his tires, while Albon passed Hamilton and Vettel to move into fourth spot. Halfway through the race, Stroll and Perez were ahead of Hamilton but losing ground. Stroll came in for new tires on Lap 37 and Hamilton used DRS to get past Perez one lap later and take the lead.
Hamilton chases F1 record again as Schumacher's son debuts
Officially, the German Grand Prix is on hiatus this year, and this race — a late replacement on the coronavirus-affected calendar — is called the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. As many as 20,000 fans could attend, making it the best attended race of the season apart from the Russian Grand Prix. NEW GENERATIONIt's been eight years since Michael Schumacher's last F1 race, and now his son will officially be part of an F1 race weekend for the first time. Michael Schumacher hit his head on a rock and sustained severe brain injuries which left him requiring constant care. When Hamilton and Michael Schumacher last raced together at the Nürburgring in 2011, there were six Germans on the grid including then-world champion Sebastian Vettel.
4-time Formula 1 champion Vettel signs with Racing Point
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Monza racetrack in Monza, Italy, Sunday, Sept.6 , 2020. (Jennifer Lorenzini, Pool via AP)LONDON Four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel will drive for Racing Point starting next season. The team said Vettel has signed for the 2021 season and beyond" but did not reveal the length of the contract. Vettel has won 53 grand prix races, a tally only surpassed by Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton. Its a new adventure for me with a truly legendary car company," Vettel said.
Hamilton sets fastest lap in F1 history to take Monza pole
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after clocking the fastest time during the qualifying session for Sunday's Italian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monza racetrack in Monza, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (Jennifer Lorenzini/Pool via AP)Lewis Hamilton set the fastest Formula One lap ever to grab pole position at the Italian Grand Prix, nudging Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas into second place by just 0.069 seconds on Saturday. Defending champion Hamilton raced around the 3.54 miles (5.79 kilometers) of asphalt at the so-called Temple of Speed in the fastest lap recorded in the sport at 164.267 mph (264.362 kph). That eclipsed Kimi Raikkonens one-lap record of 163.785 mph, set by the former world champion on his way to pole at Monza two years ago. But its a reality at the moment for us unfortunately.Vettel finished 17th after being hampered by traffic on his final lap.
Bottas on pole for Silverstone GP ahead of teammate Hamilton
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland steers his car during the qualifying session at the 70th Anniversary Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein,Pool)SILVERSTONE Valtteri Bottas edged out Mercedes teammate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton to claim pole position Saturday for Formula One's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. It gave Bottas his first pole since the opening race of the pandemic-delayed season in Austria, which he went on to win. Hamilton won the next three races from pole, including last weekend in the British GP, to extend his championship lead over Bottas to 30 points in his quest for a record-equaling seventh world title. Giuseppe Farina drove an Alfa Romeo to victory at Formula Ones first world championship race, here at Silverstone 70 years ago.