Alan Baldwin
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Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen drives during the third day of the Formula One pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit on Friday.
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Feb 27, 2024
F1 starts longest season with Red Bull still the team to beat
Ferrari, Mercedes, McLaren and Aston Martin are all confident that gremlins in their new cars have been removed.
Red Bull, the dominant 2023 F1 champions, launched their new car last week with some design features reminiscent of those tried and discarded by rivals Mercedes last season.
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Feb 21, 2024
Questions hang over Red Bull ahead of F1 testing in Bahrain
Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren and Aston Martin are all hoping to be closer to Max Verstappen, who is chasing his fourth title in a row this season.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner ahead of a practice session for the Las Vegas Grand Prix in November
Feb 7, 2024
Red Bull's Christian Horner has Friday hearing over complaint against him
The BBC said it understood the complaint is related to "inappropriate behavior of a controlling nature."
Haas' Kevin Magnussen competes during the Las Vegas Grand Prix in November.
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Feb 3, 2024
Haas and new boss Komatsu expecting to start 2024 season at the back
Haas, with Germany's Nico Hulkenberg and Denmark's Kevin Magnussen, finished last in 2023 with only 12 points from 22 races.
The Yas Marina Circuit, home to Formula One's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, will be the scene of a different sort of race in April when driverless race cars take to the track.
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Dec 21, 2023
Driverless race cars on track for April debut in Abu Dhabi
The driverless Dallara Super Formula SF23 open-wheel cars have a computer in place of the cockpit and no need for a steering wheel or seat.
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff and his wife, F1 Academy chief Suzie Wolff, at the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix in March 2022
Dec 8, 2023
FIA drops compliance probe into Toto and Susie Wolff
FIA had caused a stir when it announced it was looking into media speculation about a potential conflict of interest.
Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on Sunday.
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Nov 28, 2023
Room for improvement for Red Bull? Rivals hope not
Red Bull will hope to defend its titles in 2024, when there will be a record 24 races, with an even better car.
England's Harry Kane celebrates his second goal of the night against Italy during a Euro 2024 qualifier in London on Tuesday.
Oct 18, 2023
Harry Kane scores twice as England beats Italy to qualify for Euros
The goals took Kane's tally at Wembley to 24, one more than 1966 World Cup winner Bobby Charlton, making him England's all-time top scorer at the stadium.
Michael Andretti, the son of 1978 Formula One champion Mario, first applied for his team to join Formula One in early 2022.
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Oct 3, 2023
FIA approval moves Michael Andretti a step closer to Formula One
The son of 1978 Formula One world champion Mario had been seen as the clear frontrunner from as many as seven initial expressions of interest.
Alpine's Pierre Gasly and his teammate, Esteban Ocon, during the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday
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Aug 3, 2023
Alpine facing more upheaval a year on from Oscar Piastri saga
On track, the team has slumped from fourth last season to a distant sixth and suffered more retirements than any team.
Japan Times
Jul 12, 2023
Around-the-world aviator siblings set another youth record
Mack and Zara Rutherford have become the youngest winners of the Royal Automobile Club"s Segrave Trophy.
Japan Times
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Jul 4, 2023
McLaren boss: Austria track limits chaos will not happen again
The results of the race were revised five hours after the finish following a flurry of penalties dealt to nearly half the field of 20 drivers.
Japan Times
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Jul 4, 2023
Formula One finds controversy on the wrong side of a white line
According to the governing FIA, race control had to review more than 1,200 potential breaches of the "track limit" rule that occurred during the 71-lap Austrian Grand Prix.
Japan Times
Jun 20, 2023
Red Bull can win everything, but the gap may be closing in Formula One
Max Verstappen has won six of the eight — including the last four in a row — and is heading for another record-breaking season, but there are glimmers of hope for his rivals.
Japan Times
May 24, 2023
Honda to power Aston Martin's F1 title ambitions from 2026
The new "works" partnership will transform Aston Martin into Honda"s sole focus on the starting grid.
Japan Times
May 3, 2023
Jenson Button expects to see Lewis Hamilton fighting on in 2024
The seven-time Formula One champion will be 39 next January and has not won a race since the December 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Japan Times
Apr 30, 2023
Max Verstappen slams sprint format: 'Just scrap the whole thing'
Previously to the ongoing Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Formula One had used the Saturday sprint to set the Sunday grid, while also awarding points to the top eight finishers.
Japan Times
Apr 26, 2023
Formula One approves new standalone sprint format
The changes mean Friday"s qualifying, which follows an hour-long opening practice session, will set the grid for Sunday"s main grand prix instead of the Saturday sprint.
Japan Times
Apr 19, 2023
Formula One stewards dismiss Ferrari's penalty petition
Carlos Sainz was deemed "wholly to blame" for the first-corner collision with Aston Martin"s Fernando Alonso, who ended up third in a race that featured three red flags.
Japan Times
Apr 5, 2023
Safety makes F1's red flag controversy a difficult debate
Sunday"s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne ended behind the safety car after two late stoppages, much to the chagrin of drivers who would have preferred to race on.


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