• Hamilton on brink of Schumacher record after three-in-one win
    Reuters Six-times world champion Lewis Hamilton took his tally of Formula One wins to 90 and the brink of Michael Schumacher's record on Sunday, but he said it felt like he had just done three in a day. The Briton's latest victory, in a Tuscan Grand Prix that was twice red-flagged and re-started, left him one shy of the Ferrari great -- a record once held up as a milestone to withstand the test of time. "Hectic," said the 35-year-old Mercedes driver, when ask
  • Norris lifted by the return of F1 fans in COVID-hit season
    (Reuters): McLaren's Lando Norris crashed in practice for the Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello on Friday but his spirits were lifted by Formula One allowing fans back into the grandstands for the first time in a COVID-19 ravaged season. The Ferrari-owned track in central Italy is celebrating glamour team Ferrari's 1,000th world championship grand prix this weekend with 2,880 paying fans allowed to attend on every day. Norris said the lucky few had made a big difference a
  • Turkey hopes for permanent spot on F1 calendar after 2020 race
    ISTANBUL, September 2 (Reuters): Turkey hopes to secure a permanent place on the Formula One calendar after it stages its first event in nearly a decade later this year, albeit at half-capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic, the operator of Istanbul Park circuit said on Tuesday. The Turkish Grand Prix is set for Nov. 15 after F1 last week adjusted its 2020 calendar of 17 races, and cancelled the Chinese Grand Prix due to the virus. Turkey last played host in 2011 when Istanbul&
  • No surprise at Perez's pace after COVID absence, says Szafnauer
    BARCELONA, August 16 (Reuters): Sergio Perez picked up where he left off on Saturday, qualifying fourth for the Spanish Grand Prix in his first race back from COVID-19 quarantine. The Mexican had also lined up fourth in Hungary, the last Formula One race he started before testing positive for the new coronavirus and missing the subsequent two rounds at Silverstone. If anyone was surprised at Perez's strong return, with Canadian Racing Point team mate Lance Stroll qualify
  • Hamilton puts new deal on hold as Mercedes confirm Bottas
    SILVERSTONE, August 7 (Reuters): Six-times Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday he felt uncomfortable negotiating a lucrative contract extension with Mercedes during the COVID-19 pandemic as the team confirmed Valtteri Bottas was staying next year. Hamilton is out of contract at the end of the year but looking sure to stay at the dominant champions, with no other available seat as competitive. "Ultimately, honestly, it just doesn't feel like the right tim
  • Hulkenberg back in F1 after Perez fails COVID-19 test
    SILVERSTONE, July 31 (Reuters): Germany's Nico Hulkenberg will replace Racing Point driver Sergio Perez at this weekend's British Formula One Grand Prix after the Mexican was ruled out by a positive COVID-19 test result. Hulkenberg, a veteran of 177 grands prix, raced for the team when they were known as Force India. He competed for Renault last season. "Having to find a replacement for Sergio at short notice is no easy task, but in Nico we've got a fantastic sup