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# F1

Last week
12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
# Pressure
Lewis Hamilton will need to leave Mercedes if we do not improve – Toto Wolff
Hamilton’s £40million-a-year contract with the Silver Arrows expires at the end of the season.
# Setback
Charles Leclerc to serve 10-place grid penalty at Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Leclerc’s torrid start to the season has been dealt a further blow with this penalty.
This month
March 2023
# Own Up
'It’s about accountability' - Hamilton claims Mercedes ignored his concerns about car
Hamilton complained before the Bahrain Grand Prix that Mercedes are on the ‘wrong track.’
# Formula 1
Reigning champion Max Verstappen takes pole for season-opening Bahrain GP
Red Bull locked out the front row of the grid in the desert.
# F1
Lewis Hamilton receives medical exemption allowing him to wear nose studs
Hamilton and Formula One’s governing body spent much of last season at loggerheads over the jewellery ban.
This year
# New Season
Chinese Grand Prix will not be replaced as F1 confirms record 23 races for 2023
The race in Shanghai – which had been due to take place on April 16 – was cancelled last month amid ongoing coronavirus restrictions in the country.
Last year
# Changes
Ferrari name Vasseur as new Formula One team boss
McLaren also announced Andrea Stella will take over as team principal, with Andreas Seidl leaving to join the Sauber Group as chief executive.
# F1
Williams team principal and chief executive to step aside
The 64-year-old German has led the British team for the past two years.
# No Go
Formula One cancels 2023 Chinese Grand Prix due to Covid-19 restrictions
The race in Shanghai was due to take place on 16 April.
# statement
Ferrari boss Binotto to step down
Rumours had been swirling about Binotto’s future.
# Max Points
Verstappen caps fine year with Abu Dhabi glory as Hamilton limps home
Hamilton’s record of winning in every season of his career went up in smoke when he retired with three laps remaining.
# F1
Daniel Ricciardo set for Red Bull return
Ricciardo has been dropped by McLaren after an underwhelming two-season spell, and is in line to rejoin Red Bull as reserve driver.
# F1
Formula One to launch female-only academy racing series next season
The F1 Academy will consist of five teams entering three cars to make up a 15-strong grid.
# We Need To Talk About Kevin
Kevin Magnussen claims shock pole position in Brazil
The Dane will start Saturday’s sprint race at the front after providing the biggest shock of the Formula One season.
# Stance
Verstappen accuses Sky Sports of being ‘disrespectful’ after Mexican boycott
Red Bull refused to address Sky on Sunday, where Red Bull and the world champion driver were again victorious.
# F1
Max Verstappen beats George Russell and Lewis Hamilton to pole for Mexican GP
Verstappen delivered a superb lap in the breathless Mexico City air to take the qualifying spoils.
# F1
Christian Horner insists 2021 title win was ‘fair’ despite Red Bull’s €6.9m fine
Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton to last year’s title in contentious circumstances.
# Punishment
Red Bull fined more than €7 million over breach of F1 financial rules
Team have entered into a so-called Accepted Breach Agreement with the FIA.
# F1
Sainz grabs pole position at US Grand Prix as teammate Leclerc demoted 10 places
Leclerc has been demoted following an engine penalty, promoting Max Verstappen to the front row for Sunday’s race.
# Close Call
Furious Gasly says he 'would be dead now' if he hit recovery tractor on GP track
The vehicle was deployed to recover Carlos Sainz’s car after the Spaniard crashed in heavy rain in Japan.
# champ champ
Max Verstappen retains world title after dramatic win at rain-hit Japanese Grand Prix
Verstappen crossed the line first and was awarded the title when second-place finisher Charles Leclerc was given a five-second penalty.
# F1
Verstappen's bid to retain world title on hold as teammate Perez wins Singapore Grand Prix
Perez took the chequered flag 7.5 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
# Punishment
Hamilton allowed to keep wearing piercing for medical reasons but team receives €25,000 fine
Mercedes were fined for submitting a form that said the British driver had removed all jewellery and piercings in line with regulations.
# Closing In
Birthday boy Verstappen rates himself 'long shot' to clinch F1 title in Singapore
The Dutchman, who turns 25 tomorrow, can potentially wrap up back-to-back world championships on Sunday.
# F1
Williams to part ways with Nicholas Latifi at the end of the season
The Canadian has failed to score a point this season.
# F1
Max Verstappen closes in on second successive world championship after Monza win
Verstappen will have his first shot at sealing the title at the next round in Singapore on 3 October.
# Ferrari
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc on pole for Italian Grand Prix
Max Verstappen was second in qualifying but grid penalties are set to shake up the starting order behind Leclerc.
# F1
Verstappen handed five-place grid penalty at Italian GP
Championship leader Verstappen was handed the punishment after taking his fifth engine of the season.
# Mercedes
Hamilton to start from back of grid at Italian Grand Prix due to engine penalty
The British driver will be forced to take on his fourth power unit of the campaign in Monza.
# Max Power
Max Verstappen wins gripping Dutch GP as furious Lewis Hamilton derailed by strategy
Hamilton was second when Valtteri Bottas broke down in his Alfa Romeo with 15 laps remaining in Zandvoort.
Verstappen snatches pole position in first home race as World Champion at Dutch Grand Prix
The championship leader edged out Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to take top spot on the Zandvoort circuit.
# F1
Highly-rated Piastri to race with McLaren after winning legal action against Alpine
The 21-year-old will take Daniel Ricciardo’s seat alongside Lando Norris in 2023.
# Tog In
Verstappen spearheads Red Bull 1-2 to extend world championship lead
Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton retired on the opening lap after his Mercedes collided with Alonso’s car.
# New Era
Audi to enter Formula 1 for first time in 2026
The German car manufacturer will announce the team they will supply by the end of the year.
# Premature end
Daniel Ricciardo ousted by McLaren and will leave at the end of the season
His deal had been due to run until the end of 2023.
# The Stars Were Bright
Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso to join Aston Martin in 2023
Alonso will leave Alpine at the end of the season.
# F1
Michael Masi says he received death threats following Abu Dhabi GP controversy
Masi was stood down from the race director’s role after an investigation into his handling of the Abu Dhabi title showdown finale in December.
# F1
Russell clinches pole position at Hungarian Grand Prix
The British driver posted a sensational final flying lap to edge out Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.
Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel to retire from Formula One
“I have had the privilege of working with many fantastic people in Formula One over the past 15 years – there are far too many to mention and thank.”
# F1
Lewis Hamilton tips ‘smooth-sailing’ Max Verstappen to defend his title
The Red Bull driver has a 63-point advantage at the top of the driver standings.