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# Formula One

Last month
May 2023
# Formula One
At least eight dead after heavy flooding in Italy as Italian Grand Prix cancelled
Residents in northern Italy have been told to get to higher ground amid fears rain-swollen rivers will again burst their banks.
# Called Off
'Not possible to safely hold the event' - Italian Grand Prix cancelled
Five people have died after heavy rains caused flooding across Italy’s northern Emilia Romagna region.
# F1
Verstappen claims Miami fans only booed him because of his success
The back-to-back world champion was heckled before and after his latest victory as Red Bull dominated again.
This year
# Formula One
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez dominates in Azerbaijan to breathe fresh life into season
The Mexican beat his teammate Max Verstappen to move to within six points of him in the drivers’ standings.
# Taking names
Verstappen fumes at F1's sprint format and calls Russell a 'd***head' after collision
‘It’s terrible. Just scrap the whole thing,’ said the Dutchman.
# Formula One
Charles Leclerc breaks Red Bull dominance with pole in Azerbaijan
The Ferrari driver pipped Max Verstappen after the pair previously posted identical times.
# Transfer Window
Leclerc leaves door ajar on rumoured move to replace Hamilton at Mercedes
‘There have not been any conversations… not yet, not for the moment.’
# Dispute
Michael Schumacher’s family plans legal action over ‘fake AI interview’
A spokesperson said legal action is being planned against German outlet Die Aktuelle’.
# Dispute
Verstappen claims Hamilton did not follow race rules
The Dutch Red Bull star took the chequered flag after a drama-filled showdown.
# Winning
Sergio Perez holds off Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen to win Saudi Arabian GP
Lewis Hamilton finished fifth for Mercedes.
# 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.’
Last year
# stipulation
Formula One bans 'political statements'
The FIA has updated its rules for motorsports next season.
# 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.
# 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.
# Relief
Lewis Hamilton glad poor F1 season is over after Abu Dhabi woes
The star’s Mercedes gearbox expired with three laps remaining as Max Verstappen claimed his 15th win of the campaign.
# 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.
# Dropped
End of the road for Mick Schumacher at Haas with Nico Hulkenberg replacing him
Hulkenberg has not had a seat since 2019.
# Mercedes one-two
Russell sweeps to first grand prix win ahead of teammate Hamilton
Two-time champion Max Verstappen was sixth for Red Bull after pitting following a seventh lap collision with Hamilton, for which he was penalised.
# essential reading
Formula One's compulsive perfectionist and more of the week's best sportswriting
The New Yorker’s Sam Knight profiles Toto Wolff, plus other great stories.
# thrilling
'Beautiful, f****** beautiful' - Verstappen delight at beating Hamilton in US Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc finished third ahead of Sergio Perez as Red Bull secured their first constructors’ title since 2013.
# Formula One
Red Bull's punishment for salary cap breaches delayed following death of team co-owner
It is understood the FIA has tabled a significant financial penalty and sporting sanctions, including the reduction of wind tunnel time.
It’s imperative – Lewis Hamilton demands punishment for any budget cap breaches
The FIA has delayed its findings into whether any of the grid’s teams have broken the financial rules until Monday.
# Formula One
Red Bull boss blasts 'fictitious' and 'defamatory' cost cap claims
Governing body FIA introduced the budget cap, set at €147 million, for the first time last year to make racing more competitive.
# moneymatters
Toto Wolff urges FIA to enforce rules over reported Red Bull budget breach
The sport’s governing body are assessing the team’s finances, with a verdict set to be revealed on Wednesday.
# 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.
# Saved
Monaco Grand Prix avoids axe as Formula One chiefs confirm record 24 races
F1’s blue-ribbon event in Monte Carlo had been in some doubt, with the most recent race in May set to be the last.
# 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.
# 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.
# Denial
Piastri says he will not replace Alonso despite Alpine announcement
Alpine had stated Piastri would make the step up from reserve driver next season, but the 21-year-old then tweeted that would not be the case.
# 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.
# Blow
Charles Leclerc all but concedes F1 title - 'The last part of the race was a disaster for me'
Lewis Hamilton started seventh and finished second – following his late charge through the field – with pole-sitter George Russell third.
# Mind Games
Ferrari strategy blunder costs them dear as sharp-thinking Max Verstappen takes advantage
Charles Leclerc finished sixth and now trails the world champion by 80 points heading into the sport’s summer break.
# Max Power
Max Verstappen wins French Grand Prix after Leclerc crashes out
Leclerc was in charge of the race before he sensationally lost control of his Ferrari and slammed into the tyre wall.
# F1
Frustration of Charles Leclerc's French Grand Prix crash captured on team radio
It is the third time this season that the Ferrari driver has been forced to retire while leading a race.
# french gp
Hamilton admits Ferrari and Red Bull in 'place of their own'
The 37-year-old is without a win after 11 races this year.
# F1
Charles Leclerc takes pole position for French Grand Prix
World champion Max Verstappen qualified second with Sergio Perez third in the other Red Bull.
# criminal proceedings
Ex-F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone facing fraud charge over more than €470 million overseas assets
The case will first be heard at a London court next month.