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Brawn: We’re going to put ourselves in a better place Formula 1 motorsport chief Ross Brawn is adamant that despite the separate agendas, all os the sport's stakeholders are united in plotting a realistic and sustainable future while shedding more light on the Vietnam Grand Prix project. The sport and its stakeholders are plotting a roadmap for the future as this is being written, but some believe…

Pirelli Expecting Long Stints in Germany due to Low Wear and Degradation Levels Mario Isola says the demands and forces on tyres are well balanced at the Hockenheimring, the venue for this weekend’s German Grand Prix, round eleven of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship season. Isola, the Head of F1 and Car Racing at Pirelli Motorsport, says there are no particular surprises around the Hockenheimring track, aside from…

Ferrari has to Focus on Solving Race Pace Deficiencies after 2019 Struggles – Leclerc Charles Leclerc comes to the Hockenheimring this weekend on the back of four consecutive top three finishes, but it is in Qualifying where he feels Scuderia Ferrari has made the most progress in that time. Leclerc started and finished third last time out at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix and believes the SF90 has become a good car on a…

Green: Everything except the Racing Point chassis is new Auto Motor und Sport reports that the much-needed upgrade for the former Force India team's 2019 car will come in two parts before the summer break. Racing Point has struggled on track in 2019 in the wake of the team's near 2018 collapse, takeover by Lawrence Stroll, and renaming.

Mercedes: We will run a commemorative livery in Germany Mercedes will run a special livery to mark the 125th anniversary of the company's involvement in motorsport at virtually all levels and of course Formula 1. Toto Wolff revealed that the all-conquering W10 will be in special colours for their home German Grand Prix this weekend in Hockenheim.

Vettel Looking to Make Amends for 2018 Hockenheimring Crash Sebastian Vettel is looking to put the heartbreak and frustration from the outcome of the 2018 German Grand Prix behind him as he returns to the Hockenheimring for the first time since crashing out from the lead twelve months ago. The Scuderia Ferrari driver had been firmly in control last year only to see his chances of a home win disappear as…

Toro Rosso: It's going in the right direction Toro Rosso preview the German Grand Prix weekend, Round 11 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Hockenheim. Alex Albon: "In Silverstone, we were definitely more competitive than at the previous two races and we were able to find a much better balance with the car.

Red Bull: Will it be himmel or hölle in Germany? Like the apocryphal curate's eggs, the German Grand Prix is one of those races that in the past, has been good in parts. Back in 2009 Mark Webber scored his maiden grand prix with us in Germany. In 2013 Sebastian Vettel won his home grand prix for the first time with us.

Charles Leclerc: 'I've never been arrogant' Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen are the two drivers who will lead Formula 1's next generation of drivers. The man from Monaco is in his second Formula 1 season at the age of just 21, while Verstappen is in his fifth! Surprisingly, Leclerc wasn't thinking about an F1 career until late!

Haas: There's not one specific area we're targeting For Rich Energy Haas F1 Team, there's no better time to be heading to Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix. Sunday's 67-lap race around the 4.574-kilometer, 17-turn Hockenheimring marks the halfway point in the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Daniel Ricciardo looks forward to German GP: 'I also love schnitzels' Daniel Ricciardo is looking forward to getting back in his Renault Formula 1 in Germany after a positive weekend in Silverstone. The Australian scored six points at the British Grand Prix as he seems to have found some form at his new team. Hockenheim is one of those tracks which the drivers love to race on.

Racing Point: Arrival of some aero development items Racing Point preview the German Grand Prix weekend, Round 11 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Hockenheim. Lance Stroll: "Hockenheim is a fun place to go racing. I've been there many times in my junior career - especially when I was racing in Formula 3 - so I know the track really well.

Williams: We will continue to test further items The summer break is fast approaching as we head to the Rhine Valley and the famous Hockenheim circuit for round 11 of the 2019 Formula One World Championship. This weekend’s German Grand Prix marks the opening instalment of the back-to-back double header which brings the curtain down on the first half of the season.

Renault: Hockenheim should suit our package better Renault F1 Team previews the eleventh race weekend of the 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the German Grand Prix. Drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo share their thoughts on the challenges of Hockenheim, while Cyril Abiteboul and Chassis Technical Director Nick Chester give the latest on the team and on the 2019 package.

Best of the British Grand Prix, 2019 This past weekend's race was a bit of a thriller to say the least. From Lewis Hamilton winning his sixth race at Silverstone, to both Haas drivers colliding and eventually facing a double retirement - it was a good race. Silverstone is one of the races that I would LOVE to attend next year.

Renault expect high temperatures to 'present challenges for tyres and engine' Once again, high temperatures are forecast for the German Grand Prix weekend. Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul fears the warm weather might hamper Renault's chances of catching up with McLaren because it'll cause problems with tyres and the engine. "Hockenheim and the Hungaroring should suit our package better although the…

Hamilton on 2019 aero changes: 'It’s just as bad as before' Formula 1 introduced a series of changes to the aerodynamics ahead of the 2019 F1 season. The majority of these changes were focused on the front wing and were included to allow cars to follow closer. At the half-way point, Lewis Hamilton claims the changes have made no improvement when it comes to following a car closely behind….

McLaren: We know there is no room for complacency Hockenheim was built in 1932 and it first hosted the German Grand Prix in 1970. Back then, Hockenheim's layout was a 12km/7.5-mile triangle, which was shortened and slowed by chicanes during the following decades to slow the cars. A full re-design of the circuit took place in 2002, and it is that layout which remains to this day.

Leclerc becomes ambassador for the FIA's road safety campaign Charles Leclerc has become an ambassador for the FIA's #3500LIVES campaign. The Formula 1 driver from Monaco joins HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco in his new role. In an interview in the FIA magazine, Leclerc explains why he decided to join the campaign and expresses the importance of pedestrian safety on public roads.

Renault admits R.S.19 'weak points' need to be addressed Renault F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul says the French outfit has recognized the "weak points" of its R.S.19 which will need to be addressed for the team to make progress. The early part of Renault's season was undermined by engine reliability issues but solving that deficiency still hasn't allowed the squad to perform at the level it…

Verstappen and Leclerc have stole the show n 2019 - F1 boss Formula 1 chairman Chase Carey has praised the impact of the “younger generation” in the 2019 F1 season, singling out Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc in particular. While Lewis Hamilton has been winning most of the races, a lot of the more entertaining aspects of the campaign have come lower down the grid.

Renault's German GP preview Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal: We can be reasonably satisfied to have put both cars into the points in Silverstone after yet another difficult Austrian Grand Prix, an event that has not suited us year on year.

Watch: What will Formula 1 look like in 2021? What will Formula 1 look like in 2021? That's a question many ask Marc Priestley. In his weekly #askelvis episode, he answers all of the important questions but mainly focuses on 2021. Read more Horner reveals Red Bull will not set more race win targets in 2019 F1 season Vettel admits Ferrari need to make amends at German Grand Prix…

Renault duo look ahead to Germany It's home Grand Prix time for Nico Hulkenberg at Hockenheim and he explains why it's so special racing in front of the German fans and his targets for the race weekend. What's it like racing at home?Nico Hulkenberg: It's very special racing in your home country.

Binotto: “I see in him a great desire to keep racing and to win again' Mattia Binotto remains confident Sebastian Vettel will stay at Ferrari despite the German going through a rough patch and almost 12 months without a single race win. Vettel, who will compete in his home event this weekend, has faced plenty of criticism following his crash with Max Verstappen during the British Grand Prix.

Perez hopes turning point is ahead for Racing Point Racing Point's Sergio Perez will head into the German Grand Prix weekend hoping the event will represent a turning point for the Silverstone-based outfit after a pointless three-race run. Perez and teammate Lance Stroll finished out of the top-ten in France, Austria and Great Britain, pushing the pink outfit down to P7 in the Constructors'…

New images show how 2020 Vietnam Grand Prix will look Formula 1 motorsport director Ross Brawn said the championship's input into the Hanoi track design will make it "the first circuit that's been designed from the ground up to be a great racing circuit." F1 intends to learn from its experience with the Vietnam circuit to shape future plans for new tracks, Brawn explained.

Renault needs "substantial changes" to cure F1 car's weaknesses Renault Formula 1 boss Cyril Abiteboul believes the team understands the weaknesses that have caused its fluctuating 2019 form but must make "substantial changes" in order to cure them.

VIDEO: Hamilton takes on Wolff at Silverstone! The British Grand Prix at Silverstone last weekend was one of the races of the season as Lewis Hamilton became the outright most successful driver at the event after claiming victory. He clearly can't get enough of the track, as here he takes on Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff in a DTM face-off!

German Grand Prix race organiser isn't confident about an F1 visit in 2020 Georg Seiler, the organiser of the German Grand Prix, isn't hopeful of a Formula 1 return to Hockenheim during the 2020 season. He reports in the German News agency DPA, that a follow-up event next season is very unlikely. In the days before the British Grand Prix, fans of Silverstone were greeted with the news of a five-year contract…

Leclerc happy with qualifying pace but asks Ferrari to 'focus on the race pace' Charles Leclerc has finished on the podium in the last four Grands Prix as he continues to rein in teammate Sebastian Vettel in the Formula 1 World Championship. Ahead of the British Grand Prix, Leclerc's fastest qualifying lap in Q3 was within 0.200 of Valtteri Bottas.

Renault has recognised “weaker points” of 2019 F1 car Renault has recognised the “weaker points” of its 2019 Formula 1 car that it needs to address moving forwards, according to team principal Cyril Abiteboul. The French manufacturer has been out-performed by customer team McLaren so far during the opening 10 rounds of the season at finds itself 21 points behind the Woking squad in the battle…

Hamilton: Lighter F1 cars could help drivers 'fight harder' Lewis Hamilton advocates significantly lowering the minimum weight of Formula1's cars in the future, a move that would improve the racing according to the Mercedes driver. Over the past few seasons, the minimum weight of F1's cars has gradually increased, with the hike often pegged to annual technical changes such as wider tyres or the addition…

Leclerc: Ferrari's focus must be on race pace Charles Leclerc is hoping that Ferrari can continue to improve in order to mount a challenge for the German Grand Prix this weekend, but insists their main improvement must be on race pace as opposed to qualifying. Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton are currently running away with both the constructors’ and drivers’ championships, with the Silver…

Vettel admits Ferrari need to make amends at German Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel has admitted he and Ferrari need to perform better than they did last season as he prepares for his home-race at Hockenheimring this weekend. Vettel crashed out whilst he looked like he was cruising to a win at his home-track last season.

Ricciardo being sued by former advisor for owed money! Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo is being sued by his former advisor Glenn Beavis for oweing money following his big-money move from Red Bull to the French team. Ricciardo announced last summer that he'd be ending his 12-year stay with Red Bull Racing to join Renault, and Beavis claims the Aussie driver owes him a huge chunk of money in the form…

Aero updates on the way for Racing Point German Grand Prix – Racing Point drivers Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez will have new aero toys on their cars at Hockenheim this weekend. Racing Point head to the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim on the back of a disappointing run of results with no points scored in the last three races.

F1: "We've got to make up for last year" in Germany - Vettel - RaceFans Sebastian Vettel says he must atone for the crash which cost him victory in last year's German Grand Prix when he returns to the Hockenheimring this weekend. "I look forward to racing in Hockenheim," he added. "The atmosphere is always phenomenal and the crowd is great.

Albon will be keeping an eye on the conditions in Germany Toro Rosso driver Alexander Albon will be "keeping an eye" on the conditions at Hockenheimring, with the surface being older than numerous circuits on the Formula 1 calendar. Albon described the circuit as a "standard" track with some memories from his junior racing days.

Opinion: The drivers questioning Red Bull orthodoxy In July 2014, Red Bull Racing consultant, Dr Helmut Marko, made one of the boldest decisions in Formula 1 history. In signing a 16-year-old Max Verstappen, Marko took an unprecedented risk but ended up securing the services of one of the finest drivers of his generation.

Hamilton is ‘polarizing' and that's good for Toto I watched the press conference at the British Grand Prix and thought the question put to Lewis Hamilton about his “Britishness” was a very base question and to be honest, I didn’t feel it even needed addressing. As a Yank, maybe these things don’t register as much as they do with my British friends but The post Hamilton is…

Mercedes make conservative soft tyre selection for Hungarian Grand Prix Mercedes has made the most cautious selection on its tyres ahead of next weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix. The Silver Arrows, who are dominating the Formula 1 2019 constructors' and drivers' championships, have picked eight sets of soft tyres, which is less than any of its rivals.

Hamilton should be polarising, not boring, says Wolff Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has urged Lewis Hamilton to continue to be polarising rather than boring, as the best sportspeople in the world often split opinion. Hamilton is one of the most successful drivers in the history of Formula 1, having won five world championships, and has also transcended the sport due to his celebrity status.

German GP: Preview - Toro Rosso Alexander Albon: 'In Silverstone, we were definitely more competitive than at the previous two races and we were able to find a much better balance with the car. We managed to get into Q3 again and the car generally felt good. However, that doesn't mean I expect an easy weekend in Germany, which will be another tough event for us.

Haas F1 will not base its 2020 car to 'fit the Pirelli tyres' Haas F1 has confirmed it will not design its 2020 Formula 1 car to fit the tyres designed by Pirelli; despite its constant struggles this season.

F1: Mercedes take fewest soft tyres for Hungarian Grand Prix - RaceFans Mercedes has made the most conservative tyre selection of all the teams for next weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix. Ferrari and Red Bull have chosen nine sets of the C4 compound rubber. Renault, Alfa Romeo and Toro Rosso have gone even further and will have 10 sets for each of their drivers.

Williams needed "two steps back for three forward" with FW42 Williams had to effectively make “two steps back before we made three steps forward” after returning to “basic principles” with its 2019 Formula 1 car.

Mercedes cautious with Hungarian GP tyre selection Mercedes has opted for a conservative approach to its tyre selection for the Hungarian Grand Prix, choosing fewer sets of soft rubber than its rivals. Teams will head to the Hungaroring right after this weekend's German Grand Prix, and Pirelli has revealed the tyre selection for the last race before F1's annual summer break.

'Verstappen and Leclerc have stolen the show in 2019 Formula 1' Formula 1 chief executive Chase Carey believes the younger generation such as Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc have "stolen the show" so far this season. Verstappen was victorious in a gripping Austrian Grand Prix last month, stealing the win from Leclerc in the last few laps.

German GP: Preview - Racing Point Lance: 'Hockenheim is a fun place to go racing. I've been there many times in my junior career - especially when I was racing in Formula 3 - so I know the track really well. I just like the flow of the lap and it's a layout that creates close, side-by-side racing.

Pirelli reveals Hungarian Grand Prix tyre choices Pirelli has confirmed Formula 1 teams' tyre choices for next weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, with some variance among the front-runners. Pirelli has nominated the C2, C3 and C4 compounds, the middle range of the compounds on offer.

Ferrari hope to perform for Vettel in Germany Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has indicated that there is an extra incentive for the Scuderia to have a good weekend at the German Grand Prix as it is the home race of Sebastian Vettel. Vettel is having an abject 2019 season, to say the least, as he is currently fourth in the drivers’ championship - 100 points adrift of leader Lewis…

McLaren believes Renault will play it fair for 2019 'best of the rest' showdown With Renault being McLaren's engine supplier, things could get pretty complicated when it comes to the two teams battling each other for "best of the rest" supremacy. However, McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl has no doubt whatsoever that Renault will keep things fair when it comes to his team, stating the two teams have a "very…

Stroll 'optimistic' SportPesa Racing Point can make progress at German Grand Prix SportPesa Racing Point driver Lance Stroll is confident his team can make some much-needed progress at this weekend's German Grand Prix. Racing Point technical boss Andy Green recently revealed that everything but the chassis will be new for the weekend as the British team look to respond to a disappointing weekend at its home-track.

McLaren trusts Renault to play it fair in 2019 head-to-head McLaren has no doubts that Renault will give its customer team equal treatment in terms of engine development, despite the two squads being set to lock horns in the fight for fourth place in the constructors’ championship this year.

Channel 4 loses more than half-a-million viewers on Formula 1 coverage Due to Sky Sports F1's coverage of every single grand prix throughout the season, Channel 4 has lost an average of 518,000 viewers this year alone after only being able to show delayed highlights. This season, the coverage of F1 has slightly changed; with Sky Sports now allowed to exclusively air all-but-one of the races per season.

Haas won't design 2020 car to fit Pirelli tyres despite struggles Haas will not design its 2020 Formula 1 car to "fit the tyres" despite its struggles this season, because Pirelli 'promised' next year's compounds will have a wider working window.

Video: Lewis Hamilton vs Toto Wolff in epic DTM challenge What happens when you give Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff an empty Silverstone track, two 90s DTM beasts and 15 minutes… they race!

WATCH: Lewis Hamilton vs Toto Wolff at Silverstone! Yes, you are reading that right! Lewis Hamilton takes his boss on at Silverstone in two DTMs from the 1990s. 15 minutes, two racers, a brilliant racing track. What more could you possibly want?!

'We've got to make up for last year,' admits Vettel Just two weeks after denying Lewis Hamilton victory in his home race, Sebastian Vettel looked set to follow on with victory at Hockenheim, what would have been his second win on home soil having won the 2013 race at the Nurburgring. However, an unforced error, just moments after light rain began to fall, saw the German head off track into the…

Vettel vows 'to make up' for 2018 blunder at Hockenheim Sebastian Vettel heads to his home race at Hockenheim determined to make up for the fumble that cost the Ferrari driver dearly in last year's race.

Mercedes white hot for German GP? Mercedes have teased a commemorative white car livery for their home German GP - ahead of a race they are remaining.

Hamilton responds to Rio Ferdinand support Lewis Hamilton has responded to support received by former footballer Rio Ferdinand after the five-time world champion’s ‘Britishness’ was questioned around the time of the British Grand Prix. The Mercedes man, like many other F1 drivers, lives in Monaco and has done since 2010.

Mansell believes today's F1 drivers don't know how driving a proper F1 car feels 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell believes today's generation of Formula 1 driver do not understand how it feels to drive a "proper" F1 car, like he got to do back in the day. There has been some talk recently - most of it coming from world champions Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel - to reduce the weight of the current F1 car to try…

Teams must agree on tyre design for 2020 – Isola Mario Isola has defended Pirelli by denying that the official F1 tyre supplier favours Mercedes. The Italian company's F1 boss said every team was happy with the proposed tyres for 2019 until Mercedes began to totally dominate. 'Every team receives the same products and service,' Isola told the Dutch publication Formule 1.

Binotto has no doubt about Vettel future Ferrari's team boss says Sebastian Vettel is not leaving the Maranello team. After the German's latest significant mistake when he hit Max Verstappen at Silverstone, many in the partisan Italian media indicated they had lost faith in Vettel. It comes amid rampant rumours about the 32-year-old potentially quitting Formula 1 or returning to Red…

Tragedy and team orders - Leclerc's journey to the top with Ferrari Charles Leclerc knew he wanted to be a Formula 1 driver by the time he was four years old. He grew up in Monaco, home of the most famous grand prix of all, and he says his first memory of the race is playing with toy cars at a friend's apartment on the exit of the first corner, watching the grand prix at the same time, "dreaming of being…

'Every session crucial' to development of McLaren 2019 F1 car says Norris McLaren driver Lando Norris has admitted "every session is crucial" to the development of the MCL34, as he prepares to make his Formula 1 debut at Hockenheimring this weekend. Norris raced at his home track at Silverstone for the first time in his F1 career recently, but perhaps disappointed himself with his performance on Sunday after…

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Horner reveals Red Bull will not set more race win targets in 2019 F1 season Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner has confirmed his side will not set any more targets to win races this season, instead they will take things "race-by-race". Max Verstappen stopped Mercedes' winning-streak, after he won a thrilling race in Austria in June, after a late dart up the grid saw him controversially overtake Ferrari…

German GP: Preview - Williams The summer break is fast approaching as we head to the Rhine Valley and the famous Hockenheim circuit for round 11 of the 2019 Formula One World Championship. This weekend's German Grand Prix marks the opening instalment of the back-to-back double header which brings the curtain down on the first half of the season.

'No special changes for German Grand Prix,' confirms Ferrari boss Binotto Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has confirmed there will be "no special changes" for the German Grand Prix this weekend despite another disappointing weekend at Silverstone a couple of weeks ago. The Maranello-based squad go into the race STILL without a win in Formula 1 all season.

German GP: Preview - Ferrari Sunday's race will be the 64th German Grand Prix to count towards the Formula 1 World Championship. It has been held at just three tracks, AVUS, Nurburgring and Hockenheimring, although significant changes to the last two means one could claim it's been held on five different tracks.

Verstappen at Le Mans? Yes, please! Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer is hoping to hold talks with Max Verstappen with a view to him joining their Le Mans driver line-up in future. Verstappen is no stranger to endurance racing having recently been part of the winning Team Redline line-up to win the virtual 24 Hours of Spa.

Mercedes takes conservative approach in Hungary Though the choice was made some weeks ago, it would seem that lessons learned at Silverstone, where the hards were good enough to last 32 laps for Lewis Hamilton and still post the fastest race lap, are slowly beginning to filter through. Next weekend's race in Hungary, which usually features some of the hottest temperatures of the season, sees…

Formula 1 chiefs reveal new plans to introduce a roundabout at the Vietnam Grand Prix Formula One bosses have shocked fans by revealing plans to introduce a roundabout in the middle of the circuit at the the new Vietnam Grand Prix. Newly released images of the Hanoi City Circuit, which is set to host the 2020 Vietnam Grand Prix, unveiled the traffic calming feature, much to the bemusement of F1 fans.

Vettel seeking redemption at Hockenheim after 2018 crash Sebastian Vettel is hoping to redeem himself for Ferrari and the German fans at the race at Hockenheim this weekend, after he surrendered the race victory by crashing out whilst in P1 in the 2018 edition of the German Grand Prix. The Ferrari man took pole position in qualifying for the 2018 race, and seemed poised to claim the flag only to…

Nigel Mansell: 'Today’s drivers will never know a proper F1 car' - RaceFans Today's Formula 1 drivers will never experience what a "proper" grand prix car should feel like, according to 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell. Mansell said Formula 1 "will never get back to" the cars of the eighties' turbo era.

Mercedes preview special livery for 125th anniversary Mercedes are celebrating 125 years of motorsport this weekend and with it being their home race in Germany it is the perfect occasion to do so. They have released another preview of the special livery they will rock. Since returning to the pinnacle of motorsport we haven't seen many variations in their livery but the German Grand Prix is…

Vettel aiming to right some wrongs at Hockenheim German Grand Prix – Scuderia Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel says he wants to make amends this weekend for his catastrophic error at his home race last year. Vettel returns to the scene of his most calamitous error in Formula 1 this weekend, at his home race in Hockenheim.

Sebastian Vettel: 'I need to make up for last year' Sebastian Vettel heads to his home race with the aim of making up for his disastrous mistake at the same race last year, where he crashed out of the lead, effectively signalling the end of his title challenge. Vettel had qualified on pole and led for much of the race until on Lap 44 it began to rain.

Aston Martin wants to take Verstappen to Le Mans Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer says there's "a conversation to be had" with Max Verstappen about taking the Red Bull charger to Le Mans in the future. Aston Martin's Valkyrie hypercar, which ran its first laps at Silverstone last week, will lure the British manufacturer back to Le Mans from 2021 when the World Endurance Championship…

Mercedes concern over hot weather forecast Mercedes will be remaining 'vigilant' throughout the German Grand Prix with high forecasted temperatures threatening their chances of success. Mercedes' package in Austria became 'unraceable' as temperatures soared at the Red Bull Ring, which allowed Ferrari and Red Bull to take a rare centre stage moment this season.

Tuesday's Formula 1 news roundup: Mattia Binotto, Sebastian Vettel, George Russell Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest Formula 1 news on Tuesday, July 23.

Wolff: 'Many of the best sports stars in the world, they polarise' Lewis Hamilton is a divisive character and Toto Wolff has come out in defence of his driver, insisting that many of the best sports stars "polarise". Hamilton is one of Britains greatest ever athletes having won five Formula 1 World Championships and holding the record for the most poles set.

Mercedes takes fewest softs for Hungarian GP Formula 1 championship leader Mercedes has gone for a more conservative tyre selection than its rivals for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

F1 Gossip: Ricciardo facing £10m court claim Daniel Ricciardo is facing a claim of more than £10 million in alleged unpaid earnings from his former manager following his switch from Red Bull to Renault - Red Bull team principal Christian Horner expects the top three teams to remain “status quo” with their driver line-ups until at least the end of 2020 - F1 should be…

Vettel: We have got to make up for last year Sebastian Vettel is hoping to make amends this weekend for his spectacular crash when leading the German Grand Prix in 2018. On lap 52 of 67, Vettel locked the rear brakes when the rain began to pour at the Hockenheimring and crashed into the barrier at Turn 14, throwing away victory to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes.

Mercedes Is Using A Special One-Off White Livery This Weekend Mercedes has given a sneak preview of the special commemorative livery it's going to use during the German Grand Prix weekend.

Williams went backwards to go forwards with its 2019 F1 car Williams had to effectively make "two steps back before we made three steps forward" after returning to "basic principles" with its 2019 Formula 1 car. The British team slumped to the back of the grid in 2018 and has suffered an even worse '19 so far, as its car has proven well off the pace and left its drivers adrift of even the midfield battle.

'I don't pay much attention' but 'Max has done quite well' Max Verstappen has been very impressive this season and he's caught the eye of Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg who feels the 21-year old has stood out to him whilst he tries to focus on his own racing. Verstappen is third in the Drivers' Championship behind the Mercedes team but he is the only driver outside the Silver Arrows to win a race this…

F1 2019 review: Overtaking as the series' best yet This time around, you have to earn your entry into Formula One by impressing in a truncated version of F2's 2018 season - which puts you up against the likes of Lando Norris, Alexander Albon and George Russell, all of whom earned full Formula One drives this year.

Schumacher looking to learn from 'harder times' Mick Schumacher has defiantly said that he will learn more from the “harder times” in his career than in the more successful moments, as he attempts to navigate his way through a tough Formula 2 campaign.

Vettel: 'We have got to make up for last year' at Hockenheim Sebastian Vettel says he has "got to make up for last year" at the German Grand Prix this weekend as he returns to the site of one of the biggest errors of his Formula 1 career. Vettel was on course to take his first victory at Hockenheim last year after dominating the race, only to crash out while leading with 16 laps to go when a rain…

Hamilton better off being "polarising" than "boring" - Wolff Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff says that it’s a positive if Lewis Hamilton polarises opinion, as that's better than if the five-time world champion was “boring.”.

Watch: McLaren's F1 2019 German Grand Prix preview The Hockenheimring is one of the most famous circuits on the calendar and McLaren will be hoping they can continue their good form in Germany. Join McLaren Shadow driver, Olli Pahkala as he takes you around a lap of the German Grand Prix. Read more Sainz: McLaren aiming to 'keep momentum up' during German Grand Prix weekend Saward: Ocon to…

Haas duo would welcome return of refuelling Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean have both backed the idea of reintroducing refuelling to Formula 1 as part of the 2021 shake-up. FIA president, Jean Todt, told the BBC earlier in July that he would be open to refuelling making a return to Formula 1 after waving goodbye to it back in 2010.

FIA expects more kickback on '21 F1 rules from engineers than bosses The FIA's head of single-seater technical matters Nikolas Tombazis says Formula 1's 2021 rules are more likely to be favoured by team principals than engineers.

Saward: Ocon to Renault, Hulkenberg to Haas The silly season is well and truly underway, and there's been another turn in the Haas and Ocon rumour, this time linking Hulkenberg to Haas and Ocon replacing him at Renault. Hulkenberg is in his third season at Renault but his future is up in the air and has in the past been linked with a move to Red Bull in place of Pierre Gasly.

Mercedes teases 'White Arrow' for Hockenheim As reported yesterday, Mercedes will run in its home race at Hockenheim - the manufacturer's 200th Grand Prix - with a special livery adorning its W10. The car will pay tribute to the very first automobile race that took place 125 years ago this week.

Ocon coy on Haas and Williams rumours Esteban Ocon has neither confirmed nor denied that he is in line to replace Romain Grosjean at Haas or Robert Kubica at Williams, but did say his management are looking at every route possible for him to make a full-time return to F1. The Frenchman was a victim of circumstance in the summer as he lost his seat with Force India after businessman…

Ocon open to loan move away from Mercedes Amid rumours of a move to Haas, Esteban Ocon has said 'all options remain alive', including a loan move away from Mercedes, as he eyes a quick return to the grid. Ocon has been tipped to replace Romain Grosjean at the struggling American outfit, whilst there have also been whispers of a move to Renault with Nico Hulkenberg's future in doubt.

Russell: Williams in it for the long term The Championship standings don't make great reading for Williams but George Russell has explained the team's long term aims and believes the team are setting the foundations for the future. Williams entered the 2019 season with a new lineup of Robert Kubica and George Russell after finishing last in the Constructors' standings last season….

Mercedes teases radical livery change for German GP Mercedes has provided another little teaser after confirming it would run a commemorative livery at this weekend's German Grand Prix. The reigning champions are celebrating 125 years of Motorsport and their 200th grand prix start this weekend and have said they will run 'a commemorative livery to pay tribute to our heritage.' Often when teams…

Mercedes ‘vigilant’ with hot weather forecast for German GP Mercedes remains “vigilant” heading into the German Grand Prix according to Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff, with hot temperatures forecast throughout the weekend. Temperatures could reach as high as 40c this weekend in Hockenheim, with hot weather proving Mercedes’ Achilles’ Heel so far this season.

On This Day In F1 - The Dutch GP Was Held For The First Time News: The Zandvoort circuit first hosted races in 1948 but it wasn't until 1950 that the race was held to Formula 1 rules and given the title of the Dutch Grand Prix - and even then, it was still a non-championship race. Held on this day in 1950, the race was won by Louis Rosier driving a Talbot-Lago as he beat the trio of Ferraris.

Two new partners for Albon and Toro Rosso In the space of 24 hours, Alexander Albon has brought two new partners to Toro Rosso. On Monday, Moose, Thailand’s premium apple craft cider, announced Albon as its first ever brand ambassador as part of a new partnership with the Faenza outfit. As an official partner to the team the Moose logo will feature on both drivers’ race…

'Groundwork' in place at Williams for step forward - Russell Williams' George Russell believes the Grove-based outfit is on the verge of heading out of the woods after laying the groundwork for a turnaround. Williams appeared to hit a low point in 2018, but Formula 1's third most successful team sunk to new lows this season, burdened by the belated and weak design of its FW42.

Norris: F2 ‘much harder physically' than F1 McLaren driver, Lando Norris, has said that he found Formula 2 'much harder physically' than Formula 1. Norris has enjoyed a smooth transition to Formula 1, accumulating 22 points to help McLaren up to P4 in the Constructors' standings ahead of the German Grand Prix.

Mercedes teases special anniversary livery for German GP Mercedes has teased a first look at the '125 years of motorsport' anniversary livery it will run on its Formula 1 car at this weekend's German Grand Prix.

'You learn more from difficult times' Much is expected from Mick Schumacher, but it has been far from plain sailing in F2 this season but the youngster has insisted he is learning from these tough times and still holds hopes of making it to F1, sooner rather than later. Schumacher, the son of legendary F1 driver Michael Schumacher, is 14th in the Driver Standings in the Formula 2…

New Thai sponsors at Toro Rosso German Grand Prix - Toro Rosso has announced two new Thai sponsors, arriving on the back of Alex Albon driving for the team. In the week leading up to the F1 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, Toro Rosso has announced two new sponsors to add to their roster.

Somers Column - The rise of Red Bull This new relationship has flourished, in part, due to both parties embracing the challenge of working with one another and whilst Honda had shunned McLaren's advances to assist them in the early phase of the project they're working hand-in-hand with Red Bull with ideas, funding and personnel straddling both projects.

Tempesta Racing: Giancarlo Fisichella joins for 24 Hours of Spa Three-time F1 winner Giancarlo Fisichella is joining a British sportscar team in their first attempt at a 24-hour race at legendary Spa-Francorchamps this weekend.

Sainz wants to keep pushing before the summer break Best of the rest and three straight points finishes, things are pretty good for Carlos Sainz at the moment but the McLaren driver has vowed to keep pushing as the season heads into the final few races before the summer break.

Binotto: I see in Vettel a great desire to keep racing Ferrari's team boss Mattia Binotto says his star driver Sebastian Vettel is not leaving the Maranello team despite that after the German's latest mistake, many in the partisan Italian media indicated they had lost faith in the German's waywardness.

Norris: F1 easier than F2 Lando Norris says he has found Formula 1 cars easier to drive from a physical standpoint than most of the machinery he used in his junior career. Norris has taken to F1 impressively in his rookie campaign and is ninth in the drivers' standings at the halfway point of the season.

Ocon plays down Haas rumours Esteban Ocon has insisted his main focus is securing a Formula 1 seat, rather than where he drives next season, playing down the possibility of him joining Haas. Ocon has been linked with a drive at Haas in recent weeks, replacing one of Romain Grosjean or Kevin Magnussen if the constructor was to relieve one of their current drivers from their…

Mercedes primed for fourth-straight home win Mercedes look to make it four-straight wins on home soil at the German Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton eyeing up a hat-trick. It's an event which had a wobble in recent years – the 2015 event was cancelled with no deal agreed between Formula 1 and the Nurburgring, while no race went ahead in 2017 with Hockenheim not committing to hosting a…

Russell: Two steps back before taking three steps forward Williams is gearing up to take "three steps forward" after an abysmal first half of the 2019 season according to their rookie driver George Russell, who says the fact he is driving clearly the slowest car during his rookie season is not spoiling the fun for him.

Ricciardo to be sued for €11-million by former manager Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo is being sued by his former advisor, according to a media report published by La Gazzetta dello Sport. The report said the Australian will head to court in London for an €11-million lawsuit brought by Glenn Beavis.

Ocon still targeting a race seat at Mercedes for 2020 Mercedes reserve driver Esteban Ocon is confident he'll return to active duty in F1 next season, preferably with the Silver Arrows squad although such an option appears doubtful. After two formative - and impressive - years in F1 with Force India, Ocon was squeezed out of the team following its take over by Lawrence Stroll and the latter's…

Teams must agree on tyre design for 2020 - Isola Mario Isola has defended Pirelli by denying that the official F1 tyre supplier favours Mercedes. The Italian company's F1 boss said every team was happy with the proposed tyres for 2019 until Mercedes began to totally dominate. "Every team receives the same products and service," Isola told the Dutch publication Formule 1.

Ricciardo sued by former manager for €11-million Daniel Ricciardo is being sued by his former advisor, according to a media report published by La Gazzetta dello Sport. The report said the Australian will head to court in London for a €11-million lawsuit brought by Glenn Beavis.

F1: Why Red Bull's Silverstone pace was an eye-opener - RaceFans Red Bull had their best qualifying performance at Silverstone since their title-winning days, which Christian Horner says bodes well for this weekend's race.

Ocon: It's a good thing if the rumours are about me Esteban Ocon has not denied rumours that he is a top candidate for a seat at Haas or Williams for 2020, as both teams could have an open seat come to the end of the year, if not sooner. The Frenchman, who is still strongly backed by Mercedes, lost his seat at Mercedes-powered Force India at the end of last year.

Binotto has 'no doubt' about Vettel future Ferrari's team boss says Sebastian Vettel is not leaving the Maranello team. After the German's latest significant mistake when he hit Max Verstappen at Silverstone, many in the partisan Italian media indicated they had lost faith in Vettel.

Pirelli: We cannot make a separate tyre for each team Mario Isola has defended Pirelli by denying that the official Formula 1 tyre supplier favours Mercedes, the Italian company's F1 boss said every team was happy with the proposed tyres for 2019 until Mercedes began to totally dominate. "Every team receives the same products and service," Isola told the Dutch publication Formule 1.

Ricciardo sued by former manager Jul.23 Daniel Ricciardo is being sued by his former advisor, according to a media report published by La Gazzetta dello Sport. The report said the Australian will head to court in London for a EUR 11 million lawsuit brought by Glenn Beavis. La Gazzetta dello Sport said Beavis claims Ricciardo owes him the money in the form of a commission after…

Williams to take 'three steps forward' - Russell Jul.23 Williams is gearing up to take "three steps forward" after an abysmal first half of the 2019 season. That is the claim of George Russell, who says the fact he is driving clearly the slowest car during his rookie season is not spoiling the fun for him.

Ocon not denying Haas, Williams rumours Jul.23 Esteban Ocon has not denied rumours that he is a top candidate for a seat at Haas or Williams for 2020. The Frenchman, who is still strongly backed by Mercedes, lost his seat at Mercedes-powered Force India at the end of last year. He is currently Mercedes' reserve driver, but says the German team would be happy for him…

Hamilton warned: Mercedes may suffer in Germany like Austria Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has warned that the ingredients that hindered the Silver Arrows in Austria could be repeated again at the German Grand Prix this weekend. Spielberg is the only venue Mercedes have returned from winless this season, as Max Verstappen successfully hunted down Charles Leclerc to win a race that neither Lewis…

F1 2021: Grosjean and Magnussen want refuelling back - RaceFans Haas drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen are in favour of plans to allow refuelling in F1 races. While other drivers last week expressed doubts over the plan, Grosjean is convinced it would be a change for the better. "I am for refueling, I think it's a positive to get the car faster and lighter.

Ayrton Senna - Acrylic painting At the Spanish Grand Prix this year it was the 25th anniversary of the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994. Ayrton Senna died 1 May 1994, Roland Ratzenberge died the day before 30 April 1994. Ayrton Senna da Silva, better known as Ayrton Senna, was a Brazilian Formula One world champion.

Todt focuses on reliability but is that enough? I was reading an article over at Sky Sports about FIA president Jean Todt and the regulation changes. It was interesting, as most conversations with Todt are, in regards to Vettel and the changes he sees coming. With respect to Sebastian Vettel, who said he may stop F1 is the regulation changes aren’t good, Jean The post Todt focuses…

Vettel puzzled by Silverstone qualifying struggle In the round-up: Vettel puzzled by lack of pace in qualifying - Ricciardo sued by advisor - LMP1 success handicap rules revealed.

Ricciardo's ex-manager brings £10 million lawsuit Daniel Ricciardo Daniel Ricciardo has been hit with a lawsuit worth more than £10 million courtesy of his former manager Glenn Beavis. It's claimed by Beavis that the sum is for outstanding debts, primarily related to a 20 percent commission on the contract Ricciardo signed with Renault.

F1 2019: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 Team, Valtteri Bottas, German Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton has fired a warning shot as he steamrolls towards his sixth world title, claiming it’s the “strongest” he has felt this far into a season — and the numbers back it up.

F1 chiefs plan to spice up sport… by building a ROUNDABOUT in middle of racetrack at new Vietnam GP FORMULA ONE chiefs plan to spice up the sport by building a ROUNDABOUT in the middle of a racetrack. World champion Lewis Hamilton has complained about the quality of racing and wants more high-octane, wheel-to-wheel combat.

McLaren Has ‘Clear Areas to Work On’ Despite Recent Positive Results – Seidl The McLaren F1 Team is on a good run of form of late, but Team Principal Andreas Seidl says there is no room for any complacency in Formula 1, with the need for improvements always present. The team has seen one of its drivers finish sixth in each of the past three Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz Jr.

Debate: Should refueling make a return to F1? FIA president Jean Todt and the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association have recently suggested that Formula 1 should consider refueling as a way to spice up the racing in the championship.

Romain Grosjean: “There’s a wish from all the drivers to see better racing” Romain Grosjean says all Formula 1 drivers have a desire to see better and closer racing within the sport going forward, with not just the same three teams fighting it out for victory race after race. The Haas F1 Team driver is a director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association and he says the twenty drivers on the grid all want to push…

You can buy this rare McLaren F1 car if you've got £18.5 million spare Rarest McLaren F1 LM Spec car in the world up for sale for £18.5 million.

Haas Car ‘Felt a Lot Better’ after Reverting to Melbourne Package – Grosjean The Haas F1 Team will continue to use different aerodynamic specifications on each of its cars this weekend at the Hockenheimring for the German Grand Prix, with Romain Grosjean continuing to use the Melbourne-spec as opposed to the Barcelona-spec Kevin Magnussen will utilise.

Wheels to rule F1 2021 Formula 1 Managing Director Ross Brawn, technical heads Pat Symonds and Nicholas Tombazis point out there will be four vital proposals to regulate the Formula 1 championship for 2021. Major changes effects on aerodynamic design which may help to reduce down-force and resizing the tyre from 13 inch to 18 inches.

Sainz Jr. warns against McLaren F1 complacency in midfield battle Urged the McLaren F1 Team to guard against complacency in the fight to head Formula 1‘s highly competitive midfield. Sainz Jr. has scored points in each of the last three races, including two sixth place finishes in France and Great Britain, to help McLaren bolster its advantage to the Renault F1 Team and fourth place in…

Alexander Albon hooks up Thai sponsor for Toro Rosso Alex Albon is managing to grow Formula 1 in Thailand. The Toro Rosso driver has brought in a new sponsor for himself and his team as a result of the popularity increase in Thailand. Thai Moose Craft Cider will now sponsor Albon and Toro Rosso from the German Grand Prix onwards.

Over a million people want 2020 Dutch GP tickets Over a million Dutch people want to attend Max Verstappen's first home grand prix next year. Zandvoort will feature on the 2020 calendar, and race boss Jan Lammers says the interest in tickets for the event has been overwhelming. 'We knew it was popular, but more than a million is insane,' he told the Hart van Nederland programme when…

No driver decision before summer break – Haas F1 Haas is not ready to consider its 2020 driver lineup. The issue of the American team's drivers is a hot topic at present, after boss Gunther Steiner admitted his fury following the latest collision between Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen at Silverstone.

Steiner: We need to get the understanding of where we are Haas will again run different aerodynamic configurations on their Formula 1 cars at this weekend's German Grand Prix as they try to turn around a season that has stalled after a strong start.

Watch: Michael Schumacher shows how to do the perfect F1 lap at Hockenheim Michael Schumacher won the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim four times. Spread right across his career, his first victory on home soil came in 1995, with his fourth coming in 2006. Here's an example lap from the master! Follow GPblog now on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook!

SportPesa Racing Point: 'Everything except the chassis is new' for German GP SportPesa Racing Point drivers Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez will receive a virtually new car for the German Grand Prix. Technical boss Andy Green reports everything has changed except for the chassis. The car will change over the next two weekends, giving the team important data to chew over during the summer break.

Sainz: McLaren aiming to 'keep momentum up' during German Grand Prix weekend McLaren has cemented themselves in fourth place after positive results in the last five Grands Prix. This run of good results has helped them build a 21 point gap over rivals Renault and Carlos Sainz is keen to keep this momentum running through the German Grand Prix weekend.

VIDEO: Verstappen, Norris roast Hamilton, Vettel after iRacing win Max Verstappen and Lando Norris were in high spirits after winning iRacing's 24 Hours of Spa over the weekend and decided to celebrate like a couple of their F1 rivals. After bringing home victory for Team Redline, celebrations akin to Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel were heard over the airwaves.

F1 drivers want car weight reduced as part of 2021 overhaul Formula 1 drivers are calling for the overall minimum weight of the cars to be reduced in order to help facilitate closer on-track racing. Under current regulations, the minimum weight of the car, which includes the driver's weight, stands at 743kg.

Take a look at Renault's 50 million F1 factory! The Sky Sports cameras show us around the Renault Formula 1 factory after it received a €50 million upgrade! There are no signs of the French team slowing down on the development side in the coming years! Follow GPblog now on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook!

Turbo Turbo is a piece of music which I have been working on for a while. It draws on three separate sound sources namely two Formula One cars which raced when I was young, the Lotus 97T and the Ferrari 412 T2, as well as a Scalextric set.

Pirelli expects long stints on the tyres during German Grand Prix High temperatures are expected for the German Grand Prix weekend, but Mario Isola doesn't think they'll cause too many problems with the tyres. On circuits such as Paul Ricard and the Red Bull Ring, the tyre wear was high because of the warm temperatures.

Dutch GP attracts 1 million ticket applications Formula 1's decision to bring the Dutch Grand Prix back to the calendar looks set to be a roaring success, with a million applications for tickets to the Zandvoort event already having been made. De Telegraaf quotes the event's sporting director Jan Lammers as revealing the huge number, near enough ensuring a sell-out next year.

Seidl: McLaren must not get complacent in battle for fourth McLaren is currently in pole position for the most improved Formula 1 team over the last six months. They're leading the fight for the 'best of the rest' position in the Formula 1 constructors' championship, with Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris regularly scoring points.

Norris 'excited' to experience Hockenheim in F1 machinery Lando Norris says he his 'excited' about the prospect of racing at Hockenheim for the first time in Formula 1 machinery. Norris raced at the home of the German Grand Prix in his title-winning FIA Formula 3 European Championship campaign in 2017, taking a podium finish in the weekend's first race.

McLaren prepping for final push before summer shutdown McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl will be keeping his troops under pressure for the next two weeks, ensuring the Woking-based outfit pushes right into F1's summer shutdown.

Norris: F1 a better fit after "suffering" in more physical cars Lando Norris says he feels more comfortable qualifying his McLaren Formula 1 car than when he was racing in Formula 2, which he has described as “much harder physically”.

Formula 2 "much harder physically" than Formula 1 - McLaren's Norris Lando Norris says he feels more comfortable qualifying his McLaren Formula 1 car than when he was racing in Formula 2, which he has described as "much harder physically". The F1 rookie has been one of the stars of the 2019 season since qualifying inside the top 10 on his grand prix debut in Australia.

Wolff concerned about high temperatures forecast for German Grand Prix The Mercedes car revealed one of its major weaknesses during the Austrian Grand Prix. A heatwave blasted through Europe and the Silver Arrows performance dipped. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas both experienced cooling problems. Problems the team will have to solve going into the German Grand Prix as forecasters predict similar…

Ferrari appoints three members to replace Binotto's technical director role Mattia Binotto no longer occupies the technical director role at Ferrari. Instead, three engineers have been appointed to replace Binotto who will now get to spend more time fulfilling his role as team principal. During the winter, Binotto was the man chosen to replace Maurizio Arrivabene as Ferrari's team principal.

Ricciardo: 'Results are not yet great' Daniel Ricciardo's move from Red Bull to Renault raised many eyebrows and the Australian has admitted results aren't what he was hoping for but is happy with the work the team are doing on and off the track. Ricciardo joined Renault for the 2019 season as he failed to agree on a new deal with his former team, Red Bull.

Binotto appoints trio to replace him as Ferrari tech boss Mattia Binotto is no longer Ferrari's technical director, instead, the role has now been distributed to three engineers as the shuffling of staff continues at Maranello.

Ricciardo fighting £10million court case Daniel Ricciardo will defend a High Court claim that he owes £10million to his former manager over a role played in his high-profile move to Renault from Red Bull. According to documents seen by Autosport and BBC Sport, Glenn Beavis is claiming to be owed 20 per cent commission on Ricciardo's Renault salary and other elements of his deal….

Hakkinen: F1 stewards are taking a more open approach Mika Hakkinen believes that FIA race stewards were less strict in their implementation of the rules after the Canadian Grand Prix saga ended a great race on the spot as they dished out a contentious in-race penalty that might have been best dealt with after the race.

Zandvoort looking to expand after huge ticket requests It was already expected to be a sell-out at the return of the Dutch Grand Prix, but organisers are having to look into expanding the event with so many Dutch fans wanting a glimpse of Max Verstappen at Zandvoort.

Video: The new F1 rivalry that can surpass Hamilton / Vettel Some of the most exciting moments from Formula 1's two most recent grands prix have come courtesy of battles between Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc.

Verstappen And Norris Went Meme Crazy As They Won The iRacing Spa 24 Hours Winning the race was impressive enough, but what really made it was the banter between Lando Norris and Max Verstappen during the race.

Formula 1 Needs To Be ‘Clever' On How It Re-Introduces Refueling – Steiner Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner says he finds the concept of re-introducing refueling into Formula 1 interesting, but states that the sport needs to be clever on how they handle it if they do plan to bring it back.

Former advisor wants £10 million from Ricciardo! Daniel Ricciardo's former advisor Glenn Beavis claims the Aussie owes him over £10 million in unpaid commissions mainly linked to the Aussie's contract with Renault.

Verstappen vs Leclerc can be what Hamilton vs Vettel wasn't Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc have been at the centre of some of Formula 1's most exciting moments in the last two races, and as we found out after their Austrian GP run-in, their rivalry dates back to karting days.

Verstappen - Le Mans tilt talked up by Aston Martin Max Verstappen could be offered a chance to fulfil one of his career goals, as Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer has talked up his hope of putting the Red Bull star in the supercar manufacturer's future Le Mans 24 Hours efforts.

Seidl: Still clear areas to work on at McLaren German Grand Prix – McLaren's Team Principal Andreas Seidl says they are aiming to progress forward with every race after identifying key areas to target. McLaren are heading to next round of the 2019 F1 World Championship, the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, on the crest of a wave at the moment.

Daniel Ricciardo facing £10m court claim over Renault move Daniel Ricciardo is facing a court claim of £10 million over his switch from Red Bull to Renault for the 2019 Formula 1 season. According to a claim filed with London's High Court, Ricciardo's former manager Glenn Beavis has filed the suit against the Australian for unpaid commissions related to his new contract with the…

'It seems like a matter between Lewis and me' Mercedes are streaks ahead of the rest of the field and Valtteri Bottas appears to have written off his opponents in the battle for the World Championship, admitting "it seems like a matter between Lewis and me". Mercedes' pair of Bottas and Lewis Hamilton have won all but one race this season and had five consecutive one-two victories…

German GP: Preview - Pirelli Hockenheim in Germany used to be known for its high speed and massive straights, but the cut-down version of the track inaugurated in 2002 is much more balanced, with a bit of everything. As a result, the middle tyres in the P Zero range have been nominated this weekend: C2 as the hard, C3 as the medium, and C4 as the soft.

Ricciardo hit with £10million court claim Daniel Ricciardo is facing a court claim of over £10m according to the BBC over unpaid fees to his former manager. The Australian made the switch from Red Bull to Renault ahead of the 2019 season, but now his former manager Glenn Beavis has filed a lawsuit in the High Court in London claiming that he hasn't received his commissions owed on the…

The W Series' Non-Championship Race Had An Unbelievably Close Finish Megan Gilkes and Alice Powell were separated by virtually nothing during a non-championship race at Assen.

Kvyat looking forward to racing 'legendary' German Grand Prix After returning to the points last time out at the British Grand Prix, Daniil Kvyat is looking forward to the Hockenheimring and the German Grand Prix. This is Kvyat's German Grand Prixview! Read more Mercedes celebrating 125 years of motorsport in style Could Max Verstappen drive Le Mans?

When is the F1 German GP and how can I watch it? After a pair of thrilling races in Austria and Great Britain, Formula 1 heads to Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix this weekend. With the future of the event uncertain beyond this year, it could be the last race to take place in Germany for some time.

Mercedes heads to home race with special anniversary livery Mercedes' Silver Arrows will run at Hockenheim next weekend with a special livery commemorating 125 years of motorsport. This day, one century and a quarter ago, took place the very first automobile competition, a race that took drivers over open roads from Paris to Rouen on July 22, 1984.

Mercedes announce one-off livery for German GP Mercedes will run a special one-off livery at the German Grand Prix to celebrate 125 years of motorsport. It's 125 years this week since the first automobile race took place – the public roads from Paris to Rouen was the scene on 20 July 1894 and Mercedes want to honour that moment with a “commemorative livery to pay tribute to our…

Could Max Verstappen drive Le Mans? Max Verstappen appears fully focused on Formula 1 but Aston Martin have played up the idea of Verstappen taking to the Le Mans circuit in one of their cars. Verstappen is currently third in the Formula 1 Drivers' Championship behind the Mercedes pair and is still only 21-years old despite racing in the pinnacle of motorsport since 2015….

Ricciardo hit with £10m lawsuit According to reports at the BBC, Daniel Ricciardo’s former manager, Glenn Beavis, has filed a £10m suit against the Renault driver. It seems that Beavis is under the impression that Ricciardo owes him fees for his Renault deal. Andrew Bemnson’s article at the BBC says that the document they viewed said the suit was being The post…

Daniel Ricciardo faces legal battle as ex-advisor claims F1 star owes him £10m DANIEL RICCIARDO is facing a courtroom showdown with his former advisor who claims he is owed more than £10million by the F1 star. Ricciardo landed a megabucks deal worth around £20million-a-year to leave Red Bull for Renault this season. He is now being pursued by his ex-advisor Glenn Beavis.

Mercedes To Run Special Livery At German GP To Celebrate 125 Years Of Motorsport Mercedes AMG Motorsport will celebrate 125 years of Motorsport by running a special commemorative livery ahead of their home race at Hockenheim. The reigning champions head into the German Grand Prix on the back of Lewis Hamilton winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, collecting a record-breaking sixth victory at his home race.

Haas to run split-spec cars in Germany Haas will run two different aerodynamic specifications at the German Grand Prix as they continue their search for race performance. The American outfit haven't scored any points since Monaco all the way back in May, a baron spell which has seen them drop to P9 in the Constructors' Championship.

Daniel Ricciardo facing £10m court claim over Red Bull-Renault switch Daniel Ricciardo is facing a claim of more than £10m in alleged unpaid earnings from his former manager. Glenn Beavis has filed a lawsuit in the High Court in London claiming that Ricciardo has not paid him commissions owed on his new contract with Renault.

Promoted: 2019 F1 German Grand Prix preview with Esso Synergy Fuel Round 11 of the 2019 Formula 1 world championship will take place at the historic Hockenheim circuit. The 2.8-mile track first hosted the German Grand Prix in 1970 and more recently has been on the calendar every second year since 2006.

Why Magnussen has Haas upgrade over Grosjean in Germany Haas will continue to experiment with differing set-ups at the German Grand Prix. Kevin Magnussen will take on new upgrades at Hockenheim, while Romain Grosjean will continue with their season-opening spec.

Mercedes celebrating 125 years of motorsport in style Mercedes will be celebrating 125 years of Mercedes Benz motorsport at the next race in Germany and they will be celebrating it in style with a special livery at the Hockenheimring. 125 years ago the first-ever car race was won by a car with an engine designed by Gottlieb Daimler, the founder of Daimler Benz.

Gasly Hoping For Better Memories In Germany Than Infamous Fire Extinguisher Explosion Pierre Gasly says he hopes to create better memories at the German Grand Prix this weekend, contrast to 2016 when during a GP2 Series race, a fire extinguisher exploded in his face! The Frenchman ended the race at Silverstone fourth overall, one position away from his first ever podium finish.

Title battle between me and Lewis – Bottas Valtteri Bottas thinks he is in a head-to-head battle for the 2019 title with his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. After a strong start to the season, the Finn has lost ground to Hamilton in recent races but he says he remains determined to win. 'We're not even halfway through the season.

Grosjean pleased he switched back to Melbourne spec Romain Grosjean has revealed his satisfaction regarding the decision for him to go back to the Haas' original aero spec admitting he never felt right running the upgrade they brought in Spain. Grosjean has had a nightmare season, scoring only two points through two P10 finishes at consecutive races in Spain and Monaco.

Vettel enduring difficult period – Prost Sebastian Vettel is struggling through a 'very difficult period'. That is the view of F1 legend Alain Prost, who today is an advisor at Renault. But Prost was asked by the French broadcaster Canal Plus to comment on Vettel's high profile struggle on and off the track at Ferrari in 2019.

No regrets about leaving Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo says he has no regrets about leaving Red Bull. The Australian stunned the F1 world last year by announcing that he is leaving the top energy drink-owned team to join Renault. 'I would not have been better off at Red Bull,' Ricciardo told the Dutch publication Formule 1.

Mercedes to run one-off livery for German Grand Prix German Grand Prix - Mercedes' Toto Wolff has said that his team will run a commemorative livery on their W10s this weekend. It's the second home race in a row for the Mercedes AMG team, as they depart their UK base at Brackley to head to the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, not far from Mercedes-Benz's global home in Stuttgart.

What it Really Takes to Make Renault's F1 Cars Go Fast An inside look at the tech and innovation behind Renault’s F1 team.

Jean Todt exclusive: How F1's 2021 vision is progressing Jean Todt's success at Ferrari was built on an indivisible inner cadre: Michael Schumacher, Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne.

Mercedes to run special livery in 200th race This weekend is a special one for Mercedes, and to mark the ocassion the cars of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will sport a special livery. 'This year's race is a very special event,' says Toto Wolff, 'we're the title sponsor of the Mercedes-Benz Grosser Preis von Deutschland and the race will mark the 200th start for Mercedes in Formula…

Mercedes reveal one-off livery for German GP Mercedes will run a special livery for the German Grand Prix as the Silver Arrows celebrate 125 years in motorsport. The Hockenheim race will also represent Mercedes' 200th start in Formula 1, leaving the team's home race as something to celebrate. Article continues under video And team principal Toto Wolff has confirmed that the team will mark…

Haas targeting all areas in bid for improvements Haas boss, Guenther Steiner has insisted the team are searching for improvements in all areas in their attempts to salvage something from their season, which has been a calamity in recent weeks. Haas are second bottom in the Constructors' Championship only ahead of Williams who are without a single point this season.

Aston "would love" to have Verstappen at Le Mans "That's a conversation to be had in the future. But wouldn't it be great?" Aston's title partnership with Red Bull has been vindicated by various commercial, technological and sporting offshoots.

German Grand Prix: Haas continue with specification experiment Haas will continue with an experiment of running their cars with different specifications at this weekend's German Grand Prix.

Red Bull has extra "confidence" for German GP based on Silverstone form Red Bull says it is heading to this weekend's German Grand Prix with "confidence" after fighting near the front at Silverstone where engine performance is vital.

'We should have no holy cows': Wolff open to F1 refuelling return - RaceFans Formula 1 should be open-minded about the possibility of bringing back refuelling in 2021, says Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff. "I think we should have no, as we say in Austria, holy cows," said Wolff during the French Grand Prix weekend.

Horner explains slow start to 2019 Christian Horner has shed some light on the reasons behind Red Bull's drop in performance at the start of the season, pointing towards the switch to Honda and some regulation changes. Red Bull have made significant progress on their rivals at recent races which has seen Max Verstappen move to third in the Drivers' Championship.

Mercedes' German GP livery to celebrate 125 years of motorsport Mercedes are planning to run a commemorative livery at this weekend's German Grand Prix to celebrate 125 years of motorsport. The 1984 Paris–Rouen is considered to be the very first 'motor race', which saw 21 entrants race the 126 km distance between the two French cities on July 22.

Haas to continue with split aero-spec strategy Haas is to continue with the split aero-spec strategy that it introduced at Silverstone. As the American team attempts to get on top of its race day performance issues, for the Silverstone weekend, Romain Grosjean reverted to the aero package used in Melbourne for the season opener, while Kevin Magnussen continued with the latest package….

F1 creates group tasked with breaking its own rules Formula One has created a group tasked with breaking its next set of rules in an attempt to stop one team finding a significant advantage through loopholes in 2021. F1 is currently working on the regulations for 2021 and beyond, which it hopes will deliver and improvement in racing.

FIA not more lenient at Silverstone - Masi FIA stewards were not more lenient than usual during the recent British GP, according to race director Michael Masi.

More trouble for 2021 Rio GP It is not smooth sailing for the new Formula 1 track in Rio de Janeiro.

Racing Point preparing 2019 'B' car Racing Point has struggled on track in 2019 in the wake of the team's near 2018 collapse, takeover by Lawrence Stroll, and renaming. "Everything except the chassis is new," said technical boss Andy Green when asked about the B car.

Mercedes vigilant as hot weather forecast for home event Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says his team must remain “vigilant” at this weekend’s German Grand Prix, with hot weather set to affect the event. Mercedes is set for a weekend of commemorations at its home grand prix – for which it will act as title sponsor – as it is marking 125 years of involvement in motorsport.

Haas to run split-spec F1 cars at German GP The Haas Formula 1 team will run dual aerodynamic configurations on its cars as part of trial to find performance at this weekend’s German Grand Prix. Having slipped to ninth in the constructors’ championship after failing to score any points since the Monaco Grand Prix in May, Haas is splitting aero-specs on its cars in Hockenheim in a bid…

Mercedes to run special livery on F1 cars for German GP Mercedes’ Formula 1 cars will adorn a special one-off livery at the German Grand Prix to celebrate 125 years of motorsport.

Grosjean opts for stability over downforce at Hockenheim Haas' Romain Grosjean will continue to run the team's Melbourne aero package at Hockenheim, feeling the set-up provides better stability to his VF-19 chassis.

London GP would work best as a 'one-off' event – Christian Horner Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner believes a London Grand Prix would work as a 'one-off event', rather than a full-time addition to the Formula 1 calendar.

The rarest McLaren F1 of all is up for sale. For $23,000,000 When a McLaren F1 comes up for auction, it's always an event. The Royal Mint quakes, Fort Knox redoubles its security, and the stock market braces in case the sale of arguably the greatest supercar of all time redefines the concept of 'a lot of money' as we know it.

London GP would work best as a 'one-off' event - Christian Horner Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner believes a London Grand Prix would work as a "one-off event", rather than a full-time addition to the Formula 1 calendar.

Nico Hulkenberg 'not surprised' by retirement rumours Nico Hulkenberg is not worried about the rumors that his time in Formula 1 is running out. The Renault driver holds the record for the highest number of race starts without ever scoring a podium but believes that his time in the sport is not going to end soon.

Rich Energy will remain Rich Energy, says Rich Energy German Grand Prix – Rich Energy's Dutch subsidiaries have issued a statement attempting to clarify the latest developments in the beleaguered sponsor's troubles. Rich Energy will not be renamed to Lightning Volt, say the energy drink through their Dutch distribution channel.

Haas to continue running old and new-spec cars Romain Grosjean will continue running a four-month-old version of Haas's F1 car as the team investigates whether its Spanish GP update has worked.

F1: Lewis Hamilton warned Ferrari move could be the 'end of his career' Five-time world champion Hamilton has long been linked with a potential switch to the Scuderia when his contract expires with Mercedes at the end of the 2020 season. The 34-year-old is hot favourite to win his sixth F1 title in 2019 and that would leave him only one behind Michael Schumacher's record of seven championships.

Verstappen Predicts Warm Conditions And Heavy Dutch Turnout For German GP Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen predicts the German Grand Prix will feature warm weather conditions once again and expects a lot of Dutch supporters to turn up for the weekend at Hockenheim.

Monday's Formula 1 news roundup: Mattia Binotto, Jan Lammers, Andy Green Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest Formula 1 news on Monday, July 22.

Is Verstappen the best driver in F1? One rival isn't so sure… Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg would not commit when asked if Max Verstappen is the best driver in Formula 1 currently – a theory raised by Red Bull boss Christian Horner. Verstappen has outperformed his teammate like no other driver on the grid so far this year, outscoring Pierre Gasly by 81 points to sit third in the drivers' standings….

Claire Williams seeing the 'green shoots of progress' at Williams Claire Williams believes that she is starting to see some "green shoots of progress" at Williams after a difficult start to the season. Williams are the only team yet to score a championship point but George Russell finished in 14th at the British Grand Prix and will hope that the upgrades will improve performance in the second half of…

Rookie Winkelhock's brief moment of Grand Prix glory A genuine rookie leading on his Grand Prix debut - and in his only F1 start - is a rare occurrence in the history of Formula 1. Yet that was the feat achieved by young Markus Winkelhock on this day in 2007. The European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring started as a dry race.

On This Day In F1 - Winkelhock Had The Best F1 Debut Of All-Time The rain worsened and the first corner turned into a lake. Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Scott Speed, Anthony Davidson, Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil and Tonio Liuzzi all aquaplaned off. Liuzzi had a lucky escape - he narrowly missed hitting the safety car and did hit a recovery vehicle, though thankfully at very low speed.

F1 tech: The updates helping McLaren pull away from Renault - RaceFans McLaren's latest MCL34 update has given the team a slight performance edge over Renault and is helping them win the battle for honours in 'Formula 1.5'.

Hulkenberg ‘not surprised' by make-or-break reports Nico Hulkenberg, who holds the unwanted record of most F1 starts without a podium, says he is 'not surprised' by rumours he could lose his Renault seat at the end of this season. The German joined Renault in 2017 and, to date, has a best result of P5 with the Enstone team.

Lewis Hamilton says there's 'nothing personal' between Valtteri Bottas Lewis Hamilton has insisted that there is nothing personal between himself and teammate Valtteri Bottas. The two raced wheel to wheel once again at the British Grand Prix and will be set to be at it again this weekend. At this stage in the season, it looks likely that the Finn is the only driver likely to challenge Hamilton to the World…

Upward trajectory' for Williams Claire Williams says the Grove team is finally seeing 'green shoots of progress' which will be evident to everyone in the coming races. Last year Williams suffered their worst campaign in the team's history and they hoped it could not get worse in 2019, but it did.

German Grand Prix 2019: Start time, TV channel & live stream Formula 1 heads for Hockenheim as the German Grand Prix looks to keep the good times rolling after two thrilling race weekends in Austria and Britain. Lewis Hamilton took a record sixth win at his home race last time out as Silverstone showed us exactly why it deserved that five-year extension.

Formula 1: Esteban Ocon rumored to replace Romain Grosjean at Haas Ocon test drove for Renault in the 2016 season. The two sides had an agreement to send Ocon to the French manufacturer for the 2019 season to replace Carlos Sainz Jr., who now drives for McLaren, but Renault ended up signing Daniel Ricciardo to a two-year contract after he made the surprising decision to leave Red Bull Racing.

Ricciardo says he is not worse off at Renault Daniel Ricciardo says he has no regrets about leaving Red Bull. The Australian stunned the F1 world last year by announcing that he is leaving the top energy drink-owned team to join Renault. "I would not have been better off at Red Bull," Ricciardo told the Dutch publication Formule 1.

Vettel enduring 'difficult period' - Prost Sebastian Vettel is struggling through a "very difficult period". That is the view of F1 legend Alain Prost, who today is an advisor at Renault. But Prost was asked by the French broadcaster Canal Plus to comment on Vettel's high profile struggle on and off the track at Ferrari in 2019.

Bottas says title battle 'between me and Lewis' Valtteri Bottas thinks he is in a head-to-head battle for the 2019 title with his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. After a strong start to the season, the Finn has lost ground to Hamilton in recent races but he says he remains determined to win. "We're not even halfway through the season.

Grosjean axe averted as Haas set for livery colour change Haas is not ready to consider its 2020 driver lineup despite the issue of the American team's drivers being a hot topic at present, after boss Gunther Steiner admitted his fury following the latest collision between Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen at Silverstone.

What time does the German Grand Prix start? This weekend Formula 1 heads to Hockenheimring for the German Grand Prix. The weekend will begin on Friday where the teams will head out for two practice sessions followed by qualifying a further practice session and qualifying on Saturday with the race taking place on Sunday.

Haas on refuelling: 'It’s definitely something drivers want to push forward' There is still a large amount of speculation surrounding the 2021 rule changes and one rule that Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen wants to see reintroduced is refueling. The Haas drivers believe that it will lead to more competitive racing with midfield teams given more opportunity to score a surprise podium finish.

Haas commits to split car specs again for German GP Haas will run different car specifications again at this weekend’s Formula 1 German Grand Prix, as it continues in its quest to understand the weaknesses of its VF-19. Haas has regularly run competitively during qualifying in 2019 but has regressed in race trim and has scored only 16 points across the opening 10 races of the campaign,…

Video: Jeremy Clarkson's F1 rant - how fans reacted on Twitter "Let's turn it into a proper sport again and not some health and safety exercise." Safe to say he's not happy with today's racing. - Planet F1 July 22, 2019.

Ricciardo: Nothing new to the Red Bull game Red Bull may be in the winners' column whereas Renault haven't even reached the podium, however, Daniel Ricciardo insists he doesn't regret swapping teams. Last August, Ricciardo shocked many – including his Red Bull team bosses – when he announced he would be joining Renault for 2019 instead of re-signing his Red Bull.