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Matt Kew

Matt Kew is Autosport's F1 Editor, a role he has held since March 2022 after stints covering Formula E, Extreme E and the British Touring Car Championship.

Matt joined Autosport in 2018 to work predominantly on the magazine, but his relentless quoting of Alan Partridge meant office colleagues soon thought he would be better suited to increased field work.

Needless to say, Matt had the last laugh when he won the Motorsport UK Young Journalist of the Year Award in 2019.

His interest in motorsport was sparked by regular trips to watch ASCAR crash around Rockingham's banked oval.

Matt read politics and philosophy at the University of Sheffield - receiving first-class honours for his dissertation assessing the lack of female participation in top-tier motor racing.

He covered a wide variety of national race and rally meetings for Autosport as a freelancer before joining full-time. His best efforts to argue the merits of historic racing is undone by a questionable taste in music and James Bond actors.

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Horner: Red Bull faces "significant handicap" with F1 aero testing restrictions

Red Bull faces a “significant handicap” for 2023 due to the aerodynamic testing restrictions imposed after winning the Formula 1 championship and exceeding the cost cap, says team boss Christian Horner.

Why Ford can offer Red Bull what Porsche could not in F1
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Why Ford can offer Red Bull what Porsche could not in F1

With Ford's confirmation of a partnership with Red Bull Powertrains imminent, it gives the Milton Keynes squad more pulling power in the American market. It's one of the key aspects the Detroit marque can offer which Porsche, expected to tie up with Red Bull before the deal fell through, could not.

How can McLaren keep hold of Norris? Prime

How can McLaren keep hold of Norris?

Lando Norris is no longer the young cheeky-chappy at McLaren; he’s now the established ace. And F1's big guns will come calling if the team can’t give him a competitive car. Here's what the team needs to do to retain its prize asset

Norris: McLaren must match Ferrari's ground-effects gains for F1 2023

Lando Norris says McLaren must take as big a step forwards this season as Ferrari managed between 2021 and 2022, even though the major Formula 1 rule change has passed.

Norris held initial talks with several F1 teams prior to latest McLaren deal

Formula 1 driver Lando Norris has revealed that he held exploratory talks with several teams, not just Red Bull, prior to signing his long-term McLaren deal in 2022. 

How glitzy car launches can help sustain the F1 boom Prime

How glitzy car launches can help sustain the F1 boom

OPINION: Formula 1 car launches have lost their spectacle over the years, as Spice Girls-fronted unveils gave way to boring PR exercises where nothing more than a livery on a show car was revealed to the world. As F1's popularity continues to grow, however, perhaps the glitzy car launches of old can once again have their place - but in a much more inclusive way

Why the perception of Alonso's Aston Martin switch has transformed Prime

Why the perception of Alonso's Aston Martin switch has transformed

OPINION: Fernando Alonso's switch from Alpine to Aston Martin on a multi-year deal for 2023 was a shock upon its announcement midway through last season. It's a move that has been questioned, given both Alonso's advanced stage in his career and Aston's underwhelming results. But the perception of this switch has seemingly changed to a more positive outlook

The rise and fall of Britain's flawed NASCAR imitation

It’s a little over 20 years since ASCAR hit its peak, filling Rockingham's grandstands while luring top international and BTCC talent. But the domestic stock car series' boom couldn't last. Here's how the curio exploded, then imploded

How Alpine won the war to be F1's best of the rest in 2022 Prime

How Alpine won the war to be F1's best of the rest in 2022

Instead of taking steps towards the top three, old rivals McLaren and Alpine lost ground as F1’s new ground-effect era began. Frustrations boiled at both teams, particularly as Alpine lost its prized protege Oscar Piastri to the papaya squad, but it was the Enstone-based team that came out on top in the fight for fourth

Is F1 poised for a copy of motorsport's most famous grudge match? Prime

Is F1 poised for a copy of motorsport's most famous grudge match?

OPINION: Over the years motorsport has witnessed iconic rivalries, some of which resurface every so often to remind us of past hostilities. Think Ford vs Ferrari or Senna vs Prost. But could an all-new conflict between two of the biggest brands in racing be heading to Formula 1?

How Ferrari missed its big chance to end a painful F1 wait Prime

How Ferrari missed its big chance to end a painful F1 wait

When Charles Leclerc built a 46-point gap over Max Verstappen after three races of the season, expectation soared in Maranello - only to deflate amid embarrassing capitulation that prompted the departure of team boss Mattia Binotto. Unreliability, strategy errors and driver errors all had their part to play as the team faced an unexpectedly close challenge to hold onto second in the constructors' standings

The five best race drives of F1 2022 Prime

The five best race drives of F1 2022

Quality drives weren't in short supply during the 2022 Formula 1 season. Whittling down each driver's standout performance, our F1 reporters pick their favourites from another year watching closely from the sidelines

Ranking the top 10 Formula 1 drivers of 2022 Prime

Ranking the top 10 Formula 1 drivers of 2022

Among the movers, shakers and re-entries, no one stays where they were last year in our end-of-season ranking. So who were the biggest hits of 2022?

Newey: Red Bull arguably spent too long developing 2021 F1 car

Adrian Newey believes Red Bull developed Max Verstappen’s 2021 Formula 1 title-winning car “arguably longer than we should have done”, leaving “a lot to do” for the new regulations.

Why Mercedes believes it can make the step F1 needs to fight Red Bull Prime

Why Mercedes believes it can make the step F1 needs to fight Red Bull

The 2022 Formula 1 season was Mercedes' leanest for a decade, achieving just a solitary pole and grand prix win. Yet the team is confident it has got the tools it needs to cast that disappointment aside and return to the front of the field again next year.

The sliding doors moment that saved Red Bull and Porsche Prime

The sliding doors moment that saved Red Bull and Porsche

OPINION: Everything looked set for Red Bull and Porsche to join forces for the 2026 season, before the marriage between both parties was called off. While at the time it looked like a major coup for Formula 1 in gaining both VW Group powerhouses Audi and Porsche for 2026, Red Bull and Porsche have really been spared a potentially fractious relationship.

The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants Prime

The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants

OPINION: Mercedes endured its worst season of the hybrid Formula 1 era, but was mercifully spared its first winless campaign in over a decade late on. It has owned up to the mistakes it made which led to its troubled W13. And while its task to return to title-challenging contention is not small, its 2022 season seems more like a blip than the beginning of a downward spiral.

What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi Prime

What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi

Arguably the favourite in the battle to finish second-best in 2022's Formula 1 standings, Sergio Perez's two-stop strategy at Abu Dhabi couldn't take him ahead of Charles Leclerc when the music stopped - and several key factors ultimately precluded him from the much-coveted runner-up spot.

2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2022 Formula 1 season came to a close at the Yas Marina Circuit, where the battle for second in the standings was decided, the wins in a season record extended and a retiring four-time world champion bowed out on a high. Here's how we rated the drivers

Perez vents frustration at Gasly blue flag F1 incident in Leclerc chase

Sergio Perez felt Pierre Gasly should have been penalised for ignoring blue flags and holding him up, as he lost second in the Formula 1 drivers’ standings to Charles Leclerc.

Abu Dhabi GP: Verstappen grabs final F1 pole of 2022 from Perez Abu Dhabi GP
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Abu Dhabi GP: Verstappen grabs final F1 pole of 2022 from Perez

Max Verstappen trumped his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez to clinch pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final round of the 2022 Formula 1 season.

Why Leclerc’s bid to beat Perez to second looks harder after day one in Abu Dhabi

Although there's nothing much left to play for in Formula 1's 2022 finale, the battle over second between Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc is finely poised - with the two on equal points. But practice showed that, despite hints of good qualifying pace at Ferrari, Leclerc might find overhauling Perez a particularly tough ask in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

What Verstappen’s team orders defiance says about Red Bull

OPINION: Max Verstappen's defiance of team orders in the Brazilian Grand Prix has led to an unnecessary rift between himself and Sergio Perez in the Red Bull camp. While the team is no stranger to controversies within its own borders, the Brazil fallout highlights the world champion's pulling power

Brazilian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

F1's sprint race format returned for the penultimate round of 2022 in Interlagos, meaning drivers had multiple opportunities to impress - or otherwise - in an incident-packed and controversial Brazilian Grand Prix. Here's how we rated the field

How Russell led Mercedes' return to winning F1 ways in Brazil

The Mercedes W13 has rarely looked like being a winner in 2022, but in Interlagos the team kicked its recent malaise firmly into touch. George Russell led Lewis Hamilton in a remarkable 1-2, which few could have predicted any more than Friday night's topsy-turvy qualifying headed by Kevin Magnussen, as an off-weekend for Red Bull and a track favourable to Mercedes' concept put the Silver Arrows back on top

Brazilian GP: Russell takes maiden F1 win in Mercedes 1-2 finish

Mercedes ended its winless Formula 1 run in emphatic style as George Russell topped a team 1-2 in the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided.

Why Mercedes can realistically resist Verstappen to win in Brazil São Paulo GP
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Why Mercedes can realistically resist Verstappen to win in Brazil

It had looked like Mercedes' chances of taking a Formula 1 grand prix victory in 2022 were rapidly fading but impressive performances in both the sprint race and free practice in Brazil suggest the Silver Arrows could be the cars to beat at Interlagos

Brazilian GP: Russell takes sprint race win as Verstappen struggles São Paulo GP
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Brazilian GP: Russell takes sprint race win as Verstappen struggles

George Russell sensationally ended the Mercedes winless run as he overthrew Max Verstappen to win the final sprint race of the 2022 Formula 1 season in Brazil.

Brazilian GP: Ocon tops second F1 practice from Perez

Alpine Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon set the pace over Sergio Perez and George Russell in an event-less second free practice session ahead of the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Brazilian GP: Magnussen takes shock first pole for sprint race São Paulo GP
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Brazilian GP: Magnussen takes shock first pole for sprint race

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen snared an unlikely first Formula 1 pole position over Max Verstappen for the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix sprint race as a Ferrari tyre error caught out Charles Leclerc.

Does F1 need a penalty points rethink?

Pierre Gasly is seemingly treading on thin ice until round eight of the 2023 Formula 1 season.

Why Hamilton isn't finished with F1 just yet Prime

Why Hamilton isn't finished with F1 just yet

Losing out on last year's Formula 1 drivers' title in Abu Dhabi, and the circumstances surrounding it, cast a shadow over the winter months for Lewis Hamilton. Yet despite that, and the challenges of the troubled Mercedes W13 this season, the seven-time champion is determined to keep going as he approaches his forties...

Gasly to continue FIA talks to avoid "embarrassing" F1 race ban

Pierre Gasly wants to continue talks with the FIA over the "silly situation" surrounding his Formula 1 penalty points tally as he finds the possibility of a race ban "embarrassing."

Why F1 risks not appreciating Ricciardo's inadvertent farewell

Hoping to remain in the F1 paddock in some form in 2023, Daniel Ricciardo has put a pin in his racing career to give himself the best chance of a 2024 reprieve. But it's a huge risk for the Australian – and F1 could theoretically lose one of its superstars with barely any commotion

Ten things we learned from the 2022 F1 Mexican GP

Although this year's edition of the Formula 1 race in Mexico was hardly a classic, there were lots of significant threads tied up off-track as the cost cap furore reached a resolution. Add that to a record breaker, a return of a once-great force, and a roll-back on an earlier penalty, and there were many talking points - here's the 10 biggest stories.

Mexican GP: Sainz tops disrupted first F1 practice from Leclerc

Carlos Sainz led teammate Charles Leclerc for a Ferrari 1-2 in FP1 for Formula 1's Mexican GP, a session that was twice red-flagged and ended early.

Leclerc: Ferrari "getting there" against Red Bull on Sunday F1 race gains

Charles Leclerc reckons Ferrari is “getting there” with its bid to improve strategy and find performance gains to fight back against 2022 Formula 1 rival Red Bull.

Has the US GP already left expectations tempered for F1 in 2023?

OPINION: In the latter stages of 2022's Formula 1 season, Max Verstappen has proved irrepressible as he collected another inspired win at the US Grand Prix. With Red Bull at the top, Ferrari losing its edge, and Mercedes still in recovery, hopes of a two- or three-way battle for 2023 look increasingly slim

Ten things we learned from the 2022 United States Grand Prix

Formula 1's second trip to the United States in 2022 resulted in another win for Max Verstappen - but Lewis Hamilton gave him a run for his money in a thrilling Austin race. Here's a look at the 10 biggest talking points from the race

United States GP: Sainz leads first F1 practice from Verstappen, Hamilton

Carlos Sainz pipped Formula 1 rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in a red-flagged first practice ahead of the 2022 United States Grand Prix as five teams fielded replacement drivers.

Bottas: F1 cost cap breaches deserve a "harsh" penalty that "really hurts"

Ex-Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas says that any team found to have breached the 2021 cost cap should be handed a “strict and harsh” penalty that “really, really hurts”. 

Lewis Hamilton calls out F1 for not saving W Series season

Lewis Hamilton has called out Formula 1 and owner Liberty Media for not intervening to save the 2022 W Series season, which was prematurely ended due to financial issues.

How to relieve Formula 1's extreme wet-weather caution

With three Formula 1 races having been disrupted by rain so far this season, the series has been made to look excessively cautious in the way it dealt with wet conditions. But what can be done to alleviate disruption like that which was seen in Suzuka?

Japanese Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

Two drivers earn maximum scores in Motorsport.com's driver ratings as Formula 1 made its long-awaited return to Japan. In the tricky conditions that greeted the grid at one of grand prix racing's grandee circuits, here's who impressed and who flattered to deceive

The controversy that should never overshadow Verstappen’s Suzuka magic

The Japanese Grand Prix had a little bit of everything – for the right and the wrong reasons. From a recovery vehicle on-track controversy to both points and penalty confusion, Formula 1 went through a difficult afternoon at a soaking Suzuka, but none of which can discredit Max Verstappen’s latest masterclass to make him a worthy 2022 world champion

Verstappen: Points confusion over F1 world title win was "quite funny"

Max Verstappen found the points confusion over his Japanese Grand Prix victory and second Formula 1 world championship win “quite funny” after the race at Suzuka.

Ten moments that won Verstappen the 2022 Formula 1 title Prime

Ten moments that won Verstappen the 2022 Formula 1 title

While Max Verstappen’s second Formula 1 world championship triumph didn’t match the drama and controversy of his maiden success last year, it demonstrated how both driver and team have become an unstoppable force at the start of a new ground-effect era. Here’s a play-by-play account of the 10 key moments which decided how the season turned out

Japanese GP: Verstappen crowned F1 champion after cruising to victory Japanese GP
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Japanese GP: Verstappen crowned F1 champion after cruising to victory

Max Verstappen has been crowned the 2022 Formula 1 world champion in bizarre circumstances after Charles Leclerc copped a late penalty in a heavily delayed and wet Japanese Grand Prix.

Sainz "fed up" with narrowly missing out on F1 poles

Carlos Sainz says he is "fed up" of narrowly missing out on pole position after the Ferrari Formula 1 driver landed third in qualifying for the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix.

Japanese GP: Verstappen pips Leclerc to F1 pole by 0.010s Japanese GP
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Japanese GP: Verstappen pips Leclerc to F1 pole by 0.010s

Max Verstappen hung on to narrowly claim pole position for Formula 1's 2022 Japanese Grand Prix over Charles Leclerc but the Red Bull driver faces a stewards investigation.

Why Red Bull freedom and an Alpine switch can define Gasly's F1 career Prime

Why Red Bull freedom and an Alpine switch can define Gasly's F1 career

After seemingly being stuck in limbo at AlphaTauri - too good to let go, but not a realistic prospect for a Red Bull return - Pierre Gasly has finally shaken off the shackles to join Alpine. A fresh start at the French team should do Gasly the world of good, but he must adapt quickly. Oh, and work with a team-mate with whom he's had a fractious relationship...

Japanese GP: Verstappen fastest in FP3 ahead of Ferraris

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen had the measure of the Ferraris to lead a dry final practice session ahead of Formula 1’s 2022 Japanese Grand Prix.

What we learned from Friday practice at F1's 2022 Japanese GP

A soaking wet Friday has shaken up the Formula 1 order ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, with an unexpected Mercedes 1-2 headed by George Russell. But with conditions set to be changeable throughout the weekend, could the unknown factors be pivotal come Sunday at Suzuka?

Japanese GP: Russell leads Mercedes 1-2 in wet second F1 practice

George Russell headed a Mercedes 1-2 in a sodden second practice ahead of Formula 1's 2022 Japanese Grand Prix, while Max Verstappen was eighth tenths adrift and Charles Leclerc struggled.

Alonso has no doubts regarding FIA after F1 cost cap delay Japanese GP
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Alonso has no doubts regarding FIA after F1 cost cap delay

Fernando Alonso says he has complete trust in the FIA and holds “no doubts on anything” regarding how the governing body will handle breaches of the Formula 1 cost cap.

Verstappen: Honda "never really left" F1 given Red Bull ties

Max Verstappen feels Honda “never really left” Red Bull and would welcome a Formula 1 works return with the Japanese manufacturer amid it strengthening ties at the Japanese Grand Prix.

How the FIA should punish any breaches of the F1 cost cap Prime

How the FIA should punish any breaches of the F1 cost cap

OPINION: On Wednesday, the FIA will issue F1 teams with compliance certificates if they stuck to the 2021 budget cap. But amid rumours of overspending, the governing body must set a critical precedent. It needs to carefully pick between revisiting the bitterness of Abu Dhabi, a contradictory punishment and ensuring parity for the rest of the ground-effect era

Ten things we learned from the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

Formula 1's first Singapore Grand Prix since 2019 took a while to get underway, but once it did it produced a multitude of talking points. Here the 10 things we learned from the Singapore GP, both on and off the circuit.

Singapore GP: Hamilton pips Verstappen by 0.084s in FP1

Lewis Hamilton pipped Max Verstappen to lead the first practice session ahead of Formula 1's 2022 Singapore Grand Prix while Charles Leclerc ran third after early Ferrari unreliability.

Pain-free Albon "fit as I can be" for Singapore F1 return

Alex Albon feels “as fit as I can be” and is in “no pain” for Singapore after the Williams Formula 1 driver was admitted to intensive care following respiratory failure.