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Ferrari hits out at BoP change for WEC Bahrain double-header

Ferrari has hit out at the change in the Balance of Performance in GTE Pro for this weekend's first leg of the World Endurance Championship double-header in Bahrain.

MotorsportDays LIVE gets back on track

More than 100 brands will be represented at Europe’s only on-track motorsport exhibition as it returns to Silverstone next week.

WEC Bahrain 6 Hours: Buemi leads Toyota 1-2 in first practice

Toyota driver Sebastien Buemi topped the times in opening free practice for this weekend's Bahrain 6 Hours World Endurance Championship round.

Alonso and Ocon seeking answers on Alpine's US GP F1 struggles

Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon are hopeful their Alpine Formula 1 team "can find some answers" why it was struggling so much in the United States Grand Prix.

Yamaha: New MotoGP champion Quartararo has brought "positivity" to team

New MotoGP champion Fabio Quartararo has brought "a huge dose of positivity" to Yamaha and is "no prima donna", according to his colleagues at the Japanese manufacturer team.

Memories from Formula Ford Festival greats Plus

Memories from Formula Ford Festival greats

Ahead of this year’s 50th edition of the legendary contest, we speak to some of those involved in some of the best contests over the years

Hyundai puts 2022 WRC car through full rally simulation

Hyundai Motorsport is conducting a private rally with its new 2022 hybrid World Rally Championship prototype to aid preparations for next season.

Start your engines! NASCAR 21: Ignition officially launches, available to play today

Motorsport Games’ officially licensed NASCAR game arrives for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, bringing fans our most authentic NASCAR experience to date.

Horner: Perez's F1 performances boosted by Red Bull set-up breakthrough

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says Sergio Perez's confidence has been boosted by a set-up that is better suited to his driving style.

Little jump for C1 winner to fifth in Autosport National Driver Rankings

James Little was the most notable mover in the Autosport National Driver Rankings after taking a C1 Challenge victory last weekend to make a small jump to fifth place.

Formula Ford Festival at 50: Dwindling grids and controversy blight the 2000s

Clashes and off-track penalties meant the Formula Ford Festival continued to deliver in the drama stakes in the 2000s, even if it was starting to lack the prestige of years gone by. On the eve of its 50th edition this weekend, Autosport looks back at a transitional decade

Toyota has resolved fuel pressure issues that threatened Le Mans win

Toyota has identified and resolved the fuel pressure issue that threatened to deprive it of victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours in August.

Magnussen and Lind return to Formula Ford Festival

Ex-Formula 1 driver and endurance racing stalwart Jan Magnussen will make a surprise return to the Formula Ford Festival this weekend – nearly 30 years after taking victory in the event.

Sainz: US GP contact with Ricciardo "on the limit of legality"

Carlos Sainz Jr believes his clash with Daniel Ricciardo during Sunday's Formula 1 United States Grand Prix was "on the limit of legality" after picking up minor front wing damage.

The code of conduct debate prompted by the Alonso/Raikkonen marginal call Plus

The code of conduct debate prompted by the Alonso/Raikkonen marginal call

Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen's clash in Austin has thrust the debate about rights and wrongs of wheel-to-wheel combat firmly into the public spotlight, prompting complaints about the Formula 1 rules process. But what can the FIA do to prevent the issue resurfacing?

Magazine: F1 United States GP review

The tense Formula 1 battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton for United States Grand Prix victory makes the cover of this week’s Autosport magazine, out today (28 October).

Domenicali surprised Hamilton did not top F1 fan survey poll

Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali says he was surprised Lewis Hamilton did not top the recent global fan survey poll, but understands the appeal of young drivers like Lando Norris.

Archive: How Button achieved a rare Formula Ford feat

During his first year of car racing, Jenson Button surged to the British Formula Ford title ahead of a move to British Formula 3 with Promatecme. The Brit won the Formula Ford Festival at the first time of asking, relaying his experience to Autosport in the 29 October 1998 issue

Red Bull: Mercedes F1 suspension could bring ‘powerful’ gain in final races

Red Bull thinks Mercedes could enjoy a ‘quite powerful’ benefit from its clever rear suspension at some of the remaining Formula 1 races of the season.

UK chancellor Sunak unveils £1m plan for Scottish XE round in budget

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a £1 million investment in the Scottish bid to host an Extreme E round in 2022, despite the UK not featuring on the provisional calendar.

What could have been: When an F1 dream hit a Pembrey dead-end

Riding high after his first Formula 3000 win at Silverstone, Nicolas Minassian’s opportunity to develop the latest V10 engine and electronics for Honda’s Formula 1 return didn’t yield the hoped-for breakthrough

VR46 still progressing on “very slow” Aramco MotoGP deal

VR46 team boss Pablo Nieto says the MotoGP squad is making progress with its Aramco title sponsorship for 2022, but “things are going very, very slow”.

FIA Presidential candidate ben Sulayem on his plans to double motorsport

Mohammed ben Sulayem will be one of just two names on the ballot for FIA President in December, to succeed Jean Todt in the most powerful job in motorsport as head of the worldwide federation that owns and regulates F1 and the other World Championships. If successful, Ben Sulayem would be the first non-European to lead the FIA.

Rast: Van der Linde will be the benchmark on my DTM return

Rene Rast believes Audi stablemate Kelvin van der Linde will be the driver to beat when he returns to the DTM after a year's absence in 2022.

Bottas: Mercedes hasn't found issues with remaining F1 engines

Valtteri Bottas hopes he can get to the end of the season without further engine penalties, as Mercedes hasn't detected any issues with his remaining two Formula 1 power units.

Peterhansel leads Extreme E rookie test line-up for Rosberg

Fourteen-time Dakar Rally winner Stephane Peterhansel was invited by Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg’s Rosberg X Racing team to lead the Extreme E rookie test line-up in Sardinia.

Formula Ford Festival at 50: When future F1 stars showed their mettle

The likes of Mark Webber and Jenson Button triumphed in the Formula Ford Festival on their way up the single-seater ladder in the 1990s, continuing its relevance to up-and-comers against increasing competition from other series. On the eve of its 50th edition this weekend, Autosport takes a look back

Minis provide the action as TOCA support titles decided at Brands Hatch

All five TOCA support categories crowned a champion at Brands Hatch last weekend, with the Mini Challenge providing the best of the action. At Silverstone, the season-ending Birkett Six-Hour Relay was held for the 70th time.

Vinales feels he had podium pace in Misano MotoGP

Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales believes he had pace enough to fight for the podium in the MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix had he not qualified down in 19th.

McLaren: Ferrari "clearly quicker" after F1 power unit upgrade

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris has acknowledged Ferrari is now clearly ahead in the battle for third in the constructors' championship, as Ferrari's recent engine upgrade "tipped it in that direction".

How Ferrari gained a new edge over McLaren in the best-of-the-rest F1 2021 battle

Supremacy in the McLaren vs Ferrari fight over third place in the constructors’ championship has ebbed and flowed between the two teams so far in the 2021 Formula 1 season. But for several key reasons, right now it seems the advantage has swung decisively back to the Scuderia and McLaren knows it.

Austin bumps were 'on the limit' for F1, says Ocon

Esteban Ocon thinks the bumps at the Circuit of the Americas were right on the limit this year, and suggests they will need working on before Formula 1 returns.

The positives Mercedes sees in Austin F1 loss

Mercedes insist that there are positives to take from its defeat by Red Bull in Formula 1's United States Grand Prix.

How technical troubles detracted from Extreme E's Sardinia encounter

Extreme E has provided thrilling plot lines in its inaugural season, but numerous mechanical failures on the ODYSSEY 21 have detracted from the closely fought battles across various terrains. Sardinia's Island X-Prix set up a championship finale, but also underlined what Spark must do to fix the car for next season

Red Bull: Too brutal to have pitted Perez for Austin F1 fastest lap

Red Bull thinks it would have been "brutal" for Sergio Perez to sacrifice a podium at Formula 1's United States Grand Prix just to deny Lewis Hamilton fastest lap point.

Chadwick, Powell join Richard Mille LMP2 for Bahrain rookie test

Newly-crowned W Series champion Jamie Chadwick will sample an LMP2 car for the first time at next month’s World Endurance Championship rookie test in Bahrain.

Tank Slappers Podcast: Quartararo wins title and Misano GP review

Fabio Quartararo clinched the 2021 MotoGP world championship at the Emilla Romagna GP in a tense race won by Marc Marquez.

Binder explains “super-stupid” Misano MotoGP sighting lap crash

Brad Binder labelled his crash on the sighting lap for the MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix “super-stupid” having been caught out by cold brakes on the way to the grid.

How Red Bull’s aggressive strategy led to US GP glory

Max Verstappen scored an important victory in his bid for a maiden Formula 1 world championship on Sunday as Red Bull’s audacious strategy won him the United States Grand Prix.

Alonso: F1 needs to be as strict in enforcing rules as football

Fernando Alonso thinks Formula 1 needs to be as strict with its rules enforcement like football is with penalty offences.

Espargaro: Maiden Honda MotoGP podium “pain relief” after ‘risky’ KTM exit

Pol Espargaro says his maiden MotoGP podium with Honda at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was “pain relief” having struggled across 2021 after his “huge risk” move to HRC.

Formula Ford Festival at 50: A golden era as the ultimate proving ground

Formula Ford enjoyed something of a golden era into the 1980s, and into the second decade for the Festival it firmly established credentials as a must-win event on the way up the single-seater ladder. Continuing Autosport’s decade-by-decade history of the Festival on the eve of its 50th edition this weekend, here’s a look back at a halcyon period

Garcia withdrew from W Series COTA race due to anxiety

Marta Garcia withdrew from Sunday's W Series race in Austin due to suffering from anxiety, she has revealed.

The 70s US superteam that tried and failed to crack F1 Plus

The 70s US superteam that tried and failed to crack F1

Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing was briefly one of the biggest names on the US motorsports scene, but its ambition outstripped its resources. STUART CODLING relates the story of a Formula 1 campaign cut off in its prime

Seidl: Sainz was "clever" to let Norris by before DRS zone

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl admits Ferrari's Carlos Sainz was "clever" to let Lando Norris by at the US Grand Prix right before a DRS zone, so he could easily grab the position back.

Percat completes Walkinshaw Andretti United line-up

Nick Percat has been formally confirmed as Chaz Mosert's teammate at Walkinshaw Andretti United for the 2022 Supercars season.

Bastianini “wasn’t confident” of Misano MotoGP podium return

Avintia rookie Enea Bastianini admits his crash-strewn Saturday meant he “wasn’t confident” of returning to the podium in Sunday’s MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Horner: "Chuck the form book away" in F1 title run-in

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says the form book should be chucked away ahead of the next Formula 1 race in Mexico City.

Hulkenberg completes over 100 laps in maiden IndyCar test

Ex-Formula 1 driver Nico Hulkenberg turned over 100 laps in his maiden IndyCar test for Arrow McLaren SP at Barber Motorsports Park on Monday, as he evaluates a potential move.

Formula Ford Festival at 50: How a British motorsport institution began

This weekend marks the 50th running of the illustrious Formula Ford Festival, first held in 1972, which has been won by some of motorsport's biggest names down the years. In the first instalment of Autosport's decade-by-decade look at its history, here's a look at the Festival's formative years in the 1970s when it was first held at Snetterton

Mikkelsen: Winning ERC title a career highlight

Andreas Mikkelsen helped ensure he is first in line for future World Rally Championship opportunities after claiming the European Rally Championship last weekend.

Brundle asks for ‘manners and respect’ over grid walks

Sky Formula 1 expert Martin Brundle has urged celebrities' entourages to show some ‘manners and respect’ after a Grid Walk spurn at the United States Grand Prix.

Red Bull feared Schumacher would cost Verstappen US GP win

Red Bull feared backmarker Mick Schumacher would cost Max Verstappen victory in Formula 1's United States Grand Prix after he failed to get out of the way late on.

Solberg recalled for Hyundai WRC outing at Monza finale

Oliver Solberg will see out the season with a top flight World Rally Championship drive in a Hyundai at next month’s Rally Monza season finale.

Mercedes: Eighth-lap stop could have helped Hamilton win F1 US GP

Mercedes reckons a bold strategy in pitting Lewis Hamilton as early as lap eight of the United States Grand Prix could have helped it beat Formula 1 rival Max Verstappen.

10 things we learned from F1’s 2021 United States Grand Prix

The return of the United States Grand Prix to the Formula 1 calendar was well received by a sellout crowd, who watched Max Verstappen and Red Bull deliver a timely victory. Autosport picks out the key talking points as Sergio Perez again proved his worth, track limits returned to the agenda and momentum swung in the constructors' championship race

Mir’s Misano MotoGP jump start due to launch control confusion

Outgoing MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says his jump start in Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was a result of him having doubts that he’d engage his Suzuki’s launch control.

Mazepin’s "painful" US GP not helped by headrest coming off

Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin says a "boring" and "painful" United States Grand Prix was not helped by his headrest coming off at one point.

Eaton left with compression fracture after hitting "ridiculous" COTA kerb

W Series driver Abbie Eaton called the Circuit of the Americas' sausage kerbs “ridiculous", after contact with one of them left her with a vertebral compression fracture.

Motorsport Network acquires Autoblog Argentina

Autoblog Argentina is the most widely read automotive news site in the country and will be renamed Argentina. Motorsport Network will also launch InsideEVs Argentina.