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Goodwood Festival of Speed to go ahead as pilot event

The Goodwood Festival of Speed will go ahead this year after being chosen as a pilot event as part of the UK government's Events Research Programme.

Explained: What caused Ferrari’s F1 French GP nightmare

Ferrari slumped to its first non-score of the 2021 Formula 1 season at the French Grand Prix, in a race Charles Leclerc labelled one the most difficult of his career.

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 French GP

After a first corner error dropped him behind Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen delivered a textbook drive to his third victory of the season and extend his points lead. Autosport assesses the weekend's talking points, as two of Formula 1's grandee teams experienced differing fortunes on the series' return to permanent race tracks

SRT "won't interfere" with Fernandez/KTM relationship despite MotoGP interest

Petronas SRT says it is interested in signing star Moto2 rookie Raul Fernandez to replace Valentino Rossi in MotoGP but insists it “will not interfere in Raul’s relationship with KTM”.

How Perez derailed Mercedes' strategy and fastest lap bid

Toto Wolff has explained how Sergio Perez made a two-stop strategy a "danger" for Mercedes in Sunday's Formula 1 French Grand Prix, impacting the fight against Max Verstappen.

Advertising banner caused da Costa's Puebla Formula E crash

A banner collected by several cars caused Antonio Felix da Costa to crash out of the Puebla E-Prix, with drivers now pushing for hoardings to be abandoned on safety grounds.

Herta: Road America podium a "big confidence boost" to Andretti team

Colton Herta said his runner-up finish at Road America will come as "a big confidence boost" to his Andretti Autosport IndyCar team, despite not having the pace to win.

Newgarden defiant on IndyCar title hopes after Road America defeat

Two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden says he's determined to "claw" his way back into title contention after being denied a dominant victory at Road America to a late gearbox failure.

Ninety-one-year-old becomes oldest ever WRC competitor

Three-time European rally champion Sobieslaw Zasada will become the oldest ever competitor in World Rally Championship history after competing in this weekend's Safari Rally aged 91.

Quartararo says German MotoGP third "like gold" after weekend of struggle

Championship leader Fabio Quartararo admits his third in the MotoGP German Grand Prix “is gold” to him as he struggled all weekend on the factory Yamaha.

How Aston Martin scored its greatest victory

The Aston Martin team was under pressure ahead of the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1959. After a decade of trying and three second places, owner David Brown was determined to win one of sportscar racing’s greatest events.

Autosport Podcast: Reviewing the French Grand Prix

Max Verstappen extended his lead at the top of the Formula 1 drivers’ championship after defeating Lewis Hamilton in a tense finish to the French Grand Prix on Sunday.

How Puebla's high-altitude encounter gave Formula E's new leader breathing space

With the usual Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez venue unavailable to Formula E, it visited the little Puebla circuit to keep its foot in the door in Mexico. A near-winner two years ago, Pascal Wehrlein looked in swaggering form throughout the weekend - but a breathless final encounter helped put Edoardo Mortara in the driving seat

How Marquez beat his Honda in his heroic MotoGP comeback win

Marc Marquez has been through hell and back in the 581 days between his win in the 2019 Valencia season finale and his heroic MotoGP comeback victory in Germany last Sunday. Despite battling physical limitations and a difficult 2021-spec Honda, the Sachsenring provided the perfect storm for the Spaniard to return to the top step

Why Verstappen wasn't punished for breaching track limits protocol

Max Verstappen's hopes of winning Formula 1's French Grand Prix appeared to suffer an early blow when he ran wide at the opening corner.

Mercedes can't account for 0.5s lost in Verstappen French GP undercut

Mercedes still cannot account for half a second of the time Lewis Hamilton lost in the pits when Max Verstappen got the jump in Sunday’s Formula 1 French Grand Prix.

Mortara: Win and podium in Puebla Formula E round "a big surprise"

New Formula E points leader Edoardo Mortara says his win and podium in Mexico “comes as completely a big surprise” after the altitude created “one of the most horrible weekends”.

Vinales: Yamaha response to my MotoGP issues “starting to seem disrespectful"

Maverick Vinales had strong words for his Yamaha team following a woeful German Grand Prix, saying its response to his recent problems are “starting to seem disrespectful”.

Abu Dhabi approves new layout plan for F1 track to improve racing

Abu Dhabi’s Formula 1 track is to undergo layout modifications this summer in a bid to help boost overtaking for this year’s season finale.

Vergne hopes FE never returns to "decomposing" Puebla circuit

Jean-Eric Vergne has called on Formula E to “never ever” return to the Puebla E-Prix venue amid claims the track was breaking up along with water bubbling through the asphalt. 

French Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The French GP was a weekend decided by tiny margins both at the front of the field, as Red Bull inflicted a comeback defeat on Mercedes, and in the battle for the minor points places. That's reflected in our driver ratings, where several drivers came close to a maximum score

Gasly defends "hard racing" after Norris criticism

AlphaTauri Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly has defended his aggressive move on Lando Norris in France, which angered the McLaren driver.

Cupra’s Azcona wins inaugural Pure ETCR event

Zengo Motorsport X Cupra’s Mikel Azcona made history by overcoming adversity to claim victory in the inaugural Pure ETCR event at Italy’s Vallelunga circuit.

Marquez’s Germany MotoGP win “opened my eyes” – Espargaro

Pol Espargaro says Honda MotoGP team-mate Marc Marquez’s German Grand Prix victory has “opened my eyes” to the potential of the RC213V.

Red Bull: "Ballsy" F1 strategy call was payback for Spanish GP

Red Bull says its "ballsy" call to sacrifice the lead and switch to a two-stop strategy to win Formula 1's French Grand Prix was payback for its Spanish GP defeat.

Wolff welcomes Bottas’ feistiness over Mercedes F1 team radio

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff welcomed Valtteri Bottas’s feisty radio messages during Sunday’s French Grand Prix, saying he was glad the Finn didn’t “internalise” his feelings.

Larson dominates Nashville for fourth straight NASCAR Cup win

Kyle Larson won the inaugural NASCAR Cup race at Nashville Superspeedway, beating Ross Chastain to claim his fourth consecutive victory.

How Red Bull took French GP "payback" on a day of Mercedes mistakes

The French GP has been a stronghold for Mercedes since Paul Ricard's return to the calendar in 2018. But that all changed on Sunday, as a clever two-stop strategy guided Red Bull's Max Verstappen to make a race-winning pass on the penultimate lap - for once leaving Mercedes to experience the pain of late defeat it has so often inflicted on Red Bull

Wehrlein loses Puebla FE podium for fanboost infraction

Pascal Wehrlein has been denied a second Formula E podium in Mexico after the Porsche driver copped a time penalty for improper use of fanboost in the Puebla E-Prix. 

Which F1 records does Lewis Hamilton have? Most wins, poles and more

Lewis Hamilton is one of the most successful drivers in the history of Formula 1, but which records does he currently hold? Find out here!

Puebla E-Prix: Mortara holds off Wehrlein to secure FE victory

Edoardo Mortara and Venturi Racing pulled off a strategy masterclass to each earn their second Formula E victories in Puebla as the Swiss driver moved top of the points.

Palou welcomes "lucky" IndyCar Road America win despite Newgarden woes

Road America winner Alex Palou says that he’s thrilled by his latest IndyCar triumph with Chip Ganassi Racing, even though it was inherited when dominant leader Josef Newgarden’s gearbox failed.

Road America IndyCar: Palou snatches win after Newgarden gearbox drama

Alex Palou pounced on Josef Newgarden’s late-race gearbox problem to secure his second IndyCar victory of the season at Road America, reclaiming the series lead.

Porsche appeals Wehrlein Puebla disqualification after losing maiden Formula E win

Porsche have appealed Pascal Wehrlein’s disqualification from the Puebla E-Prix, an outcome that Formula E co-founder Alejandro Agag said made him want to “kill somebody”.

Puebla E-Prix: Rowland edges Wehrlein to pole

Nissan e.dams racer Oliver Rowland reversed the roles with Puebla E-Prix front-row rival Pascal Wehrlein to snare his fourth Formula E pole position as Jake Dennis botched his lap.

Marc Marquez: Germany MotoGP win "makes up for the suffering"

Marc Marquez says his emotional comeback victory at the MotoGP German Grand Prix "makes up for the suffering" he endured with injury over the past year.

Russell: 12th on merit my best drive for Williams

George Russell labelled his drive to 12th position "on merit" in the French Grand Prix as his best drive for Williams in Formula 1.

Verstappen: Radio problems didn't make French GP win more complicated

Max Verstappen says his team radio problems late on in the French Grand Prix didn't make his Formula 1 victory at Paul Ricard more complicated, as they occurred after his final pitstop.

Sainz: Ferrari’s F1 tyre degradation twice as bad as rivals in France

Carlos Sainz Jr says Ferrari must work to understand its tyre struggles in Sunday’s Formula 1 French Grand Prix, believing his degradation was twice as bad as the cars around him.

Bottas: Angry radio message in French GP didn't go too far

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas believes he didn't go too far with his angry team radio message during the French Grand Prix, in which he slammed the team's one-stop strategy.

Mercedes had "no choice" but to pit Bottas first in French GP

Mercedes had "no choice" but to pit Valtteri Bottas first and spark the early stops that ultimately cost Lewis Hamilton in his fight against Formula 1 rival Max Verstappen.

Puebla E-Prix: De Vries tops practice from Vergne

Nyck de Vries claimed the free practice bragging rights ahead of the second Puebla E-Prix, with the Mercedes racer pipping double Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne.

FIA explains why Perez escaped F1 track limits penalty in France

The FIA has explained why Sergio Perez was allowed to keep third in Formula 1’s French Grand Prix despite appearing to run wide after his late pass on Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton: Sticking to one-stop strategy only chance to beat Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes had no choice but to stick to a one-stop strategy to try and beat Formula 1 title rival Max Verstappen in Sunday's French Grand Prix.

F1 French Grand Prix race results: Verstappen wins from Hamilton at Paul Ricard

Max Verstappen won the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard for Red Bull on Sunday, the seventh race of the 2021 Formula 1 world championship season, after a thrilling dice with Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.

French GP: Verstappen passes Hamilton to win after start error

Max Verstappen made a penultimate lap pass to beat Lewis Hamilton in Formula 1’s 2021 French Grand Prix, with an aggressive and unexpected two-stop strategy key to his victory.

"No one has answers" to Vinales’ worst-ever MotoGP weekend

Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales says “no-one has answers” to the form which led to his worst-ever MotoGP race weekend, after finishing the German Grand Prix in last place.

Marquez: Hard to block memories of injury in Germany MotoGP win charge

An emotional Marc Marquez admits it was “really hard to keep concentrated” in his charge to MotoGP German Grand Prix victory due to the memories of his career-threatening injury.

German MotoGP: Marquez seals emotional first win since injury comeback

Honda’s Marc Marquez beat Miguel Oliveira in a tense German Grand Prix to seal a stunning comeback MotoGP victory following the career-threatening arm injury which ruled him out of 2020.

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Monza DTM: Van der Linde leads Audi 1-2 in Sunday race

Factory Audi driver Audi Kelvin van der Linde cruised to a lights-to-flag victory in the second race of the 2021 DTM season at Monza, leading Nico Muller in a 1-2 for the Munich-based manufacturer.

F1 French GP Live Commentary and Updates - Race day

Minute-by-minute Formula 1 updates from the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard

F1 should go to countries with human rights issues - Todt

FIA president Jean Todt says he supports Formula 1 going to countries that raise human rights issues, and he believes the sport should stay out of politics.

Rowland reveals what led to his disastrous Puebla FE start

Nissan e.dams driver Oliver Rowland has revealed the full extent of his communication and software issues that led to his poor start from the front row for the Puebla E-Prix. 

Sainz: Pirelli has tougher task than previous F1 tyre suppliers

Carlos Sainz Jr has some sympathy for Pirelli given the higher loads that its Formula 1 tyres have to deal with compared with manufacturers in past eras.

German Moto2: Remy Gardner takes dominant win as Fernandez crashes

MotoGP-bound Remy Gardner dominated the Moto2 German Grand Prix to extend his championship lead after Ajo KTM team-mate Raul Fernandez crashed out early on.

Verstappen "still not happy" with Pirelli tyre failures explanation

Max Verstappen says he remains unhappy with Pirelli’s explanation of the Baku tyre failures as he does not “think it’s fully clear” for Formula 1 fans.

France F3: Doohan beats Hauger on drying track to claim first series win

Trident’s Jack Doohan took his first FIA Formula 3 win at Paul Ricard, snatching victory from Prema Racing’s Dennis Hauger in a wet weather-affected race.

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The new age of sponsorship facilitated by F1’s relevancy push

The age of the high-profile title sponsor is over, says JONATHAN NOBLE, but Formula 1’s commitment to technological innovation is attracting high-tech partners

Alonso: Lack of trend makes finding race pace answer hard

Fernando Alonso says the lack of a clear trend about Alpine's race pace struggles means he cannot be sure yet if the Formula 1 team has got on top of its issues.

Di Grassi: Puebla win makes Audi's FE exit "frustrating"

Lucas di Grassi says victory at the head of an Audi 1-2 in Puebla underlines his frustration that the manufacturer will quit Formula E at the end of the season.