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WRC to introduce new Artificial Intelligence camera to improve safety

World Rally Championship cars will be fitted with a newly developed FIA Artificial Intelligence Safety Camera designed to scan stages for potential hazards.

Chassis damage rules Hyundai's Tanak out of WRC Rally Spain completely

Ott Tanak will sit out the remaining stages of Rally Spain after Hyundai Motorsport confirmed it was unable to repair the 2019 World Rally champion’s damaged car.

Ekstrom wins at Pau-Arnos to eliminate Baptista from Pure ETCR title fight

Mattias Ekstrom reduced the PURE ETCR title fight to a four-driver affair with a commanding round one victory as the final event of the season got underway at Pau-Arnos, France.

Cape Town round dropped from Formula E calendar, Jakarta in

An inaugural Cape Town E-Prix has been officially dropped from the 2022 Formula E calendar, while a maiden race in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta has been locked in.

WRC Spain: Neuville surges into the lead as Evans survives scare

Thierry Neuville claimed the Rally Spain lead after an inspired afternoon run while World Rally Championship title contender and early leader Elfyn Evans survived a wild moment.

Alpine could stay in WEC in 2022 as grandfathered LMP1 rules extended

Alpine will have the chance to race on in the World Endurance Championship with its ORECA LMP1 design next year.

New Zealand secures spot on 2022 WRC calendar

New Zealand will host a round of the World Rally Championship next year following the release of the full 13-strong 2022 schedule, which includes an event yet to be confirmed.

Ricciardo to demo Earnhardt NASCAR Cup car at US GP

Daniel Ricciardo will get to drive one of Dale Earnhardt’s NASCAR Cup cars at the United States Grand Prix, after winning his Formula 1 bet with boss Zak Brown.

FIA approves radical Formula E qualifying format shake-up

The FIA has approved the new Formula E qualifying format that will be introduced for the 2022 season and pitch the fastest drivers in head-to-head 'duels' to decide pole position.

Formula 2 announces monster 2022 calendar of 28 races

The FIA Formula 2 Championship has announced a record 14-round calendar for the 2022 season that will comprise 28 races on the Formula 1 support bill.

Formula 1 reveals record-length 23-race 2022 calendar

Formula 1 has revealed its biggest ever calendar for 2022, but the 23-race schedule does not include the Chinese Grand Prix.

Binotto to skip races in "critical phase" for 2022 Ferrari F1 project

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto will work from Maranello at two more grands prix in 2021 after skipping Turkey, as the team's 2022 Formula 1 car project enters a "critical phase".

When a future Le Mans winner with "no regrets" became an F1 driver for a day

Marcel Fassler is best known for winning the Le Mans 24 Hours on three occasions, as well as a plethora of other successes in sportscars. But before all that, he was given the chance to be a Formula 1 driver "even if it was only for one day".

WRC Spain: Hyundai's Tanak crashes out on stage four

Hyundai’s Ott Tanak has crashed out of Rally Spain on stage four, the first test of Friday’s afternoon loop of the penultimate round of the World Rally Championship.

Gerloff doesn't want MotoGP shot just "because I have a good passport"

Yamaha World Superbike rider Garrett Gerloff says he doesn’t want a full-time ride in MotoGP “just because I have a good passport”.

Qatar circuit pitlane entry changed "dramatically" for F1 race

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi says that work to update the Losail circuit for November's Qatar Grand Prix has nearly been completed.

NASCAR Heat Ultimate Edition+ comes to Nintendo Switch

Motorsport Games’ Officially Licensed NASCAR Game Will Be Playable on the Popular Gaming Console Starting on November 19, 2021, with Pre-Orders Available Now!

How a change of mindset helped McLaren design an F1 winner

It's almost impossible to believe that just four years ago McLaren was a team battling to avoid getting Formula 1's wooden spoon as the worst on the grid.

Top eight W Series drivers will automatically qualify for 2022 drives

The top eight W Series drivers at the end of this season will qualify automatically for the 2022 season, the championship has confirmed.

WRC Spain: Evans stuns Ogier to claim early Rally Spain lead

Elfyn Evans made a perfect start to Rally Spain by stunning World Rally Championship title rival Sebastien Ogier with blistering speed on the opening morning loop of stages.

The ex-IndyCar racer in "uncharted territory" of British GT team ownership Plus

The ex-IndyCar racer in "uncharted territory" of British GT team ownership

This weekend’s British GT finale will be a tense title showdown for some but, for those not in the championship fight, it’s a chance to end a challenging year on a high. In the latter camp is Paddock Motorsport's team owner Martin Plowman, whose 2021 season has been a rollercoaster ride of non-stop learning

Haas: Q2 spot shows team "ready to get points" with a better car

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner says his team's display at the Turkish Grand Prix has given him the belief that it can regularly fight for points once it develops a competitive car.

Controversial paddle shift switch in Supercars now unlikely

A move to paddle shift gear change systems in Supercars appears to be less likely as part of the revised Gen3 roll-out.

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Plus

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

Masi dismisses Alonso criticism on F1 steward bias

FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has dismissed Fernando Alonso's criticism on the fairness of F1's stewarding, saying the "rules are applied equally for everyone."

WRC Spain: Toyota's Katsuta crashes out on first stage

Toyota’s Takamoto Katsuta has retired from the opening day of the penultimate round of the World Rally Championship in Spain following a crash on the first stage.

HWA reveals it will exit F2 at the end of 2021 season

HWA Racelab has confirmed it will withdraw from the FIA Formula 2 Championship at the end of the current season.

Ricciardo won’t let Turkish GP setback derail McLaren momentum

Daniel Ricciardo is refusing to let his disappointing Turkish Grand Prix weekend derail McLaren's recent momentum in Formula 1 after a Q1 knockout and failing to score any points.

Logano: Next Gen NASCAR ready to race on road courses

Joey Logano said he could be ready to race the Next Gen NASCAR car on the Charlotte Roval, despite heat and steering issues which are still to be worked out.

The steely determination behind the WRC’s Solberg 2.0

Two decades after Petter Solberg emerged as a World Rally Championship winner, his son Oliver is ready to take the WRC by storm. Having secured a part-time WRC factory drive for Hyundai in 2022, he's raring to repay the marque's faith in him and follow in his 2003 champion father's footsteps

Le Mans Virtual Series by Motorsport Games gears up for round two on 16 October 2021

After a thrilling 1ST round that saw more than 2.6 million impressions worldwide, the 2nd stage kicks off at 7:30a.m. EDT on Saturday.

Neuville: Unpredictable Rally1 cars like Formula E on a rally road

Thierry Neuville expects the World Rally Championship’s new 2022 Rally1 hybrid cars will require a different driving style, labelling the experience as “Formula E driving on a rally road”.

Mercedes form has eased fears over 2022-triggered slump

Mercedes says recent victories have eased fears that its early switch to development of its 2022 Formula 1 car could trigger a performance slump by now.

Andretti impressed after Indy Lights champion's first test

Newly-crowned Indy Lights champion Kyle Kirkwood impressed the Andretti Autosport team in his first IndyCar test at Sebring yesterday and reported that he didn't find the bigger cars “overwhelming”.

Rudman closes to within a win of Autosport National Driver Rankings leader Jackson

Miles Rudman has closed to within just one win of Autosport National Driver Rankings leader Cam Jackson after his latest Legends triumph last weekend.

M-Sport: No shock signings for remaining 2022 WRC seats

M-Sport team principal Richard Millener says progress is being made to fill the team's remaining two World Rally Championship seats for 2022 but is not anticipating any “shock” appointments.

Remembering Goodwood’s heroes at 78th Members' Meeting Plus

Remembering Goodwood’s heroes at 78th Members' Meeting

A year and a half after it was originally scheduled, this weekend’s 78th Goodwood Members’ Meeting honours key figures from the circuit’s history, including the likes of Stirling Moss, Dan Gurney and Gerry Marshall

Magazine: Bottas's wet weather turnaround, Wheldon remembered

Valtteri Bottas’s surprise win in the wet Turkish Grand Prix and Max Verstappen retaking the Formula 1 points lead feature in this week’s Autosport magazine, out today (14 October).

Vettel: F1 must ask itself if money comes over morals

Four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel says the series needs to join other top-level sports in asking whether the chase for increased revenue should come above any moral concerns.

Kubica rejoins High Class LMP2 team for Bahrain WEC rounds

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 reserve driver Robert Kubica will return to the High Class Racing LMP2 team for the final two rounds of the 2021 World Endurance Championship in Bahrain.

Red Bull's Lawson no longer wants to be part of DTM

Red Bull protege Liam Lawson says he no longer wishes to remain in the DTM after the controversial manner in which the championship was decided last weekend.

Sainz backs Ferrari grid penalty call despite strong Turkey form

Carlos Sainz Jr says he "wouldn't change the decision" to take a new Ferrari power unit in Formula 1's Turkish Grand Prix despite his team's competitive showing.

Finalists revealed for 2022-23 Porsche GB Junior shootout

The four finalists who will battle to be named as the 2022-23 Porsche GB Junior have been selected, including two drivers that have already claimed championships this year.

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

COTA addressing bumps for F1 race in wake of MotoGP problems

Some of the bumpy areas of the Circuit of the Americas in Texas are being smoothed out ahead of Formula 1’s United States Grand Prix.

Van der Linde apologises to Lawson after Norisring DTM finale

Kelvin van der Linde has apologised to Liam Lawson for their clash during the Norisring DTM finale in an emotional social media post.

Ogier expecting “big fight” for WRC title from maximum attack Evans

Sebastien Ogier is expecting a “big fight” for the World Rally Championship title in Spain with rival and Toyota team-mate Elfyn Evans set to be on maximum attack.

Rovanpera: No concerns over fitness ahead of WRC Rally Spain

Kalle Rovanpera says he’s not feeling 100% following his accident at Rally Finland but has no fitness concerns ahead of this weekend's penultimate World Rally Championship round in Spain.

Capito: F1 teams shouldn't wait for FIA on carbon footprint reduction

Williams boss Jost Capito says that Formula 1 teams can’t wait solely for FIA regulations to steer them towards future sustainability targets, and have to pursue their own initiatives.

Dario Franchitti joins 2021 Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award judging panel

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti has joined the judging panel for this year’s Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award as a guest judge.

Why electric racing cars should be four-wheel drive Plus

Why electric racing cars should be four-wheel drive

OPINION: Circuit racing has traditionally favoured front- or rear-wheel-drive setups, eschewing the equal distribution of power. But for Formula E and other electric-powered series, our columnist believes it’s a perfect fit

Aston Martin: We had to trust Vettel on slick tyre call

Aston Martin Formula 1 boss Otmar Szafnauer says the team had to trust Sebastian Vettel to make the right call to go to slick tyres in the Turkish GP.

Marko says van der Linde deserved a ban after Norisring DTM

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko feels Kelvin van der Linde should have received a ban for wrecking Liam Lawson’s DTM title hopes at the Norisring.

Wolff: Turkey win shows Bottas’s "vital role" in both title races

Toto Wolff believes Valtteri Bottas’s dominant victory in Turkey may not be his last for Mercedes, and proves the “vital role” he can play in both Formula 1 championship fights.

Rally Monza to feature revised route for WRC season finale

Rally Monza organisers have confirmed a revised route that will see an equal split of closed road and circuit stages for next month’s World Rally Championship finale.

Analysing the key moves in WRC’s 2022 silly season Plus

Analysing the key moves in WRC’s 2022 silly season

The World Rally Championship will step into a new hybrid era in 2022, but the car changes haven't been the only excitement that has built within the paddock. WRC's 'silly season' kicked off in a big way and all the key driver moves for 2022 - of which there are many - look set to shake things up

Williams needs a "bit of a think" over inters struggles says Russell

George Russell says his Williams Formula 1 team has to have “a bit of a think” about how to get the best out of intermediate tyres after a difficult Turkish GP.

Tackling the hidden weakness of hybrid powertrains with Liqui Moly

While many voices in the automotive world may be screaming that the future of motoring and motorsport lies with electric cars, there’s a counter argument that hybrids could well be the way forward.

Prodrive to use biofuel in Dakar 2022

The Bahrain Raid Xtreme team, managed by Prodrive, will use a fuel with sustainable components in its new BRX T1+ in the 2022 Dakar Rally.

Experimental Mercedes front wing hints at final F1 update push

The fight between Mercedes and Red Bull in Formula 1 has been as much about car development this year as it has been about wheel-to-wheel battles on track.