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Alesi: First Super Formula pole "reward for tough times"

Giuliano Alesi says his maiden pole position in Super Formula at Autopolis is a “reward for the tough times” he faced during his European career in GP3 and Formula 2.

Why Bottas feels the time has come to be “more selfish” Plus

Why Bottas feels the time has come to be “more selfish”

We’ve seen five distinct versions of Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes as he’s tried to fulfil his own ambitions while being a consummate team player – two difficult, competing missions which have been challenging to reconcile. Speaking exclusively to STUART CODLING, Bottas explains his highs and lows… and why he still believes he can be world champion

Two races at one track “not pure” MotoGP – Espargaro

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro says MotoGP staging two races at one race track is something he doesn’t like as it doesn’t make for a “pure or good championship”.

FIA has evaluated removal of final Barcelona chicane for F1

The FIA has evaluated removing the final chicane at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, but has warned it is "not an overnight change".

Porsche wants GTE future beyond 2022 factory commitment

Porsche is targeting a future for the GTE division in the World Endurance Championship beyond the current two-year commitment to the class by the series organisers.

Archive: The World Cup winner left floundering by Ford's BTCC nadir

Ford burst onto the Super Touring scene in 1993, Paul Radisich finishing third in the British Touring Car Championship despite missing the first six rounds. But 25 years ago, the Kiwi's loyalty was severely tested by the Blue Oval's mid-90s dip, as he revealed to Autosport in the 19 September 1996 issue

French MotoGP: Marc Marquez quickest in mostly wet FP3

Honda’s Marc Marquez topped a mostly wet MotoGP FP3 ahead of the French Grand Prix, with the conditions locking in a volatile Q1 group for qualifying.

Mercedes boss Wolff: 2021 F1 title battle a “fight of the giants”

The 2021 Formula 1 title battle between Mercedes and Red Bull is shaping up to be a “fight of the giants”, according to Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.

Autopolis Super Formula: Alesi splashes to maiden pole for TOM'S

Giuliano Alesi scored his maiden pole in only his second weekend as a Super Formula driver during a wet, crash-strewn qualifying session for this weekend's Autopolis round.

MotoGP: Free-to-air races on ITV “crucial” for UK fans

MotoGP promoters Dorna Sports says its decision to air the French and British Grands Prix on ITV’s free-to-air channels in 2021 are “crucial” in expanding the series’ UK fanbase.

Red Bull confident F1's 'bendy' wing clampdown won't hurt form

Red Bull is confident that the FIA clampdown on 'bendy' wings in Formula 1 will not deliver a knock-out blow to its title ambitions in the 2021 season.

Grosjean: Ending 10-year pole drought "like being alive again"

Romain Grosjean says ending a 10-year pole position drought on his third IndyCar appearance was "like being alive again" and reminded him of times he'd "completely forgot" about.

IndyCar GP Indy: Romain Grosjean takes first pole since 2011

Romain Grosjean landed his maiden pole position in only his third IndyCar appearance at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the ex-Formula 1 driver shading double champion Josef Newgarden by 0.126s.

Roush Fenway Racing first to offer crypto fan tokens in NASCAR

NASCAR Cup team Roush Fenway Racing is set to become the first motorsports team to launch a crypto fan token, joining an elite international network of sporting organisations.

The MotoGP civil war brewing on hallowed ground

Racing under the red, white and blue of the Tricolore provided the French connection for the two MotoGP riders at the top of the times at Le Mans. But as Johann Zarco and Fabio Quartararo prepare to battle for glory at the French Grand Prix, both could be relying on very different strengths and conditions to aid their victory charges

IndyCar GP Indy: Newgarden edges VeeKay, Power in FP2

Josef Newgarden topped the timesheets in second practice for IndyCar's Grand Prix of Indianapolis, eclipsing an impressive Rinus VeeKay and his Team Penske team-mate Will Power.

MotoGP French Grand Prix qualifying - Start time, how to watch & more

Johann Zarco topped Friday practice for Pramac Ducati at the MotoGP French Grand Prix at Le Mans. Here’s how and when to watch qualifying.

Marquez: No Honda rider close to victory in MotoGP

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez admits “I don’t see any Honda rider close to victory” right now, following the opening day of the French Grand Prix.

Rossi buoyed by MotoGP test gains at Le Mans

Valentino Rossi says he is “a bit stronger” after French Grand Prix practice compared to other 2021 MotoGP races thanks to gains made in the post-Spanish GP Jerez test.

Honda boss’ Le Mans MotoGP return “crucial” – Pol Espargaro

Pol Espargaro says Honda MotoGP team boss Alberto Puig’s return to action this weekend at the French Grand Prix is “crucial” for him to continue his growth on the bike.

British GT reveals 26-car grid for Brands Hatch opener

A 26-car grid will contest British GT's first round at Brands Hatch next weekend, with 2020 GT3 runner-up Sam De Haan completing a late deal to enter with RAM Racing.

Mir doubtful he can win MotoGP French GP amid Suzuki struggles

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says “I don’t think I can win” the French Grand Prix as Suzuki is “struggling” at Le Mans this weekend.

Herta extends Andretti Autosport contract to stay in IndyCar until 2023

IndyCar race winner Colton Herta has extended his contract with Andretti Autosport and principal backer Gainbridge until 2023, appearing to diminish prospects of a forthcoming Formula 1 switch.

Quartararo: MotoGP tyre warm-up “total disaster” at Le Mans

Fabio Quartararo says tyre warm-up in the cold conditions at Le Mans on Friday of the MotoGP French Grand Prix was “a total disaster” after a slew of crashes.

Grosjean's Mercedes F1 test to proceed despite French GP date change

Romain Grosjean's farewell Formula 1 test with Mercedes will still go ahead next month, despite a date change for the French GP forcing a demo run to be cancelled.

IndyCar GP Indy: Rossi tops opening practice ahead of Harvey

Alexander Rossi put his Andretti Autosport-Honda on top of the times in first practice for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, just ahead of Jack Harvey’s Meyer Shank Racing entry.

British GP set for evening qualifying as part of F1 sprint race shake-up

The British Grand Prix is to run an evening qualifying session as part of the weekend timetable shake-up triggered by the new Formula 1 sprint race trial.

Does Aston have a case in F1 2021’s big technical row? Plus

Does Aston have a case in F1 2021’s big technical row?

Aston Martin claims Formula 1’s latest technical tweaks have cost it competitiveness – and that it’s the innocent victim of a regulatory stitch-up aimed at pegging back Mercedes. But is any of this actually true? It depends on who you ask, says STUART CODLING

Glock getting to grips with 'Space Drive' system in DTM

Timo Glock says he is still adjusting to the 'Space Drive' steer-by-wire system on his BMW M6 GT3 following the final DTM test at the Lausitzring.

Nasr joins Risi LMP2 team for Le Mans, Monza WEC round

Ex-Formula 1 driver and 2018 IMSA Sportscar champion Felipe Nasr will complete Risi Competizione's lineup for the Le Mans 24 Hours and the preceding Monza World Endurance Championship round.

French MotoGP: Zarco fastest from Quartararo in FP2 at Le Mans

Pramac Ducati’s Johann Zarco led compatriot Fabio Quartararo on the Yamaha in a dry but crash-strewn second practice for the MotoGP French Grand Prix.

Austria to host F1 double-header after Turkish GP cancellation

Formula 1 is to run a double-header in Austria for the second season in a row, with the second event at the Red Bull replacing the cancelled Turkish Grand Prix.

Why IndyCar is satisfying Grosjean’s appetite for his second life Plus

Why IndyCar is satisfying Grosjean’s appetite for his second life

After spending the majority of his 179-race Formula 1 career in middling to tail-end machinery, Romain Grosjean finds himself once again with an underdog team in IndyCar. While not without its challenges, he's relishing the more level playing field that means his Dale Coyne Racing crew can expect to claim a few scalps...

IndyCar loses Toronto race due to COVID-19 restrictions

For the second successive year, Toronto has been scrubbed from the IndyCar calendar due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schumacher: Reaching Q2 still a "totally realistic goal" in 2021

Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher believes progressing to Q2 in qualifying is a "totally realistic goal", despite his car being off the pace in 2021's first four races.

FIA track grades: Requirements to hold an F1 race, potential tracks

The Formula 1 calendar has seen a lot of change in the last year, but what's required to hold a GP and where could F1 race? Find out here.

Vinales outlines key area of improvement for Yamaha in MotoGP

Maverick Vinales admits his and Yamaha’s “way of working” on MotoGP race weekends needs to improve as he feels things could be done “faster” than they are currently.

Murray Walker's life to be celebrated at Silverstone Classic

The life and achievements of ex-Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker will be celebrated at The Silverstone Classic later this year.

MotoGP British GP to be shown live on ITV in August

MotoGP has made official confirmation that this weekend’s French Grand Prix will be shown live on ITV4 in the UK, as well as announcing live airing of August’s British GP.

Baku would welcome hosting future F1 sprint races

Baku would welcome hosting Formula 1 sprint races in future seasons if the format is expanded to more events following its trial in 2021.

Michel: Splitting F1 support series gives F3 more focus

FIA Formula 3 boss Bruno Michel said the splitting of the Formula 2 and Formula 3 series over race weekends has given “a lot more visibility” to F3.

McLaren development will benefit from Ricciardo confidence gain

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl believes Daniel Ricciardo's improved comfort in the car will boost the squad's development, as it will be able to start tapping into the Australian's vast experience.

French MotoGP: Miller tops damp FP1 from Zarco at Le Mans

Ducati’s Jack Miller, fresh from his Jerez victory, dominated a damp first practice for the MotoGP French Grand Prix having gambled on a slick-tyre lap late on.

MotoGP adds second Austria race as Finnish GP cancelled

MotoGP has announced the Finnish Grand Prix at the new KymiRing has been cancelled for a second year, with the Styrian GP at Red Bull Ring added as a replacement.

Huff makes WTCR return with Zengo Cupra squad

Rob Huff will make his return to the FIA World Touring Car Cup this year after a season away having agreed a deal to join the Zengo Motorsport Cupra squad.

Wolff: Verstappen not only future option as Hamilton successor

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff insists Max Verstappen is not the only young Formula 1 driver that his team could look to lead it in the future when Lewis Hamilton does retire.

Why NASCAR's Next Gen cost savings won't be apparent in 2022

Toyota Racing president David Wilson says it will take some time for NASCAR’s Next Gen car to deliver its promised cost savings to teams.

Miller has “score to settle” with Le Mans in MotoGP

Ducati’s Jack Miller says he has a “score to settle” with Le Mans after an unavoidable mechanical issue ruled him out of victory contention in 2020’s MotoGP French Grand Prix.

Rossi wants to prove Schwantz's MotoGP "fight" comments right

Valentino Rossi says he wants to prove 1993 500cc world champion Kevin Schwantz’s comments about still having fight left in him right as a decision on his MotoGP future looms.

The painstaking process behind reviving Solberg's Subaru WRC steed Plus

The painstaking process behind reviving Solberg's Subaru WRC steed

With attention to detail the first concern, Prodrive’s new Legends department has completed its first restoration project on Petter Solberg's 2004 Rally Japan winner – and is busily gearing up for more

Podcast: Interview with sportscar racing legend Tom Kristensen

Sportscar racing legend Tom Kristensen is a special guest in the latest episode of the Autosport Podcast, discussing his remarkable career across multiple categories.

Novalak fastest on second day of Jerez F3 test

Trident’s Clement Novalak topped the second day of FIA Formula 3 testing in Jerez on Thursday, beating ART Grand Prix’s Frederik Vesti by less than three-hundredths of a second.

Marquez needs to be "careful" with Honda MotoGP bike feedback

Marc Marquez says he needs to be “careful” when working with his Honda MotoGP engineers as his feedback currently is “not as precise” as it used to be.

Steiner: "Not easy" to get Haas 2021 F1 car to suit Mazepin

Gunther Steiner says it is “not an easy task” for Haas to remedy the “weak” rear-end of its 2021 Formula 1 car to suit Nikita Mazepin’s driving style.

Espargaro: Aprilia is now MotoGP’s "revolution"

Aleix Espargaro says Aprilia’s progress in the space of a year has transformed it into “the revolution bike” as it’s become a more desirable MotoGP project to be involved with.

Why the success of AVB's WRC debut won't be defined on the stages

Three years after a Dakar Rally crash resulted in him being airlifted to hospital, Andre Villas-Boas is preparing to make his debut on his home round of the World Rally Championship later this month. His goals for the event are modest, but the same cannot be said for the charities he plans to promote where his true impact could be felt

Four new races set to join Formula E calendar in 2021-22

Formula E is expected to reveal four new races for its 2021-22 calendar alongside the return of three cities that were dropped this year owing to the pandemic, Autosport understands.

Lausitzring DTM test: Have Audi and BMW been hiding their pace in testing?

The wide gulf in performance at Lausitzring has prompted discussions regarding the true speed of the cars under the current Balance of Performance in DTM, with many questioning why Audi and BMW were so far off the pace. 

Wolff: 15 staff and an empty factory not enough for Red Bull F1 engine

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes it will take more than '15 staff and an empty factory' for Red Bull to produce competitive Formula 1 engines by 2025.

TT legend McGuinness makes car racing debut in Fun Cup

Twenty-three-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness made his debut racing cars in the Fun Cup at Donington Park last weekend alongside downhill mountain bike ace Steve Peat.