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Herta, Rahal puzzled by O’Ward's restart pace at Detroit

Both Colton Herta and Graham Rahal expressed surprise at how easily Detroit IndyCar Race 2 winner Pato O’Ward overtook them at the restarts, but Alex Palou believes he knows what is happening.

Newgarden: “Hard not to be disappointed” after Detroit IndyCar defeat

Josef Newgarden says he feels “pretty sad” to have led 67 of 70 laps in the second race of the Detroit Grand Prix and lose out to the charging Pato O’Ward.

O’Ward dedicates Detroit IndyCar win to Rosenqvist and Ojjeh

Pato O’Ward dedicated his victory in the second Detroit Grand Prix race to his injured team-mate Felix Rosenqvist, and McLaren’s long-time partner Mansour Ojjeh who died last Sunday.

Detroit IndyCar: O'Ward puts in late charge to beat Newgarden

Pato O’Ward put in a stunning late-race charge to claim his second IndyCar victory of the season, passing long-time leader Josef Newgarden with three laps remaining.

Portimao WEC: #8 Toyota takes victory after team orders call Algarve
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Portimao WEC: #8 Toyota takes victory after team orders call

Toyota celebrated its 100th world championship endurance race with victory at the World Endurance Championship Portimao 8 Hours for the #8 entry of Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley.

Snetterton BTCC: Ingram gives Hyundai maiden win

Tom Ingram claimed the first British Touring Car Championship win for the Excelr8 Motorsport team and the Hyundai marque in the finale at Snetterton.

Snetterton BTCC: Brilliant Sutton passes Turkington for Race 2 win

Reigning British Touring Car champion Ash Sutton sliced through the field to take a stunning win from 11th on the grid in the second race of the Snetterton round.

Detroit IndyCar: Newgarden takes race two pole as Ferrucci crashes

Josef Newgarden brought some joy to Team Penske at Detroit with pole position for the second IndyCar race of the weekend, as Santino Ferrucci crashed in the final part of qualifying.

Portimao WEC: Toyota leads the way from Alpine at half-distance

Toyota's pair of Le Mans Hypercars held the advantage over the Alpine LMP1 as the Portimao 8 Hours FIA World Endurance Championship round reached the halfway mark.

Tost: Tsunoda must find F1 limit to use “unbelievable natural speed”

Yuki Tsunoda needs to learn where his true limit is if he is to harness his ‘unbelievable’ natural speed, reckons his Formula 1 team boss Franz Tost.

Snetterton BTCC: Turkington claims first 2021 win with Race 1 victory

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington scored his first victory of 2021 in the opening race of the second round at Snetterton.

Magnussen: Ending eight-year win drought "really special"

Formula 1 outcast Kevin Magnussen says ending an eight-year winless run in Saturday's IMSA SportsCar Championship round in Detroit feels "really special".

Best F1 and motorsport gifts for father's day - books, DVDs and more

This year's Fathers' Day is just around the corner and finding the perfect gift can be difficult.

Why the end is nigh for F1’s most dependable design tool

Windtunnel work forms the bedrock of aerodynamic development in Formula 1. But as PAT SYMONDS explains, advances in virtual research are signalling the end of these expensive and complicated relics

Solberg secures Hyundai outing for WRC Safari Rally

Oliver Solberg will join the top World Rally Championship class again having secured an outing with Hyundai Motorsport at the Safari Rally later this month.

Vettel: 'Wild' costs of junior categories need to be cut

Sebastian Vettel says the spiralling expense of competing in junior categories before Formula 1 needs to be slashed, because the situation has become ‘wild’.

The club racer proving hearing is no barrier to access

National paddocks are awash with individuals with fascinating stories to share. For a 21-year-old novice starting her racing journey in Porsches, even making it onto the grid was an achievement in itself.

Why McLaren’s surprise electric path can benefit everyone involved Plus

Why McLaren’s surprise electric path can benefit everyone involved

McLaren's announcement that it will enter the Extreme E series for electric SUVs next year came as something of a surprise. But it brings benefits that other championships it could seek to enter cannot, while providing a timely boost to a start-up that has had to cancel two of its South American rounds

"Blocked" Alpine has to live with fuel mileage disadvantage to WEC Hypercars

Alpine has conceded that it will have to live with its inability to match the fuel mileage of the new Le Mans Hypercars through the 2021 World Endurance Championship season.

Alonso felt he was "losing time" in F1 before taking break

Fernando Alonso felt like he was “losing time” racing in Formula 1 prior to his two-year break that allowed him to pursue other series and racing disciplines.

Hill proud of Motorbase/MB team for full-ballast Snetterton qualifying

British Touring Car Championship leader Jake Hill has hailed the Motorbase/MB Ford squad after taking seventh on the grid for Sunday’s second round at Snetterton.

IMSA Detroit: Magnussen, van der Zande take commanding maiden Ganassi win

Kevin Magnussen and Renger van der Zande drove a perfectly judged race at the IMSA SportsCar Championship's Detroit round to take a well-deserved maiden victory for Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing.

Askew stands in for Rosenqvist for second Detroit IndyCar race

Oliver Askew will replace the injured Felix Rosenqvist at Arrow McLaren SP for IndyCar's second Detroit race, following the Swedish driver's huge crash at Belle Isle.

Power furious at “dumb decisions” by IndyCar after Detroit despair

Will Power erupted at IndyCar’s race control after he was robbed of victory in the Detroit opener when his car failed to start after the second red-flag period.

Detroit IndyCar: Ericsson claims first win after Power restart heartbreak

Marcus Ericsson claimed his first IndyCar victory in a twice red-flagged opening race at Detroit, as long-time leader Will Power was cruelly denied his first win of the year.

Detroit IndyCar: Rosenqvist crash stops opening race 

The opening race of the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix round has been red-flagged following Felix Rosenqvist’s heavy accident at Turn 6.

Portimao WEC: Alpine beats Toyota to maiden pole position Algarve
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Portimao WEC: Alpine beats Toyota to maiden pole position

Alpine edged out Toyota to claim pole position for this weekend's Portimao 8 Hours round of the World Endurance Championship in a closely-fought qualifying session.

Snetterton BTCC: Shedden excluded from qualifying as Dynamics blames ‘finger trouble’

Three-time British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden has been stripped of his Snetterton pole position for a rear-wing infringement.

Detroit IndyCar: O’Ward beats Rossi and Grosjean for opening race pole

Pato O’Ward secured his second pole position of the 2021 IndyCar season, edging former Formula 1 drivers Alexander Rossi and Romain Grosjean in qualifying for race one of the Detroit Grand Prix double-header.

Snetterton BTCC: Shedden beats Turkington to first pole of comeback

Three-time British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden has claimed pole position for Sunday’s second round of the 2021 season at Snetterton.

Portimao WEC: Di Resta completes LMP2 clean sweep of practice

Paul di Resta and United Autosport completed a clean sweep for LMP2 machinery across free practice for Sunday's Portimao World Endurance Championship round, as the Glickenhaus made a dramatic improvement.

Williams tweaks bargeboards to reduce wind sensitivity problem

Williams has tweaked the design of the bargeboards on its FW43B Formula 1 car in a bid to reduce the wind sensitivity problem it has faced so far this year.

Toyota hits the ton — charting 100 world championship sportscar starts

The Japanese manufacturer is celebrating its 100th world championship prototype start in this weekend's Portimao 8 Hours round of the World Endurance Championship. Here are the major milestones on the road to three figures since the earliest low-key days of its entry into the Group C arena nearly 40 years ago

Snetterton BTCC: Ingram beats Sutton to top practice times

Tom Ingram emerged fastest overall across the free practice sessions for the British Touring Car Championship round at Snetterton in his Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 N Fastback.

Why polarising Mosley’s legacy amounts to far more than tabloid rumour Plus

Why polarising Mosley’s legacy amounts to far more than tabloid rumour

The newspapers, naturally, lingered over Max Mosley’s tainted family history and niche sexual practices. But this is to trivialise the legacy of a big beast of motor racing politics. STUART CODLING weighs the life of a man whose work for safety on both road and track has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, but whose penchant for cruelty remains problematic and polarising

Portimao WEC: LMP2s lock out top three in FP2, di Resta quickest

LMP2 cars locked out the top three places in Saturday morning’s second practice session for this weekend’s Portimao FIA World Endurance Championship round, as United Autosports' Paul di Resta set the overall pace. 

Permanent memorial to Stirling Moss unveiled at Shelsley Walsh

The life of legendary racer Sir Stirling Moss OBE will be permanently honoured at Shelsley Walsh following the unveiling of a blue plaque in his memory at the Worcestershire venue.

Street track poles don't reflect Ferrari’s true performance - Binotto

Mattia Binotto believes Ferrari’s back-to-back pole positions in Monaco and Azerbaijan are not a true reflection of its place within the current Formula 1 pecking order.

Hamilton: I don't understand why F1 cars are getting heavier

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton says he does not understand why F1 is letting cars get continually heavier while also trying to improve sustainability.

Detroit IMSA: Magnussen beats Tincknell for first pole since 2013

Kevin Magnussen earned his first IMSA SportsCar Championship pole for Chip Ganassi Racing in Detroit, edging Mazda driver Harry Tincknell when a red flag ended qualifying early.

Isle of Man TT to be shown live for the first time in 2022

The Isle of Man TT will be shown live and in full for the first time when racing returns in 2022.

How fast is an F1 car? Top speeds of F1, IndyCar, MotoGP and more

Exactly how fast is an F1 car? If you’ve ever been to a grand prix you’ll scarcely believe the speed they carry, whether that be through corners or on the straights.

O’Ward: How to beat Dixon to the championship is no mystery

Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet drivers Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist say there’s no magic to beating IndyCar’s “master of consistency” Scott Dixon across a championship season.

Portimao WEC: Da Costa's Jota LMP2 fastest in FP1 ahead of Alpine

Jota LMP2 driver Antonio Felix da Costa jumped to the top of the times in the dying minutes of first practice for this weekend's World Endurance Championship round at Portimao.

Extreme E calls off Brazil and Argentina rounds

Extreme E has been forced to drop both Brazil and Argentina from its inaugural five-round season but is “actively seeking alternate destinations”.

Toyota won't contest "not avoidable" BoP blow for Portimao WEC

Toyota has no complaints with the double performance hit its Le Mans Hypercars have received for this weekend's Portimao round of the World Endurance Championship.

BMW underlines intention to race new LMDh car in IMSA with works team

BMW will campaign its new LMDh Le Mans prototype in the IMSA SportsCar Championship in 2023 with a two-car factory team.

McLaren Formula E and WEC programmes “remain under review”

McLaren Racing is yet to make a final decision on its option to join Formula E but says that and a potential World Endurance Championship LMDh programme “remain under review”.

Horner: Perez "ahead of expectation", but no rush for new deal

Red Bull says that Sergio Perez is doing better than the Formula 1 team expected him to do, but it is in no rush to sort out a fresh contract with him.

Le Mans 24 Hours fans won't be divided into groups

The 50,000 spectators allowed to attend this year's rescheduled Le Mans 24 Hours in August will not be divided into smaller groups.

Russell: Zero points for Williams wouldn't make 2021 F1 season a failure

George Russell says that if Williams was to finish the 2021 Formula 1 season without scoring a point, then such a result would not make its campaign a failure.

The mouthwatering title fight resulting from a BTCC ace's exile Plus

The mouthwatering title fight resulting from a BTCC ace's exile

Three more of the BTCC’s support series are finally due to begin at Snetterton this weekend, with the Carrera Cup GB promising an epic title fight between its reigning champion and a returning king ousted from his tin-top seat over the winter

Paffett set to miss opening two DTM races due to FE clashes

Two-time DTM champion Gary Paffett is expected to miss the opening two rounds of the 2021 season at Monza and Lausitzring due to clashes with Formula E.

WRC teams to be offered strategies for hybrid use in 2022

Hybrid systems are expected to be utilised on every stage of World Rally Championship events next year with several strategies on offer to teams, as more details of WRC's hybrid future emerge.

McLaren: Extreme E effort will not disrupt F1 team

McLaren insists that its efforts to get back to winning ways in Formula 1 will not be disrupted by its decision to join Extreme E next year.

Scherer to miss Portimao WEC after positive COVID test

United Autosports LMP2 driver Fabio Scherer has been forced to sit out this weekend's Portimao FIA World Endurance Championship round after testing positive for COVID-19.

FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup returns with strong entry in Riga

Following a year-long hiatus, the FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup returns this year with the event staged in Europe for the first time in its history and featuring arguably the strongest entry to date.

McLaren commits to Extreme E entry in 2022

McLaren Racing will enter the second season of Extreme E in 2022, becoming the 10th team to commit to the fledgling all-electric SUV off-road racing series.

Why pragmatic Perez isn't fazed by no-nonsense Red Bull F1 culture Plus

Why pragmatic Perez isn't fazed by no-nonsense Red Bull F1 culture

Sergio Perez has spent most of his career labouring in Formula 1’s midfield, wondering whether he’d ever get another shot at the big time. Red Bull has handed him that chance and, although life at the top is tough, the Baku winner is doing all the right things to get on terms with Max Verstappen, says BEN ANDERSON

Two bad weekends won’t make Mercedes adjust 2022 F1 plans - Wolff

Mercedes insists there is no temptation to pull resource off its 2022 Formula 1 car development, despite the recent struggles it has faced on track.