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Gasly: "Special" to return to French GP as an F1 race winner

Pierre Gasly says it will be “pretty special” to race in the French Grand Prix as a Formula 1 race winner for the first time this weekend at Paul Ricard.

Hands-on with WRC 10’s brand new stages and physics

With the latest official game of the World Rally Championship, WRC 10, launching in September, we played an early preview version to see how it's shaping up.

The eight things to watch for as the DTM's brave new era begins

The DTM has undergone its biggest overhaul since its 2000 revival as it has ditched Class One for GT3. While it means the new season has little in common with recent campaigns, there are still plenty of storylines to follow.

Ex-F1 racer Chandhok joins Motorsport UK board of directors

Ex-Formula 1 driver and Sky Sports F1 pundit Karun Chandhok has been appointed to the board of directors of Motorsport UK, the governing body for four-wheel racing in the UK.

Penske: IMSA return to Indy “high on the list” of targets

Roger Penske says an IMSA race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course is "high on the list" of targets, while playing down the idea of an imminent return by Formula 1.

The F1 tyre tricks that the new clampdown will stamp out

Pirelli’s carefully worded statement on Baku’s Formula 1 tyre failures may not have explicitly blamed teams, but the strength of the FIA’s response tells us all we need to know.

Manuel Maldonado joins United Autosports for Le Mans 24 Hours debut

Venezuelan Manuel Maldonado, cousin of Formula 1 race winner Pastor, will make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut with the United Autosports LMP2 squad in August.

The figures Red Bull and Mercedes can't afford to see again in F1 2021 Plus

The figures Red Bull and Mercedes can't afford to see again in F1 2021

OPINION: An interloper squad got amongst the title contenders during Formula 1’s street-circuit mini-break, where Red Bull left with the points lead in both championships. But, as the campaign heads back to purpose-built venues once again, how the drivers of the two top teams compare in one crucial area will be a major factor in deciding which squad stays in or retakes the top spot

First blood to Cammish in Porsche battle as Mondello holds opening 2021 meeting

A number of TOCA supports got underway last weekend at Snetterton, including the highly anticipated battle between Harry King and Dan Cammish in Porsche Carrera Cup. There was plenty of silverware for Tiff Needell at the Thruxton Historic and Mondello Park finally held its first race meeting of 2021.

The conflicts at the heart of F1's TV graphics push

Formula 1 fans have never had more information at their disposal when it comes to following the live action on grand prix weekends.

COVID-19 rules Campos driver Toth out of Paul Ricard F3 weekend

Campos Racing’s Laszlo Toth has been ruled out of this weekend’s FIA Formula 3 round at the Formula 1 French Grand Prix after testing positive for COVID-19.

Russell: F1 performance secondary to Williams' survival under old ownership

George Russell says performance was “secondary” during the Williams family’s final years owning its Formula 1 team while it fought to keep it afloat, something Dorilton Capital’s investment has reversed.

Buhk to replace absent Paffett in opening DTM races

Factory Mercedes-AMG driver Maximilian Buhk will contest the opening two races of the 2021 DTM for Mucke Motorsport, replacing Gary Paffett while the Briton is on Formula E reserve duty.

Askew to sub for injured VeeKay at IndyCar's Road America round

Oliver Askew will drive for his second IndyCar team in a week and will replace the injured Rinus VeeKay at Ed Carpenter Racing in the Road America round.

Monza WEC round to allow limited number of fans

Spectators will be allowed to return to the World Endurance Championship at Monza next month for the first time in nearly 18 months.

How F1 is cultivating the festival feel for fans at races

In times past the only common thread motor racing events and outdoor music festivals shared was the likelihood of their customers getting muddy feet. That has all changed as Formula 1 has opened up to a new, younger demographic which likes to make a weekend of it, and which has high expectations for a broad range of entertainment.

F1 teams face new tyre check procedure from French GP after Baku failures

The FIA is introducing new checks on tyres after they have been run from this weekend’s French Grand Prix to ensure Formula 1 teams are not running too low pressures.

Pirelli concludes investigation into Baku F1 tyre failures

Pirelli has concluded the tyre failures that affected Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll at Formula 1’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix were likely caused by how their teams were running the tyres.

VeeKay suffers injury after cycling accident, Road America entry "pending"

Ed Carpenter Racing driver Rinus VeeKay has suffered a clavicle injury after a bicycle accident in training, with his participation in IndyCar's Road America round "pending".

Ricciardo: More forgiving F1 tracks will help my McLaren learning

Daniel Ricciardo believes that "more forgiving" Formula 1 tracks will help to speed up his learning process as he continues to adapt to the McLaren MCL35M.

Jackson bids to extend lead in Autosport National Driver Rankings

Cam Jackson, the current leader in the Autosport National Driver Rankings, has just hit a landmark score of 50 finishes in 50 races in Historic Formula Ford 1600.

Why Alfa's boss is ready for the task of securing a stronger F1 future Plus

Why Alfa's boss is ready for the task of securing a stronger F1 future

Two tenth places in recent races have lifted Alfa Romeo to the head of Formula 1's 'Class C' battle in 2021, but longer-term the Swiss-based squad has far loftier ambitions. With the new 2022 rules set to level out the playing field, team boss Frederic Vasseur has good reason to be optimistic, as he explained to Autosport in an exclusive interview

Cody Ware to make IndyCar race debut at Road America

NASCAR driver Cody Ware will make his IndyCar debut driving for the Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing squad at Road America this weekend.

Promoted: Dream of working in motorsport?

Formula E is one of the most innovative and exciting sports in the world, and one ambitious engineer could have the chance to be a part of one of its top teams for a season.

Tost: Gasly now one of the “absolutely top drivers” in F1

AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost believes that Pierre Gasly now deserves to be ranked among the top drivers on the Formula 1 grid.

DTM 2021: Full list of drivers, teams and manufacturers

The new GT3 era of the DTM is about to get underway this weekend at Monza. Here's the full list of drivers, teams and manufacturers competing in the revamped series this year.

How Barnard’s revolutionary McLaren transformed F1 car construction Plus

How Barnard’s revolutionary McLaren transformed F1 car construction

The MP4/1 was pioneering by choice, but a McLaren by chance. STUART CODLING relates the tangled (carbonfibre) weaves which led to the creation of one of motor racing’s defining cars

Tyre pressures in the spotlight as F1 awaits Pirelli Baku report

Scrutiny over Formula 1 teams playing around with tyre pressures looks almost certain to increase in the wake of the failures that marred the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

WRC working on plan for 2022 USA event

The World Rally Championship is working on a plan to host a non-championship event in North America next year as it bids to secure a future WRC rally in the region.

Opportunity of a lifetime: When a GT ace realised his F1 dream

Despite being out of single-seaters for three years and becoming an established FIA GT champion, Thomas Biagi never lost sight of his F1 dream and convinced Colin Kolles to run him in a test. A race seat never materialised, but it wasn't through lack of effort...

Supercars teams cross Northern Territory border after two-week exile

The six Melbourne Supercars teams have began crossing the border into the Northern Territory following their two-week exile in New South Wales.

Mostert extends Walkinshaw Andretti United Supercars contract

Supercars race winner Chaz Mostert has extended his stay at the Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden squad with a new multi-year deal.

Perez wants talks with drivers over F1 qualifying etiquette

Sergio Perez is eager for Formula 1 drivers to discuss the existing ‘gentleman’s agreement’ in qualifying, saying that not everyone is respecting the rule about overtaking on warm-up laps.

Tandy, Vanthoor join KCMG to defend Spa 24 Hours victory

Nick Tandy and Laurens Vanthoor will attempt to secure back-to-back Spa 24 Hours victories next month in a works-supported Porsche fielded by the KCMG squad.

F1 British GP to welcome fans, with restricted capacity expected

Formula 1’s British Grand Prix will go ahead in front of fans this year in spite of the UK's extended lockdown, but numbers may be more restricted than originally planned.

Podcast: Why the return of spectators really matters at national racing

UK motorsport fans have finally been able to get back to race circuits over the last few weeks after a long-overdue return.

How Alpine's stunted Portimao charge helped Toyota to keep clear

Despite going stride for stride for pace at Portimao, Alpine’s grandfathered LMP1 couldn’t convert pole position into a sustained victory fight against Toyota. And due to rules and car limitations that are set in stone, the French manufacturer will be searching for solutions in its own battle of endurance

2021 MotoGP German GP – how to watch, session times & more

MotoGP travels to the Sachsenring for the eighth round of the 2021 world championship season, the German Grand Prix, for the first leg of a double-header before the summer break.

2021 F1 French GP session timings and how to watch

The French Grand Prix hosts the seventh round of the 2021 Formula 1 world championship season on the 18-20 June.

Why Red Bull reject Kvyat believes he deserves another F1 chance

Daniil Kvyat has not given up on a Formula 1 comeback, and the Russian's current role as Alpine reserve has at least given him a foot in the door.

Matton: WRC not expecting new marque until 2024 at the earliest

Manufacturers are continuing to investigate the World Rally Championship’s new hybrid regulations, but FIA Rally Director Yves Matton is not expecting a new marque to join until 2024 at the earliest.

Formula E reveals oval-based Mexico track layout

Formula E has unveiled the oval-based track layout, featuring a unique attack mode loop, that will be used for the first-ever Puebla E-Prix for which 10,000 spectators will permitted.

Da Costa revels in "amazing" home win after JOTA battle

JOTA LMP2 driver Antonio Felix da Costa says his first international home win at the WEC 8 Hours of Portimao "feels amazing" after passing teammate Tom Blomqvist for the lead.

How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season

Having impressed in Formula 3, Juri Vips looked to be next cab off the rank in Red Bull's prestigious Junior Team before his 2020 schedule was dealt a heavy blow by the COVID-19 pandemic. After a tough start to life in Formula 2, Vips is showing signs of a recovery - could he be the first Estonian to reach Formula 1?

Alpine currently investigating lack of F1 race pace

Alpine has admitted it is still chasing answers as to why its current Formula 1 car is quite strong in qualifying but lacking in race pace.

Robson: Russell would be "massive loss" for Williams if he left in 2022

Senior Williams Formula 1 figure Dave Robson says seeing George Russell leave at the end of the year would be a “massive loss”, hailing his role in the team’s turnaround.

Red Bull has no doubts of Mercedes F1 fightback

Red Bull and its engine partner Honda are bracing themselves for a Mercedes fightback after two difficult race weekends for the Formula 1 world champion team.

W Series documentary series to be released on Sunday

A six-part documentary series following the first season of W Series will be released on Sunday on All4 in the United Kingdom.

Kyle Larson holds off Keselowski for $1 million All-Star win Texas
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Kyle Larson holds off Keselowski for $1 million All-Star win

Hendrick Motorsports' Kyle Larson recorded his fourth NASCAR Cup win of the season after fending off Brad Keselowski to claim the NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Toyota explains why it let cars race at Portimao WEC round

The Toyota World Endurance Championship squad has revealed a change to its internal rules of engagement to allow its cars to race to the chequered flag.

French GP date change was "a challenge" says Boullier

French Grand Prix boss Eric Boullier says moving the Formula 1 race forward by a week was a “big problem” for his organisation, although all returned tickets have subsequently been re-sold.

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.