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FIA to close Formula E rule loophole after di Grassi pitlane controversy

The FIA will close the “loophole” that allowed Lucas di Grassi to controversially lead the London E-Prix but there is “no big deal” that he overtook seven cars from the pitlane.

Lynn: Missing Formula E win had "tortured me for many years"

Mahindra driver Alex Lynn says a lack of Formula E wins had “tortured me for many years” after finally tasting success on his 40th race start in London on Sunday.

Di Grassi: Mistake for London E-Prix disqualification will “stay in my head”

Disqualified Audi driver Lucas di Grassi says the “mistake” that cost him a controversial victory in the London E-Prix will “stay in my head for the rest of my life”.

Di Grassi disqualified from second London E-Prix after pitlane controversy

Lucas di Grassi has been disqualified altogether from the second London E-Prix and Audi fined €50,000 for not serving a penalty after their controversial pitlane move to lead the race.

Spanish motorbike racer Hugo Millan dies aged 14

Fourteen-year-old Spanish motorbike racer Hugo Millan suffered fatal injuries in a crash in a European Talent Cup race at MotorLand Aragon on Sunday.

Audi insists it followed FE rules in di Grassi pitlane controversy

Audi Formula E chief Allan McNish insists his team abided by the regulations after Lucas di Grassi was black-flagged for driving through the pitlane during a safety car period and controversially gaining the lead of the London E-Prix.

London E-Prix: Lynn claims maiden FE win after di Grassi black-flagged

Alex Lynn scored victory in a crash-strewn second London E-Prix after leader Lucas di Grassi was black-flagged for gaining his first place by pitting behind the safety car.

Lausitzring DTM: Gotz wins after heartbreak for van der Linde

Maximilian Gotz made it two wins for Mercedes in the second round of the 2021 DTM season at the Lausitzring after Audi driver Kelvin van der Linde dropped out of the lead with technical problems.

How hillclimbing has rejuvenated a cancer surviving-grandfather

OPINION: The British Hillclimb Championship is enjoying a strong start to its season and one driver battling the top guns has quite the story to tell

How to become a Guest & Facilities Coordinator in F1 – Qualifications, skills & more

We spoke to Haas F1 Team's Alysha Lane to find out what a Guest & Facilities Coordinator does, how to become one, and what skills you need for the job.

Russell: Too many penalties will force F1 drivers to be cautious

George Russell believes that too many penalties have been handed out in recent Formula 1 races and that the trend may force drivers to be too cautious.

London E-Prix: Vandoorne claims pole in rain-affected qualifying

Mercedes Formula E racer Stoffel Vandoorne hung on to land pole position for the second London E-Prix over Oliver Rowland and Alex Lynn in a rain-affected qualifying session.

Lorenzo: Vinales “suffered a lot” due to Quartararo’s speed in MotoGP

Triple MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo believes Maverick Vinales has “suffered a lot” in 2021 with “the speed” of factory Yamaha team-mate Fabio Quartararo.

How Ferrari offered Britain's next F1 prospect what Red Bull couldn't Plus

How Ferrari offered Britain's next F1 prospect what Red Bull couldn't

Last year's Formula 2 runner-up Callum Ilott could be on his way to becoming the first Briton to contest a grand prix in an Alfa Romeo since Reg Parnell in 1950. But, says OLEG KARPOV, the Ferrari Driver Academy protege is having to temper his ambition at the moment – outwardly at least…

Lausitzring DTM: Ellis puts Mercedes on pole, Lawson second

Mercedes driver Philip Ellis continued his fine form to take pole position for the second DTM race at the Lausitzring, outqualifying the Red Bull-backed Ferrari of Liam Lawson by nearly four tenths of a second.

Mercedes and de Vries “hating and loving” FE’s unpredictability

Nyck de Vries says the much-publicised unpredictability of Formula E is why Mercedes is “hating and loving” the championship as the team ended its poor form in the London E-Prix.

London E-Prix: Di Grassi leads Dennis in final practice

Lucas di Grassi set the pace in the final Formula E practice session ahead of the second London E-Prix, beating race one victor Jake Dennis and the disqualified Oliver Rowland.

Haas planning to solve Schumacher’s "crooked" F1 seat for Hungary

Haas plans to resolve Mick Schumacher’s in-car position issue in time for the next Formula 1 race in Hungary after driving at a crooked angle so far this season.

Spain WRX: Kevin Hansen beats brother Timmy to win at Barcelona

Sweden's Kevin Hansen claimed his maiden on-track World Rallycross Championship victory in the opening round of the 2021 season in Spain.

Frijns slams Eriksson's "ridiculous" defending after London E-Prix clash

Robin Frijns reckons “absolutely ridiculous” defending caused his lengthy collision with “dangerous” Joel Eriksson, although the Swede has hit back at the “stupid” actions of his Formula E rival.

Wolff: Mercedes FE drivers "deserve to be in F1" amid Williams links

Toto Wolff says Mercedes Formula E drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries both “deserve to be in Formula 1” amid links to a vacant Williams seat in 2022.

London winner Dennis shocked by his success in rookie FE season

London E-Prix winner Jake Dennis has expressed his surprise at the success of his Formula E rookie season after his debut ‘opened his eyes’ to the high level of competition.

Nissan "hurting" from London E-Prix disqualification after power overuse

Both Nissan e.dams cars have been disqualified from the London E-Prix at the ExCeL Centre, which has left Sebastien Buemi ‘hurting’ after losing the best result of a “tough season”.

London E-Prix: Dennis wins inaugural ExCeL race to join FE title fight

Formula E rookie Jake Dennis took control at the ExCeL Centre to win the first London E-Prix over Nyck de Vries as points leader Sam Bird was forced to retire.

The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial Plus

The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial

OPINION: After 24 Le Mans 24 Hours participations, 50-year-old Emmanuel Collard will be absent from the grid this year, stuck at the mercy of his gold driver grading. But, while he's not motivated by breaking start records, the French veteran is determined to return to the field next year

Lausitzring DTM: Ellis scores Mercedes' first win since 2018

Philip Ellis scored Mercedes’ first DTM victory since 2018 with a charging drive from ninth on the grid in the first race at the Lausitzring for the Winward HTP team.

Masi: F1 should be "proud" of way first sprint weekend worked

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi believes that the sport should be proud of how smoothly the Silverstone sprint weekend worked but hasn’t ruled out future changes to the format.

London E-Prix: Lynn prevails in British battle with Dennis for pole

Alex Lynn beat Jake Dennis to score his second Formula E pole ahead of the London E-Prix as the points leaders all slipped outside of the top 10.

Sainz: McLaren one of the most difficult F1 cars to overtake

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr says his former team McLaren produces "probably the most difficult cars to overtake" after spending the British Grand Prix stuck behind Daniel Ricciardo.

The signs that point to F1's rude health

OPINION: Formula 1's calendar might still be facing disruption as the pandemic affects travel but, says MARK GALLAGHER, the business itself is fundamentally strong thanks to the epic rivalry taking place on track and the consistent arrival of new sponsors

British GT championship leader Adam withdraws from Spa due to COVID

British GT championship leader Jonny Adam has been forced to withdraw from this weekend's fourth round at Spa-Francorchamps due to COVID-19, with Ross Gunn taking his place at Beechdean AMR.

Lausitzring DTM: BMW pips Audi in Van der Linde brothers duel

Sheldon van der Linde put his Rowe BMW on pole for the first of the two DTM races at the Lausitzring, beating elder brother Kelvin's Abt Audi by just 0.027s.

London E-Prix: Guenther leads BMW Andretti 1-2 in second practice

Maximilian Guenther led Jake Dennis for a BMW Andretti 1-2 in a rain-soaked second London E-Prix practice session as Stoffel Vandoorne crashed out before even completing a lap.

Spain WRX: Kristoffersson stripped of Day 1 lead

Three-time World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson has lost his overnight lead at the opening round of the 2021 series in Spain due to being disqualified from the first qualifying session.

Dovizioso “not very competitive” in Aprilia MotoGP tests – Espargaro

Aleix Espargaro says Andrea Dovizioso “has not been very competitive” during his tests with Aprilia and finds it hard to see him as his MotoGP team-mate in 2022.

Verstappen: Restrictive F1 "still a long way from IndyCar"

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen says he has no problem with F1's more restrictive new generation of cars for 2022, dismissing suggestions of it resembling IndyCar's near-spec machines.

FE drivers fear overtaking will be "near-impossible" in London

Formula E drivers reckon overtaking will be “near-impossible” on the revised ExCeL Centre track and are already calling for future races to feature further layout changes. 

Mercedes driver Abril disqualified from Monza DTM weekend

HRT Mercedes driver Vincent Abril has been disqualified from the DTM’s opening round at Monza due to a technical infringement, stripping him of his maiden podium finish in the series.

London E-Prix: Vergne tops tightly-contested first practice

Jean-Eric Vergne topped the first Formula E practice session at the ExCeL Centre ahead of the London E-Prix as the quickest five drivers were split by just one tenth. 

Horner stands by criticism of Mercedes F1 British GP celebrations

Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner has reiterated his criticisms of Mercedes’ post-race celebrations at the British Grand Prix, despite calls his team’s comments were too ‘"personal".

Red Bull still considering FIA action after $1.8m Verstappen F1 crash

Red Bull is still considering action against the penalty handed to Lewis Hamilton for the crash with Formula 1 title rival Max Verstappen that caused $1.8 million in damage.

Rea not ruling out potential MotoGP 2022 switch

Reigning six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has responded to links to Petronas SRT in MotoGP in 2022, stating “never say never” despite having a multi-year Kawasaki WSBK deal.

Harvey: IndyCar progress "elevated" working with Meyer Shank team

Jack Harvey paid tribute to the Meyer Shank team and credits it with 'elevating' his IndyCar performances, following the news he will leave the outfit as Helio Castroneves joins full-time.

Ocon confident Alpine has solved problem on his F1 car

Esteban Ocon feels “pretty sure” that Alpine has solved the problem on his Formula 1 car after changing chassis ahead of last weekend’s British Grand Prix.

DTM drivers doubt banked Lausitzring Turn 1 will be flat out in qualifying

DTM drivers feel they will not be able to complete the banked first corner of the Lausitzring circuit at full throttle after sampling the new layout in practice on Friday.

New Schumacher Haas F1 deal just "needs t's crossed and i's dotted"

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner expects Mick Schumacher to pen a new contract for 2022 soon, saying there just "need to be a few t's crossed and a few i's dotted."

The number-crunching behind the new-look DTM's equalisation drive Plus

The number-crunching behind the new-look DTM's equalisation drive

Switching to GT3 regulations marked a fresh start for the DTM in 2021, but it has also drawn a line in the sand against other series using similar cars by engaging AVL Racing to develop a bespoke Balance of Performance system. Here’s how it works

Binotto: Being in clean air critical to showing Ferrari F1 form

Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Mattia Binotto believes his squad has cured most of its tyre problems, but admits his cars need clean air to show their true pace.

Sordo welcomes third WRC co-driver of 2021 after latest split

Dani Sordo has elected to switch his co-driver for the second time in a matter of months for the remaining rounds of the World Rally Championship season.

Audi reveals electric-powered Dakar challenger

Audi Sport has officially revealed the RS Q e-tron challenger in its full guise ahead of the marque's debut in the Dakar Rally next year.

Mercedes feared "long hard look at itself" if it flopped at British GP

Mercedes feared that it would need a "long hard look at itself" if the Formula 1 upgrades it brought to last weekend's British Grand Prix did not deliver.

Why consistency can't be relied upon for Formula E title success

It's commonly upheld as the most straightforward method of racking up titles. But, due to the unique qualifying format used in Formula E, a consistent approach can actively work against a driver and make their life harder in races. So with four races to go, is now the time to ditch the tried-and-tested approach for a win-or-bust mentality?

Ducati “needs to make a step” to fight for 2021 MotoGP title

Ducati “needs to make a step” with its 2021 MotoGP bike in order to fight for this year’s world championship, according to Francesco Bagnaia.

Freddie Hunt, son of F1 champion James, set for historic racing debut

Freddie Hunt, son of 1976 Formula 1 world champion James, will make his debut in historic racing at The Classic, Silverstone (30 Jul - 1 Aug).

Alonso: F1 sprint format needs “spicy” qualifying on Friday

Fernando Alonso says he likes Formula 1’s new sprint format – but he would prefer Friday’s qualifying session to be “more spicy.”

World RX postpones maiden Nurburgring round due to flooding

The World Rallycross Championship’s maiden visit to the Nurburgring, set to take place next week as the second and third rounds of the 2021 series, has been postponed.

The late bloomer emerging from obscurity to become Honda's new hero Plus

The late bloomer emerging from obscurity to become Honda's new hero

He's hardly one of the best-known names on the Japanese racing scene. But in his eighth season of Super Formula Tomoki Nojiri is in the form of his career, with a key change prior to 2020 having a transformative effect on his confidence and elevating him to the position of 2021 title favourite

Bottas in Alfa Romeo F1 link for 2022, if Mercedes opts for Russell

Valtteri Bottas has emerged as a lead candidate to switch to Alfa Romeo next season if the Finn is not retained by the Mercedes Formula 1 team.

Vasser-Sullivan considering “all options” to escape IndyCar slump

The Jimmy Vasser-James Sullivan partnership is considering several ways to boost its fortunes in 2022, which could possibly include a split from Dale Coyne Racing and signing a new driver.

Castroneves signs full-time with Meyer Shank for 2022, Harvey out

Meyer Shank Racing-Honda is to run two full-season entries next season, but while one will be for 2021 Indy winner Helio Castroneves, Jack Harvey will not be in the other.