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IndyCar Rookie of the Year McLaughlin targets Indy 500 win in 2022

IndyCar’s 2021 Rookie of the Year Scott McLaughlin believes his next steps are to finish in the top 10 in the championship and compete for Indy 500 victory.

Hamilton’s top 10 F1 wins ranked: British GP, German GP and more

Autosport first picked out Lewis Hamilton’s 10 greatest Formula 1 victories after his 50th success at the 2016 United States Grand Prix, then upon matching Michael Schumacher’s tally of 91.

Ganassi: Palou’s IndyCar title triumph “as big as it gets” Long Beach
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Ganassi: Palou’s IndyCar title triumph “as big as it gets”

After seeing Alex Palou score his team’s 14th IndyCar drivers’ title, Chip Ganassi said this latest triumph means a huge amount to the #10 crew and paid tribute to the entire squad.

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 Russian Grand Prix

Formula 1’s non-stop action and drama in 2021 didn’t miss a beat in Sochi, as the title battle took another twist and the next generation continued to shine through the rain. Autosport picks out the key talking points at the Russian Grand Prix, covering centurion Lewis Hamilton, a painful maiden victory miss for Lando Norris and why Max Verstappen and Red Bull left the Russian costal venue feeling like the ultimate winners

McLaren: Norris will bounce back after Russia F1 heartbreak

Lando Norris will bounce back from his Russian Grand Prix heartbreak a "stronger" Formula 1 driver, says his McLaren boss.

Pagenaud to leave Penske and join Meyer Shank Racing in 2022

Indianapolis 500 winner and IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud will leave Team Penske and join former team-mate Helio Castroneves at Meyer Shank Racing for next year.

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Hamilton at 100 wins: In his adversaries’ words

Some 18 drivers have finished runner-up to Lewis Hamilton on his way to 100 wins. Three of those recall their battles with Formula 1’s centurion and give their personal insights into the seven-time world champion on his rise to unchartered territory

Piastri to use 10-week F2 break to discuss future plans

Oscar Piastri will use the two and half month break between Formula 2 rounds to discuss his future, admitting a Formula 1 reserve driver role at Alpine next year would be helpful.

Red Bull: Verstappen's Russian GP podium "like a victory"

Red Bull says Max Verstappen’s runner-up position in Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix felt like a victory, after he came from the back of the grid.

F1 Esports Series Pro Championship drivers and schedule announced

The F1 Esports Series Pro Championship grid is now set, with the drivers and calendar revealed for the championship held using the F1 2021 game.

Herta "didn't think we had a shot at winning" Long Beach from 14th

Colton Herta admits he didn't think he had a chance of winning the IndyCar season finale at Long Beach after qualifying in a lowly 14th position.

McLaren's mistake in Russian GP not only its weather forecast

When McLaren returns to its Formula 1 factory this week, it will begin a deep investigation on the chain of events that derailed its Russian Grand Prix victory hopes.

Supercars to resume season under lights at Sydney Motorsport Park

Supercars will bring a three-month break to its season to an end with a night race at Sydney Motorsport Park in late October.

Russian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2021 Russian GP was decided by late-arriving rain that allowed some to climb and caused others to plummet. But the events which played out beforehand are equally significant when considering the all-important driver ratings

Giovinazzi's Sochi F1 race “a mess” after radio failure

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi says his Russian GP was “a mess” after he lost radio communications with the pitwall soon after the start of the race.

How Mercedes made the “blind faith” call that won Hamilton his 100 milestone at Sochi

Until rain turned the Russian Grand Prix on its head in the closing stages, Lando Norris was set to convert his first Formula 1 pole position into a maiden win. But having recovered well from being shuffled back at the start, Hamilton and his Mercedes team called the changing conditions spot-on for a landmark 100th F1 victory

Palou already setting sights on retaining IndyCar title next year

Newly crowned IndyCar champion Alex Palou says he’s already setting his sights on retaining his title next year.

Sainz: Russian GP my best weekend so far with Ferrari

Carlos Sainz Jr felt “proud” of his performance across the Russian Grand Prix weekend, calling it his best Formula 1 race weekend since joining Ferrari for 2021.

NASCAR Las Vegas: Hamlin beats Elliott for victory
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NASCAR Las Vegas: Hamlin beats Elliott for victory

Denny Hamlin advances to the semifinal of the 2021 NASCAR Cup playoffs after scoring victory in Las Vegas ahead of defending champion Chase Elliott.

Mercedes vows to be "really aggressive" in fight against Red Bull

Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff says his team will continue to be "really aggressive" in its title fight against Red Bull, acknowledging neither side is currently maximising its points.

Autosport Podcast: Russian GP review

Lewis Hamilton hit a new landmark with victory in Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix, becoming the first driver in Formula 1 history to score 100 race wins.

IndyCar Long Beach: Palou secures maiden title as Herta beats Newgarden Long Beach
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IndyCar Long Beach: Palou secures maiden title as Herta beats Newgarden

Alex Palou secured the 2021 IndyCar title at Long Beach, as Colton Herta held off a late-race assault from polesitter Josef Newgarden to take victory.

O’Ward taken out of IndyCar title fight early in series finale

Arrow McLaren SP's Pato O’Ward has lost his shot at the IndyCar title at the Long Beach finale due to transmission failure, which occurred 17 laps after he was punted into a spin at the end of the opening tour.

Ticktum would make a great IndyCar driver, says Carlin

Stephanie Tindall, who helps run Carlin's IndyCar team, believes that the team's Formula 2 race-winner Dan Ticktum would be an ideal fit for US open-wheel racing in future.

Bourdais to race IMSA full-time, IndyCar part-time in 2022

Sebastien Bourdais is set to be confirmed as a full-time IMSA Prototype driver for 2022, and is now seeking to fill his non-sportscar weekends racing in IndyCar for AJ Foyt.

BTCC Silverstone: Hill passes Lloyd to win Silverstone finale

British Touring Car Championship title contender Jake Hill recovered from a disastrous qualifying and race one of the weekend to win the finale at the Silverstone round.

Ed Carpenter Racing confirms VeeKay for third IndyCar season

Ed Carpenter Racing has announced that Rinus VeeKay will run a third season for the team in 2022.

Norris gets reprimand for F1 pitlane entry incident in Sochi

Lando Norris has kept seventh place in Sunday’s Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix after only receiving a reprimand for cutting pit entry during the late downpour.

Stroll penalised for Gasly clash in F1 Russian GP

Lance Stroll has been handed a 10-second penalty following his clash with Pierre Gasly at Formula 1's Russian Grand Prix.

Mercedes strategists ‘adamant’ to pit after Hamilton ignored first call

Toto Wolff says Mercedes’ Formula 1 strategists were “adamant” to pit Lewis Hamilton for intermediates late in the Russian Grand Prix after he ignored an initial call to come in.

Lewis Hamilton's 100 F1 wins – 2008 British GP, 2020 Turkish GP and more

Lewis Hamilton became the first driver to score 100 wins in the Formula 1 world championship in the 2021 Russian Grand Prix.

Silverstone BTCC: Butcher doubles up with race two win

Toyota star Rory Butcher made it two wins out of two in a gripping second British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Silverstone.

McLaren: Call to keep Norris on slicks in F1 Russian GP a team decision

McLaren boss Andreas Seidl says the decision for Lando Norris to remain on slicks in the wet final Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix laps was ultimately a team call.

Norris "devastated" to lose Sochi F1 win after defying inters call

Lando Norris said he was ‘devastated’ to lose victory in Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix, after taking responsibility for the wrong tyre call in not pitting for inters late on.

Grand Prix race results: Hamilton wins wild Russian F1 GP

Lewis Hamilton won the Russian Grand Prix for Mercedes at Sochi on Sunday, the 100th F1 victory of his career, as a late downpour cost McLaren’s Lando Norris his first-ever GP win.

Hamilton: Norris would have been tough to beat without late rain

Lewis Hamilton believes it would have been “tough” to beat McLaren’s Lando Norris in Sochi before a late rain shower helped the Mercedes driver score his 100th Formula 1 win.

Which F1 records does Lewis Hamilton have? Most wins, poles and more

Lewis Hamilton is one of the most successful drivers in the history of Formula 1, but which records does he currently hold?

F1 Russian GP: Hamilton takes 100th win as late rain denies Norris

Lewis Hamilton scored his 100th Formula 1 victory, winning the 2021 Russian Grand Prix after a rain shower thwarted long-time leader Lando Norris and aided Max Verstappen’s rise to second.

Silverstone BTCC: Butcher takes race one win after pass on Ingram

Toyota’s Rory Butcher recovered from initially losing the lead to win the first British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Silverstone.

F1 Russian Grand Prix: Live commentary and updates

Live commentary and updates from Formula 1's Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom

Archive: How unflappable rookie Raikkonen took F1 by storm

Kimi Raikkonen is officially on his Formula 1 farewell tour, having announced his retirement at the end of this season. It will bring down the curtain on F1's longest career, currently standing at 341 race starts, a feat few could have imagined when he sat down with Autosport to discuss his rookie season for the 16 August 2001 magazine

Sainz: "Strange" Sochi circuit could hold back Mercedes and Red Bull

Carlos Sainz thinks it's not a given that Formula 1 title contenders Mercedes and Red Bull will swiftly push through to the front of the Russian Grand Prix.

Realteam Hydrogen Redline, Porsche win Le Mans Virtual Series Round 1 at Monza

Realteam Hydrogen Redline has won the 4 Hours of Monza, the opening round of the Le Mans Virtual Series, as Jeffrey Rietveld, Dani Juncadella and Michal Smidl held off GPX Rebellion Williams and Floyd ByKolles-Burst. In GTE, the Porsche Esports Team car driven by Mitchell deJong, Mack Bakkum and Martin Kronke was dominant.

Engine necessity or spoiler tactic? What's behind Bottas' grid drop

The decision by the Mercedes Formula 1 team to give Valtteri Bottas a fresh power unit for the Russian GP has added an extra layer of intrigue to a race that already has a very different looking grid.

Williams: Russell's Sochi F1 qualifying result came in team's "best dry car"

Williams says George Russell’s third-place result in the wet-to-dry Russian Grand Prix Formula 1 qualifying session was achieved in its “best dry car”, not because of a wet weather set-up.

McLaren says Mercedes in "different league" in dry F1 race pace

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl thinks rival Mercedes will be in a "different league" in pace terms in Formula 1's Russian Grand Prix if it remains dry.

F2 Sochi: Piastri strengthens title push after dominant feature race victory

Oscar Piastri took another step towards the Formula 2 title after holding off Theo Pourchaire to claim victory in the feature race at Sochi.

Hamilton: Wait for 100th F1 win "taking longer than ever"

Lewis Hamilton feels that the wait for his 100th Formula 1 victory is "taking longer than ever" as he bids to reach the milestone in Sunday's Russian Grand Prix.

Verstappen hopes set-up changes will aid fightback in F1 Russian GP

Max Verstappen hopes set-up tweaks made to his car following Friday's practice running in Sochi will aid his recovery through the Formula 1 field in the Russian Grand Prix.

Why momentum is again behind Australia’s aces

At the Italian Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo turned around a troubled F1 season and, in F2, Oscar Piastri demonstrated once again that he is a potential star of the future. BEN EDWARDS weighs up the prospects of F1 having two Australian stars

Wolff wouldn’t be surprised to see Russell lead opening lap in Sochi

Toto Wolff would not be surprised to see Mercedes Formula 1 protege George Russell lead on the opening lap of the Russian Grand Prix after starting third on the grid.

O’Ward upset to get “hosed” by “very odd call” from IndyCar in Long Beach Q2

Championship challenger Pato O’Ward says he felt cheated out of his chance to be in the Fast Six at Long Beach following a controversial end to Q2 in IndyCar qualifying.

Jordan “playing it safe” with hybrid in BTCC qualifying

One-time British Touring Car champion Andrew Jordan has admitted that the team behind the series’ new hybrid system was playing it safe in qualifying for its race debut at Silverstone.

Long Beach IMSA: Nasr and Derani take comfortable victory

Brazilians Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani took a comfortable victory in the IMSA Sportscar Championship at Long Beach, finishing 10 seconds clear of Kevin Magnussen/Renger van der Zande.

F3 Sochi: Doohan secures teams' title for Trident after fierce Novalak battle

Jack Doohan took victory in the final FIA Formula 3 race of the season in Sochi, securing Trident the teams’ championship title after a tense battle with team-mate Clement Novalak.

Bottas hit with Russian GP grid penalty after F1 engine change

Valtteri Bottas is taking a grid penalty for the Formula 1 Russian GP after changing some Mercedes power unit elements overnight.

Ticktum looking to IndyCar, DTM and Formula E for 2022

Dan Ticktum says he has a "couple of options" for next season and would be looking for drives in IndyCar, DTM or Formula E if he moves away from Formula 2 in 2022.

Long Beach IndyCar: Newgarden takes pole as points leader Palou starts 10th

Josef Newgarden took pole for the IndyCar season finale in Long Beach, while championship rivals Alex Palou and Pato O’Ward will start 10th and eighth respectively.

Podcast: F1 Russian GP qualifying report

A wet-to-dry qualifying session produced an unlikely grid ahead of the Russian Grand Prix, with McLaren's Lando Norris on pole ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr.

Long Beach IndyCar: Herta sets the pace again in second practice

Colton Herta turned the fastest lap of the weekend so far to top second practice for the IndyCar season finale at Long Beach this weekend.