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Indy 500: Dixon claims pole record with 234mph average

Scott Dixon charged to his fifth Indianapolis 500 pole, concluding qualifying for next Sunday's race with a 234.046mph average - the race's fastest ever pole speed.

F1 warns Spanish GP to fix 'unacceptable' traffic issues

Formula 1 has labelled the Spanish Grand Prix's crowd management issues as "not acceptable" and has urged the local promoter to address the problem for next year.

Ferrari: No warning of Leclerc’s "sudden" Spain F1 power unit failure

Ferrari says the power unit failure that put Charles Leclerc out of Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix came out of the blue, with no prior warning of problems.

Verstappen: F1 Spanish GP Turn 4 error "really caught me by surprise"

Spanish Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen admits his Turn 4 error "really caught me by surprise" and says he was "lucky" to avoid damaging his Red Bull Formula 1 car.

Hamilton: I could have fought the Red Bulls in F1 Spanish GP

Lewis Hamilton believes he could have fought against the Red Bulls in the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix had it not been for his first-lap clash with Kevin Magnussen.

Latvala: Rovanpera Portugal WRC victory reminiscent of a dominant Sebastien Ogier

Toyota boss Jari Matti-Latvala has likened Kalle Rovanpera’s Rally Portugal victory to the dominance Sebastien Ogier produced on his way to a first World Rally Championship title in 2013.

McLaren: Norris battled tonsillitis during Spanish F1 GP weekend

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl revealed Lando Norris suffered from tonsillitis through the Spanish Grand Prix race weekend and praised the Briton for fighting through his illness to finish eighth.

Tyre wear "a massive worry" for van der Linde in Lausitzring DTM win

Lausitzring DTM dominator Sheldon van der Linde says tyre wear "was a massive worry" in race two as he fended off Maro Engel to win with 25kg in success ballast.

Russell: Spanish GP "a survival race" for Mercedes F1 due to overheating

Mercedes Formula 1's George Russell said the Spanish Grand Prix was “a survival race”, in which both Mercedes cars were “hurt a lot” by overheating issues.

Perez calls for Red Bull discussions over Spanish GP team orders

Red Bull boss Christian Horner thinks Sergio Perez will understand the Spanish GP team orders calls when he is presented with race data later on in post-race discussions.

Verstappen: DRS issues made Red Bull change F1 strategy to win Spanish GP

Max Verstappen said his intermittent DRS problems made it "difficult" to win Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix, which is why Red Bull turned to strategy to come out on top.

F1 Spanish GP: Verstappen fights back to win and grab points lead, as Leclerc retires

Max Verstappen has taken the lead of the 2022 Formula 1 championship by recovering from a half-spin to spectacularly win the Spanish Grand Prix after Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc retired.

F1 Grand Prix race results: Verstappen wins Spanish GP

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona on Sunday, after early race dominator Charles Leclerc was forced to retire his Ferrari when it lost power.

Leclerc "can't afford" more F1 DNFs after Spanish GP exit

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc said his team can't afford many more unforced errors after retiring from a dominant lead in Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix.

WRC Portugal: Rovanpera beats Evans to take third consecutive WRC win

Kalle Rovanpera has extended his World Rally Championship points lead after securing his third consecutive win with victory at Rally Portugal.

DTM Lausitzring: Van der Linde holds off Engel for double win

Sheldon van der Linde became the first double winner of the 2022 DTM season with a controlled drive from pole at the Lausitzring to sweep the weekend after capturing race one.

Nicky Hayden: Remembering motorsport's much-loved "one-off" five years on

On the fifth anniversary of his untimely death in 2017, Autosport is revisiting the time it sat down with two former team-mates - Dani Pedrosa and Michael van der Mark - to remember 2006 MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden and the qualities which made him a motorsport hero

Live: F1 Spanish Grand Prix commentary and updates

Minute by minute updates for Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Alonso clears air with FIA president Ben Sulayem after criticism

Fernando Alonso has held clear the air talks with FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem in the wake of the controversy over his Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix penalty.

F2 Spain: Drugovich comes from 10th to win feature race

Felipe Drugovich took his second FIA Formula 2 victory of the weekend in the feature race, dominating to cross the line more than five seconds ahead of Jack Doohan.

Steiner explains Haas pace despite lack of F1 upgrades at Spanish GP

Haas Formula 1 team principal Gunther Steiner has explained why his team was able to shine in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying despite not applying any upgrades like most of its midfield rivals.

Alonso to start Spanish GP from back of grid after taking new F1 power unit

Fernando Alonso will start Sunday’s Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix from the back of the grid after taking an all-new power unit for his home race.

WRC Portugal: Rovanpera extends lead to close in on victory

Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera has moved a step closer to winning Rally Portugal after extending his lead over team-mate Elfyn Evans in tricky wet conditions on Sunday morning.

Five F1 Spanish GP updates you may have missed

Almost every Formula 1 team has new parts at its disposal in Spain this weekend as the development race ramps up.

Aston Martin compromised on cooling with updated F1 "launch car"

Aston Martin Formula 1 team chief technical officer Andrew Green admits that a cooling issue has compromised the updated AMR22 at the Spanish Grand Prix.

F3 Spain: Martins recaptures points lead with feature race win

Victor Martins took his second FIA Formula 3 win of the season in Barcelona to recapture the lead in the championship.

Russell: Mercedes F1 has "real shot" against Ferrari in Spanish GP

George Russell believes Mercedes has a “real shot” against Ferrari in Sunday's Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, predicting it will be a “chaotic” race with high tyre wear.

DTM Lausitzring: Sheldon van der Linde takes pole after red flag

Sheldon van der Linde followed up his Saturday Lausitzring victory by taking pole for race two, following a late red flag caused by a fire for Felipe Fraga’s Ferrari.

The risk-laden sector at the heart of F1's latest sponsorship arms race Plus

The risk-laden sector at the heart of F1's latest sponsorship arms race

No self-respecting Formula 1 team is complete these days without a cryptocurrency sponsor and a cupboard full of non-fungible tokens. STUART CODLING digs into the new sponsorship battleground and casts an eye on its future

Peugeot "not going to Monza to be spectators" on 9X8's WEC debut

Peugeot will take its 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar to the Monza World Endurance Championship round in July with the intention of challenging its new rivals on debut.

Filming day gave Ferrari head start on Spain F1 upgrades

Ferrari admits a filming day it ran at Monza last week gave it a head start prior to running its new upgrade package at the Formula 1 Spanish GP weekend.

F1 set to group races by region in 2023 calendar reshuffle

Formula 1 is planning to group more races by region in 2023 in an effort to improve its sustainability credentials by reducing freight movements and personnel travel.

Supercars Winton: Waters pips van Gisbergen in finale

Cam Waters held off a hard-charging Shane van Gisbergen to take a second win from three Supercars races at Winton in the final contest, as the latter won race two.

Super Formula Autopolis: Hirakawa charges to victory from eighth Autopolis
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Super Formula Autopolis: Hirakawa charges to victory from eighth

Impul Toyota driver Ryo Hirakawa charged from eighth on the grid to score his second victory of the 2022 Super Formula season at Autopolis, slashing his points deficit to Tomoki Nojiri.

Vettel: Aston Martin F1 concept switch is right call despite Q1 exit

Sebastian Vettel remains adamant that Aston Martin has done the right thing with its change of car concept, despite its Q1 exit at Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Indy 500: Sato, Grosjean, Johnson into top 12 fight

Takuma Sato had a wild ride into Sunday’s Indy 500 pole battle and he’ll face rookies Romain Grosjean and Jimmie Johnson, as rain brought an early conclusion to Saturday's qualifying.

Rovanpera shocked to be leading WRC Rally Portugal

Kalle Rovanpera says he is surprised to be leading Rally Portugal heading into the final day given the disadvantage of starting the gravel rally by opening the road.

WRC Portugal: Rovanpera charges into lead over Evans as rain arrives

Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera has charged into the lead of Rally Portugal after overhauling World Rally Championship team-mate Elfyn Evans across a weather affected Saturday afternoon loop of stages.

Unwell Norris admits Spanish GP weekend "not my peak"

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris has admitted that he's been feeling unwell this weekend, noting that the Spanish Grand Prix is "definitely not my peak".

Indy 500: VeeKay leads first qualifying runs, Castroneves, Herta, Andretti hit trouble

Rinus VeeKay took full advantage of the favourable temperatures at the start of the day to set the third fastest qualifying run in Indy 500 history, but there was major trouble for Helio Castroneves, Colton Herta and Marco Andretti.

F1 Spanish Grand Prix – Start time, how to watch, & more

Charles Leclerc will start from pole position for the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix after topping qualifying. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

Wolff: Mercedes can start catching F1 rivals after solving porpoising

Toto Wolff believes his Mercedes Formula 1 team can finally start catching up to Red Bull and Ferrari after solving its car's crippling porpoising issues.

F2 Spain: Drugovich reclaims title lead with dominant sprint race victory

Felipe Drugovich took his second FIA Formula 2 win of the season in the Barcelona sprint race, taking the lead off the line to finish two seconds clear of Ayumu Iwasa.

Mercedes F1 car improvements offer Hamilton "glimpse of hope"

Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes’ step forward with its Formula 1 car in Spain offers a “glimpse of hope”, but he is not giving thought to reviving his title ambition.

Sainz: Leclerc can cope with "snappier" Ferrari F1 car more easily

Carlos Sainz reckons his current shortcomings compared to Charles Leclerc are due to a "snappier" Ferrari that his Formula 1 team-mate is able to 'play with a lot more'.

DRS fault caused Verstappen's Spanish GP Q3 slowdown

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says a DRS problem caused Max Verstappen to abort his final Spanish Grand Prix Q3 run, but doesn't believe he would have been able to beat polesitter Charles Leclerc.

Leclerc: Ferrari still needs to get on top of tyres despite Spanish GP pole

Charles Leclerc thinks his pole position for Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix will count for little if his Ferrari team does not get on top of its recent tyre degradation struggles.

F1 Grand Prix qualifying results: Leclerc takes Spanish GP pole

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc took pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, the sixth round of the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship, bouncing back from an early Q3 spin.

F1 Spanish GP: Leclerc grabs pole after spin as Verstappen hits issue

Charles Leclerc recovered from a spin to land a remarkable pole position for Formula 1’s 2022 Spanish Grand Prix as Max Verstappen was hurt by a final-lap loss of power.

Indy 500: Carpenter, Dixon head last practice before qualifying

Ed Carpenter turned the fastest lap of the final practice session prior to qualifying, as Scott Dixon ran the best unassisted single lap and best four-lap average without a tow.

Dashboard distraction prompted rare Ogier mistake at Rally Portugal

Sebastien Ogier says a dashboard distraction following a hybrid issue with his Toyota prompted an uncharacteristic driving error, resulting in a second WRC retirement from Rally Portugal.

W Series Spain: Chadwick dominates to continue perfect start to 2022

Jamie Chadwick maintained her flawless start to the defence of her W Series title with a third consecutive victory in a dominant performance in Spain.

F1 trials paddock robots to help fans in hospital meet drivers

Formula 1 has been trialling innovative robots that can roam around the paddock to connect hospitalised fans who cannot attend the race with their racing heroes.

DTM Lausitzring: Van der Linde scores first win for new BMW M4

Schubert Motorsport BMW driver Sheldon van der Linde took his first DTM victory of 2022 at the Lausitzring after passing poleman Lucas Auer at the start.

F1 Spanish GP: Leclerc beats Verstappen to top final practice

Charles Leclerc narrowly pipped Max Verstappen in final practice ahead of Formula 1’s 2022 Spanish Grand Prix as Mercedes’ apparent improvement returned third and fourth.

Bottas loses F1 engine as Friday practice nightmare form continues

The run of nightmare Fridays for Valtteri Bottas and his Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team continued in Spain when the Finn suffered an engine failure early in FP2.

WRC Portugal: Evans extends lead over Rovanpera, Ogier and Loeb hit trouble again

Elfyn Evans extended his Rally Portugal lead over Toyota team-mate Kalle Rovanpera after a drama-filed Saturday morning.

Live: F1 Spanish GP commentary and updates - FP3 & qualifying

Minute-by-minute updates for Saturday's FP3 and qualifying sessions for the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Red Bull focused on checking for IP leaks in F1 Aston Martin copy row

Red Bull is not currently planning any further action with the FIA over Aston Martin’s Formula 1 car, instead focusing on an internal investigation to find any possible IP leak.

Mercedes: “Too early” to commit on development path on F1 car concept

Mercedes’ Formula 1 technical director Mike Elliott believes it is “too early” to rule whether it is best to develop its current car concept despite taking a “step forward” in Spain.