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What the brave new world of LMDh really looks like on track

As the future of sportscar racing in Europe has witnessed a tantalizing drip-drip of Le Mans Hypercars from Toyota, Glickenhaus, Peugeot, Ferrari and Vanwall, across the pond in America the LMDh era arrived with a big bang at Daytona last week as Acura, BMW, Cadillac and Porsche all hit the track together for the first time.

Leclerc expecting “smooth transition” under new Ferrari boss

Charles Leclerc believes that Ferrari will undergo a “smooth transition” when a new Formula 1 team principal takes over next year.

Rovanpera expects bigger WRC title challenge after Tanak’s M-Sport switch

Kalle Rovanpera expects a bigger challenge to defend his World Rally Championship title in 2023 now there are winning drivers in all three teams, following Ott Tanak’s move to M-Sport.

Gasly: No guarantees on AlphaTauri 2023 form as it changes F1 concept

Pierre Gasly is unsure how AlphaTauri will perform in Formula 1 in 2023 as it has changed the concept of its car for next year.

Alpine: Joining WEC late an advantage amid issues with hybrid system

Nicolas Lapierre believes Alpine stands to benefit from joining the World Endurance Championship a year late in 2024 because of the headaches LMDh manufacturers have faced with spec hybrid components.

How MotoGP riders are preparing for the physical stress of sprint races Plus

How MotoGP riders are preparing for the physical stress of sprint races

With the expansion of the calendar to 21 grands prix and the introduction of sprint races, the 2023 MotoGP season will take the riders to almost 1,300 kilometres of competition more than this year, a factor that forces adjustments in their physical preparations.

Newey: Red Bull arguably spent too long developing 2021 F1 car

Adrian Newey believes Red Bull developed Max Verstappen’s 2021 Formula 1 title-winning car “arguably longer than we should have done”, leaving “a lot to do” for the new regulations.

"Lucky" shows former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone as you’ve never seen him before News
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"Lucky" shows former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone as you’ve never seen him before

Review: New eight-part docuseries launching this month on streaming platforms.

Ocon: Only a podium missing from strongest F1 season yet

Alpine Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon says only a podium is missing from what he felt was his best season in F1 so far.

Bahrain Full Access: Episode 3
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Bahrain Full Access: Episode 3

The latest episode of the World Endurance Championship’s all access series continues with the build-up to the Bahrain 8 Hours season finale.

Why Mercedes believes it can make the step F1 needs to fight Red Bull Plus

Why Mercedes believes it can make the step F1 needs to fight Red Bull

The 2022 Formula 1 season was Mercedes' leanest for a decade, achieving just a solitary pole and grand prix win. Yet the team is confident it has got the tools it needs to cast that disappointment aside and return to the front of the field again next year

Tander makes Ford Supercars switch after Triple Eight departure

Garth Tander will race a Grove Racing Ford Mustang at the Bathurst 1000 following his shock departure from Triple Eight.

Morbidelli: People “don’t care” when you struggle in MotoGP

Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli says it’s “normal” for onlookers to underappreciate what a rider is fighting against in a tough MotoGP season, and that people “don’t care” what the reason is.

NIO 333 "signs are positive" as team unveils striking Formula E livery

NIO 333's Russell O'Hagan reckons "the signs are positive" at the team ahead of Valencia testing, as it looks to move away from the back of the Formula E grid.

Norris: One F1 podium ‘isn’t enough’ despite ‘very tough’ year for McLaren

Lando Norris says scoring just a single podium finish in Formula 1 this year “isn’t enough” despite being the only driver outside the leading three teams to achieve a rostrum.

Friday favourite: The all-action rallycross venue with a bit of everything

Circuit racing has plenty of gems, but the rallycross world also has its fair share of tracks that capture the imagination of both fans and participants. Current World RX team boss and legendary former driver Kenneth Hansen explains what makes Holjes in Sweden his favourite circuit in Autosport's ongoing series

Copying Ferrari/Red Bull F1 sidepods never an option for Mercedes in 2022

Mercedes said it never considered copying rival sidepod designs this year, despite other Formula 1 teams falling in line with the benchmark Red Bull and Ferrari solutions.

CUPRA teams up with ABT to compete in Formula E from 2023

CUPRA has teamed up with ABT to compete in Formula E from 2023, marking the German manufacturer's return to the all-electric championship.

Vanthoor, Weerts join BMW as 2023 works drivers

Former Audi stalwarts Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts have joined WRT in making the switch to BMW as the German brand's latest works drivers for 2023.

Hawksworth and Barnicoat continue with VSR Lexus for 2023 IMSA campaign

Vasser Sullivan has confirmed that Jack Hawksworth and Ben Barnicoat will continue to race the #14 Lexus RC F in the IMSA SportsCar Championship's GTD Pro in 2023.

Andretti's Lotterer expects "completely different" Formula E Gen3 races

Avalanche Andretti's Andre Lotterer anticipates a very different approach to Formula E races amid the Gen3 era, particularly with the changes to attack mode for the 2022-23 season.

Aston Martin 2023 F1 car will have “significant differences”

Aston Martin Formula 1 technical director Dan Fallows says next year’s AMR23 will feature “significant differences” relative to this year’s car.

How BRM's one-off F1 double defied its rollercoaster history Plus

How BRM's one-off F1 double defied its rollercoaster history

It’s 60 years since BRM achieved its goal and Graham Hill led the team to a world title double. But that was just part of the remarkable story of a unique team that at times overstretched its resources and had its fair share of disappointments

Vettel: Returning to F1 paddock after retirement will be a "weird moment"

Sebastian Vettel is confident he will be back in the Formula 1 paddock “to have a look” in the future, but thinks it will be “a difficult or weird moment”.

ADAC reveals 2023 DTM plans and calendar after takeover

The ADAC has revealed how it plans to run the DTM in 2023 after taking over the running of the championship from previous owner ITR.

Obituary: Historics and hillclimb star Charles Barter 1943-2022

Leonard Charles Barter – known universally by his second name – who passed away recently following a short tussle with cancer, was among Britain’s greatest sporting motorists of the past 60 years.

F1 circuit contracts: How long each race will remain on the Formula 1 calendar

There is much speculation about the future of various historic grands prix on the Formula 1 calendar. When do the contracts for the races expire and which GPs will be added in 2023? Find out more here.

FIA formally outlaws Mercedes F1 slot-gap separator trick

The FIA has now formally banned a front wing trick that Mercedes considered this season before it was advised it could fall foul of Formula 1’s regulations.

The club racing series that starred and struggled during 2022

Off the back of a very successful 2021 season, rising inflation was always likely to put a dampener on club racing grid sizes this year. But there were still plenty of categories that continued to grow, even when others suffered declines

How Yamaha lost its satellite MotoGP team for 2023

For the first time in the modern MotoGP era, Yamaha will field just two bikes on the premier class grid in 2023 after losing its satellite partnership with RNF Racing.

Van der Garde joins United for Portimao and Monza WEC races

Former Formula 1 driver Giedo van der Garde will join United Autosports for the Portimao and Monza rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2023.

FIA ready to shorten DRS zones in F1 2023

The FIA looks set to reduce the length of some DRS zones in Formula 1 next season, amid concerns that overtaking has become too easy at several venues.

Magazine: Can Mercedes make the step F1 needs?

Mercedes’ Formula 1 fightback, a BRM celebration and the Autosport Awards all feature in this week’s Autosport magazine, out today (8 December).

Why club racing entry numbers matter

It's the time of year again when Autosport reflects on the grid sizes found in club racing during the past 12 months. But, before analysing how each of the major English clubs performed, it's important to consider why these numbers are significant

The bold F1 DRS experiment that could end the debate forever Plus

The bold F1 DRS experiment that could end the debate forever

OPINION: The effectiveness of DRS in Formula 1 remains a topic of debate as the winter break gives a chance for reflection on the racing we saw in 2022. For all of its detractors, perhaps an experiment where DRS is cast aside and the impact this has on racing is in order to truly understand its merits in modern F1

Lawson: Super Formula car "felt a lot like F1" in test

Red Bull junior Liam Lawson says driving a Super Formula car at Suzuka reminded him of Formula 1 machinery, with the Japanese series a "big step up" from Formula 2.

F1 announces Zandvoort contract extension until end of 2025

Formula 1 has confirmed that Zandvoort will continue to host the Dutch Grand Prix and remain on the calendar for at least another three years after signing a contract extension.

Le Mans 24 Hours to reserve 15 slots for LMP2 cars in 2024

A minimum of 15 grid spots at the Le Mans 24 Hours will be reserved for LMP2 cars if the class is dropped from the World Endurance Championship in 2024.

FIA doubles F1 cost cap allowance for sprint races in 2023

The FIA has announced it will double teams’ cost cap allowance for each Formula 1 sprint race in 2023, but has ditched the exemptions for accident damage.

Formula E completes 2022-23 calendar with Portland race

The 2022-23 Formula E calendar has been completed with the addition of a round in Portland, Oregon to ensure the United States remains on next season's schedule.

FIA to drop F1 COVID vaccination requirement for 2023

The FIA has announced that it will relax Formula 1’s COVID-19 protocols for the 2023 season, including a requirement for those in the paddock to be vaccinated.

Aston Martin explains the unique F1 tyre scrubbing tactic it used in 2022

Aston Martin has revealed why it elected to deploy a unique tyre scrubbing tactic for the 2022 Formula 1 season, which was necessary due to the change in wheel size.

Porsche confirms 963 customer team delay in 2023 WEC, IMSA

Porsche’s customer 963 teams in the World Endurance Championship and the American IMSA series will be forced to miss multiple rounds due to supply chain issues with its new LMDh challenger.

Vergne: DS Penske Formula E link-up and direction "continuity of ambition to win"

Jean-Eric Vergne says the DS Penske "marriage" has started well following their tie-up for Formula E's Gen3 era, and the path for progression has been "clear" for the two entities.

The sliding doors moment that saved Red Bull and Porsche Plus

The sliding doors moment that saved Red Bull and Porsche

OPINION: Everything looked set for Red Bull and Porsche to join forces for the 2026 season, before the marriage between both parties was called off. While at the time it looked like a major coup for Formula 1 in gaining both VW Group powerhouses Audi and Porsche for 2026, Red Bull and Porsche have really been spared a potentially fractious relationship.

F2 graduate Maloney joins Red Bull Junior Team

Zane Maloney has joined the Red Bull Junior Team ahead of his maiden Formula 2 campaign next year.

Wolff: 'Too much porcelain broken' for Binotto to join Mercedes F1

Toto Wolff has ruled out the possibility of outgoing Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Mattia Binotto joining Mercedes in the future, saying there was “too much porcelain broken between us.”

IndyCar's VeeKay joins LMP2 squad TDS Racing at Daytona 24H

Ed Carpenter Racing IndyCar driver Rinus VeeKay has joined LMP2 squad TDS Racing for the upcoming Daytona 24 Hours.

How Toyota transformed an F1 hopeful into a factory WRC driver Plus

How Toyota transformed an F1 hopeful into a factory WRC driver

Having originally started out in karting and single-seaters to follow his dream of making it to Formula 1, Takamoto Katsuta's career instead changed course into the world of rallying. A breakthrough 2022 WRC season has lifted Katsuta into Toyota's factory line-up - but it's been a long road to the top level

F1 reveals six sprint races for 2023 including Spa and Baku

Formula 1 has announced the locations for its six sprint races in 2023 as Baku and Spa join the expanded roster for next year.

Tanak secures M-Sport WRC switch for 2023

Ott Tanak will spearhead M-Sport Ford’s 2023 World Rally Championship attack after securing a deal to reunite with the squad where his top flight rally career began.

Steiner: F1 reserve drives show Hulkenberg "will be straight on it"

Haas boss Gunther Steiner thinks Nico Hulkenberg's cameos over the past three seasons show that he "will be straight on it" when he joins the Formula 1 team next season.

Former Renault F1 boss set to become Hyundai WRC team principal

Former Renault Formula 1 boss Cyril Abiteboul is set to be announced as Hyundai Motorsport’s new team principal of its World Rally Championship and touring car programmes.

The set-up tool that offers a shortcut to success

Devising the best car set-up on any given weekend is vital to successful outcomes in motorsport. Shortcuts are few and far between, but there is a tool that can help…

Berger lobbies new DTM owners to keep existing rules, explains future plans

Gerhard Berger has called on the ADAC to keep the DTM's current format and regulations next year following his sale of the championship to the German motorsport promoter.

Red Bull’s ‘Muhammad Ali’ approach was its F1 strength, says Ferrari

Red Bull’s ‘Muhammad Ali’ ability to hit back when it appeared to be on the ropes was key to its success in Formula 1 this year, reckons rival Ferrari.

IndyCar's next-gen engines will now be 2.2-litre motors instead of 2.4

The next-gen IndyCar engine formula, set for introduction in 2024, will now couple hybrid units with 2.2-litre engines rather than increasing capacity to 2.4l.

Maserati MSG unveils livery for its debut Formula E campaign

The Maserati MSG squad has unveiled the livery of its Tipo Folgore car it will race for the first time in Formula E next season.

FIA: "No doubt" floor changes for 2023 were right thing to do

The FIA believes there is “no doubt” it did the right thing by changing Formula 1’s floor rules for 2023 to combat porpoising.

F1 world champion Villeneuve in frame for Vanwall WEC seat

Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve is in the running for a seat with the Vanwall Le Mans Hypercar squad in next year’s World Endurance Championship.