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What is behind McLaren's latest F1 upgrades

McLaren has emerged as the strongest 'best of the rest' team in Formula 1 this year, but it hasn't stopped it pushing on with upgrades.

The Bend Supercars: Heimgartner takes maiden win despite penalty

Andre Heimgartner took a career-first Supercars race victory at The Bend despite being served a five-second penalty for an unsafe release, as Kelly Grove Racing ended a three-year win drought. 

FIA explains clampdown on F1 drivers using old Spain circuit

The FIA has explained the clampdown on Formula 1 drivers using the old layout in the final sector of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to gain an advantage during Spanish Grand Prix qualifying.

The Barcelona practice times that prove Red Bull's title credentials, and heap pressure on Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes led the way in Friday practice for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, but there was one big encouraging sign for Red Bull. The trouble is, it looks like making good on that gain will require its superstar driver to avoid repeating a mistake made today that left him well down the FP2 order

F1 assessing Turkish GP impact after country placed on UK red-list

Formula 1 is assessing the potential impact on the Turkish GP after the UK government announced on Friday that the country is going on its COVID travel red list.

Vettel ‘more at home’ with Aston Martin F1 car after upgrades

Sebastian Vettel feels "a lot more at home" with Aston Martin's Formula 1 car after running the team's updates for the first time in Spanish Grand Prix practice on Friday.

Domenicali: "Robust" F1 will survive if Hamilton retires

Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali says that the championship is "robust" enough to survive the potential retirement of Lewis Hamilton at the end of this season.

Late Monaco FE track layout changes hasn't affected drivers' preparations

Formula E's late changes to the Monaco layout ahead of its first race at the full circuit on Saturday have not affected sim preparations, say the drivers.

F1 Spanish GP qualifying - Start time, how to watch & more

Lewis Hamilton led the Friday practice times ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix. Here’s how and when to watch qualifying.

Hamilton happy to see F1 rivals catching up in 2021

Lewis Hamilton says Ferrari, McLaren and Alpine's progress in Formula 1 this season has been "amazing" to see, but suggests it is not only Red Bull that has to worry.

Wolff: Red Bull approached 100 Mercedes staff over F1 engine move

Toto Wolff says Red Bull approached around 100 Mercedes staff over a move to its new Formula 1 engine division after announcing a raft of recent signings.

Wolff received "weird texts" about controversial Valencia FE race

Venturi Racing team principal Susie Wolff says she received “a lot of weird texts” that she “didn’t even know” how to reply to after the controversial opening Valencia E-Prix race.

Shedden: Dynamics BTCC Honda feels “like an old pair of slippers”

Gordon Shedden says his Team Dynamics Honda already “feels like an old pair of slippers” ahead of his British Touring Car Championship comeback season that begins at Thruxton this weekend.

The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing

OPINION: Most of the column inches after the World Endurance Championship's opener were centred around the relative pace of the Hypercar class and the LMP2s, but there's another question that needs addressing in order for the new division to have a successful future

F1 Spanish GP: Hamilton tops FP2, Verstappen only ninth

Lewis Hamilton topped the second practice session for Formula 1’s 2021 Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Valtteri Bottas, with Max Verstappen well down the order after aborting his qualifying simulation.

Austrian Grand Prix: Tickets, the best grandstands, where to stay and how to get there

Find out how to drive to the Red Bull Ring, the best grandstands, and where to stay on race weekend.

Meet Sebastian Montoya, Juan Pablo's son aiming for F1

Max Verstappen, Mick Schumacher and soon Sebastian Montoya? The Colombian driver could be the next Formula 1 driver's son to compete in the world championship.

F1 financial numbers continue to improve after disastrous 2020

Formula 1 has released much improved financial numbers for the first quarter of 2021, reflecting the organisation's continued recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out its income early last season.

F1 team bosses to hold meeting to discuss track limit rules

Formula 1 team principals will discuss whether or not track limit rules need to change, during their regular race weekend get-together in Spain on Saturday.

Tost: Changes to F1 cost cap rules must be done ‘in a proper way’

AlphaTauri Formula 1 chief Franz Tost says changes to the financial regulations must be made “in a proper way” after voting against sporting penalties for procedural breaches last week.

Barcelona F3: Hauger snatches late pole from Doohan

Prema Racing's Dennis Hauger snatched a late pole position from Trident’s Jack Doohan in a hotly contested first FIA Formula 3 qualifying session of the season.

Horner: Poaching Mercedes F1 engine staff an “inevitability”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has defended his team's strategy of poaching key Mercedes staff for its Formula 1 engine project, saying its proximity to Mercedes made it an "inevitability".

Aston Martin: Red Bull/Mercedes F1 gap justifies low-rake complaints

Red Bull’s reduced gap to Mercedes in races this year proves that high rake cars have been hurt the least by new Formula 1 aero rules, reckons Aston Martin.

BTCC/F3 preview podcast: Your complete guide to the new season

Frantic edge-of-the-seat racing is set to return this weekend with the start of the British Touring Car Championship and FIA Formula 3 Championship.

Gresini becoming Aprilia MotoGP satellite would be "romantic"

Aleix Espargaro believes the Gresini Racing MotoGP team becoming Aprilia’s official satellite squad in 2022 would be “romantic” following the death of Fausto Gresini in February.

Vettel: ‘Wasted opportunity’ if Aston Martin writes off 2021 F1 season

Sebastian Vettel believes it would be a “wasted opportunity” if Aston Martin wrote off its 2021 season and switched full focus to next year’s Formula 1 car.

F1 Spanish GP: Bottas tops disrupted FP1 from Verstappen and Hamilton

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas led Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by 0.033s in a disrupted first practice session for Formula 1’s 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton third.

F1 Spanish GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP1 & FP2

Live commentary and updates from F1 Friday practice at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Barcelona F3: Prema’s Hauger leads practice as 2021 season begins

Prema Racing’s Dennis Hauger topped the times in the first FIA Formula 3 practice session of the 2021 season in Barcelona.

What to expect from TOCA's support categories at Thruxton

Just two of the BTCC’s usual support series will be in action this weekend, but there’s still plenty to watch out for at Thruxton as the British Formula 4 and Ginetta Junior series get underway

Raikkonen reveals his son teased him over F1 Portuguese GP crash

Kimi Raikkonen has revealed that he was teased by his son Robin over the crash that put him out of last weekend’s Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix.

WRC to become first FIA championship to use 100 percent sustainable fuel

The World Rally Championship will be the first FIA series to use 100% sustainable fuel from next season.

Perez following Verstappen’s Red Bull F1 car set-up to avoid getting "lost"

Sergio Perez has revealed that he is following Max Verstappen’s set-up direction to avoid getting "lost", as he gets to grips with his Red Bull Formula 1 car.

Verstappen: Mercedes still has F1 energy deployment advantage

Mercedes still holds an advantage with the energy deployment of its Formula 1 engine, despite Honda’s gains in overall power, reckons Max Verstappen.

Five key plotlines to follow in the 2021 BTCC Plus

Five key plotlines to follow in the 2021 BTCC

It’s been a busy silly season in the BTCC since the chequered flag fell to end the 2020 campaign last November. While last year’s top two have stayed put, there’s plenty of talking points elsewhere, which should result in another fascinating year of tin-top action

Hamilton wins third Laureus Award for social activism

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has won a third Laureus Award, receiving the new Laureus Athlete Advocate of the Year Award for his activism against inequality.

Gotz leads Lawson, Albon as DTM testing ends at Lausitzring

Mercedes driver Maximilian Gotz remained on top as the DTM’s final pre-season test of 2021 came to a conclusion at Lausitzring on Thursday.

F1 drivers react to 2021 Barcelona track changes

Several Formula 1 drivers have discussed the Barcelona track alteration, with some feeling it could improve overtaking into Turn 1 at the expense of passes at the reprofiled Turn 10.

Verstappen: Understandable Mercedes staff want new F1 challenge with Red Bull

Max Verstappen believes it is “understandable” that the Mercedes staff who have signed to join Red Bull’s new Formula 1 powertrains division are seeking a new challenge.

Williams rear end issue hampered Russell’s Portimao F1 race

George Russell says his Williams Formula 1 team discovered an issue with his car that contributed to his struggles in the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Hamilton unsurprised by Red Bull's F1 hires from Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton says he is unsurprised rival Formula 1 teams are hiring Mercedes' staff, after Red Bull announced signing further senior Mercedes engineers to work on its post-Honda engine project.

F1 champion Hamilton: People need to give Bottas a break

Lewis Hamilton believes that Valtteri Bottas’s critics “need to give him a break”, saying that Mercedes currently has the best line-up on the Formula 1 grid.

How 'museum pieces' caused a stir in Donington Historic

OPINION: The return of Donington's Historic Festival last weekend after a year's absence showcased the very best of motorsport’s heritage – something that needs to be protected

Verstappen: F1 needs better solution for track limits

Max Verstappen believes Formula 1 needs to "find a solution" to better police track limits, saying that a "hard limit" would be better to judge than a white line.

Bottas dismisses "bullshit" F1 mid-season dropping suggestion

Valtteri Bottas hit back at a suggestion Mercedes could replace him midway through the 2021 Formula 1 season, calling it “bullshit” and saying “only one team does that”.

Alex Marquez “needs to accept” difficult recent MotoGP results

LCR Honda’s Alex Marquez admits it’s “not really easy” to stay calm right now after a bruising start to his 2021 MotoGP campaign but needs to “accept” the situation.

Steiner: Criticism from F1 rivals shouldn't affect Mazepin

Haas Formula 1 team principal Gunther Steiner believes his rookie driver Nikita Mazepin shouldn't be affected by the criticism he receives by his colleagues.

New rookie class and British GT appearance for CityCar Cup

A Novice Racer Trophy has been added to the CityCar Cup after the series attracted an influx of rookies, while it will benefit from racing alongside British GT this season.

Why McLaren doesn’t doubt Ricciardo can escape his ‘dark’ place Plus

Why McLaren doesn’t doubt Ricciardo can escape his ‘dark’ place

Three points finishes from as many starts represents a decent opening innings on paper, but Daniel Ricciardo has endured a tough start to his McLaren career - only magnified his team-mate's excellent form. Yet both he and the team have good reason to expect a turnaround soon

Rossi has SRT’s support amidst worst MotoGP season start

Valentino Rossi says he has a lot of support from Petronas SRT amidst his worst-ever start to a MotoGP season in the nine-time grand prix world champion’s career.

Verstappen "always has full trust" when fighting F1 rival Hamilton

Max Verstappen says he has "full trust" in Lewis Hamilton when racing the Mercedes driver wheel-to-wheel, which has happened at every race so far in the 2021 Formula 1 season.

FIA reveals Electric GT Championship plan ahead of 2023 launch

A new FIA Electric GT Championship promoted by Eurosport will kick off in 2023 using the rules unveiled by the governing body last month.

Red Bull signs five more Mercedes F1 engine staff

Red Bull has signed five more senior Mercedes engine staff to help drive forward its new power unit push in Formula 1.

Magazine: Hamilton's Portugal triumph, BTCC preview

The challenges Lewis Hamilton faced to win the Portuguese Grand Prix are part of this week’s bumper issue of Autosport magazine, out today (6 May).

The giantkilling 'dad and lad' operation taking on the BTCC's best Plus

The giantkilling 'dad and lad' operation taking on the BTCC's best

The Lancashire squad of Ciceley Motorsport has been a BTCC race winner for several years with Adam Morgan and Mercedes. But the switch to WSR-built BMWs and addition of Tom Chilton as a true barometer for Morgan should see the team step up into title contention

Can F1’s standout performer of 2021 keep up his charge?

After an impressive start to his 2021 Formula 1 season, Lando Norris currently splits the Mercedes and Red Bull domination in the early drivers’ standings. While the McLaren driver has played down the likelihood of maintaining that position, his team remains optimistic that his form can lead to greater success.

Hyundai signs Neuville, Tanak to new multi-year WRC deals

Hyundai drivers Thierry Neuville and Ott Tanak have both been handed new multi-year deals that will keep them with the team beyond the end of this World Rally Championship season.

Gasly expects normal service to resume for AlphaTauri in Spain

Pierre Gasly expects his AlphaTauri Formula 1 team to bounce back at this weekend’s Spanish GP after a difficult weekend in Portugal.

Hyundai secures M-Sport WRC technical veteran Loriaux

Hyundai Motorsport has confirmed the appointment of 19-year M-Sport veteran Christian Loriaux to its technical line-up in the World Rally Championship.

Alonso feels too much being made of early results of F1 drivers at new teams

Fernando Alonso suggests too much is being made of Formula 1 drivers at new teams struggling in 2021 and asks observers not to over analyse his early results with Alpine.