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Wolff urges "common sense" after Marko’s F1 stewards comments

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says it is important to view incidents with “common sense” after Helmut Marko claimed Red Bull is being treated differently by the stewards.

Shwartzman to drive for Ferrari in Abu Dhabi post-season F1 test

Robert Shwartzman will drive for Ferrari in the post-season Formula 1 test taking place in Abu Dhabi next week, alongside a previously confirmed outing with Haas. 

Why thrilling Jeddah F1 circuit needs to be safer

OPINION: Saudi Arabia's new F1 circuit delivered a memorable first event, although not necessarily for all the right reasons. In the wake of the chaotic race, drivers voiced their concerns about the track but small changes could make significant improvements ahead of a return in four months

What could have been: The F3000 champion whose Champ Car move turned sour

Formula 3000 champions historically had a mixed record in Formula 1, but that wasn't the case in US open wheel racing, where Juan Pablo Montoya, Bruno Junqueira, Justin Wilson and Sebastien Bourdais all became winners. Bjorn Wirdheim had high hopes of following suit in 2005, but his Champ Car season was scuppered by factors out of his control

Ocon: Alpine can be "very dangerous" to F1's top teams in 2022

Esteban Ocon says Alpine's recent race execution gives him belief it will "be very dangerous" to Formula 1's top teams with a better car, as it targets improving its consistency.

Analysis: Could Todt be poised for shock Ferrari F1 return?

FIA president Jean Todt has been reticent so far about what he plans to do once his tenure ends later this month.

Verschoor replaces injured Fittipaldi in F2 Abu Dhabi finale

Richard Verschoor will drive for Charouz Racing System in this weekend’s FIA Formula 2 season finale in Abu Dhabi in place of the injured Enzo Fittipaldi.

Mercedes ends Kingspan F1 deal with immediate effect

Mercedes has announced it has ended its Formula 1 sponsorship deal with Kingspan with immediate effect after facing backlash last week.

Suzuki “decided not to be defending champions” for 2021 MotoGP season

Suzuki boss Shinichi Sahara says his team took the decision to come into the 2021 MotoGP season to “not be defending champions” and instead “be challengers again”.

Red Bull's 2020 Abu Dhabi F1 dominance means little, says Mercedes

Mercedes thinks Red Bull’s 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix domination shouldn't be used as a form indicator for this weekend’s Formula 1 title showdown between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

The long-term F1 vision causing Haas’s short-term pain Plus

The long-term F1 vision causing Haas’s short-term pain

From ranking as one of the most impressive new teams to join the Formula 1 grid, Haas’s stock has plummeted along with its on-track performances over the past two seasons. Everything now hangs on whether its reforged alliance with Ferrari can deliver a better car – and whether its rookie drivers can set aside their quarrels. OLEG KARPOV asks if any of these goals are achievable…

Brown offers Mostert unique test chance as Bathurst win reward

McLaren Formula 1 boss Zak Brown has offered Chaz Mostert the opportunity to drive something special out of his car collection as a reward for winning the Supercars Bathurst 1000.

Ricciardo: Verstappen-Hamilton title showdown "dream scenario" for F1

Daniel Ricciardo says Formula 1 has a “dream scenario” with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton tied on points heading into the Abu Dhabi championship showdown.

Horner: Hamilton can be "very wily" in F1 track battles

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton can be "very wily" in his approach to racing, according to the team boss of rival Max Verstappen's Red Bull squad, Christian Horner.

Rebranded Petty GMS team reveals 2022 NASCAR Cup plans

NASCAR Cup team Richard Petty Motorsports will be known as Petty GMS Motorsports in 2022 following the recent purchase of a majority interest by the GMS Racing Truck outfit.

Horner: Red Bull wants to win the F1 title in the right way

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner insists Red Bull cares how it wins the Formula 1 world championship this year, amid fears of dirty tricks ruining the Abu Dhabi showdown.

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The incidents that turned the F1 title fight ugly in Saudi Arabia

Formula 1 has enjoyed a rollercoaster title fight in 2021, but Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix brought new levels of drama as things got ugly between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

McLaren to run tweaked F1 livery for Abu Dhabi GP

McLaren will run in a revised livery for Formula 1's season finale in Abu Dhabi as part of a push by sponsor BAT's brand Vuse.

The line Verstappen finally crossed in F1's first Jeddah race

OPINION: Max Verstappen has made the 2021 Formula 1 championship. He’s taken the fight to the all-conquering Mercedes squad and its dominant champion, produced driving displays few can match. But he’s been on a controversial course too, and finally crossed a particular line in Jeddah

Neuville's WRC co-driver Wydaeghe offers injury update

Thierry Neuville’s World Rally Championship co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe is expecting to contest next year’s Monte Carlo Rally season opener after sustaining a shoulder injury in a testing crash last week.

How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king Plus

How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king

Doubts were cast over Yamaha’s French recruit after his disastrous end to the 2020 MotoGP season with Petronas SRT, but Fabio Quartararo answered them convincingly in 2021 to claim a MotoGP title that exhibited both his devastating speed and mental strength

Masi: Jeddah only needs "fine-tuning" despite F1 drivers' concerns

Several Formula 1 drivers have called for changes to the Jeddah circuit after safety concerns arose during the Saudi Arabian GP weekend.

The 17 best photos of the 2021 Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

The 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was one of the most dramatic races in recent Formula 1 history. The Motorsport Images team was there to capture all of the action.

Hyundai confirms shock departure of team principal Andrea Adamo

Hyundai Motorsport has announced team principal Andrea Adamo will leave the team with immediate effect after six years with the Korean marque.

Hamilton had no warning Verstappen had been asked to swap places

Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin says that Lewis Hamilton had no warning that Max Verstappen had been asked to let him by during Formula 1's Saudi Arabian GP.

Top 10 F1 title deciders ranked: 1986 Australian GP, 2008 Brazilian GP and more

The 2021 Formula 1 season has been a classic, and will boil down to a winner-takes-all finale in Abu Dhabi this weekend between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Autosport looked back over the previous 29 occasions when the title was decided at the final race and picked out the 10 best in the world championship's history

2021 F1 Abu Dhabi GP – How to watch, session timings and more

Formula 1 reaches its season finale with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton level on points for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the 22nd round of the 2021 season on 10-12 December.

Jake Hughes returns for Formula 2 Abu Dhabi season finale

Jake Hughes will rejoin HWA Racelab for the final round for the FIA Formula 2 Championship at Abu Dhabi this weekend.

Seidl backs call for F1 red flag rule change after Jeddah race

McLaren boss Andreas Seidl has backed a call by Lando Norris for a change Formula 1’s red flag rules following Sunday's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Porsche: F1 interest will "influence" decision to continue in Formula E

Porsche will decide in the next year if it will remain in Formula E beyond its current 2023-24 commitment, with the decision ‘influenced’ by a possible move into Formula 1.

Villeneuve: Jeddah F1 battle was “rental karting”

Former Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve has described the battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as “rental karting”.

Dane: Drivers shouldn't make Supercars paddle shift call

Feedback from Supercars drivers shouldn't be the deciding factor in the paddles versus stick shift debate, according to outgoing Triple Eight boss Roland Dane.

De Vries, Vandoorne impress on IndyCar test debuts

Mercedes Formula E team-mates Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne shone on their IndyCar test debuts with Meyer Shank Racing and Arrow McLaren SP at Sebring on Monday.

Binder: 2021 MotoGP season was an extended rookie campaign

KTM’s Brad Binder feels his 2021 MotoGP season was essentially an extended rookie campaign given how little time he spent on the bike in 2020.

Piastri handed Alpine F1 rookie test chance in Abu Dhabi

Alpine reserve Oscar Piastri is the latest driver to be formally confirmed for the Abu Dhabi rookie test, which takes place on the Tuesday after the race.

Verstappen: Penalised Saudi Arabian GP move "was fine in Brazil"

Max Verstappen feels a penalty for running Lewis Hamilton off the track in Saudi Arabia was "unfair" after not being sanctioned for a similar Formula 1 incident in Brazil.

Acura confirms ORECA collaboration for LMDh effort

Acura's new LMDh prototype for 2023 will be developed in conjunction with French constructor ORECA, the Honda brand has confirmed.

Why Formula E title success felt so different to F2 Plus

Why Formula E title success felt so different to F2

OPINION: The 2021 Formula E campaign was wide open until the final race after its most unpredictable season yet. Eventual champion Nyck de Vries explains why this made his title-winning experience such a different experience to conquering F2 in 2019

Hamilton may not have gone for fastest lap if he'd seen wing damage

Mercedes reckons Lewis Hamilton may not have risked going for fastest lap in Formula 1's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix if he knew how damaged his front wing was.

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

An ill-tempered Saudi Grand Prix made Formula 1 more soap opera than sporting spectacle at times, but there were some strong performances up and down the field on the world championship's first visit to Jeddah

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will go into the 2021 Formula 1 title decider in Abu Dhabi level on points after the former's victory in an ill-tempered Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Autosport picks out the key turning points from an eventful first visit to the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, as race control came under fire, while on-track ethics were again subject to debate

Haas F1 team tight on spare parts after Saudi Arabian GP crashes

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner admits his team has little margin on spare parts after suffering two heavy accidents in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Masi: Verstappen grid swap offer completely 'normal'

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi insists that his red flag conversation with Red Bull about changing grid positions at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was completely 'normal’.

Barnicoat joins Lexus line-up for 2022 IMSA GTD Pro class

Former McLaren factory GT driver Ben Barnicoat has joined Vasser Sullivan to campaign its Lexus RC F in the IMSA SportsCar Championship's new GTD Pro class next year.

Kobayashi to have fully operational role as Toyota WEC squad team principal

Kamui Kobayashi will have a fully operational role in his new position as team principal of the Toyota World Endurance Championship squad.

Ocon: Floor damage cost me in Saudi F1 podium battle with Bottas

Esteban Ocon says his podium hopes in Formula 1’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix were ultimately dashed by a chunk of floor coming off his car two laps from home.

Overtaking records in F1: most overtakes in a race, by a driver and more

Which F1 race saw the most overtakes? And which driver has done the most overtaking? These are the stats that matter.

How can Lewis Hamilton win the 2021 F1 title?

The Formula 1 world championship has gone down to the wire on 29 occasions in its 71 years. This weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix shootout between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton will make that 30 at the end of one of the most dramatic and controversial seasons in F1 history.

Red Bull: Masi's grid swap offer like something from the "souk"

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Formula 1 race director Michael Masi’s offer of changing grid positions in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was like something from the "souk".

Pol Espargaro “wasn’t ready” for Honda MotoGP debut

Pol Espargaro admits the lack of pre-season testing in 2021 meant he came into the Qatar Grand Prix opener in March “not ready” for his Honda debut.

How teams prepare for the unique challenges of an Extreme E X-Prix

Extreme E’s races are held in unique locations, from the desert dunes of Saudi Arabia to glacial river beds in Greenland. Preparing for each event poses a tough challenge for the competitors in the all-electric off-road series.

How the Jeddah F1 race became a one-sitting Netflix drama series

The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was a race packed full of incident as Formula 1 2021's title contenders repeatedly clashed on track. Lewis Hamilton won out over Max Verstappen to level the scores heading into next weekend's Abu Dhabi finale, as Jeddah turned F1 into a drama series

Hamilton: Consensus on F1 overtaking rules "doesn't apply to one of us"

Lewis Hamilton has suggested there is only one Formula 1 driver who doesn't understand you cannot overtake off track, after the latest clashes between himself and Max Verstappen in Saudi Arabia.

Autosport Podcast: F1 Saudi Arabian GP review

Lewis Hamilton beat Max Verstappen in a fierce battle to win the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and go level on points in the Formula 1 standings for the title decider.

Norris: "Stupid" red flag F1 tyre change rules must be changed

Lando Norris has called for the rule that allows Formula 1 drivers to have a free tyre change during a red flag race suspension to be changed, with the Briton calling it "unfair".

Verstappen nominated for BBC SPOTY World Sports Star award

Max Verstappen has been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year’s World Sports Star award ahead of the 2021 prize giving later this month.

Wolff hopes F1 avoids "messy situation" in Abu Dhabi title decider

Toto Wolff hopes the “repercussions” from Sunday’s chaotic Saudi Arabian Grand Prix ensures Formula 1 avoids a “messy situation” in the Abu Dhabi title decider.

Alesi gets full-time Super Formula and GT500 promotion at TOM'S

Giuliano Alesi has been handed a promotion to the TOM’S Toyota Super GT team for 2022, and will also drive for the squad full-time in Super Formula.

Nakajima retires, replaced by Hirakawa in Toyota WEC lineup

Three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Kazuki Nakajima has retired from the cockpit and will be replaced in Toyota's World Endurance Championship line-up by Ryo Hirakawa.

Porsche team SSR Performance commits to two-car DTM entry

Porsche will have a full-time representative in the DTM next year, with ADAC GT Masters squad SSR Performance committing to a two-car entry after its Nurburgring one-off outing.