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Emilia Romagna Moto2: Victory for Lowes as title protagonists suffer setbacks

Marc VDS’ Sam Lowes claimed Moto2 victory in a dramatic Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, as Raul Fernandez crashed out and title rival Remy Gardner was hit with a penalty.

Richards: Extreme E can't be about "dodgem cars" after crash

Prodrive chairman David Richards reckons Extreme E must not become a championship about fairground “dodgem cars” following the controversial Island X-Prix semi-final crash that eliminated Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team.

Bottas: Ferrari and McLaren F1 drivers will be hard to pass in US GP

Valtteri Bottas admits that the Ferrari and McLaren drivers will be hard to overtake in the United States Grand Prix, meaning he may struggle to recover from his grid penalty.

Alpine changed Alonso's engine in Austin for performance gain

Alpine says that Fernando Alonso’s engine change at Formula 1’s United States Grand Prix was done for performance reasons and not because of reliability concerns.

Emilia Romagna Moto3: Foggia wins to keep title hopes alive as Acosta takes third

Dennis Foggia beat Jaume Masia in a tense Emilia Romagna Grand Prix to claim a vital victory and keep his 2021 Moto3 title hopes alive, with Pedro Acosta third.

Ricciardo “would have cried” if he’d heard Earnhardt Jr’s comments

McLaren Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo admits he would have cried if he’d heard Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s response to the Australian driving his father's 1984 Chevrolet NASCAR at Austin.

Wolff denies Cowell departure behind Mercedes F1 engine struggles

Mercedes insists that current struggles with the reliability of its Formula 1 power units are nothing to do with the departure of its former F1 engine chief Andy Cowell.

Mercedes modifies F1 cars to avoid “massacre” on Austin’s bumps

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff admits that his cars risked not finishing the US Grand Prix had it not taken measure to deal with the Austin circuit’s bumps.

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert Plus

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert

It's 50 years since Jo Siffert was killed in his prime at Brands Hatch. The Swiss scored just two world championship wins in a Formula 1 career spent largely with privateer teams, but showed on numerous occasions in single-seaters and in sportscars with Porsche that he could beat any of the best drivers of his era given the right equipment

Autopolis Super GT: ARTA ends Honda's win drought

ARTA duo Tomoki Nojiri and Nirei Fukuzumi won round six of the 2021 Super GT season at Autopolis, ending Honda's victory drought at the track that stretched back to 2007.

Horner expects "grandstand start" to US GP with Verstappen/Hamilton front row

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner predicts a "grandstand start" in Sunday's US Grand Prix after title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton qualified on the front row.

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

Max Verstappen will start from pole position for Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

W Series US: Chadwick wins race one with title rival Powell in third

Jamie Chadwick took victory in the penultimate W Series race of the season in Austin, while Alice Powell made up seven places to finish third amid a scorching title fight.

Red Bull unsure of cause of Verstappen's cracked rear wing

Red Bull remains unsure of the cause of the hairline crack in Max Verstappen’s rear wing that gave it some pre-qualifying concerns at Formula 1’s United States Grand Prix.

Verstappen feared late drizzle would scupper US GP pole chance

Max Verstappen wasn’t sure that he would snatch pole position from Lewis Hamilton at Formula 1’s United States Grand Prix after drizzle started falling on his final run.

Hamilton: Mercedes ‘fell back a little bit’ through US GP qualifying

Lewis Hamilton found qualifying for the United States Grand Prix to be “a bit of a struggle” after missing out on pole to Formula 1 title rival Max Verstappen in Austin.

F1 Grand Prix qualifying results: Verstappen takes US pole

Max Verstappen took pole position for the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, the 17th round of the 2021 F1 World Championship, ahead of title rival Lewis Hamilton.

F1 United States GP: Verstappen beats Hamilton to pole position

Max Verstappen beat 2021 Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the 2021 US Grand Prix, with Sergio Perez third after leading the way early in Q3.

MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Start time, how to watch & more

Francesco Bagnaia is on pole position for the MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Misano. Here’s how and when you can watch the race.

McLaren: Hulkenberg “towards top of list” for IndyCar seat

McLaren CEO Zak Brown says Nico Hulkenberg is "towards the top of the list" of candidates for a future third IndyCar seat at Arrow McLaren SP, should the programme be confirmed.

F1 United States GP: Perez leads FP3, Hamilton and Verstappen fastest laps deleted

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez has set the fastest time in third free practice for the US Formula 1 Grand Prix, while Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen saw their fastest laps deleted.

Alonso set for grid penalty at COTA after F1 engine change

Fernando Alonso will start the United States Grand Prix from the back of the grid after Alpine elected to fit a fresh Formula 1 engine.

Wolff challenge triggered Zak Brown’s shock tattoo

McLaren CEO Zak Brown has revealed he faced his "greatest fear" in getting a tattoo as part of a challenge laid down by fellow Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff.

F1 US Grand Prix Live Commentary and Updates - FP3 & Qualifying

Live commentary and updates from Formula 1's US Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas.

Rees wins British F4 title with a race to spare

Single-seater rookie Matthew Rees has claimed the British Formula 4 title with a race to spare after taking a fifth place in the second contest at Brands Hatch.

W Series US: Pulling pips Chadwick to race one pole, Powell tenth

Abbi Pulling will start on pole for the first W Series race in Austin, while joint points leader Jamie Chadwick lines up in the top spot for the championship decider.

Rossi “very proud” of brother Marini’s maiden MotoGP front row

Valentino Rossi says he is “very proud” of his half-brother Luca Marini after the Avintia rider secured his first-ever MotoGP front row in qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Marquez “lost all confidence” after “lucky” Misano MotoGP Q2 save

Marc Marquez says he “lost all confidence” to push in MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying following a “lucky” save at the start of Q2 having already crashed in FP4.

COTA boss: Winning American driver could sustain three or four F1 races

Austin circuit boss Bobby Epstein reckons “a winning American driver can sustain the three or four” Formula 1 races in the USA.

Bagnaia: Quartararo struggles won't affect Misano MotoGP race tactics

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia says starting from pole for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix with Fabio Quartararo 15th won’t change his approach to Sunday’s potentially title-deciding MotoGP race.

X44 maintains perfect Extreme E qualifying record in Sardinia

The X44 team owned by Lewis Hamilton topped the Sardinia Extreme E qualifying battle for the Island X-Prix to maintain its Saturday monopoly at the expense of Rosberg X Racing.

Brands Hatch BTCC: Proctor leads Honda 1-2-3-4 as Sutton heads title contenders

Senna Proctor claimed pole position to lead a Honda 1-2-3-4 in qualifying for the British Touring Car Championship title decider at Brands Hatch.

Verstappen exclusive: How Red Bull’s ace has become F1 champion material Plus

Verstappen exclusive: How Red Bull’s ace has become F1 champion material

As Red Bull and Honda go all-out for victory in the Japanese engine manufacturer’s last season of its latest Formula 1 dalliance, Max Verstappen finds himself thrust into a compelling title fight with Lewis Hamilton. He told OLEG KARPOV about his evolution into a world championship contender and why Red Bull's no compromise ethos suits him down to the ground

Quartararo was “unconsciously not risking” in Misano MotoGP qualifying

MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo says his Q1 exit in Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying was a result of him “unconsciously not risking” in the tricky conditions.

Emilia Romagna MotoGP: Bagnaia continues pole streak, Quartararo 15th

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia snatched pole for the MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as championship leader Fabio Quartararo is only 15th in a chaotic qualifying at Misano.

Alfa Romeo cleared the air with Giovinazzi over Turkey F1 team orders

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 chief Frederic Vasseur says the team has cleared the air with Antonio Giovinazzi after he disobeyed a call to let Kimi Raikkonen pass in Turkey.

Brands Hatch BTCC: Shedden quickest in practice, Sutton ninth

Three-time British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden staked his claim to be the fly in the ointment of the 2021 title fight by topping free practice for the final round at Brands Hatch.

Why Grosjean isn't the inspiration behind Hulkenberg's IndyCar test

Nico Hulkenberg will take his first steps in following Romain Grosjean's path from Formula 1 to IndyCar when he tests for Arrow McLaren SP at Barber Motorsports Park on Monday.

Hamilton's X44 team on course for Extreme E Island X-Prix pole after Q1

Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez put Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team on course to maintain its 100 per cent Extreme E qualifying record in the morning Island X-Prix session in Sardinia.

Lohner secures third ADAC GT Masters Esports title

The 2021 ADAC GT Masters Esports Championship within RaceRoom has finished for the year, with Moritz Lohner becoming a three-time champion for Dorr Esports.

How Mercedes went from Austin practice domination to "very tight at the front" with Red Bull

Mercedes has been on a roll of late in the ultra-tight fight to win the 2021 Formula 1 world championship. It started off well in practice at Austin for this weekend’s US Grand Prix, but Red Bull got closer as Friday unfolded and even seemed to find an edge in one critical area of what seems set to be another close contest

Sargeant's future "looking difficult" before Williams F1 Academy signing

Logan Sargeant says his continued participation on the Formula 1 single seater ladder was “looking difficult” before he signed up to join Williams’ Driver Academy.  

Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on

Saturday 23 October marks the 10th anniversary of Marco Simoncelli's death. The one-time 250cc world champion and double MotoGP podium finisher was the ultimate maverick character with big hair, a big personality and an even bigger talent. Autosport pays tribute to a much-missed figure, a decade on

Fittipaldi says 2022 F1 calendar is "too much" for drivers

Double Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi believes 2022's 23-race calendar is "too much" and he doesn't understand how drivers can cope with its "crazy" demands.

Hamilton: F1's US popularity enjoying "steepest rise" amid Liberty push

Lewis Hamilton says Formula 1’s popularity in the United States is enjoying its "steepest rise", as the sport’s owners make a big push in the country.

Emilia Romagna MotoGP: Zarco tops wet FP3, title contenders in Q1

Johann Zarco led a Pramac 1-2 in a wet FP3 for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as both MotoGP title rivals Fabio Quartararo and Francesco Bagnaia drop into Q1.

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

Sergio Perez topped Friday’s second practice after Valtteri Bottas set the outright fastest time in FP1 at Formula 1's United States Grand Prix. Here’s how and when to watch qualifying.

Horner: Mercedes struggles on engine reliability "very unusual"

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes Mercedes’ current engine reliability struggles are “very unusual” and could play a “key role” in deciding the Formula 1 title race.

Marquez: Rossi’s appeal “something unrepeatable” in MotoGP

Marc Marquez says Valentino Rossi’s appeal bringing MotoGP to a mainstream audience is “something unrepeatable”, as the Italian prepares for his final race on home soil. 

Brown: "Very flattering" for McLaren to top F1 global fan survey

Zak Brown found it “very flattering” to see McLaren get voted as Formula 1’s favourite team in the biggest-ever global fan survey earlier this week.

What's behind Mercedes' F1 straightline performance gains?

Mercedes has dismissed the idea that it is running a ride-height control device on its W12 Formula 1 car, although the rear has been seen lowering during the straights. 

W Series US: Chadwick tops second practice cut short by red flag

Jamie Chadwick topped the second W Series practice at the Circuit of the Americas on Friday in a session cut short by a red flag.

Verstappen 'didn't really understand' Hamilton US GP FP2 wheel-to-wheel battle

Max Verstappen says he didn’t understand what happened with Lewis Hamilton that resulted in the Formula 1 title contenders briefly going wheel-to-wheel in practice.

F1 Grand Prix practice results: Bottas, Perez fastest in Austin

Valtteri Bottas recorded the fastest time on the opening day of United States Grand Prix practice at the Circuit of the Americas, the 17th round of the 2021 Formula 1 world championship season.

F1 United States GP: Perez tops FP2, traffic leaves Verstappen eighth

Sergio Perez topped FP2 at Formula 1’s 2021 US Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton third after losing a faster time running too wide and traffic problems leaving Max Verstappen eighth.

Mercedes dismisses Red Bull "noise" on F1 straightline device

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff has downplayed speculation from Red Bull that his team is employing a trick device to increase straightline speed.

Mercedes ‘suffering with reliability’ on engines after Austin penalties

Toto Wolff has warned Mercedes' ongoing Formula 1 engine issue is "not trivial" after seeing Valtteri Bottas and two customer teams take penalties for the United States Grand Prix.

F1 United States GP: Bottas leads dominant Mercedes 1-2 in FP1

Valtteri Bottas set the pace in opening practice for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, leading Mercedes to a comfortable 1-2 finish ahead of Red Bull.

Bottas set for third F1 engine penalty in four races at US GP

Valtteri Bottas will face a grid penalty for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix after Mercedes opted to take a fresh engine ahead of Friday's running in Austin.

Rossi not certain new MotoGP age limits “will fix all the problems”

MotoGP veteran Valentino Rossi says increasing the minimum age limit of Moto3 entrants to 18 “is a big difference” but doesn’t believe it solves the main issue of riding standards.