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Formula E champion da Costa replaces Mauricio due to COVID-19

Three-time Stock Car Brazil Pro Series champion Ricardo Mauricio has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be replaced for the Interlagos round by current Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa.

Cammish plots BTCC return for 2022

British Touring Car Championship star Dan Cammish is hoping for a return to the grid for 2022 following his cameo outing in last weekend’s opener at Thruxton that netted a podium.

Dakar Rally reveals first details of 2022 Saudi Arabia event

The Dakar Rally will be held entirely in Saudi Arabia for a third consecutive year in 2022, but organisers have promised a “80-85%” new route and a return to the Empty Quarter desert.

Tony Stewart to join A.J. Foyt as guest at Indy 500

Three-time NASCAR champion and former IRL IndyCar champion Tony Stewart will attend this year’s Indy 500 as guest of his hero A.J. Foyt.

Pirelli “80-90%” towards finalising 2022 F1 tyres

Pirelli Formula 1 boss Mario Isola says that the Italian company is "80-90%" towards finalising the construction of its 18-inch tyres for 2022.

Alonso: My 100% now is still not enough to match “impressive” Ocon
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Alonso: My 100% now is still not enough to match “impressive” Ocon

Fernando Alonso says giving his everything right now is still not enough to beat his "impressive" Formula 1 team-mate Esteban Ocon.

New DIRT 5 update features online cross-play and Red Bull liveries

The off-road arcade racer has just been updated with a suite of online-related changes and some new Red Bull liveries from the world of motorsport.

The Caterham king on a mission to conquer one-make national racing Plus

The Caterham king on a mission to conquer one-make national racing

Danny Winstanley has dominated in Caterhams for several years, firstly as a driver and more recently as a team owner. Now he has more ambitions on the horizon

Motorsport Network to acquire duPont Registry

Market-leading luxury automotive platform to join Motorsport Network’s Driven Lifestyle division.

Mercedes pinpoints Red Bull's main weakness in F1 2021 battle
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Mercedes pinpoints Red Bull's main weakness in F1 2021 battle

Mercedes believes that Red Bull’s deficit in races is down to it suffering higher rear tyre degradation, a factor that may not be as important at all Formula 1 tracks as it has recently.

Fanatec announces new entry-level CSL Pedals

The new Fanatec CSL Pedals look set to provide sub-$200/€200 load cell sim racing pedals for the very first time.

New Supercars race winner Heimgartner almost quit racing for finance job

Supercars' newest race winner Andre Heimgartner says he was days away from quitting racing to pursue a career in finance in 2017.

DTM set to use one Michelin tyre compound in first GT3 season

The DTM is set to rely on a single tyre compound for the 2021 season under GT3 regulations, opting for the medium rubber from Michelin’s range.

The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike Plus

The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike

Honda hasn’t enjoyed an easy start to the 2021 MotoGP campaign, despite gains last season which looked to have carried over into the pre-season. Now admitting it does have issues in serious need of resolving, it faces an almost impossible task in doing so

McLaren has "clear goal" to improve F1 qualifying Monaco GP
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McLaren has "clear goal" to improve F1 qualifying

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl acknowledged his team has a "clear goal" to improve its qualifying performance after a Spanish Grand Prix weekend that saw it struggle to match rival outfit Ferrari.

Super GT postpones Suzuka race amid COVID-19 surge

SUPER GT has announced that the third round of the season at Suzuka has been postponed owing to an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the Western part of Japan.

Supercars continues 2022 Gen3 push after crisis meeting

Supercars will continue its push to introduce its Gen3 regulations in 2022 after meeting with teams today.

Ferrari: Spanish GP performance proves race day weakness now banished

Ferrari Formula 1 chief Mattia Binotto believes the team’s performance at the Spanish Grand Prix proves it has overcome its race day weakness seen earlier in the season.

How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner Plus

How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner

The Brabham BT46B raced once, won once, then vanished – or did it? STUART CODLING reveals the story of the car which was never actually banned…

Hamilton learned more about Verstappen in Spanish GP than "all the other races"

Lewis Hamilton says he “learned a lot” about Formula 1 title rival Max Verstappen in their 2021 Spanish Grand Prix battle, adding “perhaps more than all the other races together”.

MotoGP legend Schwantz: Rossi “still has some fight left in him”

MotoGP legend Kevin Schwantz is sure Valentino Rossi “still has some fight left in him” but admitted he is “concerned” about the Italian after a poor start to 2021.

Turkington accepts blame for Sutton BTCC Thruxton clash

Colin Turkington holds his hands up to the mistake that caused him to spin Ash Sutton out of the lead of Sunday’s opening British Touring Car Championship round at Thruxton.

How Monaco dealt Formula E a winning hand to cure its hangover

Formula E faced much criticism in the wake of its maligned Valencia event. In need of a turnaround, the series' first use of Monaco's iconic Formula 1 layout provided it with the injection of thrills required to clear the fog that had enveloped the paddock

Glickenhaus only entering one LMH for FIA WEC debut at Portimao

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus will only enter a single Le Mans Hypercar for its FIA World Endurance Championship debut next month at Portimao, marque founder Jim Glickenhaus has clarified.

Russell: Spanish GP the best Williams has ever felt in race-trim

George Russell says his Williams Formula 1 car felt better in the Spanish Grand Prix than any other race since he joined the team in 2019, despite only finishing 14th.

WRC debut for Villas-Boas likely to be a one-off, Dakar return planned

Former Premier League manager and Europa League winner Andre Villas-Boas says his maiden appearance in the World Rally Championship in next week’s Rally Portugal will also be his last.

The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle

Formula 1’s visits to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over recent years have been met with familiar criticisms despite tweaks here and there to the track to improve racing. With the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix largely going the same way, proper solutions need to be followed to achieve F1’s wider targets

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 Spanish GP

Amid echoes of the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix, Mercedes snookered Red Bull on strategy to deliver Lewis Hamilton victory in the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix. Autosport assesses the weekend's major talking points, as a 2020 heavy-hitter endured another weekend to forget and a much-hyped rookie had a lesson in humility

M-Sport has made "good progress" with 2022 Rally1 WRC car

M-Sport Ford engineers made “good progress” with the development of their hybrid-powered 2022 World Rally Champion car during a recent exercise outside the UK, team owner Malcolm Wilson has said.

Red Bull: FIA happy with 'bendy wing' after Hamilton comments

Red Bull insists that the FIA is completely happy with the design of its Formula 1 car, despite suggestions from Lewis Hamilton that it could be running a ‘bendy wing’ to help boost straightline speed.

Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Often described as Formula 1's laboratory, the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona gave the clearest demonstration yet of the pecking order in 2021. And it's the key discrepancies from that order which illuminate who is excelling, and who needs to hit the reset button

Podcast: MotoGP legend Schwantz on Rossi, Acosta and Suzuki

In a special edition of the Tank Slappers Podcast, 1993 500cc world champion Kevin Schwantz guests to discuss the current MotoGP season.

Autosport Podcast: F1 Spanish GP review

A strategy masterclass from Mercedes paved the way for Lewis Hamilton to score his third victory of the Formula 1 season in the Spanish Grand Prix, defeating Max Verstappen.

Leclerc explains sensational Bottas pass in F1 Spanish GP

Charles Leclerc says trying to get out of dirty air from cars ahead of him triggered his sensational Turn 3 overtake on Valtteri Bottas in Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton wants new Mercedes F1 contract agreed by summer break

Lewis Hamilton is eager to get a new Formula 1 contract with Mercedes agreed by the summer break, calling it "sensible" to avoid a repeat of this year's late agreement.

Red Bull "desperately needs" Perez in F1 fight with Mercedes

Red Bull says it "desperately" needs Sergio Perez to be mixing it at the front of the Formula 1 field if it's not to keep losing strategic advantage to Mercedes.

How Red Bull’s deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain

An aggressive first corner move from Max Verstappen appeared to have set the Red Bull driver on course for victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. But canny strategy from Mercedes - combined with the absence of Red Bull's number two from the lead group - allowed Lewis Hamilton to pull off a demoralising reversal

Darlington NASCAR: Truex takes dominant third win over Larson

Martin Truex Jr took his third NASCAR Cup victory of the season in round 12 at Darlington, leading 248 of the 293 laps to head Kyle Larson by 2.571s.

Tyre valve issue caused disastrous Giovinazzi pitstop at Spanish GP

Antonio Giovinazzi's disastrous pitstop in the Spanish GP was the result of a tyre valve failure from an operational issue at his Alfa Romeo team.

Thruxton BTCC: Sutton wins out in rain-affected Race 3 thriller

Reigning British Touring Car champion Ash Sutton took victory in a thrilling rain-affected finale to the opening round of the 2021 season at Thruxton.

Hamilton "made sure" to give Verstappen space at first corner of Spanish GP

Lewis Hamilton says he "made sure" to give Max Verstappen room when the Red Bull driver attacked him for the lead at Turn 1 of Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton: Bottas "completely fair" after F1 Spanish GP team orders

Lewis Hamilton believes Valtteri Bottas was “completely fair” letting him through after receiving team orders in Spain, having initially believed he would be racing his Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate.

Red Bull: Verstappen "called himself in" which caused slow pitstop

Red Bull’s slow pitstop for Max Verstappen in Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix was caused by the Dutchman arriving for a tyre change without being called in by the team.

Thruxton BTCC: Cook doubles up in red-flagged race

Josh Cook made it two out of two from the British Touring Car Championship’s opening round at Thruxton, and took his collection of BTCC wins at the Hampshire track to six.

Hamilton hails "good gamble" on strategy after Spanish GP victory

Lewis Hamilton thanked his Mercedes team for a "good gamble" on his Formula 1 race strategy after recovering a 22-second gap to pass Max Verstappen for victory in Spain.

Verstappen felt like "sitting duck" against Hamilton in Spain fight

Max Verstappen says he felt like a “sitting duck” in the fight against Formula 1 rival Lewis Hamilton in Spain following the Mercedes driver’s second pit stop.

F1 Spanish GP: Hamilton outfoxes Verstappen to take victory

Lewis Hamilton beat Max Verstappen in a gripping 2021 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, completing a late charge to reclaim the lead he had lost in a Turn 1 clash.

F1 Spanish GP Live Commentary and Updates - Race

Live commentary and updates from the F1 Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Thruxton BTCC: Cook survives wild first lap to win Race 1 opener

Thruxton maestro Josh Cook survived a crazy opening lap of the first British Touring Car Championship race of the season to take his fifth victory at the Hampshire speedbowl.

Wolff: Up to Alpine and Ocon to decide future before Mercedes input

Toto Wolff says it will be up to Esteban Ocon and Alpine to decide on their Formula 1 future together before Mercedes has any input on his plans for 2022.

Schumacher improvement more reflective of Haas 2021 F1 pace - Williams

Williams reckons Mick Schumacher’s recent improvement for Haas more accurately shows its rival’s car potential, after the rookie out-qualified Nicholas Latifi for Formula 1’s 2021 Spanish Grand Prix.

The toe-in-water origins of Lotus’s groundbreaking F1 journey Plus

The toe-in-water origins of Lotus’s groundbreaking F1 journey

In the first part of our history of Lotus, DAMIEN SMITH recalls how Formula 1 wasn’t an immediate priority for team founder Colin Chapman – but once he got a taste for it he just couldn’t stop…

Barcelona F3: Hauger produces masterclass to dominate Race 3

Prema Racing’s Dennis Hauger took victory in the third race of the weekend in Barcelona, leading every lap from pole position.

Steiner: “Not fair” to keep F1 staff on the road for six weeks

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner thinks it would be unfair to expect his staff to be on the road for six weeks to avoid hotel quarantine after the Turkish Grand Prix.

Why Ricciardo has found corner entry so hard with McLaren

The struggles of top Formula 1 drivers to adjust to new cars has been an ongoing story thus far in 2021, revealing just how hard it is to take the current machinery to the limit.

New Mustang likely to join Supercars in 2023

Ford's new S650 Mustang is likely to join the Supercars field for the 2023 season.

Sainz: Ferrari still worried about tyre degradation in F1 Spanish GP

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr is anticipating a difficult race day in Spain as the Italian team tries to get on top of tyre management issues.

Wolff: Red Bull poaching could be good for Mercedes

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Red Bull's aggressive Formula 1 engine plans could actually end up being a positive for his team, despite having lost staff to its rival.

The Bend Supercars: De Pasquale and Waters kick-start season with victories

Anton De Pasquale scored his first win for Dick Johnson Racing while Cameron Waters held off series leader Shane van Gisbergen to claim victory in the pair of Sunday races at The Bend Motorsport Park.

Archive: Why BAR's first podium wasn't a turning point for Villeneuve

The Mercedes Formula 1 team had a difficult start to life in its original iteration as BAR before scoring its first podium 20 years ago at the Spanish GP. But the result alone was not enough to quell the doubts of 1997 champion Jacques Villeneuve, as Autosport explained in a feature first published in the 3 May 2001 issue