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Vinales outlines key area of improvement for Yamaha in MotoGP

Maverick Vinales admits his and Yamaha’s “way of working” on MotoGP race weekends needs to improve as he feels things could be done “faster” than they are currently.

Murray Walker's life to be celebrated at Silverstone Classic

The life and achievements of ex-Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker will be celebrated at The Silverstone Classic later this year.

MotoGP British GP to be shown live on ITV in August

MotoGP has made official confirmation that this weekend’s French Grand Prix will be shown live on ITV4 in the UK, as well as announcing live airing of August’s British GP.

Baku would welcome hosting future F1 sprint races

Baku would welcome hosting Formula 1 sprint races in future seasons if the format is expanded to more events following its trial in 2021.

Michel: Splitting F1 support series gives F3 more focus

FIA Formula 3 boss Bruno Michel said the splitting of the Formula 2 and Formula 3 series over race weekends has given “a lot more visibility” to F3.

McLaren development will benefit from Ricciardo confidence gain

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl believes Daniel Ricciardo's improved comfort in the car will boost the squad's development, as it will be able to start tapping into the Australian's vast experience.

French MotoGP: Miller tops damp FP1 from Zarco at Le Mans

Ducati’s Jack Miller, fresh from his Jerez victory, dominated a damp first practice for the MotoGP French Grand Prix having gambled on a slick-tyre lap late on.

MotoGP adds second Austria race as Finnish GP cancelled

MotoGP has announced the Finnish Grand Prix at the new KymiRing has been cancelled for a second year, with the Styrian GP at Red Bull Ring added as a replacement.

Huff makes WTCR return with Zengo Cupra squad

Rob Huff will make his return to the FIA World Touring Car Cup this year after a season away having agreed a deal to join the Zengo Motorsport Cupra squad.

Wolff: Verstappen not only future option as Hamilton successor

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff insists Max Verstappen is not the only young Formula 1 driver that his team could look to lead it in the future when Lewis Hamilton does retire.

Why NASCAR's Next Gen cost savings won't be apparent in 2022

Toyota Racing president David Wilson says it will take some time for NASCAR’s Next Gen car to deliver its promised cost savings to teams.

Miller has “score to settle” with Le Mans in MotoGP

Ducati’s Jack Miller says he has a “score to settle” with Le Mans after an unavoidable mechanical issue ruled him out of victory contention in 2020’s MotoGP French Grand Prix.

Rossi wants to prove Schwantz's MotoGP "fight" comments right

Valentino Rossi says he wants to prove 1993 500cc world champion Kevin Schwantz’s comments about still having fight left in him right as a decision on his MotoGP future looms.

The painstaking process behind reviving Solberg's Subaru WRC steed Plus

The painstaking process behind reviving Solberg's Subaru WRC steed

With attention to detail the first concern, Prodrive’s new Legends department has completed its first restoration project on Petter Solberg's 2004 Rally Japan winner – and is busily gearing up for more

Podcast: Interview with sportscar racing legend Tom Kristensen

Sportscar racing legend Tom Kristensen is a special guest in the latest episode of the Autosport Podcast, discussing his remarkable career across multiple categories.

Novalak fastest on second day of Jerez F3 test

Trident’s Clement Novalak topped the second day of FIA Formula 3 testing in Jerez on Thursday, beating ART Grand Prix’s Frederik Vesti by less than three-hundredths of a second.

Marquez needs to be "careful" with Honda MotoGP bike feedback

Marc Marquez says he needs to be “careful” when working with his Honda MotoGP engineers as his feedback currently is “not as precise” as it used to be.

Steiner: "Not easy" to get Haas 2021 F1 car to suit Mazepin

Gunther Steiner says it is “not an easy task” for Haas to remedy the “weak” rear-end of its 2021 Formula 1 car to suit Nikita Mazepin’s driving style.

Espargaro: Aprilia is now MotoGP’s "revolution"

Aleix Espargaro says Aprilia’s progress in the space of a year has transformed it into “the revolution bike” as it’s become a more desirable MotoGP project to be involved with.

Why the success of AVB's WRC debut won't be defined on the stages

Three years after a Dakar Rally crash resulted in him being airlifted to hospital, Andre Villas-Boas is preparing to make his debut on his home round of the World Rally Championship later this month. His goals for the event are modest, but the same cannot be said for the charities he plans to promote where his true impact could be felt

Four new races set to join Formula E calendar in 2021-22

Formula E is expected to reveal four new races for its 2021-22 calendar alongside the return of three cities that were dropped this year owing to the pandemic, Autosport understands.

Lausitzring DTM test: Have Audi and BMW been hiding their pace in testing?

The wide gulf in performance at Lausitzring has prompted discussions regarding the true speed of the cars under the current Balance of Performance in DTM, with many questioning why Audi and BMW were so far off the pace. 

Wolff: 15 staff and an empty factory not enough for Red Bull F1 engine

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes it will take more than '15 staff and an empty factory' for Red Bull to produce competitive Formula 1 engines by 2025.

TT legend McGuinness makes car racing debut in Fun Cup

Twenty-three-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness made his debut racing cars in the Fun Cup at Donington Park last weekend alongside downhill mountain bike ace Steve Peat.

Ferrari has switched "90 to 95%" focus to 2022 F1 car

Ferrari Formula 1 sporting director Laurent Mekies says his team has moved "90 to 95%" of its focus on the development of its 2022 challenger and won't compromise that approach to try and beat McLaren this year.

Magazine: Hamilton's Spanish GP masterclass, Formula E redemption

Lewis Hamilton’s charging late defeat of Max Verstappen in the Spanish Grand Prix grabs the cover limelight for this week’s Autosport magazine, out today (13 May).

New Top Gun team completes 35-car Indy 500 entry list

A new startup IndyCar team, Top Gun Racing, will field a single-car entry for series returnee R.C. Enerson in this year's Indianapolis 500 to complete a 35-car entry.

How long can F1 2021's brewing title battle stay clean? Plus

How long can F1 2021's brewing title battle stay clean?

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have been evenly matched so far in the 2021 Formula 1 title race. Neither has been afraid to get aggressive against each other on track, teeing up an enthralling contest as the year unwinds. But is their rivalry destined to end in broken shards of carbon fibre?

Dakar 2022 rules altered following Audi entry complaints

The ASO and the FIA have made a number of changes to the T1 regulations following complaints from Toyota and Prodrive regarding Audi’s ‘electric' entry next year.

McLaren plans further upgrades to 2021 F1 car amid Ferrari battle

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl says his Formula 1 team will continue to update its 2021 car in a bid to defeat Ferrari, despite the lure of switching its full development to 2022.

Dakar chief responds to Loeb, Sainz after heavy criticism

Dakar Rally director David Castera has promised a more balanced 2022 event after this year’s rally-raid was heavily criticised by heavyweights Carlos Sainz and Sebastien Loeb.

Reutemann in stable condition after latest medical procedure

Former Formula 1 star and Argentinian senator Carlos Reutemann remains in intensive care following several episodes of internal bleeding but is reported to be stable after a medical procedure on Tuesday.

The ‘flapping’ phenomenon behind F1’s latest flexi wing intrigue

Formula 1 is as much an aero contest as it is a fight between drivers, so it’s no surprise that it has become the focus of the latest Red Bull versus Mercedes battleground.

Doohan tops first day of Jerez F3 test

Trident’s Jack Doohan topped the timesheets during FIA Formula 3 testing at Jerez on Wednesday, setting a 1m29.625s during the morning session.

Daytona 24 Hours LMP2 winner Kyle Tilley to make NASCAR debut at COTA

Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona LMP2 champion Kyle Tilley will make his NASCAR debut this season, competing in four Cup Series road course events for Live Fast Motorsports.

Vettel 'lacking pace to fight for points' in Aston Martin F1 car

Sebastian Vettel admits he’s currently "lacking" the pace to fight for points with his Aston Martin Formula 1 car following another frustrating weekend in Barcelona.

2021 MotoGP French GP – how to watch, session times & more

MotoGP heads to Le Mans for the fifth round of the 2021 world championship season, the French Grand Prix, after a dramatic Spanish round.

The entry level series turning trackday fans into GT champions Plus

The entry level series turning trackday fans into GT champions

Low-cost. Easily accessible. And the perfect route for trackday drivers into competitive motorsport. It’s easy to see why Super Lap Scotland’s time-trial format is proving popular and encouraging new people to try it for themselves

Motorsport Network strengthens Direct-To-Consumer leadership with new CEO of

The commercial leader brings NFL Game Pass, Eurosport Player, and BBC Studios experience to Motorsport Network’s flagship OTT platform.

Dovizioso: Aprilia MotoGP wildcard “wasn’t in the plan”

Fifteen-time MotoGP race winner Andrea Dovizioso says wildcarding with Aprilia “wasn’t in the plan” for him currently after his second test on the RS-GP at Mugello this week.

Perez: Reduced F1 track time hindering progress adapting to Red Bull

Sergio Perez feels it is taking him “a bit too long to get up to speed” on Formula 1 race weekends due to the reduced track time this year.

Baku rules out F1 race date swap with Turkish GP

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has ruled out a date swap with Turkey to help resolve Formula 1’s current travel headache due to its Euro 2020 hosting commitments.

Steiner: Wolff “wanted a little bit of publicity” with FIA call

Haas Formula 1 chief Gunther Steiner believes Toto Wolff wanted “a little bit of publicity” with his broadcast radio call to FIA race director Michael Masi complaining about blue flags.

How Formula E stood up to F1 comparisons in Monaco

OPINION: It was no surprise to anybody that the laptimes achieved by Formula E cars on the full Monaco circuit were much slower than Formula 1. But perhaps the more relevant comparison was in the racing spectacle, where FE delivered in spades

Why F1's flexi wing tricks are a never-ending problem for the FIA

The FIA's clampdown on Formula 1 teams exploiting clever 'bendy wings' to boost straightline speed is the latest skirmish in a war that has raged for decades.

Thrills and spills as TOCA supports get underway

There was plenty of action at Thruxton last weekend, as some of the TOCA supports including British Formula 4 and Ginetta Junior got underway - and certainly didn't disappoint. Elsewhere, Donington Park played host to the first round of the 2021 National Formula Ford Championship.

WRX 2021 opener in Norway cancelled

The opening round of the World Rallycross Championship in Norway has been cancelled, while the Montalegre circuit in Portugal has returned to the schedule to become the season finale.

Gasly: AlphaTauri F1 team “dropped back” compared to start of 2021

Pierre Gasly says that his AlphaTauri Formula 1 team has “dropped back” relative to its main rivals since the start of the season.

What the Spain result tells F1 about the next phase of the Mercedes/Red Bull title fight

OPINION: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have recovered from their pre-season woes to take three wins from the opening four races of 2021. But each time Red Bull and Max Verstappen have pushed them hard. So, what clues did the latest round of that battle – the Spanish Grand Prix – tease about the next stage of the season?

F1 setting up working group to look at track limits

Formula 1 teams are to continue pushing for better track limit rules in Formula 1, amid recent concerns about a lack of consistent application.

FIA to introduce new tests to clamp down on 'bendy wings'

The FIA is to introduce new rear wing flexibility tests ahead of the French Grand Prix amid concerns some teams are exploiting Formula 1 rules, Autosport can reveal.

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
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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.