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NASCAR’s Next Gen Cup car: What is it and why is it needed?
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NASCAR’s Next Gen Cup car: What is it and why is it needed?

The NASCAR Next Gen is the future generation of chassis to be used in the series and is aimed at making the cars more cost-effective while simultaneously enhancing driver safety.

Toyota: NASCAR’s Next Gen is “biggest change” in 50 years

Toyota Racing president David Wilson believes NASCAR’s Next Gen car is the “biggest change for the NASCAR industry” for over 50 years.

How two F3 stars face new challenges from very different perspectives Plus

How two F3 stars face new challenges from very different perspectives

ART Grand Prix team-mates Frederik Vesti and Juan Manuel Correa's paths to the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship grid couldn’t have been further apart, but both are using the same focus for different goals

Gotz leads Albon on second day of DTM Lausitzring testing

Mercedes driver Maximilian Gotz topped the timesheets on the second day of DTM pre-season testing at Lausitzring, beating Red Bull’s Formula 1 reserve Alex Albon.

Rejuvenated Plato questioned BTCC future in lockdown

Jason Plato has admitted he questioned his own future in the British Touring Car Championship during lockdown before committing to a much anticipated return this year.

How McLaren hopes to help F1 with its secret ballots call

After McLaren boss Zak Brown wrote an open letter detailing his thoughts on the direction that Formula 1 is taking, including the use of secret ballots, it opened up a wider discussion on the future of the championship and how it decides its rules.

Seidl: ‘Matter of time’ until Ricciardo is back at his best in F1

McLaren's Andreas Seidl believes it's just a “matter of time” until Daniel Ricciardo returns to his peak level of performance after a difficult start to the 2021 Formula 1 season.

2021 F1 Spanish GP session timings and how to watch

The Spanish Grand Prix hosts the fourth round of the 2021 Formula 1 world championship season on the 7-9 May.

Stefan Wilson plans to apply lessons learned from Justin for Indy 500

Stefan Wilson says he’s aiming to adopt his late brother Justin’s mentality as he approaches the third Indianapolis 500 of his IndyCar career.

Rins “still confident” despite recent MotoGP crashes

Suzuki’s Alex Rins says he is “still confident” despite back-to-back crashes in the last two MotoGP races as “everything is there” for him to be competitive.

What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors Plus

What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors

OPINION: Going up against the dominant force of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton was always going to demand the best from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. But after making a couple more errors during the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Dutch driver showed there's a small gap he still needs to close in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight

Who are the richest people in Formula 1?

Formula 1 is a championship that arguably consumes money like no other on the planet. The sums involved are vast and, to be player, you have to have access to some serious cash.

Cammish secures BTCC return with BTC Racing

Dan Cammish will make a return to the British Touring Car Championship grid having secured a guest drive with BTC Racing for this weekend’s Thruxton season opener.

Formula E updates rules to avoid Valencia-like mass retirements

The FIA has updated the Formula E regulations to prevent another incidence of the mass final-lap retirements and disqualifications that drew heavy criticism in the Valencia E-Prix. 

Marquez identifies 2021 Honda MotoGP bike weakness

Marc Marquez says he was better able to understand the weak points of the 2021 Honda MotoGP bike compared to its predecessor during last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. 

Alesi and Werner on their controversial Monaco F1 crash

Jean Alesi and Marco Werner have both spoken out following their controversial clash in a historic Formula 1 race at Monaco.

Mercedes has plenty to 'worry about' for F1 Spanish GP

Mercedes admits it has plenty to "worry about" for the Spanish Grand Prix, as rival Red Bull sees it as a key weekend for judging Formula 1’s balance of power.

Wickens still aims to return to “elite level” of motorsport
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Wickens still aims to return to “elite level” of motorsport

Robert Wickens says he’s still targeting a comeback in a top-rank racing series after returning to the cockpit for the first time since his horror IndyCar crash.

How a returning champion is feeling at home again in the BTCC Plus

How a returning champion is feeling at home again in the BTCC

After topping the times at the end of British Touring Car Championship pre-season testing, it feels like Gordon Shedden has never been away. But after plenty of changes behind the scenes, the three-time champion is bedding himself in to pick up where he left off

Donington Historic Festival headlines weekend of national racing

Despite being cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Donington Park Historic Festival was back bigger and better last weekend. Elsewhere, the CSCC held a bumper meeting at Thruxton and the Pickup Truck Racing Championship made a welcome return at Mallory Park.

Williams recruitment drive part of Dorilton's "plan to innovate"

The Williams Formula 1 squad has begun a recruitment drive that team head of vehicle performance Dave Robson says is part of Dorilton Capital’s “plan to innovate” since taking over. 

Former Renault F1 chief Abiteboul reveals new motorsport role

Former Renault Formula 1 team boss Cyril Abiteboul has revealed his next steps in motorsport following his surprise departure from the French car manufacturer earlier this year.

Leclerc: Portimao qualifying shows I have a lot to learn

Charles Leclerc believes his performance in Formula 1 qualifying at Portimao last Saturday shows he still has “a lot to learn” despite receiving praise for his one-lap displays.

Verstappen's Portimao F1 errors not concerning Red Bull

Red Bull insists it has no concerns over Max Verstappen’s run of small errors that hurt his Formula 1 victory hopes in Portugal last weekend.

Grosjean to test Mercedes title-winner at Paul Ricard in F1 comeback
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Grosjean to test Mercedes title-winner at Paul Ricard in F1 comeback

Romain Grosjean will make his return to Formula 1 machinery next month when he completes a test day with Mercedes at Paul Ricard, seven months on from his fiery accident.

Mercedes quickest as DTM testing resumes at Lausitzring

Maximilian Gotz led a 1-2-3-4-5 for Mercedes as the second and final DTM pre-season test of the 2021 season got underway in mixed conditions at the Lausitzring on Tuesday.

Montoya: Track limits making F1 title battle "too controversial" Spanish GP
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Montoya: Track limits making F1 title battle "too controversial"

Formula 1's ongoing debate over track limits is making the title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen "too controversial", reckons former grand prix driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

One-lane Texas 'not ideal' with ice-like surface - Rahal

The Texas IndyCar double-header would have welcomed closer racing without the artificial grip additive applied to the outside of the circuit, says Graham Rahal.

Andretti adds sixth Indy 500 entry, Wilson to drive

Stefan Wilson will enter the Indianapolis 500 for a third time, and for a second time driving for Andretti Autosport in the blue-riband IndyCar event.

Bobby Unser obituary: Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner remembered

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and one-time Formula 1 racer Bobby Unser, who died last Sunday aged 87, was a highly charismatic man and a wonderful driver.

From the archive: The confusing aftermath of Unser's 1981 Indy win

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser, who passed away on Sunday aged 87, is one of only two drivers ever to win the great American race across three different decades. But his final win in 1981 came amid much controversy, as the day after the race he was docked a lap for passing several cars exiting the pitlane under caution. Here's what Autosport made of one of the most divisive 500s in its history, in an article originally published on 4 June 1981.

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem Plus

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem

The brutal nature of a series of crashes at Jerez has reopened the debate about whether current MotoGP speeds are beyond the safety limits of the tracks. But even if riders are supportive of the move, getting the manufacturers to find a consensus on how speed reductions should be achieved may be altogether harder

Porsche and Penske unite to run new LMDh prototype in WEC, IMSA

Penske will mastermind Porsche's factory return to top-line sportscar racing with a new LMDh prototype in both the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship from 2023.

Seidl: Norris can break Mercedes/Red Bull championship lock-out

Lando Norris has a chance of breaking the top four Mercedes/Red Bull lock out in the Formula 1 driver standings this year, reckons his team boss Andreas Seidl.

Motorsport world pays tribute to three-time Indy 500 winner Bobby Unser

Tributes have flowed from across the motorsport fraternity to pay tribute to the late three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser, who died on Sunday aged 87.

Foyt team reeling from ‘unbelievable’ IndyCar Texas bad luck

AJ Foyt Racing president Larry Foyt says the team was left reeling from an “unbelievable” IndyCar double-header in which its pair of cars suffered three lots of crash damage.

Quartararo undergoes surgery on arm after Jerez MotoGP race

Fabio Quartararo has undergone surgery following the right arm-pump issues that cost the Yamaha MotoGP rider victory in the Spanish Grand Prix last weekend.

Old MotoGP bike causing "shadow of frustration" – Morbidelli

Franco Morbidelli admits there is a “shadow of frustration” hanging over him having to ride a two-year-old MotoGP bike in 2021 and has had a “frank” discussion with Yamaha.

Kubica gets first F1 practice outing of 2021 at Barcelona

Robert Kubica will drive for Alfa Romeo in the opening Formula 1 practice session of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix and will conduct Alfa’s Pirelli test running after the event. 

Sargeant, Fittipaldi complete FIA F3 grid with Charouz

Charouz Racing has completed its FIA Formula 3 driver lineup by announcing 2020 F3 title contender Logan Sargeant and Enzo Fittipaldi ahead of this weekend’s season opener in Barcelona.

Oliver Solberg to make top flight WRC return in Italy

Oliver Solberg will make a return to the World Rally Championship top flight after securing another outing at next month's Rally Italy.

Alpine wants WEC BoP changes to address fuel mileage concerns

Alpine is demanding changes to the Hypercar Balance of Performance after losing a shot at victory in Saturday's World Endurance Championship opener at Spa on fuel mileage.

Ferrari wants clarity on F1 financial rules penalties

Mattia Binotto hopes to get clarity on the sporting penalties for procedural breaches within Formula 1's financial regulations "very soon" before Ferrari gives its formal support.

Mir “not worried” by winless start to MotoGP title defence

Suzuki’s Joan Mir says he’s “not worried” about the winless start to his MotoGP title defence and admits he “expected” not to have an easy start to 2021.

How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era

Amid concerns that the new Hypercar class would be upstaged on debut by the spec LMP2 machines at Spa, Toyota delivered the pole and victory that the vast majority of observers expected. But neither car had a clean run, which gave the grandfathered Alpine LMP1 an unexpected shot at glory

Fuji Super GT: Real Racing Honda holds on to win after late drama

Real Racing Honda duo Koudai Tsukakoshi and Bertrand Baguette held on to take an unlikely SUPER GT victory in a dramatic Fuji 500km Golden Week race on Tuesday.

Vettel to get new Aston Martin F1 upgrades at Spanish GP

The upgrade package trialled by Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll in Portugal will also be run by his teammate Sebastian Vettel in the Spanish GP this weekend.

Nakagami ‘cried’ after missing maiden MotoGP podium at Jerez

Takaaki Nakagami admits he was “crying” when he returned to his LCR garage after missing a maiden MotoGP podium by just under seven tenths in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Haas to improve radio communication after Mazepin/Perez near-miss

Haas has vowed to improve communication with its drivers to warn them when they are about to be lapped, after Nikita Mazepin's latest error in Formula 1's Portuguese Grand Prix.

Why a BTCC legend remains defiant at '97 not out' Plus

Why a BTCC legend remains defiant at '97 not out'

After a year of enforced absence from the British Touring Car Championship grid, Jason Plato is back and hungrier than ever. Despite stellar opposition and some familiar challenges, the two-time champion still has his eyes focused on the biggest prizes

Wolff may reconsider Bottas radio messages after pace ‘flatlined’

Toto Wolff says he may need to reconsider his in-race radio messages to Valtteri Bottas after the Mercedes Formula 1 driver's pace "flatlined" when catching Max Verstappen at Portimao.

Delayed start to 2022 Supercars season mooted

Rumours of a delayed start to the 2022 Supercars season are doing the rounds of the paddock amid ongoing uncertainty over the new Gen3 rules.

The different rear wing approach that helped Hamilton win

Lewis Hamilton's storming charge to victory in the Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix showed again his brilliance at overtaking and tyre management.

Three-time Indy 500 winner Bobby Unser passes away aged 87

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and 13-time winner of the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb Bobby Unser has passed away at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the age of 87.

Vinales tops Jerez MotoGP test, Quartararo absent after arm-pump woe

Maverick Vinales topped the post-Spanish Grand Prix MotoGP test day at Jerez on Monday, while Yamaha team-mate Fabio Quartararo was absent due to his physical condition following the race.

Red Bull: Perez not used to disturb Hamilton in Portuguese GP

Red Bull insists its decision to extend Sergio Perez's tyre stint in Formula 1's Portuguese Grand Prix was not because it wanted him to disturb race leader Lewis Hamilton.

Tank Slappers Podcast: Miller triumphs at the Spanish MotoGP

Jack Miller took his first MotoGP win in five years at the Spanish Grand Prix to put his 2021 season back on course following a tricky start.

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 Portuguese GP

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes showed steel in recovering from third to win the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. Autosport assesses the weekend's major talking points, as hopes of redemption for Mercedes' number two were dashed, track limits again were a topic of debate and tension over budget cap sanctions emerged

O'Ward won't push for McLaren F1 switch, 'heart in IndyCar'

Pato O’Ward will hold McLaren boss Zak Brown to his promise of a post-season Formula 1 test after his maiden IndyCar win at Texas, but won't push to switch series.

The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix

Red Bull's Portuguese Grand Prix fortunes were decidedly second best to Mercedes', but the result skews the potential that the team had at Portimao. With a new set of updates, the team looks good going forward into the rest of 2021's spicy F1 competition