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Supercars Gen3 Mustang and Camaro revealed

The covers have finally come off the Gen3-spec Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro prototype Supercars.

Sainz urges Jeddah F1 marshals to “stay sharp” amid accident risks

Carlos Sainz Jr has cautioned that track officials in Saudi Arabia will have to “stay sharp” due to the potential for high-speed accidents on the new Jeddah Formula 1 track.

Vettel hosts women-only karting race in Saudi Arabia

Sebastian Vettel turned gender equality concerns in Saudi Arabia into a chance to learn more about the reality, after hosting a female kart event ahead of Formula 1's first visit.

Gasly: AlphaTauri understands "worst performance" of F1 2021 in Qatar

AlphaTauri Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly says the Italian team now understands the reasons for its "worst performance of the season" at the Qatar Grand Prix last time out.

How W Series' standout star took the challenge to its champion Plus

How W Series' standout star took the challenge to its champion

Heading into 2021, much of the discussion around W Series centred on Jamie Chadwick and her fight for a second crown. Chadwick duly won out, but only after a season-long battle with Alice Powell, who came into the final double-header level on points and almost stole the show

Racing Team Nederland makes switch to IMSA SportsCar Championship

The Racing Team Nederland prototype squad will switch to the IMSA SportsCar Championship next season after taking title honours in this year's World Endurance Championship.

Hamilton not "comfortable" racing in Saudi Arabia amid human rights issues

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he doesn't feel overly "comfortable" about racing in Saudi Arabia due to the country's human rights record, ahead of its inaugural Formula 1 grand prix.

Voting extended for 2021 Autosport Awards

Voting for the 2021 Autosport Awards has been extended, following the postponement of the Grosvenor House event.

Asian Le Mans Series reveals record 39-car grid

The Asian Le Mans Series has revealed its largest-ever grid will contest the four-round championship next year, with 39 cars split across the LMP2, LMP3 and GT divisions.

Mortara tops final day of Formula E pre-season testing for Venturi

Formula E’s 2021 championship runner-up Edoardo Mortara guided his Mercedes-powered Venturi Racing car to the top of the times on the final day of pre-season testing in Valencia.

Why aren't F1 trophies given at the last race of the season?

Why doesn't the Formula 1 world champion get the trophy at the last race of the season? Click here to find out the reason why and the history behind it.

Alonso, Vettel will miss "outstanding" Raikkonen when he exits F1

Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso say an "outstanding" Kimi Raikkonen will not only be missed as a Formula 1 driver, but also as a person.

Veloce drops Sarrazin for Extreme E finale in Dorset

Veloce Racing has dropped Stephane Sarrazin for the final round of the inaugural Extreme E campaign in Dorset to test probable 2022 driver Lance Woolridge with Jamie Chadwick.

BTCC grid hits maximum as three teams grow for 2022

Three of the British Touring Car Championship’s leading teams are expanding their line-ups for 2022, meaning that the grid will increase to a maximum of 32 cars.

Williams hires ex-VW motorsport boss as F1 sporting director

Williams continued its run of hiring former Volkswagen motorsport staff with the signing of Sven Smeets, who joined as its Formula 1 sporting director last month.

The photos that offer clues to Red Bull's rear wing problems

Red Bull heads into this weekend’s Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix hoping to have solved the rear wing problems that have plagued it in recent F1 events.

Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer Plus

Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer

Earning praise from rivals has been a welcome sign that Lando Norris is becoming established among Formula 1's elite. But the McLaren driver is confident that his team's upward curve can put him in the mix to contend for titles in the future, when he's hoping the compliments will be replaced by being deemed an equal adversary

Brundle: Russell can't go on "missing list" when he joins Mercedes

Ex-Formula 1 driver Martin Brundle believes George Russell needs to be wary of going on the "missing list" when he joins Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes next season.

What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention Plus

What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention

After a disastrous 2020 in which it slumped to sixth in the F1 constructors' standings, Ferrari has rebounded strongly and is on course to finish third - despite regulations that forced it to carryover much of its forgettable SF1000 machine. Yet while it can be pleased with its improvement, there are still steps it must make if 2022 is to yield a return to winning ways

Yamaha “can have best bike” in MotoGP with more power - Quartararo

Reigning MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo says Yamaha “can have the best bike” on the grid if the YZR-M1 had more horsepower.

Williams F1 reserve Aitken to test Ed Carpenter Racing IndyCar

Williams Formula 1 reserve Jack Aitken has entered the frame as a potential Ed Carpenter Racing IndyCar driver in 2022, and will test for the squad next week.

Tim Schenken retires as Supercars race director

Ex- Formula 1 driver Tim Schenken has announced his retirement from the Supercars race director role.

Williams boss Capito to miss Saudi Arabian GP after positive COVID-19 test

Williams Formula 1 boss Jost Capito will not attend this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after testing positive for COVID-19.

Hill: 2021 ending in Hamilton/Verstappen crash "sad for F1"

Former Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill says Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have an "obligation to be sporting" and it would be "sad for F1" if the season ended in more controversy.

Magazine: Frank Williams - 1942-2021

Autosport pays tribute to Formula 1 legend Sir Frank Williams in this week’s magazine, out today (2 December).

Richard Petty Motorsports sells majority stake in NASCAR Cup team

Richard Petty Motorsports has sold a majority interest of its NASCAR Cup Series team to Truck Series title-winning outfit GMS Racing.

Foyt IndyCar team renews with Kellett for third year

Dalton Kellett will remain with AJ Foyt Racing as a full-time IndyCar driver in 2022, extending his relationship with the team to a third year.

Hamilton ready to help Russell become next British F1 champion

Lewis Hamilton says he is ready to step in and help George Russell become the next British Formula 1 world champion when they become team-mates at Mercedes next season.

Vettel explains drag weakness of Aston Martin F1 car

Sebastian Vettel thinks excessive drag is the main weakness of Aston Martin's 2021 Formula 1 challenger as the team has struggled for performance in the second half of the season.

Motorsport cannot go electric only, says WRC title winner Robert Reid
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Motorsport cannot go electric only, says WRC title winner Robert Reid

Robert Reid won the 2001 World Rally Championship for Subaru as co-driver to Richard Burns, the 20th anniversary was celebrated last week. The Scot has since gone on to a career in the sport’s governance on several FIA commissions including Safety. He’s running in the FIA elections in three weeks for the role of Deputy President for Sport under Mohammed ben Sulayem. Victory would see him as “co-driver” to the most powerful role in motorsport, FIA President.

How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations

OPINION: The pressure is firmly on Red Bull and Mercedes as Formula 1 2021 embarks on its final double-header. How the respective teams deal with that will be a crucial factor in deciding the outcome of the drivers' and constructors' championships, as Autosport's technical consultant and ex-McLaren F1 engineer explains

Norris: Ricciardo can strike back when things click at McLaren F1

Lando Norris says he is not taking it for granted that he’s got the measure of McLaren Formula 1 team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, despite outperforming the more experienced Australian in 2021.

Brundle: Bottas will play bigger role than Perez in F1 title battle

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas is likely to play a more important role than Red Bull counterpart Sergio Perez in helping decide the 2021 Formula 1 title battle between their teammates Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, according to Martin Brundle.

Chandhok: Why charming F1 boss Williams will be dearly missed

The passing of legendary Formula 1 team owner Frank Williams has prompted tributes from every corner of the motorsport world. Williams heritage driver and Sky F1 pundit Karun Chandhok recalls a passionate motorsport fan who enriched F1 and the lives of those around him

Tank Slappers Podcast: 2021 Season Review Part 1

Two riders stood out across a hectic 2021 MotoGP season, with both Fabio Quartararo and Francesco Bagnaia proving to be head and shoulders above the rest.

TT legend McGuinness makes Honda comeback for 2022

Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness will return to Honda for the 2022 event alongside British Superbike star Glenn Irwin.

Supercars ace Mostert seals TCR Australia title at Bathurst

Supercars race-winner Chaz Mostert sealed the 2021 TCR Australia title at Bathurst with a ninth place in the opening race at the Mount Panorama circuit.

Vergne calls for clampdown on “unacceptable" FE driving standards

Jean-Eric Vergne has called for a clampdown on “unacceptable” driving standards in Formula E ahead of the 2021-22 season, saying "kids in karting race more fair than us". 

Gresini feared MotoGP team would fold after team owner’s death

The Gresini Racing team feared the MotoGP squad would not make it through the death of its namesake founder Fausto Gresini back in February.

Why do Formula 1 cars spark? F1's sparking cars explained

Formula 1 cars hurtling down a straight with sparks flying out from beneath it always make for a spectacular sight, but why do F1 cars spark and is it bad?

Baguette departs Honda Super GT fold

Bertrand Baguette has announced that last weekend's Fuji Speedway finale was his final outing as a Honda Super GT driver.

Hamilton has "moved into overdrive" in F1 title battle - Brundle

Lewis Hamilton has "moved into overdrive" in the latter part of the 2021 Formula 1 season as his title battle with Max Verstappen intensifies, according to ex-F1 racer Martin Brundle.

How rocket O'Sullivan banished painful memories with GB3 glory Plus

How rocket O'Sullivan banished painful memories with GB3 glory

After missing out on the 2020 British F4 title in astonishing fashion, Zak O'Sullivan was determined to earn his first car racing title stepping up to the BRDC British F3 championship. While the series underwent a mid-year name change to GB3, the Carlin driver was imperious throughout and deservedly claimed the title in his rookie year

F1 2022 cars to be on edge like F2, says Norris

Formula 1’s 2022 cars will be more on the limit and move around on the edge like F2 machinery, reckons McLaren’s Lando Norris.

McLaren F1 driver Norris to move to Monaco from UK

Lando Norris has revealed he will move from the UK to Monaco this winter, with the Formula 1 driver feeling the timing is right from a career and financial perspective.

How Williams restarted his F1 team from scratch after Wolf split

Frank Williams made his first appearance as a Formula 1 entrant with a private Brabham in 1969, but always regarded 1977 as the official start of the team's current iteration.

Vandoorne leads second day of FE testing from Mortara

Stoffel Vandoorne led a Mercedes powertrain 1-2 over Edoardo Mortara to wrap up the second day of Formula E pre-season testing in Valencia.

Kyalami 9 Hours IGTC round gets new date in February 2022

The Kyalami 9 Hours round of the 2021 Intercontinental GT Challenge has been rescheduled for the first weekend of February next year.

Seidl: F1 doesn't need permanent stewards for consistent decisions

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl believes the current stewarding system in Formula 1 is enough to deliver consistent verdicts without the need for permanent stewards.

Why Ferrari is sure its long-term Leclerc investment will be vindicated Plus

Why Ferrari is sure its long-term Leclerc investment will be vindicated

Humble yet blisteringly quick, Charles Leclerc is the driver Ferrari sees as its next
 world champion, and a rightful heir to the greats of Ferrari’s past – even though, by the team’s own admission, he’s not the finished article yet. Here's why it is confident that the 24-year-old can be the man to end a drought stretching back to 2008

Top 10 Williams F1 drivers ranked: Mansell, Hill, Montoya and more

Williams is one of Formula 1’s great teams, having racked up seven drivers’ titles and nine constructors’ crowns. Autosport ranks its 10 greatest drivers.

Giovinazzi was initially "confused" during first Formula E tests

Antonio Giovinazzi was initially “confused” in his opening Formula E runs, labelling it “completely different” to anything he’s raced in before as he participates in his first test for Dragon.

MotoGP winner Petrucci says Dakar switch is “another world”

Double MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci says his switch from road racing to rallying ahead of his Dakar debut in 2022 has been “completely another world”. 

The sharing mentality that transformed the fortunes of two Formula E teams

Electing not to share data with its competitive customer team would have been a straightforward means of gaining an edge on at least one of Mercedes' Formula E rivals last season. But by reciprocating the relationship forged under its initial HWA guise, when it was a customer to Venturi, both teams have reaped the rewards

Da Costa tops second morning of FE testing, de Vries wins race simulation

Antonio Felix da Costa secured the fastest lap time in the second morning of Formula E testing at Valencia, as Nyck de Vries ‘won’ the morning’s race simulation.

Have a go hero: An ex-F1 racer’s ‘three-hour bar fight’ in NASCAR

There aren't many drivers that after reaching Formula 1 have tried their hand at NASCAR. But Jan Magnussen recalls his one-off outing at Sonoma in 2010 as one of the best of his long career

Ocon: "Just a matter of time" before Piastri lands F1 seat

Alpine driver Esteban Ocon has backed the team's reserve driver Oscar Piastri to soon join him on the Formula 1 grid despite being snubbed for 2022.

McLaren signs Kirchhofer to factory GT deal

McLaren has signed former GP3 frontrunner Marvin Kirchhofer as a factory GT driver for next season.

F1 world champion Alan Jones hails "true enthusiast" Frank Williams

Formula 1 world champion Alan Jones says the late Sir Frank Williams was a "true enthusiast" who simply loved motorsport.

Verstappen has "polished up" aggression in F1, says Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo says former Formula 1 team-mate Max Verstappen has "polished up" his aggression on track, but reckons his approach to battles with rivals remains unchanged.