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Alonso: Oldest driver tag now gives me an advantage in F1

Alpine Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso insists he sees his age and experience as an advantage.

Wickens admits IndyCar return “doesn’t seem feasible”

Robert Wickens, who will race in this year’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, says that a return to IndyCar doesn’t seem feasible but he’s “interested in exploring other options.”

Villeneuve: Hamilton must “be aggressive” to reclaim F1 world title

Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve says Lewis Hamilton must get over his disappointment of losing the 2021 title to Max Verstappen and “be aggressive” to claim it back.

Toyota uncovers 2022 WRC Rally1 contender

Toyota has showcased the final version of its Rally1 hybrid GR Yaris that will compete in the 2022 World Rally Championship.

M-Sport reveals bold new-look Puma WRC 2022 challenger

M-Sport has taken the covers off its Ford Puma Rally1 car it hopes will guide the team back to the top of the World Rally Championship this year.

LIVE: Watch the WRC 2022 season launch

The World Rally Championship is set to usher in a new Rally1 hybrid era as it prepares for its 50th season of competition in 2022.

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push Plus

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push

As the driver of Formula 1’s medical car, Alan van der Merwe’s job is to wait – and hope his skills aren’t needed. JAMES NEWBOLD hears from F1’s lesser-known stalwarts

Watch the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual live

The finale of the Virtual Le Mans Series takes place this weekend, with the curtain-closer being the second edition of the Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

Alfa Romeo still open to fielding Ferrari F1 young drivers in the future

Alfa Romeo remains open to fielding Ferrari junior drivers as part of its Formula 1 line-up in the future despite dropping Antonio Giovinazzi for 2022, according to Frederic Vasseur.

Prodrive: Audi will "kill" competition in Dakar if FIA doesn't intervene

Audi will “kill” the competition in the Dakar Rally next year if the FIA doesn’t do something to balance its performance against petrol-powered cars, according to Prodrive’s chairman David Richards.

Gresini Racing first MotoGP team to unveil 2022 bikes

The Gresini Racing team has become the first MotoGP team in 2022 to unveil its new motorcycles as it begins its partnership with Ducati.

The qualities that made retiring legend Whincup a Supercars great

Jamie Whincup will transition from the cockpit into Triple Eight's new team boss in 2022, retiring from full-time competition as arguably the greatest Australian Supercars driver of all time. In tribute to the seven-time title-winner's career, friends and rivals alike have their say on Whincup's champion traits

Honda quit F1 too early, says motorsport boss Yamamoto

Honda's Formula 1 chief Masashi Yamamoto rues that the Japanese engine manufacturer has left the series too early and hopes the brand will one day return.

Wickens to make racing comeback in Hyundai TCR car

More than three years after a devastating IndyCar accident, Robert Wickens will return to race action with Bryan Herta Autosport and Hyundai in IMSA’s Michelin Pilot Challenge.

New Porsche LMDh prototype makes test debut

The new Porsche LMDh prototype that will join the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship in 2023 has hit the track for the first time.

Brown: 2021 a "very successful year" despite McLaren's drop to fourth

McLaren Formula 1 CEO Zak Brown says 2021 was a "very successful year" for the Woking outfit despite falling to fourth in the constructors' championship behind Ferrari.

Correa remains with ART for 2022 Formula 3 season

Juan Manuel Correa has extended his deal with ART Grand Prix, remaining at the French team in FIA Formula 3 for the 2022 season.

Friday favourite: The sonorous BMW that launched a GT racing star

In the first instalment of Autosport's new Friday favourite series, where drivers, engineers and team bosses reveal their top cars, team-mates and circuits, BMW and Corvette ace Nicky Catsburg reflects on the V8-powered racer that he started out paying to drive and later took to victory in the world's biggest GT3 race

How "old school NASCAR" got Next Gen back on track

Getting the NASCAR Next Gen car to the point of on-track competition for the 2022 Cup season has been no easy task, but Toyota Racing president David Wilson credits NASCAR leadership for successfully navigating the rough waters.

Why Masi's F1 future is the next big decision facing the FIA

Thursday's statement by the FIA provided the first signs of progress for the investigation into Formula 1's controversial season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Everything we know about the 2022 Formula 1 season: drivers, cars, tracks & more

The 2022 Formula 1 season is almost upon us, but how much do you know about it? Find out all you need to know about the calendar, cars and more here.

24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual eRacing finale to be broadcast digitally around the world

The finale of this year’s Le Mans Virtual Series is to be broadcast on January 15-16 2022.

Ed Carpenter Racing signs Daly for full-time 2022 IndyCar ride

Ed Carpenter Racing has announced it has signed Conor Daly as a full-time driver in its #20 Dallara-Chevrolet for the 2022 IndyCar season.

Aston Martin appoints Mike Krack as F1 team principal

Former BMW motorsport boss Mike Krack has been appointed as the new team principal of the Aston Martin Formula 1 team, following the departure of Otmar Szafnauer earlier this month.

Mechanic dies on the last liaison of Dakar 2022

A mechanic of the PH Sport team has passed away following a road accident in the last liaison of the Dakar Rally from Bisha to Jeddah.

Porsche set to sign Abt technical director as new Formula E chief

Porsche is set to install former Audi engineer Florian Modlinger as its project manager for its Formula E team, prising him from his role as Abt's technical director.

Marc Marquez: Doctors didn’t know how long eye injury would take to recover

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez admits his doctors didn't even know how long it would take him to recover from his latest eye injury.

The second-generation Can-Am racers that took the UK by storm Plus

The second-generation Can-Am racers that took the UK by storm

When Thundersports was introduced in 1983, few could have predicted that it would bring an army of heavy metal from the United States to British circuits. The awe-inspiring former Can-Am racers became a new domestic flagship category that captivated spectators and drivers alike

Matsushita joins Honda as Super GT and Super Formula lineups revealed

Honda has announced its driver line-ups for the 2022 Super GT season, with Nobuharu Matsushita replacing Bertrand Baguette at Real Racing.

The ‘single bullet’ mentality behind Pourchaire’s F1 hopes

At 17, Theo Pourchaire became F2’s youngest pole-sitter and winner in 2021, standing him out as one of the brightest young talents nearing Formula 1. But Sauber wants to ensure the timing is right for its academy ace, as Luke Smith found out.

Hauger, Daruvala join Prema in F2 as Red Bull completes junior line-up

Red Bull junior drivers Dennis Hauger and Jehan Daruvala will drive for Prema Racing in the 2022 Formula 2 season, taking the programme's tally of F2 drivers to five.

Pither linked to Supercars return with PremiAir

Chris Pither has been linked to a full-time Supercars return with the new-look PremiAir Racing squad.

Dakar 2022: Toyota's Al-Attiyah dominates to seal fourth title

Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah has been crowned a four-time Dakar Rally champion following a dominant run in the 2022 edition of the event in Saudi Arabia.

Toyota signals GT3 intentions with GR GT3 Concept launch

Toyota has signalled a clear intention to enter the GT3 arena with the unveiling of the GR GT3 Concept on Friday at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Aston Martin reveals launch date for 2022 Formula 1 car

Aston Martin has become the first Formula 1 team to formally announce its launch plans for its new car ahead of the 2022 season.

Brundle: Removing Masi won't solve F1 credibility concerns

Removing under-pressure FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi from his post won't fix wider concerns about the integrity of the world championship, according to ex-grand prix driver Martin Brundle.

Bathurst 12 Hour postponed until May

The 2022 Bathurst 12 Hour has been postponed until May due to a surge of COVID-19 cases in New South Wales.

The hints of change and lingering questions in the FIA’s Abu Dhabi update

After almost a month of silence over the Christmas break, the FIA offered an update on its investigation into the controversial Abu Dhabi Formula 1 finale on Thursday.

MotoGP ace Marquez’s vision problems show “clear improvement”

Doctors have confirmed six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez’s vision problems have shown a “clear improvement” and has returned to on-bike training.

Alpine announces exit of F1 team chief Budkowski

The Alpine Formula 1 team has announced executive director Marcin Budkowski has left the organisation.

FIA sets out next steps and plans for Abu Dhabi F1 investigation

The FIA has announced the next steps and plans for its investigation into the controversial Formula 1 season finale in Abu Dhabi last month.

When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push Plus

When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push

There was an ace up the sleeve during the 1983 F1 title-winning season of Nelson Piquet and Brabham. It made a frontrunning car invincible for the last three races to see off Renault's Alain Prost and secure the combination's second world title in three years

W Series to host prospective driver test in Arizona for 2022 season

W Series will hold a test for prospective drivers in the US ahead of the 2022 season, with 14 drivers confirmed for the Arizona event.

MotoGP legend Rossi joins WRT for 2022 GT World Challenge Europe

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi has committed to a full campaign in the GT World Challenge Europe with WRT and Audi.

Alonso "sad" to see Honda leave F1 despite McLaren years

Alpine's Fernando Alonso says it is "sad" to see engine manufacturer Honda leave Formula 1 after winning the drivers' world championship with Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Dakar 2022, Stage 11: Sainz fastest, Al-Attiyah inches closer to win

Carlos Sainz chalked up yet another stage win for Audi on the penultimate day of the Dakar Rally, while Nasser Al-Attiyah inched closer to overall victory in eighth.

Woolridge joins Veloce Racing for 2022 Extreme E season

Veloce Racing has completed a full switch of its Extreme E driver line-up for 2022 as Lance Woolridge takes the full-time seat alongside Christine Giampaoli Zonca.

WEC confident Sebring opener will go ahead in March despite COVID concerns

The World Endurance Championship has no concerns that the opening round of this year's series at Sebring in March will have to be postponed or cancelled.

Overnight repair saves M-Sport Monte Carlo WRC test

M-Sport will continue its Monte Carlo World Rally Championship pre-event test after completing an overnight repair on its Ford Puma damaged in a crash involving Craig Breen.

The rise and fall of bargeboards in F1

An all-new Formula 1 car design for 2022 means it’s the end of the road for the bargeboard, which has been a major aerodynamic element in the sport for decades.

Team Sydney Supercars team sold to drag racer Peter Xiberras

Team Sydney has been sold to drag racer Peter Xiberras who is taking over the Supercars squad from the Webb family.

Top 10 McLaren F1 drivers ranked: Senna, Prost, Hamilton and more

Twelve drivers’ titles and 183 grand prix victories make McLaren the second most successful team in Formula 1. Even Mercedes’ incredible recent run of success has ‘only’ taken it to McLaren’s tally of eight constructors’ crowns.

Inside Mercedes's preparations for a virtual fightback at Le Mans

After its bruising end to a classic Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi, Mercedes can make an early play to punch back at Red Bull as its Esports arm takes on the Virtual Le Mans 24 Hours by Motorsport Games this weekend. Here’s how its gearing up for a return, of sorts, to La Sarthe

Kristoffersson to defend World Rallycross title with Volkswagen at start of electric era

Johan Kristoffersson will defend his World Rallycross title in 2022 with the Kristoffersson Motorsport-run team switching to a Volkswagen entry, as the series prepares for its electric era.

Percat paired with Bathurst-winning engineer for 2022 Supercars season

Nick Percat will be paired with Bathurst 1000-winning engineer Geoff Slater for the 2022 Supercars season.

Magazine: Celebrating motorsport's biggest monsters

Autosport celebrates many of motorsport’s wild and spectacular machines in this week’s magazine, out today (13 January).

Alfa Romeo confident Andretti talks had "no impact" on 2022 F1 plans

Frederic Vasseur says Alfa Romeo’s talks with Andretti Autosport over a potential takeover didn’t impact its planning for the 2022 Formula 1 season beyond delaying some decisions.

Calan Williams joins Trident for 2022 F2 season

Calan Williams will race for Trident Motorsport in Formula 2 for the 2022 season.

One Daytona 500 winner's tradition may be altered this season

One tradition for the winner of the annual Daytona 500 may be at least temporarily halted this season – or just delayed.