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Formula Ford Festival at 50: How a British motorsport institution began

This weekend marks the 50th running of the illustrious Formula Ford Festival, first held in 1972, which has been won by some of motorsport's biggest names down the years. In the first instalment of Autosport's decade-by-decade look at its history, here's a look at the Festival's formative years in the 1970s when it was first held at Snetterton

Mikkelsen: Winning ERC title a career highlight

Andreas Mikkelsen helped ensure he is first in line for future World Rally Championship opportunities after claiming the European Rally Championship last weekend.

Brundle: Celebrities need 'manners and respect' after MTS F1 snub

Sky Formula 1 expert Martin Brundle has urged celebrities to show some ‘manners and respect’ after a Grid Walk spurn with rapper Megan Thee Stallion at the United States Grand Prix.

Red Bull feared Schumacher would cost Verstappen US GP win

Red Bull feared backmarker Mick Schumacher would cost Max Verstappen victory in Formula 1's United States Grand Prix after he failed to get out of the way late on.

Solberg recalled for Hyundai WRC outing at Monza finale

Oliver Solberg will see out the season with a top flight World Rally Championship drive in a Hyundai at next month’s Rally Monza season finale.

Mercedes: Eighth-lap stop could have helped Hamilton win F1 US GP

Mercedes reckons a bold strategy in pitting Lewis Hamilton as early as lap eight of the United States Grand Prix could have helped it beat Formula 1 rival Max Verstappen.

10 things we learned from F1’s 2021 United States Grand Prix

The return of the United States Grand Prix to the Formula 1 calendar was well received by a sellout crowd, who watched Max Verstappen and Red Bull deliver a timely victory. Autosport picks out the key talking points as Sergio Perez again proved his worth, track limits returned to the agenda and momentum swung in the constructors' championship race

Mir’s Misano MotoGP jump start due to launch control confusion

Outgoing MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says his jump start in Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was a result of him having doubts that he’d engage his Suzuki’s launch control.

Mazepin’s "painful" US GP not helped by headrest coming off

Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin says a "boring" and "painful" United States Grand Prix was not helped by his headrest coming off at one point.

Eaton left with compression fracture after hitting "ridiculous" COTA kerb

W Series driver Abbie Eaton called the Circuit of the Americas' sausage kerbs “ridiculous", after contact with one of them left her with a vertebral compression fracture.

Motorsport Network acquires Autoblog Argentina

Autoblog Argentina is the most widely read automotive news site in the country and will be renamed Argentina. Motorsport Network will also launch InsideEVs Argentina.

The three factors that crowned MotoGP’s newest champion at Misano

The prospect of Fabio Quartararo clinching the 2021 MotoGP world championship title at Misano appeared small after struggling to 15th in qualifying, while main rival Francesco Bagnaia took pole. Here's how the Yamaha rider turned it around, with help from an ill-fated Bagnaia tyre choice, to secure the crown with two races to spare

Car preservation key to Abt Cupra’s first Extreme E podium

Preserving the car was key to securing Abt Cupra’s first podium in Extreme E, according to Island X-Prix runners-up Jutta Kleinschmidt and Mattias Ekstrom.

Autosport Podcast: United States GP review

The United States Grand Prix was another thrilling instalment of the 2021 Formula 1 season, in which Max Verstappen brilliantly held off Lewis Hamilton for victory.

Marquez: Key to Quartararo’s MotoGP title was his ability “to suffer”

Marc Marquez says the key to Fabio Quartararo’s 2021 MotoGP world championship was how the Yamaha rider was “able to suffer” and still pick up strong results.

Ricciardo "happy to be dirty" in Sainz Austin F1 battle

Daniel Ricciardo has no qualms about accusations he got a bit "dirty" in his intense fight with Carlos Sainz Jr in Formula 1's United States Grand Prix.

Chadwick: 2021 W Series title 'felt harder fought' than 2019 triumph

Jamie Chadwick says her 2021 W Series title felt “harder fought” than her 2019 win, but feels “sweeter” because of the tough season-long battle.

The key details that boosted Red Bull and held back Hamilton in Verstappen’s USA victory

As the 2021 Formula 1 title battle winds towards its climax, the United States GP added another thrilling act in the Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen battle. Although Hamilton aced the start, Verstappen and Red Bull took the initiative with strategy and were richly rewarded, despite Mercedes' best efforts as the race went down to the wire

Tickford signs Waters to new multi-year deal

Tickford Racing has signed Supercars race winner Cam Waters to an all-new multi-year deal.

Perez was in "survival mode" amid illness struggle in US GP

Sergio Perez felt he was in "survival mode" after struggling with illness through Sunday's Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, calling it "the longest race of my life".

US Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a baking hot afternoon at the returning Circuit of the Americas, Formula 1 drivers were tested to their limits. As the pressure on the title contending squads reaches an ever-greater level of intensity, the foremost challengers again showed their class, but were outshone by a standout drive from the upper midfield

Rossi “a bit angry” with Bagnaia’s Misano MotoGP tyre choice

Valentino Rossi says he’s “a little bit angry” that protégé Francesco Bagnaia ran the hard front tyre in the MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which ultimately caused his title-ending crash.

FIA plans F1 driver talks over "marginal" Raikkonen call

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi plans talks with drivers after what he says was a "marginal" call in the United States Grand Prix on Kimi Raikkonen's Fernando Alonso pass.

Wolff: Mercedes couldn’t match Red Bull’s aggressive US GP strategy

Toto Wolff says Mercedes couldn't match Red Bull’s early pitstop with Max Verstappen to prevent Lewis Hamilton from losing the Formula 1 race lead in Austin, calling the move “courageous”.

Kansas NASCAR: Larson takes win on emotional day for Hendrick

Kyle Larson’s remarkable season continued as he held off Hendrick Motorsports team-mate Chase Elliott at Kansas to win his ninth NASCAR Cup race of the season.

Alonso baffled by "strange" FIA call on Raikkonen move in US GP

Fernando Alonso thinks it is ‘strange’ Kimi Raikkonen was allowed to overtake him off track at Formula 1’s United States Grand Prix, when other drivers had to give back positions.

Hamilton unsure what Mercedes could have done to beat Red Bull

Lewis Hamilton says he is not sure what Mercedes could have done differently to beat Red Bull in Austin on Sunday after losing ground in the Formula 1 title race.

Red Bull: Verstappen’s tyres “down to the canvas” made US GP win doubtful

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says the state of Max Verstappen’s tyres at the end of his second stint left him sceptical about winning Formula 1’s United States Grand Prix.

Verstappen felt unsure aggressive strategy could beat Hamilton for US GP win

Max Verstappen felt unsure Red Bull’s aggressive strategy would be enough to win him the United States Grand Prix as he extended his Formula 1 championship lead in Austin.

F1 United States GP race results: Verstappen wins in Austin

Red Bull's Max Verstappen won the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on Sunday after a tense battle with Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.

F1 United States GP: Verstappen holds off Hamilton charge for victory

Max Verstappen held off a charging Lewis Hamilton to win Formula 1’s 2021 US Grand Prix, as their teams diverged on strategy after Hamilton took the lead at Turn 1.

F1 United States GP - Live commentary and updates

Live updates from Formula 1's United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas

Portimao ELMS: United Autosports wins tactical battle after red flag Portimao
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Portimao ELMS: United Autosports wins tactical battle after red flag

Phil Hanson, Tom Gamble and Jonathan Aberdein won a tactical race for United Autosports in the European Le Mans Series season finale at Portimao.

Brands Hatch BTCC: Sutton closes out season with assertive Race 3 win

Ash Sutton proved his British Touring Car Championship title-winning credentials in emphatic fashion with a commanding victory in the final race of the season at Brands Hatch.

W Series US: Chadwick crowned champion after dominating finale

Jamie Chadwick was crowned the W Series 2021 champion after dominating the second W Series race of the weekend at the Circuit of the Americas.

Bagnaia’s Misano MotoGP race was “win or gravel”

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia is “frustrated” by the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix crash that ended his MotoGP title hopes, but admits his race “was either win or gravel”.

Rosberg X Racing closes in on Extreme E title after Island X-Prix victory

Rosberg X Racing moved a step closer to winning the inaugural Extreme E title after landing victory in the Island X-Prix following a shock retirement for commanding leader Chip Ganassi Racing.

Quartararo: Mugello win "key" to 2021 MotoGP title tilt

Newly-crowned MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo says his win at Mugello was "the key point" to his 2021 title tilt because of the confidence it gave him.

How Vettel won the battle not to start last in US GP

Sebastian Vettel won an unusual battle in Formula 1 qualifying in Austin by beating fellow grid penalty takers Fernando Alonso and George Russell to 18th spot on the grid.

Marquez says wet Misano practices crucial to his latest MotoGP win

Honda’s Marc Marquez says the fact most of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend was rain-affected proved key to him being physically stronger in Sunday’s MotoGP race.

Leclerc surprised Ferrari outpaced McLaren in Austin F1 qualifying

Charles Leclerc says he was surprised that Ferrari beat McLaren in Formula 1 qualifying for the United States Grand Prix.

Brands Hatch BTCC: Sutton crowned champion as Cook wins again

Ash Sutton has become British Touring Car champion for a third time with one race to spare at the 2021 season finale at Brands Hatch.

Quartararo struggled to eat ahead of MotoGP title-clinching race

Newly crowned 2021 MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo says he struggled to eat before Sunday’s title-deciding Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, as he had to come through from 15th.

Hamilton: I hope Verstappen and I make it cleanly through Turn 1

Lewis Hamilton “hopes” he and Max Verstappen will get through Turn 1 of Formula 1’s 2021 Austin race without incident, but does not think the event will be settled there.

Emilia Romagna MotoGP: Quartararo claims title as Marquez seals victory

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo is the 2021 MotoGP world champion after Francesco Bagnaia crashed out of the lead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, while Marc Marquez won the race.

Why Netflix’s creative licence is a small price for F1 to pay

OPINION: Max Verstappen has voiced his frustration with the hyped-up drama in Drive to Survive, but any downsides of the Netflix show are far outweighed by the positive effect it has had on F1 as a whole - as underlined by the sellout crowd attending this weekend's United States Grand Prix

Why F1's misunderstood party animal will thrive in retirement Plus

Why F1's misunderstood party animal will thrive in retirement

Three years on from Kimi Raikkonen's last Grand Prix victory at Austin, he is now six races away from ending the longest Formula 1 career in history. His friend and former Ice1 Racing rally team PR man ANTHONY PEACOCK explains why there’s nobody quite like the 2007 world champion and why F1 will miss him (but he won’t miss it)

Brands Hatch BTCC: Cook defeats Proctor as Sutton extends lead

Josh Cook claimed victory in the first race of the British Touring Car Championship finale at Brands Hatch, as Ash Sutton extended his points lead with two races remaining.

Rosberg and Ganassi squads win controversial Island X-Prix semis

Rosberg X Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing scored victories in the Extreme E Island X-Prix semi-finals in Sardinia after a controversial and heavy shunt involving Lewis Hamilton’s X44 entry.

Emilia Romagna Moto2: Victory for Lowes as title protagonists suffer setbacks

Marc VDS’ Sam Lowes claimed Moto2 victory in a dramatic Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, as Raul Fernandez crashed out and title rival Remy Gardner was hit with a penalty.

Richards: Extreme E can't be about "dodgem cars" after crash

Prodrive chairman David Richards reckons Extreme E must not become a championship about fairground “dodgem cars” following the controversial Island X-Prix semi-final crash that eliminated Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team.

Bottas: Ferrari and McLaren F1 drivers will be hard to pass in US GP

Valtteri Bottas admits that the Ferrari and McLaren drivers will be hard to overtake in the United States Grand Prix, meaning he may struggle to recover from his grid penalty.

Alpine changed Alonso's engine in Austin for performance gain

Alpine says that Fernando Alonso’s engine change at Formula 1’s United States Grand Prix was done for performance reasons and not because of reliability concerns.

Emilia Romagna Moto3: Foggia wins to keep title hopes alive as Acosta takes third

Dennis Foggia beat Jaume Masia in a tense Emilia Romagna Grand Prix to claim a vital victory and keep his 2021 Moto3 title hopes alive, with Pedro Acosta third.

Ricciardo “would have cried” if he’d heard Earnhardt Jr’s comments

McLaren Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo admits he would have cried if he’d heard Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s response to the Australian driving his father's 1984 Chevrolet NASCAR at Austin.

Wolff denies Cowell departure behind Mercedes F1 engine struggles

Mercedes insists that current struggles with the reliability of its Formula 1 power units are nothing to do with the departure of its former F1 engine chief Andy Cowell.

Mercedes modifies F1 cars to avoid “massacre” on Austin’s bumps

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff admits that his cars risked not finishing the US Grand Prix had it not taken measure to deal with the Austin circuit’s bumps.

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert Plus

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert

It's 50 years since Jo Siffert was killed in his prime at Brands Hatch. The Swiss scored just two world championship wins in a Formula 1 career spent largely with privateer teams, but showed on numerous occasions in single-seaters and in sportscars with Porsche that he could beat any of the best drivers of his era given the right equipment

Autopolis Super GT: ARTA ends Honda's win drought

ARTA duo Tomoki Nojiri and Nirei Fukuzumi won round six of the 2021 Super GT season at Autopolis, ending Honda's victory drought at the track that stretched back to 2007.

Horner expects "grandstand start" to US GP with Verstappen/Hamilton front row

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner predicts a "grandstand start" in Sunday's US Grand Prix after title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton qualified on the front row.