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Gronholm hopeful protege Huttunen can secure more WRC Rally1 outings

Rally legend Marcus Gronholm is hopeful his young protege Jari Huttunen will receive another shot in the World Rally Championship’s top tier after scoring points on debut in Finland.

Magazine: Hamilton's F1 2009 woes retrospective, BMW Motorsport at 50

Lewis Hamilton’s struggles with mediocre Formula 1 machinery in 2009 and 2022 are compared in this week’s Autosport magazine, out today (11 August).

Teenager Oeverhaus to become youngest DTM driver at Nurburgring

Theo Oeverhaus will become the youngest driver to race in the DTM when the 17-year-old makes his series debut at the Nurburgring later this month with the Walkenhorst BMW team.

Short and Harrison close on Autosport National Driver Rankings top spot

The battle is on at the top of Autosport's National Driver Rankings as Ben Short and Samuel Harrison have now closed to within one win of leader Lucky Khera.

Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold Plus

Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion has been lumbered with a duff car before the 2022 Mercedes. Back in 2009, McLaren’s alchemists transformed the disastrous MP4-24 into a winning car with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel. And now it’s happening again at his current team, but can the rate of progress be matched this year?

Bottas: 2022 probably my most enjoyable F1 season so far

Valtteri Bottas believes 2022 is "probably the most enjoyable" season he has experienced to date in Formula 1 thanks to stability over his future with Alfa Romeo.

Porsche completes two-car LMDh test at Monza as US-bound chassis debuts

Porsche Penske Motorsport has begun testing a second example of the 963 LMDh contender as it ramps up preparation for its twin programmes in the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship in 2023.

2022 MotoGP title fight now “very tight”, says Aleix Espargaro

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro believes the current MotoGP championship picture following the British Grand Prix has set up “a very, very tight” title battle.

Why Binotto retains faith in his F1 strategy team at Ferrari

Ferrari’s strategy calls may have come under fire at times this Formula 1 season, but team boss Mattia Binotto is far from downbeat about the situation.

Gasly: AlphaTauri has the “right tools” to recover F1 form

Pierre Gasly believes his AlphaTauri Formula 1 team has the “right tools” with which to solve its recent issues.

Can anyone beat Stoffel Vandoorne to the Formula E title?

Stoffel Vandoorne is on the brink of the Formula E title with a commanding lead ahead of the Seoul finale, but both rivals and unknowns still stand in his way. Here’s a run through of what Vandoorne must overcome to clinch the championship and how his competition will look to pull off the biggest of shocks

National novelties: Racer back to UK after 60 years and Mustang battle

A driver returning to race in the UK after almost 60 years, a brilliant Ford Mustang battle and ex-BTCC driver Lea Wood racing a Ford Escort are among the unusual national motorsport stories this week

The consequences of Aston Martin’s radical F1 rear wing design

Formula 1’s 2022 technical regulations have been described as overly prescriptive as the rulemakers look to stifle specific developments in order that their overall goals are achieved – but here’s a plot twist.

Pol Espargaro doesn’t think Honda is reacting to MotoGP woes

Pol Espargaro isn’t sure the problems Honda is facing at races in MotoGP this season are being relayed back to Japan as “we’re not getting the material we need”.

How Rovanpera has reignited Finland's rallying obsession

Finland may have a small population, but it has long enjoyed rallying success. Now that the nation has a new star to cheer in the form of Kalle Rovanpera, interest in the discipline is surging once again

Horner: "Timing is right" for Vettel's F1 retirement

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes that his former driver Sebastian Vettel has chosen the right time to retire from Formula 1.

Monza Full Access: Episode 4 Monza
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Monza Full Access: Episode 4

The final episode on the Monza round of the FIA World Endurance Championship sees the action reach a dramatic and thrilling conclusion in the race.

Loeb to make WRC return at Acropolis Rally

Sebastien Loeb will return to the World Rally Championship to contest the Acropolis Rally for M-Sport in September.

Can the DTM’s reigning champion turn around his sluggish title defence?

With 67 fewer points and 14 positions lower in the standings than at the equivalent point last year, Maximilian Gotz has had a tough start to his DTM season. The Mercedes driver explains his struggles, and how he’s going about addressing them

Minis delight at Brands Hatch as Castle Combe hosts frantic TCR UK battles

The 10th Mini Festival took place at Brands Hatch last weekend, which as ever produced close and dramatic racing. Tight battles until the chequered flag also featured in two highly competitive TCR UK races at Castle Combe.

Rodin reveals more details about 'F1-beating' hypercar

More details have been revealed about Rodin’s new closed-cockpit FZERO hypercar, which it intends will offer greater performance than Formula 1 machinery.

Zhou focused on Alfa Romeo stay in F1 2023 silly season

Zhou Guanyu says his focus lies with retaining his Formula 1 seat at Alfa Romeo for 2023 ahead of talks about his future after the summer break.

Crompton steps away from Supercars Commission

Neil Crompton has stepped away from the Supercars Commission following a stint as interim chairman.

DTM evaluating adding Nurburgring Nordschleife to 2023 calendar

The DTM is believed to be considering a return to the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife as early as 2023, but it must overcome several hurdles to make the race a reality.

Hamilton: I'll end my F1 career before I'm completely burnt out

Lewis Hamilton intends to remain in Formula 1 while he still has “fuel in the tank” but says he won’t push until he is “completely burnt out” before retiring.

Marc Marquez to return to MotoGP paddock at Austrian GP for Honda progress update

Marc Marquez will return to the MotoGP paddock at the Austrian Grand Prix to check up on Honda’s progress as he continues his own rehabilitation.

WRC Finland: The Good, The Bad and an inspired Tanak

The World Rally Championship returned to rallying’s spiritual home in Finland where rally mad fans gathered to support their new home hero Kalle Rovanpera. While Rovanpera threw everything at trying to claim a home win, it was Hyundai’s Ott Tanak that delivered a stunning surprise win. Autosport reviews the highs, lows, turning points, close calls and heartbreak from Rally Finland

Gravel Notes Podcast: Rally Finland review and Tom's Toyota co-drive

Rally Finland produced a truly incredible World Rally Championship battle as Ott Tanak spoiled the homecoming for points leader Kalle Rovanpera.

Nashville IndyCar winner Dixon feared race was ruined by shunt

Scott Dixon was convinced that car damage had ended his victory hopes at IndyCar's Nashville round, before working his way to the front to eventually claim his 53rd series win.

Rockenfeller to make NASCAR debut at Watkins Glen

2010 Le Mans 24 Hours winner Mike Rockenfeller will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut this season at Watkins Glen.

Why Piastri's attempt to join McLaren carries implications of risk

After the 2006 Formula 1 British GP, Lewis Hamilton's father Anthony was a frustrated man, despite his son - at the time a star in GP2 - having just scored a memorable double win in that weekend's feature and sprint events.

Alpine: Ocon has what it takes to lead the F1 team in 2023

Alpine Formula 1 boss Otmar Szafnauer believes that Esteban Ocon has what it takes to lead the team following Fernando Alonso’s departure at the end of this season.

McLaren explains gaps between F1 qualifying and race pace

McLaren Formula 1 team boss Andreas Seidl has explained that being able to mask the car's lack of downforce in qualifying is behind the large discrepancy to its race pace.

Rins “destroyed” after “not normal” grip issues end Silverstone MotoGP win hopes

Suzuki’s Alex Rins says he was “destroyed” after a “not normal” drop in grip shuffled him from the lead of the MotoGP British Grand Prix to seventh by the end. 

Perez: DNFs have been "killing" my F1 season so far

Sergio Perez still believes “everything is open” in the Formula 1 title battles after the summer break despite some DNFs “killing” his season so far.

Rast, Muller and Cassidy to miss Fuji WEC to focus on DTM

Rene Rast, Nico Muller and Nick Cassidy are all expected to miss the fifth round of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship at Fuji Speedway next month to prioritise their DTM commitments.

Latvala: Hyundai WRC win on Toyota home soil a reminder to keep working

Ott Tanak's Rally Finland victory served a reminder that Toyota must continue to work on improving its World Rally Championship challenger, according to team boss Jari-Matti Latvala.

Why few could blame Leclerc for following the example of Hamilton’s exit bombshell Plus

Why few could blame Leclerc for following the example of Hamilton’s exit bombshell

OPINION: Ferrari's numerous strategy blunders, as well as some of his own mistakes, have cost Charles Leclerc dearly in the 2022 Formula 1 title battle in the first half of the season. Though he is locked into a deal with Ferrari, few could blame Leclerc if he ultimately wanted to look elsewhere - just as Lewis Hamilton did with McLaren 10 years prior

How Honda F1 missed a two-week window to sign Vettel

Sebastian Vettel may have enjoyed the greatest success of his Formula 1 career with Red Bull, winning four world titles - but he could have ended up with Honda instead.

How Tanak spoiled Rovanpera’s Finnish homecoming

Kalle Rovanpera and Toyota went into Rally Finland as overwhelming favourites but came away as runners-up to a resurgent Ott Tanak and Hyundai. While it may have dampened the homecoming party, it still moved the Finn closer to the ultimate World Rally Championship prize

Palou sure he has "fair shot" at IndyCar title despite Ganassi conflict

Defending IndyCar champion Alex Palou is sure he will have a chance to retain his crown despite being only third highest Ganassi driver and on the brink of an acrimonious departure.

Newgarden unapologetic over Grosjean clash in Nashville IndyCar race

Josef Newgarden said “welcome to IndyCar” in response to his clash with Romain Grosjean that took the French driver out of the Nashville race.

Aston Martin starting "too far to the back" to score strong F1 results

Aston Martin Formula 1 team principal Mike Krack admits that the Silverstone outfit has to address its qualifying issues to be able to score more than the occasional point.

Espargaro diagnosed with heel fracture after 115mph Silverstone MotoGP crash

Aprilia has confirmed Aleix Espargaro, following further medical checks on Monday, has been diagnosed with a heel fracture following his violent 115mph Silverstone MotoGP crash.

Mercedes: Flashes of F1 form are “annoying” trait of W13

Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin admits that the W13 has an “annoying” characteristic of showing glimpses of real potential in Formula 1.

Rovanpera expected strong Hyundai WRC showing in Finland

Kalle Rovanpera was expecting a strong showing from Hyundai in Finland, but was happy to extend his World Rally Championship lead despite missing out on a home win.

The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him

Prior to the summer break, the 2022 MotoGP title looked like it was Fabio Quartararo’s to lose. But a crash at Assen and the consequential penalty he had to serve last weekend at Silverstone stopped him from capitalising on a main rival’s injury woes, while a resurgence from another, plus the rise of a former team-mate, look set to conspire against the Yamaha rider

Las Vegas GP date leaked, F1 race could be paired with Abu Dhabi

The inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix night race has a preliminary race date of 16-18 November next year that could form a glitzy season-ending back-to-back with Abu Dhabi.

MotoGP announces 2023 pre-season test dates

MotoGP has announced the provisional dates for 2023 pre-season testing, with three days in Malaysia in February followed by two in Portugal in mid-March.

Super Formula and Super GT outlines 2023 calendars

Super Formula has outlined its 2023 calendar but without specifying the number of races the campaign will comprise.

The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat Plus

The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat

After being ditched by McLaren earlier in his F1 career Sergio Perez fought his way back into a seat with a leading team. BEN EDWARDS thinks the same could be happening to another member of the current grid

Vinales “never” doubted Aprilia MotoGP move following Silverstone podium

Maverick Vinales says he “never” doubted his move to Aprilia from Yamaha would pay off after he scored his second-successive podium of 2022 in the MotoGP British Grand Prix.

Hamilton hopes "rare" Vettel shows young drivers F1 is "about something far bigger"

Lewis Hamilton hopes Sebastian Vettel's efforts to highlight issues outside of Formula 1 will set an example to young drivers to use their platform for "something far, far bigger."

NASCAR Cup Michigan: Harvick ends 65-race winless streak
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NASCAR Cup Michigan: Harvick ends 65-race winless streak

A timely caution during a pitstop sequence helped Kevin Harvick snap a 65-race winless streak in the NASCAR Cup Series in Michigan.

Singapore F1 track to be playable map in new Call of Duty game

The Marina Bay circuit, host of the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, will be a playable map in the next Call of Duty game, developers Infinity Ward has announced.

IndyCar Nashville: Dixon triumphs through the chaos Nashville
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IndyCar Nashville: Dixon triumphs through the chaos

Scott Dixon came from 20th with a crippled car to beat fellow New Zealander Scott McLaughlin to win a crash-riddled Nashville IndyCar race.

The reasons behind Ricciardo’s McLaren Formula 1 struggles

Daniel Ricciardo’s pending Formula 1 exit from McLaren is set to end two difficult years for the eight-time grand prix winner.

IMSA Road America: Albuquerque/Taylor win, title rival Jarvis crashes

Wayne Taylor Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor won Sunday’s rain-impacted IMSA SportsCar Championship round at Road America, as title rival Oliver Jarvis crashed in the closing laps.

Paretta enters De Silvestro for IndyCar Laguna Seca finale

Paretta Autosport will participate in a fourth IndyCar race this season, running Simona De Silvestro at the season finale at Laguna Seca.

Marco Andretti to make NASCAR debut at Charlotte Roval

Marco Andretti will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL in October.