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Knife-edge F1 battle risks Red Bull/Mercedes development war

Red Bull fears it and Mercedes will have no option but to keep developing their 2021 Formula 1 cars long into the season if the title battle remains super close.

Button could make guest appearances in DTM next year

2009 Formula 1 champion Jenson Button could make guest appearances in the DTM in 2022 at the wheel of a McLaren 720S GT3, according to the co-owner of Jenson Team Rocket RJN, Chris Buncombe.

Jimmie Johnson escapes “scary moments” to finish on IndyCar debut Birmingham
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Jimmie Johnson escapes “scary moments” to finish on IndyCar debut

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson finished 19th on his IndyCar Series debut at Barber Motorsports Park, but admitted to two “scary moments” along the way.

Why Hamilton didn’t break F1’s rules for reversing on track

Lewis Hamilton’s recovery drive to finish second at the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was helped when he managed to reverse back on to the track after his off at Tosa.

Bottas crash damage cost could cost Mercedes F1 upgrade push

Toto Wolff says the costs incurred by the damage to Valtteri Bottas’s Formula 1 car following his crash with George Russell at Imola could impact Mercedes upgrades and planned development.

Newgarden apologises for opening lap chaos at Barber Birmingham
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Newgarden apologises for opening lap chaos at Barber

Two-time IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden has apologised for causing the first-lap crash that took out Ryan Hunter-Reay and Colton Herta in the season-opener at Barber Motorsports Park.

Stroll drops to eighth place with post-race F1 penalty at Emilia Romagna GP

Lance Stroll has been demoted to eighth position after Formula 1 stewards issued a post-race time penalty following the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

F1 stewards take no action over ‘racing incident’ Bottas and Russell crash

The Formula 1 race stewards have opted to take no action over Valtteri Bottas and George Russell’s clash in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, calling it a “racing incident”.

Emilia Romagna GP red-flagged after Bottas/Russell crash

The Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is under a red flag with 30 laps remaining after a sizeable crash between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell.

F1 will keep Miami and Austin race dates separate

Formula 1 will keep the dates of the Austin and Miami Grands Prix separate on next year's calendar in a bid to maximise the championship's impact in the United States.

Ricciardo needs to get rid of "old habits" at McLaren F1

Daniel Ricciardo thinks he needs to get rid of some old habits he picked up from his previous Formula 1 teams if he is to get more from his McLaren.

Grosjean “super happy” with P7 for IndyCar Series debut

Romain Grosjean will start his first-ever IndyCar Series race from seventh on the grid after just failing to make it through to the Fast Six shootout for pole position at Barber Motorsports Park.

Bottas "couldn’t trust rear-end" of Mercedes car in Imola Q3

Valtteri Bottas says he “couldn’t trust the rear-end” of his Mercedes Formula 1 car in the final stage of qualifying at Imola on Saturday, contributing to his P8 finish.

Norris annoyed after he "effed it all up" in Q3 for F1 Emilia Romagna GP

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris is "annoyed with myself" after losing third in qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after exceeding track limits, admitting he "effed it all up".

Hamilton never expected to outqualify both Red Bulls at Emilia Romagna GP

Lewis Hamilton said he never expected to outqualify both Red Bulls at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, as he grabbed his first Formula 1 pole position of the season.

Alpine F1 car hindered by windtunnel problem

Alpine has revealed that a wind tunnel problem hampered its progress over the winter and put it on the back foot with its current Formula 1 challenger.

Mercedes F1's step forward helped by Bahrain "sting"

Mercedes says the "sting" of not being fastest at the Formula 1 season opener helped galvanise the team to turn things around for this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Local fibre line failure caused F1 data outage at Imola

The Formula 1 organisation says that the failure of a local fibre optic line caused the outage that impacted TV coverage and team radio transmissions during first practice for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Steiner: Mazepin ‘trying too hard’ which is causing spins

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner thinks rookie Nikita Mazepin is probably trying too hard, after another session dogged by spins at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Perez and Ocon avoid penalties after F1 clash in Imola FP1

Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon have escaped punishment after a collision which brought out a red flag in first practice at the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Di Resta on standby as McLaren F1 reserve

Paul di Resta is on standby as a potential reserve for the McLaren Formula 1 team should Mercedes Formula E drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries not be available.

Supercars set to drop in-car roll bar adjustment in cost saving push

Supercars is set to drop in-car rollbar adjustment as part of its 2022 Gen3 rules that are designed to reduce costs.

F1 Miami GP resolution passes vote despite local resident opposition

Plans for the Miami Grand Prix to join the Formula 1 calendar in 2022 took a step forward when city commissioners voted in favour of a new resolution – despite opposition from local activists.

IndyCar Toronto contingency plan “most likely” a double-header event

Penske Entertainment CEO Mark Miles says replacing IndyCar’s in-jeopardy Toronto race would likely involve turning an existing round into a double-header.

Domenicali rules out two-day Formula 1 weekend idea

Formula 1 has ruled out the idea of moving to two-day race weekends in the future.

Winterbottom reveals cracked Supercars chassis woes

Mark Winterbottom says the post-season revelation of cracks in his chassis explained an inconsistent end to his 2020 Supercars campaign.

WRC 10 revealed, celebrates 50 years of the championship

The 2021 World Rally Championship season will be replicated in the new WRC 10 video game. Set to be released in September 2021, the game will also celebrate 50 years of the WRC.

Ulster GP circuit, Dundrod, now in Ride 4

The Ulster Grand Prix circuit, Dundrod, is now playable within the Ride 4 video game. As part of a free update to the game, players on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series can now ride the high-speed 7.3 mile closed road circuit.

Bentley to contest Pikes Peak with extreme Continental GT3

Bentley will mount a factory assault on this year's Pikes Peak hillclimb with the most extreme version of its Continental GT3 racer ever built.

Alpine: Bahrain GP exposed weaknesses with F1 car

Alpine say that weaknesses with its current Formula 1 car are costing it the vital lap time it needs to be fighting at the front of the midfield.

Ferrari and Porsche commit to WEC GTE future through to 2022

Ferrari and Porsche have committed to continue racing in the GTE Pro class of the World Endurance Championship until the end of 2022.

Hyundai to field four new Elantra cars in WTCR for 2021

Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing has confirmed four of its new Elantra N TCR machines will compete in this year’s FIA World Touring Car Cup.

Rowe Racing won't enter Porsche in DTM this year

Rowe Racing will not enter a Porsche on top of its existing two-car BMW programme in the DTM, team boss Hans-Peter Naundorf has clarified.

Bamber joins KGR for 2021 Bathurst 1000

Kelly Grove Racing has signed Le Mans 24 Hours winner Earl Bamber for the 2021 Bathurst 1000.

De Vries given grid penalty for Rome Formula E crash with Bird

Nyck de Vries carries a grid penalty into the first Valencia Formula E race thanks to the late Rome E-Prix crash that gave points leader Sam Bird a swollen hand.

Di Grassi: Buemi "incredibly stupid" with move in Rome FE

Lucas di Grassi has called out fellow Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi for his “incredibly stupid manoeuvre” that caused the Audi driver to crash out of the second Rome E-Prix.

Vandoorne: Rome Formula E win "redemption" for Mercedes

Stoffel Vandoorne says his win in the second Rome E-Prix counts as “redemption” and validates the work of the Mercedes Formula E team during the pandemic.

Leclerc: 2021 cars more difficult to manage on corner entry

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc says Formula 1's 2021 cars are more difficult to manage on the entry to corners thanks to the new aero rules.

Mercedes has to be "perfect" everywhere to beat Red Bull

Mercedes needs to be "smarter" and "perfect" if it wants to beat Red Bull across the 2021 Formula 1 season, according to drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Gasly: AlphaTauri can fight McLaren and Ferrari "on all tracks" in F1

Pierre Gasly believes his AlphaTauri Formula 1 team can fight midfield rivals McLaren and Ferrari "on all tracks" after showing promising pace in Bahrain.

Hildebrand to race Foyt tribute car in Indy 500

J.R. Hildebrand will drive a fourth AJ Foyt Racing entry in the Indianapolis 500 with a paint scheme echoing that on A.J. Foyt’s first Indy winning car, 60 years ago.

Hulkenberg joins Aston Martin F1 as reserve driver

Aston Martin has appointed 2020 Formula 1 ‘super-sub’ Nico Hulkenberg as its reserve and development driver for the rest of the 2021 season.

Vettel reveals lockdown internship in organic farming

Four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel has revealed he completed an internship to learn more about organic farming during lockdown last year.

Watkins Glen gains extra IMSA race as Canadian round is cancelled

The IMSA SportsCar Championship will race twice at Watkins Glen in the space of six days, following the cancellation of the round at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

Marko: Verstappen and Hamilton in the league of their own

Red Bull Formula 1 advisor Helmut Marko believes Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s fight for victory in Bahrain proved they are “in a class of their own”.

F1 sprint race plan set for green light as teams agree financial deal

Formula 1 has cleared its last major hurdle over sprint qualifying trials, with sources revealing that teams have now agreed to a financial package.

Ferrari: F1 engine gains may not be known for four more races

Ferrari thinks it could take another four race weekends for it to be sure about the amount of progress it has made with its new Formula 1 engine.

Paffett returns to DTM as Mercedes names full line-up

Two-time DTM champion Gary Paffett will return to the series this year as part of an expanded seven-car line-up of Mercedes factory-supported teams in the revamped GT3-based series.

Van Gisbergen claims Bathurst Triple Crown

Shane van Gisbergen has become just the second driver to win the Bathurst Triple Crown.

Veloce Racing withdraws from Extreme E Desert X Prix due to car damage

Veloce Racing has pulled out of the first-ever Extreme E event ahead of the second qualifying session due to irreparable damage sustained to the car’s roll cage.

Seven riders hit with pitlane starts for Moto3 Doha GP

Seven Moto3 riders, including Qatar Grand Prix podium finisher Pedro Acosta, have been slapped with pitlane starts for Sunday’s Doha GP for irresponsible riding in Friday practice.

Coyne encouraged by test for Fittipaldi and Ware in Texas

Dale Coyne says he’s satisfied with both IndyCar returnee Pietro Fittipaldi and future rookie Cody Ware after a day’s testing at Texas Motor Speedway.

Low-rake F1 teams warned of rules impact last year

Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer says that Formula 1 teams following the low-rake route cautioned last year that they would lose out under the FIA's 2021 aero regulation changes.

Doha GP ‘not a must-win’ for Ducati MotoGP rider Miller

Ducati’s Jack Miller doesn’t see this weekend’s Doha Grand Prix at Losail as being a must-win, having finished a lowly ninth in last week’s Qatar GP at the same venue.

British F3 champion Frederick graduates to FIA F3

Reigning BRDC British F3 champion Kaylen Frederick will make the step up to FIA Formula 3 this year with Carlin.

Legge steps up to WEC with Iron Lynx Ferrari squad

Katherine Legge will make her debut in the World Endurance Championship in 2021 with the Iron Lynx squad in the GTE Am class.

Red Bull plans Imola development push to improve RB16B

Red Bull has vowed to put ‘as much performance as possible’ on to its RB16B car for the next Formula 1 race at Imola, after a strong showing in Bahrain.

Hyundai, Toyota and M-Sport officially commit to WRC hybrid rules

World Rally Championship manufacturers Hyundai, Toyota and M-Sport have committed to the hybrid future of the series in a deal announced by the FIA.

Wolff explains why Bottas shouldn't be upset with strategy

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff understands Valtteri Bottas' frustration of being stuck on the same strategy as teammate Lewis Hamilton in the Bahrain Grand Prix but said there was no other option on the table.

Vettel accepts blame for Ocon Bahrain F1 collision

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel has admitted his collision with Esteban Ocon in the Bahrain Grand Prix "was probably my mistake" and explained why he initially blamed the Alpine driver.