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Are we at peak F1 right now? Plus

Are we at peak F1 right now?

For many, many years Formula 1 has strived to do and to be better on all fronts. With close competition, a growing fanbase, a stable political landscape and rules in place to encourage sustainability, 2021 is on course to provide an unexpected peak

Juan Pablo Montoya: Sprint races are the way forward for Formula 1
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Juan Pablo Montoya: Sprint races are the way forward for Formula 1

Juan Pablo Montoya lit up Formula 1 twenty years ago, has been an IndyCar champion and Indy500 winner, and is still active today competing in IndyCar and Le Mans.

High-downforce tracks vs power tracks in F1 – differences explained

Any Formula 1 viewer will have heard the term "downforce" before, but what is a downforce track and how does it differ from a power track? Find out here.

How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend Plus

How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend

Williams held out against the tide for many years but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, the age of the owner-manager is long gone

Has Yamaha banished its demons with its 2021 MotoGP bike? Plus

Has Yamaha banished its demons with its 2021 MotoGP bike?

Against the expected run of play at Qatar's Losail circuit, both Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo carved through a resolute Ducati defence to secure back-to-back MotoGP wins for the Japanese marque. After a difficult 2020, it appears that Yamaha has swaggered back into championship contention

The unusual racing journey forged by a youthful historics ace Plus

The unusual racing journey forged by a youthful historics ace

Two championships and two class titles in four seasons mark historics ace Benn Tilley as a special talent. Here’s how the Lincolnshire racer progressed from Junior Saloons to become Autosport’s top club driver of 2020

When a journeyman driver's F1 career lasted just 800m Plus

When a journeyman driver's F1 career lasted just 800m

Nikita Mazepin’s Formula 1 debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix lasted mere corners before he wiped himself out in a shunt, but his financial backing affords him a full season. Back in 1993 though, Marco Apicella was an F1 driver for just 800m before a first corner fracas ended his career. Here’s the story of his very short time at motorsport’s pinnacle

MotoGP Doha Grand Prix – how to watch, start time, & more

Jorge Martin has taken a stunning maiden MotoGP pole position ahead of Pramac Ducati team-mate Johann Zarco at the Doha Grand Prix. Here’s how and when you can watch the race.

Turbo-hybrid F1 engines: In defence of the 'quiet' beasts

Since the introduction of the V6 turbo-hybrid engines in Formula 1 back in 2014, the technology, the cost and the sound have been attacked by fans and teams alike. But, as KEVIN TURNER argues, it was a necessary move that despite its drawbacks provided a future direction while keeping F1 road relevant.

How Raikkonen's rapid rise stalled his team-mate's F1 career climb Plus

How Raikkonen's rapid rise stalled his team-mate's F1 career climb

Kimi Raikkonen’s emergence as a Formula 1 star in his rookie campaign remains one of the legendary storylines from 2001, but his exploits had an unwanted impact on his Sauber team-mate’s own prospects. Twenty years on from his first F1 podium at the Brazilian GP, here’s how Nick Heidfeld’s career was chilled by the Iceman

Why WRC's hybrid path could leave it at a crossroads Plus

Why WRC's hybrid path could leave it at a crossroads

With all three major manufacturers committing to the World Rally Championship’s hybrid era from 2022, the future of the series is assured for now, but it could lead to trickier twists and turns further down the road

How Extreme E’s charging solution could transform motorsport Plus

How Extreme E’s charging solution could transform motorsport

The new off-road SUV series aims to go boldly into the unknown on several fronts, but perhaps its most significant measure will involve the energy source powering its fleet of cars

Top 10 Le Mans Ferraris ranked: Testa Rossa, P4, 312 PB and more Plus

Top 10 Le Mans Ferraris ranked: Testa Rossa, P4, 312 PB and more

Ahead of Ferrari’s eagerly-anticipated comeback to the top tier of sportscar racing in 2023, here are how its previous efforts stack up when it comes to its greatest Le Mans 24 Hours contenders

Should club racing embrace celebrity culture?

Famous faces battling each other on track attracted the crowds in years gone by, so is it time to use such events again to build interest in UK motorsport?

Have a go hero: How a GT1 cameo launched a professional career

When Superleague Formula exile Yelmer Buurman was drafted into the Selleslagh Corvette for the final round of the 2011 FIA GT1 world championship, he could not have expected that it would launch his career

The unconventional ways F1 launch season heightened anticipation for racing Plus

The unconventional ways F1 launch season heightened anticipation for racing

When the flag drops, you know what stops... And it's about time, says STUART CODLING

F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – how to watch, start time & more

Max Verstappen has secured the first pole position of the 2021 Formula 1 season for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

How Leclerc can be the galvanising figure Ferrari needs Plus

How Leclerc can be the galvanising figure Ferrari needs

Being fast isn't enough. Charles Leclerc needs to work with new team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr to bring Ferrari out of the dark, says BEN EDWARDS

F1 2021 season guide: drivers, teams, calendar and rules explained

The new F1 season is nearly upon us, with 2021 set to be defined by new drivers, teams, regulations and a bumper calendar.

How F1's tech restrictions could shake up the 2021 order Plus

How F1's tech restrictions could shake up the 2021 order

This year’s carryover designs initially pointed to a continuation of Formula 1’s 2020 pecking order, but now it appears that the required aero tweaks may shake things up for the entire grid

Why F1's new driver-team combos each have a point to prove Plus

Why F1's new driver-team combos each have a point to prove

When the pandemic pushed Formula 1 into hiatus a year ago, the driver-market cogs carried on turning behind the scenes, culminating in three drivers spending a whole season racing for teams they knew they’d be leaving and a double world champion readying himself for a dramatic comeback. STUART CODLING weighs up what's at stake

Gerhard Berger on racing's future: "Fans want to see a car that's a challenge"
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Gerhard Berger on racing's future: "Fans want to see a car that's a challenge"

It is 30 years since Gerhard Berger was a team-mate in Formula 1 to Ayrton Senna at McLaren and today the Austrian is very active in motorsport as the boss of the DTM. The series has undergone a huge transformation this year, with a change of regulations to GT3. Berger is also overseeing an ambitious programme to create a 1,000 horsepower electric DTM car as one possible avenue for the future.

Why Red Bull believes it can break F1’s hybrid-era cycle Plus

Why Red Bull believes it can break F1’s hybrid-era cycle

For the past four seasons Red Bull has come on strong in the final races – but only after starting from a low bar. This year, team principal Christian Horner tells BEN ANDERSON, it’s ready to come tearing out of the blocks…

Why Schumacher is unburdened by Leclerc comparisons Plus

Why Schumacher is unburdened by Leclerc comparisons

The Schumacher name is coming back to Formula 1… LUKE SMITH examines whether Mick has what it takes to reach the heights his father scaled - and why he isn't worried about comparisons with other Ferrari hotshots

How far can Ferrari recover in 2021? Plus

How far can Ferrari recover in 2021?

A new driver combination, a refreshed mentality and winter developments targeted at the weaknesses of its 2020 Formula 1 car puts Ferrari in a much stronger position heading into the new season. After a quiet but encouraging pre-season test, the rate of its recovery will soon become clear

Why grounded Mercedes isn’t worried about ‘camouflage’ games Plus

Why grounded Mercedes isn’t worried about ‘camouflage’ games

Mercedes has been the team to beat in Formula 1 since 2014 – but it’s taking no chances this season in the face of a renewed challenge from Red Bull, says STUART CODLING

The logic underpinning Stroll’s Aston F1 ambition Plus

The logic underpinning Stroll’s Aston F1 ambition

There’s no lack of ambition in F1 at the moment as Ferrari chases a competitive comeback, Red Bull becomes an engine manufacturer in its own right and Aston Martin returns – aiming for championship glory in five years. ANDREW BENSON weighs up Aston's chances

Why there’s more to Alpine’s latest F1 rebrand than marketing speak Plus

Why there’s more to Alpine’s latest F1 rebrand than marketing speak

While the Renault Group's new boss talks of 'Renaulution', MARK GALLAGHER explains that there's more to the rebranding of Renault’s F1 team than corporate marketing spin

Can leaving a factory team end Rossi’s MotoGP victory drought? Plus

Can leaving a factory team end Rossi’s MotoGP victory drought?

It is over three-and-a-half years since the Italian national anthem rang out to declare a Valentino Rossi victory in MotoGP. To some onlookers his move out of the factory Yamaha squad meant the 2017 Dutch TT could remain his final win but, after an encouraging transition at Petronas SRT, hope is far from lost

The art of compromise behind an "emotionally draining" F1 job Plus

The art of compromise behind an "emotionally draining" F1 job

The job of a Formula 1 race engineer requires in equal parts engineering skill and acute sensitivity – not an easy combination when the pressure is on, as Fernando Alonso's Alpine F1 engineer explains

The necessary balancing act F1 performed to protect its teams Plus

The necessary balancing act F1 performed to protect its teams

For too long, F1 teams have invested huge sums of money to find tiny improvements which are invisible to fans. PAT SYMONDS explains why F1 had to act to protect its competitors from themselves

The forgotten member of F1’s greatest rookie crop Plus

The forgotten member of F1’s greatest rookie crop

The 2001 Formula 1 season unveiled three shining lights who would take the challenge to Michael Schumacher – but also delivered a harsh lesson in F1’s cut-throat nature to the fourth member, Arrows driver Enrique Bernoldi

Why the FIA Motorsport Games matters

After a year's hiatus, the ‘Olympics of motorsport’ returns in 2021. Motorsport UK’s CEO explains why matters and where it fits into our future.

Reviewing Tom Kristensen's memoir: Mr Le Mans

He's best known for his record-breaking success at the Le Mans 24 Hours, but the new memoir from endurance racing legend Tom Kristensen goes much, much deeper, says JAMES NEWBOLD

How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname Plus

How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname

Sportscar racing lost one of it's greatest talents 20 years ago today when Bob Wollek was knocked from his bicycle prior to the Sebring 12 Hours. The enigmatic Frenchman never won the Le Mans 24 Hours, but many still remember today why 'Brilliant Bob' became a legend

What is Extreme E? Car, calendar, drivers, how to watch and more

Extreme E is motorsport's newest form of green racing, but what exactly is it, when does it start, and how can you watch it? Find out all you need to know here.

What Marquez will we get on his much-needed MotoGP return? Plus

What Marquez will we get on his much-needed MotoGP return?

As Marc Marquez’s comeback draws nearer, the six-time MotoGP world champion will have the eyes of the motorsport world on him to see if his incredible speed returns instantly. How Marquez deals with this could be key to both what he and the wider grid faces in 2021

Murray Walker – A personal tribute

Murray Walker was a gentleman, an Everyman and an exceptional man. Former broadcast colleague and now Motorsport Network president JAMES ALLEN explains what made Murray so special.

The mesmerising career of a lost Mexican hero Plus

The mesmerising career of a lost Mexican hero

Pedro Rodriguez dressed like a European dilettante but drove with fingertip poise and utter commitment in both Formula 1 and sportscars. NIGEL ROEBUCK remembers one of racing's great lost talents.

Race of my life: Murray Walker on the 1986 Spanish F1 GP

The motorsport world has been saddened by Murray Walker's passing at the age of 97 on Saturday. In honour of the Formula 1 commentary icon, Autosport is revisiting Walker's recollections of his favourite race - the 1986 Spanish Grand Prix - that were first published in the 19/26 December 2013 issue of the magazine

Murray Walker in his own words

Following Murray Walker's sad passing, here's a look back at an interview he carried out with MAURICE HAMILTON for Autosport's sister title GP Racing, back in 2013. Walker had retired from full-time commentating over a decade beforehand, but was still as busy and popular as ever

The rollercoaster ride of West Surrey Racing's 40 years Plus

The rollercoaster ride of West Surrey Racing's 40 years

It’s four decades since one of UK motorsport’s most successful teams made its debut at Silverstone in British Formula 3. Now it’s top dog in the BTCC, time to blow out some candles with boss Dick Bennetts

From the archive: When a BMW tin-top ace sampled F1

Formula 1’s 2021 pre-season test is underway, with teams anxious to get their race drivers as much mileage as possible before the season begins. It was a different story in 2005 when teams could afford to try newbies, leading to a long-awaited moment for newly-crowned European Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx. ANTHONY ROWLINSON was on-hand for the 3 February issue of Autosport magazine.

LEGO® Technic™ teams up with Ferrari to capture the element of the 488 GTE
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LEGO® Technic™ teams up with Ferrari to capture the element of the 488 GTE

LEGO® TECHNIC™ has created a spectacular range of realistic sportscar models, with the Ferrari 488 GTE “AF Corse #51” a true highlight in the collection.

From Senna's brilliance to tragedy: Tim Wright’s F1 testing tales Plus

From Senna's brilliance to tragedy: Tim Wright’s F1 testing tales

As Formula 1 prepares for the start of its three-day test in Bahrain this week, Autosport's technical consultant recalls days with McLaren and Benetton when testing was a far bigger part of an engineer's role

The tin-top veteran turned policeman hangs up his helmet Plus

The tin-top veteran turned policeman hangs up his helmet

Jeff Allam had a long and successful touring car career, and was a highly regarded works driver for Rover and Vauxhall. Then he spent his weekends policing his successors… Time to look back at a BTCC life spanning almost 45 years

What to expect from F1 testing 2021

Formula 1 pre-season testing is almost here and it will provide a short and sharp blast of action in Bahrain as preparation for the 2021 season. From closely-guarded car parts to new faces, names and looks, all will be revealed over three days. Here’s what to watch out for.

Top 10 moments of an underrated British great Plus

Top 10 moments of an underrated British great

Brian Redman was one of the best sportscar drivers of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as a three-time champion on the fearsome American Formula 5000 scene. To celebrate his 84th birthday Autosport contacted him about his best races – and he decided to write the piece himself…

Reviewing Netflix's NASCAR sitcom The Crew

OPINION: The world of NASCAR has been brought to Netflix in its new sitcom The Crew. JAKE BOXALL-LEGGE takes a look..

What Ferrari must do to reach the peak in F1 again Plus

What Ferrari must do to reach the peak in F1 again

Former Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren engineer Rodi Basso on what he’s learned about successful teams, and what the famous Italian squad needs to do to get back on top in Formula 1

The Indycar season that proves Michael Andretti is better than F1 showed Plus

The Indycar season that proves Michael Andretti is better than F1 showed

Often unfairly characterised as a car-breaker, judged for his lack of an Indianapolis 500 win and a disappointing part-season of Formula 1 in 1993, Michael Andretti was highly respected by his rivals and only thwarted greater success by ill-fortune. When it all came together in 1991, he was a truly formidable force

Archive: When Ferrari almost stopped Ford's Le Mans steamroller

Pole position, leading throughout and breaking the distance record suggests Ford’s second Le Mans 24 Hours victory in 1967 came easily. But that underplays Ferrari’s effort with the famous P4, as KEVIN TURNER explained in Autosport’s 2017 Le Mans supplement.

How an unlikely F1 outsider gained acceptance Plus

How an unlikely F1 outsider gained acceptance

Channel 4's decision to pick Steve Jones as presenter of its Formula 1 coverage in 2016 raised eyebrows, and his presenting style grated with many fans at first. But, says BEN EDWARDS, Jones has developed into a presenter ripe for modern F1's direction

Why Johnson isn't daunted by starting from scratch in IndyCar

Jimmie Johnson is one of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all time, yet has decided to take on a fresh challenge in IndyCar for 2021. He tells DAVID MALSHER-LOPEZ what has motivated the switch.

How the Marshall club racing dynasty remains intact Plus

How the Marshall club racing dynasty remains intact

As the son of club racing legend Gerry, Gregor Marshall has racing in his blood. Although his ambitions are modest, his determination to get his Vauxhall Firenza on the grid at the 2020 Goodwood SpeedWeek tells of a driver who relishes a challenge

The national racer spreading a very important message

Mental health has never been more significant than during the current coronavirus pandemic and one Ginetta driver has been using his racing to encourage more people to talk about it

Promoted: The motorsport gear you need for 2021

Finding out what equipment you need when starting out in motorsport can be a minefield. Stefan Mackley spoke to Grand Prix Racewear boss Anthony Cheshire to get some clarity