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Silverstone: Circuit of Wales is not viable

Silverstone has written to British Prime Minister David Cameron to seek confirmation that the UK government is not considering financial support for the proposed Circuit of Wales

Rossi vindicated by call to split with Burgess before MotoGP season

Valentino Rossi says his 'dangerous bet' to part ways with legendary crew chief Jerry Burgess was vindicated by his ride to second in this year's MotoGP opener

Qatar MotoGP: Marquez beats Rossi in action-packed race

Marc Marquez beat Valentino Rossi to claim victory as Jorge Lorenzo crashed out on the first lap of a sensational, breathless Qatar Grand Prix

Redding: I've got to 'do a Marquez' Plus

Redding: I've got to 'do a Marquez'

He's rejected Ducati, beaten Marc Marquez and was seemingly destined for last year's Moto2 crown until late accidents wrecked his season. Still just 21, Scott Redding could be a potential world champion in the making, as SAM TREMAYNE finds out

McLaren plans to be more aggressive to close Mercedes' F1 margin

McLaren will instigate a "very aggressive" development push in a bid to close its deficit to Formula 1 rival Mercedes, according to its new racing director Eric Boullier

Australian GP: Mercedes one second clear of rivals - Jenson Button

Jenson Button believes Mercedes is in a league of its own following the first day of practice for the Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix

Former champion Robb Gravett weighing up BTCC return

Former British Touring Car champion Robb Gravett is weighing up a full-time return to the series this year

Jack Clarke gets Motorbase British Touring Car Championship seat

Formula 2 race winner Jack Clarke will move into the British Touring Car Championship in 2014

Audi reveals new DTM challenger ahead of 2014 season

Audi has revealed its new RS 5 DTM challenger with which it will defend its 2013 drivers' and teams' championship crowns in 2014

Ducati confirms switch to Open class for 2014 MotoGP season

Ducati has confirmed it will make a radical switch and compete as an Open class entry in the 2014 MotoGP championship

Rossi admits Yamaha in trouble to adapt to Bridgestone MotoGP tyres

Valentino Rossi says that Yamaha is "in trouble" and running out of solutions in its fight to adapt to Bridgestone's new 2014 MotoGP compounds

Bahrain F1 test: Rosberg says Australia preparation on the limit

Nico Rosberg says the problems that curtailed Mercedes' afternoon running shows just how on the limit preparations are for Formula 1's season-opening Australian Grand Prix

Lotus among expanded 2014 World Endurance Championship LMP1 field

The German-run Lotus will step up to the LMP1 class of this year's World Endurance Championship as the premier division grows to nine full-season cars

Sebastien Loeb gets slot as 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours entry revealed

Sebastien Loeb Racing's first Le Mans 24 Hours attempt was confirmed in Paris on Thursday when organisers unveiled the entry list for the 2014 race

Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt become first Formula E drivers

Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt have become the first two drivers to be confirmed for the inaugural season of the all-electric Formula E championship

Don't expect big 2014 Formula 1 surprises - Toro Rosso's Franz Tost

The 2014 Formula 1 rule changes will not turn the field inside out in the same way that the last regulations revamp did in '09, reckons Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost

Button expects Dennis's overhaul of McLaren F1 team to pay off

Jenson Button has faith that Ron Dennis's overhaul of McLaren will pay off, after luring Eric Boullier away from Formula 1 rival Lotus

V8 Supercars follows F1 double-points rule for Melbourne event

V8 Supercars will adopt Formula 1's controversial double-points rule for its non-championship round supporting the Australian Grand Prix

Honda admits interest in Jorge Lorenzo for 2015 MotoGP season

Honda has admitted it is interested in poaching Jorge Lorenzo from MotoGP rival Yamaha

Force India in GP2 junior team deal with Hilmer

Force India will enter into a partnership with GP2 squad Hilmer as part of an expansion of its driver development programme

Former F1 driver Liuzzi to race in Super Formula and Super GT

Vitantonio Liuzzi will compete in Japan's Super Formula and Super GT championships in 2014

Valentino Rossi already 'stronger' than in MotoGP 2013

Valentino Rossi says three days of MotoGP pre-season testing at Sepang were enough to convince him he has made significant strides over the winter

Honda reveals first images of WTCC Civic

Honda has revealed the first images of the Civic with which it will take on Citroen, Lada and Chevrolet in this year's World Touring Car Championship

Jerez F1 2014 test: Magnussen fastest as Mercedes racks up miles

Kevin Magnussen put McLaren at the top of the timesheets while reigning champion Red Bull suffered a torrid four days in Formula 1's opening pre-season test of 2014 at Jerez

Trackside verdict: Mercedes rises early Plus

Trackside verdict: Mercedes rises early

It's still way too early to make any judgements on the form of the current F1 field. But, as SAM TREMAYNE witnessed trackside, there's one team that appears to be ahead of the rest

Jerez F1 test: Massa puts Williams on top on final day

Felipe Massa went fastest for Williams as the final day of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Jerez ended under red flags

Kevin Magnussen says 2014 F1 debut not 'balls to the wall'

Kevin Magnussen says that his first run as a McLaren Formula 1 driver was not 'balls to the wall' despite going quickest on day three

Jerez F1 test: Jenson Button and McLaren lead early on day three

Jenson Button topped the timesheets for McLaren on a morning when Red Bull and Renault's Formula 1 2014 preparations hit further strife

Nico Rosberg: Mercedes firmly on track after strong Jerez F1 test

Nico Rosberg says his sequence of afternoon long runs on Wednesday was an emphatic sign that Mercedes' 2014 Formula 1 preparations are on track

Jerez F1 test: Jenson Button quickest for McLaren on wet morning

Jenson Button went fastest for McLaren on a second morning of pre-season Formula 1 testing that was devoted to wet tyre testing

Day two of 2014 Formula 1 testing will set panic level - Toro Rosso

Formula 1's second day of pre-season testing at Jerez will determine whether teams need to panic about their 2014 preparations, according to Toro Rosso's technical director James Key

Jerez F1 test: Raikkonen quickest for Ferrari on first day of 2014

Kimi Raikkonen went fastest on the first day of his Ferrari return as only six drivers set times on a stunted opening to Formula 1 2014 pre-season testing

Jerez F1 test: Hamilton sets early pace before crashing

Lewis Hamilton set the pace but suffered a high-speed crash on a subdued and stuttering first morning of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Jerez

Red Bull launches 2014 RB10 Formula 1 car before Jerez testing

Red Bull has launched the car with which it hopes to secure a fifth consecutive Formula 1 championship double, the RB10

Button says 2014 McLaren F1 car will take time to perfect

Jenson Button has warned that it will take time for McLaren to get on top of its 2014 Formula 1 challenger, which was launched on Friday

New World Touring Car Championship chief in privateer pledge

New World Touring Car Championship chief Francois Ribeiro has vowed to place privateer interests at the core of the series' future

The fastest single-seater outside F1? Plus

The fastest single-seater outside F1?

The Japanese Super Formula series has a new car, continued support from Honda and Toyota, and is attempting to regain its international credibility. SAM TREMAYNE flew out to take a look

General manager Marcello Lotti confirms WTCC departure

Marcello Lotti has confirmed to Autosport that he has stepped down as general manager of the World Touring Car Championship

New WTCC rules a big opportunity for Lada, says James Thompson

The World Touring Car Championship's switch to new regulations for 2014 represents a massive opportunity for Lada to make progress, according to long-term driver James Thompson

Former British Superbike champion Leon Camier set for MotoGP switch

Former British Superbike champion Leon Camier is set to move into MotoGP with Ioda

Tom Kristensen wants 'respect' for Le Mans in safety push

Tom Kristensen believes efforts to improve safety at Le Mans must always be balanced by 'respect' for the circuit and its traditions

Citroen ramps up World Touring Car Championship testing

Citroen has completed a five-day test of its 2014 World Touring Car Championship C-Elysee in Abu Dhabi

Max Chilton retains Marussia seat for 2014 Formula 1 season

Max Chilton will line up alongside Jules Bianchi again in 2014, after Marussia confirmed it will retain the Briton for a second Formula 1 season

Carlin signs Ed Jones for 2014 European F3 campaign

Carlin has signed reigning Formula 3 Open champion Ed Jones for its 2014 European F3 campaign

Ex-Formula 1 team Onyx reforms for World Touring Car Championship

Mike Earle has reformed ex-Formula 1 team Onyx Racing and will embark upon the first of a five-year World Touring Car Championship programme in 2014

Honda believes it can claw back Citroen during 2014 WTCC season

Honda is confident it can claw back Citroen's current advantage and regain supremacy over the 2014 World Touring Car Championship campaign

Sebastien Loeb tipped by Yvan Muller to win races in debut WTCC campaign

Yvan Muller has no doubts that Sebastien Loeb can win races in his first year in the World Touring Car Championship, given how impressive he has been in testing for Citroen

Honda exceeded expectations in first full WTCC campaign in 2013

Honda says the first year of its new World Touring Car Championship project exceeded all expectations

RML's 2014 Chevrolet WTCC plans not hurt by delays

Chevrolet's 2014 World Touring Car Championship prospects won't be wrecked by the delayed confirmation of RML's upgrade package, according to project manager Ron Hartvelt

FIA president Jean Todt says Formula E could race at Macau

Formula E could race on the streets of Macau in the future according to FIA President Jean Todt

Yvan Muller does not believe Citroen is favourite for 2014 WTCC

Yvan Muller insists Citroen should not be viewed as the favourite for the 2014 World Touring Car Championship despite the headstart it has over rivals

Sergio Perez feared Formula 1 exit before Force India deal

Sergio Perez admits that if he had not secured a drive with Force India for 2014 he would have possibly been forced to leave Formula 1

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya says F1 cost cap can work

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya believes Formula 1 can make a budget cap work from 2015 despite the failure of previous cost control attempts

MotoGP increases severity of penalty points system for 2014

MotoGP will increase the severity of its penalty points system from the start of the 2014 season

Citroen confirms Jose Maria Lopez, will run fourth car in WTCC 2014

Jose Maria Lopez will line up alongside Sebastien Loeb and Yvan Muller in Citroen's inaugural World Touring Car Championship assault in 2014

Sergio Perez says double points finales will be good for F1

Sergio Perez insists Formula 1's decision to award double points for the final round from next season will not devalue the sport or its champions

Force India: Paul di Resta did 'nothing wrong' as he loses F1 seat

Paul di Resta did "nothing wrong" even though Force India decided to drop him for the 2014 Formula 1 season, according to team principal Vijay Mallya

Force India's Mallya says hunger, not money key in Perez deal

Vijay Mallya insists commercial interests had no bearing on Force India's decision to sign Sergio Perez on a multi-year Formula 1 deal

Perez joins Hulkenberg at Force India for 2014 F1 season

Sergio Perez will race for Force India during the 2014 Formula 1 season, with the team unveiling the Mexican in London on Thursday

Michael Laverty and Broc Parkes get 2014 Paul Bird MotoGP seats

Paul Bird Motorsports will field Michael Laverty and Broc Parkes in the 2014 MotoGP world championship