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Mercedes takes BoP hit after rapid Bathurst qualifying

Mercedes teams have been dealt a hefty Balance of Performance blow ahead of tomorrow's Bathurst 12 Hour following Maro Engel's lap record-breaking effort in the Top 10 Shootout.

Lapierre to skip 2023 WEC season as Alpine steps down to LMP2

Nicolas Lapierre is set to be absent from the World Endurance Championship grid for the first time since 2015 this year, following Alpine’s step down to LMP2.

Ford still not satisfied with Supercars Gen3 parity

Ford continues to harbour concerns over the parity between the Mustang and Camaro Gen3 Supercars following the latest round of prototype testing.

Verstappen explains "absurd" F1 sim in private jet story

Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen has laughed off Helmut Marko's suggestions that he is installing a racing simulator on his private jet, saying it was a misunderstanding.

Ericsson tops final day of IndyCar's Thermal Club pre-season test

Marcus Ericsson set the fastest time on the final day of IndyCar's pre-season test at Thermal Club in Palm Springs, his morning time holding up against Kyle Kirkwood's afternoon best.

Button's Bathurst lap record stands after Lawson's Red Bull F1 demo

Jenson Button continues to hold the unofficial lap record at Bathurst following the latest Formula 1 demonstration at the circuit.

Bathurst 12 Hour: Mercedes driver Engel claims pole with record lap
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Bathurst 12 Hour: Mercedes driver Engel claims pole with record lap

The #999 GruppeM Mercedes will start Sunday's Bathurst 12 Hour from pole after Maro Engel went under the 2m01s barrier in the decisive Top 10 Shootout.

De Vries cleared of wrongdoing in dispute over €250K loan

Nyck de Vries has been cleared of any wrongdoing in an Amsterdam court over a claim launched against him by real estate magnate Jeroen Schothorst relating to a €250,000 loan.

Horner admits Red Bull’s real RB19 will be ‘somewhat different’

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says the real RB19 that will appear in Formula 1 testing in Bahrain later this month will be ‘somewhat different'.

Horner hints at closer links between Mercedes and Williams F1 teams

Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner has hinted that there could be a closer relationship between the Mercedes and Williams Formula 1 teams in the wake of James Vowles’s move.

Ford remains committed to WRC amid F1 return

Ford has stated that it remains committed to its programme in the World Rally Championship following confirmation of its return to Formula 1 as an engine supplier from 2026.

Dixon: Ganassi found two "big things" to improve IndyCar form

Six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon says Chip Ganassi Racing has focused on improving its road course form after inconsistencies last season, and believes there has been breakthroughs for 2023.

Armstrong feels “confident” adapting to “very natural” IndyCar

Chip Ganassi Racing rookie Marcus Armstrong says he already feels confident in an IndyCar, after just two days of testing ahead of the 2023 season.

FIA reveals six F1 engine suppliers signed up for 2026

The FIA has revealed that six manufacturers have signed up for the next generation of Formula 1 engine regulations starting in 2026, including Red Bull Ford, Audi and Honda.

Red Bull to use fan-designed F1 livery for three US races in 2023

Red Bull will race with fan-designed liveries for the three Formula 1 races in the United States this year.

Red Bull unveils 2023 F1 livery in New York

Red Bull has unveiled the livery of its 2023 Formula 1 car at a New York launch event as it bids to defend both world championships.

Ford will power Red Bull and AlphaTauri from F1 2026

Ford is to partner with Red Bull to power both the Milton Keynes-based squad and sister team AlphaTauri in Formula 1 from 2026.

Video: Follow Red Bull's 2023 F1 launch live from New York

The Red Bull Formula 1 team is launching its 2023 season live from New York, with Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez presenting the new livery for the upcoming campaign.

Why Ford can offer Red Bull what Porsche could not in F1

With Ford's confirmation of a partnership with Red Bull Powertrains imminent, it gives the Milton Keynes squad more pulling power in the American market. It's one of the key aspects the Detroit marque can offer which Porsche, expected to tie up with Red Bull before the deal fell through, could not

Ford confirms Formula 1 return for 2026

American car giant Ford has officially confirmed its return to Formula 1 in 2026, ahead of Red Bull's car launch in New York.

The design changes teams face as F1 launch season begins

Formula 1 fans are eagerly waiting to see how much of the Red Bull RB19 being unveiled in New York City later on Friday is actually new.

Friday favourite: How Volvo's "no ego" pole king endeared himself to a BTCC champion

With the likes of Andy Rouse, Steve Soper, Alain Menu and Paul Radisich to chose from, Tim Harvey is spoiled for choice when it comes to picking a favourite team-mate. But it's a driver that the 1992 British Touring Car champion only raced alongside for a single season, Swedish ace Rickard Rydell, that is his number one in our ongoing weekly series

Why Gran Turismo 7 is a revelation in virtual reality

OPINION: The PSVR2 and the upcoming Gran Turismo 7 update provides the best console virtual reality experience to date, setting an example for other developers to follow

Bathurst 12 Hour: Marciello puts Mercedes on top in Friday practice

GruppeM Mercedes ended Friday on top at the Bathurst 12 Hour after Rafaelle Marciello topped the times in a crash shortened final practice.

IndyCar ditches double-points for Indianapolis 500

IndyCar has announced that this year’s 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 will offer only “regular” points, ending its status as a double points round of the series.

Vasseur: Friendship with Wolff no harm to Ferrari F1 ambitions

Ferrari team boss Fred Vasseur sees no downside to the good relationship he has with Mercedes Formula 1 rival Toto Wolff.

The new national racing championships to watch out for in 2023

Despite the current financial climate, there’s a multitude of new categories being launched in national racing this year. Here's what to expect from the newcomers onto the scene.

Magazine: Reflecting on 10 years of Hamilton at Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton looks out from the cover of this week’s Autosport magazine, out today (2 February), as we investigate his 10 years at the Mercedes Formula 1 team.

Herta fastest in opening day of Thermal Club IndyCar test
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Herta fastest in opening day of Thermal Club IndyCar test

Colton Herta was fastest on the opening day of the IndyCar pre-season test at Thermal Club, having led in both morning and afternoon sessions.

Kubica, Deletraz switch to WRT for 2023 WEC season

Ex-Formula 1 racer Robert Kubica and Louis Deletraz will both race for the WRT LMP2 team in the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship.

Double F1 race winner Jean Pierre Jabouille has died

Former French Formula 1 driver Jean-Pierre Jabouille has died on Thursday at age 80, French media have reported.

IMSA champion Jarvis to contest full ELMS season with United Autosports

Reigning IMSA Sportscar Championship title-winner Oliver Jarvis will contest the European Le Mans Series with United Autosports alongside Formula 2 convert Marino Sato, in addition to the World Endurance Championship.

20 years on: Porsche’s 911 GT Daytona 24 Hours giant-killing relived

IMSA’s new GTP class for LMDh cars had a more auspicious debut last weekend than the Daytona Prototypes that arrived in 2003. Back then, they were humbled by a GT Porsche 911, which won the Floridian sportscar classic by nine laps.

Entries open for the 2023 Williams Autosport Engineer of the Future Award story

Entries have opened for the 2023 Williams Autosport Engineer of the Future Award, with budding motorsport engineers invited to apply for the revamped prize.

What really happened when F1 drivers went on strike?
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What really happened when F1 drivers went on strike?

Being a Formula 1 driver is one of those dream jobs, but that doesn't mean everything always runs smoothly.

Lack of job security could hold Vasseur back at Ferrari, says Montoya

A lack of job security is a big negative that could hurt new Ferrari boss Fred Vasseur's ability to do his job, reckons former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

How will the FIA decide on F1's potential new teams?

There was a time many decades ago when just turning up with a car and passing scrutineering would be enough to earn a place on the Formula 1 grid.

NASCAR's Garage 56 Le Mans team "has a lot of work to do" after Button test debut

NASCAR's Garage 56 Le Mans 24 Hours team admits it "has a lot of work to do" to get the adapted Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 competitive after a test at Daytona.

Deadline set to decide fate of 2024 UK WRC round bid

A decision regarding the United Kingdom’s possible return to the World Rally Championship calendar next year is expected by the end of April.

Grosjean hopes to race Le Mans in 2024 if IndyCar schedule allows

Ex-Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean says his Lamborghini LMDh commitments next year should include the 24 Hours of Le Mans, providing there are no clashes with his IndyCar schedule.

Bottas: New CEO Seidl has a clear direction for Sauber in F1

Valtteri Bottas says he is impressed by Andreas Seidl's "clear direction" as he takes on the role of CEO of the Sauber Group, the company behind the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team.

Lotus F1 mechanic and Hawke cars creator David Lazenby dies aged 86

David Lazenby, a genial early 1960s Team Lotus Formula 1 mechanic during the Jim Clark era and who designed and created Hawke racing cars, has died aged 86.

FIA formally opens process for new F1 teams to join the grid

The FIA has formally opened the process for new teams to join the Formula 1 grid in the next few years.

Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver Plus

Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver

Many doubted Lewis Hamilton’s move from McLaren to Mercedes for the 2013 Formula 1 season. But the journey he’s been on since has taken the Briton to new heights - and to a further six world championship titles

Ticktum: NIO 333 currently lacking efficiency to compete in FE races

Dan Ticktum expects NIO 333's strong qualifying performances and drop-off in Formula E races to continue to be "what to expect" for the foreseeable future as it addresses its efficiency.

Mercedes tech boss not convinced new rules have made F1 racing better

Mercedes technical director Mike Elliott is not convinced that Formula 1’s new regulations have delivered "significantly closer racing".

Le Mans winner Jani makes ELMS LMP2 switch after Porsche exit

Le Mans winner Neel Jani will contest the 2023 European Le Mans Series with the Duqueine LMP2 team following his exit from Porsche at the end of 2022

Armstrong admits sense of urgency to impress as IndyCar rookie

Ex-Formula 2 racer Marcus Armstrong says he needs to "do well immediately" in IndyCar because Chip Ganassi Racing’s personnel have shared so much information with him.

Why new look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era Plus

Why new look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era

OPINION: With teams outside the top three having struggled in Formula 1 in recent seasons, the rules changes introduced in 2022 should have more of an impact this season. How well Haas does, as the poster child for the kind of team that F1 wanted to be able to challenge at the front, is crucial

Laser Tools Racing continues in BTCC with Hill

The Laser Tools Racing name that was carried to British Touring Car Championship titles in 2020 and 2021 will continue in the series after all with Jake Hill.

McLaren to share F1 reserve driver Schumacher with Mercedes

Mercedes Formula 1 reserve driver Mick Schumacher will be also made available as a stand-in to McLaren, the Woking team has announced.

NASCAR Next Gen car gets safety upgrades for 2023 season

NASCAR unveiled some changes to the Next Gen car for the 2023 season, with most enhancing its safety aspects.

O’Ward optimistic about Rossi and that McLaren IndyCar DNFs can be reduced

Arrow McLaren ace Pato O’Ward says he’s confident that Alexander Rossi will be a strong addition to the line-up and that the team has gotten on top of its mechanical woes.

Alonso "wouldn't accept" continuing in F1 at less than 100%

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso says he wouldn't continue in Formula 1 if he didn't think he was driving at his best or if his new Aston Martin team didn't have any chance to win.

Podcast: Ranking the 10 best F1 wet weather drives

Formula 1 history is littered with great drivers, with some of the most memorable coming in wet conditions.

The key factors behind Porsche's strong start to Formula E's new era Plus

The key factors behind Porsche's strong start to Formula E's new era

A low-key Valencia test left some quarters of Porsche's Formula E squad worried, but a 100% winning start for the German manufacturer's powertrain in 2022-23 underlines its early race day advantage. Porsche's key figures explain the strong start in Gen3, and why the work is only just beginning

Acura aces hope Daytona 24 1-2 changes Honda's Le Mans outlook

Acura's Tom Blomqvist and Filipe Albuquerque hope the marque's 1-2 in the Daytona 24 Hours could encourage Honda to enter the car in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2024.

Why F1 considered reintroducing 'fan car' aerodynamics for 2026

The recent revelation that Formula 1 chiefs briefly evaluated the idea of fan cars being part of a new rules set from 2026 was fascinating on two levels.

Did the new national series of 2022 fly or flop?

There weren’t many standout stars from the selection of series launched during last year’s tricky financial climate. Autosport rates how they fared

“Huge asset” Button adds NASCAR Garage 56 driver change hurdle

Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button’s vast experience of European racing is proving a big help to the NASCAR Garage 56 project – but his height is making driver changes trickier.