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Morbidelli to undergo knee surgery after missing MotoGP Dutch TT

Petronas SRT MotoGP rider Franco Morbidelli will undergo surgery on the left knee injury which ruled him out of this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix.

Kevin Magnussen completes first pre-Le Mans test alongside father

Ex-Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen has completed the first test in the car he will share with father Jan in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

FIA to slow down Formula 1 pitstops from Hungarian GP

Formula 1's fastest pit stops are set to be slowed down on safety grounds from the Hungarian Grand Prix, after a clampdown from the FIA.

Quartararo: Vinales “one of the fastest guys I’ve ever seen” in MotoGP

Fabio Quartararo says Yamaha MotoGP team-mate Maverick Vinales is “one of the fastest guys I’ve ever seen” and has identified where he needs to improve to stop his 2021 struggles.

Marquez “back to our real situation” at Assen after MotoGP Germany win

Honda’s Marc Marquez says he “cannot expect” to repeat his Germany victory in this weekend’s MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix, admitting he will be “back to our real situation”.

Rossi doubts “difficult” prospect of racing with VR46 team in MotoGP

Valentino Rossi doubts he’ll race for his own VR46 team in MotoGP on a Ducati, and admits it’s “very difficult” for him to continue his career at all in 2022.

Vinales “has given up many times” during Yamaha MotoGP woes

Maverick Vinales has admitted he “has given up many times” as he continues to struggle for form on the Yamaha in 2021, saying his MotoGP woes are “difficult to accept”.

Autosport Podcast: W Series 2021 preview with Chadwick and Coulthard

W Series is finally back, almost two years after its debut season concluded at Brands Hatch, where Jamie Chadwick took the crown.

Perez hopes talks over new Red Bull F1 contract ‘don’t take too long’

Sergio Perez hopes that talks over a new Red Bull Formula 1 contract “don’t take too long” and that negotiations will go “very smoothly” after a strong start working together.

Geely Group blasts WTCR organiser over Lynk & Co BoP

The Geely Group behind the Lynk & Co WTCR squad has blasted series promoter Eurosport Events and "suspended its co-operation" with promoting its local round at Ningbo, China, this November.

Da Costa: Formula E exit would be 'f*** up' amid Techeetah uncertainty

Antonio Felix da Costa reckons he would only leave Formula E next season if “somebody really fucked up” amid the current financial uncertainty at his Techeetah team.

Safari Rally's level playing field "best chance" for M-Sport success

The level playing field offered by this weekend's returning Safari Rally will present M-Sport its best opportunity for World Rally Championship success, according to team boss Richard Millener.

Hamilton: Talks with Mercedes over new F1 contract are underway

Lewis Hamilton has revealed that talks with Mercedes over a new Formula 1 contract are underway, saying discussions have been “positive” so far.

Hamilton: F1's return to capacity crowd at British GP feels 'premature'

Lewis Hamilton believes that Formula 1's return to a capacity crowd for next month's British Grand Prix feels "a bit premature", encouraging fans to remain vigilant with precautions.

Gerloff finding it “strange” to share a MotoGP garage with Rossi

Franco Morbidelli’s Petronas SRT injury replacement Garrett Gerloff admits it’s “strange” to be sharing a garage with MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi this weekend at the Dutch Grand Prix.

How F1's biggest crisis helped trigger its exciting 2021 season

Formula 1's return to Austria this weekend comes under exceedingly different circumstances to its last Spielberg visit, when F1 took its first tentative steps out of the global COVID shutdown. But the tightrope F1 walked in 2020 has ultimately led to the most exciting season of the hybrid era

WRC Safari: Ogier edges Rovanpera in Kenya Super Special

Sebastian Ogier edged Toyota team-mate Kalle Rovanpera to win the opening super special stage as the Safari Rally officially made its return to the World Rally Championship.

Bottas: ‘Completely false’ to think Mercedes F1 relationship is broken

Valtteri Bottas says it is “completely false” to think his relationship with Mercedes has become broken after his feisty radio message at the Formula 1 French Grand Prix.

Schumacher sitting in a "crooked" position since start of F1 2021

Mick Schumacher has revealed that he has been “sitting in a crooked position” in his Haas Formula 1 car since the beginning of the 2021 season. 

British GP to take place in front of capacity crowd

Silverstone has announced that next month’s Formula 1 British Grand Prix will go ahead in front of a capacity crowd.

Red Bull Ring gets changes ahead of F1 double header, gravel closer to track

The Red Bull Ring's Turn 6 has been modified ahead of the Formula 1 Styrian Grand Prix with gravel brought closer to the track edge and sausage kerbs removed.

Bond Muir: W Series has “come back stronger” with new team structure

W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir says the introduction of a team competition and an influx of sponsors shows the series has “come back stronger” after almost two years away.

New banked corner part of Abu Dhabi F1 track changes

A high-speed banked corner and revamped hairpin section have been revealed as part of multiple changes Abu Dhabi is making to its Formula 1 track.

The unexpected Rossi/Ducati MotoGP sequel offering redemption Plus

The unexpected Rossi/Ducati MotoGP sequel offering redemption

A decade after first linking up with Ducati in what turned out to be an ill-fated period in his MotoGP career, Valentino Rossi has joined forces with the Italian marque once more - this time as a team owner. And the VR46/Ducati tie-up beginning in 2022 has the potential to right the wrongs of Rossi and Ducati's nadir of 2011/2012

Rossi’s VR46 MotoGP team partners with Ducati for 2022

Valentino Rossi’s VR46 team will race with Ducati machinery in 2022 after signing a three-year deal to become one of the Italian marque’s satellite MotoGP squads.

Montoya: Bottas needs quick decision on Mercedes future to ease pressure

Juan Pablo Montoya believes that a quick decision about Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes Formula 1 future would ease the pressure on him and help improve his relationship with the team.

Kleinschmidt to replace Hurtgen for full XE season at Abt

The Abt Cupra Extreme E team has called up series reserve driver Jutta Kleinschmidt for the remainder of the season after her star performance in Senegal to replace Claudia Hurtgen.

Camp pitches for Autosport National Driver Rankings glory

Honda Civic racer Alistair Camp has moved up to second spot in Autosport's National Driver Rankings after taking his eighth win of 2021 at Brands Hatch.

Why W Series' champion is taking nothing for granted ahead of its return Plus

Why W Series' champion is taking nothing for granted ahead of its return

W Series is back this weekend after a year away. This time it’s supporting F1, and reigning champion Jamie Chadwick is up for the challenge of taking another title - but knows with higher stakes will come even more motivated opposition

Magazine: F1 French GP review, FE Puebla, and W Series preview

The passes, blunders and arguments of the French Grand Prix feature in this week’s Autosport magazine, out today (24 June).

Verstappen: Past F1 success in Austria no guarantee of 2021 wins

Max Verstappen believes that Red Bull's previous record in Austria acts as no guarantee of success in 2021 as he bids to extend his Formula 1 championship lead.

Brown: Norris "as fast as anyone on the grid" in F1 right now

Zak Brown believes that McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris is “as fast as anyone on the grid” at the moment, acting as a “great bar” for new team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

W Series introduces new team structure from this season

W Series is moving towards a new team structure for 2022, starting its transition this season with an unofficial championship, new liveries and team sponsors.

NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon to be vice chairman at Hendrick Motorsport

NASCAR Cup Series legend Jeff Gordon is leaving the Fox Sports broadcast booth for an executive position at Hendrick Motorsports.

Next Level Racing GT Track cockpit review

The Next Level Racing GT Track cockpit is a serious bit of sim racing kit – but is it worth the lofty price?

Kyle Larson: NASCAR has always been my number one priority
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Kyle Larson: NASCAR has always been my number one priority

Kyle Larson has reiterated his main focus remains on NASCAR and it is where he has always hoped to compete, following a stunning run of wins this season.

IndyCar boss Penske doesn’t expect racing to be all-electric by 2030

Roger Penske doesn’t believe motorsport needs to become all-electric by 2030 to remain relevant to manufacturers, and says that interest in IndyCar’s hybrid formula remains high.

Safari Rally organisers outline measures to avoid wildlife interruptions

The FIA and Safari Rally organisers have outlined the extra measures being undertaken to prevent wildlife interrupting the event’s return to the World Rally Championship.

Williams explains decision to part company with ex-team principal Roberts

Williams Formula 1 boss Jost Capito has explained the decision to part company with team principal Simon Roberts as part of the British squad’s restructuring.

How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks Plus

How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks

The screaming rotary-engined Mazda 787 is regarded as one of the most popular Le Mans 24 Hours-winning cars, but until its surprise success on this day 30 years ago it was never regarded as a likely victor. But that reckoned without a new technical partner, some canny political manoeuvring and a rival's bizarre self-inflicted weakness

Suzuki MotoGP rivals “better than us” in recent races – Mir

Reigning world champion Joan Mir admits Suzuki’s MotoGP rivals “are being better than us” in recent races having finished last weekend’s German Grand Prix an off-colour ninth.

Frenetic Mazda and Formula Ford battles on weekend of national action

Mazda MX-5s and Formula Fords headlined last weekend's national action at Silverstone, while the Vintage Sports Car Club held a meeting at Cadwell Park

Hamilton: Defending harder against Verstappen was "pointless" in F1 French GP

Lewis Hamilton says it would have been “pointless to defend any harder” against Max Verstappen in the Red Bull Formula 1 driver’s race-winning pass at the French Grand Prix.

Brown: McLaren IndyCar star O’Ward reminds me of a young Montoya

Zak Brown says McLaren IndyCar star Pato O’Ward reminds him of a young Juan Pablo Montoya after the Mexican driver’s recent charge to victory in Detroit.

DTM showed it "still deserves its name," say drivers

Several DTM drivers have given a thumbs up to the championship’s move to GT3 regulations following the opening round of the 2021 season at Monza.

Ogier: Safari Rally winner will have to drive with head not right foot

Sebastien Ogier says drivers will have to drive with his head and not his right foot to conquer the Safari Rally’s unique blend of extreme road conditions and wildlife hazards.

Yamaha WSBK rider Gerloff replaces Morbidelli for Dutch MotoGP

Yamaha World Superbike rider Garrett Gerloff will make his MotoGP debut in this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix in place of the injured Franco Morbidelli at Petronas SRT.

Remembering Colin McRae’s final WRC win Plus

Remembering Colin McRae’s final WRC win

The Safari Rally returns to the World Rally Championship this weekend for the first time since 2002 - when crowd favourite Colin McRae set aside the maximum attack style for which he was renowned to deliver a textbook third win

Prost: Alonso back to his best after F1 absence

Four-time world champion and Alpine Formula 1 team advisor Alain Prost believes that Fernando Alonso is back to his best after his two-year break.

Japanese MotoGP round cancelled, COTA race comes in as replacement

MotoGP’s 2021 Japanese Grand Prix in October has been cancelled but will be replaced on the same date by the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.

Jaguar Egal set for racing return after half a century

The famous Galaxy-engined Jaguar E-type, known as the Egal, will be back on a UK race track in the near future after an absence of around half a century.

Can Red Bull really win anywhere now it’s toppled a Mercedes F1 stronghold?

OPINION: Red Bull team boss Christian Horner reckoned Max Verstappen winning the French Grand Prix – an event where Mercedes had previously been dominant – would signal “we can beat them anywhere”. Here’s how that claim stacks up looking at the rest of the 2021 season

Red Bull: French GP win disproves "accusations" over rear wing and tyre pressures

Red Bull Formula 1 chief Christian Horner felt Max Verstappen’s victory in France answered the recent "accusations" made against the team about flexi-wings and tyre pressures.

Ferrari talking with PMI over new F1 deal despite dropping Mission Winnow logos

Ferrari Formula 1 boss Mattia Binotto says talks with tobacco giant Philip Morris International over a new sponsorship deal are ongoing despite dropping the Mission Winnow logos for EU races.

The Mercedes-style F1 tweaks helping McLaren push forward

McLaren introduced a fairly substantial update at the French Grand Prix in a bid to help its fight with Ferrari for best of the rest in Formula 1 this year.

Motorsport Images and Extreme E partnership enjoys stunning start
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Motorsport Images and Extreme E partnership enjoys stunning start

The Motorsport Images and Extreme E partnership has enjoyed an incredible start in 2021, with the photography agency hailed “the best” for the new all-electric off-road series.

Morbidelli to miss MotoGP Dutch TT with knee injury

Franco Morbidelli will miss this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix after the Petronas SRT MotoGP rider injured his knee in training.

2021 MotoGP Dutch GP – how to watch, session times & more

MotoGP heads to Assen for the ninth round of the 2021 world championship season, the Dutch Grand Prix, for the final round before the summer break.

2021 F1 Styrian GP session timings and how to watch

The Styrian Grand Prix hosts the eighth round of the 2021 Formula 1 world championship season on the 25-27 June.

Mercedes DTM drivers unhappy with Monza BoP changes

Mercedes DTM drivers feel Audi and BMW were out of reach following two successive rounds of Balance of Performance adjustments during the season opening round at Monza.