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MotoGP eyes test on new Indonesia street track in 2021

MotoGP could stage a test at the Mandalika Street Circuit in Indonesia this year ahead of the return of the Indonesian Grand Prix in 2022.

Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of car-racing titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of car-racing titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace

Max Verstappen’s star quality in Formula 1 is clear. Now equipped with a Red Bull car that is, right now, the world title favourite and the experience to support his talent, could 2021 be the Dutchman’s year to topple the dominant force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes?

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.

Silverstone backs British GP vaccine passports for capacity F1 crowd

Silverstone has joined a number of UK sporting bodies in backing the use of 'vaccine passports' and COVID-19 testing in order to welcome capacity crowds for its summer races.

VeeKay breaks finger in Indy 500 test crash

Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet’s Rinus VeeKay suffered a hard collision with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway SAFER barrier on his fifth lap in Thursday’s Indy 500 test, sustaining a broken finger.

Auer, Mercedes fastest at Hockenheim as DTM test ends

Lucas Auer led a Mercedes top-six lock-out at Hockenheim, as the first pre-season test of the 2021 DTM season came to a close on Thursday.

Mercedes: Final call on Gen 3 Formula E rules in "next few weeks"

Mercedes Formula E boss Ian James has explained the manufacturer’s unexpected decision to delay its Gen3 rules registration and says the “final call” is due in “the next few weeks”.

Verstappen: F1 has to credit Hamilton for his years of success

Max Verstappen says Formula 1 should “give credit” to Lewis Hamilton for the Mercedes driver’s run of success and titles, when discussing who is the best driver in the championship.

Donington delights as national motorsport returns to the new normal

The new UK motorsport season finally got underway last weekend, albeit with the now familiar COVID-19 restrictions and protocols. While that didn’t prevent some great spectacles, further bumps in the road remain in sight which could lead to 2021 remaining thoroughly domestic

Autodromo Nazionale Monza goes live with

The Italian circuit will take advantage of’s live streaming functionality to deliver action as it happens from various racing series including Ferrari Challenge and European Le Mans Series.

Rally Sweden moves north for 2022 WRC round

Rally Sweden will relocate almost 500 miles north east from Varmland for its 2022 World Rally Championship round to a more “snowsafe” part of the country.

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.

Hawkey loses Iron Lynx ELMS GTE seat over incorrect driver grading

Porsche Carrera Cup GB class champion Esmee Hawkey has been dropped from the Iron Lynx Ferrari team's all-female European Le Mans Series line-up over an incorrect driver grading.

Peugeot WEC racer di Resta "fell in love" with sportscar racing in 2018

New Peugeot World Endurance Championship driver Paul di Resta has revealed that he fell in love with sportscar racing during his early exploits in the discipline during 2018.

Collard unlikely to defend British GT title, joins RAM in GTWCE

Reigning British GT champion Rob Collard is unlikely to defend his title and will instead concentrate on a programme in the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup with RAM Racing.

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.

No change to Spielberg Turn 2 after horror MotoGP smash

No changes will be made to the Red Bull Ring's Turn 2 layout following the horror collision between Johann Zarco and Franco Morbidelli in the 2020 MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix.

F1 should "put up a wall" to avoid track limits debate - Marko

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko believes the debate over Formula 1 track limits following Max Verstappen’s Bahrain defeat is “completely unnecessary”, saying officials should “put a wall there”.

Rossi unsure if MotoGP form will rebound in Europe

Petronas SRT Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi admits he is unsure if his poor form from the Qatar MotoGP races will rebound when the series returns to Europe next week.

How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy Plus

How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy

Raffaele Marciello once appeared to be Ferrari’s next Italian F1 star, but is now under the pay of its German arch-rival in GTs – and he’s very happy with his life

Alpine won't let Alonso and Ocon F1 rivalry get out of hand

Alpine says it will not allow the rivalry between Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon to evolve into a destabilising force inside the Formula 1 team this year.

Organisers report strong interest as English racing season begins

Club racing organisers have reported strong levels of interest resulting in some bumper grids as the delayed English motorsport season got under way last weekend.

Brundle: Common sense has broken out to secure F1’s future

Martin Brundle believes “common sense has broken out” among Formula 1’s leading players and rule makers, which has left motorsport’s top tier in really good shape.

Magazine: Verstappen interview on his F1 title chances

A frank interview with Max Verstappen provides the cover for this week’s Autosport magazine, out today (8 April)

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

Porsche reveals full line-ups for Le Mans 24 Hours

Porsche has revealed its full driver line-ups for its two-car GTE Pro assault in the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours.

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.

Mercedes leads opening day of DTM testing as GT3 era begins

Maximilian Gotz led a 1-2 finish for Mercedes in a snow-disrupted opening day of DTM pre-season test at the Hockenheim circuit in Germany.

McLaren: Two quick drivers ‘key’ to F1 resurgence

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl acknowledged that having two closely matched drivers is key to the team's recent resurgence, which fuelled the decision to snap up Daniel Ricciardo for 2021.

National race meetings make return with bumper grids

It may have started later than usual, but national motorsport made a welcome return last weekend with bumper grids a common sight at race meetings from Donington Park to Castle Combe

Reigle: Formula E unlikely to fill Audi vacancy for 2021-22 season

Formula E boss Jamie Reigle reckons the championship is unlikely to fill Audi’s vacancy in time for the 2021-22 season but reckons the notion of fewer teams “has some advantages”.

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”.

UK motorsport to remain behind closed-doors until May

Spectators will not be allowed into motorsport venues in the UK until at least the middle of May following the latest government guidelines on the easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

How Welsh motorsport is being left behind by COVID

Motorsport is now under way in England, but that’s far from being the case across all of the UK. In Wales, the situation is particularly bleak for Anglesey and Pembrey, and there's no end in sight just yet

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.

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.

Motorsport Games welcomes Gérard Neveu as Motorsports Advisor
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Motorsport Games welcomes Gérard Neveu as Motorsports Advisor

An industry expert who staged the largest virtual racing event in history to enhance the company’s authentic connection to the world of Motorsports.

The big questions over LMDh/LMH parity at Le Mans Plus

The big questions over LMDh/LMH parity at Le Mans

Excitement over the influx of manufacturers to the 2023 Le Mans 24 Hours is understandable. But when balanced against each other, will LMDh and LMH be a short-lived unity?

Wolff feels same 2013 ‘pump’ at Mercedes, clarifies Brown comments

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the Red Bull challenge has left his Formula 1 team ‘pumped’ like it hasn’t been since before its first title in 2014.

Bagnaia slams “unacceptable” Doha MotoGP race mistake

Francesco Bagnaia says “confidence” in his Ducati caused the mistake which cost him a podium shot in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix, admitting it was “unacceptable” as a factory rider.

European rally champion Ingram secures WRC chance

Chris Ingram says the chance to compete in the second tier of the World Rally Championship “means the world” to him, with the Mancunian vowing he will “give it everything”.

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.

Why ‘fighter jet’ F1 is winning a new wave of sponsors

Following a flood of new sponsors into Formula 1, teams are combining a worldwide appeal and a growing fanbase with high tech companies to develop both on and off the track.

Lynn joins United Autosports for Le Mans 24 Hours

Former Aston Martin factory driver Alex Lynn will team up with Paul di Resta for the rescheduled Le Mans 24 Hours in August at the United Autosports squad.

Quartararo: Sharing Doha MotoGP podium with Zarco a career highlight

Fabio Quartararo says sharing France’s first ever MotoGP 1-2 with Johann Zarco in the Doha Grand Prix was “one of the best moments of my career”.

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.

How crucial marginal calls will decide the Red Bull vs Mercedes battle in F1 2021 Plus

How crucial marginal calls will decide the Red Bull vs Mercedes battle in F1 2021

The longer Red Bull can maintain a performance edge over Mercedes, the better the odds will be in the team’s favour against the defending world champions. But as the Bahrain Grand Prix showed, many more factors will be critical in the outcome of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship

King and Webster to compete in Porsche Supercup with Team Parker

Porsche Carrera Cup GB champions Harry King and Josh Webster will race for Team Parker as the squad moves into the Porsche Supercup this season in partnership with Revs Motorsport.

Who is driving in the GT3-based DTM this year?

With testing for the new GT3 era of the DTM underway, we’ve collated a list of all the teams and drivers to have been confirmed for the 2021 season so far.

Ducati MotoGP rider Miller undergoes arm surgery

Ducati MotoGP rider Jack Miller has undergone a successful operation on an arm pump issue following last Sunday’s Doha Grand Prix in Qatar.

Why the FIA has got tough on F1 car inspections

At the Bahrain GP the FIA's technical department introduced a new weapon in its ongoing fight to police the increasingly complex Formula 1 technical regulations.

Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash

Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy

Binder was "scared" about Doha MotoGP tyre gamble

KTM’s Brad Binder admits he was “really quite scared” of having to use the medium front tyre in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix but “didn’t have a choice”.

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.

Capito: Williams won't sacrifice 2022 car to make gains in 2021

Williams says it will not make any compromises with its 2022 Formula 1 car design in a bid to push itself further up the grid this year.

Berger: Addition of top teams vindicates DTM's GT3 move

DTM boss Gerhard Berger says the addition of top sportscar racing teams from Europe and Asia has vindicated the championship's decision to adopt GT3 regulations for this season.

Cable tip off an example of "super spy" Hamilton’s focus

Keeping a close eye on what rival teams are up to is part of the game in Formula 1.

Podcast: How Yamaha stole Ducati’s Qatar MotoGP races

Fabio Quartararo doubled Yamaha's delight in Qatar by storming through from a lowly start to claim victory in the MotoGP Doha Grand Prix.