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Gasly: Potential with Alpine "even better" than expected after first F1 test

Pierre Gasly believes that the potential Alpine has in Formula 1 is “even better” than he expected following his maiden test for the team in Abu Dhabi last week.

Hill stays with West Surrey Racing BMW team for 2023 BTCC

British Touring Car Championship star Jake Hill will remain with West Surrey Racing in 2023 and says that winning the title will make him feel complete as a driver.

Vandoorne hopes DS title-winning know-how can create "stronger combination" in FE

Formula E champion Stoffel Vandoorne hopes to combine his title-winning knowledge with that of the DS engineers into a "stronger combination" to kick off the Gen3 era in good form.

Latifi: Having "nothing to lose" didn't ease late-season F1 frustration

Nicholas Latifi’s frustration over his late-season Formula 1 struggles were not eased despite having “nothing to lose” with Williams after his exit was confirmed in September.

W Series champion Chadwick gets Indy NXT seat with Andretti

W Series champion and Williams young driver Jamie Chadwick has joined Andretti Autosport for the 2023 Indy NXT season, the team has announced.

How Jaguar got its teeth into Formula E's Gen3 development race Plus

How Jaguar got its teeth into Formula E's Gen3 development race

With Mercedes gone and DS moving teams, Jaguar has a big opportunity at the start of Formula E's Gen3 era. The technical challenges in understanding the new car have been vast, with senior figures James Barclay and Phil Charles outlining to Autosport the pitfalls along the way

2021 IndyCar champion Palou joins McLaren as F1 reserve driver

IndyCar's 2021 champion Alex Palou will be the McLaren Formula 1 team's reserve driver during the 2023 season, the Woking squad announced on Thursday.

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Dakar Rally reveals full details of 2023 route

The ASO has revealed the complete route for the 45th running of the Dakar Rally, less than a month ahead of its scheduled start on 31 December.

McLaren boss Brown backs F1 driver calls for qualifying red flag penalties

McLaren CEO Zak Brown has backed Carlos Sainz’s call for penalties for drivers who trigger red flags in Formula 1 qualifying sessions and spoil other people’s laps.

The key steps on Rovanpera's romp to a history-making WRC title Plus

The key steps on Rovanpera's romp to a history-making WRC title

With only cameo roles played by legendary Sebastiens Ogier and Loeb, Kalle Rovanpera ushered in the new hybrid era for the World Rally Championship by becoming its youngest champion. Here's how Toyota's Flying Finn crushed the competition, led by Hyundai's departing star Ott Tanak

F1’s active aero plans for 2026 could include ‘reverse DRS’

Formula 1’s active aero plans for 2026 could include the idea of handicapping the car performance of race leaders to help prevent runaway wins.

What might a blank-cheque Garage 56 Le Mans racer look like?

OPINION: Cars outside the Le Mans 24 Hours class structure are permitted to enter in Garage 56 by the ACO, and several interesting ideas have graced the world-famous endurance race as a result. Our resident Engineering supplement columnist gets imaginative

Magazine: How successful have F1's new rules been?

How successful have Formula 1’s new rules been and what should come next? That’s what we ask Ross Brawn in this week’s Autosport magazine, out today (1 December).

WRC linked to new South Australian event

South Australia could become the new home of the World Rally Championship in Australia in the coming years.

Haas F1 boss Steiner to release book ‘Surviving to Drive’ in April

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner will release his first book called “Surviving to Drive” in April, taking readers inside the team through the 2022 season.

Kubica talking to Hypercar teams for 2023, 2024 WEC seasons

Formula 1 race winner Robert Kubica is talking to multiple teams in order to land a seat in the Hypercar class of the FIA World Endurance Championship in the coming years.

Red Bull couldn’t have envisaged 2022 F1 results - Horner

Red Bull could not have envisaged its Formula 1 success in 2022 given the overhaul of the rules and its late shift in development last year, according to Christian Horner.

Nissan tweaks Formula E team name, launches cherry blossom livery

Nissan has dropped the e.dams name from its Formula E entry after its purchase of the team earlier this year and has unveiled a new cherry-blossom livery for 2022-23.

Evans confident Jaguar can make "strong" start to Formula E Gen3 era

Last season's Formula E runner-up Mitch Evans is confident Jaguar will be "strong" from the start of the Gen3 era, and was left satisfied by the manufacturer's testing programme.

Morgan joins BMW squad WSR for 2023 BTCC season

Long-time British Touring Car Championship privateer Adam Morgan has finally joined the ranks of the big teams by linking up with official BMW squad West Surrey Racing for 2023.

Ferrari cannot ignore triggers of mid-season F1 slump

Charles Leclerc says Ferrari cannot ignore the consequences of its mid-season slump if it wants to improve in Formula 1 next year.

FIA downplays delays in 2026 F1 engine manufacturer sign ups

FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has downplayed the significance of delays in current manufacturers committing to Formula 1’s 2026 engine rules.

The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat Plus

The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat

OPINION: Mattia Binotto’s departure from Ferrari will naturally bring a range of changes across the Formula 1 team. But how the changes shape up and the impact they could have is set to be dictated by a key direction Ferrari’s top dogs will need to pick

Sargeant picks permanent race number for rookie F1 season

Logan Sargeant has selected his permanent number ahead of his rookie Formula 1 season with Williams in 2023.

Berger dissolves ITR as DTM/ADAC talks continue for 2023

Gerhard Berger is dissolving DTM’s parent body ITR as the championship continues to negotiate a potential sale to German automobile club ADAC.

Albon F1 helmet auction raises £84k for Thai orphanage

The auction of Alex Albon’s Formula 1 helmet for the Singapore Grand Prix has helped raise £84,000 to support an orphanage in Thailand.

Ranking the top 10 drivers of DTM 2022

The 2022 DTM was a closely-fought affair that kept observers guessing until the final throes at Hockenheim, with the leading proponents from three different brands in contention. Here are the drivers who impressed the most

Ducati proved MotoGP team order claims in 2022 were "bullshit"

Ducati boss Paolo Ciabatti says the marque proved in the final races of the 2022 MotoGP season that claims it deployed team orders to help its title bid were "bullshit".

Krack: Aston Martin ‘on target’ in five-year plan but needs big step in ’23

Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack says that the Silverstone Formula 1 outfit is on target after recovering from a poor start to the 2022 season.

Super Formula calendar set at nine races for 2023

The 2023 Super Formula season will comprise nine races according to an updated schedule released by Japanese governing body JAF.

WRC releases details of new 24/7 TV subscription service

The World Rally Championship has confirmed its all-new 24/7 television subscription channel will launch midway through next year.

Doohan gets second F2 season with Virtuosi, Cordeel replaces Sato

Jack Doohan and Amaury Cordeel will drive for Virtuosi Racing for the 2023 FIA Formula 2 season, the team has confirmed.

Alpine arrived at first F1 test "in shambles" before 2022 recovery

Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi says the team arrived at the first Formula 1 test of 2022 “in shambles” before recovering to finish fourth in the constructors’ championship.

Toyota's Miyata reveals Europe 'promise' with Fenestraz

Toyota driver Ritomo Miyata says he and Super GT team-mate Sacha Fenestraz have promised each other they will race together in Europe in the future, following the latter's departure from the Japanese scene.

The F1 technology behind Mercedes’ Nordschleife record hypercar  Plus

The F1 technology behind Mercedes’ Nordschleife record hypercar 

It’s taken over half a decade of development but now the Mercedes-AMG One is here – boasting 1048bhp from a Formula 1-based hybrid powertrain and smashing the Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record for a production car with Maro Engel at the wheel last month. ROBERT HOLMES wonders if it can now claim to be the ultimate hypercar...

The added complication Ferrari faces in its hunt for Binotto’s F1 successor

As the dust begins to settle from Mattia Binotto’s exit as Ferrari’s Formula 1 chief following confirmation of his resignation, officials in Maranello now face a two-sided problem.

2023 F1 driver race numbers: Who uses what number and why?

All Formula 1 drivers choose a permanent race number with which they use throughout their F1 career and only the reigning world champion is allowed to change numbers. But which drivers use what number and what is the story behind their choice?

McLaren signs Hughes to complete 2022-23 Formula E grid

Jake Hughes will partner Rene Rast at the McLaren Formula E team in 2022-23, completing the field as the last driver to be confirmed for the upcoming season.

F1 world champion Villeneuve set to test Vanwall Le Mans Hypercar

Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve is set to test the Vanwall Le Mans Hypercar at Barcelona this week.

Albon needs F1 winter break to get back to 100% fitness after Monza illness

Alex Albon believes he will need the winter to get back to 100% fitness after suffering from appendicitis and respiratory failure over the Monza Formula 1 weekend in September.

Podcast: The decisions which cost Binotto his Ferrari F1 job

Mattia Binotto will officially leave his post as Ferrari Formula 1 team principal at the end of the year following a rocky campaign for the Scuderia in 2022.

The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants Plus

The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants

OPINION: Mercedes endured its worst season of the hybrid Formula 1 era, but was mercifully spared its first winless campaign in over a decade late on. It has owned up to the mistakes it made which led to its troubled W13. And while its task to return to title-challenging contention is not small, its 2022 season seems more like a blip than the beginning of a downward spiral.

Ranking the top 10 riders of MotoGP 2022 Plus

Ranking the top 10 riders of MotoGP 2022

The 2022 MotoGP season was another hotly contested championship, with Francesco Bagnaia emerging as the title winner after the campaign went to the wire. Autosport picks out the 10 best performers of the season

Track guide for the Le Mans Virtual Series Sebring 500 race

It’s regarded as one of the classic sportscar venues in the world. The Sebring International Raceway has been hosting top line endurance events for over seventy years and is one of the oldest continuously-operated racing circuits in the United States. Sebring is the venue for round four of the Le Mans Virtual Series — the number one eSports championship for the world’s best simulator and professional race drivers — in association with LEGO® Technic™ and its stunning #51 AF Corse Ferrari 488.

Why Binotto's exit leaves Ferrari with an impossible target for F1 2023

Mattia Binotto's resignation from his post as Formula 1 team principal may appease the many who called for him to go, but its consequences could prove dire for Ferrari.

Thiim targeting "proper" DTM shot in 2023 with Aston Martin

GT racing star Nicki Thiim wants to have a “proper” assault on the DTM in 2023 with Aston Martin after an ill-fated attempt with Lamborghini this year that ended after just two rounds.

Why departing WTCR is a world cup that will be missed

The 2022 World Touring Car Cup finale in Jeddah last weekend was also the end of an era as the championship that traces its roots back to 2005 calls time. But what will it mean for the future of the TCR platform, and for its newly-crowned champion Mikel Azcona?

Ricciardo sometimes "a little too lost" in McLaren F1 difficulties in 2022

Daniel Riccardo says he was sometimes "a little too deep and a little too lost" when analysing his struggles at McLaren over the past two Formula 1 seasons.

Number 1 returns to Supercars grid as part of Holden tribute

The number 1 will return to the Supercars grid for the first time in four years this weekend as part of a Holden tribute from Triple Eight.

Inside Aston Martin's new £200m 'game changer' F1 factory

Ever since Lawrence Stroll revealed his plan to bring the Aston Martin name back fully to Formula 1, the team's ambitions have been anything but small.

Binotto resigns as Ferrari F1 team principal

Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Mattia Binotto will leave the squad at the end of the year, after resigning from his position.

How Browning saw off GB3's Super Swede in a season of respect

A move into the GB3 Championship for 2022 put all eyes on 2020 British F4 champion Luke Browning. On his return to competition in the UK, following a season in German F4, the Hitech GP driver lived up to expectations to see off the challenge of rising Swedish star Joel Granfors

Red Bull move offers Ricciardo best chance of instant F1 comeback - Brown

Daniel Ricciardo has the chance to turn his Formula 1 career around "on a dime" after taking up a Red Bull third driver role, reckons former boss Zak Brown.

IMSA teams playing "cat and mouse game" in combined LMDh tests

Cadillac driver Sebastien Bourdais feels LMDh manufacturers are playing a “cat and mouse game” in testing for the 2023 IMSA SportsCar Championship as they attempt to understand their respective strengths.

PHM Racing to take over Charouz F2 and F3 entries

PHM Racing will take over Charouz Racing System's entries and assets in FIA Formula 2 and 3 from 2023.

Ciceley Motorsport exits BTCC after 10 years

Race-winning British Touring Car Championship team Ciceley Motorsport has called time on its involvement in the series after 10 years.

Ben Sulayem dismisses talk of 'bad relationship' with F1 management

FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has dismissed talk of underlying problems between himself and Formula 1’s commercial rights holders.

Ferrari reveals future ideas with 1030bhp Vision Gran Turismo car

Ferrari has offered some clues about its brand’s future designs after revealing a Vision Gran Turismo car at the 2022 World Finals in Monaco last weekend.

Stoner could manage Ducati MotoGP title-winner better than electronics

Casey Stoner was able to manage his MotoGP world title-winning Ducati’s throttle and fuel consumption better than the electronics available in 2007, according to former crew chief Cristian Gabarrini.

How Ferrari quietly sorted its core F1 engine reliability problem

Ferrari’s fluctuating form in the final races of the Formula 1 season – especially from struggles in Mexico to fighting Red Bull in Abu Dhabi – highlighted how critical engine performance was.