dakar News and Analysis
Audi says a greater freedom to develop new technologies in the Dakar Rally was one of the key reasons why it quit Formula E to field an electric car in the rally-raid.
Nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb says "a loss of mutual trust" between him and long-time co-driver Daniel Elena was behind their decision to split after 23 years together.
Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah says he is "not interested" in returning to the Dakar Rally if the rules are not changed to make the fight fair between buggies and 4x4s
Stephane Peterhansel has responded to the comments made by Nasser Al-Attiyah and believes the Toyota driver lost the 2021 Dakar Rally because he was too egoistic to win the Prologue
Stephane Peterhansel has secured a record-extending 14th Dakar Rally title after winning the 2021 edition of the event in Saudi Arabia, as Carlos Sainz won the final stage
Dakar organisers have confirmed Pierre Cherpin has passed away following his crash on Sunday's seventh stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally
Nasser Al-Attiyah secured a fifth stage win of the 2021 Dakar Rally on Thursday, but was unable to make a major dent in Stephane Peterhansel's lead ahead of Friday's showdown
Nasser Al-Attiyah believes buggy competitors at the Dakar Rally have an inherent advantage over his Toyota Gazoo Racing squad ahead of the showdown in his victory battle with Stephane Peterhansel
Overdrive Toyota driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi took top honours in Stage 10 of the Dakar Rally on Wednesday, as Nasser Al-Attiyah narrowly beat Stephane Peterhansel to second
Dakar Rally organisers have presented plans for a cleaner future for the event focused on installing a 'green bivouac' and introducing an alternative energy category
Stephane Peterhansel has extended his lead in the 2021 Dakar Rally with a dominant victory in Stage 9, as Nasser Al-Attiyah and Carlos Sainz Sr both hit trouble
Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb has retired from the 2021 Dakar Rally after failing to make it to the finish in Monday's eighth stage
Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah closed the gap to his X-raid Mini rival Stephane Peterhansel with a victory in the eighth stage of the Dakar Rally
Hubert Auriol, a three-time winner of the Dakar Rally and the first person to win the legendary event on both two wheels and four, has died aged 68
Stephane Peterhansel says he considers himself "really lucky" to have finished second on Stage 7 of the Dakar Rally after being hamstrung by two different issues
Sebastien Loeb has switched focus to development running and supporting Bahrain Raid Xtreme team-mate Nani Roma after his Dakar Rally was wrecked by an eight-hour stop with broken suspension
Overdrive Toyota driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi overcame the X-raid Mini of Stephane Peterhansel to claim a maiden stage win in the Dakar Rally on Sunday
Dakar Rally director David Castera has responded to criticism from competitors about this year's roadbook and insists the alterations haven't been used to "make things difficult on purpose"
Sebastien Loeb believes the navigational challenges posed to the crews in the 2021 Dakar Rally has taken the emphasis away from the drivers and made it a "race of co-drivers"
Carlos Sainz clawed back some of the deficit to 2021 Dakar Rally leader Stephane Peterhansel after being unchallenged for victory in Friday's sixth stage
Dakar Rally organisers have elected to shorten the sixth stage of the 2021 event by 100 kilometres (62.13 miles) and delayed its start by 90 minutes
Dakar Rally stewards have explained why Sebastien Loeb was handed a five-minute penalty for speeding in a controlled speed zone on Wednesday's Stage 4 of the 2021 event
Carlos Sainz Sr says he's "fed up" with this year's Dakar Rally roadbook after getting lost for the second time in three days
Toyota driver Giniel de Villiers bounced back from a tough start to the 2021 Dakar Rally to win Thursday's fifth stage, as Stephane Peterhansel extended his lead over Nasser Al-Attiyah
Sebastien Loeb has reacted furiously to the speeding penalty given to him after Stage 4 of the 2021 Dakar Rally, saying "there is no room for incompetence or incompetents"
Stephane Peterhansel says the Dakar Rally has become "kind of dangerous" in 2021 due to high average speeds witnessed in the deserts of Saudi Arabia
Toyota's Nasser Al-Attiyah has recorded his third consecutive stage victory of the 2021 Dakar Rally on Wednesday, narrowly beating overall leader Stephane Peterhansel of X-raid Mini
Nasser Al-Attiyah is focusing on the fifth and sixth stages of the Dakar Rally, which he feels will be vital to his victory hopes after a second successive stage win
Toyota's Nasser Al-Attiyah nearly halved the deficit to Stephane Peterhansel after claiming a second successive stage victory in Tuesday's third stage of the Dakar Rally
Toyota's Nasser Al-Attiyah says the 2021 Dakar Rally is one "where we need to attack from day one" due to the "open" nature of the battle for overall victory
Nasser Al-Attiyah put Toyota on top in the second stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally on Monday, as Stephane Peterhansel took the overall lead from X-raid Mini team-mate Carlos Sainz
Rally legend Carlos Sainz says there is "double the pressure" on competitors in the 2021 Dakar Rally due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic
Defending Dakar Rally winner Carlos Sainz edged out Stephane Peterhansel in the 2021 event's opening stage to establish an early 1-2 for the X-raid Mini team in Saudi Arabia
Audi's Class One-spec DTM engine could find its way into the manufacturer's upcoming 'electric' Dakar Rally challenger in 2022, Autosport has learned
Toyota has welcomed the imposition of a speed limit for this year's Dakar Rally, believing it should prevent rival squad X-raid Mini from "running away" on the event's faster stages
Rally legend Carlos Sainz believes the fight for overall honours in the 2021 Dakar Rally will be between Toyota and X-raid Mini
World Rally Championship race winner Kris Meeke says participating in the 2021 Dakar Rally without previous rally raid experience will be "a big challenge"
World Rally Championship veteran Kris Meeke "felt like a kid at Christmas" during his first test for PH Sport, with whom he will compete in the 2021 Dakar Rally
Sebastien Loeb says the Prodrive-run Bahrain Raid Xtreme team is entering the Dakar Rally expecting to be competitive against established outfits like Toyota and X-raid Mini
The nine-time World Rally champion is heading to the Dakar Rally with an all-new project, and is joining up with the team he often fought against in the WRC - Prodrive - in his quest to finally add the most famed rally raid of them all to his bulging CV
Sebastien Loeb has conducted his first test with Prodrive's new BRX T1 machine ahead of next year's Dakar Rally, believing he and the team "will do something quite good"
The X-raid Mini team has retained Carlos Sainz and Stephane Peterhansel for the 2021 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia
With a stunning success record in motorsport, Prodrive is targeting a new crown by entering the 2021 Dakar Rally. David Richards provides an update on the programme, how COVID has slowed its plans and its options on who sits behind the wheel of its new car
Prodrive says it will be "disappointed" if its rivals don't perceive it as a "potential winner" when it makes its Dakar debut next year under the Bahrain Raid Xtreme banner
The ASO has announced the Dakar Rally will run entirely in Saudi Arabia for a second successive year in 2021, but on a route that is "100% new"
Dakar Rally director David Castera says the world-famous rally raid will take place in January 2021, but may abandon plans to involve extra countries in next year's route
World Rally Championship-winning outfit Prodrive has entered into a joint venture with the Kingdom of Bahrain to develop a new car to contest the Dakar Rally in 2021
Six-time Le Mans winner and 1983 Dakar Rally winner Jacky Ickx believes fellow ex-Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso can win win the long-distance off-road event, having followed Alonso's first outing
Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso says he has yet to decide if he will return to the Dakar Rally, after finishing 13th on his debut in 2020
Two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz Sr has secured this third Dakar Rally victory in the 2020 edition of the event, held in Saudi Arabia for the first time ever
The final stage of the Dakar Rally on Friday will be shortened due to the construction of gas pipelines in the planned route
Stephane Peterhansel set the pace in the penultimate stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally, but X-raid Mini stablemate Carlos Sainz Sr retains a healthy lead ahead of the marathon's finale
X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz Sr has taken a commanding lead in the 2020 edition of the Dakar Rally after topping stage 10, which was suspended before the halfway point