Damien Smith

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The key mistakes behind a lost Williams title Plus

The key mistakes behind a lost Williams title

Formula 1 history is full of should'ves, could'ves and would'ves, but it's easy to see 1991 as the greatest missed opportunity in the illustrious history of Williams, allowing Ayrton Senna to steal his last and perhaps greatest world championship title

Ehrlacher crowned World Touring Car Cup champion in Aragon

Yann Ehrlacher became the youngest ever FIA touring car champion at a global level on Sunday by clinching the World Touring Car Cup in Aragon

Vernay, Azcona and Bjork score first WTCR wins of 2020 at Aragon

Jean-Karl Vernay, Mikel Azcona and Thed Bjork all scored their first World Touring Car Cup victories of the year, as title rivals Yann Ehrlacher and Esteban Guerrieri struggled at Aragon

WTCR Hungary: Honda's Guerrieri launches title bid with double win

Honda driver Esteban Guerrieri claimed a double victory at the Hungaroring to push himself into World Touring Car Cup title contention, as points leader Yann Ehrlacher won the reversed-grid race

WTCR Slovakia: Coronel follows Berthon maiden win, Catsburg wins race 3

Tom Coronel claimed his first victory at world touring car level since 2016 as one of three first-time winners in the World Touring Car Cup at the Slovakia Ring

Nurburgring WTCR: Ehrlacher extends points lead with Girolami penalised

Yann Ehrlacher scored his second victory of the World Touring Car Cup season at a wet Nurburgring Nordschleife to extend his lead in the points standings

The Le Mans racer that turned an underdog's dream into reality Plus

The Le Mans racer that turned an underdog's dream into reality

Fifteen years ago, a privateer with little international pedigree led Le Mans in this Dallara. To mark the last hurrah of LMP1 cars at the 24 Hours, Autosport went along to see it blow off the cobwebs at Silverstone

Zolder WTCR: Ehrlacher takes first Cyan win and grabs early points lead

Yann Ehrlacher clinched a first victory for Cyan Racing's Lynk & Co team in the second of two races that kicked off the World Touring Car Cup season at Zolder

The heroism, horror and hurt of Lauda at Ferrari Plus

The heroism, horror and hurt of Lauda at Ferrari

Last year F1 Racing retold the incredible history of Ferrari with a series of in-depth features. As part of our tribute to the late Niki Lauda, here's another chance to read the chapter covering his extraordinarily dramatic time at Maranello

Promoted: Why F1 can't wait for its US visit to COTA

Formula 1 loves Circuit of The Americas. It has ever since the first US Grand Prix in Austin back in 2012 - and over the course of the past six years, the race has become a firm favourite for drivers, teams, the media and fans alike

How Schumacher joined F1's elite Plus

How Schumacher joined F1's elite

This weekend's Belgian Grand Prix marks 25 years since Michael Schumacher clinched his first Formula 1 victory - the first time he properly unleashed his sport-changing attributes on the watching world

Why Ferrari should sign Kubica Plus

Why Ferrari should sign Kubica

Renault claimed helping Robert Kubica return to a Formula 1 car was a favour to a much-loved driver. But there is more to it than that - and Ferrari should take advantage

Why go back to a 'fickle' and 'damaging' race? Plus

Why go back to a 'fickle' and 'damaging' race?

Toyota's last-gasp disaster in 2016 has entered Le Mans 24 Hours legend already. How does a star driver still chasing a first Le Mans win cope with that memory with the 2017 race looming?

Fernando Alonso's Indy 500 Honda failure 'shocking' - Zak Brown

Fernando Alonso's Indianapolis 500 ending in a Honda engine failure was "just shocking but not surprising", according to McLaren executive director Zak Brown

Why Button's F1 return is confusing Plus

Why Button's F1 return is confusing

Formula 1 will welcome back one of its favourite sons of the modern era when Jenson Button returns for the Monaco Grand Prix in place of Fernando Alonso. But there's an air of doubt around F1's latest driver comeback

How Formula 1 has lost its humanity Plus

How Formula 1 has lost its humanity

Formula 1 is trying to recapture some of its lost swashbuckling image in 2017. A man who lived through its most gladiatorial era thinks there's a different spark which needs to be ignited

John Surtees obituary: 1934-2017

John Surtees, who has died at the age of 83, will be remembered quite simply as one of the true greats of motor racing history

McLaren F1 team has bigger budget for 2017 despite no title sponsor

The McLaren Formula 1 team has a bigger budget for 2017 despite the continuing lack of a title sponsor, executive director Zak Brown revealed at the launch of the MCL32

A five-point plan to change Formula 1 Plus

A five-point plan to change Formula 1

Formula 1's hierarchy is undergoing change - but will the way it operates remain the same? Grand prix racing has a real opportunity to get itself out of the mire, and there are several ways it can go about it

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The Observer

As Autosport's much loved editor in chief Damien Smith bids farewell to the magazine and this column, he reflects on the changes the motor racing weekly experienced over the years...

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The Observer

Honda pulled off a masterstroke in convincing Ross Brawn to get on board as team principal. But Damien Smith is wondering whether the news could also make Honda a late player for Fernando Alonso's signature...

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The Observer

Three decades after retiring as a driver, Jackie Stewart's life still moves at a breakneck pace - as Damien Smith discovered when he sat down for a chat about the Scot's new autobiography

Stewart: Hamilton can afford to lose title

Former world champion Jackie Stewart reckons Lewis Hamilton could actually benefit from losing this year's title

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The Observer

As anticipation builds ahead of this weekend's championship decider, Damien Smith finds himself getting in touch with his 'inner 12-year-old'...

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The Observer

After a torrid 2007 season full of controversy at McLaren, Fernando Alonso needs a change. Damien Smith explains why

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The Observer

Commentating may seem easy to those sitting at home on the couch, but as Damien Smith found out, actually doing it is another matter. Especially when 50 million people are tuning in...

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The Observer

The last Grand Prix was at one of the newest tracks on the calendar. This week, Formula One visits one of the oldest. Damien Smith delves into the archives and discovers that even in Formula One, some things never change...

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The Observer

The Champ Cars are about to return to Europe. Pleased as he is to welcome them back, Damien Smith can't help but feel they're visiting the wrong tracks

Briatore: I was misquoted on spy scandal

Renault team principal Flavio Briatore has clarified comments he made to the Italian media on Friday at the Hungaroring regarding the Formula One spy scandal, stating that his words had been inaccurately reported

Webber: perfect time for Bourdais in F1

Red Bull driver Mark Webber believes Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais has picked the perfect time to make the switch to Formula One - if he lands a drive with Scuderia Toro Rosso for 2008

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The Observer

Damien Smith is concerned that Michael Schumacher is getting bored, and wonders if the most successful driver in F1 history shouldn't just give in to his natural urges - and get back behind the wheel...

Red Bull boosted by Nurburgring result

Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner says the result of the European Grand Prix will be a morale boost for the whole outfit

Dennis slams affidavit leaks

Ron Dennis criticised today recent reports allegedly quoting from chief designer Mike Coughlan's affidavit, but the McLaren team chief refused to be drawn into discussing details of the affair

Hamilton made to wait until Sunday

Lewis Hamilton is fit to race in Sunday's European Grand Prix despite his crash in qualifying, McLaren team boss Ron Dennis has said, but the Briton will have to wait until Sunday to get the green light

Winkelhock not expecting more races

New Spyker race driver Markus Winkelhock does not expect to race in Formula One again this year after making his world championship debut at the Nurburgring this weekend

Horner says Willis perfect for Red Bull

Geoff Willis's role in transforming Honda into a front-running team was instrumental in Red Bull signing up the Briton as their new technical director, team boss Christian Horner has explained

Fry says Honda drivers a great example

Honda team boss Nick Fry has heaped praise on Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello for being great examples to young drivers at an announcement confirming that the pair will continue to race for the team in 2008

Hamilton vows to push for race wins

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton says he is still planning to push for race wins despite his advantage in the standings

The Observer Plus

The Observer

Silverstone deserves to feel pleased with itself after a very successful British GP last weekend. But Damien Smith warns that with deadlines looming for track improvements, the last thing the organisers can afford is to become complacent

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The Observer

Damien Smith has been following the preparations for this weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans and is returning to Le Sarthe with mixed emotions: anxious to see how Jacques Villeneuve will handle his new challenge, excited with the prospect of a fierce battle for the win, and saddened by some of the changes made to the classic track...

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The Observer

Damien Smith explains why the British media was mad at Ron Dennis and McLaren - but also why the whole Monaco GP affair was a storm in a teacup

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The Observer

The rapid rise of Lewis Hamilton has given many people a new motorsport hero. Damien Smith has one, too, but he found his on children's television...

Ecclestone not willing to deal with BRDC

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone says he is not interested in dealing with Silverstone owner's the British Racing Drivers' Club to secure the future of the British Grand Prix

Picking the Brains of Ross Brawn Plus

Picking the Brains of Ross Brawn

The man who sat on the pit wall for all seven of Schumacher's titles is taking a year off from F1. But a fortnight ago Ross Brawn made a rare public appearance – and he was in the mood to reminisce. brings the full transcript from the evening

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The Observer

Damien Smith gains some insight from Damon Hill on what British sporting heroes endure - and in the absence of anything new to write about Lewis Hamilton, a new motor racing star emerges...

Raikkonen needs more time, says Brawn

Former Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn believes Kimi Raikkonen still needs time to adjust to his new team before he shows his full potential

Brawn: Ferrari get priority in future plans

Ross Brawn will not consider any of his latest job offers for a return to Formula One until talks with Ferrari in July have cleared up whether he has a future at the Maranello team, can reveal

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The Observer

Damien Smith returns from China baffled, tired and irritated - but intrigued by an old face making a new assault on the sport...

NZ win, as Germany take title

New Zealand ace Jonny Reid pulled off a great move on Robbie Kerr on his way to an emphatic victory in the A1GP feature race at Shanghai, as Nico Hulkenberg did more than enough to clinch the World Cup of Motorsport title for Team Germany

Kerr wins Shanghai sprint

Team GB's Robbie Kerr finally broke his A1GP duck by converting pole position in the 10-lap sprint race to a hard-earned win in Shanghai

Kerr takes Shanghai pole

Robbie Kerr took pole position for Team Great Britain in a thrilling A1GP qualifying session in Shanghai

Reid heads final free practice

New Zealand's Jonny Reid set the pace in the final A1GP free practice session ahead of qualifying at the Shanghai circuit

Kerr fastest in Friday practice

Robbie Kerr showed his intention to keep up the Team Great Britain's winning momentum by going fastest in Friday's A1GP free practice session in Shanghai

Germany tops rookie practice

Christian Vietoris got Team Germany's weekend off to the perfect start by topping both A1GP rookie practice sessions at a fog-shrouded Shanghai track

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The Observer

After an enthralling opening round of the British Touring Car championship, Damien Smith ponders whether the series is heading back to the golden days of the mid-'90s...

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The Observer

Melbourne provided some answers to the burning questions of 2007. Damien Smith looks back at the predictions made by the experts preseason, to see who got it right...

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The Observer

Damien joins Damon to mull over Britain's awesome foursome as they prepare to knuckle down for business in Melbourne...

Germany win again in feature

Nico Hulkenberg wrapped up a perfect weekend for Team Germany by totally dominating the A1GP feature race at the Durban street track

Hulkenberg wins Durban sprint

Team Germany's Nico Hulkenberg equalled Alex Premat's record of seven A1GP wins by dominating the sprint race in Durban

Hulkenberg takes another pole

Championship leaders Team Germany will start tomorrow's A1GP sprint race from pole position after Nico Hulkenberg topped a typically exciting and complex qualifying session in Durban