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What to expect from the LMP1 era's last survivor

While Alpine considers a Le Mans Hypercar entry to complement the brand's newly re-named F1 team, its partner team Signatech is testing the waters with the last remaining car from the outgoing LMP1 era. How will it fare against Toyota's new challenger?

F1 and MotoGP champions Hamilton and Mir get Laureus Awards nominations

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, as well as MotoGP world champion Joan Mir, are amongst the nominees at the 2021 Laureus World Sports Awards

Giovinazzi: Ferrari has set "clear" targets for me in 2021 F1 season

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver and Ferrari protege Antonio Giovinazzi says the Maranello team has set clear targets for him in 2021 as he embarks on his third full season

Toyota: New Le Mans Hypercar will be "really different" to race

Toyota World Endurance Championship drivers Brendon Hartley and Mike Conway believe the marque's new Le Mans Hypercar will be very different to race with compared to the previous LMP1 car

De Silvestro to drive in Indy 500 with female-operated Paretta team

Simona de Silvestro will return to the Indianapolis 500 this season driving with female-operated newcomers Paretta Autosport, along with support from Team Penske

BMW announces reduced 2021 IMSA programme

BMW has announced it will only compete in the four endurance rounds of the 2021 IMSA SportsCar Championship, leaving just three full-time entries in the depleted GTLM class

Giovinazzi: Learning from Raikkonen key to my F1 development

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi is delighted to continue having Kimi Raikkonen as his teammate in 2021, believing the Finn's vast experience will be key to his own development

Alfa F1 boss wants Giovinazzi to be more of team leader in 2021

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 boss Frederic Vasseur has called on Antonio Giovinazzi to become more of a team leader in the Italian's third full season with the Swiss outfit

Continuing Alfa Romeo ties "crucial" for F1 team's future - Vasseur

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 boss Fred Vasseur says his team's close links to the Italian manufacturer are more than just a "nice reward", with the tie-up crucial to its future

Giovinazzi: Working on F1 race starts key to my improvements

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi believes working on his race starts has been one of the keys to his improvements across the 2020 season

2021 IndyCar season opener at St Petersburg postponed amid COVID concerns

The planned 2021 IndyCar Series opener on the streets of St Petersburg has been postponed to April amid COVID-19 concerns

Alfa Romeo's F1 survival wasn't assured without COVID cost-saving measures

Alfa Romeo team boss Fred Vasseur says he's "not sure that we would have been able to survive" without Formula 1's cost-saving measures and partial development freeze

2021 F1 season won't be like a "normal" campaign - Todt

FIA president Jean Todt has warned that the 2021 Formula 1 campaign will not be like "a normal season" and expects more calendar changes due to COVID-19

Todt: Hamilton/Mercedes' F1 dominance "bigger" than Schumacher/Ferrari's

FIA president Jean Todt believes Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes' Formula 1 dominance has exceeded that of Michael Schumacher and Ferrari when Todt was at the helm of the Italian team

Vettel: Mick Schumacher needs to "find his own path" in F1

Sebastian Vettel says he is happy to help compatriot Mick Schumacher in his Formula 1 rookie season in 2021, but believes the Haas rookie has to "find his own path"

Grosjean: Hands "are getting better" one month after Bahrain F1 crash

Romain Grosjean says his hands "are getting better" one month on from his fiery Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix crash, as he streamed his return behind the wheel in sim racing

F1 teams face "head scratching" adapting to 2021 tyres

Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies thinks Formula 1 teams will have to do a lot of "head scratching" to get on top of Pirelli's new 2021 tyre compounds

Fast tracking updates key to McLaren's third in 2020 F1 championship

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl believes the team's decision to fast track aerodynamic updates to the 2020 season has been key in securing third in the world championship

Sainz: Ferrari not a team that "devours" its drivers

Carlos Sainz Jr has paid tribute to how McLaren's family atmosphere allowed him to thrive and is not worried that his new employer Ferrari will be lacking in that area

Leclerc believes 2020 was his "best season in F1" despite Ferrari's woes

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc believes his 2020 campaign was his "best season in F1" as he battled to finish eighth in the championship with an uncompetitive car

Magnussen: Grosjean's "phenomenal" speed made me a better qualifier

Kevin Magnussen has credited his former Haas Formula 1 team-mate Romain Grosjean with making him a better qualifier as he claimed the Frenchman is "phenomenal on one lap"

Ferrari learned "a lot of small, significant' lessons in 2020 F1 season

Ferrari's sporting director Laurent Mekies says the team has had "a lot of small, significant achievements" during a troubled 2020 Formula 1 season as it hopes for a better 2021

Renault: Alonso will have disadvantage on 2021 F1 return

Renault Formula 1 director Marcin Budkowski believes Fernando Alonso will be at a disadvantage on his return in 2021, despite being able to test the team's RS20 at Abu Dhabi

Ocon: Adding camber to corners would help 'boring' Abu Dhabi F1 GP

Renault Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon believes adding cambered corners to Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit would help improve the quality of the racing

Steiner: Reserve driver Fittipaldi showed he can do good job in F1

Haas team principal Gunther Steiner believes reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi showed he 'can do a good job' in Formula 1 when he replaced the injured Romain Grosjean

Vips, Buemi to test for Red Bull at Abu Dhabi post-season F1 test

Red Bull Racing has named Juri Vips and Sebastien Buemi as its line-up for next week's Formula 1 post season test at Abu Dhabi

Sainz: Few F1 drivers would beat Hamilton at Mercedes

Carlos Sainz Jr believes very few of the current Formula 1 drivers would be able to beat Lewis Hamilton as his Mercedes team-mate but would win races with his car

Verstappen: 2022 F1 rules not designed to stop Mercedes

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen has dismissed suggestions that the 2022 F1 regulations are designed to stop Mercedes from dominating and says they "need to make racing more exciting"

Wolff: 2021 triple-headers will "take a toll" on F1 staff

Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff has cautioned against the human cost of F1's expanding calendar, as triple-headers return on the provisional 23-round 2021 schedule

Sainz "doesn't understand" why F1 winter test reduced to three days

Carlos Sainz Jr says he "doesn't understand" why Formula 1 pre-season testing will be reduced to three days in 2021, leaving him with little practice time as he joins Ferrari

Ferrari to introduce further F1 car upgrades in Portugal

Ferrari has announced it will introduce further aerodynamic upgrades to the rear of its SF1000 Formula 1 car at this weekend's Portuguese Grand Prix, completing its 2020 development programme

Spa unveils €80million renovation project ahead of bike racing return

Spa-Francorchamps has unveiled an €80million renovation project ahead of the return of bike racing in 2022, including new grandstands and gravel traps

Why COVID-19 didn't stop Peugeot's Le Mans commitment Plus

Why COVID-19 didn't stop Peugeot's Le Mans commitment

When the global pandemic hit, Peugeot was given the perfect excuse to back out of its stated intention to return to Le Mans in 2022. That it hasn't done so is telling both of its unfinished business and the opportunities presented by the Hypercar rulebook

Vettel: 'Some fights I shouldn't have picked' in failed Ferrari spell

Sebastian Vettel admits he has failed by not winning a Formula 1 world championship for Ferrari and says there were "fights that maybe I shouldn't have picked" behind the scenes

Toyota "surprised in two directions" by Rebellion's Le Mans pace

Toyota says it was "surprised in two directions" by the pace of LMP1 rival Rebellion in the Le Mans 24 Hours, as the Swiss outfit faded after a strong start

Porsche puzzled by lack of pace during troubled Le Mans 24 Hours run

Porsche's GTE Pro squad suffered a Le Mans 24 Hours to forget, after a lack of pace and technical issues turned the race into an ordeal for the German marque

Toyota "running out of words" to console #7 crew after Le Mans 24 Hours defeat

Toyota's LMP1 technical director Pascal Vasselon said he is "running out of words" to console the #7 crew after another near-miss at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours

Le Mans 24 Hours: Nakajima, Buemi, Hartley secure hat-trick of wins for Toyota

Toyota Gazoo Racing has completed a hat-trick of wins at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours as Kazuki Nakajima, Sebastien Buemi and Brendon Hartley piloted the #8 to victory

Le Mans 24 Hours: Lopez leads in #7 Toyota as night falls

Toyota's Jose Maria Lopez leads into the night after eight hours of racing at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, as the second Toyota lost a lap due to brake issues

Le Mans 24 Hours: #8 Toyota loses lap to #7 car after brake change

The #8 Toyota has suffered a first blow, losing a lap on the #7 sister car due to a brake change seven hours into the Le Mans 24 Hours

Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyota #7 car retains lead, Kobayashi heads Hartley

Toyota remained comfortably in control of the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours after four hours, with Kamui Kobayashi leading the race from Brendon Hartley

What we've learned from the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours so far Plus

What we've learned from the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours so far

Ahead of the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours activity both on and off the Circuit de la Sarthe has been frantic in a condensed schedule, while the iconic endurance event prepares for both end of eras and the promise of new ones

Le Mans 24 Hours: Conway leads for Toyota after opening hour, drama in LMP2

Toyota's Mike Conway is leading the 88th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours after one hour of racing, while reliability issues hit two LMP2 frontrunners

United Autosports "not the favourites" despite record Le Mans LMP2 pace

United Autosports team boss Richard Dean says his cars are "not the favourites" for LMP2 class victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours, despite its record pace in qualifying

Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyota's Buemi heads morning warm-up session

Toyota's Sebastien Buemi has topped a damp Saturday morning warm-up session for the Le Mans 24 Hours

Toyota backs Le Mans 24 Hours Hyperpole qualifying format

Toyota's LMP1 team has applauded the new Hyperpole qualifying format for the Le Mans 24 Hours, saying the reduced amount of traffic provides a "much better" opportunity

Le Mans 24 Hours: Kobayashi claims pole for Toyota as Porsche heads GT field

Kamui Kobayashi took pole position for Toyota at the Le Mans 24 Hours after beating Rebellion's Gustavo Menezes in a tightly-contested Hyperpole session

Rebellion and Deletraz top Le Mans 24 Hours FP3 night session

Rebellion driver Louis Deletraz led the way in the third free practice session for the Le Mans 24 Hours, which featured four hours of night time running

Le Mans 24 Hours: Buemi keeps Toyota on top in twice red-flagged FP2

Toyota remained firmly on top in the second three-hour practice session for the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, which was interrupted twice by heavy accidents

Nine races in 11 weeks is the limit for F1 teams, warns Verstappen

Max Verstappen thinks Formula 1's current stretch of nine races in 11 weekends is "the limit" and hopes to return to a more regular schedule in 2021

Vandoorne "ready to do a good job" as F1 reserve driver

Mercedes reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne feels "ready to do a good job" if any team needs him to step in, despite not having driven a Formula 1 car since 2018

Raikkonen, Ricciardo expect Vettel to bounce back at Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Riccardo expect their former team-mate Sebastian Vettel to bounce back after a tough start to the 2020 Formula 1 season with Ferrari

Seidl: McLaren "will not give up" fight for third in F1 championship

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl has vowed that his team "will not give up the fight" with Racing Point for third in the 2020 constructors' championship

Haas: Lack of pace in F1 Spanish GP qualifying "a mystery"

Haas Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean says his lack of pace in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying is "a bit of a mystery" after showing "genuine" pace in Friday practice

DAMS driver Gelael taken to hospital after Barcelona F2 feature race

DAMS Formula 2 driver Sean Gelael has been taken to hospital for precautionary checks after being unable to finish the feature race in Barcelona

Horner: Engine mode ban "healthy" for F1 teams

Red Bull boss Christian Horner is supportive of the FIA's move to clampdown on teams using different engine modes during qualifying, saying it is a "healthy thing for the manufacturers"

Norris: Hard tyre felt like "garbage" in Spanish F1 GP practice

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris says Pirelli's hard compound tyres felt like "garbage" in Spanish Grand Prix free practice, and felt "like I had more grip on the wets"

Mercedes now ready to sign Concorde Agreement after F1 talks

Mercedes is ready to "move forward" with signing the Concorde Agreement after talks with Formula 1 led to a change in opinion from team boss Toto Wolff

Ricciardo: Fifth place in Silverstone F1 qualifying is "not a freak one-off"

Daniel Ricciardo believes his season-high fifth grid spot for last week's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix is "not a freak one-off" as Renault continues to unlock the RS20's potential

Injured Marquez evaluating shock MotoGP return at Andalusian Grand Prix

Marc Marquez is exploring the option to return to MotoGP action this weekend despite undergoing surgery on Tuesday after breaking his right arm in a violent Spanish Grand Prix crash