Sergio Lillo

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Audi reveals details of electric Dakar powertrain

Audi Sport has offered insights into the powertrain it will employ in its electric Dakar Rally challenger that will make its debut next year.

Ferrari's Molina tips GT3s to replace GTE in WEC

Factory Ferrari driver Miguel Molina believes the World Endurance Championship should eventually switch to GT3 cars following the recent manufacturer exodus from GTE Pro

Bereaved Garcia crying with "emotion and rage" after Daytona 24 win

Daytona 24 Hours class winner Antonio Garcia says he was left crying from "emotion and rage" after personal bereavements and missing the victory celebrations due to a positive COVID-19 test

Al-Attiyah not interested in Dakar return if rules don’t change

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

Peterhansel: Al-Attiyah lost Dakar 2021 due to "ego"

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

Loeb's eventful Dakar ends in retirement after Stage 8 stoppage

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

Dakar Rally stewards explain Loeb penalty after critical comments

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

Sainz "fed up" with further Dakar Rally navigation frustration

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

Loeb hits out at 'incompetent' Dakar speeding penalty

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"

Toyota welcomes Dakar speed limit to prevent Mini "running away"

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

How ASO managed to save the 2021 Dakar Rally

Dakar Rally organisers ASO explains how it managed to work within the strict confines of host country Saudi Arabia's coronavirus measures to ensure the running of the 2021 event

Big challenge to do Dakar without warm-up events - Meeke

World Rally Championship race winner Kris Meeke says participating in the 2021 Dakar Rally without previous rally raid experience will be "a big challenge"

Meeke "felt like a kid at Christmas" in first Dakar Rally test

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

Loeb: Prodrive not entering Dakar Rally to be behind Toyota, X-raid

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

Why Loeb has joined forces with an old enemy for Dakar Plus

Why Loeb has joined forces with an old enemy for Dakar

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

Sainz "very angry" as McLaren F1 car issue dents Bahrain GP hopes

Carlos Sainz Jr says he feels "very angry" that both his qualifying and race hopes at the Bahrain Grand Prix have been wrecked by a car failure

Dakar Rally reveals 2021 Saudi Arabia route

The Dakar Rally has released details of the route for the 2021 edition, featuring nearly 5,000 competitive kilometres divided into 12 stages that are "80-90% new"

Loeb conducts first test with Prodrive's Dakar machine

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"

Double WRC champion Sainz set to race inaugural Extreme E season

Two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz Sr is expected to race in the inaugural season of the Extreme E all-electric SUV off-road racing championship, Autosport understands

Palou "super lucky" to sign with Ganassi Racing for 2021 IndyCar season

Alex Palou says he's feels "super lucky" to sign with Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2021 IndyCar Series after just one season in the category

Sainz left "suffering" in Eifel GP due to new aero package

Carlos Sainz Jr says he endured 60 laps of "suffering" in the Eifel Grand Prix, as he believes McLaren's new aero package cost him a shot of a podium finish

Sainz blames McLaren's F1 upgrades for Eifel GP qualifying pace drop

Carlos Sainz Jr says McLaren has been left with much to understand about its upgrade package, after he blamed it for his disappointing performance in Eifel Grand Prix qualifying

Sainz "a little angry" about Perez's F1 situation after Racing Point exit

Carlos Sainz Jr says he has been left "a little angry" at the way Sergio Perez has had to make way at Racing Point for the incoming Sebastian Vettel

Lack of pre-event testing puts Porsche at Le Mans "disadvantage" - Lietz

Porsche is facing a "disadvantage" in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours GTE Pro battle because of a lack of testing at the Circuit de la Sarthe with the new 911 RSR-19, says Richard Lietz

Sainz: McLaren lacked top speed due to F1 car bodywork changes

Carlos Sainz Jr says a lack of top speed triggered by McLaren opening up bodywork to improve cooling contributed to his Q2 exit at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

Juncadella named Mercedes reserve for Formula E Berlin finale

Daniel Juncadella will be the reserve driver for Mercedes-Benz EQ in the last six races of Formula E 2019-20 season in Berlin

Richards on Prodrive's new Dakar challenge Plus

Richards on Prodrive's new Dakar challenge

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 wants to be seen as "potential winner" on Dakar debut in 2021

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

Dakar 2021 to run entirely in Saudi Arabia, but on "100% new" route

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 News: How coronavirus might impact the 2021 Dakar Rally

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

Dakar winner Ickx: Ex-Formula 1 driver Alonso can win off-road event

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 F1 champion Alonso yet to decide on Dakar Rally return

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

Gas pipeline construction shortens final Dakar 2020 stage running

The final stage of the Dakar Rally on Friday will be shortened due to the construction of gas pipelines in the planned route

Alonso has already 'exceeded all personal goals' in Dakar debut

Fernando Alonso says he has already "exceeded all kinds of personal goals" for his first Dakar Rally, after taking second place in the eighth stage of the marathon

Dakar motorcycle rider Paulo Goncalves dies after crash

Veteran motorcycle rider Paulo Goncalves has passed away following a crash on Sunday's seventh stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia

Meeke accepts full-time WRC career is over, now exploring options

Kris Meeke will spend this season considering his options after accepting his full-time career in the World Rally Championship is over following his Toyota exit

Fernando Alonso: I can challenge for magical Dakar Rally stage win

Fernando Alonso believes he could challenge for a "magical" maiden stage win on his Dakar Rally debut following a strong third day of competition

Dakar 2020: Toyota's Alonso blames crash on "zero visibility" in dust

Double Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso has blamed "zero visibility" caused by dust for his Dakar Rally crash, which cost him over two hours repairing his Toyota Hilux

Dakar 2020: Alonso loses time in stage two after crash repairs

Double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso lost over two hours working to repair his Toyota Hilux around 100 miles into the second stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally after picking up damage

Dakar Rally: Double F1 champion Alonso drove first stage on tiptoes

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso drove "on tiptoes" on his first Dakar Rally stage, and plans to keep pacing himself until the event's traffic "jungle" clears up

Toyota WRC exile Meeke would "love to explore" Dakar Rally entry

World Rally Championship exile Kris Meeke says he would "love to explore" a Dakar Rally entry in the future, having attended the event as a back-up for Cyril Despres's co-driver

Dakar Rally cracks down on potential cheating ahead of 2020 event

The organisers of the Dakar Rally have taken measures to crack down on illegal navigational aids and practices ahead of the 2020 edition of the marathon

Five-time Dakar winner Despres joins Red Bull Off-Road for '20 rally

Five-time Dakar Rally winner Cyril Despres will enter the 2020 edition of the marathon as part of the Red Bull Off-Road outfit

Dakar director: F1 champion Alonso will win a stage on his debut

Dakar Rally director David Castera has predicted that double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso will win a stage in his first attempt at the legendary rally raid next month

Why Alonso is already exceeding expectations in Dakar bid Plus

Why Alonso is already exceeding expectations in Dakar bid

How significant was Fernando Alonso's first cross-country rallying podium on a Saudi Arabian event last weekend? Very. The next leg of his post-F1 quest for versatile glory is going very well so far...

What Alonso learned from his best Dakar test yet Plus

What Alonso learned from his best Dakar test yet

Double Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso took on one of his biggest challenges yet in the five-day Dakar warm-up event, Rally Morocco. Alonso gives his thoughts on his progress in a "bittersweet" event, and whether he will contest the Dakar

Alonso: Morocco Rally decisive in final Dakar call with Toyota

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso says this week's Morocco Rally will give him a "concrete" idea of whether he wishes to continue with plans to contest the Dakar Rally

Fernando Alonso finds dunes "shocking" as Dakar tests commence

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso says climbing the Namibia dunes for the first time with the Toyota Hilux was "shocking", as his Dakar Rally preparation programme began in earnest

Toyota steps up Fernando Alonso's Dakar Rally preparation programme

Fernando Alonso and Toyota Gazoo Racing have unveiled the first stages of the preparation programe for the two-time Formula 1 world champion's planned Dakar Rally debut in 2020

Dakar Rally could expand beyond Saudi Arabia for 2021 edition

The Dakar Rally hopes to expand the event beyond Saudi Arabia and into other countries for 2021, according to the event's director David Castera

The route for the 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia has been revealed

The route for the 2020 Dakar Rally, the first edition of the rally-raid to be held in Saudi Arabia, has been revealed

Dakar Rally switches to Saudi Arabia for 2020 in five-year deal

The Dakar Rally has confirmed that the 2020 edition will take place in Saudi Arabia, as previously reported by Autosport

The Dakar Rally is set to swap South America for Saudi Arabia

The Dakar rally is set to leave South America to start a new era in the Middle East after signing a five-year deal with Saudi Arabia, Autosport understands

Dakar-winning Toyota 'feels incredible' says Alonso after testing

Fernando Alonso says the Dakar Rally-winning Toyota Hilux he's sampling in South Africa this week "feels incredible" after his maiden run in the car

Fernando Alonso will test Toyota's Dakar car in South Africa

Double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso is testing Toyota's Dakar Rally Hilux in South Africa this week

Juncadella/Habsburg complete R-Motorsport Aston Martin DTM line-up

The R-Motorsport Aston Martin squad has completed its line-up for the 2019 DTM season by signing Dani Juncadella and Ferdinand Habsburg

Al-Attiyah: 2019 Dakar Rally win should prompt more Toyota backing

Nasser Al-Attiyah believes his 2019 Dakar Rally success will prompt Toyota to increase its backing of the Gazoo Racing South Africa team in the future

Stephane Peterhansel suffered whiplash during Dakar Rally charge

Stephane Peterhansel was left 'seeing stars' and suffering whiplash after a nasty landing early on the seventh stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally

Sebastien Loeb's co-driver slams Dakar Rally roadbook 'stupidity'

Sebastien Loeb's long-time co-driver Daniel Elena says he is so incensed by the inaccurate roadbook on the 2019 Dakar Rally he would be prepared to quit the event

Toyota has plan if ex-F1 driver Alonso wants Dakar Rally attempt

Autosport can reveal that over the last two months Toyota has been planning for the eventuality that two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso will decide to contest the Dakar Rally