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Juan Pablo Montoya: Sprint races are the way forward for Formula 1
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Juan Pablo Montoya: Sprint races are the way forward for Formula 1

Juan Pablo Montoya lit up Formula 1 twenty years ago, has been an IndyCar champion and Indy500 winner, and is still active today competing in IndyCar and Le Mans.

Berger: Addition of top teams vindicates DTM's GT3 move

DTM boss Gerhard Berger says the addition of top sportscar racing teams from Europe and Asia has vindicated the championship's decision to adopt GT3 regulations for this season.

Gerhard Berger on racing's future: "Fans want to see a car that's a challenge"
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Gerhard Berger on racing's future: "Fans want to see a car that's a challenge"

It is 30 years since Gerhard Berger was a team-mate in Formula 1 to Ayrton Senna at McLaren and today the Austrian is very active in motorsport as the boss of the DTM. The series has undergone a huge transformation this year, with a change of regulations to GT3. Berger is also overseeing an ambitious programme to create a 1,000 horsepower electric DTM car as one possible avenue for the future.

Murray Walker – A personal tribute

Murray Walker was a gentleman, an Everyman and an exceptional man. Former broadcast colleague and now Motorsport Network president JAMES ALLEN explains what made Murray so special.

British Superbike Championship's only female team owner on women in racing

If you thought car racing was a male dominated sport, it's nothing compared to motorbikes, where female participation at rider, team management and engineer level is very low

WRC future focused on Chinese manufacturers, hybrids and action

The World Rally Championship kicks off with Rally Monte Carlo, part of a 12-round calendar that features first events for Croatia and Belgium and a return of the Safari Rally

Toto Wolff discusses the future of Formula 1, cost caps and more

With the retirement of Frank Williams this year, Toto Wolff is now the most successful active team principal in Formula 1

Formula 1 fans want sustainability and diversity, finds Autosport survey

Formula 1 audience survey reveals overwhelming fan demand for sustainable racing

Formula 1 to stick with hybrid energy, says F1's Head of Strategy

Formula 1 fans may not have heard of Yath Gangakumaran, but he is an influential figure in the future of the sport. As Director of Strategy and business development his role is to set the long-term direction for F1, working with Chase Carey and, from January, the incoming CEO Stefano Domenicali

Michele Mouton on the Girls on Track programme: Women will win like I did

Michele Mouton is a true legend of motorsport. Still the only woman to have won world championship rallies, the sight of her wresting the mighty Audi quattro in the 1980s, matching the top male rally drivers of the time, is as iconic as any moment of Formula 1 or Le Mans history

Mike Rockenfeller to launch new electric Esports championship World eX

The virtual racing world of Esports and sim racing has undergone two years worth of growth in a few months this year, thanks to the attention on it during the Covid lockdown. Real racing stopped and fans and drivers flocked to the virtual world. But where does it go next?

Extreme E unites Lewis Hamilton and I for good cause, says Nico Rosberg

Since his shock decision to retire as a driver after winning the 2016 Formula One world championship, Nico Rosberg has remained in the public eye. And much of his activity has been focused on the electric and the sustainability agenda, as a shareholder of the all electric FIA Formula E series and founder of the Greentech Festival. Now as a team owner in the newly launched Extreme E series, he's going head to head with former team mate and nemesis Lewis Hamilton and a cast of US racing legends. As manufacturers and sponsors increase pressure on the sport to demonstrate a sense of purpose, what is Rosberg's vision for the future of the sport and does the internal combustion engine still have any part in it?

Why Kubica won't be the last disabled driver to race in F1 - McGloin

Nathalie McGloin is a disabled woman who races on equal terms against able bodied men in Porsches. As a teenager she broke her spine as a passenger in a road accident - but now the car has brought her a new purpose

F1 will soon be "the best it’s ever been", says ex-Renault boss Bob Bell

Bob Bell has enjoyed a stellar career as a top engineer in Formula 1 with McLaren, Benetton, Jordan, Renault, and Mercedes

Miles: IndyCar focused on North America and finding third OEM

Mark Miles, president and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corporation, says IndyCar will remain focused on enhancing its presence in North America and finding a third engine manufacturer

Female F1 driver to come soon, says W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir

After a successful 2019 debut season, W Series, the development championship for female race drivers, was forced to cancel its 2020 calendar due to COVID-19

Formula E CEO Jamie Reigle: Social justice and Esports part of FE future

Formula E was set up as the racing series with a sense of purpose, to create a more sustainable future

The future of motorsport has to be electric, says WRX's Paul Bellamy

This weekend the World Rallycross Championship restarts in Sweden, with the season set at 10 rounds across seven venues, with the goal for fans to attend from round three in Latvia

What's the future for one of racing's "most risky" events?

The legendary Isle of Man TT, the world's oldest motorcycle race, brings in around £7 million a year in revenues and economic benefit to the island

Who should decide on the future of F1?

The COVID-19 crisis has given societies and industries around the world a powerful shock and motorsport has certainly not been immune

BTCC boss Alan Gow on the future for touring car racing

As the boss of the British Touring Car Championship as well as president of the FIA Touring Car Commission, Alan Gow is the most senior leader in the touring car world

BTCC supremo Gow confident series can allow crowds for August return

British Touring Car Championship supremo Alan Gow says he is more and more confident that the series will run in front of spectators when it returns in August

What is the future of F2 and F3 in developing the top talents for F1?

In the latest part of the #thinkingforward series, Formula 2 and Formula 3 boss Bruno Michel reflects on how the championships reacted to the COVID-19 crisis and how it plans for a sustainable future

IMSA News: Organisers working to get clearance for non-US personnel - Doonan

IMSA is working with the Department of Homeland Security to allow its non-US drivers and personnel to gain entry into the country, the sportscar sanctioning body's president John Doonan says

F1 News: Abiteboul says F1's new cost-saving rules boost chances of Renault staying

Renault Formula 1 boss Cyril Abiteboul reckons F1's 'new deal', involving a wide-reaching package of cost control measures, will boost the chances of his manufacturer remaining in the championship

F1 News: Pirelli reveals complexity of F1's restart plans

Pirelli's head of Formula 1 and car racing Mario Isola has revealed the complex challenges for his company if racing restarts in July, but he sees no insurmountable obstacle that could stop the sport getting the show back on the road

WEC news: LMDh rules "very appealing" for McLaren, says Brown

McLaren Racing boss Zak Brown has described the LMDh rules that will be used in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship from 2022 onwards as "very appealing"

F1 News: Customer F1 cars offer should be free - Brown

Front-running Formula 1 teams should offer customer cars for free if they are serious about the practice as a cost-saving measure, according to McLaren chief Zak Brown

F1 News: 14 or 15-race 2020 season more realistic, says Brown

McLaren team principal Zak Brown believes a championship of 14 or 15 races at 10 venues is more realistic than Formula 1's plans for up to 18 events this season

F1 News: Horner says Formula 1 must consider "bold" customer cars

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes Formula 1 must look beyond a budget cap and consider 'bold' plans like customer cars in a bid to help all teams survive the coronavirus crisis

F1 News: Criminal if no major reform in motorsport post-crisis, says Ex-Ferrari boss

Ex-Ferrari Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali says it would be "criminal" for motorsport not to seize the opportunity for major reform for the future presented by the coronavirus pandemic

What is the future for WEC after the coronavirus pandemic?

In the latest in our #thinkingforward interview series, Automobile Club de l'Ouest President Pierre Fillon and WEC CEO Gerard Neveu discuss how endurance racing will emerge from the coronavirus pandemic

"Vital" LMDh sportscar rules to be unveiled in the next two weeks

The technical regulations for the new LMDh platform that will form the basis for top-class sportscar competition from 2022 will be unveiled within the next fortnight

Richards: UK must take the lead with motorsport after coronavirus

The head of British motorsport's governing body believes that the United Kingdom must take a lead on helping racing successfully advance from the coronavirus crisis

FE could introduce further cost cutting measures

Formula E could introduce further cost cutting measures for teams in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to series founder and chairman Alejandro Agag

No Formula E Gen3 car delay decision until July at the latest

A decision to delay the introduction of the Gen3 Formula E car will not be made until June or July, according to series founder and chairman Alejandro Agag

Formula E aiming for 'five or six' more races this season - Agag

Formula E is aiming for another 'five or six' races this season that could take place behind closed doors, according to series founder and chairman Alejandro Agag

F1 should "shake down" cost cap to $75 million - FE boss Agag

Formula 1 chiefs should "shake down" the sport's financial model and slash the budget cap to $75 million amid the uncertainty caused by coronavirus, reckons Formula E boss Alejandro Agag

Agag exclusive: Coronavirus puts many racing series at risk

FIA Formula E chairman Alejandro Agag has warned that many motorsport series around the world are at risk due to the current coronavirus crisis

Ferrari's Camilleri: Netflix "great move" in boosting F1's profile

Ferrari chairman Louis Camilleri believes that Formula 1's Netflix series was a significant boost to the championship's image

Ferrari will retain F1 veto as part of new 2021 Concorde Agreement

Ferrari has confirmed it has retained its right to veto Formula 1 rules as part of the new Concorde Agreement that is being drafted for 2021


I never get tired of visiting F1's night race, the Singapore Grand Prix

Street tracks better for Formula 1 than permanent circuits - Tilke

Formula 1 track designer Hermann Tilke says the championship's push to add more grands prix on city circuits opens the door for more exciting track layouts in the future

Ex-F1 driver Felipe Massa outlines vision for future of karting

Former grand prix driver Felipe Massa has outlined his vision for the future of karting, as he works to help better prepare young drivers to reach Formula 1

Formula 1 demands new grand prix tracks are 'great' for racing

Formula 1 chairman Chase Carey has made it clear that new grand prix venues will only earn their place on the calendar if they provide tracks good for racing

James Allen: Football chief explains why F1 fans are switching off

It's always interesting to hear different points of view from outside the sport on what's good and bad in the world of Formula 1

James Allen F1 Strategy Report: How Hamilton and Ricciardo lit up Brazil

With the championship already decided there was a certain sense of 'nothing to lose' about the decision-making running through the penultimate race of the Formula 1 season in Brazil

James Allen: Hamilton, Mercedes' 2017 F1 titles are most impressive

Among the accolades flying around this week after Lewis Hamilton clinched his fourth Formula 1 world championship, his third with Mercedes, perhaps the most significant achievement is less remarked upon

James Allen: New Verstappen F1 deal raises questions over Ricciardo

Max Verstappen's Formula 1 contract extension with Red Bull raises major questions, for the Dutchman, the team, and current team-mate Daniel Ricciardo

James Allen: How F1 is doing its homework on its fans

Formula 1 has been developed largely on instinct; Bernie Ecclestone expanded the calendar and made TV deals based on his years of wheeling and dealing and on hunches about emerging markets

What will Red Bull Formula 1 deal do for Aston Martin

Aston Martin's new deal with the Red Bull Formula 1 team is all about title sponsorship, rather than engine manufacturing or branding - the chassis won't be known as Aston Martins

James Allen: The long-term repercussions from McLaren-Renault deal

The many strands of the saga around McLaren's divorce from Honda came together on Friday in Singapore and the repercussions will continue for years to come

Mansell's Indy 500 near-miss Plus

Mansell's Indy 500 near-miss

Nigel Mansell stormed to the IndyCar crown after leaving F1, but the big prize narrowly eluded him. James Allen, who was there for much of Mansell's American adventure, looks back

James Allen's reflections on 2009 Plus

James Allen's reflections on 2009

Former F1 commentator reflects on the 2009 season, charting the end of an era and looks ahead to the dawning of the sport's new beginning in 2010