Benjamin Vinel

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F1 CEO Domenicali floats idea of French GP in Nice

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has floated the idea that a French GP could be run on a street circuit in Nice amid negotiations over the event's future.

Da Costa explains "hectic moment" that threatened Jota's LMP2 Le Mans win

Antonio Felix da Costa has explained the "hectic moment" that risked the Jota LMP2 team's dominant run to a first class victory since 2017 in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Kubica, Deletraz targeting Le Mans “revenge” with Prema

Prema LMP2 pair Robert Kubica and Louis Deletraz are eyeing “revenge” for their heartbreaking last-lap defeat in the Le Mans 24 Hours last year.

Monaco: Zero concerns over F1 future amid new contract talks

The organisers of the Monaco Grand Prix say they have zero concerns about the future of the Formula 1 race amid talks over a new contract beyond 2022.

Prost: Alpine F1 departure due to being sidelined by CEO Rossi

Four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost says his departure from Alpine came after he felt sidelined by CEO Laurent Rossi.

Meet Sebastian Montoya, Juan Pablo's son aiming for F1

Max Verstappen, Mick Schumacher and soon Sebastian Montoya? The Colombian driver could be the next Formula 1 driver's son to compete in the world championship.

Abiteboul's Alpine F1 departure was a "shock" - Budkowski

Alpine Formula 1 director Marcin Budkowski has revealed the departure of team principal Cyril Abiteboul was a "surprise and a shock to everyone" at the team.

How Nissan plans on dethroning DS Techeetah in Formula E

Techeetah has been Formula E's dominant squad of late with five titles in the last three years, but if there is one manufacturer that can usurp it it's Nissan

Vergne: Peugeot WEC opportunity repays "investment" of LMP2

Jean-Eric Vergne says the "investment" of several years racing in LMP2 has paid off after being selected as one of Peugeot's drivers for the 2022 World Endurance Championship

Diriyah E-Prix gets layout change before 2020-21 FE season opener

Formula E and the FIA have made several changes to the track layout of the Riyadh Street Circuit just over a week before the season opener in Saudi Arabia

Grosjean: Recovery of left hand key to Abu Dhabi F1 return

Romain Grosjean says the recovery of his left hand will be the key to any return to the Formula 1 cockpit for the season finale in Abu Dhabi

Grosjean "hugely interested" in Peugeot's WEC Hypercar programme

Romain Grosjean says he is "hugely interested" in Peugeot's Hypercar programme for the World Endurance Championship and return to the Le Mans 24 Hours

Small rise in F1 COVID cases not linked to fans attending Russian GP

Formula 1 has reported 10 positive COVID-19 cases following testing at the Russian Grand Prix, but says it has no link to fans attending the race at Sochi

Pourchaire: Sauber didn't expect my instant success in F3

FIA Formula 3 runner-up Theo Pourchaire is targeting a move up to Formula 2 for 2021 after surprising parent team Sauber with his performances this year

Grosjean: Drivers to discuss concerns about Bahrain outer loop layout

Formula 1 drivers will discuss concerns about plans to use the outer loop layout of the Bahrain International Circuit in December, according to GPDA director Romain Grosjean

Grosjean: F1 drivers like Hamilton earning $40m a year "unacceptable"

Romain Grosjean thinks it's "unacceptable" that top Formula 1 drivers like Lewis Hamilton are earning more than $40 million per year while some of his rivals are on much less

Renault not ruling out Racing Point F1 car design legal challenge

Renault F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul says his team is still uneasy about Racing Point's 'pink Mercedes', with a formal challenge on its legality still not out of the question

Grosjean: Gene Haas' honesty over F1 team's future is positive

Romain Grosjean thinks it's "positive" that Gene Haas has been honest in admitting his outfit's Formula 1 future is not guaranteed if it has a poor start to the season

Renault will have new test bench to aid development of F1 engine

Renault will have a new engine test bench to use from next month which should provide the Formula 1 manufacturer better reliability validation and be compatible with more powerful engines

Renault Formula 1 team admits to talks with Ocon for 2019 drive

Renault has confirmed it is in talks to field Mercedes Formula 1 junior Esteban Ocon in 2019 and has targeted the Belgian Grand Prix to announce its driver line-up

Renault F1 team has to make sure it has alternatives to Carlos Sainz Jr

Renault says it must look for alternatives to Carlos Sainz Jr for 2019 while the Spaniard's future with Red Bull in Formula 1 remains unclear

Renault can stop 'eccentric' F1 engine work when Red Bull goes

Renault believes its Formula 1 engine project will have more focus and less "confusion" once it stops having to fulfil the "eccentric" requests sometimes made by Red Bull

Renault rules out bid to lure Red Bull F1 design chief Adrian Newey

Renault has dismissed suggestions it is trying to lure Adrian Newey away from Red Bull, despite recent speculation that the Formula 1 manufacturer is interested in the design chief

French GP organiser wants bigger crowd despite traffic trouble

The French Grand Prix organiser wants a significant crowd increase for 2019 because it believes every Formula 1 fan caught in traffic chaos over the weekend still attended the race

Formula 2 car problems 'killing' careers - Haas F1 junior Maini

Formula 2 is "killing" competitors' careers with its new-for-2018 car's technical problems, according to Haas Formula 1 junior Arjun Maini

'No explanation' for Romain Grosjean's French Grand Prix Q3 crash

Haas Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean has "no explanation" for the spin that sent him into the barriers during French Grand Prix qualifying

SMP's Isaakyan still has flashbacks of Spa LMP1 WEC flip

SMP Racing BR1 LMP1 driver Matevos Isaakyan admits he "still has flashbacks" of his airborne crash in the Spa World Endurance Championship opener last month

FE leader Vergne approaching final races like he's 'chasing' rivals

Formula E championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne says his approach to the remaining races of the 2017/18 season will be to drive as if he's chasing his title rivals

Esteban Ocon critical of Kimi Raikkonen over Azerbaijan GP contact

Esteban Ocon has hit out at Kimi Raikkonen following their accident during Formula 1's Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Formula 1 legend Alain Prost leaves Renault e.dams Formula E team

Four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost will leave the Renault e.dams Formula E team ahead of its takeover by Nissan

Vergne says Hartley's Toro Rosso F1 call-up 'makes me laugh'

Ex-Formula 1 driver Jean-Eric Vergne says Brendon Hartley's call-up with Toro Rosso "makes me laugh" after the Kiwi had previously been dropped by Red Bull

Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi keen on being FIA president

Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi has revealed he would be interested in pursuing the FIA presidency once he has retired from racing

Renault: Jolyon Palmer's Singapore F1 points should be wake-up call

Renault Formula 1 boss Cyril Abiteboul hopes Jolyon Palmer's Singapore points finish will be a wake-up call, and is expecting further points from him in the Malaysian Grand Prix

Sebastien Loeb: VW dominance threatens Peugeot's World RX future

Sebastien Loeb says Volkswagen's "annoying" World Rallycross dominance means Peugeot has to consider its future in the championship

Red Bull to split with GP3 racer Niko Kari at end of 2017

GP3 racer Niko Kari will leave the Red Bull junior team at the end of the year, but will complete the 2017 season in the company's colours

New Sauber chief Vasseur's priority is potentially ‘scary’ Honda

New Sauber Formula 1 team principal Frederic Vasseur says his first job will be sorting out what to do about Honda because McLaren's situation has been 'scary'

Haas F1 driver Grosjean feels brake supplier change the only option

Romain Grosjean believes the only solution for Haas's ongoing Formula 1 brake difficulties is to change suppliers as soon as possible

McLaren: First F1 pre-season test performance nowhere near target

McLaren has admitted its performance in a difficult first week of Formula 1 pre-season testing was nowhere near the level it wanted

All Formula 1 tracks to be updated for 2017's faster cars

Every circuit on the 2017 Formula 1 calendar will have to make changes to accommodate this year's faster cars, according to the FIA