Sam Tremayne

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Silverstone: Circuit of Wales is not viable

Silverstone has written to British Prime Minister David Cameron to seek confirmation that the UK government is not considering financial support for the proposed Circuit of Wales

Rossi vindicated by call to split with Burgess before MotoGP season

Valentino Rossi says his 'dangerous bet' to part ways with legendary crew chief Jerry Burgess was vindicated by his ride to second in this year's MotoGP opener

Qatar MotoGP: Marquez beats Rossi in action-packed race

Marc Marquez beat Valentino Rossi to claim victory as Jorge Lorenzo crashed out on the first lap of a sensational, breathless Qatar Grand Prix

Top themes to watch for in MotoGP 2014 Plus

Top themes to watch for in MotoGP 2014

Can Marquez repeat his startling 2013 heroics? How strong will Ducati be after it controversially relinquished full Factory status? On the eve of the first race, AUTOSPORT picks through the major themes of 2014

Circuit of Wales confident it can snare British MotoGP round

The developer behind the proposed Circuit of Wales insists the track can take Britain's MotoGP round away from Silverstone but conceded the project depends on such a deal being agreed

Redding: I've got to 'do a Marquez' Plus

Redding: I've got to 'do a Marquez'

He's rejected Ducati, beaten Marc Marquez and was seemingly destined for last year's Moto2 crown until late accidents wrecked his season. Still just 21, Scott Redding could be a potential world champion in the making, as SAM TREMAYNE finds out

McLaren plans to be more aggressive to close Mercedes' F1 margin

McLaren will instigate a "very aggressive" development push in a bid to close its deficit to Formula 1 rival Mercedes, according to its new racing director Eric Boullier

Australian GP: Mercedes one second clear of rivals - Jenson Button

Jenson Button believes Mercedes is in a league of its own following the first day of practice for the Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix

Australian GP 'one month' too early for Toro Rosso F1 team

Toro Rosso heads into the 2014 Formula 1 season opener still 'one month' behind schedule, according to team boss Franz Tost

Force India: McLaren F1 experience improved Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez enters the 2014 Formula 1 championship a better and more rounded driver following his season at McLaren, according to Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley

Audi reveals new DTM challenger ahead of 2014 season

Audi has revealed its new RS 5 DTM challenger with which it will defend its 2013 drivers' and teams' championship crowns in 2014

Lewis Hamilton still wary of 2014 F1 rivals Red Bull and Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton has played down Mercedes's 2014 Formula 1 'favourite' status, saying he is still wary of traditional rivals Ferrari and Red Bull

Ducati confirms switch to Open class for 2014 MotoGP season

Ducati has confirmed it will make a radical switch and compete as an Open class entry in the 2014 MotoGP championship

Rossi admits Yamaha in trouble to adapt to Bridgestone MotoGP tyres

Valentino Rossi says that Yamaha is "in trouble" and running out of solutions in its fight to adapt to Bridgestone's new 2014 MotoGP compounds

Bahrain F1 test: Rosberg says Australia preparation on the limit

Nico Rosberg says the problems that curtailed Mercedes' afternoon running shows just how on the limit preparations are for Formula 1's season-opening Australian Grand Prix

Lotus among expanded 2014 World Endurance Championship LMP1 field

The German-run Lotus will step up to the LMP1 class of this year's World Endurance Championship as the premier division grows to nine full-season cars

Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt become first Formula E drivers

Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt have become the first two drivers to be confirmed for the inaugural season of the all-electric Formula E championship

Don't expect big 2014 Formula 1 surprises - Toro Rosso's Franz Tost

The 2014 Formula 1 rule changes will not turn the field inside out in the same way that the last regulations revamp did in '09, reckons Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost

Button expects Dennis's overhaul of McLaren F1 team to pay off

Jenson Button has faith that Ron Dennis's overhaul of McLaren will pay off, after luring Eric Boullier away from Formula 1 rival Lotus

V8 Supercars follows F1 double-points rule for Melbourne event

V8 Supercars will adopt Formula 1's controversial double-points rule for its non-championship round supporting the Australian Grand Prix

Honda admits interest in Jorge Lorenzo for 2015 MotoGP season

Honda has admitted it is interested in poaching Jorge Lorenzo from MotoGP rival Yamaha

Force India in GP2 junior team deal with Hilmer

Force India will enter into a partnership with GP2 squad Hilmer as part of an expansion of its driver development programme

Valentino Rossi already 'stronger' than in MotoGP 2013

Valentino Rossi says three days of MotoGP pre-season testing at Sepang were enough to convince him he has made significant strides over the winter

Honda reveals first images of WTCC Civic

Honda has revealed the first images of the Civic with which it will take on Citroen, Lada and Chevrolet in this year's World Touring Car Championship

Williams sure customer Mercedes status won't hinder 2014 F1 season

Williams is confident that being a customer team to a manufacturer with its own factory Formula 1 squad will not hinder its 2014 season

Jerez F1 2014 test: Magnussen fastest as Mercedes racks up miles

Kevin Magnussen put McLaren at the top of the timesheets while reigning champion Red Bull suffered a torrid four days in Formula 1's opening pre-season test of 2014 at Jerez

Trackside verdict: Mercedes rises early Plus

Trackside verdict: Mercedes rises early

It's still way too early to make any judgements on the form of the current F1 field. But, as SAM TREMAYNE witnessed trackside, there's one team that appears to be ahead of the rest

Jerez F1 test: Massa puts Williams on top on final day

Felipe Massa went fastest for Williams as the final day of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Jerez ended under red flags

Kevin Magnussen says 2014 F1 debut not 'balls to the wall'

Kevin Magnussen says that his first run as a McLaren Formula 1 driver was not 'balls to the wall' despite going quickest on day three

Jerez F1 test: Jenson Button and McLaren lead early on day three

Jenson Button topped the timesheets for McLaren on a morning when Red Bull and Renault's Formula 1 2014 preparations hit further strife

Ferrari: 2014 Formula 1 cars' ugly noses' significance overplayed

The impact of Formula 1's ugly noses on car performance has been overplayed, reckons Ferrari technical director James Allison

Nico Rosberg: Mercedes firmly on track after strong Jerez F1 test

Nico Rosberg says his sequence of afternoon long runs on Wednesday was an emphatic sign that Mercedes' 2014 Formula 1 preparations are on track

Jerez F1 test: Jenson Button quickest for McLaren on wet morning

Jenson Button went fastest for McLaren on a second morning of pre-season Formula 1 testing that was devoted to wet tyre testing

Day two of 2014 Formula 1 testing will set panic level - Toro Rosso

Formula 1's second day of pre-season testing at Jerez will determine whether teams need to panic about their 2014 preparations, according to Toro Rosso's technical director James Key

Jerez F1 test: Hamilton sets early pace before crashing

Lewis Hamilton set the pace but suffered a high-speed crash on a subdued and stuttering first morning of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Jerez

Red Bull launches 2014 RB10 Formula 1 car before Jerez testing

Red Bull has launched the car with which it hopes to secure a fifth consecutive Formula 1 championship double, the RB10

Button says 2014 McLaren F1 car will take time to perfect

Jenson Button has warned that it will take time for McLaren to get on top of its 2014 Formula 1 challenger, which was launched on Friday

New World Touring Car Championship chief in privateer pledge

New World Touring Car Championship chief Francois Ribeiro has vowed to place privateer interests at the core of the series' future

The fastest single-seater outside F1? Plus

The fastest single-seater outside F1?

The Japanese Super Formula series has a new car, continued support from Honda and Toyota, and is attempting to regain its international credibility. SAM TREMAYNE flew out to take a look

General manager Marcello Lotti confirms WTCC departure

Marcello Lotti has confirmed to Autosport that he has stepped down as general manager of the World Touring Car Championship

New WTCC rules a big opportunity for Lada, says James Thompson

The World Touring Car Championship's switch to new regulations for 2014 represents a massive opportunity for Lada to make progress, according to long-term driver James Thompson

Tom Kristensen wants 'respect' for Le Mans in safety push

Tom Kristensen believes efforts to improve safety at Le Mans must always be balanced by 'respect' for the circuit and its traditions

Carlin signs Ed Jones for 2014 European F3 campaign

Carlin has signed reigning Formula 3 Open champion Ed Jones for its 2014 European F3 campaign

Honda believes it can claw back Citroen during 2014 WTCC season

Honda is confident it can claw back Citroen's current advantage and regain supremacy over the 2014 World Touring Car Championship campaign

Sebastien Loeb tipped by Yvan Muller to win races in debut WTCC campaign

Yvan Muller has no doubts that Sebastien Loeb can win races in his first year in the World Touring Car Championship, given how impressive he has been in testing for Citroen

Alain Prost reckons 2014 engines will improve Formula 1 competition

Four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost believes the sport's major 2014 engine changes will restore a fundamental element of competition to grand prix racing

Honda exceeded expectations in first full WTCC campaign in 2013

Honda says the first year of its new World Touring Car Championship project exceeded all expectations

The top 10 MotoGP riders of 2013 Plus

The top 10 MotoGP riders of 2013

For the first time in seven years the MotoGP title went down to the wire, with almost nothing to choose between Honda sensation Marc Marquez and two-time champion Jorge Lorenzo. AUTOSPORT assesses the best on the grid

RML's 2014 Chevrolet WTCC plans not hurt by delays

Chevrolet's 2014 World Touring Car Championship prospects won't be wrecked by the delayed confirmation of RML's upgrade package, according to project manager Ron Hartvelt

FIA president Jean Todt says Formula E could race at Macau

Formula E could race on the streets of Macau in the future according to FIA President Jean Todt

Yvan Muller does not believe Citroen is favourite for 2014 WTCC

Yvan Muller insists Citroen should not be viewed as the favourite for the 2014 World Touring Car Championship despite the headstart it has over rivals

Sergio Perez feared Formula 1 exit before Force India deal

Sergio Perez admits that if he had not secured a drive with Force India for 2014 he would have possibly been forced to leave Formula 1

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya says F1 cost cap can work

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya believes Formula 1 can make a budget cap work from 2015 despite the failure of previous cost control attempts