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Archive: How Button achieved a rare Formula Ford feat

During his first year of car racing, Jenson Button surged to the British Formula Ford title ahead of a move to British Formula 3 with Promatecme. The Brit won the Formula Ford Festival at the first time of asking, relaying his experience to Autosport in the 29 October 1998 issue

Why the Nurburgring 24 Hours is better than ever

A visit to the Nurburgring 24 Hours opens your eyes to an event like no other. But with the race becoming more professional every year, it's worth experiencing first-hand sooner rather than later

Sony reveals details of new Gran Turismo Sport link up with FIA

Sony has revealed details of its FIA tie-up at the unveiling of its new Gran Turismo Sport game during a high profile event for its first current generation racing title in London's Olympic Park on Thursday

Is Forza still king of the gaming hill? Plus

Is Forza still king of the gaming hill?

An underwhelming debut on the next-generation Xbox One and a new rival in the shape of multi-platform Project CARS has heaped pressure on racing-game behemoth Forza. SIMON STRANG gives his verdict

Justin Wilson obituary: 1978-2015

In an alternative reality, with an altogether more palatable conclusion to Sunday's Pocono 500 IndyCar race, it's possible Justin Wilson would have been savouring the latest chapter in his recent renaissance

A different kind of racing game Plus

A different kind of racing game

Four years in the making, Project CARS is finally hitting the shelves. SIMON STRANG finds out what sets this new game apart from its big-name rivals

The making of GRID Autosport Plus

The making of GRID Autosport

The spiritual successor to the TOCA Touring Cars video game was released this week - and AUTOSPORT has had a hand in its development, as SIMON STRANG explains

Adrian Sutil frustrated with 'joke' penalties in Formula 1

Adrian Sutil believes Formula 1's stewards must be more consistent with penalties and avoid 'joke' decisions like Pastor Maldonado's drive-through at Spa

Mercedes denies its 2013 Formula 1 campaign has peaked

Mercedes has no concerns that the momentum of its 2013 Formula 1 season has dropped away, despite its disappointing performances in the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix

Italian GP: Kimi Raikkonen equal to Sebastian Vettel's pace - Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen's Italian Grand Prix race pace was a match for winner Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull, reckons Lotus boss Eric Boullier

Italian GP: Grosjean says Red Bull uncatchable

Romain Grosjean reckons there is no chance of catching Red Bull during the Italian Grand Prix weekend despite his Lotus team ending up second-best in Friday practice.

From dreams to reality; the creator of Gran Turismo Plus

From dreams to reality; the creator of Gran Turismo

The legendary Gran Turismo game is 15 years old, and is having an ever greater motorsport impact via the GT Academy. Simon Strang gets an audience with Gran Turismo's creator

Silverstone completes refunding process after 2012 weather chaos

Silverstone has completed its refunding process for customers who were forced to miss parts of the British Grand Prix weekend because of poor weather, AUTOSPORT has learned

Why rain will never stop play at Silverstone Plus

Why rain will never stop play at Silverstone

The weather caused major disruption at the 2012 British Grand Prix. AUTOSPORT's Simon Strang talks to Silverstone MD Richard Phillips to ask what went wrong and hear why it won't happen again

Abu Dhabi GP: Vettel takes control in second Friday practice

Sebastian Vettel redressed the balance in the second free practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as he used his early laps on Pirelli's soft tyre to set the pace ahead of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton

Rosberg insists Mercedes is still pushing despite recent run of form

Nico Rosberg says his Mercedes team is still motivated to finish the season on a high, despite its race performances tailing off recently

Kimi Raikkonen says he is as hungry as ever to win in Formula 1

Kimi Raikkonen says his desire to win is as strong as ever, following the news that he has signed on for a second season with Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen: Staying at Lotus was the obvious choice

Kimi Raikkonen says continuing with Lotus for a second season was an obvious decision for him to make

Indian GP: Button expecting no repeat of tyre issues in Abu Dhabi

Jenson Button does not expect to encounter the same extreme soft tyre wear that he reckons cost him a chance to fight at the front of the Indian Grand Prix when Formula 1 resumes battle in Abu Dhabi in a week's time

Indian GP: Senna believes point shows Williams back on track

Bruno Senna reckons that scoring another point for Williams in Sunday's Indian Grand Prix is evidence that the pace of the race-winning FW33 is getting back on track after the team's disappointing showing in Korea

Indian GP: Raikkonen blames Saturday error for missing podium

Kimi Raikkonen reckons his Lotus was capable of delivering a podium in India but that starting from seventh on the grid made it almost impossible to fight his way into such a position

Indian GP: Maldonado convinced more was possible in qualifying

Pastor Maldonado reckons that Williams had the potential to be starting higher than ninth in Sunday's Indian Grand Prix

Indian GP: Nico Rosberg hopeful over strategy gamble

Mercedes' decision not to run Nico Rosberg in Q3 qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix will open up strategic options for the German in tomorrow's race

Indian GP: Mark Webber expecting closer fight in race

Mark Webber believes the Indian Grand Prix will be closer than qualifying was after his Red Bull team swept to its third consecutive front-row lockout

Indian GP: Nico Rosberg downplays rapid practice pace

Nico Rosberg and Mercedes believe that the German's fourth position in second free practice for the Indian Grand Prix is not a true reflection of the car's actual pace this weekend

Indian GP: Sebastian Vettel stays on top in second practice

Red Bull dominated the second practice session even more emphatically than it did the first in India, with world championship leader Sebastian Vettel ahead of Mark Webber by 0.118s

Indian GP: Sebastian Vettel goes quickest in first practice

Sebastian Vettel picked up in India where he left off in Korea, as he ended up more than 0.3s faster than the opposition in the first free practice session at the Buddh International Circuit

Mark Webber will not move over Sebastian Vettel in India

Mark Webber will not sacrifice a victory in this weekend's Indian Grand Prix to assist Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel's quest to retain the world championship title

Grosjean plans to keep cautious approach in the Indian Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean intends to maintain his cautious approach to grand prix starts for the rest of this season

Lewis Hamilton feels he is driving better than ever

Lewis Hamilton believes he is driving 'better than ever' even if recent results have masked his true form

Ford exit from the WRC key to Latvala's Volkswagen's move

Ford's decision not to continue in the World Rally Championship beyond 2012 was a major contributing factor in Jari-Matti Latvala's decision to switch to Volkswagen next year

Bruno Senna thinks 2013 Formula 1 tyres will suit him better

Bruno Senna expects Pirelli's less critical tyres to be a help to sensitive drivers like him during the 2013 season

Senna confident he can still save his seat at Williams for 2013

Bruno Senna believes it is still not too late to save his Williams seat to drive alongside Pastor Maldonado in 2013

Bottas: Young drivers need more mileage in Formula 1 machinery

Williams reserve driver Valtteri Bottas believes that young drivers do not get enough opportunities to drive Formula 1 cars before graduating to the top level of the sport

Korean GP: Felipe Massa eager to show true pace after grid breakthrough

Felipe Massa believes that starting closer to the front of the grid for Sunday's Korean Grand Prix will help him access Ferrari's strong long-run pace right from the beginning of the 55-lap race

Korean GP: I can fight Red Bull with Ferrari's race pace

Ferrari can be a factor for victory in the Korean Grand Prix if it puts together the perfect race, according to world championship leader Fernando Alonso

Korean GP: Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne furious over Q2 mistake

Jean-Eric Vergne was furious with himself after missing out on a chance to shine in Q2 for the Korean Grand Prix

Korean GP: Mark Webber celebrates 'near perfect' pole position

Mark Webber admitted that his lap was near perfect after taking his first outright pole position of the 2012 Formula 1 season in Korea

Korean GP: Bruno Senna says Valtteri Bottas driving FP1 'not ideal'

Bruno Senna reckons he needed more track time on the first day of the Korean Grand Prix, after Williams third driver Valtteri Bottas took his seat in the opening practice session

Kimi Raikkonen only cares about title, not final standing positions

Kimi Raikkonen is not bothered about where he finishes in the standings this year if he is not world champion

Korean Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel aims to build on momentum

Sebastian Vettel hopes that the momentum built up from back-to-back victories in the last two races will put him on the right track for a fourth win of the season in Korea this weekend

Japanese GP: Vettel gets the hammer down Plus

Japanese GP: Vettel gets the hammer down

Sebastian Vettel had a perfect weekend in Japan, taking a dominant win as championship rival Fernando Alonso retired. Who can stop the Red Bull driver now? AUTOSPORT reviews the weekend events from Suzuka

Japanese GP: Paul di Resta stymied by clutch issue

A clutch problem at the start of the Japanese Grand Prix cost Paul di Resta a chance of joining Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg in the points at Suzuka

Japanese GP: Lewis Hamilton blames understeer for poor pace

Chronic understeer that mysteriously cured itself mid-race put paid to any hopes Lewis Hamilton had of fighting for a top spot in the Japanese Grand Prix

Japanese GP: Webber slams 'first-lap nutcase' Grosjean

Mark Webber branded Romain Grosjean as the "first-lap nutcase" and his behaviour as 'embarrassing' after a collision caused by the Frenchman on the first lap of the Japanese Grand Prix cost the Red Bull driver a chance of a podium

Japanese GP: Felipe Massa perplexed by tyre problems in qualifying

Felipe Massa blamed the set of tyres he used for his final Q2 attempt for failing to make the top 10 shoot-out in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka

Japanese Grand Prix: Mark Webber goes quickest in second practice

The stage is set for another Red Bull/McLaren showdown in Japan, as Mark Webber beat Lewis Hamilton to the fastest time in the second free practice session at Suzuka on Friday

Japanese GP: Jenson Button fastest in first practice at Suzuka

Jenson Button led a McLaren one-two as he set the pace in the opening practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka ahead of Lewis Hamilton

Michael Schumacher to retire at the end of 2012

Michael Schumacher will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the 2012 season, the 43-year-old German announced on Thursday at Suzuka

Felipe Massa still confident of retaining Ferrari seat

Felipe Massa remains confident that he can retain his seat at Ferrari for 2013, despite speculation he will be replaced by either one of Force India duo Nico Hulkenberg or Paul di Resta

Nico Hulkenberg silent on Ferrari speculation

Nico Hulkenberg insists that he does not know what his plans for 2013 are despite reports strongly linking him to Ferrari

McLaren fully focused on titles after Hamilton confirmed exit

Lewis Hamilton and McLaren are totally focused on winning the 2012 drivers' and constructors' championships, now that the Briton has been confirmed as switching to Mercedes from next year onwards

McLaren: Lewis Hamilton contract offer was best in F1

Martin Whitmarsh says McLaren offered Hamilton the chance to be the best-paid driver of the Formula 1 field in a bid to keep him for 2013

Sergio Perez 'could win first race' at McLaren - Martin Whitmarsh

Sergio Perez will be able to fight for race victories right from the start of the 2013 season, according to McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh

McLaren downplays potential FIA flexi wing clampdown

McLaren has downplayed suggestions that its bid to win the world championship could be hit by a potential new FIA clampdown on flexi wings

Michael Schumacher says motivation intact despite 2013 uncertainty

Michael Schumacher has insisted he remains highly motivated going into this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, despite the continued uncertainty around his future

Singapore GP: Mercedes hopes Q3 strategy pays off in the race

Mercedes says its decision not to post times in Q3 gives it a chance to fend off counter-attacks from midfield rivals in the Singapore Grand Prix

Singapore GP: Pastor Maldonado eager to end points drought

Pastor Maldonado is very confident he can stop his run of eight consecutive non-scores in Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix after qualifying on the front row for Formula 1's only night race

Singapore GP: Lewis Hamilton beats Maldonado to pole at Marina Bay

Lewis Hamilton secured pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix with a brilliant lap of 1m46.362s, ahead of Williams driver Pastor Maldonado

Singapore GP: Sebastian Vettel fastest again in final practice

Sebastian Vettel maintained his advantage over the field in Singapore, setting the fastest time again in an eventful final free practice session on the Marina Bay circuit