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Formula 2 champion Luciano Bacheta to drive 2011 Williams at Silverstone

Formula 2 champion Luciano Bacheta will drive a 2011 Williams Formula 1 car at Silverstone on October 18

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: Lewis Hamilton says 'huge' set-up error cost him

Lewis Hamilton fears he will not be able to make much progress in the Japanese Grand Prix after a "huge" set-up mistake left him only ninth in qualifying

Japanese GP: Jenson Button sure he can regain ground

Jenson Button believes his McLaren is quick enough to still salvage a strong Japanese Grand Prix result despite his gearbox-change penalty dropping him to eighth on the grid

Singapore GP Review: Vettel back on top Plus

Singapore GP Review: Vettel back on top

It should have been Lewis Hamilton's race, but it turned out to be Sebastian Vettel's - and once again Fernando Alonso achieved an unlikely podium. AUTOSPORT unravels the full story of Singapore

Belgian GP: Nico Hulkenberg delighted with fourth as Force India stars

Nico Hulkenberg said he was delighted with fourth place in the Belgian Grand Prix despite initially hoping he might manage a maiden Formula 1 podium

Belgian GP: Michael Schumacher backs Mercedes' strategy

Michael Schumacher reckoned his late second pitstop in the Belgian Grand Prix would have paid off if his Mercedes had not developed a gearbox problem

Belgian GP: Kamui Kobayashi devastated as front row start wasted by crash

Kamui Kobayashi said seeing his Spa front-row start wasted in the first-lap accident was a "terrible" feeling

Belgian GP: Kimi Raikkonen says Lotus not fast enough at Spa

Kimi Raikkonen said he was happy with third place considering how difficult his Lotus was to drive in the Belgian Grand Prix

The Belgian Grand Prix review: Button leaves chaos behind Plus

The Belgian Grand Prix review: Button leaves chaos behind

The full story of a Belgian Grand Prix that featured Jenson Button domination and a startline crash that could have big world championship repercussions

Belgian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton admits he chose wrong McLaren rear wing after poor qualifying

Lewis Hamilton blamed his decision to switch to an older rear wing for a "disastrous" Spa qualifying result

Belgian Grand Prix: Pastor Maldonado says third on grid shows Williams resurgence underway

Pastor Maldonado believes his third place on the Belgian Grand Prix grid proves Williams will be even stronger in the second part of the 2012 Formula 1 season

McLaren admits Jenson Button could be asked to support Lewis Hamilton's title bid

Jenson Button may be asked to support Lewis Hamilton as the 2012 Formula 1 title battle reaches its climax, McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has admitted

McLaren will not debut double DRS at Belgian Grand Prix

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has denied rumours that the team will introduce double DRS at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, but left the door open for the appearance of such a device later in the year

Williams says car damage spoiled Pastor Maldonado's German Grand Prix

Williams's chief operations engineer Mark Gillan said substantial damage to Pastor Maldonado's car from debris led to his lapped 15th-place finish at Hockenheim

Jenson Button says no one faster than McLaren now

Jenson Button believes that no car is faster than his McLaren after he fought for the win at Hockenheim

The complete German Grand Prix review Plus

The complete German Grand Prix review

Fernando Alonso spent another race under pressure at the front of the field, but unlike Silverstone, in Germany he was able to hang on and take another race win, as our GP Review recounts

Jenson Button sure German Grand Prix will be much stronger for McLaren than its qualifying suggests

Jenson Button is undaunted by McLaren's grid positions for the German Grand Prix as he believes the team's dry weather pace is far superior to what it managed in the wet in Hockenheim qualifying

Romain Grosjean says driver coach not needed, despite Jackie Stewart's advice

Romain Grosjean says he does not need a driver coach at the moment, after Jackie Stewart said he could help the Lotus driver in his preparation

Bottas keeps Williams on top as young driver test switches to Silverstone International circuit

Valtteri Bottas was fastest for Williams in mixed conditions on the final morning of the Silverstone young driver test, posting a 49.241s lap on the International circuit

Who is Ma Qing Hua and why does he matter? Plus

Who is Ma Qing Hua and why does he matter?

You may not have heard of Ma Qing Hua, but his young driver test for HRT at Silverstone heralds an important step for Chinese motorsport as it aims to increases its footprint in Formula 1. Tom Mallett profiles the 24 year old

Bottas tops timesheets for Williams on opening morning of young driver test at Silverstone

Valtteri Bottas topped the timesheets for Williams on the opening day of Formula 1's young driver test at Silverstone

Larbre feels 'lucky' to secure dramatic last-minute Le Mans 24 Hours GTE Am class win

Larbre Competition team manager Jack Leconte said that the #50 Chevrolet Corvette was lucky to win the Le Mans 24 Hours GTE Am category after the team had to pit on the last lap to change drivers

Le Mans Hour 22: McNish suffers crash, handing Treluyer the race lead

Benoit Treluyer in the #1 Audi moved back into the lead when Allan McNish spun and made contact with the barriers at the Porsche Curves in the sister e-tron

Le Mans 24 Hours 15th hour: Lotterer's Audi e-tron leads into sunrise

Andre Lotterer continues to lead the Le Mans 24 Hours in the #1 Audi e-tron after the safety car extended his advantage to over a minute when it split the two Audis

Le Mans 24 Hours 14th hour: #1 Audi e-tron escapes incident

The battle for the overall lead of the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours continues with Andre Lotterer maintaining a narrow margin over Allan McNish in the other Audi e-tron as the 14th hour came to a close under yellow, despite a spin for the #1

Mazda announces diesel LMP2 engine for 2013 Le Mans

Mazda has announced that it will supply a customer diesel engine for LMP2 cars to be used for the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours

Audi e-tron drivers say fuel consumption will be critical in Le Mans 24 Hours

Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer say that the Audi e-tron is faster and more flexible than the Ultra, but that the race performance will be heavily influenced by the fuel consumption of the hybrid

AF Corse undaunted by Giancarlo Fisichella's Le Mans practice crash

AF Corse team owner Amato Ferrari believes that its lead Ferrari 458 can still win the GTE Pro category despite having to build a car up around a new chassis after Giancarlo Fisichella crashed at the Porsche Curves during practice on Wednesday

ACO announces fully-fledged Asian Le Mans Series for 2013

Le Mans organiser the Automobile Club de l'Ouest has announced a six-round Asian Le Mans Series for 2013

Corvette drivers reckon Ferrari has raw pace advantage in Le Mans GTE Pro battle

The factory Corvette drivers doubt that they will be the GTE Pro class pacesetters in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, but are confident that the car's new wider track makes it more stable and easier to drive over 24 hours, giving them a good chance of fighting for victory

Jenson Button 'lost and confused' by complete lack of pace

Jenson Button says he hasn't got a clue how to rectify the grip problems he currently faces with his McLaren after finishing the Canadian Grand Prix a lap down in 16th position in what he called his 'worst race in many years'

Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari reckon one-stop strategy possible in Canadian Grand Prix

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari team manager Massimo Rivola reckon that some teams might be able to stop only once for tyres in the Canadian Grand Prix

Red Bull Racing content with early Montreal pace

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber declared themselves happy with Red Bull's progress in Friday practice in Canada

Alex Brundle: Aiming to make his mark in GP3 Plus

Alex Brundle: Aiming to make his mark in GP3

Alex Brundle has yet to win a race in junior single-seaters, despite having been around for three years at Formula 3 level. For 2012 he's heading to GP3 to chase the grand prix dream. Tom Mallett spoke to him

Valentino Rossi optimistic for Estoril after adopting Ducati team-mate Nicky Hayden's set-up

Valentino Rossi says he is optimistic that he will be able to extract more performance from the Ducati at Estoril this weekend, after taking team-mate Nicky Hayden's lead on set-up

Jorge Lorenzo worried by Yamaha's tyre degradation in Spanish Grand Prix practice

Jorge Lorenzo said his Yamaha suffered from tyre degradation in practice for MotoGP's Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez

Casey Stoner unsure about arm pump progress as rain confuses Jerez MotoGP practice

Casey Stoner said that the wet conditions in MotoGP's first and second practice sessions at Jerez prevented him from assessing the arm pump problems he suffered in Qatar

Cal Crutchlow frustrated with wet pace after Jerez MotoGP practice

Cal Crutchlow says he needs to improve his pace in the damp at Jerez after struggling in changeable conditions in the second MotoGP practice session and posting only the ninth fastest time of the session

Heikki Kovalainen says Caterham's Q2 appearance in Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying was a vindication for the team

Heikki Kovalainen said Caterham always believed it could get into Q2 in Bahrain, after claiming the team's best qualifying result of the 2012 season so far with 16th on the Sakhir grid

GT Academy goes global

Nissan and Playstation have expanded the GT Academy to incorporate four separate competitions covering Europe, Germany, USA and Russia

Whitmarsh says no single team appears set to dominate in Australia

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes that no single team appears set to dominate heading into the 2012 Formula 1 season-opener in Australia

Aston Martin target top five finish in FIA WEC opener at Sebring

Aston Martin Racing managing director John Gaw has targeted a top five finish at the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Sebring

Mark Webber determined to close gap to Sebastian Vettel in 2012

Mark Webber says he intends to carry the momentum of a strong end to the 2011 season through Formula 1's winter break as he aims to close the gap to Red Bull team-mate and double world champion Sebastian Vettel