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Verstappen remains interested in future Le Mans attempt

Max Verstappen remains interested in entering the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the future alongside his father, Jos, who will soon make his return to competitive racing.

Motorsport is very bankable, says Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen
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Motorsport is very bankable, says Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen

Tom Kristensen is the most successful driver in the history of Le Mans 24 hours with nine outright victories. Since retiring from racing, he's been President of the FIA Drivers Commission. From that platform, he's running for the role of FIA Deputy President for Sport in December's election, alongside the current holder of that role, Graham Stoker, who's bidding to become President.

Albuquerque: Double points at Le Mans has skewed LMP2 WEC fight

United Autosports driver Filipe Albuquerque believes awarding double points to the Le Mans 24 Hours has skewed this year's LMP2 title battle in the World Endurance Championship.

The remarkable fixes Toyota used to avert another Le Mans disaster

The 1-2 finish achieved by Toyota at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours was a result that will have surprised few, given its status as pre-event favourite. But the result was anything but straightforward, as worsening fuel pressure concerns required the team's drivers and engineers to pursue "creative fixes" on the fly. Here is the full story of how it reached the end without a lengthy pit visit

Retiring Davidson has come to terms with not winning Le Mans

Anthony Davidson has revealed that he has come to terms with his failure to win the Le Mans 24 Hours ahead of his final professional race start this weekend.

Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood

Team WRT has been at the forefront of GT racing for years and made a successful move to prototypes for 2021, capped by an LMP2 win on its Le Mans debut. It could've been even better had the race been one lap shorter, when its cars ran 1-2, but the stranger-than-fiction reality has spurred the team to reach greater heights

When a future Le Mans winner with "no regrets" became an F1 driver for a day

Marcel Fassler is best known for winning the Le Mans 24 Hours on three occasions, as well as a plethora of other successes in sportscars. But before all that, he was given the chance to be a Formula 1 driver "even if it was only for one day".

Rast to make DTM comeback in 2022, lead Audi LMDh programme in 2023

Three-time DTM champion Rene Rast will return to the championship next year following Audi's departure from Formula E, and will lead the marque's Le Mans 24 Hours comeback in 2023.

Alpine to run two-car LMDh Hypercar entry in WEC from 2024

French manufacturer Alpine will enter two LMDh cars in the World Endurance Championship’s Hypercar category from 2024 that will “benefit from all the expertise” of its F1 project.

Le Mans winner and Targa Florio hero Nino Vaccarella dies aged 88
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Le Mans winner and Targa Florio hero Nino Vaccarella dies aged 88

Nino Vaccarella, a hero of the Targa Florio road race in his native Sicily, has died at the age of 88.

Why Le Mans proves good vision is vital to racing success
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Why Le Mans proves good vision is vital to racing success

It may seem obvious that racing drivers need good vision to compete at their very best, but in the Le Mans 24 Hours, this most vital of motorsport senses gets tested to the very limit.

Touring car ace and Le Mans class winner Gordon Spice dies

Gordon Spice, a pacesetter in touring cars and world champion in sportscars, has died at the age of 81 after a long battle with cancer.

Glickenhaus: Toyota's Le Mans winning margin shows BoP flaws

The boss of the Glickenhaus marque has questioned the effectiveness of the Balance of Performance for the Hypercar class in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Watch: This Week with Will Buxton, Le Mans Special Edition

Check out the Le Mans Special Edition of This Week with Will Buxton, as the popular Formula 1 presenter makes his first visit to the world’s most famous sportscar race.

Who’s the most successful manufacturer at Le Mans? Porsche, Toyota & more

The Le Mans 24 Hours is the world's toughest endurance race and an attractive proposition to manufacturers seeking to showcase their speed and reliability. But who has the most wins?

Alonso: Racing F1 cars at Le Mans "could be fun" with track changes

Fernando Alonso says that it “could be fun” to race a Formula 1 car on the Le Mans circuit after completing a demo run at the track last weekend.

Veloqx to make Le Mans return with biofuel Hypercar

Team Veloqx is gearing up for a racing return after nearly 20 years way with a Le Mans Hypercar bearing the Fangio name and powered by a radical biofuel engine.

Blomqvist 'would have been happier to lose by more' in late Le Mans LMP2 drama

JOTA driver Tom Blomqvist says he would have been happier to lose by more than the seven tenths by which the team missed out on LMP2 victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Jarvis: Risi already a match for Le Mans' top LMP2 teams

Risi Competizione proved itself to be on a par with established top LMP2 squads like United Autosports and JOTA in its Le Mans 24 Hours debut in the class, believes Oliver Jarvis.

Archive: Why Cadillac's previous Le Mans bid was doomed from the start

After announcing its LMDh programme to challenge for both IMSA and World Endurance Championship honours, Cadillac will return to Le Mans in 2023 after two decades away. Back then, the American manufacturer hoped to take Le Mans by storm with its Northstar LMP car - but, as GARY WATKINS wrote in the 16 January 2003 issue of Autosport magazine, it was doomed from day one

Action Express Racing “would welcome” chance to race new Cadillac at Le Mans

Action Express Racing’s team director Gary Nelson has said he’d welcome the chance to race the Cadillac LMDh prototype at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Autosport Podcast: Le Mans 24 Hours review

Toyota conquered the Le Mans 24 Hours for the fourth consecutive year but once again the French sportscar classic served up another fascinating race.

The standout memories of Le Mans 2021

OPINION: With four of the five Hypercar entries unproven in a 24-hour race, it would not have been unexpected for at least one of them to suffer serious reliability trouble. That they all managed to make it through the race relatively unscathed, says GARY WATKINS, was something of a surprise.

Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked

Toyota scored its fourth Le Mans 24 Hours victory and a 1-2, with the #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez beating the #8. But although it looked straightforward from the outside, Toyota faced serious problem that had to be solved with some quick-thinking and ingenuity

Maldonado "devastated" to cause intra-United Le Mans clash

Manuel Maldonado admits he is "devastated" at causing the crash that eliminated two of United Autosports' LMP2 entries from winning contention in last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Alpine has "no reason to be disappointed" with Le Mans podium

Alpine WEC principal Philippe Sinault said his Hypercar team has "no reason to be disappointed" after finishing last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours in third behind both Toyotas.

Porsche "expected to be closer" in Le Mans GTE Pro fight

Porsche’s head of factory motorsport Pascal Zurlinden said he “expected to be closer” on pace to GTE Pro rivals Ferrari and Corvette in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

TF puncture 'turning point' in GTE Am Le Mans race

TF Sport boss Tom Ferrier has explained the “turning point” in the GTE Am race at the Le Mans 24 Hours which handed the initiative to the class-winning #83 Ferrari.

Toyota's Le Mans fuel issue could have been "showstopper"

The fuel issue that hit both Toyotas in last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours could have been a "showstopper", according to the Japanese team's technical boss.

Pre-race weight break ‘not a gamechanger’ for Corvette in Ferrari Le Mans fight

Jordan Taylor says the pre-race weight break handed to Corvette by the FIA Endurance Committee wasn’t a “gamechanger” in its Le Mans 24 Hours GTE Pro fight with Ferrari.

GTE Pro Le Mans winner Calado explains pre-race Corvette contact

Le Mans 24 Hours GTE Pro class winner James Calado said he was “driving blind” due to a fogged-up windscreen when he hit Tommy Milner’s Corvette before the race start.

Ford v Ferrari revisited – separating Le Mans '66 fact from movie fiction
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Ford v Ferrari revisited – separating Le Mans '66 fact from movie fiction

The story of Ken Miles, Carroll Shelby and Ford’s GT40 beating Ferrari at Le Mans in 1966 was showcased to the world via the Ford v Ferrari movie, starring Christian Bale as Miles and Matt Damon as Shelby. But what was the real story of how it happened, and what happened next?

Magnussen: "Hard to comprehend" extent of Le Mans bad luck

Jan Magnussen admits it was "hard to comprehend" the extent of the misfortune suffered by the LMP2 car he shared with son Kevin in last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Frijns: "Everything went wrong" before shock LMP2 win

WRT's LMP2 driver Robin Frijns revealed his Le Mans winning effort nearly unravelled at the end due to various issues, before taking the class win in a dramatic turnaround.

Buemi explains how #8 Toyota was “quite lucky” in Le Mans 24h start clash

Sebastien Buemi says the area of impact his #8 Toyota car took in the Le Mans 24 Hours start clash with the #708 Glickenhaus helped avoid critical damage as his squad recovered to finish runner-up.

Lopez: Final hours of #7 Toyota Le Mans win "very stressful" with fuel woes

Jose Maria Lopez admitted the final hours of his maiden Le Mans 24 Hours victory were "very stressful" as the Toyota crew battled fuel issues.

Le Mans 24h: #7 Toyota takes historic win with new Hypercar

The #7 Toyota of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez found redemption after years of heartbreak by finally winning the first Le Mans 24 Hours of the Hypercar era, while Ferrari beat Corvette in GTE Pro.

Le Mans 24h: #7 Toyota remains on course for victory with four hours to go

Toyota looks well-placed to record another 1-2 win at Le Mans with four hours to run, but fuelling issues for both its Hypercars have become its main cause for concern.

Le Mans 24h: Toyotas lead after 16 hours, Ferrari edging GTE Pro

The #7 Toyota of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez leads the Le Mans 24 Hours by 23 seconds after 16 hours, while Ferrari heads GTE Pro.

Le Mans 24h: #7 Toyota leads sister #8 car at halfway stage

Toyota strengthened its grip on the Le Mans 24 Hours as the race reached the halfway mark, with the #7 crew maintaining the advantage over the sister #8 machine.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota extends 1-2 lead, rain causes chaos in LMP2

The #7 Toyota led the Le Mans 24 Hours at one-third distance, as the LMP2 battle was turned on its head by a wild sequence of accidents as rain caught out the leading competitors.

Le Mans 24h: Gutted Davidson "would have made same mistake again" after off

JOTA LMP2 driver Anthony Davidson said he was "gutted" to spin out of the lead at the Le Mans 24 Hours but admitted he "would have made exactly the same mistake all over again."

Le Mans 24 Hours: #7 Toyota holds lead over #8 after four hours

The #7 Toyota has taken a controlled lead in the Le Mans 24 Hours at the four-hour mark, as a first safety car intervention disturbed several class battles.

Le Mans 24h: #7 Toyota leads from Alpine after hectic first hour

The #7 Toyota led the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours from Alpine after the first hour, after contact during a wet start dropped the #8 Toyota back.

Le Mans 24 Hours Live commentary and updates

Live updates from the 89th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The gentleman drivers of sportscar racing, and why gradings matter

Endurance racing has traditionally welcomed its fair share of amateur drivers at the big events, such as the Le Mans 24 Hours. But for them to stand a chance of competing on an even keel, a system of gradings was introduced that has become an accepted part of the landscape in sportscars

Customer Porsche team's Le Mans pole a ‘kick in the arse’ to factory

Customer team HubAuto Racing taking GTE Pro pole for the Le Mans 24 Hours was “a kick in the arse” to the Porsche factory, its operations chief Alexander Stehlig said.

ACO extends deal with FIA to promote WEC

Le Mans 24 Hours organiser Automobile Club l'Ouest has extended its deal with the FIA to continue promoting the World Endurance Championship.

Alpine confident of matching LMH rivals Le Mans stint lengths

Alpine is confident it can achieve the 12-lap stints it believes are essential to mount a challenge in this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours, and thinks it can lap in the same second as Toyota.

10 things we've learned from the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours so far

The new dawn for the World Endurance Championship has arrived at Le Mans, as Hypercars prepare to duel for victory in the world's oldest endurance race. Autosport picks out the 10 things we have learned in the build up to the race.

Le Mans 2021: The team by team guide Plus

Le Mans 2021: The team by team guide

After a two-month delay due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours is set to get underway with the start of the Hypercar era at the Circuit de la Sarthe

HubAuto: Le Mans pole can inspire other privateers to try GTE Pro

HubAuto's achievement in beating GTE Pro factories to take a class pole position for the Le Mans 24 Hours can inspire other aspiring privateer entrants, according to its technical director.

Hydrogen cars to be able to fight for outright Le Mans 24 Hours win

The new hydrogen fuel-cell prototypes due to be introduced at the 2025 Le Mans 24 Hours will be able to challenge for outright victory from the outset.

Ferrari ‘surprised’ by timing of Le Mans BoP change

Ferrari GT technical director Ferdinando Cannizzo says the timing of a Balance of Performance tweak handed down to the Italian marque at the Le Mans 24 Hours was “really surprising”.

GT3 cars to replace GTE class at Le Mans from 2024

GT3-based cars will take over from the current GTE class at the 2024 Le Mans 24 Hours, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest has announced.

The ex-F1 drivers making a name for themselves in Le Mans' underrated class

Kevin Magnussen will make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut this weekend alongside father Jan in LMP2. But the Danes won't be the only ex-F1 drivers to appear in the hotly contested category this year.

IDEC Sport withdraws #17 LMP2 entry after Le Mans practice shunt

IDEC Sport's #17 ORECA LMP2 entry has been withdrawn from this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours following a heavy crash in Thursday's Free Practice 3 session.

Le Mans 24h: FP4 headed by #8 Toyota from Alpine

Alpine split the Toyotas in the final practice ahead of this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours, the blue riband round of the World Endurance Championship.

Vanthoor hails "lap of my life" after shock Le Mans GTE Pro pole

Dries Vanthoor described his Le Mans 24 Hours qualifying performance to beat the factories to the GTE Pro pole in his privateer HubAuto Porsche as the "lap of my life".

Le Mans 24h: Kobayashi grabs pole for #7 Toyota ahead of sister car

Kamui Kobayashi delivered Toyota pole position for the 89th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours, holding off team-mate Brendon Hartley in Thursday night's Hyperpole shootout.