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What could have been: When Stewart turned down Ferrari's F1 advances

Having established himself as a grand prix winner in his first two seasons of Formula 1, a disastrous 1967 campaign with BRM led to a meeting between Jackie Stewart and Ferrari. In an astute move, the Scot turned down the drive for 1968 and went on to become an unstoppable force with Ken Tyrrell.

The rise and fall of Lotus as an F1 superpower Prime

The rise and fall of Lotus as an F1 superpower

On 8 October 1961, Innes Ireland claimed victory at the United States Grand Prix to herald the true arrival of a new Formula 1 giant. While Team Lotus endured plenty of highs and lows until the team folded over three decades later, Colin Chapman's squad made F1 history and helped shape the championship.

Top 10 Lotus F1 cars ranked: 49, 72, 79 and more

Lotus can recall its own hall of fame for Formula 1 cars across its illustrious history which boasts some of the most dominant and successful efforts the championship has ever seen. But which one comes out on top? Kevin Turner picks the best and explains why

Lewis Hamilton's 100 wins – 2008 British GP, 2020 Turkish GP and more
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Lewis Hamilton's 100 wins – 2008 British GP, 2020 Turkish GP and more

Lewis Hamilton became the first driver to score 100 wins in the Formula 1 world championship in the 2021 Russian Grand Prix.

What could have been: How Panoz almost missed out on its talisman

The Panoz GT programme wasn't a fashionable pick for an ex-Formula 1 driver in 1997, and McLaren appeared a much better bet for David Brabham. But against the odds, he linked up with the American marque and forged a winning partnership that would last for over half a decade.

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.

How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car Prime

How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car

The JW Automotive Engineering team won twice at the Le Mans 24 Hours with ageing Fords and was considered the heavy favourite to add more victories to its tally after partnering with Porsche. But despite being armed with the all-conquering 917, this formidable combination was never as successful in real life as on the big screen.

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?

The last hurrah for former British F1 superpower BRM Prime

The last hurrah for former British F1 superpower BRM

Having tasted drivers' and constructors' success in 1962, the BRM Formula 1 team had fallen on hard times by the end of the decade. But the arrival of fresh faces and new cars gave it one more boost as the 1970s began.

The top 10 races of Mexico’s lost F1 great Pedro Rodriguez Prime

The top 10 races of Mexico’s lost F1 great Pedro Rodriguez

It's 50 years to the day since Pedro Rodriguez lost his life in an inconsequential sportscar race at the Norisring. To mark the anniversary, Motorsport.com picks out the 10 greatest races of the Mexican all-rounder.

Why F1’s pole records could be about to become meaningless Prime

Why F1’s pole records could be about to become meaningless

Silverstone will be the first trial of Formula 1's new sprint race format on Saturday, which sets the grid for Sunday's British Grand Prix. But one key decision means the history books will be unnecessarily warped for this and other repeat experiments.

Is this motorsport’s greatest wet-weather drive?

Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Jackie Stewart could each make strong claims to the ultimate rainmaster title, but the best single drive might have come outside Formula 1. In the week that Pedro Rodriguez was killed 50 years ago, we look back at his finest moment with a piece first published in Motorsport.com's sister magazine Autosport on 17 August, 2017.

Remembering Mexico's greatest F1 driver Pedro Rodriguez Prime

Remembering Mexico's greatest F1 driver Pedro Rodriguez

Pedro Rodriguez was killed 50 years ago this week, robbing Mexico of its brightest motor racing talent. A master of the Porsche 917, he had become one of the world’s top drivers, widely respected for his wet-weather ability and versatility across Formula 1 and sportscars.

Ranked! Niki Lauda’s top 10 Formula 1 drives

Austrian Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda was a three-time world champion who enjoyed a remarkable career that included 25 victories from 171 world championship F1 starts. Lauda, who died in 2019, left an indelible mark on the sport, and here we look back at his 10 greatest F1 drives.

Why F1 must get rid of the point for fastest lap Prime

Why F1 must get rid of the point for fastest lap

It’s been a flawed concept since its reintroduction to Formula 1 in 2019. But with every passing week, the evidence mounts to underline that awarding a point for the fastest lap is a bad idea and should be dropped

Alesi and Werner on their controversial Monaco F1 crash

Jean Alesi and Marco Werner have both spoken out following their controversial clash in a historic Formula 1 race at Monaco.

Alesi taken out at Monaco Historic GP while leading in Ferrari
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Alesi taken out at Monaco Historic GP while leading in Ferrari

Jean Alesi crashed out of a sensational lead at the Monaco Historic GP after a clash with three-time Le Mans winner Marco Werner.

F1 rule changes: In defence of making necessary improvements

Formula 1 rule changes are sometimes greeted with dismay by both fans and teams alike, depending on how the alterations impact those with a vested interest. But through safety upgrades or competition improvements, getting comfortable with the ‘new normal’ is a necessary and integral process to stop F1 going stale.

Ranked! The legendary Jim Clark’s top 10 performances
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Ranked! The legendary Jim Clark’s top 10 performances

Formula 1 lost its benchmark driver of the era when double world champion Jim Clark was killed in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim on 7 April 1968. The quiet Scot nevertheless left a lasting legacy, his 25 world championship victories from 72 starts is still enough for ninth on the all-time F1 wins list.

Turbo-hybrid F1 engines: In defence of the 'quiet' beasts

Since the introduction of the V6 turbo-hybrid engines in Formula 1 back in 2014, the technology, the cost and the sound have been attacked by fans and teams alike. But, as Kevin Turner argues, it was a necessary move that despite its drawbacks provided a future direction while keeping F1 road relevant.

Hyundai, Toyota and M-Sport commit to WRC hybrid rules

World Rally Championship manufacturers Hyundai, Toyota and M-Sport have committed to the hybrid future of the series in a deal announced by the FIA.

Jordan 191 to 'Pink Mercedes' - Aston's F1 forebearers Prime

Jordan 191 to 'Pink Mercedes' - Aston's F1 forebearers

It's 30 years since the Aston Martin Formula 1 team was originally founded as Jordan in 1991, and in that time it's competitiveness has fluctuated significantly. Here are the benchmarks that the current iteration of 'Team Silverstone' should aim to exceed in it's latest guise.

Archive: When Ferrari almost stopped Ford's Le Mans steamroller
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Archive: When Ferrari almost stopped Ford's Le Mans steamroller

Pole position, leading throughout and breaking the distance record suggests Ford’s second Le Mans 24 Hours victory in 1967 came easily. But that underplays Ferrari’s effort with the famous P4, as Kevin Turner explained in 2017 Le Mans supplement of Motorsport.com's sister title Autosport.

Ranked! Top 10 Mercedes F1 cars of all time
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Ranked! Top 10 Mercedes F1 cars of all time

Mercedes has been the dominant force of Formula 1's turbo hybrid era since 2014, but its pedigree in grand prix racing can be traced back over 100 years. KEVIN TURNER picks out its very best machines from the pre-war and world championship eras...

The greatest Mercedes you've never heard of Prime

The greatest Mercedes you've never heard of

It only raced once, but the 1939 W165 could be the most remarkable of all Silver Arrows, thanks to some controversial race organising and a secret project. Kevin Turner told its story in the 29 December 2016 issue of Autosport magazine

The numbers that reveal McLaren's revival Prime

The numbers that reveal McLaren's revival

McLaren hasn't had F1's fastest car since 2012, but was closer to the outright pace in 2020 than it had been at any point since 2013 - certainly a source of encouragement to a team that has endured numerous ups and downs in its 55-year history.

Ranked: Williams' top 10 Formula 1 cars

Williams is one of Formula 1's most legendary outfits, enjoying a rich history in the series. Ahead of its 2021 car launch, we picked out its 10 best grand prix challengers

F1's fastest and slowest: Williams's rollercoaster ride Prime
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F1's fastest and slowest: Williams's rollercoaster ride

In its time gracing the Formula 1 grid, Williams has hit the very pinnacle of grand prix racing - and also brought up the rear. Here we show how its pace measures up from 1978-2020.

How Senna won his greatest F1 title Prime
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How Senna won his greatest F1 title

Autosport magazine has produced a 1991 special issue to mark 30 years since Ayrton Senna's third world championship title, secured against stiff opposition from Nigel Mansell and Williams. Here's how Senna and McLaren triumphed against the odds

Lola Cars brand and technical assets put up for sale

British sportscar constructor and former Formula 1 entrant Lola has been put up for sale in a move that could result in the storied brand's return to modern motorsport.

Damon Hill's 10 greatest Formula 1 races Prime

Damon Hill's 10 greatest Formula 1 races

It's 25 years since Damon Hill broke through to claim the 1996 Formula 1 world championship, becoming the first son of a world champion father to do so. But which were his very best performances in F1? We pick out his top 10 greatest drives

Hydrogen-powered car to compete in 2024 Dakar Rally

Former World Rallycross team GCK Motorsport has launched a four-year off-road programme, starting with an all-electric vehicle and culminating in a hydrogen machine in the 2024 Dakar Rally.

Formula 1's great one-off pole laps

Excluding the 11 Indianapolis 500s that counted for world championship points, just 19 drivers had scored a single Formula 1 pole prior to last weekend's Turkish GP.

Prize-winner Hoggard completes Red Bull F1 test at Silverstone

Johnathan Hoggard has completed his first Formula 1 test as part of his prize for winning the 2019 Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award.

Kimi Raikkonen's top 10 F1 races ranked Prime

Kimi Raikkonen's top 10 F1 races ranked

Having chalked up his 323rd world championship start, Kimi Raikkonen became Formula 1's most experienced driver at the 2020 Eifel GP. Here's a look back at his 10 best-ever F1 races throughout his illustrious career

How F1's all-time wins record has been pushed ever upwards Prime
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How F1's all-time wins record has been pushed ever upwards

With his 91st Formula 1 victory at the Nurburgring, Lewis Hamilton has levelled Michael Schumacher's record tally and can be expected to surpass it, becoming the latest in a long line of drivers who have moved the goalposts in F1's history

The new Hamilton F1 speed record – could it stand forever? Prime

The new Hamilton F1 speed record – could it stand forever?

Amid the chaos that ensued on raceday at Monza, it was easy to overlook the new F1 qualifying speed record achieved by Lewis Hamilton. The latest record claimed by the 2017-onwards cars is likely to stand for some time, but could it last forever? Kevin Turner thinks not.

What is Hamilton’s place among the greatest F1 qualifying laps? Prime

What is Hamilton’s place among the greatest F1 qualifying laps?

After scorching to his 93rd pole at Spa, Lewis Hamilton's status among Formula 1's greatest qualifiers is unquestioned. But how does his "extra-terrestrial" lap compare against the best ever, and what parameters should be set for the debate?

How Hamilton's qualifying record compares to Senna, Schumacher Prime

How Hamilton's qualifying record compares to Senna, Schumacher

After his milestone 150th front-row start at the Spanish Grand Prix, where exactly does Lewis Hamilton stack up against the pantheon of F1 greats in the statistics? Comparing his strike rate against his starts, a clear picture begins to emerge

The Mansell F1 record that Verstappen didn’t quite beat Prime

The Mansell F1 record that Verstappen didn’t quite beat

Red Bull set the fastest lap at the 2020 British GP, Mercedes has the fastest car, but neither has yet managed to surpass the quickest Silverstone Formula 1 lap of all time. That honour belongs to a moustache-wearing Brit from over 30 years ago.

David Coulthard's top 10 Formula 1 drives Prime

David Coulthard's top 10 Formula 1 drives

Twenty years ago, David Coulthard scored his second British Grand Prix victory. Ahead of Formula 1's return to Silverstone this weekend, he helps us pick out his best races

Ranked: Top 10 Hungarian Grands Prix

We pick the 10 best Hungarian GP from the previous 34 editions, with wet-weather thrillers, underdog performances and strategic masterclasses all on show

Ranked: Hamilton's top 10 Formula 1 wins

We first picked out Lewis Hamilton's 10 greatest Formula 1 victories after his 50th success at the 2016 United States Grand Prix. Remarkably, since then he has added another 34 wins, some of which have been among his best, so it seemed right to revisit the list as the 2020 season finally gets going.

Ranked: Top 10 Austrian Grands Prix
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Ranked: Top 10 Austrian Grands Prix

The 2020 Formula 1 season finally gets underway in Austria this weekend. From teammates colliding to victory by just 0.050s, Autosport has picked out the 10 best races from the event's rich history

Top 10 Le Mans 24 Hours heartbreaks

From retiring after a 22-hour heroic solo effort to losing victory in sight of the flag, here are Autosport's top 10 picks for the most heartbreaking retirements at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Ranked: Top 10 best-looking Le Mans 24 Hours cars

Sportscar racing often produces fantastic-looking machines and the need for air-cheating shapes at the high-speed Le Mans circuit has resulted in some of the best of all

Ranked! Sebastian Vettel's top 10 Formula 1 wins

With 53 Formula 1 wins to his name so far, Sebastian Vettel has produced some of the all-time greatest drives. But here is how his best of the best filter down.

Tandy "gutted" by Porsche's IMSA withdrawal

Nick Tandy has described the day he heard the news of Porsche ending its factory IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship effort as the "worst of my career".

Top 10: Ugliest race-winning F1 cars

There have been plenty of ugly Formula 1 cars. Some seasons even seem to produce many aesthetically challenged machines – the horrible ‘proboscis’ noses of 2014 still linger in the memory, for example.

Why one of F1’s best overtakes is dismissed by the attacker

In the latest of our series of races picked out by Autosport and Motorsport.com journalists, we revisit the 1990 Mexican Grand Prix. A race that had it all in an era that did too, it also featured one of Formula 1’s most-famous passing moves

Ranking the 10 best 'point-less' F1 races Prime

Ranking the 10 best 'point-less' F1 races

There were many great Formula 1 events that didn't count for points between 1950 and 1983. Here's Motorsport.com's pick of the best.

Top 10 wet weather drives in Formula 1

One of the (many) measures of great drivers is their prowess in poor weather, when the human agent is able to make up for deficiencies in their machinery. But which are the very best? We've come up with our top 10 performances - limited to one per driver - to settle the age-old debate.

Sir Stirling Moss: His greatest drives ranked

Stirling Moss wasn’t just the best driver never to win the Formula 1 world championship, he was one of the greatest ever across a range of disciplines.

Sir Stirling Moss dies aged 90

Sir Stirling Moss, who died in the early hours of April 12 aged 90, was more than just the greatest racing driver never to win the Formula 1 World Championship.

Is Leclerc ready for the F1 crown? Prime

Is Leclerc ready for the F1 crown?

Charles Leclerc's stock rose considerably during a 2019 season in which he took more poles than anyone, and became only the second team-mate to beat Sebastian Vettel over the course of a year. But do he and Ferrari have the tools for a 2020 title tilt?

Autosport Awards: Johnathan Hoggard earns Red Bull F1 test

BRDC British Formula 3 runner-up Johnathan Hoggard has been crowned the winner of the Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Award at the 2019 Autosport Awards.

When was competition in F1 at its closest? Prime

When was competition in F1 at its closest?

When we recently asked readers to nominate Formula 1's greatest era, there were some dramatic splits in the results. One statistical measure that ought to be reliable is measuring when the field was at its closest - so how did the numbers compare to readers' instincts?

Aston Martin becomes new Autosport BRDC Award partner

Aston Martin is the new official partner of the Autosport BRDC Award, which will now have a £200,000 prize fund.

Aston Martin becomes new Autosport BRDC Award partner

Aston Martin is the new official partner of the Autosport BRDC Award, which will now have a £200,000 prize fund.

Fernando Alonso's 10 greatest F1 races Prime

Fernando Alonso's 10 greatest F1 races

Identifying great performances from Fernando Alonso's F1 career isn't difficult. Narrowing the list to just 10 is the most challenging part.