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Audi to offer LMDh to customer WEC and IMSA teams in '23

Customer squads will be able to run Audi's LMDh prototype when the marque returns to the top flight of endurance racing in 2023, with testing planned to begin next year.

The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing Prime

The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing

OPINION: The greed-driven push for a European Super League that threatened to tear football apart is collapsing at the seams. Motor racing's equivalent, the football-themed Superleague Formula series of 2008-11, was everything that the proposed ESL never could be.

Ex-F1 driver Alguersuari to make racing return in karts

Former Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Jaime Alguersuari is planning a comeback to motorsport in the KZ shifter division of the world karting championship, six years after retiring aged 25.

Two-time Le Mans winner Stuck to make racing comeback aged 70

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner and Hans-Joachim Stuck will make his comeback at the age of 70 in this weekend's first round of the new GT2 European Series.

Formula 3000: In defence of F1's unloved feeder series
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Formula 3000: In defence of F1's unloved feeder series

Champions of the forerunner to GP2/F2 had a patchy record when it came to reaching the final rung on the ladder, if they were able to reach F1 at all. But there are plenty of reasons why it shouldn't be derided on that point alone.

How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy Prime

How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy

Raffaele Marciello once appeared to be Ferrari’s next Italian F1 star, but is now under the pay of its German arch-rival in GTs.

Heavy snow disrupts Nurburgring 24 Hours prep
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Heavy snow disrupts Nurburgring 24 Hours prep

The cancellation of the first round of the Nurburgring Endurance Series (NLS) last weekend has disrupted the preparations of Robert Kubica and three British drivers for the Nurburgring 24 Hours.

Tsunoda says "strange" medium tyres had no grip at all in Q2

AlphaTauri Formula 1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda says a "strange" feeling on the medium compound tyre during Q2 prevented him from qualifying in the top 10 for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Alonso still "not 100%" on F1 return with Alpine

Fernando Alonso has admitted he is still "not 100%" up to speed after two years out of Formula 1 as he prepares for his return in this weekend's Bahrain GP.

The forgotten member of F1's greatest rookie crop Prime

The forgotten member of F1's greatest rookie crop

The 2001 Formula 1 season unveiled three shining lights who would take the challenge to Michael Schumacher – but also delivered a harsh lesson in F1’s cut-throat nature to the fourth member, Arrows driver Enrique Bernoldi

Top LMP2 squad JOTA to run McLaren in GTWCE

Top LMP2 outfit JOTA will return to GT racing by fielding a McLaren 720S GT3 with an all-factory driver line-up in this year’s GT World Challenge Europe.

Top 10 F1 to Indy car converts ranked

As Romain Grosjean becomes the latest former Formula 1 driver to make the switch to the NTT IndyCar Series with Dale Coyne Racing in 2021, picks out the 10 converts who made the best impression Stateside.

Schnitzer Motorsport set to be liquidated after BMW split
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Schnitzer Motorsport set to be liquidated after BMW split

Multiple championship-winning touring car and sportscar squad Schnitzer Motorsport is set to be liquidated and preparing to sell its assets after BMW Motorsport decided against renewing its contract for 2021.

Why a lost F1 hope is still in demand aged 65 Prime

Why a lost F1 hope is still in demand aged 65

There's a saying among retired folk that life begins at 60, but endurance specialist Alain Ferte has never used the 'R' word. Some 40 years since his crowning glory in F3, he's still a driver in demand and gunning for more 24-hour racing success this weekend

How a fallen Red Bull F1 hope became a Porsche great Prime

How a fallen Red Bull F1 hope became a Porsche great

Without an innocuous clash in a 2007 GP2 race, F1 history could have been very different with a German Red Bull Junior not called Sebastian Vettel ascending to Toro Rosso that year. Here's how he rebuilt himself to win four titles in as many years.

TF Sport to make prototype debut with LMP2 programme in ELMS

Le Mans 24 Hours class-winning team TF Sport will make its first foray into prototype racing this year by entering an LMP2 car in the European Le Mans Series.

In defence of Luca Badoer

Much-maligned given his record for the most races without a point and his disastrous two-race foray with Ferrari in 2009, Luca Badoer is perhaps the embodiment of the old adage that your most important race is your last one. James Newbold argues that his reputation is undeserved.

How a BTCC veteran conquered the summit in British GT Prime

How a BTCC veteran conquered the summit in British GT

After two decades in touring cars, Rob Collard had an uphill battle to unlearn the tools needed to be quick in tin-tops and understand how to hustle a GT3 car. But he did so with aplomb to prevail alongside Sandy Mitchell amid a challenging year for the series...

WTCR reverts to double-header race weekends in 2021

The FIA World Touring Car Cup will revert to double-header race weekends in 2021 as part of a raft of changes approved by the World Motor Sport Council yesterday.

Leclerc's brother Arthur steps up to F3 with Prema

Arthur Leclerc, the younger brother of Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles, will graduate to the FIA Formula 3 championship next year with the title-winning Prema Racing outfit.

McLaren squad 2 Seas Motorsport joins DTM for 2021

McLaren will be represented in the DTM when it switches to GT3 regulations next year, with British GT squad 2 Seas Motorsport committing to a two-car entry with the 720S GT3.

Ferrari's chassis engineering head Resta moves to Haas

Ferrari has announced more changes to the technical leadership of its Formula 1 team, with its head of chassis engineering moving to join Haas.

Perez: Grosjean crash put Bahrain DNF into perspective Bahrain GP
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Perez: Grosjean crash put Bahrain DNF into perspective

Sergio Perez said his late retirement from a podium position at the Formula 1 Bahrain GP was put into perspective by Romain Grosjean's remarkable escape from his frightening crash.

Ricciardo disgusted by "disrespectful" Grosjean replays

Daniel Ricciardo said he was "disgusted" by Formula 1 showing replays of Romain Grosjean's Bahrain Grand Prix accident during the lengthy red flag period, which he said was "completely disrespectful".

Button targets Le Mans return with own team in future

Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button has targeted returning to race at the Le Mans 24 Hours with his own team in future.

Why Button's motorsport journey is far from over Prime

Why Button's motorsport journey is far from over

He's now a team co-owner, but as 2009 world champion Jenson Button tells in an exclusive interview, his passion for driving is undiminished, with ambitions to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours - and one day drive for his own team - a key ambition.

Tandy “very sad” in Sebring glory as Porsche signs off

Nick Tandy says his third successive GT Le Mans win at the Sebring 12 Hours was tinged with sadness knowing it was Porsche’s final outing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Memories of China 2007 made Hamilton reject late pitstop

Newly-crowned Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton said he "learned my lesson" from his 2007 Chinese GP pitlane faux pas in opting against a late pitstop during the Turkish GP.

Sainz handed grid penalty for impeding Perez

Carlos Sainz has been given a three-place grid penalty for the Turkish Grand Prix after stewards adjudged that the McLaren Formula 1 driver had impeded Sergio Perez in qualifying.

Slow FP3 laps aided Alfa's qualifying effort - Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen says the extra laps Alfa Romeo completed in heavy rain at the end of FP3 helped it to get both cars into Q3 at the Turkish Grand Prix.

How Turkey was established as Tilke's F1 gold standard Prime
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How Turkey was established as Tilke's F1 gold standard

When the Istanbul Park circuit first joined the Formula 1 calendar in 2005, it quickly won over the drivers. Reflecting 15 years later as it prepares for its F1 return, that same enthusiasm is unchanged.

Why Button struggled on Silverstone McLaren GT3 debut

Jenson Button says he would do more testing if he were to return to GT3 racing in future after a tough debut weekend in the British GT championship at Silverstone last weekend.

Why latest Hamilton-Rosberg battle won’t have the same edge Prime

Why latest Hamilton-Rosberg battle won’t have the same edge

Even four years after it ended, the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg has yet to be topped for drama and intrigue by anything F1 has seen since. But the next iteration commencing in 2021 will played out on much different terms...

The great unheralded Imola F1 drives Prime
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The great unheralded Imola F1 drives

The return of Imola to the Formula 1 calendar for this weekend’s Emilia Romagna GP provides an opportunity to assess some of its less-remembered noteworthy drives. We highlight those which have been forgotten by history

Hamilton "jumped" at chance to start own XE team

Lewis Hamilton says he "jumped right at it" when the opportunity to start his X44 Extreme E team arose, but admits it still feels "strange" to be an owner.

When big single-seaters ruled Algarve long before F1’s debut Prime

When big single-seaters ruled Algarve long before F1’s debut

Formula 1 returns to Portugal next weekend for the first time since 1996 with its first-ever visit to the Algarve International Circuit. But it won't be the first high-powered single-seaters to race there, with two much-missed misfit series blazing the trail...

Button to make GT3 debut in British GT season finale

Jenson Button will make his GT3 debut in the British GT championship's final round at Silverstone next month.

Perez says Racing Point "messed up" qualifying strategy

Sergio Perez is braced for a "painful day" in the Formula 1 constructors' championship for Racing Point at the Eifel GP after qualifying behind both Renaults in ninth.

The great unheralded Nurburgring F1 drives

The Nurburgring has been the setting for some of the finest drives by Formula 1 legends, which are recanted time and again. Ahead of its return to the calendar, James Newbold picks out some of the lesser-known performances that also deserve credit

Hyundai takes covers off new Elantra N TCR car

Hyundai has officially unveiled its latest challenger for TCR-spec touring car racing, the Elantra N TCR joining its existing i30 N and Veloster N models.

Nurburgring 24h winner Yelloly says conditions were “worst” ever

Nurburgring 24 Hours winner Nick Yelloly described the rainstorm that caused the race to be red-flagged for nine hours on Saturday evening as “the worst conditions I have experienced”.

Stroll thinks it's "ridiculous" Leclerc wasn't penalised

Lance Stroll said it was "ridiculous" that Charles Leclerc wasn't penalised for their first-lap contact during the Russian Grand Prix.

How a DTM failure became an unlikely Nurburgring 24h winner Prime

How a DTM failure became an unlikely Nurburgring 24h winner

Opel's fortunes in the DTM had taken a turn for the worst by 2003 - hardly the pedigree that suggested it could take on the toughest 24-hour race of them all. But that's exactly what it did…

Lynn proud of Aston's "vast improvement" after GTE triumph

Alex Lynn says he's "very proud" of the "vast improvement" made by the Aston Martin GTE squad that enabled it to take victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend.

Aston Martin qualifying pace "didn't make sense" - Makowiecki

Fred Makowiecki said Aston Martin’s pace decline in Friday’s Hyperpole qualifying session for the Le Mans 24 Hours “didn’t make sense” after it had topped qualifying practice on Thursday.

Mazepin investigated for hitting pitboard after losing win

Formula 2 driver Nikita Mazepin is under investigation for a parc ferme incident that followed a five-second penalty for running Yuki Tsunoda wide during their battle for the lead.

Pagenaud blames starting spot, Hunter-Reay clash for lowly finish

Last year’s Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud rued his lowly qualifying position for Sunday’s race which mired his Team Penske entry in traffic and led to a clash with Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Gutted Makowiecki laments "the saddest podium of my career"

Porsche's Fred Makowiecki branded his third-placed finish in the VIRginia International Raceway IMSA SportsCar Championship race as “the saddest podium of my career” after losing victory to a puncture.

Corvette "definitely beatable", says Porsche's Bamber

Porsche driver Earl Bamber believes Corvette Racing is "definitely beatable" in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this year as he believes his Porsche team is "not that far away".

Why a Le Mans winner is heading into an “unknown world”

Comparing Porsche's 919 Hybrid LMP1 to a NASCAR stock car is motorsport's equivalent of apples and oranges, but this weekend one of Weissach's top works aces will pit his skills against the regulars and revive the tradition of the 'road-course ringer'…

Russell surprised by "huge lack of pace" in race

George Russell says Williams has been surprised by its lack of pace in race trim compared to qualifying in the two Formula 1 races at the Red Bull Ring.

Hankook to replace Michelin as FE tyre supplier for Gen3 era

South Korean brand Hankook has won a tender to supply tyres for the Gen3 Formula E car from the 2022-23 season, seeing off competition from current supplier Michelin.

How Sauber upset the odds to win Le Mans Prime

How Sauber upset the odds to win Le Mans

The dominant manufacturer as the Group C era came to a close, twice in three years Sauber didn't start the biggest sportscar race of them all. When its one and only Le Mans 24 Hours victory finally came, it was amid unlikely circumstances.

Di Grassi: Ousted Abt deserves another chance in Formula E

Lucas di Grassi says he will miss having Daniel Abt in the Audi Formula E team and believes the ousted German merits another drive in the series.

Wickens joins 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual line-up

Injured IndyCar star Robert Wickens will continue his recovery by contesting the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual this weekend as a late replacement for W Series champion Jamie Chadwick.

DTM made the "same mistakes" as ITC - 1996 champion Reuter

DTM race-winner Manuel Reuter believes that the series made “exactly the same mistakes” as the International Touring Car Championship by putting its focus on engineering that raised costs for entrants.

Does 2000 hold the answers to the DTM's current crisis? Prime

Does 2000 hold the answers to the DTM's current crisis?

It's 20 years since the DTM roared back into life at a packed Hockenheim with a back-to-basics approach as the antidote to its high-tech past. Now it's on its knees again, so is it time to recall the lessons learned in 2000?

FIA reveals exclusive supplier for WRC's hybrid move

The FIA has confirmed the appointment of Compact Dynamics as the exclusive supplier of hybrid systems to the World Rally Championship from the 2022 season.

Carlin announces driver line-up for 2020 F3 season

Enaam Ahmed will return to Europe this year to lead Carlin’s FIA Formula 3 championship assault.

Verstappen tests "insane" Valkyrie road car
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Verstappen tests "insane" Valkyrie road car

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen declared that the Aston Martin Valkyrie was "insane" after his first test in the road car at Silverstone.