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Al-Attiyah: Dakar 2020 regs were "not fair"

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah believes the current Dakar Rally regulations are "not fair" towards four-wheel-drive cars, and expects the balance to be addressed for 2021.

Horner eager to see Hamilton take on F1's latest talent "wave"

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says it will be fascinating to see how long Lewis Hamilton can hold out against the "wave" of emerging young talent spearheaded by Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc.

Alonso: Dakar Rally return would be to win
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Alonso: Dakar Rally return would be to win

Fernando Alonso says he would only return to the Dakar Rally with the aim to win, after finishing 13th on his debut in 2020.

Racing Point growth can be F1's biggest in 2020 - Perez

Sergio Perez believes his Racing Point team has more room to grow than any other outfit in Formula 1, having been hindered by its 2018 crisis this past season.

Currie takes 2020 Dakar SxS title

American driver Casey Currie has prevailed in the SxS class of the 2020 Dakar Rally, winning the marathon on his second attempt.

Kamaz scores Dakar 1-2 led by Karginov

Russian truck manufacturer Kamaz celebrated its 17th Dakar Rally victory in 2020, as Andrey Karginov became a two-time champion of the event.

Sainz wins 2020 Dakar Rally for X-raid Mini, Alonso 13th Dakar
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Sainz wins 2020 Dakar Rally for X-raid Mini, Alonso 13th

Carlos Sainz has secured his third Dakar Rally victory in the 2020 edition of the event, held in Saudi Arabia for the first time ever.

Al-Attiyah, Peterhansel concede defeat to Sainz Dakar
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Al-Attiyah, Peterhansel concede defeat to Sainz

Nasser Al-Attiyah and Stephane Peterhansel have conceded defeat in the 2020 Dakar Rally victory battle ahead of the final stage, with Peterhansel having "his fingers crossed" for his teammate Carlos Sainz.

Dakar 2020, Stage 11: Sainz's lead reduced ahead of finale Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 11: Sainz's lead reduced ahead of finale

Stephane Peterhansel set the pace in the penultimate stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally, but X-raid Mini stablemate Carlos Sainz retains a healthy if reduced lead ahead of the marathon's finale.

Red Bull wants to get back to dominating F1 - Verstappen

Max Verstappen says his Red Bull team wants to go back to "dominating" Formula 1, and believes its staff has retained a "winners' mentality".

Alonso defiant over stage win chase after double roll Dakar
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Alonso defiant over stage win chase after double roll

Fernando Alonso says he has no regrets over forgoing a cautious finish to the 2020 Dakar Rally, after a roll on Wednesday likely cost him a top-10 result.

Only "rabbit out of a hat" can cost F1 its 2020 "classic"

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is convinced Formula 1 is set for a “classic season” between his outfit, Mercedes and Ferrari “unless somebody pulls a rabbit out of a hat”.

Dakar 2020, Stage 10: Sainz takes commanding lead Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 10: Sainz takes commanding lead

X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz has taken a commanding lead in the 2020 edition of the Dakar Rally after topping the 10th stage, which was suspended before the halfway point.

Dakar stewards issue warning to cross-country champion

The Dakar Rally stewards have issued a “public warning” to Mini crew Vladimir Vasilyev and Vitaly Yevtyekhov over the alleged use of “forbidden roadbook annotations” during the 2020 edition.

Toyota: Dakar Mini duel "much bigger" than expected Dakar
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Toyota: Dakar Mini duel "much bigger" than expected

Toyota Gazoo Racing team boss Glyn Hall says he and his driver Nasser Al-Attiyah have “a much bigger fight” on their hands against X-raid Mini in the 2020 Dakar Rally than they had expected before the marathon.

Dakar 2020, Stage 9: Al-Attiyah wipes out Sainz's lead Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 9: Al-Attiyah wipes out Sainz's lead

X-raid Mini driver Stephane Peterhansel recorded his third stage win of the 2020 Dakar Rally, as Nasser Al-Attiyah closed in on rally leader Carlos Sainz.

Kubica: Blaming tyres "cheap excuse" for disappointing 2019

Robert Kubica says he will not use the "cheap excuse" of Formula 1's complicated Pirelli tyres to explain his and Williams' "unsuccessful" 2019 season.

Alonso has "exceeded all kinds of goals" in first Dakar

Fernando Alonso says he has already "exceeded all kinds of personal goals" for his first Dakar Rally, after taking second place in the eighth stage of the marathon.

Dakar 2020, Stage 8: Serradori beats Alonso to maiden win Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 8: Serradori beats Alonso to maiden win

Mathieu Serradori edged Fernando Alonso to top the eighth stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally, amid a low-key showing for the marathon's leading contenders.

Honda still needs to eliminate circuit dependency

Honda wants to eliminate the variance in its Formula 1 engine's performance from circuit to circuit in 2020, in order to allow customer Red Bull to contend at every venue.

Dakar 2020, Stage 7: Sainz tops longest test Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 7: Sainz tops longest test

X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz has scored his third stage win of the 2020 Dakar Rally to further extend his advantage in the general classification.

Al-Attiyah wants Button to join Alonso in future Dakar

Reigning Dakar Rally champion Nasser Al-Attiyah believes rookie Fernando Alonso has proven competitive enough to return to the race in the future, and hopes he is joined by fellow ex-Formula 1 drivers like Jenson Button.

Dakar 2020, Stage 6: Sainz increases lead further Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 6: Sainz increases lead further

Stephane Peterhansel has scored X-raid Mini's fourth consecutive stage win of the 2020 Dakar Rally, while Carlos Sainz heads into the rest day as the marathon leader.

Dakar 2020, Stage 4: Peterhansel fastest, Sainz's lead halved Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 4: Peterhansel fastest, Sainz's lead halved

Stephane Peterhansel became the fourth different driver to top a stage in the 2020 Dakar Rally, as Nasser Al-Attiyah halved the gap to overall leader Carlos Sainz.

Russell doesn't need "pats on the back" from Mercedes

Formula 1 driver George Russell says he doesn’t need “pats on the back” from his benefactors at Mercedes, and would only expect regular feedback from the manufacturer if he were underperforming.

Alonso dreaming of "magical" Dakar stage win Dakar
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Alonso dreaming of "magical" Dakar stage win

Fernando Alonso believes he could challenge for a "magical" maiden stage win on his Dakar Rally debut, having enjoyed a strong third day of competition.

Dakar 2020, Stage 3: Sainz takes the lead Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 3: Sainz takes the lead

X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz has taken the lead in the 2020 Dakar Rally marathon, after topping the third stage on Tuesday.

Verstappen extends Red Bull contract to 2023

Max Verstappen has extended his Formula 1 deal with Red Bull until the end of the 2023 season, the team has announced.

Dakar 2020, Stage 2: Terranova leads, big drama for Alonso Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 2: Terranova leads, big drama for Alonso

X-raid Mini driver Orlando Terranova leads the 2020 Dakar Rally after the second stage, in which star debutant Fernando Alonso has already lost over two hours due to damage.

Who is Dakar 2020's shock stage winner Zala?

Motorsport.com speaks to Dakar 2020 sensation Vaidotas Zala, whose shock stage came in his debut in a Mini "spaceship" that he bought via a bank loan.

Alonso "on tiptoes" in first stages of Dakar debut

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso says he was driving “on tiptoes” on his debut Dakar Rally stage, and plans to continue to pace himself until the traffic “jungle” clears up later in the marathon.

Verstappen: Red Bull has built foundation for F1 title shot

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen believes he and the team now have a foundation in place to mount a title challenge next year, as long as the development step proves sufficient.

Dakar 2020, Stage 1: Shock win for Zala, Alonso 11th Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 1: Shock win for Zala, Alonso 11th

Mini driver Vaidotas Zala claimed a shock maiden stage win in the first test of the 2020 Dakar Rally, as two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso placed 11th.

Ten things to watch for in the 2020 Dakar Rally

The Dakar Rally officially opens the third chapter of its illustrious history this weekend as the legendary off-road event takes place in Saudi Arabia for the first time. Valentin Khorounzhiy and Jamie Klein are your guides to the 2020 edition.

Bottas aims to make Mercedes renewal a "no-brainer"

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas says he wants to make it a "no-brainer" for the team to retain him past the 2020 Formula 1 season.

Yamaha had to address "internal islands" problem

Yamaha MotoGP boss Lin Jarvis believes the manufacturer has addressed a problem of "internal islands" that had hampered its premier-class form in the past years.

Verstappen will "speed up" Albon's Red Bull adaptation

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Alexander Albon says having a teammate as strong as Max Verstappen is “a good way to speed up the learning process”.

Alfa Romeo F1 team rebranded as Kubica joins in reserve role

Robert Kubica will join the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team as a reserve driver for 2020, with his backer PKN Orlen coming on board as a "co-title sponsor".

Sauber-backed F4 champion gets ART F3 seat

Formula 4 champion Theo Pourchaire will join FIA Formula 3 powerhouse ART Grand Prix in 2020, it has been announced.

Top Stories of 2019, #3: Teammate tensions build at Ferrari

We're getting towards the business end of our Top Stories countdown now, and coming in at number three is the year of turbulence at Ferrari as Charles Leclerc gradually came to assert himself over Sebastian Vettel.

Ducati: Petrucci's post-renewal slump "just a coincidence"

Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti believes it is “just a coincidence” that Danilo Petrucci’s MotoGP form tailed off dramatically once he was handed a contract extension for 2020.

Top Stories of 2019, #5: Lorenzo's Honda hurdles prove too much

Kicking off the final five of our Top Stories countdown is the sudden end to Jorge Lorenzo's full-time MotoGP career.

Vinales, not Quartararo, is the reference Yamaha - crew chief

The reference rider among Yamaha’s MotoGP contingent is Maverick Vinales rather than Fabio Quartararo, according to Vinales’ crew chief Esteban Garcia.

Williams "blown away" by Russell's approach

Williams' deputy Formula 1 principal Claire Williams says she was "blown away" by rookie George Russell's approach and performances during the team's trying 2019 campaign.

Albon feels like he "floated" through rookie F1 season

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Alexander Albon feels like he "floated around" through 2019, as he admits he's yet to fully comprehend his recent meteoric rise in single-seaters.

"Surprised" Iannone issues statement over FIM suspension

Aprilia MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone says he was "surprised" to receive a provisional suspension over a potential doping violation, but insists he has "every confidence" that he will be cleared of wrongdoing.

Iannone provisionally suspended after positive drug test

Aprilia MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone has been handed a provisional suspension after testing positive for an anabolic steroid, motorcycle racing’s governing body FIM has announced.

Ferrari adds two drivers to factory GT roster

Ferrari has added Le Mans 24 Hours class winner Daniel Serra and former karting superstar Nicklas Nielsen to its roster of works GT drivers.

Smith, de Angelis return as MotoE unveils 2020 entry list

MotoGP podium finishers Bradley Smith and Alex de Angelis are poised to return to MotoE for a second season, with both included on the series' 2020 entry list.

Miller: Riders need "two-three years" to adapt to new bike

Pramac Ducati rider Jack Miller says it takes MotoGP riders "two-three years" to adapt to a change of machinery in the premier class these days.

"Bottas 2.77" needed to win F1 title

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas says he will need to be version '2.77' of himself to win the Formula 1 title next year.

Kubica: 2011 shows I can't rule out another F1 return

Robert Kubica believes he may yet return to the Formula 1 grid in the future, but accepts he has "no control" over whether another chance will present itself.

McLaren planning "massive departure" with its new F1 simulator

The McLaren Formula 1 team is building an all-new simulator that will be a "massive departure" from its predecessor, according to tech chief James Key.

F1 teams unanimously reject 2020 tyre spec

Formula 1 will stick with 2019-specification Pirelli rubber next year, after teams unanimously voted to reject the new tyres that were being prepared for 2020.

Dovizioso surprised to finish as 2019 runner-up

Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso says he was “surprised” to have beaten “a lot of champions with good bikes” to second place in the 2019 standings.

Bagnaia: Strong Sepang test proved "big problem" for 2019

Pramac Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia says his superb performance in the opening pre-season test of 2019 in Sepang was “maybe the biggest problem” of what turned out to be a difficult rookie MotoGP season.

Bottas wins Paul Ricard-based rally

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas claimed his first win in rallying in the Paul Ricard-based Rallycircuit Cote d'Azur.

Mazepin quickest as Abu Dhabi F2 test ends

Carlin driver Nikita Mazepin topped the timesheets as Formula 2 post-season testing concluded in Abu Dhabi.

Yamaha would be happy to keep Vinales "for 2021 and beyond"

Yamaha MotoGP boss Lin Jarvis says he would be happy for Maverick Vinales to remain part of the manufacturer's line-up "for 2021 and beyond".

Deletraz fastest again on second day of F2 test

Louis Deletraz set a last-gasp fastest time for the second consecutive day of Formula 2 post-season testing in Abu Dhabi.