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F2 Jeddah: Piastri edges closer to title after Race 2 win

Oscar Piastri moved a step closer to claiming the FIA Formula 2 Championship title after winning a thrilling second sprint race at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

F2 Jeddah: Armstrong claims maiden win as Zhou hits trouble Jeddah
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F2 Jeddah: Armstrong claims maiden win as Zhou hits trouble

Marcus Armstrong claimed his maiden Formula 2 victory in a frantic safety car interrupted opening sprint race at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Piastri labels Jeddah circuit "Silverstone with concrete walls"

Formula 2 championship leader Oscar Piastri has labelled the new Jeddah Corniche Circuit like “Silverstone with concrete walls” as the track makes its debut this weekend.

F2 Jeddah: Piastri grabs fourth consecutive pole

Oscar Piastri claimed his fourth consecutive Formula 2 pole position, extending his championship lead in the process by claiming the four bonus points in Jeddah.

Formula E's new toys ahead of its second-generation swansong Prime

Formula E's new toys ahead of its second-generation swansong

Formula E welcomes a mix of past, present and future for the 2021-22 season. The old guard facing off against a sprinkling of newcomers, a fresh qualifying format amid a sporting rules shake-up and a range of minor tweaks to the existing all-electric machines are all subplots to the final campaign before the next generation arrives

F2 Jeddah: Shwartzman pips Boschung in delayed practice Jeddah
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F2 Jeddah: Shwartzman pips Boschung in delayed practice

Robert Shwartzman emerged fastest from a significantly delayed and red flag interrupted FIA Formula 2 Championship practice session at the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix.

Red Bull poised to stay in DTM next year despite exit threat
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Red Bull poised to stay in DTM next year despite exit threat

Red Bull now appears set to continue in the DTM for a second season in 2022, partnering again with the Ferrari-supported AF Corse team.

Mortara tops final day of Formula E pre-season testing for Venturi
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Mortara tops final day of Formula E pre-season testing for Venturi

Formula E’s 2021 championship runner-up Edoardo Mortara guided his Mercedes-powered Venturi Racing car to the top of the times on the final day of pre-season testing in Valencia.

BTCC grid hits maximum as three teams grow for 2022
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BTCC grid hits maximum as three teams grow for 2022

Three of the British Touring Car Championship’s leading teams are expanding their line-ups for 2022, meaning that the grid will increase to a maximum of 32 cars.

Vergne calls for clampdown on “unacceptable" FE driving standards
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Vergne calls for clampdown on “unacceptable" FE driving standards

Jean-Eric Vergne has called for a clampdown on “unacceptable” driving standards in Formula E ahead of the 2021-22 season, saying ‘kids in karting race more fair than us’. 

MUSEO2.0 sponsors Enzo Fittipaldi in Formula 2

Brazilian racer Enzo Fittipaldi has attracted new sponsorship for the remaining rounds of the FIA Formula 2 Championship from MUSEO2.0 for his Charouz Racing System entry.

Vandoorne leads second day of FE testing from Mortara
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Vandoorne leads second day of FE testing from Mortara

Stoffel Vandoorne led a Mercedes powertrain 1-2 over Edoardo Mortara to wrap up the second day of Formula E pre-season testing in Valencia.

Giovinazzi was initially "confused" during first Formula E tests
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Giovinazzi was initially "confused" during first Formula E tests

Antonio Giovinazzi was initially "confused" in his opening Formula E runs, labelling it "completely different" to anything he's raced in before as he participates in his first test for Dragon Penske Autosport.

The sharing mentality that transformed the fortunes of two FE teams

Electing not to share data with its competitive customer team would have been a straightforward means of gaining an edge on at least one of Mercedes' Formula E rivals last season. But by reciprocating the relationship forged under its initial HWA guise, when it was a customer to Venturi, both teams have reaped the rewards

Da Costa tops second morning of FE testing, de Vries wins race simulation
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Da Costa tops second morning of FE testing, de Vries wins race simulation

Antonio Felix da Costa secured the fastest lap time in the second morning of Formula E testing at Valencia, as Nyck de Vries ‘won’ the morning’s race simulation.

Williams and Red Bull F1 juniors secure F2 drives

Williams Formula 1 academy driver Logan Sargeant and Red Bull junior Jack Doohan will graduate to the FIA Formula 2 Championship in Saudi Arabia this weekend.

Formula E releases teaser of Gen3 car ahead of 2022 debut

Formula E and the FIA have teased the championship’s forthcoming 200mph Gen3 electric race car and its delta wing-inspired design ahead of its 2022 debut.

Gallery: Valencia Formula E pre-season test in photos

Check out the best images from the opening day of Formula E pre-season testing at Valencia, as all 11 teams showcased their new liveries for the series' final Gen2 campaign.

Evans quickest as Formula E trials new qualifying format

Formula E has trialled its new qualifying format at its pre-season Valencia test, with Mitch Evans setting the overall fastest time within the final two hours of the day.

Frijns tops Formula E pre-season test opening day for Envision

Envision Racing driver Robin Frijns topped the opening day of Formula E pre-season testing in Valencia over the DS Techeetahs of champions Jean-Eric Vergne and Antonio Felix da Costa.

How Mercedes's Formula E squad replicated the F1 team's best trait Prime

How Mercedes's Formula E squad replicated the F1 team's best trait

With its ultra-successful sister team in Formula 1 and a support network providing some of the best minds and resources in the business, Mercedes Formula E team principal Ian James knew his squad had all the winning ingredients. But mixing it together was no easy feat and required key attributes to be grown from within

Double victory ends Cupra drivers’ WTCR season on a high

Cupra drivers Rob Huff and Mikel Azcona were delighted to end the FIA World Touring Car Cup season on a high by sharing a pair of victories in Sochi’s WTCR finale.

Rowland: Mahindra needs to arrive better prepared to FE weekends
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Rowland: Mahindra needs to arrive better prepared to FE weekends

Oliver Rowland feels Mahindra needs to arrive at Formula E weekends better prepared than last season to consistently race near the front of the field in 2022.

Mercedes unveils livery for its final Formula E campaign
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Mercedes unveils livery for its final Formula E campaign

Mercedes has launched its final works Formula E car, with the defending teams’ champion set to quit the championship at the end of the upcoming 2022 campaign. 

Sochi WTCR: Huff becomes 12th race winner in season finale

Rob Huff scored his first World Touring Car Cup victory of the season and became the 12th winner in 16 races in a thrilling wet-weather finale at Sochi. 

Sochi WTCR: Ehrlacher champion, Azcona scores first win of 2021

Yann Ehrlacher secured his second consecutive World Touring Car Cup title with a safe sixth place finish in race one at a sodden Sochi, as Mikel Azcona came from eighth on the grid to score his first win of the season.

Da Costa: Formula E can rebound after "punch in the face"

DS Techeetah driver Antonio Felix da Costa is confident that Formula E will be able to rebound from recent setbacks, despite admitting that an exodus of manufacturers has dealt it with a “punch in the face.”

How Formula E's polarising newcomer Ticktum can prove himself Prime

How Formula E's polarising newcomer Ticktum can prove himself

OPINION: Few figures in racing today divide opinion like Dan Ticktum. The Formula 2 race winner now has the chance to wipe his professional slate clean with his move into Formula E, but it won't be easy at the squad which has brought up the rear for the past three years. Here are the three key criteria he must meet to make a lasting impression on the series.

WTCR reveals 2022 calendar, includes Pau street track

The WTCR series has revealed its 2022 calendar, which includes a first trip to the classic Pau street circuit since 2009 and a return to its traditional Macau season finale.

Askew hopes IndyCar street experience can translate to Formula E
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Askew hopes IndyCar street experience can translate to Formula E

Andretti Autosport's Oliver Askew hopes his IndyCar experience will help him on Formula E's cast of street circuits when he makes his debut in the championship next year.

FE doesn't need old qualifying format for exciting races - Rowland

Oliver Rowland has backed Formula E’s decision to ditch its unpopular group qualifying format, saying the all-electric series doesn’t need to resort to artificial means to provide entertaining races.

How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E Prime

How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E

By virtue of its Formula 1 success, Mercedes was expected to rise to power in Formula E before long. That it won both the drivers' and manufacturers' championships this year, after only two seasons as a full works effort, belies a tricky path littered with potential pitfalls

DS Techeetah FE team co-founder Preston moves to executive role

The Formula E title-winning DS Techeetah squad has confirmed that race team co-founder Mark Preston will move into an executive role for the 2022 season and beyond.

Susie Wolff appointed CEO of Venturi Formula E team
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Susie Wolff appointed CEO of Venturi Formula E team

Susie Wolff has been appointed chief executive officer at the Venturi Racing Formula E squad as experienced former driver Jerome D'Ambrosio takes her previous position of team principal.

Ticktum joins NIO 333 for 2022 Formula E switch
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Ticktum joins NIO 333 for 2022 Formula E switch

Formula 2 race winner Dan Ticktum will move to Formula E in 2022 with the NIO 333 team, partnering incumbent Oliver Turvey.

Formula E race director Elkins appointed in same role for DTM
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Formula E race director Elkins appointed in same role for DTM

Formula E and Extreme E race director Scot Elkins has been appointed in the same role for the DTM and its Trophy support championship for the 2022 season.

NIO 333 FE team unveils senior management shake-up

NIO 333 has revealed a new senior management team for the inbound 2022 Formula E season in its latest effort to climb from the bottom of the championship.

Askew joins Dennis in Andretti Formula E squad
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Askew joins Dennis in Andretti Formula E squad

Andretti Autosport has announced its former Indy Lights champion Oliver Askew will team up with Jake Dennis in its Formula E team next season.

Caldwell to make F2 debut for Campos Racing in Jeddah

Olli Caldwell will make his Formula 2 debut with Campos Racing in the final two rounds of the season, replacing David Beckmann.

Future W Series champions could get FIA F3 seat, says Mouton
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Future W Series champions could get FIA F3 seat, says Mouton

The FIA has proposed that future W Series champions could move into a Formula 3 seat, according to rally legend Michele Mouton.

Green seeking new factory deal after end of Audi contract

Jamie Green says he’s still seeking opportunities with manufacturers to return to racing in 2022 after his Audi contract ended at the end of 2020, after missing out on a seat in the DTM this season.

Nato didn't see his future in Formula E before Venturi exit

Norman Nato says he is “not frustrated” to have been dropped by Venturi in favour of Lucas di Grassi after a single season, but feels he did enough to extend his stay in Formula E.

Boschung extends F2 deal with Campos for 2022
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Boschung extends F2 deal with Campos for 2022

Ralph Boschung will remain with Campos in Formula 2 next season, continuing with the Spanish outfit for a second full campaign.

Why Pure ETCR champion Cupra chooses electric motorsport

The momentum behind electric motorsport gathered pace in 2021 with the introduction of the Pure ETCR touring car championship and Extreme E off-road category.

Mahindra unveils Formula E car for final Gen2 season

Mahindra has taken the covers off the revised M7Electro that it will campaign in the final season of Formula E’s Gen2 era in 2022.

De Vries, Vandoorne to test IndyCars at Sebring
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De Vries, Vandoorne to test IndyCars at Sebring

Nyck De Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne will test IndyCars early next month on the Sebring International Raceway short course.

Ranking the top 10 BTCC drivers of 2021 Prime

Ranking the top 10 BTCC drivers of 2021

A refresh in equipment and some returning faces helped contribute to a supremely competitive 2021 British Touring Car Championship campaign. Ash Sutton was crowned a three-time champion, successfully defending his 2020 title, but faced stiff competition in the final year before the switch to hybrid. Motorsport.com picks out the best performers.

NIO 333 showcases 2022 Formula E livery ahead of testing

The NIO 333 team has unveiled its 2022 Formula E livery ahead of the start of pre-season testing at Valencia later this month.

Grasser to join DTM in 2022 with four Lamborghini GT3 cars
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Grasser to join DTM in 2022 with four Lamborghini GT3 cars

Renowned Lamborghini squad Grasser Racing will move to the DTM next year, fielding four Huracan GT3 Evos with factory support from the Italian supercar manufacturer.

Giovinazzi moves to Formula E after losing Alfa Romeo F1 seat
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Giovinazzi moves to Formula E after losing Alfa Romeo F1 seat

Antonio Giovinazzi will move to Formula E in 2022 with Dragon Penske after losing his Alfa Romeo Formula 1 seat to Chinese racer Guanyu Zhou.

Sette Camara extends Dragon Penske Formula E deal
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Sette Camara extends Dragon Penske Formula E deal

Sergio Sette Camara has been re-signed by the Dragon Penske Autosport team for the 2022 Formula E season.

Piastri named Alpine F1 reserve driver for 2022
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Piastri named Alpine F1 reserve driver for 2022

Formula 2 series leader Oscar Piastri has been named Alpine's reserve driver for the 2022 Formula 1 season.

Formula E to release documentary series Unplugged on 2021 season

Formula E is set to release a 15-episode documentary series on the 2021 season that will be its own equivalent to the Formula 1 Netflix smash hit Drive to Survive.

King eyes surprise BTCC switch after Ford test
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King eyes surprise BTCC switch after Ford test

GP2 race winner and ex-IndyCar racer Jordan King is eyeing a surprise move to the British Touring Car Championship.

Archive: Why Tarquini's passion for racing survived F1 "humiliation"

Gabriele Tarquini has an unenviable Formula 1 record for the most failures to qualify. But the Italian's spirit remained undiminished, which explains in part why the tin-top ace is only now retiring, aged 59. Anthony Peacock visited him at his apartment for a feature in the 31 January 2013 issue of Autosport magazine to understand his enduring love for racing

Why the BTCC's ballast increase couldn't stop champion Sutton Prime

Why the BTCC's ballast increase couldn't stop champion Sutton

Ballast will be gone from the BTCC next year as hybrid power enters the scene, but for its final season the maximum was increased from 60kg to 75kg. Despite having to carry that nearly all season, Ash Sutton was always the favourite to pocket a third title - the 27-year-old getting his reward for a season of speed tempered by savvy to nail his opportunities

The much-loved tin-top superstar bowing out at 59 Prime

The much-loved tin-top superstar bowing out at 59

OPINION: It's not often that a driver achieves widespread affection for their personality, as well as their on-track performances. One such individual is Gabriele Tarquini, who will soon bring the curtain down on a remarkable career that has yielded touring car titles on the European and global stage - and, famously, in Britain too

Vergne stays with Techeetah for 2022 Formula E season

Jean-Eric Vergne has put speculation surrounding his Formula E future to bed by revealing he will remain alongside Antonio Felix da Costa at DS Techeetah for the 2022 season.

BMW's Spengler would "do everything" to return to DTM
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BMW's Spengler would "do everything" to return to DTM

Bruno Spengler says he would “do everything” to return to the DTM next year, as BMW’s factory M8 GTE programme in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship nears its conclusion.

Trident F2 test for F3 podium finisher Williams

FIA Formula 3 podium finisher Calan Williams is set to experience Formula 2 machinery after landing an outing with Trident at December’s end of season test.