Bradley Smith admits stepping up from a satellite team to the factory KTM MotoGP outfit in 2017 was far “more demanding physically and mentally” than he ever anticipated. After four years with the customer Tech3 Yamaha team, Smith moved to spearhead KTM’s full factory debut in the premier class for this season. Smith struggled for
Williams performance chief Rob Smedley says Felipe Massa could not have ended his Formula 1 career any better than with his two strong races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi. Massa enjoyed tussles with his former Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso in both events, earning seventh and 10th and taking his points tally for the season to
Chile is close to agreeing terms to join the World Rally Championship calendar for the 2019 season. The South American country will run a candidate event a week before next year’s Rally Argentina, after which WRC Promoter and the FIA will decide if it can join the series as a 14th round from 2019 onwards.
Lewis Hamilton says a winter meeting with Toto Wolff ahead of the 2017 Formula 1 season was “really important” to reset their relationship following Nico Rosberg’s departure from Mercedes. Internal relations became highly strained as Hamilton’s F1 title battles with Rosberg from 2014-16 became affected by various controversies relating to on-track collisions, off-track behaviour and
Ducati has called MotoGP’s late decision to change its testing restrictions “disrespectful”, after the Italian manufacturer had to alter is arrangements to suit the new rules. It was announced in October that for the 2018 season only three of the five test days allocated to race riders can take place at tracks where MotoGP races
Michael Schumacher had spent four seasons with Ferrari when he finally won his first Formula 1 drivers’ title for the team in the F1-2000. This was the car that started five years of supremacy for Ferrari, which won the drivers’ and constructors’ championships from 2000-04. In the years following Enzo Ferrari’s death, his team grew
Dale Earnhardt Jr says he is finding retirement from the NASCAR Cup Series “weird”, and that it is not a “comfortable feeling.” Earnhardt completed his final NASCAR season at the season finale at Homestead after struggling throughout 2017, failing to make the playoffs, after missing most of ’16 with a concussion that left him “delicate
Max Verstappen upped his game during the 2017 Formula 1 season, particularly in qualifying, according to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner. Verstappen finished 32 points adrift of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in 2017, but scored more wins (2-1) and had the better record head-to-head in qualifying (13-7) and the race (5-2) when both cars finished.
The Ferrari 641 was not only arguably one of the most beautiful Ferrari Formula 1 cars, but it also came so close to taking Alain Prost to the world championship. During McLaren-Honda’s dominant seasons from 1988-1991, no car pushed it harder than the Ferrari 641. Having watched with mounting fury as his cars were trounced
LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow says both he and MotoGP champion Marc Marquez are asking for “exactly the same” from Honda in 2018, with both riders targeting a more neutral bike. Two-time MotoGP race winner Crutchlow has ridden with LCR Honda since 2015 in the premier class, having previously raced for Ducati during a single
Five-time World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier says the Le Mans 24 Hours is high on his list for when he retires from the WRC. Ogier already has significant racing experience, having competed in two Porsche Supercup races as well as GT outings in an Audi R8 LMS and Ferrari F430 Scuderia. He also tested a
Ferrari lost one legend after the 1977 season when Niki Lauda left for Brabham, but gained a new one for the following year in Gilles Villeneuve. Driving the Ferrari 312T3, Villeneuve won his first grand prix on home soil in Canada and went on to become arguably the most famous driver in the marque’s history.
Tech3 boss Herve Poncharal has warned KTM could dominate Moto2 in the future as other manufacturers will not be able to compete with “a real factory”. KTM teamed up with Ajo Motorsport, champion with Johann Zarco in the past two years, to enter Moto2 in 2017. The Austrian brand’s lead rider Miguel Oliveira was a
Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal has warned KTM could dominate Moto2 in the future as other manufacturers will not be able to compete with “a real factory”. KTM teamed up with Ajo Motorsport, champion with Johann Zarco in the past two years, to enter Moto2 in 2017. The Austrian brand’s lead rider Miguel Oliveira was
Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says the French Grand Prix’s long-awaited return would be better if it was at Magny-Cours, not Paul Ricard. The French GP will return after a nine-year absence when it takes place at Paul Ricard on June 24 next year. In an interview for Canal+ Sport‘s season review show Hamilton
Suzuki MotoGP boss Davide Brivio says his team’s poor results this year showed it “missed” having a satellite team to share data with and speed up development. Since its MotoGP return in 2015 Suzuki has only had its two factory bikes on the grid, while rival marques Honda, Yamaha and Ducati all supply customer teams.
Yamaha MotoGP team boss Lin Jarvis says the team would have still encountered the same problems that hobbled its title challenge this season even if it had kept Jorge Lorenzo as a rider. After nine seasons at Yamaha, three-time premier class champion Lorenzo left to join Ducati at the start of the season, and was
The Ferrari 156 ‘sharknose’ was the first Ferrari Formula 1 car to win the constructors’ championship – and its first rear-engined success story. It also carried Phil Hill to the 1961 title after the death of team-mate Wolfgang von Trips in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Grudgingly and without great joy, Enzo Ferrari, who
Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets says M-Sport’s 2017 title success is payback for keeping the World Rally Championship afloat when most manufacturers deserted it. Malcolm Wilson’s independent M-Sport team took ex-VW driver Sebastien Ogier to the title this year and also won the manufacturers’ crown – for the first time since its successes as the
Aston Martin factory drivers Nicki Thiim and Maxime Martin will race for the R-Motorsport Blancpain GT Series squad jointly run by the British Arden and Jota teams in 2018. Thiim, World Endurance Championship GT title winner in 2016, and new Aston signing Martin join a line-up for the Endurance Cup rounds of the BGTS that
Former World Endurance Championship GT title-winning pairing Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen will race in British GT for TF Sport in 2018. The Danish Aston Martin drivers, who won the WEC GT drivers’ crown together in 2016, will join Tom Ferrier’s team to share with amateur drivers Derek Johnston and Mark Farmer. Sorensen, 27, will
Attracting a third manufacturer remains a “big goal” for IndyCar, according to its president of competition and operations Jay Frye. IndyCar has not had three manufacturers since Lotus quit at the end of its dismal 2012 campaign. Honda and Chevrolet recently signed contract extensions with the series, and both are keen for another rival. IndyCar
Scott Redding admits he had no emotional attachment to the Pramac Ducati team he has raced with for the last two MotoGP seasons. The British rider moves to Aprilia for next year in place of his countryman Sam Lowes, having been pushed out of Pramac by Jack Miller, who switches from Marc VDS Honda. Redding
The Ferrari 500 carried Alberto Ascari to the marque’s first Formula 1 drivers’ title in 1952, although it was actually a Formula 2 car. This makes it a key car in Ferrari’s journey to becoming the most successful constructor in F1 world championship history, taking the first of the team’s combined total of 31 drivers’
Lance Stroll believes he has answered his critics by finishing his Formula 1 rookie season with a podium and 40 world championship points. The Williams driver, who graduated to F1 after winning the Formula 3 European championship, had a tough start with three successive retirements. Jacques Villeneuve was particularly critical of his fellow Canadian, suggesting
The Aspar MotoGP squad will be renamed Angel Nieto Team in tribute to the late 13-time motorcycling world champion. Grand prix motorcycling legend Nieto died on August 8 as a result of the brain damage he suffered in a quad bike accident in Ibiza, Spain in July. On Tuesday, Jorge Martinez ‘Aspar’ announced that his
Sebastien Ogier says winning the 2017 World Rally Championship title with privateer outfit M-Sport has brought him more recognition than any of the four crowns he scored with Volkswagen Motorsport. Though Ogier underlined that all five of his WRC titles meant an equal amount to him personally, he said the underdog nature of his 2017
Stoffel Vandoorne admits the early part of his 2017 Formula 1 season “wasn’t good enough” as he struggled to get up to speed amid McLaren-Honda’s reliability problems. After a decorated junior single-seater career, including the 2015 GP2 title and a successful stint in Japanese Super Formula, Vandoorne was expected to star upon receiving full-time promotion
IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden says he feared for his ultimately-title-winning season after Honda dominated the opener in St Petersburg. Newgarden replaced Juan Pablo Montoya at Penske in last year’s off-season following his spell with Ed Carpenter Racing and was keen to avoid the first year struggles that 2016 champion Simon Pagenaud endured when he joined
It’s interesting to see the FIA is taking a stand on what constitutes an aerodynamic advantage by tackling the lowering of the front ride height with steering lock in Formula 1. The FIA is using a 5mm change from lock to lock as the threshold for legality, but this is difficult to police. With the