George Russell has played down suggestions that his Williams Formula 1 team will be able to rejoin the midfield runners in 2020, despite an encouraging performance in Barcelona pre-season testing. Williams scored just one point last season and its drivers rarely escaped elimination in the first segment of qualifying. Although troubled by several engine-related issues
Johann Zarco says his “main target right now” is to establish a “base” of top 10 finishes in the early part of his first MotoGP season on the Avintia Ducati. After quitting KTM midway through last year – and then being dropped outright after the Misano round – Zarco was thrown a lifeline by Ducati
Lewis Hamilton has faith that his Mercedes Formula 1 team is doing all it can to get on top of its engine reliability problems before the Australian Grand Prix. While the new Mercedes W11 has emerged from winter testing as the car that many believe to be the fastest, it has not been an entirely
Max Verstappen says he is not worried about the stability of his 2020 Red Bull Formula 1 car, despite a number of spins through pre-season testing. Verstappen ended the final day of testing in Barcelona with the third-fastest time of the winter after a late qualifying simulation run, only trailing Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas’ pair of
Mercedes will head to the Formula 1 season-opener in Australia as the favourite after leading pre-season testing – although question marks remain over its engine reliability. Testing rarely shows the complete picture, seen most starkly in 2019 when Ferrari’s impressive performance in Barcelona was followed by an underwhelming start to the season. Yet a look
Racing Point Formula 1 team technical director Andy Green has not dismissed the idea of his team being a threat to Ferrari at the start of the season. Racing Point has made a strong start to pre-season testing with its all-new RP20, which has taken inspiration from last year’s Mercedes design. Its form has been
Valtteri Bottas completed the final session of Formula 1 pre-season testing at the top of the timesheets, ending the day with a 1m16.196s to beat Daniel Ricciardo’s morning benchmark. Having fitted the C5 tyres midway through the afternoon’s incident-free running, Bottas leapfrogged Ricciardo with a time just 0.05 seconds faster than the Renault driver’s best
The FIA has reached a private “settlement” with Ferrari over its 2019 Formula 1 engine, after concluding an investigation into the team’s power unit. Ferrari was at the centre of intrigue last year amid suspicions it had found a way of getting around fuel-flow sensor restrictions to provide a power boost. A number of teams
Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes is battling “plenty of problems”, admitting the engine reliability dramas that have affected the Formula 1 team during pre-season testing are a concern. Mercedes has had to swap engines three times during pre-season testing, following a failure for Valtteri Bottas in last week’s first test and an oil pressure anomaly for
Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari’s new Formula 1 car is “a bit draggy”, causing it to trail its rivals for straightline speed through pre-season testing. Vettel completed his final extended run in the 2020 Ferrari car on Thursday before the start of the season, racking up 144 laps as he set the fastest time of the
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will partner with Citrone/Buhl Autosport to give Spencer Pigot IndyCar lifeline entries in the Indianapolis road race and the Indianapolis 500. The new team, a partnership formed between sometime Indycar driver Robbie Buhl, his brother and business partner Tom, Robert Citrone – the founder of Discovery Capital Management and the largest
Sebastian Vettel remained fastest for Ferrari at the end of the penultimate day of 2020 pre-season Formula 1 testing, while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton suffered a reliability setback on Thursday afternoon. Vettel’s 1m16.841s on C5s from the morning went unbeaten during the four-hour second session, although AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly put in a lap on the same
Marc Marquez says his younger brother and works Honda MotoGP team-mate Alex must “earn” a contract renewal, and that he will not “impose” his preference on the Japanese manufacturer. Reigning Moto2 champion Alex was brought in to replace the retiring Jorge Lorenzo at the factory Honda outfit for 2020, joining his elder brother for his
Heineken sponsorship director Ben Pincus will join Formula 1 as its director of commercial partnerships. He will report directly to CEO Chase Carey as the organisation continues to evolve following the recent departure of erstwhile commercial chief Sean Bratches. Pincus replaces Murray Barnett, who held the slightly different title of director of sponsorship and commercial
Sergio Perez says Racing Point’s 2020 Formula 1 car is the best he has had in his career. Racing Point has ended each of the four days of pre-season testing so far in the top four with its RP20, which has been inspired by Mercedes’ title-winning 2019 W11 car. The early indications are that Racing
Williams has already been forced to move onto its third Formula 1 engine of pre-season testing after issues with the Mercedes power unit. A year on from a disastrous start to 2019 testing after car build delays, Williams enjoyed a solid first week of running at Barcelona – though its 2020 FW43 did stop last
Williams trialled a new front wing design at the start of the second week of Formula 1 pre-season testing, with further new aerodynamic additions seen elsewhere in the pitlane. After using its launch-spec front wing during the opening three days, which was similar to its end-of-season design from 2019, Williams has made changes to the
The GPX Racing Porsche squad that won last year’s Spa 24 Hours will mount a full assault on the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup with factory backing. The Dubai entrant will field a pair of Porsche 911 GT3-Rs in the five-round series that incorporates the Spa enduro with a line-up boasting five factory drivers.
McLaren CEO Zak Brown has admitted that Fernando Alonso’s return with Arrow McLaren SP for this year’s Indianapolis 500 came about after his negotiations with Andretti Autosport broke down. Two-time Formula 1 world champion Alonso, who made his highly impressive Indy 500 debut with a McLaren-backed Andretti Autosport entry in 2017, failed to qualify for
A contingency plan has been drawn up should the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup opener at Monza in April be cancelled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The plan has been put in place by series organiser the Stephane Ratel Organisation following a concentration of coronavirus cases in Lombardy, the province in which
Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso will contest the Indianapolis 500 for a third time with the Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar outfit. Alonso’s #66 Chevrolet-powered car, a third entry in addition to those driven by the team’s full-time 2020 IndyCar drivers Patricio O’Ward and Oliver Askew, will hit the track for the first time
The French Grand Prix is one of the most historic and important motor races in the world. Indeed, the first running in 1906 started GP racing. This article is brought to you by Motorsport Tickets Since the beginning of the Formula 1 world championship in 1950, the French GP has been held at seven circuits.
IndyCar will reintroduce grid penalties for unapproved engine changes this season for the first time since 2013. Any car that has its engine changed before a manufacturer’s pre-determined mileage limit has been reached will suffer a grid penalty in the next race – a six-place drop for road/street courses and a nine-place drop on ovals.
Mercedes became the talk of the opening pre-season Formula 1 test at Barcelona when onboard footage revealed the team’s innovative new dual-axis steering system. This toe-angle adjusting system has intrigued rival teams, which have applauded Mercedes’ ingenuity but are also searching for answers about its operation and legality. While some of the details of how
Alain Prost says “stupid” regulation changes by governments risk killing the European car industry and will leave Formula 1 facing some tough decisions in the near future. F1 managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn recently labelled the plans of several governments to outlaw the sale of petrol/diesel and hybrid cars from 2040 at the latest
MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez says Honda has “found the way” with its troubled 2020 RC213V, following a pre-season testing phase that “worried” the injured Spaniard. Marquez’s pre-season has been hindered by his ongoing recovery from a shoulder operation in November, though he admitted after a difficult Sepang test that he was more worried about
Valentino Rossi admits he is worried about the 2020 Yamaha’s race pace ahead of the first race of the new MotoGP season, as he is still ‘suffering’ with tyre wear. In recent years Yamaha riders have constantly struggled in races with rear tyres beginning to fade too much halfway through a race distance. Michelin’s new-for-2020
Valtteri Bottas wants to avoid dragging out contract negotiations with Mercedes over a 2021 Formula 1 deal, believing there was “too much unnecessary talk” outside of the team last year. Bottas has signed one-year contract extensions in each of the past three years with Mercedes, and is currently a free agent for the ’21 season.
Maverick Vinales concluded MotoGP pre-season testing in Qatar fastest of all, while Honda appears to have hit a crisis point after Marc Marquez reverted to testing a 2019 bike. Honda’s troubles this pre-season have been well-documented, with both LCR’s Cal Cructhlow and world champion Marquez – who is also riding below fitness – critical of
Carlos Sainz Jr says it will be always be difficult for McLaren to compete against rivals working with front-running Formula 1 outfits, hinting at Racing Point’s Mercedes-inspired design. Racing Point broke cover with its new RP20 car on the opening day of pre-season testing in Barcelona on Wednesday, sporting a very similar design to last