Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul has warned that Formula 1 is falling behind schedule as it continues to firm up its 2021 engine regulations. The FIA and Liberty’s plans to introduce a simplified power unit without an MGU-H – outlined last October – were dealt a blow when the four existing manufacturers decided recently they would
KTM has announced that it will replace the injured Mika Kallio with former test rider Randy de Puniet for the rest of 2018. Kallio has been KTM’s test rider since the Austrian manufacturer entered MotoGP last year, but the Finn injured his knee at the Sachsenring and is set to be out of action for
The Williams Formula 1 team is no longer feeling the “pain of failure” that it used to, according to former driver David Coulthard. Williams is in the middle of one of its worst ever seasons, sitting last in the constructors’ standings heading into the summer break with just four points scored in 2018 so far.
Jorge Lorenzo says a “misunderstanding” that meant he did not use a new MotoGP front tyre on his final qualifying run cost him the chance to grab pole in Austria. Lorenzo battled for top spot with factory Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso and eventual polesitter Marc Marquez but ended up third, 0.135 seconds off the pace.
Yamaha MotoGP project leader Kouji Tsuya has apologised to Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales after a low-key qualifying in Austria. Vinales was more than a second off the pace in 11th, while Rossi was unable to advance from Q1 and will only start Sunday’s race 14th. The Red Bull Ring circuit has accentuated Yamaha’s long-standing
Lance Stroll believes the difficult season he is enduring with Williams is part of a “love-hate relationship” with Formula 1. Stroll scored a podium and qualified on the front row during his rookie F1 season with Williams in 2017, but the team’s struggles in 2018 have consigned him to much lower results. He has scored
Marc Marquez dominated a damp Saturday morning MotoGP practice session in Austria, while Valentino Rossi will be forced to take part in the first part of qualifying. The session was held under damp, drying conditions with the majority of the riders starting on wet tyres and Jorge Lorenzo dominating the early stages. However, it only
NASCAR Cup champion Kurt Busch will leave Stewart-Haas Racing at the end of the season to join Chip Ganassi Racing, Autosport has learned. Multiple sources have suggested 2004 champion Busch will drive Ganassi’s #1 Chevrolet Camaro, replacing veteran Jamie McMurray – who is in the last year of his current contract with the team. Formal
Experience is a priority for McLaren’s 2019 Formula 1 driver line-up because it needs a better car to “take a risk with two younger drivers”, according to CEO Zak Brown. Fernando Alonso is yet to confirm whether he wants to stay in F1 beyond 2018 and McLaren is deciding whether to continue with Stoffel Vandoorne,
Valentino Rossi says this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix will be the hardest of the MotoGP season for Yamaha, owing to the circuit’s layout. Rossi was only 11th fastest in Friday’s first practice session at the Red Bull Ring, a second off the pace set by Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso, after having to change bikes early
Alejandro Agag says Formula 1 would need Formula E’s permission if it wanted to go fully electric in the next decade. F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn has claimed that there is “nothing to stop” the championship switching to fully electric power in future seasons. “If in five years’ time or 10 years’ time or whenever
The KTM MotoGP team admits it will “have a problem” replacing Pol Espargaro for the British Grand Prix should he not recover from injury in time. Espargaro suffered a collarbone fracture in a warm-up crash at Brno, the incident initially leaving him unable to feel his arms or legs. With KTM’s third rider Mika Kallio
Felipe Massa says he was upset to hear ex-Williams Formula 1 team-mate Lance Stroll did not feel he received guidance from him last year. Williams asked Massa to extend his F1 career by one more season so it could field the experienced Brazilian alongside incoming rookie Stroll, and the pair helped the team to fifth
Renault driver Carlos Sainz Jr believes his 2018 Formula 1 campaign has been “weird”, with results not matching the progress he thinks he has made. Sainz has had a solid opening half to the 2018 season, scoring in eight of the 12 grands prix so far and sitting 11th in the standings on 30 points.
McLaren wants Stoffel Vandoorne to beat Formula 1 team-mate Fernando Alonso more often as it weighs up whether to keep the Belgian for 2019. The 2015 GP2 champion and 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 runner-up has struggled to make an impact in F1 since his full-season debut last year, and has eight points in his sophomore
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen believes it would be wrong to interpret Honda’s high rate of Formula 1 engine changes this season as poor reliability. Toro Rosso pair Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley have used more engine elements than any other driver this season. Hartley’s tally of six internal combustion engines is double the penalty-free
Andrea Dovizioso led an all-Ducati top three in the first practice session for MotoGP’s Austrian Grand Prix, while Valentino Rossi had a mechanical drama on his Yamaha. With a risk of rain for both FP2 on Friday afternoon and FP3 on Saturday morning, the field focused setting a fast lap in the early running. The
Yamaha MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales says the decision to dispense with crew chief Ramon Forcada at the end of the 2018 season was not made solely by him. Vinales was at the centre of controversy in Brno last weekend as he announced that he and Forcada would part ways at the end of 2018, before
Jorge Lorenzo believes Ducati would need to make an “impossible” gain of “two or three tenths” for its riders to challenge Marc Marquez for the 2018 MotoGP title. Lorenzo followed team-mate Andrea Dovizioso home in a Ducati 1-2 at Brno, and the pair are the early favourites for victory this weekend as the Red Bull
Ford has revealed the Mustang challenger that it will enter into the 2019 NASCAR Cup series. The Blue Oval announced earlier this year that the Mustang would replace the Fusion at the end of 2018, and it has previously raced its most famous production car model in the Xfinity series. Ford has not won a
Ford cannot accept “reduced performance” from its 2019 NASCAR Cup series Mustang challenger after Toyota and Chevrolet experienced slow starts with new cars in the last two years. Watch the Mustang’s unveiling Chevrolet made the perfect start with its new Camaro by winning the season-opening Daytona 500 but has taken victory just once since, while
Haas team boss Gunther Steiner says Mercedes’ customers cannot complain about Ferrari’s engine gains given the power advantage they have enjoyed in recent years. While Mercedes dominated the first few years of F1’s V6 turbo-hybrid era that began in 2014, Ferrari has made significant ground up over the last two years and is widely regarded
Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says it wouldn’t be “the healthiest thing” for his outfit to pursue Fernando Alonso as the replacement for Renault-bound Daniel Ricciardo. Ricciardo, who has been part of Red Bull’s main F1 team since 2014, stunned the organisation last week by sealing a surprise move to the factory
Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey says that his organisation is “not afraid of risk” when it comes to taking a stake in the promotion of future grands prix. The Miami GP – now postponed to 2020 – will run on a risk-sharing initiative between F1 and local promoter South Florida Racing, which is run by
Indianapolis 500 winner and Penske driver Will Power says he needs IndyCar points leader Scott Dixon to have a downturn in form if he is to win the championship. Power’s 2018 season has been blighted by misfortune, as he crashed out at both Phoenix and Texas, and spun into the pitwall in the wet at
Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey believes the championship will finalise its 2021 regulations and commercial package “in the coming months” once the “right compromises” are found. The 2021 engine regulations, which have already been delayed after the four manufacturers rejected what was originally proposed by the FIA and F1, remain the priority. After pushing through
Ducati will not prevent Jorge Lorenzo from testing for Honda in the official sessions that follow the MotoGP season finale in November, Autosport has learned. Lorenzo’s Ducati contract does not expire until December 31 this year, but he will be permitted to ride for his new employer in the Valencia test on November 20-21 and
Ferrari reserve Antonio Giovinazzi says it has been “really hard” not racing in 2018 and hopes he can prove “I’m not a simulator driver” by graduating to Formula 1. Giovinazzi finished a close second to Toro Rosso F1 racer Pierre Gasly in GP2 in 2016 and replaced the injured Pascal Wehrlein at Sauber for the
Doctors who carried out three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda’s lung transplant say his life expectancy without the operation was mere days or weeks. Lauda is recovering in hospital in Austria after undergoing surgery at the start of the month having fallen ill while on holiday, and is expected to make a full recovery.
Yamaha needs to adopt a more aggressive approach with its electronics in a bid to catch up with MotoGP rivals Honda and Ducati, says Valentino Rossi. Seven-time premier class champion Rossi identified electronics as a weakness of the 2018 Yamaha in pre-season testing, believing it to be the root cause for the M1’s long-standing rear