[ad_1] The FIA has changed Formula 1 superlicence rules for 2018, to make it tougher for drivers to participate in grand prix free practice sessions. Previously, drivers only had to complete 300km (186 miles) in a “representative Formula 1 car” over two days and answer questions on sporting regulations to qualify for a ‘free practice
[ad_1] MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez says the only reason he can imagine leaving Honda is if he needed a change to restore his motivation. Marquez has spent his entire premier class career up to now with Honda, winning four MotoGP titles in his five seasons there. Although his contract expires at the end of
[ad_1] Four-time NASCAR Cup champion Jeff Gordon says Chase Elliott’s winless streak reminds him of Jimmie Johnson’s breakthrough first championship success. Elliott joined the series full-time in 2016 after five races in ’15 and has since finished second seven times in his 77 races without a win. But Gordon believes Elliott is close to a
[ad_1] Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 boss Franz Tost is not resigned to a season of grid penalties with Honda next year, despite even tighter restrictions on power element use. In 2018 drivers will only be allowed three combustion engines, turbos, and MGU-Hs, and only two MGU-Ks, control electronics and energy stores for the 21 races.
[ad_1] Sebastien Loeb will return to the World Rally Championship in 2018 for a three-round programme with Citroen. The 43-year-old nine-time champion tested a C3 WRC on asphalt and gravel this year and will make his comeback on Rally Mexico next March before also tackling Corsica and Spain. “Everyone was pleased after the test sessions
[ad_1] The Renault Formula 1 team has quantified how much lap time it gained from developing an all-new engine for the 2017 season. Renault substantially overhauled its F1 engine for this year, having decided the previous specification had run out of development potential. The 2017 power unit proved unreliable and could not make use of
[ad_1] The Belgian WRT squad will represent the Audi factory when it makes its debut in the Bathurst 12 Hours in February next year. The team’s pair of R8 LMS GT3 cars will be entered under the Audi Sport Team WRT banner as part of the German marque’s commitment to defend its drivers’ and manufacturers’
[ad_1] Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff believes his team’s double Formula 1 world championship win in 2017 was just as impressive as its first triumph in 2014. Mercedes won the double at the start of the V6 hybrid turbo era in 2014 and followed that up by repeating the achievement over the next three seasons.
[ad_1] Aprilia MotoGP boss Romano Albesiano admits the Italian marque’s 2017 points tally should leave it feeling “depressed”. Aprilia enjoyed a strong start to its third season back in MotoGP, with Aleix Espargaro – who joined from Suzuki – taking the heavily revised RS-GP to sixth place in Qatar. However, a slew of crashes and
[ad_1] Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has suggested the team will replace Kimi Raikkonen in 2019 if it cannot find a way to unlock his best form consistently next year. Raikkonen, the oldest driver of the current grid at 38, returned to the Maranello squad in 2014 but has failed to win a race in four
[ad_1] Penske is “taking big swings” with set-up as it works to understand IndyCar’s new 2018 aerokit, says ’14 champion Will Power. Power and team-mates Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden tested at Sebring across Tuesday and Wednesday last week. “Honestly, we’re just scratching the surface at the moment,” Power told Autosport. “And we’re taking some
[ad_1] Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has warned people who think he is “bluffing” about potentially pulling his team out of Formula 1 that they are “playing with fire”. Marchionne has made it clear that he is prepared to withdraw Ferrari from F1 if the championship’s future regulations are not set out in a direction he
[ad_1] Carlos Munoz will return to Andretti Autosport, the squad for which he has twice finished second in the Indianapolis 500, to drive a sixth car in the 2018 race. While racing for Andretti in Indy Lights in 2013, Munoz qualified and finished second on his IndyCar debut in a one-off entry for the Indy
[ad_1] Dries Vanthoor has emulated his brother Laurens by becoming an Audi factory driver. The 19-year-old Belgian, who has raced Audi GT3 machinery for the past two years, has been named as one of two newcomers on the German manufacturer’s GT driver roster for 2018 along with countryman Frederic Vervisch. Vanthoor follows in the footsteps
[ad_1] Ferrari will launch its 2018 Formula 1 car on February 22, four days before pre-season testing starts at Barcelona. The Italian team enjoyed a resurgence in fortunes this year, bouncing back from a disappointing, winless 2016 campaign to take five grand prix victories and fight for the drivers’ championship with Sebastian Vettel. Ferrari will
[ad_1] Maverick Vinales says he thought being Yamaha MotoGP team-mate to multiple champion Valentino Rossi would be harder than it proved to be. Vinales switched to Yamaha for the 2017 season after two years with Suzuki and rapidly established himself as pre-season favourite with his performances in testing. He won three of the first five
[ad_1] Graham Rahal says his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team had to expand to two cars for the 2018 IndyCar season because of the challenge posed by the new aerokit. Rahal was the team’s sole driver for the last five seasons, winning five races, but will now be joined by 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma
[ad_1] Former 250cc racer Alex Debon has joined the coaching team of Ducati MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo for 2018. Triple MotoGP champion Lorenzo endured a difficult first season with Ducati in 2017, finishing a lowly seventh in the championship and scoring just three podium finishes as team-mate Andrea Dovizioso narrowly lost out in a
[ad_1] The ways in which the Formula 1 halo will be developed by teams for aerodynamic reasons in 2018 are revealed in the latest video from Motorsport.tv’s The Flying Lap. Technical analyst Craig Scarborough interviews grand prix winning aerodynamicist Willem Toet, who explains the idea behind the halo development experiments trialled by McLaren. “You’re allowed
[ad_1] Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Max Verstappen’s capacity to cope with difficult moments was the most impressive aspect of the Dutch driver’s 2017 Formula 1 season. Verstappen endured a run of poor reliability that cost him several potential podium finishes and allowed Red Bull F1 team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to finish well clear of
[ad_1] Renault Formula 1 advisor Alain Prost says that the French marque’s deal to supply McLaren engines in 2018 will create “positive pressure” on the works team. Some observers have questioned why Renault would want to supply its power unit to another major team when it already faces competition from Red Bull, but Prost can
[ad_1] Maverick Vinales admits he was too easily swayed by the opinions of others within the Yamaha MotoGP squad and that he should have been “stricter” with his team this year. Pre-season favourite Vinales raced into an early championship lead with three wins from the opening five races, but was unable to maintain his form
[ad_1] Williams will wait until January to make an announcement on the identity of Lance Stroll’s team-mate for the 2018 Formula 1 season, Autosport has learned. Sergey Sirotkin is the favourite to get the drive, having fended off competition from Robert Kubica, Daniil Kvyat, Paul di Resta and Pascal Wehrlein. Kubica was the frontrunner, but
[ad_1] Esteban Ocon says he made a “massive improvement” over the course of the 2017 Formula 1 season as he pushed experienced Force India team-mate Sergio Perez close. Ocon scored points in 18 of the 20 grands prix and finished just one place and 13 points adrift of Perez in eighth in the drivers standings.
[ad_1] Bentley has announced Spa 24 Hours winner Jules Gounon as the replacement for Oliver Jarvis in the team’s Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and Intercontinental GT Challenge line-ups for 2018. The son of nine-time grand prix starter Jean-Marc, Gounon partnered Markus Winkelhock and Christopher Haase to victory in the Blancpain series’ staple race in
[ad_1] Robert Wickens says having minimal experience of IndyCar before the new universal aerokit will help him quickly adapt in 2018, following his first test of the new package. Wickens ended his DTM career after Mercedes’ decision to quit the championship at the end of 2018 and he switched to IndyCar with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
[ad_1] Herve Poncharal has admitted that his satellite MotoGP outfit Tech3 beating the factory Yamahas on several occasions this season created some “uncomfortable” situations. Works riders Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi both endured a frustrating 2017 campaign, while rookie Johann Zarco shone on Tech3’s year-old machine. The Frenchman managed to beat both Vinales and Rossi
[ad_1] Mads Ostberg says he would be prepared to step down to the World Rally Championship’s WRC2 class next year in order to get his career back on track. The former Citroen and M-Sport factory driver started the 2017 season late and struggled to make his private Onebet World Rally Team Ford programme financially viable.
[ad_1] Ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa says his former team Williams is on a ‘financial path’ with the decision over its 2018 driver line-up. Massa announced his retirement for the second year in a row towards the end of the 2017 season, leaving a vacant seat alongside Lance Stroll at Williams. Robert Kubica appeared to
[ad_1] Renault must avoid putting itself in situations where so much is at stake in the final race of the season in future, claims its Formula 1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul. The French manufacturer moved ahead of Toro Rosso to claim sixth in the constructors’ championship in the Abu Dhabi season finale, earning it a