Carlos Sainz Jr expects a much better relationship with 2019 McLaren Formula 1 team-mate Lando Norris than he had with other young drivers when at Toro Rosso. Sainz had tense times with both Max Verstappen and Daniil Kvyat during his first F1 seasons at Red Bull’s junior team. In 2015, Sainz and Verstappen were well
Josef Newgarden says his Penske IndyCar team has made a step in the right direction to solve the “deficiencies” it had in 2018. Newgarden could not defend his title last season, as he and team-mate Will Power failed to wrestle the crown from Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon. The 2017 IndyCar champion was part of
Five-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton had to be convinced to “go a bit slower” in his Yamaha Superbike track test at Jerez, says rider Michael van der Mark. Hamilton rode a black Yamaha YZF-R1 bike alongside works riders van der Mark and Alex Lowes earlier this month and the track test was overseen
Pirelli has revealed its compound choices for the first four Formula 1 grands prix of the 2019 season in its new simplified designation of soft, medium and hard. Although those three basic names will be in play at each event, Pirelli has a new C1-C5 system for notifying which actual compound is being used on
Porsche will expand its factory campaigns in the world’s major GT3 championships for the 2019 season. The German manufacturer will field two line-ups of works drivers in both the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and the Intercontinental GT Challenge rather than the single-car entries of 2018. The Porsche programmes with the second-generation 991-shape 911 GT3-R
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports believes Formula 1 recruit Marcus Ericsson has a driving style compatible with 2019 IndyCar team-mate James Hinchcliffe and the sidelined Robert Wickens. Ericsson will switch to IndyCar in 2019 to fill the void vacated by Wickens and SPM has previously made clear it was targeting a driver that could complement Hinchcliffe. SPM
Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari must take the “last step” if it is to stand a chance of winning next year’s Formula 1 world championship. Vettel challenged Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes in 2018, enjoying strong form at various stages of the campaign, but its title bid faltered after the summer break for a second straight season.
Claire Williams says her Formula 1 team needs Robert Kubica’s “fighting spirit” as it bids to recover from its terrible 2018 season. Kubica will be back on the grid in 2019 after an absence of more than eight years, having won his battle to return to F1 following the early-2011 rally crash that almost severed
Kurt Busch says his move to the Chip Ganassi Racing NASCAR Cup series team for 2019 was appealing because it is a “streamlining” two-car outfit Busch has left the four-car Stewart Haas Racing squad, spearheaded by 2018 title contender Kevin Harvick, to make the switch. The new Ganassi recruit will partner Kyle Larson in 2019,
Toto Wolff reckons Michael Schumacher’s son Mick can achieve success in Formula 1, “maybe” even with Mercedes. Seven-time world champion Schumacher raced for Mercedes in sportscars before stepping up to F1 and joined the manufacturer for his return to grand prix racing from 2010 to ’12. Mick Schumacher clinched the Formula 3 European championship this
Carlos Sainz says it feels “powerful” rather than daunting to know that McLaren will be relying on him to help lead the team in the 2019 Formula 1 season. As he has much more experience than rookie team-mate Lando Norris, Sainz knows that McLaren will be relying more on him to help give it direction.
Toto Wolff says even a team such as Williams cannot be discounted from coming up with a Mercedes-beating 2019 Formula 1 car, amid fears of loopholes in the new regulations. As teams work on honing their cars to new aero rules aimed at improving overtaking, Wolff has reiterated his belief that the order could be
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has changed his mind about Formula 1’s halo and says he would not have forgiven himself if vetoing it had led to a “potentially catastrophic outcome”. The controversial driver protection device became mandatory in F1 and Formula 2 this year, and played a significant role in major accidents in both championships.
Kimi Raikkonen reckons Sauber has all it needs to build a “great” Formula 1 car in 2019, after completing his first test on his return to the team. After a five-year second stint with Ferrari, Raikkonen is returning to the Sauber outfit where he made his F1 debut in 2001 on a multi-year deal. He
Kalle Rovanpera feels he could be ready for a full-time World Rally Championship seat by 2020, and Skoda would release him from his contract if he secures one. There is strong speculation that Rovanpera’s manager Timo Jouhki already has the 18-year-old’s future tied down in a long-term agreement with another of his former drivers –
The FIA believes the ‘aeroscreen’ concept would have been only 10% as effective as Formula 1’s halo in protecting Charles Leclerc in the Belgian Grand Prix start crash. The official investigation into the Spa accident, which was caused when Fernando Alonso was tipped over the top of Leclerc’s Sauber by a late-braking Nico Hulkenberg at
Formula 1 teams are fearful of the impact of Britain’s exit from the European Union due to concerns they could suffer employment and logistical problems after Brexit. The United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019 but Prime Minister Theresa May is still struggling to win over members of Parliament to
Red Bull will need to instil a bit of “discipline” into Pierre Gasly for his 2019 Formula 1 promotion, according to Helmut Marko. Gasly will step up to the Red Bull senior team after one full season with its junior outfit Toro Rosso, having been picked to replace Renault-bound Daniel Ricciardo. The 22-year-old had to
The new-look Steinbrenner Harding Racing IndyCar team will run with Honda engines in the 2019 season. Harding had been considering its options after running with Chevrolet engines in its first full IndyCar campaign this year. But its rebirth as Steinbrenner and growing affiliation with the Andretti Autosport squad, which loaned the team staff and technical
Stoffel Vandoorne believes “no-one really noticed” his strongest races in Formula 1 and that there was “nothing more I could have done” amid McLaren’s woes. Vandoorne joined McLaren at the beginning of 2017 as a replacement for Jenson Button, following an impressive junior single-seater career in which he dominated the ’15 GP2 championship and then
Hyundai will begin the 2019 World Rally Championship season with an unchanged line-up, despite speculation that Sebastien Loeb has signed for the squad. Thierry Neuville, Andreas Mikkelsen and Dani Sordo will drive a trio of i20 Coupe WRCs at round one in Monte Carlo, but a decision about who replaces Sordo for Rally Sweden could
KTM rider Pol Espargaro believes the addition of Tech3 to the manufacturer’s MotoGP stable will allow it to “double or triple” its development rate. After making its full-time MotoGP debut last year KTM has been largely fought for the lower reaches of the top 15. It scored just five points more in 2018 compared to
Nico Hulkenberg thinks he may have to “find another gear” in order to beat Daniel Ricciardo at the Renault Formula 1 team next season. The German ended the season with more ‘Class B’ victories than any other midfield runner and was the highest-placed driver behind the Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull contenders in the overall
The FIA has provided more detail of the new structure for the World Rally Championship’s support series. The WRC 2 Pro Championship, aimed at the increasing number of R5 manufacturers, will allow drivers to take scores from eight rounds. The conventional WRC 2 Championship is for privateers and will have no minimum number of events.
The FIA has tweaked the way penalties will be applied to Formula 1 grids from 2019, in an attempt to encourage those who have penalties to take part in qualifying. For 2018, The FIA introduced a rule that put anyone with more than 15 places of power unit grid penalties to the back of the
The FIA has formally approved the 2019 Formula 1 calendar, with no changes made to the version released in October. The 21-round schedule will begin in Australia on March 17 and conclude with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on December 1. F1 will host its 1000th world championship race in the third round of the
The now-defunct Furniture Row Racing team that ran Martin Truex Jr to the 2017 NASCAR Cup series title has had its charter bought ahead of the ’19 season. The charter, which guarantees entry and the right to prize money, has been bought by the Spire Sports + Entertainment company, which has clients in NASCAR including
Citroen team principal Pierre Budar has explained the reasons for the loss of Abu Dhabi funding that will limit the team to a two-car 2019 World Rally Championship line-up. Abu Dhabi has been one of the primary backers of Citroen’s WRC effort since 2013, in a deal that has involved Khalid Al-Qassimi contesting partial campaigns
MotoGP and its supporting categories will introduce a new rule on how to classify riders who finish a race separated from their bikes. The rule change was approved on Friday at a meeting of the Grand Prix commission, which is comprised of representatives from governing body FIM, promoter Dorna, as well as the manufacturers’ and
Romain Grosjean says he would not be able to forgive himself if he suffered a repeat of the woes that marred the first half of his 2018 Formula 1 campaign. Although the Frenchman’s season started off well with a strong showing in the Australian Grand Prix before pitstop trouble, he later endured a run of