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Formula 1 rule changes are sometimes greeted with dismay by both fans and teams alike, depending on how the alterations impact those with a vested interest. But through safety upgrades or competition improvements, getting comfortable with the ‘new normal’ is a necessary and integral process to stop F1 going stale.
The DTM’s decision to drop Class One in favour of GT3 regulations was met with a largely negative response last year, but a strong cast of drivers and manufacturer-backed teams has restored faith in the championship ahead of the start of its new era, says Rachit Thukral.
Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez will make his long-awaited return to action this weekend at the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Can Mazda win this year’s IMSA Prototype championship? Undoubtedly. But it will be the culmination of an achingly hard struggle, after which the brand has decided to quit. David Malsher-Lopez tells the story of a bizarre blend of heartache and positivity.
Naoki Yamamoto's haul of five titles across Super Formula and SUPER GT mark him out as statistically the most successful driver in Japan's top two series in recent years. But can he really be considered the equal of past legends?
When the flag drops, you know what stops... And it's about time, says Stuart Codling.
OPINION: Jorge Lorenzo's status as one of the greatest MotoGP riders of all time is hard to dispute. But his constant social media spats with fellow riders and insistence on listing his achievements to his detractors are running the risk of tarnishing a legacy he worked hard to create.
With B-Max Racing resorting to signing a teenage driver yet to complete a full season of single-seaters to race in Super Formula this season, Jamie Klein asks if it's time the Japanese series started tightening its entry requirements.
The 2021 MotoGP pre-season has come to a close with Ducati’s Jack Miller fastest on the combined timesheets after just five days of running.
OPINION: It's been an uneasy ride for Esteban Ocon since his F1 comeback - and fresh challenges lie in wait as he's joined by double world champion Fernando Alonso in the newly rebranded Alpine team. STUART CODLING sets out a roadmap to success…
The deal McLaren concluded with MSP Sports Capital last year which will help the cash-strapped Formula 1 team pay for much-needed infrastructure upgrades, also points toward the future for F1 itself, says GP Racing's Stuart Codling.
In a pre-season where Red Bull has been unusually quiet, Max Verstappen has also been guarded about the team's fortunes in 2021. Even after trying the RB16B for the first time at Silverstone, the Dutchman was careful to manage expectations
Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez made his first public press appearance since July last Monday at Honda’s launch event and offered an update on his injury situation.
The above headline might make some people feel uncomfortable. After all, we have become so used to seeing more races with safety cars (SC) nowadays than those without them, so we have never really dared to question it.
Red Bull's takeover of Honda's Formula 1 engine project has solved a potential short-term headache Honda's withdrawal at the end of 2021 would have caused. But, in taking destiny into its own hands, it could have a positive long-term impact too.
When Dale Earnhardt died in a last-lap crash in the 2001 Daytona 500, it changed NASCAR forever. Jim Utter remembers what it was like to be there on that most tragic of days.
Australians on Ducatis is an iconic partnership, the marque's last one yielding its sole MotoGP crown to date. But its latest Aussie union with the often underestimated Jack Miller can end this drought.
OPINION: Formula 1 endured major scheduling challenges thanks to the pandemic in 2020, but still managed to save its season. These difficulties remain in 2021 and create a tough knock-on effect for the championship's new arrivals.
Jenson Button's return to Williams is a welcome feel-good story, but its re-signing of the driver it handed a Formula 1 debut back in 2000 could also be a shrewd move in its mission to move up the grid, says Luke Smith.
Much-maligned given his record for the most races without a point and his disastrous two-race foray with Ferrari in 2009, Luca Badoer is perhaps the embodiment of the old adage that your most important race is your last one. James Newbold argues that his reputation is undeserved.
With its charismatic leader Davide Brivio leaving for Formula 1, the Suzuki MotoGP squad he turned into a world championship-winning force in 2020 has a major recruitment headache that it needs to resolve carefully.
Two of Ferrari's Formula 1 juniors ended up fighting for the 2020 Formula 2 title. One has a deal with Haas for 2021 while the other faces a year on the sidelines. But that didn't work out badly for the last driver Ferrari brought through, as he explains
Brad Binder's debut MotoGP season featured extreme highs and a few rookie errors. The South African gives no excuses for his errors, but it is precisely this trait that explains why KTM believes he is the right man to lead its post-Pol Espargaro era.
Williams' decision to increase its Mercedes ties and start using the Formula 1 powerhouse's gearbox from 2022 presents a dramatic shift in policy for F1's plucky independent.
Perhaps fittingly amid this most unpredictable of years, the 2020 MotoGP season was a rollercoaster ride from one weekend to the next as the absence of Marc Marquez opened the door for a new champion to follow in his ultra-consistent mould
OPINION: Romain Grosjean's Bahrain crash brought back uncomfortable memories for Formula 1, but the mental strength of the shocked drivers to carry on was no less than their predecessors in times before social media and TV replays…
Mercedes selecting George Russell as Lewis Hamilton's stand-in for the Sakhir Grand Prix provides a dynamic set to challenge both the British driver and Valtteri Bottas for different reasons, while potentially delivering the team some unexpected answers.
OPINION: The news that Audi will return to Le Mans means we'll at last get to see the fight promised in 2012 against Peugeot and Toyota. It also gives LMDh a tangible form, which could open the floodgates for more like-minded marques to follow suit…
OPINION: Audi announcing its imminent Formula E departure on the eve of its first season with world championship status might come as something of a shock. But while it doesn't equate to a rejection of VW's electrification push, there is reason to it...
Formula 1 was relieved to see Romain Grosjean escape his horrifying crash in Bahrain. As ever in such incidents, questions arise about how and why the situation came to be, but these can lead to further improvements in the safety structures that saved him…
OPINION: The 67th edition of the Macau Grand Prix might have been a largely muted affair to the outside world without its international influx and star line-ups, another victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organisers deserve huge credit for keeping the party going…
Chase Carey will soon step down as head of Formula 1, to be replaced by ex-Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali. Mark Gallagher examines what we can expect from the latest poacher-turned-gamekeeper to take up a senior leadership role within F1.
You might think Toto Wolff's job is easy - but it isn't, and that's why he can't hand over the Mercedes team principal role to someone else quickly, even though he wants to move on, says Stuart Codling.
It may have been missed amid the clamour over Lewis Hamilton's seventh F1 title, but Britain had another world champion crowned last weekend. Mike Conway's WEC crown raises an old conundrum - does title glory make up for the pain of Le Mans defeat?
His place in the history books was secure even before that record-equalling seventh title. But Hamilton's numbers can create a misleading perception of a driver who has contributed greatly to the Mercedes juggernaut, as an ex-colleague explains.
OPINION: Charles Leclerc responded to his podium-losing late mistake in Formula 1's 2020 Turkish Grand Prix with a lengthy lambasting of his own performance. But while it was painful to hear, it included another reminder of a key trait Ferrari's star holds…
Yamaha has lined up World Superbike rider Garrett Gerloff as a replacement for Valentino Rossi should he be unable to race in the MotoGP European Grand Prix due to COVID-19.
OPINION: Formula 1 introduced an abbreviated weekend format for its first Emilia Romagna Grand Prix that was met with plenty of praise from paddock insiders, but there are a few immovable stumbling blocks that will prevent it becoming the norm...
After a year out of a race seat, the 2020 F1 season hasn't all been plain sailing for Renault's Esteban Ocon. But, with Daniel Ricciardo's departure, Ocon has the chance to become a team leader next year - even if his new team-mate will be Fernando Alonso
Lewis Hamilton produced another excellent overall Formula 1 performance to defeat an in-form Valtteri Bottas in Portugal. But towards the end of race he had a difficult moment, which revealed a surprising weakness in his otherwise bulletproof game.
Max Verstappen has been the only driver consistently able to live with the terrific pace shown by Mercedes in 2020, but has still only bested the Black Arrows once. Sooner or later, given his talent and expectations, something has to change.
The Honda RC213V was for a long time seen as 'Marc Marquez's bike' but, with his injury lay-off, none of Honda's other riders had been able to get a tune out of it. But it's undergone a transformation, and is now a force in the hands of his brother Alex
Formula 1 may be lacking some of the paddock buzz this year that help fuel its annual silly season of driver market intrigue.
Honda's decision to quit F1 at the end of 2021 has prompted suggestions the series simply isn't going far enough for manufacturers with its green technologies. But, as Jonathan Noble explains, F1 won't be abandoning its hybrid concept post-Honda.
It’s a universal truth of Formula 1 that manufacturers come and go. With the exception of Ferrari, which has competed in every world championship season, other car makers have flitted in and out over the years.