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Why Miller deserves a Ducati MotoGP contract renewal

Jack Miller's second consecutive MotoGP victory in the French Grand Prix has reinforced the Australian's confidence after a difficult start to his first season as a Ducati factory rider. Now the onus is on Ducati to reward him

How long can Verstappen and Hamilton keep it clean? Prime

How long can Verstappen and Hamilton keep it clean?

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have been evenly matched so far in the 2021 Formula 1 title race. Neither has been afraid to get aggressive against each other on track, teeing up an enthralling contest as the year unwinds. But how long will their battle remain clean? Jonathan Noble ponders that exact point

How Formula E stood up to F1 comparisons in Monaco

OPINION: It was no surprise to anybody that the laptimes achieved by Formula E cars on the full Monaco circuit were much slower than Formula 1. But perhaps the more relevant comparison was in the racing spectacle, where FE delivered in spades.

The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing

Most of the column inches after the World Endurance Championship's opener were centred around the relative pace of the Hypercar class and the LMP2s, but there's another question that needs addressing in order for the new division to have a successful future

What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors Prime

What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors

OPINION: Going up against the dominant force of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton was always going to demand the best from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. But after making a couple more errors during the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Dutch driver showed there's a small gap he still needs to close in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight.

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem Prime

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem

The brutal nature of a series of crashes at Jerez has reopened the debate about whether current MotoGP speeds are beyond the safety limits of the tracks. But even if riders are supportive of the move, getting the manufacturers to find a consensus on how speed reductions should be achieved may be altogether harder

Colton Herta – America's next racing hero Prime

Colton Herta – America's next racing hero

Last Sunday, Colton Herta demolished his IndyCar opposition in the second round of the season. David Malsher-Lopez explains why Andretti Autosport’s youngest ace bears all the hallmarks of becoming the country’s next homegrown motorsport hero.

Why Formula E's Valencia fiasco undermines engineering talent

FIA president Jean Todt wanted more Formula E coverage in the media, and got his wish when the opening Valencia E-Prix proved farcical. Despite attempts to spin the race as teams failing to get their sums right, Formula E and its governing body cannot escape blame - especially when trying to get teams to commit long-term.

MotoGP 21 game review: Are its new features enough?

The official game of MotoGP is back with a 2021 season instalment. Are the new features enough to elevate MotoGP 21 into the pantheon of great racing games?

How Verstappen and Hamilton’s Imola clash sets the tone for 2021

In Max Verstappen's Formula 1 career to date, he has been cast as the 'pretender', an acknowledged top-line performer without the car to regularly challenge Lewis Hamilton. But that no longer applies in 2021, and the start to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was the most telling signal yet of what we can expect from their duel this year

The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing Prime

The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing

OPINION: The greed-driven push for a European Super League that threatened to tear football apart is collapsing at the seams. Motor racing's equivalent, the football-themed Superleague Formula series of 2008-11, was everything that the proposed ESL never could be.

Opinion: Why Honda will be green with substitution envy

Both Honda and Toyota had to call upon substitute drivers for last weekend's SUPER GT opener at Okayama, but the drivers they chose put in contrasting performances - with interesting implications for this year's title battle.

Formula 3000: In defence of F1's unloved feeder series
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Formula 3000: In defence of F1's unloved feeder series

Champions of the forerunner to GP2/F2 had a patchy record when it came to reaching the final rung on the ladder, if they were able to reach F1 at all. But there are plenty of reasons why it shouldn't be derided on that point alone.

Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash

Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy

The nightmare timing that now hinders Mercedes Prime

The nightmare timing that now hinders Mercedes

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton took victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix despite, for a change, not having the quickest car. But any hopes of developing its W12 to surpass Red Bull's RB16B in terms of outright speed could not have come at a worse time.

Why MotoGP’s new Amazon Prime series is long overdue Prime

Why MotoGP’s new Amazon Prime series is long overdue

OPINION: MotoGP is getting its own version of Drive to Survive on Amazon Prime at some point in the near future. It was news welcomed by the grid’s leading riders. And following the impact DTS has had on Formula 1, MotoGP desperately needs the same boost.

Why 'family' still comes first at new era Williams Prime

Why 'family' still comes first at new era Williams

The appointment of Francois-Xavier Demaison as the Williams F1 team's new technical director is the latest manifestation of new CEO Jost Capito's mission to preserve the team's 'family' feel. It will take time before it can take effect, but he is confident it is the correct approach

How Netflix built on a successful formula in Drive to Survive Season 3 Prime

How Netflix built on a successful formula in Drive to Survive Season 3

OPINION: Formula 1’s latest documentary instalment has landed on Netflix and while season three of Drive to Survive has some frustrating omissions for traditional F1 fans, the series continues to intertwine accessibility for the uninitiated and entertainment for the converted

Is F1 set for rule revolution regret again? Prime

Is F1 set for rule revolution regret again?

With the Formula 1 pack edging tighter together under stable rules for 2021, due to the delay on the introduction of the regulations overhaul, it will underline how the incoming rules must get the fundamentals right or risk history repeating itself.

Why Mazepin’s misconduct will never be swept away

OPINION: Nikita Mazepin comes into Formula 1 as the most talked about driver for all the wrong reasons. While he says he has learned from his mistakes – ones that were never likely to lose him his place at Haas due to his financial positioning – he still faces a barrage of criticism that he may never escape.

How Ferrari's Hypercar project could bolster Leclerc's legacy Prime

How Ferrari's Hypercar project could bolster Leclerc's legacy

Ferrari's planned return to the top category at the Le Mans 24 Hours has further heightened anticipation for the 2023 race. Few concrete details are currently known, but already it has a high-profile superstar angling for involvement, which would make a refreshing change

Why Aston Martin’s arrival is more than just new green livery Prime

Why Aston Martin’s arrival is more than just new green livery

In the most eagerly anticipated Formula 1 team launch of the season, the rebranded Aston Martin squad’s changes go much further than the striking paint job. But rather than a restart, the team hopes to build on top of solid foundations.

How Albon plans to fight his way out of Red Bull limbo Prime

How Albon plans to fight his way out of Red Bull limbo

Alex Albon has faced the media for the first time since he lost his Red Bull drive at the end of 2020 and dropped out of a Formula 1 race seat altogether. He has a history of bouncing back from setbacks, so here's what he must do to rise again

The F1 racing statement that Ricciardo should make again Prime

The F1 racing statement that Ricciardo should make again

Daniel Ricciardo is making his second new start in three seasons, as he joins McLaren. His star is on the up again after returning to the podium last year, but he may want to revisit a powerful approach he's previously used to beat Formula 1's best

Does eight world titles projection undersell Hamilton's potential? Prime

Does eight world titles projection undersell Hamilton's potential?

Lewis Hamilton's new one-year deal with Mercedes has given renewed strength to theories he will depart Formula 1 with eight world championships. But these underestimate factors he will be considering and also how many titles he could win

How Hamilton's one-year deal opens up the 2022 driver market Prime

How Hamilton's one-year deal opens up the 2022 driver market

Lewis Hamilton's long-anticipated new Mercedes deal has one standout feature: it is so far only for one year. Although Hamilton may stay with the team longer, Mercedes having no drivers contracted for 2022 should inject further intrigue into silly season...

Who will replace Jamie Whincup at Triple Eight?

One of the best seats in Supercars will be up for grabs next season – so who's in the frame to grab it?

Why F1 driver contracts are fraught with peril Prime

Why F1 driver contracts are fraught with peril

As the world watches the developing soap opera that is Lewis Hamilton's contract negotiations with Mercedes, Mark Gallagher explains the importance of having a good lawyer - and the need to seize the moment...

How XE's star power puts Formula E under pressure Prime

How XE's star power puts Formula E under pressure

With the addition of Jenson Button's own team to join the involvement of fellow Formula 1 champions Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in Extreme E's ranks, the new electric SUV series is brimming with star power to enable it to deliver on its promise

The small change that will be F1 2021's big talking point Prime

The small change that will be F1 2021's big talking point

As focus sharpens for Formula 1 teams on the new, yet familiar, 2021 cars there is a growing understanding that this year one minor rule tweak will actually create a major challenge

The one certainty over F1's uncertain 2021 calendar Prime

The one certainty over F1's uncertain 2021 calendar

Formula 1 has firmed up its 2021 calendar but, like last year, it is uncertain if there are further cancellations in the pipeline. Largely, it's at the mercy of worldwide COVID vaccine progression - but unlike 2020, F1 will at least be guaranteed a full season

The mistakes Mercedes cannot afford to make in F1 2021 Prime

The mistakes Mercedes cannot afford to make in F1 2021

After clinching the last seven Formula 1 world title doubles, Mercedes of course heads into the 2021 season as the overwhelming favourite. But there are still distinct hurdles it must clear to keep that streak alive

Opinion: Nissan dropping Mardenborough makes no sense

Nissan dropping Jann Mardenborough from its GT500 line-up for the 2021 SUPER GT season is not only puzzling from a performance point of view - it's also symbolic of the company's withdrawal from most forms of international motorsport, believes Jamie Klein.

Why Britain's continued WRC absence is a wake-up call Prime

Why Britain's continued WRC absence is a wake-up call

With Rally GB dropping off the World Rally Championship calendar for the second year in a row, one of Britain's best-attended sporting events faces an uncertain future. It's an unfortunate situation that points to troubling times ahead

The Top 10 Super GT/Super Formula drivers of 2020

One driver may have walked away with the top prize in both SUPER GT and Super Formula season, but there was no shortage of other standouts in one of the most intense and dramatic years on the Japanese domestic scene in recent memory.

Why Albon's Formula 1 dream isn't all over Prime

Why Albon's Formula 1 dream isn't all over

Going up against Max Verstappen in the same car is not an easy task and Alex Albon's attempts to live with his highly-rated team-mate were not enough to keep his Red Bull seat for 2021. But, he's now in the perfect place to get his F1 career back on track

How Red Bull fell short of challenging for the 2020 F1 title Prime

How Red Bull fell short of challenging for the 2020 F1 title

This was supposed to be the Formula 1 season when Red Bull gave Mercedes a run for its money. Instead, the next-best team fell short - until the final race of 2020 in Abu Dhabi

Zanardi: The man whose name is a synonym for “hero”

As a Paralympian, Alex Zanardi became a household name and an inspiration to millions. But his indomitable spirit and speed in a racecar had already made him a hero, writes David Malsher-Lopez.

Why criticism of F1’s latest controversial locale misses the point Prime

Why criticism of F1’s latest controversial locale misses the point

Formula 1 visits many destinations with 'problems', but the announcement of a race in Saudi Arabia has caused a storm of protest. Mark Gallagher asks if we should be surprised that a multi-million dollar sport run by capitalists goes where the dollar takes it

Has Alonso exposed exactly what F1 is missing? Prime

Has Alonso exposed exactly what F1 is missing?

The buzz surrounding Fernando Alonso's R25 demonstration laps over the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend reminded me of a conversation I had with a Formula 1 colleague a few years ago.

Why Abu Dhabi's biggest disappointment wasn't lack of action Prime

Why Abu Dhabi's biggest disappointment wasn't lack of action

The 2020 Formula 1 season rather fizzled out at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, despite Max Verstappen and Red Bull winning brilliantly. In fact, the race will perhaps best be remembered for something it lost in its build-up

The F1 sanity that left Russell with some Sakhir solace Prime

The F1 sanity that left Russell with some Sakhir solace

George Russell showed Formula 1 and Mercedes his class in the Sakhir Grand Prix, but the results of that disastrous pitstop nearly left him with nothing to show for it. Thankfully, a sensible outcome was reached, which should lead to a rule change

Why Red Bull is right to back the much-maligned Albon Prime

Why Red Bull is right to back the much-maligned Albon

Alex Albon has come under plenty of criticism this year for his struggles in matching Red Bull lead driver Max Verstappen. But it's not for nothing that the famously ruthless team hasn't yet reverted to type and shown him the door

The true Marquez blunder that caused lasting damage Prime

The true Marquez blunder that caused lasting damage

Regardless of whether or not Marc Marquez opts for a third surgery to fix the injury to his right arm, his attempted return to action at Jerez - four days after the initial operation - will go down as one of the worst decisions in MotoGP history

Why a "bonkers" end to 2020 will be a good lesson for F1 Prime

Why a "bonkers" end to 2020 will be a good lesson for F1

The second-leg of F1's upcoming Bahrain double-header on the outer loop will provide a spectacle unlike any other on the calendar and serve as an acid test for out-of-the-box thinking on future race layouts

Why Super Formula’s ‘F1 finishing school’ days appear over 

With two of Super Formula’s biggest international names walking away from the series mid-season, Jamie Klein wonders if the championship’s days as a Formula 1 finishing school are effectively at an end.

How Red Bull can take its destiny into its own hands Prime

How Red Bull can take its destiny into its own hands

Honda's impending exit from Formula 1 could provide an opportunity for Red Bull to get itself on terms with Mercedes - if only it could take it, argues Mark Gallagher

Why Yamaha's MotoGP rivals should fear Crutchlow's return Prime

Why Yamaha's MotoGP rivals should fear Crutchlow's return

Yamaha's signing of Cal Crutchlow as its new test rider is a major statement of intent as it strives to iron out the weak spots that have hindered its 2020 hopes. Even though he won't be racing, the Briton can be expected to have a major impact

The brutal side of F1 that's not unsettling Kvyat Prime

The brutal side of F1 that's not unsettling Kvyat

Daniil Kvyat's Formula 1 future once again hangs in the balance - something he is all too familiar with. But, how the Russian is approaching his looming AlphaTauri exit may just serve him well in his racing career going forward

Why Vettel’s next move can define his F1 legacy Prime

Why Vettel’s next move can define his F1 legacy

Sebastian Vettel looked short of options to remain in F1 for 2021 after being ditched by Ferrari. But having taken a leap of faith with Aston Martin, Luke Smith asks if Vettel can rediscover his best form and take F1's midfield minnow to the next level

Is F1's 23-race calendar too much and too ambitious?

Formula 1 unveiled its record-breaking 23-race calendar for the 2021 season on Tuesday, marking the most ambitious and lucrative schedule ever proposed in the series' history.

The "schoolboy error" that could shape a future F1 star Prime

The "schoolboy error" that could shape a future F1 star

George Russell's "schoolboy error" crash out of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix robbed him of his first Formula 1 points. But the pain of that loss after such a strong performance may well come to fuel his growth into a top-tier driver

The other MotoGP championship battle to get excited about Prime

The other MotoGP championship battle to get excited about

While the most unpredictable MotoGP title fight in modern times dominates the headlines, the premier class rookies are producing their own personal tussle having picked up from where they left off in the junior classes, says Lewis Duncan

Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester" Prime

Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester"

Scott McLaughlin has been a controversial figure in Supercars over the past few years but, as he heads off to a fresh challenge in IndyCar, the Australian tin-top series needs to find someone else to fill his drama-filled boots as the category enters a new era...

The vital lesson the 'new' DTM can learn from Super GT

The intense fight for victory between two Nissan GT-Rs in the most recent SUPER GT race at Suzuka was an apt demonstration of how well the current GT500 formula works - and is something the DTM could learn from as it ventures into its new era, says Jamie Klein. 

Why latest Hamilton-Rosberg battle won’t have the same edge Prime

Why latest Hamilton-Rosberg battle won’t have the same edge

Even four years after it ended, the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg has yet to be topped for drama and intrigue by anything F1 has seen since. But the next iteration commencing in 2021 will played out on much different terms...

Why F1's Portugal leveller isn't a reliable silver bullet Prime

Why F1's Portugal leveller isn't a reliable silver bullet

A track surface that was reluctant to yield grip left many drivers complaining in Portimao, but created mixed strategies and havoc at the start. Yet, while an enjoyable means of mixing the pack, F1 cannot always rely on it

Why do Verstappen's offensive comments get a free pass?

Following his FP2 clash with Lance Stroll at the Portuguese Grand Prix, Max Verstappen's choice of language over the radio was insulting and offensive to numerous groups of people. And yet, it has conspicuously gone unpunished...

Has Aragon revealed Yamaha's true MotoGP title challenger? Prime

Has Aragon revealed Yamaha's true MotoGP title challenger?

Franco Morbidelli dominated the Teruel GP to put himself back into the MotoGP title race with three rounds to go. With his Yamaha counterparts on the 2020 bike once again struggling, did Aragon reveal who Yamaha's true title hopeful is?