Basile Davoine

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Peugeot "starting from scratch" in WEC as Monza debut nears

Peugeot feels it is “starting from scratch” in the FIA World Endurance Championship as it gears up for its highly-anticipated debut at Monza next month.

Alpine poised for LMP2 return for 2023 WEC season

Alpine has dropped the firmest hint yet that it will return to the LMP2 class for the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship season before it returns to the top division the following year with an all-new LMDh contender.

Toyota says Le Mans distance record now “impossible” to beat

Toyota says that it has given up on trying to beat the distance record at the Le Mans 24 Hours because the use of slow zones has made such a feat “impossible”.

Ogier may miss remainder of WEC season after Le Mans debut

Sebastien Ogier has revealed that he doesn’t plan to contest the remaining rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship season following his Le Mans 24 Hours debut.

Toyota praises Glickenhaus's Le Mans effort as "remarkable"

Toyota feels Glickenhaus did a “remarkable” job in only its second appearance at the Le Mans 24 Hours and was able to match its pace at times during the race.

Alpine's Lapierre hopeful of closer Le Mans battle with Toyota

Alpine driver Nicolas Lapierre is hopeful that the French marque can provide a sterner challenge for Toyota in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours than it was able to offer in 2021.

Alpine won't let Alonso/Ocon rivalry get out of hand – Prost

Alpine says it will not allow the rivalry between Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon to evolve into a destabilising force inside the Formula 1 team this year.

Grosjean recalls Bahrain GP escape: "I saw death coming"
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Grosjean recalls Bahrain GP escape: "I saw death coming"

Romain Grosjean has recalled his escape from his fiery crash at the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix, revealing he told himself to get out of the wreckage for his children.

Toyota: LMP1/LMH parity would "not be correct"

Toyota says it would "not be correct" if Alpine's grandfathered LMP1 car gets performance parity with the new breed of Le Mans Hypercars that will race in the FIA World Endurance Championship's top class next year.

Alpine announces step up to LMP1 for 2021 WEC season

Alpine has formally announced plans to enter the top category of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2021 using a grandfathered Rebellion R-13 LMP1 car.

French GP in jeopardy as government extends lockdown

The French Grand Prix has become the latest Formula 1 race to be thrown into doubt after the French government extended a ban on all mass-gatherings until mid-July.

F1 teams "can't afford" to lose testing time now

Formula 1's reduction of pre-season testing from eight days to six will mean a "big change" for teams, reckons Romain Grosjean, with pressure ramped up massively not to lose track time.

Peugeot: Rebellion exit won't hinder hypercar project

Peugeot's boss of motorsport Jean-Marc Finot says that Rebellion's decision to pull the plug on its alliance with the French marque won't significantly affect its hypercar project.

Grosjean opens up on reputation, social media abuse

Romain Grosjean has brushed off criticism he has faced from social media trolls, saying he would prefer to be disliked than have “no charisma at all”.

Grosjean excited by "extraordinary" Saudi F1 plans

Romain Grosjean hopes the proposed new Formula 1 race in Saudi Arabia will go ahead, calling the project “huge” and “extraordinary”.

Grosjean: Speaking out key to avoiding more trouble in 2020

Romain Grosjean thinks that his decision to speak out straight away last year when a Haas update package didn't work was key in helping the team avoid even more trouble this season.

Renault "very clear" Ocon deal is no Mercedes loan

Renault is clear that Esteban Ocon will not retain any contractual ties to the Mercedes Formula 1 team when he joins the French car manufacturer next year.

ACO promises closer LMP1 contest at Le Mans in 2019

The Automobile Club de l'Ouest, organiser of the Le Mans 24 Hours, has promised a closer fight between Toyota and the LMP1 privateers for this year's edition of the French classic.

British GP: Top photos from the race's selection of Formula 1 photos from the British Grand Prix, won by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

British GP: Top photos from Saturday's selection of Formula 1 photos from FP3 and qualifying of the British Grand Prix.

British GP: Top photos from Friday's selection of Formula 1 photos from Friday practice ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix.

Gallery: BMW's history at Le Mans 24 Hours

BMW is returning to Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time since 2011 after signing up for a full campaign in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Top photos from Le Mans 24 Hours scrutineering

Gear up for the 84th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours with our extensive gallery from scrutineering, held in front of public in French countryside.

Gallery: Porsche's stunning retro GTE Le Mans liveries

Porsche will run retro liveries on two of its GTE Pro class factory entries in this month's Le Mans 24 Hours in celebration of its sportscar racing heritage – take a closer look...

Le Mans start line moved ahead of 2018 event

Le Mans 24 Hours organiser the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced that the start line of Circuit de la Sarthe is to be moved.

Japanese Grand Prix: what the drivers said

The best quotes from all drivers following the Japanese Grand Prix, which was won by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

Malaysian Grand Prix: What the drivers said

Here's what F1 drivers had to say after the 19th and the final edition of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Gallery: Le Mans legends parade in Austrian GP

Our selection of photos from the Le Mans legends parade which took place on the eve of the Austrian Grand Prix last Sunday.

ACO not concerned by all-Oreca LMP2 WEC grid

The President of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, Pierre Fillon, says he is unconcerned that only Oreca cars are set to race in the LMP2 class of this year's FIA World Endurance Championship.

Nice to name street after Bianchi

A street in the city of Nice will soon bear the name of Jules Bianchi, who died on July 17th, 2015 following his serious crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

Toyota sets "risky" targets to beat Porsche in 2017

Toyota LMP1 technical director Pascal Vasselon says the Japanese manufacturer has set itself "risky" performance targets in a bid to overhaul Porsche next season.

Paul Ricard boss says Mistral straight chicane will boost overtaking

Paul Ricard boss Stephane Clair has defended the decision to use a layout that includes a chicane on the straight when the French Grand Prix returns to the circuit in 2018.

Paul Ricard considering asphalt heating system for F1 tests

The Paul Ricard circuit is considering introducing a system to warm up the track's surface in order to help Formula 1 teams during winter testing.

Analysis: Is this what the 2017 Audi would've looked like?

Audi has offered a glimpse into how its 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship contender could have appeared had the marque stayed in LMP1.

Ferrari appeals FIA decision not to review Vettel penalty

The Sebastian Vettel Mexican GP penalty affair is not over yet, with Ferrari having submitted notification of its intent to appeal following yesterday’s decision by the FIA stewards that the matter could not be re-opened.

Duval: Le Mans must remain difficult following safety changes

Audi LMP1 star Loic Duval believes there is a delicate compromise between track safety at Le Mans and reducing the challenge of the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe.

Neel Jani Q&A: “My Le Mans lap record isn't set in stone”

Neel Jani believes that his Le Mans lap record set in 2015 could come under attack this year, despite rule changes to slow down the LMP1 cars.

Bianchi's father "less optimistic" about recovery

Jules Bianchi's father Philippe says he is now more pessimistic about the chances of his son recovering from the injuries he suffered at the Japanese Grand Prix last year.

Le Mans Test Day: Porsche tops morning session

Rain blighted the opening morning of the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours Test Day, but not before Porsche had topped Audi for the fastest time.

Porsche beats Le Mans Test Day lap record

Just a couple of hours into the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day, and the latest generation of LMP1 cars have already reached a performance level which has not been seen here for at least five years.

Vaxiviere aiming for Formula Renault 3.5 title after Aragon win

Matthieu Vaxiviere is targeting title glory in the Formula Renault 3.5 series after taking victory in the second race of last weekend's opening round at Aragon.