Benjamin Vinel

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F1 CEO Domenicali floats idea of French GP in Nice

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has floated the idea of that a French GP could be run on a street circuit in Nice amid negotiations over the event's future.

The "hectic moment" that threatened JOTA LMP2 Le Mans win

Antonio Felix da Costa has explained the "hectic moment" that risked the JOTA LMP2 team's dominant run to a first class victory since 2017 in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Kubica, Deletraz targeting Le Mans “revenge” with Prema

Prema LMP2 pair Robert Kubica and Louis Deletraz are eyeing “revenge” for their heartbreaking last-lap defeat in the Le Mans 24 Hours last year.

Monaco: Zero concerns over F1 future amid new contract talks

The organisers of the Monaco Grand Prix say they have zero concerns about the future of the Formula 1 race amid talks over a new contract beyond 2022.

Prost: Alpine F1 departure due to being sidelined by CEO Rossi

Four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost says his departure from Alpine came after he felt sidelined by CEO Laurent Rossi.

Alfa Romeo to have free choice of F1 drivers from 2022

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team boss Fred Vasseur says that the Hinwil outfit will have a free choice of drivers from next season.

Meet Sebastian Montoya, Juan Pablo's son aiming for F1

Max Verstappen, Mick Schumacher and soon Sebastian Montoya? The Colombian driver could be the next F1 driver's son to compete in the world championship.

Abiteboul's Alpine F1 departure was a "shock" - Budkowski

Alpine Formula 1 director Marcin Budkowski has revealed the departure of team principal Cyril Abiteboul was a "surprise and a shock to everyone" at the team.

Vergne rubbishes FE homologation "advantage" suggestions

Jean-Eric Vergne has rubbished suggestions that DS Techeetah has gained an advantage by delaying the introduction of its new Formula E powertrain until April.

Vergne: LMP2 "investment" has paid off with Peugeot seat

Jean-Eric Vergne says the "investment" of several years racing in the LMP2 ranks has paid off after being selected as one of Peugeot's drivers for the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

Formula E makes last-minute Diriyah track layout changes

Formula E and the FIA have made several changes to the track layout of the Riyadh Street Circuit two weeks before the season opener in Saudi Arabia.

Grosjean "won't take risk" with left hand to make F1 return
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Grosjean "won't take risk" with left hand to make F1 return

Romain Grosjean says his left hand now holds the key as to whether or not he is able to return to the Formula 1 cockpit for the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Rise in F1 COVID cases not linked to fans attending Russian GP

Formula 1 has reported 10 positive COVID-19 cases following testing at the Russian Grand Prix, but says it has no link to fans attending the race in Sochi.

F1 drivers to discuss concerns over Bahrain outer loop layout

Formula 1 drivers will discuss concerns about plans to use the outer loop layout of the Bahrain International Circuit in December, according to GPDA director Romain Grosjean.

Renault still has questions over Racing Point's 'Pink Mercedes'

Renault F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul says his team is still uneasy about Racing Point's 'Pink Mercedes', with a formal challenge on its legality still not out of the question.

Multi 21: Flash back to Red Bull's most controversial race
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Multi 21: Flash back to Red Bull's most controversial race

On March 24, 2013, Sebastian Vettel infamously disobeyed team orders from Red Bull to hold station behind Mark Webber at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix. Seven years on, we recap that ‘Multi 21’ incident.

Grosjean: Haas' openness positive despite uncertainty

Romain Grosjean thinks it is "positive" that team owner Gene Haas has come clean and admitted that his outfit's future in Formula 1 is not guaranteed if it does not have a strong start to the year.

Ocon admits he didn't know Mercedes was working on DAS

Former Mercedes reserve driver Esteban Ocon says he had no idea the German Formula 1 team was developing the Dual Axis Steering (DAS) system.

Points-leading LMP2 squad faces “tricky situation” at Le Mans

The LMP2 points-leading Signatech Alpine FIA World Endurance Championship squad faces a “tricky situation” in this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours, admits Nico Lapierre.

Paris mayoral contender pledges to cancel FE race

One of the frontrunners in the 2020 Paris mayoral race, Benjamin Griveaux, has pledged to cancel the French capital's ABB FIA Formula E race if he is elected.

Buemi: Title chances gone after Nissan double disaster

Nissan e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi has declared his ABB FIA Formula E title chances "over" after losing a potential victory in the Paris E-Prix.

New test tech to aid Renault engine development

Renault will have a new engine test bench to use from next month which should provide the Formula 1 manufacturer better reliability validation and be compatible with more powerful engines.

Renault confirms Ocon talks, targets '19 decision by Spa

Renault has confirmed it is in talks to field Mercedes Formula 1 junior Esteban Ocon in 2019 and has targeted the Belgian Grand Prix to announce its driver line-up.

British GP stats: Vettel equals Prost's 51 wins tally

All Formula 1 statistics and figures from last weekend's British Grand Prix.

Renault says Red Bull split removes "eccentric" work

Renault believes its Formula 1 engine project will have more focus and less "confusion" once it stops having to fulfil the "eccentric" requests sometimes made by Red Bull.

Renault rules out bid to lure Newey

Renault has dismissed talk that it is trying to lure Adrian Newey away from Formula 1 rivals Red Bull, despite speculation over recent weeks that the French manufacturer was interested in the design genius.

French GP wants bigger 2019 crowd despite trouble

The French Grand Prix organiser wants a significant crowd increase for 2019 because it believes every Formula 1 fan caught in traffic chaos over the weekend still attended the race.

Maini: F2 "killing our careers" with new car issues

The Formula 2 championship is "killing" the careers of its competitors due to the many technical issues its new-for-2018 car has suffered, according to Trident driver Arjun Maini.

Grosjean has "no explanation" for Q3 spin

Romain Grosjean says he has "no explanation" for the spin that sent him into the barriers during qualifying for Formula 1's French Grand Prix.

Vergne: Zurich penalties "convenient" for Formula E

Formula E points leader Jean-Eric Vergne has labelled the penalty he received during the previous round at Zurich as "convenient" for the all-electric championship.

Toyota yet to show true speed, fear LMP1 privateers

The gap between Toyota and its LMP1 rivals in the Le Mans 24 Hours will be much bigger than the times from the test day suggest, fear several leading privateers.

Isaakyan "still has flashbacks" of aerial Spa crash

SMP Racing LMP1 driver Matevos Isaakyan admits he “still has flashbacks” of his airborne crash in the Spa FIA World Endurance Championship opener.

Vergne hails Techeetah turnaround after "emotional" win

Formula E points leader Jean-Eric Vergne has hailed the turnaround of his Techeetah team after the most "emotional" victory of his career in Paris.

Prost to leave Renault e.dams ahead of Nissan takeover

Renault e.dams co-owner Alain Prost is leaving the French squad ahead of its takeover by Nissan, team founder Jean-Paul Driot has confirmed.

Vergne: Hartley's Toro Rosso call-up "makes me laugh"

Ex-Formula 1 driver Jean-Eric Vergne says Brendon Hartley's call-up with Toro Rosso "makes me laugh" after the Kiwi was dropped by Red Bull in the past.

Di Grassi interested in FIA presidency after retiring

Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi has revealed he would be interested in pursuing the FIA presidency once he has retired from racing.

Gallery: Ocon's 45-race finishing streak in single-seaters

Esteban Ocon's finishing streak of 45 consecutive races in single-seaters came to a halt in Brazil, courtesy of a crash with countryman Romain Grosjean.

Renault hopes Singapore a "wake-up call" for Palmer

Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul says he hopes Jolyon Palmer has been given a wake-up call about what is expected from him, following his first points of the season at the Singapore Grand Prix.

F2 to become “almost compulsory” after F1 superlicence overhaul

The Formula 1 superlicence system is set to be overhauled to make it “almost compulsory” for aspiring drivers to race in Formula 2, according to F2 technical director Didier Perrin.

Red Bull to drop Kari from junior programme

GP3 racer Niko Kari will leave the Red Bull junior team at the end of the year, but will complete the 2017 season in the company’s colours.

Gallery: Nico Hulkenberg's career in photos

F1's midfield star Nico Hulkenberg celebrated his 30th birthday this month. Here's an overview of his career so far.

Remembering Nigel Mansell's maiden championship

On 16 August 1992, Nigel Mansell became a Formula 1 world champion with a second place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix. We recap his title-winning year.

First half of Force India's 2017 season in photos

Force India sits a solid fourth in the championship after a consistent run of points in the first half of the season. We reflect back at the Indian team's performance with our selection of photos.

30 epic photos from the lens of Rainer Schlegelmilch

In his 55-year career, eminent photographer Rainer W. Schlegelmilch has taken more than 600,000 photos – which now belong to the Motorsport Network. Here are 30 of the best...

What if Ocon had not had his seat at Manor?

A career in Formula 1 does not always mean much. Esteban Ocon knows something.

Deletraz says GP2 switch "likely" for 2017

Renault protege Louis Deletraz, who finished a close second in his rookie Formula V8 3.5 campaign, says he expects to be racing in GP2 next year.

Grosjean: I wasn't ready for F1 at 23

Romain Grosjean says he was not ready to race in Formula 1 when he made his debut with Renault back in 2009.

Verstappen's conqueror Ocon eyes GP3 glory

European Formula 3 champion Esteban Ocon speaks to about his new challenge this season in the GP3 Series with the crack ART Grand Prix squad.