René Fagnan

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Mercedes joins Netflix show that Wolff "didn't like" at first

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has confirmed his team will take part in the next series of Netflix's Formula 1 documentary, despite admitting he initially "didn't like" the inaugural show.

Alex Labbe returns to NASCAR Pinty’s and Xfinity Series

Canadian Alex Labbe decided to return full-time in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series in 2019 with the clear objective of taking a second title.

New Canadian Grand Prix pit building revealed in Montreal

Formula 1 officials and organisers of the Canadian Grand Prix today unveiled the new paddock building at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Montreal.

Jacques Villeneuve: Zolder track debut will be “important to me”

Former Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve says that his first-ever race later this year at the Zolder track in Belgium, where his father Gilles was killed in 1982, will be “quite important to me”.

Retro: The 6-wheeled Williams F1 car that never raced

A few days after he won the Las Vegas Grand Prix on October 17, 1981, for Williams, the previous year’s world champion Alan Jones flew back to Europe to shakedown a strange-looking Formula 1 car that had six wheels.

Frédéric Gabillon - A Frenchman in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series

Frenchman Frédéric Gabillon will compete in this weekend’s round of the Canadian NASCAR Pinty’s Series to be held on the streets of Trois-Rivières, Québec.

Jacques Villeneuve stumbles in ARX rallycross semi-final at GP3R

After a four-year absence, Jacques Villeneuve was back behind the wheel of a rallycross car as he took part in the ARX (Americas Rallycross Championship) event at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières last weekend.

New Canadian Stock Car Championship in action at GP3R

Next weekend, the long standing Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières will stage a road racing round of a new stock car series, the Canadian Stock Car Championship.

Jacques Villeneuve tests his ARX Rallycross Subaru

Former Formula 1 World Champion, Jacques Villeneuve tested the Subaru WRX STI he will be driving this weekend at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières rallycross event.

Alex Labbe welcomes new partner for Watkins Glen Xfinity race

Canadian Alex Labbe will get the support of a new partner this weekend competing in the NASCAR Xfinity race on the Watkins Glen road course.

Canadian Roger Peart steps down from F1 race steward role

ASN Canada President Roger Peart recently took the decision to step down from his role as a Formula 1 race steward after 38 years of service.

Frenchman Frédéric Gabillon to contest GP3R NASCAR Pinty’s race

NASCAR Whelen Euro regular competitor, Frenchman Frédéric Gabillon will contest the NASCAR Pinty’s Series race held at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières (GP3R).

Taskinen, Goikhberg win F1600 Canada races at Mont-Tremblant

Matthew Taskinen and Misha Goikhberg captured victories in the Formula 1600 Canada series held at the picturesque Mont-Tremblant circuit in Québec.

Kevin King takes victory in Round 6 at Mont-Tremblant

Kevin King today captured victory in Round 6 of the Canadian Nissan Micra Cup at the Mont-Tremblant circuit, north of Montréal.

Olivier Bédard conquers Mont-Tremblant

Olivier Bédard captured victory in Round 5 of the Canadian Nissan Micra Cup held on the Mont-Tremblant rollercoaster sited in the Québec Laurentians.

Theetge, Powell are first-time winners in Saskatoon

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series doubleheader held in Saskatoon Wednesday night produced a pair of first-time winners.

The Nissan Micra Cup resumes at Mont-Tremblant circuit

The Canadian Nissan Micra Cup will stage Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2018 season this weekend at the picturesque Mont-Tremblant road course sited north of Montréal.

Lacroix to compete as NASCAR Pinty’s Series point leader

Kevin Lacroix has finished second and first in the opening two races of the 2018 NASCAR Pinty’s Series season and will race this weekend at Autodrome Chaudière as the points leader.

Nicholas Latifi scores valuable points in France

Canadian driver Nicholas Latifi scored valuable points in the two exciting FIA Formula 2 Championship races at Circuit Paul Ricard in southern France this weekend.

Vasseur: Rebuilding an F1 team is a very complex task

During the weekend of the Canadian Grand Prix, talked with Frederic Vasseur about his life as team principal of the sole Swiss Formula 1 on the grid today, Sauber.

Historic race cars to invade CTMP this weekend

Full grids of historic race cars will invade Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s road course this week to celebrate Father’s Day.

Fourth place finish for Lessard in South Carolina

Canadian Raphaël Lessard finished fourth in the Racing Brotherhood Foundation Border War 150 held this past weekend at Anderson Motor Speedway.

Jacques Villeneuve enjoyed driving his father’s Ferrari 312 T3

Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 F1 World Champion, drove, at slow speeds, his father’s legendary Ferrari 312 T3 car before the start of the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Robichon, De Angelis share victories at Canadian GP event

The Porsche GT3 Challenge Canada staged two races during the weekend of the Canadian F1 Grand Prix in Montréal, both of them dominated by the Mark Motors Racing duo.

Ritter scores double victory in Montréal

Seventeen-year-old Kellen Ritter scored two victories in the two rounds of the Formula 1600 Canada series held during the Canadian Grand Prix.

Nicholas Latifi gets first FP1 experience in Montréal

Canadian Nicholas Latifi took part in his first real free practice session of a Grand Prix Friday morning in Montreal.

Timetable of the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix in Montréal

The 2018 Grand Prix du Canada will be held this weekend on the Gilles Villeneuve circuit sited in Montréal.

Double win for Olivier Bédard in Calabogie

Two-time Nissan Micra Cup champion Olivier Bédard captured two victories in Round 3 and 4 held at Calabogie Motorsports Park, southwest of Ottawa.

Bertrand Godin to return to Formula 1600 racing

Québec racer Bertrand Godin, who raced Formula Atlantic and F3000 cars in the ‘90s, will return to grassroot racing at the Canadian Grand Prix, competing in the twin Formula 1600 races.

Antoine L’Estage conquers Rocky Mountain Rally

Antoine L’Estage and Alan Ockwell won the Rocky Mountain Rally, round 2 of the Canadian Rally Championship held in the region of Invermere, British Columbia.

Book review - “F1 in Montreal” - From Villeneuve to Hamilton

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montréal, the Québec Amérique Editions have produced a superb 280-page book about the event.

Raphaël Lessard wins Short Track U.S. Nationals Response Energy 100

Canadian teenager Raphaël Lessard won his first race of the season, the Short Track U.S. Nationals Response Energy 100 held at the mystical Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol.

CTCC - Perfect weekend for Étienne Borgeat at CTMP

Étienne Borgeat, an experienced racer from the Porsche Cup, captured his second victory of the season in the Canadian Touring Car Championship at CTMP last Sunday.

Kevin King wins Race 2 of the Victoria Speedfest at CTMP

Kevin King went on to win the second race of the Nissan Micra Cup of the weekend of the Victoria Speedfest at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario.

Robichon dominates Porsche GT3 Cup Canada races at CTMP

Zacharie Robichon won both races of the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama held at CTMP.

L.P. Dumoulin wins NASCAR Pinty’s Series opening race at CTMP

Trois-Rivières, Québec’s L.-P. Dumoulin captured victory at the opening race of the 2018 NASCAR Pinty’s Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in beautiful weather on Sunday.

CTCC - Borgeat wins Race 1 at CTMP

Étienne Borgeat won the opening round of the 2018 CTCC at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Saturday.

Bédard takes victory in Nissan Micra season opener

Olivier Bédard scored an impressive victory in the wet opening round of the 2018 Nissan Micra Cup at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Pay driver title really irritates me - Claire Williams

Claire Williams, Deputy Team principal of the Williams F1 Team, talked to’s Erwin Jaeggi about Canadian driver, Lance Stroll, now in his second season in Grand Prix racing.

Preview of the 2018 Canadian Nissan Micra Cup

The petite and buzzing Micra Cup cars will soon be back in action on the Canadian road circuits. Who will win this year’s title?

Nicholas Latifi enjoys first test of Force India VJM11

Canadian Formula 2 racer Nicholas Latifi enjoyed his first test of the current Force India Formula 1 car, the Mercedes-powered VJM11 at Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona.

CTCC - Strong field to compete in season opener at CTMP

The 2018 season of the Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Pirelli will start May 18-20 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with the first doubleheader of the summer.

Zachary Claman De Melo claims best IndyCar finish

Montréal’s Zachary Claman De Melo scored his best finish in the IndyCar series at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Nicholas Latifi’s race hampered by clutch woes

Canada’s Nicholas Latifi endured a frustrating time in the FIA Formula 2 races held at Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, Spain.

NASCAR Pinty’s Preview - Who will replace Labbe as Champion?

As defending NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion Alex Labbe competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2018, the race to crown a new champion is now on.

Gilles-Villeneuve Museum adds “Dumoulin Corner”

On May 8, Gilles-Villeneuve Museum launched the “Dumoulin Corner” as part of the development plan for the facility located in Berthierville, Québec.

Disappointment for Lessard at Hickory Motor Speedway

Despite running for the leaders for most of the race, Raphaël Lessard had to be content with a 12th-place finish at the Cloer Construction 300 held at Hickory Motor Speedway.

CTMP gearing up for season-opener of the Canadian road course series

The 3.957-kilometre Grand Prix track of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will be the scene of the opening rounds of the major Canadian racing road course series, May 18 to 20.

A Jordan F1 show car for sale in Québec

A genuine former Formula 1 car is up for sale in Québec and it has been listed on the Racecarsdirect web site in Europe.

Canadian Latifi to drive Force India VJM11 F1 car in Barcelona

Toronto native Nicholas Latifi will get his first taste of the Mercedes-powered Force India VJM11 at the circuit of Barcelona after the Spanish Grand Prix.

Alex Tagliani and 22 Racing unveil new sponsor

Veteran racer Alex Tagliani and 22 Racing team owner Scott Steckly announced the arrival of the new sponsor for the 2018 NASCAR Pinty’s Series.

Lance Stroll scores first points of 2018 in Azerbaijan

Canadian Lance Stroll scored his first points of the season when he finished eighth on the streets of Baku at the Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix.

A podium for Nicholas Latifi in Baku

Toronto native Nicholas Latifi scored a podium finish in one of the two FIA Formula 2 races held during the Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix on the streets of Baku.

Victory for Can-Am at the Afriquia Merzouga Rally

A Can-Am derived vehicle won the Afriquia Merzouga Rally, a tough, five-day African desert endurance race.

Lance Stroll returns to Baku, site of his first F1 podium

Canadian Lance Stroll claimed his first podium finish at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix last year after a hard fight with Daniel Ricciardo. With more experience this year, he says he will fight more aggressively.

Canadian Notebook - Raphaël Lessard misses podium in CARS Tour race

Canadian teenager Raphaël Lessard finished fourth in the Mid Atlantic – CARS Response Energy Super Late Model Tour race Orange County Speedway in North Carolina on Saturday night.

Mikaël Grenier to contest Blancpain GT Endurance opener in Monza

The 2018 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup will begin this weekend with a 3-hour race at the very fast Autodromo di Monza, Italy.

ALDO Racing launches new CR-6 rally truck

Canadian ALDO Racing Team launched their brand-new rally-raid vehicle, the ALDO Racing CR-6.

Fireproof racing suits - Combining protection and style

Race cars drivers must be very well protected from the fire hazards. The fireproof suits they wear while seated their cars have evolved immensely since their first appearance.

Stroll unlucky with Safety Car intervention in China

Canadian Lance Stroll claimed 14th place at the end of another tough Formula 1 Grand Prix, this time in China.