One-time Formula 1 world champion Jody Scheckter believes people have overrated Fernando Alonso and says his divisive nature is “not the way to win world championships”. Alonso revealed on Tuesday that he will leave F1 at the end of the year but stopped short of calling it a retirement from grand prix racing. The 2005
McLaren is working on a plan to enter IndyCar full-time with double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso in 2019, according to series chief Mark Miles. Alonso announced on Tuesday that he would not compete in F1 in 2019, but left the door open for a return to grand prix racing should McLaren regain competitiveness.
Scott Redding has issued an apology to Aprilia for describing its MotoGP bike as a “piece of s***” after last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix. Redding was unable to contain his emotions after finishing 20th in dry conditions at the Red Bull Ring, despite having been in the top three in the weekend’s two wet sessions.
Fernando Alonso says he could return to Formula 1 after 2019 and has indicated his absence from the grid may only be temporary if McLaren’s form improves. The two-time world champion revealed on Tuesday that he will not be racing in F1 next season, but stopped short of declaring it a retirement. He paid tribute
Ducati team manager Davide Tardozzi reckons Jorge Lorenzo will “lose out” when he joins rival MotoGP manufacturer Honda next year. After a disappointing first season at Ducati last year and a similarly slow start to the 2018 campaign, the Italian manufacturer’s bosses lost patience with Lorenzo before Honda swept in to sign the Spaniard and
The overhaul of Formula 1’s front wing rules for next season makes it tough for teams to judge aerodynamic targets for their 2019 cars, according to Williams chief Paddy Lowe. Williams (pictured above), Force India and Red Bull provided a first on-track glimpse at the new wings during the post-Hungarian Grand Prix test at the
Valentino Rossi reckons his “character” and experience are helping him to deal with Yamaha’s ongoing MotoGP issues better than team-mate Maverick Vinales. Yamaha’s winless streak is now up to 22 races after last weekend’s Austria race, a slump caused mainly by the manufacturer’s electronics problems and its poor rear traction. Rossi’s consistency means he is
World Rally Championship leader Thierry Neuville is understood to be closing on a new deal with Hyundai, but the identity of his 2019 team-mates remains up in the air. Neuville, currently 21 points ahead of reigning champion Sebastien Ogier in the standings, has made clear to Autosport that he is keen to stay on at
Scott Dixon says he held “moderate” talks with rival IndyCar teams ahead of re-signing with Chip Ganassi Racing, but no option was serious enough for him to move. Dixon had been linked to teams including Penske and a prospective two-car McLaren IndyCar outfit, but he opted to sign a new multi-year deal with Ganassi on
M-Sport Ford World Rally Championship WRC2 pairing Gus Greensmith and co-driver Craig Parry were hospitalised last week after a Rally Germany test crash, but Greensmith will make the event. The British duo crashed into one of the German event’s infamous hinkelsteins – designed to stop tanks – on the Baumholder military roads used for stages,
Aprilia rider Scott Redding has described his RS-GP machine as a “piece of s***” following his 20th place finish in Sunday’s Austria MotoGP race. Redding was fast in the wet at the Red Bull Ring, setting the second quickest time in a rain-soaked Friday afternoon practice session and ending up third in damp conditions on
Charles Leclerc reckons Sauber’s “huge” progress this season has looked even bigger than it is because it took him a few races to get comfortable in Formula 1. Leclerc and his team-mate Marcus Ericsson started the season on the ninth row of the grid in Australia and failed to make it out of the first
Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda hopes the World Rally Championship’s expected return to Japan in 2019 can entice Mitsubishi and Subaru back to the series. All three Japanese brands competed in the WRC during the 1990s, locking out the top three places in the manufacturers’ standings in ’98 and ’99 before Toyota switched its
The outgoing Angel Nieto MotoGP squad has announced it will return to Moto2 next season as it “refocuses” on the two junior classes of grand prix motorcycle racing in 2019. Nieto, formerly known as Aspar, runs satellite Ducati machinery in the top class for Alvaro Bautista and Karel Abraham, but will be effectively replaced on
Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost admits his Formula 1 team “hasn’t achieved our goals” with some of its major upgrades this season and is currently “behind expectations”. The squad introduced several aero updates during the Austrian and British Grand Prix weekends, including a new front wing design. Toro Rosso has struggled to extract the performance
Yamaha’s crisis scenario during MotoGP’s Austrian Grand Prix weekend was a reflection of the kind of troubles it now faces due to choices made after the return of Valentino Rossi. The first conclusion we can draw from Yamaha technical director Kouji Tsuya’s extraordinary press conference on Saturday is that the M1 is not at the
Scott Dixon has agreed terms to remain at Chip Ganassi Racing on a new multi-year IndyCar deal. Despite speculation linking Dixon to the mooted McLaren IndyCar project, as well as existing teams Andretti and Penske, the 38-year-old will remain with Ganassi into a 19th consecutive season. The four-time champion has scored all but one of
Renault Formula 1 boss Cyril Abiteboul admits that the manufacturer underestimated the development potential of the current engines and says it will take bigger risks to rectify this. F1 is in its fifth season using V6 turbo-hybrids, an era in which Mercedes established a clear early advantage and Ferrari has overhauled Renault and started to
Kevin Harvick claimed his seventh NASCAR Cup series victory of the season with a dominant performance at Michigan. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver was at the front of the pack when the race restarted after a late safety car, brought out after Ty Dillon ran over a piece of debris that severely damaged the front of
Championship leader Marc Marquez says he adopted a different strategy of trying to pull away early during MotoGP’s Austria race in an attempt to separate the factory Ducatis. Starting from pole at the Red Bull Ring, Marquez fought off early challenges from Ducati pair Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo – who also started from the
Andrea Dovizioso believes his shot at winning the 2018 MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix was compromised by using up his rear tyre “too much” while trying to pass team-mate Jorge Lorenzo. An aggressive move from Marc Marquez at Turn 3 on the opening lap put Dovizioso behind Lorenzo, with the Ducati pair left to chase after
Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo took his third victory of the 2018 MotoGP season after outduelling Honda rider Marc Marquez at the Red Bull Ring. Starting from pole, Marquez gave up the lead to Andrea Dovizioso at the start and when he fought back at Turn 3, his move compromised both riders, allowing Lorenzo to move to
Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul has warned that Formula 1 is falling behind schedule as it continues to firm up its 2021 engine regulations. The FIA and Liberty’s plans to introduce a simplified power unit without an MGU-H – outlined last October – were dealt a blow when the four existing manufacturers decided recently they would
The Williams Formula 1 team is no longer feeling the “pain of failure” that it used to, according to former driver David Coulthard. Williams is in the middle of one of its worst ever seasons, sitting last in the constructors’ standings heading into the summer break with just four points scored in 2018 so far.
Jorge Lorenzo says a “misunderstanding” that meant he did not use a new MotoGP front tyre on his final qualifying run cost him the chance to grab pole in Austria. Lorenzo battled for top spot with factory Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso and eventual polesitter Marc Marquez but ended up third, 0.135 seconds off the pace.
Yamaha MotoGP project leader Kouji Tsuya has apologised to Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales after a low-key qualifying in Austria. Vinales was more than a second off the pace in 11th, while Rossi was unable to advance from Q1 and will only start Sunday’s race 14th. The Red Bull Ring circuit has accentuated Yamaha’s long-standing
Honda rider Marc Marquez secured pole position for MotoGP’s Austrian Grand Prix, beating Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso by 0.002s. Valentino Rossi will start Sunday’s race from 14th after failing to escape Q1. At a track where top speed and acceleration are crucial, Ducati therefore entered the 15-minute Q2 shootout as favourite. But it was Marquez that
Lance Stroll believes the difficult season he is enduring with Williams is part of a “love-hate relationship” with Formula 1. Stroll scored a podium and qualified on the front row during his rookie F1 season with Williams in 2017, but the team’s struggles in 2018 have consigned him to much lower results. He has scored
NASCAR Cup champion Kurt Busch will leave Stewart-Haas Racing at the end of the season to join Chip Ganassi Racing, Autosport has learned. Multiple sources have suggested 2004 champion Busch will drive Ganassi’s #1 Chevrolet Camaro, replacing veteran Jamie McMurray – who is in the last year of his current contract with the team. Formal
Experience is a priority for McLaren’s 2019 Formula 1 driver line-up because it needs a better car to “take a risk with two younger drivers”, according to CEO Zak Brown. Fernando Alonso is yet to confirm whether he wants to stay in F1 beyond 2018 and McLaren is deciding whether to continue with Stoffel Vandoorne,