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Ferrari confident straightline speed weakness is fixed

Ferrari is confident its new SF21 car will not suffer from the same straightline speed deficit this year that hurt its form so much in Formula 1 last season.

Formula 1 posts record $386m loss for 2020 season

Formula 1 posted a huge loss in 2020 as the COVID pandemic impacted the calendar and races were run without spectators.

Perez can see why drivers struggled to adapt to Red Bull F1 car

Sergio Perez says he can understand why drivers have struggled to adjust to Red Bull's Formula 1 car concept, finding it "quite different" to what he has previously driven.

Iconic Brabham BT19 car completes Bathurst laps
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Iconic Brabham BT19 car completes Bathurst laps

Jack Brabham's iconic Formula 1 world championship winning BT19 will be a prominent fixture and cut laps at Mount Panorama at this weekend's Supercars Championship opener.

Honda: Marquez will still be himself on MotoGP return

Honda team boss Alberto Puig says Marc Marquez "will still find a way" to be himself when he makes his long-awaited MotoGP return from injury.

F1 expects spectators at “majority” of races in 2021

Formula 1 remains hopeful that spectators will be allowed at “the majority” of races in 2021 – but each case will be judged on the specific local conditions prevailing at the time.

Jenzer locks in FIA Formula 3 line-up

Jenzer Motorsport has locked in its driver line-up for the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship with the signing of Filip Ugran.

Verstappen "focused on myself" amid Mercedes F1 2022 links

Max Verstappen claims he is not paying much attention to speculation linking him to Mercedes’ Formula 1 squad for 2022 if Lewis Hamilton quits, saying he remains “focused on myself”.

Dragon expecting to benefit from old FE powertrain

Nico Muller believes having a reliable car could play into the hands of Dragon Penske in the Diriyah E-Prix, with the team having elected to start the 2020/21 Formula E season with the same powertrain as last year.

Bathurst Supercars: Mostert completes practice sweep

Chaz Mostert pipped former teammate Cam Waters by 0.01s to complete a clean sweep of practice at Mount Panorama.

American teenager Baltas set for Super Formula drive

B-Max Racing has secured its presence on the Super Formula grid this season with the signing of American teenager Yves Baltas, Motorsport.com has learned.

Perez: My experience a ‘big’ weapon in bid to beat Verstappen
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Perez: My experience a ‘big’ weapon in bid to beat Verstappen

Sergio Perez thinks his vast experience in Formula 1 will be a key asset for him at Red Bull as he bids to take the fight to Max Verstappen.

Aston Martin reveals new chassis naming convention for F1 rebrand

Aston Martin has opted for a complete renaming of its Formula 1 car for this year, on the back of its rebranding of Racing Point.

Grand Prix return to Africa “a priority” for Formula 1

Formula 1 has prioritised the addition of a race in Africa to its future schedule, according to the executive charged with putting the calendar together.

Haas announces livery reveal date for VF-21 F1 car

Haas has become the final Formula 1 team to announce its launch plans ahead of the 2021 season, setting a livery reveal date of 4 March.

Vergne "super hungry" after last season's "pain" - Da Costa

Antonio Felix da Costa says his DS Techeetah teammate Jean-Eric Vergne is “super hungry” for success after the “pain” inflicted by last season's Formula E title defeat.

Ricciardo: Sprint F1 races mustn’t devalue victory

Daniel Ricciardo says he is less "scared" of sprint races ruining Formula 1 like reverse grids would do, as long as they don't end up devaluing victories.

Pramac reveals 2021 MotoGP livery with all-new line-up

The Pramac Ducati MotoGP squad has pulled the covers off of its 2021 livery, which will be raced by its all-new line-up of Johann Zarco and Jorge Martin.

Verstappen: Hard to judge Red Bull progress after F1 shakedown run
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Verstappen: Hard to judge Red Bull progress after F1 shakedown run

Max Verstappen says it is hard to judge how much progress Red Bull has made with its new Formula 1 car after only completing a short test using demonstration tyres.

Ferrari junior Ilott joins GT World Challenge with Iron Lynx

Ferrari academy driver Callum Ilott will contest the Endurance Cup rounds of the 2021 GT World Challenge Europe with an Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GT3.

Da Costa struggled for motivation to train after FE success

Defending Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa has revealed that he struggled for motivation to train after his title win and so started working with a sports psychologist.  

Hughes joins Venturi as Formula E reserve

Multiple Formula 3 race winner Jake Hughes has joined the Venturi Formula E team as its reserve driver ahead of the start of the 2020/21 season.

Ferrari overhauls chassis department ahead of 2021 F1 season

Ferrari has revamped its chassis department in a bid to ramp up its Formula 1 progress in 2021.

Hyundai wants "nothing less than victory" in Arctic Rally

Hyundai boss Andrea Adamo admits nothing less than a win will do for the World Rally Championship team on this weekend’s Arctic Rally Finland.

Rolling sponsorship for Supercars rookie

Erebus Motorsport will use a rolling sponsorship model for Will Brown's rookie Supercars campaign.

Heat races will set the starting lineup at Bristol Dirt Track Bristol
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Heat races will set the starting lineup at Bristol Dirt Track

The NASCAR Cup and Truck series races at the reconfigured dirt track at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway will feature heat races to determine their respective starting lineups.

Red Bull's new RB16B has "good potential" - Perez
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Red Bull's new RB16B has "good potential" - Perez

Sergio Perez feels that Red Bull’s new RB16B Formula 1 car has ‘good potential’ after saying its improved grip was noticeable at a filming day on Wednesday.

Bourdais’ “analytical approach” is paying off for Foyt

AJ Foyt Racing’s technical director Mike Colliver says Sebastien Bourdais’ talent, experience and attitude, and the engineering group “pulling in the same direction”, has resulted in the IndyCar team making big strides.

COVID-19 rules leave Spire Motorsports' No. 7 team short-handed
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COVID-19 rules leave Spire Motorsports' No. 7 team short-handed

Spire Motorsports will be without a crew chief and some crew members this weekend at Homestead due to COVID-19 protocols.

Rating the prospects of Formula E's bumper rookie crop

While four past champions and a slew of race winners headline the 2020/21 Formula E grid, there is no shortage of fresh blood either, with six drivers making their full-season debuts.

Christopher Bell 'loves' road racing - at least for now

Christopher Bell says he has a “love-hate” relationship with road course racing but right now he’s feeling a lot of love.

British GP boss "cautiously optimistic" over fans return

The boss of Silverstone feels “cautiously optimistic” Formula 1 fans could return to the circuit for the British Grand Prix in July following the latest government announcements.

Laurent scrambling for seat after late Alpine snub

Thomas Laurent says he is still working to find a drive in sportscar racing for 2021 after missing out on a drive with the Alpine FIA World Endurance Championship team.

Ferrari announces top flight Le Mans return with hypercar

Ferrari has announced it will return to the top flight of endurance racing, including the Le Mans 24 Hours, with its own hypercar from 2023.

AlphaTauri unveils new nose for 2021 F1 car in Imola run

AlphaTauri has unveiled the new nose design it will use in the 2021 Formula 1 season as it shakes down its AT02 car at Imola.

BWT stays on as Aston Martin F1 team sponsor

BWT has elected to remain as a sponsor of Aston Martin for 2021, despite looking at potential options elsewhere including Williams and Haas.

Hamilton, Mercedes F1 nominated for Laureus Awards

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team are amongst the nominees at the 2021 Laureus World Sports Awards.

Alfa Romeo predicts "hectic" F1 pre-season testing

The reduction in running ahead of the 2021 Formula 1 season will lead to a "very hectic" pre-season test in Bahrain next month, reckons Alfa Romeo's technical chief.

Marquez "never thought" MotoGP career was over after injury
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Marquez "never thought" MotoGP career was over after injury

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez insists he "never thought I will not race again" during his injury layoff in 2020 after breaking his arm at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Fenestraz joins Jaguar Formula E team as reserve driver

Ex-Renault Formula 1 junior Sacha Fenestraz will serve as Jaguar’s reserve driver and will be on-site for Formula E’s season-opening Riyadh races.

Grosjean: “I used to be an asshole as a teammate”
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Grosjean: “I used to be an asshole as a teammate”

Ex-Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean says he’s already appreciating the friendly atmosphere within IndyCar, and has told new teammate Ed Jones that he’d prefer to be friends, despite wanting to beat him.

Dragon Penske set to commit to Formula E's Gen3 era

Dragon Penske Autosport looks set to commit to Gen3 Formula E rules after agreeing a “long-term” partnership with Bosch, which is planning to construct a powertrain for the new regulations. 

Free-to-air Supercars rounds locked in

The Seven Network has locked in the six Supercars rounds it will show live on free-to-air TV this season.

Alesi joins Super GT test as Sakaguchi replaces Fenestraz

Giuliano Alesi will make his first SUPER GT appearance at the Okayama pre-season test next month, while Sena Sakaguchi will replace the absent Sacha Fenestraz at TOM’S.

Parsons targets Super GT return alongside Mercedes deal

Japan-domiciled Australian racer Jake Parsons will contest the 2021 Super Taikyu season with the 5Zigen team, and is targeting a return to SUPER GT later in the year.

Red Bull: Last year's "lessons" key to 2021 success

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner hopes lessons learned in 2020 addressing the problematic RB16 car will help his team make a sustained challenge to Mercedes in 2021. 

Ogier tips Rovanpera to make WRC history on Arctic Rally Finland Arctic Rally
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Ogier tips Rovanpera to make WRC history on Arctic Rally Finland

Sebastien Ogier says Toyota Gazoo Racing teammate Kalle Rovanpera can make World Rally Championship history and become the series' youngest-ever winner in this week's Arctic Rally Finland.

Grosjean content with IndyCar test despite spin and soreness

Ex-Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean says he’s “really happy” with his first morning of testing an IndyCar, despite spinning off and feeling soreness in his arms and recovering burnt left hand.

Red Bull had to fix wind tunnel correlation issue with 2020 car

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says the team has addressed a correlation misalignment in its Formula 1 design and windtunnel work ahead of the new season.

Perez: Red Bull F1 test debut a “dream come true” at Silverstone
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Perez: Red Bull F1 test debut a “dream come true” at Silverstone

Sergio Perez called it “a dream come true” to drive a Red Bull Formula 1 car for the first time after completing his first outing for the team at Silverstone.

Roe joins Turn 3 Motorsport in Indy Pro 2000 series

Irishman James Roe has signed with Turn 3 Motorsport for the 2021 Indy Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires.

Alfa Romeo planning early-season updates for 2021 car

Alfa Romeo is planning to bring updates for its C41 Formula 1 car in the early races of the 2021 season before deciding when to shift focus to 2022.

Remainder of Ty Gibbs' 2021 Xfinity schedule revealed

Fresh off his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory in his first start, Joe Gibbs Racing released the remainder of Ty Gibbs’ 2021 schedule.

Formula E evaluating Americas leg for Santiago, Mexico, NYC races

Formula E is evaluating an Americas leg for the second half of the 2021 season and will arrange backup venues for the Santiago, Mexico and London E-Prix, Motorsport.com has learned.  

Parfitt Jr completes Excelr8 Hyundai BTCC squad

Former British GT champion Rick Parfitt Jr will complete the Excelr8 Trade Price Cars driver line-up for its 2021 British Touring Car Championship assault.

Club motorsport to restart in England next month

Club motorsport in England will be able to restart from the end of March, after the government outlined its planned roadmap for the easing of lockdown measures.

Fourmaux set for WRC top division outing in Croatia

Rising French talent Adrien Fourmaux will step up to the World Rally Championship's top division at April's Rally Croatia with M-Sport.

MotoGP paddock mourns loss of team boss Gresini

Tributes to double 125cc world champion and veteran team boss Fausto Gresini have flooded in from the MotoGP paddock following his tragic death on Tuesday. 

Red Bull presents its 2021 Formula 1 car

Red Bull has revealed the first images of its 2021 Formula 1 car, the RB16B.

Mahindra bullish for 2021 with "one of its biggest" upgrades

Mahindra Racing is targeting a return to winning ways in the 2020/21 Formula E season, buoyed by “one of the biggest upgrades” it has made to the powertrain since the inception of the series.