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The United States is the first country where pro-level motor racing has restarted with NASCAR leading the way and the other major series IndyCar and IMSA set to follow in the coming weeks.
IMSA President John Doonan says the American sportscar sanctioning body is working as hard as it can to get its 2020 season back on track, following the COVID-19 pandemic, by working with the Department of Homeland Security to allow its non-US drivers and personnel to gain entry into the country.
Renault F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul reckons that the 'new deal' for Formula 1 involving a wide-reaching package of measures aimed at cost control and levelling the competitive playing field is a victory for common sense and will be a boost to his French car manufacturer staying in the sport.
Pirelli's head of Formula 1 and car racing Mario Isola has revealed the complex challenges that lie ahead for his company if grands prix are to restart in July, but he sees no insurmountable obstacle that could stop the sport getting the show back on the road.
McLaren team principal Zak Brown believes that a championship of 14 or 15 races at 10 venues is realistic to start the 2020 Formula 1 season.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes Formula 1 must look beyond a budget cap and consider 'bold' plans like customer cars in a bid to help all teams survive the coronavirus crisis.
Stefano Domenicali has said that it would be “criminal” for motorsport not to seize the opportunity presented by the current pandemic crisis to reset the sport for the future.
For the latest in our series of #thinkingforward interviews with leaders from across motorsport Charles Bradley and James Allen discuss how the Le Mans 24 Hours and worldwide endurance racing will emerge from this pandemic crisis with Automobile Club de l’Ouest President Pierre Fillon and WEC CEO Gerard Neveu.
The technical regulations for the new LMDh platform that will form the basis for top-class sportscar competition from 2022 will be unveiled within the next fortnight, according to Pierre Fillon, the president of Le Mans 24 Hours organiser the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.
The Le Mans 24 Hours could yet be run in October or November, if the rescheduled event can’t happen in September as is currently planned.
Formula E chairman Alejandro Agag has warned that many motorsport series are at risk due to the current crisis and the industry will have to consolidate around a much smaller number of categories.
FIA President Jean Todt says that motorsport is facing a new reality and requires a new approach as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
James Allen revisits the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where the call to make an early pitstop proved a winning one for Lewis Hamilton – but costly for others who became mired in traffic.
James Allen analyses the Brazilian Grand Prix, where the variation in the tyres offered by Pirelli served to spice up the action on many levels.
James Allen analyses the Mexican Grand Prix, where high altitude played havoc with Formula 1’s pecking order and Red Bull leapt ahead of both Mercedes and Ferrari. This was a race that kept the strategists on their toes throughout.
As technology continues to rapidly evolve, motorsport needs to evaluate its place in the changing tech-led world - and there are some developments that it should be watching closely.
Mercedes' tyrewear struggles and an imperfect strategy has allowed its rival Ferrari to postpone Lewis Hamilton's coronation and breathe new life into the constructors' battle.
James Allen analyses the Japanese Grand Prix, where Ferrari once again threw away its chances with poor decision making, while Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes cruised to another simple victory. But the real action was in the midfield…
James Allen analyses the Russian Grand Prix, where Mercedes scored a 1-2 that infuriated many Formula 1 fans, but suited its purpose of inflicting yet more pain on Ferrari.
James Allen analyses the Singapore Grand Prix, which was a potentially decisive race weekend in the championship battle between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.
James Allen analyses the Italian Grand Prix, one of the best races for years, with the right mix of super high speeds, close racing, emotion and strategy intrigue which kept the outcome in doubt until the final laps.
James Allen analyses the Belgian Grand Prix, where Ferrari inflicted a telling defeat on Mercedes as the world championship fight between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel intensified.
Although Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel aren’t about to start competing for gold medals any time soon, a demonstration event of electric karting at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires is an important development for motorsport.