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The true Marquez blunder that caused lasting damage Prime

The true Marquez blunder that caused lasting damage

Regardless of whether or not Marc Marquez opts for a third surgery to fix the injury to his right arm, his attempted return to action at Jerez - four days after the initial operation - will go down as one of the worst decisions in MotoGP history

Why a "bonkers" end to 2020 will be a good lesson for F1 Prime

Why a "bonkers" end to 2020 will be a good lesson for F1

The second-leg of F1's upcoming Bahrain double-header on the outer loop will provide a spectacle unlike any other on the calendar and serve as an acid test for out-of-the-box thinking on future race layouts

Audi Quattro: The Group B pioneer that transformed rallying forever Prime
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Audi Quattro: The Group B pioneer that transformed rallying forever

From Hannu Mikkola and Michele Mouton to Stig Blomqvist and Walter Rohrl, this is the story of a secret four-wheel-drive project from Bavaria that would transform the world of rallying and epitomise the bombast excess of its greatest era…

The defining plot points from MotoGP 2020 Prime

The defining plot points from MotoGP 2020

Largely shaped by the pandemic and the absence of its dominant force, 2020 proved to be MotoGP's most dramatic campaign in recent memory as a new champion emerged from a cluster of more fancied names. Here are the year's key takeaways

How COVID-19 played a part in Mercedes' domination Prime

How COVID-19 played a part in Mercedes' domination

Mercedes may have topped the pre-season testing times, but engine unreliability proved to be a significant problem. The coronavirus pandemic therefore presented the team with a chance to address the issue and allowed its dominance to continue.

How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going Prime
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How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going

OPINION: The 67th edition of the Macau Grand Prix might have been a largely muted affair to the outside world without its international influx and star line-ups, another victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organisers deserve huge credit for keeping the party going…

Why F1’s new leader marks a break from the past Prime

Why F1’s new leader marks a break from the past

Chase Carey will soon step down as head of Formula 1, to be replaced by ex-Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali. Mark Gallagher examines what we can expect from the latest poacher-turned-gamekeeper to take up a senior leadership role within F1.

How a "supernatural" adaption resurrected Gasly’s F1 career Prime

How a "supernatural" adaption resurrected Gasly’s F1 career

A nightmare start to 2019 resulted in Pierre Gasly's demotion back to AlphaTauri, but he's rebounded superbly, culminating in that surprise victory at Monza . Here, Gasly and race engineer Pierre Hamelin explain his redemptive journey to Oleg Karpov.

How Yamaha's MotoGP engine woes haunted it in Portugal Prime

How Yamaha's MotoGP engine woes haunted it in Portugal

Yamaha's 2020 MotoGP engine issues have been well-documented. And they ultimately haunted Franco Morbidelli in the Portugal finale as he secured runner-up spot in a title race which so very nearly swung in his favour.

Why Mercedes won’t leap into choosing a Wolff successor Prime

Why Mercedes won’t leap into choosing a Wolff successor

You might think Toto Wolff's job is easy - but it isn't, and that's why he can't hand over the Mercedes team principal role to someone else quickly, even though he wants to move on, says Stuart Codling.

The Yamaha trait that might just tame “stressful” Portimao

MotoGP's first visit to the Algarve circuit has caught a number of its riders by surprise and, despite the venue's "aggressive" nature, riders have found that a deft touch is more suited to tackling the track. Which, of course, plays into Yamaha's hands...

Inside the Macau Grand Prix's greatest moments Prime
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Inside the Macau Grand Prix's greatest moments

Coronavirus restrictions mean this weekend's Macau GP will have a very different feel, with the usual F3 jamboree replaced by Chinese F4. But in past years, the event has provided some seminal moments in the careers of future world champions.

Interview: The hidden side of what’s made Hamilton so good Prime

Interview: The hidden side of what’s made Hamilton so good

For most people, judging the brilliance of Lewis Hamilton in Formula 1 comes down to a couple of hours of driving every other weekend. 

The eternal debate revived after the 2019/20 WEC season Prime

The eternal debate revived after the 2019/20 WEC season

It may have been missed amid the clamour over Lewis Hamilton's seventh F1 title, but Britain had another world champion crowned last weekend. Mike Conway's WEC crown raises an old conundrum - does title glory make up for the pain of Le Mans defeat?

The Lewis Hamilton trait that only helps fuel his critics Prime

The Lewis Hamilton trait that only helps fuel his critics

His place in the history books was secure even before that record-equalling seventh title. But Hamilton's numbers can create a misleading perception of a driver who has contributed greatly to the Mercedes juggernaut, as an ex-colleague explains.

Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started Prime

Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started

Chase Elliott's late charge to the 2020 NASCAR Cup title defied predictions that it would be a Kevin Harvick versus Denny Hamlin showdown. While the two veterans are showing no signs of slowing down, Elliott's triumph was a window into NASCAR's future…

Was Leclerc too hard on himself after his late Turkish GP mistake?

OPINION: Charles Leclerc responded to his podium-losing late mistake in Formula 1's 2020 Turkish Grand Prix with a lengthy lambasting of his own performance. But while it was painful to hear, it included another reminder of a key trait Ferrari's star holds…

How Red Bull can take its destiny into its own hands Prime

How Red Bull can take its destiny into its own hands

Honda's impending exit from Formula 1 could provide an opportunity for Red Bull to get itself on terms with Mercedes - if only it could take it, argues Mark Gallagher

Why Button's motorsport journey is far from over Prime

Why Button's motorsport journey is far from over

He's now a team co-owner, but as 2009 world champion Jenson Button tells Motorsport.com in an exclusive interview, his passion for driving is undiminished, with ambitions to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours - and one day drive for his own team - a key ambition.

How Mir became Suzuki’s humble MotoGP hero Prime

How Mir became Suzuki’s humble MotoGP hero

MotoGP's newly crowned champion has been a rare exception in managing to put together a consistent title challenge. But it's the way Joan Mir has gone about 2020 off-track that has been just as impressive as his displays on it

How Stroll's victory hopes were dashed in Turkey

For the opening 35 laps of the Turkish Grand Prix, Lance Stroll looked in control and on his way to his maiden Formula 1 victory. But after pitting for new intermediate tyres, the Canadian finished ninth and was left ruing the misguided strategy call

Turkish Grand Prix driver ratings

Formula 1's return to Turkey produced a thriller on a surface many compared to an ice rink, as unexpected contenders came to the fore. But only one driver earned a perfect score in our ratings

How Hamilton won a race "that wasn't his to win"

After a grand prix that kept everybody guessing, Lewis Hamilton emerged triumphant as a seven-time world champion. The result had looked highly unlikely in the early stages, but experience and intuition meant an unlikely strategy worked in his favour

Ten moments that decided the 2020 F1 title

Lewis Hamilton sealed his seventh Formula 1 world title in Turkey to equal Michael Schumacher's all-time championships record after seeing off Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. Here are 10 key moments that decided the title in his favour

The hurdles threatening Mir’s early MotoGP coronation

Heading into MotoGP's penultimate round at Valencia, Joan Mir could theoretically wrap up the top-flight crown to complete a stunning season. But a crash in practice put a damper on his weekend - and his title rivals cannot be discounted yet…

Why Mercedes thinks it’s only the third-best car in Turkey

Formula 1's return to action in Turkey led to a flurry of complaints about the Istanbul track surface and tyre temperatures, but the situation is being keenly felt at Mercedes. Here's why it feels it's behind Red Bull, and Ferrari, and the times that back that up…

Why Yamaha's MotoGP rivals should fear Crutchlow's return Prime

Why Yamaha's MotoGP rivals should fear Crutchlow's return

Yamaha's signing of Cal Crutchlow as its new test rider is a major statement of intent as it strives to iron out the weak spots that have hindered its 2020 hopes. Even though he won't be racing, the Briton can be expected to have a major impact

The brutal side of F1 that's not unsettling Kvyat Prime

The brutal side of F1 that's not unsettling Kvyat

Daniil Kvyat's Formula 1 future once again hangs in the balance - something he is all too familiar with. But, how the Russian is approaching his looming AlphaTauri exit may just serve him well in his racing career going forward

How Turkey was established as Tilke's F1 gold standard Prime
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How Turkey was established as Tilke's F1 gold standard

When the Istanbul Park circuit first joined the Formula 1 calendar in 2005, it quickly won over the drivers. Reflecting 15 years later as it prepares for its F1 return, that same enthusiasm is unchanged.

The 12 greatest Sebring 12 Hours ranked Prime

The 12 greatest Sebring 12 Hours ranked

The 2020 edition of the Florida sportscar classic is finally taking place this weekend, eight months after its traditional date in March. That meant there was plenty of time for Motorsport.com to pour over its previous 67 races and select the best.

Why Istanbul could produce another slippery challenge for F1 Prime

Why Istanbul could produce another slippery challenge for F1

F1 is returning to another distantly familiar venue with this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul. Here's how the event will share a notable feature from one of the championship's new 2020 venues, one that flummoxed the drivers

Why Vettel’s next move can define his F1 legacy Prime

Why Vettel’s next move can define his F1 legacy

Sebastian Vettel looked short of options to remain in F1 for 2021 after being ditched by Ferrari. But having taken a leap of faith with Aston Martin, Luke Smith asks if Vettel can rediscover his best form and take F1's midfield minnow to the next level

Where it all went wrong for 2020's MotoGP title favourite Prime

Where it all went wrong for 2020's MotoGP title favourite

From a dream start to the year to a nightmare final few rounds, Fabio Quartararo has felt the extreme delight and pain fighting for a world title provides. But for Yamaha's protege turned superstar, the 2020 season has crumbled from promising foundations

The 10 greatest LMP1 races ranked Prime

The 10 greatest LMP1 races ranked

As the LMP1 class prepares to bow out of top-line sportscar racing at the World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain this weekend, Motorsport.com looks back over the past two decades to pick out the 10 of its best contests

How a misunderstanding dogged Ferrari's last V12 screamer Prime

How a misunderstanding dogged Ferrari's last V12 screamer

The last in the line of V12-powered Ferrari Formula 1 cars was a formidable beast – and it could have been even more successful had a key aerodynamic innovation not been dropped because of internal politics, says STUART CODLING…

Why Raikkonen is unmoved by becoming an F1 record-breaker Prime

Why Raikkonen is unmoved by becoming an F1 record-breaker

Now F1's most experienced driver ever, Kimi Raikkonen has a reputation for giving journalists the cold shoulder. But he's also authentic and no-nonsense, with feet firmly planted on the ground - and it’s this, allied to his extraordinary driving ability and technical nous, which has kept his career going, and going, says Alex Kalinauckas.

Have the wheels come off Yamaha’s MotoGP title bid?

Little was learned on track due to the conditions on Friday at the MotoGP European Grand Prix. But events off it have put Yamaha firmly into the spotlight, and it appears its championship challenge is risking coming off the rails…

The "schoolboy error" that could shape a future F1 star Prime

The "schoolboy error" that could shape a future F1 star

George Russell's "schoolboy error" crash out of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix robbed him of his first Formula 1 points. But the pain of that loss after such a strong performance may well come to fuel his growth into a top-tier driver

Why a fearsome ‘electric alliance’ will have lasting significance Prime

Why a fearsome ‘electric alliance’ will have lasting significance

OPINION: Formula E has invested in Extreme E to create a formal allegiance between the two most influential electric motorsport series. Allaying fears of financial uncertainty, together they will shape the future of battery-powered motorsport competition…

How Dixon won his sixth IndyCar title, in his own words Prime

How Dixon won his sixth IndyCar title, in his own words

Chip Ganassi Racing’s newly crowned six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon takes us round by round through his remarkable season. David Malsher-Lopez listens.

Why F1’s Imola experiment won’t become a permanent fixture Emilia-Romagna GP Prime
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Why F1’s Imola experiment won’t become a permanent fixture

OPINION: Formula 1 introduced an abbreviated weekend format for its first Emilia Romagna Grand Prix that was met with plenty of praise from paddock insiders, but there are a few immovable stumbling blocks that will prevent it becoming the norm...

The biggest challenge now facing Mercedes in F1 Prime

The biggest challenge now facing Mercedes in F1

The all-conquering Mercedes team celebrating a Formula 1 constructors' championship victory well ahead of a season finale is not unusual. But there were a few aspects about last weekend's triumph at Imola that stood out from the six that had come before.

The other MotoGP championship battle to get excited about Prime

The other MotoGP championship battle to get excited about

While the most unpredictable MotoGP title fight in modern times dominates the headlines, the premier class rookies are producing their own personal tussle having picked up from where they left off in the junior classes, says Lewis Duncan

Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester" Prime

Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester"

Scott McLaughlin has been a controversial figure in Supercars over the past few years but, as he heads off to a fresh challenge in IndyCar, the Australian tin-top series needs to find someone else to fill his drama-filled boots as the category enters a new era...

Why America's latest MotoGP export could be a game changer Prime

Why America's latest MotoGP export could be a game changer

Cameron Beaubier's MotoAmerica domination has long-warranted another crack on the world stage, but that never materialised. A Moto2 shot in 2021 has righted this, and it signals a pivotal moment for US hopes of a return to world championship glory...

Why Italy's minnow F1 team could become its new maestro Prime

Why Italy's minnow F1 team could become its new maestro

From its origins as perennial backmarkers to genuine midfield contenders, Italy's other Formula 1 team is on course to surpass the might and majesty Ferrari has held as its nation's standard-bearer in 2020

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix - Driver ratings

The condensed Emilia Romagna GP format gave the teams and drivers plenty to do on Formula 1's return to Imola. Although nobody managed to put together a totally perfect weekend, it was a tough weekend for some

Would Hamilton have won at Imola without VSC fortune?

Lewis Hamilton emerged victorious in a surprisingly difficult Emilia Romagna Grand Prix for Mercedes. He enjoyed a slice of luck with the timing of one race interruption, but was his victory inevitable without it? Here's why things aren't so clear cut

What kind of race to expect from Imola's F1 return

Imola is about to hold its first Formula 1 Grand Prix in 14 years, with the inaugural Emilia Romagna race. Here's what the practice and qualifying results suggest may take place tomorrow, including one big fear for the action ahead…

Why Mir shouldn't worry over not winning in hunt for MotoGP title Prime

Why Mir shouldn't worry over not winning in hunt for MotoGP title

Never has a MotoGP title been won by a rider who hasn't won a grand prix. However, this is the scenario facing points leader Joan Mir with three rounds to go. But, as Oriol Puigdemont writes, the Suzuki rider shouldn't worry over the top spot to win the title...

Why latest Hamilton-Rosberg battle won’t have the same edge Prime

Why latest Hamilton-Rosberg battle won’t have the same edge

Even four years after it ended, the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg has yet to be topped for drama and intrigue by anything F1 has seen since. But the next iteration commencing in 2021 will played out on much different terms...

Why Kyle Larson deserves his second chance in a cancel culture Prime

Why Kyle Larson deserves his second chance in a cancel culture

“You can’t hear me? Hey n*****” Those fateful words uttered by Kyle Larson, spoken into his esports headset on April 12, were directed at his sim racing spotter – but instead they quickly became amplified around the world via social media, including his own Twitch stream.

Why F1's Portugal leveller isn't a reliable silver bullet Prime

Why F1's Portugal leveller isn't a reliable silver bullet

A track surface that was reluctant to yield grip left many drivers complaining in Portimao, but created mixed strategies and havoc at the start. Yet, while an enjoyable means of mixing the pack, F1 cannot always rely on it

How binge-watching is helping Ocon prepare for Alonso's return Prime

How binge-watching is helping Ocon prepare for Alonso's return

After a year out of a race seat, the 2020 F1 season hasn't all been plain sailing for Renault's Esteban Ocon. But, with Daniel Ricciardo's departure, Ocon has the chance to become a team leader next year - even if his new team-mate will be Fernando Alonso

The surprise weakness Hamilton revealed in his Portugal win

Lewis Hamilton produced another excellent overall Formula 1 performance to defeat an in-form Valtteri Bottas in Portugal. But towards the end of race he had a difficult moment, which revealed a surprising weakness in his otherwise bulletproof game.

Why McLaren deems its £200m gamble a necessary strategy Prime

Why McLaren deems its £200m gamble a necessary strategy

McLaren has put its award-winning Norman Foster-designed headquarters up for sale - but it's not planning on moving out. Stuart Codling investigates why it's come to this...

Improving the racing at Indy: How it's done, why it’s tricky Prime

Improving the racing at Indy: How it's done, why it’s tricky

Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a temple of speed, but must also provide enthralling action. IndyCar’s head of aero development Tino Belli explains the changes for Indy in 2021 and the ethos behind them. By David Malsher-Lopez.

The great unheralded Imola F1 drives Prime
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The great unheralded Imola F1 drives

The return of Imola to the Formula 1 calendar for this weekend’s Emilia Romagna GP provides an opportunity to assess some of its less-remembered noteworthy drives. We highlight those which have been forgotten by history

How Ricciardo helped Renault rediscover its swagger Prime

How Ricciardo helped Renault rediscover its swagger

Daniel Ricciardo is McLaren-bound next season, but leaving a Renault team which is undergoing a resurgence on and off the track. He and team principal Cyril Abiteboul tell Stuart Codling and Ben Anderson what's been happening behind the scenes

Has Aragon revealed Yamaha's true MotoGP title challenger? Prime

Has Aragon revealed Yamaha's true MotoGP title challenger?

Franco Morbidelli dominated the Teruel GP to put himself back into the MotoGP title race with three rounds to go. With his Yamaha counterparts on the 2020 bike once again struggling, did Aragon reveal who Yamaha's true title hopeful is?