Basile Davoine

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Alpine won't let Alonso/Ocon rivalry get out of hand – Prost

Alpine says it will not allow the rivalry between Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon to evolve into a destabilising force inside the Formula 1 team this year.

Grosjean recalls Bahrain GP escape: "I saw death coming"
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Grosjean recalls Bahrain GP escape: "I saw death coming"

Romain Grosjean has recalled his escape from his fiery crash at the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix, revealing he told himself to get out of the wreckage for his children.

Toyota: LMP1/LMH parity would "not be correct"

Toyota says it would "not be correct" if Alpine's grandfathered LMP1 car gets performance parity with the new breed of Le Mans Hypercars that will race in the FIA World Endurance Championship's top class next year.

Alpine announces step up to LMP1 for 2021 WEC season

Alpine has formally announced plans to enter the top category of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2021 using a grandfathered Rebellion R-13 LMP1 car.

French GP in jeopardy as government extends lockdown

The French Grand Prix has become the latest Formula 1 race to be thrown into doubt after the French government extended a ban on all mass-gatherings until mid-July.

F1 teams "can't afford" to lose testing time now

Formula 1's reduction of pre-season testing from eight days to six will mean a "big change" for teams, reckons Romain Grosjean, with pressure ramped up massively not to lose track time.

Peugeot: Rebellion exit won't hinder hypercar project

Peugeot's boss of motorsport Jean-Marc Finot says that Rebellion's decision to pull the plug on its alliance with the French marque won't significantly affect its hypercar project.

Grosjean opens up on reputation, social media abuse

Romain Grosjean has brushed off criticism he has faced from social media trolls, saying he would prefer to be disliked than have “no charisma at all”.

Grosjean excited by "extraordinary" Saudi F1 plans

Romain Grosjean hopes the proposed new Formula 1 race in Saudi Arabia will go ahead, calling the project “huge” and “extraordinary”.

Grosjean: Speaking out key to avoiding more trouble in 2020

Romain Grosjean thinks that his decision to speak out straight away last year when a Haas update package didn't work was key in helping the team avoid even more trouble this season.

Renault "very clear" Ocon deal is no Mercedes loan

Renault is clear that Esteban Ocon will not retain any contractual ties to the Mercedes Formula 1 team when he joins the French car manufacturer next year.

ACO promises closer LMP1 contest at Le Mans in 2019

The Automobile Club de l'Ouest, organiser of the Le Mans 24 Hours, has promised a closer fight between Toyota and the LMP1 privateers for this year's edition of the French classic.

Gallery: Porsche's stunning retro GTE Le Mans liveries

Porsche will run retro liveries on two of its GTE Pro class factory entries in this month's Le Mans 24 Hours in celebration of its sportscar racing heritage – take a closer look...

Le Mans start line moved ahead of 2018 event

Le Mans 24 Hours organiser the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced that the start line of Circuit de la Sarthe is to be moved.

ACO not concerned by all-Oreca LMP2 WEC grid

The President of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, Pierre Fillon, says he is unconcerned that only Oreca cars are set to race in the LMP2 class of this year's FIA World Endurance Championship.

Nice to name street after Bianchi

A street in the city of Nice will soon bear the name of Jules Bianchi, who died on July 17th, 2015 following his serious crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

Toyota sets "risky" targets to beat Porsche in 2017

Toyota LMP1 technical director Pascal Vasselon says the Japanese manufacturer has set itself "risky" performance targets in a bid to overhaul Porsche next season.

Paul Ricard boss says Mistral straight chicane will boost overtaking

Paul Ricard boss Stephane Clair has defended the decision to use a layout that includes a chicane on the straight when the French Grand Prix returns to the circuit in 2018.

Paul Ricard considering asphalt heating system for F1 tests

The Paul Ricard circuit is considering introducing a system to warm up the track's surface in order to help Formula 1 teams during winter testing.

Analysis: Is this what the 2017 Audi would've looked like?

Audi has offered a glimpse into how its 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship contender could have appeared had the marque stayed in LMP1.

Ferrari appeals FIA decision not to review Vettel penalty

The Sebastian Vettel Mexican GP penalty affair is not over yet, with Ferrari having submitted notification of its intent to appeal following yesterday’s decision by the FIA stewards that the matter could not be re-opened.

Concept: How F1 cars would look with a coloured Halo

In this exclusive concept artwork, we take a look at how the Halo cockpit protection system would look if it were blended into the rest of a car's livery.

Duval: Le Mans must remain difficult following safety changes

Audi LMP1 star Loic Duval believes there is a delicate compromise between track safety at Le Mans and reducing the challenge of the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe.

Le Mans teams take advantage of Bugatti Circuit test

Two days after the official Test Day for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, some competitors were on track again today. 

Jani confirms Porsche will revert to 2015 battery at Le Mans

World Endurance Championship leader Neel Jani has confirmed that Porsche will revert to an older-spec battery in its 919 Hybrid to avoid technical issues in the 24 Hours of Le Mans next month.

Neel Jani Q&A: “My Le Mans lap record isn't set in stone”

Neel Jani believes that his Le Mans lap record set in 2015 could come under attack this year, despite rule changes to slow down the LMP1 cars.

Bianchi's father "less optimistic" about recovery

Jules Bianchi's father Philippe says he is now more pessimistic about the chances of his son recovering from the injuries he suffered at the Japanese Grand Prix last year.

Le Mans Test Day: Porsche tops morning session

Rain blighted the opening morning of the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours Test Day, but not before Porsche had topped Audi for the fastest time.

Porsche beats Le Mans Test Day lap record

Just a couple of hours into the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day, and the latest generation of LMP1 cars have already reached a performance level which has not been seen here for at least five years.

Vaxiviere aiming for Formula Renault 3.5 title after Aragon win

Matthieu Vaxiviere is targeting title glory in the Formula Renault 3.5 series after taking victory in the second race of last weekend's opening round at Aragon.