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Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley is Motorsport.com’s Global Editor in Chief. After spending five years in the aerospace industry in his native North Wales, while working weekends as a freelance writer at racetracks around the UK, Charles joined the staff of Motoring News in the heart of London. He transferred to the nascent Autosport.com team in 2000 before transitioning to the magazine, becoming its Editor between 2011 and 2014. Charles then upped sticks to work in America, as Motorsport.com’s Editor in Chief, where he created the multi-national and multi-lingual editorial team that quickly became the world’s most-read motorsport website. He was instrumental in delivering two of the biggest global fan surveys in sports history and is also a multiple award-winning scriptwriter. Charles is also an overseas member of the Guild of Motoring Writers. He lives in Miami Beach with his wife Helen – and a cat that’s named after Serbia’s top football club.

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Grosjean “super happy” with P7 for IndyCar Series debut

Romain Grosjean will start his first-ever IndyCar Series race from seventh on the grid after just failing to make it through to the Fast Six shootout for pole position at Barber Motorsports Park.

Grand Prix qualifying results: Hamilton takes pole in Imola F1

Lewis Hamilton took his 99th Formula 1 pole position for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola for Mercedes on Saturday, the second round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Grand Prix practice results: Bottas fastest in both Imola sessions

Valtteri Bottas dominated the opening day of Emilia Romagna Grand Prix practice at Imola for Mercedes on Friday, the second round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Miami GP resolution passes vote, despite local resident opposition

Plans for the Miami Grand Prix to join the Formula 1 calendar in 2022 took a step forward when city commissioners voted in favour of a new resolution – despite opposition from local activists.

How Moss mastered Monaco to beat the Ferraris in ’61
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How Moss mastered Monaco to beat the Ferraris in ’61

It’s one of the greatest drives in Formula 1 history, how Stirling Moss drove an underpowered, privateer Lotus to victory over the might of the works Ferrari in the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix.

NASCAR commentators: NBC and Fox commentary teams for 2021

The 2021 NASCAR season has started on NBC Sports and Fox Sports in the United States, but why is it split in two pieces and who are the full commentary teams for each broadcaster?

Why Senna felt unstoppable at Donington in 1993 European GP
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Why Senna felt unstoppable at Donington in 1993

Ayrton Senna’s victory in the 1993 European Grand Prix at Donington Park is quite rightly lauded as one of the finest of his glittering career, and the opening lap in particular is held up as perhaps the best-ever in Formula 1 history.

VeeKay on wreck: “Indianapolis bites you and it really bit me”
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VeeKay on wreck: “Indianapolis bites you and it really bit me”

Rinus VeeKay says the broken finger he sustained in a crash during Indy 500 testing on Thursday won’t affect him in next weekend’s NTT IndyCar Series season opener at Barber Motorsports Park.

How to finish second after running back to the F1 pits

The 1995 Argentine Grand Prix was a strange one for many reasons: It was the first in Buenos Aires since the Falklands War closed its previous slot on the Formula 1 calendar, local hero Carlos Reutemann demoed a pukka Ferrari in the build-up to the event, but it was another Ferrari hero who stole the show on raceday – after a terrible start.

Remember when: F1 was “like qualifying from start to finish”

The 2000 San Marino Grand Prix was a prime example of how tense refuelling-era Formula 1 could be, as Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher overcame pole-sitter Mika Hakkinen of McLaren to keep his title bid firmly on the right track. After the race, Schumacher said: “It was good fun, like qualifying from start to finish.”

Renewed Miami GP F1 bid faces crucial city council vote

Hopes for the Miami Grand Prix joining the Formula 1 calendar in 2022 have been boosted by the Mayor of Miami Gardens, Rodney Harris, sponsoring a fresh bid to host the event.

How Senna enraged an unknowing Schumacher in Brazil

Ayrton Senna never enjoyed the best of fortunes at his home grand prix, and although he’d managed to conquer gearbox problems to win at Interlagos in 1991, mechanical issues came back to haunt him a year later – and put him squarely in the sights of Michael Schumacher. Michael, unaware of Ayrton’s problems, would hit out after the race – believing Senna had been “playing some kind of game”.

F1 Commentators: ESPN's Sky Sports commentary team for 2021

The 2021 Formula 1 season has started on ESPN in the United States, but who are the full commentary team and why is it supplied via Sky Sports F1 from the UK?

Nelson Piquet – one of F1’s most formidable champions

Nelson Piquet was one of Formula 1’s biggest stars of the 1980s, going head-to-head with fellow legends Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna – and enjoying his fair share of success against them.

Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix race results: Hamilton beats Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton won a pulsating Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir for Mercedes on Sunday, the first race of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Grand Prix qualifying results: Verstappen takes pole in Bahrain F1 Bahrain GP
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Grand Prix qualifying results: Verstappen takes pole in Bahrain F1

Max Verstappen took pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir for Red Bull Racing on Saturday, the first race weekend of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Grand Prix practice results: Verstappen tops Bahrain F1 sessions

Max Verstappen set the fastest time on the opening day of Bahrain Grand Prix practice at Sakhir for Red Bull Racing on Friday, the first race weekend track running for the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

The day Senna, Brundle and Bellof made their F1 debuts

On this day in 1984, the Brazilian Grand Prix was the opening round of that year’s Formula 1 World Championship and was remarkable for the quintet of rookie drivers making their debuts. It marked the maiden grand prix starts for Stefan Bellof, Ayrton Senna and Martin Brundle – as well as the less heralded Philippe Alliot and Francois Hesnault.

Van der Zande slams Derani over Sebring clash: “He’s just too wild”

Renger van der Zande has hit out at IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship rival Pipo Derani after their early clash in the Sebring 12 Hours, claiming he’s “just too wild” following his latest on-track incident.

Jimmie Johnson explains early Sebring 12H crash

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has explained the error that led to him requiring emergency service in the opening minutes of the Sebring 12 Hours.

Lamborghini announces two new V12 reveals planned for 2021

An Aventador successor with a V12 engine is eventually coming, but perhaps it might arrive sooner rather than later? That seems unlikely, but Lamborghini will unveil two new V12 products for 2021.

Pagani reveals Huayra R track-only supercar with 850bhp V12

The company claims the Huayra R will sound like a Formula 1 car of yesteryear.

Emmo Fittipaldi Jr to make car racing debut in Danish F4

Emerson Fittipaldi Jr will make his car racing debut in Danish Formula 4 next month, after signing for the multiple championship-winning team FSP Racing.

See Gordon Murray drive his T.50 fan car at the Top Gear track

This clip is literally the first drive of the T.50 prototype, so it's understandable why things are taken slowly...

Audi apprentices build amazing IMSA GTO-themed RS6 concept

In 2020, no fewer than 12 Audi apprentices needed about six months to build the one-off RS6 GTO as a tribute to the 90 Quattro IMSA GTO.

Race of my Life: Murray Walker on the 1986 Spanish F1 GP

The voice of Formula 1, the motorsport world has been shocked by Murray Walker's passing at the age of 97 on Saturday. In honour of the late commentary icon, AUTOSPORT is revisiting Walker's recollections of his favourite race - the 1986 Spanish Grand Prix - first published in the 19/26 December 2013 issue...

How Jean Alesi and Tyrrell shook Ayrton Senna in Phoenix

With his nemesis Alain Prost gone to Ferrari, Ayrton Senna was looking forward to an easier time of things in Formula 1 1990 with the all-conquering McLaren team. While Prost would continue to be a thorn in his side in the title reckoning, it was another Frenchman – driving for an F1 giant-turned-minnow – that got his attention early on…

Amalgam unveils 1:8 scale Ferrari SF1000 model with 1,000th GP livery

With the 2021 F1 season starting up this month, the scale model masters at Amalgam have unveiled a very special 1:8 scale Ferrari SF1000. Aside from being a very dismal car last year, the replica comes sporting the one-off livery from the 2020 Gran Premio Della Toscana at Mugello Circuit – the 1,000th race for the Scuderia.

Aston Martin reveals new F1 safety and medical cars for 2021

Aston Martin’s new Formula 1 safety car and medical chase vehicle will make their debuts at this week’s pre-season test in Bahrain before being used in the opening grand prix of the season there on March 28.

What Toyota wants to know before you buy a GR Super Sport

Do you want to own the Toyota GR Super Sport that's the road-going version of the brand's entry in the new Le Mans Hypercar class? Well, not so fast because the automaker has a long questionnaire that interested owners have to fill out before the company decides whether to sell one to you.

We’ll “get the best” out of Vettel at Aston, says Szafnauer
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We’ll “get the best” out of Vettel at Aston, says Szafnauer

Aston Martin F1 Team chief Otmar Szafnauer believes he can extract the best from four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel after his ill-starred final season with Ferrari in 2020.

Tom Kristensen reveals career secrets in ‘Mr Le Mans’ book

The most successful driver in the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours, Tom Kristensen, has released a new and updated English language version of his award-winning biography, Mr Le Mans.

Pietro Fittipaldi to continue as Haas F1’s test and reserve driver

Pietro Fittipaldi, who made his Formula 1 debut subbing for the injured Romain Grosjean at the end of 2020, will remain as Haas’s official test and reserve driver this season.

Dale Earnhardt: How he died and what NASCAR did next
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Dale Earnhardt: How he died and what NASCAR did next

February 18, 2001 is NASCAR’s darkest day. At 17:16 Eastern Time, it was the moment that the sport lost one of its greatest and revered drivers of all time: Dale Earnhardt.

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The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death

On February 18, 2001, seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Dale Earnhardt – the fearless ‘Intimidator’ – was in his element at Daytona International Speedway. While his own DEI team’s cars ran 1-2 towards the finish line, his famed #3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo was playing rear gunner to block any late runs from the chasing pack. As the cars tore through Turns 3 and 4 on that fateful final lap, Earnhardt maintained the strongarm tactics that encapsulated his persona… but his actions in those moments sadly proved to be his last.

NASCAR’s Next Gen Cup car: What is it and why it is needed

The NASCAR Next Gen is the future generation of chassis to be used in the Cup Series and is aimed at making the cars more cost-effective for race teams and car manufacturers, while simultaneously enhancing driver safety.

Toyota in talks with two potential new NASCAR team owners

Toyota Racing’s NASCAR chief David Wilson has revealed he’s in talks with two potential new team owners that are not currently involved in America’s premier stock car racing series.

Truex: Daytona needs to “figure out” keeping chicane mud off track
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Truex: Daytona needs to “figure out” keeping chicane mud off track

Martin Truex Jr says work is required by Daytona to ensure that mud isn’t dragged onto the racing surface at its bus stop chicane ahead of the upcoming road course Cup race, after he wrecked from the lead in Tuesday night’s Busch Clash event.

Keselowski: My Daytona 500 frustration level is “pretty extreme”

Brad Keselowski says his frustration level at not being able to win the Daytona 500 is “pretty extreme” after being involved in a spectacular series of wrecks in NASCAR’s biggest race of the year.

Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson plan to make Rolex 24 returns Daytona 24
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Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson plan to make Rolex 24 returns

Reigning NASCAR Cup series champion Chase Elliott and seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson have both aired their hopes to return to the Rolex 24 at Daytona in future, following their participation in this weekend’s event.

Albuquerque drove “race of my life” in late-race Rolex 24 duel Daytona 24
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Albuquerque drove “race of my life” in late-race Rolex 24 duel

Wayne Taylor Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque says he had to drive the “race of my life” to keep ahead of Renger van der Zande in the closing stages of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, until the Dutchman was forced to pit with a puncture.

Whelen Cadillac knocked out of R24 contention by gearbox failure

The pole-winning Whelen Engineering Action Express Racing Cadillac has been knocked out of contention from the Rolex 24 at Daytona lead fight after suffering a failure in its gearbox.

Van der Zande on R24: “There’s some crazy stuff going on”

Defending Rolex 24 Hours champion Renger van der Zande says there’s some “crazy stuff” happening on track as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s season opener at Daytona goes into its closing stages.

Chase Elliott beats himself up over “terrible” first Rolex 24 stint Daytona 24
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Chase Elliott beats himself up over “terrible” first Rolex 24 stint

Reigning NASCAR Cup champion and Rolex 24 at Daytona debutant Chase Elliott says his first race stint in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar series opener was “terrible” and fears that he damaged his car by hitting a curb.

Spengler denies blame for “weird” Rolex 24 startline shunt Daytona 24
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Spengler denies blame for “weird” Rolex 24 startline shunt

BMW’s Bruno Spengler has refuted the blame for the bizarre GT Le Mans crash before the startline of the 2021 Rolex 24 at Daytona that forced the majority of the GT field to make a panicked avoidance.

Sainz hails ‘unforgettable’ maiden Ferrari F1 test run

Carlos Sainz says his first test as a Ferrari Formula 1 driver was “a day I will never forget” as he drove a 2018-spec SF71H for over 100 laps of the Fiorano test track on Wednesday.

Alesi set for double Japan programme with Toyota

Giuliano Alesi, the son of ex-Formula 1 racer Jean, will contest the Super Formula Lights series this year with the Toyota-affiliated TOM’S squad.

Alesi ‘emotional’ over son’s Ferrari test, clarifies Academy exit

Ferrari Formula 1 hero Jean Alesi has described his emotions as he watched son Giuliano get his first taste of an F1 car at the Fiorano test track on Monday morning.

Ferrari’s Leclerc turns first laps of F1 2021 at Fiorano

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc turned his first Formula 1 laps of 2021 at the Fiorano test track on Tuesday, ahead of new teammate Carlos Sainz getting his maiden run on Wednesday.

Chase Elliott “making gains” as he pushes limits in Rolex 24 tests

NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott says he’s beginning to push his own limits ahead of his debut in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, the opening round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this weekend.

Alesi, Armstrong make Ferrari F1 test debuts at Fiorano

Ferrari Driver Academy members Giuliano Alesi and Marcus Armstrong got their first taste of Formula 1 at Fiorano on Monday – with Alesi having his maiden test some 30 years on from his father Jean’s first-ever run with the Scuderia.

IMSA Roar: Vautier fastest in third practice for Cadillac

Tristan Vautier topped third practice for the Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway’s road course in JDC-Miller Motorsports’ Cadillac DPi-V.R.

American sports channel NBCSN to close at end of 2021

American sports cable channel NBCSN, which airs many of the nation’s top racing series including NASCAR and IndyCar, is to be closed down at the end of 2021.

Truncated Rolex 24 build up “complete chaos” admits Taylor
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Truncated Rolex 24 build up “complete chaos” admits Taylor

Wayne Taylor says his eponymous team’s preparations for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona have been “complete chaos” due to the late-ending, Covid-hit 2020 schedule, a more compressed test/race weekend and switching car from Cadillac to Acura in the off-season.

When F1’s crazy horse joined the Prancing Horse Prime
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When F1’s crazy horse joined the Prancing Horse

Jean Alesi made an immediate impact in Formula 1 when he arrived with Tyrrell, but his decision to join Ferrari instead of a resurgent Williams for 1991 was ill-judged as the Scuderia became engulfed with political in-fighting that resulted from an underdeveloped car...

Organisers investigate Short’s exit after refuelling stop Dakar
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Organisers investigate Short’s exit after refuelling stop

Both Yamaha and Dakar Rally organisers are investigating the retirement of Andrew Short on Day 2 of the 2021 event, to ascertain whether the fuel supply became contaminated by water on Monday’s stage.

Alex Zanardi responding to stimuli, says Italian media report

Former IndyCar star and Paralympic hero Alex Zanardi has made positive steps towards recovery and is responding to outside stimuli, according to an Italian media report.

Film review: Race Of Champions – On The Line
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Film review: Race Of Champions – On The Line

A new documentary to celebrate the Race Of Champions was released to streaming channels this week, charting a unique event on the motorsport schedule. CHARLES BRADLEY is your guide…

Formula 1 approves 23-race 2021 calendar

The FIA World Motor Sport Council has approved the 23-race calendar for the 2021 Formula 1 season, with Vietnam’s April date slot still remaining blank.