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Graham Stoker: The quiet revolutionary running for FIA president
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Graham Stoker: The quiet revolutionary running for FIA president

In the latest part of the #ThinkingForward series, Graham Stoker has spoken about his decision to stand for the FIA presidency in the election to be held later this year.

Extreme E: Alejandro Agag says the world is now ready to listen
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Extreme E: Alejandro Agag says the world is now ready to listen

Alejandro Agag is celebrated as a pioneer of sustainable motorsport having created not one, but two electric racing series from scratch. Earlier this month he staged the inaugural Extreme E event, while Formula E is thriving in its seventh season. For the latest #ThinkingForward interview with motorsport’s leaders, we ask Agag how he sees Extreme E evolving and whether he believes that motorsport has successfully taken the opportunity of the Coronavirus crisis to reshape itself for the future?

Juan Pablo Montoya: Sprint races are the way forward for Formula One
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Juan Pablo Montoya: Sprint races are the way forward for Formula One

Juan Pablo Montoya lit up Formula One twenty years ago, has been an IndyCar champion and Indy500 winner, and is still active today competing in IndyCar and Le Mans.

Berger: Addition of top teams vindicates DTM's GT3 move

DTM boss Gerhard Berger says the addition of top sportscar racing teams from Europe and Asia has vindicated the championship's decision to adopt GT3 regulations for this season.

Gerhard Berger on racing's future: "fans want to see a car that's a challenge"
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Gerhard Berger on racing's future: "fans want to see a car that's a challenge"

It is 30 years since Gerhard Berger was a teammate in Formula One to Ayrton Senna at McLaren Honda and today the Austrian is very active in motorsport as the boss of DTM. The series has undergone a huge transformation this year, with a change of regulations to GT3. Berger is also overseeing an ambitious program to create a 1,000 horsepower electric DTM car as one possible avenue for the future.

Murray Walker – A personal tribute by James Allen
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Murray Walker – A personal tribute by James Allen

Murray Walker was a gentleman, an Everyman and an exceptional man. Former broadcast colleague and now Motorsport Network president James Allen explains what made Murray so special.

Faye Ho: British Superbikes' only female team owner on women in racing
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Faye Ho: British Superbikes' only female team owner on women in racing

If you thought car racing was a male-dominated sport, it’s nothing compared to motorbikes, where female participation at the rider, team management, and engineer level is very low. While there are programs in place to encourage female participation in cars, like FIA Girls on Track and powerful voices like Michele Mouton and Susie Wolff, bike racing has few parallels.

WRC future focused on Chinese manufacturers, hybrid cars and action
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WRC future focused on Chinese manufacturers, hybrid cars and action

The World Rally Championship kicks off on January 21-24 with the Monte Carlo Rally, part of a 12-date calendar that features first events for Croatia and Ypres as well as the return to the Safari Rally in Kenya.

Toto Wolff discusses the future of Formula 1, cost caps and more

With the retirement of Frank Williams this year, Toto Wolff is now the most successful active team principal in Formula 1. His range of motorsport responsibilities for Mercedes also includes Formula E, where rivals BMW and Audi made shock withdrawal announcements recently. So how does the seven-time world champion team boss see the future of both series and what is his view on what the motorsport of tomorrow will look like?

Motorsport.com survey: F1 fans want sustainability and diversity
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Motorsport.com survey: F1 fans want sustainability and diversity

F1 audience survey reveals overwhelming fan demand for sustainable racing.

F1 to stick with hybrid energy, says its head of strategy
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F1 to stick with hybrid energy, says its head of strategy

Formula 1 fans may not have heard of Yath Gangakumaran, but he is an influential figure in the future of the sport. As director of strategy and business development his role is to set the long-term direction for Formula 1, working with Chase Carey and, from January, the incoming CEO Stefano Domenicali.

Michele Mouton on Girls on Track: Women will win like I did
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Michele Mouton on Girls on Track: Women will win like I did

Michele Mouton is a true legend of our sport. Still the only woman to have won a world championship rallies, the sight of her wresting the mighty Audi Quattro and Peugeot 205 T16 in the 1980s, matching the top male rally drivers of the time, is as iconic as any moment of motorsport history.

Le Mans 24 Hours winner on a new esports series with a twist
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Le Mans 24 Hours winner on a new esports series with a twist

The virtual racing world of esports and sim racing has undergone two years’ worth of growth in a few months this year, thanks to the attention on it during the Covid lockdown. Real racing stopped and fans and drivers flocked to the virtual world. But where does it go next?

Extreme E unites Hamilton and I for good cause, says Rosberg
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Extreme E unites Hamilton and I for good cause, says Rosberg

Since his shock decision to retire as a driver after winning the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship, Nico Rosberg has remained in the public eye. And much of his activity has been focused on the electric and the sustainability agenda, as a shareholder of the all-electric FIA Formula E series and founder of the Greentech Festival.

Motorsport Network supports FIA Girls on Track - Rising Stars
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Motorsport Network supports FIA Girls on Track - Rising Stars

Motorsport Network is proud to support the FIA Girls on Track - Rising Stars initiative that will see one young female racer become part of the Ferrari Driver Academy with the chance to race in FIA Formula 4 as Ferrari’s first female driver.

Nathalie McGloin: Disabled racers are “doing incredible things”
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Nathalie McGloin: Disabled racers are “doing incredible things”

Nathalie McGloin is a disabled woman who races on equal terms against able bodied men in Porsches. As a teenager she broke her spine as a passenger in a road accident, now the car has brought her a new purpose.

F1 will soon be “the best it’s ever been”, says ex-Renault boss Bob Bell
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F1 will soon be “the best it’s ever been”, says ex-Renault boss Bob Bell

Bob Bell has enjoyed a stellar career as a top engineer in Formula 1 with McLaren, Benetton, Jordan, Renault and Mercedes. He was technical director at Renault during Fernando Alonso’s title winning years, then team principal after the departure of Flavio Briatore. And more recently was one of the architects of the current Mercedes F1 juggernaut.

Miles: IndyCar focused on North America, finding third OEM

Mark Miles, president and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp., says the NTT IndyCar Series will remain focused on enhancing its presence in North America and finding a third engine manufacturer.

IndyCar CEO Mark Miles: Future to see third constructor, digital offering
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IndyCar CEO Mark Miles: Future to see third constructor, digital offering

IndyCar has been in the news recently with an exciting new street race for 2021 announced in Nashville. Under the ownership of American racing legend Roger Penske, both the series and the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway have the foundations of a strong future ahead. So what does that future look like and what are the threats, beyond the current pandemic?

W Series boss Bond Muir’s quest to put a female driver in F1
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W Series boss Bond Muir’s quest to put a female driver in F1

After a successful 2019 debut season, W Series – the development championship for female race drivers – was forced to cancel its 2020 calendar due to Covid-19.

Why social justice and esports are so important to Formula E

Formula E, the all-electric single-seater series, was set up as the motorsport championship with a sense of purpose, to create a more sustainable future. As the world has changed dramatically this year, the series is well placed to capitalise.

The future of motorsport must be electric says WRX’s Paul Bellamy
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The future of motorsport must be electric says WRX’s Paul Bellamy

This weekend the World Rallycross Championship (WRX) restarts in Sweden, the season now set at seven rounds with the goal to have fans potentially in attendance from round three in Latvia.

What’s the future for one of racing’s ‘most risky’ sports?
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What’s the future for one of racing’s ‘most risky’ sports?

The legendary TT, the world's oldest motorcycle race, brings in around £7 million a year in revenues and economic benefit to the Isle of Man. This year it was cancelled due to the Coronavirus crisis, disappointing the 50,000 fans who attend the event and millions who follow it around the world.

Who should decide on the future of F1?
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Who should decide on the future of F1?

The Covid-19 crisis has given societies and industries around the world a powerful shock and motorsport has certainly not been immune.

BTCC boss Alan Gow on the future for touring car racing
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BTCC boss Alan Gow on the future for touring car racing

As the boss of the British Touring Car Championship as well as President of the FIA Touring Car Commission, Alan Gow is the most senior leader in the touring car world.

The future of F2 and F3: The Bruno Michel interview

In the latest part of the #thinkingforward series, Formula 2 and Formula 3 boss Bruno Michel reflects on how the two championships reacted to the COVID-19 crisis and how they plan for a sustainable future.

NASCAR restart has given IMSA real confidence - Doonan
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NASCAR restart has given IMSA real confidence - Doonan

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 working with Homeland Security on overseas racing personnel

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.

Abiteboul: Renault plans "very long" stay in racing
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Abiteboul: Renault plans "very long" stay in racing

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 reveals complexity of F1's restart plans

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.

F1 is ready to start but we’re bound to hit a glitch – Brown

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.

Renault staff worked at Red Bull in "unthinkable" scenario

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has revealed the ‘unthinkable’ scenario in which Renault personnel, including senior technical figures, worked at his team’s factory recently as part of Project Pitlane.

Horner: F1 should consider short-term customer car option

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.

Domenicali: We must take this chance to “reshape” the sport

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.

Insight: What’s the future for the Le Mans 24h and WEC?

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.

“Vital” LMDh prototype rules to be revealed in two weeks

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.

Le Mans open to October or November race, if new date ruled out

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 could introduce further cost cutting measures

Formula E could introduce further cost cutting measures for teams in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to series founder and chairman Alejandro Agag.

No decision about Formula E's Gen3 car until summer

A decision to delay the introduction of the Gen3 Formula E car will not be made until June or July, according to series founder and chairman Alejandro Agag.

Formula E plans 5-6 more races in current season

Formula E is aiming for another ‘five or six’ races this season that could take place behind closed doors, according to series founder and chairman Alejandro Agag.

F1 has “massive opportunity” to slash its budget cap – Agag

Formula 1 chiefs should seize the opportunity prompted by the coronavirus crisis to ‘shake down’ the sport’s financial model and slash the budget cap to $75 million, believes Formula E boss Alejandro Agag.

Agag warns of consolidation in the motorsport industry

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.

Todt: Motorsport will require new approach after pandemic

FIA President Jean Todt says that motorsport is facing a new reality and requires a new approach as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Camilleri: Netflix series a game changer for F1

Ferrari chairman Louis Camilleri has praised the vision that Liberty has brought to Formula 1 – and thinks the Netflix series it facilitated was a significant boost to the sport’s image.

Ferrari will be "adult in the room" by retaining F1 veto

Ferrari has confirmed that it has retained the veto it has over Formula 1 rules, as part of the new Concorde Agreement that is being drafted for 2021.

Strategy Report: How the same pit call led to different outcomes

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.

Strategy Report: The decisions that spawned hot-headed clashes

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.

Strategy Report: Why Mexico was no ordinary Grand Prix

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.

The key aspect of motorsport that could end up killing it Prime

The key aspect of motorsport that could end up killing it

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.

Strategy Report: Mercedes errors hand Ferrari a lifeline

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.

Strategy Report: Ferrari gifts Mercedes win, as midfield epic unfolds

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…

Strategy Report: How Mercedes is getting away with mistakes

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.

What Singapore GP can teach other F1 races

Liberty has big plans for how future grands prix should be organised and promoted, but Singapore has been blazing a trail for many of those ideas for years - as James Allen explains

How high-risk Ferrari gambled everything – and lost

James Allen analyses the Singapore Grand Prix, which was a potentially decisive race weekend in the championship battle between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

Strategy Report: How Ferrari’s battle plan fell apart

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.

Strategy Report: How Ferrari took command in Belgium

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.

Why motorsport is on the verge of the Olympics Prime

Why motorsport is on the verge of the Olympics

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.

Strategy Report: How wet qualifying opened the door for Mercedes

James Allen analyses the Hungarian Grand Prix, as rain – this time in qualifying – once again came to help Mercedes snatch victory away from Ferrari.

Strategy Report: The split-second decisions that swung a title fight

James Allen analyses the German Grand Prix, as a rain shower, a crash and pitstops under the safety car turned the Formula 1 World Championship fight on its head after an already-dramatic qualifying.

Why Singapore is one of F1's most important races

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