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Ferrari drivers escape punishment for clash

The Brazilian Grand Prix stewards have ruled that neither Charles Leclerc nor Sebastian Vettel was "predominantly to blame" for the collision between the Ferrari Formula 1 teammates.

Hamilton accepts full responsibility for Albon collision

Lewis Hamilton said he accepts full responsibility for the Brazilian Grand Prix collision with Alex Albon that led to him being penalised by the Formula 1 stewards.

Vettel, Leclerc called to stewards over accident

Ferrari Formula 1 teammates Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc have been summoned to see the Brazilian Grand Prix stewards over the collision that took them both out of the Interlagos race.

Leclerc blames "stupid" mistake for missing 'pole' shot

Charles Leclerc said his Ferrari Formula 1 car was fast enough to top Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying and only a "stupid" mistake on his part prevented it.

Peroni to auction helmet that saved him in horror crash

Alex Peroni will auction the helmet he wore in his terrifying Formula 3 crash during the Italian Grand Prix weekend to raise funds for his career.

Piquet interested in Extreme E entry

Inaugural Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr has expressed his interest in contesting the new Extreme E series.

Alonso scores first podium finish in Dakar build-up event

Double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso achieved his first podium finish in cross-country rallying in the third of his Dakar Rally preparatory outings with Toyota.

Rally Australia "significantly shortened" amid bush fires

Rally Australia organisers have confirmed a ‘significantly shortened’ route for this week’s final round of the World Rally Championship – if the Coffs Harbour-based event goes ahead at all due to a worsening fire situation in the area.

McLaren hints at F1 test for Indy recruits O'Ward, Askew

McLaren's newly-signed young IndyCar drivers Patricio O'Ward and Oliver Askew could be called up for Formula 1 tests in 2020.

Tanak: Tortuous career helped me seal WRC title

Ott Tanak says he channelled the difficulties of his rollercoaster WRC career so far into his title-clinching Rally of Spain drive.

Verstappen: Podiums the maximum for remaining races

Max Verstappen reckons Red Bull-Honda will only get podium finishes at best in the remainder of the 2019 Formula 1 season and cannot see further chances to win grands prix.

Hamilton: 2019 "not great" for Mercedes engine development

Lewis Hamilton wants less drag and more power from the 2020 Mercedes Formula 1 car, admitting "it's not been a great year" for engine development by his team.

Verstappen: Ricciardo Red Bull dynamic was "ideal situation"

Max Verstappen says the ideal teammate for him in Formula 1 is one who can push him to greater heights like Daniel Ricciardo did.

Kubica says Williams 'crossed boundaries' by removing wing

Robert Kubica has slammed the Williams Formula 1 team for removing its upgraded front wing from his car at the Japanese Grand Prix, saying it 'crossed boundaries' for "strange reasons".

Haas hits out at rivals' "inconsistent" views on F1 rules

Haas Formula 1 team principal Gunther Steiner has hit out at rivals for being "inconsistent" in their views over the championship's rules.

Sordo gets seven-round Hyundai WRC deal for 2020

The Hyundai World Rally Championship team has extended Dani Sordo's deal into the 2020 season as expected.

Haas needs "thinking hat" to deal with prize money drop

Haas Formula 1 team principal Gunther Steiner admits he will need his "thinking hat" to tackle the likely substantial drop in constructors' championship prize money following his squad's 2019 slump.

Rally GB WRC: Meeke leads Ogier by 1.5s

Kris Meeke continues to lead Rally GB for Toyota, but is under heavy pressure from reigning World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier.

Rally GB WRC: Meeke keeps lead ahead of Neuville

Toyota's Kris Meeke kept himself in the lead of his home World Rally Championship round, Rally GB, on a very wet Friday morning.

Rally GB WRC: Meeke leads as Solberg stars

Kris Meeke leads Wales Rally GB following the Oulton Park opener, with Petter Solberg a sensational third and World Rally Championship leader Ott Tanak only 13th after an error.

Blundell considering options amid "painful" BTCC season

Ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell could try an AmD Tuning Honda in the club-level Touring Car Trophy in October as he considers whether to stay in the BTCC beyond this year.

Hamilton, Kubica keep Hockenheim points as Alfa appeal fails

The Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team has been unsuccessful in its bid to have its German Grand Prix penalties overturned.

Giovinazzi penalised for crane incident

Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi has been penalised by the Formula 1 stewards for driving too close to a crane during the Singapore Grand Prix, but keeps his 10th place.

Raikkonen "suicided himself" with first-corner move - Kvyat

Daniil Kvyat holds Kimi Raikkonen entirely responsible for the collision that ended the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver's Singapore Grand Prix.

Correa out of induced coma, leg injury worries remain

Injured Formula 2 driver Juan Manuel Correa has been brought out of his induced coma but remains at risk of "irreversible injuries" to his right leg.

WTCR switches to Suzuka East Course layout

The World Touring Car Cup has announced it will switch from Suzuka's full Formula 1 layout to the shorter East Course for its 2019 round.

Leclerc "focussing on the negatives" despite wins

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc says he is trying to "focus on the negatives" from his first two Formula 1 wins in the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix.

Newey, Vergne join forces for new Extreme E team

Formula 1 design legend Adrian Newey and Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne will be part of the management of Veloce Racing's entry in the new Extreme E championship.

Sainz doesn't regret "hard" Albon move despite apology

Carlos Sainz says he sent an apology over the radio for banging wheels with Red Bull Formula 1 driver Alex Albon during their early Italian Grand Prix battle.

Verstappen says rivals "almost stood still" at start

Max Verstappen said it felt like his Formula 1 rivals "almost stood still" in the incident where he damaged his Red Bull at the start of the Italian Grand Prix.

Evans forced to skip Rally Turkey with injury

M-Sport Ford's Elfyn Evans will miss a third round of the World Rally Championship due to his back injury, and not return until his home event in Britain in October.

Raikkonen explains reason behind Ericsson call-up

Kimi Raikkonen says a pulled muscle led to the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team calling up Marcus Ericsson as a potential Belgian Grand Prix stand-in but he expects to race.

Germany WRC: Neuville keeps Tanak within reach

Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville remain extremely closely-matched at the head of the Rally Germany order at the end of Friday's stages.

Germany WRC: Tanak, Neuville in early breakaway

Ott Tanak inched into an early Rally Germany lead over Thierry Neuville, as the pair left their World Rally Championship rivals trailing on Friday morning.

MotoGP rider Syahrin to contest Sepang WTCR finale

Tech 3 KTM MotoGP rider Hafizh Syahrin will contest the FIA World Touring Car Cup season finale in Malaysia in December.

Schumacher's Ferrari F2002 to be auctioned in Abu Dhabi

The Ferrari F2002 that Michael Schumacher drove in the race where he secured the 2002 Formula 1 world championship will be auctioned at the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Ricciardo enjoyed "making life difficult" for Bottas

Renault Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo said he enjoyed "making life difficult" for Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Sainz says McLaren trying "experimental stuff" on car

Carlos Sainz said McLaren "experimented" with its car as it enjoyed one of its "best Fridays" of the 2019 Formula 1 season with fourth in Canadian Grand Prix practice.

Canadian GP: Leclerc quickest in FP2 as Hamilton crashes

Charles Leclerc led a Ferrari one-two in second Canadian Grand Prix practice in Montreal, while Formula 1 world championship leader Lewis Hamilton crashed.

Leclerc changing qualifying approach after errors

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc says he is changing the way he handles grand prix qualifying sessions after recent Q2 errors.

Perez calls for review of Monaco chicane

Sergio Perez believes Formula 1 should look at an adjustment to Monaco's seafront chicane after controversies such as his brush with Kevin Magnussen in this year's grand prix.

Will Alonso's Indy failure end the age of versatility? Prime

Will Alonso's Indy failure end the age of versatility?

Fernando Alonso has become something of a motorsport all-rounder in recent years. But his failure - along with McLaren – to qualifying for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 might warn current Formula 1 drivers off similar exploits. That would be a mistake.

Miller admits he "got carried away" battling Marquez

Pramac Ducati MotoGP rider Jack Miller says he fell out of the French Grand Prix podium positions because he "got carried away" racing Marc Marquez and damaged his tyres.

Leclerc puzzled by losing "half of the bargeboard" over kerb

Charles Leclerc said he was surprised how much his Ferrari Formula 1 car was damaged when he ran wide in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying.

Rossi admits SRT bikes "very similar" to works Yamahas

Valentino Rossi says the factory MotoGP Yamaha he could only qualify 13th at Jerez and the Petronas versions Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli put on first and second are "very similar".

Verstappen thinks VSC period cost him podium shot

Max Verstappen believes he lost any Azerbaijan Grand Prix podium chance because his Red Bull-Honda Formula 1 car was too sensitive to tyre temperature after the virtual safety car period.

Kvyat: Stewards know Chinese GP penalty was too harsh

Daniil Kvyat believes the Chinese Grand Prix Formula 1 stewards accepted they were too harsh with his punishment for colliding with McLaren drivers Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris.

Sainz: Kvyat should have been more patient

Carlos Sainz believes Daniil Kvyat should have been more patient in the Chinese Grand Prix crash that caught up both McLaren Formula 1 cars.

Super GT, DTM announce single crossover event at Fuji

Three Super GT cars will race in the 2019 DTM season finale at Hockenheim as a precursor to their first joint race at Fuji in November.

Schumacher putting thoughts of Ferrari F1 debut aside

Mick Schumacher says he will try to put thoughts of his imminent Formula 1 test debut out of his mind this weekend to focus on his first Formula 2 races.

Sainz says McLaren has to avoid 2018 development "trap"

McLaren's 2019 Formula 1 chances depends on it avoiding the development "trap" it fell into during last year, says Carlos Sainz.

The real impact of F1's fastest lap point Prime

The real impact of F1's fastest lap point

The introduction of a point for the fastest lap provoked all manner of responses, but when the first battle for the extra point took place, it revealed what could be its true impact on F1 this season

Sainz hurt by Melbourne F1 weekend "full of bad luck"

Carlos Sainz believes he suffered every piece of bad luck he could have done on his McLaren Formula 1 team debut in the Australian Grand Prix.

Kvyat "pushed like an animal" to score in Australia

Toro Rosso returnee Daniil Kvyat said he "pushed like an animal" to recover from an error and score a point on his Formula 1 comeback in the Australian Grand Prix.

Wheelnut damage led to Grosjean's retirement

The Haas Formula 1 team believes damage to a wheelnut in Romain Grosjean's slow pitstop led to his eventual retirement from the Australian Grand Prix.

Visor tear-off forced Raikkonen into early pitstop

Kimi Raikkonen says a visor tear-off stuck in his Alfa Romeo Formula 1 car's brake duck forced a compromising early pitstop in the 2019 season opening Australian Grand Prix.

Gasly: "Optimistic" Red Bull strategy caused Q1 exit

Pierre Gasly put his Q1 elimination at his first Formula 1 race for Red Bull Racing at the Australian Grand Prix down to an over-optimistic strategy.

Bottas has been "able to eat" thanks to new weight rules

The easing of driver weight rules for the 2019 Formula 1 season means is the first year that Valtteri Bottas has not had a long illness during the winter.

King says full-time IndyCar deal still his priority

Jordan King says his priority remains a full-time IndyCar deal, despite his World Endurance Championship programme and recent return to Formula 2 with MP Motorsport in testing.

New Ferrari management buoys F1 over 2021 changes

Ferrari's new management is making Formula 1 sporting chief Ross Brawn more optimistic that a revolution in prize money and budget regulations can be pushed through.