World Rally Championship organisers are mounting a new push to get privateers back in the series’ top class via modified current-specification World Rally Cars. A proposal to replace the 2017-specification cars’ 36mm turbo restrictor with a 34mm version for non-factory entrants was discussed at the FIA’s World Rally Car vision meeting in Geneva last month.
Get unlimited access You have 10 articles remaining to view this month. Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has indicated the manufacturer is open to forging closer technical links with its customer Formula 1 teams in the same manner that Ferrari works with Haas. Mercedes currently supplies its gearbox and complete hydraulic systems to Force India,
Johann Zarco has been confirmed as KTM’s second factory MotoGP rider for the 2019 season, leaving no place for incumbent Bradley Smith in the Austrian marque’s works line-up. Tech3 Yamaha rider Zarco has long been a target of KTM, and is understood to have agreed a two-year deal to join the team during last month’s
Tony Kanaan put AJ Foyt Racing at the top of the times during manufacturer testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but the strong winds led to IndyCar teams packing up early. Chevrolet-powered Kanaan lapped the iconic 2.5-mile oval at an average of 226.680mph while running qualifying boost (1.4-bar), while Ed Carpenter was second with a 224.466mph
Kevin Magnussen says he has apologised to Pierre Gasly “many times” over their Azerbaijan Formula 1 clash, while clarifying remarks suggesting he is willing to “die” in a racing car. Gasly accused Magnussen of being the “most dangerous” racer he had competed against following a high-speed incident after the final safety car restart in Baku.
Red Bull’s hesitance to act before its Formula 1 drivers crashed in Azerbaijan suggests the team supports Max Verstappen over Daniel Ricciardo, according to guests on Motorsport Show. The team-mates were eliminated from the Baku race in spectacular fashion when Ricciardo rear-ended Verstappen at Turn 1 after a fraught race-long fight. Peter Windsor asks this
Get unlimited access You have 10 articles remaining to view this month. Xfinity driver Spencer Gallagher has been indefinitely banned from NASCAR competition for violating its substance abuse policy days after earning his first series win at Talladega last weekend. Gallagher had been competing in NASCAR’s Dash4Cash, a four-race competition for eligible Xfinity season regulars
Valentino Rossi has backed his former MotoGP team-mate Jorge Lorenzo to recover from a poor start to his second season at Ducati at the next race at Jerez. After the first three rounds of the 2018 campaign Lorenzo lies 16th in the standings, after retiring from the opener in Qatar before finishing 15th in Argentina
Danica Patrick admitted she wasn’t sure she would complete her veteran refresher test for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 after mechanical problems hindered her return to an IndyCar cockpit. Patrick will compete in the final race of her career at the Indianapolis 500, and her seven-year spell away from the series meant she had to complete
Sauber’s technical director Jorg Zander has left the Formula 1 team with immediate effect. It comes just weeks after the Swiss team hired a new head of aerodynamics and is in the process of an internal restructure as it bids to move up the F1 grid. A Sauber statement confirmed Zander would stop working immediately.
Pol Espargaro has renewed his deal with KTM in MotoGP until the end of 2020. The former Moto2 champion joined the Austrian manufacturer on an initial two-year deal back in 2017, after having spent three years with the Tech3 Yamaha squad. He led the marque’s efforts in 2017, twice posting the best finish of its
Toyota team principal Tommi Makinen has ruled out making Ott Tanak a clear number one and imposing team orders in his World Rally Championship squad. Tanak’s dominant first WRC win for Toyota on Rally Argentina last weekend closed to him to within 28 points of championship leader Sebastien Ogier and 18 of second-placed Thierry Neuville.
Robert Wickens completed his “tricky” rookie orientation programme for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 in team-mate James Hinchcliffe’s Indycar after a failure caused a “scramble” to catch up. As a full-time rookie, Wickens was required to complete three phases of short runs at varying speeds in order to compete in the Indy 500. He was one
Get unlimited access You have 10 articles remaining to view this month. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’s Robert Wickens and the returning Danica Patrick endured eventful programmes in preparation for the 2018 Indianapolis 500, as all drivers completed their rookie and refresher requirements. Wickens had to compete against the clock in order to pass the rookie orientation
Formula 1 sporting chief Ross Brawn believes Daniel Ricciardo was “a passenger” in his accident with Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen because of the aerodynamic rules currently in place. Ricciardo ran into the back of Verstappen under braking for the first corner in Baku, with Red Bull scorning both drivers for their roles in the
More than two decades have passed since Ayrton Senna’s death in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, but he remains one of the most famous Formula 1 drivers of all time. Senna’s 10-year F1 career was action packed, winning championships, setting records, and being part of rivalries that took the pinnacle of the sport to
StarCom Racing will run two cars at this weekend’s Dover NASCAR Cup Series race, with 59-year-old team manager and 1990 Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope returning to driving duties. Cope competed in selected races in 2017 as StarCom prepared for its first full year but stepped back from the driving role when Jeffrey Earnhardt was
Pirelli has unveiled Formula 1 teams’ tyres selections for the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix, with Williams on a vastly more aggressive strategy than any of the other outfits. F1’s tyre supplier has opted to go a step softer with its picks for the recently-resurfaced Barcelona venue than in either 2016 and ’17, and will bring
MotoGP points leader Andrea Dovizioso says the recent Austin race confirmed Ducati’s negative aspects remain “too big”. After winning the Qatar season opener, Dovizioso has had two low-key rounds, finishing sixth in Argentina and then fifth at the Circuit of the Americas. Dovizioso complained about the Austin track not suiting his bike during the weekend,
Josef Newgarden believes IndyCar’s windscreen needs “small improvements” after he completed a short test with it at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday. Following Scott Dixon’s successful maiden test of the windscreen at Phoenix, Penske’s reigning champion Newgarden ran the windscreen in its second-ever outing following the end of Monday’s Indy test. The windscreen has had
AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan set the pace as IndyCar’s preparations for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 began with the first on-track running in the open test. The 2004 Indy 500 winner was just 13th in the morning’s hour-long session but climbed to the top of the times early in the afternoon. He was deposed by
Increased speeds making cars worse to drive on restrictor-plate tracks led to Sunday’s Talladega NASCAR Cup Series race being “unusual”, say leading drivers. This year NASCAR dropped its minimum ride height rule for Daytona and Talladega to bring the superspeedways in line with other tracks, meaning early weekend speeds reached over 200mph for last weekend’s
Force India Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez has kept his third-place finish in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, having escaped punishment following a stewards’ investigation into a possible DRS irregularity. Perez delivered his and Force India’s first F1 podium since the same event in 2016, recovering from an opening-lap hit from Sergey Sirotkin to bring the
Sunday’s Talladega NASCAR Cup race could be “nuts” given the rule changes made following practice, say leading drivers. The restrictor plates fitted to limit horsepower and control speeds at superspeedways already mean cars run in large drafting packs and big accidents are common. This year NASCAR lifted its minimum ride height rule for Daytona and
The Williams Formula 1 team is not under the illusion it has made the progress its Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying performance suggests, according to chief technical officer Paddy Lowe. Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin were 11th and 12th fastest in qualifying and will both gain a position from Nico Hulkenberg’s five-place gearbox penalty. Stroll ended
Valtteri Bottas topped first practice for Formula 1’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix while Max Verstappen crashed his Red Bull during Friday’s opening session. Bottas edged the other Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo by just 0.035s in Baku despite having to use ultrasoft tyres to the Australian’s supersofts. However, Verstappen’s sideways slide into the Turn 5 barriers
Honda MotoGP team principal Alberto Puig says the Japanese manufacturer needs more time to weigh up its 2019 rider options, as it considers whether to offer Dani Pedrosa a contract extension. Pedrosa has raced for the works Honda squad since his premier class debut in 2006, and has won at least won race per season
Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch hopes he is not “peaking too early” in the 2018 NASCAR Cup series regular season. Busch became the second driver after Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick to win three races in a row in 2018 after his victory at Richmond last weekend. A win is enough to guarantee one of 16
Josef Newgarden says he could not believe how long his IndyCar rivals stayed out on dry tyres in the rain in a “really risky” attempt to beat him at Barber. Newgarden dominated the dry running at Barber, building a lead of more than 25 seconds before his first of two planned stops. Dale Coyne Racing’s
Former Manor Formula 1 team boss John Booth has confirmed his departure from Toro Rosso, having worked as its director of racing since 2016. Following his exit from Manor’s F1 operation at the end of 2015, Booth briefly returned to F1 with Toro Rosso two years ago to help with its drivers and team operations.