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Ferrari to debut updated F1 hybrid system at Russian GP

Ferrari revealed over the summer break that it was planning to bring a “significant step” in the performance of its power unit by bringing evolutions for its power unit through the season half of the season.Under the regulations, teams are permitted to make one specification update per year on each of its power unit components.Ferrari F1 chief Mattia...

Misano MotoGP test: Aprilia's Espargaro heads final day from Bagnaia

Wednesday’s running at Misano was notable for the first outings on a MotoGP bike for Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner on the Tech3 KTMs they will race in 2022.The current Moto2 championship leaders and team-mates took over from Iker Lecuona and Danilo Petrucci at Tech3.Fernandez was 0.726 seconds quicker than Gardner in 22nd and 25th, with the latter...

Ferrari struggling to find F1 opportunities for junior drivers - Binotto

Ferrari has a place at Haas that is currently used by Mick Schumacher, but the contract that guaranteed a slot at Alfa Romeo – used by Charles Leclerc in 2018 and subsequently by Antonio Giovinazzi – has been changed for 2022.While Alfa boss Fred Vasseur hasn’t ruled out keeping Giovinazzi, he is looking at other options to fill the seat alongside Bottas...

F1 to shrink Monaco GP to three-day race weekend from 2022

Monaco has traditionally spread its race weekend over four days, holding the opening two practice sessions on Thursday before using Friday as a rest day for the F1 paddock.The tradition dated back to the race’s original scheduling on a bank holiday weekend, but was maintained to allow traffic to flow through the area and assists businesses in preparing...

Vinales “satisfied” with Aprilia MotoGP move

The nine-time MotoGP race winner announced back in June that he would be quitting Yamaha a season into his current two-year deal with Yamaha as the relationship between both parties soured irreparably across the 2021 campaign.Vinales was later confirmed as an Aprilia rider for 2022, though his debut was pushed up to last week’s Aragon Grand Prix when...

Assen wants improved financial terms before committing to DTM

The Dutch venue's original three-year contract with the DTM expired last weekend after two thrilling races in front of a 40,000-strong crowd, as Liam Lawson took the championship lead from Kelvin van der Linde.The circuit first appeared on the calendar in 2019 and has been hosting races every year since then, taking over from Zandvoort as the DTM's...

How F1’s “process-driven” improvement plans are listening to the drivers

F1 managing director Ross Brawn has said the series should wait for the third sample at Interlagos before forming a definitive view and making any modifications. Nevertheless, after the first try at the British Grand Prix he met with the drivers and canvassed their views on how it played out.It’s far from the first time that Brawn has sought the opinions...

Gap between Russell and Latifi in F1 not "as big as everybody believes"

Russell has been Williams's leading driver since he joined the team in 2019, and has outqualified Latifi in every grand prix since the Canadian made his F1 racing debut at the start of the 2020 season.The British driver will leave Williams for Mercedes next year, leading to suggestions that the team will not be as strong.Russell will be replaced by...

Toyota reveals revised Hilux 4x4 ahead of 2022 Dakar Rally

New regulations governing the main rally-raid car category have forced the top teams to modify their existing 4x4 prototypes for the next edition of Dakar in January, as reported by Autosport earlier this year.Audi, which is making its debut in the legendary event, was the first manufacturer to reveal its innovative hybrid vehicle RS Q e-tron at the...

Perez: One-year F1 deal doesn’t heap extra pressure on me

The Mexican has had an up-and-down first season with Red Bull in 2021 as team-mate to world championship challenger Max Verstappen.While his highlight was victory in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, he has also endured his fair share of frustrations as he has had difficulties adapting to the unique handling characteristics of the RB16B.Although he has been...

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