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Tanak scores first Puma win in preparation for WRC Rally Sweden

M-Sport elected to field new signing Tanak in the Estonian national rally to offer the 2019 world rally champion extra testing mileage in the Puma ahead of Rally Sweden.New testing restrictions have been imposed on WRC teams this year in a bid to clamp down on costs by limiting manufacturer teams to 21 pre-event test days (a maximum of seven per driver)...

Ranking the worst Formula 1 cars to win a grand prix

Most cars that win in Formula 1 are special. The level of competition ensures that genuinely poor designs rarely get near a podium, particularly given the reliability of modern racing machines.But sometimes a combination of luck, inspiration and/or unusual weather gives underdog cars their moment in the limelight. For this list, we looked at the overall...

Schumacher radio criticism highlighted F1 privacy change for Russell

The Briton attracted attention at the Singapore Grand Prix when he questioned why Haas racer Schumacher was being so aggressive in their battle for position.“Schumacher is defending like it’s the race of his life, crikey,” declared Russell at one point, as their fight eventually ended in a clash.After his first season at Mercedes, Russell said that...

Newgarden impressed by Chevrolet on IndyCar's new renewable fuel

Shell has produced a new race fuel for IndyCar that consists of a blend of second-generation ethanol derived from sugarcane waste and other biofuels, to create a fuel that is 100 percent comprised of feedstocks categorised as renewable.It makes IndyCar the first US-based motorsports series to power racing with 100 percent renewable race fuel, and enables...

Alesi: “Politics” not F1 to blame for French GP exit

The French GP slips off the schedule this year, after a four-year return to the F1 calendar at Paul Ricard from 2018 to 2022, which could mean another lengthy spell on the sidelines.It was previously dormant from 2009 to 2017 after an 18-year run at Magny-Cours, which took over from Ricard in 1991 due to political reasons.Former F1 racer Alesi, who...

Ericsson “pissed off” on how 2022 IndyCar title challenge dissolved

After winning the Indianapolis 500, Chip Ganassi Racing driver Ericsson was well in the hunt for the championship and sat at the top of the points table for six races, before being overhauled by eventual champion Will Power and sliding back to an eventual sixth in the points.The Swede topped IndyCar's official pre-season test at Thermal Club in Palm...

KTM adds Folger as test rider for 2023 MotoGP season

Folger will work with incumbents Dani Pedrosa and Mika Kallio on the 2023-spec KTM RC16 in his new role, joining the team just before the start of official testing at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia on 5-7 February.The 29-year-old's appointment comes as KTM aims to mount a serious challenge for the title this year, having finished fourth...

Ford: F1 return wasn’t possible without changes to engine rules

The American auto giant announced on Friday that it would be returning to F1 in 2026 after striking a deal with Red Bull to work together on power units.The partnership will mark the return of the Ford name to F1 after 22 years, its last foray coming when it owned the Jaguar team that was ultimately sold to Red Bull in 2004.During its time away from...

Mercedes takes BoP hit after rapid Bathurst qualifying

The Mercedes-AMG GT3s were clearly the class of the field at Mount Panorama today, with GruppeM driver Engel topping the final qualifying session for the Intercontinental GT Challenge opener before going toe-to-toe with Triple Eight young gun Broc Feeney in the pole shootout.A rapid final lap from Engel sealed the Allan Simonsen Pole Award, his 2m00.881s...

Lapierre to skip 2023 WEC season as Alpine steps down to LMP2

The 38-year-old has been a mainstay of the WEC since the series’ inception, initially as a Toyota driver in the top LMP1 class until he was dropped by the marque in mid-2014.After a limited programme with the KCMG LMP2 team in 2015, which included his first of four Le Mans 24 Hours class wins, Lapierre joined the Signatech-run Alpine LMP2 outfit in...

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