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Formula Ford Festival at 50: How a British motorsport institution began

The Formula Ford Festival began its history in 1972, when the very first competition took place at Snetterton. After the mass fanfare around its launch and promotion leading up to the event, 85 cars were in attendance for a quartet of heats, two semi-finals and the grand final.As expected, it sported some of the best Formula Ford pilots around at that...

Mikkelsen: Winning ERC title a career highlight

The former factory Volkswagen, Citroen and Hyundai WRC driver, a three-time WRC event winner during his time with the German marque, secured a second major rally title of the season, just a week on from securing the WRC2 title.Mikkelsen, who previously won back-to-back Intercontinental Rally Challenge titles in 2011 and 2012, clinched the ERC title...

Brundle: Celebrities need 'manners and respect' after MTS F1 snub

On a weekend when Brundle’s hugely popular grid walk returned, with COVID restrictions limiting access before the start being lifted for the first time, the former grand prix driver did his best to grab some of the celebrities invited by F1's organisers.But an attempt to speak to rapper MTS was rebuffed, as her entourage tried to push Brundle out of...

Red Bull feared Schumacher would cost Verstappen US GP win

Verstappen was under intense pressure from a chasing Lewis Hamilton in the final stages of the Austin race when they closed in to lap Schumacher's Haas car.But rather than jump out of the way immediately, Schumacher kept to his line for a number of corners before pulling over on the run to the final corner.Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said those...

Solberg recalled for Hyundai WRC outing at Monza finale

The 20-year-old has confirmed he will once again drive a 2C Competition Hyundai i20 WRC coupe for what will be his fourth championship outing in a WRC machine.Solberg made his WRC debut at Arctic Rally Finland in February where he tuned heads by finishing seventh overall.The Swede was recalled to drive at the Safari Rally in June, which ended in retirement,...

Mercedes: Eighth-lap stop could have helped Hamilton win F1 US GP

Hamilton led the early stages at Austin on Sunday, but rival Red Bull seized the initiative when it went for the undercut with Verstappen on lap 11 – which helped him move to the front.Mercedes tried to counter Red Bull’s approach by extending Hamilton’s stints at long as possible to give him fresher rubber at the end of the race. However, the pace...

10 things we learned from F1’s 2021 United States Grand Prix

Formula 1 returned to the United States in style after a two-year absence, as title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton delighted a sell-out Austin crowd.The Circuit of The Americas produced a compelling strategy race as Red Bull and Mercedes fought it out on the pitwall, setting up a grandstand finish that left fans on the edge of their seats.Verstappen...

Mir’s Misano MotoGP jump start due to launch control confusion

Mir had to start from 18th after a bad qualifying in tricky conditions on Saturday and was slapped with a double long lap penalty for jumping the start.The Suzuki rider’s race only lasted two laps anyway, after a collision with Tech3’s Danilo Petrucci ended both of their afternoons early.Mir explained that his jump start was a result of him doubting...

Mazepin’s "painful" US GP not helped by headrest coming off

The Russian endured a challenging weekend at Austin, as he fell foul of track limits on numerous occasions and struggled for pace in the race before coming home last of the classified finishers.But it emerged afterwards that Mazepin's hopes of doing anything of consequence on Sunday were dashed very early on after his headrest became dislodged on the...

Eaton left with compression fracture after hitting "ridiculous" COTA kerb

Eaton ran over one of the sausage kerbs at Turn 15 during race one at Circuit of the Americas on Saturday, which launched her to the air.The Briton was hospitalised as a result, where she was diagnosed with a fracture in her T4 vertebra from the impact.Eaton, who was unable to compete in Sunday’s race after her injury, said the incident was “ridiculous”...

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