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Williams team principal Roberts leaves as Capito takes control

By Chris Medland Williams team principal Simon Roberts has left the team as part of a restructuring that sees CEO Jost Capito take on a number of his responsibilities. Roberts joined the team from McLaren in June of last year, originally in the position of managing director. However, following Claire Williams’ departure and the sale of […]

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Lewis Hamilton’s cracks starting to show after Max Verstappen and Red Bull pressure

By CLAIRE COTTINGHAM Lewis Hamilton left “devastated” after mistake in Azerbaijan, but have Red Bull finally got under the reigning world champions’ skin? Lewis Hamilton’s words echoed around the streets of Baku on Sunday, as the seven-time world champion was gifted a golden opportunity to take back the lead of the championship in Azerbaijan. “We’ve got to […]

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Thrilling desert duel expected for Ford Castrol Cross Country Team

· The two Ford Castrol Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) EcoBoost-powered Rangers are raring to go for round 3 of the SA Cross Country Series (SACCS) · Competitors will face approximately 930km of racing over three days, with the event based in Upington in the Northern Cape · Lance Woolridge and Elvéne Vonk (334) aiming to […]

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SERRADORI AND WALKNER HOLD OUTRIGHT LEADS AFTER DAY TWO OF RALLY KAZAKHSTAN

· Stage wins for Toyota’s Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Husqvarna’s Skyler Howes · Austin Jones and Cristina Gutierrez continue to lead FIA T4 and T3 sections AKTAU CITY (KAZAKHSTAN): Frenchman Mathieu Serradori and Austrian Matthias Walkner lead their respective car and motorcycle categories after the second selective section of Rally Kazakhstan between Aktau and […]

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Vettel concerned about tyre blow outs

By: Will Gray Sebastian Vettel was “concerned” by the two high-speed tyre blowouts that happened during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and called for an investigation into the reasons to avoid something going “massively wrong” in future. Vettel’s Aston Martin team-mate Lance Stroll was pitched into the wall partway through the race when his rear tyre failed and […]

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Lewis Hamilton defended by Mercedes boss Toto Wolff over Baku woes – ‘It’s not a mistake’

By CHARLIE MALAM Toto Wolff has come out in support of Lewis Hamilton after Mercedes’ Azerbaijan Grand Prix struggles, as Red Bull streaked clear in the Constructors’ Championship Mercedes boss Toto Wolff defends Lewis Hamilton over Azerbaijan woe – ‘It’s not a mistake’ (Image: GETTY) Lewis Hamilton has been defended by Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff who insists the Briton did […]

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Spectacular Verstappen crash gifts Perez Azerbaijan GP win

Author:Adriano Boin A certain win for Max Verstappen wasn’t to be as the Dutchman crashed out with a handful of laps remaining in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Sergio Perez took the chequered flag as a result, ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly. Max Verstappen looked set for victory at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, however a […]

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Italy WRC: Ogier extends points lead with comfortable victory

By: Tom Howard Sebastien Ogier further extended his lead in the World Rally Championship with a comfortable victory in Rally Sardinia ahead of Toyota teammate and title rival Elfyn Evans.The reigning world champion and co-driver Julien Ingrassia managed their advantage over Evans in the event’s final four stages on Sunday to claim a 52nd career […]

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OGIER CLEAR IN ITALY AFTER TÄNAK NIGHTMARE

Sébastien Ogier is on course for a remarkable victory at Rally Italia Sardegna after Saturday’s gruelling second leg decimated his challengers to leave Toyota Gazoo Racing first and second. The FIA World Rally Championship leader will start Sunday’s final leg with a 38.9sec advantage over Yaris World Rally Car team-mate Elfyn Evans after a disastrous […]

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Leclerc takes pole in crash-strewn 2021 Azerbaijan GP Qualifying

AUTHOR: Jason Elso Charles Leclerc takes pole ahead of Lewis Hamilton in an accident-filled qualifying session, with Sainz, Tsunoda, Ricciardo, Stroll and Giovinazzi all crashing out Charles Leclerc took pole in a dramatic and crash-filled qualifying, as his team-mate Carlos Sainz and Yuki Tsunoda both crashed out within seconds of one another at the same […]

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LEADER TÄNAK RETIRES, OGIER ON TOP IN ITALY

Ott Tänak retired from the lead at Rally Italia Sardegna after swiping a rock in Saturday morning’s final speed test. The Estonian had dominated this fifth round of the FIA World Rally Championship since Friday morning’s start and entered the second pass of the Lerno – Monti di Ala’ test with a comfortable 40.6sec advantage […]

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BULLETPROOF TÄNAK BLITZES RIVALS IN ITALY’S OPENER

Ott Tänak delivered a near-perfect performance to lead Hyundai Motorsport team-mate Dani Sordo after Friday’s punishing opening leg at Rally Italia Sardegna. Tänak won five of the eight sun-kissed and rocky speed tests in his i20 World Rally Car to build a handy 19.0sec advantage over his Spanish colleague in this fifth round of the […]

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Puzzled Hamilton says “there was no more time in it” after ending practice 11th

Written by Keith Collantine Lewis Hamilton doubts he could have lapped much quicker after ending Friday’s practice session in Azerbaijan outside of the top 10. The Mercedes driver set the 11th-quickest time, 1.041 second slower than pace-setter Sergio Perez in the Red Bull. But despite his lack of pace, Hamilton said he was pleased with his performance. “Honestly […]

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Threat of a ‘bendy wing’ protest hangs over F1’s Baku race

The threat of a protest hung over the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Friday as a row over ‘bendy’ rear wings dominated the conversation in the Formula One paddock. The sixth round of the season is the last before the governing FIA introduces new flexibility tests after some teams were suspected of literally bending the rules […]

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Tanak leads opening morning on Rally Italia Sardegna

Ott Tänak won all four of this morning’s speed tests to head a Hyundai i20 1-2 at Rally Italia Sardegna. The dominant Estonian led team-mate Dani Sordo by 16.9sec after mastering gruelling gravel tests in the north of the Mediterranean island. Sébastien Ogier was a surprise third, 1.8sec further back, despite opening the sandy roads. […]

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91-year-old Zasada to make WRC return

By Daniel Lawrence It isn’t often that a driver returns to the World Rally Championship after a twenty-four-year absence, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone doing that. However, Sobieslaw Zasada is the man taking on that challenge at the Safari Rally Kenya (24-27 June). What makes this announcement even more stunning, is that Polish driver Zasada will become the oldest ever […]

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TOYOTAS AND MINIS DOMINATE STRONGEST EVER ENTRY FOR RALLY KAZAKHSTAN

The Automotorsport Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan (AMFK) today announced the strongest entry for Rally Kazakhstan in the five years that it has been an integral part of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. The event takes place on June 8th-13th and will also be the opening round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies […]

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Horner ready for Azerbaijan GP challenge: Mercedes have been mighty there

Author:Adriano Boin Can Red Bull make it back-to-back wins? Christian Horner is optimistic about his team’s chances in Azerbaijan, but he is still keeping a close eye on Mercedes. After claiming victory in the streets of Monaco, Red Bull‘s Christian Horner expects a challenge of a different type this weekend at the F1 Azerbaijan GP. […]

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Spectacular motorsport in the dunes of Senegal with the Queen of Dakar

At the second appearance of the Extreme E, this time on the West African Atlantic, the ABT CUPRA XE team collected further valuable championship points with a fifth place and caused more than one sensation on the track: The team from Germany missed the final of the top four by only nine tenths of a […]

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Is Audi’s ’dream’ Dakar Rally team inspired by Stallone’s The Expendables?

Audi becomes the first car manufacturer to battle for overall victory in the infamous Dakar Rally next year with an electrified powertrain, not only heralding an energy revolution in cross-country motorsport, but at the same time securing three illustrious driver teams for this ambitious project. Mattias Ekström/Emil Bergkvist (Sweden), Stéphane Peterhansel/Edouard Boulanger (France) and Carlos […]

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Helio Castroneves ‘Don’t Need No Rockin’ Chair’

With his Indy 500 win, Castroneves proving old guys rule. By: Jerry Bonkowsko When 46-year-old Helio Castroneves – the second-oldest driver in the field to start Sunday’ 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 – crossed the finish line to put himself into legendary status as the fourth driver to win the Greatest Spectacle in Racing four times, a […]

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World champion Ogier confirmed for WRC Safari Rally Kenya

World champion Frenchman Sebastien Ogier is among 58 drivers entered for World Rally Championship (WRC) Safari Rally Kenya, marking its return to the WRC calendar for the first time in 19 years. According to an entry list released by world governing body FIA on Friday, Ogier, who won the world title last year as part […]

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Al-Attiyah romps to historic 14th victory in Jordan Rally

Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah completely dominated the 2021 Jordan Rally to confirm an historic 14th victory on the event by the winning margin of 17min 04.8sec on Saturday. The Volkswagen Polo GTi driver and his Andorra-based co-driver Matthieu Baumel won each of the 10 special stages in the Dead Sea and Mount Nebo areas to […]

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MotoGP pays tribute to Jason Dupasquier as Fabio Quartararo wins emotional Italian GP

By SIMON HEAD The three MotoGP podium finishers dedicated their races to the memory of Jason Dupasquier after an emotional Italian Grand Prix. Fabio Quartararo extended his lead at the top of the MotoGP standings with victory at Mugello. But any joy at securing his third win of the season was overcome by the sadness […]

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Jason Dupasquier dead: Teenage Moto3 racer dies after qualifying crash at Mugello

By. Simon Head The MotoGP paddock is in mourning following the announcement of the death of Swiss Moto3 racer Jason Dupasquier. Nineteen-year-old Dupasquier died on Sunday following a horrific crash at Mugello on Saturday. Dupasquier was involved in a major incident during the second Moto3 qualifying session at the Italian Grand Prix. A statement from […]

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Gqeberha does not disappoint as it dishes up spectacular racing

A host of Volkswagen drivers provided spectacular racing across two different racing categories Maiden victory for Volkswagen’s Jonathan Mogotsi in GTC SupaCup A win each for Arnold Neveling and Jurie Swart in Volkswagen Polo Cup National circuit racing returned to the home of Volkswagen for the first time in 2021 when a host of drivers […]

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Rossi to make decision on MotoGP future after next four races

(Reuters) – Valentino Rossi said on Thursday that his performances in the next few MotoGP races starting with this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix might prove decisive when he discusses his future with his team Petronas Yamaha at the end of the season. Rossi, a seven-times premier class world champion, has fared poorly this season after […]

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AL-ATTIYAH AND AL-THEFIRI AIM TO DEFEND SERIES LEADS IN JORDAN RALLY

The 2021 Jordan Rally got underway on the shores of the Dead Sea on Thursday afternoon. Twelve cars and competitors from eight nations will now tackle 10 demanding gravel stages on Friday and Saturday in the Dead Sea, Mount Nebo and Jordan River areas close to the lowest geographical point on earth. Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah […]

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Dakar set to welcome 2nd round of Extreme E rally series with Ocean X Prix

The stage is set for the second stop on Extreme E’s calendar – the Ocean X Prix – which takes place on Saturday and Sunday at Lac Rose, Dakar on the west African Senegalese coast. Rosberg X Racing (RXR) took victory in the inaugural X Prix last month in the Saudi Arabian desert of AlUla, […]

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The Legendary Lancia 037 Rally Star Is Reborn

The Evo37 is a modern—and very cool—interpretation of the Lancia 037 by Kimera Automobili. Italian motorsport company Kimera Automobili has unveiled one of the cooler restomods we’ve seen lately: a modern, road-legal take on one of the baddest rally cars ever, the Lancia 037. The Abarth and Pininfarina-designed 037 won the 1983 FIA Group B World Rally title, and was the last […]

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OGIER HAPPY TO BE SWEEPING IN SARDINIA WITH POINTS “JOKER”

PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WORDS BY LUKE BARRY & COLIN CLARK OGIER AND ELFYN EVANS BOTH BELIEVE ROADSWEEPING IS A PRICE WORTH PAYING FOR LEADING THE CHAMPIONSHIP Toyota’s Sébastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans have both told DirtFish they’d rather be leading the world championship standings ahead of next week’s Rally Italy, despite the handicap of running first […]

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WRC reveals new format for 70th anniversary Rally Finland

By: Jason Craig A new three-day format has been adopted for October’s “milestone” 70th anniversary Rally Finland. The introduction of a night stage is one of the standout changes announced by organisers of the event.Measuring 19.75km, the second pass over Friday’s closing ‘Oittila’ test gets underway just after 7pm. Shorter daylight hours is a consequence […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA FULLY PREPARED FOR ROUND 3 OF GTC CHAMPIONSHIP

The city of Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) will host the third round of the 2021 Global Touring Cars (GTC) championship this weekend, at the Aldo Scribante Race Circuit. This will offer Michael van Rooyen the opportunity to extend his lead at the top of the championship standings. “We head to Aldo with a lead of only […]

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Bates claims clean sweep in Rally Queensland

By Mat Coch Harry Bates and co-driver John McCarthy have dominated the Accent Benchtops Rally Queensland. Round 2 of the RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship, the 2019 champions took a clean sweep of stages to win the even by two minutes Harry Bates and John McCarthy Secon by more than two minutes.d place went […]