Johann Zarco could end up at Avintia in MotoGP next year despite dismissing the outfit as “not a top team” when rumours of a move first appeared last weekend. Zarco quit KTM midway through a difficult campaign on the RC16, and has been riding in place of Takaaki Nakagami at LCR on the year-old Honda
6:42 AM ET Mercedes admitted the decision to call Lewis Hamilton in for a tyre change at the final deployment of the Safety Car at the Brazilian Grand Prix was a “rookie mistake” and the fault of the pit-wall, not the driver. After Ferrari pair Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel collided six laps from the
Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has explained why the safety car was deployed for six laps of the Brazilian Grand Prix just to retrieve Valtteri Bottas’s Mercedes. He said the move was a standard reaction to the use of a crane at the trackside – and that a virtual safety car would not have
Johann Zarco was afraid that his horrific accident with Iker Lecuona’s bike during MotoGP’s Valencia Grand Prix had fractured his left ankle, but he escaped without any broken bones. Zarco, along with Danilo Petrucci and debutant Lecuona, crashed at the Turn 6 left-hander halfway through the race, all three riders falling separately mere moments from
Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto has labelled the Brazilian Grand Prix clash between Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc a “silly action” that will be dealt with at the Formula 1 team’s headquarters. Leclerc passed Vettel for fourth place at the first corner towards the end of the Brazilian GP and the two made contact on the run
2:10 PM ET Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel face a frosty Ferrari debrief after the Brazilian Grand Prix following the collision which knocked both drivers out of the race. The incident occurred six laps from the end as the pair battled over third position. Leclerc had passed Vettel on the inside of Turn 1 but
6:09 PM ET The Brazilian Grand Prix was an instant classic, but a difficult spectacle to summarise with so many things happening across the race. So, for our usual Sunday evening round-up, we thought we would pick out the standout performers and the people with a lot to think about on the journey back home.
9:30 PM ET Associated Press POMONA, Calif. — Robert Hight raced to his third Funny Car season title and second in three years Sunday by advancing to the final round of the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals. Steve Torrence won his second straight Top Fuel title, Erica Enders took her third Pro Stock crown, and
Mercedes Formula 1 team technical director James Allison called giving Lewis Hamilton the opportunity to pit under the final Brazilian Grand Prix safety car “dumb” and a “rookie error”. Allisson also admitted the team was wrong to put the decision in the hands of the driver, especially as Hamilton was given incorrect information about how
6:25 PM ET SAO PAULO, Brazil — Ferrari teammates Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc will have to explain their collision at the Brazilian Grand Prix in a special debrief on their return to Maranello. Both drivers failed to finish at Interlagos after they tangled with each other while fighting for fourth position with five laps
Kyle Busch claimed his second NASCAR Cup Series title by winning the 2019 season finale at Homestead, ending a 21-race winless streak in the process. The Toyota driver was one of three Joe Gibbs Racing entrants competing for the championship alongside Martin Truex Jr and Denny Hamlin, as well as Stewart-Haas’ Kevin Harvick. He held
Gresini rider Matteo Ferrari became the all-electric MotoE series’ first-ever champion, as its inaugural season concluded at Valencia. Ferrari had scored a key Misano double in September to enter the Valencia double-header with a 19-point lead over his nearest rival, Tech 3’s Hector Garzo. But while Garzo looked to have closed the gap to Ferrari
5:01 PM ET Ed Jackson Supercars has announced the winner of its feeder championship in 2020 will receive a $400,000 scholarship. The Super2 Series is the breeding ground of up-and-coming drivers, with two-time Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin among those to graduate from the series to the top level. Supercars chief operating officer Shane Howard said
Aleix Espargaro says that Johann Zarco doesn’t deserve the factory Honda MotoGP ride he’s been linked to and would rather see Alex Marquez join his brother Marc at the team. Jorge Lorenzo’s retirement has freed up the second works Honda bike alongside Marquez, with Cal Crutchlow, Zarco and Alex Marquez all emerging as potential candidates.
Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly says his Brazilian Grand Prix podium was “insane”, “really emotional” and “just the best day of my life”. The 23-year-old racer, who is contesting his second full campaign in grand prix racing, was unable to score a podium in his 12 races with Red Bull’s main team this
2:59 PM ET Lewis Hamilton has been hit with a five-second time penalty at the Brazilian Grand Prix, provisionally promoting Carlos Sainz into the first podium finish of his Formula One career. Hamilton collided with Red Bull’s Alexander Albon in the closing stages, which cost the Red Bull driver what would have been his first
Ducati MotoGP riders Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller have both insisted the manufacturer has not discussed with them the prospect of Miller replacing Petrucci in the works team in 2020. Petrucci secured a 2020 contract extension to ride alongside Andrea Dovizioso in the factory team on the heels of a solid start to the season
Nov 14, 2019 Laurence Edmondson Close F1 Editor • Joined ESPN in 2009• An FIA accredited F1 journalist since 2011 Nate Saunders Close F1 Associate Editor • Previously worked in rugby union and British Superbikes • History graduate from Reading University• Joined ESPNF1 in February 2014 Formula One paddock hosts a lot of serious business during a race weekend, but
Jorge Lorenzo says he “felt freedom” after the Honda rider completed his final MotoGP race in the season finale at Valencia. Lorenzo, who announced he would be retiring at the end of the season on Thursday following a bruising first season as a Honda rider, brought his bike home in 13th place in an attritional
Carlos Sainz Jr will receive an entirely new set of Renault powertrain components after the McLaren Formula 1 driver suffered ignition wiring issues in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix. When left the pits at the start of Q1 at Interlago, Sainz immediately began to slow prior to starting his first flying lap – and
Marc Marquez capped off his sixth title-winning MotoGP season with a dominant victory in the Valencia Grand Prix to secure the 2019 teams’ title for the Repsol Honda squad. Petronas SRT Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo led for the first seven laps before being passed by a recovering Marquez, and was unable to mount a challenge to
The 2019 NASCAR Cup championship will be fought out between Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch at Homestead later on Sunday. Under the series’ playoff system, the points have been reset and the quartet start equal – whichever of them is first over the line after 267 laps (or more if
Ferrari’s inability to score pole position at the last two Formula 1 grands prix having held a strong qualifying advantage before that is “interesting”, says Mercedes technical director James Allison. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has qualified on pole for the Brazilian GP, two weeks after Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas topped qualifying in the United States.
Mercedes’ Raffaele Marciello put in a second flawless drive in as many days to secure the FIA GT World Cup crown in Macau. Like Saturday’s qualifying race Marciello against faced competition from a pair of Porsches, Laurens Vanthoor leading the charge for the Rowe squad after getting past team-mate Earl Bamber on the opening lap.
Charles Leclerc has said his Ferrari Formula 1 car was fast enough to top Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying and only a “stupid” mistake on his part prevented it. Pole position would not have been possible for Leclerc at Interlagos because he was carrying a 10-place grid penalty for a change of internal combustion engine necessitated
8:48 PM ET Associated Press POMONA, Calif. — Points leader Steve Torrence jumped to the No. 1 spot in the final Top Fuel qualifying session Saturday at the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway. The defending season champion Torrence powered to a 3.686-second run at 329.99 mph. “It’s a little bit disturbing
McLaren Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz will start from the back of the grid in Brazil after an ignition wiring issue during qualifying caused a loss of power. Sainz slowed to a crawl and retreated to the pits during the opening stages of Q1, and was classified last during the session having been unable to
4:49 PM ET Laurence Edmondson Close F1 Editor • Joined ESPN in 2009• An FIA accredited F1 journalist since 2011 Nate Saunders Close F1 Associate Editor • Previously worked in rugby union and British Superbikes • History graduate from Reading University• Joined ESPNF1 in February 2014 The championship might be done and dusted, but the Brazilian Grand Prix is set
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