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Alonso to take part in F1 'young driver' test — he's 39

Two-time F1 champion got special permission

Two times Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso, who will make a comeback with Renault next year at the age of 39, has been given special dispensation to take part in a post-season test intended for young drivers. Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul thanked the governing FIA on Thursday for allowing it "in recognition of our commitment to young drivers throughout junior motorsport and to Fernando’s own dedication to furthering the careers of young talents." The Spaniard's participation in

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BMW follows Audi to the Formula E exit

Says it has learned all it can about electric drivetrains from the series

Audi said on Monday it would withdraw as a works team to focus on the Dakar Rally and endurance racing including an eventual return to Le Mans. BMW said in a statement a day after pre-season testing ended in Spain that its journey in Formula E was "hitting the home stretch" and the group's strategic focus was shifting. "When it comes to the development of e-drivetrains, BMW Group has essentially exhausted the opportunities for this form of technology transfer in the competitive environment of

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Mick Schumacher, son of Michael, to race for Haas F1 in 2021

He'll join Russian Nikita Mazepin as an all-new lineup of drivers

The Schumacher name will return to Formula One next season with Mick, son of Ferrari great and seven-times world champion Michael, announced on Wednesday as a race driver for the U.S.-owned Haas team. "The prospect of being on the Formula One grid next year makes me incredibly happy and I’m simply speechless," said Schumacher. "I have always believed that I would realize my dream of Formula One."

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Grosjean 'saw death coming,' thought of his children and Niki Lauda in crash

'I see my visor turning all orange ... I thought about a lot of things ...'

Romain Grosjean will spend another night in hospital recuperating from his fiery Bahrain Grand Prix crash but the Frenchman is keen to race in the Formula One finale in Abu Dhabi, his Haas team boss Guenther Steiner said. The 34-year-old, who limped away from the horrific crash that split his car in two with burns to his hands and not a broken bone in his body, was set to be discharged from a nearby hospital on Tuesday. "This guy he's got with him actually told me the doctors are very happy, a

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Lewis Hamilton has COVID-19, will miss F1's Sakhir GP

He seemed wiped out after Bahrain race, then had mild symptoms on Monday

Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix. The Mercedes team said in a statement Tuesday that Hamilton was tested three times last week and returned a negative result each time, the last on Sunday afternoon at the Bahrain International Circuit. “But he up woke Monday morning with mild symptoms and was informed at the same time that a contact prior to arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive,” the te

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Audi announces Le Mans and Dakar plans, Formula E exit

2022 will be Audi's first factory Dakar outing

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Dakar winner Carlos Sainz to compete for his own team in Extreme E electric rally series

He'll partner with motorcycle champion Laia Sanz

Compatriot Laia Sanz, a 13-times women's trial motorcycle world champion, will be his team mate. Sanz has reached the finish 10 times in the Dakar Rally on two wheels with a best result of ninth. Sainz, 58, is the father of Ferrari-bound McLaren Formula One driver Carlos Sainz Jr, who will also be a shareholder in the all-Spanish ACCIONA Sainz XE team.

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Former halo skeptic Grosjean praises the device with saving his life

'Without it I wouldn’t be able to speak to you today'

Romain Grosjean credited the halo protection bar with saving his life in a fiery crash that ripped his car in two on the opening lap of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday. Grosjean, who clambered out and limped away from the crash, miraculously escaped with only burns to his hands and was being treated overnight at a nearby hospital. "I wasn’t for the halo some years ago but I think it’s the greatest thing that we brought to Formula One and without it I wouldn’t be able to speak to y

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Daniel Ricciardo disgusted with F1's 'Hollywood' coverage of Romain Grosjean's crash

'Why do we need to see this? ... His family has to keep watching that'

Grosjean was lucky to escape with his life after his Haas car speared through metal barriers, splitting in two and bursting into flames. "I’m disgusted and disappointed with Formula One for showing or choosing the way to show it as they did, and broadcast replays after replays after replays of the fire, and his car split in half," said Renault's Ricciardo. Ricciardo said Formula One, whose commercial rights are owned by U.S.-based Liberty Media, was lucky it was not having to deal

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W Series champion Jamie Chadwick to go off-road with Veloce in Extreme E

She still plans on participating in other motorsports series

Jamie Chadwick, the first champion in the all-female W Series, has been bitten by the rally bug after testing the electric SUV she will race for the Veloce team in Extreme E next year. Each of the 10 competing teams must enter a male and female driver, and Veloce confirmed Chadwick on Wednesday.

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No slowing down as Lewis Hamilton pursues yet another record

He's looking to tie Schumacher and Vettel for wins in a season

Lewis Hamilton heads into Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix as the most successful driver in Formula One history, and now a seven times world champion, but the Briton will not be slowing down as he aims to round out a record-breaking season in style. The Mercedes driver clinched the title at the previous race in Turkey to equal Michael Schumacher’s record seven, having already surpassed the Ferrari great’s tally of 91 race wins. With three races to go and 10 wins from 14, Hamilton is on course for h

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Ford Bronco R race prototype finishes the Baja 1000

Finishing is a feat, even if it was beaten in its class by the SCG Boot

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Ford Bronco R race prototype heads back to Baja 1000

Let's see how the Bronco racer fares this time around

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Lewis Hamilton praises W Series tie-up with Formula One for 2021

W Series will run its events as companion races to 8 F1 Grand Prix races

Six times world champion Lewis Hamilton called for more women in motorsport after the all-female W Series announced on Thursday it will be supporting Formula One at eight grands prix next season. There are no female drivers in Formula One, with Italian Lella Lombardi the last to compete in a race in 1976, and women racers are a rarity in the junior series that feed into the top category. Hamilton said the partnership with W Series, which uses Formula Three cars and aims to help women up the mo

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FCA launches new 807-hp 'Hellcrate' Redeye crate motor

If you want your car to fly, just catch the Redeye

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