Fernando Alonso not expecting McLaren to make a big step in performance in Baku

Fernando Alonso is not expecting McLaren’s latest upgrades to deliver a dramatic step in performance at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as the team looks to the following round in Spain to move up the order. Points at all three opening rounds have put McLaren fourth in the constructors’ championship this year, but the car’s one-lap performance has told a different story, with neither driver making the top ten in qualifying so far. Following another lacklustre qualifying performance in China, McLaren racing director Eric Boullier admitted the team had not set…

Toto Wolff – 2018 shaping up to be a ‘legendary F1 season’

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes the 2018 Formula One season will be remembered as a classic as his team’s dominance of recent years comes under threat from Ferrari and Red Bull. Mercedes is not expecting to find a quick fix for the tyre issues that saw Lewis Hamilton struggle at the Chinese Grand Prix, but is convinced it is not the only team struggling to understand Pirelli’s rubber this year. Mercedes has secured every drivers’ and constructors’ title for the past four seasons but this year has gone three races…

Josef Newgarden wins Indy Grand Prix of Alabama for 3rd time

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Josef Newgarden has won at Barber Motorsports Park for the third time in four years. Newgarden led virtually the entire way after starting the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on the pole in a dominant performance that gave him his second win in the first four races this season. Heavy rains on Sunday forced IndyCar to run the final 1 hour, 15 minutes of the timed race on Monday. The result was familiar: a Newgarden win on the picturesque road course a few hours from his Tennessee…

Romain Grosjean’s lack of points not a problem

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner insists Romain Grosjean’s lack of points from the first three races is not a worry for the American team. Grosjean looked set for a top five finish at the opening race in Australia before a cross-threaded wheel nut on both Haas cars resulted in a double retirement for the team. Another opportunity went begging in Bahrain, when Grosjean was knocked out in the first session of qualifying before loose bodywork ruined his chances of a fightback in the race. And at the last round in…

Williams refuses to blame inexperienced driver line-up for lack of performance

Williams has put its early-season struggles down to deficiencies with its car and not its driver line-up. After announcing its end of year financial results for 2017, Williams has underlined its hopes for a more level playing field in F1 from 2021 onwards. In Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll the British team has the youngest and least experienced line-up on the grid. A disappointing start to the season has seen Williams fail to score a point while all other teams have registered at least one finish in the top ten.…

Lewis Hamilton out to ‘upset’ Ferrari by setting new records with Mercedes

Although he has yet to sign a contract beyond the end of this season, Lewis Hamilton says his goal is to achieve record-breaking success with Mercedes over the coming years. Mercedes is not expecting to find a quick fix for the tyre issues that saw Lewis Hamilton struggle at the Chinese Grand Prix, but is convinced it is not the only team struggling to understand Pirelli’s rubber this year. The four-time world champion has been a part of a remarkable period of success with Mercedes, taking four constructors’ titles in…

J.R. Todd wins NHRA SpringNationals for 2nd straight Funny Car victory

BAYTOWN, Texas — J.R. Todd won the NHRA SpringNationals on Sunday at Royal Purple Raceway for his second straight Funny Car victory. Todd powered his Toyota Camry to a 3.955-second run at 313.29 mph to beat defending season-champion Robert Hight in the final round. “It’s nice to have this much momentum early in the season,” Todd said. “We struggled really bad last season and didn’t really turn around ’til probably the Western Swing. It’s nice as Kalitta Motorsports to come out swinging at these races this year.” He became the…

Indy Grand Prix of Alabama to be completed Monday

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Indy Grand Prix of Alabama has been postponed a day because of heavy rain. IndyCar officials called the race after a second lengthy rain delay. It will be completed Monday morning with a restart on Lap 23. The race had been scheduled for 90 laps with a two-hour limit because of the heavy rain that contributed to some spinouts. Josef Newgarden is still up front after starting on the pole, followed by Sebastien Bourdais and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Newgarden and Hunter-Reay are both two-time winners at Barber…

Marc Marquez wins MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas for sixth year in row

AUSTIN, Texas — Spain’s Marc Marquez stormed to his sixth consecutive victory at the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas on Sunday, launching the four-time champion back near the top of the season standings. Marquez had been the fastest through qualifying, but was forced to start fourth after a penalty for interfering with Maverick Vinales on Saturday. A great start saw Marquez jump toward the front through the first turn and he had the lead halfway through the first lap. Marquez has been unbeatable at the Circuit of the Americas.…

McLaughlin takes Supercars Island double

Ford’s Scott McLaughlin has proved untouchable in his Falcon at the Phillip Island 500, with the Shell V-Power ace claiming a rare Supercars double. The New Zealand driver on Sunday backed up his victory in race one a day earlier by taking out the second 250km event. The 24-year-old started from pole in both events and again proved too strong in the 10th race of the season to shoot ahead in the championship standings. Veteran Nissan driver Rick Kelly looked to be a chance of edging McLaughlin for the first…