Author: Ian Dobson

17 Sep 2021

Yamaha “didn’t owe me” factory MotoGP status, but I deserve it

Morbidelli will end the 2021 season as a factory Yamaha rider having been promoted from Petronas SRT to take the seat formerly occupied by Maverick Vinales before his axing last month. On Thursday, Yamaha also confirmed it had signed Morbidelli onto a two-year factory deal through to the end of 2023. Morbidelli was the top […]

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17 Sep 2021

Albon yet to find out what ‘very strict’ clauses cover to protect Mercedes

Red Bull reserve Albon will race for the Mercedes-powered Williams team next year alongside Nicholas Latifi after competing in the DTM during 2021. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said over the Italian Grand Prix weekend that Albon’s contract with the Grove-based squad has clauses to protect the intellectual property of the German manufacturer’s… Continue Reading on […]

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16 Sep 2021

Marc Marquez “not enjoying” riding in MotoGP right now

The Honda rider badly broke his right arm in last year’s Spanish Grand Prix and was ruled out of the rest of the COVID-shaped 2020 campaign, while he had to undergo three operations on the injury. He finally returned to action in Portugal in April and has since won the German GP, while adding a […]

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16 Sep 2021

Ricciardo opens up on “primal” feeling before shock Monza F1 win

The Australian ended a victory drought for McLaren that stretched back to 2012 as he led team-mate Lando Norris to grab a 1-2 finish at Monza last weekend. Speaking amid celebrations on his return to McLaren’s Woking factory, Ricciardo has explained how the rage he felt after missing out on a top three slot in […]

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16 Sep 2021

Dovizioso “couldn’t say no” to Yamaha MotoGP offer after 2013 miss

The Italian rider will make his first MotoGP start since leaving Ducati at the end of 2020 but has conducted tests for Aprilia in the intervening period this year. The various movements within the Yamaha squad, following Maverick Vinales’ mid-season departure to Aprilia, have allowed Dovizioso the chance to ride the Petronas SRT bike vacated […]

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16 Sep 2021

Qualifying Friday is better, but Saturday needs new ideas

At Silverstone and Monza, the two venues that have hosted sprint qualifying races so far this year, Friday practice is reduced to just 60 minutes of running instead of the usual 120. The day also features a qualifying session that determines the grid for the sprint race on Saturday. The format has meant the sole […]

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16 Sep 2021

Kubica accepts others are ‘higher on the list’ for Alfa Romeo F1 seat

One-time grand prix winner Kubica has made two appearances for Alfa Romeo this season, deputising for Kimi Raikkonen at Zandvoort and Monza after the Finn contracted COVID-19. Kubica linked up with Alfa Romeo as its reserve driver in 2020, having spent the previous season racing full-time with Williams, and his primary backer, Orlen, is… Continue […]

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16 Sep 2021

Yamaha announces Morbidelli, Dovizioso’s MotoGP deals

Morbidelli has been long-expected to join the factory Yamaha squad next season following Maverick Vinales’ decision to quit the team a year earlier than planned back in June. However, Vinales’ suspension following the Styrian Grand Prix and subsequent ousting mid-season by Yamaha has forced the Japanese manufacturer to promote Morbidelli from Petronas SRT early to […]

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16 Sep 2021

Aston Martin confirms Vettel and Stroll for F1 2022

The Silverstone-based outfit had been long expected to stick with its current duo for 2022, but delays in announcing it had prompted speculation that it could be pondering a change. However, after the team explained several times that the delays were simply down to the need to negotiate certain clauses in the contract, it has […]

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