April 23, 2021

Phil Hill – America’s first F1 champion and Le Mans legend

Philip Toll Hill Jr. is perhaps the most under-appreciated World Champion in Formula 1 history, and one wonders if this is simply a result of him being so smart. The wisest people learn not only from their own mistakes but those of others, too, and this Miami-born, Santa Monica-bred guy had witnessed plenty of trauma by the time he reached the top of the motorsport world in 1961. He had long since …Keep reading …

Obituary: Johnny Dumfries, 1958-2021

He faced a near impossible task alongside the Brazilian, and after that difficult year, he never had another shot at Grand Prix racing.In fact, he was a much more accomplished driver than the bare 1986 statistics suggested, as he had already shown in his F3 days, and would subsequently demonstrate in sportscar racing.In some ways Dumfries was a throwback to an earlier era, following in the …Keep reading …

Leclerc would love to drive Ferrari Le Mans Hypercar

Ferrari announced on Wednesday that it would be returning to the premier class of sportscar racing in 2023 by entering the Le Mans Hypercar class of the World Endurance Championship.The programme will see Ferrari embark on its first factory prototype campaign at world championship level since 1973, having last won Le Mans outright in 1965.Leclerc took part in the Motorsport Games-run …Keep reading …

Chris Craft: One-time F1 starter and sportscar ace dies

Best known as a sportscar driver, Craft claimed an overall podium in the 1976 Le Mans 24 Hours and won the 1973 European Sports Car Championship. His single F1 start came in the 1971 US Grand Prix.Originally from Cornwall, Croft started racing in 1961 in a Ford Anglia. He progressed through Formula 3, before racing Ford Escorts for the renowned Broadspeed team in the British Saloon Car …Keep reading …

Opinion: Why safety cars are an outdated institution

However, there is an argument that safety cars are actually anti-competition, and that there are better ways to neutralize a race in the 21st century.Before we start: let’s exclude oval racing from this discussion since full-course cautions are part of the spectacle there and have a long tradition in this type of racing. We are talking about ‘regular’ circuits and what consequences safety …Keep reading …

Peugeot WEC signing Magnussen rules out Haas substitute role

Magnussen, who was announced as part of Peugeot’s 2022 WEC line-up on Monday, was responding to comments from former boss Gunther Steiner.Steiner claimed that he would be happy to call on either the Dane or fellow Haas refugee Romain Grosjean to stand in for Mick Schumacher or Nikita Mazepin if required, but Magnussen says he wouldn’t have “much interest in that”.”Gunther is a good friend …Keep reading …

Peugeot WEC signing Magnussen rules out Haas substitute role

Magnussen, who was announced as part of Peugeot’s 2022 WEC line-up on Monday, was responding to comments from former boss Gunther Steiner.Steiner claimed that he would be happy to call on either the Dane or fellow Haas refugee Romain Grosjean to stand in for Mick Schumacher or Nikita Mazepin if required, but Magnussen says he wouldn’t have “much interest in that”.”Gunther is a good friend …Keep reading …

Magnussen enjoying Cadillac after “easy to drive” F1 cars

Magnussen started 119 Grands Prix across his seven seasons in Formula 1 with McLaren, Renault and Haas, and scored 158 points. But as his options ran out after Haas elected to drop both he and teammate Romain Grosjean at the end of last season, Magnussen signed a deal to race a Cadillac DPi-V.R as Chip Ganassi Racing re-entered the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.Now the 28-year-old …Keep reading …

Can-Am footage shows McLaren’s racing soul

Motorsport.tv subscribers can watch the full episode here and it’s well worth checking out because it’s about one of the greatest race teams in history.Bruce McLaren was a very good Formula 1 driver and an excellent Can-Am driver, at a time when a contender who possessed a broad range of engineering smarts and great feedback could take his car to the next level of …Keep reading …

Kevin Magnussen set to race Ganassi Cadillac in IMSA

Motorsport.com has learned that the 28-year-old Dane will be one of the full-time drivers in Ganassi’s single Cadillac DPi-V.R entry in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, a program confirmed last week.Magnussen’s future has been the subject of much speculation since he announced his departure from the Haas F1 team last month and his father Jan Magnussen, the former sportscar …Keep reading …