Fernando Alonso continues to defy his age as he extends his racing career into a third decade, but even the famously fortitudinous Spaniard must have felt at least a little old when Jack Doohan walked into his driver room on Friday afternoon.v
Before the start of the United States Grand Prix the grid paid tribute to Dietrich Mateschitz with a minute’s music and applause, fitting for a man who, despite his reclusive nature, forged a reputation synonymous with the extreme.
Max Verstappen has won the world championship with four rounds to spare, a title victory so emphatic you’d be forgiven for wondering what could possibly be motivating the also-rans to strive for those final few percentage points of performance from here until Abu Dhabi in November.
Daniel Ricciardo laments that he might bow out of Formula 1 defined by his two difficult seasons at McLaren rather than the almost decade of prior racing that made him one of the sport’s hottest properties.
World champion Fabio Quartararo said he had room for improvement after finishing fourth behind dominant Frenchman Johann Zarco at a windy second practice session for the Australian Grand Prix on Friday.
The sun was bright, the wind was gusty and the rain was intermittent. It was a classic springtime day on Phillip Island when the MotoGP bikes rolled out of their garages for the first time in three seasons to get first practice underway.
It was one of the wettest and most wonderful sessions in recent Bathurst memory. After rain had held off for Thursday’s two practice sessions and Friday morning’s hour-long stint remained dry, the forecast storm struck Mount Panorama – and created absolute mayhem.
Lewis Hamilton could have five more years left in him to win his eighth world title, according to Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, in a move that could blunt Daniel Ricciardo’s attempt to manoeuvre himself into a seat at the eight-time championship-winning team.