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The Italian outfit headed into the campaign as the favourite on the basis of a strong pre-season showing, but was powerless to prevent Mercedes from racking up eight straight wins and establishing a sizeable points lead that has been maintained heading into the summer break.While the SF90 has benefitted from superior straightline speed, its downforce …

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Johnson suffered through his second straight race of troubles on the track, ending up 19th in Saturday night’s race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, and four laps down from the winner Denny Hamlin.In fact, Johnson has not finished better than 15th in the last six races, during which he has dropped from 13th to 18th …

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A collision between Takuma Sato, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe and Felix Rosenqvist saw Sato’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda come to a halt upside down, while Rosenqvist’s Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda was flicked up into the fence and rode on top of the SAFER barrier before coming down on its wheels on track.All five drivers …

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Russell stepped up to F1 this season after back-to-back titles in GP3 and Formula 2, but Williams has struggled and kept the British driver and returning F1 race winner Kubica in an almost exclusive battle at the back.Mercedes protege Russell has outpaced Kubica in every qualifying session so far, while Kubica’s struggles have led to …

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In its first season, the Swiss outfit has so far scored points in all bar three races with its quartet of Vantage DTMs, with its best results having been a pair of sixth-place finishes achieved by Jake Dennis at Zolder and Dani Juncadella at the Norisring.Last weekend at Brands Hatch, it achieved another milestone as …

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Rosenqvist was the only one of the five drivers involved in the first-lap incident that wasn’t swiftly cleared after his car was launched into the air off Takuma Sato’s stricken Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing machine and rode along the catch-fencing at Turn 2.The rookie was able to walk away from the crash to the ambulance …

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Having scored 82 points before the summer break – more than it had picked up through all of last year – McLaren sits a clear fourth in the standings, with almost double the points tally of fifth-placed Toro Rosso.Although Toro Rosso and Racing Point have had better individual finishes this year, McLaren is alone in …

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Toyota LMP1 star Kobayashi took his second runner-up finish of the season on Sunday, finishing 2.972 seconds adrift of first-time series winner Ryo Hirakawa.The KCMG driver had climbed from seventh to third place and was shadowing the Nakajima Racing car of Palou in the fight for second, only to suffer a major lock-up on lap …

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The Desmosedici is infamous for its struggles to turn mid-corner, though Ducati has made steps forward in this area in recent years, emerging as title challengers again in the last three seasons with Andrea Dovizioso.However, after finishing a distant fifth in last month’s German Grand Prix, Dovizioso – who trails championship leader Marc Marquez by 58 points …

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O’Ward was taking part in his second Super Formula round for the Mugen team in which he replaced expelled Red Bull junior Dan Ticktum in July at Fuji.He finished 14th in Fuji after a spin in qualifying put him at the back of the grid, but in the dry at Motegi the Mexican driver proved …

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