Dakar Rally 2020: Sainz seals victory, Alonso finishes 13th on debut

Two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz Sr has secured this third Dakar Rally victory in the 2020 edition of the event, held in Saudi Arabia for the first time ever. Sainz, the father of McLaren Formula 1 driver Carlos Jr, finished more than six minutes clear of defending winner Nasser Al-Attiyah after 12 stages. Representing the X-raid Mini squ..

Gas pipeline construction shortens final Dakar 2020 stage running

The final stage of the Dakar Rally on Friday will be shortened due to the construction of gas pipelines in the planned route. Originally 151.6 miles of the last stage were due to be timed and conclude the event, but now the crews will be timed over 103.1 miles. Works for new gas pipelines are being carried out by Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil..

No driver to use #1 in 2020 for the first time in WRC history

For the first time in the history of the World Rally Championship, the series will start in 2020 without a driver running with number one on the doors. Ott Tanak won the WRC title last year and had the right to take the number one for his car during the 2020 season, ending a five year run of Sebastien Ogier having the number on his car owing to his..

Rookie Binder waiting for “something to click” on KTM MotoGP bike

MotoGP rookie Brad Binder felt he did a "better job" on the KTM during the Jerez test, but admits he is still waiting for "something to click" on the bike. Last year's Moto2 runner-up Binder will contest his debut season in the premier class with the works KTM squad in 2020, and ended the last test of the year as the slowest permanent rider in..

Ex-WRC driver Hanninen to co-drive for Latvala on 2020 Rally Sweden

Ex-Toyota World Rally Championship driver and Intercontinental, European champion Juho Hanninen will co-drive for privateer Jari-Matti Latvala on Rally Sweden in a Yaris WRC next month. Latvala was dropped by Toyota for 2020, and the M-Sport squad that gave him his break in the WRC elected to sign Citroen refugee Esapekka Lappi to the last full-tim..

Hyundai to enter WRC 2 as manufacturer with upgraded i20 R5 car

Hyundai will enter the World Rally Championship's WRC 2 R5 category for manufacturers for the first time in 2020 with an upgraded i20. It has signed European Rally Championship regular Nikolay Gryazin and WRC 2 regular Ole Christian Veiby as its drivers for 2020. The squad will be formally entered as Hyundai Motorsport N in WRC 2 (previously W..

Ferrari’s Leclerc: Vettel’s F1 race pace is “stronger” than mine

Charles Leclerc admits his Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Sebastian Vettel's race pace is "stronger" than his and that he must focus on improving it in 2020. Leclerc finished fourth in the drivers' championship during his first season as a Ferrari driver, winning the Italian and Belgian grands prix compared to Vettel's solo victory in t..

Marc Marquez would ‘worry more’ if Alex was at a rival MotoGP team

Honda team boss Alberto Puig believes world champion Marc Marquez "would worry much more" if younger brother Alex Marquez made his MotoGP debut with another squad in 2020. Reigning Moto2 champion Alex will step up to MotoGP with Honda this season, after breaking his contract with Marc VDS in Moto2 to take the seat vacated by the now-retired Jorge L..

McLaren 2020 F1 car launch date set after ‘accidental’ Norris reveal

McLaren has confirmed it will unveil its 2020 Formula 1 car on February 13, after Lando Norris 'accidentally' revealed the launch date as part of a publicity stunt. Norris was showing fans around the McLaren Technology Centre on a live YouTube feed, and interrupted a meeting in which members of the team were discussing the launch of the M..

Brown: McLaren doesn’t expect repeat of “huge step” in F1 2020

Zak Brown says he does not anticipate McLaren making the same "huge step" with its 2020 Formula 1 challenger as it did last season. McLaren was a subdued sixth in its first season with Renault engines in 2018, following a turbulent three years with Honda, but was one of the surprises of last season as it finished fourth in the constructors' ch..

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