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Williams F1 to reunite with Renaultupdated: Mon Jul 04 2011 14:52:00

Williams will revert to using Renault engines in the 2012 and 2013 Formula One seasons, restoring a partnership that led to the most successful era in the team's history.

SI.com: Cory McCartney: Keselowski's hard racing hasn't earned him the retaliation he's faced this seasonupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 13:59:00

1. He "wont' back down." We all know that. But maybe Brad Keselowski's rivals should, just a little bit.

Veteran Villeneuve closes on return to Formula Oneupdated: Wed Jul 21 2010 10:36:00

Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve took a step closer to a dramatic Formula One comeback after confirming Wednesday that he has joined forces with Italian motorsport team Durango.

SI.com: Tom Bowles: For a band of open-wheel converts, patience pays offupdated: Thu May 07 2009 17:58:00

Three years after the floodgates opened on an open-wheel NASCAR invasion, it appears the bleeding has finally stopped for the IRL. As the curtain rises on this year's Indy 500, Dario Franchitti finds himself running open-wheel after just one failed season attempting to transition into Sprint Cup. He joins Jacques Villeneuve, Sarah Fisher and Patrick Carpentier as recent examples of how success in one form of motorsports doesn't always translate somewhere else -- failures that make others wary of attempting to make the jump (Danica, are you listening?).

Kazuki Nakajima: Japan's real speed racerupdated: Thu May 07 2009 05:00:00

Racing dynasties aren't new to motor sports. Former Formula One world champions Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve both had fathers with equally illustrious racing pedigrees.

SI.com: Tom Bowles: NASCAR desperate for rookie class to establish itselfupdated: Thu Mar 12 2009 15:13:00

As Joey Logano tore through NASCAR's lower divisions last year, he picked up the nickname Sliced Bread. But as Logano transitioned to NASCAR's top division, that bread turned stale.

SI.com: 5 Minute Guideupdated: Fri Nov 21 2008 17:21:00

Of course, seasons can be made or broken on any given lap of every race, but even before the first engines fire for the new season, a handful of races loom as key moments. Mark your calendars for these five.

SI.com: Tim Tuttle: The road to F1 Gordon almost tookupdated: Tue Oct 07 2008 14:11:00

Jacques Villeneuve, the reigning Formula 1 World Champion, approached Jeff Gordon, the reigning Sprint Cup champion, in 1997 with a plan that could have taken Gordon to F1. Gordon was interested and agreed to listen.

SI.com: Tom Bowles: NASCAR's rookie class earning failing gradesupdated: Thu Aug 28 2008 18:53:00

Joey Logano can't get to Sprint Cup fast enough.

SI.com: Brant James: For IRL drivers, grass isn't always greener in NASCARupdated: Wed Jul 16 2008 17:07:00

It once seemed like America in microcosm, a high-banked land of opportunity where a hard-worker with a gleam in his eye and lead in his foot could make something of himself, where money and fame flowed like high-octane gasoline.

SI.com: Tim Tuttle: No shortage of NASCAR storylinesupdated: Thu Feb 07 2008 19:31:00

The Sprint Cup season is upon us, officially getting underway Saturday with the Budweiser Shootout, followed by Daytona 500 qualifying Sunday and NASCAR's biggest race a week later. Then it's 35 more events until the championship. Indeed, this promises to be one of the most interesting of the circuit's 60 seasons.

SI.com: Tim Tuttle: Personnel moves top offseason storylinesupdated: Wed Nov 21 2007 15:38:00

NASCAR's major stories for 2007 are behind us. We know Dale Earnhardt Jr. is headed for Hendrick Motorsports and Kyle Busch for Joe Gibbs Racing, Gibbs for Toyota and Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick have completed a dominant championship run and will collect a enormous check at the Nextel Cup awards ceremony in New York on Nov. 30.

SI.com: Lars Anderson: Johnson leaves Gordon at a loss in Phoenixupdated: Mon Nov 12 2007 14:05:00

Five things we learned on Sunday in the Checker Auto Parts 400 Phoenix, the penultimate race of the 2007 season:

SI.com: Tim Tuttle: Waltrip offers sympathetic ear, and ride,to Mayfieldupdated: Thu Oct 11 2007 12:36:00

Two years ago, Jeremy Mayfield's NASCAR career was cruising along in high gear. He was in the Chase for the second straight year, eventually finishing ninth.

SI.com: Tom Bowles: Villeneuve gets lesson in NASCAR politicsupdated: Tue Oct 09 2007 19:08:00

Racecar drivers are usually the last ones to succumb to any sort of peer pressure. Considering what they do for a living, why would they? It takes a special mix of confidence, ego and guts to go 200 miles an hour into the corner time and again each weekend.

SI.com: Lars Anderson: Johnson displays championship mettle at Kansasupdated: Mon Oct 01 2007 16:30:00

Here are five things we learned on a rainy Sunday in Kansas:

SI.com: Lewis Franck: Biffle gas controversy caps wild day at Kansasupdated: Sun Sep 30 2007 23:04:00

Who needs Talladega? Who needs Bristol? The twice rain-delayed LifeLock 400 had it all at the Kansas Speedway on Sunday.

SI.com: Tim Tuttle: Villeneuve, Logano offer glimpse of Cup's futureupdated: Thu Sep 20 2007 01:55:00

Any bona fide NASCAR historian can tell you that Jeff Gordon's first Nextel Cup race in 1992 was also Richard Petty's last, marking a transition from the great champion of the past to the great champion of the future. They should also take note of what is happening this weekend, on two different tracks in two different series.

SI.com: Lewis Franck: Earnhardt proves a gracious loser, NASCAR's IRL pipeline expandsupdated: Mon Sep 10 2007 03:59:00

There were two winners on Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway. Obviously, there was Jimmie Johnson, who, from the pole, won his second in a row in his quest to repeat his NASCAR Nextel Cup Championship. Then, surprisingly, there was Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jr. whose engine blew while battling for second place with five laps to go.

SI.com: Lewis Franck: Sunday's win has Johnson thinking championshipupdated: Mon Sep 03 2007 03:47:00

Jimmie Johnson showed he's back in championship form on Sunday evening at California Speedway.

Ahead to Hungary, championship still openupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 08:03:00

This year's Formula 1 season is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in recent history. With seven races remaining, the drivers' championship is still wide open.

Running in the family, generations of F1 driversupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 07:59:00

As Markus Winkelhock took to the sodden track of last week's European Grand Prix in Nuerburgring he went where one Winkelhock had been before, his father Manfred Winkelhock.

Audi hold off Peugeot at Le Mansupdated: Sun Jun 17 2007 09:28:00

Audi enhanced their reputation as the ultimate Le Mans specialists with a fourth successive triumph in the sportscar classic on Sunday.

Of Montrealupdated: Fri Jun 08 2007 01:28:00

The first European leg of the season over and done with and it's over to north America, for this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal and next weekend's United States Grand Prix in Indianapolis.

Hamilton's starts anger Villeneuveupdated: Wed Jun 06 2007 12:12:00

Canadian Jacques Villeneuve has broken ranks with Formula One's other ex-champions in criticizing Lewis Hamilton's driving.

Hamilton praised on stunning debutupdated: Sun Mar 18 2007 05:06:00

Lewis Hamilton lived the dream in Australia on Sunday with a grand prix debut that ranked as one of the most impressive in Formula One history.

AT & T agree Williams sponsorshipupdated: Fri Oct 20 2006 09:01:00

Williams have signed a multi-year title sponsorship deal with AT&T Inc, the largest U.S. telephone carrier, the Formula One team said in Sao Paulo on Friday.

Heidfeld, Kubica confirmed by BMWupdated: Thu Oct 19 2006 11:52:00

BMW Sauber have confirmed Germany's Nick Heidfeld and Poland's Robert Kubica as their race drivers for the 2007 Formula One season.

Raikkonen takes second pole in rowupdated: Sat Aug 05 2006 09:20:00

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen snatched pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday after penalty-hit title contenders Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher failed to make the top 10.

Schumacher speeds to home victoryupdated: Sun Jul 30 2006 09:37:00

Michael Schumacher blasted the Formula One title race wide open on Sunday with a commanding victory in his home German Grand Prix as Ferrari scored a one-two triumph.

Schumacher ends Alonso's pole runupdated: Sat Jul 01 2006 15:26:00

Michael Schumacher showed that Ferrari are back on form by storming to pole position for Sunday's United States Grand Prix.

Alonso makes it four straight winsupdated: Sun Jun 25 2006 14:21:00

World champion Fernando Alonso further strengthened his grip on the 2006 title race with victory in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

Alonso storms to Canadian GP poleupdated: Sat Jun 24 2006 14:10:00

Defending world drivers' champion Fernando Alonso stormed to pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal on Saturday.

Kubica quickest in Canada practiceupdated: Fri Jun 23 2006 16:01:00

Robert Kubica added to his pace-setting time earlier on Friday by going quickest in the second free practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Rivals in uproar after qualifyingupdated: Sat May 27 2006 15:10:00

Michael Schumacher's rivals slammed the Ferrari driver after his controversial pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday.

22 teams apply for 2008 F1 seasonupdated: Fri Mar 31 2006 11:43:00

A total of 22 two teams have applied to race in the 12-team 2008 Formula One championship, the sport's governing body has said.

Test drivers quickest in Melbourneupdated: Fri Mar 31 2006 08:20:00

World champion Fernando Alonso settled for fifth spot as the top drivers all took it easy in Friday's practise session for the Australian Grand Prix.

Fisichella snatches Malaysian poleupdated: Sat Mar 18 2006 06:40:00

Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella took pole position with a flying late lap in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix on Saturday.

Kovalainen handed Renault positionupdated: Fri Dec 02 2005 10:46:00

Formula One champions Renault have confirmed Finland's Heikki Kovalainen as their test and reserve driver for 2006.

Villeneuve confirmed as BMW driverupdated: Thu Dec 01 2005 11:00:00

BMW have confirmed that Jacques Villeneuve will drive for them next year, ending speculation the Canadian might be replaced.

Raikkonen takes first Turkey poleupdated: Sat Aug 20 2005 07:03:00

Title challenger Kimi Raikkonen claimed pole place at the Istanbul Park circuit Saturday when he finished fastest in qualifying for Sunday's inaugural Turkish Grand Prix.

McLaren quick in Istanbul practiceupdated: Fri Aug 19 2005 09:43:00

Title challengers McLaren looked ominously quick when the wail of Formula One engines echoed around Istanbul's new circuit for the first time.

Raikkonen setback gifts Alonso winupdated: Sun Jul 24 2005 09:08:00

Renault's Fernando Alonso cashed in on Kimi Raikkonen's misfortune to win the German Grand Prix on Sunday and take a huge step towards becoming Formula One's youngest champion.

Button on pole for revitalised BARupdated: Sat Jun 11 2005 13:58:00

Britain's Jenson Button rebounded from his BAR team's controversial two-race ban to claim pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

Alonso denies Schumacher pole spotupdated: Sat Apr 02 2005 06:29:00

Championship leader Fernando Alonso put Renault on pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.

Coulthard doubts Villeneuve futureupdated: Fri Mar 25 2005 08:58:00

Canadian Jacques Villeneuve could quit Formula One unless his situation at Sauber improves soon, friend and rival David Coulthard has suggested.

Spain's Alonso on provisional poleupdated: Sat Mar 19 2005 08:50:00

Spain's Fernando Alonso seized provisional pole for Renault at the Malaysian Grand Prix with a blistering lap in first qualifying.

Fisichella fastest in rain lotteryupdated: Sat Mar 05 2005 09:56:00

Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella took provisional pole for Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix after the weather turned first qualifying into a lottery on Saturday.

Villeneuve all set for Sauber testupdated: Thu Nov 25 2004 15:20:00

Canadian Jacques Villeneuve will make his Sauber test debut on Friday with the Swiss-based team already setting the pace with Brazilian Felipe Massa.

Shanghai shock as Schumacher spinsupdated: Sat Sep 25 2004 04:35:00

Rubens Barrichello gave Ferrari pole position for Sunday's inaugural Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, but his team mate, world champion Michael Schumacher, skidded to the back of the grid.

Davidson quickest on historic dayupdated: Fri Sep 24 2004 10:08:00

BAR test driver Anthony Davidson put seven times world champion Michael Schumacher in the shade as Formula One made an historic debut in China.

Villeneuve will drive for Renaultupdated: Fri Sep 17 2004 09:02:00

Canadian Jacques Villeneuve will race the last three grands prix of the season for Renault, the team have confirmed.

Villeneuve and Trulli in F1 movesupdated: Wed Sep 15 2004 08:42:00

Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve has been signed to drive for the Sauber Formula One team for the next two seasons.

Ralf feeling good after F1 returnupdated: Tue Sep 14 2004 08:39:00

Germany's Ralf Schumacher reported no pain on Tuesday as he stepped back into a Formula One car for the first time since his big accident in June.

Villeneuve eyes Williams comebackupdated: Fri Apr 30 2004 10:22:00

Canadian Jacques Villeneuve plans a Formula One return in 2005 and would be interested in rejoining Williams, according to the ex-world champion's manager.

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