Motor Sport Magazine

Motor Sport Magazine

September 2021

Published as the Brooklands Gazette in 1924, Motor Sport magazine is the best-known motor racing magazine in the world. From the very first issue celebrating record-breaking motor cycle racing at Brooklands to Stirling Moss’ win in the 1000-mile Mille Miglia, right up to modern F1 we’ve been there, bringing the action to the fans in the best format with unbeatable quality and authoritative content. As ever, the pages are brimmed with stunning images, plus anecdotes, tales and insight from leading writers including Nigel Roebuck, Maurice Hamilton, Doug Nye, Mark Hughes, Mat Oxley and Simon Arron.

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12 Números

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4 min.
mat oxley

SIXTY YEARS AGO THIS SUMMER – AT Kristianstad in Sweden – Honda won its very first World Championship. The rider was Mike Hailwood, who wasn’t even an official Honda rider at the time. His millionaire dad Stan ‘The Wallet’ Hailwood had rented a Honda four- cylinder RC144 for the 11-round 250cc grand prix series. Hailwood’s remarkable natural talent did the rest. Company founder Soichiro Honda rarely made visits to Europe because he was too busy working in Japan, but he was at Kristianstad that day to see history made, after flying from Tokyo to Stockholm via Hong Kong, Mumbai, Karachi, Cairo and Rome. Honda-san’s desire for world domination had his riders and engineers take control of grand prix racing with stunning speed in the early 1960s. This followed his 1954 declaration that…

1 min.
word on the beat

• Following LEWIS HAMILTON’S new Mercedes contract to 2023, speculation has ramped up about the identity of his team-mate next year. Toto Wolff has confirmed that it is a straight choice between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell, Inset, and that a decision would be taken “in the summer”. If Russell is chosen (as widely expected), Bottas’ options for 2022 would be either a return to Williams as Russell’s replacement or a move to the Alfa Romeo Sauber team which is expected to retain only one of its current drivers. Most likely Antonio Giovinazzi. • The TURKISH GRAND PRIX has re-appeared on this year’s calendar, this time in the slot previously occupied by the cancelled Singapore slot. The Turkish race was originally a late-notice replacement for the cancelled Canadian GP but was…

5 min.
the angle of attack

RED BULL FIRST TRIED A DIFFUSER with shark teeth serrations along a gurney flap during Monaco practice. In that version, the serrations were at the outboard ends of the top of the diffuser only. This was raced in Baku and France. A more fully developed version with the teeth along the full width of the top of the diffuser appeared on Verstappen’s car from the Styrian Grand Prix and on Pérez’s from the Austrian GP a week later. The whole aero philosophy of the Red Bull is that of maximising the static rake angle of the car (i.e. tail up/nose down). With a greater angle of attack, the underfloor generates more negative pressure, sucking the car harder into the track. At higher speeds (the downforce squares with speed) the tail of…

1 min.
swiss timing for a siffert tribute

WE SOON APPROACH 50 years since Jo ‘Seppi’ Siffert won his final grand prix in Austria, just a few months before the Swiss suffered a tragic death at Brands Hatch. Even by the romantic yet tragedy-tainted standards of ‘60s F1, Siffert’s life was particularly poetic, as was poignantly recalled by David Tremayne in our October 1991 issue. The Swiss took his initial inspiration from Raymond Sommer, inspired by the Frenchman’s aggressive artistry behind the wheel as he danced his Gordini round Bremgarten in 1948. Tremayne describes Sommer as “a man to whom the manner in which the game was played was more important than the result”. DJT says that ‘Seppi’ endeavoured to emulate this stylish approach to racing, combined with an “indomitable will to win”. As a poverty-stricken child Siffert sold rags before working as…

2 min.
good month, bad month

GOOD ▲ BORING PAUL RICARD Those vertigo-inducing stripes might be a bit unnerving, but Paul Ricard delivered. Criticism rained down on Le Castellet, but as soon as racing got underway, passing moves were in abundance and the strategy games ramped up, all leading to a thrilling finale. ▲ GUENTHER’S GIFT When your Haas represents an old Lada on pace terms, and is being driven by someone who seems to think they’re negotiating Nizhny Novgorod, all you can do is laugh, really. And give your driver a spinning top to take the mick out of him. ▲ RUSSELL vs ALONSO There were shades of Dijon ’79 (sacrilege, I know) as the old and new did battle for one single point. Russell’s supreme talent is dragging the FW43B to where it shouldn’t be. ▲ AUSTRIAN ANTHEM As F1 pre-race entertainment…

2 min.
my heart is with another

I’M NOT DEFENDING THEM, BUT IF YOU were minded to buy a truly profligate Mercedes SUV, it is kind enough to give you a choice, all powered by its monster 4-litre twin-turbo V8 motor. You can have this GLE 63 S (or its stretched seven-seat GLS sister) or, and this is the interesting bit, a G-Class, better known to most as the G-Wagen or even Gelandewagen. And having spent time recently in both the GLE and G, I can confirm that not only is the GLE over £30,000 cheaper, it’s better in almost every way. It is faster, more stable, more spacious for passengers, more frugal (as if such things mattered to customers of cars such as these), it has a much better ride quality, is quieter and has more up-to-date…