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Autosport

29/07/21

The UK’s ‘must-read’ motorsport magazine AUTOSPORT is revered by fans and industry personnel alike as the ultimate source of motorsport news and analysis. The magazine’s expert editorial covers all aspects of the sport, from major international series such as Formula 1, Sports Car racing and the World Rally Championship, to the less glamorous but hugely important grassroots events in UK club motorsport

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Autosport Media UK Ltd
Frequency:
Weekly
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in this issue

1 min
celebrating 60 years of jaguar’s automotive masterpiece

Autosport has enjoyed producing special car issues before, but this one is a little different. Whereas the two previous subjects – the Lotus 72 and Porsche 917 – tend to come into any debate about the greatest racing car of all time, the Jaguar E-type is an icon for different reasons. As we show on page 24, the famous Jaguar had a mixed motorsport record during its heyday in the 1960s, and its fame comes largely from its remarkable looks and success as one of the great automotive designs. Nevertheless, it still makes for a fine racer, as Ben Anderson discovered recently in a special track test at Brands Hatch (p16). Top historic driver, preparer and Jaguar expert Gary Pearson also explains how the E-type has been improved in historic racing and…

3 min
alfa romeo eyes bottas to replace raikkonen

FORMULA 1 Valtteri Bottas has emerged as a lead candidate to switch to Alfa Romeo in Formula 1 next year if the Finn is not retained by Mercedes. Mercedes will decide over the summer break if it is to keep hold of Bottas as Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate for next year, or if it will take George Russell instead. The team insists no decision has been made yet, and Bottas is fully focused on convincing his bosses to hand him a fresh contract. But, if Mercedes does opt for Russell, then Bottas has been clear that he wants to remain in F1 rather than go and race in another category. There has been speculation that he could return to the Williams team, for which he raced between 2013 and 2106, as replacement for Russell, with…

1 min
f1 clamps down on team lobbying

FORMULA 1 Formula 1 teams have been warned that they risk punishments in the future if team personnel speak to race stewards during live investigations without prior approval. After Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s clash at Silverstone, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff and Red Bull chief Christian Horner lobbied the stewards as they looked into the crash. Horner said that he did not think the stewards should be “interfered with”, and that he only went to see them upon hearing that Wolff had done so. FIA race director Michael Masi has now warned teams that unprompted visits to the stewards will not be tolerated, with access beyond necessary FIA officials only allowed with ‘prior approval’ or as the result of a summons. Horner has also stuck to his stance that Mercedes acted poorly with its post-race…

1 min
monza sprint info confirmed

FORMULA 1 Formula 1 has officially confirmed that Monza will stage the second sprint event in 2021, with an 18-lap race set for the Saturday of the Italian Grand Prix. F1 staged its inaugural 100km Saturday sprint race at the British GP at Silverstone as part of a shake-up of the race weekend format. While it was widely known that Monza would host the second sprint race, F1 had shied away from providing any official confirmation until last week when it unveiled the timetable for the event. As seen at Silverstone earlier this month, the introduction of the sprint race on Saturday has resulted in a number of other changes to the weekend schedule, including a late running of qualifying on Friday. Qualifying will again take place on Friday evening, running from 1800 to…

1 min
menezes left out of le mans driver line-up

LE MANS Gustavo Menezes will not race the new Glickenhaus Le Mans Hypercar in next month’s Le Mans 24 Hours. The American, who will be part of Peugeot’s World Endurance Championship squad next year, was the driver left on the sidelines when the US entrant picked its two car squads from its seven drivers. Team boss Jim Glickenhaus explained that there was a desire to put together two cohesive line-ups in his pair of 007LMHs entered for the French enduro on 21-22 August. Romain Dumas and Richard Westbrook, who drove together at the Algarve and Monza WEC rounds, will be rejoined by Ryan Briscoe, while Franck Mailleux swaps cars from Monza to take Menezes’ place alongside Pipo Derani/Olivier Pla. Menezes, who made his debut with the team at Monza earlier this month, will act…

2 min
tasman series to be revived

TASMAN/S5000 The Tasman Series has been revived through the new S5000 category, Australia’s modern take on Formula 5000. The V8-powered open-wheeler series (below) has confirmed that it will stage a seven-race Tasman Series across two separate meetings in 2021. Once a staple of a European grand prix driver’s winter, the original Tasman Series ran from 1964-75 and attracted some of the sport’s biggest names. The series was run to Formula 1-style rules before switching to F5000, and included events in Australia and New Zealand. Backed by Motorsport Australia and Motorsport New Zealand, the revamped Tasman Series will see the reintroduction of the famous Tasman Cup, previously won by Bruce McLaren (1964), Jim Clark (1965 and 1967-68), Jackie Stewart (1966) and Chris Amon (1969). This reincarnation of the Tasman Series will only begin with races in…