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Autosport 11/04/19

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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celebrating a milestone with some special formula 1 machines

It’s easy to take the Formula 1 World Championship for granted. Despite its various problems, it has been such a leading part of motorsport for so long it’s sometimes hard to remember that there was a time when it didn’t exist. It has become a survivor. That’s why F1 is right to celebrate the milestone of reaching 1000 world championship races and Autosport has decided to as well. Thanks to Classic Team Lotus, we’ve been able to put together a remarkable track test for this special issue. Our resident racer Ben Anderson has been wanting to get his hands on an F1 car for some time, and last month he found himself driving four of the most important machines in motorsport history at the Lotus Cars Hethel Test Track. In our cover…

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f1’s next generation on track in bahrain

FORMULA 1 Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull handed a trio of potential Formula 1 stars opportunities to impress in the post-Bahrain Grand Prix test last week. Mick Schumacher and Dan Ticktum were given their F1 test debuts by Ferrari and Red Bull respectively, while George Russell swapped his leisurely Williams for a day in the championship-topping Mercedes. This was no 2020 shootout, but still presented a chance to help each driver stake a claim longer-term. M Schumacher in a Ferrari Formula 2 racer and reigning Formula 3 European champion Schumacher says he found it “easy” to improve with Ferrari and Alfa Romeo over his two days of running in Bahrain, having swapped the pacesetting SF90 for its customer team’s C38 on day two at Sakhir. He claimed he did not expect the performance he showed, having…

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next-generation rules tweaked again to help ‘road’ cars

WORLD ENDURANCE The hypercar concept prototype World Endurance Championship rules for 2020-21 look certain to undergo dramatic revisions in a bid to incorporate road-going machinery into the class. Out will go moveable aerodynamic devices, while the minimum weight is set to rise by 110kg. The wholesale changes in the latest set of proposals seen by Autosport reflect the fact that a road-based hypercar is unlikely to be able to hit the 3m24-25s lap time target enshrined in the prototype rules published last December. The new target of 3m30s for the long Le Mans lap means that the prototypes are going to have to be significantly slower than originally intended. Ditching moveable aerodynamics, which would have allowed front and rear Drag Reduction Systems, is one way of slowing down the new breed of prototypes.…

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ferrari short circuit caused leclerc loss

FORMULA 1 Ferrari has revealed that an unprecedented short circuit within the control systems of its Formula 1 engine was the cause of the problem that cost Charles Leclerc victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix. Leclerc had looked on course to take his maiden F1 win in just his second start for Ferrari, but slowed with just over 10 laps to go as his engine dropped a cylinder. The lack of power allowed Lewis Hamilton to overtake Leclerc and go on to win, with Valtteri Bottas also getting past to take second. Leclerc would have fallen behind Max Verstappen had the double failure that struck the Renault team not caused the race to end behind a safety car. Ferrari flew the engine back to its Maranello base for a thorough inspection and has discovered…

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vienna starts formula e talks as new mercedes breaks cover

NEW CAR FORMULA E Vienna city officials have expressed their interest in hosting an ABB FIA Formula E race, with early discussions between the two parties understood to have taken place. Interest in bringing FE to Vienna appears to run very high among the country’s politicians. Austria’s vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, who is also minister of the civil service and sport, explained: “Last year there was a discussion with a representative of the organiser in the cabinet. There we expressed our interest in a Formula E race in Vienna.” FE is understood to be keen on a Vienna race, although talks remain at a very early stage and including the race would therefore be unlikely for the 2019-20 championship. While a new European venue is now a possibility for FE, one of its longest-standing races on…

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hakkinen to race mclaren at suzuka

INTERCONTINENTAL GT Mika Hakkinen will race a McLaren again when he contests the Suzuka 10 Hours in August. Hakkinen, who won the 1998 and 1999 Formula 1 world titles with McLaren, will share a 720S GT3 in the Intercontinental GT Challenge qualifier with two-time Super Formula champion Hiroaki Ishiura and historic racing leading light Katsu Kubota. Hakkinen does have GT experience in spasmodic race outings, including an Asian series race win with Hong Kong up-and-comer Matt Solomon at Zhuhai in 2013 at the wheel of a Mercedes SLS AMG GT3. He returned to Suzuka last year to drive a 1998 McLaren MP4/13. “Suzuka was the place where I won the Formula 1 World Championship for the first time and where I have so many enthusiastic Japanese friends,” said Hakkinen. “I am very grateful to Katsu-san…