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Autosport 18/04/19

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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advantage hamilton as ferrari discovers its own diva?

The 1000th world championship race wasn’t the best event, but the Chinese Grand Prix last weekend did at least tell us a few things about how the 2019 season is likely to develop. First, and most importantly, Ferrari is still struggling to get the best out of its SF90. Events at Shanghai suggest that Ferrari’s underwhelming performance in the Australian GP season opener wasn’t just an anomaly. It would seem that it is now Ferrari that has a ‘diva’ on its hands, so it will need to work out its idiosyncrasies quickly, just as Mercedes did with its difficult W08 in 2017. It also looks as though Valtteri Bottas will be a factor in the championship battle, but Lewis Hamilton once again underlined that he is favourite. On a weekend when he…

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vettel slates media for team-order focus

FORMULA 1 Sebastian Vettel believes that Ferrari has been a victim of “poor journalism” amid ongoing scrutiny of the team’s use of team orders in Formula 1, which Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has warned could “open a can of worms”. Under new team principal Mattia Binotto, Ferrari has attempted to set a clear policy on team orders after suffering from indecision in recent seasons. Binotto has identified Vettel as the priority in “fifty-fifty” situations because the four-time world champion is considered a better title bet compared to his young, new team-mate Charles Leclerc. Early in the Chinese Grand Prix, Ferrari told Leclerc he would be asked to move aside for Vettel if he could not pick up his pace. He was then asked to let Vettel past, because Leclerc seemed to be struggling…

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monza in government plea for €60m to save italian gp

FORMULA 1 Monza “urgently” needs €60million for the renovation work it wants completed for its 100th anniversary and to secure its Formula 1 future. At the end of last year it emerged that Monza bosses were planning major changes to the famous Italian circuit for its centenary in 2022, including removing one of its chicanes. But the Italian Grand Prix does not have an F1 deal beyond the current season. Angelo Sticchi Damiani, president of Italian federation the ACI, has now said it is “urgent” that it gets €60m of the estimated €100m renovation budget. “The ACI is involved in the payment of the hosting fee to Liberty Media and cannot spend money on the very urgent renewal of the circuit,” he said. “The right way to arrive at this date is to…

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f1 ‘q4’ revamp in limbo after system flaws raised

FORMULA 1 Plans to introduce a four-part Formula 1 qualifying system for 2020 remain in limbo, after further discussions at the Chinese Grand Prix. Team managers met FIA technical chief Nikolas Tombazis and F1 sporting director Steve Nielsen to dig deeper into the system, which would see four cars eliminated after Q1, Q2 and Q3, leaving eight to contest Q4. The top eight would then start the race on the same spec of tyre used to set their best Q4 times. The consensus was that Q4 would be an anti-climax, with the six cars from the ‘big three’ teams drifting towards using the hard tyre in qualifying, thereby reducing strategic variations, and the other two in Q4 either not running or making a token effort. F1 owner Liberty felt the plan would hold viewers’…

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ford evaluates hypercar future after gt pullout

WORLD ENDURANCE Ford won’t be on the World Endurance Championship grid with a full-factory team in GTE Pro beyond the end of this season. But an evolution of the Ford GT could be racing at the front of the field in the hypercar concept ranks come 2020-21. The US manufacturer has admitted that it is evaluating how its carbon-chassis GTE car could become a hypercar WEC contender after the rules were opened up last month to incorporate road-going supercars to race alongside the lookalike prototypes for which the class was conceived. The admission came at the same time as Ford finally confirmed that there would be no overt factory programme with the GTE car beyond the end of the 2018-19 WEC and the 2019 IMSA SportsCar Championship. “It was a very interesting development…

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new era dawns in japanese racing

SUPER FORMULA A new era in Japan’s Super Formula series kicks off this weekend at Suzuka. The new Dallara SF19 – halo included – makes its competition debut in place of the much-loved SF14, while the series’ silly season has been more volatile than ever. Honda’s reigning champion Naoki Yamamoto switches teams from Team Mugen to Dandelion Racing, while his close runner-up Nick Cassidy has secured what is ostensibly a promotion from Kondo Racing to flagship Toyota squad TOM’S – but actually steps into a team with a lot of work to do following its dreadful season in 2018. Following a pair of two-day pre-season tests at Suzuka and then Fuji, Yamamoto (below) is looking good for another title attack as he bids for his third crown. “I think he’s quite clearly the…

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