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Autosport 02/05/19

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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battle of the mercs could have been much more

There was a distinct lack of the usual chaos at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. After dramatic Baku races on Formula 1’s last two visits, things were a bit more tame last weekend. On the face of it, it was another comfortable Mercedes 1-2, but things were closer than they looked. As Edd Straw shows in our report on page 16, Ferrari had strong pace but a series of setbacks, including Charles Leclerc’s qualifying crash, meant the advantage swung to the more savvy Merc operation. More encouraging was the speed of Red Bull. Max Verstappen was blisteringly quick after the stops, closing on Sebastian Vettel and both Mercedes for a sustained period. If Honda can unlock a little more power, then Verstappen will assuredly get himself into the battle for race victories during…

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vantage’s dtm debut tees up series rebirth

DTM A “wild guess but with experience” is how Paul di Resta described the development of the Aston Martin Vantage DTM car, as the group responsible for the programme prepares for its series debut. This weekend’s Hockenheim season opener marks the start of a new era for the DTM, which has welcomed a non-German manufacturer for the first time since its 2000 rebirth, as the arrival of Aston Martin – through German specialist HWA and the R-Motorsport squad – opens the door for wider reform. Not that R-Motorsport has enjoyed a comfortable build-up. Team principal Florian Kamelger admitted “going to DTM for 2019 was definitely a stretch” at the February launch of its programme, when there were still plenty of questions about its preparedness. A first car hadn’t been finished by that point,…

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miami grand prix focus switches to nfl stadium

FORMULA 1 The proposed Miami Grand Prix looks set to switch location. Plans to run the race around Biscayne Boulevard and Bayfront Park in the city’s downtown area appear to have been scrapped in favour of a new venue adjacent to the Miami Dolphins stadium, according to the group led by the NFL team’s owner. In May 2017, Formula 1 owner Liberty joined forces with billionaire local businessman Stephen Ross in a joint effort to hold a Miami GP in 2019, but the planned 10-year deal has been repeatedly delayed, with opposition from local residents and businesses, and a vote deferred in City Hall again last month. Now Ross and his team have switched focus to a site near the Miami Gardens Hard Rock Stadium, a 65,000-seat venue to the north of the…

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rio hoping to wrest back brazil gp from interlagos

FORMULA 1 Rio de Janeiro wants to win back the Brazilian Grand Prix from Sao Paulo, home city of the Interlagos track that hosts the race. F1 boss Chase Carey visited Rio last November and met new state governor Wilson Witzel. Design company Tilke is involved in a project that has been in the planning stages since last summer at Deodoro, a military base that was used for some of the 2016 Rio Olympics events. Ironically, Rio’s main Barra Olympic Park was built at the expense of the former F1 venue at Jacarepagua, which hosted the Brazilian GP in 1978 and from 1981-89 before the race returned to a rebuilt Interlagos in 1990. Liberty has a strained relationship with Sao Paulo and the Interlagos promoters, whose event is the least lucrative flyaway in terms…

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jordan slams btcc driving standards after ‘biggest hit’

BRITISH TOURING CARS When Matt Neal returned from competing in the 2019 Bathurst 12 Hours, he showed British Touring Car Championship chief executive Alan Gow a document that clearly outlined the event’s rules on driver etiquette. The BTCC then followed suit and, although the rules haven’t changed for 2019, the fact they’re now in writing has put them at the forefront of the stewards’ minds. So when Neal was twice hit by Tom Chilton in their fight for the lead of the Brands Hatch finale last month, Chilton lost the win thanks to a five-second penalty. But at Donington Park last weekend, driving standards were again in the spotlight after 2013 champion Andrew Jordan called for another clampdown from BTCC organising body TOCA. It follows what Jordan called “the biggest hit” of his career. Having…

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m-sport targets tanak – again

WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP He’s already taken Ott Tanak back to his factory team three times, and now M-Sport managing director Malcolm Wilson is working on a deal to bring the Estonian Toyota star back to his squad yet again for a long-term deal starting next season. Tanak drove a works Ford Fiesta in 2012, 2015 and 2017 (below), with any hope of continuity punctuated by crashes and exasperation on Wilson’s part. Despite a complicated start to their relationship, the Englishman remains close to Tanak, whose Toyota deal concludes at the end of this year. Wilson told Autosport: “Of the drivers available next season, Ott is probably the only one [I want]. Whether or not I can achieve that, I don’t know, but that’s what I’m aiming at and working towards. We’ve had a…