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Autosport 09/05/19

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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the next generation battling to topple lewis

Every now and again a wave of driving talent arrives in Formula 1. Robert Kubica, Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel made their grand prix debuts within a year and a half of each other. Three went on to win world titles and one should have done but for the infamous rally crash that has led to a remarkable comeback. As Edd Straw points out in our cover feature on page 16, the next wave is now arriving. Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris and George Russell are leading it and will be aiming to take Hamilton’s mantle at the top of the sport over the next few seasons. Max Verstappen will be in that fight too, of course, though he is already so established as an F1 top-liner that it’s easy…

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dutch gp set to return to f1 calendar

FORMULA 1 The success and popularity of Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen is set to trigger the return of the Dutch Grand Prix, with Zandvoort poised to replace Barcelona on the 2020 Formula 1 calendar. Momentum has been building, in the wake of Verstappen’s recent success, for the world championship to return to the Netherlands for the first time since 1985 (above). A senior source has confirmed that a contract has been agreed between F1 and the Zandvoort promoter, but as of last week it had not yet been signed. If, as expected, Barcelona drops off the calendar, it would allow Liberty to put Zandvoort into the early-May slot ahead of Monaco. Barcelona is one of five circuits with expiring contracts at the end of 2019, along with Silverstone, Hockenheim, Monza…

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work begins on hanoi track for vietnam gp

FORMULA 1 The first images of the new permanent facility for the Vietnam Grand Prix, set to make its debut on the Formula 1 calendar in 2020, have been exclusively revealed in Autosport sister magazine F1 Racing. Computer-generated images of the pit building display how the new facility will look. Situated in an area 20 minutes from downtown Hanoi, in the Nam Tu Liem district, work is being undertaken to clear an area and construct a brand-new permanent pit and paddock. Two-thirds of the track will use public roads already in place, while the high-speed twisty final section of the lap and the start/finish straight are being built from the ground up. The circuit is characterised by wide long straights – the longest of which is 1.5km – connected by roundabouts into long…

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f1 closes on removal of ‘elephants’ to finalise 2021 rules

FORMULA 1 The negotiations over Formula 1’s 2021 overhaul still have “a few elephants in the room” but are drawing towards an October conclusion in a bid to make things fairer for all teams. Teams have been left to consider the framework for sweeping regulatory, financial and governance changes laid out by F1 and the FIA in a key meeting at the end of March. Although the FIA’s stipulated June deadline is unlikely to be met, with an October compromise looking probable, team bosses believe the end is finally in sight. “It feels like we’re converging,” said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner. “There are still a few elephants in the room. Hopefully over the next few months something can get sorted.” As Autosport revealed earlier this year, teams have pushed for a delay…

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alonso: i’ll be back in world endurance

WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP Fernando Alonso has insisted that he is only taking a “short break” from the World Endurance Championship. The two-time Formula 1 world champion may be leaving Toyota’s WEC squad at the end of the 2018-19 season, but he’s vowed to return to the series sooner rather than later. “In the medium term and long term, 100% I will come back to WEC, because it is a series I really enjoy,” he said in the wake of last week’s announcement that he will not be staying in the championship for 2019-20. “I like the type of racing here, I like the unpredictability of the racing with all the traffic, and I like the team spirit of sharing a car with team-mates.” Alonso also shed light on his decision to leave Toyota…

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teams fear hybrid rules being left too late

WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP What is it about gravel and electric? They just don’t mix. At least not for now. World Rallycross has failed to secure the necessary support to electrify its future and now the World Rally Championship is, apparently, struggling to meet the looming deadline that is a hybrid 2022 WRC. WRC rally director Yves Matton (right, top) has confirmed that hybrid will be the way forward, and told Autosport he intends to decide technical regulations next month. “It’s too early to tell you exactly what 2022 will look like,” said Matton. “Normally in June we will introduce the first principles and, at the end of the year, the intention is to have a technical regulation published with all the technical principles. After that we still need some time to fine-tune this.…