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Autosport 16/05/19

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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who will be the first to defeat the mercedes steamroller?

Back at the Barcelona circuit on which it had comfortably set the pace in pre-season testing, Ferrari was soundly beaten in the Spanish Grand Prix. As Edd Straw’s report on page 16 shows, there can now be no doubt that Mercedes has made more progress and that the W10 is currently the fastest car in Formula 1. While Mercedes must be congratulated for its excellence, its ongoing success is not good for F1. If Autosport’s inbox is anything to go by, there is less patience with domination – which is hardly new in F1 – than there used to be. But what can be done? In the longer term, we must hope the rules change so that more than three teams have a hope of winning. Shorter term, it’s down to…

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zandvoort in as interlagos moves under threat

P16 THE LAST SPANISH GP? FORMULA 1 The Dutch Grand Prix will return to the Formula 1 calendar next year at Zandvoort, but several classic circuits could be dropped, with Brazilian track Interlagos joining the list of uncertain venues. Zandvoort’s return and the revival of the Dutch GP, last run in 1985, was confirmed on Tuesday. As expected, the race will take a May date next year. Zandvoort needs upgrading to be ready in time, but it is in a much stronger position than circuits that have been regular fixtures in recent years. The loss of government funding has hit the Spanish and Mexican GPs hard, while Silverstone remains locked in negotiations to prevent this year’s British GP being its last (for now). The Spanish GP has also felt the brunt of Fernando Alonso’s…

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indy starlet o’ward joins red bull

FORMULA 1 Rookie IndyCar star Patricio O’Ward admits he is now targeting a move “straight into Formula 1” following his induction last week into the Red Bull junior programme. O’Ward, who is contesting a part-time IndyCar schedule with Carlin after triumphing in feeder category Indy Lights in 2018, confirmed he believes an opportunity in grand prix racing could be on the cards. “Things moved pretty fast,” said the 20-year-old Mexican. “There might be a [F1] chance soon. I’m very proud of what I’ve managed, but I also want to thank Trevor Carlin because he opened the door to IndyCar for me, and that opened the door to F1. We know that if I get the results, I have what it takes to reach F1; arrive and succeed.” O’Ward, who has made just five IndyCar…

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rally gb faces the axe if it can’t move out of welsh base

WRC Rally GB needs to find a new home outside Wales if it is to retain the place on the World Rally Championship calendar it has held since 1973 (above). WRC Promoter has told Autosport that moving out of Wales is“key” to Britain’s aspirations of remaining at rallying’s highest level. Any temptation to dismiss such talk as sabre-rattling would be dangerous, especially with two European rounds set to be dropped to make room for the returns of both Japan and Kenya in 2020. The series promoter will deliver a proposed calendar to the WRC Commission in Geneva on Friday. Autosport understands that Corsica and Germany have been dropped from the schedule. Rally Japan is in, as is the Safari – but the African event’s presence is dependent on a successful candidate rally running…

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d-day for hypercar concept this week

WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP It’s crunch time for the hypercar concept World Endurance Championship rules. The fate of a category due to come into force for the 2020-21 season could be decided today (Thursday) when the rulemakers ask for firm commitments from manufacturers. The call will be made at a Technical Working Group meeting in Paris by the FIA and WEC promoter and Le Mans 24 Hours organiser the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. It follows their decision to backtrack on the original ideas for a category calling for lookalike prototypes to one also incorporating production-based hypercars. That came back in March at the behest of a group of manufacturers including Aston Martin. But so far no one has said they are ready to join the party with a real hypercar. Worse still, the changes…

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neuville hurt in massive chilean shunt

WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Thierry Neuville started last week’s Rally Chile on a World Rally Championship hat-trick. And he ended it on crutches. The service park held its breath when footage of the Belgian’s terrifying, top-gear shunt appeared. His Hyundai i20 WRC rolled six times and briefly caught fire following the Saturday morning crash. Despite the biggest shunt of his career and stitches in his left leg, Neuville is back testing this week. He is sure he’ll be chasing back-to-back Rally Portugal wins in Matosinhos at the end of this month, and believes his drop from first to third in the standings could even help him. “We will be fast in Portugal,” he told Autosport. “We have seen on the last events we are constantly improving with the team and our car is getting faster…