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Autosport 30/05/19

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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hamilton and f1 provide fitting tributes to one of the sport’s greats

Was that one of Lewis Hamilton’s hardest victories, as the Mercedes star suggested? On the one hand, if you’re going to have the wrong tyres on and need to defend position, Monaco is probably the place to be (though a more open circuit might have made a second stop more likely). On the other, staying off the walls with one of Formula 1’s best overtakers applying pressure means it would certainly have been a challenging day in the cockpit. Either way, Hamilton’s victory – and indeed the F1 paddock’s reaction to Niki Lauda’s death last week – was a fitting way to pay tribute to the legendary Austrian, who was always impressive on the world’s most famous street circuit. The news of Lauda’s passing came too late for us to do him…

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indycar adopts red bull aeroscreen for 2020

INDYCAR Red Bull Advanced Technologies has partnered with IndyCar to develop the aeroscreen, which will be installed on all Dallara IR18s cars for all races from next year’s opening round. In shape, the titanium framework of the screen is not dissimilar to the Formula 1 halo. But the horseshoe-shaped hoop at the top, rather than dip downwards, stays almost level to sweep round and anchor at the base of the rollhoop, so the driver’s helmet is protected from side on. The height of the hoop also ensures it is out of the distant sightline of the driver on banked ovals – previously one of the major concerns of drivers when considering the next generation of cockpit protection, since they need to be looking a long way around turns at 200mph-plus. The front anchor-point for…

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renault engine issue went undiagnosed

FORMULA 1 Renault’s start to the Formula 1 season was compromised by an engine reliability issue that was only found after the Bahrain Grand Prix. The manufacturer, which remains eighth in the constructors’ table after last weekend’s Monaco GP, was known to have suffered MGU-K issues this year but a more fundamental problem with its engine had not been publicised. Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul revealed that a conrod issue, which came to light when Nico Hulkenberg retired in Bahrain, had forced the team to adopt “containment measures” that reduced performance in China and Azerbaijan. The issue with the conrod – the component that connects the crankshaft to the piston – was addressed when all four Renault-powered cars took new V6s for the Spanish GP. The engines were initially run in a conservative mode, but…

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macau favours new formula 3 cars for 2019 grand prix

MACAU GRAND PRIX The FIA Formula 3 concept looks favourite to head to Macau this year, after Macau Grand Prix organisers stated their intent to run the classic race for the new F3 cars. Macau Grand Prix Organising Committee sporting coordinator Chong Coc Veng confirmed “the intention to introduce the FIA Formula 3 Championship car to the Guia Circuit” in an announcement about the November race’s title sponsorship last week. Such a move would still need to be ratified by the FIA, which grants the event FIA F3 World Cup status, but if approved it would end a 36-year period where the race was run to the previous FIA F3 concept. The event will not be part of the FIA F3 Championship promoted by Formula 2/FIA F3 chief Bruno Michel’s company, although the F3…

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dovizioso tests audi ahead of dtm debut

DTM MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso completed a two-day test at Misano to prepare for his DTM debut at the circuit next month. Assisted by two-time DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom, the Ducati rider impressed in the Audi RS5 DTM. On day two he was making set-up changes to suit his driving style. “It was really important for me to test here at Misano, because the level is extremely high in the DTM and there are many things to manage while you’re at the wheel,” said Dovizioso. Had DTM boss Gerhard Berger’s plan prevailed, Dovizioso’s test would have been the precursor to a DTM battle with fellow MotoGP star Valentino Rossi, but a plan to place Rossi in a BMW as a guest driver fell through due to his watertight Yamaha contract – which prevents him…

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bmw pulls plug on wec

WORLD ENDURANCE BMW is calling time on its participation in the World Endurance Championship after just one season. Next month’s Le Mans 24 Hours, the 2018/19 superseason finale, will be the last WEC outing for the M8 GTEs fielded by the MTEK squad. The pull-out, announced last week after the closing date for entries for the 2019/20 season, follows comments by BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt on the lack of marketing value presented by the WEC. In the statement confirming BMW’s withdrawal from GTE Pro, he said that “continuing our WEC involvement in the coming years does not fit with our direction”. “The global presence of BMW M Motorsport is safeguarded by customer racing and the DTM in Asia and Europe, as well as the IMSA series in North America, even without competing…