Autosport 08/04/21

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 final question verstappen needs to answer to be f1 champ

We’ve known for a long time that Max Verstappen has the speed to challenge for Formula 1 world titles. Now that he seems to have the car, the one question remaining is: can he rein himself in enough when required to avoid throwing points away in a championship fight? Verstappen has never won a title in car racing but, as he tells Alex Kalinauckas in our frank interview on page 18, he has done so in karting. Not going for every gap can be key. It’s clearly something the Dutchman has thought about, and he believes it will be easier to fight for a crown in a competitive car than sniping for wins in a slower one. One driver who has long since given up on the F1 dream – but does…

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honda could go aggressive for red bull

FORMULA 1 Honda will evaluate whether it can be more aggressive with its Formula 1 engine in races following Red Bull’s defeat at the hands of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. Red Bull’s clear pace advantage over one lap allowed Max Verstappen to sweep to pole position in qualifying, only for Mercedes to strike back in the race and secure a narrow victory with Hamilton. Looking back on the race weekend, Red Bull engine supplier Honda said one aspect it will closely analyse is whether it could have been more aggressive with its power deployment. “We will review and consider this data,” said Honda F1 technical director Toyoharu Tanabe. “We need to see how much the power unit has been exhausted in this race, and we will then…

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hamilton’s ‘secret’ deal with prodrive goes public

EXTREME E It was agreed last summer, but long-time World Rally Championship powerhouse Prodrive has only in the past week disclosed its deal with Lewis Hamilton to run the Mercedes Formula 1 star’s X44 team in the inaugural season of Extreme E. Prodrive founder and chairman David Richards, who attended the maiden Desert X-Prix in Saudi Arabia last weekend, has known the Hamilton family for the better part of 25 years, from when his son used to compete alongside the seven-time world champion in karting. At that time, Prodrive was winning three successive WRC manufacturers’ titles for Subaru. “I’ve always kept in touch with him, and the families keep in touch,” Richards told Autosport. “Lewis actually said, ‘I’ve always wanted to work with you guys at some point in time’.” The partnership was initiated…

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in the headlines

GUERRIERI IN HYPERCAR World Touring Car Cup Honda star Esteban Guerrieri has joined the ByKolles sportscar squad as a test and development driver for its new Gibson-powered Le Mans Hypercar. The Argentinian, who contested the 2018 Spa 24 Hours with the JAS Honda team and was runner-up in the 2019 WTCR, has been named alongside team regular Tom Dillmann. The ByKolles, which isn’t scheduled to race in this year’s WEC, is expected to begin testing imminently. LE MANS TIMETABLE The timetable for the rescheduled Le Mans 24 Hours on 21-22 August has been revealed. The test day has been retained for the Sunday before race weekend, while practice and qualifying will be on the Wednesday and Thursday as is tradition. The Hyperpole session that sets the top six places on the grid in…

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lmp2 cars hit with power cut

WEC/ELMS Engine power in the LMP2 class has been pegged back for a second time ahead of this year’s World Endurance Championship to ensure a performance differential to the cars competing at the front of the field in the new Hypercar category. Power from the one-make Gibson engine has been reduced by 20kW or 25bhp in addition to the 30kw or 40bhp originally planned. That means that the 4.2-litre normally aspirated V8 will push out approximately 535bhp (400kW) in 2021 compared with more than 600bhp (450kW) since the introduction of the current P2 formula in 2017. A move that also applies to the European and Asian Le Mans Series is part of a revised strategy on the part of the rule makers – WEC promoter the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and the FIA…

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lynn joins up with di resta

LE MANS 24 HOURS Former Aston Martin driver Alex Lynn will make a return to the prototype ranks at the Le Mans 24 Hours in August after an absence from the category of more than three years. The Briton will take time out from his Mahindra Formula E programme to drive with the United Autosports LMP2 squad alongside Paul di Resta. The 27-year-old (right), who left Aston at the end of 2020, will drive one of three ORECA-Gibson 07s fielded by United in the centrepiece World Endurance Championship round on 21-22 August. A silver-rated team-mate for Lynn and di Resta, whose return to the squad for Le Mans was announced in early March, has yet to be signed. Lynn explained that returning to Le Mans, where he took GTE Pro honours with Aston…