Autosport 29/04/21

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don’t forget about norris in the battle of the f1 brits

Thanks to his Mercedes links and headline-grabbing drive in last year’s Sakhir Grand Prix, George Russell is probably the first name that comes to mind when considering who will follow Lewis Hamilton as Britain’s next Formula 1 world champion. We wouldn’t argue with that, but it would be wrong to overlook Lando Norris in the debate. Both scored a lot of success on their way up the single-seater ladder, both won what was then the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, and each have been part of the recovery of one of F1’s greatest teams. McLaren is further along that road than Williams and, as our cover article on page 20 shows, the Woking squad’s increasing competitiveness has allowed Norris to show what he can do against some of F1’s established frontrunners. Norris has…

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it’s official: london round is on in july

FORMULA E London will finally make its way back onto the Formula E calendar in 2021, with the ExCeL Centre down to host a double-header event across 24-25 July now that the full schedule for this season has at last been signed off. The Docklands venue agreed a five-year deal with the championship back in March 2019, but the pandemic forced races to be cancelled last year as the site was repurposed into the Nightingale Hospital to combat the waves of COVID-19. The exhibition centre and its 1.5-mile circuit marks the return of a British round after Battersea Park played host to the season finales in 2015 and 2016. But the leafy venue was binned off thereafter chiefly due to noise complaints from local residents, although no one wrote in to the Daily…

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fia releases blueprint for new electric gt series

ELECTRIC GT Fast-charging during pitstops, scope for battery development and multiple drivetrain concepts are all part of a new electric GT category introduced by the FIA. “Groundbreaking” was the term used by the governing body last week on the release of the technical blueprint. The new category allows technical freedoms so far unseen in EV motorsport. Its regulations have been devised “to serve the manufacturers as a platform to develop road-relevant technology”, according to Leena Gade, president of the FIA’s GT Commission. “Manufacturers, especially premium brands specialised in high-performance road cars, want to build cars relevant to their DNA and design philosophy rather than rely on standardised components,” she explained. “Many simply wouldn’t be interested in a spec or semi-spec formula.” Pitstop races, likely to be in the region of 45 minutes, with fast-charging…

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russell apologises to bottas after imola controversy

FORMULA 1 George Russell has issued an apology to Valtteri Bottas following their crash at the recent Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, cooling tensions between the rivals for a Mercedes 2022 seat. Williams driver and Mercedes protege Russell and Merc incumbent Bottas crashed while fighting for ninth place at Imola when they collided at high speed on the approach to the Tamburello chicane. Both drivers were quick to point the finger – literally, in Bottas’s case – and place blame, with Russell claiming that Bottas broke a gentlemen’s agreement about late moves approaching the braking zone. Russell also claimed in his initial media interviews after the crash that Bottas might have defended differently against another driver. He is widely predicted to be a successor to either Bottas or seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton at…

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teams agree to f1 sprint races

FORMULA 1 Silverstone is set to host the first Formula 1 sprint race at the British Grand Prix after teams and series bosses finally approved plans on Monday (26 April). F1 has been engaged in talks with teams in recent months over introducing sprint races to the grand prix weekend at three rounds in 2021. Although teams were largely behind the idea, concerns were raised about the impact of crash damage from the additional race action, prompting F1 to strike a deal worth around $500,000 per team. This paved the way for the F1 Commission to unanimously approve the plan via e-vote on Monday, with F1 announcing that 100km sprint races would take place at two European events and one flyaway this year. Although the venues were not named, the British Grand Prix…

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chilton joins strong hyundai electric line-up

WEC LMP2 machinery had the measure of the new Toyota GR010 HYBRID in the opening three sessions of the World Endurance Championship prologue ahead of this weekend’s series opener at Spa. The best time by one of the Japanese Le Mans Hypercars as we went to press was a 2m04.708s from Jose Maria Lopez on Tuesday morning, compared to the 2m04.168s P2 mark set by Nyck de Vries in the best of the G-Drive Racing ORECA-Gibson 07s in the same session. Filipe Albuquerque topped the times in both sessions on Monday, with the test concluding on Tuesday afternoon. PURE ETCR Hyundai has named its quartet for the new all-electric Pure ETCR series, and it includes British Touring Car Championship veteran Tom Chilton. The 36-year-old joins former factory BMW star Augusto Farfus and…