Autosport 13/05/21

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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red bull’s need to respond as hamilton edges further ahead

It must be incredibly frustrating being Red Bull and Max Verstappen at the moment. You’ve finally produced a car capable of challenging Mercedes, but annoying little factors stopped you winning two of the first three grands prix of 2021. And then, last weekend, at a circuit many thought would be Red Bull territory, Mercedes showed better race pace and used a bold strategy to win again. As Alex Kalinauckas shows in our report on page 16, Hamilton’s superb drive to victory in the Spanish Grand Prix was reminiscent of Verstappen’s late defeat in Hungary in 2019, and demonstrated a few weaknesses Red Bull needs to address to get back on top. Has Red Bull lost its edge (p13)? It’s a bit early to say, and the RB16B’s pace through the final sector…

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red bull in poaching raid on mercedes

FORMULA 1 Red Bull has continued its raid of Mercedes’ Formula 1 engine department, from which it has now poached six staff for its new powertrains division. Red Bull announced in February that it would be building its F1 power units in-house from next year as Red Bull Powertrains, after acquiring the IP from existing engine supplier Honda at the end of 2021. The team revealed last month that it had signed Ben Hodgkinson, the head of mechanical engineering at Mercedes High Performance Powertrains, to be the technical director for the engine arm. But a bigger statement came last week when a further five senior positions were filled, with the quintet consisting entirely of Mercedes employees. Mercedes head of manufacturing Steve Blewett will become Red Bull’s power unit production director. Omid Mostaghimi, Mercedes’ F1…

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hamilton wants 2022 deal sorted by summer

FORMULA 1 Lewis Hamilton is eager to get a new Formula 1 contract with Mercedes sorted by the summer break to avoid a repeat of this year’s late agreement. Hamilton and Mercedes took until February this year to announce a one-year contract extension for the 2021 season after postponing talks through last year. The seven-time world champion has previously said that he was not treating 2021 as his final season in F1, and has made comments that he intends to be on the grid with Mercedes in 2022 after a recent Pirelli tyre test to help develop next year’s rubber. Hamilton said after last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix that he is looking to open talks with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff sooner than in 2020, targeting the August summer break as a point…

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five americans who could appeal

#1 Josef Newgarden The two-time IndyCar champion initially wanted to be an F1 driver, despite hailing from NASCAR country. Parlayed a failed bid to race in British F3 into a GP3 season. Big star, and 11 of his 18 IndyCar wins have come on road and street courses. #2 Colton Herta The hottest property in IndyCar. Raced in Europe, in British F4 (as Lando Norris’s team-mate) and Euroformula Open, before returning to the US at his sponsors’ behest. Swashbuckling racer who’d thrill in F1. #3 Alexander Rossi Has already raced in F1, of course. Came close to winning an IndyCar title, but is beginning to get overshadowed by exciting team-mate Herta in the Andretti Autosport set-up. #4 Logan Sargeant Came close to winning last year’s FIA F3 title and it’s unfathomable that he’s not an F1 junior.…

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grosjean gets mercedes test

FORMULA 1 Romain Grosjean will return to Formula 1 machinery when he tests Mercedes’ 2019 title winner at Paul Ricard in June, seven months on from his fiery accident. Grosjean made his final F1 start at last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix, when a first-lap accident tore his Haas in half and left him to escape the fire that engulfed his cockpit. He emerged with burns to his hands that ruled him out of the final two races of the season, bringing an early end to his F1 career. He has since moved into IndyCar with Dale Coyne Racing. Grosjean vowed to make a return to F1 machinery when possible, with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff saying at the time that he would be happy to make a test happen. It was announced last…

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domenicali pushing teams to bring us drivers to f1

FORMULA 1 Formula 1 is encouraging teams to look into running American drivers in the hope that the push could pay off after “two or three years”, according to CEO Stefano Domenicali. F1 commercial rights holder Liberty Media has been pushing for US expansion since acquiring the series in 2017, and announced finalised plans for a Miami Grand Prix in 2022 last month. But there has been no American driver on the F1 grid since Alexander Rossi’s brief stint with Manor at the end of 2015. Domenicali acknowledged that it was “important” for F1’s footprint in the US to have an American driver in the series, revealing that it was a matter being discussed with teams. “We are working with teams, trying to understand what is really the possibility for American drivers to come…