Autosport 20/05/21

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alonso’s search for that elusive third f1 crown continues

He’s one of the greatest drivers ever to have sat in a racing car, but is Fernando Alonso still capable of landing that third Formula 1 world title he has coveted for so long (14 years and counting)? His tricky start to the 2021 campaign with Alpine has raised some question marks but, as the Spaniard tells Alex Kalinauckas in our cover interview on page 16, it’s far too early to know where Alonso really stands. Even drivers that have just changed teams have found it hard enough to adapt, and Alonso has had two years out of F1. It seems only fair and sensible to give Alonso more time, and to suggest that Alpine’s progress and the state of F1 following the rule changes for 2022 will have a bigger impact…

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friday evening qualifying for british gp

FORMULA 1 Qualifying for July’s British Grand Prix will be run on Friday evening as part of Formula 1’s format shake-up for the Silverstone race weekend. F1 will hold its first 100km sprint race on the Saturday of the 16-18 July event to set the grid for the Grand Prix on Sunday. The format change meant qualifying at Silverstone would always get bumped to Friday, but now officials have revealed that it will start at 6pm. A single one-hour practice session will be held beforehand at 2.30pm. Teams will then have two and a half hours to prepare for qualifying, the result of which will set the starting grid for the sprint race on Saturday. The evening qualifying could offer a boost to crowd numbers at Silverstone, allowing spectators to attend after finishing…

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new tests to clamp down on ‘bendy’ rear wings

FORMULA 1 The FIA is to introduce new rear-wing flexibility tests ahead of next month’s French Grand Prix amid concerns that some teams are exploiting the Formula 1 rules. Questions over the design of the Red Bull rear wing in particular were floated during the recent Spanish GP after Lewis Hamilton suggested its design was “bendy”. The inference was that Red Bull could be exploiting a more flexible wing that rotates down on the straights to boost top speed, but then reverts up into a normal position for the corners to provide maximum downforce. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was adamant that the team’s wing design had passed all the current pullback tests used to test the rigidity of the designs, and that the FIA was “completely happy with the car”. But sources…

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bump day back as 35 enter oversubscribed indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS 500 Bump Day is back on the menu for this weekend at the Indianapolis 500, with 35 entries attracted for the blue-riband IndyCar Series round. Qualifying for the 30 May race takes place this weekend, with positions 10 t0 30 on the traditional 33-car grid locked in on Saturday. The slowest cars on Saturday will then take place in a shootout for the back row on Sunday afternoon, followed by the ‘Fast 9’ runoffs to determine the first three rows of the field. The 35th entry came from a new start-up IndyCar team, Top Gun Racing, which will field a car for IndyCar returnee RC Enerson. The team, co-owned by Gary Trout and Bill Throckmorton, had planned to enter the 500 in 2020, but deferred its entry by a year when last…

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nasr joins risi for le mans

LE MANS 24 HOURS Ex-Formula 1 driver and IMSA star Felipe Nasr is heading back to the Le Mans 24 Hours after an absence of two years. The Brazilian has been brought in by the US Risi Competizione squad for its return to the prototype ranks in LMP2 this year. Nasr, the winner of the 2018 IMSA SportsCar Championship with Action Express Racing, will share Ferrari specialist Risi’s ORECA-Gibson 07 with Oliver Jarvis and Ryan Cullen in the blueriband round of the World Endurance Championship on 21-22 August. It will be the former Sauber F1 driver’s second Le Mans start after he drove a Villorba Corsa-run Dallara in 2018 alongside a campaign in the European Le Mans Series. The trio will also race for Houston-based Risi in the WEC round preceding Le Mans…

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porsche and audi choose multimatic base car

FORMULA 1 The McLarens of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo will contest this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix in a Gulf Oil livery in the wake of the team’s renewed tie-up last year with its fuel sponsor. While F1 rules demand that cars appear at each race in ‘substantially the same livery’, McLaren boss Zak Brown said there had been no problem getting the green light from the FIA and FOM. “They all loved it,” he said. “At this point, we only intend to run it at Monaco. If you’re going to have a special livery, you keep it special.” But is it an homage to the Gulf livery Alessandro Pesenti-Rossi ran on his privateer Tyrrell in 1976? WEC/IMSA The new Porsche and Audi LMDh prototypes are being jointly developed in conjunction with…