Autosport 17/06/21

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ferrari’s latest f1 recovery has already begun

When, in March, we assessed Ferrari’s chances of recovering from its dire 2020, we suggested that solving its problems would be more challenging than identifying them. But the first six Formula 1 races of 2021 have been more positive than most tifosi could have hoped. As Mattia Binotto says in our cover feature on page 14, it is probably fair to say that Charles Leclerc’s pole positions in Monaco and Baku flattered the team, but there’s no doubt that Ferrari is in a much better place than it was 12 months ago. Our Technical Editor Jake Boxall-Legge picks out some of the SF21’s key areas on p20. Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr are also proving to be one of the best line-ups on the grid and, if Ferrari really has switched its…

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silverstone plans brit gp crowd despite lockdown

FORMULA 1 The British Grand Prix will go ahead in front of a crowd this year despite the UK’s extended lockdown, but numbers may be more restricted than originally planned. The UK government announced on Monday (14 June) that it was delaying the end of lockdown in the country by four weeks until 19 July – the day after the Silverstone race. Prime minister Boris Johnson had hoped to lift all restrictions on 21 June, paving the way for a possible capacity crowd at Silverstone, but has been forced to extend lockdown due to concerns about the Delta variant of COVID-19. The ongoing restrictions mean that there are limits on the number of people able to attend events. Under the current regulations, outdoor events are limited to 10,000 people or 25% of a…

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electric man takes over as ferrari ceo

FORMULA 2 This is the new man to take charge of Ferrari as it continues its push back to the front in Formula 1 and returns to the top level of the World Endurance Championship with a factory team. Or could it also mean an expansion into Formula E? The appointment of Benedetto Vigna as Ferrari’s new CEO, from 1 September, is a sign of the marque’s shift towards greater electrification. Following the resignation of Louis C Camilleri in December due to personal reasons, Ferrari chairman John Elkann took over as interim CEO. Vigna currently serves as the president of STMicroelectronics’ Analog, MEMS and Sensor Group, and is a member of the company’s executive committee. He has 26 years of experience working with computer chip technology. “We’re delighted to welcome Benedetto Vigna as our…

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williams rejig means new boss

FORMULA 1 Williams has parted company with its Formula 1 team principal Simon Roberts as part of a shake-up of the team’s management structure. Roberts joined Williams from McLaren last June as its managing director of F1 operations, before taking over as interim team principal in September following the departure of the Williams family and the team’s acquisition by US investment fund Dorilton Capital. He was appointed in the role on a permanent basis in December after the arrival of former Volkswagen Motorsport chief Jost Capito as CEO. Capito is now set to take on the responsibilities of team principal in his role as CEO, while technical director Francois-Xavier Demaison will take accountability for trackside and engineering. Ex-VW World Rally Championship project leader Demaison joined Williams back in March. “It has been a pleasure…

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bmw quiet on le mans as it outlines imsa programme

IMSA/LE MANS 24 HOURS BMW is the latest manufacturer to sign up for the new 2023 LMDh prototype category. But unlike fellow German manufacturers Porsche and Audi, it has made no commitment to race in the World Endurance Championship. Its programme will be focused on the IMSA SportsCar Championship in North America. A return to top-flight sportscar racing by BMW for the first time since the Le Mans 24 Hours-winning V12 LMR that raced in 1999 and 2000 was announced in perfunctory style on Instagram by Markus Flasch, the head of the M brand whose remit covers BMW Motorsport. Meat was put on the bones the following day when an official announcement talked about an LMP2-based LMDh “being developed for use in the North American IMSA series”. Its communique talked about a “works…

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tandy bids for spa 24 repeat

SPA 24 HOURS Nick Tandy will defend his Spa 24 Hours crown this summer along with Laurens Vanthoor at the wheel of a KCMG Porsche. Two thirds of last year’s winning line-up at the Rowe Racing Porsche team will drive one of the Hong Kong entrant’s Porsche 911 GT3-Rs with Maxime Martin. The Briton will be making his fourth start at the wheel of a Porsche since he left the German manufacturer to drive for Chevrolet: he contested this month’s Nurburgring 24 Hours and two warm-up events on the Nordschleife with the Frikadelli team. The GT World Challenge Europe blue-riband on 31 July-1 August will mark a return by Tandy to a team with which he contested five races in the 2015 World Endurance Championship at the wheel of an ORECA-Nissan 05,…