Autosport 07/10/21

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the different stories of two of formula 1’s legendary names

Last week we celebrated Lewis Hamilton’s 100th Formula 1 victory. In this issue we look at two great F1 constructors: McLaren and Lotus. McLaren is second only to Ferrari in terms of world championship race victories, and it was painful to see the Woking team fall so far after 2012. The recovery has been under way for a while and the brilliant 1-2 at Monza, not to mention Lando Norris’s near-miss at Sochi, shows that the team is now ready to fight at the front. Andreas Seidl has to take some of the credit for McLaren’s changing fortunes and the team principal talks about his approach – and his confidence for the future – in our cover feature on page 18. Lotus has long since fallen out of F1, where it was almost…

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qatar gets 10-year f1 deal to run from 2023

FORMULA 1 Formula 1 has completed a 10-year deal with the Middle East state of Qatar to host a grand prix from 2023-32, and as a prelude to that the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix for cars will fill the vacant slot on the 2021 calendar in November. The night race at Losail International Circuit, which forms a triple-header with Mexico and Brazil and takes place on 19-21 November, has been in the planning stages for months, but the announcement was delayed until the commercial arrangements were finalised. Those negotiations led to a long-term deal to run an event in Qatar for 10 years from 2023 to 2032. There will be no grand prix in 2022 because the country will focus on hosting the FIFA World Cup. The event will return in 2023 at…

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turkish gp circuit’s grip treatment

FORMULA 1 The Istanbul Park circuit has been water-blasted as part of a range of work ahead of this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix to provide more grip. Having not been used for F1 since 2011, the track was resurfaced in 2020 as part of the preparations for the championship’s return last year. But the work was completed only a couple of weeks before the race and drivers struggled for grip with Pirelli’s hardest dry tyre compounds. The problem was exacerbated by the heavy rain that hit qualifying and the race. Many drivers were critical of the track, with world champion Lewis Hamilton describing it as “terrifying”. FIA race director Michael Masi recently informed the F1 teams that, as part of a package of updates, “the entire track surface has been treated to increase the…

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norris: new car worse to drive

FORMULA 1 Lando Norris says his early impression from the McLaren simulator is that Formula 1’s 2022 ground-effect machinery will be worse to drive than the current cars. Speaking at the launch of his new LN Racing kart, Norris said: “It’s a very different car to drive, in a way not as nice as this season. But hopefully that’s the case with every other team. There’s no point trying to think it’s amazing or terrible. You just have to do the best job you can and hopefully, next season, we go to the pre-season test with a good car.” Norris said McLaren has not got as far as manufacturing yet, with the drawings he has seen regularly changing as his team learns more about the new regulations. “The car we have in the…

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lynn joins cadillac as it plots wec programme for 2023

LE MANS/WEC/IMSA Formula E refugee Alex Lynn has signed a long-term contract with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Cadillac sportscar squad that is set to take him full-time in the World Endurance Championship in 2023. The Briton will race a Caddy Daytona Prototype international in the IMSA SportsCar Championship next season ahead of the team’s projected move into the WEC when the marque’s new LMDh prototype comes on stream the year after. Lynn is known to have agreed the deal with Chip Ganassi Racing, but so far all the parties involved have declined to comment. Driver and team, as well as Cadillac, are staying tight-lipped about their plans for next year and beyond. Lynn will be part of an expanded IMSA programme from Ganassi, which will field two Cadillac DPi-V. Rs next season rather than…

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milesi joins ogier for toyota test

WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP Le Mans 24 Hours class winner Charles Milesi will get the chance to test Toyota’s new Le Mans Hypercar next month. The Frenchman, who claimed LMP2 honours with WRT in August, will drive a GR010 HYBRID in the official World Endurance Championship rookie test at the Bahrain International Circuit the day after the series finale in early November. Ex-Super Formula driver Milesi (below) has been nominated to take part in the test by the WEC organisation along with Laurents Horr. The German, who won the LMP3 class in the Le Mans Cup on the European Le Mans Series undercard in 2019 and 2020, will drive a GTE car from whichever manufacturer – Porsche or Ferrari – wins the GTE Pro title. Horr, who is racing in P3 in the ELMS…