Autosport 21/10/21

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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will lewis or max have the final word?

This year’s Formula 1 title fight is arguably the best since 2012. The 2018 contest was good, but Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton seem more evenly matched than Sebastian Vettel and peak Hamilton were. Both teams and drivers have made mistakes and pulled off some brilliant performances. Things have not been predictable. Since the pace of the Red Bull RB16B became obvious early in the year, many have had their money on Verstappen ending Hamilton’s run of titles. But, as Alex Kalinauckas shows on page 16, there are many factors that could swing the battle one way or another – and some of them are outside the drivers’ control. One critical element will be optimising the car at each circuit. That sounds obvious, but it is not the same as having the…

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f1 shows how to cram 23 races into eight months

FORMULA 1 Formula 1 has revealed its record-breaking 23-race calendar for the 2022 season, with Imola serving as a surprise late addition to the schedule. The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council met last Friday to approve the provisional schedule for next season, which will start in Bahrain on 20 March and end in Abu Dhabi on 20 November. Saudi Arabia will host the second round of the season less than four months after its inaugural grand prix in Jeddah, while the Australian Grand Prix returns in April after being cancelled in 2020 and 2021. The Chinese GP remains absent amid the country’s ongoing travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with F1 saying it would return to Shanghai “as soon as conditions allow”. That has paved the way for Imola to secure a…

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…as vettel warns of staff loss and devalued gps

FORMULA 1 Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel believes that Formula 1’s continuing calendar expansion puts it at risk of shedding important staff and devaluing its races. F1 is heading for its biggest world championship season next year, with 23 races crammed in between the middle of March and the middle of November. The stresses and strains that the schedule is putting on staff have already been highlighted by several teams, although they approved F1’s plans for 2022. In an interview with selected media including Autosport, Vettel, who arrived in F1 in an era when there were 17 races but more tests, said: “This is only my opinion, and it’s not worth anything, but I think we should not have that many races. It’s for a number of reasons. I think one, maybe it’s…

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lamborghini closes in on lmdh le mans programme

LE MANS/WEC/IMSA Lamborghini is moving closer to an LMDh prototype entry into the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship. A link-up with Volkswagen group sister marques Porsche and Audi appears near-certain for the 2024 season. The Italian manufacturer’s racing department has received an initial go-ahead for plans for a programme first outlined in the summer, Autosport has learned. The project now appears subject to Lamborghini Squadra Corse finding funded partner teams to run an LMDh design based on the same Multimatic-built LMP2 chassis and engine to be used by Porsche and Audi from 2023. Lamborghini Squadra Corse head Giorgio Sanna explained in late July that the marque would not run an overt factory team in either the WEC or North America. Instead, it would follow the model it already operates in…

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fia receptive to ratings changes

ENDURANCE RACING Changes are afoot to the FIA system of driver categorisation. The governing body has revealed that it is reviewing the system ahead of the publication of 2022 gradings in the middle of next month. The FIA looks set to respond to a call for wholesale revisions from GT promoter Stephane Ratel (revealed last week in Autosport). Frederic Bertrand, under whose remit the system comes at the FIA, has conceded that changes are needed. “We need to address the full hierarchy to make sure everyone finds their right place,” said Bertrand (below, with Jean Todt). “Should we add a level? I don’t know. Should we redistribute the current levels we have? Probably.” Ratel has argued that the current distinction between the platinum and gold gradings, the home of true professionals, makes no sense…

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fe goes radical on quali format

FORMULA E Formula E will adopt a tournament-style knockout qualifying format, which borrows heavily from the deceased Superleague Formula, from the inbound 2022 season as the electric championship bids to increase its credentials as a competitive meritocracy. The outgoing qualifying system sends the top six drivers in the points out first to lap on a circuit that hasn’t been rubbered in and is therefore at its slowest. But a growing resistance from teams, combined with Formula E bosses’ desires to create repeat winners and ditch some of the random results, has led the FIA World Motor Sport Council to approve this shake-up. The new format will initially divide the 22-car grid into two groups of 11 based on the championship table. Both groups will have a 10-minute session to post a flying lap.…