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1 min.
recalling one of the great formula 1 title performances

Ayrton Senna’s first and second Formula 1 world titles, beating Alain Prost in the iconic McLaren MP4/4 in 1988 and then ruthlessly removing his rival from the Japanese Grand Prix two years later, are better known, but his third crown was arguably the best. It’s now 30 years since Senna embarked on a campaign during which Williams-Renault would seriously challenge McLaren-Honda’s domination. As we argue in this 1991 special, starting on page 18, the Brazilian’s ultimate success against Nigel Mansell was about much more than a good start and a rearguard action. As well as Senna’s own virtuosity, McLaren and Honda threw everything they had at the MP4/6 as it battled the FW14 (p24). It’s hard to disagree with Williams co-founder Patrick Head (p28) when he says that 1991 was a missed…

3 min.
imola takes place of china on f1 calendar

FORMULA 1 Formula 1 has announced the return of Imola to the 2021 calendar after being forced to postpone the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix, with the new season now starting in Bahrain. F1 had unveiled a 23-race calendar that was due to start in Australia, but has been forced to make some early changes due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It emerged in recent weeks that the Melbourne organisers would not be able to go ahead with their race on 21 March due to travel restrictions, while the promoter of the Chinese GP revealed last week that it was seeking a date change. F1 issued an updated version of the 2021 calendar on Tuesday morning, confirming that Italian track Imola would be hosting the second round of the season on 18 April…

1 min.
abiteboul bids ‘au revoir’ to alpine as brivio arrives

FORMULA 1 Renault Formula 1 boss Cyril Abiteboul has left the company with immediate effect ahead of the team’s rebrand as Alpine. Abiteboul has worked on Renault’s F1 project since 2014, and helped oversee its works return to F1 two years later as team principal. He was expected to take up a new role heading up the revitalised Alpine brand. But Abiteboul has now left the Renault Group, with his anticipated role as CEO of Alpine being taken by director of strategy and business development Laurent Rossi. Renault F1 executive director Marcin Budkowski is widely expected to take over as team principal of the Alpine F1 project, while outgoing Suzuki MotoGP boss Davide Brivio is to become the squad’s CEO. “I would like to thank the Groupe Renault for having trusted me for many…

1 min.
rally gb off again as work begins on return

WRC Motorsport UK has confirmed that it is working to bring about Rally GB’s return to the World Rally Championship after it was dropped for 2021. Months of uncertainty around the 2021 event were finally ended last Friday when WRC Promoter confirmed it would not take place due to funding constraints. Rally GB makes way for Belgium’s Ypres Rally, although its exact August date has yet to be confirmed. It had been hoped that Northern Ireland would stage Rally GB, but proponent Bobby Willis failed to convince Tourism Northern Ireland chiefs that the £2million needed was a sensible way to spend public money amid the coronavirus pandemic. Motorsport UK chairman Hugh Chambers said it “is working to secure sustainable funding for the event’s early return to WRC. Those efforts include maintaining a close dialogue…

2 min.
le mans powerhouse joest recruited by glickenhaus

WEC Multiple Le Mans 24 Hours winner Joest Racing has been brought in by niche sportscar manufacturer Glickenhaus to bolster its maiden World Endurance Championship campaign in 2021. The German squad will be returning to the WEC for the first time since Audi’s withdrawal from the LMP1 division at the end of 2016 to help run the two Glickenhaus 007 LMHs. It will work with the in-house Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus squad based in Italy at the headquarters of Podium Advanced Technologies, where the non-hybrid Le Mans Hypercar is being developed. Marque founder Jim Glickenhaus said that the recruitment of Joest, which has been out of frontline racing since the end of its Mazda Daytona Prototype international deal in March last year, proves his desire to make an impact. “We decided to enter into…

1 min.
lola sale could lead to return

LOLA Successful British racing car constructor Lola could return to modern motorsport if the right buyers can be found. Lola, which scored success in many branches of the sport including endurance racing, Indycar and junior single-seaters, ceased car production in 2012. Its Technology Centre and windtunnel have been for sale since 2018, but now the brand itself, trademarks and technical archive are also available. The current owners hope the package will be bought as one and emphasised that Lola has all it needs to return to competition. Businessman and former racer Martin Birrane bought Lola from founder Eric Broadley in 1997 and invested in new facilities. Lola continued to provide windtunnel testing and associated services to a small number of teams after 2012, and Birrane remained hopeful of a full-scale revival until his…