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Autosport 20/08/20

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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2 min.
hamilton’s response is emphatic as he closes on more f1 records

For those who thought the tyre troubles Mercedes experienced at Silverstone hinted at a serious chink in the pacesetting team’s armour, Lewis Hamilton’s performance in the Spanish Grand Prix last weekend was a pretty emphatic response. Even Mercedes wasn’t confident it would be able to make the most of its incredible W11 in the heat of Barcelona, but Hamilton was in the zone, or “daze” as he initially described it. Max Verstappen was again brilliant for Red Bull, taking advantage of a poor start for Valtteri Bottas to split the Black Arrows. The 22-year-old has been truly outstanding this season and somehow has a six-point advantage over Bottas in the drivers’ standings. But Hamilton is too good not to make use of a car advantage and, with a 37-point lead and 88…

4 min.
andretti pips dixon for indy 500 pole position

INDIANAPOLIS 500 Marco Andretti, the man cursed with the fan-enforced burden of upholding the honour of US racing’s royal family, has achieved something memorable and satisfying for the first time since he won at Iowa Speedway in 2011. He will lead the 33-car field to the green flag for this Sunday’s 104th running of the Indianapolis 500. Taking pole at Indy is something his father Michael never achieved – as well as famously never winning the race. And in fact even his Andretti Autosport team, while being a six-time winner of the event, has started from the pole just once. The third-generation driver finished the opening day of practice in second and the second day in third, so the car appeared strong in race trim. Then, when the BorgWarner turbos were turned up…

2 min.

Did you know how close it was going to be for pole, and that you had to do something special on lap four? Looking at my speed I just knew it was going to be so close that the wind of the gods was going to decide it, whichever of us got the lucky gust. I can’t believe how close it was – but actually, I also can’t believe that 0.017mph is only the third closest margin at Indy. Isn’t that crazy? I was sure it was gonna be the closest. The laps you turned on Saturday in the heat of the day to get through to the Fast Nine were just as impressive. Is that a good sign? Yeah, that’s what I hope and I’m pretty positive. It was quite a different…

2 min.
istanbul park and jerez set for makeshift f1 calendar

FORMULA 1 The Turkish Grand Prix is set to be revived later this year as Formula 1 prepares to publish its final 2020 calendar. Istanbul Park last welcomed F1 back in 2011, but talks have accelerated in recent weeks to pave the way for the circuit to return to the heavily revised 2020 schedule. Jerez is also poised to host an F1 grand prix for the first time since the controversial 1997 season finale, for a GP that would bolster the calendar to 17 races. The Andalusian circuit recently hosted the opening two races of the MotoGP season, and was used as recently as 2015 by F1 as part of its pre-season testing schedule. F1 had been keeping dates in November open for possible races in Asia but, with the prospect of an…

1 min.
engine ‘party mode’ banned

FORMULA 1 The high-power engine modes used in qualifying are set to be banned from next week’s Belgian Grand Prix at Spa following a ruling by the FIA. Some Formula 1 engine suppliers have a so-called ‘party mode’ setting that allows the drivers to enter a peak performance window for qualifying hot laps, giving them additional power. But teams will now be forced to run in the same mode through both qualifying and the race after receiving a letter from FIA secretary general for sport Peter Bayer last week. Bayer informed teams that adjusting the engine modes could be seen as a breach of the rule that requires the car to be driven “alone and unaided”. The move has been interpreted as a bid to rein in the advantage of the Mercedes-powered cars, given…

2 min.
mclaren and williams back down on appeal

FORMULA 1 Williams and McLaren have both dropped their protests against the FIA’s ruling on the Racing Point brake-duct case. Racing Point (right, above) was hit with a 15-point constructors’ championship penalty and a €400,000 fine after it was judged to have copied the design of Mercedes’ rear brake ducts for its 2020 car. Four teams – Ferrari, Renault, Williams and McLaren – all planned to appeal the ruling in pursuit of a harsher penalty, believing it unfair that the team could keep running the brake ducts for the remainder of the season. But both Williams and McLaren have now pulled out of the case after fears over the future of independent designs were allayed by the FIA in the wake of the Racing Point ruling. FIA head of single-seaters Nikolas Tombazis confirmed at…