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Autosport 27/08/20

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1 min.
can russell step into hamilton’s shoes?

It was pretty obvious Lewis Hamilton was going to make waves in Formula 1 before he arrived, and he indeed made an immediate impact when he joined the grid. George Russell also produced the goods on his way up, but what he hasn’t had in his F1 career so far is a competitive car, such as the McLaren Hamilton jumped into in 2007. That means you have to dig deeper to find the strengths – and weaknesses – of Russell’s game, as he battles at the back of the field with Williams. But the signs are there and, as the 22-year-old tells us in our cover piece on page 16, he is doing everything he can to improve his game. Doing so would mean maintaining the momentum he has within the…

3 min.
end of an era williams f1 sold to us firm

FORMULA 1 Good news stories surrounding the Williams team have been rather hard to come by in Formula 1 over the past few years. Since slumping to the bottom of the pecking order in 2018 and enduring its ‘annus horribilis’ last season, when delays in the car build left it a long way adrift from the rest of the field, the historic outfit looked nothing like the team that once claimed five constructors’ titles in six years between 1992 and 1997. Back in May, Williams revealed it was considering a partial or even full sale of its F1 team in a bid to ease financial pressures, and that it was undergoing a strategic review to safeguard its future. The team suffered a downturn in revenues after dropping to the bottom of the constructors’…

2 min.
all 10 f1 teams sign up for new concorde agreement

FORMULA 1 Formula 1 has announced that all 10 of its teams have signed the new Concorde Agreement, committing them to the series from 2021 to 2025. An early-sign deadline of 18 August was set for teams to put pen to paper on the new terms, which focus on a more equitable distribution of prize money and a revised governance structure. Despite concerns being aired by some, including Mercedes, over where negotiations stood, most teams confirmed across the Spanish Grand Prix weekend that they were close to being in a position to sign the new deal. This was followed by formal confirmation from Ferrari, McLaren and Williams last week that they had agreed to the new Concorde Agreement, confirming their places for next year. “The FIA and Formula 1 can today confirm that all 10…

2 min.
f1 signs off final 17-race 2020 calendar with december end

FORMULA 1 The FIA and Formula 1 have formally confirmed a final 17-race 2020 schedule, taking the season to a mid-December finish. The major new addition is the return of the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park for the first time since 2011. It will take place on 15 November. Plans have remained for the season to conclude with a double-header in Bahrain followed by the finale in Abu Dhabi on 13 December. A final total of 17 races gives F1 some margin in case events are unexpectedly lost due to late changes or issues with COVID-19. The minimum number of races required to guarantee full payment by the TV broadcasters is 15. The schedule now includes five venues that were not on the original version: Mugello, Nurburgring, Portimao, Imola and Istanbul. The Turkish race…

1 min.
ratel to revive french tin-tops

FRENCH TOURING CARS A new generation of tin-top drivers will have the chance to emulate the likes of Frank Biela, Laurent Aiello and Jean-Louis Schlesser. They all won the French Touring Car Championship, which is being revived for next year after an absence of 15 seasons. The Stephane Ratel Organisation is relaunching the series, which ran from 1974 to 2005, on the French Circuit Championship package that includes the Formula 4, Porsche Carrera Cup and GT4 categories. It will borrow its rules and format from SRO’s TC America series by allowing one-make racers to go up against each other across two classes. “There was a spare slot on our package and we looked at doing something with touring cars,” said Ratel. “We decided that TCR was not the right category because it would…

1 min.
hot-rodded lotus joins gt2 ranks

A new entrant has thrown its hat into the GT2 ring alongside Porsche and Audi with a Lotus-based racer. Austrian tuning specialist JUBU Performance has launched the JP Zero ahead of a stand-alone series for GT2 machinery run by the Stephane Ratel Organisation in 2021. “We took the great chassis from the Exige and built an entirely new car around it,” said JUBU founder Martin Jung. “Almost everything, from the suspension to the steering wheel, is completely new.” The Zero is powered by a twin-turbo version of the Exige’s Toyota V6, pushing out 610bhp. The first example has been testing since March and deliveries for a car that retails at £225,000 plus taxes are due to begin early next year. The JUBU joins the Porsche GT2 RS Clubsport, the Audi…