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Autosport 03/09/20

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1 min.
hamilton addresses 2019 ‘weakness’ to reach new heights

Rarely has a car-driver combination been as impressive as Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes W11 were at Spa last Saturday. Hamilton’s 93rd Formula 1 pole was outstanding not just because he was half a second quicker than team-mate Valtteri Bottas, but his sheer confidence and precision on high-speed corner entries was remarkable. As Alex Kalinauckas shows on page 16, Hamilton identified a ‘weakness’ last year that he has addressed in 2020. The result was a dominant pole, averaging nearly 155mph, and a race performance that was only denied the ‘grand slam’ of pole, fastest lap, leading every lap and victory by Daniel Ricciardo’s fantastic final tour. The current Pirelli era means drivers often have to hold something in reserve in the races, something Max Verstappen complained about last weekend. But if Hamilton…

3 min.
bahrain outer layout to ramp up speeds

FORMULA 1 Formula 1 will use the outer-loop layout of the Bahrain International Circuit for its second race of the 2020 world championship season at the track in December. After confirming its final 17-race calendar for the 2020 season last week, F1 announced that the Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain’s second race on 6 December – would run on the shorter outer loop. It will also be staged as a full night race, starting at a later time than the Bahrain Grand Prix’s typical time slot. The idea was first raised in May by F1 managing director of motorsports Ross Brawn, who wanted to create some more variation in the calendar and take advantage of the FIA Grade 1 status held by the alternative layouts in Bahrain. The outer loop is 2.202 miles…

1 min.
tsunoda to get first f1 test with alphatauri

FORMULA 1 Japanese Formula 2 sensation Yuki Tsunoda is set to get his first Formula 1 test with AlphaTauri at the end-of-year young-driver session in Abu Dhabi. The Honda and Red Bull-backed 20-year-old scored the second win of his rookie F2 season at Spa last Saturday, putting him into contention for the title and an F1 superlicence. That would put Tsunoda into contention for a seat with AlphaTauri in the future as the latest graduate of Red Bull’s junior programme. AlphaTauri team boss Franz Tost confirmed that plans are in place to test Tsunoda in December. “I’m not only impressed with his driving in F2, I was impressed with him last year in F3 as well and the years before,” he said. “He is a high-skilled driver and he has all the ingredients…

1 min.
injured correa aims for f2 race return in 2021

FORMULA 2 Juan Manuel Correa is eyeing a Formula 2 return in 2021 after making good progress in his recovery from injuries following the tragic Spa race last year. Correa sustained severe injuries to his lungs and right leg in the F2 accident that claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert. The Ecuadorian-American was a guest for the Belgian GP last weekend, commemorating the first anniversary of Hubert’s death. He revealed that his recovery is going “quite well”, giving him hope of making a return to competition in F2 in 2021. “I’m actually looking for a comeback next year, so earlier than we thought initially, but it’s looking good,” said Correa. “I have still quite a few surgeries left to go, but the whole metal [frame] around my leg should be gone by the end of…

1 min.
vips makes surprise f2 debut after travel drama

F2/SUPER FORMULA Red Bull Junior Juri Vips has been drafted into the DAMS team to replace the injured Sean Gelael for three Formula 2 rounds, after travel restrictions in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis left him unable to enter Japan for his intended Super Formula campaign. Gelael sustained a broken D4 vertebra in a jolt on a kerb in the previous round at Barcelona, and the suddenly available Vips was called up to join Dan Ticktum at DAMS for last weekend’s Spa round, plus the upcoming events at Monza and Mugello. Vips (right) started from the rear at Spa as the car went into safety mode in qualifying before he could set a time, while he stalled on the green-flag lap for the sprint race and had to start from the pits,…

2 min.
tandy set for le mans prototype return in link-up with jarvis

LE MANS 24 HOURS Le Mans 24 Hours 2015 winner Nick Tandy is on course to end a three-year absence from the prototype ranks at the French enduro later this month. The Brit is set to drive an LMP2 ORECA run under the G-Drive banner as part of a line-up including former LMP1 sparring partner Oliver Jarvis. Tandy, who has been out of prototypes since Porsche axed its LMP1 programme in 2017, became available when the German manufacturer opted to can its two GTE Pro entries from the CORE-run factory team from the IMSA SportsCar Championship. Russian entrant G-Drive has now stepped in after putting together a late entry for an ORECA-Gibson 07 to be run by Algarve Pro. An eighth Le Mans participation for Tandy has yet to be signed off, however.…