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Autosport 01/10/20

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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in this issue

2 min.
the rights and wrongs of f1’s russian penalties

Formula 1 does sometimes get itself into a pickle. Last weekend’s Russian Grand Prix was actually one of the more interesting contests at the Sochi circuit, but two different penalty issues became the talking points, overshadowing a fine performance by Valtteri Bottas. Firstly, were the two Lewis Hamilton practice starts simply a Mercedes mistake or were the rules a tad vague? There’s probably an element of both and it would be a surprise if race director Michael Masi’s notes weren’t tightened up pretty soon. The incident played into the hands of both the pro-Hamilton and anti-Lewis camps. The fact he got penalised and was briefly within two points of a ban made for a good storyline for those who think the stewards are out to get him. Those who think he gets…

4 min.
ex-ferrari chief domenicali becomes f1 president

FORMULA 1 Ex-Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali will become the new CEO and president of Formula 1 in January, taking over from existing chief Chase Carey. The Italian was formally announced by F1 as Carey’s replacement at last weekend’s Russian Grand Prix. “I am thrilled to join the Formula 1 organisation, a sport that has always been part of my life,” said Domenicali. “I’ve remained connected to the sport through my work with the Single Seater Commission at the FIA and I look forward to connecting with the teams, promoters, sponsors and many partners in Formula 1 as we continue to drive the business ahead.” Domenicali spent more than 20 years with Ferrari, serving as its F1 sporting director during Michael Schumacher’s domination in the early 2000s before stepping up as team principal…

1 min.
gpda writes to fia to discuss mugello pile-up

FORMULA 1 The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association wrote to the FIA ahead of last weekend’s Russian Grand Prix to discuss the safety car restart that led to a crash and red flag in the preceding Tuscan GP at Mugello. Many drivers were left unhappy about the restart in the opening stages at the Italian circuit, where the field did not get up to speed until it was close to the start-finish line, causing a multi-car crash lower down the order. It led to questions from drivers about potential changes to the safety car restart rules, with those at the front of the pack believing the lights on the safety car went out too late in a bid to make the race more interesting. GPDA director Romain Grosjean (below) confirmed that he had written to…

2 min.
dtm pushes ahead into a new future with gt3 cars

DTM The DTM is set to undergo a major overhaul in 2021, when it will ditch its ‘Class 1’ silhouette cars run by manufacturer teams in favour of a privateer-led, GT3-based formula. Gerhard Berger, chairman of the ITR that runs the series, announced at the recent Nurburgring round that the DTM would continue to exist in 2021, and that current DTM manufacturers Audi and BMW have voted in favour of the new regulations and will support their customers in the category. This comes after Mercedes pulled out at the end of 2018, the Aston Martin project lasted just one year in 2019, and Audi announced that 2020 would be its last season, leaving only BMW standing. The new formula will be christened GT Pro and Berger plans to have the regulations finalised by…

1 min.
wec boss to stand down

WEC Gerard Neveu is stepping down from the helm of the World Endurance Championship. The Frenchman will vacate his position as CEO of the series on 31 December after the end of the current campaign in Bahrain next month. The 55-year-old will relinquish his position at Le Mans Endurance Management, the organisation owned by WEC promoter the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, after nine years. He was recruited from the Paul Ricard circuit to run the series ahead of the rebirth of the WEC for the 2012 season. “After nine years at the head of this superb motorsport programme, I think it is time for me to hand over the baton and allow new life to be breathed into the organisation under the leadership of Pierre Fillon [president of the ACO],” said Neveu. “Great…

2 min.
castroneves returns – with mclaren sp squad

INDYCAR SERIES Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves will return to the IndyCar grid in this weekend’s Harvest Grand Prix double-header on the Indianapolis road course with Arrow McLaren SP. Castroneves’s opportunity arises as a result of rookie Oliver Askew having to stand down on medical grounds. The American, who scored a podium finish at Iowa Speedway in July, reported a “balance and coordination issue” following the recent Mid-Ohio double-header, and the IndyCar Medical Team has not cleared him to race. The problem is believed to be a lingering concussion from a heavy shunt in August’s Indy 500, although Askew has raced at Gateway and Mid-Ohio since then. Castroneves will race an IndyCar for a team other than Penske for the first time since 1999 in what he may consider an audition ahead of…