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Autosport 08/10/20

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

1 min.
why the lotus 72 is our favourite f1 car of all time

When Autosport began its series of podcasts debating the greatest cars, as part of our 70th-anniversary celebrations, it was absolutely obvious that the Lotus 72 would be a leading contender in the Formula 1 category. That’s not only because of its successes, but also its longevity – it spanned six seasons of F1 – and the fact that it epitomised an era of some of the coolest-looking racing machines. This week we bring you a package of features on the 72. On page 20, Gary Watkins explains a sequence of growing pains for the model, and on p30 Charles Bradley talks to Emerson Fittipaldi about his very special memories of the car. On p38, Matt Kew delves into the restoration of the chassis that was so special to Fittipaldi. And little…

4 min.
honda exit leaves red bull in engine quandary

FORMULA 1 Honda will quit Formula 1 at the end of the 2021 season, leaving the Red Bull and AlphaTauri teams searching for a new engine supplier. The shock announcement came at a press conference in Tokyo, where Honda officials cited a focus on becoming carbon-neutral by 2050 as the main reason for its departure. The company said it “needs to funnel its corporate resources in research and development into the areas of future power unit and energy technologies”. “The auto industry is going through a time of transformation that’s really once in 100 years,” said Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo. “This speed to get to CO2 reduction is getting more and more important. With the COVID pandemic as well, our ideas for the nature of the environment has really changed. We want to…

1 min.
bottas lets slip on electric off-road test

EXTREME E The rough stuff enticed Valtteri Bottas yet again as the Mercedes Formula 1 driver could be found testing the 550bhp ODYSSEY 21 Extreme E car last week alongside double Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne. Bottas has previous for sideways theatrics, having made his competitive rallying debut last year in his native Finland aboard an M-Sport Ford Fiesta World Rally Car. Then in December, he won the Paul Ricard-based Rallycircuit Cote d’Azur in a Citroen DS3. The nine-time grand prix winner joined Vergne for a six-day XE shakedown at Chateau de Lastours in southern France, the venue likened to a motocross-style circuit. The presence of Bottas – whose F1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton has created his own X44 XE team – was meant to remain private before he posted photos of his day on…

1 min.
schumacher and ilott to make fp1 debuts at eifel grand prix

FORMULA 1 Ferrari handed Formula 1 tests to its star proteges Mick Schumacher, Callum Ilott and Robert Shwartzman at Fiorano last week to step up their preparations ahead of their grand prix weekend debuts. F2 championship leader Schumacher and chief title rival Ilott will feature in opening practice for this weekend’s Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring as both look to strengthen their case for an F1 seat in 2021. Both are in the frame for an F1 drive next year with one of Ferrari’s customer teams. Schumacher will feature for Alfa Romeo in Germany, while Ilott will link up with Haas. Early-season F2 points leader Shwartzman is set to appear in practice for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Alfa Romeo. The trio shared running in a 2018-spec Ferrari SF71H at the…

1 min.
hyundai launches swoopy new tin-top weapon

WTCR Hyundai has made a departure from its short, boxy style of tin-top racer with the new Elantra N TCR, which was unveiled at last week’s Beijing Motor Show. Its latest weapon, following on from the i30 N and Veloster, will be eligible for TCR competition including the World Touring Car Cup. The Elantra, which has similar dimensions to Hyundai’s main WTCR rival, the Lynk & Co 03, has undertaken a three-month test programme in the hands of works driver Gabriele Tarquini. “The Elantra N TCR felt very nice, even from the first tests,” said Tarquini. “I’ve already been able to complete a lot of laps in the car in testing, driving both the sprint and endurance versions, which are being developed together, and we were able achieve good progress in developing the…

1 min.
euroformula open

Those old-school-F3 loyalists at Carlin returned to the winner’s circle in the category at Mugello last weekend, when team supersub Ben Barnicoat made a surprise Euroformula Open debut. The McLaren GT factory driver joined Carlin regulars Zane Maloney and Ido Cohen, and starred by holding off a tenacious Lukas Dunner. Key to his win was a mid-race shower that enabled him to extend a gap of a few seconds to Dunner, before it dried and the Austrian closed again. Barnicoat had already taken third in the wet opener, which was won by Dunner.…