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Autosport 15/10/20

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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1 min.
hamilton’s finest f1 achievement yet?

Did you ever think that Michael Schumacher’s Formula 1 wins tally of 91 would be matched? All records are there to be broken, of course, but Schuey’s (then) unprecedented period of domination with Ferrari, combined with longer seasons (and careers) than in the past did make the victory benchmark look like one of F1’s toughest. When Schumacher took his final win in the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix he had 40 more than the driver in second (Alain Prost) and Fernando Alonso, the next-highest active driver, had only 14 wins. Lewis Hamilton arrived the following year, just as Schumacher left (the first time). Although it was obvious from his first race in F1 that he was going to be one of the talents of his generation, his trials and tribulations at McLaren meant…

3 min.
rally gb back for 2021, but it could be in ireland

WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally GB has been given hope of returning to the World Rally Championship calendar for 2021 after being awarded a provisional August date, but it will require approximately £2million of local government funding. Britain’s date on the 12-round schedule is pencilled in for 19-22 August, but its long-term backer the Welsh government has cooled its support for the event in recent years, and the economic impact of coronavirus could see the break clause in its contract triggered one year early. Meanwhile, a vigorous campaign has been fought to move the rally to Belfast, led by local rally kingpin Bobby Willis and North Antrim MP Ian Paisley. With Paisley’s intervention, conversations have been ongoing between the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the Northern Ireland Office and the Northern Ireland Executive…

1 min.
hamilton wants interlagos, not dead trees

FORMULA 1 Lewis Hamilton has spoken out against the deforestation of an area of Rio de Janeiro to build a new Formula 1 track. F1 is planning for the venue to replace the historic Interlagos facility as the home of the Brazilian Grand Prix, and the project has the support of environmentalist-enraging populist ultra-right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro. The construction of the new track at Deodoro, a disused military base, would involve the felling of 70,000 trees, resulting in mounting public opposition to the proposal. Hamilton has been vocal in recent years about the importance of environmentalism. “My personal opinion is that the world doesn’t need a new circuit,” he said. “I heard that it’s potentially going to be sustainable. But the most sustainable thing you can do is not tear down any trees,…

1 min.
mercedes rules out red bull engine supply

FORMULA 1 Mercedes has ruled out supplying Red Bull with Formula 1 engines following Honda’s planned exit at the end of 2021. With Honda announcing its plan to exit F1 at the start of this month, Red Bull and sister team AlphaTauri are now in search of a new engine supplier from 2022. The teams appear to have limited options, as just three engine manufacturers remain in F1. Renault has said that it would be open to rekindling a partnership with Red Bull, but Mercedes has categorically confirmed it would not be interested in working with its closest on-track rival. When asked by Autosport if a deal was of interest, Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff ruled it out for “various reasons”. “The main [reason] being that we are supplying four teams including us,” said Wolff.…

1 min.
alonso returns to cockpit for renault f1 test

FORMULA 1 Fernando Alonso made his first Formula 1 track appearance since the announcement of his Renault return at Barcelona on Tuesday of this week. The two-time world champion was driving the current Renault F1 car in a promotional/filming day, with 100km of running allowed. “It’s going to be an amazing feeling, after two years not driving an F1,” said Alonso – whose last outing came with McLaren in April 2019 – before the test. “I think it’s going to be like a new beginning, getting surprised about the speed of the car, the braking performance, the cornering speed, a lot of things that will surprise me once again. “It is very special to be back in Barcelona. I remember my first test with Benetton in the year 2000 was in Barcelona, and it’s going…

1 min.
schumacher, ilott in fp1 limbo

FORMULA 1 Ferrari is set to wait until December’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix before handing Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott their Formula 1 free practice run-outs after poor weather forced the cancellation of their planned debuts at last weekend’s Eifel GP at the Nurburgring. Ferrari Driver Academy members Schumacher and Ilott were set to drive for Alfa Romeo and Haas respectively, but rain and fog meant the medical helicopter was unable to take off from the Nurburgring and all Friday running was cancelled, dashing their hopes of getting out on track. The wait for their belated FP1 debuts will be a long one for Formula 2 championship leader Schumacher and title rival Ilott (below), because the roster of upcoming circuits complicates practice running for teams. All of the next three races are taking…