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Autosport 22/10/20

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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.
getting to the bottom of what really makes raikkonen tick

Kimi Raikkonen has been one of the most popular Formula 1 drivers of the past two decades. Amid the sport’s PR and politics his irreverent personality can be very appealing - and he is now the most experienced F1 driver ever, with 323 starts and counting. Autosport has been vocal at times about Raikkonen not always delivering on the incredible ability he demonstrated early on in his career, particularly at McLaren. We stand by the argument that Ferrari kept him for too long – witness Charles Leclerc’s almost immediate, outstanding impact with the team – but there is also no doubt that the 2007 world champion still has plenty to offer a midfield squad. Raikkonen’s experience can help Alfa Romeo try to get the best out of a less-than-perfect machine and, as…

4 min.
red bull favouring own honda project

“Our engine can be good for four more years,”Honda’s Yamamoto tells Marko FORMULA 1 Red Bull could take on Honda’s engine project after the Japanese manufacturer’s exit from Formula 1 at the end of 2021, if its rivals agree to a development freeze. Honda announced last month that it would be quitting F1 at the end of next season, leaving Red Bull and sister team AlphaTauri in search of a new engine supplier for 2022 and beyond. With Mercedes already ruling out a potential link-up with Red Bull, the options seem limited as only Ferrari and the team’s former partner Renault are alternative power-unit suppliers. But Red Bull F1 advisor Helmut Marko has confirmed that the team could stick with the Honda engine. “We would favour, provided the talks with Honda are positive, that…

1 min.
japanese talent tsunoda gets alphatauri test

FORMULA 1 Star FIA Formula 2 rookie Yuki Tsunoda will complete his maiden Formula 1 test at Imola next month with AlphaTauri amid growing chances of a move to the team for 2021. Honda-backed Tsunoda has been part of Red Bull’s junior programme since 2018, and currently sits third in the F2 standings with Carlin. He needs a top-five finish to secure an FIA superlicence. Tsunoda underwent a seat-fitting in Faenza last week in a 2018 Toro Rosso that he will test at Imola on 4 November. Drivers are required to complete 300km in F1 machinery as part of the process to gain a superlicence, as well as before making any free practice appearances. Tsunoda is considered the strong favourite to replace Daniil Kvyat at AlphaTauri next season, with Honda’s planned exit from F1…

1 min.
f3 sensation pourchaire secures ‘early’ f2 debut

FORMULA 2 While Yuki Tsunoda has excited FIA Formula 2 aficionados this year, Theo Pourchaire has done the same for FIA Formula 3 cognoscenti – and now the French ace is to get his F2 debut by competing in the final two rounds. Sauber protege Pourchaire will take the HWA Racelab seat previously occupied by Giuliano Alesi, and by Jake Hughes last time out at Sochi, for the two Bahrain events. He was reigning German Formula 4 champion when he started his rookie F3 campaign with ART Grand Prix, and only turned 17 during the season, but finished as runner-up. He will partner F2 veteran Artem Markelov in Bahrain. Pourchaire is set to enjoy greater backing from Sauber, which operates Alfa Romeo’s F1 team, in 2021. “They didn’t think I could do this,” Pourchaire…

2 min.
da costa secures indy test – and portuguese fe race?

FORMULA E/INDYCAR Antonio Felix da Costa’s air miles took a sizeable hit when the pandemic resulted in him visiting seven fewer countries than originally planned on his way to winning the 2019-20 Formula E title. But he’s been racking up the loyalty points again this month by flying between the US and his native Portugal. His trip Stateside was for a seat-fit at Rahal Lanigan Letterman Racing, as da Costa has been called up by the team for his first IndyCar test. He will drive one of the squad’s Honda-powered Dallaras – usually occupied by Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato – at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama on 2 November. “I have never hidden the fact that it’s a big dream of mine to come try out an IndyCar,” said da Costa. “I…

1 min.
rosenqvist set for mclaren

INDYCAR SERIES IndyCar Series racer Felix Rosenqvist is set to leave Chip Ganassi Racing at the end of this season to partner Pato O’Ward at the Arrow McLaren SP team in 2021. Multiple sources have confirmed to Autosport that the Swede is on the move from Ganassi, where he made his IndyCar debut in March 2019 at St Petersburg. He is set to replace Oliver Askew, who it was announced last week will not be remaining with Arrow McLaren SP. Rosenqvist has shone on several occasions over his two seasons with Chip Ganassi’s team, starting with his debut race where he qualified third, ahead of team leader Scott Dixon, and led 31 laps before coming home fourth. He took his first pole at the Indianapolis road course, scored two second places and finished…