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Autosport 05/11/20

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.
misfortune for bottas as formula 1 records continue to tumble

Valtteri Bottas must be feeling a bit fed up. Not only does he have the phenomenon of Lewis Hamilton as his team-mate, standing in his way despite the excellence of the machinery at his disposal, but when there is bad luck going in the Mercedes team it seems to go the Finn’s way. Formula 1’s return to Imola was another example. We’re not tallking about the fortuitous virtual safety car that ensured Hamilton kept the lead after his late pitstop – as Alex Kalinauckas shows in our report on page 20, the championship leader was putting himself into the fight for victory with his pace on ageing medium rubber anyway. But the Ferrari debris that damaged the floor of Bottas’s W11 and hampered his speed was very unfortunate and surely cost…

3 min.
f1 poised for 23-race schedule next season

FORMULA 1 Formula 1 is set to announce plans for a 23-race calendar in 2021, adding a new grand prix in Saudi Arabia to the roster originally planned for this year. Teams were handed a first draft of the schedule in an F1 Commission meeting last week that confirmed plans for a more traditional calendar after the COVID-19 pandemic forced significant revisions this year. Saudi Arabia is set to host its first F1 race next November with a street race in Jeddah, acting as a first step towards a permanent circuit that is due to be built in Qiddiya in time for a race in 2023. F1 would become the latest international sports series to stage an event in Saudi Arabia, with the country previously hosting Formula E, boxing and football, but has…

2 min.
williams puts paid to perez rumours – finally

FORMULA 1 More pieces of the 2021 Formula 1 driver market have fallen into place after announcements from AlphaTauri, Alfa Romeo and Williams at last weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. AlphaTauri confirmed last Wednesday that Pierre Gasly (below) would be staying with the team in 2021, ending suggestions that he could return to Red Bull after his star performances through this year. The Italian GP winner admitted that he was surprised he had not been considered for a potential Red Bull return, but team boss Christian Horner said the team had “made it very clear” it was not an option for Gasly to be recalled. AlphaTauri has not confirmed who will partner Gasly next year, but Honda-backed junior Yuki Tsunoda is the favourite to get the seat. The F2 rookie completed his first…

2 min.
hamilton and wolff ‘not finished’ with mercedes f1

FORMULA 1 Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is clear that he and Lewis Hamilton are “not finished” with Formula 1, despite speculation about their future following last weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola. Wolff is weighing up a new role within the Mercedes F1 team as he ponders a long-term succession plan, while Hamilton said on Sunday night that there was “no guarantee” he would race on next year. Speaking to journalists at Imola about the future of Wolff and what impact his departure would have on the team, Hamilton said: “I don’t even know if I’m going to be here next year, so it’s not really a concern for me at the moment. We have a lot of deep conversations, Toto and I, so I’m very aware of where he is mentally,…

2 min.
grosjean eyes indycar future

INDYCAR SERIES Soon-to-be Haas Formula 1 refugee Romain Grosjean says he has opened talks with IndyCar teams, after admitting he is now interested in a switch to the US. The Frenchman has previously been reluctant to switch to IndyCar because he was not too eager to race on ovals. But with the series only featuring four oval races next year, he says the make-up of the 2021 schedule is attractive to him. “It is an option,” said Grosjean. “And if I’m brutally honest, I haven’t been sleeping very well for the last two weeks. It’s a tough year for the world, for the economy, so it’s not a good year to be out of contract, and out of the sport that you are in. So yes, I’ve been looking at IndyCar. I’ve had…

2 min.
adelaide could switch to fe

FORMULA E/SUPERCARS The future of the Adelaide street circuit has unexpectedly become a political bargaining chip in a battle between private businesses and local election candidates. Despite holding a contract with Australian Supercars for 2021, the South Australian Tourism Commission has pulled the famous Adelaide 500 race from next year’s calendar on the grounds of falling fan attendance in addition to the impact posed by COVID-19, which meant an “inability to recoup costs”. But Autosport understands that Adelaide’s absence from the Supercars calendar could pave the way for Formula E to host its first event in the country, which would use elements of the former Australian Grand Prix venue. FE co-founder and chief championship officer Alberto Longo told Autosport: “Australia is a market that is showing considerable interest in e-mobility, with [electric vehicle] sales…