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Autosport 12/11/20

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.
why jenson button is still not finished with motorsport

Thanks to the troubles of the McLaren-Honda partnership, Jenson Button’s Formula 1 career did not finish as well as it should have, although he did perform well alongside Fernando Alonso. Fortunately, Button’s enthusiasm for motorsport has not dimmed and he has taken on a number of new challenges since 2017. As he tells James Newbold in our exclusive interview on page 18, Button still wants to push himself and learn. That helps to explain why, as a driver, he has taken on events as diverse as the Le Mans 24 Hours and Baja rally, and has moved into GT team management. He even combined the two at Silverstone’s British GT finale last weekend. Button has never been afraid to put himself in a position where he could fail. Few expected him to…

4 min.
golden era of sportscars bows out with whimper

WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP It’s a sad way to finish. The LMP1 era will go out with a whimper at this weekend’s Bahrain round of the World Endurance Championship: just the two Toyotas on the grid, and little or no chance of any kind of battle to rekindle memories of the glory days of the category. While the pair of TS050 HYBRIDs – the drivers of one with an arm tied behind their backs – play out the charade that Saturday’s Bahrain 8 Hours will surely be, it will be difficult to stop harking back to better times. And there really were some amazing moments over the quarter of a century of LMP1. LMP1 began in embryonic form in 1994, the year this writer started working for Autosport, so there may be some bias…

1 min.
night race for jeddah as vietnam is axed

FORMULA 1 The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on the streets of Jeddah will be a night race, while the Vietnamese GP has been dropped in a provisional 23-round calendar announced this week. The street race in Jeddah will take place on 28 November as the penultimate round of the 2021 season, starting a 10-year deal between F1 and Saudi Arabia. The event will become the second full night race on the F1 calendar after Singapore. The announcement was followed by confirmation of the provisional 2021 calendar that features 22 races, as speculated last week in Autosport, with one TBC slot following the late dropping of Vietnam. Autosport understands that F1 officials decided to scrap the race due to ongoing political issues in Vietnam. The former mayor of Hanoi, Nguyen Duc Chung, was arrested…

2 min.
iannone ban extended to four years after appeal loss

MOTOGP The career of MotoGP star Andrea Iannone has been dealt a massive blow after his appeal to have an anti-doping ban overturned was rejected and increased to four years. Aprilia rider Iannone was banned by governing body the FIM at the end of last year when he was found to have tested positive for a banned steroid at the Malaysian Grand Prix. The Italian had this 18-month ban upheld after an FIM hearing in March, but was deemed to have ingested the substance accidentally through contaminated food. Aprilia and Iannone appealed this ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), believing the acquittal of other athletes over similar offences provided a precedent. But CAS rejected this appeal following a review of the evidence and has upheld the World Anti-Doping Agency’s bid…

1 min.
dovizioso set for sabbatical

MOTOGP Outgoing Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso is set to take a MotoGP sabbatical in 2021 and will not take on a test role at Yamaha. The 15-times MotoGP race winner made the bombshell announcement during the Austrian Grand Prix weekend in August that he would not be renewing his contract with Ducati beyond 2020, and admitted at the time that he had no Plan B. Autosport understands that Dovizioso held discussions with Honda, KTM and Yamaha to become its test rider in 2021, with the Yamaha option emerging as the most likely. But he has since changed his mind and will now leave the MotoGP paddock completely. The Italian will focus on his passion for motocross racing while keeping fully fit with a view to making a return to the MotoGP grid in…

1 min.
dtm electric

The DTM’s vision for an electric support series hit the track at last weekend’s Hockenheim season finale, in the hands of ex-champions Hans Stuck and Timo Scheider, Formula E refugee Daniel Abt and Formula 3 racer Sophia Florsch. The DTM Electric has been developed by long-time Audi partner Schaeffler, and pushes out over 1000bhp thanks to battery-electric power. It includes Schaeffler’s Space Drive steer-by-wire technology (electronic steering operating without conventional mechanical steering). Apparently, rather than a typical race car layout, the car features ‘a puristic design’ (answers on a postcard please). DTM Electric is set for introduction in 2023 to a package that will include the headlining series (which is switching from Class 1 machinery to GT3 for 2021), the GT4-based DTM Trophy, historic exotica in DTM Classic, and DTM…