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Autosport 26/11/20

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.
still looking for his chance to beat lewis

Daniel Ricciardo has been one of Formula 1’s top drivers for several years now. Since getting the better of four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull in 2014, the likeable Australian has been worthy of a title tilt, if only he had the right machinery. Red Bull never quite provided that as the Mercedes steamroller got going in the early years of the turbo-hybrid era. Ricciardo then matched up very well to rising star Max Verstappen, something that people now appreciate more given how much his successors have struggled. Ricciardo’s move to Renault was bold and risky, one that he felt he had to take given Verstappen’s growing status at Red Bull. Renault hasn’t been able to provide Ricciardo with a winning car but, as he shows in his interview with…

4 min.
red bull wants imminent honda decision

FORMULA 1 Red Bull aims to make a decision on its future Formula 1 engine supply by the end of this month as it seeks a freeze on powerplant development beyond 2021. Red Bull and sister team AlphaTauri are currently without an engine supplier from 2022 after existing partner Honda announced at the start of October that it would be quitting F1 at the end of next year. Instead of seeking an alternative supplier, Red Bull is eager to take on Honda’s power units to use beyond 2021, on the condition that it can agree to a freeze on engine development with the other manufacturers. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said there had been “quite productive discussions” with both F1 and the FIA about engine plans in recent weeks, and that it…

2 min.
top 10 horrible engine pseudonyms

1 PLAYLIFE 1998-2000: Benetton As if the Renault V10’s metamorphosis to Mecachrome and Supertec wasn’t cruel enough, this conjured up images of Benetton’s Flavio Briatore shmoozing on a yacht in Monaco. Truly awful. 2 EUROPEAN 2001: Minardi Paul Stoddart bought Minardi for 2001 and renamed its Ford Zetec-R (see #8) after his European Aviation company. Ironic considering Stoddart isn’t even European, but there you go. 3 ACER 2001: Prost At first hearing it sounded like a tribute to 1978 Scotland World Cup hero Asa Hartford, but the French team’s Ferrari V10s were actually so named in honour of a Taiwanese computer company. 4 TAG HEUER 2016-18: Red Bull Red Bull brought back the ‘TAG’ name (see #5) for a redubbing of its marriage of (in)convenience with the Renault V6, and made it even worse by ‘tagging’ Heuer onto the end. Back…

2 min.
top audi team wrt plans move to lmp2 for le mans

WEC The Belgian WRT squad is aiming to add Le Mans 24 Hours honours to its bulging CV of victories in the big sportscar enduros. The multiple outright winner of the Spa and Nurburgring 24-hour classics with Audi GT3 machinery is working on a move into the LMP2 ranks of the World Endurance Championship in 2021. Team boss Vincent Vosse believes he is closing on a deal to run a car in P2 next season. Le Mans is the focus of WRT’s aspirations, which is why it is favouring the WEC over the European Le Mans Series. “We’re close to an LMP2 programme,” said Vosse. “The main thing is that we have to do Le Mans, because it is so commercially important, and our only way to guarantee that is to race…

1 min.
ganassi back in imsa top flight

IMSA SPORTSCAR Chip Ganassi Racing will return to the top flight of North American sportscar racing in 2021 after a five-season hiatus. The team that took five Grand-Am drivers’ titles between 2004 and 2012 will field a Cadillac in the Daytona Prototype international ranks of the IMSA SportsCar Championship next year. Ganassi is moving back to the top class of IMSA with one of the General Motors brand’s Dallara-based DPi-V.Rs after four seasons running the Ford GT in 2016-19 and then a year on the sidelines of sportscar racing in 2020. It is looking to rekindle the success at the sharp end of the grid that took it to six overall Daytona 24 Hours victories and 46 outright wins across Grand-Am and IMSA in a 12-year stint fielding Lexus, BMW and then…

1 min.
french gt

Aurelien Panis was one of four sons of French Formula 1 race winners in the top 10 in the first race of last weekend’s finale of the GT4-based French GT series at Paul Ricard. The difference is he shared the race-winning CMR-run Toyota GR Supra with his dad – 1996 Monaco GP victor Olivier Panis! Behind the Panis pair were Nicolas Prost (fourth, Alpine-Renault A110), Anthony Beltoise (ninth, Audi R8 LMS) and Adrien Tambay (10th, Audi). Ricardo van der Ende, the 1999 Formula Ford Festival winner, clinched the Silver title with Benjamin Lessennes in a BMW M4.…