Autosport 26/03/20

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using the power of motorsport for the greater good

Bad news has not been hard to find in recent weeks, both within motorsport and the wider world. The coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate life and is likely to do so for some time, but already there are some positive messages to be found as people and businesses club together to find solutions to many new problems. Motorsport is full of intelligent and skilled people, used to working at a pace most other industries struggle to imagine. That is why we have looked into the best ways our sport can help in this time of crisis (page 14). Not only can this give some of the many thousands of people employed in motorsport some work to focus on, it can also demonstrate the strengths of our community – and really make…

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pandemic delays new f1 rules until 2022

FORMULA 1 Formula 1’s new technical regulations planned for 2021 will be postponed until the 2022 season due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. All 10 team principals plus officials from the FIA and F1 – including Jean Todt, Chase Carey and Ross Brawn – decided unanimously to delay the new ruleset during a conference call last Thursday, as well as agreeing to retain the 2020-spec cars for next season. The decision was taken in a bid to ease the impact of COVID-19 on F1, which has already forced the postponement or cancellation this year of eight races, the hosting fees for which largely fund the prize money teams receive for racing in F1. With the teams braced for reduced revenue through 2020 as a result of fewer races on the calendar,…

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mercedes backs away from ferrari 2019 action

FORMULA 1 Mercedes has backed away from its involvement with the group of teams complaining about the FIA’s secret agreement with Ferrari over its 2019 Formula 1 engine, Autosport has learned. The seven teams not using Ferrari engines had expressed their anger in the wake of the governing body announcing that it had reached a private settlement with the Italian team over suspicions that its engine was being run illegally. Mercedes, Red Bull, AlphaTauri, McLaren, Renault, Williams and Racing Point collectively issued a joint statement criticising the FIA’s decision, and suggested that they could go as far as taking legal action to get the answers they wanted. “We hereby state publicly our shared commitment to pursue full and proper disclosure in this matter, to ensure that our sport treats all competitors fairly and…

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monaco gp cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions

CORONAVIRUS The Monaco Grand Prix has been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak that has now impacted the first eight Formula 1 races scheduled for 2020. After F1 initially announced the postponement of the races in the Netherlands (3 May), Spain (10 May) and Monaco (24 May), the Automobile Club de Monaco followed this up by confirming that its grand prix had been called off. The ACM’s statement said the situation was “no longer tenable” amid uncertainty over the situation. The Historic Grand Prix planned for 10 May has also been cancelled. “To all the fans, spectators, partners and our members, the board of directors wishes to express its sincere regrets that these two events cannot be postponed and under no circumstances will it be possible to organise these events later…

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renault junior zhou wins ‘virtual’ bahrain grand prix

ESPORTS With the postponement of the real-life season, the inaugural F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix aimed to fill the void and keep fans entertained. Renault F1 junior Guanyu Zhou (above) was the unlikely winner of the frenetic ‘Bahrain’ race. There were incidents aplenty on the opening lap, with Racing Point’s Nico Hulkenberg getting caught up in a multi-car collision before he’d even reached Turn 1. Just moments later, Nicholas Latifi (Williams) veered into the wall with Esteban Gutierrez (Mercedes). Three-time grand prix winner Johnny Herbert – representing Alfa Romeo – made the bizarre choice to cut Turn 1 and ascend from 15th to the race lead. He was penalised, but before he had a chance to serve his penalty he was overtaken by Red Bull’s polesitting BMW DTM driver Philipp Eng. Formula 2 racer…

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le mans giant joest hands over mazda programme

IMSA SPORTSCAR Joest Racing’s involvement in the IMSA SportsCar Championship with Mazda has come to an end. The running of the manufacturer’s pair of Daytona Prototype internationals will now be fully taken over by the Multimatic Motorsports squad on the resumption of the North American series. Canada-based Multimatic is replacing Joest, which was brought in to head up the Mazda programme for 2018, after stepping up its involvement last season. It was brought on board to oversee the engineering of the pair of RT24-P, which it developed, while Joest continued to supply the crew that ran the cars. A statement from Mazda in North America, which made no mention of multiple Le Mans 24 Hours winner Joest, read: “Beginning at the next round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship, the pair of Mazda RT24-Ps…