Autosport 27/05/21

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verstappen moves ahead as leclerc misses his home chance

The 2021 Monaco Grand Prix will not be remembered as a classic, but it was what the Formula 1 title battle needed. Max Verstappen’s win, combined with a dire weekend for Mercedes, has put the 23-year-old into the championship lead for the first time. And Red Bull now tops the constructors’ contest by a single point. As Alex Kalinauckas shows in our report on page 18, there were several reasons why the race last weekend didn’t quite have the fizz we had hoped for. Perhaps the biggest was that poor Charles Leclerc did not get to start from a surprise pole position for Ferrari (p17). Forty years since Gilles Villeneuve (above) scored one of the principality’s greatest wins, it would have been great to watch Leclerc attempt to hold off Verstappen…

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dixon hangs on to pip herta to pole

INDIANAPOLIS 500 As good a racer as Scott Dixon has been over his 20-year Indycar career – six championships, 51 victories and counting – he is not the most prolific of pole position winners, with ‘only’ 27. And they have become particularly sparse of late: the 26th came at the Indianapolis 500 four years ago; the 27th arrived on the 2.5-mile superspeedway last Sunday. It was Dixon’s fourth pole around the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, whose unique demands become even more demanding in qualifying, when the cars are trimmed out and can go through the Turns 1 and 3 speed traps at 240mph without the aid of a tow. Oh, and the grid is based on the average of four flying laps. Saturday qualifying locked cars into starting positions 10 through 30, and…

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wolff warns of ‘messy’ baku wing protest

FORMULA 1 Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has warned that Formula 1 risks a “very messy” protest over ‘flexi-wings’ if the FIA does not provide clarification before next week’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Following comments by Lewis Hamilton about Red Bull’s “bendy wing” in Spain, it emerged that the FIA would be clamping down on the designs with more stringent tests starting from the French Grand Prix on 18-20 June. But it sparked anger from teams not running the flexi-wings that no added checks would be conducted at the next race in Baku, a track where they could prove particularly advantageous. “I think if the limbo wings are on in Baku, with the advantage that we see, it’s going to go to the stewards,” said Wolff, indicating a protest was looming. “And if the stewards are…

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briton stoker to run for fia presidency

FIA FIA deputy president for sport Graham Stoker is running for the presidency of motorsport’s governing body in the election to be held later this year. Stoker announced his candidacy to Motorsport Network president James Allen in the latest in Autosport’s series of #ThinkingForward podcasts, which was released on Tuesday. He is the second person to throw his hat into the ring, with former rally driver Mohammed Bin Sulayem the only opposition to Stoker at present. British barrister Stoker became a motorsport fan as a child. After finding the cost of taking part himself prohibitive, he moved into the administration of the sport in the UK. He had five years as permanent steward in the British Touring Car Championship, and then became chairman of the RAC Motorsport Council, playing his part in saving…

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aitken returns to f2 for monaco and azerbaijan

FORMULA 2 Williams Formula 1 reserve Jack Aitken has made a surprise return to Formula 2 for last weekend’s round in Monaco and next week’s Baku fixture. Aitken has taken over the seat at HWA Racelab occupied by Matteo Nannini during the opening round. The Italian had embarked on a dual campaign with the German team in F2 and FIA Formula 3, but has elected to focus on F3. Autosport understands that HWA was keen for an experienced head to fill the seat, and several drivers were considered for the role alongside Alessio Deledda. Aitken, a four-time F2 race winner, had a challenging weekend in Monaco. He qualified 21st and finished the opening sprint race in 16th, before going on to climb to ninth in race two. A problem getting o_ the line in…

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norris gets two more years at mclaren

FORMULA 1 Lando Norris has been rewarded for his strong start to the 2021 Formula 1 season with a new long-term McLaren contract. Norris, 21, sits third in the standings after scoring his second podium of the year in Monaco last weekend, just days after his new McLaren deal was announced. The agreement ensures that Norris will remain with the team until at least the end of the 2023 season, and could open the door for involvement in McLaren projects such as IndyCar and a mooted sportscar programme. “I’m really pleased to have extended my relationship with McLaren from 2022,” said Norris. “Having been with the team for almost five years [initially as a junior protege], I feel very much part of the family here and I couldn’t imagine starting the next phase…