Autosport 03/06/21

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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time for russell to finally move into the f1 spotlight for good?

The 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was not George Russell’s finest moment. It wasn’t so much the failed attempt to pass Valtteri Bottas’s Mercedes (with a Williams!) as the aftermath, in which Russell’s criticism of Bottas was a tad harsh and went on for a bit too long. But, as he tells Alex Kalinauckas in our open and interesting interview on page 14, he and Mercedes have already moved on. Russell is not one to dwell on his errors, but he is someone who will learn from them. His ambition is clear and, following his stunning 2020 Sakhir GP performance, there can’t be many fans who don’t want to see him in the championship-winning squad next year. The only real argument against the move is if it upsets the intra-team peace at…

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tributes to fallen moto3 rider dupasquier

MOTO3 The MotoGP paddock was left in shock last Sunday morning at the news of the passing of 19-year-old Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier. Dupasquier (right) was involved in an accident during qualifying for the Moto3 class at the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, the Swiss rider crashing at the fast Arrabbiata 2 section before being struck by Tech3 rider Ayumu Sasaki. Gresini’s Jeremy Alcoba was also involved, though his role remains unknown. Dupasquier required trackside medical treatment before being transferred to the Careggi hospital in Florence. On Saturday evening FIM medical officer Giancarlo de Filippo said Dupasquier was in a “very serious condition”. The Swiss rider – according to a statement issued by his family on his Instagram account – was declared brain dead on Sunday morning and was brought off life support.…

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wolff: costs ‘absurd’ for many drivers

FORMULA 1 Toto Wolff believes motorsport needs to be made “much more affordable” for youngsters after Lewis Hamilton said Formula 1 has become a “billionaire boys’ club”. The seven-time world champion made the statement in an interview with Spanish publication AS, adding it would be “impossible” for him to break into motorsport today given his background. Three drivers on the F1 grid – Lance Stroll, Nicholas Latifiand Nikita Mazepin – are sons of billionaires. Mercedes F1 chief Wolff said that while even drivers who benefit from wealthy backgrounds are “fighting their own demons”, he agreed it was important to get costs under control for young talent. “What we can do is make sure that grassroots racing becomes more affordable, so kids that haven’t got any financial background can be successful in the junior formulas,” Wolff…

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marko warns merc over wings

FORMULA 1 Helmut Marko has warned Mercedes chief Toto Wolff that he should “look at his front wings” as Formula 1 heads for possible protests in Baku this weekend. The FIA will clamp down on so-called ‘flexi-wings’ from the French Grand Prix (18-20 June) onwards by introducing new rigidity tests after Lewis Hamilton made a comment about Red Bull’s “bendy wing”. But with teams still able to take advantage of the rule loophole for the Azerbaijan GP, Mercedes team boss Wolff warned F1 was heading for a “very messy” situation, indicating protests could loom. But Red Bull advisor Marko feels the FIA had made it clear when the new tests would come into force, and indicated Red Bull could counter-protest Mercedes over the flexibility of its front wing. “We find this a bit strange,” said…

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webb steps in to electric alfa

PURE ETCR British sportscar specialist Oliver Webb is among the latest additions to the inaugural series for the electric Pure ETCR touring car category. Webb completes the line-up for the Romeo Ferraris squad of Alfa Romeo Giulias, alongside ex-GP2 veterans Luca Filippi and Stefano Coletti, and 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours GTE Am podium finisher Rodrigo Baptista. While Filippi and Coletti were already confirmed for the squad, Baptista and then Webb have been named in the past week as the start of the season looms at Vallelunga on 18-20 June. Long-time ByKolles World Endurance Championship LMP1 stalwart Webb has dropped down to that series’ LMP2 class for this season while the German team readies its Hypercar contender, but said he threw his hat into the ring for a Pure ETCR seat at an early…

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mercedes completes bottas wheel change after 43 hours

FORMULA 1 Mercedes has revealed it was able to finally complete Valtteri Bottas’s right-front wheel removal last week – 43 hours after his race-ending pitstop in the Monaco Grand Prix. Bottas’s tough start to the season (below) continued in Monaco after an issue in the pits caused the wheelnut to become stuck, bringing his race to an end when he looked set to finish second. Mercedes was unable to get the wheelnut off at the track, instead waiting to get the car back to the UK before using heavy-duty machinery to finally complete the job at its factory. “We concluded that to remove that nut we were going to need some fairly specialist equipment and that would be better done here in the factory,” explained Mercedes head of strategy James Vowles. “It allowed…