Autosport 12/08/21

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2 min
new cars and tough battles for the world’s greatest enduro

It’s not June, but the Le Mans 24 Hours is upon us. For the second year in a row, the world’s greatest endurance race is not in its traditional slot, but it is different to last year’s edition in two key ways. The first is that spectators are back. The pandemic is far from over, but things are gradually heading in the right direction and the 24 Hours has long been one of the events for motorsport fans to attend. The other is that the new era of sportscar racing has arrived. The Hypercar regulations have started in a modest fashion, with Toyota leading the way just as it did at the end of the LMP1 ruleset, but the potential is there, with Ferrari, Porsche, Audi, BMW, Peugeot and Acura all eyeing…

3 min
mclaren takes majority ownership of indy team

INDYCAR McLaren Racing is to acquire a 75% stake in the Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar team by the end of this year, its second since returning to North American top-line racing after four decades away. The team was founded by former IndyCar racer Sam Schmidt in 2001, with Ric Peterson joining in 2013 to form Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM). McLaren returned to full-time IndyCar competition in 2020 to create Arrow McLaren SP as a strategic partnership with title sponsor Arrow Electronics and SPM. Under the new structure, the team will be governed by a five-person board, comprising three McLaren Racing appointees together with Schmidt and Peterson, and chaired by McLaren CEO Zak Brown. Arrow McLaren SP president Taylor Kiel will continue to lead and oversee the operations, reporting directly to the board. The team’s…

1 min
rossi waves goodbye to motogp

MOTOGP Nine-time motorcycle grand prix world champion Valentino Rossi announced on the eve of last weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix that he will retire from MotoGP at the end of the 2021 season. A last-minute press conference was scheduled at the Red Bull Ring, where the 42-year-old Italian confirmed that his 26th GP season will be his last. Rossi made his GP debut in 1996 in the 125cc class, and has gone on to claim seven top-tier titles and 115 GP victories, 89 of them in the premier category. He revealed that he had an offer from his own VR46 Ducati team to race on in 2022, but felt the timing was right to call time on his career. Tributes poured in across social media from all corners of motorsport congratulating Rossi on his career,…

1 min
leclerc’s engine written off

FORMULA 1 Charles Leclerc is set for grid penalties later this year after Ferrari found that his engine was written off in his crash with Lance Stroll at this month’s Hungarian Grand Prix. The discovery means that Leclerc will have to take his third and final allowed power unit of the year at the upcoming Belgian GP, and that will likely mean having to use a fourth engine later in the campaign, triggering a grid drop. “The engine was irreparably damaged and cannot be used again, following the impact from Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin,” said a Ferrari statement. “This is a further blow for Scuderia Ferrari and the Monegasque driver. This damage has a financial impact and also racing ramifications, given that over the remaining 12 race weekends this season, it is highly…

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fia rejects review of vettel exclusion

FORMULA 1 Aston Martin has failed in its bid to seek a review of Sebastian Vettel’s exclusion from second place in the Hungarian Grand Prix at an FIA hearing on Monday. Vettel’s car failed to yield the mandatory one litre of fuel for post-race checks. Aston Martin initially claimed that telemetry showed there to be 1.44 litres more fuel in the car than the 0.3 litres pumped out. It said that a fuel system failure meant that the fuel had not been pumped into the tank where it could be accessed. But at the hearing, the FIA denied the request to review the case because the latest indications from the team were that a mechanical problem potentially meant there was not one litre of fuel left at all. For the request to review…

2 min
lamborghini weighs up lmdh entry

WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP Lamborghini could be the next manufacturer to jump on the LMDh bandwagon. The Italian marque has revealed that it is working towards joining the category in 2024 with the same chassis-engine platform that Volkswagen group sister brands Porsche and Audi will begin racing the year before. Giorgio Sanna, boss of the Lamborghini Squadra Corse competitions department, revealed that there is “strong interest” in the LMP2-based category that will allow manufacturers to race in the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship in North America with the same machinery. “We have always said that it is the right category for motorsport in general and also for Lamborghini,” he said. “Clearly on the technical side the best opportunity is the VW group platform. We are sharing some ideas and vision inside…