Autosport 19/08/21

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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2 min
in the name of the father: the schumacher dynasty 30 years on

Thirty years ago next Tuesday, Michael Schumacher stunned the Formula 1 world by qualifying seventh for his grand debut in the Belgian Grand Prix. Three decades later, his son Mick will next week continue his promising rookie F1 campaign at the same circuit: Spa. Time, then, to get to know young Schumacher. Right from his early days in the sport, he has been tremendously popular as a down-to-earth lad with no airs and graces. Alex Kalinauckas’s interview with the Haas racer on page 16 portrays a likeable character, who only wanted to make it to F1 once he felt he had earned the right (and he well and truly did that), and not because of his family name. We also look into his father’s tumultuous first 12 months as an F1 driver.…

4 min
hypercars on a par as le mans kicks off

LE MANS 24 HOURS Glickenhaus is going into this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours believing it can challenge for race victory. That was the message from the US manufacturer after it topped last Sunday’s official test day for the double-points round of the World Endurance Championship with its new Le Mans Hypercar. The importance of Olivier Pla’s lap that knocked Toyota off the top of the charts at the end of nine hours of testing was played down by Luca Ciancetti, technical director of the Podium Advanced Technologies organisation responsible for the Glickenhaus-Pipo 007 LMH. But he said that it should be taken as another signal that the marque should be regarded as a credible challenger. “The time doesn’t mean a lot to be honest because we don’t know what the others were…

2 min
aston martin drops its vettel hungary appeal

FORMULA 1 Aston Martin has withdrawn its appeal against Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification from Formula 1’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Vettel was excluded from his second-placed finish at the Hungaroring because the FIA could not extract the minimum one litre of fuel that is required for post-race technical inspections. Aston Martin had initially been confident that more than enough fuel remained in the car beyond the 0.3 litres pumped out by the FIA, and that the remainder could not be accessed due to a fuel-pump-system failure. According to telemetry data logged over the race, Aston Martin estimated that there should have been at least 1.74 litres of fuel in the car. After the race, Vettel’s car was impounded by the FIA and taken to the governing body’s facilities in France in case it was needed as…

2 min
mercedes follows audi and bmw in formula e exodus

FORMULA E Mercedes will quit Formula E at the end of the 2022 season, with the championship’s most-recognised and biggest-spending manufacturer following Audi and BMW out of the door to continue the German exodus. Its position had been increasingly uncertain after withholding a commitment to the Gen3 regulations, which will advent in 2023, while it sought “clarification” that related to “important details regarding the structure of the series”. While talks continued over this commercial standoff, the team did sign a delayed option to begin its development of the new 470bhp powertrain, and was represented in the most recent meeting of the Technical Working Group. But the Daimler boardroom has now pulled the plug on the programme, despite the reported benefits its engineers can provide to the tandem F1 attack. Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff…

1 min
pieces in place in driver jigsaw

FORMULA E As Formula E teams continue their development towards the forthcoming Gen3 regulations, the preference is for driver continuity before testing of the new cars commences late next spring. This has led Porsche to re-sign Pascal Wehrlein and Andre Lotterer for next year. While ex-Formula 1 driver Wehrlein only joined at the start of this season, Lotterer’s future has been less assured after a spate of crashes contributed to him finishing 17th in the standings. This created speculation that Mitch Evans, managed by Porsche ambassador Mark Webber, could have been drafted in before the Kiwi signed an extension at Jaguar. “Despite some notable successes this season, we are yet to achieve all of our goals,” said Lotterer. That makes me all the more pleased that Porsche is giving me the chance to…

2 min
lundgaard shines on debut

INDYCAR Alpine Academy Formula 1 protege and F2 race winner Christian Lundgaard showed dazzling pace on his IndyCar debut last weekend at the Indianapolis road course with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. The Dane, who undertook a day-long test at Barber Motorsports Park three weeks earlier, placed seventh in free practice, before nailing fourth on the grid, within 0.03 seconds of pole position. Come the race, he led a couple of laps during the first pitstop sequence, and finished 12th. “It was all about just not doing a mistake…” said Lundgaard (right). “The mileage was important to get the experience of the full race. I think tyre management is probably where I suffered most, knowing how much I can push. But it’s been a hell of an experience.” Lundgaard drove RLLR’s #45 car, handled in…