Autosport 30/09/21

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hamilton reaches a remarkable century as norris’s wait goes on

We’ve got used to Lewis Hamilton setting records in Formula 1, but becoming the first driver in history to win 100 world championship grands prix has to stand as one of his greatest on-track achievements. So we’ve decided to mark the occasion with a traditional green cover and a bumper issue that includes all of Hamilton’s F1 wins (see page 32). With points systems having changed over the years, many factors playing in to who gets fastest lap and now F1’s daft definition of what counts as a ‘pole position’, there aren’t many reliable metrics to measure success. Race wins (and wins/start ratio – Hamilton’s is 35.6%) and titles are surely still the best. On one hand it was fitting that Hamilton should reach the milestone in a rain-affected contest. His 17th…

3 min
miami grand prix sets date for early may 2022

FORMULA 1 The inaugural Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix will take place in early May 2022. The race will take place around the Hard Rock Stadium, home to the Miami Dolphins NFL team, on a purpose-built track known as the Miami International Autodrome. Construction is already well under way. With a 23-race F1 calendar set to be finalised by the World Motor Sport Council next month, the Miami race organisers announced last week that their race would be taking a 6-8 May date slot. It will be the first of two races to take place in the United States next season, the second being the established grand prix at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, which will take place in the final quarter of the year. “We’ve worked hard to create…

2 min
build cars that can race in the rain, implores todt

FORMULA 1 Formula 1’s next generation of cars must be designed to race in the rain to avoid a repeat of the Belgian Grand Prix washout, says FIA president Jean Todt. Last month’s wet race at Spa had to be abandoned after three laps behind a safety car because conditions were not good enough to allow the current generation of cars to race. The high levels of downforce produced by the latest F1 machinery, plus wider tyres, means more spray is thrown into the air in wet running, leading to poorer visibility. Todt says this needs to be addressed, and reckons that when the next major rules overhaul is planned, most likely to coincide with all-new power units from 2025, wet-weather running needs to be factored in. “There were many who criticised what was…

1 min
it’s schumacher versus mazepin, part two

FORMULA 1 Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin will remain with Haas for 2022, while Alpine junior Guanyu Zhou is closing on the last remaining Formula 1 seat at Alfa Romeo. Haas had been widely expected to retain both Schumacher and Mazepin for next year, but previously said it had to finalise the details of Schumacher’s contract before making any announcement. The team revealed ahead of last weekend’s Russian Grand Prix that both drivers would be staying for next season. Haas opted against developing its 2021 car in order to put full focus on the new regulations for next season, treating this campaign as a transition year. “2021 has afforded both drivers the opportunity to learn F1, and as rookies they’ve done a lot of that this year,” said team chief Gunther Steiner. “It’s been…

2 min
new hybrid shows pace on race debut

BTCC The British Touring Car Championship’s development hybrid car earned a fastest lap on its race debut at Silverstone last weekend after disappointing form in qualifying. The Cosworth-developed hybrid system has been tested in conjunction with M-Sport – supplier of the new-for-2022 customer TOCA engine – and Toyota Corolla team Speedworks Motorsport. Andrew Jordan, the 2013 BTCC champion, has done most of the driving and was behind the wheel for the Silverstone ‘showcase’. The car was running as a guest entrant ineligible for points, and started each race from the pits. While series boss Alan Gow had predicted that the power from the hybrid should mean that the car led the way in qualifying, a water-pump issue in free practice delayed progress, and Jordan qualified down in 20th position. “We played it very…

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dakar rally

Audi’s new Dakar Rally contender has completed two weeks of testing in Morocco. The RSQ e-tron, which features an electric drivetrain and MGUs from Formula E and an engine from Audi’s Class 1 DTM contender, was put through its paces by Carlos Sainz Sr, Stephane Peterhansel and Mattias Ekstrom. Sandstorms and high temperatures provided problems on the test. “As expected, some new problems arose in the high temperatures, which repeatedly caused interruptions to the testing and needed to be solved before the next test,” said team boss Sven Quandt. “We expect much lower temperatures at the Dakar Rally. Nevertheless, we deliberately went to Morocco to test our concept under the most extreme conditions.”…