Autosport 14/10/21

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bottas hits form as ‘slow’ verstappen takes the lead from hamilton

Where did that come from?! We all know Valtteri Bottas is a very good grand prix driver – probably better than he gets credit for – but there surely weren’t many who would have bet on him beating Max Verstappen in a wet contest, as he did in last weekend’s Turkish GP. This is the same driver who finished a lapped 14th in the same race last year, as his Mercedes team-mate scored one of his finest victories. Bouncing back from that and taking points away from Verstappen in such circumstances must count as one of Bottas’s best drives. There were a number of factors that helped Bottas turn things around, and Alex Kalinauckas explains them in our report on page 14. He also looks into how Red Bull failed to get…

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andretti closing on alfa romeo f1 takeover

FORMULA 1 American motorsport giant Andretti Autosport is closing in on a majority stake in the Sauber operation that runs Alfa Romeo’s Formula 1 team, potentially opening the door for IndyCar sensation Colton Herta to make the switch to grand prix racing. Following weeks of speculation about Andretti’s interest in F1 opportunities, insiders with good knowledge of the situation say that negotiations with Alfa Romeo’s owners are now at a very advanced stage. Its owner, ex-F1 driver and Indycar champion Michael Andretti, is eager to add a grand prix team to his portfolio, and there are suggestions that the takeover could be approved in a matter of weeks. But it is understood that no final decision has been taken yet by the Islero Investments company that has been the owner of the…

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honda and red bull reveal their futures

FORMULA 1 Red Bull and Honda have revealed how the two organisations will work together after the Japanese manufacturer stops its works involvement in Formula 1 at the end of this season. Honda will continue to closely support the two Red Bull F1 teams in 2022, while for the 2023 season there will be a transition to full control of the engine supply by the new Red Bull Powertrains division. Some Honda Racing Development UK employees will transfer to Red Bull Powertrains, while the two companies will also work together on projects outside F1. “The diversification agreement will see the Red Bull group of companies and Honda work together on a variety of motorsport activities, encompassing the transition of power unit development from Honda to Red Bull Powertrains, young driver development, marketing and…

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alpine to join lmdh ranks from 2024

WEC Alpine has given the green light to its plan to build a new World Endurance Championship contender in a bid to repeat its 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours victory. The Renault brand will be on the grid from 2024 with a Signatech-run LMDh prototype developed out of the forthcoming ORECA LMP2 chassis with input from its Formula 1 team. The news of a four-year commitment to race in the top class of the WEC follows statements from Alpine boss Laurent Rossi ahead of the Le Mans WEC round in August that the marque had a firm interest in continuing a programme launched for this year with the grandfathered ORECA-Gibson LMP1 design (pictured). He explained that an evaluation of both LMDh and the Le Mans Hypercar divisions was under way. The LMDh route…

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paris to berlin revived as electric event

GT EXPERIMENTAL TOUR The Paris-Berlin road race of 1901, one of the early city-to-city events at the dawn of motorsport, is being revived by Stephane Ratel for 2023 as the inaugural event in his GT Experimental Tour. A competition that will initially be open to full-electric machinery will combine road sections with short races, hillclimbs and speed events across its seven-day duration. The ideas for GTX first outlined by Ratel in the summer of 2019 aim to create events in the spirit of the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia (Walter Rohrl is pictured on the 1979 event in a Lancia Beta Monte Carlo he shared with Gilles Villeneuve). The efficiency of the cars on the road sections will combine with the results of two competitive events per day to determine the…

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rast in for audi le mans attack

LE MANS 24 HOURS/DTM Three-time DTM champion Rene Rast will lead Audi’s driver line-up on its return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2023. The German claimed a third DTM title in four years for Audi in 2020 before switching to the marque’s Formula E programme this year. Following Audi’s pullout from that series, he will return to the DTM in 2022 to attempt to win a fourth crown. Audi’s new-for-2023 LMDh contender will contest both Le Mans and the Daytona 24 Hours as part of a wider sportscar programme that is expected to include the FIA World Endurance Championship and potentially the IMSA SportsCar Championship. Rast has made three starts at Le Mans between 2014-16, and finished seventh in an Audi R18 in 2015. He will be joined in developing the as-yet-unnamed…