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GP Racing UK February 2019

Every month, its stunning photography and unrivalled journalism gives readers unparalleled access to the world of grand prix racing. GP Racing captures the drama, asks the questions, and delivers the comment on Formula 1 - one of the most popular and exciting sports in the world.

United Kingdom
Autosport Media UK Ltd
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12 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
verstappen's law needs to mature

Sebastian Vettel is closest to Lewis Hamilton in terms of track record, but Max Verstappen is the driver Hamilton has yet to gain a true measure of, the one who looks most likely (depending on how soon Red Bull-Honda and/or Charles Leclerc get their acts together) to challenge Hamilton’s status as Formula 1’s undisputed king. Great teams inevitably gravitate around great drivers, whether it be Lotus and Jim Clark, Tyrrell and Jackie Stewart, Ferrari and Michael Schumacher, Mercedes and Hamilton, or Red Bull and Verstappen. Toto Wolff says Mercedes have “two alpha pilots” in Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, but the reality is two true alphas tend to breed destruction. McLaren found it with Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost; Mercedes had it with Hamilton and Nico Rosberg; and Red Bull went through…

1 min.

ANDREW BENSON Before he was BBC Sport's chief F1 writer, Benson was the news hound for Autosport. See p24 for his story on cover star Verstappen ALEX KALINAUCKAS It was while covering Formula 2 and GP3 for Autosport that Alex met Toro Rosso new-boy Alex Albon. Read his verdict on page 42 ANDREW FERRARO After criss-crossing the globe covering F1, Ferraro now photographs Formula E. This month he's up at Haas for us (page 44) STUART CODLING For the first time in his career, 'Codders' got the chance to tell an F1 driver about the TV show 'Allo 'Allo. Leclerc's reaction is on page 64…

8 min.
f1 insider

01 WHY ARRIVABENE HAD TO GO The failure of Ferrari to win last year’s world championship has triggered the long-expected departure of Maurizio Arrivabene as team principal. While 2018 was Ferrari’s strongest season for a decade, strategy and management mistakes ultimately proved costly in the fight against Mercedes. Former president Sergio Marchionne is believed to have resolved to replace Arrivabene during 2018, but Marchionne’s death last September, from complications following surgery, delayed the process. Rumours had long been circulating of tensions behind the scenes at Maranello between Arrivabene and technical chief Mattia Binotto, who has now been anointed as his successor. Arrivabene’s tenure at Ferrari, after he replaced Marco Mattiacci at the end of 2014, was notable for a significant change of tone. His abrupt and abrasive management style engendered a climate of…

1 min.
the month’s big stories at a glance

10.12.18 Bernie Ecclestone claims that he tried to buy Silverstone 11.12.18 Valtteri Bottas announces rallying debut in Arctic Rally 13.12.18 Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok joins Sky Sports F1 team for 2019 13.12.18 Monza proposes radical changes to circuit layout to boost top speeds 14.12.18 Moneytron founder and Onyx F1 backer Jean-Pierre Van Rossem dies aged 73 16.12.18 Charles Leclerc admits he found F1 intimidating at first 19.12.18 London street race ‘should be possible’, says Mayor 21.12.18 FIA relaxes CFD restrictions to improve research on 2021 solutions 29.12.18 Gordon Murray awarded CBE in New Year Honours list 08.01.19 Former Mercedes junior Pascal Wehrlein joins Ferrari in development driver role PICTURES: SAM BLOXHAM; ANDY HONE; ALASTAIR STALEY; ZAK MAUGER…

1 min.
f1 mastermind

Q1 Which Finn led more laps in 2018: Kimi Räikkönen or Valtteri Bottas? Q2 How many times did Lotus finish second in the world championship: two, five or seven? Q3 At which circuit were the two Luxembourg GPs, in 1997 and 1998, held? Q4 Which driver started his F1 career with Tyrrell, then drove for Ferrari, Benetton, Prost and Sauber before ending his career at Jordan? Q5 How many races is Lewis Hamilton’s longest winless drought in Formula 1? Q6 What was the highest position a Williams reached during a race in 2018: 7th, 8th or 9th? Q7 Mike Hawthorn, the 1958 world champion, won three world championship GPs. One was France in 1958, but when and where were the other two? Q8 Who was the only driver not from Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull to record…

5 min.
the f1 analyst

IT’S PREMATURE TO WRITE OFF SEB’S FUTURE The twin forces of time and progress are inexorable, even the greatest athlete cannot hold them back forever. As Sebastian Vettel reflects and regroups during the off-season, he will be conscious of their looming presence, made manifest in the form of new Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc. How could he fail to feel the pressure from the 21-year-old standard bearer for the next generation of grand prix drivers who will collectively force Vettel into obsolescence? The question is, when? That’s partly down to Vettel to answer. At 31, he should be in his prime and capable of another five years at least at the top level. He’s leading Formula 1’s most famous team and will likely have the machinery to fight for, and win, the 2019…