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GP Racing UK January 2020

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.

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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

ANDREW BENSON When he's not helping in the BBC Radio 5 Live commentary box, Benson is getting intel from the paddock. Read his view on Merc on p32 PAT SYMONDS In Austin, Pat was on hand as F1 and the FIA unveiled their 2021 rules. This month he begins to explain how they came together, see page 24 PAUL RIPKE For the past few years Ripke has been embedded with the Mercedes team. His montage of engine HQ Brixworth is on p42 SCOTT MITCHELL Having recently left the UK for a new life in snowy Sweden, Scott continues to beat the F1 trail. His Alex Albon insight is on page 82…

3 min.

Kneeling at the altar of the title winner There is a strange quirk about Formula 1. All season the teams are paranoid about keeping their cars secret and ensuring photographers don’t capture revealing spy shots. Then the moment the chequered flag falls on the final race of the season, the car suddenly becomes redundant. Right at the end of qualifying in Abu Dhabi, I spotted Lewis Hamilton move to the front of his car while both Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen were being interviewed for television. It was a poignant moment, since it would be the last time Hamilton would ever qualify this car. It will be soon replaced by next year’s challenger. Where Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi When 6.06pm, Saturday 30 November 2019 Details Canon EOS-1DX MkII, 560mm lens, 1/320th @ F5.6 The sun sets on another…

9 min.

LEWIS REVEALS THE SECRETS OF HIS CRAFT 01 Fresh from clinching his sixth championship, Lewis Hamilton visited the Gran Turismo World Finals in Monaco, where he offered online racers some fascinating insight into the small details integral to his continued success in Formula 1. F1 Racing’s sister title Motorsport.com was there to hear what he had to say. PRE-RACE RITUAL “What I do now is different to what I did when I first looked at F1 and when I was karting. It’s been a learning process. I do stretching, and stretching is so important, particularly as you get older. Also, keeping your heart rate low with some breathing, I don’t do breathing exercises, but I focus on my breathing, making sure I’m centred. “I always ensure I’ve studied the lap and the settings I’ve…

1 min.
f1 mastermind

Q1 What year did Pirelli became the sole supplier of tyres in Formula 1? Q2 Who was the first driver to win a world championship F1 race driving a Brabham, and at which race did he achieve the feat? Q3 Which two circuits with a lap length under two miles have held world championship races? Q4 True or false: Jenson Button’s only pole position for McLaren was at the Belgian GP in 2012? Q5 Clay Regazzoni won the first and John Watson the last F1 races at which American venue? Q6 The Turkish GP was only held seven times, but which driver won three of those races? Q7 Alan Jones took Shadow’s only GP win, but which two drivers claimed pole positions for the team? Q8 Where did Valtteri Bottas claim his first F1 podium: was it…

5 min.
under the hood

THE STORY BEHIND F1’S NEW RULES It may not have delivered Brexit to the UK population, thereby removing some uncertainty from the national political scene, but 31 October 2019 did deliver a set of Formula 1 regulations for 2021 which clarified, to some extent, the ever-murky F1 political scene. The 2021 regulations themselves are now in the public domain, but the story behind them is less well known. As someone deeply involved in the gestation of them I will attempt to fill in some of these details over the next few issues. The story starts with Liberty Media’s purchase of the commercial rights to the sport in September 2016. This resulted a sea change in attitude, with a much more long-term view of the development of the sport as a business than had…

3 min.
straight talk

IS F1 HEADED FOR AN ENGINE SUPPLY CRISIS? Listening to Aston Martin’s V12-powered Valkyrie screaming its way around Silverstone in mid-November, thoughts turned to engine supplier Cosworth and the dilemma of Formula 1’s unhealthy reliance on car companies as we enter a decade of change within the automotive industry. It never takes much turbulence to cause manufacturers to cast a bean counter’s eye in the direction of F1, as recent events have shown. Since the arrest of its Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn in November 2018, Renault has endured unprecedented boardroom turmoil and tough trading conditions. The appointment in October of former accountant Clotilde Delbos as Renault’s interim Chief Executive raised eyebrows when she confirmed a deep review of the company’s business would include its continued participation in F1. While Renault F1’s Cyril Abiteboul…