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GP Racing UK December 2016

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

2 min.
why rosberg would be a worthy champ

The trouble with this year’s world championship – from a British perspective at least – is the nationalities of the key protagonists. Nico Rosberg, cast since 2014 as the battling underdog to Lewis Hamilton’s mercurial megastar, should, of course, have been ‘The Brit’. Lewis, meantime, should have been ‘The Foreigner’. Then, in a flash, we’d have had a narrative that better suited their respective abilities, and with which the mainstream media would have been more comfortable. Rosberg could have played ‘Our Nico’, indomitably plugging away at a superior rival. The masses could have demonised Lewis for his occasional petulance, while grudgingly acknowledging his routine and often breathtaking brilliance. It would have been a modern re-run of Mansell against Senna, or Hill vs Schumacher. Island nation against tricksy foe: outcome uncertain; plucky opposition guaranteed. Instead,…

1 min.

Paul Harpin Creative director who’s always quick on the draw As a former Haymarket art director, Harpin has helped fashion many an F1 Racing redesign. This month, our ‘Blueprint for a new F1’ (p38) and Force India (p70) stories benefitted from his input David Evans “Let there be mud”, says our friend from World Rallying Evans is more au fait with time cards and co-drivers than the nuances of F1, but it’s from the WRC that McLaren’s new CEO Jost Capito has arrived. Read David’s profile of him on p58 Peter Grundy Illustrator and infographic artist extraordinaire Peter Grundy was one half of information design pioneers ‘Grundy & Northedge’ and is now one whole of ‘Grundini’ Find out more about him at grundini.com and take a look at his work on page 38 Marcus Simmons Deputy editor of our sister…

1 min.

Smokin’ hot Pushing hard in qualifying for his home race, Esteban Gutiérrez locks up his left-front and consigns a set of Pirelli supersofts to the bin. His time is only good enough for P17, so no passage to Q2. Race day is worse: he brings his VF-16 home in P19, just ahead of team-mate Romain Grosjean Where Mexico City, Mexico When 2.04pm, Saturday 29 October 2016 Photographer Steven Tee/LAT Details Canon EOS-1DX MkII, 600mm lens, 1/1000th at F10 Red missed A sweary Sebastian Vettel enjoys a P3 podium celebration in Mexico, after a five-second penalty for Max Verstappen who finished ahead. But wait… a further penalty, this time for Seb, who drops to fifth, behind Dan Ricciardo and Max. A ‘shoey’ will have to wait until another day Where Mexico City, Mexico When 3.58pm, Sunday 30 October…

4 min.
ron dennis set to leave top mclaren job

Ron Dennis’s latest stint at the helm of McLaren looks to be coming to an end, following a decision by his fellow shareholders not to extend his contract beyond the end of 2016. The move comes after a tense few years in the relationship between Dennis, who owns 25 per cent of the McLaren Group, and long-time business partner Mansour Ojjeh, also a 25 per cent shareholder. Mumtalakat, the investment arm of the Kingdom of Bahrain, usually represented by Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, own the remaining 50 per cent and are siding with Ojjeh. Dennis, 69, will be pulling out all the stops between now and the end of December to try to salvage his position. He has already told friends and associates that he alone will make the…

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

12.10.16 Mercedes report £22.3m post-tax loss for the 2015 financial year 13.10.2016 Lewis Hamilton sits out 2017 tyre test with sore foot 14.10.16 Nico Hülkenberg signs with Renault for 2017 22.10.16 FIA introduces new rules on defensive driving and blue-flag etiquette 26.10.16 Circuit of The Americas chairman Bobby Epstein calls for a bigger gap between the US and Mexican GPs 01.11.16 Sebastian Vettel escapes punishment for Mexican GP radio rant after apologising to the FIA 03.11.16 Williams announce a 2017 line-up of Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll, and say Sir Frank Williams has left hospital after a bout of pneumonia…

1 min.
f1 mastermind

EVERYONE’S A WINNER Q1 How many Formula 1 drivers have won ten or more grands prix: 25, 29, or 33? Q2 Which race, in 2016, saw the highest winning margin of the year of 25.042 seconds? Q3 Which three constructors have won the Mexican Grand Prix three times each? Q4 What records do Luigi Fagioli and Max Verstappen hold? Q5 For which grand prix were 50 points awarded for the win? Q6 Who reached the milestone of 50 grands prix wins most quickly, out of Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton? Q7 In the last year of the tyre war in 2006, who collected the most wins: Bridgestone or Michelin? Q8 Five drivers have ‘won’ a race only to be disqualified later on. Who are they? Q9 Which season had a record of 11 different race winners? Q10 Who…