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GP Racing UK December 2018

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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Autosport Media UK Ltd
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12 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
hamilton is now schumacher's natural heir

As a youngster growing up in the nineties, beginning my own discovery of Formula 1, Michael Schumacher was the nemesis for a Damon Hill fan like me. On-track, Schumi was the driver I wanted Damon to be: a stupendously rapid and ruthless winning machine. Off-track, he appeared swaggeringly arrogant, which is why I was drawn towards Hill’s humbler character – even though it was clear he was the lesser driver (sorry Damon). Whatever I felt about Schumacher personally, I couldn’t help but respect his driving brilliance. My dad always preferred Michael. But he saw Senna race, and presumably recognised that same capacity for changing the face of the sport Schumacher came to redefine and dominate for the best part of 10 years – until someone called Fernando Alonso came along and…

1 min.

ALISTER THORPE He's photographed plenty of stars for F1 Racing, but until now Alister hadn't added Luca Di Montezemolo to the list. See page 44 JAMES ROBERTS Our associate ed assesses Michael Schumacher's lasting legacy (p34) and visits the must-see Schumi museum (p44) SCOTT MITCHELL One recent recruit to the F1 circus interviews another, George Russell, on page 62. True story: Scott once donated his hair to charity ANDREW VAN DE BURGT Editor in chief 'VdB' took a break from endless meetings to pitch your questions to Brendon Hartley (p78)…

3 min.
champion’s parade

Hamilton’s title-winning ‘high five’ Lewis Hamilton matched the great Juan Manuel Fangio by securing his fifth world drivers’ championship in Mexico. In the immediate aftermath of the race, Mercedes kicked off a hashtag (#HiFive) that, unsurprisingly started trending on social media. Once Hamilton finished his round of TV and press interviews, followed by an engineering debrief, he appeared in the pitlane in front of his garage for the team photograph. Draped in a Union Flag, the champion was doused with champagne by his mechanics and in the photographic scrum showed off his own version of a high five... Where Mexico City, Mexico When 5.26pm, Sunday 28th November 2018 Details Canon EOS-1DX MkII, 37mm lens, 1/1250th @ F5.0 Hamilton’s donuts have a new flavour In celebrating his world championship success, Lewis Hamilton caught a few of us by surprise after…

10 min.
f1 insider

01 HAMILTON ON THE KEY TO HIS 2018 SUCCESS Lewis Hamilton somewhat stumbled to the finish line of his world championship title quest by labouring to a frustrated fourth placed finish in Mexico, but the struggles that day did little to take the shine off what has otherwise been another exemplary campaign from the now five-time Formula 1 champion. It wasn’t a perfect year by any means, as there were difficult races like in China and Canada where he and Mercedes had no answer for Ferrari. But it was when the season hit the home straight after the summer break that he and the team really went up a gear. Understanding why the second half of Hamilton’s year was so much better than the first is not an easy task, but there is…

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

11.10.18 Formula 1 rules out changes to points system for 2019 12.10.18 Mercedes protégé George Russell named as Williams driver for the 2019 season 17.10.18 FIA clear Mercedes wheel hub design after Ferrari query 18.10.18 Renault to design all-new engine for next season after ‘Spec C’ limits exposed 20.10.18 Teams barred from trialling 2019-spec wings at post-season Abu Dhabi test 24.10.18 Niki Lauda leaves hospital after successful lung transplant 30.10.18 GP3 racer Tatiana Calderon drives Sauber Formula 1 car on filming day in Mexico 04.11.18 Ferrari team principal denies rumours of rift with tech director Mattia Binotto 05.11.18 Senior engineer Rob Smedley to leave Williams after conclusion of this season STEVEN TEE; GLENN DUNBAR; ANDY HONE; SUTTON IMAGES…

1 min.
two more infiniti winners revealed

Two engineering students are heading to the UK for a Formula 1 work experience placement at Renault after winning the USA and Mexican finals of the 2018 Infiniti Engineering Academy. Sabré Cook, 24, a mechanical engineering student from Colorado University (pictured above) and 20-year-old Mexican Patricio Barroso Rios (pictured below) will both also spend six months at Infiniti’s Technical Centre Europe in Cranfield. “I am absolutely delighted to have won and I’m really thankful to Infiniti for this opportunity,” said Cook after Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg revealed she had beaten the other finalists. “When I met the other candidates, I was aware how smart they were and the passion they had for engineering, so I knew it was going to be very difficult to win.” In both Austin and Mexico the young engineers took…