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GP Racing UK February 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.

United Kingdom
Autosport Media UK Ltd
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
it’s a kind of magic

Flash, boom, bang! With a flick of the wrist that grand old showmaster Bernie Ecclestone would always keep us coming back for more. “It’s all about the next one…” he’d mutter with dark relish, perhaps inspired by the declaration of Rocky Horror’s Dr Frank N. Furter: “I see you shiver with antici……… pation.” And on that point, if not, perhaps, in all his thinking, the grizzled impresario was surely correct: the next race would always be better; the season ahead more thrilling than the last. Of course it would be (even if, in the event, it wasn’t). ‘Bigger, better, faster, more’ was a mantra and method that served Ecclestone well over his 40-plus years in charge and we’re all, dare one suggest, still suckers for it. Good news for Liberty as they wrestle with…

1 min.

ADRIAN MYERS He’s shot Hamilton, Rosberg, Alonso and Vettel for our front covers. This month Adrian electrified Max Verstappen (p26) PETER NYGAARD The Danish photojournalist has reported on 560 GPs and has a ‘93 Tyrrell in his office. We lap Copenhagen with him on p36 ZAK MAUGER Taking a break from photographing both Formula E and F1, the Guernseyman flew to Abu Dhabi to shoot Esteban Ocon (p48) ANDREW VAN DE BURGT Having joined as Editor in chief, ‘VdB’ was tasked with putting the F1 paddock’s questions to Niki Lauda (page 42)…

10 min.
f1 insider

IS THE ICEMAN MELTING AWAY? 01 Kimi Räikkönen’s days in Formula 1 are numbered. A cynic might say that has been the case for a while – he is the oldest driver on the grid (38), and these days there are few fashes of his best form. But the difference in 2018 is that Ferrari head into the season with a clear plan to replace him. What is that plan? This year will be Räikkönen’s last at Ferrari and in 2019 Charles Leclerc will partner Sebastian Vettel, who is under contract until the end of 2020. Ferrari have already set their minds on it, and the only thing that will divert them from it is if Leclerc does not continue the rapid and impressive progression he has shown so far in his career,…

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

07.12.17 Honda’s head of F1 leaves role in management reshuffle 08.12.17 Jean Todt re-elected for third term as FIA President 18.12.17 Ferrari chief Sergio Marchionne says 2018 is Kimi Räikkönen’s last chance to find competitive form 19.12.17 McLaren rules out likelihood of securing title sponsorship for 2018 season 20.12.17 Sergio Pérez warns Force India against imposing team orders 22.12.17 FIA announces clampdown on trick suspension systems that use steering angle to vary ride height 01.01.18 Renault admit they “played with fire” by chasing 02.01.18 Valtteri Bottas launches fan competition to redesign his crash helmet for 2018 03.01.18 Honda describe new three-engines-per-season rule as “unreasonable” performance at the expense of reliability last season…

1 min.
f1 mastermind

Q1 Niki Lauda and Jody Scheckter won the Swedish GP twice, but who were the other two winners? Q2 Two world champions won as many GPs in their whole F1 career as both Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas have done? How many wins do they share and who were the world champions? Q3 Which marque has the most single race hat tricks (win, pole and fastest lap) in Formula 1? Q4 In his brief career Gunnar Nilsson won a solitary GP. Which one was it and where was it held? Q5 Aside from Brendon Hartley, how many other New Zealanders have raced in F1: 8, 12 or 14? Q6 How many seasons did Felipe Massa finally end up driving for Williams in F1? Q7 How old will Kimi Räikkönen be at the end of the 2018…

6 min.
the racer’s edge

ALFA ROMEO – THE RETURN OF AN F1 MARQUE So Alfa are back. In name and large euros initially – which is probably a good thing, given the complexities of modern F1 racing and Fiat-Alfa’s passion for wanting to make things happen yesterday – but there’s no denying the heritage. Aston Martin tried to build a front-engined F1 car for the 1960 season, by which time everyone knew that rear engines were the way to go. Then they disappeared. Alfa, though, are Alfa. Il quadrifoglio. Enzo Ferrari raced for Alfa before he managed the team. Alfa are also Giuseppe Farina, winning the first round of the world championship at Silverstone in 1950 and becoming F1’s first world champion. They are also Juan Manuel Fangio taking it to Ferrari’s José Froilán González and…