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GP Racing UK January 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.
king lewis totally deserves his crown

The statistics are astonishing. Mercedes have taken pole position for 84% of the 100 races held so far in Formula 1’s V6 era, and won 74% of them. That dominance is significantly greater than Ferrari managed between 2000 and ’04 (60% of poles and 67% of wins), or Red Bull between ’10 and ’13 (68% and 53%). Lewis Hamilton’s prowess within that statistical dominance is undeniable: 52 poles and 51 wins – while adding four world titles to the one he achieved with McLaren. Sebastian Vettel took pole for more than half the races he started for Red Bull between ’10 and ’13; Michael Schumacher won more than half of Ferrari’s races between ’00 and ’04. Neither managed both, as Lewis has. But numbers are only one measure of a driver’s greatness.…

1 min.

STEVEN TEE As McLaren's principal photographer, Tee has been photographing Fernando Alonso every weekend for four years. His last shoot is on p78 EDD STRAW You can now read the views of Autosport's grand prix reporter (and podcast host) every month, with his column on Alonso on page 24 JAKE BOXALL-LEGGE After studying motorsport engineering, Boxall-Legge joins F1R as our new technical editor. See p52 for his thoughts on the W09 MARK GALLAGHER As a former marketing boss of Jordan and Jaguar, Gallagher is perfectly placed to offer his thoughts on the business of F1, see p31…

3 min.

You spin me right round baby... For the final race in Abu Dhabi, I was tipped off by a member of the McLaren team that Fernando Alonso was going to perform some ‘donuts’ on the start/finish line at the end of the grand prix. I scouted out the best place to shoot from which was race director Charlie Whiting’s starting tower. Unfortunately, Alonso didn’t come that far down the straight, but Lewis Hamilton did and I was effectively right over him. It was the closest I’d ever been to a car doing ‘donuts’ and as he came towards me anticlockwise, I managed to snap this first pirouette, which was crisp. The second loop had much more tyre smoke. Photographer Steven Tee Where Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi When 6.55pm, Sunday 25th November 2018 Details Canon EOS-1DX MkII, 70mm…

9 min.
f1 insider

01 The great Kubica gamble Robert Kubica has achieved what many thought impossible: returning to Formula 1 competition following the horrendous right arm injuries he suffered in a rally crash in 2011. Twelve months ago he was overlooked for a 2018 race seat at Williams because the team felt rookie Sergey Sirotkin was quicker. But this has been a bruising season for one of F1’s most successful teams, and change is required: they are now convinced Kubica is the right candidate to drive development alongside Mercedes protégé (and Formula 2 champion) George Russell. While some questions remain over Kubica’s strength and fitness, and whether this has a bearing on his ability to drive quickly and consistently enough, this is a critical time for Williams. The Martini title sponsorship deal that furnished the team…

1 min.
f1 digest

07.11.18 F1 hints British GP’s future could be away from Silverstone 09.11.18 Pietro Fittipaldi joins Haas for 2019 as test driver 10.11.18 Pirelli says it will use thinner-gauge tyres at every grand prix 19.11.18 Renault/Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn arrested in Japan 25.11.18 Jenson Button joins Sky Sports F1 as pundit for 2019 season 26.11.18 Formula 2 runner-up Alexander Albon to race for Toro Rosso 27.11.18 Kimi Räikkönen drives a Sauber for the first time since 2001 30.11.18 Force India name dropped as Racing Point announce Lance Stroll 04.12.18 TAG Heuer extends Red Bull sponsorship deal PICTURES: JOSE RUBIO; ZAK MAUGER; JOE PORTLOCK. OTHER PICTURES: RENAULT…

1 min.
f1 mastermind

Q1 Excluding 1958 when he only did two races, what was the lowest position Juan Manuel Fangio ever finished in the world championship? Q2 Which two years, apart from 2018, have seen Safety Car periods during the Abu Dhabi GP? Q3 Four British drivers will start the 2019 F1 season. When did this last happen and who were they? Q4 Which driver qualified seventh on the grid seven times during the 2018 season? Q5 At which Asian circuit did Michael Schumacher have a 100% win record in his F1 career? Q6 What number comes next with regard to Kimi Raikkonen: 55, 150, 186, 205 and...? Q7 True or false: 2018 was the first time in F1 history that there were no driver replacements, apart from in Free Practice 1 sessions? Q8 What connects Dan Gurney, Bruce McLaren…