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GP Racing UK July 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.
is now the time to pause for breath?

Breathless. That’s how Formula 1 feels right now. Already we have the fastest-ever cars to have contested the championship – three seconds per lap quicker at Barcelona, a new circuit record at Monaco; already we have the (equal) longest-ever race calendar (21 rounds); and as for the budgets of the big-three teams? Well, they’re nudging $500m per season for a top-team total spend. Then there’s F1’s owners, Liberty Media, turning the marketing dial up to 11 and pushing the sport’s promotion in ways and into territories never explored. Vietnam and Miami? Almost certainly on the way. The imminent triple-header – France, Austria, Britain: hell for teams, but nectar for fans. And – praise be! – a forced-through regulation change for 2019 to make front wings simpler and in theory render cars less…

1 min.

MALCOLM GRIFFITHS Ace lensman ‘Malcy’ has been busy this month, flying to Italy and the French Riviera with Valtteri Bottas (p96) and Nico Hülkenberg (p60) ANDREW BENSON Just what makes Lewis Hamilton one of the fastest racing drivers on the planet? BBC Sport’s Andrew Benson investigates on page 40 DREW GIBSON As a former picture editor of F1R, Gibson has an eye for a great image. This month he photographed Merc boss Toto Wolff (p90) MAURICE HAMILTON Everyone remembers the first time they went to the British GP and Maurice speaks to a few F1 legends about their memories (p48)…

3 min.

All that glitters... ...is not gold, as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen discovered to his cost at Monaco. But long before Max made his practice blunder – the first session, in fact – I noticed quite a few cars, particularly the Red Bulls, were sparking at the tunnel exit. So for the second session, I decided to position myself there to get the rear shot. After nearly 15 minutes, Verstappen appeared on his out-lap – and, unusually, he drifted off-line to a bumpier part of the track, yielding plentiful sparks. The high shutter speed captures this shower, and in tandem with the outline of the yachts in the background it makes for a distinctive shot. Photographer LAT IMAGES: Glenn Dunbar Where Monte Carlo, Monaco When 3.13pm, Thursday 24 May 2018 Details Canon EOS-1DX MkII, 600mm lens, 1/2500th @…

3 min.
from the racetrack to the road

For over four decades, Renault has pioneered innovations for Formula 1 which have had a direct influence on its road cars. The best example of this ‘circuit to road’ philosophy is Renault UK’s brand new compact sportscar, the Mégane R.S. which directly benefits from developments on the grand prix circuit. Renault were the first car manufacturer to pioneer a turbocharged engine in Formula 1 and became the first team to score a grand prix victory with turbo power in 1979. Today, every car on the F1 grid uses a 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 power unit, mirroring the philosophy of downsizing and efficiency in modern road cars. The trickle-down of technology from F1 to the road includes the use of regenerative and hybrid systems where energy is harvested under braking and deployed on acceleration.…

1 min.
using the racetrack to pioneer future technology

Since the dawn of the motor car, Renault has been motivated by the challenge of competitive driving and pushing the boundaries of engineering. As well as competing in the Formula 1 , world championship since 2014, Renault has been a technical partner of the all-electric FIA Formula E championship and has played an active role in developing the battery-powered Spark-Renault SRT 01E single-seater. FIA Formula E races are held in city centres throughout the world, and as a championship-winning manufacturer, Renault has used this global showcase to demonstrate their know-how in electric technology, winning three teams’ titles and one drivers’ title. Innovation is hard-wired into Renault’s DNA and at the engine manufacturer’s Viry-Châtillon headquarters in Paris they have developed one of the most technically advanced powertrains in the series. This has proved them to…

9 min.
f1 insider

01 VERSTAPPEN UNDER FIRE Star must “judge the situations better” 02 RICCIARDO: LIMITED OPTIONS Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate is the man of the moment, but that might not be enough… 03 MOVEMENT AT McLAREN Heads roll at struggling team as rumours swirl about possible IndyCar campaign 01 IS MAX TRYING TOO HARD? Max Verstappen is coming under increasing pressure from Red Bull bosses to change his approach after making serious mistakes in the first six grands prix of the year – two of which put him out of contention for victory. Verstappen’s crash in final practice at the Monaco GP damaged the car badly enough to prevent him taking part in qualifying. He had to start from the back of the grid in a race team-mate Daniel Ricciardo won after being fastest in every practice and qualifying session.…