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GP Racing UK March 2017

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.
the end of the ecclestone era

I never thought I’d see the day. Bernie might have 40-or-so more years on the clock than I do, but that immovable presence running Formula 1 would surely remain just that. He’d outstay us all, would Bernie – ageing, yes, but remaining in control. His advancing years (86, as of 28 October 2016) and ever-lengthening period in charge were just numbers that had long ago ceased to bear any relation to conventional working lifespans. He’d seen off his one true power rival, Jean-Marie Balestre, back in the early ’80s, while outlasting peers such as Enzo Ferrari, Colin Chapman, Ken Tyrrell, Luca Di Montezemolo, Ron Dennis and others. Even when his old chum Max Mosley left the F1 scene in 2009, Ecclestone carried on regardless with an insatiable thirst for new territories and more…

1 min.

Thomas Butler Skilled lensman and London escapist A portrait snapper par excellence, responsible for shooting Valtteri Bottas (p34), Esteban Ocon (p76) and Zak Brown (p90) this month, Thomas has recently fled the metropolis Maurice Hamilton Not Lewis Hamilton’s Irish uncle They say if you remember the ’70s, you weren’t really there. ‘They’ are wrong, since Maurice was there, and on p46 you can read his recollections of Bernie Ecclestone’s rise in that era Chris Medland A capital fellow, often capitalised Chris – or MEDLAND, as he is known to readers of a certain US website – has had a busy month, shadowing Esteban Ocon (p76) and pitching your questions to Sergio Pérez (p70) Damien Smith Former Autosport editor-in chief – now ours Returning to the fold after a decade in another place, Damien got straight to work composing an encomium to…

1 min.
parade williams 40th anniversary

Highly charged Massively outgunned on power by his turbo rivals in 1982, Keke Rosberg still planted his Cosworth-powered Williams on pole at Brands Hatch – and then charged from the back of the grid after stalling on the warm-up lap. Thrilling… but he didn’t make the finish Where Brands Hatch, England When Sunday 18 July 1982 Photographer Jeff Bloxham/LAT Details Nikon F3, 180mm lens, 1/500th @ F8 High five, red five Trailing his team-mate Nelson Piquet in the championship battle on account of three retirements earlier on in the 1987 season, Nigel Mansell roared back into contention at Jerez, jumping the polesitting Piquet at the start and leaving him in fourth place, unable to catch up, at the chequered flag Where Jerez, Spain When Sunday 27 September 1987 Photographer Steven Tee/LAT Details Canon F1, 500mm lens, 1/250th @ F8 After…

4 min.
why bernie ecclestone had to go

A new era is dawning in Formula 1 following the sport’s takeover by US company Liberty Media and the removal of Bernie Ecclestone as chief executive. Ecclestone, 86, has been given the nebulous job title of ‘chairman emeritus’ and will theoretically be available for Liberty to call on for advice. But he will no longer be involved in the day-to-day running of the business. New chairman Chase Carey, 62, a highly respected American media executive and long-time lieutenant of Rupert Murdoch, decided Ecclestone’s continued presence as a representative of Formula 1 was not compatible with the changes Liberty wanted to make. Carey has taken on the title of chief executive and has appointed two managing directors to look after the different sides of the business. Ross Brawn, former Mercedes F1 boss and ex-Ferrari…

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

06.01.17 Manor operating company goes into administration 07.01.17 Albert Park circuit confirms changes to accommodate faster cars 11.01.17 Frédéric Vasseur resigns from position of Renault team principal 16.01.17 Sauber signs Pascal Wehrlein for 2017 season, Valtteri Bottas moves to Mercedes, and Felipe Massa returns to Williams 18.01.17 Liberty shareholders approve F1 deal 19.01.17 Mercedes sign McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner George Russell to junior programme 22.01.17 Wet running added to schedule of first Barcelona test 23.01.17 Rue du Sapin in Nice is officially renamed Rue Jules Bianchi 26.01.17 Renault announce BP/Castrol fuel and lubricants deal 27.01.17 Ecclestone denies plans for breakaway series after leaving F1…

2 min.
liberty set out their stall for a new-look formula 1

Formula 1’s new owners, Liberty Media, have ambitious plans to grow the sport’s audience and revenues by making major changes to many aspects of its organisation. New F1 motor sports MD Ross Brawn, 62, has talked about making F1 “purer” and easier for viewers and spectators to understand. Although he is regarded as one of the greatest tactical engineers in the sport’s history, Brawn has confessed to finding races difficult to follow when watching on television in recent years. “I want a fan to be able to turn on a race halfway through and know what’s happening, because, at the moment, unless you’ve followed it from the start, you don’t,” Brawn said. He added that he “already has ideas of things we should study and perhaps introduce in 2018 or ’19”. Brawn has…