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GP Racing UK March 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.
halo: there’s no going back

Blink and you’ll miss it. The halo, that is. Ten kilos of steel and carbon looping round drivers’ helmets, protecting them from flying missiles. It’s been the subject of much sound and fury over the past 18 months, but now it’s here, so we’d better get used to it. And, honestly, does it really look that bad? Not to these eyes; not when it’s been integrated into a chassis ‘whole’, with matching paintwork and complementary branding. Judge for yourself with our exclusive first image of the Williams FW41 on this month’s cover. We will, surely, get used to it, when it becomes apparent just how easy it is still to see helmet liveries. And when a driver is saved from death or serious injury because the halo has worked as intended, will…

1 min.

PAT SYMONDS Formerly a senior engineer at Benetton, now helping Liberty to shape the future of F1, Pat looks at what’s in store for 2018 (p38) ANDY HONE Ace snapper Andy will be doing Toro Rosso’s official pictures this season; he warmed up with a trip to Honda’s heartland. See p48 PETER WINDSOR Turn to page 70 to witness our sagacious columnist and Motorsport TV host take on Kimi Räikkönen in a kart – on ice! STUART CODLING Have you recovered from seeing ‘Codders’ in action at Autosport International? On p48 he does his bit for international relations…

3 min.
parades mclaren 1968 1978 1988 1998 2008

1968 Bruce himself takes McLaren’s first win After the pain, the joy. Success in Formula 1 came in slow-burn form for Bruce McLaren’s ambitious little team, hamstrung by lack of access to a competitive engine – until they got their hands on the Cosworth V8. Already winners in other categories and non-championship F1 events by 1968, they’d earned a reputation for quality and invention. The M7A, designed by Robin Herd and Gordon Coppuck (with input from Bruce, natch), took two non-championship scalps before Bruce drove it to victory in its third grand prix. Not that he knew he’d won until afterwards; he hadn’t seen erstwhile leader Jackie Stewart break for the pits, out of fuel, with a lap to run. LAT IMAGES Where Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium When Sunday 9 June 1968 1978 The Marlboro man takes flight James Hunt’s Formula 1…

10 min.

“2019 IS A VERY EXCITING NEW YEAR. THERE ARE YOUNG DRIVERS THAT WILL HAVE GAINED MORE EXPERIENCE AND SOME OF THE VERY GOOD ONES LIKE DANIEL (RICCIARDO) BECOME FREE”TOTO WOLFF THE 2019 SILLY SEASON BEGINS 01 Every Formula 1 season has a series of narratives running through it, issues on which the news agenda is focused for much of the year. Many times a number of these are obvious before the action on the track has even started. This year is no different. It does not take a genius to work out, for example, that when Lewis Hamilton’s contract runs out this year, that is going to be a talking point until his plans are clarified. On the face of it, there may not be much of a story there, in the end. Right…

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

05.01.18 F2 racer Nicholas Latifi is named as Force India’s reserve and test driver for 2018 10.01.18 Former Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat will remain in F1 as a Ferrari development driver 15.01.18 The racing community mourns the passing of US legend Dan Gurney (obit p26) 16.01.18 Former McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh takes up an FIA consultancy role to help with cost-control rules in F1 16.01.18 Williams announce Sergey Sirotkin as their 2018 race driver with Robert Kubica getting a reserve driver role 19.01.18 Sir Stirling Moss announces he is to retire from public life at the age of 88 25.01.18 Force India and Sauber drop their EU complaint against F1’s governance and payment structure 28.01.18 McLaren’s Fernando Alonso finishes 38th at the Daytona 24 Hours with brake problems 01.02.18 Liberty abolish ‘grid girls’ from start of 2018…

1 min.
f1 mastermind

Q1 At which two races did Pascal Wehrlein score Sauber’s only points in 2017? Q2 Of Jackie Stewart’s three world titles, which one did he win by the biggest points margin? Q3 Who was the only driver to win an Australian GP at Adelaide for two different teams? Q4 True or false: Valtteri Bottas is the last driver to lead a lap of a GP in a car that wasn’t a Mercedes, Red Bull or Ferrari? Q5 Who was the last Japanese driver to race in Formula 1? Q6 Who were the only race winners in the first season of Formula 1, discounting the Indy 500? Q7 What was unusual about Mercedes’ points tally in 2017 compared to their titles between 2014-6? Q8 Of the seven other finishers in the sole Dallas GP, in 1984, how many…