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GP Racing UK May 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.
eyes on the (very special) prize

Look closely and you’ll see ‘Piedi per terra e a testa bassa’ written on the lip of the peak of the cap that sits atop Sebastian Vettel’s head when he’s not driving his SF71-H. It’s there on the cover of this month’s magazine, declaring sentiments to the effect of: ‘Feet on the ground and head down.’ The phrase speaks to ‘humility’ and ‘industry’ – two valuable watchwords for a team and driver about to enter the fight of their lives against Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes. Alone, they won’t be enough to contain what looks like a formidable silver winning machine this season, but if Ferrari remain true to those values and manage to develop their car into something that can match the W09, then maybe we have the fight on our hands…

1 min.

JAMES ALLEN Within our new business section you’ll find a monthly column (p29) authored by James, one of the most plugged-in experts in Formula 1 NIGEL ROEBUCK You’ll also find a new historic section this month; at its heart is a new column (p88) from the legendarily sagacious ‘NSR’ PETER J FOX ‘Foxy’ is Toro Rosso’s official F1 photographer, so who better to ask for some great pics of Pierre Gasly for our feature on page 70 BEN ANDERSON Our technical view of the three top F1 cars of 2018 (p49) comes courtesy of Ben, senior F1 guru on our sister publication Autosport…

3 min.

Ticker tape parade This is the first podium of the season – Albert Park – and once again hundreds of thousands of pieces of ticker tape shoot out from two cannons while the top three drivers are celebrating on the rostrum. I’m able to access the walkway above the podium because we supply images for the Australian GP organisers. The only other people up here were an FOM TV cameraman and some of the new ‘grid kids’ with their parents. The trick to this shot is to pre-focus the camera in the area the drivers are going to be and to keep shooting. There is so much ticker tape that you usually only manage to get one or two usable frames. Where Melbourne, Australia When 5.48pm, Sunday 25 March 2018 Details Canon EOS-1DX MkII, 28mm lens,…

10 min.
f1 insider

“ THE CAR DOESN’T RESPOND THE WAY YOU LIKE AND IT’S STILL SLIDING IN PLACES. IF I COULD CHOOSE, I WOULD LIKE IT A BIT DIFFERENT” SEBASTIAN VETTEL THREE TRIBES GO TO WAR 01 Is Formula 1 set for a three-way title fight between Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull this year? It looks possible after the first competitive blows of the season. This issue of F1 Racing went to press before the Bahrain Grand Prix, but the season-opening race in Australia offered hints that the battle between the big three teams could be closer than some feared. Mercedes certainly have a car advantage – Melbourne winner Sebastian Vettel admitted as much after the race in Australia. But it is not as great as it might have appeared after Lewis Hamilton’s stunning qualifying lap, which…

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

03.03.18 Fast and the Furious composer records new F1 theme in London’s Air Studios 06.03.18 McLaren take up their seat on the F1 board for the first time, along with Ferrari and Mercedes 06.03.18 Former Ferrari chief designer Nikolas Tombazis joins the FIA in senior technical role 08.03.18 Pirelli announce Canada as the first race for new hypersoft tyre compound 10.03.18 Red Bull promote chief engineer Pierre Wache to newly created technical director role 12.03.18 Toro Rosso admit the possibility of taking tactical engine penalties 14.03.18 F1 safety director Laurent Mekies quits FIA for Ferrari role 22.03.18 Launch of new F1 live streaming service delayed 23.03.18 Force India postpone team name change…

1 min.
henry hope-frost 1970-2018

The world of motor racing is all the poorer following the untimely death of journalist and broadcaster Henry Hope-Frost in a motorcycle accident shortly after the previous issue of F1 Racing was printed. As a life-long motorsport fan he was quite literally living the dream. He’d been expelled from the prestigious Stowe School for serial absenteeism, sneaking out of lessons to watch Formula 1 cars testing at nearby Silverstone, drawn almost magnetically by the screech of racing engines. This ‘incurable fever’ for the sport made him an incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic journalist. ‘H’ joined F1 Racing’s sister magazine Autosport in 1993, initially on the ad sales team before transferring to the editorial desk as a sub editor, where he demonstrated an intolerance of slack grammar almost equal to his love of all…