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GP Racing UK September 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.

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Autosport Media UK Ltd
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
f1 fortune favours the brave

Too much too young? A Ferrari F1 drive for a Monégasque hot shot with boy-band looks, making waves in a Sauber, yet barely out of nappies? No way! That would be the obvious reaction from those who might seek to criticise our choice of Charles Leclerc as this month’s cover star. Or those, indeed, who take a different view to the Ferrari power-brokers said already to have anointed him Kimi Räikkönen’s heir. But, as Eddie Jordan might put it, ‘f*** the begrudgers’, for in Leclerc F1 has a superstar waiting to happen. His stirring first half-season (detailed in our cover story on page 34) has shown all the hallmarks of extreme talent that denote those who go on to flourish as leading lights of their generation. Don’t doubt he’s ready: Max Verstappen has…

1 min.

PETER WINDSOR Which driver has made the grade and who is bottom of the class? Peter Windsor’s annual half-term report can be found on page 58 ADRIAN MYERS Our cover star Charles Leclerc (p34) and his Sauber team boss Fred Vasseur (p42) were both at the end of one of Myers’ long lenses NIGEL ROEBUCK It’s 40 years since the great Ronnie Peterson lost his life at Monza. ‘NSR’ remembers the Swede who is this month’s legend (p92) ZAK MAUGER It’s not every day that you get to fly in a seaplane, but LAT snapper Zak got the chance to be flown by Carlos Sainz on p66…

3 min.

Watching the sky Typically, a Formula 1 grid is an intensive hive of activity with mechanics rushing around in all directions. But as I approached McLaren I noticed there were surprisingly few people surrounding Fernando Alonso. I took the opportunity to swap lenses - to a 14mm - and crouched down to capture him just casually leaning up against a trolley of pit equipment. With less than half an hour before the start of the German Grand Prix, you can see how relaxed and unfazed Alonso is. However the one thing catching his attention is the storm cloud forming overhead. Ultimately this brought the rain that led to a chaotic race. Where Hockenheim, Germany When 2.43pm, Sunday 22 July 2018 Details Canon EOS-1DX MkII, 14mm lens, 1/1250th @ F2.8 Crossing the line The German Grand Prix was an…

9 min.
f1 insider

01 McLAREN’S KEY APPOINTMENT New technical director recruited 02 SHOCK MOVE FOR DAN Ricciardo chooses Renault for 2019; Red Bull vacancy throws driver market into disarray 03 FORCE INDIA STRUGGLES Silverstone team on the brink after Pérez High Court move forces them into administration 01 DOES KEY HOLD SECRET FOR McLAREN? McLaren’s restructure continues apace. The team have signed James Key as technical director, in the latest in a series of changes aimed at returning them to something more like competitiveness after years mired in the midfield or worse. It remains unclear, however, when Key, 46, will join McLaren because the team are locked in a stand-off with his current employers Toro Rosso. Red Bull motorsport director Helmut Marko has expressed his annoyance at the way the story broke in the media before negotiations were concluded, and particularly by…

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

11.07.18 Renault F1 team accounts show first profit since 2009 12.07.18 Mercedes announce new technical structure for 2019 as Aldo Costa moves to consultancy role 13.07.18 FIA call tech chiefs to summit on mirror regulations 18.07.18 Former Ensign team boss Mo Nunn dies, aged 79 19.07.18 Lewis Hamilton completes two-year Mercedes contract extension 20.07.18 Mercedes retain Valtteri Bottas for 2019, with option for 2020 20.07.18 FIA confirm move to 18-inch wheels and a ban on tyre warmers from 2021 23.07.18 Miami F1 race officially put on hold until 2020 25.07.18 Former Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne dies, aged 66, after shoulder surgery 02.08.18 Niki Lauda undergoes lung transplant in Austria GLENN DUNBAR; ANDY HONE; SUTTON IMAGES…

1 min.
f1 mastermind

Q1 The only other time Lewis Hamilton has started an F1 race from 14th on the grid was the 2009 Spanish Grand Prix. Where did he finish? Q2 Which current driver won the Indian Grand Prix on all three occasions it was run? Q3 Which world champion drove for these teams: March, BRM, Ferrari, Brabham and McLaren? Q4 When and where did Derek Bell score his solitary world championship point? Q5 What do Jenson Button and Felipe Massa have in common, apart from driving for Williams? Q6 How many states in the US have held Formula 1 GPs at two different venues? Q7 Which driver is missing from this list: Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Nico Rosberg, Nico Hülkenberg and Nick Heidfeld? Q8 Which of these GP circuits is the longest – Baku, Sochi, Silverstone or Monza? Q9 Who led more…