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mercedes comes out with all guns blazing in formula 1 testing

Well, there’s no doubt about which team ‘won’ the opening week of Formula 1 testing in 2020. Mercedes topped the times at Barcelona, covered the most laps and even managed to throw the paddock a curveball with its controversial dual-axis steering system, which we explore this week on page 31. Given the Silver Arrows are coming off the back of an unprecedented six world title doubles, it’s hardly a surprise they are looking so strong. As the team’s technical director James Allison explains in our test report on p20, Mercedes has decided to go aggressive with the design of the W11, despite the fact that this is the last season of the current rules cycle. It’s that sort of approach that has made Mercedes so difficult to beat since 2014. There is…

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hypercars in crisis as aston puts plans on hold

WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP Aston Martin’s announcement last week that it is putting its Valkyrie LM Hypercar programme on hold was a bombshell that could have far-reaching ramifications for the World Endurance Championship. Not only does it mean that Toyota will be the only major manufacturer in the series in 2020-21, but it could have wider implications as international sportscar racing moves towards so-called convergence with the LMDh category. The British manufacturer revealed that it is at the very least postponing its entry into the LM Hypercar class in the WEC beyond the coming 2020-21 season. It stated that it wanted to reassess its commitment to top-level endurance racing in the wake of the news that the next generation of IMSA SportsCar Championship prototypes will be able to race in the WEC from…

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rosenqvist at dragonspeed in le mans return

LE MANS 24 HOURS IndyCar ace Felix Rosenqvist is set to make a return to the Le Mans 24 Hours after an absence of two years. The versatile Swede (below) will again drive for the Franco-American DragonSpeed squad in LMP2 should the team’s two entries for the 2019-20 World Endurance Championship finale be confirmed. DragonSpeed is reassembling its 2017 Le Mans line-up of Rosenqvist, team regular Ben Hanley and team patron Henrik Hedman. They are due to share the ORECA-Gibson 07 the team is fielding in the IMSA SportsCar Championship pending the release of the Le Mans entry list tomorrow (Friday). “Felix is a stud in the car and adorable out of it – we love him,” said DragonSpeed boss Elton Julian. “He gets on like a house on fire with Henrik.” Julian confirmed…

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mercedes steering system catches rivals on the hop

FORMULA 1 Mercedes’ innovative dual-axis steering system could still be subject to a sporting protest by its rivals, although the team is confident that it is legal. Mercedes sparked paddock intrigue when it debuted DAS on the second day of pre-season testing at Barcelona last week. DAS (below) allows drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to adjust the toe angle of the Mercedes W11 by pushing and pulling the steering wheel backwards and forwards. The novel device – which has been in development for over a year – was widely applauded for its innovation, but questions immediately arose regarding its legality. Article 10.2.3 of the technical regulations states that “no adjustment may be made to any suspension system while the car is in motion”, which DAS could appear to contravene. But if it is…

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miami delays frustrate carey

FORMULA 1 Formula 1 chief Chase Carey has downplayed the impact of the delays to the planned grand prix in Miami, but conceded to feeling frustration over its “ongoing complexity”. Since its takeover of F1 in 2017, Liberty Media has been eager to grow the series in the US, with the Miami plans being worked on over the past two years. Opposition has led to a number of changes to the proposals. Under the current plan, the circuit avoids public roads around the Miami Dolphins Hard Rock Stadium and on-track action during school hours. The project is still facing protests from a number of local groups, most notably at the recent Super Bowl. But a major victory was scored earlier this month when commissioners did not vote down the proposals, allowing Miami Dolphins’ owners…

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electric tin-top series is go for 2020 demo season

PURE ETCR An all-electric touring car category has been anticipated for some time. It was back in 2018 that WSC Technology, a subdivision of the WSC Group that originally developed the TCR regulations, confirmed it would launch a fully fledged ETCR concept. In that time both Cupra – the SEAT spin-off – and Hyundai announced potential challengers. Finally, last week in Paris the new series was christened and its format revealed. Named Pure ETCR, it will kick off with a demonstration season, which includes a time trial at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and finishes with an event at January’s Daytona 24 Hours, before an eight-round championship in 2021. The cars will run Williams Advanced Engineering powertrains that will remain standardised for the first two or three years, says Francois Ribeiro, head…