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Autosport 27/06/19

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hamilton steps up another gear in france

Given Ferrari’s pace in Bahrain and Canada, Mercedes really shouldn’t have made it this far through 2019 undefeated, but there was no doubt about who was on top last weekend. Even team-mate Valtteri Bottas couldn’t keep Lewis Hamilton in sight as the five-time champion scored his 79th Formula 1 victory. Hamilton now has a 36-point lead in the world championship, after eight rounds. To put that into perspective, he was 29 behind Nico Rosberg at this stage in 2014 (the year of his first Mercedes title), 10 ahead on his way to the 2015 crown, 24 behind Rosberg during his failed 2016 campaign, 14 behind Sebastian Vettel in 2017 and 14 ahead last year. In other words, nobody has outscored Hamilton from this stage of the season during the hybrid era. The…

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renault looks past hulkenberg for 2020

FORMULA 1 Renault is looking beyond current driver Nico Hulkenberg as it mulls over its 2020 Formula 1 driver line-up. Hulkenberg has raced for the works team since 2017 and played a key role in its rise up the grid, beating his team-mates over the two full seasons completed so far and finishing seventh in the drivers’ championship last year. He has scored 128 of the 211 points Renault has managed since he joined in 2017 and those efforts have been key to Renault finishing sixth and fourth in the constructors’ championship in the seasons Hulkenberg has raced for the team. Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul said: “We need to give credit to that, but also we need to look at the options, like everyone is doing, like I’m sure Nico is doing. “Things are…

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no more alonso f1 outings

FORMULA 1 McLaren does not intend to put Fernando Alonso back in its 2019 Formula 1 car, even though he is now free of other commitments. Alonso is a McLaren ambassador and took part in a Pirelli tyre test with the team in Bahrain earlier this year. However, although he is available now that his Indy 500 project has finished and his Toyota World Endurance Championship stint is at an end, McLaren said it is not considering Alonso for Friday running at races or a future tyre test. “We have no plan to put Fernando back in the Formula 1 car at McLaren,” said team principal Andreas Seidl. “We are very happy with Lando [Norris] and Carlos [Sainz Jr]. They are doing a great job and they’re the future for us – and…

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hamilton: f1’s 2021 vision needs serious changes

FORMULA 1 Lewis Hamilton says Formula 1’s 2021 overhaul is “no where near where it needs to be” and requires “serious changes”. Discussions over a major rules change started last April, but teams still have concerns over the latest proposals and a summit in Paris two weeks ago – at which Hamilton, Nico Hulkenberg and Grand Prix Drivers’ Association head Alex Wurz represented drivers – shuffled the deadline to finalise the rules back to October. Hamilton said “it was encouraging that they allowed us to be there”, but was critical of the situation F1 is currently in. “I’m hoping they’ll continue to have us there, a couple of us drivers each time,” said Hamilton. “They’ve extended the decision of making the rules. I think they need to, because they are nowhere near where it needs…

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ford teases with new hypercar based on gte pro challenger

WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP Is Ford dropping hints that it is about to jump into the hypercar concept class of the World Endurance Championship? The release of a teaser image of what Ford is describing as an “ultra-high-performance supercar”, and talk from its Multimatic team about new challenges that lie ahead, might suggest so. The news that the American manufacturer will unveil a new car, which is clearly based on the Ford GT, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month and buoyant talk from Multimatic about its future follows Ford’s admission that it is evaluating turning its GTE Pro contender into a hypercar. Back in April, Ford global motorsport boss Mark Rushbrook admitted that the shift in the hypercar regulations to allow road-based machinery might open the door to its participation. Ford isn’t revealing any…

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tcr regs to continue in world tourers

WTCR TCR regulations look set to remain in use in World Touring Cars after WTCR promoter Eurosport Events and the WSC Group behind the rules concept agreed provisionally to extend the series’ current lifespan. A statement announced Eurosport would “remain promoter of the flagship global TCR category”, which succeeded the ailing World Touring Car Championship last year. Eurosport said it will now approach the FIA to begin discussions about formally prolonging the WTCR agreement, which was initially limited to the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The length of the new agreement has not been disclosed, but FIA circuit championships director Frederic Bertrand said earlier this year the governing body’s preferred option was to make the series – which prohibits the direct involvement of manufacturers – sustainable for a five-to-10-year period. Eurosport’s partnership with WSC will also…