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Autosport 04/07/19

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verstappen gives glimpse of f1’s bright future

Formula 1 fans have had to wait a while, but 2019 finally provided a dramatic, thrilling and close grand prix in Austria last weekend. Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc will surely fight for many victories over the coming years, so this was an early taster of a rivalry that could define F1 in the post-Lewis Hamilton era. The move at Turn 3 that decided the race has created much debate. Was Verstappen’s move hard? Yes. Did it deserve a penalty? We think not. And, as Scott Mitchell explains on page 4, the decision to keep the result could be a good precedent for those who want to see more wheel-to-wheel combat in F1. Verstappen has been guilty of stepping over the line before – moving under braking for example – but…

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verstappen verdict sets race precedent

FORMULA 1 The decision not to punish Red Bull star Max Verstappen for his race-winning Austrian Grand Prix pass sets an interesting new precedent in the quest for Formula 1 to redefine its racing rules, even though it was not made under external pressure or for the‘greater good’ of the championship. Verstappen escaped punishment after wheel-to-wheel contact with Charles Leclerc that pushed the Ferrari off-track, because the stewards believed both drivers had a role to play in the incident. The outcome was positioned as an important one for F1, which has received major scrutiny and criticism for stewards’ decisions on the most significant battles in the previous two grands prix. The clash has been compared to controversial five-second penalties applied at the previous two races in Canada, where Sebastian Vettel lost victory, and…

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london gp could pose a threat to f1 at silverstone

FORMULA 1 The escalating prospect of a Formula 1 race in London has prompted fresh concern for Silverstone amid its negotiation of a new British Grand Prix deal. A grand prix in the UK capital has been explored extensively by F1 owner Liberty Media, and London mayor Sadiq Khan has previously stated it “should be possible to organise”. This has always been touted as an additional event to the British GP and originally slated by F1 sporting director Ross Brawn as a prospect “not slap-bang in the centre of London, but Greater London”. Silverstone is preparing to next week host the final race of its current deal after activating a release clause in its contract with F1 to avoid paying unsustainable hosting fees. It has been negotiating a fresh contract but has become…

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ticktum shocked by axeing from red bull junior programme

SUPER FORMULA Two-time Macau Grand Prix winner Dan Ticktum’s bid to reach Formula 1 appears to be in tatters after he was dropped from the Red Bull Junior programme last week. The news broke last Thursday on that Ticktum had been informed that his drive in Japan’s Super Formula series with Team Mugen was to be terminated. And by the end of the week Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko had told the Red Bull-owned website Speedweek that Ticktum is “now no longer a member of our programme”. He later added: “At this level the demands are intense. Unfortunately Dan has not found the success in the Super Formula series that we hoped for.” Ticktum, who made two cameo appearances in Super Formula last season, appeared to start his first full campaign…

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hyundai makes a move to sign tanak

WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Toyota’s title contender Ott Tanak is steering the driver market for the 2020 World Rally Championship season – the first time in more than a decade that it hasn’t been a Frenchman named Sebastien doing so. Hyundai is reckoned to be stepping up its efforts to secure the current WRC points leader’s services. Tanak’s deal to drive a Yaris WRC is up at the end of the season and there’s increasing disquiet in the camp following the steering problem that cost a Rally Italy win last time out in Sardinia. Asked about the prospects of bringing Tanak to Hyundai, team director Andrea Adamo told Autosport: “I think for someone like Tanak you have to have a lot of money and I don’t know if I have that money.” Unlike Tommi Makinen,…

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estonia targets world championship status

WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Looking across the Baltic Sea, Estonians have historically contented themselves with the fact that they could never rival Finland for a World Rally Championship round. How could they, with Finland’s rallying heritage? Rally Estonia director Urmo Aava has heard all that before, and he’s having none of it. “The World Rally Championship is in our plan,” Aava told Autosport. “Everybody tells us it’s impossible, that we are dreaming, but we won’t give up. We have a three-year plan to grow our event, but we are doing this in a slightly different way.” Aava’s plan is to develop the blueprint for spectator safety on a WRC round. In short, the Estonians are building roads that are exciting for drivers, and both entertaining and safe for spectators. “We are making the road…