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Autosport 11/07/19

The UK’s ‘must-read’ motorsport magazine AUTOSPORT is revered by fans and industry personnel alike as the ultimate source of motorsport news and analysis. The magazine’s expert editorial covers all aspects of the sport, from major international series such as Formula 1, Sports Car racing and the World Rally Championship, to the less glamorous but hugely important grassroots events in UK club motorsport

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the wait for good news should finally be over

As Autosport closed for press it seemed likely that a deal securing the future of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone was finally about to be announced. If so, it will be the best news British motorsport has had for quite some time. As Edd Straw shows on page 16, the motorsport heritage that the United Kingdom undoubtedly has is not enough to ensure the British GP survives forever. It’s easy to assume there will always be a British round of the world championship, but these are uncertain times – both in motorsport and nationally. A new deal, providing both parties get what they need, should be widely welcomed. It’s about much more than making sure Lewis Hamilton et al make their annual trip to Northamptonshire. There are scores of teams and…

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the contenders to be the new hamilton

ASTON MARTIN AUTOSPORT BRDC YOUNG DRIVER OF THE YEAR AWARD While the eyes of the world are this week on the British Grand Prix, some of the UK’s finest young talent is bidding to win one of the sport’s most prestigious prizes – the Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award. But how is it shaping up? Here are the 15 who currently feature as the leading contenders – those who are in the top 10 of their championship or who have scored a race win in 2019 and, of course, will be the regulation minimum of 16 years old by the time of the Award. Don’t forget, other UK drivers not on this list could join the ranks as contenders between now and the end of the…

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smp pullout could leave top wec class in tatters

WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP The World Endurance Championship has been dealt a bodyblow with the withdrawal of SMP Racing. The decision of the Russian entrant not to contest the 2019-20 season comes at time when the teams that would have been its rivals in the LMP1 privateer ranks have yet to confirm that they will field multiple cars. The move leaves a real prospect of just two cars lining up against Toyota when the new season kicks off at Silverstone on 1 September. Rebellion Racing, the top independent in 2018-19, has yet to commit to running two of its eponymous Gibson-engined R-13s, while WEC returnee Ginetta’s plans remain in a state of flux. Rebellion Racing has filed two entries for the coming season, but it stated at last month’s Le Mans 24 Hours that…

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fry linked to williams amid mclaren exit

FORMULA 1 McLaren engineering director Pat Fry is understood to have been put on gardening leave after indicating that he wants to leave the Formula 1 team. Fry had rejoined McLaren after eight years away on a short-term contract while it awaited the arrival James Key, who had been recruited from Toro Rosso as technical director but was on a lengthy gardening leave of his own. Fry contributed to the development of this season’s MCL34 and worked alongside performance director Andrea Stella, and both men have been reporting to Key since he was finally able to take up his role earlier this season. It is unclear if Fry has a firm offer elsewhere and his gardening-leave period would potentially prevent him from joining a team and having an influence on its 2020 car. But Fry’s…

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fia f3 gets nod for macau

FORMULA 3 The new FIA Formula 3 car will compete for the Macau Grand Prix in November, with track changes to sections such as the infamous Lisboa corner also announced. Questions regarding the suitability of the new F3 car at Macau were raised, as the new machine is significantly faster in a straight line and heavier than its predecessor, but changes to the track are scheduled to combat those concerns. Macau will not be a round of the FIA F3 Championship, but a series statement said: “The circuit is undoubtedly one of the most challenging anywhere in the world, and safety remains the top priority for the FIA, with several updates being made ahead of the 2019 edition including the reprofiling of the barriers at Lisboa corner”. FIA Single Seater Commission president Stefano Domenicali…

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in the headlines

PADDON IN FINLAND FORD Overlooked by his former team Hyundai for a World Rally Championship return on Rally Finland, Hayden Paddon has taken matters into his own hands by investing in a seat in M-Sport Ford’s third Fiesta WRC for the event on 1-4 August. Paddon made his World Rally Car debut with the British firm in 2013 and joins regulars Elfyn Evans and Teemu Suninen as he attempts to show his former employer the error of its ways. FERRARI WORKS TEAM AT SPA The AF Corse factory Ferrari squad will field a 488 GT3 in this month’s Spa 24 Hours for World Endurance drivers James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Sam Bird. The car bolsters the marque’s bid for a first Belgian enduro victory in the modern era that incorporates Blancpain GT…