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Autosport 18/07/19

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hamilton stars on a good weekend for motorsport

What a fine few days for motorsport we’ve just had. The deal securing the British Grand Prix for at least the next five years is good news for everyone, backed up by an exciting race at Silverstone in which future stars Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen again crossed swords. Just 0.183 seconds covering the top three teams in qualifying was also encouraging. As expected, the driver on top was Lewis Hamilton, who moved ahead of Jim Clark and Alain Prost with his sixth British GP win. He was helped to the front by the safety car but, as Edd Straw shows in our report on page 18, Hamilton was always likely to come out on top against Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, despite the Finn’s pole lap and stout battling in the…

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british grand prix saved – for five more years

FORMULA 1 Last season’s British Grand Prix had the highest attendance figures of any race on the Formula 1 calendar – 140,500 turned up at Silverstone on race day, 340,000 across the whole weekend. But the venue’s F1 future had been in doubt since 2017, when track bosses triggered a break clause in the contract that had been signed with Bernie Ecclestone in 2009. That meant Silverstone would opt out of the remaining 2020-26 seasons, with much of the kickback owing to the financial uncertainty caused by a 5% escalator fee in the original deal, which would have taken the hosting cost up to £26million. Further doubt over the likelihood of Silverstone signing a new deal was then raised courtesy of Liberty Media’s renewed push for a race in London. But last week,…

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todt wants return of refuelling

FORMULA 1 FIA president Jean Todt has asked Formula 1 bosses to consider whether refuelling should return from 2021 to help improve the spectacle. Motor racing’s governing body is working with teams and Formula 1 owner Liberty Media on a raft of new rules for the 2021 season, designed to simplify cars while also making the racing closer. Speaking to UK media at Silverstone ahead of last weekend’s British Grand Prix, Todt said one of the things he wanted to evaluate was whether the return of refuelling should form part of the new rules package. Refuelling was banned ahead of the 2010 season due to concerns from F1 chiefs over costs and safety implications. “I would like to see refuelling, but I am happy to see a study on the positives and negatives,” said…

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haas embroiled in a never-ending storey

FORMULA 1 Long before Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen drove into each other on the opening lap, the Haas team had already been embroiled in a bizarre and bemusing saga at the British Grand Prix involving sponsor Rich Energy and its colourful CEO William Storey. Rich Energy tweeted on Wednesday that it was terminating its deal with Haas due to “poor performance” and an “unacceptable” showing in the preceding Austrian Grand Prix, and slammed F1’s “politics and PC attitude” for “inhibiting our business”. Haas then released a statement on behalf of Rich Energy’s apparent majority shareholders, accusing a “rogue” individual – understood to be Storey – for the tweet. A Thursday tweet from Rich Energy claimed the statement was the work of minority shareholders and that Storey remained in command. “Their attempted palace…

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infamous f1 sponsors

FRANCO AMBROSIO The Italian financier leant his support to Shadow in 1977 (pictured), before being a central figure in the formation of the Arrows team – the ‘Ar’ in the acronym ‘Arrows’ was Ambrosio Racing. He was jailed in 1978 and the money supply ran out. Arrows was also involved with Nigerian self-styled ‘Prince’ Malik in 1999. DAVID THIEME Thieme had made a fortune from his Essex Petroleum oil-trading company when he got involved with Lotus from 1979. His lavish launches and parties pre-dated F1’s excess by a good two decades. It all stopped when he was arrested in Zurich. He was bailed out of jail and disappeared, as did Essex Petroleum from F1… JEAN-PIERRE VAN ROSSEM A former Marxist who had developed a stock-market prediction system called Moneytron (it turned out to be a…

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mclaren’s youthful future means no room for alonso

FORMULA 1 McLaren says that Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris are the “future” of its Formula 1 team after confirming both drivers for 2020 ahead of the summer break to avoid being caught up in the ‘silly season’. Sainz joined McLaren from Renault this season on what was billed as a multi-year agreement, while Norris graduated to the Woking-based team after finishing runner-up in Formula 2 in 2018. Ex-Red Bull protege Sainz is seventh in the points with best finishes of sixth at Monaco, Paul Ricard and Silverstone, while Norris’s efforts have helped McLaren to a comfortable fourth in the constructors’ standings, 21 points clear of fifth-placed Renault. McLaren F1 CEO Zak Brown said: “I’m really pleased with our driver line-up, which is why we wanted to confirm it ahead of the silly season,…