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Autosport 01/08/19

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verstappen’s moment, hamilton’s nightmare

Three good grands prix in a row! Few would have predicted that after the French GP in June, but last weekend’s Hockenheim race continued the recent trend of drama and wheel-to-wheel action. Wet races are often entertaining, but in recent years Lewis Hamilton has been unbeatable when the going gets slippery. Before the 2019 German GP the Mercedes star hadn’t lost a rain-affected Formula 1 race since the 2014 Hungarian GP. In that time he racked up a record nine consecutive ‘wet’ wins, but the calamitous day Mercedes experienced at Hockenheim means Hamilton is still on 13 rain-affected successes, tied for second on the all-time list with his hero Ayrton Senna. Max Verstappen seems the driver most likely to take over Hamilton’s mantle at the top of F1, both generally and in…

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more cars planned for racing olympics

MOTORSPORT GAMES With a glitzy opening ceremony and a medals table, the new-for-2019 Motorsport Games has a clear inspiration. And, like the Olympics, the concept is set to grow to encompass new disciplines. There could be prototypes, rally cars, historics and maybe more single-seaters on the bill in year two in 2020. Stephane Ratel, whose SRO group was announced as the promoter of the 1-3 November event at Vallelunga, set out his plans last week for the inaugural Motorsport Games, which will pitch national teams against one other. He outlined a vision, together with the FIA, to grow the event beyond the GT3 class, touring cars and one-make Formula 4 on the bill for this year. “We will have three categories this year, so let’s try to double it — the objective is…

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toyota expects privateers to win after test strength

WEC LMP1 privateers are going to win races in the 2019-20 World Endurance Championship. That was Toyota’s conclusion after the independents ran its TS050 HYBRIDs close at last week’s official pre-season test in Barcelona. Toyota Motorsport GmbH technical director Pascal Vasselon explained that the pace of the Rebellion-Gibson R-13 and the Ginetta-AER G60-LT-P1 at the so-called prologue showed that they are already “in the game”. He said the system of success handicaps, given the green light on the eve of the test, will do the rest. “Obviously, they are in the window to win races and, with success handicaps, they will win races for sure,” said Vasselon. “Ginetta will have a learning curve, but Rebellion looks ready to fight at the highest level.” Vasselon was encouraged by the performance from the Ginetta. “Rebellion is not…

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work excelerates in london as fe prepares to dock in the uk

FORMULA E Work on the new ABB FIA Formula E track at the ExCeL London is already underway, with the championship counting down the days until it returns to the British capital. After scouring 14 potential locations for a London race – an event FE has long wanted to return to its calendar after it was forced to leave Battersea Park at the end of its 2015/16 season – FE settled on ExCeL in London’s Docklands. “[ExCeL] just gives us – from an operational point of view – a lot more security, safety and opportunity as well,” said FE senior event manager Oli McCrudden. “We studied everything from RAF Northolt to Crystal Palace – we thought about maybe trying to revive that – up to Ally Pally and various other places and other parks.…

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prost appointed non-executive renault director

FORMULA 1 Alain Prost has taken a more formal role with the Renault Formula 1 operation by becoming a non-executive director of the UK company behind the race team. Last month, he was made a member of the board of Renault Sport Racing Ltd – a direct replacement for Renault Group executive Thierry Bollore. The move gives Prost a post similar to that which Niki Lauda held as a non-executive director of Mercedes Grand Prix. Bollore has left his role with the Renault F1 squad as he has taken on extra responsibilities as the Renault Group CEO following Carlos Ghosn’s controversial resignation. Prost has been an advisor to Renault’s F1 project since it took over the former Lotus team in 2015. It is unclear whether his new role will require any changes in his day-to-day contribution…

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paddon wrc return wrecked

WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP What do you say to a driver whose dream has turned to a nightmare before he’s even gone to sleep? A testing crash ruined Hayden Paddon’s Rally Finland return in a Ford Fiesta WRC on Monday. Talking to the New Zealander hours after he climbed out of a car wrecked by an unseen stone in a sixth-gear corner, the pragmatism was astonishing from one so badly in need of a break. “It’s sport,” Paddon said. “Sport can be like this. You can’t have the roses every day. For the absolute highs to matter and mean so much, you have to have the absolute lows and this is one of them. “I’m gutted because I came to Finland in such a good place, mentally and physically I’ve never been [so well] prepared…