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Autosport 08/08/19

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the first true hamilton vs verstappen battle proves inconclusive

It’s been clear to anyone paying attention to Formula 1 for the past three years that Max Verstappen is a future world champion. We’ve been waiting for him to have the machinery to take on Lewis Hamilton at the front of the grid and now it is starting to happen. Both Verstappen and Hamilton love a good wheel-to-wheel scrap and we finally got one between them at the Hungaroring last weekend. Both came out with honour intact – Verstappen withstood the pressure early in the race, while Hamilton delivered victory when Mercedes put him on an alternative strategy. Verstappen believes Mercedes still has the edge, while Hamilton and Toto Wolff think that Honda’s recent gains are helping turn Red Bull into a real championship contender (see page 4). It would take something…

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honda engine more powerful than merc

FORMULA 1 Honda’s progress with its Formula 1 engine has reached a point where it is now more powerful than the Mercedes unit in some areas and has in turn launched Max Verstappen into title contention, according to the world championship leaders. Lewis Hamilton and his team boss Toto Wolff believe that Verstappen and his Red Bull-Honda team are serious threats for the remaining grands prix in 2019. Wolff also suggested over the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend that this could mean a championship challenge, although Verstappen now trails Hamilton by 69 points after the Englishman’s come-from-behind win at the Hungaroring. Hamilton thinks Honda has helped Red Bull recover from its “slump” with an underpowered Renault engine and its own chassis deficiencies. Verstappen has won two of the last four races, scored the first pole of…

2 min.
ricciardo lays out defence against £10m lawsuit

FORMULA 1 Representatives of Renault Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo have laid out an emphatic defence against a claim of over £10million from his former advisor. Glenn Beavis claims he is owed 20% of Ricciardo’s Renault salary and various elements of the deal, including commission on all parts of the second year of Ricciardo’s contract. But Ricciardo emphatically denies any agreement breach and his formal defence, lodged with London’s High Court and seen by Autosport, dismisses multiple elements of the alleged entitlement. The defence argues that the £10m+ sum is “expressly contradicted by a number of emailed exchanges” before and after establishing the most recent agreement between the parties, made in mid-2015. In a 16-page document, the defence makes 41 references to elements of Beavis’s claim being “denied” and three references to “vague and embarrassing…

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f1 set to adopt a 22-race calendar for next season

FORMULA 1 Formula 1’s calendar is all set to expand to a record-breaking 22 grands prix next year, with teams having given their support in principle to including an extra race. With the Spanish GP (above) edging closer to a one-year deal that will keep it on the schedule for next season, F1’s owner Liberty Media has opened discussions with teams to secure their support for an expanded calendar. During a meeting between team bosses and F1 CEO Chase Carey at the Hungaroring last weekend, teams agreed that, as long as there was no change to the limit of three power units per driver for the season, then they would be happy to commit to 22 races. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff explained: “In a nutshell, we basically agreed to have a 22nd race. We’ve…

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ogier confirms 2020 wrc exit

WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Sebastien Ogier has made clear he will depart the World Rally Championship at the end of the 2020 season. The six-time world champion said he was looking forward to the next stage in his career, involving the all-new Extreme E series in 2021. Asked about next season being his last in the WRC, Ogier said: “It was never my plan to stay after next year – the deal with Citroen was always a straight two-year agreement.” Ogier’s ambassadorial role with Extreme E was announced last month. He will test the car in the near future, but it remains to be seen if he will compete in the all-electric off-road series. “I’m happy to be involved because I like the idea of the project and that could become the plan for me, but…

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jean-paul driot 1950-2019

OBITUARY More than 30 drivers who passed through the DAMS single-seater squad have gone on to Formula 1. That statistic is a tribute to team owner Jean-Paul Driot, who has died at the age of 68 after a long illness. But when it comes to listing successful alumni of the French team based near Le Mans, the engineers and team managers who made an impact away from DAMS shouldn’t be forgotten. To Olivier Panis, Sebastien Bourdais and Romain Grosjean should be added the likes of Eric Boullier and Vincent Beaumesnil. Driot made it his job to employ good people, on whatever side of the pitwall. And that has been the foundation stone of the successes of a team that dates back to 1987 when it was founded as GDBA Motorsport for a Formula…