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Autosport 22/08/19

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when will a woman race in f1 again?

It is now 43 years since Lella Lombardi (above) started the 1976 Austrian Grand Prix, the last time a woman raced in the Formula 1 World Championship. Given the technological and social changes that have happened during that time, that is ridiculous. As Autosport’s first Women in Motorsport special in August 2015 showed, it’s largely a numbers game. Only very few karters ever make it to F1 and a vast majority (nearly 96% according to Motorsport UK’s figures on page 25) of them are boys, which goes a long way to explaining the wait. The key is getting more girls and women interested in the sport, and challenging the wider perception that ‘it’s a man’s game’. Several initiatives, including Dare to be Different and the new-for-2019 W Series, have attempted to do…

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honda weighs up strategic red bull penalties

FORMULA 1 Honda heads into the second half of the Formula 1 season facing a “very complicated” decision on when to introduce its next upgraded engine and trigger grid penalties for Red Bull. Honda has already introduced two engine upgrades during the 2019 season, with its aggressive development programme presenting the opportunity to introduce a third update the next time it gives Red Bull and Toro Rosso fresh engines. The Japanese manufacturer’s Spec 3 engine made its debut in the French Grand Prix in June and has completed five races. With power-sensitive circuits coming up at the Belgian and Italian GPs, followed by one of Red Bull’s potentially strongest races in Singapore, either of the two races immediately after the summer break represents a logical time to introduce a new engine. Spa and…

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pocono shunt puts rosenqvist in hospital

INDYCAR IndyCar rookie Felix Rosenqvist was hospitalised following a shocking five-car pile-up on the opening lap of last Sunday’s 500-mile race at Pocono. Takuma Sato, Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay collided approaching Turn 2. James Hinchcliffe could not avoid the wreckage, while Rosenqvist clipped Sato – whose car overturned – and was launched into a scary aerial ride along the fence (below), echoing Robert Wickens’s career-ending accident at the same track in 2018. While the other four drivers were checked over in the infield medical centre, Rosenqvist was taken to hospital for scans but was later released. “I just have some minor back pain and a bit of a headache,” said Rosenqvist, who will be back behind the wheel of his Chip Ganassi Racing car for this Saturday’s race at Gateway. “Hopefully I will…

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oreca in talks to bring extra manufacturer to hypercars

WORLD ENDURANCE More manufacturers could be gearing up to join the new hypercar World Endurance Championship division in season two of the category in 2020-21. French constructor ORECA has revealed that it is talking to multiple major manufacturers with a desire to take on Toyota and Aston Martin – who have already committed to the class – at the pinnacle of sportscar racing. “There is a clear interest in hypercar from ORECA and we have started to work on a project,” said company boss Hugues de Chaunac (below). “At the same time we have had some, I would say, early discussions with OEMs. “We have proved our level of technology and that our design office and our race team are at a very high level, so we can offer a very strong package…

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bird loses place in ferrari team

WORLD ENDURANCE Sam Bird’s stint as a fixture in Ferrari’s factory World Endurance Championship squad has come to an end after three seasons. The Briton has been replaced in its GTE Pro line-up as a result of continuing uncertainty over date clashes with his Virgin Formula E programme. Miguel Molina, who has driven alongside Bird at the Le Mans 24 Hours for the past three editions, will race the #71 AF Corse-run Ferrari 488 GTE in the full 2019-20 WEC, which kicks off at Silverstone on September 1. He will share the car with Davide Rigon, Bird’s team-mate over the past three seasons. Ferrari explained that the prospect of up to two clashes between the WEC and FE calendars was behind the move. The WEC has shifted next year’s Spa round to avoid…

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japanese choose new dallara for renamed f3

FORMULA 3 The Japanese Formula 3 Championship has committed to Dallara’s new update of its ‘traditional’ F3 car from 2020, with the series renamed Super Formula Lights. Dallara recently unveiled the 320, which features a halo and will also be used in the Euroformula Open series. The Japanese organisers, whose F3 championship runs on the undercard of the country’s top-level Super Formula contest, weighed up the FIA’s Regional F3 formula before finally plumping for continuing the heritage of a series that dates back to 1979, using the lightweight F3 chassis and open engine competition. With FIA homologation of the existing Dallara F312 generation of chassis running out at the end of this year, the Japanese series – which offers 10 superlicence points to its champion – has to drop ‘F3’ from its title…