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Autosport 29/08/19

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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our list of the most important people in motorsport

The vast majority of motorsport fans seem to stack neatly into two piles: those of us who take most enjoyment from the cars (or bikes), and those who are most intrigued by the drivers. While it’s the machines or the role models in the cockpit that are the face of the show, often it’s the people operating at boardroom level who shape the motorsport landscape to a much greater extent. This week Autosport recognises the individuals who have, one way or another, crafted the current motor racing world. In the first instalment of a new annual feature, beginning on page 14, our experts rank the top 50 most powerful names in motorsport. We’re sure you’ll have some other suggestions, so please let us know. Elsewhere in this issue, sportscar guru Gary Watkins previews…

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mercedes decides: bottas stays, ocon to renault?

FORMULA 1 Valtteri Bottas is set to remain at the Mercedes Formula 1 team for a fourth season in 2020, with Esteban Ocon tipped to join Renault in place of Nico Hulkenberg. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said a decision on who would partner Lewis Hamilton would be made during the summer break, and admitted it was not easy to pick between Bottas and Ocon. An announcement in favour of Bottas was expected ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix when Autosport went to press. Bottas has won five races since replacing retired world champion Nico Rosberg in 2017 and, though he has not challenged Hamilton for the title, he has been a dependable supporting driver to the five-time champion and dutifully aided Mercedes’ constructors’ championship bids. However, Wolff recognised that Mercedes had an appealing…

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horner: indy aeroscreen could reignite f1 interest

FORMULA 1 Red Bull chief Christian Horner believes the use of the aeroscreen cockpit protection device in IndyCar could revive the prospect of introducing it in Formula 1, if it works well. Next season the Red Bull Advanced Technologies-designed concept will make its debut in IndyCar, having initially been developed for F1 and trialled on-track in 2016. Red Bull’s device was rejected by the FIA in favour of the halo, which has been established as the world governing body’s preferred option, but earlier this year IndyCar announced it would adopt the aeroscreen from 2020. During the FIA’s evaluation process of both devices in 2016, the aeroscreen was deemed to need more development time. In May this year, Red Bull team boss and Advanced Technologies CEO Horner said the IndyCar partnership would provide the opportunity to…

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wilson rallies ford execs to fund tanak deal for hybrid era

WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP M-Sport has enlisted the help of Ford in an attempt to attract rallying’s hottest property, Ott Tanak, to the team for 2020, as part of a long-term plan to dominate the World Rally Championship when its hybrid regulations come into effect in 2022. Both the M-Sport squad and Hyundai have made it clear that they want to steal Tanak from Toyota, but in recent weeks it has been rumoured that a deal between Tanak and his current employer has already been signed. However, Tanak denied that in the lead up to Rally Germany, and he and his five-time WRC rally-winning advisor Markko Martin met with M-Sport’s Malcolm Wilson, while high-ranking Ford executives were also in attendance at the event. Wilson (above) says Tanak’s car development skills will be the key to…

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toyota agrees to further pace hit

WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP Toyota has agreed to another increase in minimum weight ahead of the start of the 2019-20 World Endurance Championship at Silverstone this weekend. The Japanese manufacturer’s TS050 HYBRIDs will now run at 932kg, 54kg above the 878kg at which they started the 2018-19 superseason. A further 14kg was added to the Toyotas in a new Equivalence of Technology bulletin published on Tuesday, after Autosport’s WEC preview on page 24 had gone to press. This followed a weight increase of the same amount prior to the pre-season test at Barcelona at the end of July, which in turn followed a 26kg hike ahead of last October’s Fuji round. The new weight limit followed the analysis of data from the so-called prologue test last month. The best of the Toyotas ended up just…

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ferdinand piech 1937-2019

OBITUARY Ferdinand Piech, architect of the double Le Mans-winning Porsche 917, has died at the age of 82. The Austrian’s death last Sunday came four years after he stood down as chairman of the Volkswagen Group supervisory board, ending a six-decade career at the highest levels of the automotive industry. In that time he was development boss at Porsche with a remit for motorsport in the 1960s, turned Audi from a niche manufacturer to a mainstream marque in the 1970s and 1980s, then transformed the fortunes of its parent company, VW, in the 1990s. Piech conceived the Porsche 917 to exploit what was effectively a loophole created in the Group 4 sportscar rules as the marque sought a first outright victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours. The 917 won at Le Mans in 1970…