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Autosport 12/09/19

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where does leclerc’s italian gp success leave vettel?

If ever there was a race that epitomised the changing of the guard within a team, it was last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix. While Charles Leclerc underlined his status as a future world champion with a fine win under pressure, his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel made another mistake and then drove across the track, causing another incident. And all this on the team’s home ground at Monza. Leclerc’s victory was not perfect. His move on Lewis Hamilton under braking for the second chicane was marginal and he also ran across the first chicane. Some thought that, following his warning for the first incident, Leclerc should have got a penalty for the second. But he didn’t gain an advantage cutting the chicane – Hamilton got a run on him. What is questionable…

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hulkenberg vs grosjean for silly-season battle

FORMULA 1 Mercedes has retained Valtteri Bottas, Renault has snapped up Esteban Ocon, and Racing Point has extended its deal with Sergio Perez. With those teams sorting their 2020 Formula 1 driver line-ups in recent weeks, that leaves Haas with the most significant missing piece, alongside Kevin Magnussen, in the silly season. That’s not because of the team’s competitiveness, but because all other potential vacancies on the 2020 grid – Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Alfa Romeo and Williams – are most likely to go to drivers who already have relationships with those teams via junior programmes, and because the loser of the Romain Grosjean-versus-Nico Hulkenberg battle for the Haas spot has a strong chance of ending up outside F1. The Haas situation is also in the spotlight because it is essentially a choice…

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monza saves its f1 date for five more years

FORMULA 1 The Italian Grand Prix has finally secured a new contract to remain on the Formula 1 calendar for five more years. F1 unveiled a record 22-race calendar for 2020 two weeks ago, saying the contract with Monza – the only grand prix on the provisional calendar which was yet to conclude a new deal – was “being finalised”. Ahead of last weekend’s race at Monza, F1 chiefs announced that the venue will host a grand prix until at least 2024. The news was revealed during an event celebrating 90 years of Scuderia Ferrari and attended by F1 CEO Chase Carey and FIA president Jean Todt. The 2020 Italian GP will take place on 6 September. Angelo Sticchi Damiani, president of the Automobile Club d’Italia, said that finally securing the race’s future felt…

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correa fights respiratory distress

FORMULA 2 Formula 2 driver Juan Manuel Correa’s condition has worsened following his involvement in the accident at Spa that claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert. The American, who is in hospital in an induced coma and is battling leg and spinal injuries, is in a “critical but stable” condition but has developed Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Correa was initially treated in a hospital in Belgium before being moved to a specialist unit in London last week. Correa’s family issued a statement in the early hours of Saturday morning confirming that he had developed Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. This is caused by inflammation of the lungs and is treatable, but can cause further health implications in the future. While Correa continues to fight his injuries, his Sauber Junior Team stablemate Callum Ilott scored pole…

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kerbs launch peroni into flip

FORMULA 3 Formula 1 is not considering a radical overhaul of its use of sausage kerbs following Alex Peroni’s hospitalisation after a terrifying airborne flip in last weekend’s FIA Formula 3 round at Monza. Campos Racing driver Peroni ran wide at the Parabolica and hit the kerb, flipped and landed on the tyre barriers at the exit of the corner, narrowly missing some marshals. The Australian walked away unaided, before he was taken to hospital for checks and diagnosed with a broken vertrebra. He was in hospital near Monza under observation as we went to press. The kerb was immediately torn up following the F3 race, which then delayed the subsequent FP3 for Formula 1. Asked if the FIA would respond by changing its use of the kerbs, FIA race director Michael Masi said:…

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arden team races on following loss of hubert

FORMULA 2 The Arden Formula 2 squad’s decision to race on at Monza last weekend following the death of its Renault Formula 1 junior Anthoine Hubert the previous weekend at Spa was “never in doubt”, according to team boss Kenny Kirwan. “We quickly agreed that Anthoine would want us to continue and fight for team points,” Kirwan told Autosport. “After quick discussions with [other driver] Tatiana Calderon and our title sponsor BWT, the decision was made to carry on. “Obviously there was some trepidation when we first entered the paddock on Wednesday morning to start setting up our working area. But the messages of support from the promoter, other F2, F3 and even F1 teams really has lifted the spirits of everyone involved and reaffirmed that the decision to race on was the…