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Autosport 26/09/19

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good fortune that could be a stroke of luck for formula 1

On the face of it, Ferrari did Sebastian Vettel a huge favour in the Singapore Grand Prix last weekend at the expense of Charles Leclerc, its new star. But, as Edd Straw shows on page 16, the strategy that swapped the two red cars at the front of the field was forced on the team by circumstances and nobody expected the pace gain on fresh rubber to be quite that significant. While the result will be frustrating to Leclerc and his fans, it’s probably good for Formula 1. With any luck, the victory will finally arrest Vettel’s slide into a supporting-cast role, which seemed to be gaining momentum. Having two competitive Ferraris can only be a good thing. And now just six points cover Leclerc, Max Verstappen and Vettel in the…

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grosjean deal puts hulkenberg in doubt

FORMULA 1 Two more pieces of the driver-market puzzle slotted into place at last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, with Haas announcing that Romain Grosjean will remain at the team in 2020 alongside Kevin Magnussen, and Robert Kubica revealing he will not continue with Williams. The Haas decision means that the Formula 1 future of Nico Hulkenberg, who will be replaced by Esteban Ocon at Renault next year and missed out to Grosjean for the Haas drive, is in doubt. Only four teams have yet to confirm their line-ups – Williams, Alfa Romeo and the two Red Bull squads – meaning the 32-year-old German has few opportunities. Red Bull wants to run its current quartet, with its driver-programme boss Helmut Marko saying that Daniil Kyvat will stay at Toro Rosso, and that the decision…

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why evans reckons jaguar can shoot for electric title

FORMULA E Mitch Evans has recommitted to the Jaguar ABB FIA Formula E Championship squad and hopes a “whole new package” for the 2019-20 season can land him and the manufacturer a first FE title in the electric single-seater category. New Zealander Evans has opted to stay with the squad where he made his FE debut in the 2016-17 championship after a race-winning stint in GP2 despite having “a lot of interest” from other teams for the upcoming campaign. He says it was a “no-brainer” decision to stay with Jaguar, where he will be on a rolling season-by-season deal. Since its disastrous FE debut in 2016-17, Jaguar has made steps in performance in each subsequent season. It scored a podium and a pole during the 2017-18 campaign and then took its first win…

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fia begins investigation into hubert fatality

FORMULA 2 The cars involved in Anthoine Hubert’s fatal Formula 2 accident at Spa last month have been received by the FIA following Belgian police investigations, allowing the governing body to begin its examination. Arden driver Hubert spun trying to avoid an accident triggered by Giuliano Alesi losing the rear end of his Trident-run car at Eau Rouge. Hubert hit the barriers at the exit of Raidillon and cannoned back towards the track, and Sauber Junior Team racer Juan Manuel Correa was unable to avoid him. Correa suffered serious leg injuries in the impact and has breathing issues. He came off a life-support machine last week but faces extensive surgery on his legs in what was described in a statement released last week as a “race against time” to be strong enough to…

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anderstorp joins monza on dtm schedule

DTM The DTM has announced a new-look calendar for 2020 that includes first visits to Monza and Anderstorp, with one “exciting” addition still to be confirmed. The two new venues will host races in June, with 1970s Swedish Grand Prix track Anderstorp’s round on 13-14 June and Monza’s two weeks later. Brands Hatch stays on the schedule on 22-23 August, while the series hosts its opening round on 25-26 April at 2019 returnee Zolder – the first time the curtain raiser has not been at Hockenheim since the DTM was revived in 2000. DTM boss Gerhard Berger said: “I’m delighted that DTM will be racing in Sweden for the very first time. It’s an exciting addition for us. And, personally, I have some very fond memories of Anderstorp: I raced a Schnitzer BMW 635…

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atherton stands down at imsa

IMSA SPORTSCAR Scott Atherton, a calming hand on the tiller of North American sportscar racing for 20 years, is standing down at the end of this year. He is relinquishing the presidency of IMSA with the series that bears its name in good health. It’s difficult to disagree with Atherton’s claim that helping to steer sportscar racing through the takeover of the American Le Mans Series by the France family has been his biggest achievement. What emerged, the series we now know as the IMSA SportsCar Championship, truly is a merger between the ALMS and the Frances’ Grand-American Road Racing Series. Atherton had been at the helm of the ALMS as CEO of the Panoz Motor Sports Group, always the good cop to the bad cop that late series owner Don Panoz could…