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Autosport 03/10/19

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vettel’s belligerence adds to the battle within ferrari

Unlike most of the Formula 1 races since June’s French Grand Prix, last weekend’s Russian GP was not particularly exciting. But it did have plenty of intrigue thanks to the intra-team battle at Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel has been under increasing pressure from team-mate Charles Leclerc, who scored his sixth pole of 2019 in Sochi, but is showing signs of his desire to fight back. Following his fortuitous victory in Singapore, Vettel took advantage of a pre-race agreement to take the lead in Russia, then failed to hand the place back to Leclerc. As Edd Straw argues on page 13, you might not like Vettel’s approach but it shows he is prepared to upset Leclerc and cause tension in the team to try to maintain (or should that be grab back?!) the…

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mclaren’s long-winded meredes return

FORMULA 1 After six Formula 1 seasons apart, McLaren and Mercedes will reunite in 2021. Over the Russian Grand Prix weekend, news broke that McLaren will return to its long-time engine supplier when its three-year spell with Renault comes to an end. The reunion will mark the end of an expensive period of soul-searching for McLaren. Back in 2014, when the team was preparing to part company with Mercedes after 20 years together and switch to Honda, then-McLaren boss Ron Dennis insisted it was not possible to win in F1 as a simple customer. But in confirming the McLaren-Mercedes deal that will begin in around 18 months’ time, current McLaren CEO Zak Brown said: “If we do a very good job, I think we can.” So, what’s changed? McLAREN’S YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS McLaren has…

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coulthard elected as new president of the brdc

BRDC Ex-Formula 1 star, W Series prime mover and Channel 4 F1 co-commentator David Coulthard has been elected as president of the British Racing Drivers’ Club. The Scot, who won 13 grands prix, takes over from rallying legend Paddy Hopkirk, who has been at the helm since 2017. Coulthard had been widely tipped for the presidency, which he will fulfil alongside his current broadcasting commitments for Channel 4 and his W Series role. BRDC chairman John Grant said: “I and my fellow board members are delighted to welcome David Coulthard as president of the BRDC. We are confident that we have a president who is not only a greatly talented racing driver but also a successful businessman with an enviable network of contacts, which should be of great benefit to the club.” Coulthard was…

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teams to try out next year’s tyres at us gp

FORMULA 1 All Formula 1 drivers will be given two sets of 2020 tyres to test during Friday practice for this month’s US Grand Prix. F1’s sporting regulations give Pirelli the option to provide tyres for Friday running, if the company wants to log more mileage. They can be used in either of the 90-minute sessions held on Friday. The rarely used rule states: “At certain events one additional specification of dry-weather tyre may be made available to all teams for evaluation purposes following a recommendation to the FIA from the supplier.” The tyres to be used at Austin will be the definitive 2020 specification, which is to be finalised after next week’s development test with Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull at Barcelona. A more extensive test, involving a range of compounds, will take…

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ginetta plan could prevent le mans lmp1 entry slump

LE MANS 24 HOURS Ginetta could come to the rescue of the Le Mans 24 Hours next June. The British constructor has aspirations to run a third car at the World Endurance Championship finale in a move that would maintain the LMP1 grid at 2019 levels. Ginetta boss Lawrence Tomlinson’s plan to field an additional Ginetta-AER G60-LT-P1 under its Team LNT banner in the French enduro potentially brings the paltry 2019-20 WEC LMP1 field up to eight cars. That’s the same number that took the start at Le Mans this year, even though the full-season entry has dropped to just five cars after the withdrawal of the ART-run SMP Racing squad. WEC rules give full-season participants in P1 the option of running a third car, and Tomlinson explained that he was keen to…

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safari classic back in wrc

WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Months after the first draft, next year’s World Rally Championship calendar has been delivered – and it’s all about the return of the classics. Kenya’s Safari Rally, Rally New Zealand and Rally Japan are all back on a schedule that is bound to please the drivers. While Auckland will echo to the sound of World Rally Cars for the first time since 2012, and an Aichi-based Rally Japan takes the WRC back to the Far East for the first time in 10 years, it’ll be 18 years since Colin McRae won the last WRC Safari. Making way for the those events on the 14-round schedule are Corsica, Australia and Spain. Despite sources suggesting that the promoter favoured Catalunya being retained next season, the governing body pushed for Germany’s inclusion –…