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Autosport 10/10/19

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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autosport note to readers

You won’t have failed to notice the unprecedented price increase of Autosport magazine this week. Like all publishers we are facing the harsh economic realities of our audience shifting to digital, combined with the increasing costs of maintaining a print product. We know many of our readers and supporters value the print publication and we think it has significant value given the broad coverage – from Formula 1 to club racing via rallying and endurance events – and deep analysis, some of which is not offered elsewhere. If you believe the print version is now too expensive then we do have a great value alternative in Autosport Plus, for which there is currently a seven-day free trial (see left and page 70). A lot of the content in the magazine, and much…

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confusion over status of would-be f1 entry

FORMULA 1 In the space of a few hours, a prospective new Formula 1 team went public last week with surprise plans to join the grid in 2021, and the championship responded by saying there were “no serious discussions” to admit a new entry. The Campos Racing-linked project already seemed doubtful, at best. F1’s statement underlined that feeling. What is purporting to be a Spanish team, backed by a Monaco-based Swiss businessman, wishes to run ex-Manor and Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein plus star Super Formula rookie Alex Palou and use UK-based companies to develop a car that is yet to even be fully defined by concrete technical regulations. But the Monaco Increase Management-backed project is not the first to go public with plans to race in F1 in 2021, after the emergence of…

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fia signs off 22-race calendar

FORMULA 1 Formula 1’s 2020 calendar was officially signed off by the FIA at last week’s meeting of the World Motor Sport Council. The 22-race schedule, which is the biggest in F1 history, will begin in Australia on 15 March and conclude in Abu Dhabi on 29 November. The two additional events on the schedule – the Vietnamese Grand Prix and the returning Dutch GP – are subject to the official homologation of the respective Hanoi and Zandvoort circuits. F1 has also confirmed that there will be two three-day tests prior to the start of the season, with both taking place at Barcelona. The first test will run from 19-21 February, while the second will take place from 26-28 February. The WMSC discussed a number of changes to the 2020 sporting regulations too. These…

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aeroscreen ‘stronger than halo’ – and ready to race

INDYCAR The aeroscreen that IndyCar will adopt in 2020 is stronger than the halo used in Formula 1 and other single-seater categories, according to developer Red Bull Advanced Technologies. The aeroscreen, which also features a halo-like structure, was tested on track for the first time last week at Indianapolis by IndyCar champions Scott Dixon and Will Power, who suggested it was ready to race. The halo that F1 introduced for 2018 is tested with a load of 112 kilonewtons on the car, and can take a reported maximum load of 125kN in total, but the aeroscreen is capable of withstanding 150kN, according to Red Bull Advanced Technologies commercial development officer Andy Damerum. IndyCar will conduct three more aeroscreen tests before the 2020 season. Dixon and 2019 champion Josef Newgarden will run at Richmond on…

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yamamoto gets toro rosso for fp1 at suzuka

FORMULA 1 Super Formula star Naoki Yamamoto will make his Formula 1 weekend debut with Toro Rosso tomorrow (Friday) in the Japanese Grand Prix’s first Friday practice session. Honda works driver Yamamoto, who is fighting for a second SF title in a row, will replace Pierre Gasly, fulfilling Honda’s desire for a local driver to take part in the event the company supports financially. He has driven Toro Rosso’s simulator and spent time with the team at European races earlier in 2019 to get to know its engineering staff. Usually a driver who wants to take part in FP1 would apply for a free practice-only superlicence and complete 300km in an F1 car. But as reigning SF and Super GT champion, Yamamoto comfortably satisfies the requirement for an outright F1 superlicence. Yamamoto said his…

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cammish remains at honda

BTCC British Touring Car Championship title protagonist Dan Cammish will remain at the factory-backed Team Dynamics Honda squad for two more seasons. The 30-year-old, who is just 16 points off the summit going into the final round of the BTCC at Brands Hatch this weekend, joined the team in 2018 after switching from the Porsche Supercup. He won two races in his maiden season on his way to 10th in the standings. Although Cammish has won only one race in 2019, he has scored 11 other podium positions to take the battle to points leader Colin Turkington in his WSR BMW 330i M Sport. The two-time Porsche Carrera Cup GB title winner was a sought-after property on the driver market, but says he is delighted to have re-signed with the Droitwich-based squad. “Some people…