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Autosport 24/10/19

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the moments that caught us by surprise

Which motorsport moment shocked you the most? Pastor Maldonado’s out-of-the-blue victory for Williams in the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix (above)? The flying Mercedes at Le Mans in 1999? Toyota being thrown out of the World Rally Championship? Our initial list for this week’s top 25 was about three times longer than that and it was a tough task to decide what to leave out. Turn to page 19 to see which interesting or surprising stories you think are worthy and which ones wouldn’t have made your list. Not in any way shocking was Rene Rast taking his second DTM title in 2019. Tom Errington takes a look at how the Audi driver did it, and answers some other key questions from the season, on p30. Petter Solberg has been a popular figure on…

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teams question ferrari engine legality

FORMULA 1 A number of Ferrari’s Formula 1 rivals have written to the FIA for clarity over the legality of design aspects they believe are behind the Italian team’s engine advantage. It is understood that Ferrari’s competitors are seeking clarification over whether they are clear to pursue similar concepts themselves, or if the ideas fall foul of the regulations. The requests have come after Ferrari’s recent performance breakthrough revealed the full extent of its engine advantage, which is believed to be worth up to 0.8 seconds per lap at some tracks and has been described as ‘ludicrous’ by one high-level team source. Since the summer break Ferrari has topped all five qualifying sessions and won three grands prix. A significant car upgrade for September’s Singapore GP has helped counter the cornering performance deficit…

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red bull drops o’ward – so is he going to mclaren?

INDYCAR/SUPER FORMULA McLaren has been strongly tipped to snare Red Bull Junior Patricio O’Ward for its new IndyCar programme after the Mexican was stood down for this weekend’s Super Formula finale in Japan. Red Bull-backed Juri Vips will replace O’Ward in the Team Mugen line-up at Suzuka, after finishing fourth in this season’s FIA Formula 3 Championship. It is believed that Red Bull will continue to field two drivers in the series in 2020, with Vips in the frame for a full-season seat. O’Ward, who replaced the axed Dan Ticktum on the Red Bull scheme in July, said on social media: “Soon there will be news about my racing future. I know good things are coming and can’t wait to share them with you all.” After starring in early-season IndyCar outings before his SF…

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big teams scupper plan for mixed-up grids

FORMULA 1 Formula 1 looks set to abandon attempts to trial the reversed grid-qualifying-race experiment for next season. F1 owner Liberty Media was hoping to test the format at next year’s French, Belgian and Russian grands prix, with the qualifying-race grid based on reversed championship order, and the result of this forming the line-up for the grand prix. The matter was discussed at last week’s F1 rules meeting in Paris between teams, the FIA and F1, but it failed to get the unanimous support required. It is understood that some leading teams were against the plan because they believed that it would be too difficult for them to make up enough ground if they started at the back. There are suggestions that the bigger teams would be open to a qualifying race with grid…

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ticktum bids for macau hattrick as ilott returns to f3

FORMULA 3 Two-time Macau Grand Prix winner Dan Ticktum has joined Carlin to bid for a third successive victory in the race, while Ferrari junior Callum Ilott is also returning to the event as he tries for a first win in five attempts. It will be the first race experience for both British drivers in the new-for-2019 FIA Formula 3 cars. Ticktum started the season as a Red Bull Junior in Super Formula, but was dropped in June and has since only raced in two rounds of the Formula Regional European Championship. Ticktum, who is expected to compete in Formula 2 next season, has been getting up to speed in the FIA F3 car in this week’s official test at Valencia, where he has driven with Carlin on all three days. Ilott, meanwhile, joins…

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magnussen out of chevy squad

LE MANS 24 HOURS/IMSA Jan Magnussen driving a yellow Chevrolet Corvette has been one of the constants of international sportscar racing for the better part of two decades. But the Dane’s tenure of a seat at the factory Corvette Racing squad has come to an end after 16 highly successful seasons. Magnussen, father of Kevin and an ex-F1 driver himself, has not been given a new contract by the factory Corvette Racing squad. The 46-year-old Dane will be “exploring new driving opportunities for 2020 away from Corvette Racing”, according to a statement from Chevrolet. Magnussen contested more than 150 races with Corvette and won his class in 35 of them. Those victories included a hat-trick of successes at the Le Mans 24 Hours together with Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta in his first…