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Autosport 31/10/19

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 Media UK Ltd
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perfect hamilton is not just the fastest, he’s the most consistent too

Is there any way Lewis Hamilton can do anything wrong? Valtteri Bottas may have done enough to take the Formula 1 world title fight to this weekend’s United States Grand Prix with third place in Mexico last Sunday, but Hamilton’s performance for Mercedes in claiming an unexpected win after a chaotic start was sensational. This is the same guy, after all, who in the build-up to the race had said that the Merc stood “no chance” against the powerful Ferraris on the straights. In that light, Hamilton puts you in mind of that annoying kid at school who always said they’d failed miserably in their exams, but who everyone knew would be celebrating a raft of A-grades when the results popped through the letterbox in August. Edd Straw investigates the seemingly…

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champion tanak set for shock switch to hyundai

WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Newly crowned World Rally Champion Ott Tanak’s shock move from Toyota to Hyundai for 2020 was expected to be announced at some point in the next week as Autosport went to press. Autosport understands that Tanak signed his agreement with Hyundai earlier this month for a move that will end his two-year stay at Toyota, and which places him in a four-driver team alongside arch rival Thierry Neuville plus Sebastien Loeb and Dani Sordo. News of Tanak’s departure from Toyota further complicates an already obfuscated driver market and sparked immediate speculation that Sebastien Ogier, the man he succeeded as world champion, could move from Citroen into his Yaris WRC for a final WRC season. Tanak would not be drawn on his future, telling Autosport: “When things are still open, you get…

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q&a

FERNANDO ALONSO DAKAR RALLY DEBUTANT You’ve been confirmed in Toyota’s Dakar Rally team for January. Has your rate of improvement been as hoped? Yeah, I think so. I remember the first rally out in Namibia, and out of the service park we have a bump in the road which is 40cm or half a metre. I ask Marc [Coma, co-driver], “So where do we go now? We cannot jump this. Which way we need to go?” I was scared to break the car. He looked at me and said, “Go straight now, don’t worry.” The car could take that and now we’re going over bumps of metres and metres. Are you changing the car much? I follow their set-up. I feel a lot of roll and movement in the high-speed corners and always their…

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no appeal from renault after japanese gp exclusion

FORMULA 1 Renault has decided not to appeal against the disqualification of its cars from the recent Japanese Grand Prix for running an illegal driver aid. The manufacturer lost the Suzuka results of both Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg – sixth and 10th respectively – last week following a protest from Racing Point. Racing Point claimed that Renault had been using an illegal pre-set brake-balance-adjustment system on its car. Following a stewards’ investigation, it was found that the device Renault used did not break any of F1’s technical regulations, but it was decided that the button-control system was in breach of F1’s sporting rules, which state that a driver must perform alone and unaided. Renault had until Thursday morning at last weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix to decide whether or not to appeal against the…

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new qualifying system in 2020

BTCC The British Touring Car Championship will introduce a new qualifying system next season as part of a series of tweaks to the sporting regulations. The new format will be trialled on a one-off basis at the late-July Snetterton round. Instead of the usual 30-minute session, drivers will have 25 minutes to qualify, before the top 10 head into a 10-minute Bathurst 1000-style shootout to fix the top five rows of the grid. BTCC chief executive Alan Gow explained that it would be an experiment, and that if it is a success then it could lead to further alterations. “We’re always looking at how we can spice things up, so we thought we could give this system a try,” said Gow. “It’s not a one-shot for each driver [as used in the BTCC…

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formula 1

Tom Gamble sampled a Formula 1 car for the first time at Silverstone last week as part of his prize for winning the 2018 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award. After a season driving an Audi R8 LMS in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe, 17-year-old Gamble was let loose in the ex-Jenson Button MP4-28 from 2013 – McLaren’s final involvement in the Award now that Aston Martin has become a title partner. Gamble said: “It’s such a good car. I knew it’d be fast, but I didn’t think it would be that fast. When I saw the [pit]-in board, I said, ‘I might just keep going’ – see what they say!”…