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Autosport 07/11/19

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don’t underestimate hamilton’s ‘predictable’ sixth world title

Lewis Hamilton’s sixth Formula 1 world crown, clinched in the United States last weekend, was hardly a surprise, but that shouldn’t take anything away from the fact that it is an incredible feat. Hamilton’s march towards Michael Schumacher’s records (seven titles and 91 wins, eight more than Hamilton’s current tally) seems inexorable. Clearly the excellence of the Mercedes team has been key to racking up those numbers, but – as Lewis points out on page 24 – he is not the first champion to have access to the best car. The Ferrari team of the early 2000s was crucial to Schumacher’s success too. In both cases, the drivers concerned played their part, both on and off the track. Not by chance are they multiple champions. As Edd Straw shows in our race report…

4 min.
formula 1 reveals new direction for 2021

FORMULA 1 Formula 1’s bold new look, key format changes and potentially championship-changing financial regulations were unveiled last week as the 2021 rules overhaul was finally signed off. The major new rules package, which has been debated for months, was approved unanimously by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council on Thursday last week, and the new rules and F1’s vision were unveiled at the United States Grand Prix. FIA president Jean Todt, via video link, joined F1 CEO Chase Carey, F1 motorsport managing director Ross Brawn and FIA head of single-seater technical matters Nikolas Tombazis at a special press conference, where Carey called the WMSC’s unanimous approval “a watershed moment”. Todt described the regulations as “a major change in how the pinnacle of motorsports will be run”, adding: “For the first time, we…

2 min.
fuel directive precedes ferrari loss of form

FORMULA 1 Formula 1 teams have been issued with a technical directive emphasising that ways to subvert the championship’s fuel-flow rules would be illegal – a clarification believed to be sought by suspicion over Ferrari’s engine performance and one that Mercedes and Red Bull felt influenced their rival’s advantage in the United States Grand Prix. Last weekend the FIA responded to an enquiry from Red Bull about fuel-flow-sensor systems, which suggested that it was possible to pulse fuel into the engine at a higher-than-legal rate during the gaps between sensor measurements. The fuel flow in F1 cars is monitored by a single FIA sensor and the rules ban any device, system or procedure that is designed to increase the flow rate or to store and recycle fuel after the measurement point, or has…

1 min.
‘hinch’ out; it’s mclaren youth

INDYCAR IndyCar race winner James Hinchcliffe has been left looking for a ride after the reconstituted Arrow McLaren SP team decided to replace the Canadian and Chip Ganassi Racing-bound Marcus Ericsson with Red Bull Junior Patricio O’Ward and Oliver Askew, the Indy Lights champions of 2018 and 2019 respectively. As recently as the penultimate round of this season, team co-owner Sam Schmidt told Autosport that Hinchcliffe would remain with the team for the third and final year on his current contract. To an extent that is still true true, since the team will be honouring its obligation by paying him, only now he won’t be driving. Arrow McLaren SP tried to sign Colton Herta while doubts surrounded the future of Andretti Autosport’s satellite team Harding Steinbrenner Racing, but Michael Andretti has brought Herta…

3 min.
giovinazzi stays at alfa so is hulkenberg off to the dtm?

FORMULA 1 Antonio Giovinazzi will remain in Formula 1 with Alfa Romeo for a second full season alongside Kimi Raikkonen in 2020. Giovinazzi had a difficult start to 2019, but the Italian’s form improved in the middle of the year. That progress, allied to his being highly rated by Ferrari after his development role for that team in the past, helped to secure his future. The best result of his rookie season so far has been his ninth place at Monza, although he was eighth on the road at Hockenheim before receiving a penalty for a technical infringement. “Antonio has done really well this year and I am extremely pleased to be able to confirm he will stay with Alfa Romeo Racing for 2020,” said team boss Fred Vasseur. “The way he has integrated…

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florsch returns to macau for fia f3 debut

FORMULA 3 One year on from the enormous crash in which she suffered broken vertebrae, Sophia Florsch will return to the Macau Grand Prix Formula 3 classic this month with HWA. Florsch was launched airborne and into a photographer’s bunker in the 2018 event. She endured a seven-hour operation on her spine, but returned to action this season in the Formula Regional European Championship, where she finished seventh. “I’m delighted to be driving in Macau again,” said Florsch (right, above). “It was my first race there last year, and until my accident it was the most amazing event I had ever contested. The track is incredible! It’s so much fun to drive. After the accident I knew I definitely wanted to return to racing and to return to Macau.” Florsch’s crash last year triggered…