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Autosport 14/11/19

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the chance to take a walk in hamilton’s (very rapid) shoes

Opportunities to drive current Formula 1 machinery don’t come around very often, so Karun Chandhok and Autosport jumped at the chance to drive one of Lewis Hamilton’s 2019 Mercedes W10s. The fact that the car has taken another constructors’ and drivers’ double for Mercedes this season underlines its quality and, as Chandhok points out on page 16, it doesn’t disappoint. Thanks to McLaren, 2018 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Tom Gamble also got a taste of F1 recently with his prize drive in a 2013 MP4-28 (see p24). The Award test is always a great reminder of how special the cars are – and what a great moment it is for young drivers to get their first experience of F1. Alexander Albon was beaten to the 2014 Award by George Russell, but…

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australia wrc finale cancelled amid fires

WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP With ash continuing to fall on Coffs Harbour from the bushfires, it became obvious that the final round of the World Rally Championship was a non-starter. At 1250 New South Wales time on Tuesday, word came from clerk of the course Wayne Kenny. He said: “The clerk of the course, after having considered the information from the fire authorities and other government agencies and after further consultation with the FIA, decides to cancel Rally Australia 2019.” For many, that decision had been glaringly obvious for hours – possibly even days. With every house that burned and, tragically, every life lost in the state, running a WRC round seemed simply preposterous. When the local fire department started talking of a “catastrophic” situation with the flames closing in on the event’s Coffs Harbour base,…

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us gp venue to shut to repair surface bumps

FORMULA 1 The Circuit of the Americas will close this winter for major work to address the bumps that Formula 1 drivers complained about during the US Grand Prix weekend. There was a mixed reaction to the bumps. Daniel Ricciardo said the track was better for its undulations instead of being like a video game. Most drivers criticised it and said it could even lead to injuries. Major work is to begin next month, including excavations to remove pipes. Circuit boss Bobby Epstein told Autosport: “We’re actually closing the track for most of December and half of January to fix the problems. Certainly, it will involve the entire back straight, the pit out and part of Turn 1, there’s a part of a hump before Turn 9, Turns 18-19. So, it’s pretty extensive.” The undulations…

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button eyes le mans in a hypercar

WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP Jenson Button could return to the Le Mans 24 Hours as soon as next year in the LMP2 class after setting his sights on a hypercar seat in the World Endurance Championship. Since departing Super GT, the 2009 Formula 1 world champion is yet to finalise any racing plans for 2020, but says a second Le Mans outing is “definitely” on his radar as he sets his sights on WEC’s new flagship class, which will come into force in the 2020-21 season. Button said: “In the future, I will definitely race in Le Mans again. I’m very excited about the new regulations and in the future it will be a great series. If I did it next year, it would be to get used to Le Mans again and just…

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alonso snares first rally-raid podium finish

DAKAR RALLY Double Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso achieved his first podium finish in cross-country rallying in the third of his Dakar Rally preparatory outings with Toyota. Alonso and his co-driver Marc Coma contested the Al Ula-Neom Cross-Country Rally in Saudi Arabia, where the Dakar is being held for the first time next year. They were fourth on the opening stage, having taken a cautious approach, then suffered a puncture on the second day. But they recovered to third place by the end of the event, despite navigation difficulties on Saturday’s final stage. Alonso was 16 minutes behind winner Yazeed Al-Rajhi, a World Rally and Dakar regular. “The final stage was a difficult one, full of rocks and difficult navigation,” said Alonso. “But we had no real issues, and we finished third on the stage and…

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hyundai to make btcc debut with i30 fastback

BTCC Hyundai will be represented on the British Touring Car Championship grid for the first time in the series’ history in 2020 as the Excelr8 Motorsport team enters two brand new i30 Fastback N Performance models. The team has started work on two examples of the coupe-style car, which it aims to have ready for a testing programme in mid-February next year. It is the first time that Excelr8, which only joined the BTCC in 2019, has built its own BTCC car – although it does have a background in building machines for the Mini Challenge UK and it has also exported several examples of the Mini. Although no drivers have been announced, Excelr8 entered the BTCC this term with a brace of MG6 GTs, driven by Sam Osborne and Rob Smith. They scored…