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Autosport 21/11/19

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a hint of the f1 battle we could enjoy next season?

We’re starting to build a handful of examples of the Lewis Hamilton versus-Max Verstappen battle that everyone has been anticipating. Hamilton came out on top in the Hungarian Grand Prix in August, but Verstappen turned the tables in Brazil last weekend (see page 18). Passing Hamilton twice in a race is no mean feat, and the fact that Verstappen didn’t lose his cool after being baulked by Robert Kubica’s Williams indicates the Red Bull ace is becoming a more mature driver. That Verstappen can defeat Hamilton in a wheel-t0-wheel fight is not in doubt; the question is whether he can beat the Mercedes star over a full season. Losing pole in Mexico thanks to needlessly ignoring a yellow flag (and then ranting about it) suggests he could still give away points in…

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peugeot commits to le mans return

WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP Peugeot almost pulled the rug from under the World Endurance Championship on the eve of its rebirth back in 2012. Seven years on, the French manufacturer has gone a long way to securing the WEC’s future with the announcement last week that it will be entering the new top class for hypercars in 2022. It means that the hypercar division now has a commitment from a third major car manufacturer to go with those of Toyota and Aston Martin, though admittedly Peugeot will not be joining its ranks until the start of the 2022-23 campaign. That may be only season three of the category, but Peugeot’s news is still a major fillip for the WEC. That’s because the hypercar entry will be the third sportscar coming from a marque with…

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design legend murray eyes joining hypercar wec field

WEC Gordon Murray was adamant that the McLaren F1 would never race, but it didn’t end up doing too badly on the track. Nearly a quarter of a century after the F1 GTR’s 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours victory, he has revealed that his latest sportscar, the T.50, could have a future in the World Endurance Championship’s hypercar division. The Formula 1 design legend has admitted that a dialogue with WEC promoter and Le Mans organiser the Automobile Club de l’Ouest about the Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 opened some time ago. He also explained that there has been interest from customers wanting to race the car after the unveiling in June of the car’s specification, including a bespoke four-litre normally aspirated V12 developed in conjunction with Cosworth. “The people who run the series…

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ferrari: engine is unchanged

FORMULA 1 Ferrari insists that it has changed ‘nothing’ on its power unit following the latest Formula 1 engine-rules technical directives, despite rivals suspecting its straightline speed advantage has been reduced. Rival teams had been querying how Ferrari was achieving its power advantage in recent months, before the FIA issued technical directives regarding fuel-flow rules and the use of liquids as combustion. Ferrari started on pole for six straight grands prix, but has not done so at the past two races. Team principal Mattia Binotto is adamant that the shift in performance has nothing to do with its engine. “No, no, we didn’t change nothing,” Binotto said in an interview with Sky. “What we did is to read carefully the TDs because you need to meet up with whatever is a new technical…

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ogier set to join evans at toyota if citroen pulls out

WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP The World Rally Championship driver market is about to be turned upside down, with Elfyn Evans due to be announced with Toyota Gazoo Racing this Monday, Citroen set to pull out, and Sebastien Ogier poised to be wearing his fourth different colour of overalls in five years in 2020. As we went to press, Evans’s departure from the M-Sport Ford line-up and Citroen’s pullout – at least in the medium term – were the only certainties. In the wake of Peugeot’s return to a hybrid World Endurance Championship and a continuation of DS’s participation in Formula E, parent company PSA has confirmed that Citroen won’t be present in the WRC from 2022 onwards. But service-park speculation insists that Citroen will be gone long before then, and some reckon it’ll be…

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bathurst aims for international tin-top enduro

BATHURST INTERNATIONAL Australia’s famed Mount Panorama circuit is to host a new endurance touring car race at the end of the 2020 season, with the aim of attracting a 55-car international field. The 500km Bathurst International will be held in late November or early December and will be run for the TCR category, which has exploded across the world in the past half-decade and was successfully introduced to Australia in 2019 (right). If the plans reach fruition, it will be the most international field assembled since the Bathurst 1000 ran to Super Touring rules in 1997 and 1998. The organising Australian Racing Group is also planning support races for Australia’s new big-banger S5000 single-seater category, which would almost certainly mean an obliteration of the track’s lap record, plus LMP3 sports-prototypes and Trans-Am muscle…