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Autosport 28/11/19

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the dawning of a new age for formula 1?

The Formula 1 World Championship has been wrapped up in favour of Lewis Hamilton for quite a while; ditto the current constructors’ contest for Mercedes. The Brazilian Grand Prix has just given us a classic race around the beautiful contours of the Interlagos circuit. And now the F1 teams trudge off to Abu Dhabi for the 2019 season finale at a venue that rarely offers much in the way of a spectacle. What’s the solution, aside from moving the finale somewhere else (as Edd Straw suggests on page 11)? F1 is hoping that the new rules for 2021 are the answer. New ground-effect-based aero is aimed at making passing easier, even at the more tricky circuits, while a cost cap and various other restrictions are intended to help other teams challenge the…

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sutton switches teams to race btcc infiniti

BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP British Touring Car Championship star Ash Sutton is to join an expanded two-car Laser Tools Racing squad to campaign an Infiniti Q50 in 2020. Sutton, who took the 2017 BTCC title in a BMR Racing Subaru Levorg, will race a Q50 that is currently in build and will team up with three-time race winner Aiden Moffat. The design and build of the cars is expected to be finished by mid-February, before an extensive pre-season testing programme. Sutton will continue to work with his engineer from BMR, Antonio Carrozza, as well as his number one mechanic from 2019. Laser Tools Racing reintroduced the rear-wheel-drive Infiniti to the BTCC at the halfway point of the 2019 campaign to replace its Mercedes A-Class. The car was originally raced by the Support Our…

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fia tweaks fuel-flow rule for 2020

FORMULA 1 Formula 1 teams will be required to run a second fuel-flow sensor next season as the FIA intensifies its efforts to prevent the rules being exploited. Presently, all cars must be fitted with a single FIA fuel-flow sensor, located within the fuel tank, which may only be used as specified by the FIA. This ensures the maximum fuel flow rate is restricted to 100kg/h, and the rules state that “any device, system or procedure the purpose and/or effect of which is to increase the flow rate or to store and recycle fuel after the measurement point is prohibited”. The command for an additional sensor next year completes a trio of recent FIA technical directives, the first related specifically to fuel flow, that have related to the potential exploitation of the rules…

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‘oval’ banking for dutch gp return

FORMULA 1 Zandvoort has revealed that the banking at its final corner will be twice as steep as turns at Indianapolis following modifications for its return to the Formula 1 calendar in 2020. The revival of the Dutch Grand Prix means Zandvoort’s final corner will be angled at 32% – the equivalent of 18 degrees. At Indianapolis the banking is at approximately nine degrees. Zandvoort CEO Robert van Overdijk told radio station BNR Nieuwsradio: “That corner will for sure be the most spectacular part of our renewed circuit. The difference in height from the bottom of the corner to the top will be around four and a half metres. That’s considerable. We are in fact making an American corner on an otherwise European circuit. That is absolutely unique.” The famous Hugenholtzbocht will also be…

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button gets stranded in mexican desert

BAJA 1000 Jenson Button claims he spent 17 hours stranded in the desert during his off-road debut, after his truck’s differential broke in last weekend’s Baja 1000. The 2009 Formula 1 world champion was contesting the Mexican classic in a spec Trophy Truck before he hit trouble. “We come away from the Baja 1000 with a story to tell, not the one we wanted but a great Baja story all the same,” Button said on Instagram. “[We] started well, passed five moving trucks and then another seven/eight broken or crashed, found a really good rhythm of looking after the truck when needed and hammering the fast flowing sections. At mile 235 Terry Madden my co-driver and I heard a really loud clatter and lost drive, we had broken the differential.” Button said the…

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how did the german giants really do on their fe debut?

FORMULA E After all the time, announcements and headlines had passed, it finally happened: Mercedes and Porsche entered Formula E at last weekend’s 2019-20 season opener in Diriyah – and both scored podium finishes. Mercedes even ended the weekend in front in the teams’ championship, by two points over Envision Virgin Racing. Its other headline stats from Diriyah were Stoffel Vandoorne’s pair of third places, its second and third grid spots for race one, and Nyck de Vries scoring eight points on his debut (and losing six more due to his race-two safety-car overtaking error). That’s pretty good going, no matter how you slice it. By not taking two poles and two wins, as its F1 team would likely have done in the same season-opening circumstances, Mercedes has highlighted FE’s close competition, and…