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Autosport 05/12/19

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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could ferrari be the next move for hamilton?

What more can Lewis Hamilton do to enhance his reputation in Formula 1? The obvious answer is by beating Michael Schumacher’s titles and wins records. Both are well within range, but would taking yet more success with Mercedes add much to his status? There’s one thing that definitely would, and that’s winning a title with Ferrari, which is why the rumours that gained momentum last weekend (see page 4) are so interesting. If Hamilton could succeed where Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel have failed, there would be no doubt that he is the driver of his generation. When assessing the greatest of all time, one of the factors that often comes up in the Autosport office is how many teams a driver was able to succeed with. A third team (after McLaren…

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hamilton ‘25% chance’ of joining ferrari

FORMULA 1 Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has been freshly linked to a possible Ferrari move, but Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff believes there is only a “25%” chance of that happening. Hamilton is one of several topline drivers out of contract after next season. He and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas both need new deals, as do existing Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. The future of Charles Leclerc, Vettel’s team-mate, may also need deciding – although he joined Ferrari on a multi-season arrangement this year, the explicit nature of his deal is unknown. The Hamilton/Ferrari rumour originated in Italy, where La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Hamilton had met twice this year with Ferrari president John Elkann. Then, when asked at last weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix about…

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…as prancing horse places five juniors in f2

FORMULA 2 Ferrari is braced for an all-out internal junior war in 2020 after placing five of its juniors in the Formula 2 Championship, with most of them in potentially championship-winning seats. FIA Formula 3 champion Robert Shwartzman will step up to join Mick Schumacher (below) at Prema Racing; Ferrari’s highest placed junior in F2 in 2019, Callum Ilott, joins teams’ championship runner-up Virtuosi Racing; Marcus Armstrong takes a seat at ART Grand Prix, which has fielded the F2 title winner for the past two years; and Giuliano Alesi joins the fledgling HWA team. The eyes are always on Schumacher, who was 12th in the standings this year, but he stopped short of predicting he’ll fight for the title in his second season of F2 with Prema. “I don’t want to say ‘fight…

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russell at mercedes, ocon at renault for abu dhabi test

FORMULA 1 Williams’s George Russell has been testing for Mercedes this week as part of three days of running he is due to complete for the team before the end of 2019. Mercedes protege Russell started this week’s post-season Abu Dhabi Formula 1 tyre test with Williams on Tuesday morning at the start of the two-day 2020 tyre test, but was due to hand the FW42 over to ex-F2 driver Roy Nissany for the afternoon. He was then set to drive the Mercedes W10 on Wednesday, after Valtteri Bottas had run it on Tuesday. World champion Lewis Hamilton is not available as he has team sponsor commitments. Russell will return to Abu Dhabi next week for two further days of 2021 18-inch-tyre running in Mercedes’ mule car. It will be Pirelli’s final test…

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honda stays in f1 for 2021

FORMULA 1 Honda has extended its deal with Red Bull by one year to commit to the 2021 Formula 1 season, with discussions under way to continue the partnership to at least the end of 2023. The Japanese manufacturer has begun evaluating the cost of being part of the next rules cycle, preventing the company from making a significant long-term commitment to F1. But it has taken the first step towards doing that by confirming it will continue to partner Red Bull and the energy-drinks company’s junior team Toro Rosso in 2021. Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has described it as “a great relief for us”, while both parties have admitted that talks have started on extending the deal for the 2022 and 2023 seasons. Honda must cut its spending in order to…

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williams promotes f2 runner-up latifi to race seat

FORMULA 1 Formula 2 runner-up Nicholas Latifi will replace Robert Kubica at Williams for 2020, taking the last slot on the Formula 1 grid. Latifi, who has completed six FP1 sessions and three days of testing this year for the team, has long been favourite for the drive. He had to finish in the top five of this year’s F2 championship in order to guarantee that he would earn enough superlicence points, and did easily enough at last weekend’s Yas Marina finale. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the team this year,” said the Canadian, “supporting them with the development of the car, and assisting wherever I can trackside and at the factory. I look forward to the journey ahead with the team.” Deputy team principal Claire Williams added: “All of us at Williams…