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Autosport 12/12/19

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celebrating the current f1 stars and searching for new ones

Lewis Hamilton won the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship pretty comfortably, but there were plenty of interesting storylines, dramatic races and fine performances. We delve into all of them – and some of the more problematic elements of the season – in this week’s bumper review, which kicks off on page 17. As has become tradition, we pick out our top 10 F1 drivers of the year (p28), a list that has some striking differences to the top 10 provided by the team bosses (p35), and Autosport readers… Jake Boxall-Legge and Giorgio Piola take a look at the technical developments of 2019 (p36) and Scott Mitchell explains how Charles Leclerc became number one at Ferrari (p42). We also cover Honda’s first campaign with Red Bull, the rise of the British rookies, McLaren’s…

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ocon gets back in the groove at renault

FORMULA 1 New Renault Formula 1 signing Esteban Ocon got the day he had been waiting “months” for when he drove the team’s 2019 car in the post-season Abu Dhabi test last week, an outing he called “crucial” ahead of his racing return. Ocon, who replaces Nico Hulkenberg alongside Daniel Ricciardo in Renault’s line-up for next season, got behind the wheel for the first time on Tuesday. Although he has tested Mercedes’ 2019 car this year in his role as reserve driver, Ocon’s on-track opportunities have been limited. F1 has cut its pre-season test days from eight to six for 2020, further reducing Ocon’s track time as he returns to the grid after one year on the sidelines. Ocon’s mileage on the first day of the test – topped by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas…

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deletraz fastest as he weighs up charouz

FORMULA 2 Louis Deletraz set the fastest time of the Formula 2 post-season test in Abu Dhabi last week as the driver merry-go-round continued for the 2020 season. Deletraz (above) has driven for Carlin in 2019 but is evaluating whether to stay in F2 for next season. If he does, it would likely be with the Charouz Racing team he drove for in 2018. The five-time podium finisher was joined at Charouz for the test by FIA Formula 3 race winner Pedro Piquet, who was eighth fastest overall. The only day Deletraz wasn’t fastest was the final day, when Nikita Mazepin topped the charts for Carlin. The 2019 ART Grand Prix driver set the best lap on Saturday morning, although he is its driver line-up is believed to be confirmed without him. Ferrari junior…

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kubica with bmw for dtm rookie test run at jerez

P64 KUBICA’S F1 RETURN DTM Williams Formula 1 refugee Robert Kubica is driving for BMW in this week’s DTM rookie test at Jerez. Following a difficult F1 comeback season, Kubica has already outlined his ambition to combine an F1 simulator role with a racing programme elsewhere. As revealed by Autosport earlier this year, Kubica’s management had been in touch with Audi as it evaluated his post-F1 future, but Audi motorsport boss Dieter Gass has since indicated that the manufacturer is likely to retain its existing DTM line-up for 2020. But rival BMW is undergoing a review of its structure and driver line-up, potentially opening the door to a race seat after Kubica indicated that a DTM switch was likely. Kubica (pictured in the BMW simulator) has tested a DTM car before, when he drove a…

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peugeot joins the rebellion

WEC Peugeot told us that it would reveal more details of its 2022-23 World Endurance Championship entry in the new year. It jumped the gun last week when it announced that it will be forging a relationship with top WEC privateer Rebellion Racing for its return to top-flight sportscar racing. But once again it didn’t go into detail. The hypercar programme will be based out of PSA Motorsport headquarters in Versailles-Satory in suburban Paris and “will be a single entity”, said group motorsport boss Jean-Marc Finot. The “roles will be divided as a function of our respective competencies”, he explained. Asked for elaboration on that, a PSA Motorsport spokeswoman said that the “partnership has not been defined yet”. She stressed that the new Peugeot hypercar would be “conceived and built” at Satory under…

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bernhard hangs up his helmet

SPORTSCARS Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Timo Bernhard is hanging up his helmet at the age of 38. The long-time Porsche driver will move into an ambassadorial role with the marque as he concentrates on building up the Team 75 Bernhard squad he runs with his father, Rudiger. Bernhard explained that the move, announced last weekend at Porsche’s annual prizegiving, was “the end of my professional career”. He’s not ruling out contesting the odd rally or hillclimb for fun, but says he won’t don his helmet in anger again, not even to drive for his own team. “I always said I wanted to stop when I was about 40, and I’m 39 in February,” he said. “The double role of driving and running a team is very difficult, so now is the…