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Autosport 02/01/20

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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1 min.
celebrating your golden era for formula 1

Just over a year ago (13 December 2018), we asked you to tell us when Formula 1 was at its best – and had our experts put forward arguments for each of the six periods we identified. As we explained in the 14 February 2019 issue, the winner for magazine readers was 1974-82 (interestingly, the online vote went to 1994-2005, with 1983-93 finishing second in both). We identified this as the era after Jackie Stewart retired and before the turbos began to clean up, swiftly followed by the Alain Prost-Ayrton Senna rivalry. And this issue digs deeper into your favourite F1 age. John Watson started more world championship grands prix than anyone else during the period and he kicks things off on page 12 with his top 10 drivers. The order probably…

4 min.
formula e charges up its 2022 vision

FORMULA E Formula E has always made sure its car technology carries a message. Gen1, from the series’ inception in 2014, was about proving that electric vehicles could race. Gen2, introduced in 2018, is tackling range anxiety fears and demonstrating development. Gen3, it seems, is going to be the most ambitious story yet. Shortly before Christmas, the FIA released tender documents, inviting interested parties to apply for the separate contracts relating to the chassis, battery and tyres needed for the Gen3 car (the Gen2 equivalents are held by respectively Spark Racing Technology, McLaren Applied Technologies and Michelin). This is set to take to the track for FE’s 2022-23 campaign, with a planned three-season lifespan. Buried in 176 pages of technical and sporting requirements were the following headline targets. The Gen3 car must be…

2 min.
verstappen: stewards are like inconsistent referees

FORMULA 1 Red Bull star Max Verstappen has said that stewarding in Formula 1 is the same as refereeing in football, because personal interpretation will always play a key role in decision-making. Verstappen was at the centre of a clear shift in policy from the FIA last season to allow for harder racing, after his aggressive last-gasp overtake on Charles Leclerc to win June’s Austrian Grand Prix (above) was investigated without punishment. At the next race in Britain, Verstappen and Leclerc went wheel-to-wheel again in another fierce fight that ended without either driver being penalised. New race director Michael Masi, who replaced the late Charlie Whiting on the eve of the season, also reintroduced the black-and-white flag as a ‘yellow-card’ warning, but in 2019 this was only used once – on Leclerc for the…

2 min.
has electric series put world touring cars in a crisis?

WORLD TOURING CAR CUP The World Touring Car Cup’s mid-December finale at Sepang may have provided the fitting conclusion the series deserved, but its organiser faces a slog to replicate its 2019 field after a third car builder cast doubt over its participation in 2020. Volkswagen and Audi have already pulled their backing of programmes in the series, and now the Romeo Ferraris Alfa Romeo squad is expected to do the same after committing to the new E TCR formula that will launch this year. The Giulia E TCR (above), which was revealed in December, is being built with support from engineering firm Hexathron, while Romeo Ferraris’s current TCR challenger is based on the 10-year-old Giulietta model. Though Romeo Ferraris does not have any backing from Alfa Romeo, it is the designated constructor of…

1 min.
palou gets indycar break

INDYCAR SERIES Super Formula star rookie Alex Palou is on the move again – he will this year contest the IndyCar Series, driving for Dale Coyne Racing in a link-up with 2004 Le Mans 24 Hours-winning squad Team Goh. Spaniard Palou was on a DCR shortlist that included ex-Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe – left without a seat after the team in its new guise of McLaren SP opted for an all-new line-up – and Formula 2 race winner Sergio Sette Camara. After a season in the Formula 3 European Championship in 2018, Palou was a title contender in his rookie year in Super Formula with Nakajima Racing last term (below), and also raced a GT3 McLaren for the revived Team Goh in the GT300 class of the Super GT championship. Now…

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iannone faces ban for steroid

MOTOGP Aprilia MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone had “every confidence” as we went to press before Christmas that he will be cleared of any wrongdoing after provisionally being suspended from racing until further notice due to testing positive for an anabolic steroid. Motorcycle racing’s governing body FIM announced that the prohibited substance was found in Iannone’s urine sample during the penultimate MotoGP round at Sepang. This triggered a provisional suspension for the Italian and means that he now awaits an International Disciplinary Court hearing that could yield a final sanction. In a statement, Iannone said that he will seek a “counter-analysis”, which potentially indicates that he will request a test of his B sample. His suspension would be voided if it returned negative. “I’m totally relaxed,” he said. “I am open to any counter-analysis in…