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Autosport 09/01/20

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a new decade, a new chance, a new ferrari?

The 2008 manufacturers’ crown seems a long time ago now. That’s the last occasion Ferrari won a Formula 1 title, and last season was another campaign of missed opportunities against Mercedes. It’s true that, during its latest wait, Ferrari has generally been competitive – and narrowly could have won the drivers’ championship in 2010, 2012 and 2018 – but it’s now getting perilously close to the 16-year gap between its 1983 and 1999 constructors’ crowns. That period did, however, act as a prelude to the team’s finest era of domination with Michael Schumacher. As Scott Mitchell shows on page 16, the team is again going through a change of approach. It’s not as significant as the one Ferrari experienced in the 1990s, but then it doesn’t need to be. The legendary Italian…

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verstappen and leclerc in for the long haul

FORMULA 1 Those who enjoy Formula 1 silly seasons have been plunged into gloom, with the announcement this week that Max Verstappen will race on with Red Bull until the end of the 2023 campaign following on the heels of Ferrari’s confirmation just before Christmas that Charles Leclerc will remain until the end of 2024. Leclerc joined Ferrari for 2019 after just one season in F1 with Sauber, and secured Ferrari’s first win of the year in the Belgian Grand Prix in September, before making it back-to-back successes in the following Italian GP. He finished fourth in the standings ahead of his four-time world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Leclerc also grabbed seven pole positions, the most achieved by any F1 driver in 2019. “I am very happy to be staying on with Scuderia…

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ferrari long-termers

Charles Leclerc’s new deal means that he will spend at least six seasons at Ferrari. What of those who have enjoyed (or endured, in some cases) a similar stint? MICHAEL SCHUMACHER STARTS 179 WINS 72 WIN RATE 40.2% The daddy. Schumacher joined Ferrari in 1996 when it was at a low ebb, and from 2000-04 secured five titles on the trot. Continued until the end of 2006, when he stepped away from the sport for the first time. SEBASTIAN VETTEL STARTS 101 WINS 14 WIN RATE 13.9% Well, he’ll have racked up six seasons at Maranello by the end of this year, anyway. Joined in 2015, and was runner-up in 2017 and 2018, but needs to recover form. RUBENS BARRICHELLO STARTS 102 WINS 9 WIN RATE 8.8% Twice runner-up in his stint at Ferrari from 2000-05, but totally overshadowed by team-mate Schumacher in a period…

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kubica ‘returns’ to alfa team as reserve driver

FORMULA 1 Robert Kubica has joined the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team as a reserve driver for 2020, with his backer PKN Orlen coming on board as a co-title sponsor. It is a return to the team for which he won the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix (above) in its BMW Sauber guise for Kubica, who raced for Williams in 2019. Kubica, who was linked with a simulator role at Haas and Racing Point, said: “This team holds a special place in my heart and I am pleased to see some faces still here from my years in Hinwil.” Alfa principal Frederic Vasseur, whose team retains an unchanged race line-up of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi in 2020, said: “We are delighted to welcome Robert back home and we cannot wait to start working with…

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mclaren completes its senior restructuring

FORMULA 1 McLaren has completed a reshuffle of its senior staff ahead of the 2020 Formula 1 season, Autosport has learned, with long-time engineering chief Andrea Stella promoted to racing director. Team principal Andreas Seidl arrived for 2019, as well as technical director James Key, and played a part in a new structure designed to end McLaren’s previous style of ‘matrix’ management. Stella has moved from his previous role as performance director to a position Seidl temporarily held while he decided on a permanent successor. Stella will now take charge of race engineering and operations functions at race weekends, and will maintain his engineering responsibilities. He will work closely with Key to ensure good correlation between track performance and technical developments. Paul James will continue as team manager, and Piers Thynne will remain as…

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mazda leads the way in daytona 24 hours test

DAYTONA 24 HOURS Olivier Pla set a hot pace for Mazda Team Joest during a busy three days of IMSA SportsCar testing last weekend at Daytona. The traditional three-day ‘Roar before the 24’ incorporated a wide variety of weather conditions and provided some interesting insight into what is expected to be another exciting season, which begins later this month with the Daytona 24 Hours. And while it’s true the car count has shrunk in North America’s premier sportscar category, with only 40 cars reporting for duty, down from 47 in 2019, there has evidently been no reduction in intensity or quality among any of the four classes. One year ago in qualifying for the 24 hours, Pla’s team-mate, Englishman Oliver Jarvis, established an impressive new all-time official lap record for the 3.56-mile oval/road…