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Autosport 23/01/20

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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new storylines in formula 1, the wrc and at daytona

The big Formula 1 regulation change may not be coming until 2021, but there are still plenty of elements to keep things fresh this year. As well as the ongoing efforts of Ferrari and Red Bull to topple Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, there will be new circuits, the return of Esteban Ocon and a changed line-up at Williams. We are your guide through all of those and more on page 16, while our technical experts Giorgio Piola and Jake Boxall-Legge talk through the likely areas of development we’ll see after the cars break cover next month. By then, the World Rally Championship will have kicked off with this week’s Monte Carlo Rally. As our preview (p24) shows, the big questions will be how reigning world champion and Hyundai signing Ott Tanak stacks…

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new saudi track eyes formula 1 date

FORMULA 1 A new race track in Qiddiya will be ready to host a Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Formula 1 race from 2023, according to the circuit’s bosses at an event last Friday. The development is situated around 30 miles from capital city Riyadh, which hosts a Formula E round, and is part of a major new entertainment and commercial complex that is being built against the backdrop of a mountain range. The layout has been designed by former F1 driver Alex Wurz to the FIA Grade 1 standards required for F1. Mike Reininger, CEO of the Qiddiya Investment Company that is behind the project, told Autosport that the aim is to attract all top-tier motorsport categories. “We’re building so that we’re able to host MotoGP events, WEC, regional and national championship events,…

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saudi arabia’s motorsport expansion

While some of the news around the desert kingdom has not exactly been palatable in recent years, its march to prominence in motorsport cannot be ignored. DAKAR RALLY The first Dakar Rally of a five-year deal finished last week, resulting in victory for Spanish superstar Carlos Sainz on a route than ran from Jeddah to Qiddiya – the same city that will house the new circuit. FORMULA E The electric single-seater series first visited Diriyah, on the outskirts of capital city Riyadh, in December 2018, with a win for the BMW of Antonio Felix da Costa. Formula E was back there last November. RACE OF CHAMPIONS The multi-discipline motorsport event continued its nomadic existence with a visit to Riyadh’s King Fahd International Stadium in February 2018. David Coulthard was the winner. REEM INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT Believe it or not,…

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bottas rolls, then makes top 10 on snow rally

ARCTIC RALLY Mercedes Formula 1 star Valtteri Bottas learned plenty about driving in the Arctic last week – not least that a top-10 result is still possible even if you roll on the opening day. The Finn returned to the Arctic Lapland Rally for a second year in succession, this time driving a PH Sport-run Citroen DS3 WRC. The event started well with a second fastest time early on Friday. Unfortunately his progress was halted when he crashed on the final stage of the first leg. The car was repaired overnight, allowing Bottas to move back up the leaderboard from 22nd to a final position of ninth. “I learned lots driving in tricky conditions with loose snow and poor visibility,” said Bottas. “And I had a lot of fun, which is the main thing.” The…

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women’s series gets us and mexican gp dates

W SERIES The all-female W Series will race on the Formula 1 support package at the United States and Mexican Grands Prix in 2020, expanding its second season calendar to eight rounds. Following its successful inaugural season in 2019, which comprised six rounds at DTM events, W Series had been in discussion with F1 for some months about the possibility of joining the support bill at several races. The back-to-back US and Mexico races represent what W Series described as “an exciting double-header championship decider” in October. F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn said: “In just one year, W Series has contributed significantly to increasing interest in the topic of diversity and inclusion in motorsport.” The ‘double-header’ will take place seven weeks after the final round of W Series’ European schedule, which again supports the DTM,…

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pitstop rule changes to open up strategy variations

GT WORLD CHALLENGE More strategy, better racing and greater onus on teamwork. That’s the promise of GT boss Stephane Ratel for this year’s GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup after a swathe of revisions to the pitstop rules. The most significant of the changes for what was formerly known as the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup is the removal of the minimum time, measured from pit-in to pit-out, for a complete stop. Now only the refuelling time will be controlled by electronic means to equalise the different makes of car. Coupled with another rule change that dictates that tyres can only be changed once fuel has gone in, this means that there will be time to gain in the pits. More importantly, it opens up strategic options for the teams, particularly at the…