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Autosport 30/01/20

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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2 min.
can verstappen and red bull finally end hamilton’s dominance?

There have been plenty of reminders over the past few years of the abilities of Red Bull. Even during the turbulent time with Renault, the team won 12 grands prix during the turbo-hybrid era and it has often made the most astute strategic decisions during races. While Red Bull’s 2019 season was apparently similar to the year before, it’s probably fair to say that the first year of the Red Bull-Honda relationship was better than many people expected. And as Scott Mitchell’s piece on page 16 shows, the key players believe that things are looking good to build on that campaign. Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are very much in Max Verstappen’s sights and those years of Red Bull domination haven’t been forgotten. As well as the now, we also take a look…

4 min.
us racers allowed for le mans and wec

LE MANS 24 HOURS The next generation of prototypes to race in the IMSA series in North America will be allowed to fight for outright victory in the World Endurance Championship. The new breed of LMP2-based hybrids due to take over from the current Daytona Prototype internationals in 2022 can join the WEC from the start of the 2021-22 season. The move announced last week ahead of this season’s IMSA SportsCar Championship opener at the Daytona 24 Hours will pitch a third class of car, labelled LMDh, against lookalike prototypes and the road-based machinery built to the LM Hypercar rules that will come on stream one season earlier this September. The Balance of Performance will be used to ensure equality between the different kinds of machinery. What was billed as a historic day…

2 min.
brexit fears prompt sport to lobby government

UK MOTORSPORT The British government has been urged to help keep the country’s motorsport industry as the ‘best in the world’ by ensuring there is a business-friendly post-Brexit immigration policy. The influential Motorsport Industry Association has joined more than 30 business groups plus its largest business lobbies in sending a letter to home secretary Priti Patel offering help in coming up with policies that work for the country’s industries. The UK boasts a massive motorsport industry, with its ‘Motorsport Valley’ business cluster generating revenues of more than £9billion per year. With many of those companies heavily reliant on freedom of movement to employ highly skilled staff from Europe, the fears are that strict immigration restrictions could become a deterrent for the best talent. In a tweet linking to the letter from the Confederation of…

2 min.
miami gp avoids public roads in face of protests

FORMULA 1 The organiser of the putative Miami Grand Prix has released an updated map of the proposed Formula 1 circuit around the Hard Rock Stadium, which now avoids the use of public roads. It has also promised there will be “no racing during school hours” in direct response to complaints about potential noise and air pollution associated with the event impacting local school children. The news came ahead of a crucial Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners meeting, when plans for the race – and specifically zoning issues related to the stadium district – were due to be discussed, but this has now been deferred until next month. The map was revealed by Tom Garfinkel, the vice-chairman, president and CEO of both the Miami Dolphins NFL team and the stadium organisation. Garfinkel, who…

1 min.
ticktum is star of williams sim

FORMULA 1 Williams says development driver Dan Ticktum is “one of the best” it has ever seen in its Formula 1 simulator, and is confident it can harness his potential. Ticktum endured a difficult 2019, when after three races in Japan’s Super Formula series he was dropped from the Red Bull Junior programme. That decision appeared to make it difficult for him to find his way back in to F1, but late last year Williams announced that it had appointed him as a development driver. As well as two Macau Grand Prix wins and the 2017 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, Ticktum’s rollercoaster career also includes a spell in which he was banned from competing, of which he served one year, but Williams has confidence that it can get the best out of him. Deputy…

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tanak escapes monster cliff-plunging monte shunt

WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP The days of Ott Tanak crashing frequently are gone. But even now, when the reigning world champion departs the straight and narrow, he does it in the most dramatic fashion. Five years ago he rolled into a Mexican reservoir. Last Friday, he levelled a tree and then fell off the edge of a cliff on the Monte Carlo Rally. Once again, footage of a Tanak crash went viral, but the Estonian couldn’t have cared less. His only focus in the wake of his brief Hyundai debut was on the lost seat time his fourth-stage Monte shunt caused. After a night in hospital for observation, Tanak and co-driver Martin Jarveoja were cleared to fly home to Estonia, where they would begin plotting their comeback. Tanak told Autosport: “The biggest shame is…