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Autosport 06/02/20

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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the desire for someone to challenge hamilton for his f1 crown

It’s the time of year when optimism is building ahead of the new Formula 1 campaign. Although periods of domination now tend to last for several seasons, there is always the hope that things will get mixed up – and that we’ll have a really close fight for the world title. Many of the individual grands prix in the second half of 2019 were interesting and unpredictable. But from a championship point of view, Lewis Hamilton’s early lead and incredible consistency meant there was never really any doubt about who would come out on top. This year the hope has to be that Red Bull or Ferrari (or, even better, both) can provide a sustained challenge to Mercedes. A Hamilton v Max Verstappen v Charles Leclerc contest is what people want to…

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racing point to become aston martin via stroll

FORMULA 1 Aston Martin will have its own Formula 1 team next year as part of a deal to rebrand the Racing Point squad. Following a new investment partnership between the British sportscar manufacturer and Racing Point owner Lawrence Stroll – father of Racing Point driver Lance – a dramatic shift of Aston Martin’s F1 focus away from its title sponsorship of Red Bull has been agreed. Racing Point will become the official Aston Martin F1 team, and will receive sponsorship payments from the car maker – at the same level it is paying in F1 now – for a minimum period of five years. If certain conditions are met, then that deal will roll on for another similar period. It all comes after Stroll led a consortium to buy a 16.7% stake in…

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rating the many identities of racing point

Who can argue with an F1 team named Aston Martin? It’s a lot better than Midland, after all… EDDIE JORDAN RACING 7/10 Frontrunning Formula 3/Formula 3000 team followed regular 1980s format of name of proprietor with ‘Racing’ tacked on the end. Can’t argue with that. JORDAN GP 8/10 (above) OK, Eddie’s surname doesn’t sound as quick as ‘Ferrari’, but it’s a lot speedier than ‘Williams’. Perfectly decent handle for an F1 squad. MIDLAND 1/10 And then came… the worst of the lot. Would only have made sense if team had been based in Birmingham or subsequently become HSBC. SPYKER 6/10 It does have a ring about it – and gains a point for at least sounding better than Midland. Gains one more point if you pronounce it in a Dutch accent. FORCE INDIA 4/10 (below) The ‘Force’ bit is always…

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alonso targets f1 comeback

FORMULA 1 Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso is eyeing a return to the Formula 1 grid in 2021, and reckons his age – he will be 39 years old – will be no barrier. Alonso, who last raced in F1 with McLaren in 2018, wants a comeback to coincide with the introduction of the major rule changes that aim to close the gaps between the cars and spread success throughout the field. If he can find a seat on the 2021 grid, Alonso would be re-entering F1 after two full seasons away, during which time he has claimed the World Endurance Championship title and a second Le Mans 24 Hours win, scored a Daytona 24 Hours victory, failed to qualify for his second shot at the Indy 500 and completed the Dakar Rally. As…

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hamilton and merc both say they’re staying

FORMULA 1 Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have dismissed rumours over contract talks and the car maker’s future in Formula 1. A number of reports since the start of the year have suggested Mercedes’ driver line-up and future may not be secure. Stories in recent days have claimed that talks between Hamilton and Mercedes over a new contract had stalled over pay, with the inference being that it could prompt him to consider a Ferrari switch for 2021. Posting on Instagram, Hamilton rubbished talk of a clash over contracts, and said discussions had not even started with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff. “FYI Toto and I have not even spoken about contract yet,” he said. “Nothing is being negotiated currently, papers making up stories.” Those reports come amid ongoing rumours about Mercedes’ own long-term future in…

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john andretti 1963-2020

OBITUARY Aldo Andretti, twin brother to Mario but a man whose own racing career was cut short by a brutal sprint-car crash, was proud of his sibling but was also able to enjoy a career vicariously through son John Andretti, whose racing talent proved so malleable in that old-school, so-cool Andretti-like way, and who died last week aged 56. John Andretti’s ability meant that he could win USAC sprint-car races on dirt, yet also reach the semi-finals in an NHRA Top Fuel event. It allowed him in 1994 to become the first driver in history to run the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race in the same day. And he proved he could win in IMSA sportscars and also Indycars. Andretti’s first high-profile triumph came in the IMSA sportscar race at Watkins…