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Autosport 20/02/20

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now things start to get serious for f1 2020

As happens every year, it seems to take ages before the new Formula 1 launches arrive and then they all come along at once. And this week all the new machines will hit the track at Barcelona for the first test. Ferrari claims it has gone‘extreme’ to address the downforce deficit it has suffered in recent seasons (see page 22), while Mercedes has decided to try a few new paths to give its W11 development potential (p28). Our technical editor Jake Boxall-Legge has been joined by world championship-winning engineer Tim Wright on our F1 team and they cast their eyes over the new challengers in this issue. Look out for more from Wright, including a piece on his illustrious career, in future issues of the magazine and on Autosport.com. We also speak…

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chinese gp cancelled – and now vietnam in doubt

FORMULA 1 The Chinese Grand Prix has been called off due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, and concerns are now growing about the inaugural Vietnamese GP planned for the beginning of April. Formula 1 announced last week that it had postponed the Chinese race scheduled for 19 April at the Shanghai International Circuit following a request from the event promoter, having monitored the epidemic in recent weeks. At the time of going to press, over 70,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in China, causing 1771 deaths. Outside China, over 500 cases have been reported in 30 other countries. “As a result of continued health concerns and with the World Health Organisation declaring the coronavirus as a global health emergency, the FIA and Formula 1 have taken these measures in order to ensure…

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imola throws hat in ring for shanghai slot

FORMULA 1 Imola has offered to host a Formula 1 round in place of April’s postponed Chinese Grand Prix, though the circuit’s boss acknowledges the bid could be“mission impossible”. The circuit, which last hosted a world championship round when it held the San Marino Grand Prix in 2006 (below), has approached the Italian motorsport federation about the possibility of staging a race. Imola president Uberto Selvatico Estense insisted the venue could be ready on time. “It would be very difficult to arrange it, but the track is ready,” he told Autosport. “We can move very fast to host a grand prix as we did in the past. We would not be at our best, of course. But if it’s necessary, we will move on with it.” But Selvatico Estense acknowledged that logistical and commercial…

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fan pressure causes penske to keep qualifying tradition

INDIANAPOLIS 500 There will be no guaranteed spots in the Indianapolis 500 for full-time IndyCar Series entries, IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske announced last Friday. Penske, who originally put forward the controversial idea and gained support from many rival team owners including Chip Ganassi and Michael Andretti, noted the public’s broadly negative response to the notion, and has now scrapped the idea. Instead, the enticement for teams running full-season entries is the increase in prize money available, which sends the overall purse for the Indy 500 from $13million to $15m. Other significant changes for qualifying include the Last Row Shootout contenders being allowed multiple attempts over a 75-minute session, rather than the one-run-and-done featured last year. In order to help counteract the extra weight and drag caused by the aeroscreen, Fast…

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aitken targets f2 title shot

FORMULA 2 Williams Formula 1 reserve driver Jack Aitken has targeted the Formula 2 title after confirming that he will remain with Campos Racing for 2020, while Honda-linked Nobuharu Matsushita has made the same pledge on his move to MP Motorsport for the coming campaign. Aitken (below), who was a protege of the Renault F1 team from 2016-19, finished fifth in the championship with Spanish team Campos last season, with three wins. “We were challenging for wins and the championship throughout the whole season, so that’s what we need to try and do again: build the season as a whole and make progress step by step,” said Aitken. “Last year we did a great job of taking the challenge to the bigger teams. This year we will carry on that work by going…

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barrichello to race at aussie gp

S5000 Multiple grand prix winner Rubens Barrichello and Lewis Hamilton’s GP2 team-mate Alexandre Premat will both be on the grid at the Australian Grand Prix – in the Albert Park event’s support races for the new S5000 single-seater series. Ex-Ferrari star Barrichello provided the headline act for the inaugural round of the series at Sandown last September (above), taking second in a crash-shortened feature race, and he’s now locked into a return to Team BRM for the two high-profile events that bookend the 2020 schedule. While Barrichello will next month look to add more Albert Park podium finishes to the five he took as an F1 driver, he will then head back down under in November for the inaugural Bathurst International, where he’ll sample the Mount Panorama circuit for the first time. “I am…