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Autosport 12/03/20

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time for formula 1 to get going once again – hopefully

What are you most looking forward to about this season’s Formula 1 campaign? We’d all like to see Mercedes challenged at the front and Red Bull looks best-placed to do that, while Lewis Hamilton surpassing Michael Schumacher’s wins tally would also be something to behold. Then there’s the ever-tight midfield battle, and the new contest at Renault between Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon. We cover all this and more in our special F1 preview issue this week, which begins on page 18. The Australian Grand Prix is where all the analysis and opinion from pre-season is first tested, though the unusual nature of the Albert Park circuit means pundits are still a little tentative to predict season form even after the trip to Melbourne. As well as ex-McLaren and Renault man Tim…

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epidemic means no crowd in bahrain

FORMULA 1 Next week’s Bahrain Grand Prix will be run behind closed doors as Formula 1 continues to feel the impact of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. After initially deciding to suspend ticket sales for the race at the Sakhir International Circuit on 22 March in order to assess the situation, Bahraini officials announced last week that the race would be going ahead as a “participants only” event behind closed doors. “As an F1 host nation, balancing the welfare of supporters and race goers is a tremendous responsibility,” the circuit said. “Given the continued spread of COVID-19 globally, convening a major sporting event, which is open to the public and allows thousands of international travellers and local fans to interact in close proximity, would not be the right thing to do at the present…

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fia responds to teams’ fury over ferrari engine

FORMULA 1 The FIA had said that it was “not fully satisfied” that Ferrari fully complied with the regulations on operating its engine in 2019 following the governing body’s investigation into the matter, but that it could not prove its case due to the complexities involved. This came in response to a statement issued last Wednesday by the seven non-Ferrari-engined Formula 1 teams regarding the settlement agreed between the FIA and Ferrari over its engine. The FIA added that any further action against Ferrari might result in a complicated legal case brought by the team. Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren, Renault, AlphaTauri, Racing Point and Williams all put their names to last week’s statement, noting that “we strongly object to the FIA reaching a confidential settlement agreement with Ferrari to conclude this matter.” They called…

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valencia track set to replace rome due to coronavirus…

FORMULA E A first-ever Formula E round on an unshortened permanent circuit looks odds-on to be the series’ solution to the loss of the Rome E-Prix, which has been officially postponed amid the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Italian race, set for 4 April, was due to be the next round of the championship, but now becomes the second FE event to be scuppered by the virus – the Sanya E-Prix in China was also officially postponed last month. Last week the Italian government announced that all sporting events were to take place behind closed doors until 3 April to contain the spread. Although that cut-off is one day before the original Rome date, the normal FE weekend timetable features a shakedown session the day prior to the race. As the worst-hit…

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…as new cities close on races

FORMULA E Amid the disruption caused by the novel coronavirus this season, future Formula E calendars look well set following initial investigations into the suitability of Cape Town and Eindhoven to host races. Cape Town executive mayor Dan Plato had outlined the desire to add a new international motorsport event to the city, and the bid is now being fronted by e-Movement, which carries support from Jaguar of South Africa. Three possible circuit layouts have been identified following a 2019 study. E-Movement chairman Iain Banner said: “As a starting point, the preliminary track layout and how it fits into the existing fabric of the precinct – as well as the future development proposals around the identified track – were all key factors in assessing Cape Town’s suitability.” An investigation into the viability of a…

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fisichella to race in aussie gp support

BTCC The West Surrey Racing-run Team BMW squad has ditched the Munich manufacturer’s historic and cherished ‘white-with-red-and-blue-stripes’ livery, which adorned the 330i M Sport of Colin Turkington as he drove to victory in the 2019 British Touring Car Championship. The cars are now turned out in more-sinister hues for 2020, here shown off by (left to right) Tom Oliphant, Andrew Jordan and Turkington, who will represent the team this season. S5000 Giancarlo Fisichella is returning to the scene of his 2005 Australian Grand Prix victory to race in the S5000 single-seater support event at Melbourne’s Albert Park this weekend. Fisichella, who has been a Ferrari mainstay in the World Endurance Championship in recent seasons, joins fellow Formula 1 veteran Rubens Barrichello on the grid. The Italian will line up with Garry Rogers Motorsport alongside…