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Autosport 09/04/20

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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1 min.
the right driver for the new job at hand?

It’s been clear for some time that Lando Norris was a potential Formula 1 star. He’s been a winner since his karting days, dominated the 2016 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, won the 2017 European Formula 3 Championship against powerhouse Prema and had an impressive rookie F1 season alongside Carlos Sainz Jr at McLaren. In the past, a break from racing as long as the one we are currently facing could have really sapped the momentum from a young driver’s career but, if anything, Norris is increasing his profile at the moment. As Norris says in Alex Kalinauckas’s cover piece on page 16, his year in F1 has given the 20-year-old more of a voice – and he is prepared to use it. The data he has available means he can still…

4 min.
silverstone offers additional grands prix

FORMULA 1 Silverstone is open to hosting more than one Formula 1 World Championship race this year to help boost the 2020 schedule – but the circuit must decide by the end of April whether it will stick to its current July date for the British Grand Prix. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the opening eight races of the 2020 F1 season to be called off or postponed, as well as triggering a number of international sporting events scheduled for the summer to be cancelled. The Olympic Games in Tokyo and the Euro 2020 football championships have been postponed until 2021, while the Wimbledon tennis championship – scheduled to finish just one week before the British Grand Prix – has been cancelled. The British GP is scheduled for 19 July, but organisers confirmed…

2 min.
mclaren boss warns f1 could lose four teams

FORMULA 1 McLaren Formula 1 CEO Zak Brown has cautioned that the series could lose as many as four teams if the coronavirus crisis “isn’t handled the right way”. With no races currently taking place until at least June, all teams are facing a financial squeeze. They still have significant overheads such as salaries, while facing the prospect of a loss of income from both the F1 prize fund and their own sponsors. Brown believes F1 should take steps in response to this, such as a further lowering of the budget cap that comes into force in 2021. He also warned that if teams do hit trouble there are no potential buyers around in a position to save them. “This is potentially devastating to teams,” Brown, whose McLaren team recently furloughed staff, told BBC…

2 min.
pandemic pushes wec back into conventional calendar

WEC A reduced calendar with fewer races could be part of a reset for next season’s World Endurance Championship after the series abandoned its winter-series format straddling two calendar years. That’s the stark warning from WEC boss Gerard Neveu. A rejig of the current 2019-20 campaign around the new Le Mans 24 Hours date of 19-20 September has pushed its end back into November, more than two months beyond the intended start of the 2020-21 campaign at Silverstone in early September. That has forced the end of the winter-series concept and means what will now be the 2021 WEC – rather than the 2020-21 edition – is not going to start until March next year at the earliest. That start will almost certainly come with the Sebring 1000 Miles on the same…

1 min.
merc agrees to drop das in ’21

FORMULA 1 Mercedes has agreed to a plan not to allow dual-axis steering to remain in Formula 1 in 2021, despite emergency measures to roll over the current cars into next year. The coronavirus pandemic has forced dramatic changes to F1, with teams agreeing last month to delay the introduction of the major rules revamp planned for next season until 2022. That means teams will continue to use their current chassis next year, with some aerodynamic modifications being allowed. The move to keep the current regulations for 2021 could have left the door open for Mercedes to keep the advantage it has from its DAS system, which allows drivers to adjust the toe angle of its front wheels while the car is in motion, and was set to be banned for the start…

2 min.
aprilia angry at drugs verdict

MOTOGP Aprilia CEO Massimo Rivola has said that Andrea Iannone’s 18-month racing ban for a doping infringement is “absurd”, and vows to support the MotoGP race winner’s appeal. Iannone was suspended by MotoGP governing body the FIM over the winter after two urine samples taken during the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend in November tested positive for an anabolic steroid. The suspension was upheld after a verdict was not reached in a hearing last month, while Iannone submitted hair samples – supposedly a more accurate way of testing for banned substances – for analysis. Iannone (pictured) has always maintained his innocence, claiming the banned substance was ingested accidentally through contaminated meat. After numerous weeks of delay, a verdict was confirmed last Wednesday. The Italian was hit with an 18-month ban, although judges conceded he did…