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Autosport 23/04/20

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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the best f1 races many will never have heard of

There have been many great Formula 1 races, but attention tends to be focused on the 1018 events that have counted for the world championship since it began in 1950. That excludes hundreds of races that took place in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. This week we have decided to celebrate the non-championship F1 races (see page 18), two of the most famous of which – the Brands Hatch Race of Champions and Silverstone BRDC International Trophy (p22) – used to take place at this time of year. Some of these contests were only discernible from world championship grands prix by the lack of points after the chequered flag. And in the early days of F1, that was less of a concern than you might think. Not only were some of the…

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formula e: proactive amid the pain

FORMULA E Formula E was quick to respond to what was, at the time, the coronavirus threat. In February it became the first major motorsport series to officially postpone a race, when its return to Sanya in China was halted. But as the threat grew into a global pandemic, the Rome E-Prix and an inaugural event in Indonesian capital Jakarta became casualties in quick succession. Days later, and against a backdrop of an eleventh-hour cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix, FE announced a two-month suspension to the 2019-20 season. That break, which put paid to the chances of a maiden Seoul E-Prix and the Paris race, should have continued until the end of April. But last week, with minimal lifts on travel bans and many territories still in lockdown, FE extended the…

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e-vote supports electric series slashing costs

FORMULA E Formula E and the FIA have announced revised regulations amid the coronavirus crisis to slash costs for teams following a unanimous World Motor Sport Council e-vote. Manufacturers will now only be able to modify powertrain components once over the next two seasons as part of an extended homologation period, which is expected to halve development costs. Teams can opt to introduce a new powertrain for the 2020-21 season for a two-year runout or continue with their current systems for next season before homologating a new set-up for a single season the year after. The series has also delayed the introduction of its refreshed Gen2 Evo car until 2021-22, but a decision on the all-new Gen3 car will wait until the summer. The design brief is for the new car to be 120kg…

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austria and britain weigh up behind-closed-doors gps

FORMULA 1 Formula 1 officials remain hopeful of getting the 2020 season under way behind closed doors in Europe this summer, but doubts still linger over where and when it will be possible. The COVID-19 pandemic has already forced the opening nine races of the season to be called off, while grands prix in France (28 June) and Belgium (30 August) are expected to face a similar fate. This has left the Austrian Grand Prix, scheduled for 5 July at the Red Bull Ring, as the provisional season opener. The Austrian government confirmed last week it “did not want to stand in the way” of running the race behind closed doors in Spielberg, but that anyone entering the country to work at the race would have to adhere to strict guidelines. At present,…

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mclaren agrees to monitoring

FORMULA 1 McLaren has agreed a monitoring process with the FIA for its switch to Mercedes Formula 1 engines next year to ensure it does not make performance changes. The team’s plan to move from Renault to Mercedes power in 2021 has been complicated in the wake of a decision by Formula 1 to roll over this year’s cars to next season because of the coronavirus crisis. Teams will have to homologate much of their current cars, but McLaren has been given special dispensation to make some chassis changes because it is the only team that plans to switch engines. Speaking during a teleconference last week, McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl said the circumstances of fitting a different engine into the current car meant there would be compromises. But with a bigger picture…

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evans backing irish rally gb

WRC Elfyn Evans and Esapekka Lappi are the latest drivers to support calls for Northern Ireland to be given the chance to stage the UK round of the World Rally Championship. Toyota star Evans, who won the Ulster Rally on his way to claiming the 2016 British Rally Championship, reckons Northern Ireland is a good fit for the WRC. “The roads are definitely unique and we don’t have anything similar to Irish Tarmac stages in the championship at the moment,” he explained. “The rallies that I have done over in Ireland were always well attended and they always had a great atmosphere. From past experiences, Northern Ireland would be a welcome addition to the WRC.” M-Sport Ford ace Lappi, winner of the 2014 Circuit of Ireland, added: “I’d like to go back –…