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Autosport

22/10/20

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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
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Autosport Media UK Ltd
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2 min.
marquardt leaves helm of bmw motorsport

DTM/GT/FORMULA E Jens Marquardt is relinquishing the reins of BMW Motorsport after nearly 10 years. His tenure in the job will end next month when he takes over a new role outside of motorsport at the German manufacturer. The German, 53, became director of BMW Motorsport in 2011 ahead of the marque’s return to the DTM, after a 20-year absence, the following season. He also oversaw an expansion of its activities in the GT racing arena and an entry into Formula E. His reign yielded three DTM titles (far right), a trio of victories in the Spa 24 Hours, and a win in the Nurburgring 24 Hours this year. Marquardt forged a link-up with the Andretti FE squad ahead of the 2017-18 campaign that turned into a full works entry for the following…

1 min.
f1 portuguese grand prix preview

LENGTH 2.891 miles NUMBER OF LAPS 66 2019 POLE POSITION n/a POLE LAP RECORD n/a RACE LAP RECORD n/a UK START TIMES Friday 23 October FP1 1100 FP2 1500 Saturday 24 October FP3 1100 QUALIFYING 1400 Sunday 25 October RACE 1310 CATCH THE RACE LIVE SKY SPORTS F1 BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA HIGHLIGHTS CHANNEL 4 1830 TYRE ALLOCATION CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS DRIVERS CONSTRUCTORS RACE STATS PREVIOUS WINNERS BEST ALGARVE RESULTS FOR 2020 F1 DRIVERS SUTTON; ALL PICS: MOTORSPORT IMAGES…

4 min.
verstappen needs a world-beater

For lap after lap in the Eifel Grand Prix, it was the same story: the two Mercedes cars shot past Autosport’s media centre vantage point parallel to the pit straight, chased relentlessly by a single rival. Of course, Valtteri Bottas’s off-track mistake and then MGU-H-induced retirement ended the metronomic feeling to the opening phase of Formula 1’s most recent race, but Max Verstappen’s determined pursuit did not change. He hustled his Red Bull RB16 after Lewis Hamilton for the rest of the race, in a different pace league to the rest. It has basically been the same story all year, save for the power issues that struck Verstappen twice in Italy, taking him out of an already unlikely title challenge, although it should be noted that his Monza weekend had been messy…

2 min.
your say

Hamilton has already exceeded the record We are seeing a lot of plaudits for Lewis Hamilton equalling Michael Schumacher’s wins record, but he has really already exceeded it. If the Mercedes team had adopted the Ferrari model, he would already have seven championships as Nico Rosberg would not have been allowed to challenge Lewis! Also, who can forget the 2002 Austrian GP, when Rubens Barrichello had to pull over on the last lap to let MS through to win – one race he really didn’t win! There were other races that he was ‘given’ rather than ‘won’. With regard to the best driver ever, it can only be the greatest of a given era. Anything else is meaningless. I am of an age when I can remember your first issues, so, congratulations for staying…

2 min.
what it’s like to interview raikkonen during a pandemic

We all know how the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way we work – and motorsport journalism is no different. For months after the aborted Australian Grand Prix, interviews with Formula 1 personnel were limited to phone and video calls, with face-to-face interaction banned even when racing resumed at the new season opener in Austria. That changed from the Belgian GP, when the strict COVID-secure protocols enacted by the FIA and F1 altered fractionally to include a ‘mixed-zone’ meeting area (strictly by appointment only, with masks mandatory at all times, in a room away from the paddock). And it just so happened that Autosport’s first ‘normal’ interview was with Kimi Raikkonen – famously frustrated by the media… Here’s how we got on. After having to call for assistance in getting into the…

2 min.
alfa romeo’s 2020 so far

The 2020 Formula 1 season has been significantly less bountiful than last year for Alfa Romeo. The Sauber-run team, as with Haas and the works Ferrari squad, is severely undermined by an engine-power deficit. Remarkably, Alfa is holding on to the eighth place in the constructors’ championship that it secured last season, despite taking only three points finishes so far. The real indicator of its lack of results in the current campaign, however, is its points tally, which is currently five, 57 down on its 2019 total. Both Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi have taken a ninth place apiece, with those two results coming in the season’s two chaotic races: the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix and the Tuscan GP at Mugello. In the former, Raikkonen shed a wheel at the late…