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GP Racing UK November 2020

Every month, its stunning photography and unrivalled journalism gives readers unparalleled access to the world of grand prix racing. GP Racing captures the drama, asks the questions, and delivers the comment on Formula 1 - one of the most popular and exciting sports in the world.

United Kingdom
Autosport Media UK Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
will vettel be tickled pink in 2021?

Now we’ve got your attention with this month’s bold cover image, let’s talk about Sebastian Vettel’s impending switch from Ferrari to the team known as Jordan/Midland/Spyker/Force India/Racing Point, soon to be known as Aston Martin. We’re well aware this forthcoming rebranding exercise will involve British racing green coming back into Formula 1 in some way, shape or form – but we’ve also learned that initial designs for next season’s colour scheme were rejected for not including enough pink… Whichever way you slice it, Vettel will be looking pretty in pink next season. However Lawrence Stroll chooses to dress his people – let’s not forget Racing Point is not becoming a ‘works’ outfit in the technological sense of Ferrari, Mercedes or Renault, rather rebranding a partner team in the style of Sauber/Alfa Romeo…

1 min

LUKE SMITH Luke, Autsoport's F1 reporter, looks at how Sebastian Vettel will fit in at Racing Point/Aston Martin in 2021 after his switch from Ferrari (p34) DAMIEN SMITH All good things come to an end. The final part of Damien's superb history of Williams fittingly concludes with the team's sale (p62) ALEX KALINAUCKAS Interviewing F1's most experienced driver, Kimi Räikkönen, was Alex's task for this month, and he managed to get Kimi laughing... (p42) STUART CODLING Stuart finds out from Daniel Ricciardo and Cyril Abiteboul what exactly is behind Renault's renaissance this season (p46)…

3 min

Turning Sochi into Suzuka Sochi Autodrom is nobody’s idea of a photogenic circuit: it’s flat and the corners look homogenous. Nevertheless the current cars look fantastic, and with the right light you can make something happen The weather was great this year, giving a good quality of light – although for this image I took advantage of the shade to recreate one of the popular shots at Suzuka, where the cars dip under the flyover. By exposing the image for the shadows, where the car is, the highlights are blown out so you get an almost pure white background. It’s my little tribute to a great circuit which, very sadly, we won’t be visiting this year. Where Sochi, Russia When 12.27pm, Saturday 26 September 2020 Details Canon EOS-1DX MkIII 500mm lens, 1/500 @ F4 Russian into the…

9 min

01 HONDA CALLS TIME ON F1… …and says it isn’t coming back, ever 02 SCHU’S KNOCKING ON THE DOOR Mick Schumacher in the frame for Alfa seat 03 EX-FERRARI MAN TAKES TOP F1 JOB 01 RED BULL SCRAMBLES FOR ENGINE OPTIONS Honda’s commitment to Formula 1 beyond the end of the 2021 season has long been the subject of speculation. But even so, its announcement that it would withdraw (though the official phrasing was “ending its participation”) came as a surprise to many – including, GP Racing understands, staff within the teams it supplies. This is unequivocally the end of the F1 road: Honda boss Takahiro Hachigo declared during the official press conference that there would be no “re-participation” further down the line. Honda intends to refocus its considerable R&D resources, which for several years…

1 min
f1 mastermind

Q1 How many world championship F1 races did Nelson Piquet win: 23, 24 or 25? Q2 Who won the 2010 Bahrain GP, held on a lengthened layout of the normal circuit? Q3 Kimi Räikkönen has led 83 F1 races in his long career, but which was the first? Q4 Which driver won the last world championship race of the 1950s and the first of the 1960s? Q5 Who was the last Portuguese driver to race in the Portuguese Grand Prix and in which year? Q6 Which driver broke Riccardo Patrese’s record of 257 GP starts, which had stood for 15 years? Q7 Renault’s last podium as a manufacturer, prior to the 2020 Eifel GP, came at the 2011 Malaysian GP, but which driver claimed it? Q8 How many times did Jackie Stewart win his home race, the…

5 min
the f1 analyst

PORTUGAL PRIMED FOR MORE DRAMA The return of the Portuguese Grand Prix gives me goosebumps. In 1985 I watched Ayrton Senna claim his first grand prix victory at Estoril on TV, at a time when I was going through difficult decisions about my own future. For a couple of hours, I lost myself in the majesty of his driving in appallingly wet conditions, thrilled to see Lotus win for the first time since 1982. Three years later I competed in a support race at the 1988 GP. Estoril was a fabulous circuit to drive – fast and challenging, and at that particular event a key moment occurred in the ever-fermenting relationship between Senna and Alain Prost, in their first season as team-mates at McLaren. Unusually, Prost qualified ahead of Senna – but the…