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GP Racing UK December 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
star billing for f1's fastest car

The 2004 generation of Formula 1 cars is afforded mythical status as a peak of progress: lightweight chassis, screaming V10 engines, a war between Bridgestone and Michelin pushing grip levels up and laptimes down. The cars were so good, people almost forgave grooved tyres… For a long time, Juan Pablo Montoya’s 162.95mph pre-qualifying lap for the 2004 Italian GP at Monza stood as the fastest in F1 history. It took until 2018 for Kimi Räikkönen’s Ferrari to eclipse that mark, but given the subsequent controversy surrounding the Scuderia’s recent hybrid power units perhaps that achievement was not quite so astounding as it seemed at the time. Two years on, the record was eclipsed again – by who else than 2020’s record-breaker-in-chief, Lewis Hamilton. His pole lap for the 2020 Italian GP now…

1 min

LUKE SMITH How Formula 1 drivers mentally deal with the stresses and strains of competition is analysed by Luke this month (p30) RICHARD WILLIAMS Richard wraps up his analysis of Formula 1's 70 most influential people with those who have made their mark in the 2010s (p60) MATT KEW Who better to examine why F1 drivers and ex-drivers are getting involved in Extreme E than Matt, Autosport's Formula E expert (p28) OLEG KARPOV Motosport.com's Oleg gets the lowdown on Pierre Gasly's recovery from being dropped by Red Bull and his amazing win at Monza (p52) Thanks to Rebecca Leppard, Bradley Lord, Jennifer Seeber, Felix Siggemann, Fabiana Valenti, Sjoerd van Wijk…

1 min
gp racing

Team principals Editor Ben Anderson President, Motorsport Network James Allen Vice President of editorial James Dickens Drivers Group managing editor Stewart Williams Executive editor Stuart Codling Art editor Frank Foster Pit crew Principal photographer Steven Tee Columnists Pat Symonds Mark Gallagher Nigel Roebuck Ben Edwards Photo agency Motorsport Images Director, global client success Sunita Davies Production controller Ben Webster Advertising UK sales manager Ben Fullick Editorial tel +44 (0)20 3405 8100…

3 min

Never eschew the shoe Since Lewis Hamilton has eclipsed Schuey’s record of grand prix wins, there’s no excuse not to do a ‘shoey’, right? I was actually quite impressed to see Lewis not just accept Daniel Ricciardo’s offer on the podium, but actually to approach Daniel (probably in breach of COVID-19 protocols, it must be said) and suggest he was up for it. Lewis, like most drivers, is quite germ-phobic so this is quite a big deal. It was a happy accident that I was in the right place with the right lens to get this shot – because of the paddock restrictions I was shooting from a distance on a long lens. So you’re kind of hoping someone does something interesting… Where Imola, Italy When 3.00pm, Sunday 1 November 2020 Details Canon EOS-1DX MkII…

9 min
f1 insider

01 MERCEDES’ NEXT CHALLENGE Can it keep Hamilton and find a successor to Wolff? 02 RED BULL WEIGHS DRIVER OPTIONS The fight is on to be Verstappen’s team-mate 03 F1 TARGETS 23 RACES IN 2021 01 LEWIS DRIVES A HARD BARGAIN “I WOULD LIKE TO BE HERE NEXT YEAR BUT THERE IS NO GUARANTEE. A LOT EXCITES ME IN THE AFTER LIFE. TIME WILL TELL”LEWIS HAMILTON The typical post-race routine took a bizarre turn at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, where Mercedes wrapped up its record-breaking seventh consecutive constructors’ title, as Lewis Hamilton rolled a proverbial grenade under the door during his press conference. It’s been known for some time that Mercedes team boss and shareholder Toto Wolff wishes to move to a less hands-on role, and Hamilton has now followed up by suggesting he…

1 min
f1 mastermind

Q1 At which race did Lewis Hamilton win for the first time while driving a Mercedes? Q2 Pierre Gasly, Olivier Panis, Jean Alesi and which two other French drivers have won only one GP? Q3 How many of the 47 Brazilian GPs have been held at the Interlagos circuit: 29, 34 or 37? Q4 How many times have Ferrari been victorious in the Abu Dhabi GP? Q5 Apart from his debut year of 2007 – and probably 2020 – in which two other seasons has Sebastian Vettel failed to win a single race? Q6 True or false: Paul di Resta led two GPs during his Formula 1 career? Q7 Harry Schell finished sixth in the 1958 world championship, but why was he the odd man out compared with the five drivers ahead of him? Q8 Apart from…