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GP Racing UK January 2021

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
the growing reputation of 'king' george

In a sport as technologically dependent as motor racing, the respect of one’s peers can count for as much as any trophy cabinet. Dan Gurney didn’t win a world championship, and tasted victory in only a handful of F1 races in the 1960s, but he was still good enough to worry that decade’s defining driver, Jim Clark. It’s why the likes of Stirling Moss and Gilles Villeneuve were so revered, despite their achievements not matching the range of their abilities. But those who were there knew what the statistics couldn’t say. There’s a long way to go before we can say this month’s cover star, George Russell, definitively belongs in such rarefied company, but the way he finished his second F1 season by making an outstanding subsitute appearance for Mercedes in…

1 min

LUKE SMITH Luke explains how George Russell has put himself in pole position for a Mercedes drive when it becomes available (p34) STUART CODLING Sustainability (p32), Simon Roberts (p42), McLaren (p44) and Haas (p62) all get the Codders treatment this month MARK GALLAGHER In addition to his column (p31), Mark examines Toyota's unsuccessful dalliance with F1 and details where it all went wrong (p52) ALISTER THORPE A regular behind the lens for GP Racing, Alister is responsible for the George Russell portrait that adorns our front cover this month…

3 min

Fluttering ‘fetti is a Turkish delight Lewis Hamilton has just won the Turkish Grand Prix and, with it, a record-equalling seventh world championship, so that made this the most important podium of the year. The pressure was on! I was one of three ‘pool’ photographers allowed into parc fermé so I was able to photograph Lewis getting out of the car. You’re then allowed to stay provided you maintain a distance from team personnel. There’s an element of luck as well as craft in shots like these. I’d been told there would be confetti, which means manual focus. You want the drivers’ faces sharp, which is tricky while they’re jumping around, but it all came together with this shot. Where Istanbul, Turkey When 3.16pm, Sunday 15 November 2020 Details Canon EOS-1DX MkIII 400mm lens, 1/800 @…

8 min
f1 insider

01 NEW F1 SAFETY PROBE Grosjean accident prompts FIA investigation 02 ENGINE WARS: FERRARI HITS REVERSE Maranello aligns with Red Bull on engine freeze 03 SCHUMACHER NAME RETURNS 01 FIA LAUNCHES GROSJEAN CRASH INQUIRY Motorsport’s governing body will conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding Romain Grosjean’s dramatic accident on the first lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix. It will focus on the effectiveness of all the safety provisions – from the car itself to the driver’s personal safety equipment, the barriers, the marshals and the Medical Car – and identify areas for improvement. “ WE KNOW THAT IF THE HALO HAD NOT BEEN THERE, I DON’T WANT TO THINK ABOUT WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE TRAGEDY ”JEAN TODT “As with all serious accidents, we will analyse every aspect of this crash and collaborate with…

1 min
f1 mastermind

Q1 Which three drivers are missing from this list of Germans who have won an F1 world championship race: Michael and Ralf Schumacher, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel? Q2 What is the lowest number of races Lewis Hamilton has won in a single season? Q3 Pierre Gasly’s first F1 win came on his 55th start. Apart from Sergio Pérez, which two other current drivers needed more starts for their first win? Q4 True or false: the only drivers to have led more world championship F1 races than David Coulthard are all world champions? Q5 Sergio Perez’s maiden F1 win at the Sakhir GP came after how many race starts? Q6 With Lewis Hamilton missing the Sakhir GP, it will be the first time he has not finished a race in the points since when? Q7 In…

5 min
the f1 analyst

WHY F1 STILL SEES VALUE IN AGEING DRIVERS Two decades after bursting up to the top level of motorsport, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen will be headliners again in 2021. With three world titles between them, plus several that slipped away, their impressive statistics set the scene. Alonso has won 11 races more than Räikkönen, but Kimi has the higher number of podiums (103, including race wins). Add their joint tally together and it comes to 200 and counting. Fernando has half the number of Kimi’s fastest laps (23), but Alonso has led one more race (84). And both have scored close to 1900 points in total. Their records speak loudly, but at a time when young drivers such as Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc have shown new talent can bring an extra…