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First with the news, views and reports, Motorsport News is the voice of British motorsport and a must-read for all motorsport fans. Britain's only weekly motorsport newspaper, MN delivers up-to-date, entertaining and reliable news, reports and results from all categories of the sport. Whether you prefer Formula One cars or a Ford Escort Mk2, MN is the publication for you.

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tanak won’t let future distract from title bid

Toyota star Ott Tanak will put contract negotiations to one side now as he focuses on rebuilding a World Rally Championship lead dented by another technical problem at last week’s Rally Turkey. The Estonian’s Yaris WRC was halted by a failed ECU on the road section to the second stage on Saturday. Tanak was running seventh, six seconds off a possible fifth place, at the time. The championship leader rescued some points with a resounding powerstage victory on Sunday, but a 33-point gap over Thierry Neuville is now a 17-point advantage over his former M-Sport team-mate and Rally Turkey winner Sebastien Ogier. Tanak told MN: “I have been focused all season on this championship and that doesn’t change. I want to finish this year in the perfect way, but I guess we…

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in brief

Wehrlein rejected Former Manor and Sauber racer Pascal Wehrlein recently approached Haas about a return to Formula 1 for 2020, but was rejected because he has spent too long outside the championship. Though Wehrlein remains a Ferrari simulator driver, Haas boss Gunther Steiner said he replied “unfortunately not” when Wehrlein asked if he had a chance of a drive because “we want someone who has experience and has been in F1 for a long time”. Wehrlein currently races in Formula E with Mahindra. Haas is expected to pick between Romain Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg for its undecided 2020 F1 seat alongside Kevin Magnussen imminently. New Pirelli tyre Pirelli has completed its first test with Formula 1’s 2021 18-inch tyres, with former Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin covering 213 laps at French Grand Prix venue…

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tyre frustrations ‘killing’ haas boss steiner after dismal results

Haas boss Gunther Steiner says that dealing with the constant race tyre struggles that have blighted his team’s 2019 Formula 1 performance ‘kills you’ mentally. Having begun the year looking like it had the fourth-fastest car, Haas is mired in ninth in the constructors’ championship and has not scored for three straight grands prix now. Issues with getting the 2019 tyres to perform in harmony with the Haas design in race trim have been its biggest problem. “At the moment this is our struggle,” Steiner said. “We will try to get solutions to it as soon as possible to see if we can better it. I think we understand, but I don’t know if we can get solutions this year. “But racing like this, it kills you. Everyone knows how I like to race,…

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ouick laps the fastest news round-up

IndyCar racer turned sportscar star Katherine Legge and 2014 Mazda MX-5 Supercup champion Abbie Eaton are among the drivers who will take part in the 2020 W Series selection test at Almeria this week. The top 12 drivers from the inaugural championship automatically qualified for a place on the grid next year, leaving eight seats up for grabs. Those places will be decided in a three-day test at the Spanish venue that 14 drivers will participate in... Rene Rast took his second DTM title in three years after rival Nico Muller endured a nightmare weekend at the Nurburgring. Victory on Saturday while Muller jumped the start helped Rast put one hand on the trophy. A disaster of a Sunday qualifying session for the Audi Abt driver Muller – as Rast lined…

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peroni doesn’t remember monza formula 3 horror crash

Alex Peroni was “knocked out” during his horror crash in the FIA Formula 3 Championship at Monza and doesn’t remember any of the incident. Peroni ran wide at the Parabolica, hitting a sausage kerb that sent him into a huge aerial accident in which his car flipped and landed on top of a tyre barrier. He was extracted from the car and walked unaided to the medical car afterwards, before later being diagnosed with a broken vertebra. It was decided he did not need surgery but he must rest for 30-40 days, meaning he will miss the F3 season finale at Sochi. “I was knocked out during the crash so I don’t remember it and that’s why I guess I’m not that traumatised by [watching] it,” said Peroni, speaking after arriving back…

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audi admits to dtm kubica management talks for 2020

Audi motorsport boss Dieter Gass admits he has held discussions with the management of Williams Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica about racing in the DTM. Kubica is one of several drivers under consideration to partner George Russell at Williams in 2020 and has also admitted to looking at alternatives outside F1. He has had experience of DTM machinery in the past, having driven a Mercedes in January 2013 in a test that impressed the manufacturer to the point it later said it would consider him for a drive. MN understands that ahead of the Nurburgring DTM round, Audi held informal discussions with Kubica’s management team. When MN asked Gass to verify the rumours, he said: “[Kubica is an] interesting driver for sure, for the DTM in general. It’s a bit early to comment…