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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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hamilton: we mustn’t panic over pace

Hamilton says he might have to change approach Five-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has urged his Mercedes team not to overstretch itself in its pursuit of Ferrari, which he believes will field the fastest grand prix car when the opening round of the season takes place at Melbourne in Australia this weekend. Although Hamilton ended the eight days of pre-season testing in Barcelona 0.003s slower than Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari SF90, observers reckon that Ferrari’s overall performance, and particularly its easy-to-drive car and long-run pace, will put the Scuderia in pole position to start the strongest.Hamilton has acknowledged that Vettel and his new team-mate Charles Leclerc will be in a strong position, but says that his Mercedes team would pull out all the stops to recover any…

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lowe steps back amid more williams chaos

Team concerned by illegal car parts Lowe has been under scrutiny Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe is taking “a leave of absence” from the Formula 1 team, while the team is making changes to the FW42 to ensure its legality. Lowe’s future at Williams was under scrutiny following the production delays that meant the team missed the first two-and-a-half days of pre-season testing at Barcelona, and the performance of the new car when it did emerge.He said in Spain that he had not considered his position once those problems had become known, and claimed that pinning the blame on one individual or making hasty personnel changes would be unwise.But, one week before the F1 season begins in Australia, it has emerged that Lowe has stepped away from…

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f1 round-up

Less dirty air  Formula 1 is now on course to reduce the impact of dirty air on performance by up to five times with its 2021 regulations, sporting director Ross Brawn has revealed. Raising the quality of racing has been a primary aim for the series’s next rules cycle and, while F1 has already introduced a raft of changes aimed at increasing overtaking for 2019, the series chiefs have promised a more substantial impact from the 2021 rules. “There’s a massive difference already,” Brawn said. “With the current car, two car lengths behind, you lose 50% of the performance. The car we have [in the works] now, you lose 10% of the performance.” New Honda role Honda’s motorsport boss Masashi Yamamoto will move into a newly-created, F1-specifc…

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f1 determined to keep british gp but silverstone future unclear

Silverstone’s deal to host British GP expires after this year’s race Formula 1 sporting chief Ross Brawn says the championship is determined to keep the British Grand Prix on the calendar despite there being “no certainty” over its future at Silverstone.Britain’s F1 event is one of five, along with Spain, Germany, Italy and Mexico, whose contracts are up for renewal for 2020.F1 and Silverstone have reached an impasse in negotiations over the hosting fee, with F1 seemingly unwilling to back down and reduce its price and the track having triggered a break clause in its contract that means at present the 2019 race is the last one guaranteed.“I don’t think it will be the final British Grand Prix,” said Brawn. “Whether it’s at Silverstone or not is another matter.“We…

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f1 set to award a point for fastest lap

Massa could’ve won ’08 title The FIA World Motor Sport Council has approved plans for an extra Formula 1 world championship point to be awarded for fastest lap, starting from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. The initiative now has to be passed by an e-vote of the Formula 1 Commission in order to be added to the sporting regulations before the first race. A point was previously awarded for fastest lap during the first 10 years of the world championship in 1950-59. It was crucial to the outcome of the drivers’ championship in 1958, when Mike Hawthorn pipped Stirling Moss to the title by a single point, having set two fastest laps more than his countryman. The rules will follow a similar format…

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formula e to return to london

‘Mortara wins amid penalty controversy’ Formula E report Docklands will play host to FE’s return to Britain Formula E will return to London with a new race based at the ExCeL exhibition centre in the city’s docklands, which willl conclude the 2019/20 season.The event, which has what FE calls a “multi-year agreement” in an official statement, will be a double header that will take place on July 25/26, 2020.The 1.5-mile track will begin on a starting grid based inside the ExCeL building and then take in 23 corners running in a clockwise direction across the waterfront of the Royal Docks.It will be FE’s second circuit in London after the electric championship used the Battersea Park track to conclude its first and second seasons.FE then agreed not to…