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Motorsport News 16/09/21

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.

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
51 Issues

in this issue

1 min
lewis left speechless after monza flashpoint with verstappen

World champion Lewis Hamilton says that bitter rival Max Verstappen knew that contact was inevitable as the pair collided controversially in last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix. The title-chasing duo were battling for track position after Hamilton had emerged from his pitstop and they went wheel-to-wheel into the opening chicane. Verstappen’s Red Bull, which was on the outside for the opening right-hand turn and on the inside for the next left, rode over the top of the Mercedes, ruling both machines out of the race. The pair had previously crashed amid much controversy at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, when Verstappen smashed into the Copse barrier and Hamilton went on to win despite a penalty. Hamilton said: “[Max] didn’t want to give way today. He knew that when he was going into [Turn] 2…

2 min
it was almost inevitable...

Stirling Moss’s early grand prix achievements were, arguably, defined by his battles with Juan Manuel Fangio. James Hunt’s achievements in Formula 1 were defined by the fact he beat Niki Lauda. And Alain Prost’s struggles with Ayrton Senna defined a raft of Formula 1 fans. Even Michael Schumacher had Mika Hakkinen and Damon Hill – his most stern rivals – to measure himself against. The fallout from Lewis Hamilton’s collision with Max Verstappen at Monza on Sunday could well be a defining moment for the two main drivers of the current generation. There was a tempestuous relationship between Nico Rosberg and Hamilton when they were partnered at Mercedes, but that was one speedbump that the British driver soon smoothed out with his relentless pace. Even the most sanguine observer could tell who…

4 min
max and lewis’s meltdown as mclaren takes control

Historically, Monza always throws up its fair share of drama. This year it was scene of the latest clash between the World championship protagonists. When Max Verstappen’s right-rear wheel rode over the top of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes on lap 26 of the Italian Grand Prix it brought an incredible finishing streak to a dramatic end. Hamilton had finished every single one of his last 63 races (dating back to Austria 2018) and it was the first time the Mercedes driver had ended his race in a gravel-trap - after colliding with another car - since his opening-lap clash with former team-mate Nico Rosberg at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix. Despite retiring, the British driver was also extremely fortunate he wasn’t injured as the right-rear of the Red Bull bounced off the top of…

1 min
grand prix bosses aim to ease engine regs to attract new firms

Formula 1 is set to adopt a simpler engine in the future in a bid to attract new manufacturers to the grid. High-level meetings took place last weekend in Monza between the current power unit suppliers where proposals for a new formula from 2026 onwards was discussed. The plan is to remove the complex MGU-H element from the engine that is used to recover energy from the turbocharger. That would appease VW which is looking at a possible entry. The VW Group could potentially team up with Red Bull, which could have future ramifications for Williams. Last week, the team confirmed London-born Thai driver Alex Albon (who retains links with Red Bull) will drive for the Grove-based team. Current Williams boss Jost Capito formerly worked at VW in the World Rally Championship that…

1 min
sprint race format still under scrutiny after snore-fest at monza

The jury is still out on whether Formula 1’s Saturday Sprint races are a success and F1 bosses are considering tweaks for next year. Following on from the first trial at Silverstone, the 18-lap race at Monza on Saturday was devoid of action. Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas won the race, but second-placed Max Verstappen was awarded pole position as the Finn had to serve a grid penalty for using a fourth power unit this season. Saturday races could be run as point-scoring races that don’t set the grid for the main event in 2022 and F1 boss Ross Brawn admitted he was surprised by the lack of overtaking. “This was one of the races we selected because we thought there would be more opportunity,” said Brawn. “We might find in Brazil we have a…

1 min
f1 results

11 Nicholas Latifi (Williams-Mercedes) +23.743s; 12 Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin-Mercedes) +24.621s; 13 Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo-Ferrari) +27.216s; 14 Robert Kubica (Alfa Romeo-Ferrari) +29.769s; 15 Mick Schumacher (Haas-Ferrari) +51.088s; 16 Nikita Mazepin (Haas-Ferrari) -41l/engine; 17 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) -25 laps/accident; 18 Max Verstappen (Red Bull-Honda) -25 laps/accident; 19 Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri-Honda) -3 laps/retired; 20 Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri-Honda) -0 laps/brakes. Drivers’ Championship: 1 Verstappen 226.5 points; 2 Hamilton 221.5; 3 Bottas 141; 4 Norris 132; 5 Perez 118; 6 Leclerc 104. Constructors’ Championship:1 Mercedes 362.5; 2 Red Bull 344.5; 3 McLaren 215; 4 Ferrari 201.5 5 Alpine 95; 6 AlphaTauri 84.…