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Autosport 25/03/21

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The UK’s ‘must-read’ motorsport magazine AUTOSPORT is revered by fans and industry personnel alike as the ultimate source of motorsport news and analysis. The magazine’s expert editorial covers all aspects of the sport, from major international series such as Formula 1, Sports Car racing and the World Rally Championship, to the less glamorous but hugely important grassroots events in UK club motorsport

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País:
United Kingdom
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Autosport Media UK Ltd
Periodicidad:
Weekly

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the same players but a different script for formula 1 2021?

It’s three and a half months since the 2020 Formula 1 season came to a close in Abu Dhabi. Thanks to the strange circumstances in which we are currently living, it feels like a lot longer, but this weekend the wait will be over and F1 2021 will properly kick off in Bahrain. Despite the much-discussed and supposed carryover of last year’s machines, there are plenty of changes and question marks to stir the interest ahead of the new campaign. Chief among those is whether Red Bull can actually put together a championship challenge. Given recent history and the incredible W11, it was easy to assume heading into the winter that 2021 would be another Mercedes season and we’d have to wait for the major rules reset in 2022 to see the…

2 min.
jeddah to be ‘fastest’ street track

FORMULA 1 Formula 1 has revealed the street-circuit layout that will be used for the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah. The night race on 3-5 December will be on a 27-corner circuit designed by well-known track architect Hermann Tilke’s company, in collaboration with the series’ own motorsport team. The track is 3.837 miles in length, making it the second-longest on the F1 calendar behind Spa, and is expected to deliver an average lap speed of 155mph. It is therefore set to become the fastest street circuit on the schedule, trumping Melbourne’s Albert Park and the Baku City Circuit. The anti-clockwise layout runs along the Jeddah seafront, with the long, thin nature of the track allowing for it to be crammed into a small area of land in the Corniche area of…

1 min.
just three hypercars likely for spa

WEC The will-they-won’t-they? saga of the Glickenhaus squad taking on Toyota and Alpine in the inaugural race of the World Endurance Championship’s Le Mans Hypercar era continues. The US manufacturer is refusing to commit to being on the grid for the Spa 6 Hours on 1 May. Marque founder Jim Glickenhaus is sticking to his guns on not racing the Pipo-engined 007LMH until it is ready. “I am not going to say we won’t be at Spa, because it’s undecided,” he said. “But I can absolutely say that until we are completely satisfied with both cars we are not going to race.” Glickenhaus stressed that he intends to complete a 30-hour test with the car before its homologation, which fixes the specification for five seasons. He also stated that it is important that…

1 min.
hynes splits from hamilton

FORMULA 1 Lewis Hamilton has parted company with long-serving right-hand man Marc Hynes, forcing a reshuffling of his management. Hynes, the 1999 British F3 champion, has been a key part of Hamilton’s Project 44 management team for the past five years, but has now left to pursue other interests. Hamilton said that the parting was amicable and that Hynes “remains one of my best friends”, and that he is working on a restructure of his management. “There are plans we’re working on for the future,” he said. Hamilton also revealed that he is planning for a new home to be built in the UK, in addition to his current bases in Colorado and Monaco.…

2 min.
nissan commits to gen3 era in boost to formula e future

FORMULA E Nissan has become the third manufacturer to pledge its future to Formula E by committing to the Gen3 rules that will run into 2026. Following announcements from Audi and BMW that they will quit the series at the end of this season, Nissan – which joins Mahindra and DS Automobiles on board for Gen3 – issued a statement backing the relevance of the technology. As such, its Gen3 signature is not the most surprising. But if Nissan had opted to depart, its exit would have been the most hurtful. The Renault Group, of which Nissan is a subsidiary, has been a long-term backer of Formula E, and partnered with constructor Spark Racing Technology to build the Gen1 car. It then entered the inaugural 2014-15 season with race team DAMS, winning the…

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fassler hangs up his helmet

SPORTSCARS Three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Marcel Fassler has called time on his professional driving career at the age of 44. After two decades of racing in the DTM and in top-level sportscars, Fassler will now head the Swiss Sportec team in its climb through the sportscar ranks. He will also remain a simulator driver for the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team. “I had this big dream as a boy to become a successful racing driver,” said Fassler. “The fact that I went this way in my own way, with honest and hard work, with the will to persevere and the belief in my passion, and that I made it to the top of the world with my performances, makes me proud. I gave it my all and achieved more than I…