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GP Racing UK

July 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.

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3 min
straight talk

@_markgallagher FINALLY MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION It is worth pausing to reflect on the healthy state in which Formula 1 finds itself. COVID-induced calendar chaos aside, things are good. We have two key protagonists, Red Bull and Mercedes, giving us the Hamilton versus Verstappen duel we’ve been looking forward to since forever – a Schumacher/Häkkinen battle with more closely matched cars; Senna and Prost without the nasty civil war. Behind we find a resurgent Ferrari, its engine embarrassment sliding into obscurity, while the Scuderia’s old rival in Woking is in danger of causing an upset or two. Even over at midfield sports notables Alpine and Aston Martin, their world champion drivers are giving us plenty to speculate about. Meanwhile, in Grove, Williams awakens from its long slumber. The teams are running to a cost…

6 min
the french gp in 3 key moments

F1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 7 FINISHING STRAIGHT 1 Bull earns “payback” as Mercedes cracks under pressure Red Bull described its victory at Paul Ricard as “payback”, having beaten Mercedes at one of its strongholds – and after all that sniping about flexi-wings and tyre pressure proscriptions too. The last time F1 visited the south of France in 2019, Mercedes finished 1-2 and Max Verstappen trailed nearly 35 seconds behind, having qualified over a second off Lewis Hamilton. This time, Max took pole and, thankfully, we had a proper race. Red Bull trimmed the rear wing on RB16B, focusing on straightline speed while asking the drivers to hang on in the twisty bits. Mercedes ran a higher-downforce configuration, offering greater cornering stability at the expense of drag. When Verstappen arrived at Turn 1 ahead after the start,…

13 min
the last hurrah the history of lotus part 4: 1977-84

When Niki Lauda first visited Fiorano he expressed surprise that Ferrari didn’t win all the time, such were the obvious advantages at its disposal. The sentiment fits 1970s Team Lotus too, except it was people, not just its own cutting-edge facilities, that lent ‘Britain’s Ferrari’ its true potency. First, no team had a force to match Colin Chapman: founder, visionary, pioneer, an inspirational and totemic leader on a never-ceasing quest to discover the next big thing. Then there was his fully-loaded workforce, a talented band of bluff designers, engineers and mechanics – all motor racing lifers – who were pulled along by his example, putting in (and putting up with) the endless string of all-nighters. Lotus was F1’s school of excellence and hard knocks, a mirror image of Chapman himself.…

6 min
the styrian gp in 3 key moments

F1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 8 FINISHING STRAIGHT 1 Verstappen rewards Red Bull’s commitment “This was our most dominant win this season,” said Red Bull team principal Christian Horner with some satisfaction after Max Verstappen crossed the Red Bull Ring’s finishing line 35.743s ahead of Lewis Hamilton. But it wasn’t this margin – exaggerated by Hamilton’s late stop for soft tyres to bag the point for fastest lap – which defined Red Bull’s superiority over Mercedes in the Styrian Grand Prix. Not only was this the team’s fourth consecutive victory, Verstappen seemingly had pace to spare throughout, routinely able to lap up to a quarter of a second faster than Hamilton. Events in Austria served to define both the current state of play between F1’s two leading teams and indicate where they may go from…

3 min
f1 upgrades

FINISHING STRAIGHT LIGHTS OUT, FULL THROTTLE Authors Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert Price £20 panmacmillan.com Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert will be familiar to GP Racing readers as sometime contributors to this magazine as well as enjoying successful top-flight racing careers. Both are also, of course, hugely popular winners of the British GP. Hill and Herbert have both individually published autobiographies and this book doesn’t set out to fulfil that function; rather it’s a humorous dialogue between the two as they take F1 fans on an insider’s tour of motor racing’s top echelon. The tongue-in-cheek tone may grate with some but the text’s fluffy nature is clearly signalled by the cover treatment. Damon and Johnny were due to take the show on the road in an “Evening with…” live performance ahead of the British GP, but this…

1 min
f1 mastermind

01 Apart from winning the race, what other feat did Max Verstappen achieve for the first time at the recent French GP? 02 After which GP was the last time Mercedes didn’t lead the constructors’ world championship? 03 True or false: there have been five different winners of the five races held so far in Baku? 04 How many times has Ferrari won the Monaco Grand Prix: 9, 12 or 14? 05 Three GPs topped a total three-day attendance of over 300,000 in 2019, the last time spectators were fully allowed to attend races. The British GP was one, but which were the other two? 06 Five British drivers started the 1993 European Grand Prix at Donington Park. Who were they? 07 Which two British drivers finished in the top three of the drivers’championship during the…