Motor Sport Magazine March 2021

Published as the Brooklands Gazette in 1924, Motor Sport magazine is the best-known motor racing magazine in the world. From the very first issue celebrating record-breaking motor cycle racing at Brooklands to Stirling Moss’ win in the 1000-mile Mille Miglia, right up to modern F1 we’ve been there, bringing the action to the fans in the best format with unbeatable quality and authoritative content. As ever, the pages are brimmed with stunning images, plus anecdotes, tales and insight from leading writers including Nigel Roebuck, Maurice Hamilton, Doug Nye, Mark Hughes, Mat Oxley and Simon Arron.

United Kingdom
Motorsport Magazine Limited
12 期號


4 分鐘
the editor

“Ironically, historic race teams may prefer to go to Brands than Spa” IT IS AROUND THIS TIME OF THE YEAR THAT I usually start to look back at photographs and footage of the previous summer’s races and recall the smell of cut grass mixed with race fuel, the sound of birdsong and the bark of engines firing. For obvious reasons this year it has not been Silverstone’s vast crowds basking in the sun and the frisson of excitement that comes with a big race weekend that have lingered in the memory, but the gentler thoughts of historic race car meetings. E-types and pre-war Bentleys belting around Donington or Ferraris sweeping through Madgwick, the clatter of pre-digital tools and bonhomie of the paddock. But it is not just nostalgic memories that make the…

14 分鐘
dakar 2021: delights, dunes and dromedaries

HELD IN SAUDI ARABIA FOR THE SECOND time, the 2021 Dakar gave us its customary thrills, off-road heartbreak and extreme tests of human endeavour, not to mention an even greater amount of navigational controversy than usual. Stéphane Peterhansel took the overall car win in the X-Raid John Cooper Works Mini buggy – his 14th victory, 30 years after his first, achieved while competing in the bike category. A disgruntled Carlos Sainz finished third overall in another John Cooper Works Mini, the four-time Dakar winner complaining this year’s event was too reliant on navigation, likening it to a “gymkhana”. Competitors this year were given their navigational roadbooks 15 minutes before the start of each stage, as opposed to the day before, meaning they had no time to add their own notes Sébastien Loeb –…

4 分鐘
mark hughes

“Alpine needs to put its management upheaval to bed as soon as possible” AN F1 TEAM OWNED BY AN automotive company is always liable to spring a nasty surprise on that team – as Toyota, Honda and BMW showed a few years ago. The last couple of years have been a worrying time for the Renault-badged Enstone team, which has recently been re-labelled as Alpine. Carlos Ghosn, boss of the automotive giant Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, was arrested in November 2018 in Japan on financial charges. He escaped Japan while awaiting trial in December 2019, secreted in a cargo box in a plane headed for Lebanon. With Ghosn incapacitated by his arrest, he was replaced at Renault in June 2019 by Jean-Dominique Senard as Renault’s chairman and interim CEO Clotilde Delbos, who would assume that position…

4 分鐘
mat oxley

“Suzuki works so well because it fuses strong work from Japan and Italy” DAVID AND GOLIATH STORIES always brighten up the racing world, and the story of Suzuki’s 2020 world championship MotoGP success – its first since 2002 – is one such tale. The Hamamatsu manufacturer has a much smaller race department that Honda, Ducati and Yamaha and punches above its weight thanks to people who know how to make the most of what they’ve got – financially, mechanically and philosophically. Suzuki suffered in the early years of four-stroke MotoGP, when its GSV-R was left behind by Honda’s RC211V, Ducati’s Desmosedici and Yamaha’s YZR-M1. Factory engineers had badly underestimated what was needed, so that they lost one of their brightest, Australian Warren Willing, long before the inaugural race in 2002. “I asked Suzuki…

4 分鐘
doug nye

“Today, the descant song of a racing V12 certainly survives as a rosy memory” I SUPPOSE IT’S TRUE THAT OVER TIME the tint of one’s glasses becomes increasingly rosy. Naturally, it’s always important to keep this in mind when looking back at racing seasons fondly remembered. The important thing is not to allow memory to become too fond. That’s quite difficult thinking back, say, 30 years to the season of 1991. For starters it’s hard today to visualise no fewer than 18 teams registering to compete in the Formula 1 World Championship series. But in 1991 they did. In addition to Ferrari, McLaren and Williams, there were AGS, Benetton, Brabham, Coloni, Dallara, Fondmetal, Footwork (née Arrows), Jordan, Lamborghini, Larrousse, Leyton House (aka March), Ligier, Lotus, Minardi and Tyrrell. Of course, not all of…

5 分鐘
andrew frankel

“We are meant to be the puppeteers, cars our puppets, but it no longer feels the case” ELSEWHERE IN THIS ISSUE YOU WILL find my review of the Ferrari Roma, so I won’t let it delay us here except to say that when I drove it, it did strike me that if a car of such performance were produced not that long ago, it would have been all but undrivable for quite a lot of the time. Indeed the single biggest reason the entire envelope of automotive performance has been able to expand at what at times has seemed an exponential rate over the last couple of decades is not car manufacturers finding more power, but developing with companies like Bosch the electronic intervention systems to go with it. I happened to drive…