Motor Sport Magazine May 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

MOTOR SPORT IS NOT ONLY dangerous, it is also ruthless. It is populated by competitive people with a burning desire to win – there is no room for sentiment. It is this ruthlessness that has earned Formula 1 the sobriquet of the Piranha Club, but other disciplines are no less hard-headed, perhaps none more so than rallying. Remember Kris Meeke being sacked by Citroën in 2018? It wasn’t just the sacking but the manner of it that had us wincing. Meeke was being booted out, said Citroën, because of his “excessively high number of crashes”. Last month, the axe fell equally mercilessly on one of the all-time great rally partnerships. It was announced that after 23 years together Sébastien Loeb, the nine-time world rally champion, was severing his partnership with co-driver Daniel…

1 分鐘
details matter.

A lunch with Stirling Moss 60 years ago launched the career of one of Fleet Street’s most celebrated photographers. According to Elizabeth Ward, the wife of Michael Ward, her husband’s passion for cars led him to ask Stirling for a meeting. The driver agreed and encouraged the young Ward to pursue his passion, even lending him his own camera and inviting him to document his upcoming race. We publish those images on page 104. Some of Ward’s work is part of the National Portrait Gallery collection.…

12 分鐘
the man who brought formula 1 into our homes

IT IS ALMOST 20 YEARS SINCE HIS FORMAL retirement as a full-time commentator, but he never really abandoned the job completely. Still working at an age that the majority simply don’t reach, Murray Walker was an institution, the like of which we might never see again. His death at 97 has left a huge hole in the fabric of motor sport – not just in the UK, but around the world. With Murray, the passion you heard was 100% genuine – a by-product of his upbringing in a racing family. Born in Hall Green, Birmingham, on October 10, 1923 – less than a year before Motor Sport made its bow – Murray was the son of motorcycle racer Graham Walker, winner of the 1931 Isle of Man Lightweight TT. He would go…

1 分鐘
the famous six

1934 ALFA ROMEO TIPO B (P3) The type of car Enzo used for racing between 1933-37, before founding Ferrari in 1947. 1953 250 MILLE MIGLIA Testimony to the single year when sports cars replaced single-seaters for the Monaco GP in 1952. FOUR FERRARI TYPE 312S From the first era of 3-litre grand prix cars as raced by Surtees, Bandini and Scarfiotti. 1960 DINO 246 The final front-engined car to win a World Championship grand prix, in the hands of Phil Hill at Monza. 1964 FERRARI 1512 The model used by both Phil Hill in 1961 and John Surtees in 1964 to win the World Championship. TWO FERRARI 312 B3S To be driven by former works drivers Alesi and Arnoux, both GP winners with the marque.…

4 分鐘
mark hughes

UNTIL MAX VERSTAPPEN blitzed the pre-season testing in his Red Bull-Honda, there was no real reason to suppose the competitive hierarchy of this season was going to differ significantly from the recent past: with Mercedes firmly on top. It may ultimately turn out that way again, of course; it’s a long season. But there is at least some hope of a close contest. Honda, Red Bull and the tweaked floor regulations of ’21 have possibly combined in a way that just might make this a vintage season. Honda’s racing personnel were deeply saddened at the parent company decision to withdraw from F1 at the end of this year and have responded with a very aggressive strategy for their final year. What was set to be the power unit for the new formula…

4 分鐘
mat oxley

VALENTINO ROSSI COMMENCED his 26th grand prix season and his 22nd in the premier MotoGP class on March 28, thereby extending his record as the sport’s longest-serving rider. Rossi’s career also betters those of Formula 1’s most enduring drivers, Kimi Räikkönen and Rubens Barrichello. This is especially impressive because each time the seven-time MotoGP champion ventures out of the pitlane he’s protected not by an almost indestructible carbon-fibre safety cell but by a suit of kangaroo leather. Rossi’s career statistics are breathtaking: 413 grand prix starts (before this season’s opening race), 115 victories and 235 podiums across the 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP classes. Those top-three results include 199 in MotoGP. Following his 199th, achieved at Jerez last July, he was frequently asked for his thoughts about the possibility of a 200th…