Motor Sport Magazine November 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

THERE IS A MOMENT IN THE NEW Michael Schumacher documentary when David Coulthard relives the infamous collision at the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix. As you will remember, the lapped Scot slowed on the racing line as the Ferrari of Schumacher approached. In the pouring rain there was no chance for Schumacher to see him and he ran into the back of Coulthard’s McLaren costing him the race. Damon Hill went on to win for Jordan and Schumacher was seen storming over to the McLaren pits in what can politely be described as a state of high dudgeon. But the documentary, which was released on Netflix in September, stays with Couthard as he goes to relate what happened next: “We met the week later in Monza. We sat in Bernie’s bus and…

1 分鐘
details matter.

In 1979, Ferrari’s 3-litre flat-12 engine, left, sweetly serenaded Jody Scheckter and Gilles Villeneuve to a glorious title 1-2 for the Scuderia in Formula 1. But why does it appear in our V12 extravaganza (p66)? Because, as DSJ was always keen to stress, it’s a flattened, 180-degree V12: opposite pistons share a crankpin, each pair moving left or right in tandem. That’s different to a boxer engine, where piston pairs surge towards and away from each other. Now dive into our 34-page paean to the dozen pots.…

11 分鐘
hall of fame 2021: help us decide the next racing great

WHAT MAKES A RACING great? And who qualifies as one? These are questions we have all asked ourselves at some point - and probably been the basis of a heated debate with a fellow enthusiast. And since 2010, Motor Sport has been asking you, our readers, to help us decide the answers. Our annual Hall of Fame awards seek to create the definitive list of all-time greats and celebrate their achievements. The list features names from across all the disciplines and eras. It includes Ayrton Senna and Jim Clark, Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart. Valentino Rossi and John McGuinness, Derek Bell and Tom Kristensen. It also celebrates those people who have given to the sport in ways other than simply winning races. Sid Watkins is there and so too are Adrian…

4 分鐘
mark hughes

WITH THE LONG-overdue confirmation that George Russell will replace Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes next year, a sequence of other driver moves was triggered. One of these - the recruitment of Alex Albon to replace Russell at Williams - was part of a seismic political shift within the sport, one which may have determined the format of the new power unit formula, due for 2025 (but probably set to be delayed to ‘26). The disruptor in this whole story is Volkswagen. It was poised to enter the original hybrid formula and was a participant in the discussion stages of it, just as it has been this time around. But then ‘dieselgate’ came along. Such was the commercial damage inflicted by that scandal, it’s taken this long to make a VW F1 programme…

4 分鐘
mat oxley

THIS YEAR’S BRITISH MOTORCYCLE Grand Prix at Silverstone created MotoGP history: the first six bikes past the chequered flag all came from different manufacturers, the first time that’s happened in 49 years. First over the line was Fabio Quartararo’s Yamaha YZR-M1, the Frenchman joined on the podium by Suzuki GSX-RR rider Álex Rins and Aprilia RS-GP rider Áleix Espargaró. A fraction of a second behind the Aprilia came the Ducati Desmosedici of Jack Miller, then the Honda RC213V of Espargaró’s younger brother Pol and the KTM RC16 of Brad Binder. A good mix of machinery is always liked by fans, but what kind of a mix was this? During the last decade MotoGP rights-holder Dorna has created closer, more TV-friendly racing by writing technical regulations that essentially make all the bikes…

4 分鐘
doug nye

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE IT’S 30 YEARS SINCE world-class endurance racing virtually died on its feet. Only eight FIA World Sportscar Championship rounds were run in 1991, and in general this entirely noble form of racing was being strangled by the near-total pre-eminence of Formula 1. Back at the end of 1988, new 3.5-litre naturally-aspirated engine rules had been announced for the category, despite doubts amongst manufacturers of how attractive such a prospect might be. The governing FISA body extended the life of the preceding turbocharged cars to bolster grids. But a turbocharged-car weight penalty of 100kg - added to the preceding weight limit of 900 - caused alarm. FISA later allowed Porsches to run at 950kg everywhere except Le Mans, while any other previous-Formula cars had to observe the…