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Motorsport News

26/02/20

First with the news, views and reports, Motorsport News is the voice of British motorsport and a must-read for all motorsport fans. Britain's only weekly motorsport newspaper, MN delivers up-to-date, entertaining and reliable news, reports and results from all categories of the sport. Whether you prefer Formula One cars or a Ford Escort Mk2, MN is the publication for you.

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2 min.
early speed is always a benefit

Given the early clues from preliminary testing, Mercedes looks very comfortable as having the fastest car of the new designs that have been revealed for the grand prix season ahead. That is very good news for Lewis Hamilton, but maybe less so for F1 itself. Casual fans bemoan the lack of competition in grand prix motor racing. Perhaps what they mean is they are bored of one man winning all the time. Hamilton’s dominance does not mean that F1 is non-competitive: it simply means that the six-time world champion is on a different level in terms of performance than anyone else. But initial times are hard to read, because not all of the teams are running their latest-spec cars and some outfits that already know they are in for a tough season…

2 min.
merc sparks questions with steering tricks

Mercedes Formula 1 technical chief James Allison says the FIA is aware of the team’s “novel” steering system that debuted at preseason testing last Thursday. Mercedes sparked intrigue after Lewis Hamilton was seen moving his steering wheel towards him on the straights during the morning test run at Barcelona, which appeared to alter the toe angle of the front wheels. The adjustments would theoretically offer a better set-up for corners while also reducing drag on the straights. Speaking on Thursday at Barcelona, Allison said the new system was called ‘DAS’– standing for ‘dual axis steering’. “We have a system in the car, it’s a novel idea,” Allison said. “We’ve got a name for it. It’s called DAS, if you’re interested. “It just introduces an extra dimension to the steering, to the driver, that we hope will…

2 min.
in brief

Miami GP closer The Miami Grand Prix has scored a major victory in its battle against local opposition as it continues to prepare for a slot on the 2021 Formula 1 calendar. The GP has faced stern opposition from local residents and will no longer use public roads, with the proposed circuit instead being built around the Miami Dolphins NFL stadium. Although commissioners tied 6-6 in a vote held last Wednesday, a potential roadblock for the planned event, it means the approval of both the city of Miami Gardens as well as the county will not be required going forward. Two-day Chinese GP? A two-day Chinese Grand Prix between the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Formula 1 races has emerged as one option to get the event back on the calendar. The outbreak of…

1 min.
hamilton looks long-term in f1

Lewis Hamilton says his next contract decision will take into account his “five-10-year plan”, but is not planning to rush into negotiations with his Mercedes Formula 1 team. The six-time world champion’s current deal expires at the end of this year, and he has been linked with a possible move to Ferrari should he opt not to extend his stint with Mercedes. Speaking after the morning session on the second day of F1 testing in Barcelona last week, Hamilton admitted that he had recently spoken informally with top Daimler management at the Laureus Awards – where he was recognised with the Sportsman of the Year – but saw no urgent need to open talks with team boss Toto Wolff while prioritising on his pre-season preparations. “I’ve not really put much thought into it,…

1 min.
aston martin pauses hypercar programme

Aston Martin has put its entry into the LM Hypercar division of the World Endurance Championship later this year on hold. The move means that the Valkyrie hypercar will not make its race debut at the Silverstone 2020/21 opener this September. Aston cited last month’s announcement that the next breed of IMSA SportsCar Championship prototypes will be able to vie with LM Hypercars in the WEC from the start of the 2021/22 season for the postponement. It stated that it “will now pause as it considers whether to continue in any future prototype class” and that it remains “open to working with both organisations to find a suitable pathway for any future participation”. Aston stressed that it will continue in the WEC as a factory with its existing GTE Pro programme. Aston Martin Racing president…

1 min.
brit huff calls time on world tin-tops

Rob Huff will no longer be a World Touring Car driver after 15 years and 350 races. Huff, 40, who won 31 times between WTCC and WTCR, and the world title in 2012, will instead concentrate on developing Teamwork Huff Motorsport in China, where he also coaches local drivers. Although he won’t be on the WTCR grid in 2020 after being left without a drive following Volkswagen’s withdrawal, Huff plans to contest historic events, plus rounds of the China Touring Car Championship. However, he’s not ruling out a WTCR return in 2021 or an appearance when the series visits Macau, where he’s a nine-time winner, in November. “Rob has been a fierce and highly accomplished racer on track and a great ambassador off it,” said WTCR boss Francois Ribeiro. “He will always be part of…