The dawn of the Grand Prix car – latest issue preview

New editor Nick Trott looks ahead to the new issue, and download and listen to the team's March issue commentary

A year before Jesse Owens famously upset Hitler at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, an Italian scuderia beat the might of Germany’s racing teams at the Nürburgring. It wasn’t supposed to happen. The car was the Alfa Romeo P3.

We unashamedly dedicate the March 2017 issue of Motor Sport magazine to this Alfa Romeo. It was a pioneering racing car, and one that influenced every subsequent Grand Prix machine. It was a privilege to tell the car’s story and indeed to drive it. Andrew Frankel, our tester, will never forget the experience.

If you thought Formula 1 would have a quiet off-season, you weren’t banking on Bernie Ecclestone being ‘dismissed’ from his role. But then, who was? Many expected Ecclestone to remain; to assist in the transfer of power to new owner Liberty. But despite being offered the role as chairman emeritus, Ecclestone it would appear has been cut from the sport. Mark Hughes, Motor Sport’s F1 correspondent, analyses the impact of Bernie’s departure and, elsewhere in the issue, deputy editor Joe Dunn looks closely at the current dilemma facing Silverstone and the British Grand Prix.

Listen to the team discuss the new issue, explaining how the magazine came together:


We welcome two new columnists to Motor Sport this month, three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti and Richard Williams – one of the greatest sports writers of his generation. Few are more qualified, or erudite, to discuss the chosen subjects this month – IndyCar racing and the trouble at Ferrari….

Also, features editor Simon Arron tells the story of a wonderfully recreated racing Camaro, while Gary Watkins analyses the growth of Formula E. Yes – it is an eclectic month in Motor Sport!

Add this to regulars from MotoGP expert Mat Oxley and road tester Andrew Frankel and you have a sparkling new issue. But then I would say that!

Finally, a hello from me. I’m Motor Sport’s new editor and it’s a genuine pleasure to join what I believe is the world’s most comprehensive and authoritative title of its kind. Feel free to comment or strike up a conversation on Twitter (@NickTrott27) or, of course, email me at

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