April 2017

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Of all the reasons to be excited about the forthcoming Formula 1 season, and there are many, the area of driver fitness and conditioning is one of the most fascinating – and mysterious. This season’s...
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World Rallycross gets the vibe Since its relaunch as a world championship the sport is pulling in a new audience through social media Audi has put its weight behind reigning champion Mattias Ekström...
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Masters' Trans-Atlantic trio Historic 3-litres to support three Grands Prix The US wing of the Masters Historic Formula 1 series boasts high-profile exposure this season with three rounds featuring...
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The pressure on Pirelli, McLaren's new-look structure McLaren steps uncertainly into its third era in 2017. The original team can be classed as the Bruce McLaren/Teddy Mayer era from its formation in...
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They might not be sexy, but tyres are poised to play a greater part than ever in defining how hard drivers can push over the course of a Formula 1 race On the eve of the new F1 season, as the new...
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Voting for the Hall of Fame has begun with all four categories now live and open for readers to vote and make their choice. IMSA winners James Weaver and Andy Wallace joined the podcast team to...
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Every schoolboy's dream job? Given this is my first contribution to Motor Sport, I thought I really ought to introduce myself. Obviously because it’s polite, but also because as a long-standing...
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End this radio-control racing As he gets down to the job of redesigning Formula 1, Ross Brawn could use a guiding principle. Were he to seek individual solutions to each of the sport’s current...
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I’ve just come back from my fourth trip to Australia. I’ve been twice to the Gold Coast to race in Aussie V8s and once with McLaren to drive the two-seater F1 car at the Melbourne Grand Prix, but...
MotoGP's new top gun? This season Valentino Rossi has a new Movistar Yamaha team-mate who may turn out to be his most troublesome yet. Maverick Vinales replaces Jorge Lorenzo, who has defected to...
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Superfast returns - and how Ferrari reveals its latest fearsome flagship Ferrari has unveiled the most powerful standard production car in its history. The 812 Superfast is a heavily re-engineered...
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Crewe calls time on GT with 700bhp monster that is also the world's fastest four-seater When someone comes to write the definitive history of Bentley – who knows, perhaps in time for its centenary in...
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Don't be fooled by appearances. These two Stuttgart newcomers are remarkably different beneath the skin Chances to compare old- and new-school thinking on an otherwise reasonably even playing field...
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Never too Lehto I really enjoyed Andrew Frankel’s Lunch with JJ Lehto. I was at Le Mans in 1995, sitting in the Dunlop grandstand throughout the night watching this wonderful race unfold. Drivers...
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Ferrari 70 Years Dennis Adler Few words excite the imagination quite like ‘Ferrari’. Undoubtedly the world’s most iconic car manufacturer, Ferrari has transcended itself to become a symbol of...
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Cartier Cartier is known as a jeweller first and a watchmaker second. With so many companies to choose from, what would make you go for a brand that is best known for putting sparkly things around...
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From ingenious tweaks to car swaps and deliberate accidents, racing has an inglorious history of rule-bending. Welcome to Motor Sport’s Hall of Shame Carbon fibre? At the Revival? That was the...
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On your marks. Set... The new Formula 1 season is 'go'. Here is our essential guide to the racing ahead. Expectations, it is fair to say, are high. As the wraps come off the 2017 Formula 1 season,...
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How the 2017 cars have taken shape The first major technical shift of the hybrid F1 era is designed to make cars faster by up to five seconds per lap. Here are the key points Want some properly big...
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Teams Mercedes First team entry 1954 Races entered 148 Wins 64  FLs 47 Poles 73  Driver titles 5 Position last year 1st Mercedes’ task has to be to make the transition from Paddy Lowe to James...
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Faster cars creating more g-force will challenge today’s cosseted drivers in ways not seen for a decade. How will they cope? We asked three stars from the hairy-chested turbo and V10 eras to give...
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Several simmering rivalries will ignite the 2017 Grand Prix season Bottas vs Hamilton This is either the fantastic break of Bottas’s dreams or the beginning of the end of his F1 career. He cannot out...
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With a little planning getting to distant Grands Prix can be easier than you might imagine. Here’s how to plan the ultimate 2017 travel itinerary  Round 01 Australian Grand Prix March 24-26 Head out...
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What can Formula 1 learn from MotoGP? Where will 2017 take both sports? And what does John McGuinness have in common with Michael Schumacher’s dad? We asked Mark Hughes and Mat Oxley to thrash out...
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A tiny, lightweight Lotus 26R with an illustrious racing past and a voracious appetite for Cobras is still punching above its weight on the track If cars could speak, Lotus Elan 26-R-9 would have...
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How one commuter’s view through a train window triggered a journey to international racing success. By Simon Arron The surname might be unfamiliar, but then there is no family background in motor...
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He is the greatest living exponent of motor racing’s most thrilling, historic and dangerous event: the Isle of Man TT. So we tried to have lunch with him We could hardly have chosen a better place to...
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The Daytona 24 Hours is one of motor racing’s great spectacles – and also the perfect starting point for wider exploration of American racing culture The landscape around Miami Airport is a touch...
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Playing catch-up Big firms were slow to offer sports cars to the US, but some enthusiasts couldn't wait to go racing - so they built their own Silverstone is busy with every variety of racer today,...
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Four-time world rally champion Tommi Mäkinen is back in a domain he once dominated, this time as head of Toyota’s resurrected team Tommi Mäkinen is 52. He doesn’t look it. His eyes glisten, he walks...
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The head of Toyota’s recently revived WRC programme has a very impressive rally pedigree The son of triple 1000 Lakes and RAC Rally winner Timo, Tommi Mäkinen’s competition career began on tractors...
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A treat this month: it’s many years since  the fast Reims-Gueux circuit hosted racing. Luckily, photos can sweep us back there  Any professional photographer would be thrilled to have these images...
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Tales of the unexpected Daytona Speedway, January 26-29: a new era dawns... and one of sports car racing's most enduring careers concludes on a high note 'It almost doesn’t bloody matter what happens...
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Special delivery  A one-off hillclimber is ready to reappear in competition after three silent decades in storage Château Impney hillclimb seems to have become a high-season target to tempt unusual...
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News on the black stuff Carbon brakes slashed F1 braking distances - once many dramas were resolved Aerospace engineering and Formula 1 design are inextricably entwined. To some extent one of these...

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