December 2016

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You wait ages for one decent motor racing autobiography, and then three come along at once. Readers of this magazine will already know how highly we rate Damon Hill’s memoirs, Watching The Wheels,...
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>> The problem with Lewis >> Stefan Johansson on Formula 1 After a distinctly average weekend in Singapore, during which he was outclassed in both qualifying and race by Nico Rosberg,...
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Straight talk Might there be a glitch in the drive for stronger tyre performance? The subterfuge behind the disagreement about an extra pre-season Pirelli test was actually very funny, a sit-com of...
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Track and trace With exclusive access to data that normally only the F1 teams see, we reveal just where the top three cars steal those fractions - or lose them So just where and how is Mercedes...
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Malaysia & Japan Coming into the back-to-back races of Malaysia and Japan, Sebastian Vettel’s early-season smile, which had grown into a frown by mid-season, was now a full-on scowl, with the...
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Mercedes Benz GP Ltd has reserved an entry to Formula E from the 2018-19 season. It’s an option to join the franchise for electric-powered racers before all the slots are taken. But, quite...
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Dunlop, Suzuka The bottom of the hill known as Dunlop represents a Suzuka base camp, with the most intricate, technical part of the climb completed but with a colossus of a challenge still ahead. It...
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Australian star to bow out at the season's end Waning motivation was a primary factor in Mark Webber’s decision to retire at the end of this season, after three-years with Porsche in the World...
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Living the American dream, and a farewell to Aussie Grit For a modern Grand Prix track, the Circuit of the Americas is great! I’m not usually a fan of the Tilke-designed tracks or what has happened...
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New name joins MotoGP fray A new manufacturer will join the grid at the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix on November 13. Austrian firm KTM is hardly unknown in racing – it came out of the dirt-bike...
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Formula 1 & Monza Enrico Mapelli The title is slightly misleading, in that this stretches back to a time before anybody had coined the term ‘Formula 1’ and Grand Prix racing needed no other label...
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Motor Sport teams up with UK's leading historic show by Paul Lawrence Race Retro, the international historic motor sport show, will be powered by Motor Sport magazine when it runs for three days (...
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New ground for Newgarden Josef Newgarden has demonstrated that he’s one of the most talented American drivers to come along in many years. He’s also one of the most resilient and showed tremendous...
American racing star Tony Adamowicz has died aged 75, following a long battle with cancer. Once part of the communications team at the White House, Adamowicz raced successfully from the early 1960s...
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It began as a concept car that few expected to be built. Then Alfa Romeo decided that a bit of flag-waving would do it no harm, especially if they ran up one of the best-looking flags ever. Of course...
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Shape of things to come Mercedes plans new hypercar with F1 powertrain We are quite used to certain manufacturers not showing up to second-tier motor shows. Since the emergence in size and importance...
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Sports car traditionalist blends some big numbers with genuine opulence by Andrew Frankel As we know, Porsche is a company that doesn’t like to mess with a winning formula. Forget its decision to...
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With vastly contrasting prices, these BMWs could hardly be more different by Andrew Frankel This is a tale of two BMW M-cars. They share the same basic platform and engine architecture, but one costs...
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Much ado about not very much? Don't be fooled by the modest spec sheet by Andrew Frankel Understandably the motoring press has lately been awash with words and images of the Aston Martin DB11: it is...
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He was jokin’, Jochen I’m responding to comments Jochen Mass made in your recent podcast. I was employed by Cosworth from 1968-2005, directly involved with engine development, and feel I have to...
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Ended 30 years ago on safety grounds, the Group B era is still regarded by many as the World Rally Championship's apotheosis. Brutality, meet romance. by Simon Arron Bare numbers rarely tell a full...
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The inside line on five key cars from rallying's most revered chapter by Richard Heseltine If Can-Am was the original ‘knife-fight rules’ circuit category, Group B was rallying’s closest equivalent....
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He's been with McLaren for 30 seasons and has played a major part in the capture of several F1 titles, yet he's always maintained a low profile... by Simon Arron He’s designed several world...
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When fruitful Kiwis blazed a trail McLaren, Amon and Hulme were perceived as the ringleaders, yet were but the tip of a star-studded New Zealand racing community that swamped Europe in the '60s by...
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Meet the man who raided the parts bin and built his own Formula 1 racer by Pat Malone In the glass technology palaces of the Thames Valley, engineering geniuses are spinning their million-dollar...
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He might still be a teenager, but the GT racer tells Jack Phillips that a maiden win this season is just the start Sandy Mitchell has made a habit of breaking records. Aged just 16 years and 41 days...
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Timing is everything Since motor sport’s invention during the 1890s, pinpoint timekeeping has been as much a part of its essence as braking points, tyre life or internal combustion. And things have...
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Before he was famous  A new book celebrating James Hunt reveals an unexpected side to one of Britain's most flamboyant racing stars Writing a book about James Hunt had one obvious difficulty; how to...
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300 GP starts Rubens Barrichello was F1's first triple centenarian and Jenson Button has become the third by Peter Higham Jenson Button became the third driver in F1 history to start 300 Grands Prix...
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The DB3S is one of Aston Martin's most underappreciated racers. It's now time for it to claim its place as one of the company's all-time greats by Andrew Frankel There may be more exciting things you...
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Formula E Hong Kong If season two of the FIA Formula E Championship heralded the pivotal breaking of a new technical dawn, as individual powertrains were blooded by most of the teams, the third year...
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From Abu Dhabi to Zolder via Interlagos, Jerez and, obviously, Oulton Park. Where next..? Running up that hill Loton Park, September 10: Science is powerless to explain why Arron had never previously...
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Mission very possible The Goodwood paddock is always interesting, but this time there are no onlookers: everyone participates I knew about the Dakar Rally entries and the Defender Challenge rally...
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How motor sport works New autobiography is a lively reminder that things aren't always as they seem on the surface A friend has a wonderful collection of Porsche 956/962 models, sporting almost every...
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Best known as team co-ordinator for McLaren during the '80s and '90s, Jo Ramirez left his native Mexico in 1961 and worked with Dan Gurney, Ken Tyrrell and the Fittipaldi brothers and many sports car...

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