January 2017

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So, farewell then Ron Dennis. You were a titan of the sport. Like many reigns the end was messy – a courtroom battle seemed somehow undignified after decades of imperious dominance, but perhaps it...
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Penalty areas, Max's tactics, Vettel vs. the world Four weeks after the Malaysian Grand Prix, it was sobering to watch the MotoGP race at Sepang and note that the place was full to the gunwales, with...
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2016 Grand Prix review: How Rosberg finally ended his Hamilton jinx A different Mercedes world champion. Nico Rosberg had to keep his frustration under control right through to the final lap of the...
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10 Valtteri Bottas Difficult to know if the final place in the top 10 should go to Bottas or Pérez. They have quite different strengths and the latter had a more compliant car and a team with a...
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What next for the WEC? Series bosses play down the effect of Audi's departure Audi’s withdrawal from the World Endurance Championship at the end of this season is not a catastrophe, according to...
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A star-studded send-off On the first weekend in November, four months after his death, Carl Haas’s devoted wife and business partner Berni organised a wonderful memorial and reception to celebrate...
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Motor racing's unpredictable highs and lows I wasn’t supposed to race in the 2016 European Le Mans Series, but an early-season calendar clash led me to jump into Jonny Adams’ seat in the Beechdean...
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Má​rquez's greatest yet In 2015 Marc Márquez lost his MotoGP crown and slumped to third overall because he crashed too much. Last season he fell off even more, but won the title with three rounds...
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Big plans for category's landmark anniversary Champions from throughout the history of Formula Ford will gather at the Legends of Brands Hatch meeting on July 1/2 to celebrate 50 years of the...
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From the cockpit Bruce McLaren Certain contemporary Formula 1 stars would do well to discard awhile their mobile phones, switch off Snapchat and dip into this charmingly faithful facsimile of Bruce...
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McLaren plans new hypercar Forthcoming three-seater recalls spirit of original F1 McLaren has announced it is to build a new three-seat hypercar to honour the memory of the F1. Due to go on sale in...
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For years manufacturers have been making their sports cars ever more compliant. Or at least, they were... In these days when everything Ferrari builds for the public surfs into shore on a wave of...
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Brilliantly engineered, but will the latest tweaks finally boost sales? If, a year ago, you had predicted Trump, Brexit and Leicester City winning the league, a £5 bet would by now have made you...
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Better than most alfresco conversions, although there is a 'but'... Although it surprises me to say as much, the new Audi R8 works better in roadster than coupé configuration. I’m surprised because...
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Stuttgart's big estate has long been the best car of its kind. Rest assured that it remains so I’ve always been a huge fan of Mercedes-Benz’s most practical load lugger. While others seem to regard ‘...
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Group B reality check Thank you for your evocative article on Group B rallying, published in the December 2016 issue. It may be implicit, but your article seems to suggest that banning these cars was...
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Meet star names from the past at Race Retro Visitors to Race Retro, the historic motor sports show, will be able to experience for the first time, three days of ‘live’ Hall of Fame entertainment...
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Keeping an eye on the time: powerful players in the watch world Junghans  There are many watch companies, such as Tag Heuer and Rolex, that are widely recognised for their associations with fast cars...
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He swiftly earned cult status with some feisty performances in his early Grands Prix, but fate decreed that he would score only one F1 victory By a strange quirk of history Jean Alesi’s CV includes...
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Bohemian Rhapsody Its Fabia R5 might be one of the success stories of contemporary rallying, but Škoda’s competitive edge is no modern phenomenon. The Czech firm’s sporting pedigree can be traced...
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The broken dream Speed was in the family DNA, but the relentless urge to push limits took Donald Campbell to the final barrier This January marks 50 years since Donald Campbell took his jet-powered...
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Power beside the throne Few got close to Enzo Ferrari, but as his English PA Brenda Vernor was closer than most at the Scuderia "You see the drivers every day – they’re just people, neither hot not...
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Race of champions One car, one aim - provide extra thrills for Grand Prix spectators. For two glorious years Procar did exactly that, could it now be on the brink of a spectacular return? In the...
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Lewis Williamson When his single-seater career stuttered, this young Scot jumped into sports cars and found success. Jack Phillips met him The path from single-seaters to sports cars is becoming...
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Back to basics There's a gulf between a GT Aston and a flat-on-the-track Superkart, as sports car star Darren Turner discovers. But at heart racing is the same game he regulations are pretty simple...
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Slow in, fast out Alfa's beautiful TZ arrived late on the scene - but it lit the fuse for the firm's return to the greatness on the track There had been a time when winning was a given for Alfa Romeo...
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WRC Rally de España & Wales Rally GB Volkswagen’s Sébastien Ogier had a pretty decent autumn. In October the Frenchman secured a fourth successive world title in Spain, then two weeks later took...
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Turning up the heats Brands Hatch, October 22-23: The Formula Ford Festival might be less intense than once it was, but it retains the capacity to absorb It felt like the kind of morning when you’d...
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Looking back to the future Annual RCA/RAC design awards bring car designers present and future together to consider the past What does a futuristic veteran car look like? I saw some ideas at the RAC’...
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Unnecessary gear change New FIA rules could cost historic F1 car owners thousands - or scare them away. Who's to gain? f a valuable boat is frail and leaking, it’s always a good idea not to rock it....

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