March 2012

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Two starkly contrasting views of Nigel Mansell this month. In this issue, which you might have noticed features a few pages on Williams, Patrick Head tells us that the 1992 World Champion was...
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Even though Simon Taylor’s Lunch with… features are famously lengthy, he usually struggles to cut them to fit in the magazine. That’s because over a good meal his targets relax and let themselves go...
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A new and formal version of the ‘one move’ blocking rule, which requires drivers to leave space when they return to the racing line, could lead to some controversy over the course of this season....
The 2012 Formula 1 season – which will be the longest in history assuming that none of the 20 races is cancelled – will kick into gear when most of the new cars take to the track at Jerez on February...
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Former grand prix driver Mark Blundell will contest his first full season of racing in 12 years during 2012. The 45-year-old Briton has signed to drive a United Autosports McLaren MP4-12C GT3 in the...
Grand Prix racer Karun Chandhok will become the first Indian driver to contest the Le Mans 24 Hours this season. The 27-year-old, who has 11 Formula 1 starts to his name with HRT and Team Lotus, will...
Lord Drayson is aiming to bring electric racing to London when the new FIA Formula E Championship kicks off in 2012. Paul Drayson, who has joined forces with Lola to bid to become one of the car...
Both Red Bull designer Adrian Newey and 1992 Formula 1 world champion Nigel Mansell were named in the UK’s New Year Honours list. Newey, who has designed F1 world championship-winning cars for...
Bruno Senna has been confirmed as a Williams driver alongside Pastor Maldonado for the 2012 season. The decision means that ex-Force India driver Adrian Sutil and Grand Prix veteran Rubens...
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Kris Meeke is unsure when he will make his next appearance in the World Rally Championship amid the financial woes currently engulfing the factory MINI team. The Northern Irish driver had been...
News of an investigation into alleged asset stripping at a bank in Lithuania should not have so much as raised an eyebrow for the World Rally Championship’s powerbrokers when the story emerged last...
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Robert Kubica’s slow road to recovery suffered a further setback when he injured his right leg after he slipped on an icy road near his home in Italy. The Pole suffered a fractured tibia, and was...
The Morgan name will return to the Le Mans 24 Hours 50 years after its famous class victory in the French enduro. The British sportscar manufacturer has joined forces with the French OAK Racing team...
Stephane Peterhansel claimed his 10th victory in the South American-based Dakar Rally after crossing the finish line in Lima more than 41 minutes ahead of fellow MINI driver Nani Roma in January. It...
Senna has been recognised by the British film making establishment with three BAFTA award nominations. It will be in contention in the Outstanding British Film, Best Documentary and Best Editing...
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Formula 5000, Formula 2 and touring cars from 1975 to 1999 are among the changes to the race line-up for the 2012 Silverstone Classic. For the first time, F5000 and F2 cars will race together at the...
The founder of steering wheel manufacturer Momo, who has died aged 71 after a long battle with cancer, was a successful sports car racer, but perhaps his greatest achievement was persuading Ferrari...
The International Supersports Cup has come to an end with the announcement that the 2-litre cars from the pan-European series will be merged with the HSCC’s Martini Trophy. The two series for 2-litre...
More than 45 years after it last raced, the Lotus 18 that Stirling Moss took to victory at Monaco in 1961 is coming back to racing. It is hoped that this year’s Monaco Historic Grand Prix will mark...
Centre stage for the displays at Race Retro will be taken by Porsche 956 chassis 001, the Rothmans car piloted by Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell on the model’s debut race at Silverstone in May 1982. The...
Brands Hatch is set to host Formula 1 races under the illustrious ‘Race of Champions’ title for the first time in 29 years. The Historic Race of Champions has been added to the bill for the Masters...
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The NEC, Birmingham The Autosport International show always feels like a reset button for the year ahead. The past season was firmly put behind us all on January 12-15 while new wares were plugged,...
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Reflections – Brundle says Sky coverage will be for the purists – Senna’s Williams ride removes Barrichello from F1 – Toro Rosso recruits know to whom they must aspire Although the 2011 Grand Prix...
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A lot of my life goes by while on the highways of Britain. Sometimes I pass the time by betting myself a fiver that in the next 30 seconds I will see a Volkswagen. I am still in profit. So, to curry...
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A few months ago this column speculated that MotoGP rights-holder Dorna was quietly working to undermine the power of the factories to achieve its aim of closer, cheaper racing. Now the peace has...
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With new cars and engines for the first time in six years, the IndyCar Series is hoping for a fresh start in 2012. This follows the dispiriting era of the old Dallara-Honda de facto spec car, which...
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Sir, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lunch with... Hans Stuck (December issue) and would like to share a couple of incidents with your readers. The first occurred at Silverstone in the late ’80s or...
Sir, Thanks for the Alan Mann Racing article in February’s issue, which rekindled some good memories. He mentioned racing a Jaguar C-type and running a garage in Sussex with Roy Pierpoint. That...
Sir, I took this photo on the startline for the 1963 Targa Florio. The car is a 2-litre Cooper-Climax driven by the recently deceased Jackie Epstein and co-driver Bill Wilkes. The car was classified...
Sir, It was with great regret that I learned of the death of Peter Gethin, a very under-rated driver in my opinion, who seemed in his Formula 1 spells at McLaren and BRM to have arrived just at the...
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Sir, I am referring to Mr Munro’s pictures (You Were There, January). Please note that picture number four shows the McLaren M26E being assembled and not the M28. This was the first McLaren attempt...
Sir, I look forward to Motor Sport coming through the letterbox each month and always turn first to Simon Taylor’s Lunch with… interview. I’ve never been disappointed – thanks, Simon. I especially...
Sir, I’ve just listened to the audio clip ‘Life’s a scream with Herbert’. Brilliant, and very funny! Thanks for making my day. Mark Ebery, Aukland, New Zealand
Sir, I strongly agree with Rob Widdows’ comments on your website that John Surtees should receive a knighthood. His achievement as world champion on two wheels and four remains unique after nearly 50...
Sir, It was good to see that Allan McNish was back in Scotland at Knockhill (January 2012 issue), but I think he might have been a little disingenuous (or forgetful) with his comments about the lack...
Sir, I read with interest in your February 2012 issue that this year’s Goodwood Revival will feature an all-Cobra race, announced as being the first of its kind in Britain. Well, not quite… On July...
Sir, I like the digital edition very much! The navigation seems very intuitive. I’m looking forward to the next posted e-dition. I hope you have plans to allow subscribers of the print edition to...
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Patrick Head iqy life at Williams An era closes. After 34 years as one half of Formula Is most celebrated duo, Patrick Head has stepped back from the frontline of Grand Prix racing. Sixteen world...
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Aged 12 he shared a whisky with Mike Hawthorn and in 2012 he is leaving Formula 1. In between there is a career of outstanding achievement By Simon Taylor Part one, before the goldrush Some big names...
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The Williams story was a slow burn until 1978 when the FW06 provided the spark that fired the team By Nigel Roebuck When we started Williams Grand Prix Engineering, for 1977,” said Patrick Head, “I...
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20 years ago, Williams hit a level of performance never seen before in F1 with a car that finally nailed the complexities of active suspension. And an inspired Nigel Mansell made the most of it By...
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The post-Patrick Head era begins. We ask Williams’ new tech chief Mark Gillan how the team plans to recover from the disaster that was 2011 By Rob Widdows Williams Grand Prix Engineering’s annus...
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The Lotus founder was famed for his drive to innovate; even his final racing car boasted one principle that would change the face of F1 By Andrew Frankel Even at the height of summer, Snetterton can...
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Yves Morizot’s race accessories company Stand 21 has clothed some of the sport’s biggest names – and helped keep them from harm By Paul Fearnley A famous photograph taken at the 1986 Portuguese Grand...
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The recruitment of a senior technical trio should allow team principal Ross Brawn to refocus on a kick-start for Mercedes GP By Adam Cooper There’s no question that 2012 is a crunch season for Ross...
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It’s been a long-running and heroic story, but the ‘Williams of IndyCar’ has taken its last bow, leaving a gap in US pitlanes The sad news came on December 1, 2011 that Newman/Haas Racing would not...
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He’s had tough times in F1, taken titles in F5000, and switched from sidecars to Learjets. Still racing 46 years on, Ian Ashley relishes it allBy Richard Heseltine He smiles in a manner that appears...
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A 'You Were There' special Road America’s historian takes us back to Can-Am’s first visit to the scenic US circuit It was Tony Curtis who got Tom Schultz into motor racing. In 1956 Tom saw the film...
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The European Car of the Year shortlist has been announced. The winner will come from among the Volkswagen Up, Fiat Panda, Range Rover Evoque, Toyota Yaris, Citroën DS5 and Ford Focus. As predicted...
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Fiat returns Panda to traditional breeding ground Spent one of the last working days of 2011 in a car factory. These are not places I usually seek out, my interest being rather more in the product...
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In at least one respect, BMW has taken an important step to recapturing the essence of the original M5. Naturally this all-new model has more of everything in general (and power and weight in...
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Time was when you could be born, grow up, get married and have children between launches of genuinely new Bentley products. Now you seem barely able to pop to the pub for a swiftie. After the new GTC...
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For as long as I’ve been doing this job, high-performance Mercedes-Benzes have rarely reached the heights of rival products from BMW. But now, it seems, in one area at least, they may have sneaked...
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Procrastination brings the rich talent of the incomparable Russell Bulgin into focus Desperate to find any excuse not to face the keyboard, I picked up a 1991 edition of Car magazine and started...
Damon Hill used to say that getting back in an F1 car after the winter break was always a shocking experience. I feel that way about Defenders. No matter how many you've driven, no matter how rude...
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Change afoot for bend at Brands? Jonathan Palmer’s vision is to improve overtaking at a corner that is ‘not a classic’ Not many people like change, especially when it involves something they have...
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Corridors of petrol power A brief elevation to the House of Lords proves that some of ‘them’ are really some of ‘us’ Who’d have thought that MPs fought a constant battle on behalf of the historic car...
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Around the houses News from the main auction houses around the world – Artcurial – The French auction house is hosting one of the two sales at Retromobile this year on February 3. Most would agree...
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Team Lotus My view from the pit wall by Peter Warr There is nothing that could be described as ‘run of the mill’ about this autobiography. For one thing, it is published posthumously, its writer...
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Farewell to a good guy With the death of Peter Gethin, racing has lost a popular character. But while he’s remembered for a famous victory, that may not be his greatest race Two young garage hands –...

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