May 2015

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Just after 5.30pm on a Friday evening, the FIA confirmed what we’d long feared: for the first time since 1955, the Formula 1 World Championship will be without a German Grand Prix this year. Like the...
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Why Mercedes merits praise, McLaren’s prospects, memories of ’65 A memory from the Daytona 24 Hours in 2012. It was around midnight, and Juan Pablo Montoya was in the lead, scything through the...
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No, no, no, no. Were the FIA to heed Christian Horner’s call to put a brake on Mercedes for having done a better job than the other engine manufacturers, Renault especially, it would be a total...
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Clawing back Mercedes’ 2014 performance advantage was the daunting task facing rival teams and engine manufacturers this winter. We present their differing approaches to the challenge Illustrator...
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Rd 1 Albert Park, March 15 2015 1 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W06, 1hr 31min 54.067sec 2 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes W06, 1hr 31min 55.427sec 3 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF15-T, 1hr 32min 28.590sec Fastest...
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Race delay for Nissan Crash test problem postpones debut until Le Mans | By Gary Watkins Nissan has withdrawn its radical new GT-R LM NISMO World Endurance Championship contender from the opening...
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Next year’s Rolex 24 Hours and Daytona 500 will herald the formal opening of a total renovation of the Daytona International Speedway. Called ‘Daytona Rising: Re-imagining an American Icon’, the...
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Oliver Jarvis It’s often underestimated how much work goes in to building an LMP1 car. The design process starts months, and in some cases years, before the first laps are eventually turned. This is...
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Details 1965-1969, Legendary sports cars up close Wilfried Müller There has been a rich seam of McKlein releases of late. Rarely a fortnight passes without one, but the company can publish as often...
Marcos founder Jeremy George Weston ‘Jem’ Marsh died on March 2. He was 84. The Westcountryman first ventured trackside in 1954 in an Austin Seven special, having only recently left the Royal Navy....
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At last year’s season-ending Valencia GP, Scott Redding completed a circle started half a century ago: he leaned so far through a corner that his helmet kissed the road. The young Briton reached this...
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VSCC’s pre-war initiative Club takes action to lure cars back to racing | by Paul Lawrence The Vintage Sports-Car Club has unveiled a new proposal to attract original pre-war racing cars back to its...
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Dream garage There could hardly be a less promising starting point for a sports car than a Volkswagen Beetle with its rear-slung motor and weird swing-axle suspension, and yet today’s 911 is one of...
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Aston’s show surprise All-electric DBX causes a shock in Geneva | by Andrew Frankel For once I was right. This time last month I predicted the Geneva Motor Show would be home to ‘the most exciting,...
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Its maker denied this car would ever exist. Was it worth the wait? | by Andrew Frankel This is a car Porsche could and, you might reasonably argue, should have made a very long time ago. The Cayman...
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Two new versions of the stylish Cat, but only one meets customary marque standards In order to let the press sample its new four-wheel-drive and manual F-types, Jaguar took us to Estoril – one of my...
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Forget three-speed column changes: nine ratios will doubtless one day become the norm It’s a sign of ever-shrinking product cycles. You’ve just become used to a new car being around when its...
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Race-bred roadster destined for a tilt at another Nürburgring lap record For some years Radical has been making some of the most highly regarded racing cars, but its record in the road arena is far...
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Too much, too young? “Is Max Verstappen too young to be an F1 driver?” asked Johnny Herbert in the April issue. While I acknowledge the response “If you’re quick enough, you’re old enough”, I do...
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Keeping an eye on the time: New releases and bygone classics By Richard Holt Montblanc ‘Smart’ watches have been causing a lot of excited chatter for years. But all of this breathless when/how/what/...
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Williams has an ever-growing catalogue of illustrious Grand Prix cars. Now these two men must dovetail this sumptuous history with the high-flying Formula 1 team of today Writer Simon Arron,...
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Given his place in F1’s hall of fame, it’s hard to believe he once ran his Grand Prix team from a phone box... Writer Simon Taylor | Photographer James Mitchell Sir Frank Williams Career in briefBorn...
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Drivers don’t always follow the same career path. Simon Arron meets a Japan-bound youngster It’s a road well trodden and the list of alumni remains illustrious. Geoff Lees, Johnny Herbert, Eddie...
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In many respects Gérard Ducarouge was the forerunner of the modern F1 technical director. The Frenchman, who died recently, is fondly remembered by all who worked with him Writer: Gary Watkins Gérard...
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A serial winner for Ford and world champion with Audi, Hannu Mikkola was at the forefront of rallying’s golden age, when car control counted for more than your sponsor’s largesse Writer: Simon Arron...
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Has any competition car stirred the senses in quite the same manner as a Lancia Stratos? We took a ride in a true original, lightly restored after 20 years of hibernation Writer Richard Heseltine,...
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His name is seldom – if ever – mentioned when British drivers’ contribution to Indianapolis history is discussed, but Hughie Hughes was a Speedway pioneer Writer Ian Wagstaff Four of the last five...
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The son of a star who became a headline name in his own right and set a record that endured fully 60 years Writer Peter Higham The son of 1920s Alfa Romeo star Antonio Ascari, Alberto was seven years...
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Is the Ford Capri the world’s finest invention? Discuss. It’s unlikely ever to earn the halo status of a Ferrari 250 GTO, granted, but there’s something oddly uplifting about watching a phalanx of...
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Melbourne racing grandee Lex Davison won at the sensational Phillip Island circuit’s inaugural meeting in December 1956. It was thus poetic that grandson Alex should celebrate the dynasty’s relaunch...
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Feats on the ground Banbury, February 13: A meeting with one of British racing’s bright young hopes, a few days beyond his 15th birthday… There was a time when front-running junior racing teams...
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A day at the museum A new National Motor Museum exhibition celebrates motor sport in all its guises Stirling Moss seems to get everywhere – and I say that envying his stamina. But he was undoubtedly...
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The romance of racing A Monza paddock snapshot encapsulates much of our sport’s 1960s essence Open-air preparation in a sun-soaked, tree-shaded race paddock always struck me as one of the most...

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