Inside the February 2019 issue
The February 2019 issue of Motor Sport is out now! Here's a look at what awaits in the magazine, with the story of Mike Hawthorn, an exclusive interview with Christian Horner, an inside look at W Series – and much more
The February 2019 issue is out now. Pick up a copy or download it here.
Memories of Mike Hawthorn
"He of the beery bonhomie, cheery smile and jaunty bow tie is not remembered in the same way as Moss, Stewart, Hill or Clark. His face recognisable but dimmed to the modern generation by time. Perhaps in our stat obsessed time it is the unremarkable record."
Mike Hawthorn won only a single Grand Prix during his world title-winning season – and just three in his entire career. Yet, as we report, he was a natural who on his day was a match for the all-time greats.
"Modern-day competitors in the self-styled world’s toughest race, which gets underway this month in South America, could be forgiven for staring in disbelief at that sentence. "
In 1981 two French amateurs decided to tackle the Paris-Dakar in perhaps the least likely of vehicles: a modified Rolls-Royce Corniche. As the modern version of the race gets underway, Motor Sport got a stint behind the wheel.
Red Bull's new dawn
“The move to Honda was an entirely logical decision; low risk but with extremely positive upsides”
Formula 1’s dominant force between 2010 and 2013, Red Bull has had to settle for crumbs during the hybrid era. Will its new engine alliance with Honda allow it to regain its winning habit? Motor Sport spoke exclusively to team principal Christian Horner.
Lunch with... Dick Bennetts
“No, the car’s fine – there’s still more to come from me. And off he went, to dominate. That really made me think ‘Wow’.”
For more than three decades he has been a familiar face at UK circuits, engineer and mentor to such as Ayrton Senna, Mika Häkkinen and Rubens Barrichello and more recently the linchpin behind a string of British Touring Car Championship successes.
Dick Bennetts first came to England in 1972, to help New Zealand racing buddy David Oxton, and didn’t plan to stay more than a couple of years, but almost half a century has since passed and he’s still here, competing on his own terms.
Just don't call it the X Factor
“I’d had a baby at 45 and had historically worked very hard so I was taking time off because I was an older mother, and the question of a female race series coincided with me feeling I was getting a bit bored here. It was an idea that wouldn’t go away.”
The main driving force behind the new all-female W Series, Catherine Bond Muir, talks about her struggle to get the idea off the ground and why reality TV is key to its success.