Inside the October 2019 issue
Here's a sneak peek into what is in our latest issue - out on Wednesday, 28th August, 2019.
TRIBUTE TO THE BRAWN GP
Nobody in the office can quite believe that it was 10 years ago that Jenson Button won the world championship for Brawn GP. That may show our age, but it is also testament to the impact that that 2009 season had on all Formula 1 fans.
It is emblazoned on all our memories and – even today – stands out as one of the greatest victories for a British team. But once we had accepted that we were indeed a decade older, the question then became, how we would celebrate it?
The answer, as so often, came from our Grand Prix editor, Mark Hughes, who suggested getting the old gang back together. The problem was that the old gang were now extremely busy people based all over the world: Jenson had just become a father for the first time (congratulations!) and was based in Japan and the US; Ross Brawn, is now the technical director of F1 and therefore a very big cheese indeed, and the engineers, mechanics and strategists who built the car and ran the team now form the backbone of the Mercedes F1 outfit – again, not exactly men with time on their hands.
But it tells you something about the fondness that all these people have for the Brawn GP project that – several phone calls, emails and text messages later – they agreed to take part.
So that is how this month’s cover story on the most unlikely victory in modern F1 history was born. As well as Ross and Jenson we managed to collar Ron Meadows, Andrew Shovlin, James Vowles and Simon Cole – the men who made the magic happen behind the scenes. We also tracked down the last remaining, fully running, Brawn GP car, for an exclusive photo shoot.
The result, we hope, does justice to a momentous year and a brilliant campaign.
Elsewhere in the magazine we hitch a lift with Dario Franchitti as he drove his ex-Jim Clark Lotus Cortina from his home to the new Jim Clark Museum, where it will become the star attraction. We report on the game of brinkmanship taking place at the top table of F1 as Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes attempt to ensure that they do not lose out under the new regulations being drawn up for 2021, and ask whether the Italian team will use its nuclear option and veto the whole process.
Away from circuit racing we talk to Kris Meeke, the Northern Irish rally star, about his hopes ahead of the British round of the World Rally Championship and how he felt after he was unceremoniously sacked by Citroen after he crashed one too many times last year. Meanwhile, Robert Ladbrook gets under the skin of Lamborghini’s new generation of GT racers and Paul Fearnley tells the story of Barney Oldfield, the most extraordinary American racing pioneer of them all.
All this, plus your favourite columnists Doug Nye, Mark Hughes, Andrew Frankel, Matt Oxley and Jennie Gow, make the October issue of Motor Sport one that we are extremely proud of here. I hope you enjoy it, and as ever, please stay in touch with thoughts, corrections and, of course, You Were There pictures.
Joe Dunn, Editor