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  • Binotto: We’re Aiming for a Lot More Downforce
    on 26/01/2020 at 03:20

    Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has revealed a change in design philosophy for the team’s 2020 challenger, with a greater emphasis on cornering at the expense of some straight-line speed. As reported by f1technical.net, the Formula 1 titans have opted for a fundamental “reshaping” of the car that raced in 2019, after suffering from inconsistent pace throughout the season. “Our car next year is aiming for a lot more downforce. And by having more downforce, [it will produce] more drag. We are not expecting to be as far [ahead] on the straight as we have been,” stated Binotto. While undeniably fastest at tracks like Bahrain, Austria, Spa and Monza in 2019, there were also too many circuits where the SF90’s weakness in medium-speed corners were exposed, with Binotto offering Abu Dhabi as a prime example of the balance issues the car suffered from. That said, the power unit has not been neglected either. “We have changed, by quite a lot, our power unit, in terms of architecture, the cylinder,” revealed Binotto. After three years of challenging Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes with no success, the expectation both in- and outside the Ferrari garage is that things will be different in 2020, even as rumours persist that the car’s development has been fraught with issues. Whatever the truth may be, there are only a little over two weeks until its reveal on February 11, eight days before the first test in Barcelona.

  • Grosjean: Formula 1 “must stay complicated” | RaceFans Round-up
    on 26/01/2020 at 00:01

    In the round-up: Grosjean: Formula 1 "must stay complicated" • Renault hit development ceiling with 2019 car • WEC Hypercar may not be IMSA-eligible

  • Russell: Foundations for recovery took longer than expected
    on 25/01/2020 at 14:42

    Williams’ 2019 season got off to a bad start when its FW42 missed the start of pre-season testing and it quickly became clear the car was uncompetitive and well off the back of F1’s midfield battle.Chief technical officer Paddy Lowe left the team, which went on to score just one point in 2019 and finished last in the constructors’ championship for the second year in a row.Williams ...Keep reading

  • Video: Norris on overcoming the challenges of being an F1 rookie
    on 25/01/2020 at 14:24

    Lando Norris is the latest guest on The Autosport Podcast, joining Stuart Codling to talk about the challenges he faced during the 2019 Formula 1 season

  • What R-Motorsport Aston's exit means for DTM
    on 25/01/2020 at 12:37

    As recently as the SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race in November, ITR chairman Gerhard Berger was “relaxed” about R-Motorsport’s short-term future in the series. The DTM head honcho cited R-Motorsport’s order for spares - related to the series’ common parts - as a sign that the Swiss outfit was committed to a second season in 2020.However, as the days went by question marks began to ...Keep reading

  • IMSA’s top class set to compete at Le Mans from 2022
    on 25/01/2020 at 12:21

    IMSA will create a new car for its top-class that will be eligible to race at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans by 2022. The new car will be called the Le Mans Daytona h and be eligible for teams to compete for both the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the IMSA overall title. The North American teams have never been eligible to race for the overall victory at Le Mans, the world’s most prestigious endurance race. But the new regulations now open the way for Roger Penske, Chip Ganassi and other top owners. Ganassi scored a class victory in 2016 with Ford when the manufacturer returned to France to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its iconic 1966 sweep of the race that is featured in the Oscar-nominated “Ford vs. Ferrari” film. Penske has raced twice at Le Mans — as a driver in 1963 and team owner in 1971. “He likes winning big events — that’s a big event,” IMSA chairman Jim France said Friday. “Knowing Roger the way I do, I’m sure it’ll be something he’d be interested in doing.” Penske’s team of Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya won the IMSA overall series title last season. Wayne Taylor Racing, meanwhile, is the defending winners of this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona and the team owner said he will be vying to get to Le Mans in 2022. “Finally we have a chance to go over and compete for the overall win,” Taylor said. “It’s something I’ve never achieved as a driver, but now as a team owner that possibility is there and I am just hopeful the manufacturers are going to support us in the way that is going to be needed.” The convergence gives automotive manufacturers the opportunity to compete with the same car at Le Mans, the Rolex 24, at SuperSebring or at Spa-Francorchamps, at the Motul Petit Le Mans and even Silverstone. From September 2021 in the FIA WEC and from January 2022 in the WeatherTech Championship, manufacturers will be able to enter the top category and compete in the two leading championships in endurance racing with the new model LMDh. The common chassis to both ACO and IMSA will use elements of the Le Mans Hypercar and LMP2 chassis and be built by the four current LMP2 manufacturers: Dallara, Ligier, Multimatic and Oreca. This chassis will also be used for the new generation LMP2. The car will use a common hybrid KERS system on the rear axle. Its silhouette and design will be modifiable, developed according to the brand or style of the manufacturer, which will provide the engine. France noted the agreement is yet another indicator of the work various motorsports series are doing to strengthen the sport. “I don’t think we ever really worked against each other, but there’s definitely, from the motorsports standpoint, the way things are changing, we’re all working together to make sure we keep motorsports in a good healthy spot,” France said. “Nothing’s easy, and that’s not easy, either.” (Report by Jenna Fry/AP) Dream comes true ! Common plateform for @IMSA and @FIAWEC Welcome #LMDh !#LeMans24 #Rolex24 pic.twitter.com/wpuZ3A6bZ0 — 24 Hours of Le Mans (@24hoursoflemans) January 24, 2020

  • The WEC And IMSA Are Finally Merging Prototype Regulations
    on 25/01/2020 at 11:12

    A convergence of rules will mean that from 2021, the Daytona Prototypes from North America's WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be able to compete in the top class of the World Endurance Championship

  • Hamilton-Mercedes Extension Talks Hit Complications
    on 25/01/2020 at 10:40

    Lewis Hamilton’s contract negotiations with Mercedes have hit a snag, according to reports in the Italian press. As reported by Il Correre dello Sport via FormulaPassion.it, differences in duration and annual salary are keeping the two sides apart. The Italian paper has speculated Hamilton is looking for a salary in the $60 million range, with a deal that lasts until 2024 at the earliest. Neither request is likely to sit well with new Daimler boss Ola Kallenius, who is looking to make a significant reduction in costs by 2022. That said, the Silver Arrows are believed to be considering Hamilton’s terms under the condition he will not go to another team when the deal is up, and will become a Mercedes ambassador upon retirement. Already the best-paid driver in Formula 1, Hamilton’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the 2020 season.  

  • Renault lacked "force" to make most of £15m investment in F1 team
    on 25/01/2020 at 09:54

    Renault says it lacked the "force" to make the most of its £15million investment in its Formula 1 team's Enstone base and improve its technical development

  • Renault lacked "force" to harness £15 million investment
    on 25/01/2020 at 09:03

    The French car manufacturer faced some difficult times in 2019 in the wake of an upgrade it brought to its home race in Paul Ricard not delivering the step forward it had hoped for.That prompted a major internal review of the organisation, with the team coming to the conclusion that it needed some restructuring. As well as shuffling staff around, it has hired former McLaren engineer Pat Fry ...Keep reading

  • ‘It was not easy to come back into the races after two years away’ | Driver performance analysis: Antonio Giovinazzi
    on 25/01/2020 at 08:30

    Antonio Givinazzi's lack of real-world racing in the two years before his first full season in F1 clearly set him back, but he made obvious progress.

  • Caption Competition 165: Hamilton arrives on the grid
    on 25/01/2020 at 07:30

    Lewis Hamilton heads for his place on the grid at the Italian Grand Prix with his performance coach Angela Cullen. Can you come up with the best caption for this picture?

  • New Max Mosley Doco to Debut in March
    on 25/01/2020 at 02:29

    The first trailer for Mosley, a documentary about the former FIA President has dropped on YouTube, highlighting his response to his infamous 2008 sex scandal. As first revealed by Motorsport.com, the film will chronicle both the highs and lows of Mosley’s career, during which he was one of Formula 1’s main powerbrokers as President the FIA from 1993-2009. Produced and directed by Michael Shevloff, Mosley follows Shevlov’s previous work 1: Life at the Limit, which explored F1’s approach to safety and the impact of Professor Sid Watkins. Featuring appearances from Bernie Ecclestone, Jean Todt, Flavio Briatore and Gerhard Berger among others, Mosley himself has promised the film will be a “warts and all thing”. “It’s got everything in it, including the News of the World and what’s happened since. Bernie’s interview is interesting, because they go into the whole thing of whose side was he on when the story came out. “Someone asked does it include Hitler being a guest as his parents’ wedding? The answer is yes it does.” Mosley’s father Oswald was the leader of the British Union of Facists in the 1930s. “There are one or two elements in it that if I were in charge, I would cut out,” Mosley admitted. “But then it would take away the whole point of it – it needs to be independent.”   Watch the trailer for Mosley, which debuts March 8th at the Manchester Film Festival, below.  

  • Perez: It’s a Big Year Coming Up for Us
    on 25/01/2020 at 01:57

    The 2020 Formula 1 season will see significant improvement from Racing Point, according to the team’s driver, Sergio Perez. Speaking in an interview with Autosport, the 29-year-old Mexican suggested his team’s 2019 campaign had been hamstrung by their previous financial difficulties, and 2020 would be the first opportunity for the new administration under owner Lawrence Stroll to really make an impact. “There is very big, huge potential in this team,” said Perez. “I think this year we should be able to see it.” Slipping from fifth in 2018 (when combining the scores of the two Force India outfits) to seventh in 2019, the newly-branded Racing Point was unable to keep-up their impressive run of results since the 2015 season, but Perez maintains the capabilities of the team at the factory will be able to shine once more. “I don’t think there is a team that can grow as much as this one already for this year, and [the new regulations in] 2021 is a big opportunity for us to mix with the big boys. “Last season, the way I see this, we kind of expected to have a bit of a setback. “I think it’s is a big year coming up for us because it’s absolutely the first year where we will see the new administration of the team get into play.” Perez’s teammate Lance Stroll also echoed his sentiments. “If I look back on last year, we came into the season with some struggles because of where we were this time last year and the troubles that the team had and that really delayed the process of development. “So if I look at where we stand now and going into next year, definitely we got a head start on where we were this time last year [in 2018], so that really does excite me.”  

  • Russell: We don’t want to just score points “out of luck” | RaceFans Round-up
    on 25/01/2020 at 00:01

    In the round-up: Russell doesn't want to score points "out of luck" • ACO and IMSA merge Le Mans and Daytona classes • DTM loses Aston Martin cars

  • Mazda Team Joest to start Rolex 24 from pole again
    on 24/01/2020 at 19:56

    Mazda Team Joest won the pole for the Rolex 24 at Daytona in a session shortened when Ricky Taylor crashed his Team Penske in Thursday qualifying. Oliver Jarvis piloted the Mazda DPi to the top starting spot in the twice-round-the-clock endurance race that begins Saturday at Daytona International Speedway and uses both the road course and the oval. He was being challenged by reigning IMSA series champion Juan Pablo Montoya in an Acura for Team Penske, but Montoya’s shot at catching him ended when Taylor crashed with a little less than two minutes remaining in qualifying. Wayne Taylor Racing, the defending race winners, qualified fifth with Ryan Briscoe behind the wheel. The team has a new look this year as full-time driver Jordan Taylor left his father’s organization to become a Corvette factory driver, so only Renger Van der Zande and Kamui Kobayashi returned to the winning endurance lineup. Briscoe has replaced Jordan Taylor as the full-time driver for the season, while five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon completes the endurance team lineup. The field for this year’s race has just 38 entries — the smallest field in 58 runnings of the prestigious season kickoff. The smallest field previously was 42 starters in 1962, the second year of the race. While the field does include an impressive 18 different manufacturers, there’s a glaring absence with Chip Ganassi sidelined after Ford ended its program after four seasons in the GT Le Mans class. Ganassi hopes to return to sports competition in 2021, potentially in the Daytona Prototype class, but his two sidelined entries have contributed to the low car count. The DPi class, which races for the overall victory, has just eight entries. But the class includes Indianapolis 500 winners Dixon, Montoya, Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay and four-time IndyCar champion Sebastien Bourdais. Ben Keating won the pole in the Le Mans Prototype 2 class for PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports. The LMP2 class has just five entries. Keating is competing in two classes this weekend as he’s also a member of Riley Motorsports in the GT Daytona class. Porsche GT Team swept the first two qualifying positions in the GT Le Mans class as Nick Tandy won the pole in the 911 RSR-19, and Laurens Vanthoor was second in the sister car. Tandy broke his class qualifying record from last year. Tandy has now won four poles at the Rolex, tying Scott Pruett for the race record. Pfaff Motorsports won the pole with a Porsche 911 in the GT Daytona class, which has the most entrants with 18 cars. Among the cars in GTD are two Lexus entries from AIM Vasser Sullivan, one of which is being piloted by reigning NASCAR champion Kyle Busch. But that car required a precautionary engine change after Thursday practice and was not ready to qualify. It will start at the back of the field on Saturday. The Pfaff team, meanwhile, has turned heads all month with the debut of new firesuits that give a nod to the team’s Canadian roots. The firesuits are styled to resemble a plaid flannel shirt and denim pants, but made from the standard fireproof Nomex material. Return to Le Mans for IMSA premier class IMSA will create a new car for its top-class that will be eligible to race at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans by 2022. The new car will be called the Le Mans Daytona and be eligible for teams to compete for both the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the IMSA overall title. The North American teams have never been eligible to race for the overall victory at Le Mans, the world’s most prestigious endurance race. But the new regulations now open the way for Roger Penske, Chip Ganassi and other top owners. Ganassi scored a class victory in 2016 with Ford when the manufacturer returned to France to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its iconic 1966 sweep of the race that is featured in the Oscar-nominated “Ford vs. Ferrari” film. Penske has raced twice at Le Mans — as a driver in 1963 and team owner in 1971. “He likes winning big events — that’s a big event,” IMSA chairman Jim France said Friday. “Knowing Roger the way I do, I’m sure it’ll be something he’d be interested in doing.” Penske’s team of Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya won the IMSA overall series title last season. Wayne Taylor Racing, meanwhile, is the defending winners of this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona and the team owner said he will be vying to get to Le Mans in 2022. “Finally we have a chance to go over and compete for the overall win,” Taylor said. “It’s something I’ve never achieved as a driver, but now as a team owner that possibility is there and I am just hopeful the manufacturers are going to support us in the way that is going to be needed.” The convergence gives automotive manufacturers the opportunity to compete with the same car at Le Mans, the Rolex 24, at SuperSebring or at Spa-Francorchamps, at the Motul Petit Le Mans and even Silverstone. From September 2021 in the FIA WEC and from January 2022 in the WeatherTech Championship, manufacturers will be able to enter the top category and compete in the two leading championships in endurance racing with the new model LMDh. The common chassis to both ACO and IMSA will use elements of the Le Mans Hypercar and LMP2 chassis and be built by the four current LMP2 manufacturers: Dallara, Ligier, Multimatic and Oreca. This chassis will also be used for the new generation LMP2. The car will use a common hybrid KERS system on the rear axle. Its silhouette and design will be modifiable, developed according to the brand or style of the manufacturer, which will provide the engine. France noted the agreement is yet another indicator of the work various motorsports series are doing to strengthen the sport, “I don’t think we ever really worked against each other, but there’s definitely, from the motorsports standpoint, the way things are changing. “We’re all working together to make sure we keep motorsports in a good healthy spot. Nothing’s easy, and that’s not easy, either,” he explained.

  • The future is coming – Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN car reveal | Fastmail
    on 24/01/2020 at 18:37

    Alfa Romeo will reveal the C39 at a media function ahead of day one of testing at the Spanish Grand Prix venue, where Orlen will be unveiled as a major sponsor. Press Release:  Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen will present its contender for the 2020 Formula One World Championship on February 19th, 2020. The Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen C39 will be unveiled at 8:15am in the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya pitlane, ahead of the first day of testing for the new season. The presentation will feature the team’s race drivers, Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi, reserve driver, Robert Kubica, as well as Team Principal, Frédéric Vasseur, and members of the team’s technical staff. The team will host a special press conference at 7:20pm, with access available to all accredited media. WHAT: Launch of the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN C39 WHERE: In front of the team garage, pitlane, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya WHEN: 8:15am, February 19th, 2020

  • Video: F1 teams that need to improve in 2020
    on 24/01/2020 at 16:57

    Amid the teams who impressed in the 2019 Formula 1 season, there was also a collection of teams who fell short of lofty expectations

  • F1 teams raise concerns over plans for 70th anniversary Fan Festival in London | 2020 F1 season
    on 24/01/2020 at 16:31

    Formula 1 teams have expressed concerns over plans for a Fan Festival in London this May. Two other festivals will also be held this season.

  • Kiefer cancels Supersport plans in "another severe setback"
    on 24/01/2020 at 16:25

    Kiefer, which won the 2011 Moto2 crown with current Honda MotoGP tester Stefan Bradl, had slimmed down to a single intermediate-class entry for 2018-19 and then lost its place on the grid as part of a wider reduction.The team, run solely by Jochen Kiefer since the sudden passing of his brother and team co-founder Stefan in 2017, sought to enter World Superbikes support category Supersport ...Keep reading

  • That Time When The Five-Time F1 Champion Was Kidnapped In Cuba
    on 24/01/2020 at 15:03

    In 1958, the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio was kidnapped ahead of a sportscar race in Cuba - but it wasn't as terrifying an ordeal as you might think

  • F1: Alfa to reveal all at start of Barcelona test
    on 24/01/2020 at 14:59

    The 2020 Alfa Romeo will be presented to the world on the opening day of the first pre-season test.

  • Injured Neal aims to return for BTCC opener
    on 24/01/2020 at 14:42

    The 53-year-old fell during a ride with a group of friends last weekend and suffered a clean break to his clavicle, multiple fractures to shoulder, a broken rib and a punctured lung which then collapsed.The Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R driver was taken to hospital in Worcester where he was treated by the Worcester Acute Hospital NHS Trust.Neal, who was released from hospital on ...Keep reading

  • R-Motorsport Aston Martin pulls out of DTM
    on 24/01/2020 at 12:52

    R-Motorsport joined the DTM at the start of 2019 with a quartet of Vantage cars, taking the place vacated by Mercedes on the grid.But the Swiss squad struggled to match the factory entries from German auto giants Audi and BMW, failing to score a single top five finish all season long.At the end of the year, R-Motorsport reportedly sold all of its cars to an anonymous buyer and later ...Keep reading

  • Tanak suffers major smash at Rallye Monte Carlo
    by 79914 on 24/01/2020 at 10:32

    World Rally Champion Ott Tanak is out of Rallye Monte Carlo after suffering a huge crash on stage four.

  • Ducati unveils livery for 2020 MotoGP campaign
    on 23/01/2020 at 19:22

    The Italian manufacturer comes into 2020 with an unchanged line-up of three-time MotoGP championship runner-up Andrea Dovizioso and one-time race winner Danilo Petrucci.Rumours at the end of last year suggested Ducati was looking to replace Petrucci – whose form suffered in the second half of the season – with Pramac’s Jack Miller, though Motorsport.com understands the buyout clause in ...Keep reading

  • Formula E race unaffected for now by virus outbreak
    on 23/01/2020 at 17:19

    China is currently at the centre of a worldwide health scare following the outbreak of the new virus that has killed 17 people.The centre of the outbreak, the city of Wuhan, is currently on lock-down, with officials having shut down its transport network to try to limit the virus spreading.Part of the efforts to stop the outbreak growing appears to be in preventing large gatherings, with ...Keep reading

  • Rea ends Jerez test fastest as Lowes crashes
    on 23/01/2020 at 17:00

    Rea did not complete any running in the wet conditions on Wednesday, and was set to abandon plans to ride on Thursday, with Kawasaki heading to Barcelona next week for a private outing.However, the five-time WSBK title winner ventured out onto the Jerez circuit early in the afternoon, with the track having dried sufficiently enough by then to warrant use of slick tyres.He immediately shot ...Keep reading

  • Ducati poised to kick off 2020 MotoGP launches
    on 23/01/2020 at 09:57

    The Italian marque will show off its Desmosedici bike in 2020 colours during an event at the Palazzo Re Enzo in Bologna, just a few miles away from its Borgo Panigale factory, starting at 8pm local time (7pm GMT).Factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci will be in attendance, as well as Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali and Ducati Corse general manager Gigi Dall'Igna. The 'Mission ...Keep reading

  • Supercars Mustang rear wing altered for 2020
    on 23/01/2020 at 08:22

    In a bid to avoid last year's parity drama, as well as reduce rising downforce numbers, the category went through two rounds of its VCAT (Vehicle Control Aerodynamic Testing) homologation process over December and January.Motorsport.com can reveal a key outcome from the re-homologation is that the Mustang's prominent rear wing has been moved 90 millimetres forward and lowered by 50 mm.The ...Keep reading

  • Team 18 unveils expanded engineering team
    on 23/01/2020 at 05:53

    The expansion to two cars for this season has led to a re-shuffle in the engineering department, which will be led by the experienced Phil Keed.Manuel Sanchez has been recruited as race engineer for Mark Winterbottom, joining Team 18 after running James Golding's car at Garry Rogers Motorsport last season.Sanchez will be swiftly reunited with Golding, who has signed on to partner ...Keep reading

  • Haslam tops first day of WSBK test on new Honda
    on 22/01/2020 at 17:01

    Testing for the 2020 WSBK campaign began back in November, though Honda's running with Haslam and Ducati exile Alvaro Bautista had taken place without the rest of the field in private outings at Aragon, Portimao and Jerez.Despite the wet track conditions, riders took to the Jerez circuit when the session was greenlit at 11am local time.Reigning British Superbike champion and new works ...Keep reading

  • Kristoffersson weighing up RX return for 2020
    on 22/01/2020 at 12:58

    The Swede, who claimed back-to-back World RX titles with Petter Solberg’s Volkswagen-backed team in 2017 and 2018, switched to the World Touring Car Cup last season after PSRX withdrew from World RX.But, with Volkswagen terminating its works internal combustion-based programmes in November, Kristoffersson has been left without a drive despite winning the final round of WTCR in Malaysia in ...Keep reading

  • Marquez: Surgery recovery harder than last year
    on 22/01/2020 at 12:18

    Honda rider Marquez underwent surgery on his right shoulder in late November after having injured it during qualifying at Sepang and then aggravated the injury in a post-season test at Jerez.This past off-season has thus marked the second consecutive year that the six-time champion has had to seek shoulder surgery, having undergone a procedure in December of 2018 to stop his left shoulder from ...Keep reading

  • Yamaha wants 2020 bike that's easier to "fight" with
    on 22/01/2020 at 10:17

    The appointment of Sumi as the head of the M1 project was one of a number of organisational changes Yamaha made in the wake of a disappointing 2018 campaign.These were followed by an improved 2019 season in which it beat Ducati to second in the manufacturers' standings, although it still only managed to win two races - both taken by Maverick Vinales - and its riders lagged behind Honda's ...Keep reading