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Autosport Podcast: F1 Italian GP review – F1

In a dramatic Italian Grand Prix which saw Pierre Gasly secure his maiden Formula 1 victory, a true classic was produced with stunning performances and controversial moments.

Following a penalty for Lewis Hamilton due to a Mercedes pitstop call error under the safety car with the pitlane entry closed because of Kevin Magnussen’s stricken Haas, the race was truly shaken up by a red flag for Charles Leclerc’s heavy crash at Parabolica.

The sequence of events led to Gasly charging to victory for AlphaTauri – the team’s first win since Sebastian Vettel’s triumph at the same circuit 12 years ago – as he held off McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr in a tense finish.

While there were talking points aplenty, the race weekend also marked the last in F1 for the Williams family having announced they would step down from the team after the Italian GP.

Autosport’s Grand Prix Editor Alex

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Autosport 70: The loss of an F1 legend 50 years on – F1

Fifty years ago today, at Monza, Lotus Formula 1 star Jochen Rindt was killed during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix. His friend and Autosport Editor of the day, SIMON TAYLOR, wrote this obituary in the 10 September issue of the magazine

The news last Saturday afternoon that Jochen Rindt was dead brought the same feeling of blank disbelief that one felt two and a half years ago, when the tale filtered round the Brands Hatch press box on an April Sunday afternoon that Jim Clark had been killed in a German Formula 2 race.

Rationally one knows that racing drivers, however great, are mortal human beings, and there is always the possibility that someone driving a modern racing car at the enormous speeds of which it is capable may find themselves in a situation in which even their great skill and experience cannot save them from disaster. But when

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Celebrating 70 years of Autosport



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Celebrating 70 years of Autosport

Formula 1 celebrated its 70th anniversary last month at Silverstone, but it’s also a momentous year for Autosport too. On the annniversary of Autosport magazine’s very first issue in 1950, we look back at how it began

“It will be our aim to publish details of every event and item of news that is bang up-to-the-minute. Space will be devoted to every aspect of the Sport, from the Grandes Epreuves, to the most unambitious of local club events. We shall feature personalities, their activities and their cars.”

That is how Autosport founding editor Gregor Grant introduced the magazine 70 years ago this week, in the inaugural issue on 25 August 1950. In the intervening seven decades, some elements have come and gone (and come back again) – such as the coverage of trials, sprints and drag racing, and road car tests –

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Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport Racer Earns First Indy Pro 2000 Win

Devlin DeFrancesco has proven to be a quick learner in his rookie season of competition on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. Today at World Wide Technology Raceway, DeFrancesco drove like a veteran in only his second ever start on an oval, leading throughout the closely contested Indy Pro 2000 Oval Challenge of St. Louis Presented by Cooper Tires.

The 20-year-old Italian-Canadian from Toronto, Ont., Canada, had to work hard for his laurels, heading an intense four-car battle throughout the 55-lap race. On the final lap, Braden Eves (Exclusive Autosport), from New Albany, Ohio, squeezed past Russia’s Artem Petrov to secure second position, with Petrov’s Juncos Racing teammate Sting Ray Robb, from Payette, Idaho, also close behind in fourth.

After securing the Cooper Tires Pole Award yesterday, DeFrancesco made an exemplary start under cloudy skies to lead the field into Turn One. Petrov tucked into second place ahead

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Marotti Autosport signs Simon Sikes for Indy GP

 Marotti Autosport announced today that it has signed Simon Sikes, the current points leader in the F1600 racing series, to race in this week’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Indianapolis Grand Prix. The races will take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Thursday and Friday, September 3 and 4.

“This is the biggest opportunity of my life,” Sikes, 19, said. “I’m honored to work with such a determined and inspired man such as Will. I have always wanted to race in USF2000, and now we have set our minds to figuring out how we can run the full season together next year.”

With backing from Medi-Share, a healthcare sharing ministry that partners with Marotti, Sikes will make his first-ever trip to the world’s most historic racing venue. The announcement continues Marotti’s partnership with Legacy Autosport. Legacy is a professional racing team operated by the Meyer family, whose grandfather and great grandfather was

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F1’s Spanish GP review and Indy 500 preview in this week’s Autosport magazine



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Magazine: Spanish GP review and Indy 500 supplement

Lewis Hamilton’s crushing victory in the Spanish Grand Prix is the cover story of a packed Autosport magazine this week.

As well as covering Hamilton’s perfect performance in Barcelona, we also look at the key tech developments, rate all the drivers and provide the important statistics and data from the sixth round of the 2020 Formula 1 season.

It was a busy weekend for international motorsport, with 2011 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Oliver Rowland and former McLaren F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne taking the final victories of the Formula E season in Berlin.

The World Endurance Championship got back under way at Spa and Gary Watkins was there to see how the Toyota with the biggest success handicap managed to come out on top, and how Porsche topped a typically hard-fought GTE Pro contest.

As ever, we also report

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Autosport 70: F1’s age-old problems and how to fix them – F1

F1’s problems and how best to fix them have been topics of debate for decades now. In the 24 August 1995 issue of Autosport magazine, a number of leading figures discussed the key issues – many of which seem incredibly familiar in 2020

In Hungary a fortnight ago, Grand Prix Editor Tony Dodgins assembled some of Formula 1’s most experienced figures – Williams technical director Patrick Head, Ligier’s Martin Brundle, Jordan commercial director Ian Phillips, and mercurial engine builder Brian Hart, along with journalists Nigel Roebuck and Alan Henry – to debate the current state of F1. What changes are needed? This is what they think…

Tony Dodgins: Has F1 become too predictable? Do we need to inject something extra to compete with other sports?

Ian Phillips: One driver and one car has often dominated. The problem is that F1 now goes to a huge audience, some of whom don’t

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Celebrating 70 years of Autosport – Autosport Magazine

Formula 1 celebrated its 70th anniversary last month at Silverstone, but it’s also a momentous year for Autosport too. On the anniversary of Autosport magazine’s very first issue in 1950, we look back at how it began

“It will be our aim to publish details of every event and item of news that is bang up-to-the-minute. Space will be devoted to every aspect of the Sport, from the Grandes Epreuves, to the most unambitious of local club events. We shall feature personalities, their activities and their cars.”

That is how Autosport founding editor Gregor Grant introduced the magazine 70 years ago this week, in the inaugural issue on 25 August 1950. In the intervening seven decades, some elements have come and gone (and come back again) – such as the coverage of trials, sprints and drag racing, and road car tests – but the core of international and UK circuit

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Autosport 70: Another F1 winner’s Indy 500 challenge – IndyCar

Like Fernando Alonso, Johnny Herbert tried to find success in America’s greatest race following wins in Formula 1 – as he told us in the 9 May 2002 issue of Autosport magazine – but things didn’t go to plan

Strange, isn’t it, how we take for granted that anyone operating at the top level of their chosen sport has a passion for their endeavours, yet when they fall off the pedestal we assume they will just jack it in and live off the fruits of their successes?

Johnny Herbert is different. Excluded from Formula 1 after two barren years (barring that remarkable win at the Nurburgring in 1999) with Stewart/Jaguar, he could have slipped comfortably into at least semi-retirement.

Grand Prix Gold: 1999 European GP

But he was enthusiastic enough to swallow his pride and take up a test driver role at Arrows for the 2001 season, and then sought

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Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport in Good Shape for Indy Pole Run

INDIANAPOLIS – The boost was turned up, but the suspects remained the same during “Fast Friday” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Andretti Autosport ended Friday with all seven of its cars or affiliated cars in the top 15 during the final full day of practice before Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying for the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

There are six drivers racing out of the Andretti Autosport stable for this event. Meyer Shank Racing, which has Jack Harvey as its driver, is a satellite team sharing and engineering alliance with Michael Andretti’s organization and counts as the seventh for the “500.”

RELATED: Andretti Blazes Fastest ‘Fast Friday’ Lap since 1996

Friday, Marco Andretti ran the fastest lap at IMS since Arie Luyendyk in 1996. Andretti ran 233.491 mph in the No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda entered by Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajanian. Luyendyk turned a lap at

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