Our list of the most important people in motorsport
The vast majority of motorsport fans seem to stack neatly into two piles: those of us who take most enjoyment from the cars (or bikes), and those who are most intrigued by the drivers. While it’s the machines or the role models in the cockpit that are the face of the show, often it’s the people operating at boardroom level who shape the motorsport landscape to a much greater extent.
This week Autosport recognises the individuals who have, one way or another, crafted the current motor racing world. In the first instalment of a new annual feature, beginning on page 14, our experts rank the top 50 most powerful names in motorsport. We’re sure you’ll have some other suggestions, so please let us know.
Elsewhere in this issue, sportscar guru Gary Watkins previews the World Endurance Championship’s 2019-20 season (p24), which kicks off with the Silverstone 4 Hours this weekend. Thanks to further Equivalence of Technology changes, Toyota can expect far stiffer competition from Ginetta and Rebellion at the front of the field.
And as Autosport closed for press, Mercedes’ imminent decision to retain the services of Valtteri Bottas alongside Lewis Hamilton for 2020 has prompted a potential Renault move for Esteban Ocon, coming at the expense of Nico Hulkenberg (p4). It looks as though F1’s driver market silly season has finally changed up a gear.
● The Formula 1 summer holiday comes to an end this weekend, as the second half of the season commences with the Belgian Grand Prix – marking a full calendar year since Sebastian Vettel’s last victory. Next week’s issue will have the full race report, driver ratings and analysis, as well as our review of the inaugural W Series season.
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PIT & PADDOCK 4 Mercedes sparks F1 silly season 6 M-Sport’s push to sign Tanak 8 Aston pledges £200k Award prize 9 Belgian Grand Prix preview 11 Opinion: Edd Straw 13 Feedback: your letters
INSIGHT 14 Our 2019 motorsport power list 24 World Endurance preview
RACE CENTRE 32 WRC: Tanak edges clear in Rally Germany 38 MotoGP: Rins causes Silverstone upset 42 World of Sport: IndyCar; DTM; IMSA; Australian Supercars; Suzuka 10 Hours
CLUB AUTOSPORT 60 Marshal shortage cancels C1 race 62 Wood makes Silhouettes return 65 Opinion: James Newbold 66 National reports: Oulton Park;
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FINISHING STRAIGHT 72 What’s on this week 74 Pit your wits against our quiz
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