As we begin waiting for the season to come back, reasonably than again on the marketing campaign simply gone, one of many greatest hopes for this yr is that somebody (anybody) can problem Pink Bull and Max Verstappen in F1.
Because of its spectacular kind within the second half of 2023 and wonderful driver line-up (to not point out an illustrious historical past – arguably second solely to Ferrari), McLaren is likely one of the key groups followers will likely be trying to.
As Alex Kalinauckas reveals in our cowl function this week, there are causes to be cautiously optimistic about McLaren’s possibilities, although it’d take just a little longer for all its new property to really inform within the battle to shut the hole to Pink Bull.
We additionally check out the standard of the F1 races in 2023 and the way they examine to the grands prix of latest years.
The brand new season – exterior of the Dakar Rally – kicks off with Autosport International. We’ll have a full information subsequent week however there’s additionally a taster of the rebooted Birmingham present on this situation.
We’re not solely finished with wanting again. Megan White hears from varied motorsport stars who’ve pushed for Prema Racing to seek out out what has made it so particular over its first 40 years, whereas Tom Howard critiques the 2023 World Rally Championship and selects his prime 10 drivers of the season.
Our Nationwide part on UK motorsport contains protection of the Plum Pudding assembly at Mallory Park, a visitor column from GB3 champion Callum Voisin and a listing of the membership drivers that received titles in 2023.
Sadly, the Christmas interval was overshadowed final week by the information that Gil de Ferran had died on the age of 56. The 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner was a preferred determine on each side of the Atlantic and his loss will likely be felt throughout all of motorsport. Our tribute leads our Pit + Paddock information part, whereas NASCAR legend Cale Yarborough can also be remembered.
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