Why motorsport still has something for everybody
OPINION: As Autosport celebrates its 70th birthday, motorsport finds itself in a period of change. Some will cause more of a stir than others, but we shouldn't lose sight of the fact that while much-loved elements have been lost, so much has been gained too
Autosport regularly receives comments about how the sport was better 'back in the day', although it is rather harder to pin down exactly when that was. A perusal of the correspondence pages in the magazine going back to the 1950s illustrates that this feeling has been virtually ever-present. Rose-tinted spectacles, it seems, have been around almost as long as time itself.
Nevertheless, there is no doubt that motorsport has changed extensively since 1950. Some developments have been for the better, while others have certainly not brought improvement. And some changes were necessary, while others are more debatable.
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The Barcelona practice times that prove Red Bull's title credentials, and heap pressure on Verstappen
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes led the way in Friday practice for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, but there was one big encouraging sign for Red Bull. The trouble is, it looks like making good on that gain will require its superstar driver to avoid repeating a mistake made today that left him well down the FP2 order
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OPINION: Going up against the dominant force of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton was always going to demand the best from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. But after making a couple more errors during the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Dutch driver showed there's a small gap he still needs to close in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight
Red Bull's Portuguese Grand Prix fortunes were decidedly second best to Mercedes', but the result skews the potential that the team had at Portimao. With a new set of updates, the team looks good going forward into the rest of 2021's spicy F1 competition
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Alex Jacques takes over as Channel 4 F1 lead commentator