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In the magazine: Wheldon the Lionheart Plus

In the magazine: Wheldon the Lionheart

In AUTOSPORT magazine this week, we reflect on the life of Dan Wheldon with those who knew him best, and remember the day, just a month before his death, when he showed off IndyCar's staircase of talent

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Competitors entering motorsport are getting ever-younger - but are even the youngest missing out on a crucial age in physiological development?

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A law that invariably applies in racing: the genie will not go back into the bottle once released

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So, team orders failed to secure the world championship for Fernando Alonso. But neither he, nor the Ferrari team, can function happily – or truly effectively – any other way

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The story of how the little guy from Sao Paulo becomes a giant of the sport makes compelling and epic cinema viewing. Senna is unmissable

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With the perspective of most of the year to look back upon, Brawn is remarkably up-front in his assessment of Mercedes' season

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The writing is on the wall for Felipe Massa's career at Ferrari – but that begs the question of who is quick enough to deserve the drive but would still accept playing second fiddle to Fernando Alonso?

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There's a five-way F1 title battle going on, but that's nothing compared to the permanent war in which the sport's technical boffins are engaged

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Was it the hand of the almighty that guided Lewis Hamilton through the Rivage gravel trap at Spa? Or does simply having faith make a driver quicker?

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Motorsport's world council should grasp the nettle and make a once-and- for-all clarification of the difference between team orders and team strategy. then F1 can finally move on

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Nick Heidfeld has made a clever move signing up as Pirelli's test driver, but a certain seven-time world champion could have transformed his comeback form by taking the job instead

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When Formula 1 returns from its summer break, Sebastian Vettel will need to have exorcised the negativity that has dogged him in recent races

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F1's summer break isn't all bad news for those trying to catch Red Bull, because the rest of the season's tracks should still play well to McLaren's and Ferrari's strengths

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F1's summer break isn't all bad news for those trying to catch Red Bull, because the rest of the season's tracks should still play well to McLaren's and Ferrari's strengths

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It's par for the course for a team to make mistakes in the pressure cooker that is F1, but for one of the frontrunners it seems to be habit-forming

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Red Bull was perfectly entitled to do as it wished with its own front wings, but it should not be surprised when fingers point at its PR pratfall

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Michael Schumacher's comeback has not been a success, but the weird thing is he seems to be enjoying it. Are there still questions that he is confident he can answer in a race-winning way?

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Despite a willingness to sort out F1's overtaking problem with the ‘active rear wing' concept, it may fall on deaf ears. There's always the track surface/tyre compound conundrum to focus on, though...

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When Jenson Button briefly engaged Lewis Hamilton in battle for the lead in Turkey, it was electrifying and it may yet have repercussions

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Drivers' reputations can take a knock if they don't get on top of the vagaries of tyre technology - just ask Felipe Massa. The trick is adaptability at a given circuit - just ask Fernando Alonso or Robert Kubica.

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After seven years of being quicker than his team-mates, Webber last year finally came up against one who was slightly quicker. But impressively, it didn't destroy him

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With Formula 1 thrashing out its lean and green credentials for the future, it would do well to draw some parallels with the ancient art of Tai Chi. A little bit of 'yin and yang' wouldn't go amiss...

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This, for Kubica, is the best. Within the Renault team he's allowed – encouraged – to be who he really is, a man totally besotted with racing and cars

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As Red Bull continues to deny it has any sort of clever ride-height control system on its RB6, it's worth considering more fundamental suspension/diffuser-related theories

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News of Michelin's willingness to return to Formula 1 could be the competitive incentive to stop Bridgestone walking away from the sport

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Michael Schumacher's unexpectedly poor showings demonstrate the challenges in staging a comeback at this level

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Michael sat in the Mercedes press conference looking and sounding shellshocked, confounded and almost embarrassed

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Testing is all over, but it's in the minds of the leading drivers that the fascination lies - particularly that of Michael Schumacher

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Can any driver with an open mind find the zone of invincibility in his racing car? A fascinating new book explores the idea

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Want to know who did the business in F1 testing at Jerez last week? Well, there's no point basing it on the times, though they are a useful starting point

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The need for the governing body to re-examine F1's engine freeze regulations highlights the difficulties inherent in reining in the sport's fiendish cleverness

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Luca di Montezemolo is beginning to behave like Enzo Ferrari, but needs to become more like the Luca of old if Fernando Alonso is to be allowed to bring success back to the team

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With a new man at the helm and no slack in the purse strings, Renault faces an uphill fight. But there are also significant reasons to be cheerful

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With Ferrari aiming to pull out of its 2009 slump, there remains a fascinating conundrum: will it be new boy Fernando Alonso or technical continuity that will best help the Scuderia?

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Flavio Briatore's victory in a Paris court in no way exonerates him from the crash scandal. But it does highlight the dangers when F1 governance is perceived as being used to settle personal grudges

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The refuelling ban and likely tyre-change rules could make F1 racing thrilling – but only if Bridgestone places altruism above commercial suicide

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As F1 embraces modern media, how will the likely drop in TV revenues affect the sport's ability to bring the best young talents into the drives they deserve?

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He was coerced into retirement before he was ready, now Michael Schumacher is on the comeback trail and he can be as formidable as ever

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A classic AUTOSPORT Christmas track test

Allan McNish swapped his Audi Le Mans challenger for a test in a P1 Powerboat. AUTOSPORT relives the Scotsman's experience

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There's a buzz about the AUTOSPORT Awards that's so much more than just a celebration of the season's achievements

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Pete King could have been a racing car aerodynamicist, but he's better known as a great alto-sax player. Even so, he retains a passion for F1, and it's audible in his music

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Bridgestone's F1 withdrawal is hardly surprising. After all, why would anyone pour millions into trying to beat themselves?

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Too few Formula 1 teams seem to recognise the need to develop and nurture their drivers' full potential

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Some of the driving in the Brazilian GP should have been censured. Even the moves of one of F1's top liners are borderline. Maybe it's time to change racing etiquette

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The political machinations were particularly intense as the FIA campaign went into its last couple of weeks. The antipathy between the two camps escalated notably. Not that it wasn't there from the moment Ari Vatanen announced his candidature.

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Kimi just turned up and did his – frequently devastating – stuff and the team sort of pulled what they needed from him. But that was okay, they felt. They could work with that – so long as he was delivering.

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Kubica has a very simple ethos: he loves driving, loves doing what he's been genetically selected to do, the rest leaves him cold

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The Renault team tarnished by 'crashgate' is ironically a very different entity from the one that blew its world championship bid in 1983

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The arrival of Williams as a force with the stunning FW07 is just one element in a fascinating new book about the team's history

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The teams that have persisted with KERS and made the technology work have created a strategy minefield for their rivals

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It looks like Formula 1's control Bridgestones are at the root of Spa's mixed-up form. But is this good for the sport?

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The going got tough, and Honda and BMW got out of F1. But the difficulties faced by teams do not solely result from an imploding world economy

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Felipe Massa was unlucky to have had such a random accident in Hungary, but it was one option from an infinite list of 'what if' randomness

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Just like Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton was in the right mental place to take advantage of a competitive opportunity in Hungary.

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Just when you thought it was all over... Will Max Mosley really stand again as FIA president?

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How can teams adhere to a budget cap without laying off staff? There are two ideas gaining momentum, but one raises the old customer-car issue again

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Opportunity is a fickle thing, especially in F1, so it's wise to seize your chances when you can. And that's just what Jenson Button has done

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Monaco: quite unlike any other grand prix venue on numerous levels. It's a place where a driver's skill is most apparent

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The bitterness of history must be set aside if Formula 1 is to find a way forward, but the latest bombshell makes that challenge all the harder

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Why have Brawn and Red Bull emerged as the title battlers of 2009? Could it be that they each employ a technical titan?