Charisma drive

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Re­nault F1 team head Cyril Abite­boul says he wants a “charis­matic leader” to head up the team’s line-up. Re­nault is busy eye­ing op­tions ahead of 2017, and has al­ready made con­tact with Ser­gio Perez and is be­lieved to be in­ter­ested in Valt­teri Bot­tas also. Cur­rent driv­ers Kevin Mag­nussen and Jolyon Palmer are also in the frame. “When I look at all the big teams they all lend them­selves to the lead­er­ship of charis­matic driv­ers from [Se­bas­tian] Vet­tel, Michael Schumacher, [Nico] Ros­berg, and so on, and we will need that,” said Abite­boul. “It’s not easy when you’re young, so there’s more to come from them [Mag­nussen and Palmer] with their in­volve­ment, in their ca­pac­ity to take the role of lead­ers. We need that.”

Jack Sears, the win­ner of the in­au­gu­ral Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship, has died at the age of 86.

Sears won the 1958 BTCC ti­tle – then known as the Bri­tish Sa­loon Car Cham­pi­onship – af­ter a shootout with fel­low class dom­i­na­tor Tommy Sop­with. Tied on the same num­ber of points at the end of the sea­son, the duo went head-to-head in Ri­ley 1.5s, with Sears emerg­ing on top.

He took a sec­ond crown in 1963, this time bat­tling for over­all wins in the mighty seven-litre Ford Galaxie.

He first com­peted in Vet­eran Car Club ral­lies in 1950 and there­after raced, ral­lied and sprinted of­ten, excelling in his fa­ther’s 1914 TT Sun­beam, but he sprang to promi­nence in Lister sportscars.

Sears was one of Bri­tain’s most tal­ented and ver­sa­tile rac­ers of the ’50s and early ’60s. Al­ways smartly dressed and

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