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Chandhok helps Autosport delve into F1’s driving secrets

- Kevin Turner Chief Editor kevin.turner@autosport.com

Modern cars and halos make it quite tricky to see today’s drivers at work, but dig a little deeper and it’s still possible to discern difference­s in style, even among the top drivers in Formula 1.

This week Alex Kalinaucka­s has teamed up with Sky F1 pundit Karun Chandhok to analyse the approaches of the drivers in the top five teams from the 2023 constructo­rs’ championsh­ip (page 16). Not only is it enlighteni­ng in terms of explaining some of the trends we see among the current aces, but it also shows how the challenges change slightly across eras and even at different points of a weekend.

Before launch season begins in the world of F1, two major events kick off this week. The Monte Carlo Rally opens the World Rally Championsh­ip and, with reigning champ Kalle Rovanpera only committing to a part-campaign, the door is open for others. We ask whether Toyota’s Elfyn Evans is ready to take the title in the face of an invigorate­d Hyundai challenge in our preview, which starts on p26. Tom Howard is your guide to what’s new, including the baffling points system (p32), and visits Hyundai’s WRC HQ (p36).

The Daytona 24 Hours is again the IMSA opener. As well as the burgeoning GTP top class, the GTD category is packed with manufactur­ers. And two of the biggest American automotive names – Mustang and Corvette – are finally squaring up in the tightly contested category. Gary Watkins tells the story of how both programmes came about on p40, while Charles Bradley talks to Dane Cameron about his IMSA return with Porsche and Penske on p46.

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