Motorsport News


- Matt James Editor, Motorsport News

The crowds in the grandstand at Zandvoort last weekend only had eyes for one man, and understand­ably so. And boy, did their darling Max Verstappen deliver. His 10th victory of the year was a tense affair, but it has set him firmly on the right trajectory for his second World title.

The crowd were rapped over the knuckles, metaphoric­ally, on Saturday for the flares which entered the race track during the qualifying session. It was one of the ugly sides to the sport which is, unfortunat­ely, becoming more prevalent.

Remember the nasty reports from the Austrian Grand Prix in July? There too, the crowd was reprimande­d for its ill behaviour. It is such an unusual thing for motorsport fans to show themselves in a bad light, but the question remains: why is this becoming more of an issue?

There is no question that Formula 1 is now more popular than ever, no doubt boosted by a certain streaming television channel and its influence. So there are fresh faces coming along to enjoy the sport we all love, and potentiall­y it is these people who are letting the side down. There needs to be a rapid process of educating these fans as to what it expected at a motor racing circuit so that we can all continue to watch motorsport without nervously eyeing who is sitting next to us in the grandstand.

It was an up-and-down race for Mercedes too, with the car performing at a much more competitiv­e level than previously, despite the team bosses incurring the wrath of Lewis Hamilton, who felt a late strategy call had cost him a win. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was typically diplomatic in his reaction, as you can read on page five.

Elsewhere in this issue, we have a comprehens­ive report from the latest round of the British Rally Championsh­ip from the Ceredigion, where former WRC man Hayden Paddon was the star performer. There is also all the action from the BTRDA and historic championsh­ip on the Woodpecker, which was a packed event.

The incumbent of our Q&A hot seat this week is Formula E and GT racer Alexander Sims. The 2008 McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year winner is hugely honest in his answers and it is a real insight into the life of a profession­al racing driver. He has now decided to focus on a GT career, and we wish him all the success he deserves.

Also in this issue, don’t forget to get involved with our latest MN poll on the most-missed F1 tracks. The Motul UK-backed survey is on page 15. Make your voice heard now!

 ?? Photo: Motorsport Images, Jakob Ebrey, Mick Walker ?? There was a party atmosphere all weekend at the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort
Photo: Motorsport Images, Jakob Ebrey, Mick Walker There was a party atmosphere all weekend at the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort
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