New cars break cover as F1 and WRC battles hot up

McLaren, Ferrari and Williams are three of the biggest Formula 1 names, and all had milestone moments in their 2023 campaigns as this week began. McLaren and Ferrari both launched their new machines, while the Williams FW45 hit the track for the first time.

We take a look at all of them this week, with technical editor Jake Boxall-Legge investigating the latest trends as the second season of this ground-e°ects era approaches (see page 12). Mercedes and Alpine, which were set to launch after Autosport closed for press, will be analysed in next week’s issue, just in time for pre-season testing.

Many changes are needed for Williams to get back to the front of F1, a position it enjoyed for most of the 1980s and 1990s. Much has been made of the move of ex-Mercedes man James Vowles to head the team, so Matt Kew takes a look at the key challenges facing Vowles as he prepares to join the squad that propped up the grid last year (p26).

The ‘change’ that the World Rally Championship needed was for a real threat to Kalle Rovanpera’s crown to emerge. Following a fine victory on Rally Sweden last weekend, Ott Tanak appears to be the contender many hoped he would be when he signed for M-Sport. Tom Howard braved the snow to watch Tanak take the championship lead, just ahead of Toyota rival Rovanpera (p38).

Formula E is always di˛cult to predict and, in just the third event with the Gen3 cars, the formbook took a surprising turn in India. The hard-working Boxall-Legge covered that too! (p44).

Kevin Turner Chief Editor



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