A feel-good British GP despite the predictable winner

Aston Martin (five times), Mercedes (twice), Ferrari (twice) and now McLaren. If you remove the incredible Red Bull RB19 from the 10 Formula 1 races held so far in 2023, there would be quite a few different winners and a fascinating title contest. And Lando Norris would now be a grand prix victor after an impressive drive in front of his home fans at Silverstone.

As Alex Kalinauckas reports on page 16, the British Grand Prix was one of the better races of the season so far, helped by the unexpected turn of speed from McLaren and its latest updates (p27). But Max Verstappen and Red Bull remain firmly out front, with the team set to break McLaren’s record of 11 consecutive victories if it can continue its momentum at the Hungaroring later this month.

There have been calls in some quarters for changes to stem the Red Bull tide, but that’s not meritocratic. We don’t want Balance of Performance, handicaps or points tweaks to artificially affect the playing field. What we do want is for Aston, Mercedes, Ferrari McLaren et al to keep pushing. Just as Red Bull chased and finally stopped the Merc steamroller, the team that catches Red Bull will truly have achieved something. We might just have to wait a while…

Having had its dominance ended at Le Mans last month (with a little help from BoP), Toyota reasserted itself over Ferrari at Monza last weekend. Turn to p32 for our World Endurance Championship report, including a world title being clinched in July. Even Verstappen and Red Bull haven’t managed to do that!

Kevin Turner Chief Editor

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PIT & PADDOCK 4 F1 tries again with 24-round calendar 6 Wheel-arch test to reduce spray 8 Isotta unlikely to race until 2024 10 Motorbase plots BTCC customer team 13 Opinion: Alex Kalinauckas 14 Opinion: Andrew van Leeuwen 15 Feedback: your letters

RACE CENTRE 16 British GP report and analysis 32 WEC: Toyota’s revenge on Ferrari 42 World of Sport: Formula 2; Formula 3; Porsche Supercup; F1 Academy; IMSA; DTM; Formula Regional European; NASCAR Cup; Extreme E; Supercars

FEATURES 38 Le Mans 100: Alpine’s return 50 Goodwood Festival of Speed preview

CLUB AUTOSPORT 61 Super Touring Power returns for 2024 62 Subsidised entries for Historic F3 finale 64 Truck crash destroys Thruxton barrier 66 National reports: Cadwell Park; Thruxton; Donington Park; Brands Hatch; Mondello Park; Knockhill

FINISHING STRAIGHT 76 What’s on this week 79 Introducing: Malthe Jakobsen 80 From the archive: 1975 British GP 82 My favourite track: Guy Smith

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