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MAGAZINE - PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 27TH 2012
In the magazine: Chilton set for F1 seat
In this week's AUTOSPORT magazine, Max Chilton tells us why he thinks he is ready to build on a successful campaign in GP2 and move into Formula 1 next year

Max Chilton Marussia F1 test 2012

For the first time since 2008 Britain could have a fourth representative in Formula 1 next year, with Max Chilton set to graduate from GP2 into a full-time seat with Marussia.

In this week's AUTOSPORT we speak to Chilton, 21, about his aims for the year, and hear how he feels ready to step up after finishing fourth in the GP2 Series.

Of course, Chilton isn't the only driver waiting in the wings for an F1 seat. We take an in-depth look at the latest state of play in the driver market, profiling everyone from Lewis Hamilton who currently holds the key to 2013 to Kamui Kobayashi, at risk of losing his Sauber ride, to paint the fullest possible picture of next year's potential grid.

Lauda fires Ferrari warning: Ferrari legend Niki Lauda has tipped Fernando Alonso as his 2012 world champion, but it's no sure thing particularly if the Italian team continues to lose pace to its main rivals. We get the three-time world champion's opinion on Alonso's chances, including his reasoned view that the Spaniard's biggest obstacle could be the Scuderia itself.

Singapore Grand Prix: An untimely gearbox failure put Lewis Hamilton out of the Marina Bay race, and in the process caused a massive shift of momentum in the title race. We have comprehensive analysis of this year's race on the Singapore streets, from Hamilton's brilliance in qualifying through to Sebastian Vettel's deft win plus all the latest technical developments which underpinned the weekend.

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McLaren plans Le Mans return: McLaren's plan to return to Le Mans with a GTE version of its MP4-12C is a further boost to a category already overflowing with manufacturers, says editor-at-large Gary Watkins. We speak to McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh about the company's long-term sportscar goals.

Mark Hughes column: In his weekly column, AUTOSPORT's grand prix editor reflects on a night when, despite simmering heat and the maelstrom surrounding his future, Hamilton delivered a coolly exquisite drive at Singapore.

GP2 Singapore: Max Chilton features again after securing a second series win in the penultimate race of the year. Giedo van der Garde meanwhile took the honours in the finale but just missed out on breaking into the championship top five.

BTCC Rockingham: Jason Plato had threatened to dominate on track and in the headlines at Rockingham, but as the rain fell Gordon Shedden flew, stealing the show and the championship lead.

WTCC Sonoma: It wasn't quite the Ford vs Chevrolet battle US fans are used to, but World Touring Cars still enjoyed a successful debut in the States. What's more, Yvan Muller's race two woes set up a thrilling run-in, with the Frenchman tied at the top of the table with team-mate and last year's rival Rob Huff.

GT1 Nurburgring: AF Corse and Reiter may have taken relatively comfortable victories, but the battle between this year's GT1 World Championship title rivals more than made up for it in the series' penultimate round.

GP3 Season Review: Mitch Evans deserved this year's GP3 crown, but he was pushed all the way by Antonio Felix da Costa and Daniel Abt. Simon Arron looks back on the highs and lows, the standout moments and races to forget, from this year's championship.

From the Archive: 1995 Cleveland is renowned as one of the best CART finishes ever, and Bryan Herta is your guide to how the madness of the final laps panned out.

Race of my Life: Three-time F1 champion Sir Jackie Stewart is this week's Race of my Life candidate and suffice to say, there's no shortage of drives for him to pick from.

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