This winter I finally went skiing again. It was about time after a two-season corona break. Luckily, it’s like riding a bike – you don’t forget how to do it. Apparently, the situation is different when driving on our federal motorways. So on the way home I had a critical situation in which I was glad that the brake pads on our private diesel station wagon had just been replaced. I was driving at a leisurely 150 km/h in the middle lane, a truck on the right, and a B-Class behind me. The relaxation was over when the Mercedes driver suddenly pulled to the left without indicating. Right under my nose – in the wet at a speed difference of around 70 km/h.

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After I had digested the first shock, I spontaneously had to think of some situations on the ski slope before. I was once drilled into it in a ski course: whoever crosses the slope looks up to see if a faster skier is coming. If you’re going fast, watch out for the beginners, because they don’t have eyes in the back of their heads and are busy with themselves. If everyone obeys these two rules, there are no avoidable collisions. I did the ski course in 1990 at the age of six – and have internalized the words to this day. Being considerate of one another, whether on skis or in a car, saves lives. Dear slow drivers: Please look behind you. You don’t have eyes in the back of your head. But you have mirrors.

Enjoy reading, your Alexander Bernt (editorial manager)

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NEW HITS Aston Martin DBX707 • Porsche 911 Singer • Turbo Study • Alpina B8 Gran Coupé • Ford Ranger Raptor • Irmscher Astra • Porsche Macan T TEST AND TECHNOLOGY Driving report: Ferrari 296 GTB – plug-in hybrid with 830 hp system performance • Driving report: Alpine A110 (S) – now even better after the facelift? • Driving report: Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo. The third body variant • Super test: Cupra Leon VZ – the fast Spaniard tries semi-slicks • Comparison test: Audi RS 3 against BMW M240i and Mercedes-AMG A 45 S – the aftermath at the Lausitzring • Individual test: AC Schnitzer M4 Competition. In a different league with 590 hp? • Comparison test: Hyundai i20 N vs. VW Polo GTI – who will win the small car crown? • Individual test: Klasen i30 N – with 392 hp now ready for top times? • Large versus small: Alpina B3 Touring versus B5 Touring – straight six or V8? • Endurance test: Audi RS 4 Avant, BMW M3, Porsche Taycan 4S • Tire test: Eleven sports tires in 225/45 R 18 and four mixed tires tested • Fascination: Five elegant British convertibles in the snow MOTORSPORTS DTM: Interview – This is how Kelvin van der Linde approaches the 2022 season • Endurance: Preview of the WEC season opener in Sebring • Extreme-E: Off to the second season

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