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All posts by Hadlee Simons

Hadlee Simons
  • Alfa Romeo returns to F1, teaming up with Sauber

    Alfa Romeo has confirmed its involvement with the Sauber F1 team next year as title sponsor and technical partner. The move, part of a multi-year deal, marks the first time in over 30 years that the brand is involved in F1, having been a team and engine manufacturer. "The partnership, which includes a strategic, commercial and technological cooperation between Alfa Romeo and the Sauber F1 Team, will enable the exchange of engineering and technical know-how, and provide new opportunities for the two organisations within Formula One and beyond," read a release on Sauber's website. "From 2018, the team will be known as...

  • 6 motorsport championships you can watch on YouTube

    Formula One, MotoGP and the World Endurance Championship are all restricted to TV channels and/or subscription-based services. Heck, in F1's case, you can't even get a streaming plan (although that's set to change). But you don't have to pay cash to get your motorsport on, as these championship series stream on YouTube. FIA Formula 3 European Championship Euro F3 is widely considered to be one of the most competitive motorsport franchises around, featuring a host of talented young drivers. Some of the more prominent drivers in this year's field include Mick Schumacher (son of Michael), Ferrari Academy drivers Callum Ilott and Guanyu Zhou and McLaren...

  • Virtual racer wins McLaren F1 testing gig

    The GT Academy series proved that gamers could be professional sportscar racers, but what about F1? Well, McLaren has crowned the winner of its World's Fastest Gamer contest. The competition resulted in 25-year-old former karting champion Rudy van Buren winning a role as one of McLaren F1's simulator drivers for the 2018 season. McLaren whittled the contestants down from 30 000, eventually hitting 12 for the Finals Week at their Woking headquarters. The week would see contestants driving around the likes of Interlagos, Indianapolis, Circuit de la Sarthe and Suzuka. The deciding round saw van Buren going up against 20-year-old Freek Schothorst in a four hour...

  • F1: here’s what 2021 engine formula could look like

    The current F1 engine formula is set to stay in place for a few more years, but the V6 turbo hybrid era is set for a significant change come 2021. F1 and the FIA have revealed a proposal for the 2021 engine regulations, sticking with the 1.6 litre V6 turbo power unit, but increasing the engine running speed by 3000rpm to improve sound. In the hybrid department, the MGU-H energy recovery system has been given the boot under the new proposal. Instead, we get a more powerful MGU-K system. The former system harvests exhaust gases to spin up the turbo engine, while the...

  • F1 owners plan streaming service in 2018 – report

    Formula One fans have been clamouring for a streaming service for quite some time, enabling them to potentially cut the cord. Now, F1 owners Liberty Media have reportedly confirmed that they'll be launching a streaming service in 2018. F1 commercial chief Sean Bratches told Autosport that live-streaming from races as well as extra offerings would be made available for the start of next season. These extra offerings include behind-the-scenes footage and "extra" data. "We have an obligation to our fans, quite candidly, to ensure that they are able to access our content in any means they want," Bratches was quoted as saying. Don't...

  • Mercedes has an F1-inspired concept with a 25km electric range

    Mercedes has shown off a radical concept car at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, heavily inspired by its F1 cars. The two-seater Mercedes-AMG Project ONE vehicle produces over 1000hp, delivers an eight-speed manual gearbox and reaches a speed of over 350 km/h. "The high-performance plug-in hybrid drive system of the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE comes directly from Formula 1, and was realised in close cooperation with the motorsport experts of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth," read a press statement on the automaker's website. As for the actual details, you're looking at a 1.6 litre V6 turbo engine combined with four electric motors. "One...

  • Volvo to deliver eclipse viewers for your sunroof (in USA)

    An upcoming eclipse is set to envelope a large part of the United States in darkness on 21 August. And if you've got a sunroof (and are in the eclipse's path), then it seems like a pretty neat way to view the celestial event. Now, Volvo has revealed eclipse viewers that attach to the XC60's sunroof, so you don't necessarily need to don a pair of eclipse glasses. The company added that it'll be shipping the eclipse viewers to "select Volvo retailers" in the eclipse's path of totality. So that means Oregon, Idaho, Nebraska, Missouri and South Carolina. "The XC60 Panoramic Moonroof...

  • Watch: Magnussen’s foul-mouthed comeback to Hulkenberg

    The Hungarian Grand Prix was a pretty entertaining race, as Sebastian Vettel held off Kimi Raikkonen and the two Mercedes drivers for the win. However, it could be argued that the best moment happened in the interview area with Haas driver Kevin Magnussen and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg. The actual race saw Magnussen leave no room for the Renault driver, forcing Hulkenberg to run off the track. The German driver made no secret of his feelings, approaching Magnussen as he was conducting an interview after the race. "Once again, the most unsporting driver on the grid," Hulkenberg told the Dane. "Suck my balls..." Magnussen...

  • ICYMI: A South African won a GP3 race last weekend

    Between Kelvin van der Linde and David Perel, the last few months have been pretty kind to South Africans involved in international motorsport championships. The past weekend saw yet another South African do well in the form of Raoul Hyman, in the GP3 Series. The series is no joke either, being one of the most competitive championships around. It's also one of the final stepping stones to Formula One, with the likes of Valtteri Bottas, Daniil Kvyat and Esteban Ocon all being GP3 champions before graduating to the top flight. So colour us impressed when Hyman crossed the line to win...

  • Vettel, Hamilton clash: case closed by FIA

    The Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku made a strong case for being the most dramatic F1 race of the year, eventually being won by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. But it was Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel that dominated the headlines after their clash. An early safety car restart saw Vettel clip Hamilton from behind, with the German driver subsequently pulling alongside and turning into the Mercedes racer. Vettel, who accused Hamilton of brake-testing him, would receive a ten second stop/go penalty for his actions. Stewards also determined that Hamilton didn't brake-test Vettel. However, the FIA motorsport body held a meeting on Monday, in...

  • Watch: Moto2 rider suffers horrible crash (he’s been discharged)

    Motorcycle racing isn't for the faint of heart, with little protection and the threat of a high-side flip being constant. And the bike bit hard on Saturday, as Moto2 rider Lorenzo Baldassarri experienced a terrible crash during qualifying at Assen. Baldassarri suffered a high-side, ragdolling in the air before being hit in the back of the head and neck by his own bike. The session was subsequently red-flagged and the Italian taken to hospital. Check out the crash below. The rider was diagnosed with a bad concussion as well as a fractured ankle, according to Motorsport.com. He's since been discharged from hospital. As for qualifying,...

  • Le Mans 2017: Porsche claims win in race of attrition

    You know it's a crazy endurance race when a slower class of car is leading the race and in with a remote shot of winning. And that's exactly what happened at this past weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours. But it was not to be, as the #2 Porsche car took the chequered flag in first. It was looking like Toyota would finally break their duck this weekend, after the heartache of last year's event. In fact, qualifying saw Kamui Kobayashi's Toyota break the all-time lap record by roughly two seconds. And the race initially saw the Toyotas streak ahead, leaving...

  • Lamborghini Aventador S hits SA, and I obviously can afford it

    The Lamborghini Aventador S has arrived in South Africa, delivering some pretty mean performance for those that can afford it. The supercar packs a 740hp naturally aspirated V12 engine, being capable of 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 350km/h. Otherwise, the car also packs customisable driving modes, a four-wheel drive and steering system, and reworked aerodynamics for an increase in downforce. The big question is the price though, and the Aventador S has a R7.4-million (R7 488 000, to be exact) price tag. As for local availability? The car is available in Johannesburg, with "Cape Town planned for the end of...

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