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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Was it a fluke? F1 reactions to Vettel win

    Ferrari's testing pace left many to wonder whether the team could take on Mercedes this season. Now, with the first F1 race done and dusted, and with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel claiming victory, it's clear that the Scuderia is in good shape. Or was it just luck? Vettel managed to stay with pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton for the first stint, as the Mercedes driver eventually stopped first. Hamilton emerged from the pits behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen, while Vettel stayed out for a few extra laps. This proved to be decisive as Hamilton lost time behind the Red Bull. Vettel eventually pulled in for...

  • Formula E to ditch mid-race car swaps next year

    The all-electric Formula E series has seen some solid growth since its inception, featuring notable drivers and big-name manufacturers. Now, the series has revealed more details about the 2018/2019 season (Season 5), starting with the entry list. We've got nine manufacturers for season five, in the form of Abt Formel E, BMW AG, DS Automobiles, Jaguar Land Rover, Mahindra Racing, NextEV NIO, Penske Autosport Renault and Venturi Automobiles. New batteries will also be used next season, with a very welcome side-effect as a result. "From Season 5, there will also be a new standard battery produced by McLaren Applied Technologies. With the new...

  • World Rallycross in SA: tickets on sale now

    Cape Town hasn't seen a world championship motorsport event in a while now, but last year saw news that Killarney would play host to a round of the FIA World Rallycross championship. Now, tickets for the event, taking place on 11-12 November 2017, have gone on sale via TicketPro, so what should you expect to pay? Well, adult tickets start at R400 for a general admission weekend pass. Kids (of all ages) and adults will need to pay R700 for a weekend pass with reserved seating and entry to the paddock. Otherwise, kids between the ages of 12 and 16 will need to pay R220...

  • Watch: crazy brawl after dramatic NASCAR finish

    Formula One might have drama both on and off the track but it says a lot when there are only a few bust-ups between drivers over the years. There was Nelson Piquet and Eliseo Salazar, Eddie Irvine and Ayrton Senna and that confrontation between Schumacher and Coulthard. That pretty much pales in comparison to NASCAR, which sees punch-ups occur far more often, as was the case at this past weekend's Las Vegas race. The fight, between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, was sparked as a result of contact between the two at the last corner, sending Busch sliding into the pit road. Watch:...

  • Peugeot’s new 2008 SUV hits South Africa

    Compact crossovers have been the in-thing for a few years now, with Peugeot being no exception to the trend. The French marque delivered its 2008 SUV in 2013, and now, its latest model is set to hit South Africa this week. The 2017 model delivers a manual or six-speed automatic gearbox, a seven-inch touchscreen (part of its i-Cockpit suite) and a host of aesthetic improvements. The new vehicle is divided into four models, featuring the aforementioned two gearbox choices, a petrol or diesel drivetrain and three trim levels. The entry-level Active model delivers a 1.6-litre HDI turbo-diesel engine and five-speed manual gearbox. The second...

  • It’s official: GP2 Series is now Formula 2

    GP2 is usually the final stepping stone for drivers hoping to get to Formula 1, being a support series for the top-flight of motorsport as well. That connection has waned a little in recent years, as drivers from Formula 3, Formula Renault 3.5 and other categories find their way to F1. Now, after weeks of rumours, the FIA has announced that the GP2 Series will be renamed Formula 2, with a view to position it more closely to Formula 1. "Completing this process with Formula One Group and bringing FIA Formula 2 to life is a very important step. The championship...

  • Amazon greenlights ‘Le Mans: Racing is Everything’

    We've seen quite a few solid documentaries covering the Le Mans 24 Hours event, such as the Truth In 24 movies and Journey to Le Mans. Now, we can expect another take on the gruelling race, after Amazon greenlit a new series called Le Mans: Racing is Everything. The company announced that the series, which hasn't received a release date yet, would hit over 200 countries/territories that currently have Amazon Prime. "The limited series will explore what is known as 'the Mount Everest of motorsports', the gruelling, non-stop 24-hour car race that has taken place annually in Le Mans, France since...

  • F1 testing day one: Hamilton tops timesheets

    The first day of F1 testing has concluded, as teams take their newly revealed 2017 challengers out for a shakedown. Of course, testing shouldn't necessarily be a judge of outright performance, but it does make for interesting reading anyway. As for the number one runner? Why, that goes to 2016 runner-up Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, having run 73 laps in the afternoon and hitting a time of 1:21:765 on soft tyres. Interestingly enough, this time is only a tenth of a second down on the fastest lap at Barcelona, a 1:21:670 by Kimi Raikkonen in 2008. The official F1 website added that the...

  • Revealed: Ferrari and Mercedes 2017 F1 cars

    We've seen a few F1 teams reveal their 2017 challengers, but the past 24 hours have seen heavyweights Mercedes and Ferrari show off their cars for the first time. Mercedes took the wraps off the W08 yesterday, conducting a few test runs at Silverstone in the process. The car differs from Sauber and Force India's racers by leaving off the "thumb tip" at the end of the nose, much like last year's title-winning W07. The new Mercedes car also has a less prominent "shark fin" on its spine. Otherwise, it largely follows the 2017 regulations, with lower, wider wings, fatter tyres and...

  • Kia South Africa issues recall for selected Sportage models

    Kia Motors South Africa has announced a safety recall of selected Kia Sportage cars manufactured in Korea between 9 August 2007 and 22 May 2009. The recall of 305 cars is related to issues with the models' hydraulic electronic control unit. "The Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit monitors individual wheel speeds and will, when determined, operate the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stablity Programme (ESP)," Kia SA says in an emailed statement. "There is a possibility that corrosion of the wire harness connector pins in the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit assembly can occur due to improper sealing of the Hydraulic ECU’s wire...

  • F1: Williams first to reveal images of 2017 challenger

    The 2017 F1 season is poised for a huge shakeup thanks to significant rule changes this year. Between wider tyres and higher downforce, the cars are set for a huge speed improvement as a result. Now, Williams has become the first team to show off its car, giving us a few images of the FW40 challenger... The new car shows off the wider tyres for this season, as well as the cranked front wing, aggressive sidepod designs and lower rear wing. It's interesting to note that the "thumb tip" on the nose is still there, so those hoping for sleeker noses will be...

  • Tesla breaks 0-100kph record in new test

    Tesla's electric cars are known for extremely nippy acceleration --  hell, most electric cars are a kick in the pants. But a test found that the company's Model S P100D actually sets a new record. Motor Trend tested the car from a standstill, finding that it reached 30 miles per hour, 40 miles per hour, 50 miles per hour and 60 miles per hour faster than any other production vehicle. "In our testing, no production car has ever cracked 2.3 seconds from 0 to 60 mph. But Tesla has, in 2.275507139 seconds," the publication noted. We all know that Tesla's cars can slingshot...

  • GP2 series to be renamed Formula 2 for 2017?

    The GP2 feeder series for Formula 1 is expected to be renamed to Formula 2, it has been reported. A source told Autosport that it was "fifty-fifty" whether the feeder series would be renamed Formula 2 this year, while another source told the publication that it was "more than a 50% chance". The move comes after US-based Liberty Media acquired F1's commercial operations, which includes the GP2 and GP3 feeder series. Autosport adds that discussions appeared to have taken place regarding a name change before, but talks stalled under Bernie Ecclestone. GP2 is arguably the last major test before F1, so a name change to...

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