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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Max makes history, but who are the other youngest F1 winners?

    At the tender age of 18 (and 228 days), Max Verstappen made history on Sunday by becoming the youngest Grand Prix winner. The race was also the teenager's first for Red Bull Racing, having swapped seats with Daniil Kvyat last week. Of course, the Red Bull is one of the better cars on the grid and the two Mercedes cars took each other out, but the win cannot be discounted. It's unlikely that Verstappen's record will be broken, owing to new FIA regulations regarding age, but who were the other young F1 winners? Sebastian Vettel The previous record-holder, Vettel was 21 years and...

  • At least Daniil Kvyat isn’t one of these rejected Red Bull drivers

    It must come as a bitter blow for Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat to hear that he would be swapping race seats with Dutch teenager Max Verstappen from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards. The news broke just a few days after a disastrous Russian GP for Kvyat, that saw him collide with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel twice on the first lap. Of course, no-one remembers that the Russian scored a podium in the previous race... Still, things could be worse than a return to Toro Rosso for Kvyat. He could be one of these former drivers that were unceremoniously ejected from a Red Bull-backed...

  • SA’s Binder wins Moto3 race from last position

    Brad Binder has been quietly making a name for himself in the Moto3 motorcycle series. The South African has finished on the podium in the first three races of the season, making quite an impression in the MotoGP feeder series. However, the fourth race on the calendar, which took place at Jerez this past weekend, was easily his most impressive one yet. Binder stormed through the field from 35th (and last) position, having been sent to the back for a technical infringement. "The penalty came as the result of a mapping infringement, the South African’s KTM was found to be using non-homologated ECU software after qualifying,"...

  • Check out these motorsport mishaps, crashes from the weekend

    Between Formula 1, the World Endurance Championship, NASCAR and IndyCar, there was plenty of motorsport action on offer this weekend. But did you miss out on any crashes or mishaps? Well, there was a crazy Porsche crash in WEC, a NASCAR hit a fan and there were a few more mishaps -- check out the videos below.          

  • Apple Car being tested in secret Berlin lab – report

    Thanks to numerous reports, we know that Apple is hard at work on its first car, but we now have more details on the project courtesy of a German website. According to Faz.net, the Cupertino company has a small, secretive lab in the middle of Berlin which is devoted to the automotive project. The report further claims that there are between 15 and 20 people working at the lab, with backgrounds in engineering, sales, software and hardware. It also adds that the Apple Car is expected to be released in 2019 or 2020. In a rather interesting twist, the report mentions that Apple has...

  • Best Formula 1 driver ever? Maths may have found a solution

    Is it the car or the driver? This is the question that has vexed F1 pundits for decades. A new study by a University of Sheffield scientist may have the answer though. The statistical study by Dr Andrew Bell used "random coefficent models" to rank the best F1 drivers of all time based on talent rather than the team. The number-crunching found that five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio was the greatest F1 driver of the lot, followed by four-time world champion Alain Prost and double champion Fernando Alonso. This contrasts with the record books, which places seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher as...

  • 3 motorsport championships that every geek should watch

    "Argh, motorsport? It's just cars going in circles." It's a response that enthusiasts almost inevitably hear when the topic is brought up. But there are tons of various motorsport disciplines out there, and while they might not be for everyone, these are the disciplines that might just convert fellow geek friends. Formula 1 It's supposed to be "the pinnacle of motorsport" but if you ignore the blatant mismanagement and heavy-handed copyright police, Formula 1 makes a good case for just that. The cars switched from 2.4-litre V8 engines to 1.6L V6 turbo Hybrid engines for the 2014 season onwards, and they're as nippy as ever. The teams...

  • Watch all the motorsport mishaps, crashes from this weekend

    From Formula E and F1 to V8 Supercars and World Superbikes, it truly was a bumper weekend for motorsport. Of course, you really want to know about any crashes, don't you? Well, fortunately, there's an 18 minute compilation of various crashes, slides and mishaps from this past weekend. There was nothing quite as spectacular as Fernando Alonso's Aussie GP crash from earlier this month, but there are a few notable shunts throughout the clip. Some of the more expensive wrecks took place in the IndyCar series, while that crazy multi-bike pile-up also makes an appearance.

  • Did you know F1 was held in these countries?

    Italy, Germany, the USA, Bahrain... Everyone knows about these Formula 1 host nations, but the motorsport circus has been to a variety of countries. We look at some F1 venues of the past you might not know about. Sweden Marcus Ericsson, Stefan Johansson and Ronnie Peterson aren't the only Swedish contributions to Formula 1, as the country played host to a race as well. The Swedish Grand Prix was held at Anderstorp Raceway, a rather interesting track that combined several banked corners with a few straights. The last Swedish Grand Prix was held in 1978, but the circuit has also been used as a venue...

  • Who is Fernando Alonso’s replacement, Stoffel Vandoorne?

    McLaren and the FIA announced yesterday that Fernando Alonso has been ruled out of this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix. The news came after Alonso underwent a second set of medical checks following his horror smash at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. The checks found that the Spaniard had suffered a rib and lung injury. McLaren has since confirmed that test and reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne will be taking over from Alonso for this weekend. So just who is Vandoorne then? A future champ in the making? The 24-year-old Belgian is being hailed as possibly McLaren's most impressive young talent yet, having been signed as a test driver...

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