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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • What’s new and overhauled in F1 2016 video game?

    Codemasters has quite the motorsports pedigree and its previous F1 games were rather fantastic. So some people were rather disappointed with the way F1 2015, the first current-gen F1 game, turned out. It wasn't necessarily a bad game by any stretch, but fans lamented the loss of features compared to previous entries. Fortunately, F1 2016 looks like it's on the right track (heh) at the very least. So here's what you should expect from the new game, which is set for an August release. Upping the simulator ante The latest F1 title seems to be going all-out in an attempt to win over...

  • Here are the winningest British drivers of the British Grand Prix

    Winning your home race is always a moment to savour, but the British Grand Prix is also rather special, being the first Grand Prix ever run in F1's history. Either way, winning the British Grand Prix as a Brit is something you won't soon forget, but who are the most successful drivers to do so? Jim Clark (1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967) Praised for his smooth driving style, F1 legend Jim Clark made an indelible mark on the sport before his passing, winning two world championships. However, Clark also holds the record for the most overall British Grand Prix wins (albeit tied with Alain...

  • Have you ever seen a championship decided due to fastest lap?

    The final event on the Formula E calendar took place at London's Battersea Park, featuring a double-header that took the championship down to the wire. The second race of the weekend and the final race of the season, saw Renault's Sebastian Buemi and Audi Sport Abt's Lucas di Grassi tied on 153 points apiece. Unfortunately, di Grassi rear-ended Buemi's car on the first lap, knocking the rear wing off the Renault e.dams car and damaging the front of Di Grassi's car in the process. If the race ended there, di Grassi would be the winner due having more third place finishes - both were tied on victories and...

  • Did you know these neat tech features are in the new Astra? [Sponsored]

    We've already looked at its drastic weight cut and the practical safety features, but the new Opel Astra packs far more punch than that. In fact, the new car is bristling with high-tech tools so we looked at a few of the more prominent cutting-edge features. Who knew a camera could do this? The Opel Eye is essentially a front-facing camera that looks out onto the road ahead, but why would you want this sort of thing in your car? For starters, the Opel Eye is capable of reading traffic signs, warning you about speed limits and no-passing zones by displaying them in the instrument panel. The...

  • 5 crazy F1 team order controversies of recent memory

    It's Grand Prix week, and the F1 circus is moving to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday. The scene of quite a few exciting races, the track is perhaps best known for hosting an infamous team order debacle. So this made us think of several other team order controversies in F1 history. Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard (Australia 1998) The season-opening Grand Prix in 1998 showed us a McLaren that was truly in a class of its own, having hired Adrian Newey in 1997. In fact, Coulthard and Hakkinen finished a lap ahead of everyone else. Hakkinen, who was leading the race, relinquished the...

  • An app to manage NASCAR races is actually a thing

    Yeah yeah, every time I see a "X business benefits from Microsoft cloud" headline, I throw up a little. But I like motorsport, so when Microsoft outlined its work with NASCAR, my attention was piqued somewhat. The Redmond company has produced Mobile Inspection and Race Management apps for the racing series, making for some rather interesting changes in the pitlane. An easier way to officiate? The latter is the newest app, being designed for race organisers and officials to keep abreast of the action. "The race management app collects live video feeds and transponder data from the cars around the track. For the first time, officials have live,...

  • Watch: All the spins, crashes from 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours

    It's no understatement to say that the 2016 edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours produced one of the most dramatic finishes ever seen in motorsport. The race weekend played host to more than just a heartbreaking finish though, as fans saw a few spins, hard shunts and general offs as well. Fortunately, YouTuber 'crambno29 R' did the legwork and produced a compilation of some of the best crashes, spins and hair-raising moments. Highlights include a prototype on fire (2:10), some wet weather anarchy that includes the safety car drifting (3:40), a nasty sideways impact with the tyre barrier (4:30) and a GT...

  • Le Mans: 23 hours, 57 minutes of reliability for leading Toyota

    In what might just be the most dramatic finish to the Le Mans 24 Hours yet, the leading Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima, Anthony Davidson and Sebastian Buemi slowed down and came to a halt on the penultimate lap, handing the overall victory to Porsche. Nakajima reported a loss of power earlier on in the lap, eventually stopping on the start/finish straight, where the number two Porsche of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb overtook it with three minutes to go. Nakajima had a 30 second gap to the Porsche before the loss of power. The radio message from Nakajima saw the Porsche...

  • A look back at other European GP venues

    This weekend's European Grand Prix marks the sixth location for the European Grand Prix, as the circus heads to Baku in Azerbaijan. Could it hold a candle to other European GP venues though? We'll have to wait and see, but for now, we take a look back at some of the earlier venues. Brands Hatch One of the most beloved circuits in motorsport, the Kent-based track played host to both British and European Grands Prix. The venue only played host to two European GPs, in 1983 and 1985, being won by Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell respectively. The latter running saw Mansell winning in the face of adversity,...

  • How many BMW i3s have been sold in South Africa?

    BMW South Africa has revealed just how many i3 electric vehicles have been sold in the country. In a press release to announce the UberGreen promotion in Cape Town, BMW and Uber noted that 124 cars have been sold in South Africa since its March 2015 launch. The UberGreen promotion will see BMW i3 cars available as an option for Uber users in the Mother City, albeit for a limited time only. BMW and Uber also revealed that "close to 50 000" BMW i3s have been sold since its international launch in 2013. The German automaker's cheaper i-series vehicle goes from 0-100 in 7.2...

  • There’s a reason why they call it the Wall of Champions…

    The Formula 1 calendar shifts into eighth gear as the championship holds four races in just six weeks, starting with this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve combines numerous chicanes, two hairpins and a lengthy straight, making for one of the more challenging tracks on the calendar. Unarguably the most infamous feature is the final chicane, featuring a wall that has been dubbed the Wall of the Champions, no doubt due to the fact that numerous champions, would-be champions and rookies have clouted it over the years. The wall received its name after a rather eventful 1999 race, which saw Michael...

  • Watch the weekend’s major motorsport crashes here

    It was a big weekend for motorsport, as Formula 1 hosted the Monaco Grand Prix and the IndyCar Series held the 100th running of the Indy 500. Only care for the crashes and mishaps? Well, we've got you covered you filthy casual, so check out some of the bigger shunts below. Sage Karam's bad luck at Indy continues. The pitlane at Indy is always a chaotic part of the track, oddly enough... Verstappen's Monaco weekend began with a qualifying crash... And ended with a lock-up and crash in the race. Jolyon Palmer was another victim at Monaco. SA's own Sisa Ngebulana caused this massive Formula 3 crash. The...

  • Joy and (some) confusion: Twitter reacts to Alexander Rossi’s Indy 500 win

    Winning the Indy 500 is a milestone achievement for any racing driver, being part of the Triple Crown of motorsport. Winning the 100th running of the event though? That's a surefire way to go down in the history books, as Alexander Rossi did, competing in his first Indy 500. The American, who previously raced in F1 for Manor and Caterham and is currently Manor's test driver, managed to coast across the line in sensational fashion. While rival racers opted for a splash and dash pit stop several laps from the end, Rossi managed to save fuel by coasting at every opportunity. His motorsport...

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