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  • 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...

  • Unforgiving Monaco: F1’s crown jewel

    Easily the most unforgiving Formula 1 circuit of the year, Monaco presents a stiff challenge for drivers thanks to its slippery surface and tight, narrow corners. Unlike modern F1 circuits, there are no runoff areas here either, as the track is lined with Armco barriers, leading to many an early retirement. But to win here is to truly stamp your name in the sport's history books, joining the likes of Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps as a true test of driver and machine. A step above the rest Speaking of history books, Ayrton Senna holds the record for most victories around the Principality, having won the race an impressive...

  • Indy 500: A look at the craziest crashes in recent history

    "Oh, it's just cars going around in circles." This tends to be the refrain when the Indy 500 is mentioned, but these racers are all travelling at the very edge of their limits, at speeds in excess of 360 kilometres per hour. Sometimes, drivers overstep their limits though, and the results can be rather spectacular. We look at some of the craziest shunts in Indy 500's recent history. Castroneves and Mann's heavy wrecks in 2015 practice Quick medical assistance saved James Hinchcliffe in last year's practice Ed Carpenter flips his car in last year's qualifying Will Power and Mike Conway had a scary crash at...

  • South Africa’s Brad Binder wins third Moto3 race in a row

    Brad Binder's Moto3 season just keeps getting better and better, as the South African won his third race in a row this weekend. Binder's latest victory came at the sweeping Mugello circuit in Italy, following a seesaw battle between the top group of riders. The race routinely saw riders go from outside the podium to first and vice-versa over the course of a lap, the long main straight delivering ideal conditions for slipstreaming and late braking. The South African ultimately clinched the win by 0.03 seconds from Italy's own Fabio di Giannantonio. In fact, the top five were separated by a mere 0.07...

  • 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.

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