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  • Montoya, Vettel stand out at Race of Champions

    Juan Pablo Montoya and Sebastian Vettel were the two big winners at the Race of Champions (ROC) event this weekend. The event, split into Champion of Champions, Nations Cup and USA versus the World tournaments, saw the world's top racing drivers compete. The Champion of Champions tournament saw event debutant Juan Pablo Montoya win, beating Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen in the finals. It marked Kristensen's 15th Race of Champions appearance and his fifth time in the finals -- he has yet to win the event. Montoya also beat Felipe Massa and Travis Pastrana en route to being crowned Champion of Champions. The...

  • Valtteri Bottas joins Mercedes, Massa returns

    Yes, the rumours were true, as Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas has joined the Mercedes F1 team to replace Nico Rosberg. The 27-year-old moves over from Williams, where he made his debut back in 2013. However, in another oft-rumoured move, Felipe Massa has decided to delay his retirement and fill the gap left by Bottas. The Finn has achieved nine podiums thus far in Formula One and beaten all of his teammates (Maldonado and Massa), but the elusive win has yet to occur. "He has an impressive track record in the junior categories and nine podiums in F1. But now it's time for...

  • Bumped from Haas, Esteban Gutierrez joins Formula E

    Esteban Gutierrez may have lost his Haas F1 seat to Kevin Magnussen, but the Mexican will continue single-seater racing by moving to Formula E. The former F1 driver will race at "a number of select events for the remainder of the season", including his home race in Mexico on 1 April. It's unclear whether the Mexican race will be his first race, with the Argentine ePrix taking place on 18 February. The racer is also in talks for a full-time drive for next season. "Gutierrez joins the series as an official ambassador and is in advanced discussions with a number of teams, currently...

  • Some F1 corners will no longer be corners in 2017 – McLaren

    2017's Formula One cars will have so much downforce and grip that some corners will no longer be classified as corners, a McLaren representative said. The 2017 season will see cars have wider wings, wider tyres, larger bargeboards and several other changes. The result is that lap times are set to be faster by three to five seconds. Now, McLaren-Honda technical director Tim Goss has revealed one particularly interesting tidbit. "The drivers say that these new cars will be more challenging to drive, and that they'll have to work harder and concentrate more to get the best from them," he was quoted as...

  • Formula E: first virtual race dishes out big prize money

    The first Formula E esport race took place over the weekend at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, with Dutch driver Bono Huis winning the event and the big US$200 000 cash prize. The Faraday Future Dragon Racing sim driver also earned a cool US$25 000 for pole position. In a rather cool touch, the field comprised of 10 sim racers and 20 real-world Formula E drivers. Felix Rosenqvist was the highest placed Formula E driver, finishing in second place. The race was initially won by sim racer Olli Pahkala, who was handed a 12-second penalty after the race, dropping to third place. "Pahkala...

  • Watch: the craziest motorsport crashes of 2016

    Ah, motorsport crashes... As long as no-one is killed or seriously injured, you have to admit they make for some interesting viewing. Fortunately, YouTuber crambno29 R has done the legwork, compiling footage from various motorsport disciplines to create the ultimate 2016 crash compilation. The compilation covers everything from F1, Nascar and Indycar to motorbikes, touring cars and trucks. Check out the 37-minute-long video below, before YouTube inevitably removes it.

  • That was quick! Felipe Massa set for return to F1

    Talk about a short-lived retirement... Felipe Massa has reportedly agreed to a Williams drive for the 2017 season. According to Motorsport.com, Massa has taken up a Williams offer for next season, almost a month after what would've been his last Grand Prix. Final contracts haven't been completed yet, the publication reported. The move is set to open the door for current Williams driver Valtteri Bottas to join Mercedes, following Nico Rosberg's shock retirement earlier this month. Bottas is the front-running candidate for the second Mercedes seat, having handily beat Massa this year. However, Mercedes Motorsport boss Toto Wolff is also a member of his...

  • Watch: Porsche says goodbye to Audi in awesome tribute

    As Audi takes its leave from the WEC, many of its competitors might be glad to see the dominating force depart from the series. During their time at Le Mans, Audi racked up numerous milestones. They clinched the first victory of a TSI engine back in 2001. In 2006 they snagged the first victory of a TDI engine as well as triumphing in 2012 with the first sports car to use a hybrid powertrain. During their 185 races, Audi has had 106 victories with 80 pole positions and enjoys 94 fastest laps. These are only but a few of their accomplishments. Audi...

  • Watch: 2016 F1 season review in 8-bit gaming form

    It hasn't exactly been as crazy a season as 2012, but the 2016 F1 season still had plenty of drama, spills and general crazy moments. Now, you could watch the traditional season review, or you could opt for the official 8-bit season review, published on the Formula 1 YouTube channel. From the season-opening Haas/McLaren crash to the final showdown, all the big moments are here. There's even a rather cheeky Daniel Ricciardo minigame in there. Check it out below...

  • Watch: all the major crashes, mishaps from 2016 F1 season

    Let's be honest: nothing will top Fernando Alonso's dramatic crash at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Still, there were plenty of thrills and spills throughout the 2016 F1 season. From the Mercedes drivers colliding in Spain to the white-knuckle smashes in the Brazilian Grand Prix, there was no shortage of smashes this season. Fortunately, YouTuber hutterjoel has stepped up and delivered a lovely compilation of crashes and mishaps. Check it out below.

  • David Perel: interview with SA’s Blancpain GT racer

    When it comes to the SA racing scene, there are a few prominent drivers making a name for themselves overseas. One of the standout racers in this regard is David Perel, having finished second in the 2015 Italian GT series and competing in the Blancpain GT Series Am Division. We interviewed Perel via email, covering local obstacles to racing, Forza versus Gran Turismo and much more. Hadlee Simons (HS): What challenges are there for aspiring and budding racers from an SA perspective? David Perel (DP): Primarily it's a case of finding the necessary budget to go racing. When you are a rookie you...

  • Volkswagen Motorsport enjoy a victorious season

    The Sasol GTC Africa season ended with Volkswagen Motorsport taking three podium positions. David Rowe took the GTC Production season while Mandla Mdakane took third place in the VW Golf GTI. Mathew Hodges took third place overall for the year. "It is an excellent achievement after a tough year of competition. The team put in lots of effort behind the scenes to get the cars competitive for this new category, learning all about them -- and the optimal setup -- as they progressed," said the head of Volkswagen Motorsport, Mike Rowe, in a press release to Motorburn. "A championship title and two additional...

  • Nico Rosberg retires: but who to replace him?

    Late Friday saw the F1 world shattered when newly crowned world champion Nico Rosberg announced his retirement, effective immediately. The German driver's exit means that three veterans of the motorsport have hung up their overalls, in the form of Rosberg, Jenson Button and Felipe Massa. However, the big question is who will replace Rosberg? This is especially notable, as most of the teams have already announced their 2017 driver pairings. That hasn't stopped drivers from enquiring about the vacant race seat anyway, with Toto Wolff telling F1 writer Tobi Grüner that the only drivers who haven't called are Kimi Raikkonen and Daniil...

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