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  • 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...

  • F1: Nico Rosberg claims first world title

    Lewis Hamilton may have won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but Nico Rosberg claimed the F1 world drivers championship by finishing second. The Brit maintained the lead for most of the race, save for a period where an out-of-sync Sebastian Vettel led the pack before peeling off into the pits. However, there was drama in the latter part of the race, as Hamilton slowed down in an attempt to push Rosberg into Vettel and Max Verstappen. If Rosberg was indeed overtaken by the two, he would've lost the championship. Fortunately, the German Mercedes driver managed to secure second place and the...

  • Volkswagen takes first place in SA’s GTC series

    Daniel Rowe and his Volkswagen team took first place at the Sasol GTC Series on 26 November 2016 at the Zwartkops Raceway. Rowe outdid himself by winning both GTC production races on the same day, claiming his first national title. "I'm very happy right now. My first national motorsport title and really grateful I could win this for Volkswagen. I think we've done it in style this year, winning just about every race and claiming most of the pole positions as well," said Rowe. "I put in a lot of effort, a lot of training, both physical and mental and watched the...

  • F1 title race: where Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton need to finish

    The last race of the Formula One season takes place this weekend, as the title fight goes down to the wire in Abu Dhabi. Nico Rosberg is enjoying a 12 point lead over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, as opposed to previous seasons, where Hamilton enjoyed the healthy gap. The German driver won last year's race and finished ahead of Hamilton in 2013, while Hamilton has won in 2011 and in 2014. So where will Rosberg need to finish to clinch the title? Where will Hamilton need to finish to win a fourth title? The official F1 website has a brief but rather...

  • Watch highlights from the first African Formula E race

    It's a travesty that there's no Formula One race on the African continent, despite the series previously coming to several countries in the past. Fortunately, the all-electric Formula E series has bucked the trend, holding the first African race this past weekend. The race, held in Marrakesh, Morocco, was dominated by Mahindra Racing's Felix Rosenqvist in the early running. However, Sebastien Buemi was able to overtake in the closing stages of the race to take a back-to-back win in the series, having won the opener in Hong Kong. Otherwise, the race saw quite a few overtakes, but it wasn't quite as dramatic as...

  • F1: Felipe Massa gets emotional send-off at Brazil

    The Brazilian Grand Prix is a strong contender for the craziest F1 race of the year, featuring several red flags, aquaplaning cars and jaw-dropping overtakes. Lewis Hamilton won the race with relative ease and Max Verstappen's storming drive from 14th to 3rd in the late stages put the world on notice. But the best moment may have taken place off track after Massa crashed into retirement. The Brazilian, making his last F1 appearance in front of his home crowd, dejectedly waved to the crowd after crashing out in treacherous conditions. But as he walked back to the paddock, carrying the Brazilian...

  • WEC: Porsche takes the title in Shanghai

    It's been a crazy few weeks for the World Endurance Championship (WEC), as Audi announced that it would be pulling out of the series. However, the other VW-owned team, Porsche, provided a much-needed boost after winning the manufacturer's title over the weekend. The Six Hours of Shanghai race saw the Porsche 919 Hybrid of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard take their fourth win of the season, claiming the manufacturer's title with a race to spare. The race was a dominant affair, as the number one Porsche led most of the running. The number six Toyota of Stephane Sarrazin, Mike Conway and...

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