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  • Listen: this is the sound of new Formula E cars

    The third season of Formula E is set to take place later this year and sees a prominent new entrant in the form of the Jaguar team. The new season will see a few rule changes taking place, such as a slightly lower weight (from 888 kilograms to 880) and a higher level of regeneration (from 100KW to 150). These factors will in turn make for faster cars and longer runs compared to current rules. With this in mind, Jaguar and the rest of the field went testing at Donington Park recently, allowing people to hear the sound of season three's cars for...

  • Confirmed: Felipe Massa to retire at end of 2016

    Williams driver Felipe Massa will be retiring from Formula One at the end of 2016, the Brazilian has announced. Massa, who is ranked ninth for all-time starts (at 242), is set to have 250 starts under his belt when the chequered flag drops in Abu Dhabi. "I must start by especially thanking my wife and my father, my whole family, my manager Nicolas and all the people who have supported me throughout my career. Thank you to God for giving me the opportunities I have had in life and, above all, for protecting me," Massa said in an official statement. Felipe Massa is...

  • 1960 Belgian Grand Prix: F1’s other dark weekend

    The 1994 San Marino Grand Prix is widely considered to be one of F1's darkest weekends -- with just cause. Aside from Ayrton Senna's death during the race, the weekend also saw rookie Roland Ratzenberger die in qualifying and Rubens Barrichello almost dying on Friday. But before that horrible weekend in Imola, the 1960 Belgian Grand Prix was one of the most infamous weekends. A far cry from today's era of safety The 1960 season took place at a dangerous time, when drivers didn't wear full-face helmets, fireproof overalls weren't mandatory and roll hoops weren't used. Hell, many drivers didn't care for seat belts,...

  • How will 2017’s F1 cars look compared to 2016’s racers?

    The F1 season has passed the halfway mark, and several teams are already looking to the 2017 season. Next year brings a raft of rule changes that will change the way cars look in a rather dramatic way. Technical illustrator Giorgio Piola teamed up with Motorsport.com to show off the 2017 cars and how they stacked up to your average 2016 model. So then, how do they compare? Watch the video and read all about the changes below... Wings? Perhaps the biggest visual change is a longer nose with a wider, swept front-wing. This was done in a bid to boost overtaking. The rear wing also...

  • Michael Schumacher: The real King of Spa?

    The Formula One summer break is in full swing, featuring a three week break from the German Grand Prix to the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. The Belgian circuit is widely considered to be one of the greatest racetracks in the world, offering drastic elevation changes, iconic corners (Eau Rouge/Radillon), high-speed sections and notoriously tricky weather. Winning here is thus considered a badge of honour compared to almost all the other races on the calendar - only Monaco can possibly compare. In terms of race victories, Michael Schumacher can stake a claim to being the King of Spa, at six victories. But wins...

  • Hisense, TGN Racing co-develop ‘first 4K racing simulator in Africa’

    Hisense and TGN Racing Simulators are joining forces to build the "first 4K racing simulator in Africa". The rig will be used by professional drivers during practice and training sessions while at Zwartkops Raceway, near Pretoria. "The simulators have been engineered to provide a precise racing environment, each complete with advanced force feedback steering wheels, racing pedals and bucket seats, with some specially imported to South Africa," the press release explains. The rig will also boast three 55-inch 4K screens, to simulate the view from the racing cockpit. "At Hisense we are committed to products that can keep up with the high demands...

  • Watch Ayrton Senna’s ‘message’ for Brazil’s Olympians

    Three time F1 World Champion Ayrton Senna may have died over 20 years ago, but he still managed to deliver a 'message' for Brazilians competing at the Olympics. In a partnership between the Ayrton Senna Institute, JWT and Le Cube, a video was produced, chronicling Senna's epic 1991 Brazilian Grand Prix win. In that race, the F1 legend managed to take victory despite being stuck in 5th gear and suffering from shoulder spasms. The video was meant to inspire Brazil's athletes to win at home as well. "Ayrton Senna lost eight times before winning the Brazilian GP, and when he did, it was with...

  • Want to get into endurance racing? WEC now has a feeder series

    Finding a path to Formula One usually means being successful in GP3 and GP2, but what if you want to join the World Endurance Championship (WEC)? The route to the championship has become a lot clearer with news that the Formula V8 3.5 open-wheel series will serve as a feeder series from 2017. The deal will see Formula V8 3.5 races taking place in support of WEC events. "The agreement includes a minimum of three overseas rounds in Mexico, Japan and Bahrain, the last being the final event of the endurance championship, in addition to three of the four European events on the WEC...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

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