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Racing

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Verstappen wins as Mercedes teammates tangle: the motorsport roundup

    An understatement would be suggesting that this weekend's motorsport action was crazy. Because it was much, much more than that. Formula 1 opened its European leg of the season in Barcelona, The Blancpain GT Series resumed at Silverstone, and NASCAR returned to Dover for its May race. Beyond that, the IndyCar Series also ran its pre-500 road race at Indianapolis, and we have some GP2 action from Spain as well. Formula 1: Max Verstappen benefits from Mercedes' in-fighting Take nothing away from the 18-year-old Dutchman who won an astonishing Spanish GP this weekend in his first race for Red Bull, but this probably...

  • 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...

  • Jorge Lorenzo enjoys dominant performance in Le Mans: the motorsport roundup

    In this week's motorsport roundup, we update you on the DTM, World Touring Car Championship, Blancpain GT Championship, and the MotoGP circus, which was as historic Le Mans. MotoGP: Crazy season continues as Lorenzo leads from flag to finish This season's looking to become yet another MotoGP classic. It seems that each Championship contender thus far has had a chance to run away with a flag to flag race, only to fall short the very next event. It was Rossi's turn in Le Mans, who settled for second behind his dominant teammate, Jorge Lorenzo. After both Ducatis and Marc Marquez took a tumble,...

  • Nico Rosberg joins racing greats with Russia win: the motorsport roundup

    If you're an avid motorsport fan, you'd probably know that not much happened this weekend. Yes, Vladmir Putin appeared in Moscow, while Talladega was the site for NASCAR's debut demolition derby event, but beyond that, there were quite a few series on leave. We also touch on a mega weekend for a Welshman around Imola. Formula 1: Rosberg makes it seven from seven, becomes history boy The Russian GP was a bit of a Mercedes fest once again, but this time it was Nico Rosberg came out on top. That's four wins out of four this year, and seven on the bounce...

  • Rossi wins in Jerez : the motorsport roundup

    This weekend, most of world's motorsport action was of the two-wheeled variety. In Jerez, Valentino Rossi continued his sublime run of form, and South Africa was able to claim a rare victory thanks to Brad Binder's out-of-this world performance in the Moto 3 race. In four-wheeled racing meanwhile, the action turned to the Paris leg of the Formula E championship and Carl Edwards took his second race win in a row. Moto GP: Rossi rules in Jerez The MotoGP circuit wound its way to Spain this weekend, where Valentino Rossi continued the great run of form he's found in...

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