Posts Tagged "Motorsport"

On the same day that the FIA announced the polarising ‘Halo’ would be introduced to Formula One from 2018, reports surfaced that the sport’s two leading manufacturers were unwilling to come to the aid of one of Formula One’s iconic outfits.

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Evolution is a fundamental part of motorsport. As further advances in technology are made, the boundaries continue to shift and adapt to the current automotive climate.

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Sebastian Vettel leads the drivers’ standings at the halfway point of the season, yet Ferrari are displaying concerning symptoms of a fadeout as the summer break approaches.

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One week after a memorable victory for Helio Castroneves in Iowa, the IndyCar Series headed north of the border for the annual event on the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Here are my talking points.

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It’s the mid-season breather in MotoGP. Normal service resumes in two weeks at the Chez Grand Prix.

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“This is the start of the new regime,” Ross Brawn told the throngs of Britons assembled at Trafalgar Square and up Whitehall at Formula One’s first ever ‘Formula One Live’ event.

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Of the fourteen races contested so far in the 2017 Supercars championship, only two have been won by drivers with Australian origin – with the rest having been claimed by our neighbours across the Ditch.

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Growing up with a father who spent most of his free time either tuning cars or racing them, my passion for motorsport was always a foregone conclusion. I remember, as a kid, the first time I sat in the cockpit of one of dad’s track cars; it absolutely cemented my obsession.

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On the eve of his home event Lewis Hamilton finds himself in a familiar situation.

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As the old saying goes, ‘good things come in threes,’ and the Austrian Grand Prix certainly affirmed that statement regarding the direction of the 2017 Formula One world championship.

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The rhetoric has belied the reality that Valtteri Bottas is more than a number two driver, and the Finn’s victory at the Austrian Grand Prix has forced those in denial to acknowledge his title credentials.

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The IndyCar Series is deep into it’s summer run, and the race at Iowa Speedway marks the halfway point of what’s been a very interesting and ultra-competitive season so far.

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The pace of Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull in holding off Lewis Hamilton to claim a fifth-straight podium surprised even himself at the Austria Grand Prix, won by Valtteri Bottas.

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Daniel Ricciardo was twice fifth-fastest as Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has posted the fastest time in both practice sessions for the Austrian Grand Prix.

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So busy was the Azerbaijan Grand Prix that almost two weeks later we’re still unpacking all of its implications.

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In light of Honda’s ongoing turmoil, Ross Brawn’s concession that incoming engine manufacturers may require concessions carries the right intentions.

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As the midpoint of the 2017 Supercars championship nears, there is no clear indication of who will be claiming the coveted touring car title, with the battle continuing to intrigue.

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There has been much dismay over the decision to not take further action against Sebastian Vettel for his swipe on Lewis Hamilton during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, as the FIA dismissed the case entirely.

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Mercedes could yet pull out of Formula One in the foreseeable future, though Toto Wolff’s repudiation of Eddie Jordan’s latest prophecy demonstrates the humanity which remains in a sport driven by relentless speculation at the media’s behest.

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Ron Dennis has ended his 37 years with McLaren by selling his shares and stepping down as chairman after a troubled six months with the automotive group.

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