Keen to race? Entries open for 2018 Knysna Simola Hillclimb

Next Jaguar Simola Hillclimb dates; May 4-6 2017 Find your entry applications here Invitational events again Classic Car Friday  KNYSNA, South Africa – Entry lists have opened for the ninth 2018 Simola Hillclimb which in 2017 drew 15 000 spectators to the high ground adjacent to one of the most beautiful river estuaries in the…

‘Season not over yet’ says Ferrari’s optimistic boss

LONDON, England – Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne has saluted his Formula 1 team’s progress with the belief that the 2017 season “is not lost” despite a string of setbacks. Sebastian Vettel, championship leader Lewis Hamilton’s main title rival, is 59 points behind the latter and was a retiree from the October 2017 Japanese GP Prix…

Audi impresses in Formula E track tests at Valencia

  Team AudiSport puts in most laps of all teams Positive assessments by drivers Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi Getting set for next season of quiet auto competition VALENCIA, Spain – The new Audi e-tron FE04 has left a strong impression at the official pre-season testing of the Formula E electric racing series at…

Button to return to track – but not in Formula 1

SUZUKA, Japan – British driver Jenson (37) Button will return to racing in 2018 but not in Formula 1. He reckons, according to a Reuters report, that he’s spent a year too long in the sport The 2009 World champion raced in a Suzuka 1000km endurance race earlier in 2017 as a one-off on the…

Vettel in more trouble for disrespecting anthem

SUZUKA, Japan – Sebastian Vettel is believed to be one race-remand away from a 10-place grid penalty after Formula 1 stewards punished him for missing the national anthem at Sunday’s Japanese GP. A report from Reuters said the German’s absence “was understandable given the commotion around his car on the starting grid as the Italian…

Hamilton trembles to Suzuka win as tyres degrade

SUZUKA, Japan – Lewis Hamilton is now close to scoring his fourth Formula 1 World championship with his win today (Oct 8) at the 2017 Japanese F1 GP. His closest rival Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) retired with engine problems. Mercedes’ Hamilton finished 1.2sec ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen despite tyre vibration intensifying towards the end…

Guess who’s on pole for the 2017 Japanese F1 GP?

SUZUKA, Japan – 2017 Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton has taken yet another pole start – this time for the October 8 2017 Japanese GP at Suzuka. His fastest lap also generated another line in the record tables for the 5.8km track – 1min27.319 and “well clear”of his rivals. Team mate Valtteri Bottas set…

Bottas’ broken box to cost five grid places

SUZUKA, Japan – Valtteri Bottas will be penalised five grid places for Sunday’s Japanese F1 GP because of an “unscheduled gearbox change” on his Mercedes. Rules say a driver has to use one gearbox for six consecutive races. He can take on a fresh gearbox without penalty if he fails to finish the previous race…

Suzuka GP: Vettel sets pace, then track washed out

SUZUKA, Japan – Sebastian Vettel was quickest in free practice for the 2017 Japanese F1 GP on Friday but his effort was never challenged as the session was cancelled after heavy rain soaked the track. Only five drivers completed timed laps. The opening day of track action at Suzuka started under overcast skies with light…

Look out Lewis, Sebastian is still in your mirrors

SEPANG, Malaysia – Sebastian Vettel might have fallen to the fringe of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes race-car mirrors but the Ferrari driver is still optimistic about his chances of taking the trophy. Vettel started at the back of the grid for Sunday’s (Oct 1) 2017 Malaysian F1 GP thanks to being unable to qualify thanks to…

Hidden rock ends Toyota SA’s hope of China Rally win

Hidden rock puts Toyota in hard place Five China Rally leaders quit event End of road for De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz ALXA, Inner Mongolia – At least five leading competitors in the Dakar Series China Rally were eliminated from the tough event through the Gobi Desert by a hidden rock not marked on the route guide….

Cruising crash at Sepang could cost Vettel Japan F1

SEPANG, Malaysia – Sebastian Vettel’s F1 title bid could get a further setback because of a bizarre collision on the “cool down” lap of the 2017 F1 GP here on Sunday (Oct 1). The German, 34 points behind Mercedes’ championship leader Lewis Hamilton with five races left, collided with Canadian Lance Stroll’s Williams. “Stroll just…