Sainz Jnr ‘ready to step up’ with McLaren race seat

WOKING, England – Carlos Sainz wants to be McLaren’s lead drivers for 2019 as he replaces  fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso’s at the Formula 1 team. Reuters reports that the 24-year-old Spaniard joined from Renault (he was there on loan from Red Bull)  in a new line-up with 19-year-old British rookie Lando Norris. Sainz has a…

Ferrari unveils 2019 Formula 1 cars with vow to win

MARANELLO, Italy – Ferrari has unveiled its 2019 Formula 1 cars, machines the automaker hopes will end an era of Mercedes dominance on tracks around the world. The team also, Reuters reported, says the cars were designed to end an era of Mercedes domination ”and shatter Lewis Hamilton’s dream of a sixth championship”. The sport’s…

Red Bull’s boss scoffs at ‘more equality’ in F1 racing

LONDON, England – US-based Liberty Media, current owner of Formula 1 rights, is reported by Red Bull team boss Christian Horner as perhaps underestimating  what’s involved. He was also scathing about technical changes he deemed as expensive but doing little. The current agreements between teams, rights-holders, and the governing body will expire at the end of…

‘Verstappen Hamilton and Vettel’s Nemesis through 2019’

LONDON, England – Max Verstappen, 21, is the driver multiple F1 champion Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel should fear through the 2019 racing season. That is, at least, the opinion of Red Bull team boss Christian Horner according to a Reuters report. Hollander Verstappen  won twice in 2018 and ended the season fourth overall….

Look out for Alfa Romeo Racing clover leaf on 2019 F1 grids

LONDON, England – The Sauber name will be absent from the 2019 Formula 1 grid. Instead, the cars will be emblazoned with the words Alfa Romeo Racing. It’s all part of a new and extended sponsorship deal for the team that was eighth of the 10 teams in the 2018 Constructors’ championship but it will…

10-speed auto gives extra clout to Chevy’s Camaro

Extra gears ‘mean faster lap times’ Uprated suspenson for greater grip Extra luxury goodies for the Camaro cabin DETROIT, Michigan – The 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE, said to be the fastest, most track-capable, Camaro yet, will from late in February be offered in the US with an industry-leading 10-speed auto transmission. Chevrolet’s engineers are said…

Race promoters at odds with F1’s new owners

LONDON, England – A joint media statement signed by most of Formula 1’s promoters has expressed concern about how the sport is being run by most recent owner Liberty Media. The F1 Promoters’ Association said representatives of 16 grands prix had met in London to discuss the situation ahead of the 21-race 2019 season that…

Alonso and team win rain-hit 2019 Daytona 24-Hour

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – Twice Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso has won the rain-shortened 2018 24 Hours of Daytona after passing Felipe Nasr two laps from what became the end on Sunday. He is only the third F1 champion to win the race – the others were Phil Hill (1964) and Mario Andretti (1972) and…

Zanardi looks ahead with realistic expectations

LONDON, England – Despite losing both legs in a crash 17 years earlier Alex Zanardi jokes that ”I have both feet firmly planted” when it comes to expectations for this weekend’s (Jan 26 2019) 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race. Zanardi, now 52, is back and racing against some of motorsports best 17 years after…

Schumie Jnr to follow dad to Ferrari

LONDON, England – Former Ferrari F1 driver Michael Schumacher’s son – also Michael, but known by the diminutive Mick – has contracted to join the Italian racing team’s driver academy. The 19-year-old will race in Formula 2 through 2019 after winning the 2018 European F3 championship. Ferrari said in a statement on Saturday the youngster…

Desert triumph as Toyota SA team convoys to 2019 Dakar win

Triumph for South Africa in 2019 Dakar Teamwork paid off on final leg of the race Last-leg formation flying by Toyota team mates PISCO, Peru – The final stage of Dakar 2019 has ended at the bivouac in Pisco with Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel bringing home their South African-built…

Steady day in dunes as Attiyah leads near Dakar end

Al Attiyah / Baumel further extend overall lead De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz fourth on Stage 8 SA Toyota team Ten Brinke / Panseri forced out PISCO, Peru -A 360km test on Tuesday saw the Dakar rally return to the coastal town of Pisco and for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah (Qatar) and…