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…

Fuel engines hit back at battery in MPG marathon

Winning Ford Fiesta diesel gets 2.44 litres/100km Honda Jazz smashes its official figure by 60% Electric Hyundai Ioniq makes 227km on charge LONDON, England – Awesome results have come from a Fleet World/ALD Automotive fuel-economy run in the UK that scoff at internal combustion engine nay-sayers. For instance, one petrol-fuelled entry recorded 2.83 litres/100km and…

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…

Vettel’s champs chances fade into exhaust smoke

SUZUKA, Japan – Sebastian Vettel had yet another retirement on Sunday as his Formula 1 title hopes almost disappeared through his exhaust pipe. Engine problems halted his challenge to Lewis Hamilton on the fourth lap of the 2017 Japanese F1 GP despite his spanner team working hard on the pre-race grid to try to correct…

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…

Happy birthday Breathalyser: Half-century of ‘blow here’

Older test methods were more fun One bag, one blow, and off to court 200 a year dying die driving drunk LONDON, England – The drink drive breathalyser is 50 years old this weekend. Police carried out the first roadside breath test on a motorist in Shropshire on 8 October 1967. Prior to that, the…

Prototype 9: Marty McFly and Doc’s dream machine

Volunteer team re-designed history Race car, yes, but completely silent Time-leap back to Nissan’s racing roots PEBBLE BEACH, California – Nissan’s premium brand Infiniti  unveiled a race car prototype at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – not one with huge tyres and aero wings but instead inspired by race vehicles of the 1940’s. The…

Internal combustion still burns bright in auto future

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – There is a measure of panic in several countries, among them Germany, Britain and France, about calls to ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles over the next couple of decades. However, the reality is that such calls will do little to stop or slow  development of such engines and that…

Range Rover going super-hybrid for 2018

Whopping great power from hybrid drive Stupid top speed twice the legal limit Electric drive ideal for low-speed off-road WHITELY, England – The Range Rover Sport SUV is now available in the UK with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain (PHEV – the world’s most ugly abbreviation – Ed) that’s said to deliver efficiency, capability and…