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President Kenyatta mourns politician and fashion icon Orie Rogo Manduli

President Kenyatta mourns politician and fashion icon Orie Rogo Manduli

EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Motorsport, UN Women, WOMEN, Women Emamanicipation
NAIROBI, 8th September 2021, (PSCU)—President Uhuru Kenyatta has mourned veteran politician and fashion icon Mary Orie Rogo Manduli as a woman of many firsts and trailblazer who fought tirelessly for women empowerment. Ms Orie Rogo Manduli, 73, passed away on Wednesday evening at her Nairobi home. “It is sad and unfortunate that death has taken away Mama Orie Rogo Manduli, one of our country's most recognizable, highly charismatic and accomplished politicians. A bold leader and mentor, Ms Manduli tirelessly championed for women empowerment,” the President mourned. In the message of condolence to the family, friends and relatives of Ms Manduli, the President said the late was a fearless, bold and practical leader who always spoke her mind. He recalled the late Manduli's exploits a...
Lewis Hamilton vows to continue racing ‘hard but fairly’ after Max Verstappen collision

Lewis Hamilton vows to continue racing ‘hard but fairly’ after Max Verstappen collision

ENGLAND, FIA, Formula 1, Motorsport, RACING, Sports
F1 championship leader Verstappen released from hospital 'without any major injuries' following high-speed crash at British Grand Prix Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday, July 18. (Bradley Collyer/PA) Lewis Hamilton said he will continue to race “hard but fairly” after Max Verstappen accused the Briton of being dangerous, disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behaviour following their high-speed collision at the British Grand Prix on Sunday. Verstappen was released from hospital at 10pm on Sunday night, seven hours after his crash with Hamilton on the opening lap of the Silverstone race. Hamilton was dealt a 10-second penalty for the accident. But the Mercedes driver recovered from fourth to pass Ferrari’s Charles L...
Rovanperä youngest ever WRC winner

Rovanperä youngest ever WRC winner

Estonia, FIA, Motorsport, RACING, Sports, WRC
Photo credit: Toyota Gazoo Racing Kalle Rovanperä is a history maker. The 20-year-old Finnish Driver took top honours at this weekend’s FIA World Rally Championship event, Rally Estonia. The Toyota Gazoo Racing Driver led the Hyundai Motorsport pair of Craig Breen and Thierry Neuville.  Rovanperä started the weekend strong, taking top honours in Thursday’s curtain-raiser. His pace continued in blistering form on Friday’s stages as he took two of the morning stages and the Rally Lead.  There was no such luck for home hero Ott Tänak though, who slipped to 7th in the standings following a front tyre puncture on SS3. In the latter Kanepi stage, things went from bad to worse. An off for Tänak ending his day, da...
Ford Puma Plug-In Hybrid To Tackle 2022 World Rally Championship

Ford Puma Plug-In Hybrid To Tackle 2022 World Rally Championship

ELECTRIC, FIA, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports, WRC
The M-Sport Ford World Rally Team (WRT) today revealed for the first time a prototype of the new Puma Rally1 rally car that will help usher in an exciting new era of electrified competition in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) from 2022. While other forms of motorsport have waxed and waned for Ford over the past several decades, two that have been pretty consistent are NASCAR and rallying. While NASCAR is pretty much an American exclusive phenomenon, rallying is popular just about everywhere else on the planet. For the 2022 edition of the FIA World Rally Championship, Ford is preparing a brand new contendor along with its partners at M-Sport, the Puma Rally1 with a new plug-in hybrid powertrain. For those reading this outside of Europe, the current Puma is Ford’s subcompact cro...
WRC Estonia: Evans missing 100% confidence to “compete”

WRC Estonia: Evans missing 100% confidence to “compete”

Estonia, FIA, Motorsport, Sports, WRC
Elfyn Evans has explained his deficit to the Rally Estonia podium positions is down to a lack of confidence admitting he is not "feeling 100%" comfortable. The championship contender has struggled to match the pace of his Toyota teammates, rally leader Kalle Rovanpera and fourth-placed Sebastien Ogier, which has left him almost two minutes adrift of the lead in fifth. Evans made a costly mistake on Friday's second stage when he overshot two junctions and stalled the car losing 12 seconds in the process. Since then the Welshman has struggled to recover and has now fallen adrift of the top four. Last year's championship runner-up admitted he wasn't clicking with his Yaris on the fast and flowing gravel stages on Friday. Evans offered an honest assessment of his situation dur...
Max Verstappen finishes fastest in final practice session before F1’s first ever Sprint race at Silverstone… but Dutchman will still start inaugural event behind title rival Lewis Hamilton

Max Verstappen finishes fastest in final practice session before F1’s first ever Sprint race at Silverstone… but Dutchman will still start inaugural event behind title rival Lewis Hamilton

FIA, Formula 1, Motorsport, Sports
Max Verstappen finished fastest in the final practice run before F1's Sprint race   The Dutchman finished three tenths faster than Ferrari's Charles LeclercLewis Hamilton finished eighth but will start on pole in the first ever Sprint race  Max Verstappen finished fastest in the final practice session ahead of Formula One's inaugural Sprint race on Saturday. The Dutchman, who will start behind pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton, ended the one-hour running at a sun-cooked Silverstone three tenths faster than Ferrari's Charles Leclerc. Leclerc's team-mate Carlos Sainz finished third, with Hamilton eighth in his Mercedes. Max Verstappen finished fastest in the final practice session before F1's first Sprint race The Dutchman (above) finished three tenths faster than next-fastest drive...
Honda MotoGP riders “expect a lot of new things” after summer break

Honda MotoGP riders “expect a lot of new things” after summer break

FIM, Moto GP, Motorsport, RACING, Sports
Pol Espargaro says Honda riders “expect a lot of new things” on the bike for the second half of the 2021 MotoGP season after a tough start to the year. Though Marc Marquez did score Honda’s first win since 2019 with a sensational comeback victory in Germany, Honda has struggled to get close to the podium this season with its problematic 2021 RC213V. Honda currently sits fifth in the constructors’ standings, just 24 clear of Aprilia and 98 adrift of Yamaha following the first nine races of the 2021 campaign. A lack of rear grip has been the main issue for Honda riders in 2021, which is affecting acceleration and the braking phase of cornering, while the Honda remains difficult in qualifying trim. A new chassis introduced for the Dutch TT was met was praise from both Marquez...
Mercedes’ F1 upgrade revealed ahead of British GP

Mercedes’ F1 upgrade revealed ahead of British GP

FIA, Formula 1, Motorsport, RACING, Sports
Mercedes has offered a first glimpse of the updates that it hopes will move it closer to Red Bull in the fight for Formula 1 glory at the British Grand Prix. With the German car manufacturer having not won since the Spanish Grand Prix back in May, it is keeping its fingers crossed that the developments will bring it a much-needed performance step. For while main rival Red Bull has unleashed an aggressive aero upgrade programme on a race-by-race basis, Mercedes has instead been more conservative with its changes. So far it had only made small adjustments to its floor and diffuser as part of a rectification programme, with a larger update package seemingly always their preferred route rather than trickling through smaller tweaks. The team had openly spoke...
WRC Estonia: Rally favourite Tanak suffers shock early retirement

WRC Estonia: Rally favourite Tanak suffers shock early retirement

Estonia, FIA, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports, WRC
Rally Estonia favourite Ott Tanak has retired from the day’s action after the early leader suffered a puncture followed by a wild moment on the fourth stage of the event. The Hyundai driver started the day by winning the opening stage to take the overall rally lead, but his rally began to unravel on the second test of the day when he suffered a front right puncture. Tanak was running strongly when his Pirelli tyre appeared to delaminate, ripping bodywork from the front of his i20 halfway through the 17.05km stage. The Estonian managed to reach the end of the test but lost his lead and dropped to seventh overall after losing more than 20s to stage winner Kalle Rovanpera. However, his day went from bad to worse on the next stage. After fitting his only spare tyre, Tanak s...
FIA WARNS 2022 F1 CARS WON’T IMPROVE RACING ‘OVERNIGHT

FIA WARNS 2022 F1 CARS WON’T IMPROVE RACING ‘OVERNIGHT

FIA, Formula 1, Motorsport, RACING, Sports
Formula 1’s governing body the FIA has warned it doesn’t expect the 2022 cars to produce close racing “overnight” following its unveiling on Thursday. Ahead of the major regulation changes coming into force next year, a full-scale concept of a 2022 F1 car was revealed for the first time before this weekend’s British Grand Prix. The next-generation F1 cars have been designed with the aim of creating closer racing, but the FIA’s head of single-seaters Nikolas Tombazis has urged fans to not expect the new rules to have an instant impact. “We expect to see closer racing, but maybe not from the very first race because maybe somebody will get the new rules right and somebody wrong,” Tombazis said. “But very soon we expect to see a closer level of competitiveness between the ...
MIKKELSEN TARGETS WRC2 TURNAROUND

MIKKELSEN TARGETS WRC2 TURNAROUND

FIA, Motorsport, RACING, Sports, WRC
Škoda Fabia Rally2 star Andreas Mikkelsen is hoping that luck will be on his side at this week’s Rally Estonia (15 - 18 July). Mikkelsen currently tops the WRC2 standings halfway through the season, but misfortune in recent events has slowed his progress. A win in Monte-Carlo was followed by a podium on Arctic Rally Finland, however the Norwegian suffered suspension damage in Croatia and retired from Rally Italia Sardegna after a roll.  Recent European Championship outings on similar terrain in Poland and Latvia have left Mikkelsen feeling quietly confident about his chances in Tartu.  “These two events were a good warm-up for Rally Estonia with its fast and smooth gravel stages,” he explained.   “I finished second overall here in 2019, when the rally was held...
ROVANPERÄ EDGES TÄNAK IN ESTONIA SHAKEDOWN

ROVANPERÄ EDGES TÄNAK IN ESTONIA SHAKEDOWN

FIA, Motorsport, RACING, Sports, WRC
Kalle Rovanperä laid down a Rally Estonia marker by scorching to fastest time at a sun-kissed shakedown on Thursday morning in which the top three were blanketed by six-tenths. The Estonian-domiciled Finn stopped the clocks five-tenths faster than home hero Ott Tänak in the 6.23km gravel road Abissaare test. Takamoto Katsuta completed the top three, just a tenth further back. “It was a bit damp conditions so the grip was really high and everything worked well,” said Toyota Yaris driver Rovanperä. “Then on the last pass we had a bit of testing for the second pass conditions and the feeling is good on both set-ups.” The 20-year-old is keen to end a troubled run of four rallies in which he has broken into the top six just once – in Kenya last month. He acknowledged that the fast...
F1 launches scholarship and internship programs to improve diversity

F1 launches scholarship and internship programs to improve diversity

ADVOCACY, FIA, Formula 1, Motorsport, RACING, Sports
Just a day after the Hamilton Commission revealed its recommendations to improve the representation of Black people in F1, the sport has unveiled a raft of scholarship, internship and apprenticeship plans to improve diversity within its vast community. Formula 1's initiative builds on its #WeRaceAsOne campaign launched in 2020 and the formation of a foundation personally funded by former F1 non-executive chairman Chase Carey dedicated to financing primarily engineering-focused scholarships in the sport for underrepresented students. Overall, F1 has put three programs on their rails with the support and commitment of all ten teams. The first initiative will provide engineering scholarships for 10 students from underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities, women, and th...
Hamilton Commission makes 10 recommendations in first report on representation of black people in motorsport

Hamilton Commission makes 10 recommendations in first report on representation of black people in motorsport

ADVOCACY, FIA, Formula 1, Motorsport, RACING, RACISM, Sports
The Hamilton Commission, the initiative set-up by seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton to increase representation of Black people in UK motorsport, has released its first report into the issue, which includes 10 recommendations for change. The Mercedes driver – who is the first Black superstar in F1 history – launched the new research partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering last June with the aim of making motorsport “as diverse as the complex and multicultural world we live in”. The catalyst was when Hamilton was looking at an end of season photo in 2019 and noticed there was a lack of representation. After 10 months of research, the Commission found that wider societal issues were affecting Black students’ opportunities within engineering, as well as...
Norris ‘unharmed but shaken’ say McLaren, after he was mugged at the Euro 2020 final at Wembley

Norris ‘unharmed but shaken’ say McLaren, after he was mugged at the Euro 2020 final at Wembley

ATTACK, CELEBRITY, ENGLAND, EURO 2020, Motorsport, Sports
Lando Norris was mugged after watching the Euro 2020 football final between England and Italy at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, his McLaren Formula 1 team have said. The Briton, who has scored in every race this year and taken three podiums, posted pictures of himself at the game, which was won by Italy on penalties. It then emerged his watch was stolen after the conclusion of the game. “McLaren Racing can confirm that Lando Norris was involved in an incident, after the Euro 2020 final match at Wembley, during which the watch he was wearing was taken,” said a team statement. Thankfully, Lando was unharmed but he is understandably shakenMcLaren statement “Thankfully, Lando was unharmed but he is understandably shaken. The team is supporting Lando and we are sure that racing ...
Sergio Henao Finishes Top 20 as Le Tour Enters Andorra on Stage 15

Sergio Henao Finishes Top 20 as Le Tour Enters Andorra on Stage 15

CYCLING, France, GAMES, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, RACING, Sports
Sergio Henao was one of the first 8 riders to go clear before another 24 riders came across to the front groupANDORRA, France, July 12, 2021/APO Group/ --   Sepp Kuss (Team Jumbo-Visma) won stage 15 of the Tour de France, being the strongest out of large breakaway to go solo to the line in Andorra la Vella. Stage 15 of the Tour de France was another difficult climbing day as the peloton had to cover 191km, including 4 categorised climbs. A fast start on a small climb saw a big breakaway group go clear in the opening kilometers. Sergio Henao was one of the first 8 riders to go clear before another 24 riders came across to the front group. Groupama-FDJ had numbers in the front group and so they took control of the pace and pushed the lead out to over 9’00”, ahead of the ye...
F1 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed!

F1 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed!

FIA, Formula 1, GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED, Motorsport, RACING, Sports
The four-day Goodwood Festival of Speed has returned for its 2021 edition with a variety of iconic cars from motorsport past and present on display to fans. Cars from all eras, including some from the future of motorsport, have taken to Goodwood for the annual hill climb event with F1 cars, as ever, taking centre stage. Across the weekend, current drivers including Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris will be in attendance and although teams are prevented by testing regulations from running current machinery, static displays accompany the hill climb runners. With the British Grand Prix taking place next weekend, the Festival of Speed is the ideal event to whet the appetites of motorsport fans! This gallery will be updated across the event so check back for...
Porsche Ventures invests in motorsport technology start-up Griiip

Porsche Ventures invests in motorsport technology start-up Griiip

FIA, Motorsport, RACING, Sports
Porsche expands its start-up portfolio to change the motorsport viewing experience and raise the perception of car racing to new dimensions Porsche expands its start-up portfolio to change the motorsport viewing experience and raise the perception of car racing to new dimensions. Porsche Ventures, the sports car manufacturer’s venture capital division, has taken a minority stake in Griiip. The start-up has developed a cloud-based data platform that enables the transmission of motorsport data directly from the racing car, and then both analyses and visualises it in the cloud. Griiip introduces a new dimension of user engagement, data analysis and viewing experience aimed at bringing the excitement of motorsport to every level of end-user – drivers, teams and fans. The Israel-b...
German rider Politt wins Tour de France stage 12 in Nimes

German rider Politt wins Tour de France stage 12 in Nimes

CYCLING, GAMES, RACING, Sports, UCI
The pack rides during the twelfth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 159.4 kilometers (99 miles) with start in Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux and finish in Nimes, France, Thursday, July 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) CHRISTOPHE ENA AP NIMES, FRANCE Rarely in the spotlight, Nils Politt struggled to believe victory was his when it finally came at the Tour de France. After dropping his last remaining rivals on the road leading to the city of Nimes in southern France, the German rider hit his helmet several times and shook his head as if to say, “I can’t believe it.” After the strange feeling sank in, with the finish in sight, Politt made a big heart sign with his hands and crossed the line on his own to post only the second stage win of his professional career. Polit...
WIM – WOMEN IN MOTORSPORT SEMINAR – FOCUSING ON CHANGE

WIM – WOMEN IN MOTORSPORT SEMINAR – FOCUSING ON CHANGE

FIA, Motorsport, PRESS CONFERENCE, Sports
The third international FIA Women in Motorsport Seminar got underway today, July 7, in the Principality of Monaco. Nearly 80 delegates from 68 countries joined the opening day of the two-day Seminar, which is designed to unite the motor sport community and its national sporting authorities, discuss and debate the challenges affecting women, and identify areas where promoting greater awareness and inclusivity within the sport can be accelerated. Broadcast live on Facebook, the opening session, Women in Motor Sport - A Decade of Action, formed part of the wider FIA Conference and was opened by Jean Todt. The FIA President welcomed the delegates and underlined how many more women are needed within the sport. He also thanked strong sponsors and partners for their support in providing e...