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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...
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...
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...
Red Bull junior Lawson to receive first F1 taste at Goodwood

Red Bull junior Lawson to receive first F1 taste at Goodwood

FIA, Formula 1, Motorsport, RACING, Sports
Red Bull Junior Liam Lawson will drive a Formula 1 car for the first time at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The New Zealander is set to pilot the Red Bull RB7 that guided Sebastian Vettel to his third F1 world championship in 2011 at the famous hillclimb event. This will be the first taste of F1 machinery for the 19-year-old currently competing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship. Lawson visited Red Bull’s Milton Keynes base earlier this week to undergo a seat fit in the car he watched as a child growing up in New Zealand. It was a process which he admitted was a surreal experience in itself. The Kiwi is expected to drive the RB7 up the iconic Goodwood hill on Friday and Sunday. He will also drive his Red Bull-backed Ferrari 488 GT3 car with which he won the opening...
Drivers keen to see Kenya’s Safari Rally remain part of the world championship

Drivers keen to see Kenya’s Safari Rally remain part of the world championship

FIA, KENYA, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Safari Rally, Sports, WRC
France's seven-time champion Sebastien Ogier wants Kenya's Safari Rally to stay part of the world championship The dust may have barely settled on the Safari Rally's return to the World Rally Championship calendar after a 19-year absence but host nation Kenya is already planning for its future. The country's initial agreement with motorsport's world governing body, the FIA, is a deal to host the event, which ended on Sunday, until 2023. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta is confident that the deal can be extended. "We have agreed with the (FIA) as well as the World Rally Championship (WRC) to continue hosting the safari in Kenya until 2026," he announced during the post-race awards ceremony. The FIA is yet to comment on the future of the Safari Rally beyond 2023. One man w...
CAN A SINGLE UPGRADE UNLOCK SUZUKI’S 2022 MOTOGP POTENTIAL?

CAN A SINGLE UPGRADE UNLOCK SUZUKI’S 2022 MOTOGP POTENTIAL?

FIM, GAMES, Moto GP, Motorsport, RACING, Sports, SUZUKI
Over the course of the past 12 months, MotoGP has taken one of its biggest technical jumps in recent years, as ride height adjustment devices have become de rigueur across the grid – and with reigning world champions Suzuki now the only team absent the vital component, this year’s summer break could well be a make-or-break time for it to catch up with its competitors. Ride height devices are an evolution of the holeshot device first introduced by Ducati at the end of the 2018 season, to ensure that the Desmosedicis get a better start by locking out the front suspension. First trialled by Jack Miller, it means that no power is wasted in compressing the forks when riders release the clutch, ensuring a few vital hundredths of a second off the line. Under the development of maverick...
Hamilton: Fight against Verstappen ‘reinvigorating’ love for F1

Hamilton: Fight against Verstappen ‘reinvigorating’ love for F1

FIA, Formula 1, Motorsport, RACING, RELATIONS, Sports
Lewis Hamilton says the fight against Max Verstappen and Red Bull this year has been “reinvigorating the love” he has for Formula 1, bringing him closer to his Mercedes team. Mercedes announced last Saturday that Hamilton had signed a new two-year contract, ensuring he will remain with the team until at least the end of the 2023 season. Hamilton’s long-term F1 future had been subject to speculation after he only signed a one-year extension with Mercedes back in February to cover the 2021 season. But the British driver always made clear that his future beyond this year would not depend on any on-track success as he went in search of a record-breaking eighth world title. Hamilton has faced his sternest challenge for an F1 title in over five seasons so far this year against V...
MATTHEW WILSON TO MAKE BRITISH FIESTA RALLY3 DEBUT

MATTHEW WILSON TO MAKE BRITISH FIESTA RALLY3 DEBUT

ENGLAND, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports
Matthew Wilson, M-Sport Director and Chief Test Driver, will make the British debut of the four-wheel drive Fiesta Rally3 on the M-Sport Stages in Greystoke Forest this weekend (July 2-3). Son to Malcolm Wilson and with rallying running through his veins, former WRC driver Matthew was an integral part of the Fiesta Rally3’s development. Drawing from his vast wealth of experience, Matthew was able to steer the development of the Fiesta Rally3 to form the perfect entry-level four-wheel drive rally car. The M-Sport Poland-built Fiesta Rally3 completes M-Sport’s ‘Ladder of Opportunity’, highlighting the marque’s commitment to ensuring every driver of every capability is catered for under one roof, with a particular emphasis on young drivers. It is a cost-effective rally car homologa...