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VALTTERI BOTTAS TESTS ŠKODA FABIA R5 IN FINLAND

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team driver Valtteri Bottas has been seen testing a new rally car around a forest stage in Finland. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused Formula 1 to delay their season, but meanwhile waiting for it to start, but Bottas has been able to keep the momentum going by testing the car on some gravel roads. On […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING PARTNER WITH ESPORTS WRC, GR YARIS FOR WINNER

Toyota GAZOO Racing have signed a multi-year title agreement with the eSports WRC Championship, with the 2020 winner walking away with a brand-new GR Yaris road car. The virtual series is currently in its fifth season and uses the WRC series of games as a platform for its competition with seven of the 11 qualifying rounds so far complete in the 2020 […]

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Official: F1 confirms eight-race European start to 2020 season

Following the cancellation or postponement of the first 10 races on the original calendar due to the Covid-19 pandemic, F1 will finally restart on July 5 with the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. The summer schedule is as follows: July 5 – Austrian; July 12 – Austria II (Steiermark GP); July 19 […]

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Deep dive: Volkswagen GTI history

The recipe is familiar. Take a front-wheel-drive economy and add some spice. That’s how the Volkswagen Golf GTI reinvented the affordable performance car.With the eighth-generation GTI on the way, VW delved into the car’s origin story. In 1974, a handful of staffers hatched a plan (no pun intended) for a sporty Golf model, with no […]

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Dartz reviving one of Russia’s oldest car brands for new EV company

Dartz is famous for its big, hulking SUVs, although some may only know the company for offering the world’s most expensive vodka. In the future, the Dartz name could come to be synonymous with electric cars. The company has teamed up with a major Chinese automaker to revive historic Russian brand Freze as a player in […]

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Maserati commemorates the American victories of the 8CTF at the Indianapolis 500

The Maserati brand has achieved international fame for the design, style and performance of its unique cars.  With a tradition and history of successes on the roads and circuits all over the world, Maserati’s victories have made it a standard-bearer for Italian excellence. In fact, racing has always been in Maserati’s DNA: it was in […]

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PARITY, PARITY, PARITY

Finding continued success in NASCAR these days is like being a field goal kicker against a continually moving goal post.Toyota won 19 times in 36 races last season, but Ford and Chevrolet appear to have closed the gap during the offseason. And that figurative moving goal post is best illustrated by the ever-changing rules package. […]

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ŠKODA FABIA RALLY2 ALL-ELECTRIC RALLY CAR TO MAKE ITS DELAYED DEBUT AT JÄNNER RALLY 2021

Baumschlager Rallye & Racing together with Kreisel Electric are currently developing an all-electric Škoda Fabia Rally2, the first of its kind, but the COVID-19 pandemic has caused issues for the Austrian companies, with the project now around 4-5 months behind schedule. They have lost time when the country went into lockdown and employees had to be laid off, then […]

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Mercedes: We stand with Hamilton, equality

Mercedes has thrown its support behind Lewis Hamilton, and has emphasised the importance of tolerance, in the midst of ongoing protests regarding racism. Several protests have taken place in the United States, which have spread to other parts of the world, after the death in police custody of George Floyd, an unarmed black man. Hamilton, […]

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After NASCAR Restart, Formula One To Make Belated Comeback In Austria In July

After a more than two-month drought of 200 mph-plus speed and roaring V8s due to the coronavirus pandemic, motor racing hungry fans were treated to a NASCAR race with a difference on May 17 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, from the comfort of their homes. In an event dubbed “The Real Heroes 400” honoring […]

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F1 legend Fernando Alonso in frame for sensational return as Renault reveal two-time world champ ‘an option’ for 2021 Marc Mayo

FERNANDO ALONSO is in the running for a sensational return to Renault ahead of the 2021 Formula 1 season. After the French marque lost Daniel Ricciardo to McLaren, they are having to survey their options for Esteban Ocon’s new teammate.Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul is determined to take his time in hiring a driver for next year […]

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IndyCar to open its delayed season in Texas on June 6

IndyCar has gotten the green flag to finally start its season, which it will do in Texas with a nighttime race June 6 without spectators. The race at Texas Motor Speedway was the next one on the schedule that hadn’t been postponed or cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. IndyCar and track officials announced the […]

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Beaubier breaks lap record as MotoAmerica returns at Road America

Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier started the 2020 MotoAmerica HONOS Superbike Series in the best possible way at Road America, the defending four-time MotoAmerica Superbike champion leading both sessions by a comfortable margin and smashing the outright lap record on Friday afternoon. Beaubier started strongly in the morning session with his 2:12.151 putting […]

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“Marc Marquez would win on any other motorcycle” – Giacomo Agostini

Marc Marquez doesn’t need to change teams to prove he is the best, according to grand prix legend Giacomo Agostini With six MotoGP World Championships to his name, Marquez is well on the way towards surpassing Agostini’s record total of eight premier class titles and stands to achieve them all with Repsol Honda. Marquez recently […]

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Deep dive: How the Bugatti Chiron became the Chiron Pur Sport

With top speed no longer its main priority, Bugatti has turned to tuning its hypercars for the whole track instead of just the straights. It started with the Chiron Sport and then progressed with the Chiron-based Divo and has now culminated with the Chiron Pur Sport, which Bugatti unveiled in March and bills as its most […]

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From the beach to the boards, we’ve raced cars in some very strange places

A delightful story arrived in my inbox recently. Headlined “The six weirdest places F1 has raced,” it was written by Ben Miles and published by Goodwood Road & Racing, and if you haven’t signed up for the British circuit’s newsletter, you’re missing some great (oh-how-I-hate-the-word) content. Those six weirdest places in Miles’ mind were a […]

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The Lancia 037: History, Development, Specifications

Lancia 037 Essential History In the 1970s, Italian automaker Lancia had become a force to be reckoned with in the World Rally Championship series with cars like the Fulvia and Stratos, the latter winning three overall WRC championships consecutively in 1974-’76. By the end of the 1970s, the FIA had announced that a new rally car class […]

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F1: Fernando Alonso would drive the wheels off Renault, one way or the other

“A mega race. What he did is unbelievable.” The fact that those words are attributed to a Fernando Alonso drive does not surprise. However, it wasn’t a performance that earned the two-time World Champion a race win, or even a podium. Instead, former McLaren racing director Eric Boullier made that statement after the Spaniard finished seventh […]

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New rules will make F1’s top teams “dinosaurs”

Formula 1’s new rules will make the top teams “dinosaurs”, Racing Point technical director Andrew Green has predicted . The new rules, which were approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council yesterday, will reduce the new-for-2021 budget cap from $175 million to $145 million (plus expenses). The leading teams in the constructors’ championship will […]

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WRC postpones Safari Rally Kenya

The long-awaited return of Safari Rally Kenya to the FIA World Rally Championship has been delayed until 2021. The FIA, WRC Promoter, and the Government of Kenya confirmed the decision in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which has restricted global travel movements. The rally was to take place on July 16-19 and was to […]

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Giniel Joins Forces with Ranger Buck Safaris

Ranger Buck Safaris is thrilled to announce that one of South Africa’s favourite sons, Giniel de Villiers, has joined the organization as an official ambassador. The Barrydale-born 48-year-old is a devout outdoorsman and jumped at the opportunity to represent a brand which supports conservation, has a passion for Africa, and specialises in delivering one-of-a-kind safaris […]

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Aston Martin F1 Emerges as Wild Card Entry in Sebastian Vettel Sweepstakes

While not a proven Formula 1 winner, Aston Martin has money and a new connection with Mercedes’ Toto Wolff. The two biggest questions in Formula 1 center around when (or even if) the season will begin and where (if anywhere) will free-agent-to-be Sebastian Vettel land in 2021. Red Bull Racing official Helmut Marko, who had […]

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LOEB SET TO REPLACE ALONSO FOR THE DAKAR RALLY

The 46-year-old nine-time World Rally champion Sébastien Loeb who is the most successful driver in the history of the FIA World Rally Championship is set to change discipline after the 2020 season according to Spanish publication Diario AS. Loeb has previously competed in the Dakar Rally four times before and took his best result in 2017 as he finished […]

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Schumacher Tipped to Replace Kimi Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo by Former F1 drivers

Mick Schumacher, the son of F1 legend and seven times world champion,Michael Schumacher may get his shot in F1 earlier than a few anticipated. Some people have suggested that he could inherit the seat of Kimi Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo. Mick, who currently races for Prema Theodore Racing in F2 has been grabbing a lot of […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING PLANS TO FIELD FIVE CARS ON NESTE RALLY FINLAND

Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team which is based Puuppola in Finland and is managed the four-time FIA World Rally Champion Tommi Mäkinen, have revealed that they are planning to field five cars to the Neste Rally Finland on 6-9 August. It is not for the first time that the Toyota works team will field a […]

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Germany Poised to Replace Silverstone on 2020 F1 Calendar

The F1 German Grand Prix might be run in 2020, after all, as Hockenheim is ready to step in if Formula 1 needs to scrap plans to race at Silverstone because of the U.K.’s 14-day quarantine for persons entering the country. The sport wants to return to racing with a spectator-less race or two in Austria […]

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Horner fuels Vettel-Mercedes speculation

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has added to speculation that Sebastian Vettel could join Mercedes for the 2021 Formula 1 season. Accepting that the German may elect to retire from the sport, Horner expressed his appreciation for the driver with whom he achieved four back-to-back drivers’ and constructors’ championship doubles. “It’ll be a shame if Sebastian ends […]

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MotoGP’s darkest day

Dodgy two-stroke technology and a nauseatingly callous racing establishment were the causes of Monza 1973 – a fiery multiple pile-up that claimed the lives of two of the sport’s biggest stars and changed the course of racing Motorcycle racing changed forever at 3.17pm on May 20, 1973. The Italian 250cc grand prix had just got […]

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MPH Grand Prix debuts: Jim Clark

Jim Clark made his grand prix debut with Lotus and never left the team. But this formidable partnership had not been the original plan   Jim-Clark-in-his-F1-Grand-Prix-debut-at-Zandvoort-for-the-1960-Dutch-Grand-Prix 1960 Dutch Grand Prix In just a few short F1 seasons in the 1960s, Jim Clark carved out his reputation as one of the greatest of all time. His grand prix […]

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SIM IS THE NEW REAL

 While Formula 1 enjoys its contract-signing ‘silly season’, the real racing action continues online. It’s a fascinating new era in the sport where the average armchair enthusiast can fight it out with top-line sim racers and professional racing drivers on some of the most iconic tracks around the world. South Africa hasn’t been left behind, […]

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Saward: Don’t Count out Four-Time F1 Champion Sebastian Vettel Just Yet

Sebastian Vettel would appear to have only one real choice if he wishes stay in Formula 1 in 2021.And that one option, Renault, has more positives tied to it than one might think. The trouble for Vettel is that he is a proud man and he wants to be paid what he thinks he is […]

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Report: Fernando Alonso Signs ‘Pre-Agreement’ with Renault F1 

F1 champion Fernando Alonso will be back in a Formula 1 car in 2021. That’s according to several reports that say the Spaniard is close to signing with his former team, and even one report that states a “pre-agreement” is done. Renault lost driver Daniel Ricciardo earlier this week in a round of driver moves that saw Sebastian Vettel […]

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Alfa Romeo wins the first Formula 1 World Championship

The bond between Alfa Romeo and Formula 1 is inscribed in the history of GP racing: Alfa Romeo won the inaugural Grand Prix Championship in 1950, with Nino Farina on board an Alfa Romeo Tipo 158 “Alfetta”, a success repeated in 1951 by Juan Manuel Fangio in the Alfetta 159 Race number One Thousand May […]

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ROVANPERÄ TAKES UP DRIFTING WHILE WAITING FOR WRC TO RESTART

A third and two fifth places, are the results that Kalle Rovanperä has in the FIA World Rally Championship so far. The Coronavirus pandemic has put a stop to the rally season and the Finn is keen to get back out on the stages. Since 15 March the WRC season has stood still, competitions in Monte Carlo, Sweden […]

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How Vettel’s Ferrari dream fell apart and what comes next

Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel will part ways after the 2020 F1 season, but what comes next? Sebastian Vettel’s aspiration of emulating his compatriot and hero, Michael Schumacher by winning a world championship with Ferrari looks to be over. Indeed, if the Covid-19 pandemic continues on and Formula 1 is unable to start the 2020 season, […]

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The first F1 World Championship race: the 1950 British Grand Prix

While there had been grands prix before and after the Second World War, a sunny May 13, 1950 at Silverstone marked the start of the modern era. Roads into the circuit filled quickly in the morning, as spectators arrived as early as 6am to catch a glimpse of the men and machines that would later […]

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Sebastian Vettel’s Statement on Why He’s Leaving Ferrari F1: No Longer a Common Desire to Stay Together

Ferrari officially announced that four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel will not return after the 2020 F1 season. Despite negotiating a contract extension, the two sides could not reach an agreement and will go their separate ways after this year. “My relationship with Scuderia Ferrari will finish at the end of 2020,” said Vettel. “In order to […]

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Valentino Rossi has motivation to continue racing MotoGP in 2021

Valentino Rossi seems to be leaning toward at least one more season next year in MotoGP. In an interview posted on the series’ website, the legendary Italian rider said he has enough motivation and desire to continue, but he still is conflicted about the lack of evaluation time he’ll have after a disappointing 2019 season. […]