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November 20, 2017

English motorcyclist Daniel Hegarty has died after crashing against the barriers at the Macau Grand Prix. The 31-year-old, who raced for Top Gun Honda, finished 16th on his debut at the street circuit last year. The race organisers said: "Daniel's family have been contacted, and the committee will ensure every assistance is extended to them." Northern Ireland's Glenn Irwin was declared the winner after the event was stopped on the sixth lap. A podium was held for the race without anthems or champagne and Irwin said it "was not a celebration", adding: "It's a very sad end to what has...

November 15, 2017

There's a reason why it's called the Green Hell. The Nurburgring is notorious for being one of the most dangerous race tracks in the world. With limited visibility and hundreds of corners, the unforgiving circuit presents a tough challenge for even the most experienced drivers. Earlier this month, a fluid leak from the coolant hose of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS caused a nasty 14-car pileup during an open lap weekend for tourists. Photos show the extent of the carnage at the time, but now a video has emerged taken from a helmet camera of one of the drivers at the scene showing the accident unfold...

November 13, 2017

The idea of an 8-year-old behind the wheel of a drag racing car, which even in its scaled down children’s version can hit speeds of 60 mph and beyond, may seem daunting. But by all available accounts, Anita Board, was excited, not scared. Her sister, three years older, was already a junior dragster in Western Australia, where the sport has a modest following, and Anita was thrilled to follow in her tracks. Though just a little girl (“I’m six feet and she came up to my hip,” said Mike Sprylan) she was fearless. And with the approach of her eighth birthday last week, the minimum age for a...

November 8, 2017

Counterfeit products are a major problem in motorsport, but the industry is fighting back to keep competitors safe. The old saying 'if something sounds too good to be true, then it usually is' applies particularly well to motorsport. With perhaps the rare exception - Paul Stoddart tells a story that Brazilian journeyman Tarso Marques got his drive at Minardi in 2001 for just $15,000 - motorsport has a high barrier to entry, and for good reason. As a rule of thumb, you only get what you pay for and those who attempt to cut corners are often caught out. In 1999, Team Penske passed up the...

November 2, 2017

Fernando Alonso says the conundrum linked to track limits is a complicated issue, insisting a return of gravel traps would not solve the problem. Abuse of a track's boundaries is once again a hot topic following several recent controversial incidents, with Max Verstappen's US Grand Prix overtake move, for which the Red Bull driver was penalised, spurring the debate. "Let's put grass or gravel so that you cannot cut over the kerbs," said the Dutch driver. "For example in Suzuka I don't think we have these issues, do we? I think the solution is very simple," he added. Many drivers echoed...

November 1, 2017

Haas team principal Gunther Steiner has made a fresh call for a permanent Formula 1 steward, arguing that the FIA's Mexican Grand Prix decisions were inconsistent. Steiner went to talk to F1 race director Charlie Whiting immediately after the Mexican City race to try to understand why his driver Romain Grosjean was penalised for cutting a corner and Fernando Alonso was not published when they later made contact. "I've spoken to Charlie and we've had some constructive discussions," said Steiner. "My biggest thing is the technicalities of what is wrong and what is right. "That isn't easy...

October 25, 2017

Force India's Esteban Ocon says the new speed bumps placed at Mexico City's first corner to enforce track limits are "dangerous" and could cause damage to a Formula 1 chassis. F1's governing body the FIA has introduced 50mm high speed bumps on the left hand kerb between Turns 1 and 2 for this year's Mexican Grand Prix, with a second series of them situated between Turns 2 and 3 and further limits at Turns 7/8 and 11.  This follows track limits controversies at last year's race, when winner Lewis Hamilton avoided a penalty despite cutting across the grass at Turn 1 after the...

October 24, 2017

Brett Henry, who crashed his AA/Fuel Altered drag racer Saturday at Auto Club Famoso Raceway, died of his injuries Sunday night at Kern Medical Center. Henry’s death was confirmed by the Kern County Coroner’s Office. He was 50 years old. The nature of the accident was particularly unusual, simply because it occurred after the race appeared to be over. Henry, of Wichita, Kan., reportedly shut off his car before the finish line but it somehow restarted and was under full throttle when it powered down the shut-down portion of the track and crashed into a barrier. Henry was...

October 23, 2017

Formula One looking a new name for the halo cockpit protection device before its compulsory introduction for 2018 Formula One World Championship. 2018 Formula 1 cars will all be fitted with the Halo cockpit protection system, the FIA announced on last July. The Halo, designed to reduce the danger of injury from debris or other objects striking a driver’s head, was tested by a number of teams during Grand Prix practice sessions last year. With the support of the teams, certain features of its design will be further enhanced ahead of its introduction in 2018. A senior F1 source told...

October 20, 2017

The FIA is planning further tests of its new biometric gloves with Formula 1 drivers in United States Grand Prix practice. The governing body hopes the gloves, initially tried at the Hungarian GP, can be a game-changer for helping advance medical knowledge. The Red Bull, Force India and Haas teams are poised to get their drivers to trial the devices at Austin, with a final decision on who runs them due ahead of opening practice. The gloves, which feature sensors built into the palm area, help monitor a driver's heart rate and blood oxygen levels, so in the event of an accident,...

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